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Remember the story of the servant who informs David that he can rejoice because Saul is dead? David has him executed for messing with God's anointed. This has been used on me many times. It's being used on people today. Yes, today.
Do you know how it feels to be threatened with divine punishment for questioning someone in spiritual authority? Do you know what it is like to be chastised for questioning God's anointed people? I do.
Fear is a prison some leaders take advantage of to maintain the allegiance, loyalty and even adoration of their followers.
You can just walk away from that whole toxic paradigm and eventually the fear will dissipate.