Spirits infiltrate and blind people and so it's of utmost importance to also go by the fruit a person bears. With one individual I kept seeing a lot of negative 'fruit' in the way they'd talk & actions...things that opposed the scriptures; and yet they knew it was wrong and made good sounding excuses for 'bad behavior'. BUT I'd keep putting em' on a pedestal like 'no, they couldn't be captured by something....no...they are a prophet'. Learn from my folly.... See, we can't look to anyone but Jesus, that's why eating, breathing, reading, listening to the bible is the best thing because it is the standard that these 'fruits' must meet. No more comparison amongst other humans-- we SIN. We need ultimate truth!
Sure, I was shocked when the bad fruit in this individual could no longer be hidden...
"Excuse me, but isn't that a rotten grape?" "Uh, no, it's just a raisin, ya....that's the ticket....it's a raisin & they are sweet ya know?"
...but understanding that it was a spirit that influenced them...see how the anger, and everything can be directed at the enemy, not the person? Intercede for the person... bind the spirit behind it all if it begins to rail against you.
When bad fruit gets outta hand and shlops all over the place, you should recall from the scriptures what to do.
“If your brother sins, go and show him his fault in private; if he listens to you, you have won your brother. But if he does not listen to you, take one or two more with you, so that by the mouth of two or three witnesses every fact may be confirmed. If he refuses to listen to them, tell it to the church; and if he refuses to listen even to the church, let him be to you as a Gentile and a tax collector.”
Remember that Jesus is the Savior and if your correction is ignored and you suffer a kick in the pants as you run out the door... all that matters is that you are faithful before God; He will deal with them later.
I've known 'prophets' that are like a light-switch....they have some fruit that is evident that they are moving & under the spirit of God & then the next moment they are manifesting under some evil spirit and the fruit is totally rotten. That's when it's hard & where discernment comes in.
In the book of Philippians 4:8 it says to 'test everything & keep that which is good'.
God can use anyone... but that doesn't mean we condone or fellowship with a blatant sinner. How do we know then... 'where they are at'?
The thing with this is, is that no one will know until judgement day. They may actually be trying to cleanse but still have access issues. We cannot judge if they've crossed the line and do not cry wildly in repentance behind closed doors, but time does tell...the word doesn't lie...
In Matt. 7:18-19 "A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit. Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire."
If the process of Matthew 18:15-17 does not bring repentance and resolution, then all we know we are to do is disassociate from fellowship, not judge, and continue on our way.
"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?' And then I will declare to them, 'I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!'" (Matthew 7:22-23).
These types of people will have a rude awakening UNLESS they start producing GOOD FRUIT. As your focus and benchmark rests solely upon your Savior... your good fruit will not go unnoticed. This is what it means to wash your garment and keep it white... what it means to get oil and keep the lamp lit.... YOU HAVE WORK TO DO, first and foremost on YOURSELF. Never compare yourself with a bad apple you've come across... minding your own business involves abiding in His word by conforming to it.