The Ends Don’t Justify the Means
“I’m making things up again. kind of. But this time, it’s helping a dozen people!”
Elder Cunningham makes up gospel principles in order to bring villagers to the gospel. Does this end justify his dishonesty?
It most certainly does not.
A group of men stole the first 116 pages translated by Joseph Smith while Martin Harris was his scribe. Their plan was to alter the text of the 116 pages. That way, if Joseph translated the same material again, the two manuscripts would not match. They could then accuse Joseph of being a false prophet. This is a much similar case to Elder Cunningham’s deception. Did their dishonesty justify the end of keeping people from believing in Joseph Smith?
Of their tactics, the Lord said,
“Verily, verily, I say unto you, wo be unto him that lieth to deceive because he supposeth that another lieth to deceive, for such are not exempt from the justice of God” (Doctrine and Covenants 10:28).