The Snare is set. The strings will be tightened from the 31st of December 2019. Yes, the prophecies at the New Year meeting are designed to trap the gullible into the cult we know as The Pentecostal Mission. The final 2 months the white clads will ensure that all escape routes are cut off. The last quarter results are very important for the Cult’s growth plan. Are you one of the gullible falling into the Trap? Let us review the testimony of the life of an innocent boy who got the privilege of Escaping from the Trap of TPM.
My name is Teju Robin and I was born in the year 1995 in Coimbatore district, Tamil Nadu. My family followed the ancestral Hindu faith. In the year 1992 when my aunt (Mother’s sister) suffered due to some stomach ailments, TPM workers prayed and somehow she got relief. This incident encouraged my maternal grandfather and my mother to become members of TPM. My father was an agnostic and never hindered my mother attending TPM meetings. By the time I was born in 1995 my mother was rooted and grounded in TPM fellowship; hence I was “born and brought up in TPM”.
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Flirting with the Trap
I completed my studies in TPM Sunday School i.e., up to 12th Standard winning many centre prizes in the process. From a very young age, I was made to understand that the TPM workers were next to God. I was fascinated by their spotless milky white dresses and their way of preaching. The visible demeanour of the white-clad TPM workers overshadowed my understanding and without my knowledge, I was gravitating towards them. Soon I found myself doing all the household chores of the Faith Home such as cleaning the toilets, gardening, cleaning the rooms of the TPM Workers, cleaning the Prayer Hall, painting works, buying groceries and massaging the limbs of the In-charge Brother/Pastor. Little did I realize that I was being clandestinely used as an unpaid servant catering to the “hypocrites in white uniform”. However, it would be wrong to say that I was unpaid as I was given plump duties like playing the keyboard/guitar and translating in the meetings.
I used to spend maximum time with the TPM workers of my Faith Home and in the process I have many times witnessed infighting within the workers over trivial matters that even toddlers would be ashamed if they get to know the cause of the fights. However, I was sternly warned that these things should not get out of the walls of the faith homes as that could adversely affect me. The threats were veiled for me to understand that the curse of the servants of God aka TPM workers can be a big issue in my life. The bottom line: Speaking anything against the TPM worker was speaking against God.
The influence of the TPM workers was so strong in my life that I failed to distinguish their good and bad characters. Whatever wrong they did, never seemed to tickle me against them. With pain, I recollect an incident in 2015-16, wherein the Elder Brother In-charge of my Faith home, by name Bro Job, used to take my laptop on some pretext and see pornographic movies using a memory card that he had with him. I used to shrug in disbelief when I happen to check the video player’s history after I receive back my laptop. The same Elder Brother also used to have an affair with a young believer girl. With a heavy heart, I say that this guy was also instrumental in derailing my life. I will explain this in the latter part of this testimony. However, his evil deeds did not continue for long as he died prematurely in 2018. But in the sight of the outside world, he was projected as a chaste virgin, undefiled by women, who ran his race faithfully and went on to become a stone in “TPMs Zion” adding to the fulfilment of the count 144000.
I would also like to narrate one more incident which clearly shows the adulterous life of some of the white clads. One Worker Brother Peter and Worker Sister Ponmani both were having sex on a cot in the faith home and this incident was witnessed by my younger brother. Later Sis Ponmani left the ministry and Bro. Peter entered “TPMs glory” i.e., he died prematurely. I reiterate, I saw these evil deeds as a one-off incident that really does not influence the White Clad TPM Workers as a whole.
Meanwhile, I got a merit seat in MBBS and joined the prestigious Madras Medical College, in Chennai. Being a dedicated TPM follower, I used to regularly attend TPM meetings at Faith Homes in Kellys, St. Thomas Mount and Tambaram. While in Chennai, I was bewitched by Bro Teju Kurien. I was amazed by his preaching, singing and music playing capabilities. I used to attend meetings in the faith homes where he was posted.
Just like Sachin Tendulkar is an idol to many cricket fans, Bro. Teju Kurien is an idol for many TPM youth boys and girls. And I was no exception. Bro. Teju Kurien is a high profile TPM worker and getting closer to him was a privilege. I was overjoyed that I could penetrate his close circles. Since I was having a vocation for music, he used to take me to Irumbiliyur Recording Studio.
Balancing Faith homestays and studies I was soon in the fourth year of my MBBS. I loved TPM-Workers, faith homes, meetings (which made me feel that I was spiritual), I loved my studies and I loved the world too. I was never introduced to the Love of Jesus. The love of the world cheated me and I was in a depressed state. I shared my sad state with Bro. Teju Kurien, who counselled me and told that all would be okay. It was in this depressed state that I went to my hometown for Pongal Holidays in January 2017.
The Trap is Set
Noticing my depressed state, my local faith home Worker Sister by Name Sis. Sheeba schemed to strike the iron while it is hot. Here I would like to state that within TPM workers circle when January comes, they hit the panic button in search of probable young unmarried TPM believers for TPM full-time ministry recruitment during International Chennai Convention in March. They have their internal targets and promotion prospects.
The aforesaid worker Sister Sheeba started bombarding me with proposals for joining TPM ministry. She told me that the Lord revealed to her that it was the will of God that I should join TPM full -time ministry. She impressed on me that washing the toilets of the TPM servants of God was better than my medical studies in the world. I blame my predicament that I started heeding to her lucrative proposal of washing the toilets of the TPM servants of God. She even pressurized my mother that sending me to the ministry is the only way our family can be blessed. This sister used to call me every day and kept up the pressure and telling me Psalms:45:10-11 was my calling verse.
10 Listen, daughter, and pay careful attention: Forget your people and your father’s house.
11 Let the king be enthralled by your beauty; honor him, for he is your lord.Psalm 45:10-11
When I told her that I was not practising TPMs Divine Healing Doctrine which is a prerequisite for joining TPM ministry, she told me that it was not an issue. She blatantly told me that when you fill-up the column for “Number of years in divine healing” in the TPM full-time ministry recruitment form, put any number that is more than 3 years. Moreover, I had seen the evil deeds of many TPM workers and those incidents dissuaded me from joining TPM ministry. But one TPM worker told, “We should not look at the fallen ones, we should only look at the victorious ones“.
Fiddling with the Trap
Credit should go to the shrewd Sis Sheeba, who set the ball rolling in my mind to join TPM ministry and I was waiting for a calling from God through some verse/prophesy, etc. And alas the calling came in the form of a lyrics of an English song that echoed Psalms 27:4
One thing have I desired of the Lord, that will I seek after; that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the Lord, and to enquire in his temple
Since it was a song, I just noted the lyrics in my diary. At a later date when I was speaking to one TPM worker brother named Roby (Now in Trichy Center) about this song, he told me that his Calling verse was Psalms 27:4 and he impressed on me that Psalms 27: 4 was also my calling verse. Though I did not get any specific calling as such for joining the TPM ministry from God, I added wings to my flight towards the TPM ministry based on the calling through Sis Sheeba and Bro Roby.
After the Pongal holidays, I returned to Chennai and met Bro. Teju Kurien. I told him that Sis Sheeba and Bro. Roby told me that I had a calling for the ministry. Bro. Teju Kurien told that I should pray and get a calling verse from the New Testament. Fortunately, Teju himself guided me with the likely verse which should be quoted for my calling. It was Romans 8:30.
And those he predestined, he also called; those he called, he also justified; those he justified, he also glorified.
He told me that it was okay if I discontinued my studies and joined TPM ministry. The words of Bro. Teju Kurien was like oracles for me as he was an influential and great preacher in TPM. All this happened in January 2017 and subsequently, I became busy with my studies.
Enter the Trap
Time elapsed and I was at the gates of Irumbiliyur Convention ground in March 2017, still in a dilemma whether to go to the ministry or continue my studies. Soon my local faith home Incharge Brother Job (about whom I had mentioned earlier that he was instrumental in derailing my life) appeared out of the crowds of Irumbilyur and commanded me to shave my moustache and beard. I obliged. He then took me to Pas. MT Thomas (who is presently Deputy Chief Pastor but in 2017 he was a Center Pastor), custodian of Application form for joining TPM ministry. After collecting the form, my local Incharge Brother started filling the form by himself. The form comprised of questions like:
- Date of Salvation
- Date of Baptism
- Date of Receiving the Holy Spirit
- No. of times read the bible from cover to cover
- No, of years in Divine Healing
- Calling Verses
- Committed any sexual immorality?
- No. of souls won
The funniest part was that Brother Job was filling the standard Calling verses in the form about which I had no idea. He put the following verse
“Fear not, thou worm Jacob, and ye men of Israel; I will help thee, saith the LORD, and thy redeemer, the Holy One of Israel.”
Even I was unaware about the number of years he mentioned for me in the column “No. of years in Divine healing”. My conscience was giving the alarm sound seeing the fabrication in the form but the thought that saints are doing and they can never be wrong snoozed my conscience.
Thereafter we waded through the crowds of Irumbiliyur to meet Pas. Gunaseelan. He was a Center Pastor from Tamil Nadu(Trichy). He asked me a few questions for which I nodded my head. Then all the candidates who had filled the form were called for an interview with the then Chief Pastor. N. Stephen.
Before entering the abode of the Chief Pastor we were instructed to kneel in front of him. So when my turn came I went inside and kneeled in front of him. He asked me to tell a consecration verse. As tutored earlier, I recited like a poem
If any man come to me and hate not his father, and mother, and wife, and children, and brethren, and sisters, yea, and his own life also, he cannot be my discipleLuke 14:26
. He asked me “Will you go home to see your mother if she is sick?” Hesitatingly like any other job aspirant, I replied “NO”.
As soon as the interview was over on Saturday night of the Convention, I felt relaxed and happy that God had chosen me to do His ministry and be part of the elite 144000.
Closing of the Trap Door
On Sunday all the candidates (approx 50 brothers) for the full-time TPM ministry were asked to assemble in a closed enclosure near the Grace hall in Irumbiliyur at 10:00 PM. Pas. Paul Chandran and Pas Luke conducted that meeting from 10:00 PM on Sunday night to 4:00 AM on Monday morning. We were instructed by other workers that for the whole duration of the meeting we should kneel and keep speaking in tongues. I did. But I would like to reveal that I did not feel anything spiritual or extraordinary. Actually my body was in pains.
During the daytime on Monday again a meeting was conducted by Pas. MT. Thomas. I was in for a shock. In this meeting, Pastor MT Thomas told us that since we had filled up the form for the ministry, all sins committed like adultery, cheating a girl, fornication and any other sin is hereby forgiven. In the application form to the question “Whether committed any sexual immorality?”. Invariably all mention “no”. Otherwise, your form will be rejected. The deceit was shocking to me. How can the post that requires being “undefiled with women (Rev:14:4)” be compromised?
Locked inside the Cage
The Ordination of the new workers is a grand spectacle to be witnessed by so many workers and believers. We were instructed by the workers in the morning meeting that WE SHOULD ON OUR OWN START JUMPING AND ROLLING as soon as the Chief Pastor lays his hands on our head. But this was contrary to my thought that as soon as Chief Pastor will lay his hand on my head, Zion’s anointing would fall on me and I would be thrown here and there. Subsequently, the ordination happened in all grandeur and true to the instructions I was jumping and rolling like a spring as were the brothers and sisters who were ordained along with me. After the din was over we were all laying on the ground like the wounded soldiers in the battleground after the battle is over. Through the corner of my eyes, I could see the admiration in the eyes of the spectator believers for the whole ordination episode, the “mighty Zion’s anointing” that was throwing the newly ordained ministers on the ground as soon as the Chief Pastor was laying his hand on them. The audience also included many youths who were impressed and thinking in their mind to be part of this elite group in subsequent years.
As soon as the silence returned, we were all asked to sign a bunch of papers. To my utter shock and dismay, the bunch included an agreement on a Stamp paper. No one had told me about this. The in-charge workers were in a hurry to pluck away the papers from our hands. Their intention was that we should sign without reading. However, out of curiosity, I read the agreement as much as possible. I could summarize what I had signed to become an unpaid servant to TPM. But all the time I was thinking that I was going to be a servant to Jesus. I was believing that I was making myself a eunuch for the kingdom of heaven’s sake (Matthew 19:12) but alas by signing on the Stamp paper I realized that I was now a EUNUCH MADE OF MEN.
I now became a slave of TPM (not of Jesus) as per Romans 6: 16
“Don’t you know that when you offer yourselves to someone as obedient slaves, you are slaves of the one you obey—whether you are slaves to sin, which leads to death, or to obedience, which leads to righteousness?”
Officially I was now a TPM full-time minister but I had not informed anything to my parents. No workers asked me to inform this decision to my parents who took all the pain and brought me up. I did not inform anything to my college authorities or any of my friends.
After my so-called ordination, I returned home. My parents were in tears. My father was scolding me for having left MBBS in the middle. Sensing emotional blackmail and turmoil the local TPM In-charge Brother told that next day I have to go to Trichy Center Faith Home and be there till I am taken to Irumbilyur, Chennai.
to be continued…
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