The Pentecostal Mission is built on the premise of injustice and one-up-manship. We know of the 4 Tiers in their Heaven of which the Most premium slot goes to their white-clad clergy. However, this disease does not even stop with Zion. Within their zion, there are various classes and sub-classes too. Most atrocities in TPM happen when a senior within the organization feel it’s their right to have Lion’s share and special choices at the expense of the Junior. Even when atrocities are committed and exposed, they treat the culprit based on his/her leverage with higher-ups. If the culprit maintains good offices with the Chief pastors, the incident is covered up and his sins are forgiven. Double standards are a NORM in TPM.
The Insult during the Holy Communion
Now all the above atrocities may not be visible in the plain sight of a believer. They are masters in covering-up. However, one thing which you would have noticed is what I would like to bring to your attention. I have noted umpteen times how certain people are removed from the holy communion in TPM. I no longer consider it as Holy Communion, but for want of a better word, let’s call it so. Most of the reasons to remove these people out of the Holy Communion is that they were baptised in another church and hence does not qualify for TPM’s Bread and wine.
I consider that it is a grave insult to remove a person from the Holy Communion after he is seated. The Scripture does not give any authority to anybody to remove such a person. This is because according to TPM, the Church of God is not a global body but an organization called TPM or NTC or whatever. They feel they have the right to insult a member of the body of Christ. It is each one of our responsibility to examine ourselves before we partake of the Bread and Wine.
28 But let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of that bread, and drink of that cup. 29 For he that eateth and drinketh unworthily, eateth and drinketh damnation to himself, not discerning the Lord’s body. 1 Cor 11:28-29
Do you know what is the official reason for such an insult? They say that the minister who baptised the person is not a Spirit-Filled person. Hence his baptism is not a Valid Baptism. Therefore, this person needs to be re-baptised into TPM by the TPM White Clad Clergy. Then only he will be eligible to take the TPM Bread and Wine.
By the term “Spirit-Filled”, it does not mean the Fruits of the Spirit. TPM interprets the word “Spirit-Filled” as someone who could shout and scream in the so-called unknown tongues and has entered their employment. According to them, if you are baptised by a person who is not “Spirit-Filled”, then you will NOT be caught up in the second coming.
Test the Founder
With these kinds of Rules forced upon others, should not we test if it is universally applicable for ALL in TPM?
Let us check if the Founder of The Pentecostal Mission (then Ceylon Pentecostal Mission) qualify for their holy communion? TPM has published the Biography of their Founder and the First Chief Pastor Paul Ramankutty. Click here to access the biography.
In page 4 towards the closing of chapter 1, we read that he was baptised by a CMS Person by name Asarappa.
Dr Asarappa and his wife were filled with joy. The eagerness to learn more of Christ increased in Ramankuttys heart. Therefore, without delay, he was baptized by the person of the CMS church and was given the Christian name Paul.
We know that CMS was the South Asian Branch of the British Anglican Church. They also practised Sprinkling Baptism. Therefore, it is reasonable for us to think that He was baptised Not by an unknown tongue speaker and also he was not baptised by immersion.
Later in Page 7, we read the following passage.
Rev. Abraham, an English preacher argued: `I have been baptized once. I am not prepared to be baptized again’. So, Paul, the catechist was perplexed, not knowing what to do. Hence, he prayed as follows: Lord, if You reveal to me that I need to be baptized again, I am prepared to take baptism again. I will not refuse.
We see that he was willing to be re-baptised by a “spirit-filled” person if the Lord Revealed to him.
In the next paragraph, we see that the revelation which he was waiting for, did not come.
Along with those who had no mind to receive immersion baptism, Paul, the catechist also took part in those meetings with the determination that he would take baptism if the Lord so revealed. The tarrying meetings which turned out to be of great blessing continued for ten days. They spent their time in fasting and in prayer.
As we continue reading the book, we could not find any place where we see that he was RE-BAPTISED. He went on to baptise many others. If TPM had gone to such great detail about him waiting for a revelation about getting re-baptised, they would have mentioned if he indeed has been re-baptised. Therefore, it is quite reasonable to assume that he was NOT RE-BAPTISED.
As most of the stories in the book are biased and agenda-driven, we should not be surprised if they add a re-baptism section in future editions to avoid the embarrassment.
With this piece of evidence that Pastor Paul was not Baptised by a “Spirit-Filled” person according to TPM Definition, how come you are insisting a different standard on others?