When I see comments like “No Church is Perfect“, I always think why do people say that. Then It dawned on me that they do not know what is “The Church”. They seem to be thinking the Institutional Churches like TPM/CSI/IPC/AG etc as some Brokerage Houses(called Churches) which take you to God. Therefore, they want to know which Brokerage house(Church) is better. And TPM Clergy has fooled them into thinking that they are the best brokerage house(Church) and has special connections with Jesus to get you across. Their Dressing Style, Celibacy, Religious Traditions and psychological tricks which appeals to the Indian Mind has made people think their claims are genuine. So naturally, why would anybody quit the best brokerage house(Church) and join an inferior one? Huh…What a state to be in?
If I am not mistaken, those people have been brainwashed by TPM regarding the Church. As they have put on TPM Lens, they are not able to discover the true church of the Bible. They also did not read any books outside TPM Publications regarding the Church. I am not trying to find problems with people. But I am angry for what a Cult does to people, once they are in their grip. I was halfway making an article regarding exiting TPM. But then, I thought it better to help people know what is The Church(Ekklesia) before they know anything about exiting a CULT.
For the purpose of this article, I would like to define two terminologies so that, the moment you see any of these terms, you should know what I mean.
- Ekklesia – Ekklesia (and its alternate spelling ecclesia) is an important component of understanding the church. Ekklesia is a Greek word defined as “a called-out assembly or congregation.” Ekklesia is commonly translated as “church” in the New Testament. The word ekklesia is used to refer to the people who comprise the New Testament church. A few important points about the church and its purpose can be made here. First, the church is a group of people, not a building. The church universal is made up of all believers in Jesus. Local churches are smaller gatherings of the worldwide church. The Ekklesia is “called out.” 1 Peter 2:9–11 says, “But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.”
- Institutional Church – These are human organizations that have camouflaged as the Ekklesia and has been successful in distorting the ekklesia by corrupting their relationship with the Head(Lord Jesus Christ). These are business houses which profits from the Division of the Body of Christ. As they are business houses, their structure resembles any corporate structure. We all know how TPM Structure is set up. Similar is the structure of other Institutional Churches. They might have some change of Designations and liturgies. Other than that their business model is almost similar. Let’s have a look at the Roman Catholic Structure.
Few Differences between Ekklesia and an Institutional Church
Though both are different in their entirety, some quick-to-spot differences are mentioned below. Basically, Ekklesia is a Living Organism and an Institutional Church is an Organization. The below video and the comparison table should be a good eye-opener.
|Corrections of teachings always happen on the basis of scriptures.||The Organizational Doctrines made out of scripture twists are the foundation of their teachings.|
|Basic concern is for the poor and lost souls||The basic concern is for their own priestly class and their building projects|
|Every member is a Priest and is expected to minister as per the talent. 1 Peter 2:9||The priesthood of all believers are not emphasized. The laity are more like spectators in a sport match.|
|Everyone has a ministry and they minister to the others as the Lord Gave them. 1 Cor 14:26||Only the designated pastor and/or clergy are given the sacred right to minister to others.|
|No Hierarchy. Jesus is the Head and We all are Brothers. Matthew 23:8, Colossians 1:18, 1 Corinthians 12:12-20. There is NO CLERGY in Ekklesia||The Head is a Human and NOT Christ. They have layers of Subordinates who are reporting to their bosses. The Laity are the ones which are at the lowest level of the chain.|
|There are no designations and power centers here. Depending on the age and Maturity one may be referred as an Elder or Younger. 1 Pet 5:1-5||Just as any worldly Corporation, here we can see designations and promotions as per their seniority and performance.|
|The Seniors Serve the Juniors. Matthew 23:11||The Juniors serve the seniors eg. TPM|
|The Relationships between individuals are based on LOVE. John 13:35||The Relationships between individuals are based on Power and Authority in the Organization.|
|Members will avoid differentiation as "Our Church" and "Their Church" as they recognize the only one Church of God without any divisions. Romans 16:17-18||Members will refer to terminologies like "Our Church" and "Their Church" to specify the organizational affiliation|
It needs to be noted that TPM is not just an Institutional Church but also a CULT. It has other major issues than a normal Institutional Church. For some of those issues, please Click Here .
The above sections of this article should help you understand that you cannot equate TPM with Ekklesia. It is an Institution which CLAIMS TO BE THE CHURCH and has misled people into what Jesus has not called you to. If you are his sheep, you will hear his voice.
My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me. John 10:27
If you are NOT his sheep, you will hear the voice of that White clad hireling who runs the Brokerage House. Jesus longs for a relationship with you directly and not through the Satanic Brokerage House.