Christmas is an annual festival that reminds the world of the birth of Jesus , it is primarily observed on December 25 as a religious and cultural celebration among billions of people around the world. Christmas is a sacred religious holiday and a worldwide event. For close to two millennia, people around the world have been observing it with traditions and practices that are both religious and secular in nature. Exchanging gifts, decorating Christmas trees, attending church, sharing meals with family and friends are the popular customs of Christmas.
Although the month and date of Jesus’ birth are unknown, but by the early-to-mid fourth century the western Christian Church had placed Christmas on December 25, a date that was later adopted in the East. Today, most Christians celebrate on December 25 in the Gregorian calendar , which has been adopted almost universally in the civil calendars used in countries throughout the world. However, some Eastern Christians celebrate Christmas on December 25 of the older Julian calendar, which currently corresponds to January 7 in the Gregorian calendar, the day after the Western Christian Church celebrates the Epiphany. This is not a disagreement over the date of Christmas as such, but rather a preference of which calendar should be used to determine the day that is: December 25.
Nevertheless of the date, the reality that God came into the world in the form of man to atone for the sins of humanity, should be considered very well.
Church leaders across the globe has in one time or the other given their views on Christmas day celebration, while some accept it as a holy celebration some considers it as a no go area.
This week on church opinion the views of various men of God as pertaining Christmas day celebration and it’s focus will be reviewed as curled from the internet. Please note that this report is not aimed at criticizing any church leader but to examine their views, form our opinion and determine our stand as an individual on such a matter as this. Enjoy the reading!
Pastor D.K Olukoya
Speaking during a New Year service, the General overseer said, “In Mountain of Fire, we don’t celebrate Christmas because the root is demonic.”
Olukoya frowned at men of God who hide under the umbrella of being clergy to “mesmerize” their “habitual gullible followers.”
“It is on scriptural records that Jesus Christ, when winding up his mission of salvation about two thousand years ago, expressed his ambivalence about finding faith in the world when he returns.
“He must have seen with precision the impending decadence awaiting Christendom after his departure.”
He believes in celebrating Christmas,×*_ he said : “Happy Christmas! Jesus Christ is the reason for the season! Love was born at Christmas. This child born at Christmas our eternal hope became the son of God, in whom God invested much honour and power so that we might be happy in His presence.As we go about celebrating the birth of our Lord, Jesus Christ – let us see it as an opportunity to love our neighbours as ourselves, forgive those who offended us and share what we have with others. Love and be loved; forgive and be forgiven; show kindness and receive kindness. This is the reason for the Christmas”
Church: Living Faith Church
If you look around you, you will find out that Christmas period is an unusual joyful period all over the world, everyone is moving in, coming in/sharing gifts; smiling… that is what Jesus brought.The birth of Christ is good news to the world. Good news is Peace has come back to the earth. We are celebrating the birth of Jesus, we are celebrating the birth of Peace. One of the blessings of Christmas is Peace.
While we couldn’t get His express opinion on either to or not to celebrate Christmas. He has being present in various Christmas carol across Nigeria as Guest Minister and as well always send greetings card during this period.
Name: PASTOR ANTHONY GUINEA
(The Ministry Of Spoken Word Endtime, Lagos.)
‘Christmas is for Roman idol, not Jesus’.Christmas is purportedly referred to as the birthday of our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ. But the fact is that, it is totally wrong. This celebration was coerced into the Christendom by Emperor Constantine of the Roman Empire in AD 725. In other words, he instituted the marriage of the Roman Sun celebration, which is the birthday of Nimrod, and went into alliance with the Church of Rome to accept the day as the birthday of the Son of God. Therefore, there is no record that the early Apostles ever celebrated the birthday of Christ because by December, Israel is usually cold; so the shepherds could not be possibly out then with their sheep, since it was recorded that Jesus was born in the manger.
The early Apostles who are the progenitors of our faith as laid down by Jesus Christ never celebrated the birthday of Christ and never pointed us to it. The doctrine handed over to us as believers pointed us to the Cross, where Jesus Christ died for us and all the benefits is for the salvation of our souls.
Jesus Christ should be celebrated every day, but keeping a season and a day for him is idolatry. Again, it was AD 350 that Pope Julius declared that December 25 be celebrated as Jesus’ birthday. History reveals that the church at Jerusalem commenced the celebration of Christmas in 440AD, following the leading of Roman Catholism. Even if December 25 is Christ’s birthday, the life of Christ should reflect in whatever we do on that day. Certainly, the parading of Santas Claus, which they call Father Christmas, is far from it.
Church: Christ Embassy
Christmas is the will of the Father revealed, it is the love of God unveiled and Christmas is the righteousness of God manifested.”
“Whatever you plan to do on Christmas, think one thought – His will! His love! His righteousness! – the most beautiful thing in your life is the righteousness of God.’’
Church : Deeper Life Bible Church
“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!
“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 my church either.If you don’t know that before, now you know”.
“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 churches” he added.
Emmanuel! On behalf of Prophet T.B. Joshua, The SCOAN and Emmanuel TV family, we wish you a blessed Christmas! Remember that Jesus Christ is the reason for Christmas. To many, Christmas is a time of celebration and joy. Yes it is but we should not forget to celebrate Jesus. To celebrate Jesus is to celebrate justice, peace, humility, faithfulness, kindness and love – I mean, all of His nature.
(curled from his facebook page)
People ask, “Do you like Christmas?” Like it? God planned the world for it! That was the key of history locking together all days. Without Christmas the world would meaningless… The Incarnation and work of Christ are God’s greatest achievement. Not to worship on Christmas day is scandalous. It is HIS day, not the festival of “happy holiday”. Those who quibble about the 25th of December being once a pagan mid-winter feast have no perspective whatever. They may as well say we can’t grow wheat in a field because some thorns grew there before. “Beyond all question the mystery of godliness is great: He appeared in a body!” (1 Tim. 3:16) God bless you and MERRY CHRISTMAS.
Nevertheless of the above, the Bible has this to say : Romans 14:5,6; 10-12 One man esteemeth one day above another: another esteemeth every day alike. Let every man be fully persuaded in his own mind. He that regardeth the day, regardeth it unto the Lord; and he that regardeth not the day, to the Lord he doth not regard it…But why dost thou judge thy brother? or why dost thou set at nought thy brother? for we shall all stand before the judgment seat of Christ. For it is written, As I live, saith the Lord, every knee shall bow to me, And every tongue shall confess to God. So then every one of us shall give account of himself to God.