There is a Middle Way between Funeral Buddhism and the Nichiren Shoshu Soka Gakkai "Buddhism" of Malignant Transformation, a Middle Way between stagnation and uncontrolled growth. It is the Way of Nichiren Daishonin.
The "Buddhism" of Malignant Transformation refers to the SGI, NST and some other more or less rapidly growing heretical Nichiren sects and there are many parallels to malignant tumors of the highest, lowest, and middle grades. I will limit this discussion to those tumors of the middle (NST) and highest (SGI) grades.
Some tumors, though growing slowly, are able to sustain themselves (NST), thus sometimes killing the host (society) regardless of the treatment (refutation and rebuke) and sometimes entering into a symbiotic relationship with the host. On the other hand, many high grade tumors may or may not be eradicated by intense treatment such as surgery (outlawing the SGI heretical sect and their doctrines, for example).
Fortunately, the most malignant tumors (SGI), those with the most uncontrolled growth, sometimes outpaces its ability to sustain itself and it eventually either dies out on its own or is very amenable to early radiation and chemotherapy (refutation and rebuke), thus sparing the host (the individual and society). On the other hand, sometimes these latter fast growing tumors spread so rapidly that there is a rapid decline and death of the host, for example the misfortunes that have plagued Japan for the last seventy or so years.
Now, thanks in no small part to the efforts of the excellent physicians, the true disciples and believers of Nichiren, the two NST metastasis of Nichiren as True Buddha and the Transmission through Successive High Priests have been nearly eradicated and society is being spared further assault. The excellent surgeons, be they independents or members of orthodox sects, are also in the process of carefully removing the liver metastasis of Oneness of Mentor and Disciple and the brain metastasis of SGI Interfaith. The Buddha's body is looking better and he will now be able to tend to to his land that SGI has nearly succeeded in destroying.
True disciples and believers of Nichiren have been growing slowly and steadily like normal healthy tissue for the past 700 years. Jewels are rare while rocks and tiles are everywhere. Those who practice Nichiren's Middle Way Buddhism are the jewels of the Lotus Sutra.