Prophet Elvis Mbonye has called upon Christians to stand firm amidst hatred and persecution by nonbelievers.
Mbonye was speaking at a dinner held in his honour last Friday night at Kololo ceremonial grounds, where some worshippers memorably kissed his shoes in reverence.
He said although believers may be hated by the world because they are not of the world, they must stand firm in their belief.
“There are people who will not love you. If they do, there is something wrong with you. You will need to provoke them to hate you,” he said, quoting John 15:18-19 (If the world hates you, you know that it hated me before it hated you. If you were of the world, the world would love its own: but because you’re not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hates you.).
“What we are doing here provokes the world. We need to celebrate hatred with love,” he added.
“When God wants to manifest Himself, he chooses a man or woman. The people that get so irritated by the anointing of God on men and women are basically clueless about spiritual things,” he further said, referring to different stories circulating about him in the media.
The flamboyant man of God quoted Matthew 23:34: “Therefore, I send unto you prophets, and wise men, and scribes: and some of them you shall kill and crucify; and some of them you shall scourge in your synagogues, and persecute them from city to city.”
The function had been organized by members of Mbonye’s fellowship who wanted to appreciate him for impacting their lives positively. For hours, Christians lined up to bring their best fruits that were blessed by the youthful prophet who has made a name for himself through his mostly accurate predictions.
Some of them, including former scribe and now preacher, Joseph Kabuleta, took their turns before Mbonye more reverently, falling to their knees to kiss his shoes in images that have gone viral on social media.
Mbonye’s Zoe Ministry started in 2014 when he started organising quarterly fellowships at Hotel Triangle on Buganda road. Mbonye, 40, says Zoe is a Greek word for ‘divine life’ and he intends to keep the ministry in the format of a weekly fellowship, and not a fully-fledged church.
The numbers have multiplied, forcing the fellowship to move from Buganda road to Open House near Watoto church and later, Theatre La Bonita.
In 2015 the ministry moved to Imperial Royale hotel and a year later to Aya hotel because of the overwhelming numbers. After a brief stint at Kololo ceremonial grounds, the weekly fellowship is now held at Kyadondo Rugby grounds every Tuesday evening.
The ardent Arsenal football club fan born to Leo and Teddy Ntiru (both deceased), is married to Harriet Mbonye.
He attended Mbuya nursery school, Kiswa primary school, Kigezi College, Butobere for O-level and Standard High School, Zana for A-level. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Development Studies from Makerere University in 2004.