After reading Part 2 of this series, you might be thinking, well, to err is human after all. Maybe TPM composed that English hymn without giving much thought into it. You might even excuse that as a one-off (It actually isn’t, as there are numerous songs that worship TPM pastors that can be found in TPM hymnbooks). Surely TPM doesn’t teach they bear our sins? Surely they don’t claim the title of “High Priest” and “The Interceder” which rightly belongs to Jesus alone? We’re writing this article to show you that the heretical teachings of TPM has deeper roots than you think. The teachings that are found in that English hymn are found in TPM magazines right from the time of its inception. We wish to bring to light these heretical teachings that are the foundation of TPM’s theology.
The greatest truths in the bible is that Jesus bore ALL our sins (1 Peter 2:24, 1 John 2:2) and then He rose again (1 Corinthians 15:4). Jesus is in heaven right now as our perfect High Priest (Hebrews 4:14-16). As the only one qualified according to Hebrews 7:26 (“holy, innocent, unstained, separated from sinners, and exalted above the heavens”), He is in the presence of the Father interceding and mediating for us. We can rest in the fact that Jesus, a perfect man and the perfect God, is our High Priest.
If it were left to us to bear our sins, we could never do it. For scripture says the wages of sin is death (Romans 6:23). No other human being can bear our sins either. Only Jesus could, and so He came down from heaven in the form of a man (yet fully God), to die in our place to pay the price for our sins.
In this article, we wish to highlight the heresies taught by TPM regarding the perfect sacrifice of Christ. Though TPM does lip service to the fact that Jesus died for our sins, in reality they teach heresy. As a TPM believer, it is easy to get caught up in the smooth talk and the self-glorification of TPM ministers. They like to present themselves to be as holy as Jesus. Many TPM believers subconsciously believe that TPM ministers don’t commit sins and live sinlessly just like Jesus. When we are under this deception, it is easy for heresies to fly under our radar.
So, don’t take our word for it. The below excerpts are straight from the horse’s mouth!
TPM Usurps Jesus As The High Priest
Below is a quotation from Voice of Pentecost, December 1979
“In the New Testament we (servants of God) are high priests ‘for ever’ after the order of Melchisedec. Every day we have to minister in the Most Holy Place and our standard has to be kept up accordingly. When we consider the high priest he is one who is completely separated from the people, separated for God alone He is answerable to God for everything that happens in the whole camp. He bears the iniquity of the entire camp… It is only a servant of God who can unite the people of God and preserve them. He has to be a father and mother to them (I Thess. 2:2-11).” (Voice of Pentecost, December 1979)
TPM ministers are preaching heresy of the highest order when they claim to be the High Priest. Consider the below scriptures that speaks about Jesus as our only High Priest.
“But now Jesus, our High Priest, has been given a ministry that is far superior to the old priesthood, for he is the one who mediates for us a far better covenant with God, based on better promises.” (Hebrews 8:6)
“We have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus, the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin.” (Hebrews 4:14,15)
“He holds his priesthood permanently, because he continues forever. Consequently, he is able to save to the uttermost those who draw near to God through him, since he always lives to make intercession for them. For it was indeed fitting that we should have such a high priest, holy, innocent, unstained, separated from sinners, and exalted above the heavens. He has no need, like those high priests, to offer sacrifices daily, first for his own sins and then for those of the people, since he did this once for all when he offered up himself. For the law appoints men in their weakness as high priests, but the word of the oath, which came later than the law, appoints a Son who has been made perfect forever.” (Hebrews 7:24-28)
Ask yourself. Are TPM ministers qualified to call themselves the High Priest? Can you read the above scripture and still accept TPM ministers as your High Priest? Is your “High Priest” holy, innocent, unstained, separated from sinners and exalted above the heavens? Is your High Priest tempted in every way and without sin? If you accept TPM’s teaching that they are the High Priest, it is impossible to answer the above questions in the affirmative.
TPM Claims To Bear Your Sins
Below is a quotation from Voice of Pentecost, September 1990
Sin Offering: “A bullock was brought as a sin offering (Lev. 8:14-17). By laying their hands on the bullock, Aaron and his sons cast on it the iniquity of their priesthood. The bullock was then slain, its blood was put on the horns of the altar round about and the remaining blood was poured at the bottom of the altar. This denotes a servant of God surrendering himself completely to spend and to be spent in the Lord’s ministry. Burning the fat and the other parts of the animal on the altar reveals a servant of God living an overcoming life. He is one who is totally dead to sin and the world indeed. The flesh of the bullock was burnt without the camp. ‘Without the camp’ shows a servant of God bearing sufferings and reproaches with Christ. The flesh of the animal being burnt to ashes denotes how a servant of God, who bears the iniquity of others, is sanctified thereby.” (Voice of Pentecost, September 1990)
Burnt Offering: A ram was brought for the burnt offering (Lev. 8:18-21). It was cut into pieces and wholly burnt on the altar as a burnt offering. This shows a servant of God being filled with the Holy Spirit and offering all his members as a sacrifice unto the Lord. The ashes taken from the altar are put beside the altar at first, and then taken without the camp unto a clean place (Lev. 6:10,11). This reveals a life of testimony of a servant of God who has been cleansed by the fire of the Holy Spirit.” (Voice of Pentecost, September 1990)
TPM pastors often teach that there is sickness among the pastors because of sins of the congregation.
Apparently, according to TPM, the sacrifices of the Old Testament were not fulfilled by Jesus in the 1st Century AD, but are fulfilled today by TPM ministers. TPM searches through the OT to see for places they can insert themselves into. This is intended for their glorification.
According to TPM, sin offering in the OT denotes their “sacrifice” and “overcoming life” of TPM’s “consecrated servants if God. They claim “burnt offering” of the OT is fulfilled in the NT by the “sacrificial life” of TPM ministers.
“Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them.” (Matthew 5:17)
“For he himself is our peace, who has made us both one and has broken down in his flesh the dividing wall of hostility by abolishing the law of commandments expressed in ordinances, that he might create in himself one new man in place of the two, so making peace, and might reconcile us both to God in one body through the cross, thereby killing the hostility.” (Ephesians 2:14-16)
“For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to everyone who believes.” (Romans 10:4)
“When he had received the drink, Jesus said, “It is finished.” With that, he bowed his head and gave up his spirit.” (John 19:30)
Instead of teaching the TRUTH that Jesus fulfilled those at the cross, TPM distorts the truth and teaches heresy to glorify themselves. How can a Church that claims to be Christian teach such false doctrines? If you are a TPM believer and think TPM teaches the truth, I encourage you to challenge your beliefs with the word of God. Either the bible is right or TPM doctrines are right. Both cannot be right as the Bible contradicts TPM theology. Scripture says “It is finished”, TPM says the opposite. The implication is that the sacrifice of Jesus and his ministry is incomplete.
TPM Claims To Be Interceding By Taking The Role Of The High Priest
The below is an excerpt from Voice of Pentecost, October 1981 and Voice of Pentecost, December 1979
“Jesus Christ as a true animal of sacrifice – sacrificed His life. A servant of God too must labour for the sake of the people and sacrifice himself. In the sin offering the bullock has to bear the sin and die. Even so a servant of God must labour in the body for the Church of God until they are delivered from their sinful life. In the burnt offering the animal is wholly burnt which in the New Testament means a complete surrender to an entire sanctification by the Holy Spirit. A servant of God must labour and die till the Church is thoroughly cleansed from sin and sanctified by the Holy Spirit. The wealth of the Church is such true consecrated servants of God who always intercede on behalf of the Church in the presence of God. “(Voice of Pentecost, December 1979)
“Only when the servants of God bear the Church in the right way will the Church reach New Jerusalem. (Voice of Pentecost, October 1981)
In the above excerpt, we can clearly see the teaching of TPM which says “servants of God” must bear the sin and die just like bullock of the Sin Offering. They say a “servant of God” must sacrifice himself until the church is delivered from their sinful life. They also say they minister in the Holy Place and with the role as the High Priest they intercede for the church. Make no mistake, when TPM says they “intercede”, it isn’t a general intercessory prayer where every Christians lift each other up and pray for one another. This is a SPECIFIC kind of intercession which is the job of Jesus alone according to the Bible. They have taken the role of “High Priest” from Jesus (or at least partly taken it, as TPM has admitted in other places that Jesus too is a High Priest just like them). This is a heretical teaching. No human can take the role of the mediator and intercessor on the behalf of the body of Christ. It is Christ alone that does it. Consider the below scriptures.
“For there is one God, and there is ONE MEDIATOR between God and men, the man Christ Jesus,” (1 Timothy 2:5)
“Consequently, he is able to save to the uttermost those who draw near to God through him, since he always lives to make intercession for them.” (Hebrews 7:25)
“Who is to condemn? Christ Jesus is the one who died—more than that, who was raised—who is at the right hand of God, who indeed is interceding for us.” (Romans 8:34)
“My little children, I am writing these things to you so that you may not sin. But if anyone does sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous.” (1 John 2:1)
Scripture clearly teaches that Jesus alone is the mediator who intercedes for us before the Father. To intercede (as the High Priest), one must be at the right hand of the Father. The advocate is with the Father. How can TPM claim to intercede in the role as the High Priest? Seeking to glorify their ministry and their consecration, TPM has crossed all lines and are in a dangerous place.
What Are Children Taught In TPM Sunday Schools?
The below screenshot is from the Sunday School syllabus of 11th Standard. Look at the way innocent children who should be taught about God’s love, are being indoctrinated into worshipping the ministers of TPM. Right from the very young age, kids are taught to not question the doctrines and accept it just as it is. Parents send their kids to “Sunday School” thinking it’s a good thing. Unfortunately, the Sunday School is “Indoctrination Central”. They’re taught more about glorifying the ministers, their consecration and TPM doctrines than they are taught about God.
Above is a typical example of poor biblical exegesis. Even though the NT is crystal clear that Jesus fulfilled the law, TPM tries to resurrect the law so that they can become priests and High Priest. When the NT speaks about the High Priest, it clearly says Jesus alone is the High Priest. We have quoted ample verses earlier to show what the Bible teaches. When it speaks priests, it says all believers are priests to God.
“But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light;” (1 Peter 2:9)
Dear readers. We cannot claim to be saved by believing our sins are shared by Jesus and fallible men like TPM “servants of God”. We cannot be saved by believing mere humans are our high priests. If that were the case, Jesus didn’t have to come down and die the most gruesome death. What hope can you have when you place your trust in the “intercession” of TPM “high priests” instead of Jesus, the one and only eternal High Priest? Every time TPM preaches heresy like this, they are undermining the holiness and sacrifice of God. We are to point to God alone and glorify God alone. May God give us grace to see the truth amidst all of the confusion and heretical teachings in TPM.