You’ll Not Believe What Pastor Kumuyi Has To Say About Celebrating Christmas

The General Overseer of the Deeper Christian Life Ministry, Pastor W.F Kumuyi, has again warned members of the church against celebrating Christmas, saying the annual celebration of Christmas is idolatrous and unscriptural.


Kumuyi warned that partaking in the celebration made Christians to go back from the commandment of Jesus Christ.

The cleric said this on Saturday at the annual national December convention of the church, which held at the church’s camp ground in Ogun State.

He said, “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.”

He warned that any of the church’s leaders that tried to introduce the “idolatry of Christmas” into any section of the church would be sanctioned, while also encouraging other believers in Christ to jettison the celebration as part of their sacrifice to perfection.

Kumuyi said the duty of the church was to make people more like Jesus Christ and not join in worldly celebrations.

“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.

But the Director of Social Communications, Catholic Archdiocese of Lagos, Monsignor Gabriel Osu, in his reaction to Kumuyi’s proclamation, said, “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.”

The spokesperson for the Christian Association of Nigeria, Oshodi chapter, Lagos State, Pastor Barnabas Otoibhi, said that Christmas was worth celebrating.

Otoibhi told one our correspondents in a telephone interview that the origin of Christmas was not as important as its essence.

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.”


  1. Christians that truly nd honestly celebrate xmass with this truth in mind are nt deviating from that path marked by d examples of Jesus Christ(the true nd only Master 4rm heaven) , the Savior of d world: Xmass marks the commemoration of the prophesy of the coming of Jesus, his birth nd life as a child, ministerial works, persecution by d jews, sufferings nd agony he went through, his death, burial nd resurrection, and his teachings. A xmass centered on the Saviour is worth celebrating.

  2. Either by omission or commission, Deeper Lifers will celebrate xmas dis time. That’s d more reasön y ur annual retreat was intentionally terminated 22/12 instead of d usual 26/12.

  3. I realy thank kumuyi for that open exposition of what xmas is as related to xtians today. It is very absurd that so called men of God today seem to conceal the truth about xmas even though they know that its not a christian feast, but in order for them to please their members they give the go ahead to celebrate such a feast that has nothing to do with christ let alone our salvation. How can Christ be associated to a feast where all illicit acts such as drunkenness, sexsual acts, fights and all kinds of atrosities take place on that particular day? Dear friends, if u must know, xmas is not a xtian feast and shouldnt be celebrated by xtians simple. Go to google, type in HISTORY OF CHRISTMAS! Then you shall understand what kumuyi is talking about

  4. God bless you all that have come to realise that xmas is a pagan festival. True worshippers of Christ should not follow the broad way. Just because the world does it doesn’t mean it’s right. Repent, O ye xmas celebrants! God help u.

  5. i knew it, the world shall know that your words are true jehovah.. i pray onto you Jehovah God those people outside there doing the worldly things but have the mind of serving you in the way you personerly approve since you don’t approve 2 ways but one of serving you (2peter 2v1-3) let the truth open to their understanding so that through this they can amend their way and come in into your organisation to serve you at your will.

  6. The word ‘CHRISTMAS’ had long being listed on board of various doctrinary perspective. This shouldn’t cause controversy among the brethren. For the heavenly minded christians, christmas is not party celebration, but an annual special day of opportunity to discover the unriped christians that celebrates christmas in sinful and corruptible acts. The full gospel team must at this day set array to rescue Christ beloved out of the SANTACLUS cage of worldly acts. It was the day they worship devils. It must today be hajacked by the christians to win souls for Christ. JUDGE NO ONE. CONDEMN NO ONE.

  7. The problem of the world today is that people always hate the truth.As a christian we need to follow the rule of God not the instruction of human knowledge.There is no way it was mention in the bible that Jesus was born on the 25th of December,so therefore Xmas should not be celebrate by believers, i am not a deeper life member but i know that pa Kumuyi is saying the truth.I want to ask a question, have you ever seen any of the member of deeper life putting on a jeans trouser and go to the house of God?while other mega churches are still allowing it becoz dey dont want to say the truth so that they will not loose their member.Let us us always support the truth, so that we can bless by our creator Jehovah God.


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