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Charles Buck Theological Dictionary
Are those artifices and falsehoods made use of in propagating the truth, and endeavouring to promote the spiritual interests of mankind. These have been more particularly practised in the church of Rome, and considered not only as innocent, but commendable. Neither the term nor the thing signified, however, can be justified. The terms pious and fraud form a solecism; and the practice of doing evil that good may come, is directly opposite to the injunction of the sacred Scriptures, Romans 3:8 .
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Buck, Charles. Entry for 'Pious Frauds'. Charles Buck Theological Dictionary. https://www.studylight.org/dictionaries/eng/cbd/p/pious-frauds.html. 1802.