We have been receiving emails from TPM Clergy regarding their predicament after getting stuck in the cult. The ones that have left the cult have to cope up with issues like Finance, Careers, Acceptability within the family etc. Therefore, many of them are not able to gather the courage to come out of the Cult Setup and be free. To understand the kind of confusion and pain, let us read one of the mails that I received yesterday. planning to get out of TPM? you should not exit without reading this article. If you want to help somebody to get out of TPM, please give them the article by digital or print.
I have few beloveds of mine, caught inside tpm ministry. They joined the tpm ministry in their youth days, without completing proper academic education. Now they are poised with the question, ” What will we do after we leave tpm ministry? Who will give us food or employment? You might be aware that employment is a big issue for even highly educated engineers, graduates and MBA’s in India. If that be the case, then it is not hard to imagine the state of man or woman who is in his 40s and have no experience, no education.
The problem is how to survive outside tpm ministry, after having spent half of your PRIME LIFE in service to an institution like tpm. People come out of tpm and realize this institution as stripped them of everything, including the prime time of their precious life. I suggested them to exit tpm and join Bible college.
They have agreed on the need and necessity of formal theological bible education, but the problem is that if they join a Bible college, who will pay their Bible college fees, and expenses for four years?The only option before them is either to continue in this ministry with a heavy heart or come out with some money so that they can do something with it. But they feel guilty of coming out of tpm with cash. Can you explain whether it is wrong to get out of tpm with some cash? Is it a robbery? Kindly help with strong biblical support.
This article will deal with the last paragraph which is highlighted for you. We know that Most of TPM ministers join the cult at an age when they really do not know what Life is. They are incubated and targeted to join the group. Once the target is identified, these white-clads ensure that they are under their nose. They apply great marketing techniques and finally trap them in. The system works like a NON-RETURN Valve. Once you are in, you cannot get out. They also condition the family to reject anybody who comes out by the SHUNNING mechanism. Check out the picture of the valve, where airflow can be only one-sided and a reverse flow will shut the door.
The Money Factor
When it comes to Spirituality, Money itself is a very small factor. However, your attitude towards Money is quite important to your spirituality. Many times the greed for money has caused shipwreck in people’s lives. At the same time, we need to acknowledge that money is required for your sustenance in the modern world. In short, WE NEED MONEY, BUT CANNOT BE MONEY MINDED.
For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs. 1 Tim 6:10
How to Conduct the Exit?
The Bible is replete with instances of how God helped his people with exiting out of evil systems. For this particular instance let us focus on THE GREATEST EXIT of all time. The Exodus of Israelites from Egypt. Egypt bears testimony of the hard work done by the Israelites under the cruel pharaohs. Let us check a few verses on how they were made to do the labour.
They made their lives bitter with harsh labour in brick and mortar and with all kinds of work in the fields; in all their harsh labour the Egyptians worked them ruthlessly. Exodus 1:14
6 That same day Pharaoh gave this order to the slave drivers and overseers in charge of the people: 7 “You are no longer to supply the people with straw for making bricks; let them go and gather their own straw. 8 But require them to make the same number of bricks as before; don’t reduce the quota. They are lazy; that is why they are crying out, ‘Let us go and sacrifice to our God.’ 9 Make the work harder for the people so that they keep working and pay no attention to lies.” Exodus 5:6-9
Do you know the amount of money the Israelites earned from this labour?
NOTHING. They were enrolled to FORCED LABOUR CAMPS under Very Harsh working conditions. We call it by the name “SLAVERY“.
Now if you read the story of Exodus, you will see that God did not bring out the people of Israel Empty-handed. God made the Egyptians pay up for the labour they extracted out of the Israelites. Let us look at how God ensured that their labour is paid.
The Israelites did as Moses instructed and asked the Egyptians for articles of silver and gold and for clothing.
The LORD had made the Egyptians favourably disposed toward the people, and they gave them what they asked for; so they PLUNDERED the Egyptians. Exodus 12:36
Note the above verse and the highlighted portions. The Instruction is from GOD himself through Moses. They took every valuables from the Egyptians. Notice the use of the word “PLUNDERED”.
One thing that God is very displeased is when the wages are withheld.
“‘Do not defraud or rob your neighbour. “‘ Do not hold back the wages of a hired worker overnight. Lev 19:1314
Do not take advantage of a hired worker who is poor and needy, whether that worker is a fellow Israelite or a foreigner residing in one of your towns. 15 Pay them their wages each day before sunset, because they are poor and are counting on it. Otherwise, they may cry to the Lord against you, and you will be guilty of sin. Deut 24:14-15
Look! The wages you failed to pay the workers who mowed your fields are crying out against you. The cries of the harvesters have reached the ears of the Lord Almighty. James 5:4
If you are planning for an exit, you need to strategise your exit. Consider the number of years you have wasted in working for the hard taskmaster. Think about how much you would need to establish when you are on your own. BE WISE. Do not be like the others who came out with nothing with them and is struggling to find a way out. God does not want you to be in this predicament.
You do not have to worry about the Pharaohs(Chief Pastor/Center Pastors) and the Egyptians (TPM Believers) whom you are leaving forever. Eat your Passover in a hurry and get moving towards the RED SEA.
Realize that you are among a pack of wolves. When you are among wolves, you need to heed the words of Jesus.
“I am sending you out like sheep among wolves. Therefore be as shrewd as snakes and as innocent as doves. Matt 10:16