Rebecca Brown

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Book cover for He Came to Set the Captives Free
Because Heaven sounds lame anyways
Satanism
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God's own scapegoat
A devilish plan

Rebecca Brown[note 1] (born Ruth Irene Bailey) is 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).

Edna Elaine Moses[edit]

Elaine was allegedly a top member of "The Brotherhood", which Brown says is "the same cult written about...in 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]

Controversy[edit]

Brown was quickly exposed as a fraud by other Christian ministries who investigated the story.[1] They further found that Edna Elaine Moses was Dr. Ruth Irene Bailey's roommate the whole time, and that Bailey/Brown 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. Among 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]

She then had a falling out with Chick and 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.[2] The theme of the book is that people have many areas in their lives, akin to open doors, through which Satan can enter. People need to root these areas out, often because their ancestors practiced non-Christian religions or because occult activity has taken place 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.

How the Christian community views her and her books[edit]

Although the events written about in her books are seemingly outlandish and in keeping with the satanism hysteria that gripped the 80's and early 90's, numerous Christian authorities and believers all over the world have always conceded that her interpretation of Scripture with regards to her experiences is faultless.

For instance, in her book, He Came To Set The Captives Free [3], she puts an angelic visitation that manifests to her in physical form through the test prescribed in 1 John 4:13;

Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world. Hereby know ye the Spirit of God; every spirit that confesseth that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is of God; and every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come into the flesh is not of God ...

Thankfully, the angelic apparition passes the test, and so does she, by extension as a faithful Christian witness.

Although many Christians are fortunate enough not to have direct interactions with any of the infernal beings and supernatural events described in her books in their lifetimes, most acknowledge her legitimacy as a divinely inspired author, because her message invariably strictly adheres to Scripture.

The criticism and castigation her books have received especially from within the Christian community, though expected (primarily by her), has been somewhat surprising considering how open and clear Scripture is about her subject matter; Ephesians 6:12 says,

For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.

On the other hand however, people who through their involvement in the occult, have ripped the veil and unwittingly allowed this eldritch reality to intrude tangibly into their normal lives, know full well the reality alluded to in this verse of Scripture and expounded upon in her books.

Nevertheless, regardless of which side of the aisle a reader sits, they often quickly realize that from cover to cover, Rebecca’s books are fundamentally composed of Scriptural teaching, with the surrounding characters and events which have evoked so much controversy taking a back seat to her main subject, faith in God.

In this sense, she and her literary works can be viewed as modern day counterparts to 17th century English intellectual and poet, John Milton [4] and his world acclaimed epic, Paradise Lost [5]. Similar to Rebecca’s books, Paradise Lost features a host of fantastical entities and events; all which a reader quickly perceives as only ancillary elements through which the overarching theme of his poem shines through unobscured: the justification of the works of God to man.

Over the years, numerous detractors even within the Christian faith have sharply criticized and disparaged her character and her books. It is maybe with such "scoffers" [6] in mind that she endeavored to inundate her books with copious amounts of relevant Biblical proofs, foreseeing that even though her more bizarre claims could be easily attacked or disproven, her ability to ‘rightly divide the Word of truth’ [7] would always stand as an enduring testament to the veracity of her claims.

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Notes[edit]

  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.

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