He manifests himself within the true Church, not to say, this God-hating wicked vile world. The spirit of independence from God seduces true Christians into thinking that they can use their own human logic when seeking to understand the Bible. This is an extremely vile thing; it is an abomination for anyone to for a moment think he or she can use one's logic when understanding the Bible. It is blasphemous idolatry. One modern evangelical explained a Biblical concept to me by means of 'transferring the logic'. It was despicable and abominable to use such as phrase. Such is the spirit of independence that has blinded the west, including the church in the west.
One Christian radio station featured an interview between a host and a guest, who was praised to be very 'independent'. It interviewed the guest as she explained when, after she had become a Christian (as she claimed), she was angry at God for Ephesians 5:22 which says, "Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as unto the Lord." She told the host she asked why did God 'slip that in there'. He can because He is Sovereign. Such a question, that which questions God, is illegitimate itself. Even the mere motive of such a question is illegitimate. It is an abominable vile question and should be treated as such.
This is especially obvious in psychology which seeks to take counsel from mere humans who think they are so wise, and completely scorn the Word of God, as most psychologists do. You may say, 'but they do not go around laughing at it and cursing people who follow the Bible'. That may be true, but they scorn it by refusing to seek the counsel from the Word of God. To refuse to seek counsel from the Word of God itself is to scorn the Word and the Author of the Word. Failing to read the Word of God is itself to hate the Word and the Author of the Word.
The spirit of independence manifests himself through people-pleasing and people-fearing Christians. Many Christians today are people-pleasing and have a fear of people. They water down Biblical concepts and the so-called 'offensiveness' of it, that is, to God-haters, pandering to the carnal human sensitivities. Watering down Biblical concepts or emphasising one concept at the expense of another out of fear of the unsaved is a manifestation of the spirit of independence. This is exactly how the spirit of independence has worked through the church throughout the ages to cause division, rivalry and competition between different denominations.
He feeds on the fear of man that many Christians have, leading them to water down some Biblical concepts and placing over-emphasis on one Biblical truth at the expense of another, such that a heresy arises. These different 'interpretations' come from fear of man, the reverence for the "abilities" and "wisdom" of man, rather than fear of God.
Fear of man need not necessarily be to fear what others think of oneself. It includes a great reverence of the "wisdom" and "knowledge" of mere human beings - fallible, ignorant, weak, carnal, foolish human beings. As long as one thinks that humans entitled to not rely on God in all things, even to the slightest, one has a fear of people. This is exactly what fear of people is. The spirit of independence feeds on such fear of people to puff up the flesh into acting independently of God in one's rebellion.
The spirit of independence feeds on such earthly, sensual demonic wisdom (James 3:15). As such, this wisdom thrives on bitter envying and strife (James 3:14). Such bitter envying and strife leads to rivalry, competition and division which are sins of the flesh. Galatians 5:19-21 says that "Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God."
It must be noted that such things have no place in the kingdom of God for these things, including rivalry, competition and division are against God. Rivalry, competition and division are of sins of flesh, and of the spirit of independence. Earthly, sensual and demonic wisdom not only believes that such sins are legitimate, but that such sins are righteous and wise. It thinks that anything the challenges rivalry, competition and division is not only foolish, but oppressive, evil and wicked, as though caring and cooperation are evil and wicked. Such is the spirit of independence.