And it also came to pass that whosoever did belong to the church that did not repent of their wickedness and humble themselves before God—I mean those who were lifted up in the pride of their hearts—the same were rejected, and their names were blotted out, that their names were not numbered among those of the righteous.This makes the modern church's occasional policy of disfellowshipping and excommunication seem downright benevolent. Imagine the bishop telling you you're too full of yourself and wear too much costly apparel and subsequently removing your name from the church records. That kind of thing doesn't happen. The church is pretty big on the whole repentance/forgiveness thing. If you want to get excommunicated you need to be unrepentant for some pretty big sins, not just any old thing.
I suppose the argument could be made that these people whose names were blotted out weren't barred from attending worship services and that means they weren't truly cast off:
Now I would that ye should understand that the word of God was liberal unto all, that none were deprived of the privilege of assembling themselves together to hear the word of God.Okay, so the prideful sinners were removed from the church rolls, but if for some reason they still wanted to go to church, they were allowed to. But come on—who wants to attend sacrament meeting wearing a scarlet letter?
I guess that's one thing that Alma's Zarahemlan church has in common with today's Mormon church: it makes idealistic claims about itself that can't possibly be expected to work out in practice as they're advertised in theory.