Episode 9- Eloping Couple
Recap: In the last episode we saw Molly and Daisy stayed in the faith home. Next day the centre mother arranged the driver worker brother to drop the girls at the railway station.
We see Daisy and Molly standing in the queue at the ticket counter. They purchase unreserved sleeper tickets. Daisy knows that if they will request the TTE, he will allow them at least one seat. They’ll have to pay the fine, plus some extra money, but that is better than travelling in the general compartment. Daisy is confident that this will work because it usually works in appachen’s (centre pastor) case. Centre Pastor will never book a ticket in advance. He usually pays extra money to the TTE or agent to get a seat. For example, if AC ticket is 2500, then he will give 1500 more and get a confirmed seat. In this way, although he gives 4000 Rs. instead of 2500, yet he can travel comfortably at least. Thank God for the Tithe doctrine, there are people who ensure luxury travel for our Pastors.
And when Joseph and her father would return from helping pastor carry luggage as he boards the train, then Joseph would mimic pastor talking to TTE. Joseph would mimic the pastor by saying “Hello sir!! Please give me one seat! We are God’s servant. If you give me one seat God will bless you.” And then Joseph would roll on the floor laughing. Their entire family finds pastor’s trick of promising blessing to TTE, amusing. Joseph also noted that if there are other believers to see him off, the Pastor boards the Sleeper coach to show that he is travelling as a common person. Later on, he shifts to the AC Bogie, once the train has departed the station.
It gets more hilarious the way Joseph imitates pastor by making faces. So Daisy is confident of getting confirmed seating arrangements. Yes, she is not as rich as centre pastor to give Rs. 4000 for travel, but she can pay 250 more for sleeper class and get comfortable travel. Molly and the lost girl now head to platform no. 8 and wait for the train to arrive. As the train arrives they find the TTE and request him for a reservation. TTE looks in his paper and asks them to sit at 32, 33 in S7. It is a side lower and side upper birth. Molly and Daisy both get seated in the lower deck. The Train catches up full speed within a few minutes. We see Molly watching facebook on her phone and Daisy busy in WhatsApp.
Molly: I can’t find you on Facebook. Send me a request and I will add you as my friend.
Daisy: I don’t have a Facebook account.
Molly: You should create one. We can keep in touch with each other. We can connect with our school friends. It’s a great application.
Daisy: We should live a life of separation, instead of mingling with people. I used to have it earlier. But then when the Saints said that it is the tool of Devil, I promptly deleted it.
We see Molly’s eyebrow raised as if she was puzzled by Daisy’s reply. Reading facial expression of Molly, Daisy can sense she has said something weird to Molly’s upbringing.
Molly: What is this “life of separation”? Is this any doctrine of the TPM church?
Daisy: Yes!! It was given to our saints by revelation!
Molly: Don’t you want to keep in touch with me? Will you forget me once I go far from you someday?
Daisy: No.. not like that.
Before she finishes. Molly continues to give her a piece of mind.
Molly: If that is so then I am really sorry that I made you a friend. It appears you are showing me love and friendship only because you need me now! Once I go far, you will forget me. Is this “life of separation” followed in by your church pastors?
Daisy tries to find words… but Molly continues…
Molly: Do your church pastors forget you, once they get far from you?
It struck daisy like a lightning bolt. All previous workers who had been transferred from her local faith home, have never called back to ask about their joys and sorrows. The love they show gets vanished as soon as they get transferred. Once when Daisy’s father met Br. Abraham, in Chennai convention, the expression on his face was as if he doesn’t know Daisy’s family. Daisy’s father was hurt. He expected Br. Abraham to give him a hug. Daisy’s father helped him when faith home was new in their town. He was a small bother then and believers could be counted on fingers. But now he has become a pastor and has forgotten the old days.
Bible says “God is not unrighteous to forget your labour of love, which you have showed towards his name in that ye have ministered to the saints…. (Heb 6:10);” but TPM workers who claim to be followers of God display completely antithesis behaviour to God. They soon become unrighteous to forget everything believers do for them in their difficult times. They soon find new believers and forget old ones and behave proudly as they rise to power. Daisy still remembers how her mother tried to pacify his father’s anger. She said, “Darling you know that they have to have no attachment with people; Is not this reason for which they are transferred in every two to three years!”
Daisy remembered how Joseph suggested showing some high denomination notes to make them remember who you are.
Molly (continues): Is this how apostles behaved? As far as I can recollect, Apostle Paul remembered and kept his believers in prayers, even after he was far from them (Rom 1:9, I Thess 1:2, II Tim 1:3). He even wrote letters to people remembering them, because he had a burden for them!
Daisy: No.. it’s not like that. Life of separation is different. God asked Israelites to stay away from heathen nations. Apostle Paul also says, what has a believer to do with an unbeliever?
Molly: So, am I unbeliever? Will I make you worship idols, if you connect with me on facebook?
Daisy: No! No.. Molly! You are not trying to understand me. When we maintain distance we don’t get temptations. We don’t feel attached emotionally. We can live a holy life. Attachments make servants of God leave TPM ministry.
Molly: I don’t understand what you are trying to say. Do you mean to say Paul’s attachment with Timothy and with the church at Thessalonica and with the church at Rome made him forsake the ministry of God?
Daisy: But the life of separation is doctrine given in both Old and New Testament. Why did God then command it?
Molly: “Life of separation” in the bible means to not to follow fashions of the world that are sinful. You are not to emulate worldly people in drinking, smoking, dancing in pubs, buying lands and property and gold as if this is the world we hope for. We should impact them and not otherwise is what life of separation means. It does not mean you don’t talk with Christians from other church churches. It is no way means not to open a facebook account and keep in touch with people whom we love! It does not mean you become unrighteous and forget how people loved in your evil days. You should have wisdom how to use tools in a wise way! Our Lord asked us to go into the World (Mark 16:15) and not to sit in a Monastery.
Daisy thinks she has screwed up the situation. She should have told her that Teju anna taught her not to make facebook account or else she will go to hell, but even that would have made her look foolish in eyes of Molly.
Daisy: I am sorry… I didn’t mean to hurt you, but some words slipped out of my tongue which I never intended. Please forgive…
Molly is really upset. She doesn’t say a word. She shakes her head in dismay over daisy’s theology.
Daisy: Molly, please…. Please… forgive me…
Molly: Ok, but don’t tell me again that your “life of separation” teaching makes you people holy. Don’t ever tell me that your “no attachment” teaching helps your church pastors stay in ministry. Let me assert you that by binding yourself inside four walls of the church, the lust of flesh will not go away. Binding people by rules of the church within four walls of church or faith home or whatever you call it is like sadhu sanyasi going on Himalaya or forest. And going away from external temptation does not heal the rottenness of the fallen nature of humanity. It is only by the power of the Holy Ghost in baptism that our natures ought to be changed. Any other means not prescribed in our bibles. Paul made it clear that all your rules of “do not touch,” “do not do this thing or that thing,” etc, are of no use to control your flesh(Col 2:21-23).
Daisy is amazed at bible knowledge of Molly. Molly, unlike Daisy, doesn’t attend so many meetings and conventions; but still, her Bible knowledge is phenomenal. On the other hand Daisy after attending bible studies regularly without fail and going to Sunday meetings and every convention is still pathetic when t comes to defend something from scriptures. In spite of all this, Daisy’s blind eyes refuse to open. Her pride in TPM doctrines oppose the idea of meditating on words of Molly. She prays to God to show Molly how the life of separation is a revelation given by God to TPM saints. She prays to God to show Molly how by the life of separation and “no attachment” rules of TPM, saints can live overcoming life!
They both get busy in their mobiles. It is getting dark. Soon God is going to show the girls how overcoming life TPM saints can live if they follow TPM’s list of do’s and don’ts without emphasis on inner conversion. There is a hawker selling food from the pantry. They buy egg-biryani and finish off their dinner. Daisy climbs on the upper birth and closes her eyes. The train stops at a station for one minute. A TPM brother boards train and occupy a seat on upper birth in front of Daisy. Daisy is not aware of this. The train chugs away from that station. A sound of the mobile phone ringing disturbs the serenity of the night. Brother opens his luggage and takes out mobile.
TPM minister: Hello! Praise the Lord.
The sound of praise the Lord awakens the soul of Daisy. Her eyelids instantaneously blink open as if a dead man was given a spark of life. She begins to look from the windows of her eyes. A TPM worker brother is sitting in front of the upper birth. He seems glued to his phone. His eyes are semi-closed as if he is trying to focus on voice from the other side. OMG! He is Pastor David – the famous TPM convention preacher.
David (TPM minister): I love you. I can’t live without you.
Daisy wanted to say “Praise the Lord;” but hearing his words “I love you”, she managed to control her freaking excitement in time. She immediately turns her back towards him trying to hide her reaction of seeing him. Her ears are now wide open to what he is talking on the phone. In spite of rustling sound of the train, she can clearly hear his words.
TPM minister: I have asked one believer to make arrangements for us. When moopathi sleeps, get out with your bags.
Scene: Pastor David is silent for some time coz he is listening to his partner in crime from the other end of the phone.
David (TPM minister): If they catch and force you to stay inside, I will file a police complaint. Do not fear them. God is on our side.
Daisy, by this time, has realized that the famous pastor is eloping with one of the TPM sisters. He has fallen deep into the abyss of “desires of human flesh.” She abhors the sinning saint. He who was once so much glorious to her sight has suddenly become untouchable to her. Her family would have once felt lucky had he visited her home; but now, they won’t even let his feet step on their holy grounds. It is a shame to even take his name on her lips. Backslider!!! Her only worry now is her own respect in sight of Molly. What will she say? All her prayers to God, to reveal to Molly the overcoming life of “saint-believing-in-TPM-doctrines,” has come to nought.
Molly, on the other hand, is not oblivious to what God is showing her. She has both seen and heard the deeds of overcoming saint. There is a vast difference in her outlook towards sinning saint. Unlike Daisy, she doesn’t look down on them who commit mistakes. Similar to the character of Jesus who said about the woman caught in adultery “Let him who has not sinned cast stone first,” Molly is compassionate towards the sinning minister. She knows every saint has a past and every sinner a future. It is better to marry than to burn (I Corinthians 7:9). She knows that the sinning saint will be long gone when Daisy and Molly awake in the morning. So without wanting to humiliate Daisy, so closes her eyes and falls asleep. But the self-righteous Daisy – “the-brainwashed-child-of-TPM,” how can she sleep peacefully in rustling sounds of the train with a sinning saint beside her. She kept thinking that the real “Life of Separation” should have been in keeping the men and women in TPM Ministry in separate places. She knew that many more Davids will be on way out of TPM with their fornication partners.