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Church leaders warn public, govt. against ‘WOW cult’

The National Christian Council of Sri Lanka (NCCSL) takes serious note of the activities and recent developments of the so-called ‘WOW Life Organization’ led by the self-acclaimed Bishop/Prophet Kirby de Lanerolle of the Apostolic Diocese of Ceylon.

Whilst affirming the religious liberty to study, interpret, preach, and teach the Holy Scripture (Holy Bible), we are deeply concerned and disturbed at the misinterpretations of the Holy Scripture and the propagation of erroneous teachings based on such misinterpretations by Kirby de Lanerolle. We consider such actions as misleading and misconstrued in terms of our ‘faith’ and, as religious leaders, collectively and unitedly state the following:

l Outright condemn all such falsified teaching and practices perpetuated by Kirby de Lanerolle which sorrowfully are heterodox from both biblical and ecclesiastical perspectives.

l Call upon the ‘faith community’ in Christ to be fully aware of the danger and life-destroying nature of ‘cult movements’ in our times which are centred on personalities, as in the case of Kirby de Lanerolle and the WOW Life Organization, and to exercise utmost caution and discernment in associating with such fabricators of the ‘truth’.

l As religious leaders with historical presence and partnership in this land, we call upon the ‘state’ and related authorities to be mindful of granting accreditation to organizations and cult movements that could destroy the fabric of inherited life values (as seen in the present context) and our assurance of necessary support and cooperation at all times to the state in such matters.

l In an era of duplicity that penetrates life and society; though not totally alarmed, do question the authenticity of this cult movement, the WOW Life Organization; the status of its leader, Kirby de Lanerolle as a self-acclaimed Bishop; and the purported leadership role within the Christian community.

We, the church leaders, whilst unreservedly condemning the actions and activities of Kirby de Lanerolle and his Wow Life Organization, stand committed to protect and shield its members from any harm in any way for being forthright and truthful in countering this dangerous trend.


Rev. Heshan De Silva, Chairperson of the National Christian Council of Sri Lanka and President of the Sri Lanka Baptist Sangamaya

Rt. Rev. D.R. Canagasabey; Bishop of Colombo, Church of Ceylon, Diocese of Colombo

Rev. Saman Perera; President, Presbytery of Lanka

Rt. Rev. Dr. Daniel S. Thiagarajah; Bishop of Jaffna Diocese, Church of South India

Rev. Asiri P. Perera, President/Bishop of the Methodist Church of Sri Lanka

Rev. Shirley Faber, President of the Christian Reformed Church

Lft. Colonel Suresh Pawar, Territorial Commander of the Salvation Army


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