Romans 3:5-8, ” 5But if our unrighteousness brings out God’s righteousness more clearly, what shall we say? That God is unjust in bringing his wrath on us? (I am using a human argument.) 6Certainly not! If that were so, how could God judge the world? 7Someone might argue, “If my falsehood enhances God’s truthfulness and so increases his glory, why am I still condemned as a sinner?” 8Why not say—as we are being slanderously reported as saying and as some claim that we say—”Let us do evil that good may result”? Their condemnation is deserved.”
In high school, I was taught that among the many Christian schisms in the dark ages was a small group of people who decided that they ought to live like everybody else Monday through Saturday and give Sunday to God. The believed that the more they sinned on the weekdays the more God’s grace would make up for it on the weekends. Unfortunately I can’t find out exactly who they were or a name to put to their beliefs. When I was first told about them I thought it something rather odd. I knew that it wasn’t uncommon for newer Christians to struggle with their old sins. It struck me as wrong for a Christian to sin purposefully. Scripture tells us that their line of thinking wasn’t particularly new. For people so big on redemption, they are only met with condemnation.
When Paul was setting the Romans straight about the issue, he mentioned that some people claimed that Christians were saying, “Let us do evil that good may result.” It sounds similar to “The ends justify the means.” Either way, they don’t. After all, we teach our kids that “Two wrongs don’t make a right.”
I’m writing this because it’s only a matter of time before this belief pops into Christian teachings, especially with the itching ears and multitude of teachers all around us. It was here two thousand years ago when Paul was writing letters. It was here a thousand years ago when the schisms tore apart one church. So it’s about due to appear again. When it does show up, we’ll know how to combat it, with the truth.