All the apostles of Christ were commanded to preach the gospel to Unsaved people. They were not commanded to preach their superior characteristics to saved members of other churches. Paul condemned such boasting of self-superiority (1 Corinth 4:6-7). Superiority boasting like “we are the only true church,” “we alone are apostles,” “we do not marry according to Luke 14” etc is done to steal sheep from other flocks by demeaning those shepherds. The trick is to convince people that WE ALONE ARE TRUE. This is the manner of the ministry of Numero Uno sheep stealing organization in the world – TPM. They will say “start attending our meetings and see God work in your life.” Sheep stealing thieves of TPM, don’t preach the gospel to unsaved people. It is their fundamental belief that preaching the gospel is the work of ordinary evangelists. It can be found everywhere. Our (TPM) ministry is to make saved people reach perfection (check this for proof). Therefore they believe in transferring already saved sheep from other fold into their own fold.
TPM’s Sheep Stealing in Action
TPM’s convention is actually a sheep-stealing activity. Their usual prayer during conventions is that God should bring people in this truth. By such a statement, they mean that other churches don’t preach the truth, and therefore God should help TPM steal sheep from other churches. On Sundays which is just before their annual conventions, they will ask their believers to go to all other churches in the city, to invite them to TPM. However, if volunteers from other churches come to TPM to distribute their convention invitations, then TPM people will rebuke them, and prohibit them from distributing other church worship invitations. When people attend TPM conventions assuming it to be bible study or spiritual worship meeting, then they will be made to hear why TPM ministry is an apostolic ministry and why joining TPM is joining the best church.
Sheep stealing activity by female ministers of TPM is a daily routine. It starts in the evening from 5 pm onwards. While visiting believers home to collect money, they try to visit a few other Church Christian homes. They don’t allow other church pastors to meet their own sheep (they say don’t take another church communion, don’t read other church literature, don’t attend other church meetings, don’t marry other church Christians) but they themselves go and meet other church sheep in absence of their pastors. They start by saying, “can we come in and pray for you?” When Christians allow them, they use the opportunity to advertise why other church pastors are not true disciples, and they themselves are true apostles (using the twisted interpretation of Luke 14:26,33). Thus they will try to lure sheep from other churches into TPM during their evening visiting activity.
Is this is why God calls them to TPM ministry, through dreams visions and prophecies, so that they can steal sheep of other churches instead of preaching the gospel to lost people? Do you think that God will call people to labor for the benefit of one organization like TPM sisters labor for expansion of TPM? Let us see from scriptures, what is God’s manner of work, when he raised his chosen ones to serve him.
God’s Pattern to raise Prophets and Apostles
God’s way is always about raising messengers to correct and rebuke the lost ones. He never sends men to steal sheep from other folds and create a rift in the body of Christ, by starting a new tribe under a new name. In the book of Revelation, we see Ephesus church members lost their first love (Rev 2:4) and were fallen from their initial position in Christ (Rev 2:5). But God did not send Antipas to start “Antipas Pentecostal Mission” at Ephesus. Instead, he chose to send the message of rebuke and correction by hands of his messenger. Same was the case and pattern with every other church of Asia. Jesus is same yesterday, today and forever (Heb 13:8). For him, all churches are members of his body. There is no denominational tearing down of his body.
Jesus sends his messengers to unsaved people. People who get saved by the preaching of God’s messenger may be handed to local bishop/deacon, and the messenger may continue his ministry to other parts of unsaved people. If the fellowship of saved members errs, then he sends his message of rebuke and chastisement through his prophets. The Apostles penned letters inspired by the Holy Spirit to churches at Corinth, Rome, Colosse, etc to correct them. We don’t find Barnabas sending Mark to start a new church at Corinth, because Corinthians lived an unholy immoral life.
Every church in the first century had its own name. There was no “Galatians Pentecostal Mission” in the city of Corinth or Ephesus. Leaders of Church of Rome did not send a group of unmarried leaders to Philadelphia to open a new branch at Philadelphia because Philadelphia Christians lacked unmarried leaders who wore a simple white dress. Churches were established by name of their location when apostles preached the gospel to the unsaved people in that particular geographical location. Then they raised a local leader there and if they heard of any erring, they wrote letters correcting them, from their erroneous ways. That is why we have so many letters in the New Testament. In none of these letters, we find Paul or Peter or James or John writing or sending some leader to start a new church just because they found old churches erring.
However, in the year 1923 something strange happened, which had never happened in the history of Christendom. So-called god of TPM raised a man called Paul Ramankutty to start a new church, instead of sending him with word of correction to the churches of Sri Lanka. Even in the Old Testament times, God kept sending prophets like Isaiah, Jeremiah, Hosea etc to correct his people. However, his style changed in 1923. Every cult starts in a similar way! A new leader arises who claims to be the messenger of God to start a new tribe. Cultic god seems to abandon old followers. However biblical God raises men to rebuke correct and make erring flock return to God.
You might say Jesus started a new tribe of Christians! But the epistle of Romans makes clear that both Jews and Gentiles are part of the same olive tree. God has not cast away Jews (Rom 11:1). They are blinded for some time, so that gentiles may be grafted in the same tree having the same roots (Rom 11:7). For God, it is the same olive tree. There is never a division of Jews and Gentiles in sight of God (Gal 3:28, I Corinthians 12:13).
Litmus Test of Sheep Stealing
Blind fanatics of TPM, who love the organization more than God, may show stubbornness and argue that TPM people do not steal sheep but they do it the right way. If that be your argument then let us have a litmus test your arguments about sheep stealing.
- If TPM people say to all those who are saved that they may worship God in any fellowship; just take care that you abstain from fornication, idols, and things strangled with blood (Acts 15:20), then I can consider your claim. But unfortunately, they can’t say this! How else will they get tithes and how will they earn more money, if they let these people free from TPM?
- Consider an innocent person come and ask prayer of the TPM Clergy for some kind of relief from fever or a headache. Assume they continue to attend their parent church after TPM minister had prayed for him for few times. The pastor becomes upset and will never pray for them again. If they happen to come again to TPM, then the TPM workers will say, go to your pastor, why come to us if you want to attend your church meeting? They will talk between themselves, “these people come to TPM only for a solution to the problem.” By such statement they are actually saying, we expected them to become our members, but after they get healing from a headache, they failed our expectations! Let them now go to their church! What benefit they are to us if we pray for them?
The test is simple! To test whether they are stealing sheep or are honestly preaching the gospel without any ulterior motive of earning money, let them make disciplining policies to discourage sheep stealing. I know a pastor who said I will come at your place and conduct Bible studies if and only if, you promise to keep attending your church, and giving your tithes to the church where you have been giving in past. This is honesty. Can TPM make such policies? Aren’t they expert in making rules? But unfortunately, TPM ministers can’t pass this test. Most of their members, I mean 80% are stolen sheep (This includes the Admin team members).
Zacchaeus when he came to know about his stealing of tax and money, he decided to return fourfold of what he took from people. TPM asks believers to give four-fold in name of restitution (first few steps of conversion). It’s time for them to follow the same. Will TPM return fourfold of tithes they have eaten by robbing sheep from other churches?
Building Town with Blood and Cities with Iniquity
Almost 80% of pastors of independent churches (non-institutional churches) have no secular jobs. Their primary source of income is donations from their own flock. After earning bachelors degree in theology they start working hard. They manage to get one or two families saved. Thus begins their new congregation of poor people. Then TPM ministers steal these new converts by their marketing techniques, by their white clothes, and other love bombing prophecies.
This is an undeniable fact that TPM has swallowed thousands of sheep from small churches. They completely uprooted innumerable small congregations. Isn’t this a great wickedness of TPM? Ahab was the King and had enough land and gardens. But he took the only vineyard of Naboth by killing him( Courtesy the trick of Jezebel). Same goes with TPM. They have ample properties and land all around the earth. Yet the stolen sheep from poor congregations are used to increase their wealth. Therefore the word of God came to Elijah and he said to Jezebel “…Have you not murdered a man and seized his property?’ Then say to him, ‘This is what the LORD says: In the place where dogs licked up Naboth’s blood, dogs will lick up your blood–yes, yours!’.” 1 Kings 21:19
Similarly, when David had many wives and he took the only wife of Uriah, God sent Nathan to David and he told him the parable of sheep “There were two men in one city; the one rich, and the other poor. The rich man had exceeding many flocks and herds: But the poor man had nothing, save one little ewe lamb…. it …was unto him as a daughter. And there came a traveler unto the rich man. The rich man instead of taking a lamb out of his own wealth took the poor man’s lamb, and gave it as food to the traveler (2 Sam 12:1-4).”
TPM has swallowed many ONLY SHEEP of poor congregations. They have built towns with blood and cities with iniquity (Habakkuk 2:12). May it not happen with TPM what happened with Jezebel! May they realize their sin and repent like David. David burned with anger against the man and said to Nathan, “As surely as the Lord lives, the man who did this must die! 6 He must pay for that lamb four times over because he did such a thing and had no pity.” (2 Sam 12:5).” Else a just God may pronounce fourfold judgment on TPM, of what they had done to poor pastors.
The time for TPM’s reckoning is near.
“Behold, I will raise up evil against you out of your own house. And I will take your wives before your eyes and give them to your neighbor, and he shall lie with your wives in the sight of this sun. For you did it secretly, but I will do this thing before all Israel and before the sun (2 Sam 12:11-12).”