This is a continuation of the previous article about the life of separation that Christ Exhibited. In this article, we will contrast the life of Christ Jesus with that of the TPM Clergy. That will make it clear for us if they can make us perfect in Christ Jesus as they Claim to be.
The Dressing sense, appearance and attitude
Let us recollect the instance where Jesus was supposed to be arrested. The Pharisees and the temple High Priest required the services of Judas Iscariot to betray Jesus. Have you thought why did they need the services of Judas?
As Jesus was a prominent figure who used to challenge the temple authorities, you would think that his face and his dressing sense will make it easy for them to arrest him. However, that was not the scenario. Jesus mingled with common people in such a way that it became tough for them to find out the person in a group of 12 men. Think of that? Look at the featured image. The artist has done his bit to position Jesus in such a way that we can identify him even though he looks similar to the others. In reality, Jesus could have been any one of them.
The Temple soldiers required an explicit sign from Judas so that they do not arrest the wrong man.
48 Now the betrayer had arranged a signal with them: “The one I kiss is the man; arrest him.” 49 Going at once to Jesus, Judas said, “Greetings, Rabbi!” and kissed him.
50 Jesus replied, “Do what you came for, friend.”[a]
Then the men stepped forward, seized Jesus and arrested him.Matt 26:48-50
Now consider a similar situation where a TPM Pastor is standing with 12 believers of his church. Will you be able to identify the pastor? Even if he wears a common Dress, the Body Language gives him away. He has that air of superiority which becomes much pronounced when he is with his believers. The way the pastor conduct himself is enough for anybody to know who is the Boss. However, see how Paul says about our Lord.
rather, he made himself nothing by taking the very nature[b] of a servant being made in human likeness.
8 And being found in appearance as a man he humbled himselF by becoming obedient to death even death on a cross!Phil 2:7-8
So what Did Jesus Separate himself from?
He separated himself from the thought that he is THE SON OF GOD and made himself a Man just as anybody in Judea(Phil 2:6-8). You Might recollect him addressing himself as the SON OF MAN. He separated himself from any form of Superiority complex or pride. He became ONE OF US.
Serving OR Being Served?
The hallmark of Jesus ministry was that of a Servant. Jesus said that he came TO SERVE and NOT TO BE SERVED.
just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”Matt 20:28
He taught his disciples the same. Many people are under the impression that being a Servant of God is all about preaching. This is a wrong impression. Let me cite some instances where Jesus was not centred about preaching. His focus was about how we conduct ourselves.
5 After that, he poured water into a basin and began to wash his disciples’ feet, drying them with the towel that was wrapped around him.John 13:5
19 And he directed the people to sit down on the grass. Taking the five loaves and the two fish and looking up to heaven, he gave thanks and broke the loaves. Then he gave them to the disciples, and the disciples gave them to the people. 20 They all ate and were satisfied, and the disciples picked up twelve basketfuls of broken pieces that were left over. 21 The number of those who ate was about five thousand men, besides women and children.Matt 14:19-21
Then Jesus served them the bread and the fish.John 21:13
Now consider the TPM System and answer me the following questions
- When was the Last time your pastor served you the meal?
- When was the last time your pastor carried your luggage?
- When was the last time you saw your pastor dropping the walking believers to their homes in his own car?
- When was the last time you saw your pastor deliver food to the bachelor boys of his own church?
- When was the Last time your pastor could heal the sick?
- As your pastor could not heal the sick, when was the last time you saw your pastor/sister offer to be the bystander for a believer patient in the hospital?
I do not deny that there are exceptions. However, the NORM in TPM is that the White Clads are there to BE SERVED than to SERVE. Watch the below video and know how they expect to BE SERVED.
The greatest among you will be your servant.Matt 23:11
So what did Jesus separate himself from?
Jesus Separated himself to be a SERVANT and DENIED HIMSELF THE PRIVILEGE TO BE SERVED.
25 Jesus called them together and said, “You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their high officials exercise authority over them. 26 Not so with you. Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, 27 and whoever wants to be first must be your slave— 28 just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”Matt 20:25-28
Though there are a lot more points to be covered, I have to cut short this article to avoid making it long and boring. Before I end, I would like to draw your attention to a particular phenomenon within TPM.
Have you noted how the Lord’s table is conducted in TPM? I have not noticed this thing in any other churches that I have visited. The Clergy happens to eat the bread and drink of the wine before he gives to his congregation. This is quite opposite to what Jesus did.
19 And he took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to them, saying, “This is my body given for you; do this in remembrance of me.”
20 In the same way, after the supper he took the cupLuke 22:19-20
Clearly he ate from the supper but the first action he did was TO GIVE and NOT TAKE as TPM Pastors DO.
Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself.Phil 2:3
DO YOU THINK THAT THESE TPM MINISTERS WILL MAKE YOU PERFECT IN CHRIST JESUS?
CLEARLY THE SEPARATION PRACTICED BY JESUS WAS NOT PHYSICAL OR EXTERNAL BUT INTERNAL WITHIN HIM