There are many books published by TPM, but none more heretical than the one titled “Zion – The Perfection of Beauty”. When Jesus said false Christs will arise in the end times, it must be things like this Jesus was speaking about. A false Christ is anyone who tries to usurp Christ and take his place. What is Zion according to TPM? They are the 144,000 “consecrated servants of God”.
Zion is the false Christ in TPM.
Everything in TPM revolves around this doctrine. A few months back I was walking into a church. I saw some believers distributing prayer points and I happened to get one that read “Pray that the doctrine of Zion and New Jerusalem may be preached at the convention”. In TPM, the devotion to the real Christ is replaced with a devotion to Zion. In reality, many sincere TPM believers have more assurance that their “servants of God” will go to Zion than the assurance they have of their own salvation.
I had read portions of this book while being a staunch TPM believer and now I have read it without a TPM-filter. The difference is staggering. What this book teaches is a false gospel.
The False Gospel of TPM
In Chapter 2 of this book, TPM lays out why we must love Zion. The right way to read the above 12 points is to replace the word “Zion” with “Christ”. TPM has blatantly replaced devotion to Christ with a devotion to themselves.
- We must love Zion to have the greatest mercy of the Lord on us.
- Only if we love Zion can we love God more and more
- No one can praise God like those who love Zion
- Unless we love Zion we cannot have character perfection
- If you do not love Zion, you will love wrong things
- When you love Zion, your whole mind gets transformed.
- If you love Zion, you will always be excited in your spiritual life.
- If you love Zion a special glory will be on your face.
- Only those who love Zion can keep their lives pure
- If we love Zion, we will be un-removable, steady and unmovable.
- Those who love Zion will never backslide
- Those who love Zion have the greatest joy
According to TPM, you will backslide, never experience the fullness of God’s mercy, never praise God properly, never do the right things, your spiritual life will be boring, and your life will be impure etc., unless you love the “consecrated servants of God”
What a travesty! Instead of pointing sinners to Christ, TPM is pointing to themselves and their “consecration”. Scripture clearly says to receive mercy and grace we are to boldly approach the throne of grace with confidence (Heb 4:16). Joy and love is the fruit of the spirit (Gal 5:22). Sanctification is the work of Christ “by the washing of water by the word” (Eph 5:26). Jesus said in John 14:15 “You will keep my commandments if you love me”. TPM has distorted that commandment and says you will keep his commandments if you love TPM ministers.
Our spiritual life should be “exciting” because we have a real relationship with the creator who gave His only son as a ransom and has adopted us as His sons, not because we love TPM ministers!
As you can see, TPM has distorted the truth to bring glory to themselves. Isaiah 42:8 says “I am the LORD; that is my name! I will not yield my glory to another or my praise to idols”. This is the God we serve.
Triple Redemption For TPM ministers
In their pride and self-glorification, TPM goes as far as to say, God has 2 redemptions exclusively for TPM ministers. This comes from page 42 and 43,
“There are two redemptions specially meant for the saints in Zion. All children of God are redeemed by the blood of the Lamb. But servants of God have two other redemptions too. They are redeemed from the earth and from among men…Believers cannot have this redemption, this spiritual experience. Ordinary servants of God cannot have this experience either. Only the consecrated servants of God who are called to Zion”
Redemption means to buy with a price. When a slave belonged to a slave owner, he could be redeemed by paying the price for his freedom. Jesus paid the price of our freedom. We were enslaved to sin, he redeemed us to have freedom in Christ. So according to TPM, God paid 3 times the price at the cross he paid for a “normal believer”. That is pure heresy. There is only one sacrifice of Christ. He didn’t die three times. Neither is his sacrifice unequally divided.
What does the bible say when it speaks of redemption?
“For by a single offering he has perfected for all time those who are being sanctified.” (Heb 10:14)
“Who gave himself for us to redeem us from all lawlessness and to purify for himself a people for his own possession who are zealous for good works” (Titus 2:14)
“Knowing that you were ransomed from the futile ways inherited from your forefathers, not with perishable things such as silver or gold, but with the precious blood of Christ, like that of a lamb without blemish or spot.” (1 Peter 1:18,19)
This concept of a triple redemption for TPM ministers is an alien concept in New Testament. None of the epistles even mention such a thing. TPM invented this by distorting Revelation 14 just like they do with other scriptures. They do this to show themselves as better than the rest of Christendom. They will not say it openly (because that would be seen as pride). So they package their pride in the form of “deeper truth”. What TPM is actually saying here is that they are 3 times more worth than you in the eyes of God. If that isn’t pride, I don’t know what is.
Dear readers, TPM preaches a false gospel. It is a gospel that is a little truth mixed in with a lot of false teachings. In further articles, we will show you from TPM’s own publications that TPM doesn’t believe in the sufficiency of the sacrifice and ministry of Christ. Jesus said no one can serve two masters. You cannot have Jesus as your master and Zion as your master. One is The Way, The Truth and the Life. The other is a concoction of fantasies made up by TPM to lead you to destruction. The 12 points mentioned earlier in the article should be enough of an eye opener to the false Christ of TPM. Flee from such teachings.