Someone might argue, “If my falsehood enhances God’s truthfulness and so increases his glory, why am I still condemned as a sinner?” 8 Why not say—as some slanderously claim that we say—“Let us do evil that good may result”? Their condemnation is just!
In Romans 3:1-8 some intellectual people want to show themselves to be smarter than God try to manipulate the gospel. I imagine they , with a tongue in cheek, argue if God shows His glory more when a sin is covered then more sin brings out more glory.
Show me a coin
It reminds me of the constant attempts to trap Jesus in his own words in Matthew 22:15-22. I love the example when Jesus is asked about taxes. Is it right to pay taxes. Thinking there is no way out Jesus takes a coin and asks who’s inscription is on it. Caesar’s they say. Then Jesus blows their trap away by saying “render unto Caesar the things that are Caesar’s and to God the things that are God’s.
The real goal is not to trap but to find a way to feel justified. If we can use theories and deep thinking to twist scripture so we can feel justified by scriptures we will remain unchanged. It is an attempt to turn the leading of the Holy Spirit on our hearts into a justified theory that our mind tells us we are ok with God. Tough areas for us to grow through is forgiveness, love, submission, selfishness and so forth.
manipulation of God’s word
Many people believe that once you say the words “I believe Jesus dies for me and is the son of God” then they are forever saved no matter their actions from then on. Again this is mental manipulation of God’s word. First, it is more than saying. It is active believing and repenting and following Christ. Allowing Him to change your life that saves you. Yes, you will continue to sin, but it will be slip ups and the Holy Spirit will convict you to repent and grow in Christ. Salvation is not a one time purchased life insurance policy for heaven. This is another example of Romans 3:7-8
Don’t try to manipulate Godly truths – be transformed instead.
Let us read God’s word and believe. Not try to manipulate God’s truths. But be transformed from Glory to Glory by the Word of God and the Holy Spirit. Allowing the lightnside to burn brighter as you mature in Christ.