No, that is not some "esoteric" eschatological scheme, nor the occult (maybe) nor a cult (maybe). It is a bit of my past. There was in a Baptist church 45 years ago a layman , Mr. Withy. He knew, he thought, everything about prophecy. But no one in church seemed to respect the vastness and the virtue of his knowledge. How to have himself affirmed? That was the problem. But Mr. Withy fixed that by becoming "Dr." Withy! He walked into church all 5' 2" of him one morning and his dutiful 6' 2" wife at his side beamingly announced, "He ordered his doctorate last week and it arrived , so, he is a Doctor of Theology." Feeling that his skills or his knowledge were already at doctoral level, Withy was convinced that there was no problem in buying his doc for $300. Withy later left the church , and no doubt in his new locale introduced himself as "Dr." Withy. Affirmed at last! Even at that time being a nineteen year old highschool dropout and a freshman on a trial basis in a Bible college because of that, my gut told me that something was very wrong here. I determined to earn with God's help any academic degrees I received by completing all that is normally connected with getting those degrees : not do just half or just do a little or do none. I decided to be neither a Withy nor a half Withy. Still, there is a danger in doing all that is normally expected. The danger is pride. IMO , the danger is not in becoming proud as long as one daily confess that God's grace is required to know God and surrenders daily to the Lord. No, IMO, the danger is that others suppose that one must be proud because he opted to do all that is expected. That's the mystery: do less and show humility, do more and be thought proud.