22 Many will say to Me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?’
23 And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!’
1. That God will speak to them before they will speak to you.
Example: leadership tells you that you can’t do this or that and if God wanted you to do it then Holy Ghost would have told them first.
2. Leadership curse people when they leave
Example: if you are talked about, gossiped about, rumors spread against you for no reason.
3. That their church is the only church that is teaching the truth. And all other churches are wrong.
4. You are forbidden to talk to anyone who has left the church.
5. If you are forbidden to fellowship with your family if they are not saved or they don’t belong to your church.
6. If there is an over emphasis on submission to authority.
Example: if you have an opinion about something and the pastor preaches about it, he embarrasses you (without saying your name) or your rebuked for having an opinion.
7. You are discouraged from reading books that are not approved by leadership.
8. You are forbidden to fellowship with other churches that are outside your church or denomination.
9. Are people publicly embarrassed or humiliated by leadership.
Example: Preached on, are sermons taken to make people feel bad.
10. Are people afraid to voice any opinion contrary to the opinion of leadership.
Example: if you disagree with leadership but u are afraid to say it cause you afraid you will be judged, cursed, rebuked, or sat down.
11. Are marriages being broken by the leadership. ((this can also include are friendships broken up by the leadership))
12. Are people manipulated in their giving by leadership.
Examples: You must give more and if you don’t give more you are told you are REBELLIOUS or you won’t get the blessings of God. You need to give when I tell you to give.
13. Does decisions a person make in their personal life have to be approved by leadership.
14. Is the church or ministry owned and run solely by the senior pastor?
Remember witchcraft is the work of the flesh but it can also be a demon. Galatians 5:19 -20
Now if you yield to the control then eventually a demon of witchcraft will come into YOUR life.