(Proverbs 2:22 KJV) But the wicked shall be cut off from the earth, and the transgressors shall be rooted out of it.
As I was looking at the first part of this verse I came across a comment by Adam Clarke on the “transgressors” (treacherous NASB) (898). He likens it to the Greek word “hypocrite” which was a term for actors who put on costumes to represent a character. With that I am warned about being a hypocrite and also about the presence of hypocrites in the church.
This is a difficult issue. On one level we are told not to judge. We are told that we are not supposed to try to remove the tares from the wheat. We are commanded not to seek revenge. So the understanding we have is not to go on a witch hunt. It is also an announcement to those who are acting out their spiritual lives that God is not fooled nor amused. The insincere will be dealt with.
So? This is for me and you, not for them. It is a chance for us to look at our own hearts and commitments. Rejoice in a God who keeps working with us.