"See to it that no one takes you captive
through hollow philosophy and empty deception,
according to the teaching and traditions of men
...rather than according to Christ."
- Colossians 2:8
Author and self-proclaimed 'expert' on Witchcraft, Rebecca Brown actively discourages the 'testing' of her books and teaching against Scripture as described in the previous chapters, claiming that anything that distracts her readers from her books, or causes one to doubt anything she says, is directly from Satan.38 In other words, Brown is claiming that her books are infallible and do not need to be checked against Scripture.
In the current edition of her book, 'He Came to Set the Captives Free', Brown goes so far as to say that her teaching was given to her "by direct guidance from the Holy Spirit".39 She is, therefore, claiming her books are the result of the same Divine inspiration as the Bible.
Despite this outrageous claim her books are being used by more and more Evangelical and Fundamentalist pastors, teachers, congregations and 'deliverance ministries'40 as well as by other modem day, self-styled Witch-hunters of Brown's ilk, as totally authoritative and infallible teaching manuals.
Indeed, many Christians seem to be ready to believe any book rather than the Book that they claim to hold most dear!
For example, Brown describes continual battles between Witches for power and prestige41 on both physical and spiritual planes. Brown states that not only do demonic spirits become involved in these battles, but that "Demons have no loyalties. They will always go to the stronger person. Satan's kingdom runs on the principle of competition."42
Such teaching, which is becoming increasingly accepted by Fundamentalists, is diametrically opposed to Holy Writ, for Jesus himself said, 'If a kingdom is divided against itself, that kingdom can not stand. And if a house is divided against itself, that house will not be able to stand. And if Satan has risen up against himself and is divided, he can not stand, but he is finished."43
Brown's teaching on the character of God the Father and that of Jesus is also 'unorthodox' to say the least when examined in the light of Scripture. In her second book, 'Prepare for War', Brown describes a conversation she allegedly had with Jesus:
"... That gentle voice of the Lord [Jesus] spoke to me saying, 'Talk to me child.' 'I can't talk to you Lord, I don't feel any different from before, and all you do is get mad!' 'But I am not mad with you, I never have been. 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."44
"Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is Love! This is how God showed His love among us: He sent His one and only Son into the world that we might live through Him. This is love: not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins."45
The text above states that, 'God is Love!' For Brown to claim the opposite is a denial of who God is. According to the passage above our ability to love one another is based on our personal knowledge of God Himself. It tells us that the greatest demonstration of God's love was in sending His Son, Jesus, into the world to die in our place, for our sins.
The New Testament teaches that, "... God so greatly loved and dearly prized the world that he (even) gave up His onlybegotten (unique) Son, so that whoever believes in (trusts, clings to, relies on) Him shall not perish (come to destruction, be lost) but have eternal (everlasting) life."46 and that, "God demonstrates His love for using this: while we were still sinners Christ died for us."47
Brown's teaching on the nature and character of both Satan and God contradict the clear statements of Scripture. It seems she can not get the basic doctrines of Biblical Christianity right... So what of the rest of her teaching?
Brown's concept of man's spirit having 'a body corresponding to our physical body' also differs gready with Biblical Fundamentalism.
Brown claims that the human spirit-body may be transported outside the physical body. Brown refers to this as "astral projection." More popularly known as 'Out of Body Experiences' or 'OBE's, this is a phenomenon in which a person feels separated from his or her physical body and seems to travel to, and perceive, distant locations on Earth or in other worldly realms.
Christian scholars agree. In an article in death and dying, researchers from the 'Spiritual Counterfeits Project' examined these types of experiences. They concluded that "one of the clearest Scriptural possibilities" to purported 'spirit travel' is "the potentiaL of manipulation of mental states"49 - in other words, hallucination and wishful thinking.
Brown, however, insists that these experiences are real for both Christians and practitioners of Witchcraft, who she claims a unique authority to speak authoritatively about.
I Corinthians 15:44; n Corinthians 12:2-4 and Revelation 1:1050
"...if there is a natural body, there is also a spiritual body."51
Brown demonstrates her total lack of understanding of the principles of basic Interpretation of Scripture through her application of the term 'spiritual body' to refer to a present state. This verse does not speak of a spiritual body that can be 'astrally projected'. Rather, when read in context - "So it will be with the resurrection of the dead. The body that is sown is perishable, it is raised imperishable...it is sown a natural body, it is raised a spiritual body. If there is a natural body, there is also a spiritual body."52 - it is plain that the subject being addressed is the resurrection of the dead on the Day of Judgement and the nature of the 'resurrection body'. It has absolutely nothing to do with 'astral projection'.
"...I know a man in Christ who fourteen years ago was caught up to the third Heaven. Whether it was in the body or out of the body I do not know - God knows. And I know this man - whether in the body or apart from the body, I do not know, but God knows - was caught up to Paradise He heard inexpressible things, things that a man is not permitted to tell"53
The Apostle Paul states that he did not know whether this man's experience was truly an OBE or not. Brown, however, apparently claiming more insight and knowledge than Paul, who actually knew the man in question, Brown assures us nearly 2,000 years later, that he was, indeed, "out of the body".
Even if this man was outside his body, his experience is very different from the bizarre experiences that Brown describes battling demonic spirits and disembodied Witches.
"On the Lord's Day I was in the Spirit, and I heard behind me a loud voice like a trumpet."54
If the phrase 'in the Spirit' is an indication of 'astral travel' as Brown pre-supposes, then we must also believe that all the Christians living in Rome were astral travelling at the same time when Paul describes them as being 'in the Spirit' in the New Testament Book of Romans.55
Other texts such as Galatians 5:25; Ephesians 6:18 and I Peter 4:6 show how ludicrous Brown's position is. In its correct context, the phrase 'in the Spirit' is an indication of being in communion with God through the Holy Spirit.
Rather than allegorizing obscure verses and using them to twist the clear statements within Scripture, as Rebecca Brown and all those who adhere to her teaching do, Fundamentalist interpretation of Scripture dictates starting with the clear statements in the Bible such as "the body without the spirit is dead."56 To the Bible believing Christian this should be, and is, the end of the argument. . . and Brown's credibility!
All three of Brown's books constantly refer to the 'sealing' and 'anointing' of people places, objects, and even pets, with oil to safeguard them from attack from demonic spirits and, as we have seen, in contradiction to Scripture, astral travelling Witches!
Brown goes so far as to say that God can not protect the believer unless this 'anointing' has taken place.57 She is therefore claiming that God is not Sovereign and All Powerful and in fact that mere mortals have the power to circumvent His will!
True, there are a number of references in Scripture concerning the anointing of people and occasionally objects for special service to God. However, these instances are vastly different from the aUeged battles fought against disembodied Witches and demonic spirits high over the city streets, or in the spirit realm, described in Brown's books.
"So I took the oil on hand (cooking oil) and placed some on the doorposts and lintels of all the doors, the doors themselves, and on each of the windows. Then leaving the doors open I went back into the house and stood in the middle of it and asked the Lord to cleanse it and drive out all of the evil spirits currently in the house. 58 The change was immediate and dramatic. MY HOUSE WAS SEALED AND NO DEMONS OR HUMAN SPIRITS COULD GET IN FROM THAT POINT ON!"59
Yet in her third book, 'Becoming a Vessel of Honor in the Master's Service', disembodied Witches and demonic spirits are repeatedly able to "break the seal" and enter Brown's home to wreak havoc at will.
In one bizarre passage from Brown's first book, she describes a human sacrifice that she alleges was witnessed by a group of "at least a thousand people" Brown writes: "the baby was strapped down on a stone alter[sic] which was in the shape of an upside down cross."60
A blood curdling tale follows, culminating three pages later with a scene directly out of the 'Malleus Malleficarum'61
"I was put on the altar, my clothes were all taken off and SATAN HAD SEX WITH ME to prove that I was his High Priestess. (The High Priest and many others had sex with me also.) The congregation went wild! Many of them were high on drugs and alcohol and the meeting turned into a sex orgyl"62
Not only is the sanity of anyone who claims to have had sex with Satan seriously in doubt, but one has to wonder how one would know whether this 'stone alter'[sic] was in the shape of an 'upside down cross' or an upright cross - without a 'This Way Up' sticker on the side of it! The ridiculousness of such statements of Brown throws serious doubt, to say the least, on the rest of her tale!
On the very next page we read: "'Stop! Ouch!' Annie interrupted. 'Rebecca my leg feels like it is on fire!...It's hurting too much!'" - Brown replies, "IF YOU HAD TOLD ME EARLIER WE COULD HAVE GOTTEN IT REMOVED BY A DOCTOR WITH A LOCAL ANAESTHETIC. Now you'll just have to put up with the pain."64
Apart from the obvious inconsistency above, one has to ask 'Why would Rebecca Brown M.D. even think of going to another Doctor for a minor procedure only requiring local anaesthetic?'
Many of (ex)-Dr Brown's patients subsequently "had to undergo detoxification and withdrawal"66 from the drugs that Brown was prescribing and administering to them. The 'Indiana Medical Licencing Board' found "that [Brown] represents a clear and immediate danger to the public health and safety." She was judged to be mentally unstable.67
One has to question whether Brown sincerely believes what she writes or if she is knowingly deceiving her readers, especially concerning her claims concerning Elaine's, involvement in Witchcraft since childhood,68 participating in rituals involving animal and human sacrifice, torture, mutilation, rape69 and even having had sex, not only with demonic spirits, but with Satan himself,70 on several occasions, prior to her conversion to Christianity!71
It is worth noting that after seventeen years investigating Brown's, and other similar claims of ritual abuse, the FBI concluded "there is absolutely NO evidence for allegations that deal with large scale baby breeding, human sacrifice, and organized 'Satanic' conspiracies. It is up to mental health professionals, NOT law enforcement, to explain why 'victims' are alleging things that have not actually happened."72
It is impossible to determine how much, if any, actual contact with Witchs, Satanists or demonic entities, Rebecca Brown actually had while under the influence of powerful, mind bending drugs, but one can be sure that her drug induced, paranoid and wildly hallucinating state brought NO 'direct revelation from God'.
It is worth noting that Jack T Chick, head of 'Chick Publications' (the original publishers of Brown's first two books) began to distance himself from Brown in 1990. Without Chick's distribution capabilities Brown's third book previously received only limited exposure.
However, in 1992, Brown found a new mass market publisher, 'Whitaker House', for all of three of her books, and apparently has a fourth book, 'Unbroken Curses', in the pipeline. Noticeably absent from these new printings by Whitaker are all references to direct Vatican involvement in Brown's 'Satanic Brotherhood' that were present in the earlier 'Chick Publications' printings of her books.
It is our hope and prayer that both Jack T Chick and Whitaker House will publicly acknowledge Brown's teaching to be false and admit that they have been deceived. Our prayer, too, is that Ruth Bailey, alias Rebecca Brown, and all others who promote such teaching, will turn away trom the falsehoods, deceptions and outright lies that they preach as fact, and which cause suspicion, confusion and fear not only among Christians, but in the wider community at large, and which only serve to harm the innocent and bring dishonour upon Christ.
38 'Captives', pp 4-5. Similar 'warnings' are given in the opening pages of all Brown's books.
39 'Captives', [Whitaker House, 1992], pg. 288
40 see footnote 10 for more information regarding 'deliverance ministries'
41 'Captives', pp 47-48, 50,62, etc
42 'Captives', pg. 48
43 Mark 3:24-26 (NASB)
44 'War', pg. 226
45 I John 4:7-10
46 John 3:16 (Amplified Bible)
47 Romans 5:8
48 It is not our intention to create, or even enter into, controversy or discussion regarding OBE's. For the purposes of this article the Christian Fundamentalist viewpoint, as expounded by literal interpretation of the Bible has been taken as the final authority.
49 'Journal of the Spiritual Counterfeits Project', April 1977, pg.226
50 Rebecca Brown MD, 'He Came To Set The Captives Free', [Chick Publications, 1986], pg. 164-165; 'Prepare for War', [Chick Publications, 1987], pg. 245; 'Becoming a Vessel of Honor in the Master's Service', [Fortress Books, 1991], pg. 120
51 I Corinthians 15:44
52 I Corinthians 15:42-44
53 II Corinthians 12:2-4
54 Revelation 1: 10
55 Romans 8:9
56 James 2:26
57 'Captives', pg. 222
58 Apparently, Brown believes demonic and disembodied human spirits can not travel through walls. If this is the case, why bother using the oil in the first place? Why not just keep the front door shut? - Ed.
59 'Captives', pg. 222-223
60 'Captives', pg. 49
61 In 1484, two Dominican mars complained to Pope Innocent VIII that local authorities were hampering their attempts to stop the practice of the old, pre-Christian religion in the countryside. The Pope granted these two monks, Heinrich Kraemer and Johann Sprenger, full authority to eradicate such 'heresy'. The monks, and their followers, were brutally efficient, employing the techniques of the Inquisition to torture and execute some 9,000,000 alleged Witches' over the next 250 years!
62 'Captives', pg. 51
63 'Vessel', pg. 32
64 'Vessel', pg. 33
65 'Indiana Medical Licencing Board' - In the Matter of Ruth Bailey (alias 'Rebecca Brown) MD' Licence #29402, 20 Sept 1984
66 'Indiana Medical Licencing Board' - In the Matter of Ruth Bailey (alias 'Rebecca Brown) MD' Licence #29402, 20 Sept 1984
67 'Indiana Medical Licencing Board' - In the Matter of Ruth Bailey (alias 'Rebecca Brown) MD' Licence #29402, 20 Sept 1984
68 'Captives', PP 24-40
69 'Captives', PP 13, 49-50, 53, 65-66, 69-74, etc
70 'Captives', PP 13, 49-50, 53, 65-66, 69-74, etc
71 'Captives', PP 13, 49-50, 53, 65-66, 69-74, etc
72 'Satanic Ritual Abuse' - FBI Report - Kenneth V. Lanning, Supervisory Special Agent Behavioral Science Unit National Center for the Analysis of Violent Crime
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