It’s not surprising to find a New Age guru in the nation of Sri Lanka. But when that same guru mixes Christian faith, the Lord’s Supper and prophetic revelation with New Age teachings, you can understand why church leaders around the world are concerned.
The man at the center of this controversy is Kirby de Lanerolle, 44, a Sri Lankan who says he was raised in the Methodist Church. Today he leads WOW Life Church in the capital city of Colombo. (WOW stands for “Works of Wonder.”) His growing crowd of followers say his ministry is accompanied by unusual miracles including instant weight loss, gray hair turning black, gold dust and cash appearing supernaturally in wallets.
But de Lanerolle’s trademark is his revelation of “breatherianism”—the belief that humans don’t need food to exist. Basing his ideas on ancient Eastern philosophy, de Lanerolle believes he receives most of his nutrition from vibrations of energy as well as sunlight. He also takes daily Communion, and claims that Jesus was a breatharian because He fasted for 40 days.
De Lanerolle’s teachings obviously appeal to people who struggle with their weight—and this may explain why he’s gaining popularity in the United States. De Lanerolle claims to be able to “impart” to others the ability to tap into spiritual vibrations so they lose their appetite for food.
Jesus said man does not live by bread alone,” de Lanerolle says in one of his video teachings on YouTube, “but by every vibration frequency of God.” He calls Holy Communion a “superfood” and claims that he once ran a half marathon after fasting for two months.
Making things even weirder, de Lanerolle teaches what is known as “immortality on earth,” the belief that humans can live forever. He claims to have secret revelation about this concept, and he draws his inspiration from the teachings of a controversial charismatic preacher named Kobus van Rensburg of South Africa. (Ironically, van Rensburg died of cancer in 2013. He was directly tied to the controversial Nigerian minister T.B. Joshua.)
De Lanerolle does not expect to keep his unusual brand of spirituality in Sri Lanka. He is spreading it abroad, and he will lead a five-day retreat on breatherianism in Missouri in September. He is now also linked to some leaders in the charismatic revival stream, and he is scheduled to speak at a charismatic conference in Pennsylvania this fall.
Some Christian leaders in India issued a warning about de Lanerolle back in 2015 after he visited Bangalore and Chennai. “We are of the opinion that since Kirby’s teachings are clearly not in line with the word of truth; he … has to be evaluated not on the basis of the signs and wonders but on the basis of the doctrine he believes in and teaches,” said Jeyakaran Emmanuel, a spokesman for a coalition of Indian pastors known as the Grace and Truth Coalition.
“Kirby may be a sincere follower of Christ, but he is sincerely wrong in such unbiblical teachings such as immortality on earth and breatharianism,” Emmanuel said.
Most thinking people would agree it’s dangerous to teach that food isn’t necessary. That alone could be the foundation for a Jim Jones-style cult. But de Lannerole also teaches universalism (“All religions point to one place,” he has said) and that human beings are evolving into gods. In one of his recorded messages, he says, “We are all in the process of evolution. I believe in evolution. We are all in the process of evolution into being God Himself.”
Pastor Ivor Poobalan of the Kollupitiya Methodist Church in Sri Lanka preached a bold message in July 2019 about the spread of heresy in the modern church. In a sermon posted online, he warns his members about de Lanerolle’s strange teachings and laments that pastors of 500 Sri Lankan churches have come under the “covering” of WOW Life Church, which now claims to be the largest denomination in the country.
“Some years ago, Kirby claimed that God sent angels to reset his DNA and made his body capable of living without food,” Pastor Poobalan says. “This has now led to the most reckless teaching that is central to WOW Life, the promise of immortality on earth. The followers are now promised that they are the first generation of Christians that will physically live on and not die until Jesus returns in the future.”
How can someone with such strange, unbiblical beliefs be welcomed into a Christian conference? It’s obvious that discernment in the church today is at a low point. In many charismatic circles today, we chase after anyone who can perform miracles—no matter how bizarre. We’ve lost the ability to spot an impostor.
The apostle Paul warned the Corinthians about “false apostles” and “deceitful workers” who “disguise themselves as servants of righteousness” (see 2 Cor. 11:13,15, NASB). Paul was willing to mark such men as dangerous instruments of Satan. Today we are too nice to judge. We give the false prophets a microphone and pay them an honorarium.
Satan is busy trying to unleash a new wave of deception in the church. Don’t buy it. Please warn your friends not to expose themselves to Kirby de Lanerolle’s teachings—or to anyone who spreads similar New Age doctrines designed to turn people’s hearts away from Jesus.
J. Lee Grady
U.S. minister and author J. Lee Grady is the latest in a chourus of voices within the Christian community being raised against Sri Lankan minister Kirby De Lanerolle.
In an article entitled ‘Beware Of The Latest New Age Deception’ Grady warns of Sri Lankan ‘guru’ Kirby De Lanerolle, who ‘mixes Christian faith, the Lord’s supper and prophetic revelation with bizarre New Age teachings’.
The article points to some of Kirby’s most un-Bibilican teachings—’Breatherianism”—the belief that humans do not need food to exist but can live off sunlight and energy vibrations, an idea based on ancient Eastern philosophy, and not the Bible, although Kirby misquotes the Bible, saying “Jesus said man does not live by bread alone but by every vibration frequency of God.”[The Bible verse in question reads, in its original iteration,’ ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.’]
Furthermore, troublsome, un-Bibilical teachings such as ‘immortality on Earth’ (the belief that his followers will be the first generation of Christians to physically live on Earth and not die until Jesus returns), ‘evolving into being God’ (the belief that his followers are in the process of evolving into being God Himself) and other popular ‘miracles’ such as instant weight loss, gray hair turning black, gold dust and cash appearing supernaturally in wallets have been cited as methods by which De Lanerolle, who claims God sent angels to reset his DNA, uses to gain followers.
The warning from the U.S. minister comes as De Lanerolle plans an excursion in the U.S., ostensibly to lead a five-day retreat, but also as part of a mission to expand his reach globally. It also follows a warning from Indian pastors after De Lanerolle visited Bangalore and Chennai in 2015 that ‘Kirby’s teachings are clearly not in line with the word of truth’.
De Lanerolle’s teachings, although strange, are no different from the deceptions employed by many such self-styled gurus in the past: Pastor Jim Jones who orchestrated the mass suicides of his followers in a commune at Jonestown, Guyana, and Shree Rajneesh, or ‘Osho’ as he was more popularly known, who set up a commune in Oregon in the U.S. Both ‘cult leaders’ were known for attracting vulnerable people looking for some form of spiritual kinship and social alliances.
People who have had encounters with the WOW (Works of Wonder) Church that De Lanerolle heads, have claimed that while the Church attracts a mix of followers, it is known in particular for its followers with ‘deep pockets’ who often ‘gift’ De Lanerolle and his wife expensive items that include vehicles and property—a feature prominent in the cults of Jim Jones, Osho and many others.
Others cite a cult of secrecy, a casual ‘vetting process’ before new adherents are brought into the church and the tight hold the ‘church’ has on its followers.
De Lanerolle was a known ‘party boy’ in his youth, and in his adolosence was reportedly part of a ‘cult’ known as ‘KISS’ (Kids in Satan’s Service). The group received notoriety after a member, and close friend of De Lanerolle murdered his parents, although the case was quickly covered up when it occured in the 70s.
– SEP 13 2019.
Just a few days ago, The National Christian Council of Sri Lanka (NCCSL) shared that they were “deeply concerned and disturbed at the misinterpretations of the Holy Scripture and the propogandation of erroneous teachings based on such misinterpretations by Kirby de Lanerolle”. While strongly condemning his teachings and practices, the NCCSL also labelled WOW church a “cult
EXPOSING KIRBY DE LANEROLLE (SRILANKA) WORKS OF WONDER – WOW LIFE CHURCH
Kirby De Lanerolle, preacher of IMMORTALITY ON EARTH (Everlasting life on Earth) & BREATHARIANISM is the disciple of Late Kobus Van Rensburg (South Africa) who was the pioneer of “Immortality on earth” false doctrine. Ironically Kobus himself died in 2013 of cancer and yet his disciple Kirby in association with Kobus’ son, Kobus Jr and others such as Jesudian Silvester (Father’s House,Chennai, India) propagate this false doctrine
Kirby and his church are considered as a CULT in Srilanka by most respected mainstream Evangelical & Pentecostal churches, mainly due to his false teachings of
1. Immortality on Earth (living eternally on earth overcoming physical death)
2. Breatharianism (living without eating food by partaking Holy communion only)
3. Strange Manifestations (Miracle Money/Digital money transfer miracles, Supernatural weightloss, Gold & Silver filling, Mobile Battery Recharge, Gold Dust & Gemstones appearing, Supernatural Oil, Angel Feathers etc)
Please watch the following two 5 minute videos to get a quick idea of his blasphemies:
EXPOSE VIDEO 1 (Kirby says we are evolving into being God Himself & equates Prana of Hinduism, Chi power of Chinese to Spirit of Christianity)
Note Kirby’s blasphemous statements “”I BELIEVE IN EVOLUTION..WE ARE IN THE PROCESS OF EVOLUTION INTO BEING GOD HIMSELF”(see above video)
EXPOSE VIDEO 2: (Kirby implies all religions are one and Divine love is whoever you want to call- ‘Him’ or ‘Her’ or ‘It’ or your ‘higher Self”)
To understand his false teachings further….
What is Immortality on Earth doctrine? It is the false teaching that a believer need not die physically but can live forever on the earth, enjoying everlasting life ON EARTH! Kirby has at least 6 Immortality teaching videos online which are all given below for your reference:
Kirby’s 6 part Immortality teachings (posted by Kirby:
Part 1: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aNDiSx-nJbg
Part 3 (with Kobus Jr.):https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BrALfXiFJgo
Part 6: with Tyler Johnson https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fuz3JgaxysU
Also visit Kirby’s official IMMORTALITY Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/wowimmortality/
Kirby’s HAPPY BREATHEARIAN Facebook page: http://facebook.com/happybreatharian.kirby.delanerolle
What is Breatharianism? It is the dangerous teaching by Kirby that believers can live without eating any food (gradual weaning off food) by partaking only the Holy communion everyday and drawing from sunlight and other energy vibartions.
Kirby claims that he has eaten food only few times in the past years and is living by only taking holy communion everyday! He claims he has the power to transfer miraculous loss of appetite, instant weight loss along with his “new revelation” of Breatherianism to anyone through his 5 DAY PROGRAM advertised on his website. See: http://www.wowlife.in/5-day-program-what-happens/
Kirby’s blasphemous statements:
“I can give any person a high frequency vibration consciousness that he would be able to cut down his appetite by 50 to 80 percent! No one in the world can offer this.. There are many breatharians around the world.. but no one can transfer it. This is what we call CHI ..Chinese call it CHI power ..electromagnetic power. The Indians call it PRANA, the Christians call it SPIRIT. .its just the transfer of the SPIRIT or CHI or PRANA….” says Kirby.
“The Lord Jesus Christ Himself did not eat …he’s my most favourite Breatherian.Jesus said ‘man does not live on bread alone but by the vibrations frequencies of God” says Kirby.
These above statements can be seen in this following Video from 1 min 25 secs onwards:
Kirby claims that the following strange manifestations regularly occur in his meetings:
Manifestations 1 video : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4srjNF-uoxY&feature=youtu.be
Manifestations 2 video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vMUHoMFgKWc&feature=youtu.be
In above videos, Instant weight loss,Loss of appetite for food, Miracle money(cash appears in your purse or money credits your bank account), Grey hair turning to Black, Gold & silver dust, Gem stones, Supernatural oil appearing, Battery Recharge, Forensic Prophecy etc
(Please note that we are all for authentic miracles, signs & wonders and certainly are NOT against signs & wonders/manifestations as such but against the accompanying false teachings that people gullibly accept because they are carried away by these supernatural manifestations-see Jesus warning in Matt 24:24)
Kirby also is a collector of relics /artifacts of famous dead preachers such as chair of AA Allen, Cloth blessed by William Branham & Kobus Van Rensburg to tap into their anointings
Hence we humbly and respectfuly submit that since Kirby’s teachings are clearly not in line with the word of truth he or anyone else for that matter have to be evaluated NOT on the basis of the signs & wonders but on the basis of the doctrine he believes and teaches. Sound doctrine cannot be sacrificed on the altar of signs & wonders. Signs and wonders do not validate the credibility or authenticity of a ministry – it is submission to the authority of scriptures & teaching sound doctrine that matters.
In conclusion, we draw our attention to specific verses in God’s word that deal with False teachings as follows:
· 2 Timothy 4:3 “For the time will come when people will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear.”
· Jesus warned us in Matthew 24:24, “For false messiahs and false prophets will appear and perform great signs and wonders to deceive, if possible, even the elect.”
· Acts 20:29-31 “I know that after I leave, savage wolves will come in among you and will not spare the flock.30Even from your own number men will arise and distort the truth in order to draw away disciples after them.31So be on your guard!
· Paul warns in 2 Cor 11:3,4:But I am afraid that just as Eve was deceived by the serpent’s cunning, your minds may somehow be led astray from your sincere and pure devotion to Christ. 4 For if someone comes to you and preaches a Jesus other than the Jesus we preached,or if you receive a different spirit from the Spirit you received, or a different gospel from the one you accepted, you put up with it easily enough.
· Again Paul warns in Galatians 1:6-9:I am astonished that you are so quickly deserting the one who called you to live in the grace of Christ and are turning to a different gospel— 7 which is really no gospel at all. Evidently some people are throwing you into confusion and are trying to pervert the gospel of Christ. 8 But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach a gospel other than the one we preached to you, let them be under God’s curse! 9 As we have already said, so now I say again: If anybody is preaching to you a gospel other than what you accepted, let them be under God’s curse!
· Paul mentions names & publicly rebukes in 1 Tim 1:18-20″… fight the battle well, 19 holding on to faith and a good conscience, which some have rejected and so have suffered shipwreck with regard to the faith. 20 Among them are Hymenaeus and Alexander, whom I have handed over to Satan to be taught not to blaspheme.”
· 2Tim 2:17 ” Their teaching will spread like gangrene. Among them are Hymenaeus and Philetus, 18 who have departed from the truth.”
· 1 Tim 4: 1-5:The Spirit clearly says that in later times some will abandon the faith and follow deceiving spirits and things taught by demons.2 Such teachings come through hypocritical liars, whose consciences have been seared as with a hot iron. 3 They forbid people to marry and order them to abstain from certain foods, which God created to be received with thanksgiving by those who believe and who know the truth. 4 For everything God created is good, and nothing is to be rejected if it is received with thanksgiving, 5 because it is consecrated by the word of God and prayer.
· (Note: Kirby’s Breatharianism teaching is all about abstaining from eating food)
The above scriptures clearly warn us of deceptions & heresies that will deceive even the elect! so please circulate widely to warn the Churches of this dangerous & deceptive False Teacher.
False Teacher: Kirby De Lanerolle – The False Doctrines of WOW Church – Meditation On Communion – below
Kirby also spoke about the eastern vs western thought concerning Kundalini, Qi and Pranayama energies and how people are able to tap into their own energy fields to perform miracles.
KOBUS VAN RENSBURG
Kobus Rensburg was Kirby de Lanerolle’s mentor. Kirby De Lanerolle says “we are in the process of evolution into BEING GOD HIMSELF” watch ‘Invisible One’ Part 1 video from 12min 10 sec to 13min:11sec where Kirby speaks about Immortality on earth and pushing beyond age barriers “maybe I’ll hit 200 (years), 300,400 (years)..because of what he did (referring to Kobus in this context) we are in a process of evolution. I believe in evolution ..we are in the process of evolution into BEING GOD HIMSELF” https://www.facebook.com/graceandtruthcoalition/posts/kirby-de-lanerolle-says-we-are-in-the-process-of-evolution-into-being-god-himsel/1611063039139889/
KOBUS VAN RENSBURG – SELF ANOINTED PROPHET
KOBUS VAN RENSBURG – THE IMMORTAL CONQUERED BY DEATH