Do you know that TPM Ministers does not consider their BELIEVERS as part of their commune? Surprising, isn’t it? Well, it’s true. They will not tell this to their believers because it will be an act of cutting off the very branch they sit.
Do you know that TPM is not recognized as a Christian Church by the Government of India? Well, that is because of the fact that TPM does not fall under the Catholic/Orthodox/Anglican church structure. Therefore, all such churches have to get themselves registered under the societies act.
Now one important part of this Society Registration is to have the office bearers elected by the members of the society. TPM ministers and believers boast of their organization not having elections like other churches. But in reality, they are hiding the fact knowingly or unknowingly.
- If they do not have elections they are violating the clauses of the Society registration act.
- And if they have elections, they are boasting on a lie.
If you are a TPM believer, do you remember the last time you have participated in this election? I don’t. But do you think that there is no election in TPM? I believe that election does take place in TPM and the votaries are their own ministers to whom they have issued their ID cards. These ID cards establish their ministers as members of TPM. Elections in TPM is just like the Elections conducted by the North Korean Regime. The results are already known before any elections. No questions are entertained.
So who are the Believers as far as TPM is concerned? Technically, Believers are just customers for them. The customer is never part of the organization but interacts with the organization for business needs. The customers are the source of their revenue and this fact is nicely camouflaged in their system.
The TPM Business Model
The whole of TPM is geared towards making people join their commune and be their Ministers. This is how all cults operate. Their focus is never the preaching of unadulterated Gospel of Christ. This fact can be understood when TPM ministers and Believers designate their perverted doctrine as “The Truth”. They have a hard time acknowledging that other churches are preaching the Gospel of Christ. That is the real motivation for their categorization of eternal habitations(Zion for their Ministers, New Jerusalem for their Believers and New Heaven and Earth for other Christians and OT Saints).
Now to bring about this structure of ministry they have to use some scriptural twist. For that, they used an abandoned concept from the book of acts and twisted for their own benefit.
Some History Lessons from the Early Apostolic Period
The book of Acts is a masterpiece of God’s work triumphing over human thoughts/philosophies. In fact, it starts with breaking many human tendencies by the early apostles. The Church of Jesus Christ is a global body of blood-bought saints. However, the early apostles could not understand this concept in its completeness. Somehow they wanted to consolidate the church into a commune of disciples and be just Israel Centric. On their defence, it is quite human to consolidate themselves when they were faced with a hostile environment. Nevertheless, in the process, they gave their human tendency an upper hand over the direct commandment of Jesus.
And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature. Mark 16:15
Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, Matt 28:19
The above command of Jesus somehow got ignored in the early Apostolic time and they instituted some of their own logic into their lives. Do you know why was that? It was because they had this rudiment of a Jewish Kingdom which ruled over their very being.
Therefore, when they had come together, they asked Him, saying, “Lord, will You at this time restore the kingdom to Israel?” Acts 1:6
In their very core, they could not grasp the truth that Jesus came as the Saviour of the World. Therefore, they consolidated their ministry to the local Jerusalem environment. They build a commune where all personal properties were given to the leaders to manage the wealth for the entire commune (Acts 4:32-35). Their intention was to continue in this way till the second coming of Christ.
Do you now understand why TPM Pastors got into the Trap of calling themselves as Apostles? Of course. As leaders of the commune, they started thinking themselves as Apostles of Jesus. They did not realize that they are walking right into the trap the devil had set for them. Sadly their pride got the better of them and is still to acknowledge the error.
The Apostles were Apostles not because of being the leaders of the commune but because of the direct calling of Jesus. Masqueraders can at best be False Apostles (Rev 2:2)
Part of the scripture twist of TPM is to ignore the later chapters of the book of Acts to see if this pattern continued. We know that God is not a respecter of persons. Even if his Apostles did something against his commandment, he will not condone it. He will ensure that his plans continue.
For that, look at how God had to break their preconceived notions which the devil did to contain the ministry to an ethnic group in geography.
9 About noon the following day as they were on their journey and approaching the city, Peter went up on the roof to pray. 10 He became hungry and wanted something to eat, and while the meal was being prepared, he fell into a trance. 11 He saw heaven opened and something like a large sheet being let down to earth by its four corners. 12 It contained all kinds of four-footed animals, as well as reptiles and birds.13 Then a voice told him, “Get up, Peter. Kill and eat.”
14 “Surely not, Lord!” Peter replied. “I have never eaten anything impure or unclean.”
15 The voice spoke to him a second time, “Do not call anything impure that God has made clean.”
16 This happened three times, and immediately the sheet was taken back to heaven.
God even sends Persecution as a means to get his people out of this commune setup. Sadly, even after persecution arose, they could not get out of the mental block of preaching to people within their own ethnic group, even though they had to go to different lands.
Now those who had been scattered by the persecution that broke out when Stephen was killed travelled as far as Phoenicia, Cyprus and Antioch, spreading the word only among Jews. Acts 11:19
The book of Acts is a story of God taking people out of the Comfort zones they had created for themselves, for the spread of the Gospel.
TPM is using the same human concept which God had thrown away, to create a kingdom for themselves. This has to be one of the greatest deception followed by the cults of modern times.
Though TPM loved the celibate status of Paul, they have a hard time acknowledging that Paul was the one that took the gospel to the Gentiles in a big way( Rom 11:13) and abolished the commune structure.
By the end of the later apostolic period, we see that this commune type of living was completely abandoned. People were asked to work for their own sustenance. and live as God-fearing families of Married couples.
In the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, we command you, brothers and sisters, to keep away from every believer who is idle and disruptive and does not live according to the teaching[a] you received from us. 7 For you, yourselves know how you ought to follow our example. We were not idle when we were with you, 8 nor did we eat anyone’s food without paying for it. On the contrary, we worked night and day, labouring and toiling so that we would not be a burden to any of you. 9 We did this, not because we do not have the right to such help, but in order to offer ourselves as a model for you to imitate. 10 For even when we were with you, we gave you this rule: “The one who is unwilling to work shall not eat.”
11 We hear that some among you are idle and disruptive. They are not busy; they are busybodies. 12 Such people, we command and urge in the Lord Jesus Christ to settle down and earn the food they eat. 13 And as for you, brothers and sisters, never tire of doing what is good.
14 Take special note of anyone who does not obey our instruction in this letter. Do not associate with them, in order that they may feel ashamed.15 Yet do not regard them as an enemy, but warn them as you would a fellow believer.
Dear TPM Believer,
What is the purpose of your life? You are not supposed to be a customer of an organization supplying them with finances from your hard earned money. You need to invest your health, wealth and your entire being for the glory of the Lord. Do not follow the failed concept of a mistaken commune. Study the scriptures and understand the whole counsel of the Lord. Do not be taken for a ride by the smooth words of the TPM Wolves.
For I have not shunned to declare unto you all the counsel of God. Acts 20:27
To be continued…..