The 4 tier system that has been the core of TPM’s doctrines has a particular source. But before we look into this interesting facet of the four-tier system let us listen to the Pied Piper of TPM so that we are absolutely clear what they are saying.
Summary of TPM’s Heaven Doctrine
The TPM Heaven has 4 tiers of which the topmost and the second topmost tier has been reserved for the Clergy and Believers of The Pentecostal Mission, respectively. The last 2 tiers have been reserved for the Old Testament Saints. If my memory serves correct, TPM had earlier taught that the NEW EARTH will be inherited by members of other churches. Nevertheless, the lower two locations may be re-allotted to different categories of people whom they feel appropriate.
Much interesting is the reference quoted by M T Thomas to establish his doctrine, about the already prepared place. He mentions the Reference as Matt 25:41. Teju changes it to Matt 25:46. But neither of the verse mentions these two lower tiers as per TPM Doctrine. I see that the place prepared in verse 41 speaks about the eternal fire PREPARED FOR DEVIL AND HIS ANGELS. M.T Thomas needs to clarify if the Old Testament Saints will be in the same pool as is the Devil and his angels.
41 “Then he will say to those on his left, ‘Depart from me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels.Matt 25:41
This is not the first time that M T Thomas is throwing some random verse assuming that there will be no checks. Anyway, that is not an important thing now. I assume he was wanting to quote verse 34
34 “Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world.Matt 25:34
I have scanned throughout the BIBLE and am yet to find any references to these 4 places where it is categorized as one above the other, as is taught by The Pentecostal Mission and their sister churches. You will not find anywhere in the bible where you can decipher 4-tier heaven. This is pure imagination by Ramankutty and team.
Expectations of Old and New Testament Saints
Of course, I know that TPM feels that Jesus started his work of Zion after he woke up from his sleep at 1923. He asked Ramankutty to expedite this work. But before we get to the brain of Ramankutty, let us see what was the Hope of Peter and that of Abraham.
But in keeping with his promise we (Peter and co.) are looking forward to a new heaven and a new earth, where righteousness dwells.2 Pet 3:13
10 For he(ABRAHAM) was looking forward to the city with foundations, whose architect and builder is God.Heb 11:10
Shouldn’t M T Thomas and Co answer this? Peter was looking forward to a Lower Place as per TPM’s Heaven whereas Abraham was looking forward to a Higher Place as per the same TPM’s Heaven concept. Just these two verses can topple the entire edifice of TPM’s Heaven.
The Inspiration of Ramankutty and Co
This 4 tiered heaven is not available in any of the churches that I know of. Even the Jehovah’s witnesses do not subscribe to this type of heaven. That is where we need to look at the historical mind-set of an Indian/South Asian. Ramankutty belonged to the Ezhava community of Kerala. They are basically of the Shudra section of the Hindu society. It is quite logical that his thinking of the Christian concept got mingled with the Hindu 4-tier system. His sub-conscious mind would have always wanted to climb up the ladder to be a Brahmin. Look at this diagram.
The Brahmin is the one who has a direct connection with GOD. The rest of the group are therefore subservient to them. What TPM has eventually built is a caste system where the Clergy are the Brahmins (Closest to God) and their Believers are the ones serving them. However, to have their undivided loyalty, they have categorised the other so-called groups as a lower category to TPM believers. Many of TPM believers have a background of being lower caste in Hinduism and hence value the Second Top group offered in TPM as something that needs to be held on to. This gives them a mental satisfaction of getting to be in the higher strata of another religion. These people have not been BORN AGAIN.
If you are a few years in TPM, you would have heard often where they say that the TPM Believers are at a higher grade than the Pastors of other Churches. Do you realise that it is the same Caste psychology at play within this cult? What they are saying is that the Kshatriya is much better than the Vaishya.
Why TPM Landed in this Problem?
It is true that Ramankutty heard the gospel and did believe it. He also tried to follow what he was taught for some time. The poor man did not realize that he was falling prey to the adventurist spirit within him when he started off by himself assuming that starting an institutional church is his calling. Obviously, the devil gave him a special gospel called the GOSPEL OF PERFECTION. Sounds cool?
What really happened is that New Wine was poured in Old wineskin. He tried to pour the NEW Christian Gospel into OLD wineskin of Hindu Caste system.
And no one pours new wine into old wineskins. Otherwise, the wine will burst the skins, and both the wine and the wineskins will be ruined. No, they pour new wine into new wineskins.”Mark 2:22
This Doctrine and its practices got marketed in the Indian sub-continent which was ripe for the product. Thus this movement got momentum and captivated the thoughts of people who valued certain tenants of Indian culture. Though this cult has spread across many countries, they are primarily concentrated among people of South Asian Ancestry.
Christian brotherhood does not have wedges between them. We all are of the SAME BODY. We eat of the same bread and drink of the same wine. It’s none other than Satan himself who is creating divisions among us.
When Paul was describing the qualifications of a bishop, to Timothy, he mentioned one thing which many people overlook these days.
He must not be a recent convert, or he may become conceited and fall under the same judgment as the devil.1 Tim 3:6
In Paul’s time, they would not even ordain a person like Ramankutty be a Bishop. But here we have an entire institutional church that has been set up by a recent convert who pushed in his New Hindu/Buddhist ideas into Christianity. No wonder that we are still battling the so-called Christian version of Caste System, Celibate Monks (Consecration), External Form of Godliness and many more features imported from Hinduism/Buddhism.