In this new series we will explain how TPM tries to change and redefine the biblical definition of phrases and words used in scriptures. A few days back one TPM worker called me on my mobile. He started enquiring about someone and we landed upon discussing an ex-TPM minister. Then the worker uttered, “Oh all backsliders come together!” The so-called backsliders were two ex-TPM workers. Then I interrupted and said you TPM people have your own definitions!
Now such conversations are common in TPM. If you are a TPM member you might have encountered at least one such conversation. TPM saints and believers always refer to the ex-TPM believer or minister as a backslider. This is their shibboleth. TPM has its own definition to certain biblical words. They alter the meaning of a biblical word and use it so frequently that believers get painted in the paint in which white-clad ministers paint their language (without pausing and cross checking it with scriptures). They start using those words not as how bible uses, but as how TPM uses. It really makes me wonder how TPM has changed the language of people. Believers speak without thinking. One such a word which is misused by TPM is backslider. The word backslider in general means a person who has turned far from God or one who has turned in the direction opposite to God. But in TPM, if a person has left TPM church and has joined another church or if a person has left TPM ministry and is serving God in another denomination then that person is called backslider. Does scripture call any such person who leaves one Christian group and joins another Christian group as apostate or backslider? Let us have a look at it.
Who is a backslider according to Scripture
When an individual or group departs away from worshiping Jehovah God then bible calls such an individual as a backslider. For example, in the Old Testament Israel went whoring after other gods. So bible calls Israel backslider (Jeremiah 2:19, Jeremiah 14:7). In New Testament Demas left Paul to join the world (2 Tim 4:10). He didn’t join another apostle. He left Paul to join the world. Hence he can be considered as a backslider. Hymenaeus and Alexander did put away faith (1 Tim 1:19). Therefore they can be considered as backsliders or apostates. I don’t need to speak much on this. You all very well know this part.
Who is NOT a backslider according to Scripture
Now let us consider when the bible does NOT call someone as a backslider. Abraham and Lot parted. Lot went away from Abraham, but Abraham never said Lot is a backslider. In the New Testament, Paul and Barnabas parted their ways! Barnabas took Mark with him and Paul took Silas with him (Acts 15:36-41). But Paul never said Barnabas and Mark are backsliders. In his first epistle to Corinthians, we find Paul discussing divisions in the church of Corinth.
Some of them made denomination in name of Paul and others made denomination in name of Apollos, while others called themselves belonging to Cephas. Paul rebuked them but he never called the other group which did not join Paul’s group as backsliders or fallen or apostate. For him, backslider was one who departed from the faith. For him, backslider was one who went away from God to join the world. Even in times of Jesus Christ himself, a man arose and started ministering people in the name of Jesus. And the disciples of Jesus asked him to follow their group but he didn’t follow Jesus and the group of twelve disciples. Then they complain about the same to Jesus, but Jesus said, “Forbid him not for he is that is not against us IS WITH US (Mark 9:38-41).” Jesus did not call him backslider. In fact, Jesus said he is with us.
Do you know which other church in the world dares to call someone fallen or backslider who forsakes their organization and join any other Christian church? You might have guessed. It is the same church the leader of which desires to sit in between cherubim. Yes, it is Roman Catholic Church. Although their policy might have changed in recent times but in some 500 years back they used to say such things. You will find a lot of questions on Google whether an ex-catholic goes to hell? Why? Because that was what they taught a few centuries back.
They may have forsaken it and they might now be going ecumenical way but TPM has endorsed it. Let us ask ourselves question? Is forsaking TPM equivalent to forsaking God? Is TPM equivalent to God that it means same whether you leave God or TPM? Think about it! How subtly believers partake the heretical idea that forsaking TPM means forsaking God! Devil is called as fallen angel because he left God. Fallen means one who has rejected God. If so then why does TPM brainwash believers to make them say fallen means someone who has rejected TPM? Is rejecting TPM rejecting God? Think!