In the first article in this series , we saw how TPM has a different gospel by adding to the real Gospel. TPM says without believing in TPM’s Zion, we cannot obtain salvation. Anything that adds to the real gospel is a false gospel. The Judaizers in the 1st century said you must be circumcised to be saved (Gospel plus circumcision). Paul calls that a false gospel and says anyone who preaches that is accursed. 2000 years later TPM says it is the gospel plus Zion plus 100 different teachings unheard of in the 1st century. How strongly would Paul condemn TPM’s “gospel”?
In this article we will look at some excerpts from TPM’s publications. We will see how TPM twists God’s word to come up with an idea of a “higher spirituality” that is alien to scripture. Since Zion is their idol, they have to conjure up a faux spirituality to show themselves to be better than others.
TPM’s “spirituality” is higher than God’s
Excerpts from TPM Publications
“Paul speaks of three levels of spirituality minded married couples. (1) The initial married state when they are frequent sexual (I Cor 7:2.41. (2) A higher stage where they, show their love and loyalty to God separating themselves from each other with consent for a time’ that they may give themselves ‘to fasting and prayer’ (I Cor. 7:5). (3) As they continue to grow thus, they come to a still higher plane. They gain control over their body. Their main purpose will be to unitedly please the Lord and to serve Him (I Cor. 7:29-31)” (Voice of Pentecost Jan 1976)
“God wants you to be a “saviour” on Mount Zion to judge the “mount of Esau.” Esau stands for flesh. God is waiting to give you a mighty anointing of the Spirit to show through you that His children can overcome the lust of the flesh.” (Voice of Pentecost March 2003)
“Let the word of God fill your mind and heart. This decisive step dethrones sex from your imaginations and desires, bringing peace and order in your body.” (Voice of Pentecost Feb 1976)
“It would mean that they have perfect victory even in sexual relationship, being wholly attached to God. Such a life is not strange to many saints. St. Paul says, “For I would that all men were even as I myself.” (I Cor. 7:7).” (Voice of Pentecost Feb 1971)
In the book of Genesis we see that it was God who created marriage and sex within the bounds of marriage and calls it GOOD.
As Genesis 1:28 says, it was one of God’s blessing – “Be fruitful and increase in number”.
Genesis 1:31 says “And God saw everything he had made, and behold, it was very good”
Hebrews 13:4 says “Marriage should be honoured by all, and the marriage bed kept pure, for God will judge the adulterer and all the sexually immoral.”
God is perfectly clear that sexual intimacy within marriage is PURE. The “marriage bed is PURE”. It is adultery and sexual immorality that defiles the “bed”.
But what does TPM teach? TPM absolutely abuses the teachings of apostle Paul to teach 3 levels of spirituality. If you carefully read 1 Cor 7, you can see that Paul doesn’t draw any conclusions. Ever after his advice of abstaining for a while, he says to come together again (and it was only a concession, not a command).
The second excerpt equates joining TPM ministry with “overcoming the lust of the flesh”. Nowhere in the text is Paul teaching that anyone is more spiritual than another. He calls both marriage and celibacy a GIFT. One is not above the other. In any case, the advice of Paul (not a command from God) to remain single was because of the “present distress” (1 Cor 7:26). It wasn’t a blanket statement. By TPM’s logic, none of Jesus disciples had overcome the lust of the flesh since they continued their ministry along with their wives (1 Cor 9:5).
Don’t dare call something that God himself calls “good” as “less spiritual”. TPM has always been guilty of trying to teach an alien spirituality. This idea of some things that God created being “spiritual” and “carnal” in and of itself is derived from Gnosticism.
Thought Of Marriage Is A Defilement
Until now you would have heard that TPM thinks that marriage is a defilement. But, no, TPM goes a step further in their craze to be “more spiritual” and teach that even a desire for marriage is defilement.
Excerpts from TPM Publications
“Our mind should be Zion – spotlessly pure and protected from every kind of defilement – yes from every appearance of impurity. It is not enough to stay unmarried. Even if a desire to get married comes into us, our spiritual life will get defiled. If is a revelation of Zion that protects us from such defilements” (Zion, The perfection of beauty – Page 55)
This is the level of brainwashing people undergo in TPM. The plain truth of scripture is hidden and a faux spirituality is preached. Can TPM point to a single verse that calls marriage a defilement?
Yes, God calls some to live as celibates (Matthew 19) just as he calls others for a married life. But celibacy is never a requirement in scripture and neither is it projected as “more holy” than marriage.
TPM Commands You To Relinquish Your God Ordained Duties
In the process of becoming “more spiritual”, TPM commands its followers to relinquish their God given duties to their aging parents and other dependents.
Excerpts from TPM Publications
“When we come to the consecrated full time ministry, we are redeemed from among men, i.e. we are freed from the responsibility to take care of our parents, brothers and sisters – the Lord has paid for it and we are now free.” (Zion, The perfection of beauty – Page 49)
“All the family members of truly consecrated servant of God will become spiritual. So even if your family members are not saved, you need not worry about it or pray for it” (Zion, The perfection of beauty – Page 53)
Let us contrast the above teaching of TPM with the word of God.
“But if a widow has children or grandchildren, these should learn first of all to put their religion into practice by caring for their own family and so repaying their parents and grandparents, for this is pleasing to God. Anyone who does not provide for their relatives, and especially for their own household, has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever.” (1 Tim 5:4,8)
“For Moses said, ‘Honor your father and your mother [with respect and gratitude]’; and, ‘He who speaks evil of his father or mother must be put to death’; but you [Pharisees and scribes] say, ‘If a man tells his father or mother, “Whatever I have that would help you is Corban, (that is to say, already a gift to God),”’ then you no longer let him do anything for his father or mother [since helping them would violate his vow of Corban]; so you nullify the [authority of the] word of God [acting as if it did not apply] because of your tradition which you have handed down [through the elders]. And you do many things such as that.”” (Mark 7:10-13 AMP)
In fact, regarding those who were to become elders, scripture says the opposite. Paul expects elders to be married and have children. That was the norm. He is expecting that this elder should have received a testimony of having raised his children in the fear of God.
“..appoint elders in every city as I directed you, namely, if any man is above reproach, the husband of one wife, having children who believe” (Titus 1:5,6)
“He must manage his own family well and see that his children obey him, and he must do so in a manner worthy of full[a] respect. If anyone does not know how to manage his own family, how can he take care of God’s church?” (1 Tim 3:4,5)
You see, Paul does not say anyone who desire to become an elder/overseer needs to desert his family and his responsibility and “God will take care of them”. Had it been the true apostolic teaching, he would have said it.
Being able to take care of one’s family was a prerequisite to becoming an elder. TPM teaches the opposite. Either what TPM teaches is “apostolic” or what Paul taught is apostolic. Both can’t be right.
But you might say, didn’t Jesus say one must hate his father and mother? Of course He did! But don’t let TPM fool you.
“If anyone comes to me and does not hate father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters–yes, even their own life–such a person cannot be my disciple.” (Luke 14:26)
The above verse is about ANYONE wanting to follow Christ. It is not about a group of “consecrated servants of God”. To follow Christ, one must love Christ above all. Every verse that speaks about forsaking your loved ones applies to all believers and in its proper context, it’s about choosing/loving Christ above others. That has been the consistent theme throughout the gospels. Click Here to know how TPM twists the scripture to introduce their doctrine contrary to the scriptures.
Dear readers, anything that contradicts the word of God cannot be from God. Scripture plainly teaches that God created marriage and it honours God. Scripture also plainly teaches that forbidding marriage is a doctrine of demons.
“The Spirit clearly says that in later times some will abandon the faith and follow deceiving spirits and things taught by demons. Such teachings come through hypocritical liars, whose consciences have been seared as with a hot iron. They forbid people to marry and order them to abstain from certain foods, which God created to be received with thanksgiving by those who believe and who know the truth. For everything God created is good, and nothing is to be rejected if it is received with thanksgiving, because it is consecrated by the word of God and prayer.” (1 Timothy 4:1-5)
TPM’s idol is their made up doctrine of Zion. They will do all that it takes – twist scripture and claim to have received divine revelation – to preserve their pet doctrine.
Will you stand on the side of scripture and call something that God created as “good” or will you stand on the side of TPM and call something that God calls “good” a “defilement”? Your choice.