One of the favorite tricks played by all cults on their followers is to twist scriptures as per their convenience. Then they follow that twisting with incessant teaching bombardments on their folks. In the process, they ensure that there is no question and answer sessions.
In this post, we discuss a verse which TPM have twisted it beyond recognition for establishing the exclusiveness of their Ministers.
Luke 14:26 “If anyone comes to me and does not hate father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters–yes, even their own life–such a person cannot be my disciple.”
TPM Pastors claim themselves to be “Apostles”. They have this overwhelming desire to be above others and hence they have become self-proclaimed apostles. One of the key verses they take to quote their superiority is Luke 14:26.
When we study scriptures, we need to follow the rules of hermeneutics to avoid any pitfalls. One of the key rules of hermeneutics is to Let Scripture Interpret Scripture. Click here to know the basic rules of hermeneutics.
But before we do that, we need to let our reader know that the above scripture passage is what applies to ALL DISCIPLES. Ignorant TPM Pastors have made a great assumption that Disciple = Apostle. This is a cardinal mistake. A “Disciple” is any follower of Jesus Christ. We all are called to be a disciple.
Matthew 28:19 “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit”
But an Apostle is someone who is called out for a duty and is specially SEND for that purpose. The Meaning of the Word Apostle is “To Be Send“. God willing, we will come up with an apostle series later on.
Therefore, we can conclude that ALL Apostles are Disciples, But not ALL Disciples are Apostles. As the Passage in Luke applies to ALL Disciples, it should be applicable to all true Christians reading this passage.
Let Scripture Interpret Scripture
God has been merciful to put in Four gospel books in our Bible so that we do not err while understanding the passages from them. The above passage in Luke 14:26 needs to be verified against similar passages in the other gospels. We should fear taking out scriptures in isolation as many cults including TPM does.
Let us see what those parallel passages tell us.
Matthew 10:37 – “Anyone who loves their father or mother more than me is not worthy of me; anyone who loves their son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me.”
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Reading the Parallel passages, we can easily understand that Jesus is talking about comparative love and not about any hating as explained by TPM.
Then How did Luke put in HATE instead of comparative Love as mentioned in Matthew?
To understand this, we again need to apply the same rule of hermeneutics Let Scripture Interpret Scripture. Therefore now let us turn to look how the Bible tells us about another incident where comparative love is evident.
Genesis 29:30-31 “And he went in also unto Rachel, and he loved also Rachel more than Leah, and served with him yet seven other years.
31 And when the Lord saw that Leah was hated, he opened her womb: but Rachel was barren”
Please pay attention to the highlighted texts in the above scripture passage. In the first verse(30), it mentions a higher comparative love for Rachel than for Leah. In the Second verse (31) the same comparative love is worded as hate. It’s quite easy for us to understand that Jacob loved Rachel More than Leah which is considered as “Hate” in the next verse. This same pattern is followed in the Gospels where Matthew is telling about Comparative Love and Luke uses the word “Hate”. Therefore, let us understand that the word “Hate” is interchangeable with reverse order of “love more than” phrase when it comes to comparative love.
So in simple terms, ALL DISCIPLES should have higher love towards Jesus when considered with other members of one’s family. God does not want you to be confused with these kinds of scripture twists perfected by TPM Ministers. Beware of such deceptions used at you.
Let us follow the Lord and his Apostles as we see in the Bible. Be not Deceived by any erroneous doctrines.
John 19:26-27 “When Jesus, therefore, saw his mother, and the disciple standing by, whom he loved, he saith unto his mother, Woman, behold thy son! and to the disciple, “Here is your mother.” From that time on, this disciple took her into his home.”
In the above passage, we can see the love and concern for his mother, even though he was GOD incarnate.
1 Timothy 5:8 “But if any provide not for his own, and especially for those of his own house, he hath denied the faith, and is worse than an infidel.”
Paul Calls TPM Ministers as worse than an infidel. Why would you want to be following their erroneous ways?
We know of Parents of TPM Ministers in very bad conditions because they are not funded by their progeny. Somehow the mission has been successful in deluding parents into accepting their fate. Unfortunately they think that working for a human organization is working for GOD.
Hear the Truth and Follow. Question wrong teachings and Study your Bibles before you accept any nonsense coming from the pulpit.
God Bless you.