Which Church should I go to – Part 2 is a continuation of the previous article in the series. The success of any Business in this world is all about how you market your products or services. Similarly, politicians and religious gurus have their loyal followers. A religious organization like The Pentecostal Mission also needs the branding to be successful. So when you ask the question “Which Church Should I go to?“, you are in fact asking, which brand should I follow.
For better understanding, let me cite an example of the PC market. I have never seen an ad of Intel Chipsets in a very long time. However, major brands like HP, Dell, Lenovo, etc make it a point to display the “Intel Inside” Logo on their products that use Intel Chipsets. especially processors. You will never see a PC which displays “Seagate Inside” even though the Hard Disk is of Seagate. Most of the parts inside the computer are sourced from different manufacturers but those names do not have the power of the “Intel Inside” logo. One main reason for this logo on the computer is associated with its reliability and performance. There could be a lot of good processors manufactured locally, but none of them commands the respect and the genuinity of intel. In the spiritual world, If somebody has the best reputation of reliability and dependability, it is none other than Jesus Christ. Therefore, it should not surprise us that many Religious brands want to piggyback on Jesus. Hence even TPM put on them the logo of “Jesus Inside”.
If you do not know how to check the Intel processors within your computer and believe in the sticker and the seller’s sweet words, you will be duped. It’s much easier to check out the genuinity of the computer processor than to check out the genuinity of “Jesus Inside” within a Church. In fact, in many of the modern churches, Jesus is Outside. but they have a label of “Jesus Inside”.
Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person, and they with me. Rev 3:20
“To the angel of the church in Sardis write: These are the words of him who holds the seven spirits of God and the seven stars. I know your deeds; you have a reputation of being alive, but you are dead. Rev 3:1
Check of Genuinity (Jesus is Lord)
Religions like Islam and Baha’ism have the “Jesus Inside” Logo and so does numerous religious organizations and well-known cults which have been using the Jesus Brand to market their Religion. Many people get enamoured by their loud sermons and crafty actings to be deceived into thinking that Jesus is Inside the Church. It’s akin to fooling infants by adults.
These are some basic checks to know if the “Jesus Inside” Logo is true.
Jesus cannot be inside the Church and not be the LORD. If he is not the Lord, he is in fact Outside the Church. So if Jesus is Lord, his Lordship will be visible throughout the Church.
Ask these questions when evaluating the church/fellowship. These questions are focussed on things which TPM violates blatantly.
1. Do they love other Christians or do they try to run down other Churches?
Consider this audio before you read the verses that follow. Teju (TPM’s NextGen Leader), admitting inadvertently that his core mission is to attack other churches/denominations and exalt themselves.
- Do nothing out of selfish ambition or empty pride, but in humility consider others more important than yourselves. Phil 2:3
- A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. John 13:34
- But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Romans 5:8
- If I speak in the tongues[a] of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. 1 Cor 13:1
- We do not dare to classify or compare ourselves with some who commend themselves. When they measure themselves by themselves and compare themselves with themselves, they are not wise. 2 Cor 10:12
If you think that Teju was having a slip of the tongue, Just listen to these audios before you confirm your notions.
When you are in the business of Religion, you do not Love Jesus or other people. You are more concerned about building your own brand so that you have a brand following. You use the name of Jesus for your brand reputation. These kinds of marketing do not cut any ice with Jesus.
“Why do you call me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ and do not do what I say? Luke 6:46
On that day many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many mighty works in your name?’ 23 And then will I declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from me, you workers of lawlessness.’ Matt 7:22-23