Thursday 14 September 2017

When a false Watchman Kissed the Shoes of a false Prophet: ‘Egotistic’ Kabuleta scoops low, kisses Mbonye’s feet : Check cultic tendency of Prophet Mbonye

And as Peter was coming in, Cornelius met him, and fell down at his feet, and worshipped him. But Peter took him up, saying, Stand up; I myself also am a man. Acts 10:25-26

‘Egotistic’ Kabuleta scoops low, kisses Mbonye’s feet

But they also have erred through wine, and through strong drink are out of the way; the priest and the prophet have erred through strong drink, they are swallowed up of wine, they are out of the way through strong drink; they err in vision, they stumble in judgment.For all tables are full of vomit and filthiness(false doctrine), so that there is no place clean(Isaiah 28:7-8).
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And if the prophet be deceived when he hath spoken a thing, I the Lord have deceived that prophet, and I will stretch out my hand upon him, and will destroy him from the midst of my people Israel. 10 And they shall bear the punishment of their iniquity: the punishment of the prophet shall be even as the punishment of him that seeketh unto him;(Ezekiel 14:9-10)

21 I have not sent these prophets, yet they ran: I have not spoken to them, yet they prophesied(Jeremiah 23:21)
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Kabuleta Kisses Prophet Mbonye’s feet

Check cultic tendency of Prophet Mbonye

Tuesday September 5 2017

At the weekend, social media was awash with pictures of men and women bowing down to Prophet Elvis Mbonye. Some knelt. Some lay prostrate. Many kissed his shoes. The prophet meanwhile smiled, laughed and raised his hands, seemingly enjoying the praise and adulation he was receiving.

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Earlier, the poster inviting people to the function stated: ‘We submit our politics, economics, cultures and lives to the Grace, Glory and Authority of Prophet Elvis Mbonye with heartfelt gratitude and honour at your feet.’ Below that was a line ‘Pioneering a culture of Honour’ presumably the theme of the function.

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Mbonye is no stranger for those who live in Kampala.
For the past few years now, he has been holding his meetings at various places in the city, including Kyadondo Rugby Ground and Kololo Airstrip. He is also well-known for the prophecies about the country and the world, which he makes at the beginning of the year.
That said, many concerns abound. First of all, if Mbonye and his team are Christian, then they do subscribe to the Bible.

The Bible in Exodus 20:3 says: ‘You shall have no other gods before me.’ This was the first commandment God gave to his people, a commandment every Christian if they are truly one, should follow. This verse and many others throughout the Bible show that man is not to be worshipped. What members of the congregation were doing last Friday looked like they were worshipping Mbonye.

It is worrying on many levels because it now looks like the prophet wants everything to begin and end with him; having services where he is honoured as though he is a demi-god; where he is over-protected as though he is a human being greater than others; where the congregation is asked to give in millions of shillings… It is worrying because these look like elements of a cult following.
A cult is a system of religious veneration and devotion directed toward a particular figure or object.
And this seems to be what Mbonye is cultivating.

Knowing what has happened in the past with other cults, religious leaders and those concerned should interest themselves in this and sound the warning bells early enough, especially because Mbonye’s crowd of followers seems to be growing bigger by the day, with many young people joining the flock.

There is nothing wrong with honouring men and women of God. But when they become the sole object of affection, then there is a problem.

‘Egotistic’ Kabuleta scoops low, kisses Mbonye’s feet

‘Egotistic’ Kabuleta scoops low, kisses Mbonye’s feet
Despite feared by many Ugandans as a nonsense newspaper  and television journalist, freshly remarried sports pundit Joseph Kabuleta last Friday, Joseph Kabuleta now a  gospel minister, joined several worshipers in kissing Prophet Elvis Mbonye’s shoes.
This was at a special event to pay tribute to Prophet Mbonye’s impact on their lives at Kololo Independence grounds.
Social media has been swamped with glossy photos of the flamboyant Pastor being chauffeured in a sleek Range Rover brand sport car and also seated in a gold-coated chair have been circulating on social media for the last two days.
Mbonye claims to sometimes see visions that predict future events, and has been called both a heretic and false prophet by critics. To show his devotion, Kabuleta has as well written newspaper opinions asking the Uganda government to employ Prophet Mbonye’s extraordinary gift for what it actually is; an asset to this nation.
His opinion, as published by Tri-weekly newspaper, The Observer on Friday received mixed reactions from readers, with critics asserting that “it’s not scientific enough to be officially acknowledged and included in national planning.”

Joseph Kabuleta says if Israel used the foreknowledge of a prophet to gain an advantage over her enemies, “shouldn’t Uganda use the uncanny abilities of our own Prophet Elvis Mbonye?”
Mr Kabuleta says when the UPDF was heavily involved in the civil wars that broke out in Burundi and South Sudan, Prophet Elvis Mbonye had several months before the guns were drawn, prophesied about both wars before an audience of hundreds, that later grew to thousands.

Modern prophecy or charismatic revelations?
Monday January 23 2017

Prophet Elvis Mbonye is soft spoken; you would be surprised that this man, dressed in a pink coat and faded denims, has drawn a crowd of Kampala’s crème de la creme to a session with him every Tuesday night since 2014. While presiding over his Zoe Fellowship, Mbonye is unreachable, with a coterie of security guards. However, at the Serena poolside, he is affable, though seemingly hurried.
“Not anyone can call themselves a prophet,” he says to my question about why he calls himself such, adding, “There have to be signs that validate that calling. In 1998, I was called by God in a supernatural encounter witnessed by my sisters. I got saved and I immediately spoke in tongues. I had a vision of God calling me to be a prophet.”
The next day, the Makerere University student of Development Studies had supernatural knowledge about friends and family, however, it would be two years before God appeared to him again. “I attended Victory City Church, Kitintale where the pastor and elders noticed my gift and put me in leadership. After campus, I had a job offer but after fasting and praying for three days, the Lord showed me my destiny as a prophet.”
From then on, it was a lonely life of praying on hills and deserted houses, and having a supernatural meal every day. His first international prophecy was the 2004 Tsunami. Many argue that in these times of economic strife, Mbonye’s prophecies are immaterial. However, he counters it saying, “If you are negative, forget about the good that comes from anything. Some of these prophecies are signs that it is the Spirit talking. If you believe, you will benefit from the entire spiritual package the prophet brings. Once you believe, supernatural forces take charge of your life – what some people call luck or fortune. The Bible tells you to believe your God and you shall be established; believe His prophets and you shall prosper.”
The uncertain world of prophecies
For 2017, most of his prophecies are dire, but he is quick to say God never intends evil to happen, so he always prays against bad prophecies. “Some change and the effects are not so adverse. However, it is a mystery to me why even after praying against them, many of those prophecies actually happen.”
Indeed, he agrees there are times when he misinterprets the messages. “Prophecies come on different levels and there are some which did not play out the way I said they would. The truth is that the spirit of the prophet is subject to the prophet. I may be in favour of an event happening, so I subject the spirit of prophecy to my desires.”
On whether these misinterpreted prophecies give him a bad image, Mbonye says, “There is nothing that paints a bad picture of me because, I do not care about man’s opinion. I have seen God and I will be answerable to Him. I do not get into people’s faces; they come to me.”
The most sought after time is the Point of Contact session where people bring passports, CVs, court documents, and medical forms, so that Mbonye can lay his hands on them. “I’m not a pastor that I should frequently be with the sheep. As a prophet I decree the final thing.”
His expensive lifestyle
Prosperity pastors preach and live the prosperity gospel, but Mbonye takes it to another level. Every week, Zoe Fellowship spends Shs54m on the venue, tents, stage, and lighting. He drives a BMW X6 and his dress style is expensive; his gold ring looks worth five months rent of a house in good neighbourhood.
“This past week, the Lord showed me hell again and the people who went there,” the Arsenal fan says, adding, “Hell is stuffy, poor, sickly, and degrading. I have been to heaven and it is a glamorous place with streets of gold. All attributes about God are glamour and beauty and I’m of God, so I will unapologetically be always on the side of what is rich. I have heard shallow debates where politicians defend themselves for being in air-conditioned cars. You want me to be in a car where I sweat? (He laughs).”
Mbonye mocks the culture that demonises wealth and exalts everything broke. Four months ago, he was criticised for a pledge card his team released which had Shs200,000 as the lowest amount one could pledge. “I do not design my pledge cards,” he says unabashedly, “Most of the time I do not know what my staff is doing. I only show up to minister, but I’m in agreement with what they do. I do not answer to people who talk about me yet they know nothing about me.”
He adds that there are over 7,000 people in Zoe Fellowship, so the criticism of a few will be swallowed up. “It is like the president being concerned that a bodaboda man is complaining about how the government is run.”
I remind him that considering the minority is the gist of democracy, but he says, “The Scripture does not favour democracy. Those who are close to me know I always check things to find out if they fit the pattern we received from heaven. I know this will not go down well with this politically correct society, but I only relate to hearing the Spirit.”
Deciphering the political scene
The prophet says he predicted the 2012 UPDF chopper crash and reached out to UPDF officials, who ignored him. “From that time, government officials attend the fellowships and many approach me for guidance.”
He is hesitant to talk about the political future. When I press him, he says, “I would not want to propagate anxiety, although … what I can say is that what is coming is setting the stage for what no will of man can stop. Man can only fight so much. Let me stop there.”
Challenges of being a prophet
The man who once bordered on atheism would have preferred a freer life, but he cannot sit in one place without being accosted by people. “The best part of being a prophet, though, is the experiences I get every night, to the level of accessing the very Throne of God once in a while. I cannot trade that for anything.”
Mbonye does not credit any Ugandan pastor with mentoring him, saying he was mentored through the books of Kenneth Hagin and he only respects Rick Joyner and the late Kim Clement.”
The 40-year-old prophet, who loves comedies and detective thrillers, is expecting his first child. When I ask if it is right for him to watch secular movies, he tells me God is not limited to the opinions of men. “That traditional mentality has really messed up the Church.”
Attending Zoe fellowship
By 4pm, the 5,000-seater tent is filled a quarter way as adherents and the curious trickle into Kololo Independence Grounds for the much-billed 2017 prophecies to be unveiled. On each white plastic chair are two envelopes. A courteous usher in a blue skirt, checkered top and high heels, tells me the plain white envelope is for the normal offertory. “You cannot enter the House of God empty-handed. The second envelope is for the prophetic offering. After the prophet has prophesied, you must make an offering so that you can walk into the prophecy.”
At the front of the tent, below a stage put up by Silk Events, the area is carpeted. The white fur rug on which the prophet rests his feet when he is seated is neatly folded in a chair. People are still streaming in. For every two men, there are 15 women. All show a picture of middleclass; the women are young and stylish, although there are a few strugglers. At the back, sits a hungry middle-aged woman staring morosely at those walking in. “I came here at midday, walking from Nakawa to Kololo. I’m thirsty and hungry and there is no food at home.” This woman has been attending the Fellowship since 2014 and, according to her, the prophet has prophesied over her life many times but none of the prophecies have come to pass. “I still have faith. That is why I keep coming.”
Three giggly women walk by us. Evelyn Kisambira is anticipating a prophecy and an encounter with God. “My cousin tells me there is a presence here and I hope to feel it,” she says. Her sister Jacky wants to meet God and feel the ‘fire’. “If Prophet Mbonye calls my name and prophesies about me, I will believe him.” Stella Namirimu, a banking officer, expects a promotion this year.
At 6pm, an energetic praise session gets underway in the full tent, and 50 minutes later, there is frenzied activity at one of the entrances, with the ushers directing people to other entrances. Four men in charcoal black suits stand a few feet away, one of them wearing a white covert acoustic tube in his ear. In the gathering dusk, at 7.07pm, a three-car motorcade drives through the upper gate of Kololo. The ushers cheer and jump. The cars stop near the entrance and immediately five bodyguards, who include a woman, jump out of the first car and stand near the second car – a BMW X6 whose personalised plates read ‘ELVIS’. A man jumps out of that car and opens the passenger door. Mbonye steps out and walks straight into the tent followed by his security, without acknowledging the cheering ushers.
Dressed in black slacks, red coat trimmed in black velvet, and black patent leather shoes, he walks up and down the aisle in prayer, closely followed by his guards. People are fervently in prayer as the choir sings Roy Fields’ In the presence of angels; some stand. Occasionally, puffs of white smoke rise from smoke machines. Big screens project his image to those at the back.
As he begins speaking, Mbonye keeps referring to a small notebook in which “are over 50 prophecies received in two days of prayer.” Sometimes, he addresses himself in the third person. “We test these things, so today; we will help you … we talk about the veil being open ...”
The crowd cheers when he announces that those who sent him prayer requests should tick them off. People are eager for their names to be called. Three women almost jump out of their seats when Mbonye says he ‘sees’ a doctor. They are probably doctors. After an hour of prophecies, Mbonye takes a seat, resting his feet resting on the fur rug, and bows his head in prayer. Two of his bodyguards stand near him. Suddenly, he stands up and walks out of the tent. That is our signal to leave. At 9.30pm, business is thriving outside the gate and security guards at Housing Finance Bank make a killing collecting money off car owners.
Mbonye’s 2017 prophecies
1. There will be a refocus back on to oil and the value of oil will shoot
2. Slight air of controversy in June, July, and August about a health-related bill that will spark controversy for a short while.
3. Internal railway construction taking shape. Partnership with China.
4. Someone has fallen in the Uganda Judiciary and a time comes where that person has got to be brought back. Judiciary - a lot of controversy. A breaking away other than this.
5. Changes in the fishing industry - top people being thrown out
6. MTN Uganda is in the spotlight - a lot of heat and accusations.
7. Masindi land controversy involving international organization. Something that is not supposed to happen.
8. Libya - a very defiant leader shows up, kind of like Gaddafi but worse (and) has a link to what is almost taking place in Syria
9. Heated tensions coming Rwanda and the new leadership in France becoming so hostile with Rwanda. Ties cut, but they managed to sail through as a nation.