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How To Identify If Your Pastor Is Real Or Fake 



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Knowing whether a pastor is fake or real is undoubtedly an intricate and delicate issue, as it revolves around personal faith and the interpretation of religious doctrines.

Therefore, it is important to approach this matter with a receptive mindset and reverence for diverse convictions.

Christianity stands as one of the most prevalent religions globally, founded upon the faith in the birth, crucifixion, and resurrection of Jesus Christ.

However, for selfish interests and reasons only known to the supposed men of God, Pastors, Reverends and Spiritual leaders of many Christian organizations, they have deceived, brainwashed and led their gullible congregation and followers astray in the guise of leading them to Christ.

Beware Of False Prophets – Jesus Christ Had Warned

During Jesus’ lifetime, he warned and his followers to remain vigilant and steadfast in their faith as false prophets and teachers of the gospel would emerge. He advised them to be beware of various false doctrines and urged them to be careful of deceitful prophets.

This was highlighted in Mathew 7:15- 20.

“15 – Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but underneath are ravenous wolves.k
16 – By their fruits, you will know them. Do people pick grapes from thornbushes, or figs from thistles?
17 – Just so, every good tree bears good fruit, and a rotten tree bears bad fruit.
18 – A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a rotten tree bear good fruit.
19 – Every tree that does not bear good fruit will be cut down and thrown into the fire.
20 – So by their fruits, you will know them.” The scripture reads.

How To Identify Fake Pastors, Teachers Of The Gospel

Below are some points to consider in identifying fake pastors.

Note: Please be informed that these points are not perfect indicators and should be weighed within the context of your convictions.

Doctrinal inconsistencies:

  • Do the pastor’s teachings align with the core tenets of the faith they represent? Do they digress significantly from established scriptures or teachings?
    Beware of teachings that focus on fear-mongering, superstitions, or personal aggrandizement of the pastor.

Character and conduct:

  • Does the pastor live a life that reflects the message they preach? This includes aspects like holiness, compassion, humility, honesty, and financial integrity.
  • Always look out for excessive emphasis on material wealth, extravagant lifestyles, or claims of special powers or privileges.

Leadership and relationships:

  • Does the pastor foster a healthy and supportive community within the church? Are they open to questions and respectful of differing viewpoints?
  • Be wary of leaders who always want to be in control over others, manipulate or exploit members, or create division among the congregation.

Financial practices:

  • Are the church’s finances transparent and used responsibly? Is there fair and open communication about funding and expenditures?
  • Avoid pastors who place excessive emphasis on tithing and donations, especially those without clear accountability measures.

Spiritual guidance:

  • Does the pastor’s guidance focus on fostering genuine spiritual growth and personal connection with the divine?
  • Do they encourage critical thinking and independent exploration of faith?
  • Beware of pastors who rely heavily on emotional manipulation, promise quick fixes or guaranteed miracles, or claim exclusive access to divine knowledge.

In all these, it is important to bear in mind that determining someone’s spiritual authenticity is ultimately a subjective judgment.

Kindly note that Naija Latest Gist is not a religious-based platform, and the purpose of these points is just to provoke thought and promote thoughtful self-observation.

If you have any concerns regarding a pastor’s behavior or teachings, it is important to discuss them with trusted individuals within the religious community or seek guidance from established religious authorities.

Also, it is important to know that every pastor is an imperfect human being.

True leadership is mostly about acknowledging mistakes and taking steps to rectify them. Instead of hastily labelling someone as “fake,” it is more helpful to prioritize open communication, seeking clarification, and engaging in respectful dialogue.

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