During the earthly days of Jesus, the only worshipers of Jehovah God were Sadducees, Pharisees, and the Israelites. All other inhabitants on earth, worshiped false deities made up by their hands. It is also ironical that the people who worshiped true God became the enemies of the true God. On one hand, they prayed to God, showed zeal to obey the laws of Moses. While on the other hand, they killed Jesus and opposed his teachings.
Some Historical Lessons
I want you to travel back in time and imagine the situation that was happening in the land of Israel. While the Jewish priests performed their daily ritual of sacrifice inside the temple, Jesus the true sacrifice was dying outside the temple. The zealous Pharisees assumed that they are going by what is written in the laws of Moses. But the irony was that, they were opposing the true sacrifice to which the Laws of Moses pointed. This is a unique trait of religious people. They think they are pleasing God by their religious duties, but the fact remains that they are very far from the expectation of God.
The question for us to ask is, whether TPM ministers and believers are guilty of the same crime? Does TPM ministers and believers think that they are pleasing God? Are they really pleasing or are they annoying him by their ways?
Let us not say in our hearts that independent churches don’t worship God in spirit and truth but we do. Even the Jewish people thought the same way. They thought they were worshiping the true God and the rest of the heathen nations were not. They were blind and unable to see (Rom 11:8). Are TPM believers and ministers under the grasp of the spirit of slumber? We know that Pharisees prayed to God, fasted and taught true Jehovah God’s instructions to men. Therefore, for the people of Israel, it was beyond their imagination – how on earth could their religious leaders be opposing God. Similarly, TPM ministers preach from Holy Bible and make a show of life of piety and asceticism, and the disciples of TPM find it hard to imagine that their saints can be wrong! It was highly unbelievable for people in those days how Pharisees were leading men towards hell (Matt 23:13, Matt 15:14). TPM Believers are also facing a similar situation.
The Modern Pharisees from TPM
What if TPM leaders are Pharisees of the 21st century? The sect of Pharisees are no longer seen on earth, but we need to question – “have the blinding spirits gone too? Or are the blinding spirits still working in another group in another name? Let us do a check! See the below chart of comparison. The chart compares Pharisees, TPM white frauds and the true apostles of Jesus.
|Pharisees||TPM Workers||Apostles of Jesus||TOPIC|
|Pharisees in Hebrew mean Prushim meaning "Those who life a life of Separation" Life Separated and Consecrated for God||TPM Calls its white clad frauds as SAINTS. Holy Men who practice a life of Separation||True Apostles Never claimed exclusive Holiness for themselves (Acts 3:12-13, Acts 14:15, James 5:17). They preached Holiness but never claimed that they are better than the rest.||<- Claim for Purity|
|Pharisees operated in Organization. Their denominational name "PHARISEE" were distinct from Saduceess and Essenes denomination||TPM is an Organization with the "Chief Pastor" at the command. The organization has Deputy Chief Pastors, Centre Pastors, Elder Brothers, Small brothers and so on.||They Opposed Organizational Denomination system(1 Cor 1:12-13). There was never an heirarchy among the apostles. They called themselves as Brothers (Matt 23:8, 1 Pet 5:1-5)||<- Organization?|
|Pharisees wore special uniforms (Matt 23:5, Mark 12:38)||TPM ministers wear white uniforms and claim it as their consecration.||Apostles of Jesus never wore special uniforms||<- Dress Code - Uniform|
|Pharisees followed man-made rules and regulations(Matt 15:3, Mark 2:18, Mark 2:24)||TPM Ministers have their own rules, rules and rules like that of the Pharisees.||Apostles opposed Man-made rules(Col 2:20-23,1 Pet 1:18, Acts 15:10). They always pointed to the depravity of the human heart.||<- Man-made Rules|
|Pharisees fasted twice a week (Luke 18:12)||TPM Ministers fast twice a week (Wednesdays and Saturdays)||No such compulsory regulations imposed on apostles or believers.||<- Fasting and Ascetic Life|
|Pharisees looked at others as sinners (Luke 18:9)||TPM doctrines and their ministers are specialists in despising other churches and other ministers.||They did not despise others but were humble. They said that we are like you all (Acts 3:12-13, Acts 14:15, James 5:17)||<- Despising others|
|Pharisees were lovers of money(Luke 16:14 ESV). They devoured widows houses and taught to neglect family responsibility(Matt 15:1-5) to donate the money to the Pharisee Organization.||TPM Saints are lovers of money. They evade tax against biblical command(Rom 13:6). They extort tithe from people irrespective of their needs. They keep buying lands and bribe the judiciary to cover up their evil works. They devour houses of those who enter their ministry.||Peter and John said "Silver and Gold I have none"(Acts 3:6). Paul Said, I have coveted no Man's Silver and Gold and Apparel (Acts 20:33) Paul refused to take monetary help from the Church at Corinth (1 Cor 11:9)||<- Lovers of Money|
|Pharisees made outward show of saintliness.||TPM Ministers make outward show of saintliness.||Accepted their mistakes and never laid claim to exclusive holiness. never made a show of it.||<- Hypocrisy|
For more comparison on Pharisee Spirit and TPM (The Pharisee Mission) refer to Zac Poonen’s article on 50 Marks of Pharisee. http://www.cfcindia.com/books/fifty-marks-of-pharisees