When we as Christians look at Idols like the one shown below, we will exclaim that it looks so ugly. Some will say that is so nonsensical. However, we should look a little further than the external structure.
You made a statue out of your own skill and craftsmanship and then you set it up on a pedestal and you worship him. I know most TPMers will agree with the proposition that Idol worship by gentiles is abhorrent. However, they do not have the grace to look inside and ask whether they also do the same?
I have been in TPM for many long years to understand an exceptional case and to understand what is the Norm. Let me come to my point. If you would have noted a typical testimony in your local TPM Church, you would have noticed one subtle but a very dangerous trend. You should have been dumb not have noticed this. In a good number of testimonies, the witness testifies that some or few of their Needs/Wants were met by the Prayers of the Saints (intending TPM Ministers). Surprisingly, they do not even mention the faithfulness or mercy of God in getting that thing done. They omit God from the whole thanksgiving part. Then they continue their testimony and sit down. The Next person also says something very similar to that. This is a NORM in TPM Faith Home Sunday Service.
My Simple Questions
- When the witness testifies that they had their wants met by the Prayers of The Saints (intending TPM Ministers), who are they giving their worship/praise to? Certainly, God is not in the whole focus. They do not even consider it important to tell that it was the Faithfulness of God that met their needs. These people should have at least remembered Psalm 23:1. Such praise to humans are very inappropriate for anybody who had even had a cursory look at his bible. But we can give them a pass as they are still in the learning phase and needs correctional teaching. But what surprises me is the next point.
- Why don’t the TPM Ministers rebuke and correct the Testifier? This is because they like the adulation / praise and worship that should have been given to God, to be accorded to them. Do they even realize that they are REPLACING GOD for these ignorant believers? I think they do realize it. But the God of this World(Satan) makes them feel elated by such testimonies and they are carried away thinking very highly of themselves. Now do you understand the reason for their arrogance and Pride?
A Godly response
If you are truly Godly, how should you be responding to a situation like this? Let us turn to Rev 19:10
At this I fell at his feet to worship him. But he said to me, “Don’t do that! I am a fellow servant with you and with your brothers and sisters who hold to the testimony of Jesus. Worship God! For it is the Spirit of prophecy who bears testimony to Jesus.”
Observe how the Angel of the Lord Corrected the Apostle when he was mistaken.
But then you do not expect such a correction from a TPM Minister because they have the satanic urge to take these praises which was supposed to be for God for themselves. They do not consider the TPM Believer as a Fellow-Servant as the angel considered himself to be. They consider the Believer as a Subordinate slave whose needs has to be recommended by them to God. They somehow think that they are nearer to God that that lowly believer. This is in stark violation of all Scriptures of the new Testament. Now do you understand the reason for their arrogance and Pride?