David Wilkerson also has had a ministry to gays as well as to druggies [sometimes they’re both and the same person] in NYC and has been successful. He to suggest a couple years away from the spotlight for people to study and learn similar to St Paul going into the ‘desert’ to study before he started his ministry.
Mylon LeFevre was a Rock Star who became a Christian and then worked as a church janitor for a couple years before getting back into the Christian Music scene.
There are a number of other people who have had similar experiences. The ones who spent a few years reading and studying the Bible and Bible Scholars became grounded and were able to fend off temptation after they reemerged as Christians.
And believe me, if a person once served “the devil” and now serves God, “the devil” is going to throw huge temptations at that person trying to take him back. After all, “the devil” has Saul Alinsky in hell training Community Organizer demons in preparation for sending them to Earth.
Why do you put “devil” in quotes? Do you not think he exists as a distinct personality and an entity at odds with God? Just asking.