A few months back there were many WhatsApp messages and videos which proved that there were fake food products imported from China to substitute the real ones. Many of these videos showed us how to identify the Fake Rice, Fake Cabbages, Fake Eggs etc. These fakes are in the market ONLY FOR ONE REASON. They want the money in your pocket to come to their pocket. They are not interested in your well being or good health. They do not care if you are dead or alive after eating their plastic foods. Maybe they already have plastic medicines ready to cure your plastic sickness.
Purpose of the Scriptures
Now consider a scenario where Biblical incidents and its Precepts are being misused to derive Fake outputs put in a beautiful wrap of “Morality”. Biblical stories are neither Aesop’s fables nor textbook stories. They are not for medium to teach us just ethical lifestyles. C H Spurgeon has rightly said, “Morality may keep you out of jail but only the blood of Christ can keep you out of hell.” These words are like apples of gold in pictures of silver, provided you comprehend it. Scriptures are embedded within them two-faced features – one that I am a great sinner and second that Christ is the saviour. Like a two-sided coin, these are the two conclusions that you and I are supposed to derive from biblical incidents. Every story in the bible is a gospel foretold to sinners to repent of self and surrender to Christ. The moment you make it mere moralizing texts, you lose the treasure ingrained in them.
Let us see how Jesus understood about the purpose of Scriptures.
25 Then he said unto them, O fools, and slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken:
27 And beginning at Moses and all the prophets, he expounded unto them in all the scriptures the things concerning himself.
44 And he said unto them, These are the words which I spake unto you, while I was yet with you, that all things must be fulfilled, which were written in the law of Moses, and in the prophets, and in the psalms, concerning ME.
45 Then opened he their understanding, that they might understand the scriptures,
Then said I, Lo, I come (in the volume of the book it is written of me,) to do thy will, O God. Hebrews 10:7
The Purpose of the Scripture is to Find Christ and his ministry in it. It is not to be used to Find Fake Zion and some Fake Consecration. The Fake Plastic Christ you get in TPM will not redeem you but be a cause for your Spiritual Death.
The Unadulterated Real Gospel of Christ
Even in the First Century, there were people who tried to invent Fake Christs. This fake plastic industry had raised its head even in those days.
6 I marvel that ye are so soon removed from him that called you into the grace of Christ unto another gospel:
7 Which is not another; but there be some that trouble you, and would pervert the gospel of Christ.
8 But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed.
9 As we said before, so say I now again, if any man preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed.
The Simplicity of the Gospel
Scriptures are simple. God does not expect us to make 10 to 100 points from a single story which points to some fake ministers and their agenda. His message from beginning to end is simple. Firstly it conveys that man is a sinner and secondly, it preaches that mankind needs Jesus. That’s all! You can find these two messages in every page of the bible. But deceivers will make simple things complex by dividing one simple step of salvation into seven steps.
A Sample Illustration:
The TPM Message: Consider the Story of David Defeating Goliath.TPM preachers will divide this moral message into five subcategories (check it here). They will also say we must defeat devil just like how David defeated Goliath, but they have will give you five steps to do this. They will say that as David chose five smooth stones, so likewise we need five attributes 1,2,3,4,5 like 5 stones of David. Thus they will try to entice you into believing that they have deeper truths which other Christians do not have.
I bet that if you want to prove that you are better than TPM ministers, you can not only select David’s choosing five stones but you can divide actions of David prior to selecting smooth stones and actions after his defeating Goliath, to turn the story of David and Goliath to yield 50 moral messages. By dividing a simple story into five/ten/fifteen points, you can prove to a blind mob that you have much deeper mysteries compared to TPM. But is that the intent of the Scriptural Message? Plastic Foods can never replace the real food.
Simple Gospel Intent: Let us look at the story of David and Goliath from a gospel perspective. We will show you how the story of David and Goliath reveals that we are sinners and Christ is our saviour. Please make sure to note that this story is a gospel-centric story and not a mere moralizing fable. God has ingrained in the story of David and Goliath the message of Christ as the saviour of mankind. David was the great King of Israel who defeated all of the enemies of Israel (I Kings 5:4). He was a pointer to the throne of Jesus. David was a type of Jesus in this regard. He was not a pointer to readers of Holy Scriptures! He symbolized Messiah! Goliath, on the other hand, was a pointer to the devil. The Israelites in this story represented the whole of mankind.
The Israelites could not defeat Goliath (I Sam 17:24). Likewise we human beings were unable to defeat sin death and devil (Rom 8:3,37). Jesus came in and defeated Satan on cross (Gen 3:15, Heb 2:14). David’s victory was a victory for all of the Israelites (I Sam 18:6). Who fought the battle? Answer=David. Who were victorious? Answer =Israelites. David and Goliaths story thereby is a gospel which teaches that by one man’s obedience we all are made righteous (Rom 5:19). It teaches victory of Jesus is our victory which we receive an inheritance in Christ. You will find this theme repeated again and again in the bible. God says “stand still” and then he fights for them and he overcomes their enemy and they are declared victorious. This is called as righteousness of faith which is not same as righteousness according to our works. We have done nothing and yet death of Jesus on cross declares us righteous. This is the simple message in story of David and Goliath.
It teaches us that we are sinners and Christ is our saviour. It teaches us that we cannot defeat Goliath but it teaches that Jesus had defeated Goliath and won victory for all of us. But haughty men form TPM say “Nah! We will defeat the devil and overcome him by our consecration, our not wearing jewellery, our not taking medicine, our not marrying and blah blah..” They will make simple things complex and hide the gospel of righteousness by faith. They will moralize bible stories and complicate it by dividing and subdividing it into seven or eight points. They will do this with every story in the bible and in every passage, they manage to put themselves as the only guiding lights to believers to guide them to reach heavens. This way they inject the Fake Christ and Fake Chinese Plastic Gospel into the lives of many TPM Believers.
Dear brothers and sisters in Christ, it is not wrong to derive a moral conclusion from biblical stories, but it is hazardous to teach them as mere moral stories like Aesop’s fables. It is obnoxious to make yourselves as the hero when Jesus is our hero and saviour. It is an anti-Christian spirit that makes you put yourselves in a place meant for Christ. Awake! Discern what these white fraudsters are feeding you daily by their elongated deceptive seven-eight point moralizing sermons. A sadhu sage like guru Gopal das or BK Shivani Verma can give you better moral sermons than these white-clad fraudsters. Aesop’s fable or Chanakya story series or Akbar-Birbal series will make you more wise and moral than listening to these monotonous seven eight-point ears deafening blabber. Ask yourselves what they are feeding you? Is it worth gulping down such plastic food when God has given you good food?