TPM teaches that unless we speak in tongues, we cannot enter eternity or heaven. They teach that sign of new birth is speaking in unknown tongues. This, however, Paul says, is not necessary. He says, “Do all speak in tongues? (1 Cor 12:30).” As far as we know, that there is no mention that Jesus himself ever spoke in tongues. Had he spoken in tongues, then people witnessing Pentecost would not have found it strange when they saw disciples filling in tongues (Acts 2). Speaking in tongues is one of the gifts of the Holy Spirit, and like other gifts, it is given for purpose according to the will of Spirit, not our will to receive it. If then speaking in tongues is not the sign of new birth, then what is the sign of new birth? This article is my opinion on this subject.
Mark/Sign of Fake Christianity
If we see someone who is worshipping with us in the same church as we do, becoming emotional and shouting Jesus, Jesus, then we think he is a solid believer. If we see someone preaching Jesus, we think he is a zealous pastor. If we see someone speaking in tongues we think he is a born again, Spirit Baptized Christian. All our perceptions are based on what we see with our physical eyes. But if it had been so, then Jesus wouldn’t have said, “Everyone that says Lord, Lord will not enter in the kingdom of God. Many will say we have prophesied in your name.. we have cast demons.. we have done miracles.. (we have had all the signs of gifts of Spirit).. But I will say “I NEVER KNEW YOU” (Matt 7:21-23 paraphrased).” So it is clear that those who prophesied, did miracles, cast out demons, actually believed that they possessed the Holy Ghost, but only on the last day, they will realize that Jesus NEVER KNEW THEM. That means the Spirit of Christ was never in them.
I think it is not outwardly appearing characters like praying, praising, saying Lord, lord and or showing our devotion by singing and worship, but something more inward that tells us whether a person is KNOWN to God or NEVER KNOWN to him. When we confess our sins and take into the waters of baptism then there is something termed as New Birth taking place within us! A new man is born in us, which cannot be seen with our naked eyes. Our outer bodies remain same, not renewed, but there is inward renewal and birth of what bible calls as being made a new creation in the image of Jesus. This I think is the true Christian born in us. There may be many of us who have taken water baptism (including myself), but unless there is this spiritual regeneration within us, until then we are not a true Christian in God’s sight. So it is not all who follow the sacrament of baptism but all who are truly born again as Christians.
One way to identify this is explained by Apostle Paul. He says “the tendency to discriminate humans with another human, based on race, religion, color, etc, is nature of old un-regenerated man, who is not renewed in Christ.” In his words,
and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge in the image of its Creator. 11 Here there is no Gentile or Jew, circumcised or uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave or free, but Christ is all, and is in all.Col 3:10-11
A person truly born again person will think all men as equal. He will not discriminate between humans based on race, color, language, caste, or any other factor. This means where fake Christians are found, there this tendency to divide people as Jew or Greek, male or female, slave or master, superior and inferior, best church and normal church, will be visible. Jesus also confirmed this when he said, “Discrimination of senior and junior, master and slave, is the manner of gentiles (Spirit of Gentiles).” “But,” he says, “so shall not be found among you (Matthew 20:25-26 paraphrased).” So the point is clear that discrimination is the nature of the old man (Gentiles), and speaking in tongues is not THE sign of born again experience, but the character will reveal the inner reality.
“Henceforth I call not you as servants …servant don’t know what their master and Lord will do, but I call you as my friendsJohn 15:15
Did you observe the Spirit of Christ? He is ready to erase the line between God and man, divine and human, and call humans as friends. “Henceforth I call not you as servants … but I call you as my friends (John 15:15).” Elsewhere we read, Jesus, said, “Father as I in them and you in me, let them be one is us (John 17:23).” What do all these verses speak of? God is moving to break the barriers and walls of separation between divine and human. He rent the veil of the temple to unite, not to divide heavens. He is uniting, reconciling all things in Jesus to himself. That is why it is the church that is called the ONE BODY of Jesus. This is the essence and mind of the Spirit of God, the mind of Spirit of Christ, and the essence of the Bible, i.e. to unite not to divide. Love thy neighbor AS YOURSELF!
This then is sign of man who is born again. We find him truly loving, and filled with Spirit of Christ, his nature to unite brethren, to treat them as coequal, & not to treat them as inferior and second class citizens!
He did not discriminate between us and them, for he purified their hearts by faith.Acts 15:9
TPM thinks that this eradication of caste, creed, color, rich, poor, male, female, Jew, Greek, master, slave, junior, senior is only thing to preach by mouth. They think God will divide Christianity into various classes in eternity, after having abolished it on earth and after having reconciled entire creation back into him.
Just like the black man inherits his color by his birth on the basis of which he is discriminated, just like the Brahmin inherits his superior race by his birth, just like the Nazis inherited the superior race by birth, TPM superior race also owes their superiority over others, by something they call as “born in Zion experience.” They believe that as soon as their chief pastor puts his hand over the head of new workers, they disappear from Jerusalem and magically appear in Zion – as born in Zion. They become altogether another race – a supreme race with supreme eternal destiny! And they think it God’s Holy Spirit which is destroying the unity which he had built by making himself human.
Unlike Jesus who said, it is the spirit of gentiles that should not be among you, TPM says, let seniors have dominion over juniors. TPM thinks it is God who speaks in ears of their chief pastors, to select a one man above another as chief, or center pastor or some other rank. They think that God who abolished the Jew-Greek, male-female, master-slave, lines of partition is electing juniors workers to serve as servants to seniors as waiter, cook, and driver. Not only this, but xenophobic teachings of TPM convinces its members, to despise other Christians, by not giving their sons and daughters to them in marriage or even have communion with other church members. This, therefore, is a sign of an unregenerate Man found in TPM from head to toe. It seems TPM is only deceiving people by an outward show of water baptism and gibberish tongues, without signs of real inner transformation to the mind.
Apostle Paul had warned Christians to mark such people who divide the body of Christ contrary to the spirit of the Bible. He says,
I urge you, brothers and sisters, to watch out for those who cause divisions and put obstacles in your way that are contrary to the teaching you have learned. Keep away from them.Rom16:17
Therefore speaking in tongues is not THE SIGN, of a truly born again believer. A person may speak in tongues and yet show that the spirit of Christ is not in him. His essence and belief based on dividing people in the superior group and inferior group, high calling, and low calling, citizens of better eternal destiny and citizens of inferior eternal habitation, is a mark of his un-regenerated inner man. He believes in Greek and Jews, Malayali and Tamilan, North Indian and South Indian, Rich and poor, master and slave, the chief pastor and normal pastor, junior worker and senior worker, New Jerusalem and the new earth, and so on.
These are the people who divide you, who follow mere natural instincts and do not have the Spirit.Jude 1:19