This is another series about the art of cherry picking in TPM. TPM preachers pick verses and phrases out of context and present it before the public, with an entirely different meaning than its original intended meaning. They entirely ignore the fact that scriptures were written in ancient settings. There is no effort employed on their part to fathom background settings of scriptural passages. Then they keep bombarding the false interpretation again and again. They read scriptures with TPM teachings as a reference dictionary. The first phrase in this series is “Children’s bread.”
TPM’s Children’s Bread
Ask any TPM member what the phrase “children’s bread” means, and in the split of a second, they will reply “divine healing” is children’s bread. This phrase is taken from the event mentioned in Matthew 15:21-28. A gentile woman came and fell at feet of Jesus, pleading him to cast the devil out of her daughter. Jesus replied to her “Let children first be filled. It is not good to take children’s bread and to cast it to dogs.” Utilizing this event, TPM has used this phrase to promote its legalist teaching of “divine healing.”. In reality, this passage does not even mention the healing of sickness, leave alone their perverted doctrine of divine healing.
Not only TPM but other faith healers, utilized this phrase to promote faith healing. And so we have people all around us repeating again and again that divine healing is children’s bread.
In fact, today itself I received 3 photographs of TPM Clergywomen who were deceived by TPM’s version of divine healing, dying a premature death. Look at them and see if they tasted this Children’s bread as taught by TPM.
In this original context, Jesus used “Children’s BREAD” to refer to himself. Jesus said, “I am the BREAD from heaven (John 6:32, 35, 41).” Nowhere in the bible do we find a direct reference to bread as healing. Healing is an implied meaning, by covering up the original direct reference to Jesus as the bread. Jesus told to his followers, that HE was first sent to lost children of Israel alone (Matt 15:24). Jews were God’s children in those days. Gentiles were far from promises of God. So, Jesus the BREAD OF HEAVEN was sent to Israel first (Matt 10:5, Romans 11, 15:8). Hence (in this context)Jesus was saying that I (the bread from heaven) am not available for Gentiles NOW. At this moment (Mark 7:27, Matt 10:5, Rom 15:8). He was as if saying “It is not good for ME, – THE BREAD OF HEAVEN, to be given to minister them who are not children!“.
By using this phrase, TPM wants to ingrain in people’s mind that physical healing is your birthright. It is as if saying, “You are children of God and healing from physical illness is your birthright. You can claim it! You can demand it.” This demanding attitude is in stark opposition to humility, request and surrendering to the will of God. Demanding is emphasizing that it is my legal right. Requesting, on the other hand, is praying and realizing that it is God’s choice and will, whether to heal or not to heal. Paul prayed to God to heal him. He didn’t demand God. He didn’t claim “Divine healing” from God. And God didn’t heal him! Because God in his wisdom thought it is better for Paul to remain in his infirmities (2 Corinthians 12:7-10). Timothy also wasn’t healed. Paul says to Timothy to drink wine for healing from infirmities of the stomach (I Timothy 5:23). Paul left Trophimus in the sick state (2 Tim 4:20). You and I cannot demand to heal from God. It is God’s will or prerogative to heal or not to heal. However, when you say healing is your legal right, then you are suggesting the idea that God is legally bound to act in the way you think is right. You end up tempting God, and violating his command “Thou shall not tempt Lord your God (Matt 4:7).”
What Jesus was saying was that “I – the bread of heaven, must be available to children’s service first in comparison to them who are not children.” It didn’t mean all children have legal right over me or they can claim benefits from me or that I am bound to benefit children’s material needs. The difference is subtle to notice, but a small nuance can drastically twist original implied meaning into that which was never spoken or promised or intended to be assumed. It can toss us to and fro and away from Christ.
May God give us the wisdom to grow in the knowledge of Christ and save us from being tossed to and fro by the waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by human cunning, by craftiness in deceitful schemes. (Eph 4:14).