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NEW WORLD ORDER…
With the hateful outcry, sometimes foul degrading remarks against the New World Order they will throw the entire Christian world into deeper division enamored with greater confusion. SRH…..
The creation of the New World Order (NWO) agenda was put in motion by the infamous character, Mayer Amschel Rothschild, the one who decided to control the entire planet by any means necessary.
Of course, this meant: deception, control, financial enslavement, blackmail, and murder… but also far graver things, like wars, famine, and depopulation… a genocide unlike any other before it.
If you want to better understand just how powerful and black-hearted the Rothschild family is, then you must read their complete history HERE.
They are the richest clan in the world, and their empire was built on mountains of bones and sufferance.
1773 – Mayer Amschel Rothschild assembles twelve of his most influential friends, and convinces them that if they all pool their resources together, they can rule the world. This meeting takes place in Frankfurt, Germany.
Rothschild also informs his friends that he has found the perfect candidate, an individual of incredible intellect and ingenuity, to lead the organization he has planned – Adam Weishaupt.
May 1, 1776 – Adam Weishaupt (code named Spartacus) establishes a secret society called the Order of the Illuminati. Weishaupt is the Professor of Canon Law at the University of Ingolstadt in Bavaria, part of Germany. The Illuminati seek to establish a New World Order.
Their objectives are as follows:
1) Abolition of all ordered governments
2) Abolition of private property
3) Abolition of inheritance
4) Abolition of patriotism
5) Abolition of the family
6) Abolition of religion
7) Creation of a world government
July 1782 – The Order of the Illuminati joins forces with Freemasonry at the Congress of Wilhelmsbad. The Comte de Virieu, an attendee at the conference, comes away visibly shaken. When questioned about the “tragic secrets” he brought back with him, he replies:
“I will not confide them to you. I can only tell you that all this is very much more serious than you think.”
From this time on, according to his biographer, “the Comte de Virieu could only speak of Freemasonry with horror.”
The insignia of the Order of the Illuminati first appeared on the reverse side of U.S. one-dollar bills in 1933. One can read, at the base of the 13-story pyramid, the year 1776 (MDCCLXVI in Roman numerals). The eye radiating in all directions is the “all-spying eye” that symbolizes the terroristic, Gestapo-like, agency set up by Weishaupt.
The Latin words “ANNUIT COEPTIS” mean “our enterprise (conspiracy) has been crowned with success.” Below, “NOVUS ORDO SECLORUM” explains the nature of the enterprise: a “New Social Order” or a “New World Order”.
1785 – An Illuminati courier named Lanze is struck by lightning, and killed while traveling by horseback through the town of Ratisbon. When Bavarian officials examine the contents of his saddlebags, they discover the existence of the Order of the Illuminati and find plans detailing the coming French Revolution.
The Bavarian Government attempts to alert the government of France of impending disaster, but the French Government fails to heed this warning. Bavarian officials arrest all members of the Illuminati they can find, but Weishaupt and others have gone underground, and cannot be found.
1796 – Freemasonry becomes a major issue in the presidential election in the United States. John Adams wins the election by opposing Masonry, and his son, John Quincy Adams, warns of the dire threat to the nation posed by the Masonic Lodges:
“I do conscientiously and sincerely believe that the Order of Freemasonry, if not the greatest, is one of the greatest moral and political evils under which the Union is now laboring.”
1797 – John Robison, Professor of Natural History at Edinburgh University in Scotland, publishes a book entitled “Proofs of a Conspiracy” in which he reveals that Adam Weishaupt had attempted to recruit him. He exposes the diabolical aims of the Illuminati to the world.
1821 – George W. F. Hegel formulates what is called the Hegelian dialectic – the process by which Illuminati objectives are achieved. According to the Hegelian dialectic, thesis plus antithesis equals synthesis. In other words, first, you foment a crisis.
Then there is an enormous public outcry that something must be done about the problem. So you offer a solution that brings about the changes you really wanted all along, but which people would have been unwilling to accept initially.
1828 – Mayer Amschel Rothschild, who finances the Illuminati, expresses his utter contempt for national governments which attempt to regulate International Bankers such as him:
“Allow me to issue and control the money of a nation, and I care not who writes the laws.”
1848 — Moses Mordecai Marx Levy, alias Karl Marx, writes “The Communist Manifesto.” Marx is a member of an Illuminati front organization called the League of the Just.
He not only advocates economic and political changes; he advocates moral and spiritual changes as well. He believes the family should be abolished, and that all children should be raised by a central authority. He expresses his attitude toward God by saying:
“We must war against all prevailing ideas of religion, of the state, of country, of patriotism. The idea of God is the keynote of a perverted civilization. It must be destroyed.”
Jan. 22, 1870 – In a letter to Italian revolutionary leader Giuseppe Mazzini, Albert Pike – Sovereign Grand Commander of the Southern Jurisdiction of the Scottish Rite of Freemasonry – announces the establishment of a secret society within a secret society:
“We must create a super rite, which will remain unknown, to which we will call those Masons of high degree of whom we shall select. With regard to our brothers in Masonry, these men must be pledges to the strictest secrecy. Through this supreme rite, we will govern all Freemasonry which will become the one international center, the more powerful because its direction will be unknown.”
This ultra-secret organization is called The New and Reformed Paladian Rite. (This is why about 95% of the men involved in Masonry don’t have a clue as to what the objectives of the organization actually are. They are under the delusion that it’s just a fine community organization doing good works.)
1875 – Russian occultist Helena Petrovna Blavatsky found the Theosophical Society. Madame Blavatsky claims that Tibetan holy men in the Himilayas, whom she refers to as the Masters of Wisdom, communicated with her in London by telepathy. She insists that the Christians have it all backward – that Satan is good, and God is evil. She writes:
“The Christians and scientists must be made to respect their Indian betters. The Wisdom of India, her philosophy and achievement, must be made known in Europe and America.”
1884 – The Fabian Society is founded in Great Britain to promote Socialism. The Fabian Society takes its name from the Roman General Fabius Maximus, who fought Hannibal’s army in small debilitating skirmishes, rather than attempting one decisive battle.
July 14, 1889 – Albert Pike issues instructions to the 23 Supreme Councils of the world. He reveals who is the true object of Masonic worship:
“To you, Sovereign Grand Instructors 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.”
1890-1896 – Cecil Rhodes, an enthusiastic student of John Ruskin, is Prime Minister of South Africa, a British colony at the time. He is able to exploit and control the gold and diamond wealth of South Africa.
He works to bring all the habitable portions of the world under the domination of a ruling elite. To that end, he uses a portion of his vast wealth to establish the famous Rhodes Scholarships.
1893 – The Theosophical Society sponsors a Parliament of World Religions held in Chicago. The purpose of the convention is to introduce Hindu and Buddhist concepts, such as belief in reincarnation, to the West.
1911 – The Socialist Party of Great Britain publishes a pamphlet entitled “Socialism and Religion” in which they clearly state their position on Christianity:
“It is, therefore, a profound truth that Socialism is the natural enemy of religion. A Christian Socialist is, in fact, an anti-Socialist. Christianity is the antithesis of Socialism.”
1912 – Colonel Edward Mandell House, a close advisor of President Woodrow Wilson, publishes “Phillip Dru: Administrator”, in which he promotes “socialism as dreamed of by Karl Marx.”
Feb. 3, 1913 – The 16th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, making it possible for the Federal Government to impose a progressive income tax, is ratified. Plank #2 of “The Communist Manifesto” had called for a progressive income tax. (In Canada, the income tax is introduced in 1917, as a “temporary measure” to finance the war effort.)
1913 – President Woodrow Wilson publishes “The New Freedom” in which he reveals:
“Since I entered politics, I have chiefly had men’s views confided to me privately. Some of the biggest men in the U.S., in the field of commerce and manufacturing, are afraid of somebody, are afraid of something. They know that there is a power somewhere so organized, so subtle, so watchful, so interlocked, so complete, so pervasive, that they had better not speak above their breath when they speak in condemnation of it.”
Dec. 23, 1913 – The Federal Reserve (neither federal nor a reserve – it’s a privately owned institution) is created. It was planned at a secret meeting in 1910 on Jekyl Island, Georgia, by a group of bankers and politicians, including Col. House.
This transfers the power to create money from the American Government to a private group of bankers. The Federal Reserve Act is hastily passed just before the Christmas break. Congressman Charles A. Lindbergh Sr. (father of the famed aviator) warns:
“This act establishes the most gigantic trust on earth. When the President signs this act the invisible government by the money power, proven to exist by the Money Trust Investigation, will be legalized.”
1916 – Three years after signing the Federal Reserve Act into law, President Woodrow Wilson observes:
“I am a most unhappy man. I have unwittingly ruined my country. A great industrial nation is controlled by its system of credit. Our system of credit is concentrated. The growth of the nation, therefore, and all our activities are in the hands of a few men. We have come to be one of the worst ruled, one of the most completely controlled and dominated governments in the civilized world. No longer a government by free opinion, no longer a government by conviction and the vote of the majority, but a government by the opinion and duress of a small group of dominant men.”
1917 – With aid from Financiers in New York City and London, V. I. Lenin is able to overthrow the government of Russia. Lenin later comments on the apparent contradiction of the links between prominent capitalists and Communism:
“There also exists another alliance – at first glance a strange one, a surprising one – but if you think about it, in fact, one which is well grounded and easy to understand. This is the alliance between our Communist leaders and your capitalists.”
(Remember the Hegelian dialectic?)
May 30, 1919 – Prominent British and American personalities establish the Royal Institute of International Affairs in England and the Institute of International Affairs in the U.S. at a meeting arranged by Col. House; attended by various Fabian socialists, including noted economist John Maynard Keynes.
1920 – Britain’s Winston Churchill recognizes the connection between the Illuminati and the Bolshevik Revolution in Russia. He observes:
“From the days of Spartacus-Weishaupt to those of Karl Marx, to those of Trotsky, Bela Kun, Rosa Luxembourg, and Emma Goldman, this world-wide conspiracy for the overthrow of civilization and for the reconstitution of society on the basis of arrested development, of envious malevolence and impossible equality, has been steadily growing.
It played a definitely recognizable role in the tragedy of the French Revolution. It has been the mainspring of every subversive movement during the nineteenth century, and now at last this band of extra- ordinary personalities from the underworld of the great cities of Europe and America have gripped the Russian people by the hair of their heads, and have become practically the undisputed masters of that enormous empire.”
1920-1931 – Louis T. McFadden is Chairman of the House Committee on Banking and Currency. Concerning the Federal Reserve, Congressman McFadden notes:
“When the Federal Reserve Act was passed, the people of these United States did not perceive that a world banking system was being set up here. A super-state controlled by International Bankers and international industrialists acting together to enslave the world for their own pleasure.
Every effort has been made by the Fed to conceal its powers, but the truth is – the Fed has usurped the Government. It controls everything here, and it controls all our foreign relations. It makes and breaks governments at will.” Concerning the Great Depression and the country’s acceptance of FDR’s New Deal, he asserts: “It was no accident. It was a carefully contrived occurrence. The International Bankers sought to bring about a condition of despair here so they might emerge as the rulers of us all.”
1921 – Col. House reorganizes the American branch of the Institute of International Affairs into the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR). (For the past 60 years, 80% of the top positions in every administration – whether Democrat or Republican – have been occupied by members of this organization.)
December 15, 1922 – The CFR endorses World Government in its magazine “Foreign Affairs.” Author Philip Kerr states:
“Obviously there is going to be no peace nor prosperity for mankind as long as the earth remains divided into 50 or 60 independent states, until some kind of international system is created. The real problem today is that of world government.”
1928 – “The Open Conspiracy: Blue Prints for a World Revolution” by H. G. Wells is published. A former Fabian socialist, Wells writes:
“The political world of the Open Conspiracy must weaken, efface, incorporate, and supersede existing governments. The Open Conspiracy is the natural inheritor of socialist and communist enthusiasms; it may be in control of Moscow before it is in control of New York. The character of the Open Conspiracy will now be plainly displayed. It will be a world religion.”
1933 – “The Shape of Things to Come” by H. G. Wells is published. Wells predicts a second world war around 1940, originating from a German-Polish dispute. After 1945, there would be an increasing lack of public safety in “criminally infected” areas.
The plan for the “Modern World-State” would succeed on its third attempt, and come out of something that occurred in Basra, Iraq. The book also states:
“Although world government had been plainly coming for some years, although it had been endlessly feared and murmured against, it found no opposition anywhere.”
Nov. 21, 1933 – In a letter to Col. Edward M. House, President Franklin Roosevelt writes:
“The real truth of the matter is, as you and I know, that a financial element in the larger centers has owned the Government since the days of Andrew Jackson.”
March 1942 – An article in “TIME” magazine chronicles the Federal Council of Churches (which later becomes the National Council of Churches, a part of the World Council of Churches) lending its weight to efforts to establish a global authority.
A meeting of the top officials of the council comes out in favor of:
1) a world government of delegated powers;
2) strong immediate limitations on national sovereignty;
3) international control of all armies and navies.
Representatives (375 of them) of 30-some denominations assert that “a new order of economic life is both imminent and imperative” – a new order that is sure to come either “through voluntary cooperation within the framework of democracy or through explosive revolution.”
June 28, 1945 – U.S. President Harry Truman endorses world government in a speech:
“It will be just as easy for nations to get along in a republic of the world as it is for us to get along in a republic of the United States.”
October 24, 1945 – The United Nations Charter becomes effective. Also on October 24, Senator Glen Taylor (D-Idaho) introduces Senate Resolution 183, calling upon the U.S. Senate to go on record as favoring the creation of a world republic, including an international police force.
Feb. 7, 1950 – International financier and CFR member James Warburg tells a Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee:
“We shall have world government whether or not you like it – by conquest or consent.”
Feb. 9, 1950 – The Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee introduces Senate Concurrent Resolution #66 which begins:
“Whereas, in order to achieve universal peace and justice, the present Charter of the United Nations should be changed to provide a true world government constitution.”
1952 – The World Association of Parliamentarians for World Government draws up a map designed to illustrate how foreign troops would occupy and police the six regions into which the United States and Canada will be divided as part of their world-government plan.
1954 – Prince Bernhard of the Netherlands establishes the Bilderbergers: international politicians and bankers who meet secretly on an annual basis.
1961 – The U.S. State Department issues Document 7277, entitled “Freedom From War: The U.S. Program for General and Complete Disarmament in a Peaceful World.”
It details a three-stage plan to disarm all nations and arm the U.N. with the final stage in which “no state would have the military power to challenge the progressively strengthened U.N. Peace Force.”
1966 – Professor Carroll Quigley, Bill Clinton’s mentor at Georgetown University, authors a massive volume entitled “Tragedy and Hope” in which he states:
“There does exist and has existed for a generation, an international network which operates, to some extent, in the way the radical right believes the Communists act. In fact, this network, which we may identify as the Round Table Groups, has no aversion to cooperating with the Communists, or any other groups, and frequently does so.
I know of the operations of this network because I have studied it for twenty years and was permitted for two years, in the early 1960s, to examine its papers and secret records. I have no aversion to it or to most of its aims, and have, for much of my life, been close to it and to many of its instruments. I have objected, both in the past and recently, to a few of its policies, but in general my chief difference of opinion is that it wishes to remain unknown, and I believe its role in history is significant enough to be known.”
April 1972 – In his keynote address to the Association for Childhood Education International, Chester M. Pierce, Professor of Education and Psychiatry in the Faculty of Medicine at Harvard University, proclaims:
“Every child in America entering school at the age of five is insane because he comes to school with certain allegiances toward our founding fathers, toward his parents, toward a belief in a supernatural being. It’s up to you, teachers, to make all of these sick children well by creating the international child of the future.”
July 1973 – International banker and staunch member of the subversive Council on Foreign Relations, David Rockefeller, founds a new organization called the Trilateral Commission, of which the official aim is “to harmonize the political, economic, social, and cultural relations between the three major economic regions in the world” (hence the name “Trilateral”).
He invites future President Jimmy Carter to become one of the founding members. Zbigniew Brzezinski is the organization’s first director.
There are three major economic areas in the world: Europe, North America, and the Far East (Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, etc.).
If, under the pretext of having to join forces to be able to face economic competition with the two other economic regions, the member countries of each of these three regions decide to merge into one single country, forming three super-States, then the one-world government will be almost achieved.
Like Fabian socialists, they achieve their ultimate goal (a world government) step by step.
This aim is almost achieved in Europe with the Single European Act (Maastricht Treaty) that was implemented in 1993, requiring all the member countries of the European Community to abolish their trade barriers and to hand over their monetary and fiscal policies to the technocrats of the European Commission in Brussels, Belgium.
In January 2002, all these European countries abandoned their national currencies to share only one common currency, the “Euro”. Moreover, the Nice Treaty removed more powers from countries to give them over to the European Commission.
What begun innocently in 1952 as the EEC (European Economic Community, a common authority to regulate the coal and steel industry among European nations), finally turned into a European super-state.
Jean Monnet, a French socialist economist and founder of the EEC, had this in mind when he said: “Political union inevitably follows economic union.” He also said in 1948:
“The creation of a United Europe must be regarded as an essential step towards the creation of a United World.”
As regards the North American area, the merger of its member countries is well underway with the passage of free trade between Canada and the U.S.A., and then Mexico.
In the next few years, this free-trade agreement is supposed to include also all of South and Central America, with a single currency for them all.
Mexico’s President Vicente Fox said on May 6, 2002, in Madrid:
“Eventually, our long-range objective is to establish with the United States, but also with Canada, our other regional partner, an ensemble of connections and institutions similar to those created by the European Union.”
1973 – The Club of Rome, a U.N. operative, issues a report entitled “Regionalized and Adaptive Model of the Global World System.” This report divides the entire world into ten kingdoms.
1979 – FEMA, which stands for the Federal Emergency Management Agency, is given huge powers. It has the power, in case of “national emergency”, to suspend laws, move entire populations, arrest and detain citizens without a warrant, and hold them without trial.
It can seize property, food supplies, transportation systems, and can suspend the Constitution.
Not only is it the most powerful entity in the United States, but it was not even created under Constitutional law by Congress. It was a product of a Presidential Executive Order.
An Executive Order becomes law simply by the signature of the U.S. President; it does not even have to be approved by the Representatives or Senators in Congress.
A state of “national emergency” could be a terrorist attack, a natural disaster, or a stock market crash, for example. Here are just a few Executive Orders associated with FEMA that would suspend the Constitution and the Bill of Rights.
These Executive Orders have been on record for nearly 30 years, and could be enacted by the stroke of a Presidential pen:
# 10995: Right to seize all communications media in the United States.
# 10997: Right to seize all-electric power, fuels, and minerals, both public and private.
# 10999: Right to seize all means of transportation, including personal vehicles of any kind, and total control of highways, seaports, and waterways.
# 11000: Right to seize any and all American people and divide up families in order to create workforces to be transferred to any place the Government sees fit.
# 11001: Right to seize all health, education and welfare facilities, both public and private.
# 11002: Right to force registration of all men, women, and children in the United States.
# 11003: Right to seize all air space, airports, and aircraft.
# 11004: Right to seize all housing and finance authorities in order to establish “Relocation Designated Areas”, and to force abandonment of areas classified as “unsafe”.
# 11005: Right to seize all railroads, inland waterways, and storage facilities, both public and private.
# 11921: Authorizes plans to establish Government control of wages and salaries, credit and the flow of money in U.S. financial institutions.
1991 – President George Bush Sr. praises the New World Order in a State of the Union Message:
“What is at stake is more than one small country; it is a big idea – a new world order… to achieve the universal aspirations of mankind… based on shared principles and the rule of law… The illumination of a thousand points of light… The winds of change are with us now.”
(Theosophist Alice Bailey used that very same expression – “points of light” – in describing the process of occult enlightenment.)
June 1991 – World leaders are gathered for another closed-door meeting of the Bilderberg Society in Baden Baden, Germany. While at that meeting, David Rockefeller said in a speech:
“We are grateful to the Washington Post, The New York Times, Time Magazine and other great publications whose directors have attended our meetings and respected their promises of discretion for almost forty years. It would have been impossible for us to develop our plan for the world if we had been subjected to the lights of publicity during those years. But, the world is now more sophisticated and prepared to march towards a world government. The supranational sovereignty of an intellectual elite and world bankers is surely preferable to the national auto-determination practiced in past centuries.”
Oct. 29, 1991 – David Funderburk, former U.S. Ambassador to Romania, tells a North Carolina audience:
“George Bush has been surrounding himself with people who believe in one-world government. They believe that the Soviet system and the American system are converging.”
May 21, 1992 – In an address to the Bilderberger organization meeting in Evian, France, former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger declares:
“Today Americans would be outraged if U.N. troops entered Los Angeles to restore order; tomorrow they will be grateful! This is especially true if they were told there was an outside threat from beyond, whether real or promulgated, that threatened our very existence.
It is then that all peoples of the world will plead with world leaders to deliver them from this evil. The one thing every man fears is the unknown. When presented with this scenario, individual rights will be willingly relinquished for the guarantee of their well being granted to them by their world government.”
July 20, 1992 – “TIME” magazine publishes “The Birth of the Global Nation,” by Strobe Talbott, Rhodes Scholar, a roommate of Bill Clinton at Oxford University, CFR Director and Trilateralist (and appointed Deputy Secretary of State by President Clinton), in which he writes:
“Nationhood as we know it will be obsolete; all states will recognize a single global authority… All countries are basically social arrangements… No matter how permanent or even sacred they may seem at any one time, in fact they are all artificial and temporary… Perhaps national sovereignty wasn’t such a great idea after all… But it has taken the events in our own wondrous and terrible century to clinch the case for world government.”
1993 – A second Parliament of World Religions is held in Chicago on the 100th anniversary of the first. Like the first convention, this one seeks to join all the religions of the world into “one harmonious whole,” but it wants to make them “merge back into their original element.”
Traditional beliefs of monotheistic religions such as Christianity are considered incompatible with individual “enlightenment”, and must be drastically altered.
July 18, 1993 – CFR member and Trilateralist Henry Kissinger write in the “Los Angeles Times” concerning NAFTA (North American Free Trade Agreement):
“What Congress will have before it is not a conventional trade agreement but the architecture of a new international system…a first step toward a new world order.”
1994 – In the Human Development Report, published by the UN Development Program, there was a section called “Global Governance for the 21st Century.”
The administrator for this program was appointed by Bill Clinton. His name is James Gustave Speth. The opening sentence of the report said:
“Mankind’s problems can no longer be solved by national government. What is needed is a world government. This can best be achieved by strengthening the United Nations system.”
May 3, 1994 – President Bill Clinton signs Presidential Decision Directive 25, and then declares it classified so the American people can’t see what it says.
(The summary of PDD-25 issued to members of Congress tells us that it authorizes the President to turn over control of U.S. military units to U.N. command.)
Sept. 23, 1994 – The globalists realize that as more and more people begin to wake up to what’s going on, they have only a limited amount of time in which to implement their policies. Speaking at the United Nations Ambassadors’ dinner, David Rockefeller remarks:
“This present window of opportunity, during which a truly peaceful and interdependent world order might be built, will not be open for too long… We are on the verge of a global transformation. All we need is the right major crisis, and the nations will accept the New World Order.”
March 1995 – U.N. delegates meet in Copenhagen, Denmark, to discuss various methods for imposing global taxes on the people of the world.
Sept. 1995 – “Popular Science” magazine describes a top-secret U.S. Navy installation called HAARP (High-Frequency Active Auroral Research Program) in the state of Alaska.
This project beams powerful radio energy into the earth’s upper atmosphere. One of the goals of the program is to develop the capability of “manipulating local weather” using the techniques developed by Bernard Eastlund.
(The program has been underway since 1990.)
September 27, 1995 – The State of the World Forum took place in the fall of this year, sponsored by the Gorbachev Foundation located at the Presidio in San Francisco.
Foundation President Jim Garrison chairs the meeting of whos-who from around the world, including Margaret Thatcher, Maurice Strong, George Bush, Mikhail Gorbachev, and others.
Conversation centers around the oneness of mankind and the coming global government. However, the term “global governance” is now used in place of “new world order” since the latter has become a political liability, being a lightning rod for opponents of global government.
1996 – The United Nations’ 420-page report “Our Global Neighborhood” is published. It outlines a plan for “global governance,” calling for an international “Conference on Global Governance” in 1998 for the purpose of submitting to the world the necessary treaties and agreements for ratification by the year 2000.
2003 – The world is on the verge of another global war, the “state of emergency” looked for by the one-worlders to impose martial law and the universal microchip under the skin… But with the global shift in awareness, they will not have the last word! Source
At the present time, the issue of Freemasonry is being considered in a growing number of churches throughout the United States. Many people who have never been involved in Freemasonry know very little about it. Since we were at one time members of the Masonic Lodge, we are able to shed light on the situation and help with an understanding of the issues.
In almost all cases, when churches consider the issue of Freemasonry, a strong stand against the institution is the result. In some churches, those in positions of authority have determined that considering the Masonic issue is not appropriate. Why? Before we address the specific issues with Freemasonry, it is helpful to have a Scriptural background of the underlying issues.
Paul, in his farewell address to the elders at Ephesus, warned them to be on guard because savage wolves would attach the flock:
Therefore, I declare to you today that I am innocent of the blood of all men. I have not hesitated to proclaim to you the whole will of God. Keep watch over yourselves and all the flock of which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers. Be shepherds of the church of God, which he bought with his own blood. I know that after I leave, savage wolves will come in among you and will not spare the flock. Even from your own number men will arise and distort the truth in order to draw away disciples after them. So be on your guard! Remember that for three years I never stopped warning each of you night and day with tears.
Paul knew that the church would not only be attacked, but also infiltrated. He wrote to Timothy, urging him to not simply preach the Gospel, but to always be prepared to correct errors and to rebuke those who embraced them. His advice for the pastor was as follows:
Preach the Word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage–with great patience and careful instruction. For the time will come when men will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear. They will turn their ears away from the truth and turn aside to myths. But you, keep your head in all situations, endure hardship, do the work of an evangelist, discharge all the duties of your ministry. 2 Timothy 4:2-5
Jude knew, even in the first century, the church had been infiltrated. Secrecy was a tactic used by godless men. Jude sounded the alarm and urged believers to earnestly contend for the faith.
Dear friends, although I was very eager to write to you about the salvation we share, I felt I had to write and urge you to contend for the faith that was once for all entrusted to the saints. For certain men whose condemnation was written about long ago have secretly slipped in among you. They are godless men, who change the grace of our God into a license for immorality and deny Jesus Christ our only Sovereign and Lord. Jude 3-4
Paul warned the Colossians to be on guard, that they might not be taken captive by those who have abandoned the Gospel of Jesus Christ:
See to it that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the basic principles of this world rather than on Christ.
In these days, the words of Paul, Jude and other apostles who warned believers to stand firm, reverberate loudly. The church is under attack from without, from within, and sometimes even from the pulpit. Many congregations have been infiltrated and compromised. The most cohesive group of infiltrators the church has ever seen are the Freemasons. They work behind the scenes to subvert the Gospel, and in fact, meet in secret to teach salvation on the basis of another savior. We know this to be the fact because we were members of the organization. We were Freemasons.
Masons are sworn to secrecy, not once, but three times, before they participate in the ritual in which Hiram Abiff willingly dies, is buried and then raised from the grave. At the conclusion of the ritual, those in the lodge are told to imitate Hiram Abiff so that they can get into heaven. When the fact that all of the men who participate in the ritual do not claim to be Christians is considered, this is seen not only to be a mockery of the death, the burial and the resurrection of our Lord and Savior but a clear statement that faith in Jesus Christ is not required to get into heaven. We are deeply grieved that we have participated in this falsehood and were taken captive by such heresy. God, in His mercy, saw fit to lead us out of Freemasonry and following our repentance, He has cleansed us from unrighteousness. (1 John 1:8-9) He has released us from the ungodly oaths we took in the lodge. (Lev. 5) We are not the only ones to leave the lodge; other men continue to renounce Freemasonry. Some of them are bold enough to speak the truth about the lodge, while others are so spiritually wounded from the experience that they remain dysfunctional for some time. A few former Masons continue to defend the lodge, due to fear and spiritual bondage.
Many of those who are currently involved in the heresy of Freemasonry claim to be Christians. A significant number became Freemasons before they became church members. Some of those men have infiltrated the church and by claiming that Freemasonry is not a religion, have taken many captives by a hollow and deceptive philosophy which depends on the teachings of a corrupt world system, rather than on faith in Jesus Christ.
Since Freemasonry teaches salvation on the basis of imitating Hiram Abiff, rather than faith in Jesus Christ, it seems absurd that a pastor would condone Freemasonry, let alone defend it, or actually embrace it. Yet that is what has happened in these last days in more congregations than we can count. Apostasy is widespread today.
Why would a pastor condone or defend Freemasonry?
If we assume that a pastor understands the Gospel of Jesus Christ, there are only two possibilities. Either he is ignorant of the facts concerning Freemasonry, or he knows the facts and has decided that the cost of opposing Freemasonry is too high.
It is possible that the pastor has not investigated the matter for himself. He may have asked one or more Masons in the congregation a few questions about the lodge and accepted the answers he was given. It is not uncommon for Masons to hold positions such as Sunday School Teacher, Elder, or Deacon within many congregations. Often pastors have developed trust in such men. However, if the pastor believes he will get honest answers to significant questions from a practicing Mason, it is painfully obvious to us that he knows precious little about Freemasonry.
Masons are highly motivated not to divulge the truth about Freemasonry for two major reasons. First, they have taken oaths to keep such information confidential. The first of the oaths, taken while a man is blindfolded, with a rope around his neck contains the following words:
I, (name) of my own free will and accord, in the presence of Almighty God and this Worshipful Lodge of Free and Accepted Masons, . . . solemnly and sincerely promise and swear, that I will always hele, forever conceal, and never reveal any of the secret arts, parts, or points of the hidden mysteries of Freemasonry, which I have received, am about to receive, or maybe hereafter instructed in, to any person unless it shall be to a worthy Brother Entered Apprentice, or within the body of a just and duly constituted Lodge. . . . Furthermore: I do promise and swear that I will not write, indite, print, paint, stamp, stain, hue, cut, carve, mark or engrave the same upon anything movable or immovable, whereby or whereon the least word, syllable, letter, or character may become legible or intelligible to myself or another, whereby the secrets of Freemasonry may be unlawfully obtained through my unworthiness. To all of which I do solemnly and sincerely promise and swear, without any hesitation, mental reservation, or secret evasion of mind in me whatsoever; binding myself under no less a penalty than that of having my throat cut across, my tongue torn out, and with my body buried in the sands of the sea at low-water mark, where the tide ebbs and flows twice in twenty-four hours, should I ever knowingly or willfully violate this, my solemn Obligation of an Entered Apprentice. So help me God and make me steadfast to keep and perform the same.
Masons do not take these oaths, which they prefer to call “obligations,” lightly.
The second major reason why Masons do not reveal the teachings of Freemasonry to outsiders, especially those in the church, is that Freemasonry would not be tolerated in the church if the facts were widely known. Lodge members simply cannot afford to tell a Godly pastor who is asking questions about Freemasonry the truth, unless they are repenting. They must posture themselves as sincere Christians who are supporters of God’s work. One convincing ploy which has been utilized to favorably influence pastors is the practice of some of the appendant bodies of Free-masonry to send pastors on expense-paid tours of the Holy Land. Such an investment can pay significant dividends for the lodge.
The secrecy which surrounds the organization enables Masons to use doubt as a defense when dealing with laymen and pastors who know only a little about the Masonic Lodge and yet are suspicious of the character of Freemasonry. When a non-Mason makes a claim that the teaching in Masonic ritual is contrary to the Gospel, a Mason may respond with a statement similar to the following: “You have never been a Mason, how could you possibly understand the meaning of ritual? There is far more to Masonic ritual than simply the words. You have to see the gestures, the facial expressions and consider the context to understand it.” If someone asks for an explanation, a Mason may dissuade the conversation by saying something like, “I am simply not able to reveal that to you. We take an obligation to do our good works in secret, etc.”
The truth of the matter is that explanations for the major portions of Masonic ritual are written in plain English and issued to Masons in the direction of the Grand Lodges. If a non-Mason were to obtain one of these Grand Lodge documents and had a working grasp of the English language, he could understand the explanations in sufficient detail to accurately evaluate the character of Freemasonry. However, most non-Masons do not have access to Grand Lodge documents.
If there is opposition to Freemasonry from someone in the congregation, Masons must posture themselves as Christians who are being persecuted for being involved in an organization that does good works. “Freemasonry has always had enemies,” they claim. They may add, “Usually, they are people who were rejected for membership, or former Masons who were expelled for the misconduct of some type.” It can be difficult for a Pastor to immediately know who is telling the truth in such matters. Yet, if he wants to know the truth, authentic Masonic documents will establish the facts beyond question. If ignorance is the issue, we can help you obtain materials that you may share with your pastor so that he will be well informed. If ignorance (a lack of specific knowledge) really is the issue, a Godly pastor will have no reason not to want to know the truth. Sometimes a pastor will proclaim that he does not know much about Freemasonry and resists learning more when in reality he has heard enough that he has to be classified in the second category.
There are several factors that could motivate a pastor who falls into the second category to condone or defend Freemasonry, even though he knows that Freemasonry has a false plan of salvation. We will first consider the pastor who is not a Mason, yet knows the facts.
The pastor may have overestimated the strength of Masonic influence within the congregation and he may not feel that Christians in the congregation will support a stand for truth in the midst of the clamor which may well result when the truth concerning Freemasonry is clearly proclaimed. Of course, he may correctly understand the level of Masonic influence. In some Masonically infiltrated congregations most, or all, of the elders and deacons, are Masons. Many times Masons attempt to recruit pastors. Satan wants the pastor to believe that he cannot possibly win a Masonic battle. Satan will use fear in an attempt to cause the pastor to fall into the role of a teacher who will say only what itching ears want to hear. The pastor may not realize that the apparent might of the opposition is not that important when you are on God’s team. One plus God is a majority. If there are a significant number of men in the congregation who are meeting in secret to teach salvation on the basis of imitating Hiram Abiff, there is a significant number of Masonic church members who are in line to receive condemnation on judgment day. The larger the number of Masons, the more imperative it is for the pastor to speak the whole counsel of God.
Unity within the church is vital
Just before Jesus was arrested, he prayed for unity among believers.
“My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message, that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me. I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one: I in them and you in me. May they be brought to complete unity to let the world know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me. John 17:20-23
Some pastors are concerned that dealing with the Masonic issue will cause division and destroy the unity of the church. Yet, nothing could be further from the truth. When Masons are present, the church is already divided. Masons meet in secret to teach salvation on the basis of imitating Hiram Abiff, while Christians in the congregation openly share the Gospel of Jesus Christ. How can there be unity in the church if some secretly raise up another savior? It simply is not possible. Unity in a Masonically infiltrated church is only an illusion. The only way unity has a chance is when there is total separation between church and lodge. Those Masons who claim to be Christians should be given a choice: “The church, or the lodge, which will it be?” If they choose the lodge, the sooner they leave the church, the better. Christians can never reach unity with those who teach salvation on the basis of another savior. The fact that they do so only in secret makes no difference. Any belief that addressing the Masonic issue will destroy unity can only be attributed to ignorance, spiritual immaturity or demonic bondage.
Sometimes, a pastor will recognize that Freemasonry is anti-Christ in nature, yet not oppose it due to spiritual bondage which is brought to bear through family involvement in Freemasonry. Pastors who have fathers, uncles, brothers or others they love, who are involved in Freemasonry are reluctant to take a position that would condemn their own family members as well. Yet the fact of the matter is that remaining silent will not alter the eternal consequences for those family members who are already gone on, and it does not well serve family members who are yet alive. Freemasonry is a family curse. If members of the family have been involved in Freemasonry, the younger generation is much more likely to become Masons. If the pastor says nothing, some in his own family will likely conclude that since he is not opposing Freemasonry, it must be a good thing. Holding back when dealing with the Masonic issue, because it will be painful for family members, is equivalent to not spreading the Gospel simply because it condemns all family members who have not accepted Jesus. Teaching salvation on the basis of imitating Hiram Abiff constitutes rejection of Jesus Christ. Will Jesus see it differently?
Another factor that can motivate compromise is ambition. Many pastors have the ambition to build a large church. They have been seduced into believing that they can better serve God by getting as many souls as possible to join the church, concentrating simply on evangelism, rather than defense of the Gospel, or discipleship training. The legacy of such leadership is immature Christians and others who believe they are Christians, yet have only an intellectual knowledge of the Gospel. Many within such congregations have never been challenged to be on the alert for false doctrine and are not equipped to defend the faith when the need arises. Some fall victim to the snare of Freemasonry and other cults.
What would the pastor gain for building such an organization? Power, a substantial salary, an elevated position within the community or the denomination, the respect and admiration of other pastors and any number of other things which accrue to leaders of large organizations. From the outside, these churches appear to be thriving. But listen to the sermons carefully in congregations in which you find contented Masons and you will realize that the pastor has compromised in many areas. They are careful not to speak against those issues which will prick a man’s conscience. They often will not stress those teachings from Scripture which directly take issue with the practice of Freemasonry, such as being yoked with unbelievers, the fact that Jesus is the ONLY way to salvation, the fact that salvation is by grace and not of works, the fact that all pagan religions worship demons rather than the God of the Bible, as well as the requirement of repentance from sin as a condition for salvation. The presence of contented Masons in a congregation is an indictment of the type of sermons they have been hearing from the pulpit. Pastors who will serve in such a capacity are motivated by nickels and noses, rather than a desire to win souls and lead men into a close relationship with Jesus Christ. They are corporate executives who are concerned with statistics.
While some pastors have large congregations and enjoy a healthy salary, others are willing to settle for much less. They fear the Masons within the congregation more than they fear God. They care more for their own salary which provides for the physical well being of their family than they care for the souls of men. In these situations, just a few Masons can effectively control the church.
We are very concerned about pastors who know the truth, yet condone Freemasonry because souls are on the line. It was our souls, and it is those of our Masonic fathers, uncles, and brothers, which such pastors consciously decide to allow us to go to hell without a word of warning from their pulpits. We know that Freemasonry is a significant issue because as Masons we were directly involved in the teaching of a false gospel. Galatians 1:8-9 makes it clear that the penalty for teaching a false gospel is condemnation.
When Masons are present in a congregation, their souls are not the only ones at risk. If the Masons in the congregation choose to begin a dialog with your son, or grandson, who will warn them of the dangers? Some pastors feel as long as Masons are not recruiting, they will do no harm. If Masons truly do not recruit, how can we explain the significant number of Masons in the church? A simple question by a young boy can plant the seed which turns into a snare in later years. He might ask his Sunday School teacher about his ring, or tie tack. Often, Masons begin the dialog with potential members. The approach used is often similar to the following: “Have you ever considered becoming a Mason? I believe you might really enjoy it.” If a favorable conversation ensues, they might say something like, “I can’t ask you to join. No one has been ever asked to join the lodge. But, if you want to get in, I would be willing to help you.” Who will watch over the souls of your son and grandson if there is no genuine spiritual leadership to oppose those who would ensnare them? Who will counsel your daughter not to marry into a Masonic family? Freemasonry has appendant orders which are specifically designed for women and children. How many daughters and grandchildren will become ensnared because a pastor who understands the dangers chooses not to speak the whole counsel of God?
Not only are we concerned for the souls of Masons and those they would ensnare, but we are concerned for these pastors as well. They will most certainly stand before God with blood on their hands. Scripture makes it clear:
But if the watchman sees the sword coming and does not blow the trumpet to warn the people and the sword comes and takes the life of one of them, that man will be taken away because of his sin, but I will hold the watchman accountable for his blood.’
It is much easier to keep a man from joining the lodge than it is to get him out once he has been spiritually ensnared. Pastors who knowingly tolerate Masons to be members of the congregation without issuing a clear warning from the pulpit simply have a job, rather than a calling. John explained that those who welcome them in will share in their evil deeds:
Anyone who runs ahead and does not continue in the teaching of Christ does not have God; whoever continues in the teaching has both the Father and the Son. If anyone comes to you and does not bring this teaching, do not take him into your house or welcome him. Anyone who welcomes him shares in his wicked work.
2 John 9-11
In John, Chapter 10, Jesus speaks of pastors who care for the flock. The good shepherd will lay down his life for the flock when it comes under attack. Jesus explained that some who appear to be shepherds run when wolves appear. They are not shepherds, but rather hirelings. These days, we see another type of pastor standing in pulpits across the country. They claim to be shepherds who defend the flock, yet they have actually joined the Masonic Lodge. They do not run away when the wolf comes. They run with the wolves, offering a defense of Freemasonry and leading others into the lodge. Masons will vigorously defend a Masonic Pastor and run interference for him so that he does not have to do all of the “dirty work.” If a church member who is a Mason begins to
question the compatibility of Freemasonry and Christianity, as a result of the work of the Holy Spirit, other Masons and the pastor attempt to assure him that there is no problem with the lodge. “If there were a problem with Freemasonry, our pastor would not be a lodge member,” they might say. As we have been taught to be in submission to our spiritual leaders, many are reluctant to believe that there could actually something wrong with the lodge, if the pastor does not see it. Some of us were confused for a time by a Masonic pastor, a Masonic elder, or another church member who was not following Jesus. However, in time, the Holy Spirit won out.
Of course, when Masons are in church leadership, they must oppose any layman in the congregation who would speak the truth concerning Freemasonry; he would be a threat to Masonic control of the congregation. Masonic pastors cannot be classified as shepherds, and they really cannot be classified as hirelings. They are wolves in shepherd’s clothing. Jesus does not want you to be confused, injured, or led astray by them.
A Masonic Sermon
To understand the impossibility of a legitimate Christian pastor standing in agreement with Masonic teaching, consider what would happen if a Masonic pastor were to deliver a sermon from the pulpit which contained the same teachings as heard in Master Mason Degree. There would be a lecture and a ritual drama in the sermon. The pastor could deliver the lecture but would need assistance — a few men from the lodge — for the ritual drama portion of his sermon. The setting for the drama is the building of Solomon’s Temple. One of his assistants would portray Hiram Abiff, the Grand Master at the temple project. Hiram would be accosted three times. Each time, he would be given the choice of revealing the secrets of a Master Mason, or of losing his life. Each time he is accosted, he would refuse to say, “My life, but not the secrets.” The first two times he is accosted, he would only be wounded by his assailant. However, the third time, he would willingly die rather than reveal the secrets of a Master Mason.
In the ritual portion of the sermon, after Hiram Abiff is killed, the three men who accosted him would realize that they had not received the secret which they sought and must dispose of the body so that their deed might not be known. The body of Hiram Abiff would be buried on a hill. The next day, when Hiram is nowhere to be found, King Solomon, possibly played by the pastor, would send out a search party to look for him. After the fresh grave is found, Hiram would be raised to be from the grave.
What you would have just seen is a ritual in which Hiram Abiff willingly died, was buried and then raised from the grave.
At the end of his sermon, the pastor would conclude with the following words, summarizing the teaching of the ritual drama with these words from the Master Mason Degree ritual:
Then, finally, my brethren, let us imitate our Grand Master, Hiram Abiff, in his virtuous conduct, his unfeigned piety to God, and his inflexible fidelity to his trust; that, like him, we may welcome the grim tyrant, Death, and receive him as a kind messenger sent by our Supreme Grand Master, to translate us from this imperfect to that all-perfect, glorious, and celestial Lodge above, where the Supreme Architect of the Universe presides.
Were you to ponder the words from the pastor’s sermon, you would realize that he had instructed you to imitate Hiram Abiff so that you could get into heaven. It would be a false Gospel, one based on imitation of Hiram Abiff, rather than faith in Jesus Christ.
If a pastor were to deliver such a sermon, would you believe that he was a sincere Christian who is depending on his faith in Jesus Christ for salvation? Would you believe that he was a spiritual leader in Christ’s church, who watches over souls as a man who must give account?
(See Hebrews 13:17)
The reason for Masonic secrecy is obvious. If it were not a secret, how would the Masonic pastor and other Masons be able to deceive the flock?
If the ritual sermon would be a false Gospel when delivered from a pulpit, how can it not be a false Gospel when the same content is taught in the lodge? If it is not acceptable for a pastor to preach a sermon which recommends imitating Hiram Abiff as a means of gaining access to heaven in the church, why is it acceptable for church members to stand in agreement when it is taught in the lodge? Does Jesus see a difference?
Masonic Pastors should be confronted by laymen or other pastors. They should be warned that they are participating in the teaching of a false Gospel. Do not expect a Masonic pastor to see the truth, or understand the problem unless you have bathed the issue in prayer. They have been confronted with the truth each and every time they have watched the third-degree ritual. Satan has blinded them. Possibly, they were never Christians, to begin with.
Fortunately, all pastors are not hirelings or wolves. We praise God for shepherds who are willing to stand firm and speak against Freemasonry from the pulpit, particularly when they face substantial opposition. Often such pastors appear to suffer a great loss. Many are voted out of the pulpit following such a stand, at a meeting which has been stacked by Masons who are members of the congregation. Often, such meetings are characterized by the sudden appearance of members who have not been in the church for months or even years. They respond to the telephone calls of their Masonic brethren quite faithfully and outnumber Christian members of the congregation, who are many times caught off guard by such swift action. Laymen usually underestimate the need to support a Godly pastor when he takes a stand against heresy. Laymen underestimate the significance of business meetings, whether they are scheduled, or “called.” Sincere Christians often assume that the response to a sermon against heresy will be repentance, rather than defiance. They assume that other people are just as sincere in their relationship with Jesus Christ, as they are. While we ought not to think more highly of ourselves than we should, we should not underestimate the grip which Satan can have on others. He looks for those he can devour. Most do not understand the spiritual nature of Freemasonry. Not many in the church have seen Masons in action because in the past decades few pastors have made a decision to stand against Freemasonry.
Pastors who consider the issue of Freemasonry must realize that God is responsible for their safety and for taking care of their physical needs, as well as the needs of their families. If they can trust Him for their eternal salvation, they can trust Him now as they deliver a non-compromising message to Masons and others who would subvert the Gospel. If they don’t believe that they can trust Him now, do they really believe that they can trust Him later? Pastors who decide to stand realize that the sacrifices which they may be required to make are nothing compared with having nails driven into the hands and feet. In the short term, at least, there will be some trauma from a stand against Freemasonry. The trauma may last an hour, a week, or much longer. Sometimes, the congregation is blessed far beyond their understanding in the short term, as repentance and revival results. Long term, even those pastors who seem to have paid the highest price for a firm stand against Freemasonry have been richly blessed. We know of none who have been put to death or have even gone hungry.
As men who have left the Masonic Lodge, we understand sacrifice and understand the cost of bearing the cross. It was hard for many of us to leave the lodge. Some of us have been estranged from our Masonic families. We have lost social affiliations which we assumed were friendships. Often, it turned out that our Masonic friends were not really friends at all, but rather simply Masons who stuck with us as long as we too were Masons. We still care for them, even though they reject us – simply because we have unconditionally rejected Free-masonry. After being in the lodge for twenty years or more, some of us had no friends who were not affiliated with Freemasonry. Some of us were devastated, yet we knew we had no choice but to leave the lodge. Some of us have lost jobs, some have lost businesses, some have been separated from brothers or elderly fathers who remain in the lodge. However, when we consider what Jesus suffered through, we cannot fathom standing before Him and telling Him that it would have been too painful to leave the lodge; it would have cost too much.
Compared to the price that Jesus paid for our souls, our sacrifices are nothing. We have been richly blessed as a result of leaving Freemasonry. Spiritual bondage has been broken as a result of confession and repentance and our relationship with Jesus has been strengthened beyond what we could have ever imagined while we were Masons.
If you are a member of a congregation which accepts Masons for membership, we can help you obtain materials that will allow you to know the truth about Free-masonry, so that you might urge repentance in the lives of the lodge members or a pastor who is condoning Freemasonry. Videotapes of reenactments of Masonic rituals are available as well as a videotape of the testimonies of Ex-Masons who have chosen Jesus over the lodge. Grand Lodge documents which explain the meanings of ritual and numerous other items which will assist in exposing the heresy of Freemasonry are available from the network of ministries with which we cooperate. Members of Ex-Masons for Jesus are available for testimonies in congregations throughout the United States. No pastor has to stand alone when he defends the Gospel against the heresy of Freemasonry. Church members have a right to hear the whole counsel of God from their pulpits. There is a job description for pastors. It was included in Paul’s letter to Timothy. They are to preach the Word and be prepared in season and out of season, to correct, rebuke and encourage, with great patience and careful instruction. Anything less should not be tolerated or supported. Souls are on the line.
Freemasonry, Eastern Star, and other similar “secret” organizations appear to be harmless fellowship gatherings. Many of them appear to promote belief in God. However, upon closer examination, we find that the only belief requirement is not that one must believe in the True and Living God, but rather, that one must believe in the existence of a “Supreme Being”, which includes the “gods” of Islam, Hinduism, or any other world religion. The unbiblical and anti-Christian beliefs and practices of this organization are partially hidden beneath an outward appearance of supposed compatibility with the Christian faith. The following is a comparison of what the Bible says with the “official” position of Freemasonry Source
Death, Burial and Resurrection
in the Masonic Lodge
Most professing Christians who are members of the Masonic Order have no idea that what actually transpires during the Hiramic Legend of the Master Mason degree is the new member’s baptism into the religion of Freemasonry.
The new member, called a candidate, is neither sprinkled nor immersed; there is no water involved in the ceremony. Perhaps this is why professing Christians who are members of the Order don’t recognize the ceremony as being what it actually is. For most, when they hear of baptism, they seem to automatically think of a sprinkling of water or total immersion in a baptismal font. Perhaps this is the reason for the obvious question that comes to the minds of most Christians who are outside the lodge: “How can you possibly have something called a baptism, without water?” The answer is very simple, yet it is also complex.
Symbolism and allegory are the keys to understanding Freemasonry. They are the keys to understanding the baptism of the candidate that is exemplified by his symbolic death, burial, and resurrection, as he is supposedly portraying a person by the name of Hiram Abif during an, acted out the drama that is admittedly a trumped-up chain of events that never happened in the first place.
To help us in our endeavors to better understand the allegories and symbolisms of the Hiramic Legend, there are a few words that should be defined. I have used the dictionary of the ‘World Book Encyclopedia’ as a reference, which is a Thorndike-Barnhart Dictionary, published exclusively for Field Enterprises Educational Corporation. When a different source is used, I will so indicate.
Resurrection is defined as being:
“a coming to life again; rising from the dead.” A second definition given for this word is, “a being alive again after death.”
The definition of baptism is,
“the act of baptizing; rite or sacrament of dipping a person into water or sprinkling water on him, as a sign of the washing away of sin and of admission into the Christian church.”
This is the definition of the word, baptism, that most of us who are Christians think of, thus the confusion about the “waterless” baptism performed by the Masonic Order. However, look very closely at this second definition of the word, from the same dictionary:
“any experience that cleanses a person, or introduces him into a new kind of life.”
As you can see, the scope of baptism, particularly outside of the Christian church, has now been broadened with this second definition of the word.
I would like to quote from an additional source, regarding the definition of baptism as it pertains to at least one major Christian denomination of the body of Christ. From the Report of Committee on Baptist Faith and Message, as adopted by the Southern Baptist Convention on May 9, 1963, we find this:
“Christian baptism is the immersion of a believer in water in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. It is an act of obedience symbolizing the believer’s faith in a crucified, buried, and risen Savior, the believer’s death to sin, the burial of the old life, and the resurrection to walk in newness of life in Christ Jesus. It is a testimony to his faith in the final resurrection of the dead. Being a church ordinance, it is prerequisite to the privileges of church membership…..”.
Here it is clearly spelled out that the baptism a Christian believer undergoes is symbolic of the believer’s death, burial, and resurrection, “..to walk in newness of life in Christ Jesus.”
Note the similarity between this definition and the second definition of the word previously quoted, which also speaks of being introduced into “…a new kind of life”.
The word, salvation, is defined for us as being, “saving of the soul; deliverance from sin and from punishment for sin.”
Of course, we must define Freemasonry, in order that we may more fully understand what it is we are dealing with, and in all fairness to the Order, I think we should allow Freemasonry to offer up its own definition. The Heirloom Bible Publishers, Wichita, Kansas, publishes a Master Reference Edition of the Holy Bible, King James Version, exclusively for Freemasonry. As far as I have been able to ascertain, its primary distributor to lodges and individual members is the Macoy Publishing & Masonic Supply Company. On page 26 of this Heirloom Masonic Bible, we find the following:
“Freemasonry has been well defined as, ‘A peculiar system of morality veiled in allegory and illustrated by symbols’.”
And because of this definition of Freemasonry, we are necessarily brought to the definition of the word, allegory:
“a long and complicated story with an underlying meaning different from the surface meaning of the story itself.”
Bearing all this in mind, let us now take a look at what transpires within a Masonic lodge room, as a new member, called a “candidate”, undergoes the three degrees of Blue Lodge Masonry. This “walk through”, by the way, including the legendary portrayal we will be into shortly, is as per Nevada’s blue lodge ritual, which is where I was a Mason.
An overview of the ritual
The degrees are named as follows: The first degree is called Entered Apprentice; the second degree is Fellow Craft, and the third degree is Master Mason.
The Entered Apprentice and Fellow Craft degrees, mechanically, are pretty much in “lock-step” with each other. The lessons and teachings covered in each of these degrees are different, one from the other, but the mechanics are basically the same. In each of these degrees, the candidate dons the required clothing, which includes a blindfold; he enters the lodge room and is conducted around the lodge room for inspection; he kneels at an altar to assume an obligation; his blindfold is removed; he is invested with certain signs, grips, and words; he proves to the principal officers that he can properly communicate said signs, grips, and words, he is presented, emblematically, with the Working Tools of the degree; he is led from the lodge room so he can change into his regular clothing; and he is then returned to the lodge room for further instruction, by way of a lecture.
In the Master Mason degree, however, once the candidate has undergone procedures somewhat similar to what he experiences in the Entered Apprentice and Fellow Craft degrees, but before he receives instruction by way of a lecture, which he will hear later, he finds himself in a very different situation. After donning his own clothing, rather than returning to the lodge room for instruction, by way of a lecture, he is returned to the south side of the lodge room and escorted to the empty chair which is the station of the Junior Warden, one of the three principal officers of the lodge.
He is given a ruse of an explanation that he will be sitting in the station of the Junior Warden, as an honorary sort of thing, in celebration of his having become a Master Mason. The jewel of the Junior Warden is hung around his neck, and he is shown a very simple procedure he is to follow when the Worshipful Master raps his gavel, signaling the members present that lodge has resumed. His instructions are to stand the gavel that is resting on the stand in front of him, to an upright position, signifying that lodge has returned from refreshments to labor (in other words, signifying that the short recess period called for the purpose of allowing him time to get back into his regular clothes is now over with).
The Worshipful Master raps his gavel; the candidate leans forward and places the Junior Warden’s gavel in the upright position; then he sits back to enjoy the celebration of his achievement, or so he thinks.
However, the Worshipful Master raps his gavel a second time, looks to the candidate and says, “Brother Junior Warden, what is the hour?”. The candidate stands up, but he is usually very confused at this point because he has no idea what the meaning of the question is. The Worshipful Master raps his gavel again and repeats, “Brother Junior Warden, what is the hour?”.
Now the Senior Warden rises and says, “Worshipful Master, there appears to be a stranger in the South.”
The Worshipful Master says, “What?! A stranger in the South?! Brother Senior Deacon, conduct the stranger to the East.”
The candidate is then brought before the Worshipful Master who tells him: Even though he has been obligated as a Master Mason; even though he has received the Working Tools of a Master Mason, including the proper use of the Trowel, the principal Working Tool of a Master Mason; even though he has been taught to wear his apron as a Master Mason; and even though he now wears the jewel of the Junior Warden, one of the three principal officers of the lodge, he has not yet attained to the Sublime Degree of a Master Mason. He has not yet proven himself to be a Master Mason.
The Worshipful Master advises him that there is one more hill he must climb, so to speak – one more test he must pass, to demonstrate that he is indeed a Master Mason. He is informed that it is a dangerous way to go and that he may even meet with death, as did once befall an eminent brother of this degree.
(Please note a similarity at this point, between Christian baptism, and what I refer to as Masonic baptism: I have already quoted from the Southern Baptist statement on baptism that baptism “…, is a prerequisite to the privileges of church membership…” In a Masonic lodge room, the Worshipful Master informs the candidate that what he is about to endure is a prerequisite to his becoming a Master Mason.)
The Senior Deacon conducts the candidate to the altar, where he is once again blindfolded. He is caused to kneel and pray. He is told that his prayer may be mental or audible, and when he has concluded it, he is to audibly say “Amen”, and rise. Upon conclusion of the candidate’s prayer, the Hiramic Legend begins.
The candidate represents Hiram Abif in ritual
The candidate is caused to represent a character named Hiram Abif. Even though there is no historical evidence to back up any part of the “drama” that is about to unfold, it is explained to the candidate, or initiate, that Grand Master Hiram Abif was the Grand Architect at the building of King Solomon’s Temple. Supposedly, Hiram knows some sort of a secret which, by its mere possession, a person would be allowed to pass himself off as a Master Mason, or journeyman builder, if you will, thus allowing him to travel and work in foreign countries, and to receive Masters’ wages.
It had been promised to the workmen on the temple that upon its completion, those who were found worthy would receive the secrets, but three of the Fellow Crafts got a little over-anxious and entered into a pact of extorting the secrets which Hiram supposedly held. So, one day Hiram is confronted by these ruffians, demanding the secrets from him. He refuses their demands, and they kill him.
It is at this point that the candidate, portraying Hiram Abif, experiences part I of the symbolism of baptism – Death.
At midnight or low-twelve, under the cover of darkness, they remove his body from the temple grounds and take it to the brow of a hill where a grave had already been dug for the purpose, and bury him.
It is at this point that the candidate, portraying Hiram Abif, experiences part II of the symbolism of baptism – Burial.
The ruffians attempt to flee the country, but they are discovered by three Fellow Crafts who had been sent out in search of them. They are returned to the temple and brought before King Solomon, who is portrayed by the Worshipful Master. They confess their guilt and are summarily executed.
A new search is launched to find the remains of Hiram Abif. These same three Fellow Crafts return to the brow of the hill where they had come across the ruffians, and there they discover what appears to be a newly made grave. They dig down and find a body. Owing to the high state of decomposition, the body cannot easily be recognized, but the Fellow Crafts remove the jewel from around its neck and carry it back to King Solomon, who identifies it as being the jewel of Grand Master Hiram Abif.
King Solomon then leads a procession to the gravesite, presumably for the purpose of removing the body from the grave and returning it to the temple for more decent interment. Further, he advises the workmen that even though the Master’s Word, which it had been promised they would eventually receive, has now been lost, he will devise a substitute word that will do just fine until the real word is found again.
In a lecture that the candidate is to hear later on, after the conclusion of the Hiramic Legend, he is told that the body of Hiram was indeed removed from the temporary grave and returned to the temple, where it was buried in due form. But that is not what transpires at the gravesite.
Rather, King Solomon orders the Senior Grand Warden (Hiram, king of Tyre) to raise the body by the grip of an Entered Apprentice. The Senior Grand Warden applies that grip to the cadaver, but owing to the high state of decomposition, the skin slips from the flesh, and the body cannot be raised. King Solomon then orders him to apply the grip of a Fellow Craft. He does so – first, with the Pass Grip of a Fellow Craft, and then with the Real Grip of a Fellow Craft – and for the same reasons as before, neither of those grips is strong enough. King Solomon asks, “What shall we do?”. And the Senior Grand Warden suggests, “Let us pray.”.
The Chaplain then leads all those present in a prayer which concludes with,
“Yet, O Lord, have compassion on the children of Thy creation; administer them comfort in a time of trouble, and save them with an everlasting salvation.”
(Nevada ritual, p. 137)
After praying for the salvation of the fallen martyr, King Solomon states how timely the prayer is and declares that the body will be raised. After determining a substitute word to replace that which was supposedly lost upon the death of Grand Master Hiram Abif, King Solomon informs the craftsmen that the substitute word will be the first word uttered after the body is raised. The Worshipful Master, who up to this time has been portraying King Solomon, then reaches down and grasps the hand of the candidate, who up to this time has supposedly been portraying Hiram Abif, with the real grip of a Master Mason, or lion’s paw. And by the real grip of a Master Mason, the candidate is raised
“from a dead level to a living perpendicular”.
(Officers’ Manual of Lodge Organization and Operation – Nevada, p. 96) (Note: This is not the terminology that is used during the legend, but I bring this phrase to your attention because you will see it a little later on.)
As the candidate is “raised”, he and the Worshipful Master assume the position known as the five points of fellowship; and while in that position, which is foot to foot, knee to knee, breast to breast, hand to back, and cheek to cheek, or mouth to ear, the Worshipful Master whispers the words, “Mah-Ha-Bone” into the ear of the candidate, “Mah-Ha-Bone” is what is called the substitute for the Master’s Word.
And it is at this point, known as “raising”, that the candidate symbolically experiences the third and final stage of the symbolism of baptism – Resurrection.
With the exception of explaining to the candidate what the word, “Mah-Ha-Bone” means – “What, the Builder”; and instructing him in the proper use of the Grand Hailing Sign of Distress, this pretty much concludes the second section of the degree.
You know doubt have noticed by now that there is no re-interment. No body is returned to the temple for the purpose of burying it in due form, because at this point, there is nobody. The purpose of the Hiramic Legend is NOT the re-enactment of some nonsensical fairy tale with a moral attached to it, much like an Aesop’s Fable. The REAL intended purpose of the entire staged production, this “allegory illustrated by symbols”, is just exactly what is symbolized – the death, burial, and resurrection of the candidate, that symbolism being exactly the same as is done by immersion in the baptismal font of a Christian church.
The candidate, “representing” Hiram Abif, has not been initiated into a fraternity. Rather, the candidate, representing no one but himself, has been baptized into “the religious faith of Freemasonry”. (Remember that phrase. You will be encountering it again.)
Why do those who profess to be Christians not realize what it is that is happening to them at the time? The explanation is quite simple:
Allegory – “a long and complicated story with an underlying meaning different from the surface meaning of the story itself.”
Generally, I would say that if an individual has had no discernment up to this point that he is involved in a religion, after undergoing the first degree, the second degree, and the first portion of the third degree, the chances are better than not that it isn’t going to happen during the “raising”, or resurrection.
But even if a Christian does realize what it is that is happening, think of his circumstances at the time. Here he is, lying on the floor, surrounded by all these men. At this point, his blindfold has already been removed, and what is he confronted with? Maybe Mr. Johnson, his boss at work, is standing there. Maybe his very best friend is looking down at him. Maybe he is looking at his dad, his grand-dad, his uncle, his brother, standing over him. It would take a tremendous amount of courage on his part to pick himself up off the floor, say to those present, “Hold on, I now realize what is happening here, and because I am a Christian, I will have no part in it”; and then just walk out of the lodge room, leave the premises, and never look back – never come back again. Chances are better than not, you will not see or hear of something like that happening.
Most Masons do not attend Lodge regularly. Why?
But I would like to say this much about it. I used to wonder why it was that even though the lodge I was in was doing degree work in one degree or another about 25 nights a year, sometimes more, plus farming out candidates to other lodges on occasion, for five years as an officer in the line, it seemed as though I kept seeing the same old faces on the sideline every night. A few additional ones would show up now and then, but not all that many. And I used to wonder: “After everything a man goes through to become a Master Mason, why would he just all of a sudden, drop out of sight?”
Maybe we have a partial answer after all. I’m not going to try to claim that a delayed discernment happened in every instance. I won’t even try to claim that is the answer in most instances. But maybe, just maybe that is the reason in some of the instances. Maybe the discernment was there that night, but what was lacking was the courage or conviction to do something about it at the time. Or maybe the realization came later, after possibly sharing that evening’s events with a discerning Christian wife. Maybe in some instances, a man shares with his wife what transpired that night, and when he’s finished, he says, “Boy, I’ve sure never been through anything like that before.” To which she says, “Oh yes, you have. You certainly did go through something like that before. It was the day you were baptized when your immersion was symbolic of death, burial, and resurrection. You have been baptized by the lodge – into what, I can only guess at – but you have been baptized into Freemasonry.”
In any event, he sends his dues money every year, but just sort of drops out of sight. Unfortunately, just “dropping out of sight” is not an acceptable substitute for repentance, for praying for forgiveness, for asking Jesus Christ to come back into your life as your Lord and Savior, and for officially leaving the false religion of Freemasonry.
I will now solidify what I have had to say about the Hiramic Legend so far, regarding it’s being nothing more than a fairy tale, with evidence to support my claims.
The Grand Lodge of the State of Nevada distributes a booklet entitled, The Lodge System of Masonic Education. On page 4 of the section titled, The Master Mason Degree, we find this:
“The allegory of the Master Mason Degree is not true in any factual sense, except in the historical background from the Biblical account of the building of the Temple. That the Hirams were Grand Masters; that the workmen on the building were Entered Apprentices, Fellow Crafts, and Master Masons; that they met in the various apartments of the Temple, with different numbers required for various quorums; that the events depicted in the ceremony actually happened, are not factual statements.”
The temple is spiritual, not physical
You see the word “allegory” here, and you no doubt remember its definition. A little further down the page, we now pick up on the word “symbolism”, or “symbolic”:
“Q. What is the symbolic meaning of King Solomon’s Temple?
Symbolic interpretations concerning the Temple of Solomon, in all of its aspects, are practically inexhaustible. All rational opinion, however, seems to center on the symbolic representation of Man as a Temple of God.”
Additionally, we find this, on page 58 of the Heirloom Masonic Bible, previously quoted from:
“Some of the most sublime symbolisms of Freemasonry relate to the building of this spiritual temple under the principles and tenets of Freemasonry, based upon the building of Solomon’s Temple by Operative Masons. These Operative Masons constructed the material temple of stones, cedars, with ornamentations of gold and precious stones, while Freemasons are constructing the spiritual temple of moral, ethical and spiritual virtues.”
From the Officers’ Manual of Lodge Organization and Operation, from the Grand Lodge of Nevada, page 100:
“The Temple of Solomon is a symbol of perfection; a symbolic representation of man as a temple of God.”
With these statements, we not only establish the fact that the Hiramic Legend of the third degree – or Master Mason degree, second section – is a fairy tale; but we also see how, by veiled allegory and symbolism, the construction of the “temple”, if you will, is not in reference to the building of King Solomon’s Temple at all, but rather, as was previously quoted:
“Freemasons are constructing the spiritual temple of moral, ethical, and spiritual virtues.”
The entire Hiramic Legend, including the involvement of the candidate, has now been taken from a material, historical level, to some sort of a pseudo-spiritual level. A quantum leap – a quantum leap, indeed – for something calling itself a fraternity, isn’t it? Indeed it is. But NOT for religious faith. And we’ll get to that statement in a moment.
But for now, let’s look at a term we hear so much of, pertaining to the Master Mason degree. In my own testimony, I have stated I was “raised” to the Sublime Degree of Master Mason. What exactly does this term “raised” mean?
This comes from a ‘Questions and Answers’ section of the Heirloom Masonic Bible previously referred to (p. 55):
“Raised – What is the significance of this term?
A. When a candidate has received the Third Degree, he is said to have been “raised” to the Sublime Degree of a Master Mason. Literally, this refers to a portion of the ceremony; but more significantly, it refers symbolically to the resurrection, which is exemplified as the object of the degree. See Resurrection”.
Now, I want you to remember this notation, “See Resurrection”. It is inserted in this item in such a way as to indicate, “Go to the term “resurrection” for the connection to this term, “raised”. We’re coming back to this later.
I would like to add here: While coming up short of actually endorsing the Masonic Bible this quote and others, come from, the Grand Secretary of the Grand Lodge of the State of Iowa does say, “…Heirloom Bible would never knowingly publish information in their Bible that was not accurate.” This comes from a letter I received from the man, and I have no reason whatever to question his statement. As a matter of fact, I would carry an application of this statement even further. I do not believe the Macoy Publishing & Masonic Supply Company would knowingly distribute a Masonic Bible, or any other Masonic publication, for that matter, that was not deemed by Freemasonry to be accurate.
Nor do I believe the Grand Lodge of Nevada would permit any of its constituent blue lodges to distribute such a publication to their members, knowing it to be in error, and that is how I got my copy. It was a tradition at Vegas Lodge No. 32 that on the evening a candidate was “raised”, he was presented with a copy of the Heirloom Masonic Bible, as a gift from the lodge.
And also, before going to any official Grand Lodge publications for statements on this subject, I wish to quote from the Encyclopaedia of Freemasonry’ by Albert G. Mackey, and I do so, at this time, for a reason.
When you attempt to quote passages to Masons, from the writings of highly recommended Masonic writers, such as Albert G. Mackey, Albert Pike, Henry Wilson Coil, and others, regarding their statement that Freemasonry is, indeed, a religion, for example, the lock-step response almost always seems to be, “None of those writings have been officially recognized by any grand lodges, therefore, any statements from such publications are nothing more than the writers’ own personal opinions.”
All right, let’s takes a look at Mr. Mackey’s “personal opinion” on this issue, and see how it stacks up in comparison to the statement from the Heirloom Masonic Bible. First, let’s go back to the statement that appears in the Heirloom Masonic Bible. Here it is:
“Raised – What is the significance of this term?
A. When a candidate has received the Third Degree, he is said to have been “raised” to the Sublime Degree of a Master Mason. Literally, this refers to a portion of the ceremony; but more significantly, it refers symbolically to the resurrection, which is exemplified as the object of the degree.”
Okay now, from Mackey’s Encyclopaedia of Freemasonry:
“Raised. When a candidate has received the third degree, he is said to have been “raised” to the sublime degree of a Master Mason. The expression refers, materially, to a portion of the ceremony of initiation, but symbolically, to the resurrection, which it is the object of the degree to exemplify.”
It looks as though the Heirloom Masonic Bible might as well have quoted directly from Mackey’s ‘Encyclopaedia…’, doesn’t it? But we must remember the arguments from the defenders of the faith – Masonic faith, that is – in regards to alleged “personal opinions”, right? So, let’s see what something a little more official has to say on the subject.
Nevada’s The Lodge System of Masonic Education, Master Mason Degree section, page 3:
“Q. Why is it said that a candidate is “raised” to the Sublime Degree of Master Mason? A. This expression refers MATERIALLY to a portion of the ceremony of the Third Degree, but SYMBOLICALLY it represents a resurrection after death and Mason’s faith in immortality.”
The only noteworthy difference I see between what was said in the previous publications, and what is stated here, is the addition of the official document of the term, “and Mason’s faith in immortality.” Continuing with this same publication’s remarks on the matter:
“Here is the SUBLIME climax of the symbolic Degrees, and if a Brother misses its meaning, and sees the living, dying and “raising” of the Master only as a literal drama – designed to teach the virtues of fortitude and inflexible fidelity – he has found Light but partially. To him, the Sublime Degree is no more than a theatrical play with a moral.”
Similarly, we find this statement in Nevada’s Officers’ Manual…, page 95, under the heading, “Hiramic Legend”:
“The tragedy of Hiram Abif is the climax of the Master Mason degree, the essence of Freemasonry, the foundation of its philosophy. To understand its symbolism is to understand Masonry; to miss its significance is to remain forever in outer darkness.”
Translation? There is tremendously more to it than the explanation given to the newly raised Master Mason in the lecture that it is a lesson in courage in trust.
Allegory: “a long and complicated story with an underlying meaning different from the surface meaning of the story itself.”
Surface meaning: A lesson in courage and trust.
Underlying meaning: Death, burial, and resurrection of the candidate. Baptism into the religion of Freemasonry.
In answer to the question of the significance of the term “Raised”, as previously quoted from the Heirloom Masonic Bible, you will recall the notation at the end that simply said, “See Resurrection”. Let’s take a look at what it has to say about “Resurrection”. On that same page 55, one column over, we find this:
“Resurrection – Does Freemasonry teach that the body shall be raised and given eternal existence.
A. The doctrine of the resurrection of the body to a future and eternal life constitutes an essential dogma of the religious faith of Freemasonry. The requirement for adherence to this doctrine holds equal rank with the demand for belief in Deity and in the immortality of the soul. It is more authoritatively inculcated in the symbolism of the Third Degree than is possible by any dogmatic creed. Throughout the ritualisms, symbolisms, legends, and lectures of the Order, these doctrines are affirmed.”
Now, that is quite a mouthful for an organization that denies being a religion. We have “essential dogma”, “doctrine”, something that is even more authoritatively inculcated than any “dogmatic creed” – All in reference to what? “the religious faith of Freemasonry”. I told you earlier you would be hearing that phrase again, and there it is.
Enough said on this subject.
We now have two additional areas to consider in regards to the Hiramic Legend: First of all, and this is very important Its origin; secondly, and equally important, its purpose.
Is Jesus Christ represented in Masonic Ritual?
Some will attempt to tell you that the “raising”, or resurrection of the candidate, is somehow symbolic of, or related to, the resurrection of Jesus Christ. As a matter of fact, the Heirloom Masonic Bible makes a feeble attempt at this. Well, if this ceremony is intended to be somehow representative of the resurrection of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, why don’t they say so? If this ceremony of theirs is actually a Christian baptism, in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, why don’t they do it that way?
Not a word about it in any of their rituals; not a word about it in any of their monitors, and these are the official documents regarded as the sources of all the teachings of Freemasonry, yet you cannot find one single word about the Hiramic Legend having anything whatever to do with any Christian ceremony of a similar nature.
Rather, upon examination of official grand lodge documents, what we DO find, is statements of this nature:
“The Hiramic legend is believed to have been a part of Freemasonry at least as early as 1725, but the idea that lies behind it is as old as religious thinking among men. The same elements existed in the allegorical ceremonies of those ancient religions which we refer to collectively as the Ancient Mysteries.”
(Nevada’s Officers’ Manual…, p. 96)
I don’t see any mention here of Christianity. Only something called the Ancient Mysteries. And what does Mr. Mackey have to say about the Ancient Mysteries?
“Each of the Pagan gods …… had, besides the public and open, secret worship paid to him, to which none were admitted but those who had been selected by preparatory ceremonies called initiation. This secret worship was termed the Mysteries.”
(Ancient Mysteries –
Mackey’s Encyclopedia of Freemasonry)
Secret Worship?! This is supposed to somehow have something to do with Jesus Christ? This is supposed to somehow have something to do with some sort of Judeo-Christian ceremonies? I don’t think so.
‘Jesus answered him, ‘I have spoken openly to the world; I always taught in synagogues, and in the temple where all the Jews come together; and I spoke nothing in secret’.” (John 18:20)
Were the baptisms performed by John the Baptist did in secret? How secret do you suppose the Sermon on the Mount was?
No, my friends, they did not learn their secrets from our Lord and Savior – they did not learn their secrecy from any sort of Judeo-Christian practice. They learned their secrecy from the Ancient Mysteries.
Mr. Mackey goes on to say:
“The most important of these mysteries were the Osiric in Egypt, the Mithraic in Persia, the Cabiric in Thrace, the Adonisian in Syria, the Dionysiac and Eleusinian in Greece, the Scandinavian among the Gothic nations, and the Druidical among the Celts.”
Isis, Osiris, Dionysus? Obviously, yes. The God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob; the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit? Obviously, not. Equally obvious, Freemasonry has a great deal to do with the Ancient Mysteries.
From the Book of Constitutions, Grand Lodge of South Carolina, page 144:
“The legend of the third degree has been considered of so much importance that it has been preserved in the symbolism of every Masonic rite. No matter what modifications or alterations the general system may have undergone – no matter how much the ingenuity or the imagination of the founders of rites may have perverted or corrupted other symbols, abolishing the old, and substituting new ones – the legend of the Temple Builder has ever been left untouched, to present itself in all the integrity of its ancient mythical form.
“The idea of the legend was undoubtedly borrowed from the Ancient Mysteries, where the lesson was the same as that now conveyed in the third degree of Masonry.”
Therein lies its origin – now, what about its purpose?
Officers’ Manual of Lodge Organization and Operation – Nevada, page 96:
“The drama emphasizes that the man of evil within us can neither be trained nor educated out of us. He must die, so that the good man in us may live. Man’s base and imperfect disposition must perish utterly if his higher will is to triumph. As every man must lay down his natural life to achieve immortality, so must the candidate, if he is ever to become a Master Mason, in reality, lay down his life of ignorance, of passions, of the desire to do whatever is base or ignoble.
“Viewed in this light, the drama of Hiram the Builder is a symbol of redemption – and redemption is the central theme of this degree. “Raised from a dead level to a living perpendicular” suggests far more than a physical accomplishment.”
Indeed it does.
And from the Lodge Manual of North Carolina, page 52:
“The important part of the degree is to symbolize the great doctrines of the resurrection of the body and the immortality of the soul, and hence it has been remarked by a learned writer of our Order that ‘Master Mason represents a man saved from the grave of iniquity and raised to the faith of salvation’.”
One Grand Lodge jurisdiction says “redemption” – another says “salvation” – leaving us with yet one more word to define:
From the World Book Dictionary:
redemption: a redeeming; a being redeemed; deliverance, rescue; deliverance from sin; salvation.”
And finally this, from the Nevada Masonic Monitor, Third Degree – Master Mason, pages 2-3:
“It was the single object of all the ancient rites and mysteries practiced in the very bosom of pagan darkness,….to teach the immortality of the soul. This is still the great design of the third degree of Masonry. This is the scope and aim of its ritual. Master Mason represents man, when a youth, manhood, old age, and life itself have passed away as fleeting shadows, yet raised from the grave of iniquity, and quickened into another and a better existence. By its legend and all its ritual, it is implied that we have been redeemed from the death of sin and the sepulcher of pollution”
Joseph Fort Newton wrote a book titled, The Builders, A story and Study of Freemasonry’. It has been called:
“The ablest and most inspiring one-volume work in the literature of the Craft.”
This book was originally published in 1914, and most recently was copyrighted and published by the Macoy Publishing & Masonic Supply Company. On page 9 of Macoy’s catalog #124, we are told:
“Many Grand Lodges present a copy to each newly raised Mason.”
Mr. Newton relates to us in his foreword:
“…I wrote The Builders, at the request of the Grand Lodge of Iowa.”
In more detail, we find this on page xxi of the section titled, “The Anteroom”:
“Written as a commission from the Grand Lodge of Iowa, and approved by that Grand body, a copy of this book is to be presented to every man upon whom the degree of Master Mason is conferred within this Grand Jurisdiction.”
Folks, that’s as official as it gets.
And regarding the Hiramic Legend, Mr. Newton tells us this on pages 270-71 of the 1979 edition:
“How many Masons fail to grasp the master truth of the Master Degree! And yet the candidate is not altogether to blame since the historical lecture does not even mention it, much less expound it. That lecture only reminds the candidate that Masonry cherishes the hope of glorious immortality – that is all. Whereas in the degree itself immortality is not a vague hope to be cherished here and realized hereafter. It is a present reality into which the candidate is symbolically initiated; a fact to be realized here and now. If our ritual does not convey this truth, it behooves us to see that it does, first by laying hold of the truth ourselves, and second by so shaping our ceremony, or at least by so explaining it, as to make the truth unmistakable. Manifestly, if we are immortal at all, we are immortal now, and to know that fact is the one great human experience.”
In what can only be considered as an extremely critical statement, Mr. Newton, through The Builders, has been pleading with the Craft since 1914 to PLEASE tell the truth to its initiates!!! To PLEASE, no longer VEIL the truth, but openly REVEAL it, as he says, “…as to make the truth unmistakable.”
I have been pleading with the Craft for the entire 14 years since I left the lodge to PLEASE, at least be honest with your own membership!!! But so far, this same plea which Mr. Newton first penned in 1914 continues to fall on deaf ears. As far as I am concerned, by the official documents I have referred to, the truth is there to be found, if a member of the Order digs for it, but what do they continue to teach in the lectures?:
“You, my Brother, have this evening represented that cunning workman who fell a martyr to his integrity and inflexible fidelity.” (Nevada Ritual, p. 141)
To this very day, in the lecture appertaining to the Hiramic Legend, that is still all they are telling you about it. It continues to this day to be “veiled in allegory”, as opposed to Mr. Newton’s plea, “…to make the truth unmistakable.”
If it is the intent of the Craft, by its various monitors, to make the truth unmistakable, the Craft has failed miserably in its endeavors. To this day, virtually every single Mason I have ever debated this matter with, either refuses to admit the truth, thereby deliberately lying in a feeble attempt to defend the honor of the lodge – there’s an irony for you – or is so totally ignorant of the facts that he doesn’t know the truth himself. In either case, the circumstances are deplorable and totally devoid of principals and honor. Because either the member is lying or the lodge is deliberately lying to the member and he is nothing more than an unknowing pawn.
Please care for those men who are being misled by the lodge. Please love them. Please pray for them. Please talk to them. But do not allow them to corrupt, destroy, or dilute the teachings of a Church of the Living God. The body of Christ is HIS church, not the lodges.
Heed the warnings spoken to the church at Pergamum: “You have there some who hold the teachings of Balaam, …” Don’t you EVER allow a House of God to become a temple of Baal!
If members of your congregation want to do battle in defense of Freemasonry and threaten to lay siege upon the offering plate because you choose to not co-exist with the pagan teachings of non-believers, then you should let them walk right out the door and take their checkbooks with them. The apostles did not need Judas’ 30 pieces of silver to finance their ministries, and neither does this church.
You stand behind that preacher man who has the strength and the courage to stand up to Freemasonry and its false prophets. Don’t you ever turn your back on him, because all he’s doing is exactly what he is supposed to do – he is standing on the Written Word of God and tending to his flock in accordance with its teachings. And as long as he continues to do so, you back him all the way, because as long as he is standing on God’s Infallible Word, he’s going to tell you the truth, and that is the truth that sets you free.
God bless you.
Ex-Mason for Jesus
Past Master – Vegas Lodge #32
The Birth Pains Are Growing Stronger….
“Unless God has raised you up for this very thing, you will be worn out by the opposition of man and devils”…
My name is Steve Meyers and I need to share a vision and warning that the Lord showed me back in April 2007….
Many of you will ask why I waited so long to share the warning. I didn’t. I shared the story with everyone that would listen from pastors to friends to family to colleagues. Immediately following the initial vision, I called a close friend. I told him to sit down that I had something to tell him. I needed it documented as I knew this was supernatural and from God. As I witness events unfolding today, I need to share the vision again.
The silencing of the American people before 2020?
The Un-Godly — Those That Suppress the Truth, the social media giants built multi-billion dollar empires by giving everyone a voice, but now that they have such a dominant position on the Internet they have decided that many prominent conservative voices should be completely silenced.
Trans People, LGBTQE scream and the online publishing platform Medium suspended the accounts of prominent Christians and Conservative figures Mike Cernovich, Jack Posobiec, Laura Loomer and HNewsWire just to mention a few, the list is long and very disturbing-what the majority homosexuals, transgender, liberal screaming has accomplished in the name of inclusion
The fact is, it is not enough for atheists, homosexuals, socialists and cultural leftists to have their own freedom and equality to believe whatever they believe (freedom which most Christians fully support). No, they want to ensure that Christians are not permitted to live out their own faith and convictions without retribution. This is the legacy of the New Tolerance movement. The doors of religious liberty are closing once again in Russia, after a brief twenty-six-year limited window. Are the doors of our four-hundred-year window of liberty closing? Frankly, that answer will be determined by what this generation of Christians in America does in the next ten years. “And the Lord will by no means leave the guilty unpunished.”
The light went out in the church, and that’s the reason the world got dark. Dark times were perpetrated by the “last one out, turn out the lights” “The church lights have gone OUT”.
Beast, Freemason, Third Degree, NWO
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