John Eckhardt teaches on recognizing when there is excessive control in a church and if witchcraft is in operation.
By Apostol John Eckhardt Witchcraft and Control
Witchcraft is the control of others, imposing one’s will upon them, usually for a negative result. It is bondage to the victim.
Pharisees are an easy example to use, as those who desire to build their little kingdoms, rather than the kingdom of God- and they did indeed use domination of the people in the time of Jesus. The Pharisees do not approach the Lord from a pure, selfish heart. Some people don’t have a concern for what the Lord wants, but are far more interested in what they want. This self-centered attitude has destroyed many churches, and taken down many men of God. People will use charismatic witchcraft to get their way in the local body, many of them are troublemakers who travel from one church to another if they can’t get what they want, and they leave in their wake a large number of innocent victims who are confused and hurting. Most are Jezebel spirits who wish to control and manipulate others. The idea is to destroy the work of God, and establish Satan’s (or man’s ) plan.
the message that only the pastor, or designated minister, is “anointed.” You are nothing, and need to depend on them to make decisions for you.
people who inappropriately complain, or challenge, the ways of the church and wish others to conform to their ways. critical of others, unless there is agreement with them.
A pastor requires “dancing before the lord” a to be considered spiritual. You are really dancing before the pastor, to please him, and get his approval.
any list of harsh demands by leadership to make people submissive, and dependent
somehow you get the feeling that the church owns you, and you need to sacrifice everything for it, including putting your family second to the needs of the church