Mixed reactions trailed Pastor W.F Kumuyi’s statement yesterday on Christmas and the way Christians go all out to celebrate it.
During the just concluded 2013 Deeper Life National December retreat, the respected cleric and founder of Deeper Christian Life Ministry, Pastor Kumuyi, called on his members to stop celebrating Christmas, saying that it is idolatrous.
In a message broadcasted live, he said the birth of Christ should not only be celebrated just once in year but everyday.
According to the Pastor “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 holiday period and love the Lord more, and rededicate ourselves more.”
Kumuyi also decried how people squander millions just to celebrate ‘a one-day Christmas’, asking his congregation to seek first the kingdom of God, noting that all other things would be added unto them.
The pastor added that the church’s duty is to make people be more like Jesus and not join worldly celebrations.
However, following a post on the same topic on the church’s Facebook page, many followers reacted differently to the message.
Judegates Chukwudi Ilogbelu said: “Why do we thrive on controversy? Was there any Bible reference to influence us to celebrate our birthdays? yet we do them without doubt.why make issue out of christmas celebration?We should be concern about the motive of the celebration and see how we could use such to reach the unreached rather than pontificating santimoniosity and self delusion.”
Some People Commented. Via Facebook Saying
Ayodele Adeola said: “I am not celebrating Christmas, am celebrating Jesus!they are 2 different variables..”
Reacting to that, Cuteks Kare Siantebe said: “Jesus isnt a variable!”
Also reacting to the comment, Sadiq Saka Adebayo said: “Celebrating Jesus?..what av u bin doing 4 d past 364days? celebrating devil?”
Observation shows that members of Deeper Life would be celebrating Christmas at home for the first time in years, unlike in the past where they would camp till Boxing Day, December 26.
This year’s retreat, started on the 19th Of December
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