- The MFM has stood on its statement that Christmas is unbiblical, adding that the foundation of the celebration is idolatry
- The church, however, said that it does not condemn who celebrate Christmas
- A popular Catholic Priest, Reverend Father Chinenye Oluoma, had disagreed with MFM, saying Christmas is celebrated as a mystery of the birth of Jesus Christ
Despite the backlash that greeted its controversial claim on Christmas celebration, the Mountain of Fire and Miracles Ministries (MFM) has maintained its stance, saying celebration is “idolatry”.
The general overseer of MFM, Daniel Olukoya, had said that his church does not celebrate Christmas because it is unbiblical.
His statement was, however, greeted with backlash from other clerics who had different opinions on Christmas celebration.
Reacting to Olukoya, a popular Catholic Priest, Reverend Father Chinenye Oluoma, said Christmas is celebrated by Christians as a mystery of the birth of Jesus Christ.
However, the MFM in a message it released to clarify its stance insisted that the foundation of Christmas is idolatry.
The church, however, said it does not condemn who celebrate Christmas.
“Though the foundation of Christmas is idolatry, we’ll not throw away the baby and the bathwater. We don’t condemn those who celebrate,” MFM wrote.
The MFM said it will hold conventions, camp meetings, etc. to "draw positives from the wrong, negative and idolatry practices of Easter and Christmas."
The church also stated that the Bible does not instruct Christians to observe a holiday in celebration of Jesus Christ’s birth, adding that the scripture only asks Christians to do ‘communion’ in remembrance of him.”
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that Reverend Oluoma explained why Christians across the world celebrate Christmas annually.
Oluoma in a Facebook post titled Where Is It In The Bible? explained that there were many practices in Christianity which were not recorded in the Bible.
He argued that there are many other festivities such as mother’s day, attendance vigils, etc. that Christians engage in but are not in the Bible.
Oluoma added that the Bible is not against their celebration.
"Easter as a term is not in the Bible but we celebrate easter because it’s an event and a mystery recorded in scripture.
"Same with Christmas, it’s not the term or calendar date we celebrate but the event and mystery," Oluoma explained.
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