- The Mountain of Fire and Miracles Ministries has released a statement to clear the air on the general overseer's message about Christmas celebration
- The church said Christmas celebration is idolatry as it was never captured in the Bible
- According to the church, MFM will hold sessions and meetings to examine the scriptures and draw positives from the wrong, negative and idolatry practises of the two events - Easter and Christmas
Following the growing controversy over a message by the general overseer of the Mountain of Fire and Miracles Ministries (MFM), Daniel Olukoya, on the celebration of Christmas by Christians, the church has clarified its position.
In a statement issued on Thursday, December 26, the head of the MFM public relations unit, Collins Edomaruse, said the varied reactions that have been trailing the message prompted the clarification.
Edomaruse said although the foundation of Christmas is idolatry and God hates idolatry with perfect hatred, the MFM will not throw away the baby and the birth water.
"We do not condemn those who celebrate," Edomaruse said.
He said that for the MFM church, the son of God, Jesus Christ is born every day and his death the church's birth certificate.
"We will bring out the positive out of the negatives by using all holidays for prayers, conferences seminars and activities," the statement said.
He also noted that seminars, conventions, camp meetings or special teaching services for prayer will be held by the MFM to examine the scriptures and draw positives from the wrong, negative and idolatry practises of the two events - Easter and Christmas.
"We will hold special meetings to re-teach, re-emphasise and reappraise the significance of Jesus' birth, death, cross and resurrection," Edomaruse said.
The MFM spokesperson said the passage argues against the December 25th birth of Jesus Christ since the weather would not have permitted shepherds to be out in the fields with their flocks then.
He said: "Strange but true! Remember those shepherds who were “keeping watch over their flocks by night”? (Luke 2:8). December weather around Bethlehem is often miserably cold, wet and rainy. No shepherd in his right mind would have kept his flocks outside at night at that time of year!"
He also noted that Luke chapter 2 verse 1 to 4 explains that Jesus was born in Bethlehem because his parents came to that town to register in a Roman census.
He said the Romans were well known as highly efficient administrators and it would have made no sense to have conducted a census in the dead of winter when temperatures often dropped below freezing and travelling was difficult due to poor road conditions.
"Taking a census under such conditions would have been pointless. The Bible nowhere tells us to observe a holiday celebrating Jesus Christ’s birth - but it clearly does tell us to do ‘communion’ in remembrance of him," he said.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that a popular Catholic priest in Abuja had countered the claim by the general overseer of MFM that there is no Christmas in the Bible,
Reverend Father Chinenye Oluoma Christmas is celebrated by Christians as a mystery of the birth of Jesus Christ.
He also noted that there are many other festivities such as Easter which are not in the Bible but God is not against them.
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