5. Sound Moral Rectitude
Charisma cannot replace character in the ministry. There is nothing wrong with being charismatic; but everything is wrong with being charismatic without character. The foundation that sustains ones ministerial excellence and effectiveness before God and man is character. Your yea has to be yea and your nay must be nay.
Lies, infidelity, financial misappropriation, hypocrisy etc are examples of moral decadence that must not be found in the lives of believers not to talk of spiritual leaders.
Paul speaking said: “Recompense to no man evil for evil. Provide things honest in the sight of all men” Rom 12:17.
There are those who claim that their salvation is obvious before God. But the Bible says our salvation should also be obvious before men. In other words, that you are saved is not something God alone can attest to; man should be able to trust your salvation. Provide things honest in the sight of all men.
Paul pushed it further in II Cor. 8:21 “Providing for honest things, not only in the sight of the Lord, but also in the sigh of men”.
This speaks to the issues of integrity and honesty.
Samuel said to the Israelites, “Behold, here I am: witness against me before the Lord, and before his anointed: whose ox have I taken? Or whose ass have I taken? Or whom have I defrauded? Whom have I oppressed? Or of shoes hand have I received any bribe to blind mine eyes therewith? And I will restore it to you” (I Sam 12:3)
You as a spiritual leader should be able to ask this question and receive a negative answer like Samuel received.
The Israelites answered thus; Thou hast not defrauded us, nor oppressed us, neither hast thou taken aught of any mans hand.
Spiritual leadership thrives on the platform of integrity. God will never use a man who lacks integrity.
Apostle Paul said the same thing; “I have coveted no mans silver, or gold, or apparel. Yea, ye yourselves know, that these hands have ministered unto my necessities, and to them that were with me” ( Acts 20:33,34.)
Sound moral rectitude is necessary in spiritual leadership. Build integrity and honesty around your life. If the people distrust you, you cannot lead them. They will not be subject to your leadership.
How bad would it be for your followers to see you as a liar, extortioner, immoral and etc. You will lose their trust.
Dr Godwyns Ade’ AGBUDE