Episode – 14- Exit from a legalist religious cult
Recap: In the Last episode, we saw the reflection of how a funeral is conducted in TPM. We saw how TPM clergies are ever ready to refuse to bury the dead if they discover that believer has failed to maintain the list of their do’s and don’ts. We also saw how they make people wait for burial according to their schedule. We saw that non-TPMers are more helpful in situations of grief and pain, compared to TPM clergies. At least Non-TPMers have the decency and sense to feed the family in bereavement, but TPM people on the other hand charge fees for extending the services to bury the dead. For Daisy’s mother’s funeral, her husband paid the bills of her last rites to TPM ministers, for their burial services. They buried her in the small grave, and then returned with the big lump of money to their own big white grave, where spiritually dead workers abide. All these fruits reveal how cruel and wicked TPM clergies are. When it comes to giving, they easily forget it was this family which fed them all along with their tithes and offerings. Let us see what happens next.
Daisy’s father is mourning for his wife. As Christ loved the church, so he had loved her (Eph 5:25)! In happiness and in pain, in sickness and in health, in prosperity and in adversity, in her weakness and in her strength, he loved her in all situations. In her last days, she refused his advice. He wanted her to get medically treated, but she refused. He used to tell her that if Christ loved us when we were pitch-black sinners, then what can stop him from loving us now, as we are justified by his blood (Rom 5:8)? No persecution, no famine, no nakedness, no principality, NO MEDICINE, nothing can snatch us from his hands (Rom 8:35, John 10:29). But in spite of guiding her through depths and heights of God’s amazing love, her brainwashed self still believed in some fancy god who refuses to open his heavenly door for them who take a drop of fluid from apothecary’s shop. Unfortunately, the suicidal perverted doctrine of divine healing added her name to its list of victims.
Like Martha, Daisy’s father makes his complaint to Christ, saying, “Lord, if thou had been here my wife would not have died.” He continues, “Even if your apostles were here, she would have not died! They would have healed her in seconds! But aren’t TPM workers apostles of Christ? Don’t they claim the same? Then why can’t they heal instantaneously like the apostles of Christ? What about TPM believers? Why doesn’t TPM encourage the gift of miracle and healing among believers at least? Did not Paul encourage it (I Cor 12:31)? Do TPM apostles think better than Paul, to discourage gift of miracles? Or is it that they fear that if a believer receives the gift of healing then their importance will come down? Maybe yes or maybe not! But one thing is clear; had TPM encouraged gifts of miracles, then Dorothy would have not died. A believer or worker with a gift of healing could have healed her instantaneously. Not only Dorothy, but none of the believers or a saint would have then died with diabetes, blood pressure, cancer, asthma, jaundice etc in the name of divine healing! But alas! All that TPM ballyhoo is tongues, tongues, tongues; the gift which benefits not a mite to the body of Christ!
Thinking all this, he (Daisy’s father) sighs! He realizes that he is a part of a church which has no spiritual growth! He realises that he is part of a fellowship where gifts of Holy Spirit are missing; where the love of Spirit is not seen; where they have all immoral sins hidden within the white veil of faith home. He realizes he is part of the proudest group in the world.
He remembers a website (www.fromtpm.com) which was passed on to him 2 years back in WhatsApp. He had pooh-poohed it then saying that the website is critical of TPM Workers. He now understood that he was unreasonable then and was filled with the TPM Spirit. Silently he started browsing this site.
We see Joseph approaching his father’s room.
Joseph: Appa! We will keep memorial service on the third day in remembrance of our mother.
Joseph’s father nods in agreement. He looks around for his phone. Joseph sits on the bed beside his father and rests his head on his lap. His father begins to move his hand over his head. Then he picks up his phone and dials pastor’s number. The pastor is busy talking with someone. One minute later he dials again and finds him busy. A few minutes later he calls and finds pastor busy again. Later ……. after 25 minutes, he calls, and Lo…!!! The pastor is yet busy talking to someone! He dials faith home landline and it is also busy. He shakes his head in dismay. A minutes later his phone rings. Its pastor’s number. He picks up the call.
Daisy’s father: Praise Lord. Pastor!
Centre Pastor: Sorry brother! I saw your incoming call beeping, but Rita was online. You know Rita?…. who got transferred two months back to Andamans..? She is calling me after twooo……… months! You see! Two months she had no time for me. See how they forget their pastor!
Daisy’s father ignores Pastor-Rita melodrama. He has seen a lot of melodrama all his life like every old believer. He doesn’t care. It’s not new for him. Ignoring the nonsense talk of pastor he makes his request known.
Daisy’s father: Pastor we want to keep memorial service on the third day in remembrance of Dorothy.
Centre Pastor: We don’t do “third-day”, “thirteenth-day” or “fortieth-day” in TPM. Those are things which gentiles do! We are not like other church Christians…
Daisy’s father disconnects without letting the pastor finish his statements. He begins to mumble to himself. What rubbish!! It is not the practice of gentiles. When Lazarus was buried in the grave then Jews came to Martha & Mary to comfort them after the burial (John 11:19). Friends of Job came at Jobs place to mourn with him and comfort the death of his children (Job 2:11). Not only his friends but his relatives and acquaintance comforted him and moaned with him and gave him a piece of money and earring of gold (Job 42:11). Joseph also mourned for his father Jacob for many days after his death. Children of Israel wept for Moses for thirty days (Deut 34:8). In the New Testament we read that devout men lamented the death of Stephen after his burial (Acts 8:2). Paul said to weep with them that weep (Rom 12:15, Heb 13:3). The whole idea of memorial service is for comforting the family of the deceased person. The whole idea is to show them, love. All mourning did in the bible after burial was to comfort the family of the deceased person! These all came without calling. However here I am calling them and they are refusing! Rita only remembered him after two months and he is expressing sadness as if she hasn’t talked to him for a thousand years! And when I asked for a memorial service to remember my wife, then it has become gentile practice!!! Lord, why did you give the gift of tongues to our workers? You should instead have given the gift of wisdom. They don’t know when to talk about what!
The trauma of departure from soul mate and the behaviour of TPM workers at such times is too much for him to take! Job (Daisy’s father) opens his mouth and curses the day he was married in TPM. He says, “Let the day perish when I entered TPM. Let not God regard it from above, neither let the light shine upon it.” He sobs bitterly!
This Sunday Daisy’s family didn’t go to faith home. The pastor later made several calls to discover why Daisy’s family had missed the Sunday meeting. When Daisy’s father didn’t pick up any of his calls he asked Brother Matthew and his wife to go and find what is the matter with Daisy’s family. Like Herod sent wise men to find out the family in which Christ is born, so did TPM pastor sent Matthew couple to Daisy’s home. They reach Daisy’s home. The doorbell rings and Joseph opens the door. He sees Mathew’s wife standing in front…Brother Matthews is parking his car outside.
Joseph: Woman, what have I to do with you? Our time has come.
Matthew’s wife: What???
Joseph: I said come in aunty!!
Daisy’s father welcomes them. Mathew couple gets seated. Daisy brings water to them.
Daisy’s father: What reminds you brother of our poor family!
Matthew: I was passing from here and God put in my heart to see you.
Joseph begins to think. When my mother was sick for the whole year, Matthew never came. His gods never put in his heart to visit sick, afflicted, hungry, and those in prison. They (his gods) only taught him to serve themselves in buying lands and organising conventions. How come he to our home today? Is something evil brewing in his mind?
Daisy ‘s father: Thanks brother for coming!
Matthew is super cunning. He doesn’t want to directly reveal his intentions. So he smartly disguises his intention in form of conversation that would make Daisy’s father himself reveal what Matthew wants. This is how cunning breed of workers in TPM start conversations with fellow workers, in order to get out information they are seeking.
Matthew: Today morning you broke my glasses when you jumped up and down in spirit.
Daisy ‘s father: Me..? I didn’t even come for a meeting today!
Matthew: Oh Sorry, sorry! …..It must be someone else! Are you ok?
Daisy ‘s father: Yes fine! But why do you ask that?
Matthew: You said you didn’t come to church, that is why I asked! I never miss Sunday meeting no matter what.
Daisy’s father: The truth is that we have decided to quit TPM.
Matthew: Nhho.. brother..……. Never should you even think such a thing! Saints pray for us every morning and night. It is by the prayer of saints we are alive. They have forsaken their home wife and families; for whom brother?? They suffer so much for us! You will only get a blessing from them.
Daisy’s father: Display of blessing is a trap. It is slow poison meant for your destruction.
Daisy’s father: I have observed that there is a pattern. You will find it in every TPM, around the world. First, they spread their net. They will attract us by showing outward spirituality. They will show us that they wear a white dress, don’t marry, and therefore God talks to them, and they can see dreams, visions and can prophesy. Because we want something miraculous from God, we get drawn away to them. This is what apostle James said, that we are drawn into a snare by our own lusts (James 1:14). We imagine God is pleased by such a monkish lifestyle and he will hear them if they make a request to God. So we want them to make a request to God on our behalf. Now we are now trapped in. We start dancing to their tunes because of the things we want. They start controlling us by their rules and traditions. In the process, we break our relationships with our extended families.
Matthew: Controlling us??? Unhh…. I see….Go on… go on.
Daisy’s father: At first when we join TPM, our relatives leave us, because of their strange unbiblical teachings. So our relatives are gone. Then they take our money regularly like EMI in form of tithes. Then they started taking away our relationships with society. They will say don’t attend family functions and birthday parties. They will tell, don’t attend other church meetings, don’t take their communion, don’t get married to other Christians. After this, they start taking control of our decisions. They tell us how we should dress. Then they tell us how we should cut our hairs and whether we should have moustaches or not; Then they control whom should we not listen and what we should not sing and what we should not read and what we should not see. Then finally they will target our children. They will compass sea and land to take our children into their ministry, by saying, “one from every family and two from every city.” They want our children to make them their waiters, to serve them food in trays, to iron their clothes, to wash their undergarments, to massage their body, to drive their vehicles, to go to market for them, to cook their food, to prepare tea for them, to wash their leftover plates, to prepare their bed, to wash and put curtains in their rooms, to clean their lavatory, to broom their white homes, to clean their wounds when they are ill, and so on. If you say no, then they will threaten us by saying that if we don’t send our children to become their slaves, then our children will be cursed. Therefore they create a problem in our marriages. Did not Jesus warn us that devil the thief comes to steal and destroy us?
Matthew: Hmm I see…, but I don’t think they do this purposefully.
Daisy’s father: Yeah true that it is not intentional; but this pattern is common in all faith homes, all over the earth and throughout every generation, is clear proof that hidden evil power is at work in TPM, which destroys its members in trademark pattern.
Matthew: Leave everything brother… Let us not judge and bring God’s wrath on us… Don’t look at them. Look to Jesus. Come to the meeting and go.
Daisy’s father: If you want me to look to Jesus then why look for Jesus in TPM only? Can’t I look to Jesus in other churches, attend their meeting and return back to my home?
Matthew’s wife: Yeah… but in other churches, you will not get the chance to worship God in spirit and truth like in TPM!
Daisy’s father: Is worship in TPM truth? Even I used to think in the same way until God opened my eyes. God showed me one website www.fromtpm.com and I started reading it. Let me tell you, TPM service can be divided into five parts – praising, singing songs, filling in tongues, testimony, and preaching. And according to me all these five services of TPM worship are gross disobedience of God’s commandments. These are far from the truth.
Matthew’s wife begins to think that Daisy’s father is possessed by an evil spirit. This is the typical patent response of cult followers. They said the same about Jesus also (John 7:20). Even the BJP devotees call opposition party supporters as traitors and anti-nationals, with the same mentality, Matthew’s wife softly whispers to her husband in Malayalam, “get up and leave quickly.” She has learnt this art to say something secretly in front of someone from TPM North. Once she was in faith home, and elder brother was discussing faith home secret with elder sister regarding a small sister who ran away with a young believer. There was a Marathi girl ironing clothes of saints. So the sister started talking in Malayalam, so that believer girls don’t get to know what things happen in faith home. Saints used to talk in Malayalam before Marathi believers of Pune so that believers don’t understand what they are discussing. Taking lessons from that event, she starts talking to her husband in Malayalam. She whispers and tells him that she thinks Daisy’s father is possessed by an evil spirit.
Matthew: (In Malayalam to his wife) Shut up..! There is nothing to fear! Don’t act like illiterate fools of TPM who speak in emotions. Apply some brain before saying anything!
Daisy’s father: Let me tell you how TPM worship meeting is a violation of God’s commandment.
Matthew: Yeah, please. let me listen to your opinion. I am smart enough to take my own decisions… you continue, please.
Daisy’s father: God said do not take the name of your God in vain. Jesus also said, “Don’t be like gentiles by repeating vain words. But right at beginning of meeting, they make you repeat “praise the Lord” for one hour. In short TPM worship starts by breaking God’s commandment. Then they make us sing praises to their group sing songs of Zion. Songs are designed to applaud their future and sacrificial life. We thus break the first commandment that thou shall not worship or sing praises to any other god. So again the second part of worship meeting is breaking the commandment of God. Both these parts of worship (vain repetition praising and songs of perverted Zion) are not found in worship meeting of any other church.
Matthew: I will not agree 100% but you continue, please….
Daisy’s father: Then they make us fill in tongues in a group, contrary to instructions of apostles. Again we break the commandment of Christ. Again this is an exclusive part of TPM worship, not followed in other churches. Then is their preaching which is always boastings about themselves. Therefore we conclude that it is better to attend Sunday meeting in another church than to participate it in TPM. At least they don’t repeatedly make you break God’s commandment. I suggest you go through website www.fromtpm com.
Joseph quickly memorises the name of the website. He has decided to go through it once Matthew is gone from his home. Matthew’s family realises it is time to run. His quiver is empty. All his arrows are shed. They exchange farewell and rush out. Daisy and Joseph visit www.fromtpm.com. Joseph is thrilled reading through web pages of www.fromtpm. Finally, he submits his testimony to www.fromtpm.com. Here is his testimony. (To Readers; Of course, this is not Joseph ’s real testimony but the given testimony is the voice of every Joseph caught in a cult-like TPM. Please listen and relate it to your life.)