We have said umpteen times that another spirit works in TPM. Their biggest names have said weirdest things which we can never imagine. We could never imagine that men of such repute can speak such harrowing statements (Luke 16:15). Alwyn, A.C. Thomas, T. U. Thomas, Abraham Matthew, M.T. Thomas all have had uttered blasphemies beyond wonder; Right from selling Jesus into the hands of the devil to bearing iniquities of men. The new kid to join this bandwagon is Mr Teju Kurien.
The Inclusivism of Teju
The Gospel is very clear – “THERE IS NO SALVATION APART FROM JESUS !” A Christian in whom the spirit of Christ dwells, cannot deviate an inch on this. He cannot deny salvation by Jesus name alone. However, Teju thinks salvation sans Jesus is possible. According to Teju, all those who live a good life can go to heaven, without having believed in Jesus name – provided they are unfamiliar with Jesus. He agrees that it will be in if someone rejects the gospel, but if the gospel is never heard by a person then there is a chance for such a one to go to heaven without Christ. This means that men could get away from hell even after having worshipped 36000 Hindu deities, or Allah or any other God! Listen this complete audio once again.
Exposing Teju’s hermeneutics
Teju has quoted a few verses and twisted it to support his false teaching. Let us check them
First, he quotes a passage in Mathew 25:31-46
Teju thinks that the phrase “Lord when we saw thee hungered or thirsty or stranger or sick” means that these people were unfamiliar with Jesus. This is a perfect example of twisting scriptures. This phrase simply means that people who did good works of feeding hungry and clothing naked, did these because they were moved with compassion; They were unaware that helping poor and weak brethren is helping Jesus himself. If you were to see a poor widow in church with financial needs, and you happened to help, then you would have done this out of compassion. So it is but natural that you will ask “Lord Jesus when did I help you, it was the poor lady whom I helped?” This does not mean you are unfamiliar with Jesus or the Gospel of Jesus. This passage in Matthew 25 is a simple message to followers of Jesus, – that faith (religion) without fruit is a dead religion (James 2:14-17).
However, Teju could not see this simple message! What he sees is a strange doctrine that people who are unfamiliar with Jesus will advance to heaven, if they do good works.
The phrase “least of my brethren” does not mean people from New Earth in TPM Terminology. It means people who are poor, afflicted economically weaker/underprivileged. He is reading scriptures with a TPM lens and that is why he is uttering blasphemy.
Second, Teju defends new blasphemy of TPM by misusing Revelation 20:11
Teju tells us that this scripture is proof that people will be judged according to works. What Teju is trying to say is that the dead who will be raised, will be weighted according to works and therefore he is seeking support to his previous error from this passage. I think Teju has not read Romans 1:18-23. Bible clearly speaks that these dead men who will arise in judgment will be without excuse on that day.
Romans 1:20,23 For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made….. so that they are without excuse. And changed the glory of the incorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and four-footed beasts, and creeping things.
Here scriptures clearly tell those dead people who worship other gods or did not recognize God will be without excuse before God.
What is the Gospel and how does bible explain it to us?
The real reason for blasphemies which TPM echelons utter again and again is because they have no value for the death of Jesus. They lay more value to celibacy, unmarried life, wearing white clothes, not taking medicine and so on. They think God values these things more than the sacrifice of his dear son Jesus Christ. For sake of these people, I will try to explain the Gospel one more time. This time we will consider the background context of the Gospel along with the Gospel so that people like Teju can get a better understanding of the Gospel. See the picture below. It explains Gospel background. 1st God created man in his image. Next man fell. Then because of Adam, all mankind became sinners. And finally because of Jesus, all those who believe him will be restored back to the same glorious image which man lost. After explaining this part we will see the purpose of the law, as to why the law was introduced before the first coming of Jesus. If the lamb was slain before the foundation of the world and it was fixed that mankind will be saved by the sacrifice of Jesus then why was the law introduced before Jesus.
- Adams creation in the glorious image
- Adams fall
- Mankind’s birth in the sinful state
- Change of the sinful Nature of Adamites by the Cross
- Adam’s creation in the image of God: Bible begins by saying God had created man in his image & likeness (Gen 1:27).
- Adams fall: Man then committed sin and lost the image & likeness of God.
- Mankind inheriting Adams fallen nature: In words of Paul, all men fell short of the glory of God (Rom 3:23). The Psalmist explains this fallen state in following words, “Behold I was shapened in iniquity and in sin did my mother conceive me (Psa 51:5)”. The Book of Job echoes a similar phrase “Who can bring a clean thing out of an unclean? not one (Job 14:4). Scriptures emphatically declare that Adam’s sin was inherited by his posterity. Every man born in this earth is a sinner by virtue of his natural birth. Without having done any good or bad, we are born spiritually as dead. Since Adam sinned and lost the glorious image of God, therefore sons born to Adam are born in the fallen image of Adam. Note that the Bible explicitly mentions the sons born of Adam were in the image of Adam and not in the image of God. In Genesis 5:1, the Bible says God created man in his own image and then in verse 3, the Bible says that sons born to Adam were in the image of Adam (Gen 5:3). In 1 Corinthians 15:49 Paul says, “And as we have borne the image of the earthy, we shall also bear the image of the heavenly.”
- Change of sinful nature by the cross of Jesus: With this fallen nature, none of the sons born to Adam can go to heaven. Every human being needs a new birth. Scriptures say that we will be confirmed or restored to the image of God’s son, who himself is the express image of God (Rom 8:29, Heb 1:3). In other words, the cross of Jesus is THE DOOR to recover the lost image of God and be found in paradise again. Unless we are born again, our natures will be inclined and biased towards sin. And souls with such sinful fallen nature can never be given a ticket to heaven.
Hence if a man is a Jew or a Gentile or Hindu or Muslim or Sikh or Buddhist or an Atheist or a Christian; he is a sinner by his natural birth (Gal 3:22, Rom 3:9). And there is but one door for all sinners! Jesus said without me no one can come to Father. There is only one name given in heaven – without which there is no saving from our sinful nature. Sin is not only our deeds but it is our state. I repeat Sin is not only our deeds but it is our state. We all need redemption from this sinful nature. God wants this sinful nature to be removed from the human race. To remove this he sent his son. If this state could be removed without the sacrifice of Jesus, then why would God sent his only son to die for fallen abominable men like us. Without changing from a bad tree to a good tree, how can Teju imagine that bad trees can produce good trees? Was Jesus lying? Does not bible negate this possibility by saying “Can the Ethiopian change his skin, or the leopard his spots? then may ye also do good, that are accustomed to do evil (Jeremiah 13:23).” But sadly this is not how TPM understands the gospel. And it is due to lack of understanding of the Gospel they are uttering horrible blasphemies.
What purpose does the law serve?
I should quit here. But I will lengthen my discourse a few more lines. Please bear with me. We need to understand the purpose of the law, as to why the law was introduced before the first coming of Jesus. If the lamb was slain before the foundation of the world and it was fixed that mankind will be saved by the sacrifice of Jesus on the cross, then why was the law introduced before Jesus. Does not the introduction of law waste time, if it served not to save mankind? Let us first see what law means. The law means knowledge of good and evil. Law is a reflection of God’s mind of how he defines which action is good and which action is evil.
Now the simple answer is that law or knowledge of good and evil is given to man so that this knowledge can act as a tutor, pointing us to the cross of Christ. Paul says that …I knew not sin until the law came (Rom 7:7). This means that the law functioned as a mirror. When I looked in that mirror of God’s law, it showed me that I am in the marred image. It told me my need for a saviour. It showed me how evil my heart is! This is the purpose of the law.
However, TPM and its likes of legalist Pharisees assume that the law can change a bad tree into a good tree. Apostle Paul says that the law is weak. It does not have the strength to change my fallen nature. Hence the gospel of Paul “by works of the law, man cannot be justified in the presence of God.”
In Short “Law is not given to justify us.” Knowledge of good and evil is a mirror for us to realize marred fallen image we carry since Adam. Hence it is hazardous to trust in the knowledge of the law, or knowledge of deeper truths to think that by that deeper knowledge of “do’s and don’ts” we can make the leopard change his spots and Ethiopian his colour.
You are uttering nothing but blasphemy when you say a man can go to heaven or change his state by bypassing the cross. It is the nature which is in question and not the actions. Good works do not take us to heaven, but it is the change of our state; from sinful state inherited by us through Adam. We can only change into the righteous nature only through the new birth we get THROUGH JESUS.
Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. NO ONE comes to the Father except through me. John 14:6
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