"However, the natural man does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are folly to him; nor can he know them since they are spiritually discerned." 1 Corinthians 2:14
Read: Acts 16:16-18
The act of camouflage is one of Satan's and his agents' strategies for fooling people. 2 Corinthians 11:14-15 is where the Holy Spirit warns us about this: "And it's no surprise, for Satan himself has been converted into a bright angel." As a result, it's no big deal if his ministers are likewise changed into ministers of righteousness, whose end will be determined by their acts."
The agents of darkness have sought to enter the church without being discovered since the early church, so that they might carry out their master's goal of stealing, killing, and destroying from within. What might one expect in the end-times, when the devil knows he only has a limited time before he is destroyed (Revelation 12:12), if they could accomplish it in the early days of the church (as in the instance of Simon the sorcerer - Acts 8:9-24)?
Many promising ministries and ministers have been cut short as a result of the wicked operations of these nice-looking, seemingly innocuous, energetic, and warmth-exuding evil geniuses. The enemy's deep penetration into the center of operation and into the lives of the undiscerning leadership of the church has darkened some bright stars of the kingdom.
Because they live in the realm of the senses, suspicion is employed to fish out "suspects," the world will refer to them as "unsuspecting leadership." However, we should not believe that mere suspicions will enable us to detect phony brethren who are working as agents of darkness in the kingdom of God. This is the same as operating with a human arm (1 Samuel 2:9). If we rely on our sensory observations for discernment rather than the manifestation of the Holy Spirit, we are destined to make mistakes.
A young lady had been following Paul and his companions for several days, proclaiming them to be servants of the Most High God, according to today's Bible reading. No human intelligence would have recognized her as a devil (which she was); in reality, she would have been regarded as a potential minister (a prophetess) to whom Paul (a missionary) could commit the church's leadership after his departure. Thankfully, such was not the case. I'm guessing Paul had no idea who she was until the Holy Spirit's gift of discernment revealed.
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