Here are a few points you can identify a truth man of God; pastor, prophet, prophetess, bishop, reverend, evangelist.
They should be Christ-like. The anointing is not what makes the person, but the character. Jesus had compassion for the people.
The pastor should be like Jesus who was a good shepherd and laid down his own life for the sheep.
The good shepherd tends to the sheep. He is not only interested in their milk and meat but cares for their wellbeing.
He checks to see if the animals are not feeling well and administers help instead of stepping on them and leaving the kraal.
The challenge with most of the pastors is that they just wake up and say they are pastors when they are not sent by anyone.
A genuine pastor should have a discerning spirit. In the Bible, Jesus knew when Peter was canal and had to rebuke him.
If a person preaches a one-sided gospel, they are not genuine. The pastor should be able to preach a balanced message.
You can have a prosperity message, but in the end, go to hell. Being wealthy is not the most important thing, but the salvation of your soul. You can have all the cars, land and houses, but end up in hell.
Anyone who wants to be a pastor should have a desire to minister to people.
He should be a husband of one wife and should be able to lead his household well. As a father, the pastor should be able to take care of his family members well.
If he cannot take care of his own family, how can he be able to take care of the entire church, which is a bigger institution. Since the husband is the head of the family, he also represents Christ who is also the head of the Church.
The pastor automatically becomes a spiritual father to the people in church since he is like God.
A genuine pastor should be with the thorough knowledge of the word of God so that he can be able to feed God’s flock well.
His conduct also in the community should be with no fault so that he can bring many to Christ.