Before we discuss some praising techniques from TPM, we would like to let our reader know what is the importance of Praising God.
Why Do we need to Praise God?
We need to recognize God as our Creator and Praise him for his Majesty.
Know that the Lord, He is God; it is He who has made us, and not we ourselves; we are His people and the sheep of His pasture. Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, and into His courts with praise. Be thankful to Him, and bless His name. (Psalm 100:3–4).
Our God Dwells in praises. The Bible says that God inhabits in the praises of His people (Psalms 22:3). In other words, God “dwells” in the atmosphere of His praise. This means that praise is more than a reaction of coming into His presence… praise to God is a vehicle of faith which takes us into His presence and power! Praise and worship are the “gate-pass” which allows us to enter the sacredness of His glory.
For What Should we NOT praise God for?
There is a clear line drawn, between Praising and Flattering. We should never praise God to get some of our things done. That is called Flattery. God knows the intents of our heart. We should not be deluded into thinking that by Praising God, he will get our materialistic needs/wants to be fulfilled. Many of TPM Pastors have been living in this delusion. They think that shouting “Praise The Lord” many times is a key to get our things done. They somehow have gotten around the “Thy will be done” part of the Lord’s prayer.
You can take a visit to any faith homes and see this phenomenon. Many times the Pastor tells like this…” Let us Praise God for getting XYZ* things done”. They somehow think that God cannot see through it. Immediately after he tells this, the entire Church crowd repeats “Praise The Lord” few times. They do it like chanting Mantra. Most of the time, these crowd will not even meditate on the matter. They are so tuned to recite it, that it happens automatically. Repetitive praising without meditating does not reach God.
Condition of your heart is the key
Our heart needs to be where our mouth is. The Condition of the Heart is more important than the utterance of the Lips. (Matthew 15:8). God is least interested in the technicalities of praising if your heart is in the right place. At the same time, any amount of repetitive praising will do no good if your heart is worldly.
There is nothing wrong in praying for your earthly needs. But pray as a Child asks the Father. Do not go into a frenzy to manipulate and force it out of the Father by these Vain Praisings.
What did Jesus say about it?
“But when ye pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen do: for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking.” Matthew 6:7
Such repetitions of “Praise The Lord” without proper meditation of God’s Majesty is just Vain Repetition with the motivation of Flattering God. Such things are forbidden for Christians. But unfortunately, TPM has borrowed this technique from Catholicism and Oriental Religions.
Extremes of Flattering/Praising Techniques from TPM
There is a Senior Pastor in TPM named M.T Thomas. He has taken this technique of praising God to an extreme. He tells his folks that if you have a need, just remember that need and praise God for 500 times every day for one month at a stretch on your knees and then your need will be fulfilled. I have always wondered, is God that easy to be manipulated? Is our God like the Hindu gods and goddesses who needs such penance before he meets our needs? Do we need to use such force against God to get our materialistic needs fulfilled?
Now in TPM, there are few specialists who have improvised on Pastor M.T Thomas’s technique and has ensured that the total numbers are correct. Therefore, they have asked the gullible believers in their churches to write down their daily 500 “Praise The Lord” so that they can check it out for themselves. I am surprised how can people become so blind and follow all these nonsenses. They surely think that God is just like one of their Pastors who can be tricked by these Mantras.
I sincerely pray for people to be delivered out of this ignorance.
“And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” John 8:32