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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 725

Sri Lanka Buddhists Bodu Bala Sena says will continue to act against fundamental conversion groups - International Church of the Foursquare Gospel

By J.A. Fernando in Colombo
Colombo, 18 October, (Asiantribune.com):

Sri Lanka’s ‘Bodu Bala Sena’ organization (Buddhists Power Force) – a Buddhists group led also by Buddhists monks that fight against anti-fundamental conversion groups said it will continue to carry its activities to safeguard the religious interest of people who are Buddhists and will not let other fundamental groups to convert Buddhists in the country.

Earlier Asian Tribune reported that Bodu Bala Sena had caught seven members led by a Pastor named Dinesh who tried to convert Buddhists in Homagama, Piliyandala area who tried to convert Buddhists in to a Christian Fundamental group and produced the fundamentalists to the Kohuwala Police whilst Piliyandala Police station had refused to arrest the fundamentalists.

The Dehiwala Police had later released the Pastor Dinesh after bringing the two parties together and settling the matter.

According to Bodu Bala Sena activists Piliyandala Police station had thereafter acting on a complaint by the family members of the Pastor Dinesh, seven persons had been arrested on the charge of abducting and among the seven arrested and remanded were the parents of the youth who had allegedly been converted earlier by the said Pastor.

Followed by the move Bodu Blala Sena held a massive protest at Piliyandala Police station on 15 October 2012 for alleged misconduct in arresting the converted victim’s parents who tried to lodge a complaint against the fundamental conversion group led by Pastor Dinesh whilst Police had released the fundamentalist converter Pastor Dinesh.

The protestors had urged the police to release the seven persons who were arrested and two in remand custody.

According to Bodu Bala Sena activists Piliyandala Police station had later assured to release the people in custody.

Various Fundamental Conversion Group’s converting true religious believers

However spokesperson for Bodu Bala Sena said to Asian Tribune that during the past decade the fundamental Christian conversion group’s that try to tarnish the real Christians image had been operating in the country as a big ‘Mafia’ and thousand of Buddhists, Hindus, and even Catholics and other religious people have been converted through various schemes and targeting the individuals through ‘brainwashing’ their weakness mentalities.

According to another top Anti-Conversion group that help people to not to fall victims of propaganda fundamentalists, a spokesperson Avantha Devinuwara said that several large scale Pentecost societies that are funding millions of dollars through individuals are also trying to convert Sri Lankan Buddhists and other religious believers via popular, and rich individuals who are prominent personalities in the Sri Lankan political and business arena.

“One such group is the International Church of the Foursquare Gospel a Pentecost society that ran allegedly fraudulent investment schemes, mainly in the Los Angeles and United States named Financial Advisory Consultants Inc. of Lake Forest and IPIC International Inc. of Ontario till 2004, their main Pastor and the representative for Sri Lanka is a person called Peiris who is the former media spokesperson of the former Lady President of Sri Lanka” Devinuwara highlighted.

“He still runs that Gospel society and targets rich and a network of businessmen in the island nation and funds millions to convert others to their Foursquare Church” Devinuwara pointed out adding that the said group is using their former political influence, experience and business networks whilst some top middle class and first class individuals in the island are being targeted by this group to be converted as FourSquare group.

Devinuwara said Four Square after losing its believers in the Western world with revelations of US federal authorities on Four Square’s Ponzi schemes has now turned to Asia since 2004. Devinuwara also said that such converting groups mislead individuals and try to use mental weaknesses, family problems, and even social issues to convert people by convincing them of a better life.

“They initially say you can follow you own religions but persuade and ask people to come and see one or two sermons or prayer meetings of them and later after little by little approaching them via social events including corporate parties people unknowingly start following their communities such as foursquare community” he said.

According to Devinuwara there are few more such groups that represent as salvation givers but rather convert people in Sri Lanka and that in turn affect the many lives of the society since several people later mess up their lives after becoming victims of many such converters time to time.

- Asian Tribune -

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