This is a continuation of Brother Harry’s Testimony. Click here to read the first portion.
Did I keep saying that TPM Clergy was foolproof? Did I say that the second anointing that all TPM Clergy receive (The Zion’s anointing) when they are selected for the ministry makes them infallible? No.
My Tryst with the Secret side of the Holy TPM Clergy
If I was still a TPM believer I would have never uttered a word about the secret side of the clergy. Because who would dare to meet the fate of Uzzah for trying to prevent the falling Ark of Covenant? Within TPM circles, the clergy is portrayed as the Cherubims on the Mercy Seat of the Ark of the Covenant…. So you have no business talking about the flip side of the clergy. But wait… what does Rev: 2: 2 say? “…and how thou canst not bear them which are evil: and thou hast tried them which say they are apostles and are not, and hast found them, liars:”. Christ commends the church of Ephesus for finding out the Wolves among the sheep.
The tale behind the Ujala white uniform of the clergy:
As an outsider when we look at the pure white, steam ironed clothes of the Pastors/Brothers/Senior Sisters we get a sense of purity. But behind every spotless, ironed uniform of TPM clergy, there is a junior brother/sister (mostly sisters), who spends hours in the washing- soda-rich water. I have personally seen many juniors having numerous water cuts on their feet, but still, keep washing the clothes with a polythene bag tied around their feet. Once the clothes are dried they have to spend sleepless nights to iron the clothes. Their white uniform smells blood.
Thousands of unknown tongues but no control over mother tongue:
TPM workers dish out so many unknown tongues in the meetings but it’s a pity they cannot control their tongue if you happen to disobey their command. Though they claim to be spirit-filled but once they become angry they throw at you the fruits of their spirit mentioned in Gal 5:19-21 and not the fruit as mentioned in Gal: 5:22-23. Being very much a faith homeboy I have been witness to the choicest abuses used by the seniors to admonish the juniors. Invariably all have the tendency to humiliate the juniors in front of others.
Forging of accounts:
I have seen how faith home financial accounts are forged. Most of the time, they show accounts for which they have bills. I have signed many vouchers in the name of unknown people, obeying the words of the Faith Home Incharge.
Mockery of the system:
In TPM setup the Brother/Pastor in Charge is the head of the church and maintains all financial account. The Mother In Charge and other clergy members should give whatever monetary offerings they get to the Incharge of the Faith home. So practically the Mother Incharge and other clergy members should not have any cash with them. But I fail to understand why the Center Pastors and Chief Pastors don’t question Clergy members (other than Incharges) when they offer them cash offerings. In Income Tax parlance its “undeclared amount” and its Black Money! Pressure on the Mother In Charges to offer fat offerings to the Center Pastors results in the rationing of food for the junior clergy members.
Spirit of Ananias and Sapphira:
TPM clergy and laity dish out lies just to get appreciated by the Sr Clergy. I know many TPM laity who secretly have TVs at their homes and take medicines but will never accept it in the open.
Sex deprived clergy:
I have witnessed the Incharge Brother of our faith home having oral sex with some believer youth boys. I have witnessed a well to do believer’s son buying expensive chocolates for some clergy sisters in exchange for some groping. I have heard from close clergy members about lesbianism among some worker sisters in our faith home. In one of the local FH of our Center, the In-charge brother was caught when a girl got pregnant. It was then revealed that apart from the pregnant girl, he was having a physical relationship with a worker sister and another girl. The abortion was carried out in a hushed manner under the watchful eyes of the In-charge Mother (who is incidentally a Center Mother now). The In-Charge brother-the culprit- was a favourite of the Center pastor and other seniors as he used to keep them happy by offering thick envelopes. They tried to transfer him to another Center but angry reactions from the believers prevented that. That guy left the TPM ministry and is serving with the same uniform in some other white-clad TPM clergy deserters’ church.
Escapades of a Center Pastor:
As I was the go-to boy for our faith home I was very close to the then Center Pastor (CP) and used to be with him often. Initially, this CP was so “holy” that he never used to even look at the sisters’ side during preaching. Since he had no “weakness” the then Center Mother (CM) could not have her leverage. I remember how this CM schemed against the CP and brought a sister from the local FH to the Center FH on a special errand. Soon, I found this sister (in her 40s) making numerous trips to the room of the CP on various pretexts.
Initially, when she used to come to meet CP he never said anything to me but as days progressed he used to tell me to wait outside his room when this “agent” sister came to him. As time progressed the CP shunted out the Center singer sister to a local FH and made this “agent” sister the centre singer. It didn’t stop with this. She accompanied the CP along with the CM wherever he went. I also used to travel in the FH car along with the CP, CM and “agent” sister. As soon as the car leaves the vicinity of the FH, the CM used to shift to the front seat and the CP used to occupy the seat next to the “agent” sister.
Very soon the CP stopped taking me with him in the car and the “agent” sister accompanied him wherever the CP went. You can guess why? One day I was doing some work on the rooftop and CP was not aware that I was sitting on the rooftop. I was shocked to see the CP and the “agent” sister locked themselves inside the meeting hall and came out after some 20 minutes. I leave the rest to your speculations. Again one night after the praising, when all the lights were switched off, the “agent” sister walked into the empty Chief Pastor’s room (used only during conventions) and darkness was witness to what happened after that.
The junior brother who witnessed this did not have the courage to speak to the CP but the following day he spoke to the “agent” sister and made fun of her. Next thing to happen was, the junior brother was transferred to a local under the control of a very nasty Sister-in Charge. Within a month’s time, the junior brother was packed off to Irumbiliyur based on some false allegations. Last heard, that the junior brother left the ministry. The same CP is now a very well-known convention preacher of TPM. The CM is no more. The “agent” sister is doing her ministry in all chastity!
Other common incidents within the clergy:
If you don’t toe the line of the Mother in-charge then chances are there that a romantic story will be weaved between you and clergy of the opposite sex. A quarrel between the mother in charge and Brother in charge of house visiting and the parting of the collected money is a common sight. Center Pastor barging into the sister’s bathroom for punishing a junior sister for not coming for the morning praising. Unsaid rule is that the In-charge gets the best food.
- What’s the big deal? Wasn’t Judas one among the 12 disciples?
- Who are we to judge…God will judge?
- Don’t try to look into the Ark of the Covenant …you will die!
- Yes, we are humans but if you find a better church than TPM then please tell me.
- I bet there is no better church than TPM.
Even today I can see many TPM believers harping using these arguments.
The Caution Sign and Removing of the TPM Lens
I got married to a non-TPM Pentecostal girl and the marriage was solemnized by TPM Clergy. The marriage was materialized after an assurance to the clergy that my wife will follow the doctrines and ways of TPM.
All went fine until the first communion service of my wife at TPM. She attended the sanctification meeting religiously and took part in the Lord’s Table. But trouble started when she heard the Incharge Clergy say that once you partake in TPMs table, you should not part take in the Lord’s Table at your old Pentecostal Church. I supported the clergy view and she held on to her view that there was nothing wrong with her church. Since I was a TPM fanatic I kept telling that we are the best church so no compromise. But she posed me a few questions (stated below)….that made me think.
- Why TPM Clergy did not ask her to be baptized again in TPM? Obviously, because they accepted the baptism given by her Church.
- “As many are baptized into Christ have put on Christ. There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus. And if ye are Christ’s, then are ye Abraham’s seed and heirs according to the promise” (Gal 3: 27-29) She quoted these verses and said that when by her baptism she put on Christ, how can one still hold on to divisions based on denominations?
- If TPM accepts the baptism of a church, it implies that the members who are baptized belong to the same body of Christ-the Church. Hence we should not cause divisions in the body of Christ. She alleged that by forbidding her to take Holy Communion in her church we are indirectly condemning their church out of the body of Christ which is not correct.
But I held on to my strong TPM views with lot of family and church pressure.
However, without the knowledge of my parents, I visited my wife’s church whenever I visited my In-laws home. To my surprise, I was shocked to see people worshipping God in the truth and in the spirit. No one was urging them to shout and jump but invariably all were getting filled in the spirit. Though all were not wearing the same white uniform all came and spoke very nicely to me. The Sunday service was livelier rather than TPMs set pattern (Getting filled in the spirit only after the 4th song, 10 minutes after the 4th song there will be one/two prophesies, followed by clergy speech and testimony…and so on). No one was chided openly for taking more than 3 minutes for testimony. Remember this was my first journey outside the well of TPM.
Though I enjoyed the occasional trips to my wife’s church, the clutches of TPM was all the stronger. I used to have numerous biblical discussions with my wife but the only thing that made me stick to TPM was that our TPM Clergy is unmarried.
One day I had a biblical discussion with my wife’s Church pastor, who many a time told me that TPM was a cult. During the course of our discussion (This practice is not there in TPM …U can never argue with your clergy), we came across Ephesians 2: 20 “And are built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief cornerstone;” Based on my TPM background I argued that the apostles and prophets were our church clergy members. But by the grace of God and by the working of the Holy Spirit, the Pastor explained the context from Ephesians 2: 11-22. Thereafter I understood that the “apostles” and “prophets” implied to the New and Old Testament respectively. II Peter 3:2 also implies clearly that the “prophets” indicate the sayings of the OT prophets and the “apostles” the NT teachings which were once for all delivered to the 1st-century saints.
This Biblical enrichment I received made me think but I was new to any theology outside the TPM theology. Deep within me, I was thinking that TPM teachings are infallible. It was at this juncture that my wife shared the following link:
To my surprise, I discovered a whole lot of articles that so meticulously slain and exposed the false doctrines of TPM purely on a scriptural basis. I am so thankful to God that he helped me to understand the great deception hidden in the doctrines of TPM. I could understand that many doctrines which TPMites think was given to them by their predecessors are a farce. They have blindly adopted the teachings of J.N Darby and Cyrus Ingerson Scofield (e.g., Doctrine of Dispensationalism). From this site, I came to know that even TPM celibacy has its roots to the Shakers movement. TPMs rules are so similar to the Roman Catholic rules. They seem to be complementing each other nicely.
Incidents that made me take action and rush out of the Cult
Idol worship: TPM Chennai International Convention Malayalam 144000 song
I was witness to this song (click the above link) on Saturday night of 2018 Chennai Convention when thousands of TPM laity and clergy were jumping and filling in the spirit praising the 144000. This was nothing short of idolatry.
I was childless for 4 and ½ years: Certain TPM worker said that since my wife was not baptized in TPM she was not getting a child so arrange for her to take baptism in TPM. I had to pooh-pooh that suggestion. Again a worker sister came up with the idea of RPD as marketed by Pas MT Thomas. She instructed us that we should choose a time of our liking and raise our hands and keep chanting “Praise the Lord” for ten minutes continuously. We should do this continuously every day at the selected time for 90 days. The rider associated with this act was that if u miss out on the time any day, you have to start again from zero. Moreover, you cannot put your hands down while praising. I thought that we should give it a try but my wife was adamant. She insisted to see where was such a practice mentioned in the Bible? She blatantly told that my Jesus is not a penance seeking heathen God. She told even if we do not get a child we should not follow this unbiblical method. I agreed. Believe it or not in 4 weeks’ time God gave us the good news that my wife conceived and the fetus was more than 7 weeks old. My wife later confessed that had she done TPM’s RPD for a day at least and then received the news then she would have followed TPM blindly.
Now it’s almost one year that I left the cult called TPM. I have not left the cult because of any issues with the members of the clergy or laity but purely on a doctrinal basis. The doctrines of TPM are deceptive and without scriptural backing. They use split verses to prove their point. If you request the TPM clergy or laity to discuss some of their doctrinal issues they will drop you like hotcakes. TPM male Clergy is having a relatively better life whereas the junior Clergy sisters are forced through numerous sufferings, hardships, false accusation, etc. I request you all to pray that the Lord should deliver our people stuck in the false doctrines of TPM.