Misplaced Children’s Bread of TPM

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.

Misplaced Children’s Bread of TPM
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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.

Misplaced Children's Bread of TPM
Victims of “Divine Healing”

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!“.

Faith Healing

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.

Conclusion

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).

 

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21 Comments on “Misplaced Children’s Bread of TPM”

  1. This the frequent statement by M.T Thomas about Children’s Bread. He will almost use this in all his sermons. According to him other denominational christians and non-believers are dogs because they take medicines. TPM stands on divine healing without medicines, so he states it is their(TPM) bread.

    //Feeling sad for these young sisters who were victim of their doctrines

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  2. Good interpretation. Praise the Lord for knowing the actual meaning. Brother, can you also please explain why the Canaanite lady replied dog can eat the piece of bread?

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    1. Dear Johnson,
      Can you explain what is your question exactly.
      Isn’t it obvious that the gentile woman was very desperate ?

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    2. Brother,
      It’s Jewish thinking that non-Jews are spiritual dogs(Matthew 7:6; Luke 16:21; Philippians 3:2). The Jews used to think that others are not good enough to receive God’s Blessings. Much of Jesus’ ministry, however, involved turning expectations and prejudices on their heads (Matthew 11:19; John 4:9–10). Jesus frequently tested people to prove their intentions, often through response questions or challenges (see John 4:16–18; and 4:50–53). One example is Jesus citing the example of the Good Samaritan (considered outsider) by Jews in his parable to infuriate the jews. It is just like this site often quoting the favouritism of TPM at their face.

      The woman’s response was providence to prove that your birth does not determine your blessings. It was a prelude to the ministry of Jesus to have introduced the gospel to the Jews and the rejection by the jews will have a worldwide impact whereas the jews will get the wrong end of the stick.

      Again I ask: Did they stumble so as to fall beyond recovery? Not at all! Rather, because of their transgression, salvation has come to the Gentiles to make Israel envious. Romans 11:11

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  3. Excellent post…..after interaction on this subject with few TPMites it is clear the extent of brain wash they are on this subject.
    The irony is that there are practicing pharmacists, nurses, doctors who all will claim divine healing and still deal, prescribe, issue medicines.
    Then we have diabetes affected senior clergy who will get their wounds dressed properly (????Only a guess if they only use plain water (which is again H2O )to wash the wound) by nurses and still blurt out Divine healing.
    I hope the rattlers will do some proper rattling in this post too for the right reasons.

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  4. Correct explanation of this topic admin. Adding to same topic, they think taking medicine is a sin, and they came with some teachings, again cherry pick from some verses, medicine was a heathen practice. If it’s a heathen, why then all these beleivers (most of them) working in hospitals pharmacies, why they are receiving tithes from those people working in this industry while preaching against medicine, or considering people takes medicine as 3rd rate beleivers. And those who boast stand for divine healing are top class while they doing all other things which God hates.

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  5. It’s came to my mind I taught in Sunday school that divine healing is one of the doctrine for salvation.
    Such a false doctrine, I repent teaching that. Totally wrong to make a basic doctrine by cherry pick and even that’s with wrong interpretation.

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  6. Hi Admin,

    I love the way you’ve explained the correct meaning of the word ‘bread’ in Mathew 15:26.

    But, is it unscriptural to preach a doctrine which guides a child of God to practically realize and experience Jesus as the Bread from heaven ? I don’t think so. And if a church wishes that all it’s believers be taught such doctrine since they want all their believers to experience Jesus as the Bread from heaven, then there is nothing wrong either. But if the church enforces such doctrine and punishes it’s believers by not allowing those who take medicines to partake in communion, then it is wrong.

    You said, ‘It is God’s will or prerogative to heal or not to heal’. If the above 3 ministers had trusted in God and have experienced his prerogative of ‘not to heal’, then by your own words, they have done nothing unscriptural. I acknowledge that you’ve addressed them as victims who were deceived. But you’ve mocked them at the same time saying, “Look at them and see if they tasted this Children’s bread as taught by TPM.” You’ve also displayed their pictures without their consent on the world wide web for the world to see. They being ministers of TPM which wishes not to be pictured or be published in the internet, may have those same wishes too.

    When you fight against spiritual wickedness in high places, kindly make sure you refrain from showing your anger on the deceived TPM clergy. Vengeance belongeth to God and He will repay it. Handle the pure Word of God with sincerity and without hidden anger. Or else, the devil may deceive you too, like he did TPM.

    Stay strong.

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    1. The Bible says the following
      Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.'” Matthew 4:4
      So in this context, the bread is the WORD OF GOD. Can you cite any verse from the “Written Word” in the Bible, which gives you the right to blackmail GOD by not getting treated for your sickness? If YES, do let me know. If NO, on what basis are you saying that TPM is making people experience Jesus as bread from heaven by doing this kind of SUICIDE?

      Before you get further with your weird divine healing doctrines, I request you to watch the video in the article .
      https://www.fromtpm.com/blog/2016/11/16/misinterpretation-scripture-concerning-divine-healing/

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    2. @ Dear Dave,
      you said following //….. is it unscriptural to preach a doctrine which guides a child of God to practically realize and experience Jesus as the Bread from heaven ? I don’t think so. And if a church wishes that all it’s believers be taught such doctrine since they want all their believers to experience Jesus as the Bread from heaven, then there is nothing wrong either. //

      The post by admin reminds of Matthew 4:7 “Do not tempt Lord your God”

      My Question to you is, “Don’t you scratch your legs when an ant bites?”
      Or do you want to stop people from even scratching the ant-bitten part and call it faith life (that which should be called as tempting God)? Haven’t your written a a response to this articles or did you wait for God to convey your point of view to admin?

      My point is that it is different case when you have no option to get yourself treated (may be treatment of disease is very costly); At such times you surrender in hands of God. But if you don’t use resources you have in your hands and wait for God to act then you are tempting God.

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    3. Dave

      I like how you have logically addressed this and sympathise with you for your analysis to be called “weird divine healing doctrines” by the learned admin.

      Allow me to opine on this based on my experiences:
      You said “But if the church enforces such doctrine and punishes it’s believers by not allowing those who take medicines to partake in communion, then it is wrong.”

      I agree with you 100% on this.
      Now, the purpose of this site is not to expound doctrine or to teach lay people, but rather to run a PR campaign against TPM and drive people out from it.
      Doctrines and interpretations are merely tools of the trade for the admin and his fellow ideologues.

      I prefaced my response with the above, so that I can tell you confidently that in my 30-odd years in TPM, I have never come across a TPM worker denying anyone communion because they take medication or consult doctors.

      I personally take medication and seek medical advice – both of which are known to my pastors. I’ve never been denied communion and like I said earlier, I know of no one who has been denied communion on these grounds.
      If this has happened anywhere then that worker is on grounds for at least a reprimand.
      Only God can judge anyone as worthy or unworthy.

      I cannot be a victim of something if I partake in it voluntarily, knowing well what other options I have before me. TPM does not “make me” do anything against my will.

      You also chided the admin for mocking those who “chose” to seek healing from God.
      The admin cannot seem to fathom the fact that there are people who voluntarily, with their own understanding, seek to acquire divine healing because they believe in the God who said that He is the God that heals and that by the stripes borne on the cross by His son, Jesus Christ, we are all healed.

      They are willing to face any hardship of pain and suffering in order to receive that blessing.
      I personally am not one of them – I do not have sufficient grace to suffer the pain and agony of sickness.

      I met Sis Shyla when she was in India and despite all the pain and suffering, she would smile and have fellowship.
      It takes a special kind of grace and strength to be able to say to all the medical help that the world can offer and be able to suffer pain voluntarily, not knowing exactly what is wrong and how long it will last.

      For all of the admin’s vast knowledge and understanding of the plain text reading of the scriptures, he has not been blessed with any real wisdom.

      He finds no shame in mocking individuals for their faith (especially the dead), and naming them and publishing their photos for the world to see, while he himself hides behind the cloak of anonymity.

      I wonder if the admin and his friends would be able to endure the scrutiny and mockery that they subject others to.

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      1. @Vik

        “I prefaced my response with the above, so that I can tell you confidently that in my 30-odd years in TPM, I have never come across a TPM worker denying anyone communion because they take medication or consult doctors.”

        So your anecdote proves that at no point in time or any part of the world a believer has been denied communion because of taking medication? Have you never heard from the pulpit that those who take medicine should not take part in communion? What do you expect – that they physically pick up people and throw them out during communion?

        “I cannot be a victim of something if I partake in it voluntarily, knowing well what other options I have before me. TPM does not “make me” do anything against my will. You also chided the admin for mocking those who “chose” to seek healing from God. The admin cannot seem to fathom the fact that there are people who voluntarily, with their own understanding, seek to acquire divine healing because they believe in the God who said that He is the God that heals and that by the stripes borne on the cross by His son, Jesus Christ, we are all healed”

        How can you say that when from the day one is born we are bombarded with messages that taking medicine is sin, if you take medicine you will not go in the rapture,
        one will not be part of the perfect bride of Christ etc. etc.? Are you saying this type of brainwashing from childhood does not have an affect on the decisions one make? Albeit an adult, all that been taught from childhood remain and people do things ‘voluntarily’ because of that ingrained mindset. Therefore Yes, TPM do make most people do things ‘voluntarily’ which they would not have done if they had been part of some other church/denomination/ the secular world.

        “It takes a special kind of grace and strength to be able to say to all the medical help that the world can offer and be able to suffer pain voluntarily, not knowing exactly what is wrong and how long it will last.”
        A jihadi would rephrase it this way i.e. It takes a special kind of grace and strength to be able to blast oneself to death and be able to suffer pain voluntarily? Does that make it right? the jihadis are brainwashed to think they are doing it all for a worthwhile cause, same in the church. Please understand I am not saying anything against the ministers who died standing for what they believe in, also the example of a jihadi may not be the appropriate one to use, however my point is that every religion/denomination/group has a cause which for them is worthwhile, even unto death. However that does NOT make it right or the truth. The death of these beautiful souls is a travesty if the cause is based on falsehood/incomplete knowledge.

        I agree with your and Dave’s point that it would have been better not to post pictures of those who have passed away, it is not in good taste & will be hard for their families/near ones if they come across it.

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        1. Dear Faith Alone,
          How many times have you questioned the death of so many young people? Did they join TPM for that?
          Do you think it was just the doctrine of divine healing which should be blamed?
          Have you noted that sick people die just before the start of the centre convention in the centre they are in?
          Till 15 years back many of the TPM deaths used to be very miserable and long drawn suffering. Why has that stopped? Why do people die so fast nowadays?
          As long as you do not question, you will continue to be in the dark. I believe if one of my folks had died like that, I would want to have it investigated.

          For your information, Bro Sabu of Ranny Centre passed away 2 days back. The Centre convention is starting tomorrow. Basic question is “ARE THESE NATURAL DEATHS“? Stop accepting the nonsense of Entered Glory in case of deaths of young folks.

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  7. Dear All
    Without medicine we will die soon. Understand only this. Our body cells will get damaged if we dont medicate our physical body at the immediate and appropriate time. Everyday I feel bad because i was born and brought up in TPM principles. Such a worst organisation in this earth. Very soon the organisation will be closed. I shall say to be in a TPM church is a big curse that i would have done in my previous life.

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  8. Sad to see how we conveniently fail to accept the root cause of the matter.
    //I cannot be a victim of something if I partake in it voluntarily, knowing well what other options I have before me. TPM does not “make me” do anything against my will.//
    This is a gross irresponsible statement. TPM endorses & enforces divine healing through subtle ways.
    Ministers are expected to follow 100%.
    For believers it depends on who the minister is and how he drives it selectively.
    Once during the morning devotional session in a particular assembly, a young man fainted. Ambulance was called, and IV drip administered right in the prayer hall. It appeared that he did not take his breakfast and his daily insulin shot. The minister told me on the scene why they have to go for all this instead of just having faith in God and he would not have had to undergo all this.
    Why should one undergo the guilt of not having enough grace to suffer pain and agony of sickness and resorting to Medicines? How on earth this is relevant to the Gospel?
    In Matthew 8:14-17 Jesus healed all in fulfillment of the prophecy of Isaiah and you can see the crowd that followed him. By the time in John 6:66 even some of those close to Jesus deserted him when it came to crux of the doctrine. I challenge any one who will suggest that Christ went to cross for trivial sickness and disease conditions. Was his crucifixion so cheap people??
    Although it appears that People and ministers of TPM are voluntarily subscribing to Divine healing, THE FACT REMAINS THAT THIS VOLUNTARY BELIEF IS AN OUTCOME OF YEARS OF SYSTEMATIC BRAIN WASHING WITH CULTISH & NON-SCRIPTURAL INDOCTRINATION. I never in my four decades with TPM found a minister openly endorse that Jesus died for my sins more than His death for my sickness. This is where the whole problem lies. SO YOU CANNOT DUMP THE RESPONSIBILITY ON THE POOR IGNORANT BELIEVER BUT THE RESPONSBILITY LIES WITH HIGHER RUNGS OF TPM LEADERSHIP FOR PROPOGATING SUCH FALSE INFORMATION.
    This is precisely the point being driven here. They must shift the focus of people from expecting material benefits or spiritual benefits by enduring all physical pain agony etc to Following what Christ asked us to do.
    As a reader, I don’t see where these souls are being mocked by being featured here. I take it that TPM followers always need a sign or evidence to believe and these pictures hopefully could evoke some kind of realization of the dangerous consequences of following cultish non-scriptural traditions.
    In fact to understand the extent of spiritual destruction this belief has created, it will be a good idea to start pinning the pictures of all the poor souls who lost their life’s pursuing this belief.

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  9. Dear Admin,

    What is the point you are making through the below statements?…Didn’t get it, sounds like sacrifice given for a better result…Please clarify…

    “Have you noted that sick people die just before the start of the centre convention in the centre they are in?

    Till 15 years back many of the TPM deaths used to be very miserable and long drawn suffering. Why has that stopped? Why do people die so fast nowadays?”

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    1. What I mentioned is that Lots of deaths in TPM are “NOT NATURAL“. At this point in time, I am not ready to divulge the details.

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  10. Hi,
    You can watch this video what is the thorn in flesh ? Whether Jesus allows sickness to keep us humble ?

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