This would have been funny if it weren’t for the fact that millions are being deceived by TPM. Here is another example that shows TPM is ill-equipped in any kind of meaningful exegesis of scripture. In TPM, “up” means “down” and “down” means “up”. They package every sermon inside a wrapper that reads “deeper truth” and sends it to millions who take it in without thinking twice.
As a Sunday school kid in TPM, I was taught that the meaning of the parable of the 10 virgins was contrary to what the text obviously said. I was taught that the wise virgins were not really wise, but were, in fact, the opposite, who were not ready to meet Jesus at his second coming. The 5 wise virgins were left behind because they weren’t “pure enough”. Jesus left them behind and they experienced the wrath of God that was poured on the earth and had to die as martyrs.
I recently came across this message series by a TPM pastor( Bro Thomas) who reiterated what I was taught as a kid. This series lays bare the competency of TPM when it comes to biblical exegesis. As you listen to it, it becomes pretty apparent that TPM just makes up things that only sound “deep” and “spiritual” but in reality, they are of no value.
“Then the kingdom of heaven will be like ten virgins who took their lamps and went to meet the bridegroom. Five of them were foolish, and five were wise. For when the foolish took their lamps, they took no oil with them, but the wise took flasks of oil with their lamps. As the bridegroom was delayed, they all became drowsy and slept. But at midnight there was a cry, ‘Here is the bridegroom! Come out to meet him.’ Then all those virgins rose and trimmed their lamps. And the foolish said to the wise, ‘Give us some of your oil, for our lamps are going out.’ But the wise answered, saying, ‘since there will not be enough for us and for you, go rather to the dealers and buy for yourselves.’ And while they were going to buy, the bridegroom came, and those who were ready went in with him to the marriage feast, and the door was shut. Afterward the other virgins came also, saying, ‘Lord, lord, open to us.’ But he answered, ‘Truly, I say to you, I do not know you.’ Watch therefore, for you know neither the day nor the hour.”
TPM’s Refuted By Their Own Words
Before I show you the internal inconsistency of TPM’s doctrines, let’s look at TPM’s eschatology. According to TPM, Jesus is coming back to take those who have followed every doctrine and practice of TPM to the letter. He is coming to take those who are practicing a sinless life (meaning, those who live by the rules of TPM). They are Christ’s bride who will live in “New Jerusalem” and “Zion” in eternity. Those who don’t follow TPM’s doctrines/practices will be left behind and face the wrath of God for 3.5 years. After 3.5 years Jesus will return to take those who are martyred during these 3.5 years. These martyrs will be put in a faraway “planet” called the “New Heaven”.
This is how TPM refutes itself
- Jesus ends the parable by saying “Watch therefore, for you know neither the day nor the hour”. If this was the harvest at the end of 3.5 years, then the virgins absolutely know the hour and time of Christ’s return. They only need math skills of a 5-year-old to count 3.5 years from the time of the rapture.
- TPM says the martyrs go to New Heaven. But we read “..the bridegroom came, and those who were ready went in with him to the marriage feast”. TPM’s “plan for eternity” absolutely falls part here.
- Jesus is using an analogy of a Jewish wedding to teach his disciples to be ready for his coming at all times. In a Jewish wedding, the bridegroom leaves his house at midnight and goes to the bride’s house to take her to the marriage feast. TPM has no clue about the historical setting for this story and therefore says “midnight” mentioned there means “tribulation after the rapture”.
- TPM also says when “they all became drowsy and slept” Jesus came and the virgins missed the rapture. This is called adding to the text of scripture. We see that as soon as the bridegroom came the 5 wise virgins were ready to meet him.
TPM’s Atrocious Exegesis
In the clip, TPM says there are 3 types of virgins namely the chaste virgin, the wise virgin, and foolish virgin. They say the chaste virgin is the bride of Christ, the wise virgins are the ones that are left behind to die as martyrs and the foolish virgins are the ones who side with the anti-Christ.
On day 3 of the bible study, the preacher goes on to the topic of “wise virgins”. In that, we can hear him say that in Greek, the meaning of the word “wise” means “proud”. This forms the basis of his bible study for the next 3 days.
Remember when I said, in TPM “up” means “down” and “down” means “up”? There are absolutely no Greek scholars or Greek lexicons which say “phronimoi” means “proud”. TPM which has absolutely no background in biblical languages just made up a definition of a word in a language they have no clue about. And what’s worse? They preach it to millions who are under the impression that the preacher knows what he’s talking about. When you listen to the whole sermon series, you can see the preacher frequently say “the holy Spirit is guiding me to say this”. This kind of deception makes one think God himself is speaking through the preacher when he’s preaching. This couldn’t be further from the truth.
Let us look at what the Greek actually says.
As you can see, the meaning of the word “phronimos” clearly means “intelligent, prudent, sensible, wise”. It is the same word used in Matthew 7:24 in which Jesus says the wise man built his house upon the rock which is Christ. According to TPM’s understanding of the word, it becomes the “proud” that built his house upon the rock!
Dear readers, this is what TPM calls “deeper truth”. Don’t be duped by their self-exaltation and sweet talk. TPM claims they don’t need a real education like other church pastors because, in TPM, the Holy Spirit speaks via every TPM pastor. They like to present their sermons as though there is no difference between God-breathed scripture and the words that come out of their mouth. In reality, since they aren’t trained in biblical languages or biblical history, they are ill-equipped at making coherent sermons. The training that people who step down for ministry in TPM isn’t a theological one. They merely learn how to become more of a sheep than they already were as a believer. Then through the course of their ministry, they learn how to control the masses like blind sheep, a trait they picked up from their leaders.
You heard the sermon clip. This is not what sound biblical exegesis looks like. They merely throw around Greek words to make it seem like they know what they are talking about. They give out wrong meanings of the Greek words to reconcile their false doctrines with scripture.
In the same message series, the preacher uses Galatians 3 to say the Galatians were called “foolish” because the Galatian church did not follow all the rules perfectly. What kind of church uses a scripture portion that preaches AGAINST legalism to actually teach legalism? This is because nobody has taught TPM pastors that context matters. They read one or two verses and don’t bother reading what is written before and after it. But that’s a discussion for another day, so I digress.
Peter in his epistles had warned that there are unlearned and unstable that distort scripture.
“As also in all his epistles, speaking in them of these things; in which are some things hard to be understood, which they that are unlearned and unstable twist, as they do also the other scriptures, unto their own destruction.” (2 Peter 3:16)
Peter was speaking about Paul’s epistles. TPM does this with all scripture. My only wish is that the hearers of these twisted doctrines come to realize of it as soon as possible.