TPM demigods have attempted to mould innocent minds into idolizing its ministers. This was explained to you in our last article. Brother BTM requested an explanation of yet another Sunday school lesson from TPM syllabus. So we thought to explain the gospel and show you the same face of TPM. The story is found in 2 Kings 4:8-37. It is the story of an event in the life of Elisha. How do we interpret this story?
How to interpret Scriptures
Galatians 3:24 “Wherefore the LAW WAS OUR SCHOOLMASTER TO BRING US UNTO CHRIST, that we might be justified by faith.”
Luke 24:27 And beginning at Moses and all the prophets, he expounded unto them in all the scriptures the things concerning himself.
The above verses instruct that scriptures ought to function as a schoolmaster leading us to Christ. It ought not to be a schoolmaster, leading men to TPM saints. Jesus should be our primary focus. He ought to be given preeminence in what we read. Jesus said, “when the Comforter has come… he will testify of me (John 15:26).” Spirit in TPM pastors works otherwise. It gives them a revelation to dislodge Jesus and then emplaces TPM workers in its place. They keep harping about themselves. How often you hear TPM preachers boasting about themselves. We have exposed this in so many of our articles. Check this, and this, and this and this. Apostle Paul forewarned of this centuries ago saying “…men will arise, ….to draw away disciples after them. (Act 20:30)” Below is a snapshot of Sunday school teachings of TPM. The sacrilege that they teach from 2 Kings 4:8-37 is engineered to limelight TPM demigods instead of leading us to Christ from it.
Hardwiring of TPM Theology
Below is a snapshot of moral taught by TPM, found in their Sunday school syllabus, lesson 8, Std 7.
Moral (TPM version): When we minister to the saints we are ministering to God Himself and the Lord will bless us. The saints help us in times of our trials by interceding for us.
So according to TPM, Men must minister to TPM workers. So they make it clear that they are unlike the saviour who came to serve (Matt 20:28). TPM Ministers have come to be Served. No wonder you will find youths and believers kneading and massaging TPM demigods when they feel tired, and behaving as servants in faith homes, and sisters washing their clothes, ironing their ecclesiastical garbs, believers carrying their bibles, and they themselves living as kings – ordering men to serve them. In the last article, we showed you a clip of Thambi Durai asking believers of Dubai faith home to work as a slave for TPM workers. In this article (click) we showed you how this worker asked believers to clean cobweb in faith home. Read Matt 20:26-28
Matt 20:26-28 But it shall not be so among you: but whosoever will be great among you, let him be your minister, And whosoever will be chief among you, let him be your servant: Even as the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many.
What did Jesus command concerning Whom/How to minister?
We all know that TPM Ministers consider themselves as Great people themselves. Scores of books/magazines by TPM tells us that they are the ones destined for highest Zion and the others are supposed to be going to negligible places. Now consider Jesus values which Ministry.
“The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the “LEAST” of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’ Matt 25:40
Now consider the above verse with TPM Moral: When we minister to the saints we are ministering to God Himself and the Lord will bless us. The saints help us in times of our trials by interceding for us.
Can you see how contrasting are both the statements? Therefore, if the statements are diametrically opposite to each other, it is undoubtedly from two opposing sources. We know the reference from Matthew is from God…You decide where is TPM Moral coming from.
How Should we interpret II KINGS 4:8-37
Initially, we were created as living souls (Genesis 2:7). God reminding Adam (living soul) that the day you eat of the forbidden fruit you will die (Genesis 2:17), implying that he was living soul (wasn’t dead yet). Apostle Paul confirms that once we were dead in sin but thanks be to God who through Jesus quickened us and made us sit with Jesus in high places (Eph 2:1-8). Elisha’s raising the son of the woman. This raising of the son points to Jesus, who can quicken our bodies and raise us to newness of life. Isn’t it? How? Here is the table which compares events in the life of Elisha and of Jesus, which reveals that Elisha was a pointer to Christ. His experience foreshadowed the actions of the coming Saviour.
|Spirit came upon Elisha at river Jordan (2 Kings 2:1-14)||Spirit descended on Jesus at Jordan (Matt. 3:13-17)|
|Raised son of a woman of Shunem (2 Kings 4)||Raised son of a woman of Nain to life ( Luke 7:1-7)|
|Fed 100 men with 20 loaves & were left with fragments (2 Kings 4:42-44)||Fed 5000 men with 5 loaves & fragments were left even after feeding them (Matt 14:13-21)|
|Healing of Naaman the leper (2 Kings 5)||Healing of lepers (Luke 5:12-16)|
|Gentile Naaman’s was converted to worship God (v 17)||Gentiles were converted to living God (Acts 10)|
|Elisha made the iron float on water (2 Kings 6:6)||Jesus himself floated and walked on water (Matt 14:25)|
|Elisha weeps beholding calamity coming on Israel (2 Kings 8:12)||Jesus weeps beholding calamity that is to come upon children of Israel (Luke 19:41-44)|
|Elisha makes Syrian army blind and escapes out from their hands (2 Kings 6:8-23 )||Jesus is said to have done something like this when he escaped out of hands of Pharisees who thronged him to kill him (John 8:59, Lk 4:29,20)|
|Elisha opened the eyes of his disciples (2 Kings 6:17)||Jesus opened the eyes of his disciples (Lk 7:21/ 24:31,32,45)|
|Gehazi the disciple of Elisha could not raise widows son (4:31)||Disciples of Jesus, could not cast demons out (Matt 17:16)|
|Able to see Gehazi from afar off (5:26)||Able to see Nathaniel from afar off (John 1:48)|
|Able to hear the sound of Syrian king from afar off (6:8)||Able to hear what Pharisees reasoned in their hearts|
|Elijah was a forerunner to Elisha||John the Baptist came in the spirit of Elijah as a forerunner to Jesus.|
|Elisha’s death (grave) made a man come to life (|
2 Kings 13:20,21)
|Jesus’s death made saints come out of the grave (Matt 27:52). His death gives us life.|
Note: I don’t remember where I collected this stuff from. It’s old and taken from varied sources from the internet. Sorry, to the person whom I can’t name and thereby credit him of his labours, as I don’t remember the exact source. I am utmost thankful to God and through him to them who laboured and made this freely available on the internet. May God bless them.
It is not a coincidence that there are so many similarities in the lives of Elisha and Jesus. Therefore when we consider the larger framework of the entire life of Elisha, then it becomes perspicuous that events in his life were predestinated by God so that he might become a pointer to Jesus who was to come as the saviour of mankind.
The story of Elisha would have been part of Jesus’s talk with the disciples on the way to Emmaus.
And beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, he explained to them what was said in all the Scriptures concerning himself. Luke 24:27
However, if we go by microscopic interpretation of each and every detail provided in 2 Kings 4, and try to interpret it, then we might miss the larger and more important message. Hence it is crystal clear that miracles performed by Elisha are recorded in scripture, not with the intention to make men long for the power of Holy Spirit so that they can utilize its power to draw men unto themselves, rather their purpose is to foreshadow the promised one greater than Elisha.
Didn’t Jesus say, here is someone greater than Moses, and here is someone greater than Solomon? Did not the writer of Hebrews compare angels and Moses and Aaron and ministering of the tabernacle to conclude that Jesus was greater than them all and his ministration is better than theirs? However, the revelation given to TPM frauds had used all such opportunities to project their ministry as greater than the ministry of other independent churches. Why because they want to dislodge Christ and put themselves in a seat meant for him in God’s house.
Have you noticed how John the Baptist (who came in the spirit of Elijah) removes himself and enthroned Christ? He said I do a ministry that I am called to do but the one who is coming after me is mightier than me. I am unworthy to even bear his shoes. And how do TPM ministers? They reverse and project themselves where they should have glorified Christ.
Repeating again the thing said above: Elisha’s raising the son of the woman, points to Jesus who gives us eternal life. Adam sinned and we all died. Death passed by the disobedience of one man. Jesus obeyed and benefits of his obedience are imputed to our credit (Romans 5:19). He lived a righteous life and we all who believe him are declared righteous without works (Rom 4:5). Sola Fide, Sola gratia, Sola scriptura!
@Teju: According to you we have corrupt wisdom. May it be reminded to you that we teach about Jesus and make people look at Jesus instead of TPM! Oh! That is corrupt wisdom according to you? We have an advice for you. Stop making your blind believers look at yourself and your fraudulent saints instead of Jesus. May God give you repentance!
@ BTM: Brother it is not wrong to help ministers of the word of God and respect them, but it is utter nonsense when these self-acclaimed servants of God demand men to serve them in name of God (John 13:10-15, Luke 22:26, I Pet 5:3). It is horrible when they remove Christ out of picture whom due glory must be given and take that glory for themselves. May God bless you as he has used you to become blessings to many by your asking us a question!
@ Our readers: We are revealing these things unto you because we do not want you to make another church like TPM (based on human holiness and human good works). There are horrible things done within the four walls of TPM. We do not want to mud-sling anyone. Tell us what it will benefit, if we use not this opportunity to reveal unto you words of eternal life, instead of just pointing mistakes of TPM. We want you to get established in Jesus and have eternal life abundantly.