In The Name of Allaah, The Most Merciful The Bestower of Mercy
Imaam Sufyaan Ath-Thawri [rahimahullaah] said:
Whoever lends an ear to a person of innovation, has left the protection of Allaah and is entrusted to it (i.e. to the innovation).
Sheikh Saaleh Al-Fawzaan [may Allaah preserve him] said: Whoever lends an ear to a person of innovation, has left the protection of Allaah:’ The hadith about fleeing from ahlul bidah and not to sit with them, nor to accompany them has proceeded; so, whoever accompanies them and listens to their statements and does not reject them, will be destroyed alongside them. It is not permissible for you to lend an ear to them whilst saying: ‘’I am a believer with strong Eemaan and I am well acquainted with the Aqeedah, and they [i.e. the innovators] cannot have an effect on me.’ This is self -deception [and] trial for the people; for being distant from (the innovators) and not listening to their false statements is Safety. As for lending your ear to them, then you will become worthy of being put to trail alongside them.
And concerning the statement of Sufyaan: ‘And is entrusted to it (i.e. to the innovation)’: Sheikh Saaleh Al Fawzaan commented: Because Allaah safeguards the one who seeks safety with Him but the one who listens to innovation is worthy of being put to trial by it. He is entrusted to it and is removed from the Protection of Allaah (Glorified and Exalted be He].
It-haaful Qaaree pages 316-317 Vol: 2. abridged and slightly paraphrased