Is he a someone who declares himself to be sent from God and sports a Title, degree, and an ordination certificate? Is he a leader that declares himself to be God's anointed? Is he on TV, radio, or behind a pulpit? Is he famous, rich, well known, popular, wears a backwards collar or priest's shirt? Is he a man of God because dozens, hundreds, even thousands follow his ministry?
Mat 10:39 He that finds his life shall lose it; and he that loses his life for my sake shall find it.
Mat 16:25 For whoever would save his life shall lose it: and whosoever shall lose his life for my sake shall find it.
He loves God and seeks to put God first, exalting Jesus.
He loves people, including his enemies and those that speak against him when he seeks to do good for them.
He speaks *evil of no man. (*slander, malice, to hurt)
He's in the world not of it. John 17:16
He does not take pleasure in worldly matters other than being responsible and law abiding.
His prayers are effective.
He is not afraid of demons and has cast them out.
He is mature in the faith and believes what God says.
He prays for people and many receive healing.
His words bring life, not traditions.
He seeks FOR God's sheep, not FROM them.
He does not self promote his name, face, or ministry. He is dead to that.
He builds God's kingdom, not his own.
He does not look to God's people for money or praise. John 5:41 I receive not glory from men.
He does not want people's money or to be honored by them. Luke 6:26 Woe unto you, when all men shall speak well of you! for in the same manner did their fathers to the false prophets.
He points people to the Jesus of Scripture, not the jesus of his tradition, denomination, "doctrinal statement", "creed", or even what he thinks.
He does not "justify himself" or make excuses when he is wrong.
He does not have a "church manual", "bylaws", rules, or membership list.
He seeks to make people followers and disciples of Jesus, not himself.
He will answer and reason, but not argue.
His loyalty is to God, not a country, political party, nor a denomination.
He does not seek fame, a crowd of followers, or popularity.
He seeks and desires "holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord." -and not false external holiness
God's Word flows out of him, "if any speak, let him speak as an oracle of God"
God confirms his words. So do Scriptural signs and wonders,"these signs shall follow them that believe..."
He speaks the truth in love.
He reproves, rebukes, and exhorts with all long-suffering and doctrine.
He studies God's Word diligently and can "rightly divide" the Word of truth. 2Timothty 2:15 He repents when God shows him his error.
He does not justify the wicked.
He won't tell a person lost in sin that they are saved.
He recognizes the Spirit of God in others.
He does not exchange his ministry for a paycheck, perks, or special privileges. God provides for him.
He knows how to live by faith and never begs.
He goes to God for his needs, not the church.
He knows God will supply his every need. Phil 4:19
He receives freely, he gives freely. Mat. 10:8
He gives in private where God sees, not in public where men see. Mat. 6:4
He loves God, not mammon. Mat. 6:24
He remembers the poor. Gal. 2:10
He does not have extravagant "fundraisers".
He humbles himself to the Word, even when it hurts.
He does not defend himself, he defends God's sheep.
He has suffered and suffers rejection.
He is disliked by the establishment religious leadership.
He forgives them that reject him, dishonor him, and despise him.
He still loves them.
He is sober, not trite.
He never tells a risque joke.
He does not crave attention or feed on the attention of a crowd.
He is dead or on the path of dying to self.
He does not use gimmicks, manipulation, or flaunt his authority.
He speaks with God's authority because he speaks God's Words.
He is the head of his home in word and deed, and provides for them.
His neighbors, co-workers, and relatives know he is a Christian.
He has testified to all of them.
He resists the devil. James 4:7
He appears weak, but he is strong. 2Cor 12:10 Wherefore I take pleasure in weaknesses, in injuries, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses, for Christ's sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong.
He overcomes temptation consistently. He is dead.
He comes in the nature, character, and authority of Jesus. The Name above every name, not his own.
He is not impressed by the rich, famous, or powerful whether they call themselves Christian or not.
He is a servant, not a king or a hireling.
He and his family are not royalty.
He does what Jesus said a disciple would do. Mark 16:16-20
He has renounced ownership of 100% not just 10%. Luke 14:33.
He is not in competition with other ministries, nor does he compare himself to them.
He follows God's Word, not somebody's book, ministry organizational Statement, or program for growth.
Drink waters out of thine own cistern, And running waters out of thine own well.
Those who know the Lord will love him.
Those who love their religion will loathe him.