In the early 1990s I joined a charismatic mega-church. The anti-satanism witch-hunt and hysteria was in full motion in South Africa at the time. It
created a whole cottage industiry of books on Satanism, and how the occult was seducing the youth. I remember two books quite fondly, both written by
Rebecca Brown MD. They were: "Prepare for War" and "He Came to Set the Captives Free". These were then considered literal spiritual warfare
documents, and we all huddled and hushed, hanging on to every word. In the former book Brown (a nurse) described how Elaine became the top global
witch in a satanic "brotherhood", and she eventually gets married to Satan himself, who (duh) turns out to be an abusive husband. She then flees to
the Christian nurse, who drives out all her demons. It kinda ends with the two women living happily together. It gave credence to the prevailing
paranoia of the time, and preached:
- homosexuality, rock music or any other-cultural beliefs were evil and a gateway for Satan and demons to enter your life
- the Catholics were part of the "Satanic mafia", and all their paraphenalia is demonic
- D'n'D games were satanic
- were-wolves and vampires are real, and caused by demonic power
- one can pray for others by asking God to let you take their pain
- elaborate and constant exorcisms are needed for deliverance, even after salvation
Now, I googled variously "Rebecca Brown+fraud", "Fraud+Rebecca Brown". Oh dear, it turns out she was a bit of a whack-job, who wrote her books
while high on stolen medication. I think en.wikipedia.org...
(Christian_author) is a good synopsis from Wikipedia.
Still today we have an occult cop in South Africa (Kobus Jonker), and others who make their daily bread from this myth. Thousands of people were said
to be sacrificed every year, but without evidence. Strange how urban legends reflect wider anxieties, because there were missing people at the time
due to political conspiracies. Yet Brown also has her die-hard fan base, who label all accusations against her as lies and attacks from the devil.
I'll miss lying in bed, and imagining the satanic masses and werewolves outside. It was such snug entertainment. It also provided a real
explanatory conspiracy as a world-view. She even provided a verse that still makes me wonder about vampires, were-beasts: Psalm 57:4: "I lie amongst
ravenous beasts - men whose teeth are spears and arrows".
Any opinions, or memories?