When I was growing up I encountered some very bad theology in various Charismatic and pentecostal crusades. I embrace the roots of my faith yet, as in all veins of Christian thought, we rarely get it all right.
The evangelist, accompanied by slow, mesmerizing music, would admonish the crowd “Do not quench the Lord’s presence! This is a place where the Holy Spirit is welcome. You are on Holy Ground” The leaders intent was to make sure there was order in the place of the crusade as the faithful followers might burst out in anguish or some other emotional manifestation.
Some outbursts would be affirmed by the leadership as moves of the Spirit while others publicly shamed as a parishioner selfishly drawing attention to oneself. It was up to the spiritual authority of the leader to decide which was which.
This made for a messy and confusing service. Here is where the “wheels came off the bus” in theology.
“Never will I leave you, Never will I forsake you.” Hebrews 13:5
We do not make spaces where the Holy Spirit is welcome. He goes where He pleases. And the bible is clear. He is pleased to be with us and is near us. He never leaves us. It is us, who is often unaware of His nearness. It is us who fill our lives with distraction.
So don’t be manipulated, even by well meaning ministers. As a follower of Jesus, you cannot in any way make or influence how the Lord feels about you. It is covered. He feels great about you and He is looking past all that you feel is wrong about you.