What does one do when confronted with a sinking revelation that the very people you live and work with, sup with and join in recreation with, number amongst them those who are anything but what you imagined them to be? I grew up and received my education as a WASP, not only that but my stomping grounds were the haunts of the upper middle-class and elements in positions in the community.
In even utilizing the word WASP, it is recognition of what others have said about people of our ilk – no one I knew would have used it but then again, I’m not exactly their favourite son. A similar thing exists with those using the words “private” for independent schools and “posh” for educated.
As a former MCC member [stopped paying my dues] whose sports were sailing, rugby union, cricket, skiing and rowing [once a SHORR cox, grew too big and stroked at a minor regatta the next year in a seventh eight], Radio 4 listener, Telegraph reader, C of E christened etc., you have a fair idea of my life story. Therefore, turning on the Masons [of which my father was a member], it would not be just them but any Rotarian or gents club member who would shun me these days.
For I was not one of their natural enemies but part of their strata of society and one who ratted on them. I consider ratting on what I found to be false was actually loyalty to a higher good but don’t expect anyone to share my view. Don’t get me wrong – I’m including only a small proportion of all those I knew who were in this category but higher degree Masons were part of that.
One article I liked and which put it well was from Free the Masons Ministries, Washington and an abridged version, largely shorn of Christian rhetoric, is below. Now, I’m well aware that senior Masons hotly deny that Pike or Manning-Hall are in any way representative today, that Masonry has been “modernized” [ROTFL] and that none of those penalties are currently invoked – the latter being true as far as my father was concerned.
Still, I always shudder when glancing beneath Blackfriars Bridge.
My father left the order, disquietened by what he found, the higher he went and he was no religious Christian. He was not alone and many in transition beyond the blue orders reach a key point of decision. Those with no religious convictions might find it easier to make the transition.
A recent newspaper insert, called “Freemasonry – a Way of Life” appeared in many metropolitan areas. It pictured Freemasonry as a family-centered, fraternal, benevolent organization, “as American as apple pie!”
Not only does the article demonstrate the strength of Freemasonry among our political leaders (both past and present), but makes much of its use of the Holy Bible and its foundational belief in God. Masonry has a very strong representation in the Christian denominations throughout the world. In many of the churches we visit, I find Masons involved as deacons, elders, board members and even pastors.
Their claim and the claim of every Mason to the outside world is that Masonry and Christianity are totally compatible. They tell me that religion is the experience of relating to God, and Masonry the experience of relating to mankind. While separate, they can and do naturally coexist.
The article mentioned above explains its “religious” position this way, “Masonry is not a religion in any sense of the word, yet it is religious. Church membership is not a requirement, yet membership in any church is no bar to admission. There is nothing in the requirements of Masonry to prevent a Catholic, a Mohammedan, a Jew, a Buddhist, a Protestant, a Mormon, or any member of any religion from becoming a member.”
On the surface, this might seem quite reasonable. I find no offense in being involved in social, civic and benevolent activities with people of other religious backgrounds. In fact, it’s really an integral part of the excitement of life! But, when it comes to my own personal worship of God, and His revelation to me of His Word, there are some very clear guidelines!
The key document [is] Freemasonry, “Morals and Dogma of the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite of Freemasonry,” by Albert Pike, Grand Commander, 1859-1891. Its title page states that it was prepared for the “Supreme Council of the Thirty-Third Degree and Published by its Authority.” Originally published in 1871, I have used the 1966 Edition. Except where other sources are noted, I cite page numbers only when using this work.
Custodian of Truth
(Masonry) “The custodian and depository (since Enoch) of the great philosophical and religious truths, unknown to the world at large, and handed down from age to age by an unbroken current of tradition, embodied in symbols, emblems and allegories.” (page 210)
A Religious Institution
“Masonry, is in every sense of the word, except one, and that its least philosophical, an eminently religious institution – that it is indebted solely to the religious element which it contains for its origin and for its continued existence and that without this religious element it would scarcely be worthy of cultivation by the wise and good.”…”
Freemasonry is not Christianity nor a substitute for it”…”But the religion of Masonry is not sectarian. It admits men of every creed within its hospitable bosom, rejecting institutions; and on this ground mainly, if not alone, should the religious Mason defend it.” (Encyclopedia of Freemasonry, Albert G. Mackey, Revised Edition, 1921, pages 618, 619)
The Foundation of Religion
“It [Masonry] is the universal, eternal, immutable religion, such as God planted it in the heart of universal humanity. No creed has ever been long-lived that was not built on this foundation. It is the base and they are the superstructure.” (page 219)
Temple of Religion
“Every Masonic Temple is a Temple of Religion, and its teachings are instructions in religion.” (page 213)
Buddha the First Legislator
“The first Masonic legislator whose memory is preserved to us by history, was Buddha, who, about a thousand years before the Christian era, reformed the religion of Manous.” (page 277)
Reverences all Reformers
“It [Masonry] reverences all the great reformers. It sees in Moses, the lawgiver to the Jews, in Confucius and Zoroaster, in Jesus of Nazareth, and in the Arabain Iconoclast, great teachers of morality, and eminent reformers, if no more; and allows every brother of the order to assign to each such higher and even divine characteristics as his creed and truth require.” (page 525)
“The true Mason is not creed-bound. He realizes with the divine illumination of his lodge that as a Mason his religion must be universal: Christ, Buddha or Mohammed, the name means little, for he recognizes only the light and not the bearer. He worships at every shrine, bows before every altar, whether in temple, mosque or cathedral, realizing with his truer understanding the oneness of all spiritual truth.” (The Lost Keys of Freemasonry, Manly P. Hall, 33rd, page 65, Macoy Publishing and Masonic Supply Co. Richmond, Va., 1976.)
“Masonry, around whose altars the Christian, the Hebrew, the Moslem, the Brahmin, the followers of Confucius and Zoroaster, can assemble as brethren and unite in prayer to the one God who is above all the Baalim, must needs leave it to each of its initiates to look for the foundation of his faith and hope to the written scriptures of his own religion.” (page 226)
The word, Baalim, is simply defined as “false god or idol.” The Masonic author has included the God of the Christian in that category.
The Source of All Good
“Everything good in nature comes from Osiris – order, harmony, and the favorable temperature of the seasons and celestial periods.” (page 476)
Osiris was the ancient Egyptian god whose annual death and resurrection personified the self-renewing vitality and fertility of nature. “The All Seeing Eye” is a Masonic representation of Osiris.
Masonry Conceals its Truths
“Masonry, like all the religions, all the Mysteries, Hermeticism and Alchemy, coceals it secrets from all except the Adepts and Sages, or the Elect, and uses false explanations and misinterpretations of its symbols to mislead those who deserve only to be misled; to conceal the Truth, which it calls Light, from them, and to draw them away from it. Truth is not for those who are unworthy or unable to receive it, or would pervert it.” (pages 104-105)
The Blue Lodge to be Deceived
“The Blue Degrees are but the outer court or portico of the Temple. Part of the symbols are displayed there to the Initiate, but he is intentionally misled by false interpretations. It is not intended that he shall understand them, but it is intended that he shall imagine he understands them.” (page 819)
Worshipful Master the Source of Light
“Worshipful Master: The Head and Chief of the Lodge, the Source of Light, of Knowledge and instruction in Masonry. He personifies the Sublime Art of Masonry and is the Spokesman thereof.” (Arthur Waite, A New Encyclopedia of Freemasonry, 1970, page xxiv)
Obedience the First Rule
“The first duty of every Mason is to obey the Mandate of the Master…The order must at once be obeyed; its character and its consequences may be matters of subsequent inquiry. The Masonic rule of obedience is like the nautical, imperative: ‘Obey orders, even if you break owners’.” (Encyclopedia of Freemasonry, Albert Mackey, page 525)
The Incomprehensible Bible
“The teachers, even of Christianity, are, in general the most ignorant of the true meaning of that which they teach. There is no book of which so little is known as the Bible. To most who read it, it is as incomprehensible as the Sohar.” (page 105)
The Incomplete Bible
“All truly dogmatic religions have issued from the Kabalah and return to it. Everything scientific and grand in the religious dreams of the Illuminati, Jacob Boehme, Swedenborg, Saint-Martin, and others, is borrowed from the Kabalah; all the Masonic associations owe to it their secrets and their symbols.
“The Kabalah alone consecrates the Alliance of the Universal Reason and the Divine Word…
“The Bible, with all the allegories it contains, expresses, in an incomplete and veiled manner only, the religious science of the Hebrews. The doctrine of Moses and the Prophets, identical at bottom with that of the ancient Egyptians, also had its outward meaning and its veils.
“The Hebrew books were written only to recall to memory the traditions; and they were written in symbols unintelligible to the profane…thus was a second Bible born, unknown to, or rather uncomprehended by, the Christians; a collection, they say, of monstrous absurdities.
“One is filled with admiration, on penetrating into the Sanctuary of the Kabalah, at seeing a doctrine so logical, so simple and at the same time so absolute.” (pages 744-745)
The “Kabalah” is a book of ancient Jewish mysticism and magic.
The Energies of Lucifer
“When the Mason learns that the Key to the warrior on the block is the proper application of the dynamo of living power, he has learned the Mystery of his Craft. The seething energies of Lucifer are in his hands and before he may step onward and upward, he must prove his ability to properly apply [this] energy.” (Lost Keys of Freemasonry, Manly P. Hall, page 48)
Lucifer is God
“That which we must say to the crowd is – We worship a God, but it is the God that one adores without superstition.
“To you, Sovereign Grand Inspectors General, we say this, that you may repeat it to the Brethren of the 32nd, 31st, and 30th degrees – The Masonic Religion should be, by all of us initiates of the high degrees, maintained in the purity of the Luciferian Doctrine.
“If Lucifer were not God, would Adonay (The God of the Christians) whose deeds prove his cruelty, perfidy and hatred of man, barbarism and repulsion for science, would Adonay and his priests, calumniate him?
“Yes, Lucifer is God, and unfortunately Adonay is also god. For the eternal law is that there is no light without shade, no beauty without ugliness, no white without black, for the absolute can only exist as two gods: darkness being necessary for light to serve as its foil as the pedestal is necessary to the statue, and the brake to the locomotive.
“Thus, the doctrine of Satanism is a heresy; and the true and pure philosophical religion is the belief in Lucifer, the equal of Adonay; but Lucifer, God of Light and God of Good, is struggling for humanity against Adonay, the God of Darkness and Evil.” (Instructions to the 23 Supreme Councils of the World, Albert Pike, Grand Commander, Sovereign Pontiff of Universal Freemasonry, July 14, 1889. Recorded by A.C. De La Rive, La Femme et l’Enfant dans la Franc-Maconnerie Universelle, page 588)
The biblical reply?
“How Art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! How art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations! For thou hast said in thine heart, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God; I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north. I will ascend above the clouds; I will be like the most High. Yet thou shalt be brought down to hell, to the sides of the pit.” (Isaiah 14:12-15)
The Grand Architect of the Universe
Masonic ritual is concerned with the recovery of the “Lost Word,” presumed to be the name of God – supposedly lost through the murder of the architect, Hiram Abiff, during the building of Solomon’s Temple. This quest is attained during the ritual of the Royal Arch Degree. It is here that the secret name of the deity of Masonry is revealed.
That name is “Jaobulon.” “Jao” is the Greek word for Jehovah. “Bul” is a rendering of the name, Baal. “On” is the term used in the Babylonian mysteries to call upon the deity “Osiris” The secret ritual book of the Craft prints the letters J.B.O. It states that: “We three do meet and agree – in peace, love and unity – the Sacred Word to keep – and never to divulge the same – until we three, or three such as we – do meet and agree.” Thus, no Royal Arch Mason can pronounce the whole sacred name by himself!
What you see represented, then, as the god of Freemasonry, is a three-headed monster so remote from the Christian trinity and so blasphemous as to damn the eternal soul of anyone who would dare to pronounce its name in a ritual of worship!
The God of the Mystic Shrine
The candidates for this ritual kneel at the Altar of Obligation with arms bound, leaning upon the top, heads bowed. There they are required to “assume a most powerful and binding oath, inseparably uniting yourself with us, and once taken, it can never be retracted or departed from.”
The oath itself is curse enough, being four pages in length. Its penalty includes “having my eyeballs pierced to the center with a three-edged blade.”
The revelation of truth is in the candidates’ sealing of the oath, revealing the true nature of the Masonic god of the “Mystic Shrine”: …and may Allah, the god of Arab, Moslem and Mohammedan, the god of our fathers, support me to the entire fulfilment of the same, Amen, Amen, Amen. (The Ancient Arabic Order, Nobles of the Mystic Shrine, pages 35-39, Allen Publishing Co. NY, NY.)
I Am that I Am
During the ceremonies of the ritual for the Royal Arch degree, the candidate is asked, “Brother Inspector, what are you?” and he replies, “I Am that I Am.” Can you imagine that? When Moses asked God to name Himself, God said, “I Am that I Am” and He said, “Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, I Am hath sent me unto you.” (Exodus 3:14)
Tell me how a Christian can take to himself the Biblical name of the God of Israel? The God of the Christian faith said, “Ye are even my witnesses! Is there a God besides me? Yea, I know not any! They that make a graven image are all of them vanity; and their delectable things shall not profit; and they are their own witnesses; they see not, nor know; that they may be ashamed.” (Isaiah 44:8, 9)
The Master Mason – a God in the Making [the text again]
“Man is a god in the making, and as in the mystic myths of Egypt, on the potter’s wheel he is being molded. When his light shines out to lift and preserve all things, he receives the triple crown of godhood and joins that throng of Master Masons who, in their robes of Blue and Gold, are seeking to dispel the darkness of night with the triple light of the Masonic Lodge.”
“The glorious privileges of a Master Mason are in keeping with his greater knowledge and wisdom…For Him the Heavens have opened and the Great Light has bathed him in its radiance. The Prodigal Son, so long a wanderer in the regions of darkness, has returned to his Father’s house.
The voice speaks from the Heavens, its power thrilling the Master until his own being seems filled with its divinity, saying, ‘This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.’
He [The Master Mason], in truth has become the spokesman of the Most High. He stands between the glowing fire light and the world. Through him passes Hydra, the great snake, and from its mouth there pours to man the light of God.” (The Lost Keys of Freemasonry, Manly P. Hall, pages 92, 54-55, Macoy Publishing and Supply Co., Richmond, Va, 1976)
Other Teachings and Practices
In the 19th level of Scottish Rite Freemasonry, the Initiate receives the degree of Grand Pontiff. It is during this ritual that the candidate swears an oath of secrecy and an oath of total obedience “to any Chapter of this degree to which I may belong; and the edicts, laws and mandates of the Grand Consistory of Sublime Princes and Commanders of the Royal Secret, as well as those of the Supreme council of the 33rd degree…”
It is then that the “Thrice Puissant” anoints him with oil on the crown of his head and says “Be Thou a Priest Forever, after the order of Melchizedek.”
After receiving the password (Emanuel) and the sacred word (Alleluia), he is dressed in a robe of white linen and given a cordon (a ribbon or sash of honor worn across the breast) of crimson color, with 12 starts representing “the 12 gates of the “new city, ” and the twelve signs of the Zodiac, the twelve fruits of the tree of life, the twelve tribes of Israel and the twelve Apostles.” (Scottish Rite Masonry Illustrated, The Complete Ritual, Vol. 2, pages 26-27, E. Cook Publications, 1974)
It must be pointed out that what has taken place here, is the Masonic priesthood taking upon itself the Holy Priesthood of Jesus Christ. That is a Priesthood that can be held by only one person and that one person is clearly defined in scripture as Jesus Christ!
Chapters 7 and 8 of the Book of Hebrews clearly explains that it was another priest to be raised up, not a group of priests! This Priest would be our high priest and would be able to save from the Uttermost! He would have “endless life”! The holder of this Priesthood would be “holy, harmless, undefiled, separate from sinners and made higher than the heavens.” (7:26)
This Masonic “ritual” takes Christ’s Holy Priesthood from Him, and the Grand Pontiff boldly puts it upon his own breast! Even the use of “Biblical” words fails to cover up the adding in of the “signs of the Zodiac, ” a direct alliance with the powers of darkness and a demonstration of disobedience to God’s Word.
In Deuteronomy 18:10-12, it says that he who “useth divination” (consulting the signs of the Zodiac to tell the future), “or is and observer of times” (which is an ancient description for Augury or Astrology – again dealing with the Zodiac) “is an abomination unto the Lord”!
Again, we see a mirror image of Biblical truth. The Priesthood power of Jesus is given to the deceiver, Lucifer, the true god of Masonry, who hides behind its mystery, ritual and allegory to snare his prey.
Washed in Their Own Blood
In the seventeenth degree, or Knights of the East and West, after the candidates have completed the initiation and after revealing the password (Jubulum) and the Sacred Word (Abaddon), “the Senior Warden conducts the Candidate to the elevated vacant canopy at the right of the All Puissant.”
“This is supposed to represent the end of the world when all good masons receive their reward by being conducted to a throne at the right hand of the All Puissant, having been purified by washing their robes in their own blood.”
In the lecture which follows between the All Puissant and the Senior Warden, the Book with Seven Seals – which none but one can open (Rev. 5:5) – is twisted to represent “A Lodge or Council of Masons which the All Puissant alone has the right to convene and open.”
The Fourth Seal is represented by a skull or “Death’s Head” and Masons are told it “is the image of a brother who is excluded from a Lodge or Council.” The Fifth Seal is represented by a “Cloth Stained with Blood.” The All Puissant identifies this as a symbol “that we should not hesitate to spill ours for the good of masonry.” (Scottish Rite Masonry Illustrated, The Complete Ritual, Vol. 1, Pages 453, 457, E. Cook Publishing, 1974)
In Revelation 9:11, we learn that “they [the demons and workers from hell] had a king over them, which is the angel of the bottomless pit, whose name in the Hebrew tongue is Abaddon.”
Throughout the initiation rituals of the “blue lodges” and through all 33 degrees of Freemasonry, the candidates are sworn to secrecy by bloody oaths. Such as is the oath swore by the Entered Apprentice of first degree:
” …binding myself under no less penalty than that of having my throat cut across, my tongue torn out by its roots, and my body buried in the rough sands of the sea, at low-water mark.”
The Master Mason swears:
“…under no less penalty than that of having my body severed in two, my bowels taken from thence and burned to ashes, the ashes scattered before the four winds of heaven…” (Duncan’s Ritual of Freemasonry by Malcolm Duncan, Third Edition, pages 36, 39, D. McKay Publishing Co., N.Y., N.Y.)
Raising the Dead
It is in this final “Blue Lodge” degree that that candidate is laid out “in death”and is raised from the dead by the “Worshipful Master” of the Lodge (representing King Solomon), using the “strong grip” (or “Lion’s Paw”) of the Master Mason.
How can a Mason who calls himself Christian allow himself to partake of a ritual resurrection by the power of Lucifer? This is Satanic. He stands, having been born again and raised from the dead as a Master Mason, through the power of the Masonic god, whom the God of Israel cast into the pit.
Masonic Oaths Above the Law
One the “five points of fellowship,” he and his “savior” pass the sacred word, Mah-Hah-Bone.
Also, while in this position, the new Master Mason solemnly vows “3d, Breast to Breast: that you will ever keep in your breast a brother’s secrets, when communicated to you and received as such, murder and treason excepted.” (Duncan’s Rituals, Revised and Complete, pages 35, 96, 120, 121, E. Cook Publications, 1974)
It should further be noted that in the Royal Arch Degree, the candidate swears to protect the “brethren”, “Murder and treason not excepted!” This places the Masonic oath above that of our courts and our country. What hope would you have against a Mason in a Criminal or Civil court with a Judge who is a 32nd or 33rd degree Mason? None, by the nature of their oaths!
Pagan Communion – Eating the Dead [from the text]
“Question: What is to us the chief symbol of man’s ultimate redemption and regeneration?
“Answer: The fraternal supper, of bread which nourishes, and of wine which refreshes and exhilarates, symbolically of the time which is to come, when all mankind shall be one great harmonious brotherhood; and teaching us these great lessons: that as matter changes ever, but no single atom is annihilated, it is not rational to suppose that the far nobler soul does not continue to exist beyond the grave: that many thousands who have died might claim to be joint owners with ourselves of the particles that compose our physical bodies; for matter ever forms new combinations; and the bodes of the ancient dead, the patriarchs before and since the flood, the kings and the common people of all ages, resolved into their constituent elements, are carried upon the wind over all continents, and continually enter into and form part of the habitations of new souls, creating new bonds of sympathy and brotherhood between each man that lives and all his race.
And thus, in the bread we eat, and in the wind we drink tonight may enter into and form of us part of us the identical particles of matter that once formed parts of the material bodies called Moses, Confucius, Plato, Socrates, or Jesus of Nazareth. In the truest sense, we eat and drink the bodies of the dead; and cannot say that there is a single atom of our blood or body, the ownership of which some other soul might not dispute with us.” (page 539)