I have been qualified and accepted as an expert court witness in ten states, including US Federal Court, through what is called a "Daubert hearing."
IMO--the so-called "Jesus Christians" are a cult group.
Dave McKay essentially dominates and defines the group, whatever he says is right is right and whatever McKay says is wrong is wrong, whether it's giving up a kidney, becoming estranged your family or being whipped.
And in my opinion, McKay, like most purported "cult leaders," is little more than an ego-driven con man.
He preys upon and lives off of his followers, including his wife.
Most of the media coverage McKay has received over the years reflects this.
Sadly, McKay seems to only use Jesus and the bible as a means of manipulating people for his own benefit.
Apparently, McKay has no empathy and little if any sympathy for the families and individuals he has hurt over the years.
He offers excuses, blames others for his misdeeds and generally can rationalize virtually anything.
A mental health professional, such as a psychologist or psychiatrist, would likely find if they examined Dave McKay, that he is suffering from a personality disorder, e.g. NPD (Narcissistic Personality Disorder) and likely is a psychopath.
If you want to find out what "Dave" is really all about try disagreeing with him and refusing to give him what he wants, adamantly and steadfastly, without caving in.
The magic word that usually strips the sheep's clothing from the wolf is "NO."
Cult leaders don't like that word.
They will label those that express such contrary and independent thinking as "rebellious," "prideful," "arrogant,' "ungodly" etc. etc.
But this is more of a projection and a means of dismissing criticism than anything accurate or meaningful.
McKay has done such labeling with former JCs and critics, including at times, even his own children.
It's easier than most people realize to fall into a cult's trap, everyone is vulnerable at the right time and right place.
People fall prey to cults because they appear to offer high ideals, great spiritual truths, unconditional love, attention and generally make people feel special and good, at least initially.
But becoming dependent upon a cult leader is potentially dangerous and not in your own best interest.
And what might be at first perceived as good about a cult group, can be seen as little more than a con game of "bait and switch."
This has been proven historically through past cult tragedies like Jonestown, the Waco Davidians, Aum, "Heaven's Gate," etc. etc.
All the members of these groups believed they had found the "truth" and "godly" and/or "good" leaders, but they had been hooked by a cult instead.
Lately it seems like cults are constantly in the news--polygamist groups abusing children, the so-called "Followers of Christ" allowing a child to die through medical neglect, bigamy charges and labor violations filed against the leader of the "House of Yahweh," a baby found dead connected to "1 Mind Ministries," an elderly woman found dead at "Immaculate Conception Chapel" and on and on.
Cult groups all claim to be faithful, following the bible and/or only doing what God or some claimed higher power tells them.
But does God really want us to do what they do?
Dave McKay offers the same sort of verbiage to explain his behavior.
Psychologist Margaret Singer, the most recognized cult expert of the 20th Century, once told me that cult leaders are just plain "evil."
Following someone evil is not good.
"God" doesn't want anyone to join a cult.