“White” Witchcraft or Repackaged Demonism?

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Pls help me to [join] white witchcraft

This was the message I recently received from a fellow Nigerian on this blog’s Facebook page. Interestingly, I was just reading an article which a friend tagged me in about the revival of “white” witchcraft in the U.S. when the message came in. I then felt it was timely I revisited this topic.

In my reply to the above request to join witchcraft (from what I observed, he already subscribes to several pages dedicated to ceremonial magick), I explained that white witchcraft is simply a disguise for evil, one that Satan came up with in the 20th century in order to trap more souls.

White witchcraft is being widely promoted in movies, books and social media. It is often depicted as a benign “Old Path” that involves doing positive magick for the benefit of the earth and humanity. Wicca is the most visible face of modern witchcraft.

Although pronounced differently, the modern English term “Wicca” is derived from the old English word wicca and wicce, the masculine and feminine terms for witch used in Anglo-Saxon England. Wicca is basically a form of Western occultism. Hence, Wiccans are occultists with a religious bent.

Many white witches are pantheists who worship the earth mother and the sky father; or some form of nature worship. They gather in congregations called covens – usually Matriarchal —with memberships no larger than thirteen, and they have an initiatic degree system somewhat like the Masons.

History

Some late 19th century works by Charles Leland (1824-1903), Robert Graves (1895-1985) and Margaret Murray (1863-1963) laid the background for white witchcraft by promoting the theory of the existence of a pre-Christian religion of Western Europe which was driven underground by Christianity.

In actuality, there is no link between ancient (or medieval) witchcraft and Wicca which was “made up” in the 20th century – except that they are both facets of the occult. It was this idea of surviving ancient covens in Britain that influenced Gerald Gardner (1884-1964), a British anthropologist, to revive and popularize witchcraft for the modern world.

Gardner was a Freemason, Rosicrucian, an initiate of the Ordo Templi Orientis (O.T.O), and affiliate of the notorious Satanist, Aleister Crowley. Though some modern Wiccans have tried in vain to distance Wicca from Crowley or sanitise his occultism, evidence shows that much of their rituals came from him.

For one, much of the Great Rite ceremony practiced in Wicca came from Crowley’s obscene revelation, Liber Al Vel Legis (Book of the Law) and his Gnostic Mass, both published years before Gardner’s material saw daylight

Occult historian, Francis King, recorded that Gardner hired Crowley “at a generous fee, to write elaborate rituals for the new ‘Gardenerian’ witch-cult, and at about the same time, either forged or procured to be forged, the so-called Book of Shadows, allegedly a sixteenth century witches book, but betraying its modern origins in every line of its unsatisfactory pastiche of Elizabethan English.” [1]

Gardner spent much time in Ceylon where he was initiated into Masonry and became a nudist. He gravitated towards paganism in indigenous societies and even participated in the archaeological excavation of a pagan worship centre of the goddess Ashtaroth in Palestine. [2]

He was finally initiated into witchcraft in New Forest, England. He asserted that there were covens of witches in Britain practicing not an anti-Christian religion, but a ‘pre-Christian’ religion involving worship of a supreme Mother Goddess (whose secret name is Arayda) and a Horned God. This he called Wicca. He revealed these in his novel entitled High Magic’s Aid published in 1949 under his witchcraft name, “Scire.”

Gardner later published other books drawing on his occult experiences, travels, Margaret Murray and Aleister Crowley’s writings, knowledge of Masonry, Western ceremonial magick and Eastern religions. From these and other sources, he synthesised his brand of modern witchcraft.

Gardner’s early disciples were Alex Sanders, Sybil Leek, and Raymond Buckland who spread and mutated his version of witchcraft, with some of it shipped over to the U.S. in the late 1960s.

Structure

Wicca is a highly eclectic, creative, decentralized, “make-it-up-as-you-go” movement. Therefore, it consists of many covens and groups having a wide variety of rites, beliefs, styles of worship and traditions.

From the early 1970s, dozens of traditions have splintered off Gardnerian and Alexandrian covens (about the two oldest Wiccan traditions). Now, some of them are:

British Traditional Wicca, Georgian, Algard, Norse, Celtic, Thessalonian, Seax-Wica, Order of the Brotherhood of the Wicca, Blue Star, Central Valley, Faery, Dianic, Cymry Wicca, Covenant of the Goddess, Sicilian, Tameran, Odyssean, Erisian, Discordian Wicca, Panthean Temple, Witta, Reclaiming, Universal Eclectic Wicca and many others.

There are also Neo-Pagan traditions which are revivals of older heathen religions or new creations of the same, such as Church of the Worlds, Asatru, Odinism etc. Not all neo-pagans practice Wicca, however, but they are strongly related.

There are many associations, centres, festivals and gatherings, newsletters, books, websites, media and shops all dedicated to teaching and networking the ideology of Wicca and Neo-Paganism.

As shown in the article linked to at the beginning of this post, in 1990, there were an estimated 8,000 Wiccans in the U.S. In 2014, Pew Research Centre estimated approximately 1 to 1.5 million people identifying as Wiccan or Pagan in the States. Indeed, they have experienced much significant growth. This shouldn’t be surprising, if seen through a logical and biblical lens.

In the last days “evildoers and impostors will go from bad to worse, deceiving and being deceived” (2 Tim. 3:13). There will be people who “will abandon the faith and follow deceiving spirits and things taught by demons” (1 Tim. 4:1).

There is a “mystery of lawlessness” that is already at work in the world which is ushering the way for the Man of Sin (2 Thess. 2:7).

Beliefs

There are certain features that are common to all Wiccan beliefs:

  • Experience

Wicca is an experiential religion. Like a Wiccan author said: “What really defines a witch is a type of experience people go through. These experiences depend on altered state of consciousness. The Craft is really the Yoga of the West.” [3]

They lay much emphasis on feeling energies – energies flowing through their hands, flowing up from inside them or swirling around them. If they are in nature (walking in a garden, the woods or close to a water body) they are programmed to feel spiritually “connected” to it.

They also observe various rituals one of which is called “Drawing down the Moon.” During this ritual, a coven’s High Priestess enters a trance and requests that the Goddess enters her body and speaks through her to “her children,” the Wicca. The High Priestess may be aided by the High Priest who invokes the spirit of the Goddess into her (or from within her).

Others describe feeling a surge of electrical impulses in their bodies or a warm, orgasmic sensation when they are in touch with their deities.

The validity of their beliefs is hinged on these experiences. As Christians, however, we identify these as demonic manifestations.

  • View of Man

Like New Agers, most Wiccans have an “Aquarian” view of human destiny – the notion that persons can evolve spiritually through their own efforts and ultimately attain enlightenment or godhood. While many New Agers tend to be futuristic and mentally turned to the East, many Wiccans look to the “romantic” past of European lore and myths.

Wiccans believe that all that exists are manifestations of the Divine, which includes human beings. Thus, they reject the Christian doctrines of the fall and sinfulness of man and reject the need for Saviour. A Wiccan rather dryly stated:

“We are aware of our own goodness and strength, and we are not afraid to admit it. We are not sinners and we know it. We don’t have a Devil to blame our mistakes on and we need no Saviour to save us from a non-existing hell.” [4]

Now, this Wiccan may not realize it, but she is mouthing the creed of Satanists. Anton LaVey, the founder of the Church of Satan wrote in his Satanic Bible:

“Here and now is our day of joy! Here and now is our opportunity! Choose ye this day, this hour, for no redeemer liveth. Say unto thine own heart, ‘I am mine own redeemer.’”

To reject the Saviour, Jesus Christ is to be eternally damned. Denying the reality of sin, Satan and hell does not make them non-existent.

  • Animism and Pantheism

They believe the “life force” is immanent within all creation: rocks, trees, deserts, streams, mountains, oceans, forest and animals. This is animism. It’s one of the glues connecting Wiccans with New Agers, thus leading them to venerate the earth and commune with spirits.

Most Pagan ceremonies usually begin with the marking out of a ritual circle (“sacred space”) at the quarter of which points ‘the four guardians’ are invoked: Earth, Air, Fire and Water elements.

They also believe that divinity is inseparable from, and immanent in nature and humanity. This is why some neo-pagan groups greet its members thus: “Thou art Goddess,” “Thou art God.”

  • Magick

This involves the manipulation of spirits or forces to accomplish personal objectives. Raymond Buckland used Crowley’s definition of magick: “the art or science of causing change to occur in conformity with Will.” [5]

In white witchcraft, there is an 8-fold path witches are taught to utilize in raising spiritual powers for magick and personal growth: music, trance, dance, drugs/wine, rites/spells/incantations, meditation, cords (ceremonial binding), scourging and the Great Rite (ritual sex).

The working of magick is the key that opens many Wiccans and Pagans up to demonic possession, because this involves making pacts with evil spirits and invoking the so-called good spirits to protect the witch from the harmful ones.

They are told that there is “white magick” (involving permission of the recipient) which is for good and black magick (no permission involved) for evil. There are three facts to note here, however:

(a) Contrary to what many “white” witches say, magick is not a science, though it’s an art of sorts. Science is a system of knowledge that is based on unbiased, testable explanations and systematic experimentation of the physical world. It implies empirically established repeat-ability.

In other words, because of science, when we turn on a light switch, a light turns on. Even if you try this using a closed circuit connected to a light bulb, you can be secure in the fact that the light bulb will light every time you turn on the switch. And this has a logical, scientific explanation. That’s why if the bulb doesn’t light up, you know exactly where you’ve flouted the rule. That’s science.

But witchcraft is not like that! Casting of spells for instance is quite complex; witches have to cast their circles correctly, call their (fallen) archangels correctly, visualize an image to accompany it and observe several other procedures, yet they don’t have even a 50% confidence that their spells will work.

There is no guarantee for any magick they do and none of its mechanisms have been empirically tested; neither can its efficacy (or lack of it) be reasonably explained. So, it’s not science. Not by any means.

(b) There’s no distinction between white and black magick. Respected Wiccan High Priestess, Doreen Valiente admitted that, “The distinction between black and white magic has no validity.” [6]

Another Wiccan leader wrote: “This might actually offend some, but it hides one of the great truths of witchcraft, that there is not white or black magick, there is only magick…” [7] This is actually in line with what the Word of God says all such magick emanates from Satan (1 Jn. 5:19; Rev. 12:9).

(c ) Both white and black witches invoke the same spirit entities/deities for magick. Since Wiccans are drawing their powers from the same “old ones” as Satanists and black witches, whether they admit it or not, they are utilizing demonic powers.

Much of Wiccan teachings, ceremonial magick and philosophy came from the teachings of Aleister Crowley, a Satanist who admitted he received his knowledge from a demon guide named Aiwass (another name for Seth, the Egyptian god of evil); therefore, “white” witchcraft is more or less a sanitised version of demonism.

  • Wiccan ethic

Many Wiccans abide by the Wiccan Rede which says “An it harm none, do what ye will.” They also abide by the “Rule of Three” (which is the Wiccan version of karma). Plainly stated, it is the belief that everything one does, whether physically or by magick will come back threefold, whether good or bad.

Many Wiccans use these rules as “proofs” that white witches never harm anyone, but this moral umbrella fails to cover them. Since in magick, there’s no valid distinction between white and black or good and evil, who legitimately determines what is benign or harmful or good and evil for them?

Let’s remember that Wiccans are relativists; they believe whatever is right for you is right, but some things can be good for one person and bad for somebody else. If a Wiccan has a relative who has cancer of the pancreas, would it be alright to put a spell on him to kill him to “put him out of his misery”? Why is it right or wrong? Who decides on these issues for them?

Many Wiccans will say they rely on the “Universal Law,” but we must ask, who made this “Universal law” and where does it come from? And what is good about a law that comes from nowhere? Why does this abstract law allow for moral relativism? Because if something is called a universal law, it should have a definitive, consistent and universal stance concerning morality.

In the High Priesthood initiation into Alexandrian/Gardnerian tradition, the speech read says:

“For learn that in the Wicca thou mayest ever give as you receive it, but ever triple. So where I gave thee three (scourging), return nine. Where I gave thee seven, return twenty-one…” [8]

This three-fold law is a moral sword that cut both ways. It applies to both good and evil. For instance, if a witch perceives that someone has attacked him/her (whether real or imagined), by this 3-fold witch law, he/she has a right to attack that attacker three times worse!

If someone slaps them once, by that law, they have the right to slap him back three times. This is a twisted wisdom of the jungle.

The Bible’s verdict is: all men have sinned. Wiccans are sinners like other people, so the “we do not harm others” rhetoric rings hollow.

  • The Wiccan God and Goddess

Among theistic Wiccans, there are pantheists, duotheists, monotheists and polytheists. Many Wiccan groups, however, adhere to the duotheistic worship of an eternal Mother Goddess and her consort, a Byronic Horned god who dies and is reborn yearly.

Their deities are believed to be archetypes of universal symbols of processes and events of nature, hence, their Goddess has three forms: maiden, mother and crone – symbolizing a stage in the female life cycle. There are goddesses identified with each stage e.g. Artemis as maiden, Selene as mother and Hecate as crone.

The Horned god is associated with nature, hunting, sexuality and the wilderness. In some traditions, he has dual aspects: the Holly king and the Oak king – bright and dark. In some traditions, he has a triple aspect: youth, father and sage.

The Wiccan god and goddess take different names in different covens. The horned god is invoked as Pan, Cernunnos, Apollo, Dionysus, Eros, Odin, Hades, Thor and Lucifer while the goddess is variously invoked as Luna, Venus, Dione, Lilith, Athena, Isis, Astarte and so on.

The history of these deities reveals the trail of death, bloodshed, destruction and sexual depravity that have followed those who worshipped them and the same are being done today.

The representation of male fertility deities as goats – such as “the goat of Baphomet” in Eliphas Levi’s occult work – has been known from even ancient Egypt (Mendes). As a source pointed out:

“In medieval times the Devil was sometimes called the Goat of Mendes because at this temple in ancient Egypt bizarre rituals were performed involving naked priestesses performing the sex act with goats” [9]

The inverted pentagram represents the goat of Mendes, a celebrated image of Satan in Satanism. In the higher degrees of Wicca, initiates are taught that the horned god of the inverted pentagram represents Lucifer.

Of course, when one compares the Wiccan horned god with the Satan of the Bible, several striking similarities are seen:

  1. Both are lords and the source of death.
  2. Both rule in an underworld kingdom of some sort.
  3. Both represent bestiality and excessive sexual lust.
  4. Both are known as Lucifer in some circles.
  5. Both are believed to be the source of “light.”
  6. Both demand commitment by oaths and covenants.
  7. Both are opposed to the God of the Bible and seek to draw their worshippers away from Him. [10]

Notes

[1] The Rites of Modern Occult Magic, NY: Macmillan, 1970, 176.

[2] Gordon Melton, Encyclopedia of American Religions, 3rd edition, 1989, 144.

[3] Aidan Kelly in Margot Adler, Drawing Down the Moon, Beacon Press, 1986, 106

[4] Valerie Voigt, “Being a Pagan in a 9-to-5 world” in Witchcraft Today, ed. Charles Clifton, MN: Llewellyn Pub.1992, 173.

[5] Complete Book of Witchcraft, MN: Llewellyn, 2005, 222-223.

[6] An ABC of Witchcraft, St. Martins’ Press, 1973, 271.

[7] Starling, message #1420, November 22, 2001, posted at Pagan Perspective.

[8] The Grimoire of Lady Sheba, MN: Llewellyn, 1974, 135.

[9] Michael Howard, The Occult Conspiracy, 1989, 13.

[10] William Schnoebelen, WICCA: Satan Little White Lie, Chick Pub., 1990, 59.

 

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Further Reflections on the Integrity Challenged Warriors – I

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.

Ethical Problems

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.

  1. 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).

  1. 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.”

  1. 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.

  1. 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 moneyThe 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.

  1. 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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