Very interesting topic, everyone, and one very important in my mind these days…
I can only say that I’ve seen a LOT of nonsense and what I’d call UNholy spirit (rather than Holy Spirit) activity in straight churches, but also in the gay charismatic church/people I was with for a time here locally. I have actually been embarrassed by some of what people have come to believe is the “spirit moving”.
I also see a lot of very shady business in those who appear on the television (e.g., Joyce Meyer, et al), and in things like the latest “move of the spirit” (*which* spirit?) in Florida USA these days…
I’m always amazed at people who do not *test* the spirits, as the New Testament clearly tells us to do again and again. The Lord has called on me (just) a few times to speak a vision He’s given to me for someone else, and I would be horrified to think that that other person might simply accept what I had said and not check it out with the Scripture/Spirit first. To me, to not test seems an even more dangerous thing to do than to ignore the message completely.
Not testing the spirits seems to invite all sorts of trouble into one’s life, church, etc. But how often do we fail to test scripturally in other things, as well? For example, the Bible clearly gives us a good checklist for what our spiritual leaders are supposed to be like — and the vast majority of those we follow fail that checklist miserably (they are there for ego, power, the fanfare, career, etc., rather than because God *truly* called them to be there). Then we wonder why we’re so damaged or lead so far astray!
There are several gay pentecostal/charismatic folks here locally that I won’t have anything more to do with, because they simply accept every spirit that comes along and call it “having faith”. They are the most mixed up, often evil, and certainly wasted excuse for Christians one could name. And it all boils down to not doing what the Spirit says: test, test, test!