Now that the Yearly Hajj of TPM (Irumbuliyur TPM Convention) is revving up, we would like to present the great business Model of TPM’s Operation by Spreading the Cult’s Gospel through Conventions.
No sooner you hear the word “Convention”, believers of TPM are bound to think it as an event where the gospel is preached to save the lost souls. Now if you are with TPM for some years, pause and think of what happens in TPM conventions. You will realize that it has got nothing to do with the kingdom of God, but with TPM’s own Kingdom. But Alas! TPM convention is a namesake event conducted in the name of evangelism! This article proves that the TPM conventions are not conducted to save any lost souls but rather it is an event to suck ignorant souls to their way of salvation and also some good revenue source. This article is about the intent of TPM convention rather than the content of message preached in the convention.
If gospel meetings are for the lost souls, then why believers?
Why should TPM workers invite believers from local assembly to evangelization meetings held in Centre or invite other local believers to gospel meetings held in another local? Have these invited ones never heard the gospel before? Are they not taught the so-called deeper truths every bible study in their respective faith homes? Have they not been a part of TPM for many years? What is the use of collecting believers from all over places and spending lakhs of money on their food, accommodation, and transportation, if the convention is to save the lost soul? Better distribute that money to poor and needy! If you really want to organize gospel meeting then isn’t a canopy and pulpit with few believers around, sufficient to preach the gospel?
Why do TPM saints force believers to attend conventions in other geographical locations? Is it for blessings? Can’t God give them the so-called spiritual blessings in their respective local church, when they already have a white-clad minister residing with them all through the year? Why is it needed for a believer to go to a convention to receive blessings? Isn’t this like asking someone to go on a pilgrimage to resolve the problem? Why can’t God bless someone where man resides?
It is not a rocket science to guess that one hidden motive of TPM conventions is that all workers know deep down in their hearts that they will get some bucks in these conventions when they meet other believers and saints(white clads). People out of some so-called godliness put some money in hands of these workers whom they meet after a long time. Center Pastors and Center Mothers ask and receive money from local workers in these conventions. A worker who is conducting convention will often call other center Pastor or worker to help with money to conduct the meeting (Faith life!!). Money collected at the end of the convention is always greater than money spent. Apart from this financial angle, they also need a free of cost labor force to get some hard work done. Am I wrong? Then prove me wrong by simply conducting a gospel meeting without inviting other local believers and saints? There is absolutely no need and no logic in inviting believers.
How did, Jesus and apostles conducted evangelism? If you are followers of Jesus then why don’t you follow his ways and methods? Did they make the canopy and invited people from all other locations or did they themselves went from one village to village preaching the message of the kingdom of God? Were they preaching on behalf of any denomination? Did they desire to spread the kingdom of their denomination or Kingdom of God? See how Paul rebukes the denomination ideology in 1 Corinthians 1:12. I believe TPM convention is all drama in the name of evangelism. Prove me wrong! Don’t tell me a soul passing by heard the convention message and was saved. Tell me whether he could not have been saved if other local assembly believers had not come for the convention or other workers might not have visited the convention.
Why conduct the convention in the same fixed cities?
If you are really concerned about the lost souls, then why you need to conduct conventions in same fixed cities in which you already have faith homes. Nowadays TPM Ministers have even progressed to purchasing acres of land for this one-time annual rendezvous. What’s the use of preaching Gospel of Jesus Christ in cities which already have faith homes? Why are workers placed in those faith homes? Are they there for peeling potatoes? What do they do the whole year if somebody has to come from outside and preach the same message that the local worker himself can preach all 365 days of the year? Why don’t you go outside your territory and preach in those places where there are no faith homes. In the initial days of TPM, they traveled from one city to other and spread the TPM Kingdom because they were in need. Now they have enough money (fixed through tithe system of regular members) so they don’t feel any urge to reach for evangelism in other villages and towns.
All they need is an increase in the strength of members by adding new members (to ensure fixed regular income from tithe). So they conduct convention in the same city again and again and try to attract more people through free food and fake healing promises. This is clear indication of what their real intention is! Does any worker know how many cities and villages are there in India and how many have faith homes located in those regions? Not even one might have thought this way! There are some 4000 cities and 6.4 lakh villages in India. If TPM believes that they alone have the real truth then they should have been worried about a billion peoples living in these 6 lakh villages and 4000 cities which do not have a so-called true church to save souls. But alas! They are not a bit concerned about saving souls! They are interested in making more money through drawing crowd to their own denomination. This is the reason why they conduct conventions in the same cities every time. Let a die-hard fan refute this by showing us the logic behind same city convention tradition of TPM. Don’t give gimpy excuse by showing rare conventions conducted in new places. 95% of TPM conventions take place in fixed cities. And kindly don’t try to refute by saying how many cities you have preached. It won’t justify TPM convention in any way.
The timing aspect of TPM conventions
A few years back (when I was an ardent TPM follower), I suggested to the local brother conduct convention. To my amazement, he said that he needs to take permission from Centre Pastor. He told me that if a brother conducts convention in his local without prior permission, then center Pastor will punish him. It was a mystery to me why do you need permission from center pastor to preach the Gospel? Another mystery to me is that why International convention takes place in March only or say youth meetings only in November or Mumbai convention in Jan-Feb only and so on. Why do they need to preach the gospel in Chennai only on four specific days of March only? Why is it fixed for four days only? The first day they’ll preach baptism then the second day they’ll preach Holy Spirit and third day they’ll preach divine healing and finally on the fourth day they’ll preach self-exaltation message — which is Zion. Chief Pastor will preach, we are Zion and special people and specially chosen by God, to go to a special place and therefore the audience come and become our members. The TPM Ministers are anyway First in the Kingdom, if you join as a believer of TPM, you can become Second to us… rest all Christians will be in Third or Fourth place!!
Musing on all these points, it makes me wonder if TPM convention is really a genuine attempt to save lost souls. Let them conduct convention without inviting other local believers, in new cities and without intent to establishing them in TPM and then I will believe that their pure motive is to save souls. We believe that convention in TPM is not spreading the Kingdom of God but it is spreading the kingdom of TPM. It is more of a picnic place for civilians of TPM kingdom (including workers and believers). No wonder they call it the feast!