One of the outstanding features of Rebecca Brown’s writings is: a deliberate cultivation of fear. Any observant reader will find that the stories relayed in her books are aimed at sowing the seeds of defeat and unhealthy suspicion.
What many of her readers don’t know is that before she published at all, she had been diagnosed by the medical board – based on their evaluation and review of statements made by her patients – to be suffering from acute personality disorders including demonic delusion and/or paranoid schizophrenia.
A report from Indiana University’s Department of Psychiatry which evaluated Rebecca stated:
“Dr. Davis shared with me his original report suggesting that she was not psychiatrically disturbed, but subsequent information about her religious preoccupations and fears of persecution had made him change his mind, and that he now felt she was psychiatrically disturbed.”
The Indiana Medical Personnel which conducted the interview with Dr. Brown concluded:
“Her beliefs may represent a form of paranoid psychosis, may be a reflection of a brain disease, or may just indicate deeply held eccentric views of religion which she shares with others in her church” (Board Exhibit #1 – Letter to the Medical Licensing Board Administrator from the Indiana University Dept. of Psychiatry, September 17, 1984).
The report in fact “strongly urge[d] that every attempt be made to persuade Dr. Bailey [Rebecca] to undergo a comprehensive physical, neurological and psychotic examination in the near future, preferably on an inpatient basis.”
Perhaps this explains her testimonies of suffering under consistent attacks by Satanists and demonic forces that appear to her virtually daily.
Indeed, many fans of the Yoders share this mindset, as Charles Younts aptly noted: “The young in Christ, the uninitiated, those intrigued by the spectacular, those who believe in the ‘Bump in the night’ evil” will find this pair interesting.
- Just like most folks suffering from paranoia, she subtly blames caging incantations for the exposure of her sordid past:
“These caging incantations can … turn you against someone who has done nothing wrong at all, leading you to believe as truth all sorts of lies about them” (Becoming, p. 69).
Without denying the reality of occult spells, let’s not forget that the former “bride of Satan” and her sidekick who rescued “close to one thousand people” from hardcore Satanism didn’t remember what a caging incantation was until their claims were exposed as spurious. Now that wasn’t so hard, was it?
- Rebecca and Elaine narrate accounts of being threatened by Satanists; their home being broken into constantly; been shot at; fire bombs wired into their stereo, cars and telephone but neither of them contacted the police (Prepare, pp. 34, 42).
Reading her books you would think every police officer in their state was also part of this conspiracy.
Her third book tells of satanists trying to start a fire on their roof, harassing them in broad daylight with a helicopter; stalking them in Hawaii; coming onto their property at night with black candles and a shotgun, but it didn’t occur to any of these women to engage any juridical or law enforcement agency over these incidents (Becoming, pp. 17, 21, 28, 52).
Even in third world countries, things don’t operate that way.
3. Some terms Rebecca used in her books betray either ignorance and/or deliberate mischief.
a) In her first book, she says Camp Chesterfield where Elaine was allegedly initiated into Satanism was a “witch camp” which had “a satanist church.” But this camp is a Spiritualist camp and it had no satanist church. Its map is even available online.
Anyone with even a passing knowledge of the occult knows that there is a difference between Spiritualism, Witchcraft and Satanism. But this woman lumped them all together.
Interestingly, in her fourth book, Rebecca rightly described Chesterfield as a “spiritualist camp” and says it has a “spiritualist church” (Unbroken Curses, pp. 77-78).
Yet in her fifth book, she describes it as having “a very large training camp for witches, and a satanic church” (Standing, 47).
Notice the twist from the noun “satanist” to adjective “satanic.”
b) In chapter 4 of He Came to Set the Captive Free, Elaine said her coven was a large and powerful one having “about a thousand people,” so logically, it must have been vast in occult philosophies and rites for decades.
Elaine says she was solely selected and trained and taught “many secrets that most other high priestesses never know.” But her description of satanic rites are banal and oddly sensational.
If she was truly a black witch (a follower of the left hand path) one would expect her to use classic occult terms like: ceremonies, ritual work, charge, ceremonial magick, grimoires, magick circle, sigils, etc. but she talks about humming, herbs, bugs and candles which are kindergarten level stuffs.
A statement she made gave her out:
“The purpose of the circle around the pentagram is to keep the demon summoned inside the circle unless you gave him permission to move out of it. The circle is supposed to protect the witch from the demon who comes.”
If she was really into magick, she would have known that it’s the practitioner who has to be stationed within the magick circle for “protection,” not the demon.
4. Still on her first book. Rebecca wrote that Mann-Chan afflicted Elaine with an excruciating chest pain, then she marched her out of the door, ordered her to command that demon to leave and she did. In another scenario, “Sally” (Sedona) a craft member allegedly possessed Elaine’s body and attacked Rebecca with a butcher knife.
But in the Closet Witches tape, Rebecca gave a different version: “Mann-Chan surfaced and managed to gain control of Elaine’s body and attacked me and tried to kill me with a butcher knife. And the Lord just gave me instant knowledge that this was a demon” (#2 A).
Either the whole story was a fabrication or she has multiple personality disorder.
5. In Closet Witches, Elaine says she charged at Satan on the night she became a Christian, “You are a liar. I read the tract that Jack Chick out, The Contract, and that contract I wrote with you is no good because the blood of Jesus is sufficient for all things.” In the book account, she said she almost wanted to step up and punch Satan in the nose.
Only those naïve about the occult will buy this narration. No one who has truly been in Satanism and newly left it would muster such boldness to bark orders at Satan as Elaine claims. Even Rebecca herself rightly said:
“The Christian worker must always understand that the people who are truly coming out of satanism are ruled by fear. FEAR is Satan’s number one tool … It takes time for them to see that the power of the Lord is greater than anything Satan and the demons have” (Becoming p. 245).
On this basis, it’s safe for one to conclude that Elaine wasn’t truly an ex-satanist.
6. In 1998, at a Full Gospel Business Meeting convention held in Atlanta, Georgia, Rebecca said her husband was born into the Rothschild family of England and they had $100,000 death contract placed on his head because he fled from their witchcraft control.
This is interesting, because few years after this statement, Daniel Yoder was called to Washington D.C. and given a national congressional gold medal for leadership. He was appointed by the then president George Bush to a presidential advisory commission.
Does this sound like someone with a death contract hanging on his head? Methinks someone like that would take every precaution to avoid assassination. Just wondering, wasn’t the Bush administration also part of the occult New World order?
7. In Standing on the Rock, she (or Daniel?) wrote:
“Because of Daniel’s prior knowledge of Satan’s kingdom, it was a simple matter for him to find out where Satanic rituals and sacrifices were going to be held. He began to travel all over the U.S. to the various big cities to where sacrifices were being held. Then he would break into the ritual, march up to the altar, slap Kai’s Bible down on the intended sacrifice victim … Then he would, with his incredible martial arts skill, proceed to beat up all the head priests and priestesses so badly they would end up in a doctor’s care” (pp. 74-75).
So here we have a man single-handedly breaking into satanic covens and beating up high priests and priestesses with his martial art and none of them had any demonic power to take him out. This plot line would have made Frank Peretti green with envy.
Not to mention that these incidents allegedly took place in the midst of the satanic hysteria that ricocheted through the U.S. in the 80s.
Believe me, the American media would have had a field day with stories of freed satanic sacrificial victims. But none of these folks ever showed up on Geraldo or Oprah. How sad.
Rebecca and Daniel have an uncanny knack for telling sensational, fictitious stories about themselves. The articles on their websites and Facebook page contain similar preposterous tales.
8. In the same book, Rebecca said a powerful leading witch in Massachusetts (probably Laurie Cabot) rallied a worldwide movement against her in 1996 causing thousands of witches and New Agers to send “millions of curses” at her “from around the world every hour of everyday” for over a month (pp. 161-163).
Notice the pattern: the Yoders always love to portray themselves as super martyrs and super heroes almost simultaneously. This is a hallmark of integrity-challenged “warriors.”
9. Some other logical problems with her third book.
a) Hasty generalizations: “all abortions are human sacrifices to Satan” (p. 106). What about spontaneous abortion?
“The root of ALL mental illness is self-centeredness … Mentally ill people choose to be mentally ill for the most part.” (p. 138). This is an insult to everyone with mental health issues.
“ALL role playing games involve intense visualization which quickly brings the players into contact with the spirit world.” (p. 177). Hmm, nope.
b) How many push pins did Annie the ex-satanist have? Page 32: “One in my leg and one in my hand.” After they were removed, we read, “One-by-one, all the other push pins were destroyed” (p. 33). Where did the others come from?
c) “You must apply the oil like a tourniquet above the level of the spread of demonic power, and then drive the demons down and out of the extremity” (p. 102). Is it really necessary to wash demons off our hands with oil? Sounds ritualistic to me.
d) She resorts to manipulating her readers regarding the facts disputing her stories:
“If you pass on such ‘information’ and it is really slander, you are sinning. You are in fact, guilty of shedding innocent blood – murder” (p. 295).
In other words, if you talk about my falsehood, you are a murderer! This tactic works well, but it’s witchcraft.
e) In the Introduction, she said some high ranking Satanists told her :
“We really do not have to spend much time or effort in trying to destroy the Christians anymore. They are so busy stabbing each other in the back and destroying each other that we no longer have to worry about them.”
Yet, in page after page, she recounts in graphic detail how Satanists everywhere are ready to attack, poison, torture and destroy Christians, even writing that a satanic research is going on “that makes what was done in Hitler’s concentration camp look like nothing” (p. 105).
Apparently, when she was putting those words into the satanists’ mouth in order to dismiss findings refuting her story (which she termed as “destruction”) she had forgotten the content of her own book.
f) In that same introduction, she wrote:
“Lies and false accusations are flying – especially through the Christian bookstores, by letters and word-of-mouth amongst Christians. Not once has anyone printed a newsletter contacted me to find if there might be another side to the story!”
This is an insult to her readers’ intelligence. When you put a material out there in the public and it’s being purchased with public money, it is fair game for criticism, scrutiny, reproof, even ridicule.
If you present some materials to the Body of Christ and discerning Christians examine them and find them full of holes, fabricated tales, inaccuracies and worst of all, unbiblical concepts, the next godly and reasonable thing to do is to publicly admit it, apologise for misleading the people and withdraw that book from circulation.
Alex Malarkey recanted his “visit to heaven” tale and the earth didn’t cave in. To profit from the earnings of falsehood is a betrayal of public trust and an indication of a seared conscience before God and man.
If I publish my personal testimony in the public domain, and it’s investigated and found to be full of lies and brazen errors, I wouldn’t be demanding that people privately contact me for some back story. Why the need for a back story if you have integrity as a Christian writer?
Moreover, Rebecca and Daniel have neither refuted these so-called false accusations nor presented the other side to their stories other than shifting the blame on witches and demons. It’s when one reads outside their books that shocking facts and details about the pair emerge.
Aside that, how many of the people and groups referenced in the Yoders’ books, videos and articles did they privately contact for another side to their stories before putting them out to the public?
It would really do well if this pair recant their errors and lies, apologise to all those they slandered, and pull their books out of circulation.
Until then, I will not recommend any material by Rebecca and Daniel Yoder for young Christians. There are many helpful and balanced Christian materials on spiritual warfare, the occult and deliverance available today, but the Yoders’ works are not one of them.