There is an old English saying which is commonly called “The Duck Test“. It goes this way.
“If it looks like a duck, swims like a duck, and quacks like a duck, then it is a duck.”
Duck test is applicable universally, for anything which you suspect to be. The bible too gives us the reason to conduct a duck test. Prove all things; hold fast that which is good. I Thess 5:21.
In fact, the Bible also asks us to proactively do this sifting activity at the onset itself. Let us go to the Next verse. Abstain from all appearance of Evil I Thess 5:22
If a particular thing Appears to be evil/Immoral/Unrighteous, we need to Abstain and turn aside from that. Even if people argue in favor of that particular thing if it appears to be wrong, stay away from it. Let us now put the Faith Home Style Living to this test.
Few Terms and its Meanings
The Dictionary meaning of a LIVE-IN RELATIONSHIP is as follows. I have copied it verbatim from a Google search.
A living arrangement in which an unmarried couple lives together in a long-term relationship that resembles a marriage. Couples cohabit, rather than marry, for a variety of reasons. They may want to test their compatibility before they commit to a legal union.
I would also like to bring in another term which many people might not be aware of. This Term is called Polyamorous relationship. It means multi-partner free relationship. People who identify as polyamorous typically reject the view that sexual and relational exclusivity are necessary for deep, committed, long-term loving relationships. Those who are open to, or emotionally suited for, polyamory may embark on a polyamorous relationship when single or already in a monogamous or open relationship.
Godly or Evil? You Decide
Now what our TPM Faith Homes tempt the inmates is a potent mix of Live-in + Polyamorous relationship Lifestyle. I know that our TPM Diehard folks might feel we are speaking a blasphemous thing about the TPM Saints. But Blasphemy or no Blasphemy, for us the Scripture is the ONE AND ONLY BENCHMARK.
We are openly discussing these things unlike the rumor gossip mills within the TPM system. Are we saying something which is non-existent in TPM? Absolutely NO. We know of such relationships in TPM exists and that too in the Higher Echelons of TPM Clergy System. We know of very well respected Pastors and Mothers/Sisters who were in this kind of relationships. The sources we have is very credible and non-refutable. But we would desist from taking names as that is not what we are trying to expose. However spiritual a person is, we should never put our flesh to test in the kind of things which TPM Lifestyle does. This is UNBIBLICAL.
But among you there must not be even a hint of sexual immorality, or of any kind of impurity, or of greed, because these are improper for God’s holy people. Ephesians 5:3
Flee from sexual immorality. All other sins a person commits are outside the body, but whoever sins sexually, sins against their own body. 1 Corinthians 6:18. Now please do not tell me that such an evil tempting and testing lifestyle is a GODLY or GOD ORDAINED ONE. Please do not blame God for it. Blame your Mission founders.
When tempted, no one should say, “God is tempting me.” For God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does he tempt anyone; James 1:13
Such a system is not even accepted by a Worldly moral person, leave alone a Spiritual one.
Other Celibate Ministers
In this regard, I think that Roman Catholics, Brahmakumaris & many other organizations are maintaining a separation. In those organizations unlike TPM, the priest & nuns/priestess reside on two different premises. There could be filthiness within some of these organizations but, in the sight of the normal people, they are not maintaining a questionable lifestyle. Even though the questions are not in open about TPM ministers lifestyle but it’s offensive and you cannot hide it anymore. TPM Leaders, Come Clean on this. In India, like many other countries, live-in relationships are legalized but considered immoral by the public. All of us know that TPM celibates, male & female members are living in the same building. Here the question is not whether they are moral or immoral within the house but what difference it has from the live-in relationships?
Interestingly these are the people who are teaching us Morality. Come to think of it. How do they expect people, especially youths to take their words seriously? We are in receipt of a circular from TPM which was read out in the Faith Homes a few months back. It has many norms and conditions for the TPM boys and girls. We do not accept a sexually promisous lifestyle. However, My dear TPM youths have you ever paid attention that your ministers who are applying so many rules on you are not the least under the same rule? Do you know that they are more than equal to you? They prohibit boys and girls to have contacts over the phone or through emails. At the same time, you can find the very people are not ashamed to borrow the mobiles of believers to talk to their beloved partners. Let me ask a question, will your church ministers permit any of your unmarried male & female members to stay together in the same house at least for a day? It’s a far cry. In fact, if they see one boy & girl stand alone and speak for few minutes, the stories will be concocted that both boy & girl are not good. From then onwards they will be under a strict surveillance of some narrow-minded believers & ministers.
TPM Circular follows.
Why this double standard?
If the TPM ministers consider it a sin for unmarried male and female members to stay together then why are they living together? Should they be allowed to do and live as they like just because they are in white outwardly and call themselves the consecrated ministers? Consider Jesus our Lord & Saviour, before he gave some command to His followers He practiced those things before them. We can see that how Jesus first washed the feet of His disciples and then gave the command to them, “I am your Teacher and your Lord, and I have washed your feet. So, you should wash each other’s feet also ( John 13:14)”.
I advise the TPM ministers to not impose many rules on ignorant people, which you yourselves are not following. Stop fooling the people and first of all you be an example that others can follow. Instead of being hard masters to use different whips in the name of leading the people to perfection, you come out of things which are offensive. “And, ye masters, do the same things unto them, forbearing threatening: knowing that your Master also is in heaven; neither is there respect of persons with him” (Ephesians. 6:9). Stop misusing the position to threaten the people if they don’t follow your rules. This is because In the first place you are not the perfect example.
Secondly, I call upon the readers especially the TPM youths, please wake up. Don’t be fools to follow the blind guides, who are not the good examples to follow. Have the courage to stand up against things which are not right. All these days you lived under the fear that, some curse would come upon you if you opposed the anointed. “As the bird by wandering, as the swallow by flying, so the curse causeless shall not come.” Proverbs.26:2
Please don’t think that I am trying to inculcate rebellion in you but an instinct to say no to the wrong deeds. Edmond Burke said, “all it takes for evil to prevail in this world is for enough good men to do nothing.”
Don’t be afraid of the hollow threatenings of the power hungry ministers of TPM and stand strong to overthrow the deceptive ways brought by them. May the Good God give good understanding to all TPM people to understand their own errors and turn from them. My dear reader, if you can’t change them then you better come out of them and be a part of some good fellowship which maintains the moral values of the land. You have your eternity at stake. Do not subcontract it to Agents like TPM Ministers. God bless you!