We are taught to express in practical and outward ways our love for each other. It looks impressive and frankly, it is designed to. However, it will be gone in an hour. Every bit of it. If our pastor says so. No more greetings, smiles, hugs, phone calls, visits, babysitting, jobs, help, family ties, friendships, advice, assistance, encouragement, etc. The purpose being to shame you, break you, humble you, chasten you, purge you, discipline you, control you. You may be a loving and close member for thirty years or more, but will be blackballed in a day. No questions asked, per pastor’s orders.
But God says, “But if anyone has the world’s goods and sees his brother in need, yet closes his heart against him, how does God’s love abide in him” John 3:17.
(For other references see: 1 John 3:14-19, Proverbs 17:17, Proverbs 17:10)