" ......... he confessed that he had FORGED them for the sake of GOD and to attract people to His book."
It is very much like Saint Paul's lame confession given in the New Testament: "If my lie increases the glory of God, why am I judged as a sinner telling lies?"
The matter was more serious. Paul had started preaching what the pagans in those towns wanted to hear. The dogmas of God-incarnate, physical Son-ship, the Lamb of God, the blood Atonement, and the Sacraments, instead of Law, all were the existing beliefs of the Sun-god cults.
Telling lies is OK for preaching!
NEW TESTAMENT 06 THE BOOK TO ROMANS
3:7 For if the truth of God hath more abounded through my lie unto his glory; why yet am I also judged as a sinner?