Since 2016 when I first wrote about Rebecca (Brown) and Daniel Yoder, I have been intrigued by many sincere Christians who still zealously soak in and disseminate the teachings of this pair. Paul Gifford in his work, African Christianity: Its Public Role noted that Rebecca’s books are very popular in Nigeria and Ghana.
Granted, spiritual warfare, deliverance, evil supernaturalism and the occult are spiritual realities that tend to resonate more with Christians from African and Asian backgrounds, yet we need to exercise discernment before queuing up behind a wrong banner.
The Bible says “A good tree cannot produce bad fruit, but a rotten tree produces bad fruit” (Matthew 7:18). When a person speaks in God’s name, quotes His Word, claims to have supernatural experiences and his/her teachings are widely circulated within the Body of Christ, it is our responsibility as Christians to examine the fruit of his/her life and the content of his/her teachings.
When you test such teachings and lives and you find rottenness, falsehood and error in them, then – regardless of how much of “the other side” they expose – they are bad trees. There is a Biblical code of honesty, integrity of character as well as purity of doctrine which Christians are to abide by.
“In everything set them an example by doing what is good. In your teaching show integrity, seriousness and soundness of speech that cannot be condemned, so that those who oppose you may be ashamed because they have nothing bad to say about us” (Tit. 2:7).
“Do not lie to each other since you have taken off your old self with its practices” (Col. 3:9).
Much of what Rebecca and Daniel Yoder present on their website and social media (accompanied by fantastic visions) are largely based on their first 5 books and these will be evaluated here. I will also reference a transcript of their Closet Witches tapes with Jack Chick in 1986 (a summary of their first two books) and quote from several legal documents that belie their tales.
Perhaps the most striking ethical blot was Rebecca Brown’s gross negligence in the practice of medicine: knowingly misdiagnosing patients, giving patients excessive amounts of narcotics, writing illegal prescriptions, and drug addiction. These made the medical authorities to revoke her medical license (A “Finding of Fact: Conclusions of Law and Order” Before the Medical Licensing Board of Indiana, Cause No. 83 MLB 038, Ruth Bailey M. D. Respondent).
Daniel Yoder has also been arrested and charged with falsifying motor vehicle registrations and driver’s licenses, and falsifying social security records by using the social security number of a dead man (Department of Correctional Services, Third Judicial District, Petrial Release form of Danie [sic] Yoder. Sept. 9, 1991).
However, in their books, neither Rebecca nor Daniel admit to their criminal history, but conveniently blame a satanic conspiracy for it.
- The first time Rebecca mentions anything about a “frame up” or “set up” in conjunction with the revoking of her medical license was in her third book. This was after her sordid past was exposed by Christian ministers (Paul Blizzard, Kurt Goedelman, Richard Fisher) of the Personal Freedom Outreach (PFO) in 1989:
“Few stop to think that Satan usually destroys people by framing them and setting up all sorts of accusations against them, which is what happened to me” (Becoming a Vessel of Honor, Whitaker House, 1992, Intro.).
In a letter by Pastor Charles C. Younts of the Calvary Baptist Missions, Toledo, Ohio, to Pastor Paul Daniels of the same church – before Rebecca was exposed – he recorded on tape a personal discussion he had with Elaine in which she admitted Rebecca “lost her license to practice medicine in Indiana for writing illegal prescriptions.”
Research by PFO indicated that investigation by police, federal agencies, and medical authorities – not an occult conspiracy – caused Rebecca and Elaine to flee Indiana in 1984. Several eye witnesses at the final hearing led by the Indiana Medical Licensing Board testified:
“That Respondent [Rebecca] has been witnessed routinely receiving non-therapeutic doses of at least 3 ccs of Demerol on an hourly basis by injecting herself in the backs of her hands, the inside of her thighs, or wherever she could locate a vein” (Finding of Fact, no. 22).
- In his response to the PFO, Jack Chick of Chick Publications accused them of “neglecting to include that many of the prescriptions for Demerol were obvious forgeries.” Rebecca too wrote: “Sedona has a hand in the satanist’s set-up and frame job they did on me when they destroyed my medical practice” (Becoming, p. 36).
Quite intriguing, but the burden of proof is on the persons making this claim to prove they were forgeries. Investigation by PFO found that Rebecca had written over 100 prescriptions for Demerol, which authorized purchase of 330 vials of the highly addictive painkilling drug from several pharmacists.
Affidavits from the pharmacists confirmed she had written the prescriptions, many of them in the presence of the pharmacists. The “Case Compliant Report” at her hearing says: “All the pharmacists are familiar with Dr Bailey [Rebecca] and said she would come in almost all the time that she wrote the prescription for [Elaine] Edna Moses and pick up the medicine herself.”
But in Rebecca’s books, she clings to a narrative that can get her off the hook: the Satanists said I did it! That’s a cutesy twist to that line: “It wasn’t me; the devil did it.”
- Jack Chick also questioned why PFO didn’t “include any of the material submitted to the Medical Licensure [sic] Board in Brown’s defense?” In her third book, “Joyce” (who I suspect was Rebecca’s alter ego) rehashed this same line:
“The thing that irritates me is that the Christian community is so eager to pass around those false accusations … without even wondering why none of the documents submitted in your defense are included with the package of accusations” (p. 37).
Please note that Rebecca didn’t appear to defend herself at the hearing. Notwithstanding, PFO researchers mentioned a key document concerning her defense on page 13 of their article (“Answers of Ruth Bailey To Request for Admissions”). They didn’t quote it in detail because Rebecca responded to the Medical Licensing Board’s inquiries with either the word “Admit” or “Deny.” These admissions or denials did little for her defense.
Had these responses been included, they would have damaged her credibility even more. For example, the “Request for Admissions” reveals that Rebecca Brown denied that she believed that Elaine “is, or has been possessed by demons or evil spirits” and further denied that she and Elaine are “spiritual sisters.”
These denials contradict the claims she made in her books. Either she lied to the MLB or she’s lying to those who read her books.
- Another argument Chick made in Rebecca’s defense was that the medical authorities “had ONLY paid off testimonies of people – NO photographs or hard evidence. The whole thing was an extremely good frame-up.”
This excuse itself lacks hard evidence. One must ask what happened to the “close to a thousand people” Rebecca said she brought out of Satanism through her “underground railroad?” Couldn’t just 50 of them testify in her defense? She said she helped them with food, clothing, transportation and medical care; couldn’t they do a little bit of favour in return for a sister in need?
The Christians who investigated her story examined hundreds of pages of state’s evidences, including affidavits submitted in the hearing against Rebecca. They also spoke with witnesses, including police, hospital officials, medical licensing board authorities and family members. Their statements about Rebecca and Elaine do not contradict one another.
On the other hand, Rebecca and Elaine repeatedly changed their stories. Here are some examples:
a) In the original edition of He Came to Set the Captives Free published in 1986 by Chick Publications, Elaine claims to have been Satan’s international representative, meeting with foreign government dignitaries:
“I became one of Satan’s representatives on an international level. I made many trips out to California to meet with government officials from the U.S. as well as foreign dignitaries. Representatives of foreign governments came to the mansion in California to petition for money on arms, etc. Most knew they were dealing with Satan, a few did not … Mann-Chan also gave the interpretation of what those people were saying. I could not begin to speak the many different languages myself, but Mann-Chan knew them all.
“I also made a number of trips to other countries. I have been to Mecca, Israel, Egypt, also the Vatican in Rome to meet with the Pope. All my trips were for the purpose of coordinating Satan’s programs with satanists in other lands, as well as meeting with various government officials to discuss aid to their countries in the form of money… The Pope knew very well who I was. We worked closely with the Catholics (especially the Jesuits) and the high-ranking Masons” (pp. 62-63).
In the investigation published in The Quarterly Journal, it was revealed that Elaine remained in New Castle, Indiana, from the time of her divorce in 1967 until the late 1970s working at various jobs including car-hop at a drive-in restaurant and a car wash attendant, and she later worked as a nurse.
If we go by her story, she was initiated into the cult in the mid 60s and met Rebecca at Ball Memorial Hospital in 1980. So when was she gallivanting around the world and meeting with the Pope?
Bear in mind that if Elaine was ever a top representative meeting foreign dignitaries and rock stars and travelling to those countries, she wouldn’t have been an obscure figure. Some photographs and videos of her at public functions would have showed up all these years.
After the truth about Elaine’s background was exposed in 1989, the above claims appearing in bold were removed (the words in green were also re-worded) from the book’s revised edition published by Whitaker House in 1992! The tales of working with the Pope and high ranking Masons (which were obviously fabricated to fit Jack Chick’s Vatican conspiracy) slithered back into the dark.
b) In He Came to Set the Captives Free, Elaine said: “I have spent most of my life in hospitals and operating rooms because of my persistent refusal to bow to Satan in this area. I flatly refuse to participate in human sacrifice … I have had cancer four times with many surgeries … The cancer was directly given to me by Satan as punishment for my refusal to participate in human sacrifice.”
She said she always escaped from the ceremony because she held human life very, very dear. It strains one’s credulity to believe that Satan’s bride – said to be “one of the top witches in the U.S.” – could so easily get away from killing rituals.
She said her demon guide, Mann-Chan “was something evil and rotten and was eating away at my soul and body, causing me much suffering and much pain, many, many times because I would not uphold or participate in human sacrifice.”
But in the Closet Witches tape, she admits to being a murderess before and after the fact, ordering the attempted murder of Rebecca and her pastor patient.
In 2011, Pamela Rae Schuffert, a New World Order conspiracy buff said she interviewed Elaine at her home in Florida where she admitted she was a female assassin in the Satanist cult and participated in human sacrifice but intentionally lied in Rebecca’s books for legal protection.
By implication, her claims of being afflicted with cancer four times and tortured by demons for not participating in human sacrifices in that book were also false. Little wonder, she said Satan made all her bodily scars disappear so she wouldn’t be able to later show people. How convenient.
c) In Prepare for War, Rebecca wrote: “After I finished my residency in internal medicine and critical care, I opened a medical practice in a small town [Lapel]…” (Whitaker, 1992, p. 228). But in Closet Witches, she said God told her to resign from her residency program and she did. As a result, she lost all her friends in one week and her superiors tried to put her in a mental facility (#2A).
The real story is that officials at Ball Memorial Hospital had had enough of Rebecca bizarre behavior conducting exorcism in the ICU and telling patients “that she was chosen by God as the only physician able to diagnose certain ailments and conditions” (Finding of Fact, no. 11 Cause #83 MLB 038). Finally, the hospital officials asked her to leave.
It was obviously the glaring ethical issues surrounding Rebecca and Elaine that convinced Jack Chick to stop publishing her books.
- Ordinarily, with the toga Rebecca weaved around herself in her books, one would expect her to have a working knowledge of the occult, but this is not so. For instance, her statements on pages 43 and 49 of Becoming a Vessel of Honor betray her cluelessness about Wicca and how it differs from Satanism.
Wiccans don’t believe in the existence of Satan so the statements “Joyce” made about Satan teaching them how to put demons into Christians ring hollow.
Rebecca also made reference to an unnamed individual “who has accessed one of WICCA’s main computers” and found a “complete ‘hit list’ of Christians they want to discredit and destroy.” The man she’s alluding to is John Todd, the supposed ex-Druidic high priest who has been exposed as a fraud, rapist and drug addict.
Todd is the only one who has ever made such an outlandish claim. His spurious and laughable confessions were published by Jack Chick in three comic magazines which Rebecca took as fact. This is a classic example of an appeal to dubious authority. It is unethical to spread lies and misinformation even about cults.
6. Some statements made by Elaine in He Came to Set the Captives Free also cast much doubt on the veracity of her testimony. Describing the satanist group she was in, she said:
“This group which secretly calls itself The Brotherhood, is made up of people who are directly controlled by, and worship Satan … This is the same cult written about in Hal Lindsey’s book, Satan is Alive and Well on Planet Earth and in Mike Warnke’s book, The Satan Seller. It also the U.S. counterpart of the group in England written about in the book Freed from Witchcraft by Doreen Irvine.”
The “brotherhood” sounds more like a male satanic group that might not accept female membership. Perhaps it was a family group, but Mike Warnke’s claims about being a member of The Brotherhood have been investigated by Christian journalists and found to be wholly fabricated. Any true ex-satanist would have already figured this out. Moreover, Doreen Irvine never identified the satanist group she belonged to as “the brotherhood,” so Elaine’s appeal to authority is weak.
Elaine also said: “There is a group called the Illuminati made up mostly of people who are directly descended from the Druids of ancient England. They are extremely powerful and dangerous people and are linked to the Brotherhood.”
This is straight out of John Todd’s spurious “confession” in Chick Publication’s comic titled Spellbound. Reading Elaine’s story carefully, she appears to have borrowed some scenarios (e.g of witches’ national competition and coronation as queen) from Doreen Irvine’s testimony. Apparently, Rebecca and Elaine picked up strands of ideas from other books and embellished them.
7. In Unbroken Curses and Standing on the Rock, we are told that Daniel was raised in a European “boarding school … a center of Cabalistic practices” where he was subjected to severe ritualistic abuse.
For those in the know, the European or Ashkenazi Kabbalah is rarely, if ever, taught outside a strict setting and certainly not in a boarding school. For one to qualify for the Ashkenazim Kabbalah one must be a seasoned Jewish rabbi, 40 years old, married with at least 4 children and that doesn’t even guarantee that one won’t be finally kicked out.
Daniel Yoder’s story appears to be tailored along the line of Elaine’s but it was better spurn than hers.
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