We have been telling time and again that a Majority of TPM Ministers and Believers are NOT BORN AGAIN. This might have caused some heartburns among hardnut TPM folks. Statements like this hit out at their ego and hurt them. They, therefore, retort back with curses and abuses. This article is all about showing evidence which supports our view. As usual, you can contradict us in the comments section.
Proof of Life
“And you were dead in your trespasses and sins, in which you formerly walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, of the spirit that is now working in the sons of disobedience” (Ephesians 2:1–2). In his letter to the Ephesian church, Paul writes of the great gift God has given them through His Son (2 Corinthians 9:15). Because of Jesus, they are not merely bad people made good, but dead people made alive. Check out the picture below. The dead fishes have no discernment and they just go with the flow. If the flow turns, they also turn, If the flow gets blocked, they also get blocked and stagnate.
The dead does not have life, hence they are taken in the flow. This Life which I am speaking about is not about the base life of every human being. Whenever such references are there in the bible, it is never about a quantitative aspect. It’s about a Qualitative aspect. The Apostle John recognized this aspect and highlighted it in his Gospel and all his epistles.
In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind John 1:4
John is recognizing that Jesus had THAT LIFE and therefore the rest were DEAD. Physically speaking, all of them had a life but the Life in Jesus was unlike all the life in those people. His Life had much higher quality and was incorruptible. His LIFE could not be diminished by the presence of opposing factors around. Therefore, we need to know what is that Life which John saw in Jesus which was absent in the rest of them. Jesus came to give us THAT LIFE.
The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full. John 10:10
Living Works vs Dead Works
This same LIFE is given to us when we are BORN AGAIN. Born Again has got nothing to do with following certain rituals as attending church, taking baptism, Paying tithe, Praying loudly, wearing white, shouting and jumping in the meeting, Zion, Divine Healing etc. Most of what TPM Makes you do is DEAD WORKS. Dead Works is when you have a form but NO LIFE within (Heb 6:1). Such Dead Works are good only for a Burial Service.
It is futile for a dead person to try to interpret scripture. When a dead person will try to follow the scripture, he will add more dead works to sync up with his flawed understanding of the scripture. A dead person will always think it quantitatively and will never understand it qualitatively. The Pharisees were the torchbearers of such dead works. That was the reason there was a conflict between Jesus and them. Because of the presence of the same Death within them, TPM Pastors interpret Matthew 5:20 as more fasting and more tithing than the Pharisees.
Some Examples of Living Works vs Dead Works
- When the Pharisees followed the Old Testament Law of Tithing, they did it exactly as per the text. But Jesus saw it as a useless exercise because the heart condition of the Pharisee was dead. He made it very clear that the difference between the living and the dead is based on the Condition of their Heart.
“Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You give a tenth of your spices–mint, dill and cumin. But you have neglected the more important matters of the law–justice, mercy and faithfulness. You should have practised the latter, without neglecting the former. Matthew 23:23
Jesus never complained that the Pharisees were paying less than expected. Like T. U Thomas, he did not say to them that they should have paid one-fifth. He was pointing at them for their lack of justice, mercy, and faithfulness in their actions.
- When Pharisees followed the Law of Sabbath, they were doing exactly as required by the Old Testament texts. However, the Lord of the Sabbath found their sabbath to be a useless legalistic exercise. Their heart was again hardened and could not see the Lord’s intention of instituting the Sabbath.
Jesus asked the Pharisees and experts in the law, “Is it lawful to heal on the Sabbath or not?” 4 But they remained silent. So taking hold of the man, he healed him and sent him on his way. 5 Then he asked them, “If one of you has a child[a] or an ox that falls into a well on the Sabbath day, will you not immediately pull it out?” 6 And they had nothing to say. Luke 14:3-6
Do you now know why the Pharisees of TPM gets upset when you spend time caring your near and dear ones, skipping their brainwash sessions? A DEAD PERSON will give immense value to these brainwashing sessions and feels guilty if he misses out on them. Such people will feel a kind of satisfaction for having attended the meeting and not helped out their own folks. Religion has made them feel that their clergy and institution is more important than their own family. But if you have the Life of Jesus, you will put aside these religious dictates and do what is Right just as our Lord Showed us.
We discussed in our earlier article that Holiness is all about a Heart Condition of Purity and not an external show of piety, In the same way, the LIFE of Christ is all about the heart condition of Love and Mercy. A dead person always thinks about spiritual things on a quantitative level but a living person will always mean it at a qualitative level. For eg., a DEAD Person will always assume Eternal Life as a Neverending Life, but a LIVING Person will always understand it as an intimate fellowship with the Father and the Son ( John 17:3)
As mentioned in the above examples, True Life is evidenced by the HEART CONDITION and not by HYPOCRITICAL WORKS. Man judges by the works which he sees by his eyes. But God judges based on the heart of the person.
But the LORD said to Samuel, “Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. The LORD does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart.” 1 Sam 16:7
John was the one who identified the Unique LIFE that was present in Jesus. He too received this LIFE from Jesus. John who spends his entire life following the Lord came up with an accurate formula to know if we are DEAD or “ALIVE”.
We know that we have passed from death to life because we love each other. Anyone who does not love remains in death. 1 John 3:14
Only the ones who qualify as per the above formula are the ones whose Names are Written in the Book of Life. Many people may ACT to love their brethren. But we and God know that these are mere ACTINGS ONLY. Examine for yourself if you have passed from Death to Life.
There is a Judgement that we all are waiting. In that Judgement, Jesus is not going to ask if your Baptism was according to XYZ Pattern. He will not ask if we jumped or shouted in the Tarry Meetings. He will not ask if we attended all the conventions. He will not ask about your dress or ornaments. He will not ask about your achievements in the world. He KNOWS YOU ALREADY to put you among the sheep or among the goats.
For the word of God is ALIVE and ACTIVE. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the THOUGHTS and ATTITUDES of the HEART. Heb 4:12