“If you do not believe in Zion, then you cannot obtain this salvation. Some say that this is a myth of the Ceylon Pentecostal Mission. That is because they have not tasted the “rod of his strength” which came from Zion. The apostolic Gospel is the rod of the strength of God, and can only be preached by apostles. Ordinary, carnal people cannot preach this Gospel. They must first become the footstool of God for they are to preach this Gospel. Then only they can preach such a Gospel. (Voice of Pentecost, Nov 1975)
Yes, you read that right. If you don’t believe in TPM’s Zion, you will not be saved. That paragraph perfectly sums up what’s wrong with this church.
In my many conversations with Roman Catholics, one claim that I often hear from them is that the early apostles were “Catholics” and that teachings were passed down from one pope to the next without any error. So I usually tell them, when I read the writings of your popes it is filled with praises and worship to Mary, so many references to unbiblical doctrines like purgatory, salvation by works etc. Why is it that the letters written by the early apostles don’t even have an iota of references to your doctrines?
In the same way, TPM’s idol is their mythical Zion. They write songs about it and sing praises about it. So I ask TPM believers if Apostle Paul was a “consecrated servant” holding to TPM’s “apostolic doctrines”, why is it that he doesn’t even mention the word this place called “Zion” in eternity in any of his letters? Can you imagine if it were TPM pastors writing the epistles in the Bible, how many references to things like “consecration”, “Zion” and “New Jerusalem” would have been there?
TPM’s book “Zion – The Perfection of beauty” can be taken as a case in point. The book is filled with idolatrous heresies from cover to cover. No one in their right mind will have the audacity to claim the apostles of Christ would have written a similar book. In this series, we’ll review this book and discover the extent of TPM’s idolatry.
TPM has perfected the art of deceiving the masses. For example, in chapter one of this book, TPM says, Zion is beautiful because God dwells there. They say if God doesn’t dwell in Zion, it has no beauty. Reading this, a TPM believer will think any devotion to Zion as devotion to God. But we also know that in TPM colloquial, the term “zion” also refers to TPM’ “consecrated servants”. As the years go by, any devotion to these “consecrated servants” will be same as devotion to God in the minds of the believers.
Some Idolatrous teaching from TPM’s Zion
So let’s look at the assertions in chapter 2 of this book (“Zion – The Perfection of beauty”).
1. Why we love Zion is, to have the greatest mercy of the Lord on us.
God’s mercy is not contingent upon your actions. Scripture says
“I will have mercy on whom I have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I have compassion.” So then it does not depend on the man who wills or the man who runs, but on God who has mercy.” (Romans 9:15-16)
Let’s think about this for a moment. Isn’t the greatest mercy of God on a sinner, the fact that He came to die for our sins and has chosen to freely forgive us? How then can TPM then say only if love Zion, God’s greatest mercy can be on us?
It’s easy to read between the lines. TPM clearly connects salvation with accepting their doctrine of Zion.
2. Only if we love Zion can we love God more and more
This statement makes no sense at all. And their attempt to explain it is even worse. The explanation reads
“In Psalm 132 we read that the Lord loved Zion and chose it for His habitation. If we love our God, we will love everything He loves. So, the more we love Zion, the more we love our Lord who loves Zion”
Let’s say your parents love the house you are living in. So the more you love your house, the more you love your parents? Well, that’s TPM’s logic.
In any case, does TPM not know that God doesn’t dwell in temples made with hands (Acts 17:24)? He indwells every born again believer! So any references to “God loving Zion” can only be interpreted as God loves his children whom He saved!
Yet, TPM misses this obvious fact. God isn’t in love with a lifeless mountain called “zion”. He is in love with us, his children. He didn’t spare His only Son for us!
3. Unless we love Zion we cannot have character perfection. When you love Zion, your whole mind gets transformed.
So, here’s an open challenge to TPM folks. You guys have loved Zion since (1923?). Show me one person in TPM’s history who attained this “character perfection” that only those who “love Zion” can attain.
We all know TPM has a false gospel called the “gospel of perfection”. Now adding to the list of things you must do to attain this state of perfection, TPM has added: “love zion to become perfect”.
4. If you do not love Zion, you will love wrong things. Only those who love Zion can keep their lives pure
Should this be, “If you do not love God, you’ll love sin”?
“He who believes in Him is not judged; he who does not believe has been judged already because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. This is the judgment, that the Light has come into the world, and men loved the darkness rather than the Light, for their deeds, were evil. For everyone who does evil hates the Light, and does not come to the Light for fear that his deeds will be exposed. But he who practices the truth comes to the Light, so that his deeds may be manifested as having been wrought in God.” (John 3:18-21)
“No one who is born of God will continue to sin because God’s seed remains in them; they cannot go on sinning, because they have been born of God.” (1 John 3:9)
“For Christ’s love compels us, because we are convinced that one died for all, and therefore all died. And he died for all, that those who live should no longer live for themselves but for him who died for them and was raised again.” (2 Cor 5:14)
Do you see the word “zion” in the above passages? No. We who are born again, our fruits are in response to God’s love for us. We love righteousness because Christ’s righteousness is imputed to us!
And what is God’s part in all of this? Is God “up in Zion” looking down on his beloved TPM believers and checking if they are loving “zion” and giving grace proportional to the amount of love they have for zion? Or do TPM believers automatically become holy and “love all the right things” as soon as they proclaim their love for their saints and their (supposed) eternal abode?
5. If we love Zion, we will be un-removable, steady and unmovable. Those who love Zion will never backslide
“What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who is against us? He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him over for us all, how will He not also with Him freely give us all things? Who will bring a charge against God’s elect? God is the one who justifies; who is the one who condemns? Christ Jesus is He who died, yes, rather who was raised, who is at the right hand of God, who also intercedes for us. Who will separate us from the love of Christ? Will tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? Just as it is written, “For Your sake we are being put to death all day long; we were considered as sheep to be slaughtered.” But in all these things we overwhelmingly conquer through Him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing, will be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 8:31-39)
“Since we have now been justified by his blood, how much more shall we be saved from God’s wrath through him! For if, while we were God’s enemies, we were reconciled to him through the death of his Son, how much more, having been reconciled, shall we be saved through his life!” (Romans 5:9,10)
TPM’s soteriology is utterly man-centric as clearly demonstrated by the 5th point. According to TPM we keep ourselves “saved”.
The above scriptures dismantle every TPM assertion of works based salvation. Salvation is God’s doing. We are merely the recipients of His grace and mercy. If we could save or keep ourselves saved, Christ died in vain.
Just know this. Apostle Paul wasn’t “un-removable, steady and unmovable” because he loved TPM’s Zion. It was God who kept him un-removable, steady and unmovable, for His purpose, for His glory and because of His love!
Dear reader, TPM’s foundation is their made up doctrines like Zion. There is absolutely no doubt that the apostles in the bible would be flabbergasted if you tell them TPM’s doctrines are “apostolic”. Not only that, TPM has used their exclusive doctrine to put you in chains and in chains, you will remain as long as you buy into their false doctrine. Isn’t the fact that TPM’s exclusive doctrines are unheard of in the NT, enough for you to reconsider if this church is biblical?