Further Reflections on the Integrity Challenged Warriors – III

 

 

 

 

 

 

Logical Problems

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.

  1. 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?

  1. 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 stuff.

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 put 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.

“Christian” Hoaxes and Urban Legends (II)

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As a caveat: I believe in supernatural events, and there are mysterious happenings in this world. My objection is specifically against “godless myths and old wives’ tales” being narrated as truths to further an agenda (1 Tim. 4:7).

“Christian” hoaxes and legends come in different forms. Whether as news reports, stories or testimonials, they are all aimed at evoking an emotional response in the hearers or readers – ranging from fear to excitement.

As Christ’s ambassadors, we can’t afford to the look the other way when our credibility is at stake before the world. We can’t be fighting lies with lies.

We can’t be taking a stand against the myths and delusions of false religions while closing our eyes to the ones being disseminated in our midst.

How can we evaluate if a widely circulated report is a hoax, fantasy or legend?

(1) First determine if the source of the story is credible. If it’s a non-fiction Christian work, you need to check if the main figure of the story is someone whose credibility and honesty are well-known and tested.

There are some Christian materials authored by individuals claiming to be ex-Catholics, ex-witches or ex-Satanists etc. who wouldn’t know honesty even if it hits them in the face.

Much of what they present as their past sojourn in cults and the occult are personal myths which they conjugate into a narrative to make sense of now and control the future.

For example, Ergun and Emir Caners who wrote the book Unveiling Islam, claim to be former Muslims, yet their work is filled with factual errors, spurious citations and questionable sources – blunders that even a Christian who knows about Islam shouldn’t make.

For one, what can we make of their citations like “Hadith 2.541”? That’s as ridiculous as someone citing “Bible 2.541.”

(2) Does it have names, dates, locations and facts that can be checked? When a sensational story or testimony omits such vital details, it’s a red flag.

One major problem I had with the books, He Came to Set the Captives Free and Prepare for War (by Rebecca Brown) was how its stories lacked the markers of time and locations making it quite difficult for one to place the events described in them within a geographical and chronological sequence.

Albert James Dager in his review aptly stated:

Without wishing to belittle the idea of genuine spiritual warfare, no one I have ever known in all my years of ministry has ever experienced satanic attack to the degree that Rebecca and Elaine say they have. If their testimonies are true, they are aberrations with which most Christians cannot identify” (Rebecca & Elaine Questionable Testimonies, Media Spotlight, 1992, 1).

As I said earlier, if the story of the Egyptian Christian woman buried for 15 days was true and it was aired on national TV, it wouldn’t have stopped there. Its details (including police reports) would have been everywhere on the Internet.

(3) Do the major statements made in the story have documentation? Can the claims made in the material be supported by several authentic sources or reference works? If no, then it’s a hoax or legend.

Take for example, the claim that Islam was founded by the Roman Catholic Church through the instrumentality of Muhammad’s wife, Khadija.

According to the tale, Khadija was a Catholic nun who had given her wealth to the Roman Church and joined a convent, but her superiors sent her back to the world and look for a young man who would be an Arabian hero and help destroy the Jews, then she found Muhammad.

She had him groomed and with the help of the Vatican, Catholic priests came from Rome to Arabia to help him write the Quran and establish Islam. Eventually, he turned against them.

Where did this story originate? Wait for it – a comic book titled “The Prophet,” containing the testimony of an alleged ex-Jesuit priest, Alberto Rivera! No footnote, no documentation nor any source in the comic indicated where he got this fantastic story from, yet many zealots have lapped it up.

Rivera claimed he learnt these “secret teachings” at the Vatican yet there is not a shred of evidence to corroborate his claims.

And if those peddling this legend knew a little bit of church history, they would have known there was no such thing as the Vatican in the 6th century. The writer resorted to historical compression to sell his conspiracy drivel.

(4) Does the storyteller seem to aggrandize his/her role in the story? Does he/she artificially inflate his/her importance, power, or victimization in the account?

In 1999 or so, I saw a poster of an alleged ex-Satanist, a Nigerian, who was to share his testimony at a Christian crusade. His past credentials in the ad read: “Formerly married to the queen of river Niger; formerly third-in-command to Satan himself.” That’s a smoking gun.

When a person embellishes his testimony to present himself as a superman or super martyr, even if he claims to be doing it for Christ, it’s all about self.

Some of these people suffer from delusions of grandeur or paranoia and are unable to distinguish between their own fantasies and reality.

Like Doc Marquis who claims to be initiated into the Illuminati at the age of  4 and was made a high priest at 13 and by 17, he was controlling towns in Lawrence and Methuen in Salem and Massachusetts, without being famous.

So a teenager could have the skills and sophistication required to run a coven of adults and control towns without being detected by friends, teachers or parents? Quite impressive.

(5) Are there factual, realistic and reliable data supporting the major claims made in the story? Or do they contradict well-established facts?

In the book Unbroken Curses, Daniel Yoder claims he was sent to a Jewish Kabbala boarding school in Europe at the age of 6 where he was ritualistically abused.

The problem is that, the Ashkenazi Kabbala (the European Jewish tradition) is rarely, if ever, taught outside a strict setting and definitely not in a school. It’s never taught to anyone who is not first a seasoned Jewish Rabbi, 40 years of age, married, and has at least 4 children.

Christian legends may intrigue or entertain but they always contradict facts. Like I noted elsewhere, both Rebecca Brown and her husband, Daniel Yoder, live in their own la-la land of legends and lies and it’s from that detached world that they write.

(6) Watch out for phantom documentations and flagrant inconsistencies.

Phantom documentations are proofs that exist only in the abstract and usually blamed on a conspiracy. Like when someone says, “There are historical proofs for what I’m saying but you can’t find them anywhere because they have been erased from history books by the enemy.”

I used to read a church’s weekly bulletins but at a point, they lost me. After reading dozens of them and their books, I observed a disturbing pattern of the pastor presenting different versions of the same “testimony.” At times he would borrow a story from, say Derek Prince, but in his sermons he would lace it with his own imaginative details – all in a bid to be sensational.

(7) Does the content fits Biblical worldview or does it contradict what the Bible teaches?

There was one “evangelist” Funmi Adebayo who released some tapes years ago titled “990 years in the Kingdom of Darkness,” in which she claimed to have been reincarnated on earth for centuries.

The part that amused me was when she said she was a very beautiful Indian woman in her previous life, and then one day she met Jesus on the astral plane, who then “forced” her to accept him but didn’t remember to fix her raspy, masculine voice.

That a number of Nigerian Christians would open their minds to this woman’s ravings and some pastors would open their church doors to her reflects a shocking demise of Biblical discernment.

There are several fake pages on social media named after famous pastors where someone posts a fake story or a picture of dollars, luxury cars or some other markers of prosperity and then adds a message like: “Type ‘Amen’ and share/send it to 20 people within 30 minutes and you will receive this miracle in 72 hours time.”

When many Christian folks see such posts, their eyes water at the raffle draw and they promptly obey. But a Biblically trained mind can see through such hoaxes; a Christian who understands the Bible knows that God is not a heavenly slot machine, a wishing well or a cosmic lottery.

Our God is indeed a miracle-working God, but He is not amenable to rituals and formulas. Works of fiction may be good in conveying our ideas, but we must not be implicated in presenting them to others as factual truths.

The Integrity Challenged Warriors

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I first came across Rebecca Brown’s book, Prepare for War, when I was 8 years old. My mother had a copy, so I would often sneak to where she kept it to view the illustrations in its pages.

Fast forward to 2006, I had read her first 5 books: He Came to Set the Captives Free (1986), Prepare for War (1987), Becoming a Vessel of Honor (1990), Unbroken Curses (1995) and Standing on the Rock (2002).

For a number of years, I enjoyed frequently reading Rebecca and Daniel’s newsletters on their Harvest Warriors website. No doubt, Rebecca Brown’s teachings influenced my early Christian walk; I was her dedicated fan.

Their website describes Rebecca as a woman who “has a deep understanding of the tactics and weapons of Satan’s kingdom which only a few possess” and has “vast experience” which gives much credibility to her teaching.

Daniel Yoder, her husband, is described as a “powerfully anointed” prophet and evangelist such that people who attend his meetings admit seeing “fire fall from heaven” during his ministry.

When I first came across some articles by some Christian ministers on the Internet debunking Rebecca and Daniel’s claims as spurious and heretical, I dismissed them as ravings of Satanists posing as Christians – after all, that’s how most people who digest Rebecca’s books would view them. But later, I started to have a rethink.

Her first two books for example, omit names of places and organizations and dates of events which makes it a bit difficult for one to follow the chronology of the stories, whereas the Christians who researched her books carefully documented her birth name (Ruth Irene Bailey), dates, and locations, and they interviewed several people who personally knew her.

In her first book, she claimed to have “had ten years experience as a R.N.” but investigations by these ministers revealed that she had a 7 year experience. Then in her fifth book, she re-casts this statement to say: “I also had years of experience as an R.N.”

Though Rebecca Brown brushed off the findings exposing her as “gossip” or “slander,” she couldn’t refute them.

I know God uses us in spite of our faults, but I thought, if these investigators were really Satanists, they were the ones who should be lying and re-casting their statements, not the other way round. After all, Rebecca herself wrote in Becoming a Vessel:

“[God] always demand honesty” (p. 141).

“The world of Satanism is also a world of lies. Satanists are accomplished liars and actors … Lying is ANY deliberate deception … ALL lies are sin” (pp. 245, 295).

As I critically re-read the writings of Rebecca and Daniel Yoder, I began to find more problems with their claims and teachings.

Now, I am not going to impose my conclusions, but I want my readers to make up their own minds about this pair as I highlight my observations here and elsewhere:

1. In Prepare for War, Rebecca wrote: “In His perfect will, the Lord allowed the satanists to be the instrument of my mother’s death … She died suddenly one Christmas” (p. 228).

Investigations however revealed that based on her death certificate, her mother died of a heart attack (see Gerard Fisher, Kurt Goedelman and Paul Blizzard, Personal Freedom Outreach Quarterly Journal, Oct-Dec., Vol. 9 No. 4, 1989).

In her book, Standing on the Rock, she gives a very different account of her mother’s demise:

One night the Lord spoke to me and told me that Satan was petitioning Him for my mother’s life.” He then said “I will take her home in two weeks” (p. 102).

So her mother’s death wasn’t “suddenly” as she had earlier claimed:

I dared not speak to my mother or anyone else of her impending death because the Lord had forbidden me to do so” (ibid).

2. She wrote:

The satanists swept in, and in one night, while Elaine and I were out of her house … destroyed everything we had. They axed everything in our home, even killing our precious pets. They also destroyed my office and everything we had. Elaine and I escaped with our lives and the clothes on our back” (Prepare, p. 229).

But investigations revealed that this scenario was untrue. She lost her practice when the Indiana Medical Licensing Board found out she was misdiagnosing patients, prescribing wrong doses, falsifying patient charts and abusing drugs (Demerol and Phenobarbital) and subsequently revoked her medical license.

This was why she and Elaine fled to Michigan – not as a result of satanist invasion. At no point in her books did she inform her readers the truth of what really happened.

She later wrote: “I was set up and framed and accused of all sorts of horrible things I had not done” (Standing, p. 52). Yet she provided no details of what the “frame-up” was about and hasn’t disproved the accusations since then.

3. She claimed to have brought “close to a thousand people out of hard-core Satanism” during her medical practice (Prepare, p. 228).

This implies that between April 1982 to May 1984 when she was in practice, she was leading about three satanists to the Lord per day. That’s quite phenomenal.

But when you examine the depth and quality of information in her first two books – if you are very conversant with the occult – they don’t reflect the works of someone who has led close to a thousand people out of hard-core Satanism.

4. In her second book, she quotes Jesus saying to her:

You see, I Jesus, know how you feel because I have experienced weakness. Father has never experienced weakness, so He usually gets angry when His people are weak” (Prepare, p. 230).

This heresy was pointed out by her critics, so in her fifth book, she re-tells the story and alters the words of Jesus: “You see, I know what it is like to be weak, I myself learned obedience through suffering” (Standing, p. 54).

In a post dated April 19, 2016 on her Facebook page, she insists again that God does not understand human weakness.

5. In her second book, she said God entered into a covenant with her:

I was to move to CaliforniaI was also to understand that I would eventually lay down my life out here for the Lord” (Prepare p. 35). This is probably why she wrote in the Introduction that: “Our race is almost run, we know that the Lord will be calling us home soon” (p. 10).

But in her third book, the covenant changed: “He [God] told Rebecca she would have many battles and some ‘close calls’ but in the end, their lives would be saved” (Becoming p. 15).

6. In her fifth book, she tells of meeting a “beautifully dressed lady” at a grocery store whom Daniel exposed as “Madena … one of the top international assassins” who had men working with her (Standing p. 92).

This supposedly happened in November 1989, some weeks before Daniel married Rebecca.

But in her third book she said that “one of Satan’s top assassins, and her associates” wanted to kill her and Elaine in December 1988 – before she ever met Daniel at all! (p. 16)

While in her fifth book, they all escaped to Arizona because Madena was so powerful (p. 97), in her third book, they all stayed at home to watch how God would fight for them (p. 17).

Either the first or second account appears to be fabricated.

6. Some parts of Rebecca’s third book sound like she brought a fictitious character (or alter ego) into her story to say things that would corroborate her claims.

The conversations she had with “Joyce” in Chapter 3 (covering 20 pages) appears to be mini-apology responses to the criticisms levied at her around that time.

It’s very unlikely that a person would remember word-for-word, a conversation which they had “a little more than two years” ago – unless the discussion was recorded.

I bring this up because in her second book, which was written close to the time she talked with “Joyce,” Rebecca admits: “Because of a recent physical illness, my brain just doesn’t function as well as it used to be. I have great difficulty remembering things” (Prepare p. 93).

7. In Unbroken Curses, Daniel narrated an experience he had at age 6: “When the rabbis found him, they locked him into the chamber, removed the lid from the top, and dumped thousands of spiders down on top of him, many of them poisonous” (p. 153)

If this is not an embellished story, it’s pure fiction. It is an established fact that spiders are solitary creatures that tend to kill or chase off one another. Where did these rabbis get thousands of spiders and how were they kept?

How did a 6 year old locked in a small, dark room count the spiders up to a thousand? The story says “a brilliant shaft of light” with “two arms reaching out of the light” took Daniel and cradled him to sleep.

It’s very unlikely that a 6 year old locked in a dark room of spiders would cuddle up to two unknown arms from a light (Please ask any 6 year old you know). No matter how sensational a legend is, it always flies in the face of facts.

8. The account of the murder of Daniel’s first wife (Kai) narrated in Unbroken Curses (pp. 159-160) and Standing on the Rock (p. 73) also leaves much to be desired.

A comparison of both accounts shows the latter is laced with details not present in the former:

“Not only was Kai killed, but their baby was cut out and killed as well. Probably the only thing that kept Daniel from totally losing his mind, was that the Lord permitted him to see angels come to lift Kai’s spiritual body out of her mangled physical body. She had their baby son in her arms and they escorted her into heaven.”

You see, in the time frame between their fourth and fifth book, Daniel and Rebecca had graduated to telling stories of frequent visits to God’s throne, flying with angels in the air, seeing the dead at Jesus’ arm in heaven and many visions similar to those of Rick Joyner. So, as they re-tell their old stories, they read these supernatural details back into them.

It wasn’t a surprise when the pair later offered their unflinching support to Rick Joyner (who is a member of the Order of the Knights of Malta), Norman Vincent Peale (who was a 33 degree Mason), the Pensacola revival and some other questionable figures like John Todd (see Official Rebecca Brown Facebook Page, 17-12-13).

10. The “testimony” in their April 2002 newsletter is another example of a poorly crafted fiction:

One sister worked on the 105th floor of the World Trade Center buildings. This was the floor the jet crashed into. When the jet hit, she was thrown out of her seat across the room behind a door. This saved her from being set on fire. When she collected her wits from the shock of being thrown, she realized that she was in the doorway to a stairwell. Jesus appeared to her and instructed her to follow Him out of the building. He led her all the way down 105 stories to safety. She got out of the building unhurt.”

This story contradicts established facts and details of the September 11 attack. The first hijacked jet crashed into the North Tower, between the 93rd and 98th floor instantly killing scores of people on those floors and the plane.

The impact of the aircraft ignited a fire which engulfed the stairwell exits and the 930 people above the North Tower were trapped and couldn’t get out of the building.

The second jet hit the South Tower between the 78th and 84th floors destroying 2 out of 3 stairways. Out of the 500 people trapped above the impact zone, only 18 people could escape through the stairwell exit.

That a person would fabricate a “testimony” about such a well-documented incident reveals an abdication of integrity.

11. In that newsletter, Daniel complains about the Christians who exposed their wild claims and calls on “Christians everywhere to pray regularly asking our God to deal with these people and put them out of business.

I can’t find a Biblical warrant for such prayers. Rebecca herself hinted in her second book that this is a form of satanic attack (p. 51). Her views must have changed over the years.

It seems the pair have had their invitations to some churches cancelled due to the Internet articles on them, thus, Daniel wrote a book, Talebearers: God’s Answer to Investigative Reporting.

While God’s answer to discernment has not changed – because of false teachers deceiving people with false teachings and stories – let no one try to conflate “investigation” with “tale bearing.” They are miles apart.

God hates “a lying tongue” and a person who loves and practices falsehood will not be in heaven (Prov. 6:17).

12. This was posted on their Facebook page (Sept. 16, 2013):

Daniel had a vision from the Lord of a special bridge between earth and heaven called the Rainbow Bridge. The Lord told Daniel that every person entering into heaven would first meet his/her pets, especially if they had no family members who had been saved. These beloved animals comforted and ministered to the people, once again, especially those who did not have any saved family members to meet them.

This is precisely the reason why Christians need to be discerning. Animals weren’t made in God’s image and they don’t have spirits like humans do (Eccl. 3:21). Aside that, the “rainbow bridge” idea is a New Age code for the bridge linking the physical plane with the spiritual dimension.

In February 26, 2016, Rebecca told her Facebook fans that her cat, Chico, curled around Jesus and worshipped Him. How an animal is capable of doing this was not explained. Rebecca and her husband have a track record of using preposterous tales to peddle their heresies.

13. Rebecca posted a photo of a beautiful forest in their Facebook group (December, 14, 2013) with a post saying:

“This picture was taken by Daniel this fall on our land. We live in a valley with mountains on three sides. This picture was taken across the valley as the sun was setting, of the mountain on the opposite side. You can see our driveway at the bottom of the picture. God has greatly blessed us by allowing us to live in such a beautiful place.”

But this picture has been in the public domain such as Wikipedia Commons since 2011, and wasn’t obviously taken by her husband as she claimed.

How can a Christian take a picture from the Internet and lie that it’s a picture of his/her residence? Such a person doesn’t seem to have it going for him/her in the truth department.

If Rebecca and her husband cannot be trusted on such a trivial matter, why should they be trusted with their grand visions, constant visits to heaven and other spooky stories they narrate?

14. When a Christian website owner pointed out this lie to Rebecca on her page, she replied the next day:

YES!!!! I see we have had some of SATAN’S DISCIPLES RELIGIOUS BULLIES on here posting. They love to sow discord, gossip, backbiting, slander. They are called tale-bearers in the Bible. The Bible says God despises them. They have a father but it’s not God and they don’t serve Jesus … BE careful you don’t fall into their snare and become a gossip monger, backbiting Satanist.

This sounds familiar. This was the same response she gave to those investigating her books in the late 80s. Rather than admit her lies and repent of misleading her followers, she resorts to attacking and labelling those exposing her as “Satanists.”

Has she forgotten her own charge, that God always demands honesty and that all lies are sin?

These are not issues that should be swept under the rug. I’m not that bothered if a person is feeding his flock with fabricated stories and heresies. If the listeners refuse to search the Scriptures and use their God-given discernment to eat the hay and leave the sticks behind, that’s their choice.

But when people put their lies and errors in a book or the media, they are poisoning the public, and they have to be publicly exposed.

When a warrior’s belt of truth is absent, his breastplate of righteousness will also fall off, and his “battle” will become a big joke to the enemy. You can’t be fighting the Father of lies with lies!