General Overseer of Mountain of Fire and Miracles Ministries, Dr. Daniel Olukoya, has faulted the celebration of December 25, Christmas Day as the birthday of Jesus Christ.
The pastor, whose church does not celebrate Christmas, opined that the birth of Jesus Christ could be in April or May according to biblical accounts.
He added that there was nowhere in the bible where Christmas was mentioned or that says Jesus was born on December 25.
He said, “If you really study the Bible from Genesis to Revelation, there is no word like Christmas. The bible only recorded that the Shepherds were taking care of their flocks during a very cold season when they sighted the star that announced the birth of Jesus Christ.
“This cold period could be around April or May.”
Dr.Olukoya insisted that December 25 is a date originally set aside by ancient Romans for Mars festival among worshippers of the sun.
According to him, the birth of Christ was later co-opted into the same date to give the Mars festival more popularity and then renamed ‘Christmas’.
His opinion on the celebration of Christmas has received mixed reactions from Christians in Nigeria.