Rebecca Brown

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Rebecca Brown Yoder[note 1] (born Ruth Irene Bailey) (1948–2020)[1] was the author of He Came to Set the Captives Free and Prepare For War, both notoriously fraudulent tales about somebody named Elaine (Edna Elaine Moses) she had supposedly rescued from Satanism. Both books were published by Chick Publications and used by Jack Chick as source material for some of his own tracts about the occult (e.g. The Poor Little Witch).[2]

Edna Elaine Moses[edit]

Book cover for He Came to Set the Captives Free

Elaine was allegedly a top member of "The Brotherhood," which Brown says is "the same cult written Mike Warnke's book, The Satan Seller." Elaine was so deeply into Satanism that she actually got married to Satan himself (how dare anyone try and marry a deity!). Brown and Elaine also claimed Christian churches were being widely infiltrated by witches. He Came to Set the Captives Free has all the usual gory stories of human sacrifices and sex orgies common to such Christian books, and an encounter with a werewolf among other things. It also claims Elaine, as a high Satanist priestess, met with rock musicians (who had all signed their souls over to Satan) and with the Pope to discuss Satanist strategy. Prepare for War continues with the Elaine story interwoven with bizarre chapters on other urgent matters she just has to warn the church about, one of which is on how the Catholic mass and rosary are witchcraft, another of which warns against allowing anyone to hypnotise you because they may be homosexuals who, once they have implanted a demon in you through hypnosis, can then astrally project themselves into your bedroom to sodomize you while you sleep.[note 2]


Brown was quickly exposed as a fraud by other Christian ministries who investigated the story.[3] They further found that Edna Elaine Moses was Dr. Ruth Irene Bailey's roommate the whole time, and that Bailey/Brown had had her medical license revoked by the state of Indiana for a repeated pattern of misdiagnosing serious illnesses as "demonic possession," and for inappropriately prescribing large doses of narcotic drugs to her patients, including to Elaine. Amongst her other transgressions was telling patients that she had been "chosen by God as the only physician able to diagnose certain ailments and conditions which other physicians could not" and for falsifying patient charts regarding her patients' condition. The medical board appointed psychiatrist said that Brown herself suffered from demonic delusions/paranoid schizophrenia, which would explain why, as the document says, she went from a bright stable medical student to the mess she became.

Unbroken Curses[edit]

After a falling out with Chick, her books are now published by a Pentecostal leaning publisher, Whitaker House. In 1995, she wrote Unbroken Curses, an alleged guide to spiritual warfare and casting out the influence of demons in one's life.[4] The theme of the book is that people have many areas giving Satan an open door into their lives that they need to root out, often because of their ancestors having practiced non-Christian religions or because the occult activity has taken place in the past where they live. Among her more ludicrous claims are that Native American reservations are cursed ground, many children's toys are actually statues of demons, graffiti (tagging) is left by occultists to place a special type of demon called a "watcher" in an area, citizenship papers of immigrant ancestors act as an open door through which thousands of demons from the "old country" can continue to enter the United States, wind chimes invite demons into your home, and the anarchy symbol is actually a symbolic representation of a "watcher" demon that conjures up a real demon. She also tells anti-Semitic tall tales of how her husband was born into a "wealthy Jewish family of international bankers" and subjected to Satanic ritual abuse by a cabal of rabbis who imprisoned him in the deepest subterranean levels of his exclusive boarding school.[note 3] There is also the intriguing claim that teens style their hair according to which demon they have sworn allegiance to.[5]:5-11


  • Rebecca Brown, He Came to Set the Captives Free: A Guide to Recognizing and Fighting the Attacks of Satan, Witches, and the Occult. Whitaker House, 1992. ISBN 9780883683231
  • Rebecca Brown, Prepare for War. Whitaker House, 1992. ISBN 0883683245
  • Rebecca Brown, Becoming a Vessel of Honor. Whitaker House, 1992. ISBN 0883683229
  • Rebecca Brown and Daniel Yoder, Unbroken Curses: Hidden Source of Trouble in the Christian’s Life. Whitaker House, 1995. ISBN 0883683725


  1. Not to be confused with the Australian lesbian author of the same name.Wikipedia
  2. Ah! Porn for Christians. You can't make this stuff up.
  3. And where can one buy this garbage pit of a book? Unfortunately, it's probably in stock at the local Barnes and Noble or Books-A-Million.


  1. Rebecca Brown Yoder, Archived from the original at
  2. The Poor Little Witch Boolean Union Studios
  3. John Baskette, The Bizarre Case of Dr. Rebecca Brown. Archived from, March 1994.
  4. Rebecca Brown and Daniel Yoder, Unbroken Curses: Hidden Source of Trouble in the Christian’s Life. Whitaker House, 1995. ISBN 0883683725
  5. G. Richard Fisher and M. Kurt Goedelman, The Curse of Curse Theology: The Return of Rebecca Brown, M.D. The Quarterly Journal, Personal Freedom Outreach, July-September 1996.