TPM members (workers) believe that they are Apostles. They also say that they preach the same doctrines which Christ and his Apostles preached. So it’s time to see what Christ and the Apostles preached. Thereby we can verify TPM’s doctrines. Let us begin by studying the gospel preached by Jesus himself.
Observing the Pattern of Gospel Preached by Jesus
In John 8, we read that they brought a woman before Jesus. She was caught in adultery. They tried to test Jesus and asked him, what should be done to sinners? How did Jesus respond? He preached the Gospel to them. He was writing on the ground. And then when insisted, he replied.
He told them, “he that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her (John 8:7).” Then he began writing something on the ground (probably some verse out of scriptures like ‘no one is righteous not even one [Psalm 53:3]’ or ‘Who can bring what is pure from the impure? No one! [Job 14:4]’ or probably from Ecclesiastes 7:20 that there is no just man upon earth that sins not). And we find that none of them could cast a single stone at her. The crowd accepted that they are all sinners (as she was). None of them dared to lift a single stone at her. They realized that they are not better than the sinful adulterous woman. This was the first part of Christ’s teaching. The first part was to make everyone believe that they all are equal before God – sinners and worthy of punishment.
Next, Jesus preached the gospel to them by saying, if you do not believe that I am he, you will indeed die in your sins. (John 8:24). So observe, first he preached them that all of them are transgressors of the law. Then, he asked them to believe in him to be saved from the punishment of death. The third and most important thing he did was, that he based his teaching on the Old Testament. He wasn’t giving something new to them which the scriptures in the Old Testament hadn’t spoken. He was making his words grounded and rooted in the testimony of the Holy Scriptures. He said, “Your father Abraham, he desired to see my days, and he saw it and he was glad” (John 8:56 paraphrased). So the point is that Jesus preached the gospel to the sinners to believe in his name, by rooting his doctrine in the testimony of the Old Testament Scriptures.
When he rose from the dead and it was time to send his followers into the world, he opened their eyes to see how the Old Testament was written about him. We read, “Beginning from Moses and all prophets he expounded unto them all scriptures things concerning himself.” We see that Jesus was not making them believe in the supernatural. He didn’t say that what you have witnessed is alone proof and evidence that this thing is from God. But he was making their belief to be grounded in what is clearly written in scriptures (Old Testament).
This is exactly opposite to what we find in contemporary Christianity and especially among TPM circle. TPM believes that the New Testament is altogether a new thing, which people in the Old Testament were not aware of. They teach that saints in the Old Testament will go to third-grade eternity called new heaven, while they themselves being unmarried will occupy the highest of heaven on account of higher-order ministry that they are doing. So TPM’s teaching is not based on the faith of the Old Testament prophets. It is not based on witnessing of Old Testament saints. It is something New, not preached by Jesus, apostles and old testament. Let me give you a few more examples.
Observing the Sermons of Peter
In Acts 2, we read about the first sermon preached by Peter. Peter stood up, and lifted up his voice and convinced his audience that they have crucified Jesus with their wicked hands. The Holy Ghost pricked them in their hearts that they are sinners. Then they inquired, “What should we do to be saved?” And he responded to them by telling them to believe in Jesus to be saved. So again we see he is convincing them of being sinners and then asking them to believe in Jesus. He always sourced his inspiration from the Old Testament scriptures. He says David foresaw Jesus and his tongue rejoiced and his heart was glad (c.f. Acts 2:25). And David spoke about Jesus in psalms that “you (O God) will not leave thy Holy One to see corruption (Acts 2:27).” Peter says David spoke about the resurrection of Jesus (Acts 2:30-31).
So again we observe that while preaching sinners to believe in Jesus’ name, Peter made the Old Testament as the basic foundation of his gospel. He was as if saying that I am NOT teaching you some new revelation; rather it is grounded and rooted in the testimony of the Old Testament. So the 3000 members added to the Church that day, had their beliefs rooted in witnessing of the Old Testament. Apostle Paul, therefore, wrote, “Build upon (the church is built upon) the foundation of Apostles and Prophets, Christ being the CORNERSTONE (Eph 2:19-20).” The church is established on belief in Jesus (the cornerstone) preached by Old Testament Prophets and New Testament Apostles. That is what we are also trying to do in the Venom removal series.
Now ask yourself, how is TPM church established? What does the TPM church believe? Which Jesus and which gospel and what teachings do they preach? Do they believe that the saints of the Old Testament taught the same things which they are teaching? Or do they believe that Old Testament saints were absolutely in dark concerning the new things taught by TPM leaders?
Observing the Second Sermon of Peter
In Acts 3, we read the second sermon preached by Peter after healing a lame man. Peter preaches at the porch of Solomon, that they have denied Jesus Christ convincing them of their sins (Acts 3:14). Continuing further he says, by faith in the name of Jesus, this man is made whole. So he was preaching them their sins and belief in the name of Jesus. And how does he establish his teachings? He says, “Moses truly said to our fathers, ‘A prophet shall God raise like unto me. And every soul which will not hear him shall be destroyed (Acts 3:22-23 paraphrased).’” Further down he says, “All the prophets that followed from Samuel onwards have spoken about these days of Jesus (Acts 3:23-24 paraphrased).” Thus we observe Peter grounding his gospel in the testimony of the Old Testament. He was making the testimony of Moses and all prophets to establish people in the church and the kingdom of God that he was building. And then we read in Acts 4:4 that the number of people who were added to the church (who believed the testimony of the Old Testament) grew from 3000 to 5000.
Sermon of Peter at the house of Cornelius
We observe that while preaching the gospel to gentiles, namely Cornelius, Peter used the testimony of Old Testament again. He said to his audience that,
“All the prophets testify about him that everyone who believes in him receives forgiveness of sins through his name.”Acts 10:43
So again we find the weight of the testimony of the Old Testament is used to establish the new members in the church and the kingdom of God.
The Sermon of Paul
In Acts 13, we read the Apostle Paul while preaching the gospel to Gentiles, criticizes Jews for not paying heed to the testimony of prophets in the Old Testament. He says,
The people of Jerusalem and their rulers did not recognize Jesus, yet in condemning him they fulfilled the words of the prophets that are read every Sabbath.Acts 13:27
Read the Gospel preached by Apostle Paul to the church of Romans. He first convinces that all mankind is sinful (Rom 3:9). Then he preaches the gospel of faith in Jesus by the testimony of the Old Testament (Genesis), of how Abraham was declared just (Rom 4). So again we find the same pattern, viz., to make witnessing of the Old Testament to what they taught and preached.
Isn’t this why Paul says, that church and the teachings which the church believes has to be built upon on testimony of Old Testament [confirmed by apostles of New Testament] (Eph 2:20)? Then why do TPM and other counterfeit sisters of TPM, believe in new revelations and traditions of humans, which has no witnessing in the Old Testament? The teachings of the Holy Spirit were the same throughout the mouths of Old Testament prophets and New Testament Apostles of Jesus. And this is in stark contrast to the new revelations in TPM. The Pentecostal Mission claims that the revelations of the New Testament were not known to Old Testament prophets. This makes them put the Old Testament in the lower cadre of heaven and themselves in higher cadre – viz., their new revelations! God open your eyes.