In Early 2017, right after New Year celebrations in Nigeria, Daniel Olukoya, the Owner and Head Pastor of popular church in Nigeria, Mountain Of Fire And Miracles (MFM), described Christmas as a festival of demons. Daniel Olukoya said, “In Mountain of Fire, we don’t celebrate Christmas because the root is demonic.”
Let’s delve into a brief history on the origin of Christmas:
Celebrations surrounding the Christmas season of December have always been around, long before Jesus Christ, and continued long after Jesus Christ. According to History.com’s History of Christmas, “The middle of winter has long been a time of celebration around the world. Centuries before the arrival of the man called Jesus, early Europeans celebrated light and birth in the darkest days of winter.”Christmas can generally be seen as a period to make merry, enjoy and relax and this is why many greet with “Merry Christmas”. There is nothing demonic about Christmas it is left to each individual to make the season of Christmas a celebration of what makes you happy.
Now let’s delve into Olukoya’s background and the scandals of MFM:
It is not surprising that a pastor in Nigeria would make such a statement. Christianity in Nigeria has been laden with scandals and crimes over the past 5 decades. The leading pastors in Nigeria, a country with over 75% poverty, are all billionaires owning properties and significant assets worldwide. Religion in Nigeria is mildly governed and thus pastors freely seek to become mini gods preaching and, many times, deceiving followers. Olukoya’s biggest scandals of 2018 include initiating a lawsuit against Nigeria’s THisday Newspaper for 500 Billion Naira and another lawsuit against Omoyele Sowore’s Sahara Reporters for 10 Billion Naira. Olukoya is author of book “Overpowering Witchcraft”. The title of his church alone, is scandal ridden: Mountain of Fire and Miracles.
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