Twisting meanings – 2: Bondage

This is the second article of the series where we will try to show how TPM twists the meanings of certain biblical phrases and words to mean something different than what Bible intends. We have said that TPM paints believers with their own language. They have their own dictionary. This article is a continuation of the same. In this article, we will discuss another biblical phrase which has altogether different meaning for TPM member compared to a normal Bible reading believer. But before that let me clear one point;

We accept that there are times when we all err in understanding scriptures. Nobody can claim that he or she understands perfectly every dot and jot of what is written down in scriptures. Peter – one of the twelve apostles of Jesus Christ accepted that he himself found certain things hard to be understood (2 Pet 3:16). Paul also accepted, “Now we see through a glass darkly.” But imperfect knowledge did not stop them from going against the heresies prevalent in their days. The same is applicable to us. We accept that we are not expert in scriptures. But our imperfect knowledge ought naught to be a barrier for us to oppose teachings which we believe are contrary to scriptures and commonly believed by the body of Christ through ages. Let us now proceed to the subject of our article – “Twisting meanings – bondage”

Various Twists of the word BONDAGE

Another concept of the Bible (among many) which is twisted by TPM from its original intended application is the word “Bondage.” Bible uses this term in the context of sin. Israel as a nation was born in the bondage of Egypt. God chose Moses to rescue people from the bondage of Egypt. There is no second opinion on this that bondage of Egypt signifies bondage of sin. But TPM uses this term bondage to signify things pertaining to the material world. This phrase “bondage” has become a catchword in TPM. So-called saints impute reason for material hardships in our daily life to word bondage. For example, if a person is not getting a job then TPM saints will say, “There are some bondage in his life. Satan has put bondage and hindrances. Let a powerful anointing come on him and the bondage will break.” This is just one example. At times many youths find difficulty in getting married, problems in family life, a problem with the boss at the workplace, problem in business, issues between husband and wife, and so on. TPM Saints have one root reason for all these problems and it is “bondage.” Let the anointing come and you will get a beautiful wife, a rich boy, a house full of money, a job in Multi National Company, good health and so on. Tell the problem and Pastor will begin to pray, In the name of Jesus “Po.” Highly Spiritual believers will begin to see visions about breaking of bondage from the life of the person going through physical hardship. It is foolishness to think that the Holy Ghost will descend with power on people who are not seeking Christ as Savior from sin but seeking relief from the troubles of daily life.

Another context in which Holy Bible uses the word bondage is of Law. People in Israel were under the burden of law (Gal 5:1). But TPM twists the usage of word bondage from a burden of law to burden of the inconvenience of this earthly life. Often we find TPM preacher using words of Jesus “Come to me all that ye labor and are  HEAVY LADEN  and I will give you rest (Matt 11:28),” in a perverted context of prosperity preaching. They receive the message directly from Zion to tell people that all those who are mentally burdened with worries of earthly life about health & wealth needs to come to Christ. They preach that Christ calls people vexed with troubles of the material world. The true context in which Christ uttered this phrase was the yoke of rules and regulations and law. Christ called them to liberty from Mosaic laws and Pharisaic traditions (c.f. Acts 15:10, Gal 5:1). Yet TPM perverts the original intended meaning with which Holy Ghost wrote the scriptures.

Conclusion

Jesus says that people who are subscribing to and believing this TPM Definition of Bondage as people who have gotten out of the Kingdom of God. They are people in whom the seed (Word OF God) has fallen among thorns

Still others, like seed sown among thorns, hear the word; 19 but the worries of this life, the deceitfulness of wealth and the desires for other things come in and choke the word, making it unfruitful. Mark 4:18-19

Do not misunderstand us. We are not saying God does not supply needs of his people. We are only saying let us not twist scriptures to please audiences to follow us and increase the membership of the church. Do not fall for this twisted TPM dictionary.

4 Comments on “Twisting meanings – 2: Bondage”

  1. I cannot support admin in this context.Because I think “bondage” talk is less in TPM.If somebody does not get a job or life partner or going through some kind of hardships these people will tell its because of the shortcomings of that person.My question is that all people who get everything on time is the holiest people? Is there no shortcomings in their lives. Abraham got his son in his old age. Is it because he has more shortcomings than others?But in my experience ,TPM workers pretend that they are not interested in believers material life.They always speak about going to Zion.But most of them love rich people and beautiful people.




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    1. Sis Ruby,
      I have witnessed this kind of bondage explanation in TPM. I belonged to reputed family in TPM in my place. I have been part of their morning evening praising ritual. They make prayers in these fashion during praising time. I had many conversation with TPM ministers on phone when they enquire about a believer or tell about someone in their jurisdiction discussing troubles in their lives and associating it with bondage brought in by devil. They ideology is that shortcomings in life allows devil to bring the person in bondage.




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    2. Sister, it is possible that you have not encountered with TPM ministers who use this terminology . But I need to remind you that this is not something exclusively used by TPM ministers only. I know this terminology has also been used by other Pentecostal denominations.




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  2. I second what Nath has said. Bondage is very frequently used in TPM circles and so is the rescue word “deliverance”. According to TPM, “deliverance from bondages” come when their saints pray so all glory is directed to the “saints”




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