Choosing Between God and TPM

“I am astonished that you are so quickly deserting the one who called you to live in the grace of Christ and is turning to a different gospel—which is really no gospel at all. Evidently, some people are throwing you into confusion and are trying to pervert the gospel of Christ. But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach a gospel other than the one we preached to you, let them be under God’s curse! As we have already said, so now I say again: If anybody is preaching to you a gospel other than what you accepted, let them be under God’s curse!

Am I now trying to win the approval of human beings, or of God? Or am I trying to please people? If I were still trying to please people, I would not be a servant of Christ.” (Galatians 1:6-10)

Back when I contemplated leaving TPM, I used to make a mental “pros and cons” table. If I were to stay if would be for the here and now, for an easy life. I knew it was easy to just be one among the crowd and just go through life without upsetting anyone and causing any problems.

I knew why I would be leaving TPM. It would be for all the false teachings like

  1. TPM pastors claiming to be the High Priest violating all of Hebrews.
  2. Cult-like practices and control over the masses, in contradiction to Jesus’ expected behaviour from his followers
  3. Legalistic gospel and a salvation by faith+works (which is no gospel at all!)
  4. The pride and elitism hold every exclusive TPM doctrine together. If you truly buy TPM’s doctrines, you have to at all times live with the sense of feeling superior to other Christians.
  5. The myriad of “songs” composed for conventions that praise TPM ministers instead of God.
  6. The un-biblical practice of speaking in tongues that violates 1 Cor 14:27
  7. The hypocritical “divine healing” doctrine. Taking herbal medicines in faith homes and punishing believers because they visit doctors.
  8. Vain repetitions like a pagan thinking God is impressed with the number of times one chant a particular word.
  9. Usurping God at every chance to accrue glory for themselves.
  10. Dividing the body of Christ in eternity with places like “New Earth”, “New Heaven”, “New Jerusalem” and “Zion” and assigning people to these fictional places that TPM created.
  11. The bad fruits showed by the organization which were the direct result of the false teachings through the ages.

These are just a few of the very many doctrines and practices that were deal breakers. I had to choose between Scripture and the only church I knew all my life. I couldn’t continue as my eyes were being opened. I could brush it under the rug and act like nothing happened or I could say NO and move out. Since I had no big influence on the higher-ups of TPM, I felt I could make more of a difference outside the 4 walls of this cult.

Sins become “Holy” when Organizationally redefined

Gradually I came to know one more thing.  As a result of believing the doctrines of TPM, my conscience started altering.  The more I lingered, my moral compass went for a toss. The ones that I considered as sins are no more sins because it is done to benefit an organization. To cite a few

Choosing Between God and TPM

Thou Shalt not Steal: We all know this commandment. But then we fail to recognize that the doctrine of Tithe as implemented by TPM, is nothing short of stealing and we are willing participants to that. Moreover, there are so many places where Faith Homes are built on lands given temporarily to run the faith homes. But later on, by hook or crook, they take the land for themselves with very bitter experiences and huge losses for the individuals. Presently I know a situation in Ponmar where the conflict is going on to force themselves on a believer. Similarly, the Irumbuliyur land has been acquired by evicting many people by very unchristian ways. There are so many such bitter experiences for many faith homes. None of the TPM believers has their conscience pricking. This is because their conscience is ALTERED. STEALING FOR THE ORGANIZATION IS NO MORE A SIN.

Thou Shalt not Lie: I started noticing the so-called servants of God lying without an iota of guilt. Moreover, they stand and justify the lie which is visible for all. The entire congregation is standing with the Lying Minister because he is Lying to Defend the organization. This is because their conscience is ALTERED. LYING FOR THE ORGANIZATION IS NO MORE A SIN.

Similarly, multiple incidents of Gross sins become “holy” when committed by the Clergy or someone for the benefit of the organization. Adultery, Murders, Intimidation, Greed, Witchcraft, Envy, Threats etc have become a norm and are no more a sin if it is for the benefit of the organization.

What Should I do?

If you are like me and are contemplating leaving this organisation, read on.

Pray and read scripture

The more you pray and more you read scripture, especially the epistles, you will recognise TPM for the cult that it is. A plain reading of scripture will tell you early church government was nothing like TPM. There was no mention of “consecration” or “zion” or the other strange words you hear in TPM every week. If the apostles had the “Revelation of Zion”, the epistles would be filled with them (similar to how TPM magazines are filled with them).

Leave for the right reasons

Always leave for the right reason. I don’t think to leave because there is better music somewhere or fewer scandals, are strong enough convictions. Leave because you are convinced that scripture plainly teaches one thing and TPM teaches the opposite.

Hold Scripture as the ultimate foundation

The only objective basis for truth which we have is scripture. It is God-breathed and inerrant. Do not be worried or scared for choosing scripture over TPM. TPM is man-made, scripture isn’t. For example, when scripture says “All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” and you hear a TPM pastor say “Daniel was sinless”, do not be scared to say the pastor was wrong or confront him lovingly if necessary. You are on scripture’s side.

Put things into perspective

Finally, put everything in perspective. We are here on earth only for a moment. Don’t gamble this little time we have trying to live safe.

Jesus said for I have come to turn ‘a man against his father, a daughter against her mother, a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law, a man’s enemies will be the members of his own household.’ (Matthew 10:35,36)

These things happen when you choose truth over a lie you’ve been fed all your life.

A church primarily is the body of Christ. We are the church. Look for congregations that shun the prosperity gospel and run behind signs and wonders. Look for churches that hold scripture as the highest authority for faith and practice.

DO NOT EXPECT A PROBLEM-FREE EXIT

Is TPM a Cult?

If you’re still wondering if TPM is a cult or not, please read the below excerpt. It is from a website that has no affiliation to this site. I’m sure the writer of this excerpt wouldn’t even have heard the name “TPM”. Yet from his research, the signs of cults amazingly match with TPM’s behaviour in every single point. I remember reading a comment a few days back on this site where someone said TPM wasn’t a cult. Maybe that person needs to read this.

As they say, if it looks like a duck, swims like a duck, and quacks like a duck, then it probably is a duck!

“Not only do cults deviate doctrinally from biblical Christianity, but they also have distinctive sociological characteristics.

The first is authoritarianism. The leader or organization exercises complete control over a follower’s life. The words of the leadership are ultimate and often considered divinely inspired. Going against the leadership is equivalent to going against the commands of God.

The second characteristic is an elitist mentality. Most cults believe they are the true church and the only ones who will be saved. This is because the group believes they have new revelation or understanding that gives them superior standing.

The third is isolationism. Due to their elitist mentality, cultists believe those who do not agree with them are deceived or under the influence of Satan. Therefore, many feel their members must be protected from the outside world, and physical or psychological barriers are created. Members are prohibited from communicating with those outside the organization who do not agree with the teachings of the group.

Fourth, there is closed-mindedness and the discouragement of individual thinking. Because of its authoritarian nature, leaders are the only ones thought to be able to properly interpret the Bible. All members are to turn to the organization for biblical interpretation and advice on life decisions. Therefore, individual thinking and questioning are discouraged. There is an unwillingness to dialogue and consider other viewpoints.

Fifth is a legalistic lifestyle. As mentioned earlier, salvation is not based on grace; cults teach a works-oriented gospel. This leads to a lifestyle of legalism. Followers must live up to the group’s standards in order to attain or maintain their membership and hope for eternal life. Followers are required to faithfully serve and attend meetings, studies, and services. As a result, there is tremendous pressure to live up to the requirements of the organization.

Finally, there is a difficult exit process. Since salvation is found in the organization, leaving the organization is considered by many to be leaving God. All former members who leave cults are shunned by members which often includes members of their own family. Many are warned that if they leave, they will be condemned to hell, or seduced by Satan. Many ex-members are harassed by the organization even after they leave. Exiting members often end up distrusting any religious organization and end up feeling isolated and alone.

Life in the cults is marked by fear of judgment, pressure, and legalism. This is a far cry from what we are taught in the Bible. Jesus and the apostles taught that the new life in Christ is one of grace, love, and freedom from the law. In Matthew 11:28, Jesus said, “Come to me all who are weary and heavy laden and I will give you rest.” The peace and rest promised by Christ are seldom experienced by those in the cults.” [1]

Conclusion

There is no doubt TPM is a cult. The sense of security you feel by belonging to a cult is understandable. But the damage it does is severe. Once the aura of TPM is removed by constantly meditating on God’s Word, the fear of this cult slowly begins to fade. For some it takes days, for other, it might take years. But it fades nevertheless.

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