Re: "Jesus Christians," "Australian cult," Dave McKay
Date: June 24, 2008 09:03PM
Cults need money to be successful and to survive .The Jesus Christians’ cult is no exemption.
Unless its members, work for money, the wheels could quite literally start falling off their wagons. There would be no more campervans,
no fuel, no internet time, no mobile phones and no printing.
So its members take to the street in order to sell Dave’s books. The employment benefits aren’t that good, but Dave apparently tells them that the retirement plan is out of this world.
But why if Dave’s books are so popular, couldn’t they be sold in good Christian bookstores?
Well, it seems this is a case of, been there, done that.
The time was 1975, the place Broken Hill, Australia.
You can’t put God in a Box and A Letter to Rome were two books Dave wrote before he went on to form such groups as the Rappville Christians and was able to muster a team of unpaid distributors.
The books were self published and printed by an Adelaide Printing firm. They sold for a dollar, which was quite high for the time, when one considers that the local weekly newspaper sold for 20 cents a copy.
Problem is, none of the Christian bookstores wanted them.
Apart from critical newspaper articles on the books, there were two stories on TV.
In an article headed, “The Fuss over that “Bible Book”, (Broken Hill Regional Advertiser March 11, 1975) one clergyman was quoted as saying, “Mr McKay appears to want to spread love, but he has only succeeded in spreading evil”.
So fierce was the opposition to McKay’s books, that the article reported that local clergymen had written protests to one local newspaper suggesting to their members that they stay away from Mr McKay and had had words with other towns Mr McKay had visited.
A further article, "Sydney Ban on Book" (Broken Hill Regional Advertiser, May 20, 1975) quoted the Methodist Book depot in Sydney returning both titles stating, “they were not suitable for their shelves". The Catholic bookshops had also refused to allow copies of either books on their shelves.
Whilst there was a lot of hype in the articles, for example McKay’s suggestion that the books would be more popular due to their opposition, the basic message that Dave’s books were rejected appears to be true.
There are no bylines on the articles, so I am unable to give credit to the writers, but some people I talked to in Broken Hill suspect that Dave wrote the articles himself in order to help publicise his books.
Readers, who may be aware of the urgency of the prophecies of The Last Lament of America based on the writings of the Hebrew Prophet Jeremiah, might be surprised to learn that McKay had already planned to write that book as far back as 1975.