In the previous article, we saw how the faith of a Soulish man and that of a Spiritual Man is different. In this article, we will show you how different a Soulish man and a Spiritual Man will respond to the Presence of the Lord.
The Presence of the Lord
This is about an incident which every Sunday school child will remember. There was an instance in the early stages of Jesus’ ministry where Jesus had to make use of the boat of Peter so that he can stand at a distance to preach to the crowds. Thus Peter’s boat became the first stage for Jesus. This is the point it gets interesting and many of our modern preachers use this as a means to arouse the Soulish inquisitiveness of his listeners. Let us see how the scriptures say and then I will explain how our modern Preachers(Including TPM Pastors) teach.
4 Now when he had left speaking, he said unto Simon, Launch out into the deep, and let down your nets for a draught. 5 And Simon answering said unto him, Master, we have toiled all the night, and have taken nothing: nevertheless at thy word I will let down the net. 6 And when they had this done, they inclosed a great multitude of fishes: and their net brake. 7 And they beckoned unto their partners, which were in the other ship, that they should come and help them. And they came, and filled both the ships, so that they began to sink. 8 When Simon Peter saw it, he fell down at Jesus’ knees, saying, Depart from me; for I am a sinful man, O Lord.Luke 5:4-8
It didn’t take much time for Simon Peter to understand who is in the Boat with him. The Presence of the Lord with so strong in his life that he realised himself to be a SINNER. He realised his unworthy nature. That is the point of salvation for Peter. Realising your true estate in the presence of the Lord brings salvation. Just as the magnetic compass focusses right when the distracting magnetic fields are removed, Our Spirit starts orienting ourselves RIGHT at that time. In the above conversation, we do not see Jesus saying any word to convict Peter of his Sins. If you read further, Peter did not take those fishes to sell and make a profit. He just left the Fish, the boat and the nets and followed the Lord(Luke 5:11). Also to note that he did NOT LEAVE HIS WIFE AND FAMILY(1 Cor 9:5).
In another incident, we see Zachaeus also behaves in a similar manner when he encountered Jesus. We can read about that in Luke 19:1-10.
Soulish Response to the Peter Incident
Now I would like to highlight you how certain soulish preachers prey upon your anxieties of life, to fatten their own wallets. They will take the same portion of the Peter incident from the Bible. Then they do a twist. They will say that Jesus came down seeing the financial struggle in Peter’s life and he will give you a catch that your nets will break. They say that if you give your boat to Jesus, you will see the prosperity coming to your house. Just a few hours of the boat for Jesus and Peter got the most fantastic catch of fishes in his own life. They classify the catch by Peter as “THE BLESSING”. Had they even bothered to read further, they would have known that Peter never considered the Fishes and the catch as BLESSING. He knew the BLESSING is the Son of God who came down from Heaven. DID YOU GET THE CATCH?
- A Soulish Person considers the FISH (Huge catch) as the Blessing.
- A Spiritual Man understands that you cannot have a greater Blessing than the SON himself.
These kinds of soulish sermons which baits people in their worldly anxiousness, does not do them any good. They think of Jesus as the magic genie who could help them in their worldly troubles. These days, churches are filled with people like this. Irrespective of the denominations, all of them need Jesus to help them catch fishes for them. Only if you are truly born again, you can catch Men for God.
……And Jesus said unto Simon, Fear not; from henceforth thou shalt catch men.Luke 5:10
- Soulish people want Jesus to catch Fishes for them
- Spiritual People catch Men for Jesus
The Hypocrisy of the Soul vs the Humility of the Spirit
Let the Bible come alive into your mind. Imagine how the Pharisees and their disciples used to behave Vs the disciples of Jesus. The disciples of Jesus were basically a motley group with very crude behaviour whereas the Pharisees were elitists who had finesse in their interactions. Think about how they used to address Jesus as “Rabbi” when in reality they would have been addressing him as “Blasphemous Rascal %$#@ ” in their heart.
What causes Humility and what causes Hypocrisy?
In one word, it is the realization of the Presence of the Lord that brings Humility. At the same time, the absence of the Lord in your life causes Hypocrisy. Look at how Peter and Zachaeus responded when they realized in whose presence they are. They could not hide their own sins as they have been doing all these long years. The veil of hypocrisy fell down and they knew that they were naked. No amount of Fig leaves will cover that nakedness. But they also were blessed to realize that it is the righteousness of the Son which is the true cover for their nakedness of sin. You might be remembering how God himself clothed Adam and Eve by the skin of the animal, signifying the sacrifice of Jesus to cover the nakedness of Man.
God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.2 Cor 5:21
Hypocrisy is a Cover/Veil over your true self so that you do not appear naked to others. There is a shame involved with nakedness. The Pharisees were basically trying to coverup their own nakedness not realizing that it is before God himself they are covering up. They had no clue that their thoughts are plain as open before the Lord. This same issue happens with the TPM clergy when they try to cover up all their mess before Men and before God. There is absolutely no end to their ACTING to show themselves as HOLY MEN to others.
Paul speaks about the last days and leaves no stone unturned about Hypocrisy as a distinguishing factor, to be seen in the last days.
having a form of godliness but denying its power. Have nothing to do with such people.2 Tim 3:5
Let us see how Paul considered himself in the presence of the Lord. He understands his own real nakedness. He is not trying to cover it up with some good words.
This is a faithful saying and worthy of all acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am chief.1 Tim 1:15
Note the words carefully. He did not say “OF WHOM I WAS THE CHIEF”. He ensured that his present state of nakedness is not covered by any Fig Leaves. He says clearly in the PRESENT TENSE “OF WHOM I AM THE CHIEF”.
As long as you understand that your fig leaves are useless and you are completely naked before the Lord, you will remain HUMBLE. But as long as you do not realize this fact and is driven by the Blind Soul, you will trust in your fig leaves and act as if your nakedness is covered, thereby exposing your HYPOCRISY.
You do not need any special skill to know that TPM is a Soulish movement of selling religion to unsuspecting people. Their hypocrisy sells well in India. Do you still think that following their teachings will Make you perfect in Christ Jesus?