This is a testimony of a Brother who often comments in this site by name Richie.
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ
I am a regular visitor of this website fromtpm.com for the past 3 years. I was born and brought up in a non-TPM Pentecostal family. It was God’s will that I should get married to a girl in a TPM family. I have very loving in-laws and a very caring and Godly spouse.
As I started attending the faith home I was constantly hearing about the holy life of the saints and how they got up 4:00 AM in the morning and pray for each and every family in the faith home. Me being from a non-TPM background, I was greatly impressed as these customs were unheard of in our fellowships ( now I know that other Pastors also do it but they never boast as in TPM). Dressing of the TPM believers was also impressive. Everyone wearing white and sitting on knees was a sight to behold. It was so nice to be a part of this blessed prayerful group.
When I was growing up I had seen that there were committee meetings in our churches that led to fights and arguments and lo here I was at a place where there was no space for church politics. I used to see my spouse and all others making notes. I said to myself these people are so serious for the Word of God. I was so happy to see servants of God doing nothing other than worship and who have a burden for their believers. The annual conventions in TPM were so well organized and people were working tirelessly to make food for their fellow believers. I thought to myself this might be brotherly love as shown in the Acts of the Apostles. Slowly, I became very close to the SOGs and I was given many responsibilities also. Above all my in-laws were also happy to see me getting involved in many activities.
I continued in this fellowship for a few years but I would say that the since my upbringing was from another Pentecostal church there were some messages that came out of the pulpit that rang alarm bells in my mind. I said to myself “This was not what the bible says” “This is not how it supposed be” . I started asking my spouse about the messages and we knew what the SOG said was not correct. Concepts like the tier system in Heaven were alien to me. Ideas like the saints belonging to a different place and I would go to a different place was alien to me.
I saw many young workers die young for divine healing for which I felt sorry. The activities of the tarrying meetings were a surprise to me. I could see the elder toiling very hard to fill up the people in the Spirit and he would not relent until there is a huge commotion. I could see many people, especially the youngsters, filling in the spirit in a moment like a few seconds back they were seeing here and there and then just like the click of a switch they were filled). This particular elder acted as if he had the contract to fill the youngsters with spirit.
Then there were some double standards on the part of the SOG like he would not hit any child of a rich and influential believer but would hit the child of a poor believer. I started to compare the messages of the SOG with some well-known bible commentaries and I could find that they were poles apart. There was another practice that was a surprise to me. The rule that said that if you do not attend sanctification meetings you aren’t allowed to take holy communion. This concept was really unacceptable to me because my sanctification is between me and my Lord and I will answer only to my Lord if I partake the bread and wine in an unworthy manner. No SOG can dictate that to anybody. Slowly I started to feel the rottenness within the beautiful looking fruit that is TPM.
The LORD detests double standards; he is not pleased by dishonest scales.Proverbs 20:23
As I was searching and comparing the doctrines of TPM, one day I stumbled on fromtpm.com and the first article that I read was about the Kanagraj murder case. Slowly, I started reading all the articles and could co-relate everything that was happening around me. Every attribute of TPM shown in fromTPM.com was something I personally knew of. I knew the author of the website was not bluffing as I could see all that was happening around me. Everything written in the articles was what I was taught as a part of my upbringing. I did not want to force anything on my spouse and so months passed by. My spouse was also praying for the truth to be revealed. Then one day after a special service in the faith home, my spouse informed me that She was filled in the Holy Spirit and she could hear a clear voice to FLEE from this den of thieves. That day I knew, finally, God has spoken and our days in TPM are numbered. Nobody can challenge this because the sheep knows the voice of the shepherd. We knew we have to leave but we were worried about the impact on my in-laws who continue to be in this cult.
I thank God for giving me such a spiritual, prayerful and understanding spouse who was not blind like other people in TPM. We continued to attend meetings in TPM for more than a year and were wondering how to make an exit and we knew we had to do this sooner or later. We understood that this cult can at best bring uniformity with themselves but not Unity with Christ. Then all of sudden on a beautiful Sunday morning we knew it was our last Sunday as TPM believers. After the meeting, we went to the SOG and informed him that we are leaving and won’t be a part of the fellowship anymore. He knew the background of our decision and was kind of annoyed but he knew we will not be back. We could escape from this cult as a family.
God helped us to connect to a very blessed fellowship .
This is a testimony for How God was gracious and led us to freedom.