Dave passes himself off as very intelligent. He is not. He is clever but that is the cheap form of intelligence. It does not hold up to scrutiny. Dave lives in a very small world...his own. Dave dismisses a man like Einstein because "he had wild hair." Really? Dave pokes fun of Socrates and Aristotle as if he knew. He thinks the world is 6000 years old or at least humans are and that Adam and Eve really are physically where it all began. He believes serpents can talk and walked until they pushed God's last button. He knows nothing of serpent evolution nor human for that matter. Dave teaches Bronze Age knowledge and that is not intelligent.
Dave reads the Bible like a newspaper or blog site. Like Thiel and others, Dave still believes that weather, wind, rain and fire are the tools "God" uses to get our attention. They really are the tools these men use to get your attention on them and send them money out of fear of being left behind. Dave has virtually NO real training in theology. He is a mere Bible reader who then cuts and pastes it all together into a story that pleases him and sounds good to him. Dave knows NOTHING of the history of the Bible and how it really came about. That would destroy his story. Dave knows nothing of Gospel origins, contradictions and politic. He operates at a less than Sunday School level because at least in Sunday Schools you hear the word "Jesus" and stories of his imagined life and sayings. Dave likes Matthew 24 but 5-7 not so much.
Dave knows nothing, and it shows about Cosmology, Paleontology, Archeology or the real issues they raise in Old Testament Studies. In his autobio he even says he had to get his Ambassador degree in the mail because he went into the ministry his senior year and missed graduation and that last year. Personally I am ashamed of my Bible reading AC education but I was young. I actually thought it was a seminary when I signed up.Dave thinks Genesis 1 is how it all happened scientifically when in fact, Genesis 1 is a political statement that goes something like this:
Dave's theology is dangerous to others real lives. Where in the world of Christian ministry would you hear such threatening blather as in Dave's Clarion Call sermon? Look it up. Read it. Send me your retirements, your estates, your home sales, take out second mortgage, sell stuff and send me the money post haste!! Don't wait until you die to send me what is in your will! Really? How do I live after that stunt?
At least understand that the actual meaning of "here a little, there a little, line upon line, precept upon precept" is NOT the way to study the Bible. In context, God is MOCKING the drunken priests with baby talk for their lousy theology. That phrase is not meant to define how you find Bible truth. It is more saying "na ha , na...oh wotsa little priest blathering about now...." Go do your homework Dave.
The fact one can only do that once may leave him desperate for money in the future. Maybe that time is now which is why he is putting all his eggs in the August 2013 basket. Bills have to be paid over time, not once. What do you think the public reaction would be if his sermons and news updates were read on TV or put in the newspapers? What would the Wadsworth Chamber of Commerce think of such tactics by a minister so called? How about running that "I am Joshua the High Priest past some local psychiatrists or counselor types and what would he get? Have a conclave of educated theologians from Akron or Cleveland and explain Haggai to them and see how that goes? Dave is dangerous because he is so very wrong in his theology.
Dave is dangerous because he shields himself from accountability both financial and theological. You simply are not welcome to correct, enlighten or educate the man. He certainly won't do it himself. Ok, lets throw mental health counseling in there as well. Take a personality test? No way... Have a psychologist read his writings..um..no.
Dave is deeply hurting people again. . He has blocked that out. It won't get better. Dave does not teach people how to actually live in the real world. He teaches them how to give in his fake world. Dave teaches people to be so tuned into the unknowable and speculative future that they are of no present good to anyone. Pray, Pay, Obey and Stay..right? That's it! Dave contradicts Jesus, if I may be so bold to use that untrusted RCG word.
Dave is setting his church up for a big fall. He's 64 with no heir apparent. Who would want to inherit the mess of RCG or the bills? It would be a mad dash to file cabinets that hold the results of everyone's 35 ways litmus test for returning to RCG to blackmail others into submission. Once we get past August 30, 2013, which is just weeks away, lots of things are going to be more clear to lots of folk than they evidently are now and it won't be clear as Dave counts clearness. At least we won't have to wait three years as we did with Ron Weinland to see where this is going ....again.