Recently a gentleman (seems to be an ex-TPM minister or part of another similar cultic organization from TN) took offence to our articles calling out some of the TPM Doctrines as heresies. When we analysed the conversation, we could find out that he was not even ONCE appealing to scriptures for its authority but making loud claims about some Christians(200-300 years back) following similar TPM like doctrines. Typical of a rowdy guy, he tried to dominate the conversation but quickly understood that he was barking up the wrong tree. Most of such erroneous doctrines are given a boost by pulpit pimps who claim to be Theologians and Apologists. They shove their teachings down the throat of the gullible laity.
There is a divine lamentation which we hear in Hosea 4:6
My people are destroyed from lack of knowledge. “Because you have rejected knowledge, I also reject you as my priests; because you have ignored the law of your God, I also will ignore your children.
Many Christians have been taking all that is pumped to them from the pulpit. Sadly, they do not discern the source.
How to judge the Validity of a Doctrine?
The Ultimate Benchmark for the validity of a doctrine is to see if Jesus taught and followed it.
“Come, follow me,” Jesus said, “and I will send you out to fish for people.” Matt 4:19
Follow my example, as I follow the example of Christ. 1 Cor 11:1
To make sure that the Pulpit Pimps are not twisting Jesus’s words to bring a different meaning, we need to check how the disciples understood and followed it. We can get a glimpse of the lives of the Apostles and their teachings in the book of Acts and also the epistles.
Our Historical Authority for spiritual life should end with the last chapter of the book of Revelation. JN Darby or Watchman Nee/X/Y/ Z’s perspective of a doctrine hold no water with us. They are not valid authority figures for us. Though we respect many such men of God, their opinions are not our benchmark. PERIOD.
A.C Thomas might be a gem of a person. However, he gets classified as a heretic or not, based on what he taught to the masses. Adding to the scriptures is a gross sin. If somebody says that Jesus was sacrificed on the cross to satisfy Satan’s demand for a ransom, I have no doubt about the source of such a doctrine. TPM’s Revelation interpretation is based on A.C Thomas’s figment of the imagination from a corrupt source.
We still stand by our Claim to show us ONE Doctrine which is “TPM Specific” that can be found in the scriptures. By “TPM Specific” we mean, a doctrine which is followed only in TPM/or sister cults and not in the other churches.
Drawing the line within the scriptures
I really appreciate the way the Bible is written, every time I read the book of Job. I know of TPM Pastors who would take a random verse from that book to prove one of their scripture twists. I believe one of the reasons God put that book there in the Bible is to prove the misuse of the scriptures by these fake preachers. When you read the arguments of Job’s friends (Eliphaz the Temanite, Bildad the Shuhite and Zophar the Naamathite) it closely resembles TPM’s rulebook.
The Bible that we have with us, is a book with words from different individuals. Though we generally refer to the Bible as the “Word of God”, it has words from Satan, Good men, Evil men, Angels, Political Authorities, Manipulators, and many others apart from that of God/Christ. We, therefore, need to take the scriptures and apply to our lives based on who is the source of the specific sentence.
Many Christians follow the scriptures based on an emotional appeal but not on Godly instructions. Let me quote one such instance.
21 From that time on Jesus began to explain to his disciples that he must go to Jerusalem and suffer many things at the hands of the elders, the chief priests and the teachers of the law and that he must be killed and on the third day be raised to life.= 22 Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him. “Never, Lord!” he said. “This shall never happen to you!”23 Jesus turned and said to Peter, “Get behind me, Satan! You are a stumbling block to me; you do not have in mind the concerns of God, but merely human concerns.” Matt 16:21-23
Our Benchmark for life cannot be based on an emotional appeal or words of people who do not represent God’s truth, even if it is from the scriptures. For eg., Job’s friends’ logic might appear perfectly valid for a religious person, but it goes contrary to God’s plan(Job 42:7). Do not be duped by preachers who can take people for a ride by any biblical verse. Pray for discernment.
Dear Readers, Do not take anything that you get, without verifying it for yourselves from the scriptures (Even our own articles). We need not follow anything Just because some Christian leader at some point in time followed something. Check back with the scriptures if Jesus and his Apostles followed and taught such doctrines. If you cannot establish those kinds of doctrines, just happily discard it. Do not be a slave to Churchianity.
God Bless you.