Gospel Order

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CUTTING OFF

“Those who performed this terrible work of judgment were acting by divine authority, executing the sentence of the King of heaven.” PP 324

In Old Testament times, cutting-off meant: physical death (Exodus 32:27-28, PP 324-325) and cutting-off or separation of sinner from among the people (Numbers 12:15, PP 385, DA 262, PK 674).

Terms synonymous to cutting-off: separate (7T 262); exclude (7T263); dismiss (EV 368); take away (1 Corinthians 5:2, TM 428); remove (7T 262-263); banish (PP 385); go over board (EV 371); put away (1 Corinthians 5:13); eradicate (TM 428); cut off the influence (1T 327); suspend (5T 241); disfellowship (3RH 8, Jan. 3, 1893); shut out (PK 669-670); exile (PK 674); expelled (PK 674) Cleanse the camp (TM 427-428); outside the city (TM 431); excommunication (TM 46-47); severed (DA 441); shut-up (Leviticus 13 :4); accursed (Galatians 1: 8-9); cut-off (Galatians 5:12).

WHAT IS CENSURE?

The Webster’s Dictionary defines Censure as blame, to blame, to find fault with.

“I saw that some have been very jealous for you, fearing that you would not be rightly dealt with, and not have justice done you by your ministering brethren. Such should stand out of the way, and be faithful to confess their own wrongs, and let all the censure and weight of your wrongs rest upon your own head. God designs that they shall rest there until you thoroughly remove them by repentance and hearty confession. Those who have a perverted sympathy for you cannot help you. Let them manifest zeal in repenting of their own backslidings, and leave you to stand for yourself. You have been altogether out of the way, and unless you make thorough work, confess your wrongs without censuring your brethren, and are willing to be instructed, you can have no part with God's people…. Those who have been thrust out to bear a plain, pointed testimony, in the fear of God to reprove wrong, to labor with all their energies to build up God's people, and to establish them upon important points of present truth, have too often received censure instead of sympathy and help,… You must confess your faults without censuring any other one, and cease complaining that your brethren have neglected you.” 1T 319-322.

NOTE: Censure in this case did not mean punishment but blame.

However, in the SDA Bible Commentary Vol. 10 p. 298, Censure is defined as punishment as used in the following paragraph:

“A vote of censure is taken when the offense is considered serious enough to warrant the disapproval of the church but not grievous enough to warrant loss of membership. It is intended to impress the member with the need of amending his life and to grant a period of time to do so. This action may be taken at any duly called meeting of the church, and the offending member may be present. A member is placed under censure for a stated period of time, during which he cannot hold any church office, vote on church affairs, or have public part in any of the exercises of the church, such as teaching a Sabbath school class. He may not transfer his membership to another church while under censure. If at the end of the period of censure he gives evidence of satisfactory conduct, he will be considered in good standing; if not, his case must be reconsidered.”

NOTE: This is confusing statement intended to lead astray… “Whatever contradicts God's word, we may be sure proceeds from Satan.” PP 55.

“Moses and Aaron must die without entering Canaan, subjected to the same punishment that fell upon those in a more lowly position.” 4T 370.

WHAT ARE THE CHANCES OF A DISFELLOWSHIPPED CHURCH MEMBER OF BEING RESTORED TO CHURCH MEMBERSHIP?

“In the spirit of meekness, "considering thyself, lest thou also be tempted," (Gal. 6:1), go to the erring one, and "tell him his fault between thee and him alone." Do not put him to shame by exposing his fault to others, nor bring dishonor upon Christ by making public the sin or error of one who bears His name. Often the truth must be plainly spoken to the erring; he must be led to see his error, that he may reform. But you are not to judge or to condemn. Make no attempt at self-justification. Let all your effort be for his recovery. In treating the wounds of the soul, there is need of the most delicate touch, the finest sensibility. Only the love that flows from the Suffering One of Calvary can avail here. With pitying tenderness, let brother deal with brother, knowing that if you succeed, you will "save a soul from death," and "hide a multitude of sins." James 5:20.

“But even this effort may be unavailing. Then, said Jesus, "take with thee one or two more." It may be that their united influence will prevail where that of the first was unsuccessful. Not being parties to the trouble, they will be more likely to act impartially, and this fact will give their counsel greater weight with the erring one. If he will not hear them, then, and not till then, the matter is to be brought before the whole body of believers. Let the members of the church, as the representatives of Christ, unite in prayer and loving entreaty that the offender may be restored. The Holy Spirit will speak through His servants, pleading with the wanderer to return to God. Paul the apostle, speaking by inspiration, says, "As though God did beseech you by us: we pray you in Christ's stead, be ye reconciled to God." 2 Cor. 5:20. He who rejects this united overture has broken the tie that binds him to Christ, and thus has severed himself from the fellowship of the church. Henceforth, said Jesus, "let him be unto thee as an heathen man and a publican." But he is not to be regarded as cut off from the mercy of God. Let him not be despised or neglected by his former brethren, but be treated with tenderness and compassion, as one of the lost sheep that Christ is still seeking to bring to His fold.” DA 441.

IMPLIED TRUTH

Implied reproof (DA 81); implied rebuke (ED 92, DA 284-5; DA 400-401); implied excuse to sin (PP 58); implied fear (PP 254); implied faith (PP430-431); implied reproof (2SOP 236)

“Implied” as defined by Webster’s Dictionary means understood, meant, though not actually said.

HOW DOES GOD REGARD PUNISHMENT? WHO PUT A FALSE COLORING AND NEGATIVE CONNOTATION TO THE PERFECT PLAN OF GOD?

“When we consider in what false colors Satan has painted the character of God, can we wonder that our merciful Creator is feared, dreaded, and even hated?” GC 536.

“Through Jesus, God's mercy was manifested to men; but mercy does not set aside justice. The law reveals the attributes of God's character, and not a jot or tittle of it could be changed to meet man in his fallen condition. God did not change His law, but He sacrificed Himself, in Christ, for man's redemption. "God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto Himself." 2 Cor. 5:19.

“The law requires righteousness,--a righteous life, a perfect character; and this man has not to give. He cannot meet the claims of God's holy law. But Christ, coming to the earth as man, lived a holy life, and developed a perfect character. These He offers as a free gift to all who will receive them. His life stands for the life of men. Thus they have remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God. More than this, Christ imbues men with the attributes of God. He builds up the human character after the similitude of the divine character, a goodly fabric of spiritual strength and beauty. Thus the very righteousness of the law is fulfilled in the believer in Christ. God can "be just, and the justifier of him which believeth in Jesus." Rom. 3:26. God's love has been expressed in His justice no less than in His mercy. Justice is the foundation of His throne, and the fruit of His love. It had been Satan's purpose to divorce mercy from truth and justice. He sought to prove that the righteousness of God's law is an enemy to peace. But Christ shows that in God's plan they are indissolubly joined together; the one cannot exist without the other. "Mercy and truth are met together; righteousness and peace have kissed each other." Ps. 85:10” DA 762.

NOTE: Satan the adversary of souls, and his agents try to deceive the whole world by saying that God’s justice is inconsistent with His love, mercy and truth. He tries to separate justice and mercy to make void the law of God and abolish the punishment which the law claims upon transgressors. Please see GC 557-561 or turn to page 23 of this booklet.)

“It was the mercy of God that thousands should suffer, to prevent the necessity of visiting judgments upon millions. In order to save the many, He must punish the few… It was in love to the world, in love to Israel, and even to the transgressors, that crime was punished with swift and terrible severity.” PP 325-326.

“The Lord is regarded as cruel by many in requiring His people to make war with other nations. They say that it is contrary to His benevolent character. But He who made the world, and formed man to dwell upon the earth, has unlimited control over all the works of His hands, and it is His right to do as He pleases, and what He pleases with the work of His hands. Man has no right to say to his Maker, Why doest Thou thus? There is no injustice in His character.” 2SM 333.

“Our Creator justly claims the right to do as He chooses with the creatures of His hand. He has a right to govern as He will, and not as man chooses. But He is not a severe judge, a harsh, exacting creditor. He is the very fountain of love, the giver of blessings innumerable.” 5T 314.

”But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.” Genesis 2:17.

Note: “The wages of sin is death.” Romans 6:23. But Satan says otherwise: “And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die” Genesis 3:4 or shall not be punished for your sin.

THE SATANIC PRINCIPLE OF NO-PUNISHMENT TO THE GUILTY (SINNER) IS IN THE WORLD TODAY. WHERE CAN THIS BE FOUND?

“It is true that spiritualism is now changing its form and, veiling some of its more objectionable features, is assuming a Christian guise. But its utterances from the platform and the press have been before the public for many years, and in these its real character stands revealed. These teachings cannot be denied or hidden.

“Even in its present form, so far from being more worthy of toleration than formerly, it is really a more dangerous, because a more subtle, deception. While it formerly denounced Christ and the Bible, it now professes to accept both. But the Bible is interpreted in a manner that is pleasing to the unrenewed heart, while its solemn and vital truths are made of no effect. Love is dwelt upon as the chief attribute of God, but it is degraded to a weak sentimentalism, making little distinction between good and evil. God's justice, His denunciations of sin, the requirements of His holy law, are all kept out of sight. The people are taught to regard the Decalogue as a dead letter. Pleasing, bewitching fables captivate the senses and lead men to reject the Bible as the foundation of their faith. Christ is as verily denied as before; but Satan has so blinded the eyes of the people that the deception is not discerned.

“There are few who have any just conception of the deceptive power of spiritualism and the danger of coming under its influence. Many tamper with it merely to gratify their curiosity. They have no real faith in it and would be filled with horror at the thought of yielding themselves to the spirits' control. But they venture upon the forbidden ground, and the mighty destroyer exercises his power upon them against their will. Let them once be induced to submit their minds to his direction, and he holds them captive. It is impossible, in their own strength, to break away from the bewitching, alluring spell. Nothing but the power of God, granted in answer to the earnest prayer of faith, can deliver these ensnared souls….. The prophet Isaiah brings to view the fearful deception which will come upon the wicked, causing them to count themselves secure from the judgments of God: "We have made a covenant with death, and with hell are we at agreement; when the overflowing scourge shall pass through, it shall not come unto us: for we have made lies our refuge, and under falsehood have we hid ourselves." Isaiah 28:15. In the class here described are included those who in their stubborn impenitence comfort themselves with the assurance that there is to be no punishment for the sinner; that all mankind, it matters not how corrupt, are to be exalted to heaven, to become as the angels of God. But still more emphatically are those making a covenant with death and an agreement with hell, who renounce the truths which Heaven has provided as a defense for the righteous in the day of trouble, and accept the refuge of lies offered by Satan in its stead--the delusive pretensions of spiritualism.” GC 557-561.

“Spiritualism declares that there is no death, no sin, no judgment, no retribution; that "men are unfallen demigods;" that desire is the highest law; and that man is accountable only to himself. The barriers that God has erected to guard truth, purity, and reverence are broken down, and many are thus emboldened in sin. Does not such teaching suggest an origin similar to that of demon worship?” PP 688.

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