"Birds of a feather..." It may seem mean or heartless to stop affiliating with those that share a long life history with us. When we begin to make a stand for the Kingdom, the enemy is ever-present to try to take us off the path of righteousness. A decision must be made. Where do you stand? Who's on the Lord's side?
If this means that we cannot go to lunch with certain people, so be it! If people who call themselves friends will not respect the calling of God on your life, it's time to change your circle of influence. When we say "No, I will NOT have this dance," because it compromises our position a dance minister, our decisions should be final. If your associates get upset because you do not attend every party, gathering, and event, it's time to press the ignore button.
There is no room for compromise. It's the "little foxes" that spoil the vine. A little leaven leavens the whole lump. Those who have the most influence in our lives must be willing and honest enough to tell us when we are veering from the path. As iron sharpens iron, we will have some uncomfortable challenges with those who truly love us. If we are not being advised to do the will of God, it is time to make a change. (In laymens terms, "Dump 'em!")
1 Corinthians 5:11 (NKJV)
But now I have written to you not to keep company with anyone named a brother, who is sexually immoral, or covetous, or an idolater, or a reviler, or a drunkard, or an extortioner—not even to eat with such a person.
1 Corinthians 15:33 (NKJV)
Do not be deceived: “Evil company corrupts good habits.”
Proverbs 13:20 (NKJV)
He who walks with wise men will be wise, but the companion of fools will be destroyed.
Micah 7:5 (NKJV)
Do not trust in a friend; Do not put your confidence in a companion; Guard the doors of your mouth from her who lies in your bosom.