"The Smollett saga should serve as a cautionary tale to all who have observed it," Goins-Phillips says. "The ends alone do not justify the means. Only that which is morally right justifies the means we use to accomplish our goals, no matter how righteous they might be."
However, even grievous sin and error can be an opportunity to remind ourselves of the aspects of the gospel that address our sin, God's holiness, and our desperate need for our sins to be covered. "Each of us is, like Smollett, guilty," Goins-Phillips concludes. "But those who are in Christ can rest assured we have been justified and our penalty has been paid."
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