“And why not say (just as we are slanderously reported and as some claim that we say), ‘Let’s do evil that good may come of it?’ Their condemnation is deserved” (Romans 3:8).

Paul’s opponents argued his gospel encourages reckless disobedience; that if salvation is by God’s grace through faith, then why not sin even more that God might be glorified all the more. To such absurd misrepresentations of the gospel, Paul warns: to distort the gospel is tantamount to condemnation. That is, the gospel cannot be revised according to one’s own preferences. Such efforts always result in a salvation that is favorable to some but not others; characterized by the same exclusiveness, arrogance, and condescension as the Judaism of Paul’s day.

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