Don’t celebrate Christmas as it’s Idolatrous, says Kumuyi

By Ehi Ekhator, Colombo


Pastor W, F Kumuyi, The General Overseer of the Deeper Christian Life Ministry has warned member of the church to desist from taking part in the celebration of Christmas as according to him, is idolatrous and not in the scripture.

He said that celebrating Christmas takes Christians from the commandment of Jesus Christ.

The Pastor said this at the annual national December convention of the church, which was held at the church’s camp in Ogun State on Sunday.

His words, “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.”

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he encouraged Christ believers to avoid the celebration as part of their sacrifice for perfection and warned that any leaders of the church found partaking in the celebration will face necessary penalty.

Kumuyi added that Church has a responsibility to make people more like Jesus Christ and not involved in unholy and worldly celebration.

“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,” he added.

In reaction to what Kumuyi said, the Director of Social Communications, Catholic Archdioces of Lagos, Monsignor Gabriel Osu said that he doesn’t know what Kumuyi meant by saying the practice of celebrating Christmas is wrong.

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His words  “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 fulfilment 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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Pastor Barnabas Otoibhi, the spokesperson for the Christian association of Nigeria, Oshodi chapter, Lagos State in his reaction said that Christmas was worth celebrating.

He said, “The origin of Christmas, as we know it, could be traced to Roman Emperor, Constantine. Christmas was a day for celebrating the Sun God. However, because Constantine was a Christian, the day was changed to commemorate the birth of Jesus Christ.

“The tradition has continued to date and since the aim of Christmas is to celebrate Jesus since there is nothing bad in honouring Jesus. Also, the worship of the Sun God was done in Rome and not everywhere in the world, so it is not part of our history.

“We mark Christmas with the singing of songs as a day, which has now been consecrated.”

54 Responses to "Don’t celebrate Christmas as it’s Idolatrous, says Kumuyi"

  1. Speedy Share   January 17, 2014 at 11:44 am

    she una don come again bah eh?
    All this so called men of God I just
    don’t understand them, and I pray
    never to understand them funny

    Always coming out with different stuffs,
    some days back one of them said and I quote
    all Catholics will go to hell, every Sunday they
    perform sacrifice gosh! imagine that trash from
    someone who calls himself man of God.

    Now behold comes Pastor Kumuyi chai that Christmas
    day is what? God have mercy oh!

    They should all check themselves and stop all this their
    irrelevant stuffs here and their jawe.

    Pastors are busy exchanging wives like pure water imagine
    pastor Kumuyi with a new wife omg at what age please?

    Pastor Chris the one that made it cleared to us that Catholics
    will all go to hell, divorcing things always and what baffles me mostly about him was, he came out on air openly that God has chosen him to be the president of Nigeria imagine that kind yeye stuff, what as a pastor got to do with politics eh?

    Well as for me I don’t give ears to things like this from pastors who don’t respect their images using God’s name to acquire wealth.

    The wrath of God will soon visit so many inferior men of God gosh!

  2. edo   January 10, 2014 at 3:52 pm

    as nigerians go church and foreign places of worship reach…..,na so so evil and materials things full there…….lost people….yeye

  3. Vincent   December 26, 2013 at 12:11 am

    In all we do according 2 d scriptures, The bible taught us 2 b silent where d bible is silent n speak where d bible speaks. For doctrine n scriptural sake there was never a time wher christ ask his disciples 2 celebrate his birthday till he comes rather in d book act. of apostles 20:7 n matt.26:26 read dwn. Jesus only instructed his disciples 2 break bread till he comes 2 serve as his remembrance not dis idolatory feast tagged d birth of christ d whole world is celebrating. Christmas is totally uncalled for my pple as much as possible lets go back 2 d bible.

  4. Yinka Makinde
    Yinka Makinde   December 25, 2013 at 2:27 am

    1. please quote categorically where I judged 2. when Jesus talked of the thing coming out of something being what defiles, what explanation did he give?

  5. Patrick Abadom Stevens
    Patrick Abadom Stevens   December 25, 2013 at 2:21 am

    Yinka, what defiles the body, is it what goes into the body or what comes out of the body? You claim to be a Christian but you defy Jesus Christ’s instruction not to judge people. What if that which appears to be evil is actually good, have you not judged badly? As a Christian you live according to the instructions of Our Lord Jesus Christ not according to Kumuyi or the Pope.

  6. Yinka Makinde
    Yinka Makinde   December 24, 2013 at 9:06 pm

    and besides we should keep off from anything of such, we are meant to abstain from all appearances of evil, not even itself, but any thing that appears to be

  7. Yinka Makinde
    Yinka Makinde   December 24, 2013 at 9:05 pm

    he said it has idolatrous background, I watched the video myself

  8. Patrick Abadom Stevens
    Patrick Abadom Stevens   December 24, 2013 at 8:36 pm

    Kumuyi said it idolatry which is the worship of idol. Worship of idols is a sin, so Kumuyi is saying that Christmas is sinful. Yinka please read the speech before you start defending it.

  9. Yinka Makinde
    Yinka Makinde   December 24, 2013 at 4:59 pm

    thats why he never said its a sin, all days are God’s own always

  10. Derrick Okundaye   December 24, 2013 at 3:14 pm

    @Yinka, the verse I was looking for was Acts 10:9 – 16. Specifically where God said to Peter: “do not make unclean what I have made clean”.

    A day is a day is a day is a day. And God created the day. I am fully in support o other Christians who celebrate the birth of our saviour on an elected whether that day was once used to worship an idol or not. The day has been reclaimed for The Lord. I will rejoice and be glad in it.

  11. Yinka Makinde
    Yinka Makinde   December 24, 2013 at 12:48 pm

    no one is forcing anyone now, a pagan king had that day as a day he celebrated the birth of his god, so he converted to xtain and asked that day to be used ask the birth of Jesus in a way of merging the pagans and the xtians, thats why Kumuyi says it has idolatrous background

  12. Patrick Abadom Stevens
    Patrick Abadom Stevens   December 24, 2013 at 7:48 am

    We shout about democracy but we cannot even allow people to make their choices. If we want democracy, let people exercise their freedom of choice and association and please respect that choice. If you don’t want to celebrate Christmas, don’t take the public holiday and don’t celebrate Christmas. On the other hand, let those who want to celebrate Christmas do it. It is their choice and should be respected.

  13. Kevin Idehen
    Kevin Idehen   December 24, 2013 at 5:44 am

    I celebrate Xmas and it’s a personal choice….One, I’m entitled to make.

  14. Patrick Abadom Stevens
    Patrick Abadom Stevens   December 24, 2013 at 5:43 am

    You are absolutely wrong. There use to be a pagan celebration in Europe at the same time of the year. This was banned by the Catholic Church after the christianization of Europe and the date was set aside instead for the celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ. Paganism was not only practised in Spain. This was discussed on BBC 2 yesterday.

  15. Yinka Makinde
    Yinka Makinde   December 24, 2013 at 5:36 am

    its started in spain, read the history well, you’d see reasons why xtains shouldn’t have embraced it in the first place

  16. Patrick Abadom Stevens
    Patrick Abadom Stevens   December 24, 2013 at 5:33 am

    Yinka, please do you have Jesus Christ’s birth certificate? Do you actually know who started Christmas?

  17. Osahon OSahon
    Osahon OSahon   December 24, 2013 at 5:33 am

    na dem sabi.. one thing dey sure jesu nor be bini or nigerian even…

  18. Yinka Makinde
    Yinka Makinde   December 24, 2013 at 5:31 am

    @patrick its not a thing of compulsion, its something to understand and then to decide whether to go with or not, let’s say sallah is June 10 every year and assuming xmas had not started and a former muslim king now turns to xtain and decides to continue to use that date as a day of celebration and turns it to a day to mark Jesus’ birthday, will you go with it? yes or no?

  19. Patrick Abadom Stevens
    Patrick Abadom Stevens   December 24, 2013 at 5:30 am

    Kumuyi has highlighted the division in the Christian community. Instead of helping the poor the leaders in Nigeria are busy accumulating and displaying wealth and condemning each other. Remember, thou shall not judge.

  20. Kevin Idehen
    Kevin Idehen   December 24, 2013 at 5:27 am

    The Bible says, let those that eat meat, eat meat and praise the Lord and those that don’t eat meat, not eat meat and praise the Lord. I celebrate Xmas….I remember his Son’s wedding not following his strict teaching on how brides should dress. Please……..

  21. Patrick Abadom Stevens
    Patrick Abadom Stevens   December 24, 2013 at 5:20 am

    What is wrong in celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ? It does not matter if it is celebrated in winter or summer spring or autumn. If Kumuyi does not want his followers to celebrate Christmas and they agree, fine. Some Christians have chosen when to celebrate Our Lord’s birthday so let them do it on their chosen day. Stop arguing for the sake of argument.

  22. Yinka Makinde
    Yinka Makinde   December 24, 2013 at 4:18 am

    did God sanctify xmas? where and how

  23. Derrick Okundaye   December 24, 2013 at 4:15 am

    And God said to Paul, do not make unholy what I have sanctified. I have misquoted here becos I cannot remember the exact verse, but it has to do with going to preach to the Macedonians

  24. Yinka Makinde
    Yinka Makinde   December 24, 2013 at 3:16 am

    he supports easter and not xmas, don’t u get a diff, xmas day was once use to celebrate an idol before adopted by xtains in spain

  25. Derrick Okundaye   December 24, 2013 at 12:20 am

    Are all things not of Jehovah? Isn’t it the use to which we put things that makes it good or bad?

    Kumuyi is effectively stating that we shouldn’t celebrate the birth of our Lord and Saviour.

  26. Felix Oni
    Felix Oni   December 23, 2013 at 11:53 pm

    Was Jesus birth celebrated in the bible?. catholic, Christ Embassy deeper life etc are these churches names in the bible? Is your name in The bible?

  27. Campiagn Againstpoverty Initiative   December 23, 2013 at 11:41 pm

    christmas no dey 4 bible

  28. Ken Ebakata
    Ken Ebakata   December 23, 2013 at 11:36 pm

    So now we agree that every thing dont have to be in the bible to be the right thing to do. For some people, christmas is like the December retreat too. A time to reflect on the birth of christ than celebration. We are all witnesses to the humble begining of shiloh but one wont be very surprise if in a few decades from now, there will be serious debates if the prigrimage to cannanland is biblical

  29. Felix Oni
    Felix Oni   December 23, 2013 at 11:28 pm

    Kumuyi: After living a life of all expenses paid in the catholic seminary, he jump boat when it was time to serve his community. The oath of celibacy was a serious challenge for him he needed an environment where he can always remarry without questions.

  30. Porbeni Enewaripremobor Realman
    Porbeni Enewaripremobor Realman   December 23, 2013 at 11:21 pm

    I believe next him ‘ll come with the Truth that all Gods are One and same. THERE’S NO ONE GOD AND GODS MOST SUPREMES.

  31. Nestor Omere
    Nestor Omere   December 23, 2013 at 11:16 pm

    Is Kumuti just realising it now ?… was it not the same Kumuyi that banned memebers of his ministry from watchin TV and listening to Radio that has now become tele evangelist, so now it they dont corrupt anymore ? Hahahahahahahahaha..Jesus warn us all to beware of the doctrine of these so called men of God. It is up to you to you all… As for me, i know where i stand with God of Abraham, Issac and Isreal.

  32. Felix Oni
    Felix Oni   December 23, 2013 at 10:58 pm

    What is biblical,l his mansion, buying people home TO set up his empire building his do what I Say Policy and not what I do, his retreat programme. Thank God he Only truly know who his worshipers ARE.

  33. Yinka Makinde
    Yinka Makinde   December 23, 2013 at 10:31 pm

    the basis is that Dec 25 was first used to celebrate a god in Spain then the Christians there found themselves using it to celebrate what is called xmas today, the history of it is the negative part of it

  34. Paul Obasuyi
    Paul Obasuyi   December 23, 2013 at 9:44 pm

    Dear Kevin,there is no where it is recorded in the Bible that Christ was born on 25th of December. Being a bitterly cold period, my Savior could not have been born in a manger on that day, except it was an exceptionally warm day.
    What matters is the Savior of the world was born. Never mind the fact that we may have chosen the wrong day to celebrate His birthday.

  35. Amos Oslo   December 23, 2013 at 9:24 pm

    No, brother Ken Ebakata. December Retreat is just like every other church program. It just like The Winners hold its Shiloh every year. It doesn’t have to be in the bible

  36. Ken Ebakata
    Ken Ebakata   December 23, 2013 at 9:22 pm

    No bros Amos, If the Decmber retreat becomes widespread and adopted by 90% of churches today, it will assume the same status and significance as christmas. It is a small prog for now bcos it is only done by only Deeper life. It is not in the bible so they should not do it.

  37. Ehi E Ekhator   December 23, 2013 at 9:12 pm

    In Saudi Arabia, they are presently contemplating on whether to bring the weekend to Friday and Saturday. Presently, it is Thursday and Friday.. Again that is convenience, right?

  38. Amos Oslo   December 23, 2013 at 9:10 pm

    December Retreat don’t have to be in the bible. He always do that just to make sure his church members does not join in celebrating xmas. December Retreat is just like every other program different churches organise from time to time.

  39. Ken Ebakata
    Ken Ebakata   December 23, 2013 at 9:07 pm

    He talked about December Retreat, is it in the bible?

  40. Amos Oslo   December 23, 2013 at 9:06 pm

    Ken Ebakata, the bible simply said that God rested on the 7th day(sabbath) and the bible went further to say that we should keep the sabbath day holy. Remember, the Sabbath day which is the 7th day, is SATURDAY and as such Christians are suppose to go to church on Saturday and not Sunday. Nevertheless, I agree with Ehi E Ekhator that church and xmas were fixed for convenience purpose.

  41. Ehi E Ekhator   December 23, 2013 at 9:00 pm

    In my own opinion, xmas, sunday for church was fixed for convenience. It’s like celebrating your birthday a week after the actual date, that is the time you have the time and money. It’s no big deal. I don’t expect xtians to say that December is the actual today for Christ celebration but Kumuyi should understand that it is just convenience for everyone. Does Kumuyi go to church on Sunday?

  42. Ken Ebakata
    Ken Ebakata   December 23, 2013 at 8:56 pm

    where is it in the bible that christains should go to church on sunday

  43. Aihimegbe Lenity Kester
    Aihimegbe Lenity Kester   December 23, 2013 at 8:39 pm

    Roland, do u read ur bible at all?

  44. Amos Oslo   December 23, 2013 at 8:26 pm

    Osemwegie Roland, kindly help us where it is mentioned in the bible that Christians should celebrate xmas

  45. Campiagn Againstpoverty Initiative   December 23, 2013 at 8:04 pm

    e no dey 4 bible period

  46. Osemwegie Roland
    Osemwegie Roland   December 23, 2013 at 8:00 pm

    Hmmm,same bible but different interpretation.God help ur children

  47. Campiagn Againstpoverty Initiative   December 23, 2013 at 7:44 pm

    he is right and that is the truth, it is pagan!!!!!!!!!!!!

  48. Amos Oslo   December 23, 2013 at 6:32 pm

    Celebrating Xmas is unbiblical. We do know what we are celebrating cos no one person know the day Jesus was born. Atheist and non Christians celebrate Xmas now. It is just as Christians, we do not have any choice than to celebrate December 25th. Easter should be celebrated with passion and not xmas.

  49. Ewaen Idemudia   December 23, 2013 at 6:02 pm

    converting a bad thing to Good is alright. when we sing on that day, to whom do we sing our praises to? Is it not Jesus ? to whom do we Pray to on that day , is it not God? do you har christian calling on the name of any other god?Refocusing the celebration for a better reason is a good thing. lets remember the day Christ came to die for us.The way we celebrate it is what matters no whether its right or wrong to celebrate it.

  50. Aihimegbe Lenity Kester
    Aihimegbe Lenity Kester   December 23, 2013 at 5:56 pm

    He is right

  51. Osezua Stephen-Imobhio
    Osezua Stephen-Imobhio   December 23, 2013 at 5:06 pm

    Hmnn…I also believe many people have come to the knowledge of christ through xmas

  52. Elder Julius
    Elder Julius   December 23, 2013 at 5:02 pm

    Another bombshell.

  53. Kevin Idehen
    Kevin Idehen   December 23, 2013 at 4:43 pm

    I beg, leave story….

  54. Porbeni Premowei
    Porbeni Premowei   December 23, 2013 at 4:41 pm

    God is idolatrous in the sense of personification. We all know Christmas is a global lie, Jesus a fabled fellow. However, Man is at this festive weather worldwide celebrating Life. Maybe soon him, KUMUYI ll be the idol his faithful worship in the falsehood of Jesus.


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