I am very much inspired to write this article after hearing the message of Pastor M.T.Thomas at Kottarakkara convention. Time and again we have been highlighting the arrogant attitude of TPM Ministers. The Sermon of Pastor M.T.Thomas on Thursday night at Kottarakkara convention is a glaring testimony of our assertion. I feel sorry for him as he was boasting about their consecration rather than the finished work of Jesus on the cross. Sadly, most of the TPM ministers have made their consecration as the focal point and pushed Jesus and His works to the corner in their sermons. I have been statistically noticing few sermons in my local assembly and checking out how much they preach about Jesus. I should be glad if they even had a passing reference to Jesus in their sermons. Jesus has taken a back seat in the TPM World.
Now coming back to the Kottarakkara sermon of Pastor M.T.Thomas. He emphasized much on consecration to go to Zion and New Jerusalem. Here I would like to remind that, if the consecrations were well enough to go to heaven (Zion & New Jerusalem from TPM perspective), there was no need for Jesus to come and die on the cross.
The Samson Parallel
He mentioned about Samson in his message that, Samson became weak when he lost his consecration. From an angle it’s true. However, from God’s perspective, he permitted this in Samson’s life to prove that his strength is not in his consecration. Samson was living in a deception that his strength comes from the seven locks of his hairs. As Samson told this to Delilah so also many TPM workers are openly telling the crowd about their consecration. In the case Samson, God allowed his head to be shaved to convey a message to him. What was the hidden message God wanted Samson to understand? It’s,”O foolish Samson your strength is not in your hair but I am your strength.” And when he realized this truth, we can see in Judges 16:28 that he humbled himself and cried to the Lord to strengthen him. In verse 30 it’s written that he killed more Philistines than when his seven locks were well intact.
Now again TPM preachers will say that he could do that because as in verse 22 his hairs grew again. It’s true that his hairs grew but once his head was shaved his consecration was lost. Had God given importance to his Nazarite consecration then He shouldn’t have strengthened Samson once he lost it. Any person can understand that it’s not consecration but it’s your trust in God that makes you strong. If there is strength in consecration, then why there is no spectacular healing in their special healing service where thousands of consecrated workers are seated. In fact, they have become so proud of their consecration and because of that God is not working through them. My dear TPM worker stop boasting your consecration and start boasting in the name of Jesus & His finished work on the cross.
The John the Baptist Question
Next point in his message was about John the Baptist. See his audacity to say that John the Baptist cannot go to Zion or New Jerusalem. I cannot understand that how a person can dare to hijack the glory which purely belongs to God. In Isaiah 42:8 God says,”…I will not give my glory to another.“. When we talk about God’s glory there are many aspects and all his actions are are the part of His glory. God has not appointed any man to allot places for others in heaven. It is solely the job of God the father. If any man starts deciding who will occupy which place in heaven, then he is trying to take God’s glory. In fact, they somehow are trying to portray that they know much better than Jesus himself. I wish they had read Mark 10:35-40
TPM Disqualifies their own doctrine
Now let me come to the important point based on his message. He said that John will not go to Zion or New Jerusalem. Why is that so?. If TPM workers boast and lay their claim to Zion just because of their celibacy, then John has more right than them to go there. TPM workers cannot come anywhere near John’s consecration. If TPM workers consider their celibacy the quality to go to Zion then remember that John was also unmarried. Moreover, unlike TPM workers dazzling white, stiff (washed by poor small sisters) Costumes, his clothing was camel’s hair. Unlike TPM workers delicious food (chicken, mutton, costly fish, etc.), his food was locusts & wild honey(Mathew 3:4). He was more consecrated than all.the people on the earth. Yes, concerning that John, Jesus said in Mathew 11:11 ” verily I say unto you , among them that are born of women there hath not risen a greater than John the Baptist: notwithstanding he that is least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he.” .
Why did Jesus say this? He wanted everyone to know that our greatness is not in our consecration but it’s in our belief in his finished work on the cross.
Apostle Paul was a man with many consecration & boasted in them until he was touched by the fact. When he understood that his consecration is nothing, he made a confession in Galatians 6:14 “but God forbid that I should glory, save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ…“. It’s my humble request especially to the TPM believers. Kindly check the bible like people of Berea instead of blindly believing whatever comes from white-clad men & women from behind the pulpit.