Caution is necessary in dealing with certain individuals. Whether these people are genuinely saved and off course, or wolves dressed in sheep’s clothing, they certainly know how to stir up trouble and shut down the work of the Holy Spirit. Should you allow them access to your life, they will bring negative effects which you will most certainly regret.
Sad that such people do not realize they are doing the work of the enemy while thinking they are pleasing God. Christ said we will know His own by their fruit. These individuals, if saved, do not yet bear fruit because they have not learned how to abide. No matter their spiritual words, words do not hold water if they do not agree with their deeds.
Be cautious of those overly interested in Satan and the names and meanings of the names of all his demons. These people and their families carry demonic curses and influence with them wherever they go.
Be cautious of controllers and manipulators, imposing their agenda or clinging to idols of sin, guilt and shame. Watch out for a critical or overbearing spirit, a life set in rituals, extreme resistance, or repeated attempts to lead a group when God keeps shutting it down.
When the Holy Spirit begins to move, these types will shut Him out thinking they are doing God’s work. They truly believe that if they are not submitting to God that they are the ones running the show. They have no idea that they are being used as enemy puppets. A check in your spirit or a knot in your stomach is a red flag that something is seriously wrong.
Depending on the depth of the issues and their willingness to be corrected, you may address the issues with them and hold them accountable. Speak the truth in love to them individually. If they do not receive it, address them in the company of other believers, then take them before the church. Encourage them to attend Living Waters or a similar soul-cleansing group. As a last resort, minimize your contact with them or remove them from your fellowship.
Where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom…and where the Spirit of the Lord is not, there is no freedom. Busted. If you have a need to follow someone, find someone else to follow. Never fall in line behind a non-fruit-bearing leader, especially when they claim to know Christ. Their good intentions are absolutely irrelevant.
2 Corinthians 3:17
Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty (emancipation from bondage, freedom).
If your brother wrongs you, go and show him his fault, between you and him privately. If he listens to you, you have won back your brother.
But if he does not listen, take along with you one or two others, so that every word may be confirmed and upheld by the testimony of two or three witnesses.
If he pays no attention to them [refusing to listen and obey], tell it to the church; and if he refuses to listen even to the church, let him be to you as a pagan and a tax collector.
2 Timothy 3:6
For among them are those who worm their way into homes and captivate silly and weak-natured and spiritually dwarfed women, loaded down with [the burden of their] sins [and easily] swayed and led away by various evil desires and seductive impulses.
Let no one delude and deceive you with empty excuses and groundless arguments [for these sins], for through these things the wrath of God comes upon the sons of rebellion and disobedience.
Therefore put on God’s complete armor, that you may be able to resist and stand your ground on the evil day [of danger], and, having done all [the crisis demands], to stand [firmly in your place].
1 Peter 5:8
Be well balanced (temperate, sober of mind), be vigilant and cautious at all times; for that enemy of yours, the devil, roams around like a lion roaring [ in fierce hunger], seeking someone to seize upon and devour.
1 John 2:26
I write this to you with reference to those who would deceive you [seduce and lead you astray].