Accountability and Monetary Transparency

Financial Accountability

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.”

John 12:6

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 behavior. 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.

Financial Accountability and Monetary Transparency
Do what is right, not only in the eyes of the Lord but also in the eyes of man (2 Cor 8:21)

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 fulfillment 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 in 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 neighborhood.

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.”

2 Corinthians 8:20,21

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”

2 Corinthians 8:22

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 a 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?

 

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18 Comments on “Accountability and Monetary Transparency”

  1. Bible very clearly says we should pay out taxes sincerely. The TPM does not maintain any record of their accounts because they don’t give any receipts to the donations they receive. Then How can they pay their taxes. If so, all their accounts and taxes are fabricated. All their pastors from top to bottom is involved in it. Will such people will go to “Zion”?




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  2. These so called saints claim and believers believe that they have left everything to go to “Zion”. The entire world now know what they have left and what they do behind the scenes. Then why they are not revealing their authentically audited account details? Why they are buying so much properties and constructing huge mansions? More over their properties are covered with huge walls. These are they people who really left everything, if so, they should have been in Himalayan mountains. Is it not a method of converting black money into white money because even a lay man knows huge amount of black money is involved in real estate business…..




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  3. its disgusting to know such a wild crime happened in a church by the people who were with him who have come to serve God.
    kindly post fotos of murderers
    There are some 10 to 30% within this church who serve faithfully and their lives would be in danger when the church try their best to protect the killers. This will happen more frequently and these wolves would prey on innocent sisters too.
    the management should suspend immediately the killers and bring justice to the victim and protect the innocent people who are serving there




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  4. Shaji, Augustine & Jasper

    It sounds like the three of you have given crores of rupees to TPM.

    Too bad you didn’t give it to the God.
    He would have rewarded you justly.

    TPM is registered legally as a religious society as per the laws of India.
    Hence, it is exempt from paying any income tax.

    However, when land is bought or sold, property taxes are paid.

    Fear not!
    The crores you have given have not gone to build palaces or buy luxury cars or private jets for the chief pastors.
    It hasn’t gone so that the pastors’ children can go to colleges and universities.
    It hasn’t gone to first class travel or holidays for the pastors.

    It has gone to holding public conventions so that the word of God can be preached to the mass public.
    It has gone to help poor and needy believers.
    It has gone to print and distribute magazines and books containing the word of God.

    And, yes, it has gone towards acquiring land to expand faith homes where the congregations have grown.
    In the coming years, land will be a scarcity and strategically when an opportunity arises, the church acquires land.
    It remains an asset of the church.
    No individual worker benefits from it.

    One of the reason receipts are not given is so that no one knows how much anyone has given and no record is kept of who has and who hasn’t given money.
    I have seen people standing in line at our church handing over thousands and also people who hand over as little as ten rupees (because that is what they have).
    They are giving it to God – not to the pastor.

    With regards to contribution to society, the TPM leadership has never espoused this.
    Believers are free to contribute to any charity or social welfare that they wish to help.

    If you don’t like the tithing principle of TPM, then give your money elsewhere.

    Money given to any good cause with a good heart and with a good intention will always be honored by God.

    I give money to all sorts of charities and also directly to individuals and families that are less fortunate than me.

    Open your mind, my friends.

    Our God is great and he doesn’t need our money.
    He is the creator of heaven and earth.
    Whether we give or not, His will will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.

    God bless you.




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    1. Last year I heard a Tpm worker state that convention is not for the public but for the believers only. This might be a Western policy as things are different in the east, aren’t they? Maybe in TPM’s eternity we will have Zion East and Zion West. What a sad state of affairs.




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  5. Brother Vik Gant,
    I sincerely appreciate your boldness and the concern for needy when you wrote “Money given to any good cause with a good heart and with a good intention will always be honoured by God. I give money to all sorts of charities and also directly to individuals and families that are less fortunate than me. ” I salute you from the bottom of my heart. How many of your TPM friends are doing such an honourable deed? How many TPM saints encourage such a noble attitude..
    But unfortunately I cannot agree with your on other contentions.
    Our God is not a beggar for my money or your money. We are not giving to God. We are giving to theses pastors and churches for their luxury.
    Do you think our God is partial, Never. At least as far as I am concerned my God is absolutely Impartial.
    One of my very close friends had a horrible experience in a Delhi faith home. On the same table they served another man with meat fish and other lavish items, but for him only sambar and rasam. Is this the work of God?
    For any donations or gifts God never said you should not give receipts. If they are sincere and following scripture it is their minimum courtesy to submit the audited accounts by an external agency. At the same time the members are allowed to discuss the transactions. These are only a dream in TPM.
    John 15:15 : No longer do I call you servants, for a servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all things that I heard from My Father I have made known to you.
    What is the treatment given by these so called SAINTS to the members? It is no way near friends, but worse than a servant.
    May God bless you with more biblical understanding to stand with the truth and oppose the man made teachings and doctrines which doesn’t have any reverence to the WORD OF GOD. AMEN.




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    1. You said
      Our God is not a beggar for my money or your money. We are not giving to God. We are giving to theses pastors and churches for their luxury.
      1. TPM never begs for money. No collection plate or bag is passed around like in other churches. All offerings are completely voluntary.
      2. Please explain to me what luxury the pastors are enjoying.

      Do you think our God is partial, Never. At least as far as I am concerned my God is absolutely Impartial.
      One of my very close friends had a horrible experience in a Delhi faith home. On the same table they served another man with meat fish and other lavish items, but for him only sambar and rasam. Is this the work of God?

      I am not doubting your friend’s experience. If it happened exactly as you described it, then it is sad.
      But, to this I say and ask myself “What would our late Pastor Don or Pastor TU Thomas say if they were treated like that?”

      I think they would rejoice because
      1. They got some food – whether it is rasam & sambar or meat & fish, they got some food. A true Christian will never covet what another man has. In fact, pastors Don and TU would have praised God that this fellow brother got a better serving that they did.
      2. They will rejoice because they were preparing themselves to be at the heavenly feast.

      Brother – the experience your friend has is a great opportunity to test our ego and pride.
      It’s only food. The taste last lasts for a few moments, the food gets digested, we get some energy and then we know what happens to it.

      Consider it a tiny little suffering for the Lord’s sake.

      If the worker in the faith home did wrong, then he/she will get their just reward.

      Let’s rejoice that our faith homes today are able to offer free food to visitors.

      There was a time when they starved, but still did not beg.
      They prayed and the Lord fed them.

      For any donations or gifts God never said you should not give receipts. If they are sincere and following scripture it is their minimum courtesy to submit the audited accounts by an external agency. At the same time the members are allowed to discuss the transactions. These are only a dream in TPM.
      John 15:15 : No longer do I call you servants, for a servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all things that I heard from My Father I have made known to you.
      What is the treatment given by these so called SAINTS to the members? It is no way near friends, but worse than a servant.

      The Bible tells us clearly what God has said and hasn’t said.
      But, he has also given us some common sense and wisdom.

      I’m curious to know:
      1. Why do you want receipts?
      I would like to quote the following texts from Matthew 6:1-4 which says
      – 1. Take heed that ye do not your alms before men, to be seen of them: otherwise ye have no reward of your Father which is in heaven.
      – 2. Therefore when thou doest thine alms, do not sound a trumpet before thee, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may have glory of men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward.
      – 3. But when thou doest alms, let not thy left hand know what thy right hand doeth:
      – 4. That thine alms may be in secret: and thy Father which seeth in secret himself shall reward thee openly.

      If you need to keep a record, you know you can offer your tithe as a cheque as well, so there is a record of the transaction.
      Once you have given your tithe, forget about it.
      Don’t sit and think about what is being done with the money.
      If your intention is good, then the Lord will consider it when he prepares your reward.

      – The trouble with giving receipts is that people will naturally start talking about how much they gave and a competitive spirit will emerge where rich people will try to outdo each other with their giving and poor people will be helpless bystanders wishing they could be rich.
      Unfortunately, this is especially true for us Indian people.
      We are too curious about what others are doing and too eager to tell everybody about how great we are.

      This will further encourage the spirits of envy, jealousy, greed, covetousness and pride.

      – The other problem with everybody knowing what the others have given is that people will start claiming influence and authority on the leadership based on how much they give. So far, the church leadership has not had to bow to the whims and fancies of any influential person. This keeps them free to preach what they are inspired to preach and to practice as per guidance.

      As it is, we have some people who claim that because of the length of their believership (sic), they are more important than others.
      Some people think that because their parents or grandparents did some generous things for the church, they are entitled to some special treatment.

      – Another thing to consider is that a lot of people, especially people in rural areas tend to give their tithe in the form of goods, services and money. Some people help materially in kind by offering the use of vehicles, building materials, technical skills, etc.

      How do you give receipts for sacks of potatoes or time spent helping in the church premises?

      All of this is tithe to the Lord as he knows what each individual is capable of. Is it not so?

      2. Auditing their accounts and complying with the laws of the land, is the job of the church leadership. It’s not ours.

      Please note that I am not an authority on the tax laws in India, but I have a basic understanding.
      As a religious organisation, the church is not entitled to pay any income tax.
      From what I know, donations made by the public are not to be included in the income of the organisation.
      (i could be wrong on this, so if there are any tax experts here, perhaps they can enlighten us.)

      The church has been around for nearly 90-something years. If they were not complying with the laws, then the authorities would have pulled them up already.

      Now, please don’t start talking about how the leadership “buys” influence with the authorities as is claimed in some parts of this site. By saying that you are generalizing that all our chief pastors and pastors over the last 90 years were and are corrupt individuals.

      3. Which members are you referring to?
      Do you pay an membership fee? Do you have a card or some form of identity showing that you are a member?
      Are you suggesting that TPM should discuss their transactions openly with any person who comes and sits in the assembly and claims to be a “member”?

      I AM NOT A MEMBER OF TPM.
      I am a believer in Jesus Christ, my Lord and saviour.
      I worship with a group of people who I believe live a life that is as close to that of the apostles of the 1st century.
      I believe that they are living as exemplary a life as they can.
      I believe that God will judge them just the same for their rights and wrongs.
      I don’t want any membership card or any certificate.

      Finally,
      May God bless you with more biblical understanding to stand with the truth and oppose the man made teachings and doctrines which doesn’t have any reverence to the WORD OF GOD. AMEN.

      Thank you for this prayer for me.

      I strive everyday to not be influenced by men.

      The Lord has given us all knowledge, but not all of us have his wisdom.
      Wisdom is knowing what to do with our knowledge.

      I think James 1:5-8 puts it correctly that
      “5. If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.
      6. But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed.
      7. For let not that man think that he shall receive any thing of the Lord.
      8. A double minded man is unstable in all his ways.”

      The argument of this site is that TPM doctrines are man-made.

      If you think about it, from a common sense point of view, this very site and the interpretations of the admin and his team are all man-made too.

      Of course, they quote the scriptures to “prove” their point.

      But then so did Jimmy Swaggart, Jim Bakker and numerous others who took money openly, gave receipts, audited their accounts and then went on to live lavish lifestyles and went down for their sins of the flesh and fraud.

      If you ask me,
      1. On one hand I see the admin and his team railing against TPM, it’s leaders, workers and even believers.
      They have no identity, no names, no credentials.
      Their record of accomplishments are
      – setting up this website
      – spreading biased, one-sided, unsubstantiated reports by dubious people
      – accusing and abusing others
      – inviting similar minded people to partake in the above

      2. On the other hand, I see The Pentecostal Mission – an organisation founded by a man named Ramankutty
      – who chose the name Paul after salvation
      – who lived a life of austerity and gave up everything he had in the world to serve God and to spread the word of God
      – who lived according to the revelation of God to him
      – who taught his fellow brothers what he learnt.
      – suffered poverty and ridicule from society for his faith
      – whose entire family served the Lord with him and after him

      Now, you tell me who i should take seriously.

      TPM has been through its rough patches when external forces have tried to divide it asunder.
      Those that tried to break the church have all disappeared. (No, the chief pastors did not murder them 🙂 !)

      But the Lord has preserved it and he will continue to do so in his time and according to his will.

      May God bless you, preserve you in this life and prepare your soul for eternity.
      I pray that we are all together at the rapture.




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      1. Vik Gant,
        It is pathetic that still you can’t understand the truth. Who said TPM don’t beg, they are bigger beggars than other churches. Others ask openly but here in CPL everything is clandestine. who is bigger in this aspect? You don’t give money for 3 months, see what happens? What luxury they don’t enjoy you tell me frankly. A married is attached to only one day where as these people are promiscuous.
        You are with the persecutor than with the persecuted. Sad affair. What do you know about these Don and Thomas, one was a real don another real doubting thomas. They never practised what they preached. Don’t you have any shame still in defending all these dirty and unbiblical teachings.
        I don’t have the patience to read all your masks. You read Mathew from the beginning till the end without TPM lens you can understand everything without any ambiguity.
        Kindly read the testimonies of Sosamma and Sam in some other article. You mean they are not true. Nobody can contest the experience of others especially when they suffered endlessly without even a soothing word from anybody.
        MAY GOD BLESS YOU.




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        1. Brother Shaji

          I am happy for you that you are part of this fellowship of “beggars”, as you call them.

          You must be part of something greater and better and perfect, in order for you to call TPM such names.

          Whether pastor Don or pastor Thomas were what you say they were, I am sure that you would never be able to live 1 week of your life the way they lived decades.
          So, please be careful with my tongue. A true Christian knows that God hears all your words and knows all your thoughts.

          Let not these words and thoughts become a curse on you or your family.

          TPM and it’s pastors, if they are wrong, will get the right justice from God.

          Don’t worry about that.




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        2. Dear Brother,
          I dont know how far u know abt TPM Doctrines
          TPM Follows the Bilble Especially as u mentioned ( Mathew first to last) Better than any other Denominations.
          We are not intimated by the leaders, we are guided, we dont follow a man, but the word of god.
          Tithe Offering is not giving your hard earned money for some human,
          The money is Your offering to the lord. he does not want ur money, but he sees the heart with which u offer ur tith…
          If u have Given ur Tiths with hatred or anger, Im sorry, That was in vain.
          It is god who sees ur heart, we hav no rights to judge a servant of god, cause if god has not appointed them, they cant withstand this ministry.
          Even after so many people explaining things to u, if u cant realize, then i feel sorry for u.




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        3. Dear Prince,
          Did you even Bother to read the article?
          Read it and then respond to the article based on definite scriptures not your emotional attachment to TPM Leaders.




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        4. Dear Prince, I think you are being sorry for the wrong person, the admin is saved and he is serving the Christ of the Bible.

          I think you will be sorry if you don’t open your eyes and realise that TPM is taking you for a ride not only here on earth but also your eternal destiny is being compromised.

          Wake up Brother and live like a prince and not a slave to a cult.




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  6. Dear Brethren. Because of one particular truth called tithing I am prosperous. Mine is a story of rags to riches. Famine to feast. I was csi person who never tithed. One day two persons from different parts of globe admonished be regarding tithing at the same time. I wondered. I obeyed because i perceived that to be from god who might want to bless me. Miracles and extraordinary things followed.
    So let not the devil blind us. We are not under the law to tithe, some say. Law has nothing to do with tithing. Abraham who was before the law tithed, so me being a child of Abraham is obligated to tithe. Very simple. Even Jacob tithed.
    In the US and Canada TPM issues receipts. So it is a good idea to have this practice in India for accountability. But the best practice is putting it in the offering box so no minister will have any idea who puts what inorder to avoid favouritism and partiality.
    On other things, Jesus emphatically said about the Pharisees ‘don’t do what they do but do what they say because God has put every member in the body as it hath pleased him. We need TPM Church for our spiritual growth. but you need wisdom to survive in TPM. Please read all the books written by kenneth e hagin. I wish they were all translated in Indian regional languages. He was a great teacher of the bible with great life testimony. Very balanced teaching. Evey TPM believer should read and build their life on his life and teaching. You will be amazed to see the wrong thinking and misinterpretation in TPM which is abundance.




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    1. Brother,
      I used to be an employee of one company earning a pretty good salary and used to pay tithe regularly and faithfully. But there was a time when I got stagnated and then God revealed to me that I am trying to be justified by the Law hence Fallen from Grace.’
      “You who are trying to be justified by the law have been alienated from Christ; you have fallen away from grace.” Galatians 5:4
      So I stopped paying Tithe and started practicing Giving to the poor and the needy.

      Then after some time, I started my own Software development firm and it has since been running on pretty good profit and what more, I employee many people. I earn much more than what I would have earned when I would have worked for someone else. I don’t have to hear someone’s scolding and be in fear of my employment anymore. God takes care of me much better way.

      Now you tell me which is More Blessed, To give Tithe or to Giving.

      I tell you Giving is much better than the Old testament Tithing. But That is a Choice you have to make.


      However, even with so much monetary blessing, I do not consider these are the real deal. All that we need in this pilgrim journey food, Clothing, and Shelter.
      The Real Blessing in our Life is TO BECOME LIKE JESUS…Not this worldly wealth….

      Brother CHANGE YOUR FOCUS…And you will know the True Blessing




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  7. Dear friends in Christ,
    Matthew, Chapter 23

    23. “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you tithe mint and dill and cumin, and have neglected the weightier matters of the law: justice and mercy and faithfulness. These you ought to have done, without neglecting the others.
    So, tithe is important as giving to poor.
    TPM doctrine is the highest. It’s place where people congregate to get the Christ likeness. No one who doesn’t have Christ likeness cannot enter into Zion or new Jerusalem or new heaven and new earth. Including all in the church (workers and believers) are trying to attain Christ likeness. Please don’t see anyone except Jesus Christ. Because He is the only true Christian. Others like us are trying to lead alife as He did. As per our thirst and appetitite He’ll give us grace to change us like him. If we try and try and able to get only 45% or 50% Christ likeness, His grace will give remaining % to get 100% to caught up in the rapture.
    Please don’t see other’s mistakes and loose your good share. Please read Rev. Chap. 22: 11,12.
    Thanks and God bless you.




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    1. “TPM doctrine is highest”

      Let’s think about that for a minute. You mean to say, a denomination that began in the early 1900s (nearly 2 millennium after Christ) has the highest doctrines? Not the early Church, but a denomination that began 2000 years later.
      How do you measure TPM doctrine and call it the highest? Surely you must have a scale to measure it? How about we use scripture as the scale? Let’s look at the doctrines exclusive to TPM (Doctrines regarding mandatory celibacy, new heaven, new earth, Zion, white clothes, medicine, fellowship with other Christians etc). There is no way one can arrive at those doctrines preached in TPM using scripture alone.

      You say we have to aspire to be Christ-like. That’s a noble aspiration that every Christian must have. But the problem is TPM’s vision of being Christ-like is something like this a)wear whites on sundays b)never taste alcohol c)no jewelry d)don’t fellowship with other Christians e)total absolute obedience to church leaders f)no consumption of medicine e)go to every church meeting but don’t bother about helping the poor and the needy f)don’t celebrate birthdays g)don’t keep any pets h)compulsory 10% tithes i)turn a blind eye to sin among church leaders (I can keep going on)
      Now if that’s the Christ-likeness you say the members of “The Church with the highest doctrine” is wishing to attain, I’d rather not have it. That isn’t the real Jesus.




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