Heresies in TPM – Part 5 – Salvation by Faith + Works

TPM’s teaching on salvation is similar to the Roman Catholic version in its structure. The only difference is what the steps of salvation entails. In the RCC, there are 7 sacraments namely Baptism, Confirmation, Eucharist, Penance, Anointing of the Sick, Matrimony, and Holy Orders, whereby Catholics are said to receive grace by these means.  After Baptism and Confirmation, a Catholic is to “eat the body and blood of Christ” literally at the communion (Eucharist) to receive grace. If a Catholic commits a sin, he is to confess to a priest and the priest will “forgive him” and give him a list of penance (usually a certain number of “Hail Marys” and “Our Fathers”). The aim of a catholic is to strive to live a sinless life and gain grace by the means of works and faith.

Martin Luther was once a Catholic Priest. As a young priest, he was climbing the Scala Sancta (This is a relic of 28 steps on which Jesus supposedly walked on during his trial. Catholics believe climbing this stair in a certain way reduced their time in purgatory). As young Luther was climbing this stair, he heard a voice like thunder that said “The just shall life by faith”. God made this a turning point in his life and the rest is history.

The reformation began in the year 1517. This year marks the 500th anniversary of the reformation, which was a cry to go back to scripture as the sole basis for doctrine. Sadly, 500 years since, we find many denominations trapped in a false gospel of salvation by works and TPM is one among them.

TPM’s Salvation Plan vs Scripture

When we look at TPM’s teaching on salvation, what do we find? TPM says we have to pass through seven steps to attain the “perfect salvation”,

  1. Conversion
  2. Water baptism
  3. Baptism of the Holy Spirit
  4. Separation
  5. Divine healing
  6. Entire sanctification
  7. Perfection

“We have to pass through seven steps to attain the perfect salvation, i.e., conversion, water baptism, baptism of the Holy Spirit, separation, divine healing, entire sanctification, and perfection. Every step brings us to a particular experience.” (Voice of Pentecost, October 1991)


I don’t have much to say about step 1 to 3, except that 2 and 3 (baptism and the indwelling of the Holy Spirit) are what follows after a person is born again and not “steps” towards it. Let’s us focus on step #4 to #7. Any honest TPM believer will know what that entails. These steps according to TPM means to be separated from every other denomination, cut out ties with unbelievers, stop consuming medicine, throw away the television, stop listening to music, attend all possible church meetings, tithe, follow all the commandments, practice sinless living., etc. This list can go on and on. Basically, according to TPM you finally achieve separation, sanctification, and perfection by following every single doctrine and rules of TPM to the letter.

Heresies in TPM – Part 5 – Salvation by Faith + Works

Folks, this is what salvation by “faith + works” looks like. These 7 steps are filled with a mixture of biblical and human commands where you struggle by your own efforts to reach a standard set up by a denomination. Fair enough, a little credit is given to God by saying we did those works by “God’s grace”, but that’s works nevertheless. A TPM believer has to do one work after another to save himself. If he misses one, he loses his salvation. Scripture says we are saved by grace through faith in such a way that there is not even a possibility that we could boast. TPM’s plan of salvation gives all the reason to boast and therefore is unbiblical. Moreover, we have a perfect God. If he saves anyone, he saves them perfectly. There is no question about that. We must never forget that salvation is ultimately for God’s glory.

What does scripture say?

Therefore He is able also to save forever (completely, perfectly, for eternity) those who come to God through Him, since He always lives to intercede and intervene on their behalf [with God].” (Hebrews 7:25)

For it is by grace [God’s remarkable compassion and favor drawing you to Christ] that you have been saved [actually delivered from judgment and given eternal life] through faith. And this [salvation] is not of yourselves [not through your own effort], but it is the [undeserved, gracious] gift of God; not as a result of [your] works [nor your attempts to keep the Law], so that no one will [be able to] boast or take credit in any way [for his salvation].” (Ephesians 2:8,9 AMP)

And the jailer called for lights and rushed in, and trembling with fear he fell down before Paul and Silas. Then he brought them out and said, ‘Sirs, what must I do to be saved?’ And they said, ‘Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved, you and your household.” (Acts 16:29-31)

Jesus said to her, ‘I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live, and everyone who lives and believes in me shall never die. Do you believe this?’ She said to him, ‘Yes, Lord; I believe that you are the Christ, the Son of God, who is coming into the world.’” (John 11:25-27)

How Are We Made Righteous? – TPM Installment Plan vs Scripture

TPM’s understanding of how we are made righteous is laid bare in the book titled “God’s Eternal Purpose for Man”. In chapter 22, it says


“By receiving the fullness of righteousness of God alone, we can meet the Lord in the most holy place. For example, let us suppose that one goes to a shop and purchases a car worth Rs. 4 lakhs. When he pays an advance of Rs. 1 lakh, he receives the car on certain terms and conditions. By paying Rs. 1 lakh, he gets a vehicle costing Rs. 4 lakhs. But it is not his own. Still, he has full right to use it. On the one hand, he says, the vehicle is his own. It is not wrong either. However, by the terms of the agreement he made with that shop, the vehicle becomes his own only if he pays monthly installments of Rs. 10,0000 for 30 months. If he fails to pay but one installment, the vehicle will be forfeited even though he may have paid Rs. 4 lakhs. Just because he fails to pay one installment, he not only loses Rs. 4 lakhs, but the vehicle too is taken away. If one has to be so careful to fulfill such conditions when buying a car, how much more careful we should be to receive the measure of the righteousness of God and make it our own!” (God’s Eternal Purpose For Man, Page 144)


The chapter goes on to mention the 7 “installments” whereby we receive God’s righteousness

  1. New Birth
  2. Water Baptism
  3. Baptism of the Holy Spirit
  4. Divine Healing
  5. Life of consecration
  6. Perfect holiness
  7. Being preserved in victorious living by faith

There you have it. TPM says we receive righteousness step by step partly by our own works. Each step is considered a “payment” to God so that he gives his righteousness in exchange. And if you miss even one of those seven steps you forfeit it all. If you are a TPM believer, spend a little time thinking about those 7 steps and what is involved in completing these 7 steps. Doesn’t hundreds of rules set by TPM come to mind? You get a little righteousness when you refuse to take medicine and decide God has to heal you a certain way. Life of consecration and holiness involves following all the rules set forth by TPM and following every doctrine of TPM.

Scripture says we are made righteous by faith apart from the law, i.e apart from following a list of dos and don’ts. We receive righteousness by faith. Romans 4 explains how righteousness was credited to Abraham, the father of our faith, before he performed even a single work. Abraham believed and God credited righteousness for his faith.

For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.” (2 Cor 5:21)

“But now the righteousness of God has been manifested apart from the law, although the Law and the Prophets bear witness to it—the righteousness of God through faith in Jesus Christ for all who believe. For there is no distinction: for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus,” (Romans 3:21-24)

For if Abraham was justified by works, he has something to boast about, but not before God. For what does the Scripture say? ‘Abraham believed God, and it was counted to him as righteousness.’ Now to the one who works, his wages are not counted as a gift but as his due. And to the one who does not work but believes in him who justifies the ungodly, his faith is counted as righteousness” (Romans 4:2-5)

Just as Abraham ‘believed God, and it was counted to him as righteousness’? Know then that it is those of faith who are the sons of Abraham. And the Scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the Gentiles by faith, preached the gospel beforehand to Abraham, saying, ‘In you shall all the nations be blessed.’ So then, those who are of faith are blessed along with Abraham, the man of faith.” (Galatians 3:6-9)

Conclusion

One staunch TPM believer said only TPM has the right gospel and other denominations don’t. This kind of thinking is reinforced in most sermons and repeated a million times so that believers think this is true even without checking the scriptures to see if what TPM teaches is true. Our intention is not to ruin your faith, but to encourage you to set your faith in God, rather than a denomination. I encourage you to read the book of Romans, Ephesians and Galatians without a TPM lens. You will get a sound understanding of God’s faithfulness, how he justifies a believer by faith and how ultimately all this for the God’s glory. Our God is a faithful God and so you can trust him to take you to the end. Stop depending on your works to save yourself. Simply believe in Jesus. Do good works as a response to God’s love, not to save yourself. And remember ‘to the one who works, his wages are not counted as a gift but as his due. And to the one who does not work but believes in him who justifies the ungodly, his faith is counted as righteousness’.

8 Comments on “Heresies in TPM – Part 5 – Salvation by Faith + Works”

  1. What views does the church espouse amongst Catholic, Pelagian, Ariminian, Calvinist, Wesleyan & Baptist?

    I think it takes in a bit of everything and has placed perfection as a possibility within human realm… So many people who have striven for perfection will be shocked because God never endorsed their methods.
    Like the Jews who sought after righteousness, but not through faith, so our the members of our mission who have lost taste for heavenly grace.

  2. Dear Mr./Mrs./Miss Concerned,

    I am impressed anyway!

    This should open the eyes of at least a few!

    But……. sad thing is that TPM disciples are scared of God’s fury upon them if they even think anything against the great edifice called TPM!!! It is as if they are infected. They are made to believe that TPM is the only true bride of our master!!!

    They won’t even express their views and are under the thick strict discipline that what leaders speak is God’s counsel always n thinking against is nothing but thinking against God himself!!!

    May be once upon a time a sharp weapon on His hands is now become merely one of the denominations. There is so much of skepticism now against big giant healing campaigners saying that they are just worldly n living far from truth n love of God!!! Like magical exhibitions campaigns have gone to docks!!!

    I am just praying with great sorrow for the very organisation TPM that God in his great wisdom n mercy bring down the pride n fearlessness n falsehood from it. A great sweeping latter rain will certainly solve this issue!!

    I am on my master’s side with all my imperfections relying on His loving grace on this crude creature n am living just to lift my master high above all on earth. My mouth is always open for publishing Jesus as the only saviour. I am not a skeptic or a critic!!

    1. “For I do not do the good I want, but the evil I do not want is what I keep on doing.” (Romans 7:19)

      Christians do not live only in defeat. But neither do we live only in perfect victory over sin. And in those times when we fail to triumph over sin, Romans 7:14–25 shows us the normal way a healthy Christian should respond.

      We should say:

      I love the law of God (verse 22).
      I hate what I just did (verse 15).
      Wretched man that I am! Who will set me free from the body of this death (verse 24)?
      Thanks be to God! The victory will come through Jesus Christ my Lord (verse 25).

      In other words, no Christian wants to live this way — in defeat. No Christian settles to live this way. But if we do live this way for a time, we shouldn’t lie about it.

      No hypocrisy. No posing. No boasted perfectionism. No churchy, pasted smiles or chipper superficiality.

      God save us from blindness to our own failures and the consequent quickness to judge others.

      God help us to feel worse about our own shortfalls than the failure of others.

      May God give us the honesty and candor and humility of the apostle Paul, in our churches.

  3. Oswald Chambers said regarding “Hebrews 10:14 “For by one offering he hath perfected for ever them that are sanctified.” [These quotes from https://utmost.org/the-impartial-power-of-god/%5D
    “We trample the blood of the Son of God underfoot if we think we are forgiven because we are sorry for our sins. The only reason for the forgiveness of our sins by God, and the infinite depth of His promise to forget them, is the death of Jesus Christ. Our repentance is merely the result of our personal realization of the atonement by the Cross of Christ, which He has provided for us. “…Christ Jesus…became for us wisdom from God— and righteousness and sanctification and redemption…” (1 Corinthians 1:30). Once we realize that Christ has become all this for us, the limitless joy of God begins in us. And wherever the joy of God is not present, the death sentence is still in effect.
    No matter who or what we are, God restores us to right standing with Himself only by means of the death of Jesus Christ. God does this, not because Jesus pleads with Him to do so but because He died. It cannot be earned, just accepted. All the pleading for salvation which deliberately ignores the Cross of Christ is useless. It is knocking at a door other than the one which Jesus has already opened. We protest by saying, “But I don’t want to come that way. It is too humiliating to be received as a sinner.” God’s response, through Peter, is, “… there is no other name…by which we must be saved” (Acts 4:12). What at first appears to be heartlessness on God’s part is actually the true expression of His heart. There is unlimited entrance His way. “In Him we have redemption through His blood…” (Ephesians 1:7). To identify with the death of Jesus Christ means that we must die to everything that was never a part of Him.
    God is just in saving bad people only as He makes them good. Our Lord does not pretend we are all right when we are all wrong. The atonement by the Cross of Christ is the propitiation God uses to make unholy people holy.” [end of quotes]
    Apostle Paul writes, “For I am jealous over you with godly jealousy: for I have espoused you to one husband, that I may present you as a chaste virgin to Christ. But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtilty, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ. For if he that cometh preacheth another Jesus, whom we have not preached, or if ye receive another spirit, which ye have not received, or another gospel, which ye have not accepted …”. Jesus likened that person to a thief and a robber, “Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that entereth not by the door into the sheepfold, but climbeth up some other way, the same is a thief and a robber. But he that entereth in by the door is the shepherd of the sheep. To him the porter openeth; and the sheep hear his voice: and he calleth his own sheep by name, and leadeth them out. And when he putteth forth his own sheep, he goeth before them, and the sheep follow him: for they know his voice.” (John 10:1-4)
    Thank you for your ministry outreach.

  4. Brother “Believer in Christ” I absolutely agree with you and writer of this article.

    Satan’s plan of salvation says ( see diagram above) that forgiveness received at cross, is just the beginning. Many more salvation steps are to be crossed by believer until he crosses the seventh step, or final point on destination. This was the matter of great debate in first century church at Antioch (Acts 15). Judaizers said, “the work done on Christ is not sufficient, & one must add circumcision to work of Jesus on cross…. and obey laws of Moses. For them cross was just the first step!

    Therefore, generalization of false gospel is thus::

    Sinner
    —> 1st step of cross (saved from sin, received forgiveness)

    —> next step of holy Spirit ( ability to be raptured and enter new Jerusalem) or circumcision or whatever…

    —> next more steps ( rules regulations……)
    —> from glory to glory

    —> achieving character like Jesus ( perfect , will be in zion and Jerusalem).

    False gospel says that cross is just the first step where we receive forgiveness of sins, because Jesus died for us. The question to be asked is this “Is cross mere forgiveness?” False gospel teaches that from here onwards we must become grow in character and become perfect in character. They will agree with you that atonement is purely mercy of God. But their point is that this is just the new beginning. God has done his part. Now it is upto you, where you land up from here. They can give ample of verses to prove this. I am surprised that they have not said anything against this topic. It should have become the most heated topic by now!

    For example they use the verse “We preach that we may present every man perfect in Christ Jesus.” According to them this verse means that “independent preachers” can only bring you to cross. But from here onwards tpm ministers undertake the work of eunuchs, to prepare the bride to become perfect to meet the bridegroom.

    Unless this is dealt exhaustively, every tpm believer will stay tpmite forever in his understanding. Unless the core issue is resolved, whether the work of Christ is everything for you or not, or is there a need to achieve growth in character to finally become like unto Christ in character, no matter how many murder takes place inside, no matter how many gets tortured inside, tpm believers will always keep fighting that tpm is true church of God…

  5. Back in the 1980s AoG pastors were given a copy of Gail Riplinger’s book, “New age Bible Versions”. What is relevant to this issue [namely the preaching of the cross which is the power of God whereby Jesus Christ of God is made UNTO US – wisdom, righteousness, sanctification and redemption. We must continue, as Paul writes in Galatians 2, to continue in the truth of the gospel. Ah, the unsearchable riches of Christ for which I rejoice in God my Saviour. Ephesians 2:4-7 declare the most thrilling words of God’s grace – his riches in glory – towards us through Christ Jesus. Now Paul writes, He that glorieth, let him glory in the Lord.
    Romans 5 teaches that ‘Christ died for us’. ‘For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life. AND NOT ONLY SO (my emphasis), but we also joy in God, through our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom we have now received the atonement.’
    v2 ‘…we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.’ v5 ‘And hope maketh not ashamed because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.’ Romans 6:22 explains ‘But now being made free from sin, and become servants to God, ye have your fruit unto holiness, and the end everlasting life.’ Believers are lively stones, an holy priesthood…ah these truths in the Bible are a most magnificent sermon that fills our cup to running over ].

    But getting back to Gail’s book she has done a lot of research showing how another gospel, a perversion of the gospel of Christ, even a New Age gospel, involves an initiation/baptism to enter into deeper phases of spiritual awareness, which begins a process of works to attain perfection. On other hand the Bible teaches the true light of the glorious gospel whereby we are washed, sanctified, justified in the name of the Lord Jesus and by the Holy Spirit. And of his fulness have all we received, and grace for grace.

    Paul tells in Galatians 2:4-5 of false brethren opposing the truth of the gospel,
    and asks the Galatians if they received the Spirit by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith. Are ye so foolish, he asks, having begun in the Spirit, are ye now made perfect by the flesh? In Acts 20:30 we read that faithful apostle Paul with tears night and day warned of false teachers entering the church, speaking perverse things, to draw away disciples after them.

    Personal convictions – Peter and John testified before their opposition and said unto them, ‘Whether it be right in the sight of God to hearken unto you more than unto God, judge ye.’

    We must be sober and vigilant… (1 Peter 5:8). God shall judge the secrets of men by Jesus Christ according to my gospel, (Romans 2:16).

    Prayer: Let us all abide in the words of our Lord Jesus Christ, and to the doctrine which is according to godliness. (1 Tim 6:3)

  6. What must I do to be saved?
    “BELIEVE on the Lord Jesus Christ and thou shalt be saved, and thy house”.
    “He that believeth on the Son HATH everlasting life”.
    Salvation is by grace through faith, and once saved always saved.

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