Identifying an Issue of Financial misappropriation
Financial Accountability and Monetary transparency is the hallmark of a faithful servant. If you are secretive about your financial transactions with the same people from whom you source the funds, there is a reason for concern.
We know Judas Iscariot was the custodian of the Money Bag for Jesus’s Group. He always had a cunning way of dealing when it came to MONEY. Look at how John describes a situation.
“He did not say this because he cared about the poor but because he was a thief; as keeper of the money bag, he used to help himself to what was put into it.”
I guess Judas might have thought that Jesus was unaware of his financial misappropriation. However, in fact, Jesus was longsuffering and allowing him an opportunity for repentance. I also guess that the rest of the apostles had their private conversations about Judas’s behaviour. Therefore John wrote about Judas like this in the above-quoted verse.
TPM’s Financial Secrecy
The Pentecostal Mission (TPM) is an organization that is headquartered in India and has a bulk of its operation conducted in India. TPM does not issue any receipts for the donations they receive. Believers give these donations in good faith. These believers do not have any clue on how this money are handled. However, its common knowledge that the income of the organization is quite a phenomenal one as they have been purchasing land and properties in many places around the World. They have been upgrading their facilities with the most premium features. Moreover, we also constantly hear of some TPM Minister eloping with Worker sisters, siphoning off much money. So it is not to be doubted that this organization is flush with cash. The believers(source of funds) have no say in how these funds are utilized.
The believers are intimidated by the subtle threats issued by these Ministers and are scared to ask about these issues. As a result, these Ministers get bolder and they think they can do more of these things. What better example do you need for the prophetic fulfilment of Luke 12:45
“But suppose the servant says to himself, ‘My master is taking a long time in coming,’ and he then begins to beat the other servants, both men, and women, and to eat and drink and get drunk.”
TPM’s Contribution to Society
This organization has not even bothered to do any charity work like Orphanage, Old Age homes, Destitute homes etc. However, they are at the forefront of criticizing people who do these kinds of things. I personally have witnessed a TPM Minister praying for Hospitals to be closed in the city. Ironically, not even a fly gets healed in their healing services.
I have also heard from reliable sources about Cash-Burning in gunny bags in Kottarakkara and Chennai Faith homes to avoid Income Tax raids. It’s quite disgusting that they could burn cash when many of their own believers have a hard time with survival.
If they somehow contribute some money, they will ensure that they make a big show by getting it advertised in the Local Newspapers. But as an organization, TPM cannot be found to be helping their poor neighbourhood.
What does the Bible Say about Financial Accountability and Transparency?
The Church at Jerusalem was going through much famine. Therefore, Paul the Apostle received collection money from various churches to deliver it to the Church at Jerusalem. Let us see how he handled that money.
Nobody doubts the honesty and sincerity of Paul. But let us see what was the example set by Paul.
“We want to avoid any criticism of the way we administer this liberal gift.21 For we are taking pains to do what is right, not only in the eyes of the Lord but also in the eyes of man.”
Now He wanted to make sure that this whole thing is done in a faithful manner. Therefore he added one extra brother as well from the assembly to carry the money and see how it is being ministered. Check the next verse.
“In addition, we are sending with them our brother who has often proved to us in many ways that he is zealous, and now even more so because of his great confidence in you”
Now my question to all TPM Ministers is this.
Will you Open up the Books of account, faithfully to all believers in the Church so that your financial transactions are transparent?
Now please do not give an excuse telling us that your organization is Audited. We all know that these audits by your own internal folks are hogwash. It has to be audited by an external agency and the audit results published for each Faith Homes. Be Transparent.
Are you willing to display Financial Accountability and Monetary Transparency instead of the secretive Judas Iscariot way?