Often we find TPM believers boasting that TPM is the best church around. Let us ruminate over this. There are more than 33000 denominations in Christendom. They differ on their interpretation of scriptures. But based on attitude towards Christianity we can divide Christendom into three categories.
Nominal Christians: These are the people who never read their bible. They are found in churches only on Sundays or once a year on Christmas days. They are Christians just for name’s sake. They have zero knowledge of the bible. They pray, sing and worship only on Sundays. As soon as they are out of the church building, be rest assured that they will become as worldly as the world can be. Worldliness, fashion, fun, money, gold, silver, land, properties, all these are their gods for rest of the week. In most of the churches, we find this kind of people around us. Thankfully TPM believers are assumed to be distinct from such nominal ones. We also find some extreme weird charismatic people in Christendom who are said to be barking in spirit, laughing in spirit, slaying in the spirit and so on. Seeing all this around, TPM believers prefer to stick to TPM because TPM seems to them comparatively better than all such churches. Is this the thing to be complacent about?
Religious Christians: Apart from nominal Christians, there is another category called as religious Christians. TPM believers/saints belong to this category. Unlike nominal Christians, the religious ones of TPM keep fast. Unlike nominal Christians, religious TPM workers and believers pray to God every day (in fact 3-4 times in a day), sing songs in a decent manner, read their bibles daily, fill in tongues, give tithes and so on. They call this “there is prayer life in TPM.” Now no doubt that all this is good when compared to nominal Christians.
Righteous Christians: But the problem becomes clear when you understand that there is a third category called righteous people. Righteous people are poles apart from religious people. As there is a wide chasm between bosom of Abraham and the rich man (Luke 16:26), so great is the chasm between the righteous and the religious ones. This article is contemplation on the same.
A comparison between a Religious Spirit and a Righteous Spirit
Pharisees are an excellent example to learn the distinction between religious and the righteous. Pharisees were religious (like TPM folks) but their religion was devoid of righteousness (Matt 5:20). Jesus stood against them and publicly exposed them. He called them whitewashed sepulchers and hypocrites. Luke 18 records a parable about a Pharisee and a publican. Religious Pharisee took great pride in his religious activities compared to publican (like TPM folks do compare themselves with nominal ones). He boasted that he gave tithes (like TPM folks do), fasted twice a week (like TPM folks fast on Wednesday and Saturday) and so on and on. But in the end, Jesus declared the publican as righteous instead of religious Pharisee (Luke 18:14). Strict adherence to religion, reading the bible, praying every day, going to church every Sunday, Wednesday & Saturday could not make Pharisee righteous. If it could not make Pharisee righteous then it would never make TPM folks righteous.
This religious spirit is found in followers of every religion. It is not exclusive to TPM. You can find people from other religion offering milk over a god made up of stone rather than feeding it to hungry men. They say it is more necessary to offer to stone god rather than poor needy soul. They firmly believe that offering money & Laddu to pundit compared to malnourished, underprivileged children will please God. They offer kilo kilos of gold to build temples. How different is the religious spirit of TPM compared to the religious spirit of heathens? It is shame to say that TPM believers also think that it is better to give laddu to TPM pastors than poor hungry kids. Believers tithe to church magicians rather than people in acute financial trouble. As the heaven is far from earth so are these TPM clergies and laity far from righteousness that God demands. How much brain is required to understand that white-clad hypocrites are in no need of money compared to poor afflicted souls around us? TPM Church keeps purchasing lands and constructing big mansions under the pretense of building the house of God. This is all religious spirit devoid of righteousness. They are all blind to true righteousness and live in an elated state with their religiosity.
Is it that hard to comprehend that all this is merchandising in the name of religion? Jesus whipped the merchandisers out of the temple (John 2:16). What is merchandising? Merchandising is nothing but a trade where one thing is exchanged with another. During Jesus days on earth, religious fanatics exchanged doves, pigeons and other things with money. They used temple for trade and business. They used God’s name and religion for doing trade in the temple. They felt so elated that they are serving God by selling pigeons and turtle dove. This was the religious spirit. You will find many church websites selling anointing oil, selling rosary beads, prayer mats, I love you Jesus T-Shirts and similar kinds of stuff.
TPM is no different than this. TPM too has become a house of trade and a marketplace (albeit it is too cunning to get noticed). People exchange blessings and prosperity in exchange of tithes and offerings. Tycoon believers fear that their business will collapse if they fail inch short of pleasing the so-called outwardly white wearing hypocrites. So they keep pouring in their money and TPM keeps showcasing their name that “God blessed that brother because of our prayers and see his faithfulness, he still brings his salary to God first.” Then you will find them showing an example of believers who faced hardship in their lives and using them to scare people “See how he forgot God and fell into trouble. Earlier he used to love the saints and bring his tithe to faith home and now he is become proud and forgotten the first love of tithing. See how God has punished him.” They’ll preach you Deuteronomy 28 the blessings and curses for purpose of tithing that God will bless you if you give tithes properly.
Beware! It is pure trade and merchandising (Rev 18:15, 3 & 17:4, John 2:16)! Gospel is sold to earn bread & comfort by wonder-working TPM apostles in exchange of health, wealth, and success for buyers (Rev 18:15). TPM is, therefore, a whore who is clothed in scarlet and riches. She has earned this by the trade and merchandise (Rev 18:11-15). Whore the great Babylon of Revelation 17-18 is religious spirit and not righteous Spirit. She gives blessings and prosperity to its followers and in exchange takes 10% for her service. A true servant (righteous one) would have said “enough, my need is fulfilled. Do not bring anymore offering. Instead, give it to the ones who need it. I will keep serving and be ministering you.” Paul refused the money of Corinthians. Moses refused the further offerings for the tabernacle. Peter and John said, “Silver and gold I have none.” James wrote a letter to rich men. Freely they have received freely they were/are willing to serve God. True ministers serve people out of love for Jesus and out of gratitude for the great sacrifice that he has made. Why do you want the highest place in Zion? Aren’t you doing merchandising? Aren’t TPM servants trying to sign a trade deal by joining TPM ministry where they are promised the highest place in eternity for their TPM ministry? Aren’t atheists right when they question the whorish spirit among Christians when they minister and follow Jesus for some rewards?
Brothers and sisters, we humbly request you to think and meditate. Let us all strive for righteousness rather than religiousness. Don’t boast over independent nominal Christians. Our state is not different than theirs. We all need living faith and not a dead one.