Depart from Iniquity
After writing about two false teachers, Paul wrote, “Nevertheless, the foundation of God stands, having this seal: “The Lord knows those who are His,” and, “Let everyone who names the name of Christ depart from iniquity” (2 Tim. 2:19).
This amazing statement sets forth two immutable realities about Christianity. 1) The Lord knows exactly who His people are! 2) Those people are departing from iniquity!
However, there are many today that “name the name of Christ” who are practicing iniquity, instead of departing from it. The word iniquity is translated from the Greek word adikia meaning injustice, of a judge; unrighteousness of heart and life; a deed violating law and justice, act of unrighteousness (Strong’s Concordance).
Many who call themselves Christians profess to be righteous when in fact they are nothing more than fornicators, adulterers, homosexuals, liars, unbelievers, etc. Consider how many “Christian” couples are cohabitating outside of wedlock these days (Heb. 13:4). Consider how many “Christians” you know who have been divorced and then remarried, but when honestly considered find themselves committing the kind of adultery Jesus spoke of in Matthew 5:32 and 19:9. Consider how many homosexuals fill church pews each week with no thought of repentance. Consider how many “Christians” substitute plain and clear Bible teaching with their own feelings and thoughts, rejecting the former and practicing the latter. The list goes on and on.
While Christians are not a perfect people, but rather people made perfect by the grace of God, forgiveness is not a license to sin while we continue to name the name of Christ. As Paul wrote by inspiration of the Holy Spirit, “Let everyone who names the name of Christ depart from iniquity!”