Straight Shots is a short drama series. Each episode focuses on one specific conduct of TPM believers. You will be able to identify how TPM believers instinctively act in specific settings. Each behaviour will be met by a candid response from Molly.
Major Characters: See episode 1 for knowing character backgrounds.
Background: Ten twelve days back, there was an International convention of The Pentecostal Mission at IBR, from 11th to 15th March 2020. As the convention concluded, few numbers began to come out, like the number of people who attended the convention, the number of people who got baptized, the number of workers promoted as pastors, and so on.
Manju is at Molly’s house to share the ride to the office. Molly comes out and takes the driver’s seat. It’s her turn to drive today. As their car hits the road to their office, Manju gets busy in mobile.
Molly: Again WhatsApp!
Manju: I didn’t get time to check messages in the morning. My husband had a flight early morning and the maid didn’t come today.
Molly: Any special message?
Manju: Yes! Listen, “Great Miracle of God before our eyes! 3 lakh people attended the convention. 273 people received water baptism. 34 brothers and 135 sisters obeyed God and joined the ministry.”
Molly: How many people did you say were baptized in IBR convention?
Manju: (proudly) 273! …………..Great na Molly?
Molly: (laughs.. then says) Even though I know the 3 Lakhs is a fudged number Only 273 out of 3,00,000 attendees? That is not even 0.09%!
Manju: 3 lakh were not heathens! They were our believers from different places!
Molly: And those 273 were already Christians Manju! They were probably stolen from other churches. Most of them must have already taken water baptism in some other churches. They might have been forced to take baptism second time, deeming their earlier baptism invalid, as it was not done by TPM ministers. Further, many of these 273 must be children of TPM believers, who would be nearing 15 years of age. So the actual number of people who actually accepted their sins and believed that by trusting in Jesus name they will escape the condemnation is actually Zero.
This entire drama behind 273 baptism count of the convention is deception and false assurance to TPM believers, that TPM is also engaged in the business of preaching Gospel. They themselves have confessed numerous times that TPM does not preach the normal gospel, but they have another ministry. Their main intention is to steal sheep from other churches, and make them pay tithes, and make them fall back from grace to Old Covenant of salvation by rules and laws. They have named this as the gospel of perfection, which they say other people are unaware of.
The idea of TPM convention is quite a novice. The word convention is actually a wrong terminology to assume it to mean a gospel spreading event. It is not so. Convention in the English language means gathering of people or assembly. This term came into usage from 19th century American Christianity, where the miraculously gifted ministers, like Smith Wigglesworth, used to visit cities of America, to impart benefits of his/her miraculous gifts to the people requiring healing. Folks who had heard about these famous miraculous faith healers used to be invited to a place, where the famous faith healers like Smith Wigglesworth would be present, and then he would pray and they would get healed. They used to call this convention of Christians or assembling of Christians. TPM convention is a term borrowed from this practice, from times of Pentecostalism of 19th century! The people who therefore gather in TPM conventions are TPM members from all over the states of India. The practice of inviting famous faith healers like Wigglesworth is replaced by inviting TPM chief pastors, who can’t even heal a fly!
Original apostles used to visit city to city and village to village, to spread the kingdom of God (not their own institutional brand name), to the people who had never heard the name of Jesus.
TPM convention is a mixture of these two, viz., “evangelization practice of original apostles” and “convention practice of 19thcentury American Pentecostal Christianity.” But TPM convention has benefits of neither of them. Neither is their healing nor the preaching of the gospel. It is just a namesake event to get TPM agenda fulfilled. TPM’s gospel is different (the gospel of perfection by making people fall back from grace into law system of the old covenant), their baptism is rebaptism of already saved folks, and their statistics is false. Instead of calling unsaved folks for healing, and thereby preaching them the name of Jesus, which must be the true method, TPM workers call the already saved fellows, re-baptize them, preach them another gospel, and release false manipulated statistics. Perfect counterfeit!
Therefore the count of 273 you are talking about is a dexterous trick from sleeves of TPM magicians, in order to fool people like you!
Scene: Manju realizes that it is all true. As the office arrives she gets out of the car silently.
What shall we say about the baptism given by Joshua? He was living in willful sin and have not been dead to sin. How can we say the baptism given by him as valid? For that matter, all re-baptism given by these perverts are truly invalid. A re-baptism in tpm is a baptism into the CULT.
What shall we say, then? Shall we go on sinning so that grace may increase? 2 By no means! We are those who have died to sin; how can we live in it any longer? 3 Or don’t you know that all of us who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? 4 We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life.Rom 6:1-4