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“Christmas is Idolatrous…” – says Deeper Life’s Pastor Kumuyi

Pastor-Kumuyi-December-2013-BellaNaija-600x369Christmas is not to be celebrated by Christians.

At least, that’s what the General Overseer of the Deeper Life Christian Ministry, Pastor W.F Kumuyi thinks. The pastor has warned members of his church that the festive occasion is idolatrous and unscriptural, reports Punch Newspaper.

The statement was made on Saturday 21st December 2013 at the church’s annual national December convention at the church’s camp ground in Ogun state.

Read what the pastor said:

“We don’t celebrate Christmas. It actually came from idolatrous background. That is why you don’t hear us sing what they call Christmas carol, Never! We always say it is the December retreat. We are only gathering together because it is the holiday period and love the lord more, and rededicate ourselves more.

“When you find anybody coming in, or any leader, trying to introduce the idolatry of mystery Babylon, that they call Christmas and you want to bring all the Christmas carol saying that is the day that Jesus was born, and you don’t find that in the Acts of the Apostles or in the early church, then you don’t find that in the church either. If you don’t know that before, now you know.

“We are not trying to make the church turn like the world. We want it to be like Jesus Christ, and more like the Apostles. If you don’t have that mind with us, then you have permission to go to other places.”

In a response to the GO’s opinion, Monsignor Gabriel Osu, the Director of Social Communications, Catholic Archdiocese of Lagos had this to say:

“I don’t know what he means by saying the practice of celebrating Christmas is wrong.

“Is he saying that Christ wasn’t born? That he didn’t come to die for us? Does he not celebrate his own birthday? Do Kumuyi’s pastors not celebrate him? It is not everything I react to; some people just seek attention. If Kumuyi is a Christian, then he must believe in Christ.

“The celebration of Christmas didn’t just start today; it is too public an event for anyone to say that they don’t know what it is about. If Kumuyi is condemning the commercialisation of Christmas, I can understand that. Christ came to redeem us from our lost state; this was actualised through his coming, his birth; that is why we celebrate Christmas. It is the fulfillment of God’s promise.

“I saw him on the television a few days ago. He was in Akwa-Ibom State and was the chief preacher during their Christmas celebration event. Kumuyi is just saying what he feels; he is not making any doctrinal statement.”

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  1. Michael

     /  December 23, 2013

    K.

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  2. Michael

     /  December 23, 2013

    Talking about what predates Christianity and what isn’t in the Acts, I don’t think our dear GO knows that the most powerful symbol in Christianity, the cross, isn’t in the Acts,the apostles never talked about it, AND (drum roll!) it predates Christianity. People shouldn’t just talk to be heard.

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  3. Esiev Phait

     /  December 24, 2013

    Really,we al dnt knw when christ was born……

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  4. Emmanuel Dan

     /  December 24, 2013

    Ordinarily, joining issues with a man of Pastor Kumuyi’s standing, especially when such issues have to do with doctrinal discuss, wouldn’t be a wise terrain for me to embark upon. More so when my belief would, somewhat, seem to tally with that of a clergyman of the Catholic denomination, whose doctrinal teachings, ecclesiastical methodology and practices and mode/conduct of worship I don’t, and won’t, subscribe to. However, I will’ve to go ahead and say I totally disagree with Pastor Kumuyi’s assertion that Christmas is ‘idolatry’, if by idolatry he’s referring to that which we read and know about in the bible. There are some basic biblical terminologies, phrases and meanings that christians, and I mean christians in good standing, don’t need one with a doctorate degree in theology or a professor of letters to interpret. For sure, the bible isn’t explicit with the exact birthday of Jesus Christ, but setting aside a day to celebrate His birth, to me, is no where close to idolatry as Pastor Kumuyi suggests. Most of us in the developing world, don’t know the exact dates of birth of our parents due to poor or non-existent family registry. But for God’s sake, setting aside a particular day to celebrate the birth and time of my mother, appreciating and thanking her for the sacrifices she made to nurture me, whether while she’s alive or even when she’s ‘gone home to glory’, whether with pomp and pageantry or low-keyed, can’t be akin to idolatry. It doesn’t matter the social, political or moral status of who says otherwise. I still remember with regrets, as if it was yesterday, having to carry my first black and white television into a thick bush, dig the ground deep enough to provide a comfortable permanent residence for a 28″ television and bury it there ‘alive’. Why? Because as a new member of the Deeper Life Christian Ministry aka Deeper Life, I was strongly admonished against having, keeping and watching tv. It was sinful. But even more sinful was giving it away to someone else because “u would be causing someone to commit sin and go to hell and God will require his/her soul from you. So don’t give it away or drop it where it could be found and picked: just destroy or bury it”. Yet, as it would later turn out, and millions of people including me found out, General Overseer (Pastor) Kumuyi is a very popular tele-evangelist, reaching out to hundreds of thousands and millions of people within and beyond the continent of Africa. On television! The supposed tool of human destruction!!

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  5. Rare G

     /  December 24, 2013

    Emmanuel Dan, thanks for baring your whole heart on this issue especially as it concerns the TV thingy. Please find & read my last article, “My Ideal Christianity wt my fbk name, Rare Gentle. Am sure you ‘d find it enlightening & interesting. Thanks

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