Anthony Burgess on excommunication for gross sins

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In these gross offences the Spirit of God doth not only forsake him in respect of Consolation, but it’s a Command laid upon the Church-Officers, to cast such an one out of their society, as 1 Cor. 5. neither may the people of God have any familiar communion or acquaintance with such: now what horror and trembling may justly arise in such a man’s heart, who shall thus be cast out of all gracious Privileges, and that by God’s appointment?

What darkness must this work in his heart, when he shall argue thus with himself; It’s God’s command I should not be admitted to the Seals of his love; he hath given his Officers charge to pour no oil in my wounds; how can I plead for the grace signified, when he denieth me the Seals thereof? God hath shut me out like the unclean leper, and whither shall I go? Now then, if the Church of God make such a vast difference between him and others, and that following the directions of Christ. Ought not the person offending also to judge the same things about himself? ...

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