From the June, 2002 issue of Touchstone
With Every Good Intention by S. M. Hutchens

With Every Good Intention

S. M. Hutchens on the Ninth Commandment

If the commandments are approached with the intention to follow them, they lead us into terminal stages of hypocrisy or despair, or to faith. It becomes clear soon enough that no one can follow them perfectly; there are always breaches, and our conscience convicts us of them. Hypocrisy is the result when we pretend to carry out the commandments while doing what we know deep within us is wrong.

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