Sri Lankan cardinal warns of false prophets

Cardinal Ranjith speaks out about fundamentalists who reduce discipleship to a money-making exercise
Sri Lankan cardinal warns of false prophets

A Buddhist monk and Christian devotees take part in a remembrance ceremony in front of St. Anthony's Shrine in Colombo on May 21, 2019, a month after a series of deadly Easter Sunday blasts targeting churches and luxury hotels. (Photo: AFP)

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Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith of Colombo has warned Christians to be vigilant about fundamentalists who tend to reduce discipleship to a means of making sordid money in Sri Lanka.

"We see of late the emergence of self-proclaimed prophets, healers and miracle workers of every type of hue and color who claim to be sent by Christ," said the 72-year-old cardinal in a special statement on fundamentalism.

"They tend to reduce Christian discipleship to a matter of magic and seek to instrumentalize Christ for their own self-glorification or as a means of sordid money.

"Christian discipleship or being Christ's disciples then entails a commitment on our part to be transformed in him, to be another Christ. Even healing requires faith in him."

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