In a Nutshell
The Church of God Evangelistic Association was formed in 1980 to support the independent ministry of David J. Smith, a former member of the Worldwide Church of God (WCG) under founder Herbert W. Armstrong (HWA).
Smith is editor of Newswatch Magazine and the featured speaker on a related radio program heard across the U.S.. Smith's broadcasting style is very reminiscent of Armstrong's World Tomorrow program, to the point that one might reasonably conclude he has specifically modeled his program after Armstrong's. Smith is bombastic, glib, and dogmatic in his radio commentary, with a strong emphasis on connecting current world conditions and events with Bible Prophecy.
Smith's doctrinal base conforms closely to the teachings of Armstrong, including a version of the British Israel theory. However, he has a strong emphasis, which Armstrong's teachings never included, on various conspiracy theories. (See: definitions in the Field Guide Lexicon for British Israelism and Conspiracy Theories.)
Smith was at one point deeply involved in development and support of the secessionist "Republic of Texas" movement. The North Texas Skeptics Society reported in their December 1999 issue of their Newsletter:
The Church of God Evangelistic Association, a fundamentalist Anglo-
Are you willing to see 20 million Texas citizens be turned over to a Socialist/Communist/United
Will you contact those at the Republic of Texas office to consider leading Texas
to independence before it is too late? Call Richard L. McLaren at 915-
Smith has apparently renounced his support for the Republic of Texas secessionist movement long before it sank into legal troubles. Richard McLaren (who was once interviewed by Smith) and several of his supporters are now behind bars after a prolonged standoff with law enforcement officials in West Texas.
There are many ministries which promote a belief in various types of conspiracy theories. However, the particular concerns which are of interest with Smith for purposes of this profile are his exclusivist claims for himself and his followers.
Smith has claimed that:
He has been called by God specifically to draw people from all over the country
to be part of his congregation at his Texas headquarters as a "place of safety" in
an imminent Tribulation period.
He has been led by direct, divine revelation in the form of visions and direct communication from God in his activities related to this calling.
And he has distributed material alleging that:
All other Sabbatarian groups besides his own have been infiltrated by New World
Order operatives, including Jesuits and Masons.
The leadership of all Sabbatarian ministries that were off-
Smith's radio preaching has an allure for both Sabbatarian and non-
But when it comes to those who go more deeply into Smith's teachings, who begin getting
his tapes and materials regularly, and who begin to view Smith as their "spiritual
leader," the allure is likely different. A number of the former followers of Herbert
W. Armstrong are uncomfortable without a strong leader to follow. Many also like
to feel that they are part of an evangelistic movement that is hard-
Unless David J. Smith is exactly what he claims to be—a primary spokesman for God on Earth, directly divinely inspired—then those who follow him and support him in his ministry are promoting a dangerous man.
Sabbatarian Christians in particular should think long and hard before casting in their lot with such a man. They may be willing to be persecuted for the Name of Jesus Christ, for the truth of the Bible, for standing up for their convictions regarding the value to Christians of Sabbath observance. But are they willing to accept persecution for promoting the teachings of a false prophet?
Although Smith removed himself from the Worldwide Church of God and formed his own organization in 1980, his references on his tapes to Herbert W Armstrong and the WCG under Armstrong's leadership have been at times positive. He seems to feel that HWA was a great spiritual leader who did a great work for God, but whose ministry was infiltrated by Jesuits, who undermined it. Thus the WCG under Armstrong is viewed by Smith as so important that Satan himself directly inspired members of what Smith believes to be the secret builders of the New World Order to conspire to destroy Armstrong's efforts.
Smith does not rely just on interpreting the Bible for his prophetic understandings.
He has claimed direct divine communication (see documentation section below) as well
as his own development of extra-
And then he challenged his listeners to decide for themselves if perhaps these meanings
had "prophetic significance" in them for the years 1996-
Here are the word definitions as given by Strong...
1996 "to gather"
1997 "assembling, gathering together"
1998 "to hasten together, come running together"
1999 "a conspiracy, i.e. , a concourse, riotous or friendly"
The implication in all this was that the "Place of Safety" was with him and his followers. If you came in 1996, you could take your time. In 1997 you really ought to start taking this seriously lest you be left out of the "ingathering." If you waited until 1998 you better come running, and you might even be chased. And by 1999 it might be too late because of the riots.
In the tape he made it clear that the only thing "holding back" the rise of the Beast power and time of Tribulation was the faithful remnant with him.
The issue of greatest concern with David J Smith isn't his alleged "facts" about
the New World Order or other speculative topics. The greatest concern is his self-
In other words Satan knows God is working in the earth through certain human beings and will stop at nothing to thwart their plans and activities. God has called for "an ingathering of saints from a Western state" under my leadership."
He claimed in this letter that an unusual heatwave in Texas that year was a specific attempt to discourage him and his followers who were "in their place of safety," and discourage others from other parts of the country from joining them. See the complete text of this letter in the Documentation section at the end of this article.
Either this man is what he thinks he is, or he is mentally unbalanced at best or
a false prophet at worst. He is mystically guided now by visions and the like. This
sort of demagogue is the worst kind, for you can't "reason" with him at all ... he
has in his own mind a direct pipeline to God that is extra-
As recorded in a 9/97 newsletter of the North Texas Skeptics Society (more excerpts and URL for the original in the Documentation section below), Smith has claimed insight into the supernatural far beyond what is stated in the Bible:
… in one sermon preached back in January 1997, Smith threw a curve ball: "Satan will
be coming; he's going to be kicked out of the heavens according to Revelation 12:12,
and when he comes, he and his fallen angels and all of the mutants that they have
created through gene-
This "information" is not from the Bible. It is presented as "truth." So ... either
it is the truth and he got it "from God," he is making it up, or it is being "put
in his mind" from another source. His supporters can't have it both ways. It is not
spiritually "safe" to play around with teachings from someone like this. Either he
is a true prophet, or he is dangerous to the spiritual well-
It would appear from the fact that Smith can gather a following in spite of the fact
that no real-
The Illuminati Laid the Groundwork for the Civil War to Destroy States Rights!
"I, David Smith -
Interview with David J. Smith by a reporter for the Dallas Morning News:
Some spend lives looking for shadows
By Steve Blow / The Dallas Morning News
I will confess that I am both fascinated and appalled by the likes of David J. Smith.
They live among us. Yet not.
They take our world and assemble the pieces into something entirely different.
Last weekend, I stepped over into their other world for a moment.
Mr. Smith is the man behind billboards across the state warning of a takeover by U.N. troops.
The 26 billboards are part of a crusade that also includes late-
I went to see Mr. Smith at his headquarters in Waxahachie -
"Everybody knows America is not what it used to be -
And that is? Well, hang on. Here we go into that other world.
Evil in a nutshell
"The United Nations was created by Communists, who were created in 1776 by a secret organization called The Illuminati …," Mr. Smith began, rattling off a history of treachery that seemed to include everyone.
The Scottish Rite. The Red Cross. NATO. U.N. CIA. Rothschilds. Rockefellers. And don't even get him started on the news media.
"We don't trust anything from CBS or ABC or NBC. We know they are controlled by the Council on Foreign Relations, a Marxist organization," he said.
Mr. Smith is a portly, 58-
He owned an advertising firm in St. Louis for years but gave it away in 1993 to move
to Texas. He's convinced that we Texans will create a pocket of resistance against
the coming anti-
It's all unfolding right now, by the way. This rash of mass shootings around the
country? Those are being carried out by "sleepers" -
"Most of them," he clarified. "I'd say 90 percent." The plan is to create such panic that citizens will willingly give up their guns. And you know what happens then.
We're all going to be slaves and serfs. And a few elites will control everything,"
Mr. Smith said, straight-
I asked if a flicker of doubt about all this ever crosses his mind. "No," he said.
Never? "Not once."
I took a breath and tried to frame the next question politely, respectfully. But the gist was this: Does he ever consider that he might be crazy?
"You're not going to put me in the category of kooks and quacks," he shot back. "Because
I'm not. I'm probably the most balanced person you'll ever meet -
And apparently, many believe him. That afternoon, I attended his regular Saturday church service. About 250 people of all ages were there.
As I found a seat, the grandfatherly man in front of me was saying to another: " . . . They'll have to bring in foreign troops. I don't believe U.S. soldiers would shoot their own citizens. . . . "
A young man stopped to welcome me to the church, and we chatted a moment. He said
he moved to Waxahachie from Kansas after hearing one of Mr. Smith's radio broadcasts
"My whole family thought I was crazy," he said. But eventually his wife and child moved to Texas, too.
He estimated that more than half the congregation arrived the same way.
I looked around and felt an urge to hug them, to wake them.
But of course, in their other world, anything I say is just proof of the opposite.
Newsletter from David J Smith to supporters 7/31/98
The Church of God Evangelistic Assn.
1420 WEST ROSS * WAXAHACHIE, TEXAS 75165 * (972) 937-
Editor David J. Smith
Since the Bible is spiritually discerned by those who have God's Holy Spirit, conversations
can sometimes be thought of as weird by an unconverted mind (1 Cor. 2.'7-
It should be NO surprise to us when we read that Satan is the "prince of the power of the air" (Eph. 2:2). Satan can select certain people to whom he can give secrets. Some of these secrets fall into the hands of Illuminati agents or people who work for them unknowingly As a result, many inventions are used for evil and not good. Weather control is one of those items.
I started reporting on weather control and modification years ago -
Extremely low frequency magnetic wave generators were working by the Soviet Union and the United States. Now listen very carefully to TV weather people. They don't know WHY rain is everywhere except in a circle of about 100 miles with Dallas/Waxahachie, Texas as the central focus of this intense heat. If people only knew the spiritual battles going on invisibly, then it would make sense.
God created man in His image to be conformed to the image of His Son. God is working
through His church to reproduce sons, We are to inherit ALL THINGS [the universe]
In the Bible it is recorded that demons said to some unconverted Jews who were trying to cast them out "Jesus we know, Paul we know, but who are you?" [paraphrased] In other words Satan knows God is working in the earth through certain human beings and will stop at nothing to thwart their plans and activities. God has called for "an ingathering of saints from a Western state" under my leadership. NO MAGGIE, THERE 1S NO CHAPTER AND VERSE PROPHESYING THIS, ONLY GOD'S VISION AND DIRECT THOUGHTS PUT INTO MY MIND AND THOUSANDS OF OTHER PEOPLE WHO HEARD IT STATED ON WORLDWIDE SHORTWAVE RADIO TEN DAYS BEFORE GOD EVER STIRRED ME UP TO GO TO WHERE THE INGATHERING WOULD BE!! THEN HE SENT SIX DREAMS AND VISIONS TO OTHER CHURCH MEMBERS UNKNOWN TO EACH OTHER TO CONFIRM I THAT I WAS NOT MAKING UP SOMETHING OR HAD SOME BAD PIZZA! Satan wants to discourage any who are planning on coming with this unusual heat. He wants to cause discomfort to those who have come so as to discourage them. Too bad Satan, we KNOW Who we serve and WHY we came. You are defeated by the death and resurrection of the Son of God, Jesus the Christ.
Since stepping out in faith and responding to the call, God has increased the ministry 770% in the radio/TV/shortwave outreach. People who are here are happy as a whole. Satan certainly knew Job and asked permission to afflict him. He knew Peter because Jesus said Satan wanted to sift him. Satan always had a demon follow Paul as a thorn in the flesh. Do we think Satan does not know US whom God has chosen to witness and warn this nation of the coming disasters if the nation does not repent? He knows, and he will take your crown if you let him. He will persecute the woman if God permits. Satan hates!
In Christ's love
David J. Smith
Starting in May 1980 and continuing through June 1980, I suddenly saw a Bible before my eyes. I would blink thinking it would go away. It didn't. I would lay down to sleep, but the Bible was still there. This went on for 60 days until I laid the manuscript down to start Newswatch Magazine. I organized the church under the name The Church of God Evangelistic Association on June 23, 1980. The Bible that I had been seeing in vision ceased the moment I laid the manuscript down on the printers desk. It never has reappeared. I KNEW this was from God.
I have tried, as the person God called to spearhead this ministry, to constantly warn of the unseen spirit world that is seeking to rob you of your crown. I have warned that the evil spirits send PEOPLE to cause division, take those who are not paying attention to their personal relationship with Jesus out from us. IT DOESN'T HAVE TO HAPPEN!
On May 1, 1993, a man called a worldwide shortwave talk show and stated he was given
a dream/vision that "My [God's] servant David J. would lead an ingathering of saints
from a western state." I knew nothing of this until June 12, 1993, when Harold Dickson
from Kentucky called an told me. Meanwhile, on May 10, 1993, Brenda and I brought
her mother to Texas to see her great-
Oh, it was easy to believe God had told Abraham to leave one location for another. IT WAS WRITTEN! It was easy to believe Paul had a vision on the road to Damascus and had the "Macedonian" call. IT WAS WRITTEN! Who would ever believe that I was directed to go to Texas and an "ingathering" would occur? There was no word as to how many would comprise this "ingathering." Would Satan still have full access to those who came? Would those who came be faithful unto the END? Would we be separated, so we would not be persecuted? THESE WERE UNKNOWNS!
Since that August 19, 1993, arrival in Texas, we have found the answer to nearly all these questions! We found that Satan and his fellow rebels would HATE and seek to DESTROY this called "ingathering." We found that not all would remain with us. We have seen wonderful people attacked by the unseen world who are seeking to steal their crown. Some have fallen, some have survived. IT IS SPIRITUAL WAR. We pray for all men everywhere.
As in all wars, the numbers reduce. However, God has sent reinforcements FROM our
radio audience with tithes and offerings. He is increasing the ministry physically
and spiritually. God fulfilled the purpose for Abraham leaving Ur of the Chaldees.
God fulfilled His purpose through Paul. He will also fulfill His purpose for an "ingathering"
of saints in a western state -
David J. Smith
From: September 1997 Newsletter of the North Texas Skeptics
At this point, you might decide to turn the radio knob again, only to find the radio
version of Newswatch Magazine on another Christian radio station. Newswatch Magazine
is distributed by the Church of God Evangelistic Association, which is located in
Waxahachie, Texas, and it can be heard throughout America on AM and shortwave radio.
David J. Smith, host of Newswatch Magazine and pastor of the Church of God Evangelistic
Association, preaches an eclectic blend of end-
Like [religious radio talk show host Bob] Larson and the Davises, Smith believes
that UFOs are the creation of Satan, but in one sermon preached back in January 1997,
Smith threw a curve ball: "Satan will be coming; he's going to be kicked out of the
heavens according to Revelation 12:12, and when he comes, he and his fallen angels
and all of the mutants that they have created through gene-
Smith's evidence that demons engaged in gene-
David J. Smith is just one of many would-
Armageddon Now! The Premillenarian Response to Russia and Israel Since 1917
Baker Book House, Gr. Rapids MI
(history of prophetic speculation from 1917-
Doomsday Delusions: What's Wrong with Predictions About the End of the World?
Pate, C. Marvin; Haines, Calvin B. Jr.
Intervarsity Press, Downer's Grove IL
The Gentile Times Reconsidered: Chronology and Christ’s Return
Jonsson, Carl Olof
Commentary Press, Atlanta GA
(evaluation of the Jehovah's Witness speculation on End Time prophecy)
The Last Days Are Here Again
Baker Book House, Gr. Rapids MI
(history of prophetic speculation)
Naming the Antichrist: The History of an American Obsession
Oxford University Press, New York NY
The Sign of the Last Days: When?
Jonsson, Carl Olof and Herbst, Wolfgang
Commentary Press, Atlanta GA
(overview of Jehovah's Witness speculations on prophecy)
Soothsayers of the Second Advent
Alnor, William M.
Fleming H. Revell Co., Old Tappan NJ
(Profiles of a number of current prophecy teachers)
When Prophecy Fails: A Social and Psychological Study of a Modern Group that Predicted
the Destruction of the World
Festinger, Leon; Riecken, Henry W.; Schachter, Stanley
Harper & Row, Publishers, New York NY
Author Festinger, a social psychologist, coined the term "cognitive dissonance,"
and introduced it to the general public in this work. The book is considered a classic
in the field of Social Psychology. Festinger and his social-
When Time Shall Be No More: Prophecy Belief in Modern American Culture
The Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, Cambridge MA
End Time Visions: The Road to Armageddon?
Broadman & Holman Publishers, Nashville TN
(history of prophetic speculation)
Check out the Field Guide Profile on the End Times Prophecy Movement for more information on related topics.
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David J Smith
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