The modern-day celebration of Christmas flowed from an ancient worship of Mars and would not be promoted at the Mountain of Fire and Miracles Ministries, the general overseer of the church, Dr. Daniel Olukoya has said.
Affirming that the celebration of Christmas is unbiblical, Dr. Olukoya while speaking at the Wednesday Manna Water Service said that no book in the bible recorded Christmas as a celebration compounding the idol origin of the celebration.
The service coincided with the 2019 Christmas celebration at the Church’s Headquarters in Lagos.
MFM has a powerful deliverance ministry that takes consideration of relationships between such idol worship and demonic activities.
The church leader also said that there is no established fact that Jesus was born on December 25 as commemorated by the general majority of Christians.
“If you really study the Bible from Genesis to Revelation, there is no word like Christmas.
“The bible only recorded that the Shepherds were taking care of their flocks during a very cold season when they sighted the star that announced the birth of Jesus Christ. This cold period could be around April or May,’’ Olukoya said.
He observed that December 25 was a date originally set aside by the ancient Romans for Mars festival by the worshippers of the sun.
According to him the birthday of Jesus was subsequently co-opted into the same date to give the Mars festival more popularity and then renamed ‘Christmas’.
While warning Christians to stop promoting the unbiblical celebration, he said that MFM would henceforth engage its members in spiritual activities to take them away from such unbiblical activities.