In the Old Testament the death penalty was sometimes inflicted not directly by God but by His people, see Exodus 32:27-28. But the death sentence from God’s retributive hand is still in effect, see the case of Ananias and Sapphira – Acts 1:5-11.
“Men were selected to do various parts of the work of setting up and taking down the tabernacle, and if one strayed in carelessly and put his hands to the work assigned to another, he was to be put to death. We serve the same God today. But the death penalty has been abolished; had it not been, there would not now be so much careless, disorderly work in His cause.” 5T 274.
NOTE: The word cut-off in the New Testament is used to mean separating sinners from the congregation.
“I have confidence in you through the Lord, that ye will be none otherwise minded: but he that troubleth you shall bear his judgment, whosoever he be… I would they were even cut off which trouble you. “ Galatians 5:10, 12.
“Which is not another; but there be some that trouble you, and would pervert the gospel of Christ. But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed. As we said before, so say I now again, If any [man] preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed.” Galatians 1:7-9.
NOTE: Accursed means, band, anathema, excommunication. Reference STRONG’S CONCORDANCE #331, p. 11. Excommunication means to dispel from membership. Reference WEBSTER DICTIONARY.
“The God of heaven is a God of order, and He requires all His followers to have rules and regulations, and to preserve order.” 5T 274.
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