This action might not be possible to undo. Are you sure you want to continue?
in America, and its influence can be felt in nearly every area of modern society. However, is the Lodge of Free and Accepted Masons merely a fraternal organization or a charitable establishment, as most people have been led to believe? Does Masonry really work towards the universal brotherhood of men of all creeds and nationalities, or does it secretly intend to instill in the minds of its initiates its own agenda of exclusivity? Do its teachings really compliment those of the Lord Jesus Christ, or does the Lodge exist to subvert the Christian Church and to lead men away from the Gospel? The truth may shock you...
Communion With the Gods
The Pagan Altar of Freemasonry
by Greg Loren Durand
since the fourth Day of the sixth Month in the Year of Our Lord and Saviour Jesus, The Christ Nineteen Hundred and Ninety-Nine
"The Dionysian Mysteries are intimately connected with the history of Freemasonry, and whose influence is, to this day, most evidently felt in its organization. Of all the ancient mysteries, they are the most interesting to the Masonic student.... One of the most precious advantages promised by their intitiation was to put man in communion with the gods." -- Albert G. Mackey "But I say, that the things which the Gentiles sacrifice, they sacrifice to devils, and not to God: and I would not that ye should have fellowship with devils. Ye cannot drink the cup of the Lord, and the cup of devils: ye cannot be partakers of the Lord's table, and of the table of devils." -- the Apostle Paul
Copyright Information and Terms Governing Distribution
This Work is copyrighted under The Christian common Law in the Year of Our Lord and Saviour Jesus, The Christ, Nineteen Hundred and Ninety-Nine and is the intellectual Property of the Author. Permission to reproduce this Document either electronically or by print out is hereby granted on the condition that this section is left attached and intact. Pursuant to the Eighth Commandment, distribution of this Document for a price or pirating of the information contained herein without the express and written Permission of the Author is hereby prohibited.
Introduction A Brief History of the Lodge
The Social Influence of Freemasonry The Masons now emphasize the fact that they do not foster any specific religious, political or enonomical creeds. As a result, the organization has constantly attracted more and more members. During the past ten years their membership has increased by almost a million.... About one out of every twelve adult American males is a Mason.(1)
From the charitable outreach of the Shriners' Hospitals, to the fraternal image portrayed by the Blue Lodge (Craft Masonry), and its affiliated organizations of Job's Daughters, Rainbow Girls, DeMolay, and the Order of the Eastern Star, few areas of modern society have escaped the far-reaching influence of the Lodge of Free and Accepted Masons. Its membership transcends all social and religious barriers, even expanding to include a multitude of professing Christians, and even many clergymen. Researcher and critic of Freemasonry Martin L. Wagner observed, "Masonry, with its numerous offsprings, is a powerful factor in our civilization. It is influencing our civic, our social, our family, and our moral and religious life far more than is generally realized."(2) Freemasonry exists today in 164 countries of the world. (3) More than 33,700 Lodges can be found around the world, at least 15,000 of which operate within the United States. (4) The roster of well-known Masons, both living and deceased, is seemingly endless. As many as fourteen United States Presidents have been Masons, including George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Andrew Jackson, Theodore Roosevelt, Franklin Roosevelt, Harry S. Truman, and Gerald Ford. In fact, all but a few of the signers of the Declaration of Independence, as well as the majority of the framers of the United States Constitution, were Freemasons. Other celebrated Masons were and are the late "father" of the "positive thinking" movement, Norman Vincent Peale, actor Ernest Borgnine, Sir Winston Churchill, "Old West" heroes Christopher "Kit" Carson and William "Buffalo Bill" Cody, authors Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Mark Twain, and Rudyard Kipling, comedians W.C. Fields and Oliver Hardy, as well as Benjamin Franklin, Harry Houdini, Paul Revere, Roy Rogers, Robert Dole, J. Edgar Hoover, Gene Autry, Douglas MacArthur, Charles Lindburgh, and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. (5) The layout of the District of Columbia was designed by French Freemason, Pierre Charles L'Enfante to depict various Masonic symbols. Even many of America's most familiar emblems are Masonic in origin. The design of the Great Seal of the United States, for example, is replete in Masonic symbolism. On the front is found the symbol of the eagle (originally a phoenix) with outstretched wings, clutching an acacia twig in one talon and thirteen arrows in the other. Above the head of the bird is what is known in Masonry as the "clouded canopy," within which are depicted thirteen stars which, when joined in two overlaying triangles, form what is commonly known as the "Star of David" -- yet another sacred Masonic symbol. The motto E Pluribus Unum ("out of many one") is an allusion to the Masonic claim that all the religions of the world will one day be seen as but imperfect expressions of the one true Religion -Freemasonry. On the so-called "reverse side" of the Seal we find two Latin phrases -- Annuit Caeptis and Novus Ordo Seclorum. The first phrase is translated, "He favors our undertaking." This phrase was taken from Virgil's epic poem, Aeneid, and refers to the pagan deity, Jupiter, which is represented by the "All-Seeing Eye" overseeing the construction of a novus ordo seclorum ("New World Order"), symbolized by the unfinished pyramid. It is interesting to note that this "reverse side" was virtually ignored since its creation in the eighteenth century, until it was placed on the United States "one dollar" Federal Reserve Note by ThirtySecond Degree Mason Franklin Delano Roosevelt at the suggestion of Henry A. Wallace, the Franklin
Volume XIII. in geometry and architecture. Tyler. Haywood.V. or "landmarks. Franklin D.B. 1912).(9) These doctrines. modern Freemasonry. Believing that the whole of the Masonic system is to be found in the Blue Lodge. 6. Consequently. The system of Freemasonry rests upon three foundational beliefs: the fatherhood of "God.. but mimicked the closed societies of the guilds and adopted many of the tools of the craft. what once served as a workman's guild for the protection of trade secrets soon was transformed into a stronghold for the philosophical "enlightenment" of the elite minds of humanity. 1971). it is imperative that we first explore its origins..A. and often exclusively. compass. most initiates never advance beyond the third degree of Master Mason. 2." (7) Gradually. Virginia: Macoy Publishing and Masonic Supply Company. An early publication entitled A Pocket Companion for Freemasons stated the objection as follows: "No man ought to attain any dignity in Masonry who has not. Today. pages 209-210. These were the "Operative Masons" -. will be examined in great detail and compared with the Bible in the following pages. Morals and Dogma of the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite of Freemasonry (The Supreme Council of the Thirty-third Degree of the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite of Freemasonry of the Southern Jurisdiction. page 99. This act followed Roosevelt's implementation of his "New Deal" with the declaration. page 9. page 106." (6) The Origins of the Lodge Before we begin our investigation into the beliefs and ceremonies of the Masonic Lodge. Freemasonry: An Interpretation (self-published. protest arose amongst the Operative Masons that their ideas and practices were being pirated by men who had no working knowledge of the architectural trade from which they were being taken. made up of Speculative Masons. 4. page 36. 3. Fellowcraft. Reference: Kent Henderson. and Master Mason." the brotherhood of man. Facts For Freemasons (Richmond.. only vague indications of true Masonic doctrine are provided in the Blue Lodge. Speculative Freemasonry exists as a complex organization consisting of various levels of advancement known as "degrees. Reference: Voorhis. ibid. various groups of stone-cutters formed exclusive guilds in order to protect their trade secrets from outsiders. A Pocket Companion For Freemasons.S. essay: "Freemasonry. Chapter One The Religion of Freemasonry 3 . The Great Teachings of Masonry (Richmond. the number of Operative Masons began to dwindle until the Lodge memberships were largely. and the immortality of the soul. while the more bizarre teachings are reserved for the initiate as he gradually climbs the mystic "ladder" of the Lodge. as secret symbols. Roosevelt. 7. or "Speculative Masonry. However. On Our Way (New York: The John Day Company." World Book Encyclopedia. 9. 8. trowel. The esoteric meanings which were attached to these symbols will be examined in a later chapter. 1934). Wagner. According to its own scholars. page 23. The individuals who formed this society were not themselves stone-cutters as were the Operative Masons. Martin L." which consists of the three degrees of Entered Apprentice. and if the sciences were more followed in the Lodges. The Secret Societies of All Ages and Countries (New York: University Books." can be traced back to the founding of the first Grand Lodge in London in 1717. Heckethorn. Volume II. such as the square. U. In the Middle Ages. From there. Reference: H. Reference: H. 1965).descendants of the Phoenician stone and cedar cutters of Tyre and Sidon who were used to construct Solomon's temple and builders of the magnificent castles and cathedrals of medieval England. and others. the individual Mason may elect to pursue additional degrees in either the Scottish Rite (thirty-two degrees and a thirty-third honorary degree) or the York Rite (nine degrees). what is unhappily substituted in their place would not prevail as it does. a competent knowledge." At the bottom of the Masonic ladder is what is referred to as the "Blue Lodge.L. Albert Pike. quoted by Charles W. Endnotes 1. 1953). "We could never go back to the old order. At first. however." to which were attached mystical meanings.Administration's resident occultist. 5. Virginia: Macoy Publishing and Masonic Supply Company. the Blue Lodge degrees are but "as broken columns of a roofless Druidic temple. Masonic World Guide (Richmond. pages 128-170. Robert J." (8) As we shall see.. Virginia: Macoy Publishing and Masonic Supply Company.. 1962). 1984). Voorhis. at least. as acknowledged Masonic authority Albert Pike pointed out. as they are taught by the Lodge.
a Mormon.. and who can deny that it is eminently a religious institution?. (5) There has been a needless expenditure of ingenuity and talent. a Protestant. Look at its ancient landmarks.. and therefore it seeks "to establish the true religion of the most high God. (10) As admitted by Blanchard. and that without this religious element it would scarcely be worthy of cultivation by the wise and good. It is a sacred utensil of religion. Church membership is not a requirement. the various religions of man. legends. "There is nothing better understood among Masons than that [Masonry] is not a religion.that it is indebted solely to the religious element which it contains for its origin and for its continued existence. in every sense of the word. There is nothing in the requirements of Masonry to prevent a Catholic."(7) Furthermore. its profound symbols and allegories -. we do not even require you to relinquish them. Shepherd. However..Freemasonry is a Religion Masonry is not a religion in any sense of the word.. Below are given only a few of the many quotes that are available on this subject from the published works of the Lodge: Every Masonic Lodge is a temple of religion.(1) According to Silas H. its progress is to that holy end. The tendency of all true Masonry is toward religion. Freemasonry claims to be of divine origin. and on this ground mainly. while pretending to be the friend of all religions. yet membership in any church is no bar to admission.. a religious institution... one dogma.. the fact that Freemasonry is in fact a religious institution can be thoroughly documented from the writings of the most respected Masonic authorities themselves. intended. if not alone. should the religious Mason defend it. and this is because Masonry is a religious institution. (3) As Masons we are taught never to commence any great or important undertaking without first invoking the blessing and protection of Deity. for the true goal of the Lodge is to "strip from all religions their orthodox tenets. But remember that you will never be a true Mason unless you repudiate forever all superstition and prejudices... the ultimate goal of Freemasonry is actually to destroy their basic belief systems and to replace them with its own "morals and dogma. a Buddhist. commanding religious observance. Occultism in the Lodge 4 . one legitimate belief. the individual Mason is deceived into swearing an oath to assist in the overthrow of those very same beliefs.(6) Like any religion. as a religious institution. or any member of any religion from becoming a member (emphasis in original). by its necessary existence in our Lodges.."(2) Such is the usual response that will be given by most Masons when the Lodge is questioned by concerned friends and relatives or subjected to criticism by churches or other Christian organizations. and its teachings are instructions in religion. that Masonry is. I contend. in the endeavor to prove that Masonry is not religion. allegories and dogmas. On the contrary. indeed. Blanchard: [W]hatever may be the religious forms imposed upon you by superstition at a period of your life when you were incapable of discerning truth from falsehood.. for religious uses.. a Mohammedan. as being part of a really religious worship. a Jew.all inculcating religious doctrine.. is.... among which the Lodge classifies Christianity."(8) for "there is but one true religion. and teaching religious truth.. Masonry. are viewed by Freemasonry as "superstition."(11) Thus. its sublime ceremonies. and thus identifying Masonry. by a large number of Mason orators and essayists. (4) The most important article of furniture in a Lodge room is undoubtedly the altar. while believing the lie that Freemasonry respects and upholds his religious beliefs. Its presence should also lead the contemplative Mason to view the ceremonies in which it is employed with solemn reverence. an eminently religious institution -. If it make any progress.. the propagation of light [the teachings of Freemasonry] and for the overthrow of superstition.." It is therefore necessary to note that a Mason must swear to "strive unceasingly for. then.. like the altars of the ancient temples." The promise made to Entered Apprentices that Freemasonry will not interfere or contradict the individual's personal convictions is very misleading."(9) According to J. without any sort of hesitation. Time and study alone can enlighten you.
8. to be shunned by the Christian. Fellowcraft. 9... Volume II. 1874). Powner. and even into the after-Reformation times. Encyclopedia. These teachings. the Initiate will find the source of many [Masonic] doctrines. Shepherd. Illinois: Charles T." from which it has fallen and to which it may be reunited by realizing its inherent divinity.often in secrecy -. and Master Mason (New York: Clark Maynard Publishers. page 213. Freemasonry instead has its religious roots deep in the occult: All our historians. Pike.S. page 285.." for if study of its contents were really encouraged by Freemasonry as claimed. 12. Volume I."(12) Having seen from Masonic sources themselves that Freemasonry is indeed a religion. Chief among these were the Rosicrucians and the Knights Templar. what religious worldview does it advocate. page 264. and from what source does it derive its doctrines? Although one Masonic monitor claimed that "the Holy Bible is given us as the rule and guide for our faith and practice. ibid. Fellow Craft. the veneration of Egyptian deities such as Isis and Osiris. Henry C. 7.. and not that its contents are Divine Law. Endnotes 1. but teaches fundamental religious truth. 15. 1981). and Koran in a Mohammedan one.A. pages 207-208." is merely to exploit the respect that entering candidates have for it and to thus bind their consciences more securely to their Masonic obligations. Other teachings and beliefs of the Lodge include astrology. are thoroughly entrenched in occultism. The Textbook of Masonic Jurisprudence: Illustrating the Written and Unwritten Laws of Masonry (New York: Macoy and Sickels. Pike. 14. Volume I. 3. or any other "holy book. Blanchard. An Encyclopedia of Freemasonry (Chicago. Volume I.. It is not founded on the Bible. 11. The Question of Freemasonry (Saints Alive in Jesus. page 95. Little Masonic Library (Richmond. belong on the Altar.. 4. no responsible authority has held that a Freemason must believe the Bible or any part of it. Illinois: Masonic Historical Company. Quoted by Ed Decker. Masonic Monitor of the Degrees of Entered Apprentice. for that reason. as well as an unmistakable identity with the phallic worship of the ancient pagan fertility cults. In that ancient medley of absurdity and philosophy. that he may deem it more solemn and binding. Volume II. Post Office Box 1076. Blanchard. 1979). inspired. Washington 98027). page 138. 2. J. (16) Thus. 1870). Virginia: Macoy Publishing and Masonic Supply Company. Scottish Rite.. Clausen's Commentaries on Morals and Dogma (The Supreme Council of the Thirty-third Degree of the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite of Freemasonry of the Southern Jurisdiction. no man could in good conscience remain a Mason. page 157." (18) From the Kabalah are derived such Masonic teachings as the eternal pre-mortal existence of the individual soul as part of the "Universal Soul. at least nearly all of them. or revealed.(15) The prevailing Masonic opinion is that the Bible is only a symbol of Divine Will. If it were. only because it is the sacred book of the Christian religion.. which has been popularized in the West by the New Age Movement. 5. agree that Freemasonry owes very much to certain occult societies or groups that flourished -. page 453. Mackey. page 40.. or the transmigration of souls. "Masonry is a search after light. Mackey. Massachusetts: Pollard & Leighton. Clausen. Albert G. George Wingate Chase Digest of Masonic Law (Boston.Blue Lodge Masonry has nothing whatever to do with the Bible. The obligation of the candidate is always to be taken on the sacred book or books of his religion. We have no other concern with your religious creed. Pike. and are.during the late Middle Ages. A Manual of the Lodge: Monitorial Instructions In The Degrees Of Entered Apprentice. 1865). page 618. it would not be Masonry. Morals and Dogma. So far.(17) Another acknowledged source of the Masonic worldview is the ancient occult textbook of Jewish mysticism and witchcraft known as the Kabalah. 5 . Silas H." Albert Pike wrote. pages 617-619. That search leads us directly back to the Kabalah. Mackey. the Lodge's use of the Bible. Blanchard. which will be extensively documented in this series. It does not meddle with sectarian creeds or doctrines. U. 1983). Mackey. The Hebrew Pentateuch in a Hebrew Lodge. professing Christians can be deceived into swearing allegiance to a religious system that will ultimately lead them to reject the God of the Bible and accept the very things which Scripture clearly condemns. which in Hebrew means "received tradition. Law. Scottish Rite Masonry Illustrated (Chicago. 1921). page 15. 10. one further question remains to be asked: If not Christianity. 1977). Morals and Dogma. page 299.(14) The Bible is an indispensable part of the furniture of a Christian Lodge. Issaquah. This very closely resembles the Hindu doctrine of reincarnation. page 11. 6. and therefore it was that you were asked of what religion you were. In this way. 13."Freemasonry is not Christianity.. This is why the Bible can only act as a "symbol" in a "Christian Lodge. and Master Mason (Free and Accepted Masons of Arkansas." (13) other Masonic sources are more honest: . Morals and Dogma. or Revelation.
But whom say ye that I am? And Simon Peter answered and said.. Virginia: Macoy Publishing and Masonic Supply Company. Missouri: Concordia Publishing House. in the strongest manner.d. New York.. page 211. Malcolm C. (3) Due to assurances such as these. L. page 741. inculcates the same charity and benevolence. James Rongstad. 21. Nevertheless. 1966). Revised Encyclopedia of Freemasonry (Richmond. or one of the prophets. Jesus Himself declared. Why Christ is Ignored in the Lodge 6 . He saith unto them. In the Bible. Pike. the Son of the Living God. page 520." and that "there is none other name under heaven given among men. page 847. page 94. Virginia: Macoy Publishing and Masonic Supply Company. these assessments are proven to be accurate when the Lodge's attitude toward Jesus Christ is revealed.). but my Father which is in heaven (verses 13-17). elders. page 57. of which the distinguishing characteristics are universal benevolence and unbounded charity. there can be no middle ground and no room for compromise. Haywood. A deficient doctrine of Christ immediately identifies the proponent as a false prophet who is to be avoided at all costs. Rochester. Whom do men say that I the Son of man am? And they said.L.the eternal Word who "became flesh" (John 1:14) in order to "seek and save that which was lost" (Luke 19:10). Statement of the Ninth General Assembly of the Orthodox Presbyterian Church.L. We are now obliged to determine whether or not Freemasonry can stand up to the biblical test and whether or not its religious claims can be accepted. The Newly Made Mason (Richmond. "I am the way and the truth. are a preacher of that religion [Christianity]. the truth. How to Respond to the Lodge (Saint Louis. 1973). Simon Barjona. Jeremias. Consequently. Volume II. therefore. Duncan. must love Freemasonry. Coil's Encyclopedia of Freemasonry (Richmond. Jesus Christ is revealed as the second Person of the Holy Trinity -. and Sunday School teachers hold degrees in the Lodge. 1971). 1977). saying. for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee. Mackey.16.. which. Henry Wilson Coil. brother. [W]hoever is warmed with the spirit of Christianity. Chapter Two The Lodge and Jesus Christ The Centrality of Christ in Scripture In the sixteenth chapter of Matthew's Gospel we find the following discourse between the Lord Jesus Christ and His disciples: When Jesus came into the coasts of Caesaria Philippi. Our Lord's question also has great relevance to any individual or group today claiming to proclaim divine truth. Haywood. You cannot. Morals and Dogma. Virginia: Macoy Publishing and Masonic Supply Company). must esteem. Inc. Elias. His central role in the Christian faith cannot be ignored or downplayed even to the slightest degree if such claims are to be accepted as true. deacons. many ministers. 2-5 June 1942. 22. 23. the overall consensus of the Reformed and Lutheran churches has always been a denunciation of Freemasonry as "definitely anti-Christian. 17. n. many churches have allowed practicing Masons to not only remain as members of their congregations."(1) Albert Mackey likewise asserted that "there is nothing in [Freemasonry] repugnant to the faith of a Christian. "Neither is there salvation in any other."(5) Indeed. trustees. 18. and the life: no man cometh unto the Father but by me" (John 14:6)."(2) Finally. Masonic authority George Oliver claimed that Masonry "exists to assist or to support the church. page 24. Thou art the Christ. Masonic Ritual and Monitor (David McKay Company. but even to hold positions of church leadership. but be fond of the Order and zealous for the interests of Freemasonry. Malcolm C. And Jesus answered and said unto him. Duncan wrote the following speech for the initiation of clergymen into the Lodge: You. 19. H. he asked his disciples. The Great Teachings of the Lodge (Richmond. Some say that thou art John the Baptist: some. 20.."(4) and a "Christless religion" that is "totally incompatible with Christianity. Blessed art thou. Quoted by H. whereby we must be saved" (Acts 4:12). Virginia: Macoy Publishing and Masonic Supply Company. In this matter. and others. Scripture is very clear in declaring.
." (9) This "excellent principle of silence" assumes a sinister meaning when older Masonic literature is consulted: .L. the mention of the Christian master's name might be an offence. wrote Albert Mackey. which is Jesus Christ (1 Corinthians 3:10-11). lest at any time there should be among us those trained in other than the Christian faith. all religious endeavors are as worthless as "filthy rags" (Isaiah 64:6). by being very strict and obedient in the matter. the latter is occupied from his first initiation to his last in the construction. many former Masons have testified that the underlying aversion to the mention of the Name of Christ within the Lodge certainly has not changed at all. [This is] the construction of a spiritual temple. for both law and civilization are opposed to such barbarous crimes." (7) The Masonic Lodge likewise deletes the Name of Jesus Christ from 2 Thessalonians 3:6 and 3:12 when these verses are quoted in the Masonic ritual.. The difference in this point of view.. And everyone that heareth these sayings of mine. if called upon. adornment. for apart from faith in Jesus Christ and in the redemption of the cross.(11) 7 .[W]henever a minister prays in the name of Christ in any of our assemblies. In the "tolerant" religious atmosphere of the Lodge... and to whom on that account. as it was in the case of that notorious man [William] Morgan. The Mason's endeavors to perfect himself. and will ultimately subject him to the judgment of God and the destruction of his soul: Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine.[I]n regard to [Jesus Christ] we adopt the excellent principle of silence. Because Masons have rejected the chief Cornerstone of the Christian faith (1 Peter 2:6-8). you'll be free from sin. or that such language is merely figurative. and the winds blew. One of Many "Way Showers" Theologians first made a fetish of the impersonal omnipresent divinity. Wilmshurst: ". This goal is allegedly based upon the following passage from the Bible: ". is a "slight but necessary modification. and the winds blew. are therefore in vain. In the words of W. as living stones. It is disturbing. regardless of how sincere. acceptable to God. the individual Mason is told that his sworn duty is to construct. as a wise masterbuilder. shall be likened unto a foolish man. According to the grace of God which is given unto me."by Jesus Christ. that they might have a God-man peculiarly their own. and bury his body at the bottom of some lake or pond. "the name of Jesus Christ doesn't amount to much."(8) because it supposedly promotes "sectarianism" -. an holy priesthood. and completion of the spiritual temple of his body. Moriah in the construction of a material temple of stones.. and the floods came. I have laid the foundation.. Though it is doubtful that offenders are actually in danger of such horrible retribution..the ultimate evil in the worldview of Freemasonry. Of course. and beat upon that house. all this must be done in secret.[Y]e also. to offer up spiritual sacrifices. you must always hold yourself in readiness.. and doeth them not. through public service and adherence to the doctrines of the Lodge. that while the former was engaged on Mt. to find this very necessary clause of 1 Peter 2:5 ominously absent when the verse is quoted in Masonic proceedings.. There is no symbolism of the Order more sublime than that in which the speculative Mason is supposed to be engaged. and another buildeth thereon. but then." The true Christian knows that it is only through the atoning work of the Savior in his behalf that his works of righteousness are acceptable to God the Father." (1 Peter 2:5) The remainder of the verse is invariably omitted -.. their so-called "spiritual temples" are corrupt and unstable right down to the very foundations. to cut his throat from ear to ear. alluding to that material temple which was erected by his operative predecessors at Jerusalem.We erect temples for virtue. you know you must live up to your obligation. But let every man take heed how he buildeth thereupon. For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid. and it fell: and great was the fall of it (Matthew 7:24-27). and so long as you have sworn to do it. I will liken him unto a wise man. are built up a spiritual house.(6) From his initiation as an Entered Apprentice on up into the highest degrees of Freemasonry. and the floods came. This. and beat upon that house. between operative and speculative Masonry is simply this. and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock..his own good works being the building material.. (10) Modern Masons would no doubt object that such an attitude is no longer cultivated in the Lodges of today. which built his house upon the same: and the rain descended. which built his house upon a rock: and the rain descended... and doeth them. and then tore the christos from the hearts of all humanity in order to deify Jesus. therefore. a "spiritual temple" -. pull out his tongue by the roots.
[The exemplar] did such and such things for the glory of his father. quoted by C. page 3. by Jesus. Inc. This foundational Masonic teaching will be examined in greater detail later. but is capable of achieving "self-perfection" by his own efforts. L. and touch not the unclean thing." along with Buddha. Buddha or Mohammed.. and be ye separate. or any other historical or mythological religious leader. the one under whose aegis you were racially born and who therefore may serve you best. for he recognizes only the light and not the bearer. Cook Publications. Wilmshurst.D. the total depravity of man.J. Mackey's Masonic Ritualist: Monitorial Instructions in the Degrees from Entered Apprentice to Select Master (New York: Clark & Maynard Publishers.. according to J. and I will be their God. Revised Encyclopedia of Freemasonry (Richmond. and will be a Father unto you..F. the sovereign grace of God and His election of sinners to salvation. and walk in them.L.(15) The comments of J. Virginia: Macoy Publishing and Masonic Supply Company. 1977). page 847.In the Lodge. James Rongstad.) as "theological barnacles" that were added by the Church to distort and conceal the "fundamental religious truth" of the inherent divinity and self. for his Lodge is the divine expression of all broadness. Krishna. Hall stated: The true disciple of ancient Masonry has given up forever the worship of personalities. Mackey. Haywood.. 10. 1984). for its underlying implication is that man is not dependent upon divine intervention for his salvation. quoted by H. Endnotes 1.. Volume II. and exposed the organization in his book. but merely as one of many "exemplars. In the words of Albert Churchward: . Masonic Ritual and Monitor (Chicago. etc.D." one is left with pure Masonic teachings. page 184. 1983)." or teachers of the ultimate truth of Freemasonry. left Freemasonry after thirty years of membership. his body was later found at the bottom of a lake in upstate New York. 7. the Christian. saith the Lord. They are later and ignorant perversions of the original doctrines.. Christ. page 57. I will dwell in them. New York. Illustrations of Masonry (Ezra A.." (16) As we have seen. No true Mason can be narrow. Rochester. 2. has any business associating himself with such an anti-Christian organization nor entering an oath-bound covenant with any of its members: Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness? and what concord hath Christ with Belial? or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel? And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God. 9. Illinois: Ezra A. nor are these doctrines taught in the esoteric scriptures. No longer is Christ the "one mediator between God and men. Statement of the Ninth General Assembly of the Orthodox Presbyterian Church. Mackey. 1867). Mackey. Mohammed. According to one Masonic source: "Our science in its universality limits our conception to no one exemplar. In fact. George Oliver. There is no place for little minds in a great work. He worships at every shrine.. Wherefore come out from among them. whether in temple. Buck are similar: "Every soul must work out its own salvation. The Masonic Report (self-published. Manly P. The Newly Made Mason (Richmond. Twenty 8 . (14) This attitude towards the uniqueness of Christ is very significant. page 24. much less a minister of the Church of Jesus Christ. Duncan. He did not come to save sinners from taking the trouble to save themselves. 2-5 June 1942. Cook Publications. McCormick. W. but suffice it to say at this point that no true Christian. Freemasonry: The Invisible Cult in Our Midst (Chattanooga. and Freemasonry (Belfast. [A]s a Mason his religion must be universal: Christ. 4. the Deity of Christ. as God hath said. Take the nearest and most familiar to you." (12) Along these same lines. realizing with his truer understanding the oneness of all Spiritual Truth. McQuaig. Captain William Morgan. page 46. (13) In other words.. Masonic Handbook.. England: Great Joy Publications. Virginia: Macoy Publishing and Masonic Supply Company. Tennessee: Global Publishers. 1923). Malcolm C.. page 211. There was no vicarious salvation of imputed righteousness. and ye shall be my sons and daughters. and they shall be my people. Inc. 1973). quoted by W.. 1976). Freemasonry views the "sectarian creeds or doctrines" of the Christian faith ( i. quoted by Jack Harris. page 74. not the wicked.perfectibility of mankind apart from regeneration. the names mean little. 5.. the Vicarious Atonement. pages 15-16. Missouri: Concordia Publishing House. the Lord Jesus Christ is to be honored as a "way shower. for He is but one of many who endeavored to "enlighten" mankind to the "universal religion" of Freemasonry. 6. 1966). if one will but "drop the theological barnacles from the religion of Jesus. 8.L. saith the Lord Almighty (2 Corinthians 6:14-18). Masonic Handbook. page 172. but not to save the souls of men from having to do them. alluded to in this quote." as 1 Timothy 2:5 declares. mosque or cathedral. Jesus Christ is viewed as being neither God nor Savior.e. Salvation by faith and the vicarious atonement were not taught as now interpreted. Buck.. [The exemplar] was the justifier of the righteous. 3. How to Respond to the Lodge (Saint Louis. Following his mysterious disappearance... bows before every altar. 1926). and I will receive you.
page 119. partaking of the various shades of that view of the divine. Failure to mention any deity by name is not denial. The trust of a Mason is in God." the question before us is. Hardly is the initiate within the West Gate before he is impressed that Freemasonry worships God.. Of course. Buck. Hall. Indeed. Albert Churchward. to "erect to God" means to construct something in honor. violates Masonic principles. the true Christian would not find himself welcome within the Lodge simply because the Bible teaches that there is but one God and no other.."(7) However. Just who is worshipped as "God" by Masons? According to Allen E. and Freemasonry. However. since we are told that "Freemasonry is not Christianity. 16. The Masonic view of the revelation of God. it should not surprise us that "worship" is conducted within the walls of the Lodge. as a man advances into the higher degrees of either the York Rite or the Scottish Rite. or the deity of his choice.D. in the lower degrees. Symbolism of Freemasonry: Mystic Masonry and the Greater Mysteries of Antiquity (Chicago. Roberts. Christ. and the universe is the garment in which he is clothed. page 57. is deistic. Symbolism. Cook Publications. It is no wonder. Buck. One Masonic periodical stated: [The Mason] prays to the Grand Artificer or the Great Architect of the Universe. Buck.. Valance confessed to being one of the three men selected by lot in the Masonic Lodge of Batavia. 1925)."(3) In the lower degrees of the Blue Lodge. 12. Christ. quoted by McCormick. pages 94-95. Under that title men of all faiths may find each his own Deity. 13. the Christian.years later. it becomes apparent that this is yet another deception employed by the Blue Lodge. According to Albert Pike. page 44.. Illinois: Ezra A. in reverence to and for him. Mohammed. Manly P. that Henry Wilson Coil denounced the "ancient tribal Hebrew Jahweh" as a "partisan. 14. Freemasonry purposely attributes many ambiguous names to what it refers to as "God" to avoid offending any of its members. The writings of Garrison. but in the higher degrees it becomes pantheistic. It is this particular pantheistic conception of deity which has passed from India 9 . God (the Great Architect) is the great "soul" of the universe. Virginia: Hall Publishing Company. the Scriptures describe Yahweh as a personal and jealous Deity who condemns the worship of any other god as idolatrous and deserving of death. Among these names are "The Great Architect of the Universe. intelligent. Pike. (4) Freemasonry at its entrance level in the Blue Lodge degrees is polytheistic because it claims to give equal honor to the deities of all religions." "The Nameless One of a Thousand Names. J. New York to carry out Morgan's murder. then. 11. and educated and another for the common people. the Christian." (6) amd stated that "monotheism. and other eminent Masons show this unmistakably. page 45. "Among all the ancient nations there was one faith and one idea of Deity for the enlightened." etc... "In his private devotions a Mason will pray to Jehovah. page 57." (5) The truth is that Freemasonry is tolerant only of those concepts of God which either conform to its own. Quoted by McCormick. so that each man for whom the prayer is offered can hear the name of his own deity in the all inclusive title of Great Architect. Symbolically. (1) Let no man enter any great or important undertaking without first evoking the aid of Deity. and Freemasonry. Allah. or can be molded to do so. 1924). the face of Freemasonry changes once a man advances beyond the Blue Lodge." "The Governor of the World.. Jesus. Chapter Three The Masonic Doctrine of God The All-Inclusive Deity of Freemasonry Freemasonry's lodges are erected to God.. 15.(2) Having established that Freemasonry is indeed a religion. The Lost Keys of Masonry (Richmond.. Symbolism. Inc. Martin Wagner wrote: In its doctrines concerning the divine eminence Freemasonry is decidedly pantheistic. but merely the practice of a gracious courtesy. Henry L. in worship. However. Buck. tribal God.
and the 10 . and to the Assyrians. whom the Bible tells us was the emperor of the first world empire. mineral. he is eventually given the "true name of God. as it substitutes a feeble and temporary idea in the shrine of that Undiscoverable Being [of Masonry]. and the Babylonians.. This secret name -. and that the Mason must strive to hasten the day when "the crystallization of form with its false concepts is swept away.. which is found to be at the root of all forms of occultism. In Masonry. a god distinct from the life of nature has no existence. he was Baal.. Tammuz. and who supervised the construction of the infamous Tower of Babel. Allah. in the plural. Mohammed. The worship of the sun originated in the days just after the Flood of Genesis with Nimrod. one of the leading authorities on Masonic doctrine. was demonstrated on numerous occasions in the Old Testament when He judged and severely punished the nation of Israel for her constant apostasy into this very thing (Deuteronomy 8:19-20). and the Baalim. and its rising in the east.. which became the symbol of the ancient pagan religion (Genesis 10:8-10. Albert Mackey spoke of the "Divine Spirit." thereby securing their place among the gods after death. and man. moon. an ancient tablet of Hermetic occultism. by the admission of its own scholars. This was symbolized in Chaldean lore by the setting of the sun in the west. and [he] recognizes the oneness of life manifesting through the diversity of form. Nimrod was brutally murdered and was subsequently reincarnated into the body of his son. which was cited by occultist Manly P. "Jehovah" or "Yahweh"). as one of the many possible origins of the Masonic concept of "God. The Sabaists understood Baal as the sun. he was Molech (1 Kings 11:7)."(13) As the Mason progresses higher into the Royal Arch degrees of the York Rite. its mother is the Moon. God's abhorrence of the religion and practices of sun-worship. or the deity of his choice." (12) Though Freemasons are encouraged in the lower degrees to pray to "Jehovah. and the religion thereof was diversified amongst the ancient civilizations under various appellations following the scattering of "the sons of Adam" (Genesis chapter 11.. [There exists] an underlying divinity in all things. Jeremiah 7:9. whose barbaric rituals involved self mutilation (1 Kings 18:28). dealing with the primal matter of all things.. Jesus. Jeremiah 19:4-5). were the sun. as well as a variety of barbaric secret ceremonies. Hall. the sun actually came to be worshipped as the Supreme God." or the "Spark of God" in all living things. Deuteronomy 32:8). 11:1-4). Amos 2:7). author of light and of life.." (10) In his Encyclopedia of Freemasonry... [and] one great truth [Freemasonry] remains." According to Manly P. Though Scripture repeatedly condemned participation in such idolatrous worship (Exodus 34:14). and many other heinous acts.. The father of that Only One Thing is the Sun.. the true Mason knows that the essence of divinity is to be discovered in every "plant. to the Ammonites. What we see in this life are reflections of things that exist in the invisible spiritual world.All things owe their origin to Only One Thing." and must swear a solemn oath never to reveal it to those outside of his degree of initiation. The Ancient Worship of the Pagan Sun-God "." The identity of this "Undiscoverable Being" will become obvious as we proceed. Albert Mackey. he was Osiris or On (Genesis 41:45).through the secret doctrines of the Kabbalah into the modern speculative Freemasonry. insofar as it is imperfect. the chosen people of Israel were especially warned by God against involvement in the veneration of Baal."Jah-Bul-On" -. from the worship of the sun-god. Baal. (8) Wagner was absolutely correct in pointing out that Freemasonry becomes blatantly pantheistic as it begins to place greater emphasis in the higher degrees upon the "one true God" or the "religion of Nature.. Clausen further substantiated this as a Masonic belief when he wrote the following commentary on the Twenty-Eighth Degree of the Scottish Rite: "This is a Kabalistic and Hermetic Degree of the greatest antiquity." the purpose of the higher degrees is to teach the participant that these are all in fact false gods and inadequate caricatures of the "One True God": "Every religion and every conception of God is idolatrous." The evidence is strong that Freemasonry is indeed a modern revival of pagan sun worship. son of Cush. To the Moabites.. Eventually. and described this "immaterial force" as "the source of all physical and sentient life. the sun-god was known as Chemosh (1 Kings 11:33)." and "Osiris. The Lost Keys of Masonry. Freemasonry is directly descended." (11) Former Sovereign Grand Commander Henry C. According to Babylonian myth." (9) Freemasonry teaches that behind this "diversity of form" is one connected "Life Principle.. to the Egyptians.. animal.is a composite of the Hebrew Tetragrammaton (YHWH. made the following observation: [Baal] was the chief divinity among the Phoenicians."(14) This quote was taken from the Tabula Smaragdina. the Canaanites... ritual prostitution (Judges 2:17. the offering of infants as burnt sacrifices (Deuteronomy 12:1-4. "Baal. the participants believed themselves to have become initiated into the "Mysteries. Hall in his book. Through the practice of human sacrifice. even at the peril of his own life." or anima mundi ("soul of the world")...
lo. the temples of Freemasonry are everywhere adorned with symbols of Baal and other heathen deities. Baal seems to have been the favorite idol to whose worship they addicted themselves. to open and govern the day. and Freemasonry being that same worship revived. and. In brief. O son of man? Is it a light thing to the house of Judah that they commit the abominations which they commit here? for they have filled the land with violence. Jehovah or Yahweh. with their backs toward the temple of the LORD. however. Deuteronomy 12:2-3. and they worshipped the sun toward the east. The Occult Reversal of God and Satan In the occult. The heathen temples were so constructed that their length was directed towards the east. The latter was. Jeremiah 19:5).. yet will I not hear them (Ezekiel 8:14-18). And he brought me into the inner court of the LORD'S house. that Masonic Lodges must be held in the highest rooms of buildings.. so rises the Worshipful Master in the east. that was the true redeemer and benefactor of mankind in the Garden of Eden and who later possessed the body of Jesus of Nazareth to rescue the Jews from their idolatrous worship of Ilda-Baoth (Jehovah). It is also significant to note that Masonic temples are constructed with the altar facing due east. Satan (or Lucifer) has traditionally been associated with the sun. between the porch and the altar. where the altar stood so that votaries approaching for the performance of religious rites.(16) It is certainly no "coincidence" that the Bible speaks of the "high places of Baal" (Numbers 22:41. The primitive reason for this custom undoubtedly is to be found in the early prevalence of sun-worship. at the door of the temple of the LORD. and the lowest valleys. which Mackey admitted above were the inspiration of what are now Masonic Lodges. or the sun-god. and the entrance was by a portico at the western front." not the God of the Old Testament. because our ancient brethren -.met on the highest hills to worship Baal. Esoteric philosophy teaches that it is this "great being. and have returned to provoke me to anger: and. Hast thou seen this. behold."(18) It is interesting that all this corresponds exactly to one of the "detestable things" that was revealed to the Prophet Ezekiel in a vision: Then he brought me to the door of the gate of the LORD's house which was toward the north. behold. and thou shalt see greater abominations than these. directed their faces toward the east. there sat women weeping for Tammuz [the son of Baal].the old sun-worshippers -. (17) Seated upon an elevated chair against the eastern wall of the Lodge is the Masonic officer known as the "Worshipful Master. worshipped by the Jews. whenever they became heterodox. and that of the pagan sun-god... as are also the ceremonial aprons and additional regalia worn by Masons during their secret rituals." Whenever the Israelites made one of their almost periodical deflections to idolatry. a development or form of the old sun-worship. However. to carry out the coincidence (emphasis added). Therefore will I also deal in fury: mine eye shall not spare. neither will I have pity: and though they cry in mine ears with a loud voice. to open and govern his Lodge.. it must necessarily follow. So then. and.. Then said he unto me. the harbinger of spiritual light. Again. they put the branch to their nose. and to guard against surprise. representing the sun. and give them proper instructions. Mackey would have attempted to distance Freemasonry from the latter...(15) One would think that after making such an accurate observation of the "antagonism" between the worship of the true God. O son of man? turn thee yet again. and by all the Oriental or Shemite nations as a supreme divinity. Hence we see that there was an evident antagonism in the orthodox Hebrew mind between Jehovah and Baal. set the Craft to work. "the host of heaven. Baal seems to have been wherever his cultus was established. Consequently. as the ruler of the day. the opposite is actually the case: Our brethren met on the highest hills. were about five and twenty men.stars." We learn from Masonic writers that this man's position and title are clear indications that he represents the pagan sun-god to which all initiates must bow: "As the sun rises in the east. Mackey explained: The orientation of the Lodges or their position east and west is derived from the universal custom of antiquity. Then he said unto me.. the better to observe the approach of cowans and eavesdroppers. and their faces toward the east. Hast thou seen this. Baal.. and hence the spot where the luminary first made his appearance in the heavens was consecrated in the minds of his worshippers as a place entitled to peculiar reverence. and to instruct them in the truth of man's 11 . the quarter of sunrise.
and he who was the first to whisper. and took the name of Christ in the Messiah. curses Satan. therefore."(23) Likewise. It is Satan who is the god of our planet and the only god. For it is he who was the "Harbinger of Light.. of course. occult medium Helena P. the power sought by the Mason is clearly satanic. and the "New Age" he seeks to advance is the kingdom of the Devil 12 . the Principle of Light. sensual or selfish souls? Doubt it not!" (emphasis in original). wrote: To prevent the light from escaping at once." and that when this "power" is channeled by Masons worldwide. a professed Luciferian. an unnamed "Angel of Light" persuaded him to rebel against the "demonic" command (compare to Genesis 3:1-4). and bound him anew in the bonds of matter.. Albert Pike. The Secret Doctrine: Once the key to Genesis is in our hands. "In the day ye eat thereof. 14) in order to act as redeemer of mankind. "we would have achieved a true New Age" wherein there will be "no more wars. represents the active. and his adherents. came to manifest Himself among men.can only be regarded in the light of a Saviour. Pike answered in the affirmative: "Lucifer... "[W]e have within us an infinite. It but put on the appearance of a human body. [and] Brotherly love and life would be lived in all God's glory. charged to redeem the Intellectual World. but the Demons created Eve.... Son of the Morning! Is it he who bears the Light. who opened the eyes of the automaton [Adam] created by Jehovah.... an Angel of Light induced him to transgress." it becomes apparent that Lucifer.." is therefore the custodian."(24) Such lofty ideals and pious platitudes notwithstanding. as the origin of the active principle of our Earth. before he will be allowed to advance in the Lodge.(20) In Morals and Dogma. the Mason is assured by the writings of Manly Hall that "the seething.. indeed.. the Demons forbade Adam to eat the fruit of "knowledge of good and evil. such was the intention of the author. However. and with its splendors intolerable. Satan. no more crime.. the above statement would appear to be somewhat cryptic.. the light-bearer! Strange and mysterious name to give to the spirit of darkness! Lucifer. Blavatsky wrote in her book. the Father of Spiritual mankind. it is the scientific and symbolic Kabbala which unveils the secret.." bright radiant Lucifer." because it is the Sun.. speak his name with trembling. thereby perpetuating his spiritual ignorance (compare to Genesis 2:15-17). Henry C. He obeyed. is supposedly that of Freemasonry. and the Pagans from the worship of Demons. only to accommodate itself to the language of the Jews.. consigned to the "sea of fire.. it curses the cosmic reflection of God. turning the world from its worship of the Edenic "demons... (19) Stand in awe of him. An "adversary" to Jehovah.. knowing good and evil" -.. For example.. not God.." which.inherent or potential divinity. the "light-bearer. as alleged. who conferred on us spiritual instead of physical immortality. it was the demons. But the Chief of the Empire of Darkness caused Him to be crucified by the Jews (emphasis in original). The Great Serpent of the Garden of Eden and the "Lord God" are identical. (22) To the non-Mason... (21) According to Pike. and gave him the means of victory. who seduced him into an act of Sensualism. ye shall be as Elohim. This "Angel of Light" later assumed the appearance of a man (compare to John 1:1.. Is this indeed the god to whom Masons ultimately owe their allegiance? Elsewhere in the same volume.. However. not divine... the Serpent of Genesis as the real creator and benefactor." by which he would have known the Empire of Light and that of Darkness.. and.. or Lucifer.. Fitly is he.. where they are purified. that enfeebled him. or Genius of the Sun. surging energies of Lucifer are in his hands. and churned up to re-arrange them for another life. The Light did its work.. turning the Jews from the adoration of the Evil Principle. blinds feeble. that barred Adam from the Tree of Knowledge. Consequently. is at once the Home and the Source of the Mundane Satan. that Sun which. To deliver the soul." and that." We find the enigmatic "Angel of Light" identified by the Apostle Paul in 2 Corinthians 11:14 as none other than Satan himself. Adam was "enlightened" and initiated into the "true religion. when we remember that initiates into the religion of Freemasonry regard it as "the Light... captive in darkness.. "Centrifugal Energy of the Universe" in a cosmic sense. and sin not.. Clauson told his fellow Masons. In this case it is but natural. as a result. the fount of life in our system... "he must prove his ability to properly apply [this] energy.. unlimited source of power.. of Freemasonry. When the Church. he still remains in Esoteric Truth the ever loving "Messenger". or guardian.. to view Satan.
Virginia: Macoy Publishing and Masonic Supply Company. George Simmons and Robert Macoy. It is well enough for the mass of so-called Masons. 21. Helena P. which is not discovered by the initiate until he advances into the higher degrees of either the York Rite or Scottish Rite. made the following admission: The Blue Degrees are but the outer court or portico of the Temple. but he is intentionally misled by false interpretations. Blavatsky.. see also Mackey.. 19. 13. the Princes of Masonry. Encyclopedia. 309-310.. (4) Likewise. degrees cannot explain the whole of Masonry. Clausen admitted. Endnotes 1. page 414. In the words of Masonic authority. page 516. 8.. page 15. Part of the symbols are displayed there to the Initiate. Roberts. 10. ibid. 20. 3. Volume II. Clauson. Tabula Smaragdina. Mackey.. see also Mackey. California: Theosophical University Press. 243. Their true explication is reserved for the Adepts. Commentaries.. Chapter Four The Symbolism of Freemasonry The Deceptive Nature of Blue Lodge Symbolism In order to fully comprehend Freemasonry it is important to become familiar with its many symbols. Volume I. An initiate may imagine he understands the ethics. 14. They are the foundation.. 9. page 88. page 516. There must always be a commonplace interpretation for the mass of Initiates. 1971). Number 8. page 325. The Craft and its Symbols (Richmond.. 12. Morals and Dogma.. 235. pages 226-227. page 517. Manual. It is not intended that he shall understand them. 23. 22.. Fellowcraft. Albert Pike. Indeed. Lost Keys. Clausen. 15. In fact. Lost Keys. Mackey. 2. 18. Encyclopedia. Virginia: Macoy Publishing and Masonic Supply Company. page 7. Foreign Countries: A Gateway to the Interpretation and Development of Certain Symbols of Freemasonry (Richmond. 245. page 567. Lost Keys.. Hall. pages 60. Volume I. ibid. Pike.Symbolism is the lifeblood of the Craft. Encyclopedia.. page 33. The Secret Doctrine (Pasadena. 24.(Revelation. ". Volume I. a system of doctrines which [are] taught by allegories and symbols. Hall. Pike. page 76. Commentaries. that the true interpretation of the various symbols of Freemasonry are not to be found in the lowest three degrees of the Blue Lodge -. Wagner. 452. Pike. Albert Mackey stated.. Volume I. 1984). there is deliberate deception in the Lodge with regards to Masonic symbolism as it appears in these lower degrees. Morals and Dogma. Allen E. ibid. this is precisely where the mystery religion of the Masonic Order finds full explanation. to imagine that all is contained in the Blue Degrees. and Master Mason (Richmond. and whoso attempts to undeceive them will labor in vain. page 17. 4. all the instructions in its mysteries are communicated in the form of symbols. Blavatsky. Virginia: Macoy Publishing and Masonic Supply Company. chapter 13). It is the principal vehicle by which [we are taught] Masonic philosophy and moral lessons. The symbols of the wise are the idols of the vulgar.Entered Apprentice. however.. page 321. Allen E. 7. 240. Pike. quoted by Hall. former Grand Commander and respected authority on the symbolism of Freemasonry. Volume I. pages 203-204. Carl H. symbols and 13 ." (1) Likewise. Morals and Dogma. Hall.. Mackey. Coil. 1963). Interpretation. Mackey. Encyclopedia. ibid. page 206.. 5.. as well as the esoteric meanings behind them. page 55. 16.. page 93. "In Freemasonry.. 95.. Fellowcraft. Ritual. 11. but it is intended that he shall imagine he understands them. Duncan. Coil. Henry C." (3) It should be noted. of the symbols that are eloquent to the Adepts. pags 286. "Freemasonry is. Encyclopedia. Roberts. page 6. 179. "It must be apparent that the Blue Lodge. 17. pages 94. Short Talk Bulletin (The Masonic Service Association of the United States). page 43.. and without any true reward violate his obligations as an Adept. page 23. and Master Mason. Claudy. 6. Volume XXXVI. 210-212. Manual. pages 234. pages 157-158. or else as meaningless as the hieroglyphics of Egypt to the nomadic Arabs." (2) Again. 1974).. Standard Masonic Monitor of the Degrees of Entered Apprentice.
and awaiting the gradual reception of further knowledge." and serves to teach Masons to exercise temperance and the control of their desires. sensual nature. symbolizes the (male) Sun." and believed themselves to be the spiritual offspring of the metaphysical union of the solar and lunar principles of nature. Together. we see Freemasonry's undeniable relationship to the fertility cults of ancient paganism. This is precisely the reason that sexual immorality has been so consistently rampant in the various branches of paganism. however.. which were communicated to the multitude. imparting life into the passive Earth (deity. all represented by the sun and the moon (and/or the earth). is sexual. Shaw gave the proper explanation as it is known to Royal Arch initiates: The real meaning of these "great lights". and esoteric or secret. or Shiva. from these two symbols alone. or as merely postulants... 14 . (6) The Sexual Meanings of Masonic Symbols Along with the Bible.. deliberate misrepresentations of these two symbols which is designed to conceal their true meaning from the lower degrees. Former 33rd Degree Mason James D. and the baser." (5) In the Encyclopedia of Freemasonry.. such as the "Jewel in the Lotus" of Tantric Yoga.the Square and the Compass. Albert Mackey rightly traced such esotericism back to the mystery cults of the past. these three comprise the "Furniture" of the Lodge. are two other "Great Lights" -... on the other hand. have likewise played a vital role in the architecture of Masonic temples. or Kali in India. (13) These include Osiris and Isis in Egyptian mythology. designates the "circumscription of the heart. impregnating the passive (female) Earth with its life-producing rays. enjoying only the public instructions of the school. which was symbolic of a productive womb. (9) These are. and other practitioners of white and black magic. and Bhavani. and Lucifer and Lilith in the more modern Theosophical and New Age philosophies advanced by the writings of Alice Bailey.. That secret portion of Masonry which is known only to the initiates is distinguished from exoteric Masonry.the one exoteric.. which are also associated with the compass and the square. the Sun-god) from above. for it is the direct result of mankind's universal rejection of the knowledge of the True and Living God and his consequential degeneration into worship of the creation (Numbers 25:1-3.. and the higher. The true meanings. whereas the true explanation of these is reserved for the more adept.(11) According to the Babylonian tradition of the Kabalah. then are two fold: the earthly (human) representations are of the man and his phallus. The Square represents the female (passive) generative principle. These are representations of the pagan god Baal. whose theology was of two kinds -. (7) Blue Lodge Masons are taught that the significance of the Square is to remind them of honesty in their dealings with other men as well as the necessity of defending the honor of the teachings and ceremonies of the Lodge. which is accessible to all who choose to read the manuals and published works of the Order.exoteric or public. arranged above the Square. Several occult traditions. the earth/fertility goddess) below and producing new life. the earth. who is referred to in the Old Testament as the "queen of heaven" (Jeremiah 44:17-19). The Compass. were referred to as regenerated "children of the moon.. Initiates into the Eleusyian Mysteries. and view coitus as the highest expression of spiritual union with the combined male and female aspects of the Absolute... Astaroth (Asherah or Easter). It was for this reason that the moon was often depicted with an open door in its side. and his female consort.. the moon is symbolic of the feminine. and the woman with her receptive eteis (vagina). from the Egyptian priests. as well as those of Ceres. which were revealed only to a select few. the sun/heavens. Aleister Crowley. as being either fully admitted into the society. according to the degree of initiation to which they had attained. also venerate sexuality.enigmas. and the Compass represents the male (active) generative principle. or the shekinah aspect of deity. and confined to a select number of the priests. Their doctrines were of two kinds -.. particularly those of Egypt: The priesthood of Egypt constituted a sacred caste. and addressed to the people in general. Dionysis and Rhea in Greek mythology. Mahadeva. (10) Thus. and invested with all the knowledge that the Master could communicate. Romans 1:18-27). spiritual nature. The symbols of the sun and the moon. This double mode of instruction was borrowed. Helena Blavatsky. or whatever "holy book" is employed in each particular Lodge. the other esoteric. (8) The Compass. (12) Counterparts of these two deities can also be found in countless other occult-based world religions and traditions as well. [Masons are] divided into two classes. and was worshipped by the ancients as the patron goddess of fertility and motherhood. The cosmic meaning is that of the active Sun (deity.
or the "active principle. and to return to wallow in the styles of Paganism. faith. the five-pointed star is a symbol of creation. is therefore symbolic of the male reproductive organ.(27) The Male/Female Dualism of the Masonic Deity In 1868." or the "earth mother. industry." (20) The pentacle in its inverted form is also used as the official motif of the Order of the Eastern Star. that this "Solomon" is not to be confused with the Israelite king spoken of in the Bible.The Occult Meaning of the Five-Pointed Star Another Masonic symbol which carries implicit occult connotations." who sit side by side against the eastern wall of the lodge. These women are falsely led to believe that the inverted pentacle is symbolic of the Star of Bethlehem and that the five points correspond to the five virtues of womanhood: integrity. as well as goodness and light. in its inverted position. which is an organization designed primarily for the female relatives of Masons in good standing."(25) However. the King of the Universe manifesting through his three primordial builders." or Lucifer.(29) 15 . it is an extremely vulgar symbol of the moon goddess of fertility. awaiting impregnation by her celestial mate. the names of the sun in Latin. Sol-Om-On. with two points up and one point down. the Supreme Council of the Ancient and Accepted Rite of Lusanne revealed the true identity of the Masonic god: "Freemasonry proclaims as it has ever proclaimed from its origin. is the five-pointed star. Buck admitted in his book Mystic Masonry is merely another form of the compass and square. this symbol represents the "morning star. and is designed to show the unity of several god-ideas in the ancient religions. under the name of Great Architect of the Universe. sexual intercourse is here depicted by the upright triangle. the "altar. or the "passive principle. (18) and the pentagon thus formed in the center of the star by the intersection of the five lines. as well as those of Freemasonry. There is but one Brotherhood and this is composed of everything that moves or exists in any of the planes of Nature. the existence of a Creative Principle. In its upright position. however. is made quite clear in Masonic literature: All true Masons have come into the realization that there is but one Lodge and that is the Universe. (23) Again. Of equal significance in Masonic symbolism is the hexagram. with one point up and two points down.(19) Consistent with the dualism so prevalent in the occult. and serves to beckon man to discover his inherent or potential divinity. Here." this occult symbol is instead known by Masonic and other esoteric authorities as the "Seal of Solomon. fidelity. representative of the male phallus. the five-pointed star in its inverted position represents the female aspect of nature. which J. the sun-god. This particular esoteric meaning explains why the inverted pentacle.(17) The points of the upright star represent the figure of a man with outstretched arms and legs.(16) There is also a deeper.(21) In reality. (26) This name is a composite. (15) In this latter form it is most often seen in connection with Satanism and black magic." (28) Albert Pike further explained: Our adversaries numerous and formidable as they are. otherwise known as the pentacle. it represents evil and darkness. According to researcher Martin Wagner. sexual meaning of the symbol of the pentacle in occult philosophy. will say and will have a right to say that our Creative Principle is identical with the Generative Principle of the Indian and Egyptian. enclosed in a circle (the pentagram or the "Baphomet") is often used in the "Black Mass" of Satanism and black magic. It is a glyph which indicates the unity of the god-ideas of these various cults. or the male/female generative principle of nature.(14) However." placed over the inverted triangle. normally consists of the prostrate body of a nude woman. He realizes that the Temple of Solomon is really the Temple of the Solar Man." (24) Often misidentified as the "Star of David. a coordination of their deities and expresses the Masonic idea of the "unity of God" as it was conceived of in these religions." significantly situated in the west of the ritual site beneath the inverted star. who supposedly fulfills the role of the "passive receptor. Sol Om On. (22) thus representing the heathen deities of the sun and the moon. To accept this in lieu of a personal God is to abandon Christianity and the worship of Jehovah. representative of the female vagina. or the six-pointed star. and ultimately symbolizes the sensual temptations of man's baser nature which hinders the spiritual development and evolution of the esoteric initiate. and may be symbolized as it was symbolized anciently by the linga [penis]. with the pentagon formed in the center symbolizing the reproductive organs of the woman. It is perhaps also important to mention here that the rituals of the Order of the Eastern Star are presided over by a "Worthy Patron" and a "Worthy Matron. Indian [Hindu].D. as she lies prostrate. and patience. and Egyptian.
Ritual. force. 1975).. ibid.Albert Pike was certainly not alone in tracing the theology of Freemasonry back to the phallic worship of the pagan cults of the past. James Shaw and Tom McKenney. nor a part of God. "after his kind. Freemasonry conceives of as the divine nature. It was represented usually by a column which was surmounted by a circle at its base. Encylopedia.. That word is the expression of His will and by the perpetual life generating entities. Reference: Duncan. page 752. pages 232. page 174. Reference.. Reference: Pike. Reference: Arthur E. is to worship the creature instead of the creator. Illinois: Charles T. and not God Himself. Morals and Dogmas. Volume II. To deify this power. their affiliation with the Lodge and their undisguised veneration of its symbols betrays their faith to have been nothing more than a thinly disguised Baalism. Given the predominant Masonic influence on early American history. intended for the eteis or female generative organ. and will remain operative until He shall recall it. James Madison. 1848. The cornerstone of this massive stone structure was laid by members of the Grand Lodge of the Washington... productive power or energy in nature and especially in man maintaining a perpetual self-identity.S. 11. was intended by the ancients as a type of the prolific powers of nature which they worshipped under the united form of the active or male principle and the passive or female principle. it is important to note that this worldfamous obelisk rises into the air from the very center (pentagon) of the inverted pentacle which is formed by the layout of the Capital City. It is the result. see also Pike. Deadly Deception (Lafayette. Pike. Reference: Duncan. This union of the phallus and the eteis. 1970). This dynamic. Volume II.. Encyclopedia. page 88. A New Encyclopedia of Freemasonry (New York: Weather Vane. page 377. but ignorant Christians have attempted to prove that the "Founding Fathers" of the American Republic were worshippers of the True God.. President and framer of the Constitution. and quickens all animated nature. Mackey. Volume I. In attendance at the dedication of the monument were several notable public figures.. pages 143-144. Mackey wrote: The Phallus was in imitation of the male generative organ.. (30) Elsewhere." beyond which the generative forces in animate nature cannot go. This is the God of Freemasonry. Mackey. Volume I. Legends. 9. procreative. Albert Mackey also observed: Phallus representation of the virile member [the male sex organ]. and adore and worship it. The Symbolism of Freemasonry : Its Science. Virginia: Macoy Publishing and Masonic Supply Company. Waite. or power which perpetually dying. and it is this life force or energy that it deifies. as the deity immanent in nature.C. Mackey. (33) Endnotes 1. Commentaries. In the Christian view. The perpetual selfidentification in the successive generations of offspring is due to and involved in the divine fiat.. or rather it obtains throughout all time by virtue of the word of God. page 111. 1988). 2. page 174. and was a symbol of the fecundating [impregnating] power of that luminary. renews itself in new. Clausen. Allen E. including Dolley Madison. Louisiana: Huntington House. page ix. on the fourth of July. pages 491. Roberts. It was one of the modifications of sun-worship. Myths. Grand Master Benjamin B. 1974). ibid. D. see also Mackey. page 148. venerates and worships under the name of Great Architect of the Universe. 12. 6.. 560. page 10.. was venerated as a religious symbol very universally by the ancients. the creative principle of the reproductive power in nature through sex agencies. 3. Morals and Dogma. "Be fruitful and multiply" (Gen. Powner Company. the wife of second U. that energy. is a product of God's power implanted there. page 36. Volume I. Martin Wagner observed: This creative or generative principle is that mysterious force or energy which renews the earth in springtime. Reference: Mackey. 8. see also Mackey. similar yet different forms. French delivered an address at the ceremony wearing the same Masonic apron worn by George Washington himself during the laying of the cornerstone of the Capital.(32) In conclusion. Encyclopedia. In his book Symbolism of Freemasonry. Mackey. page 287.(31) An example of the obelisk to which Mackey referred as the symbol of this pagan worship of the male sex organ may be seen in the Washington Monument in the District of Columbia. 7. Encyclopedia. page 36. 16 . 1:22). 13. 4. Volume I. Morals and Dogma. Philosophy. instead of Him who implanted it. pages 850-851. Ritual. 249. and Symbolism (Chicago. Though many well-meaning. 10. page 819. The Craft and Its Symbols: Opening of the Door to Masonic Symbolism (Richmond. 5. Encyclopedia.
Encyclopedia. Satanic Bible. Hall. the members of all religions. 32. We will deal with the third -. page 553. the Masonic "tools" -.(1) The three main pillars that support the ideological structure of the Lodge are said to be the "Fatherhood of God. page 352. invented for the sole purpose of enslaving them. see also Mackey. page 560. Volume II. Reference: Hall. The Masonic doctrine of pluralism is also evident throughout the document. Reference: LaVey. Volume II. see also Mackey." This concept lies at the very foundation of the Lodge's goal to unite men of all religions under its own roof.as they relate to one another. California: Theosophical University Press. Encyclopedia. page 27. page 910. 1928)." In the words of J. as its framers sought to create a republic in which the various political factions would be in constant competition with one another and would thereby neutralize themselves and thereby reveal their underlying political unity. Mackey.. Morals and Dogma. the brotherhood of man. Interpretation. to the common father of the human race those who are lost in the maze of impostures. 30. see also Buck. page 801.. 21.the Fatherhood of God and the brotherhood of man -.that he has destined us 17 . quoted by Wagner. and the plumb -are said to represent this "natural equality of the human family. 27."(2) Since the Masonic concept of deity is nothing more than a thinly disguised worship of human sexuality.[T]he object of Scotch Masonry is to overthrow all kinds of superstition [ i. page 93. they all must be considered as "offspring" of the same "universal Father" and are thus "spiritual brothers. Texas: Institute for Christian Economics. Section 3. Symbolism. Symbolism. page 351. Secret Doctrine. .. 1967). Isis Unveiled (Pasadena. that he has a paternal interest in our welfare and improvement. Christianity]." (5) We will now examine the first of these two doctrines -.. quoted by Blavatsky. Black Arts. or at least the truth of the Old and New Testaments and the Christian faith. 23.. 15. Encyclopedia. Lost Keys.e. Manual. ibid.14. 1967). page 40. America's Caesar: Abraham Lincoln and the Birth of a Modern Empire). Reference: Robert Macoy. 18. page 40. Supreme Council of the Ancient and Accepted Rite of Lusanne. page 97. Encyclopedia. Volume I. pages 85. page 122. Wagner. to men as their brethren and the ultimate destiny of the human soul. Greg Loren Durand. 16. see also Blavatsky. Interpretation. she has. Lost Keys. Volume II. see also Anton S. The Black Arts (New York: Perigee Books. Interpretation. page 135. 33." It is significant that.. Political Polytheism [Tyler. Volume II. Adoptive Rite Ritual. page 305. to give them a clearer conception of their proper relationship to God as their Heavenly Father. ibid." Furthermore.. page 377. designed to draw men nearer to God. The absolute failure of Masonry's substitution of religious and political pluralism for the biblical requirement of personal faith in and national covenanting with Christ was finally made manifest in terrible bloodshed of the so-called "Civil War" of 1861-1865 when the last vestiges of biblical federalism were stripped away from the American political system and the several States of the former Union were absorbed into one centralized and overtly pagan State (see Gary North. Virginia: Macoy Publishing and Masonic Supply Company. since all men are sexual creatures.(3) In the Masonic mind. 1989]. 26. page 56. 24." and have returned "to wallow in the styes of Paganism. Reference: Wagner. page 84. page 109. it is both an "imposture" and "enslaving" to deny that all men are of common spiritual stock and that God "dwelleth in all [and] with all. there is absolutely no such acknowledgment in the Constitution for the United States of any sovereignty higher than "We the People. of all creeds and of all countries. The Satanic Bible (New York: Avon Books. In the opening ceremony of the Scottish Rite. and that by admitting in her bosom on the terms of strictest equality.. level. 1960). page 242. Chapter Five The Masonic Doctrine of Man The Fatherhood of God and Brotherhood of Man Masonry is a Divinely appointed institution. Mackey. in preparation for the "New World Order. that he is our father. page 114. 19. Volume I. page 242. 20. Reference: Cavendish. LaVey. page 219. page 17. 89-90. and the immortality of the soul. Pike. Wagner. Blanchard: . see also Mackey. it then follows that. 31. pages 242-243. Reference: Pike. Reference: Cavendish. Symbolism. Reference: Macoy.in the next chapter. see also Mackey. Interpretation.the immortality of the soul -. Reference: Richard Cavendish. the binding of public officers by an oath of obedience to Jesus Christ is forbidden in Article VI. 17. Reference: Wagner. while nearly all the original thirteen American States explicitly acknowledged either the Lordship of Christ. Let the Reader remember Pike's admission that Masons have abandoned "Christianity and the worship of Jehovah. and indeed can have. Reference: Mackey. Black Arts. 22. 28.the square. 25. 29."(4) In fact. Volume II. without any distinction whatever.. page 136. but one single object and that is to restore to the Grand Architect of the Universe [the generative principle]. initiates are given the following charge: "Believe that there is a God. Reference: Buck. Adoptive Rite Ritual (Richmond.
Secret societies and pagan religions throughout history have had similar goals. unless they are born again by God's Spirit. In fact. 18 . but the Scriptures make it clear that they are united in and to Adam. the people is one. and burn them thoroughly. however. a sense in which all men are physically and spiritually related. and are thus partakers of his fallen and corrupt nature (Romans 5:12). are referred to by Scripture as "sons of Adam" (Deuteronomy 32:8). And the LORD came down to see the city and the tower. let us make brick. And they had brick for stone.L. as we have seen. The intent of the following verses is unmistakable: But as many as received him. Wilmhurst. So the LORD scattered them abroad from thence upon the face of all the earth: and they left off to build the city." (6) On the surface. and there confound their language. all men. There is. and they dwelt there. And they said one to another. The Masonic Lodge as a Modern Tower of Babel Freemasonry's goal of "uniting all mankind in one vast brotherhood" (10) is certainly nothing new. For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear. lest we be scattered abroad upon the face of the whole earth. by revealing to man the ultimate destiny at the base of human nature. Go to. which the children of men builded. Behold. it can be proven that the religious beliefs of the Mason are actually an internal quest for enlightenment and fulfillment of his own self-will. let us build us a city and a tower. The Biblical Doctrine of the Fatherhood of God Although the Bible does indeed teach the "Fatherhood of God" and the "brotherhood of man. to them gave he power to become the sons of God. and they have all one language. which they have imagined to do. the progenitor of the human race. and let us make us a name."(9) As is the case with any pagan religion. It indicates whence we are come and whither we may return. For as many as are led by the Spirit of God."(7) Wilmshurst went on to explain that "the study of man leads to a knowledge of God. However. Only those who have been adopted by God into His eternal family (the Body of Christ or the Christian Church) may refer to one another as "brother" under the embracing Fatherhood of God (Hebrews 2:11). According to the Scriptures. and whom the Holy Spirit regenerates and indwells. as does the so-called New Age Movement of today. "Masonry. "children of [their] father the devil" (John 8:44). and slime had they for mortar.to a future life of endless progress toward perfection and a knowledge of himself.. The Apostle Paul was also clear in stating that we "are all children of God by faith in Christ Jesus" (Galatians 3:26). And they said. that they found a plain in the land of Shinar. for whom Christ died to redeem. not of blood. According to Mason W." However. Therefore is the name of it called Babel." the manner in which it does so bears little resemblance to the doctrines promulgated by the Masonic Lodge. nor of the will of man. let us go down. however. And the LORD said. and this they begin to do: and now nothing will be restrained from them. all these efforts to build a New World Order based on human efforts and secular principles of law can be traced back to the Tower of Babel: And the whole earth was of one language." (8) To this. "spiritual enlightenment" in the Lodge is really nothing more than a revival of the base carnality of ancient paganism. Abba." This. Go to. even to them that believe on his name: which are born. and thus are "alienated from the life of God through the ignorance that is in them. the only "natural equality" of men that the Bible recognizes is that all are "by nature children of wrath" (Ephesians 2:3). In fact. is a system of religious philosophy in that it provides us with a doctrine of the universe and of our place in it. they are the sons of God. Consequently. and "sons of disobedience" (Ephesians 2:2). "We must return to a faith in man himself. but of God (John 1:12). but ye have received the Spirit of adoption. man and his own potential is really the focal point and true recipient of the worship offered to "God" in the Lodge. "sons of the wicked one" (Matthew 13:38). and of one speech. whereby we cry.. nor of the will of the flesh. because of the blindness of their heart" (Ephesians 4:18). because the LORD did there confound the language of all the earth: and from thence did the LORD scatter them abroad upon the face of all the earth (Genesis 11:1-9). whose top may reach unto heaven. is not true. The Masonic "doctrine of the universe" therefore places man squarely in the center and elevates him as an object of worship whereby he becomes "the measure of all things. Henry Clausen added. it would seem that Masonry directs its adherents to worship a transcendent "higher power. that they may not understand one another's speech. Go to. only those whom God has chosen "before the foundation of the world" (Ephesians 1:4). may rightly be called the children of God. Father (Romans 8:14-16). And it came to pass. as they journeyed from the east.
April 1917. Encyclopedia. With all this in mind. Volume I. The Tower of Babel. Iowa Quarterly Bulletin. if left to himself. Blanchard. 7. and will use every means available to him to rebel against his Creator. is a satanic brotherhood and must be rejected and avoided by Christians. The underlying theme of the Tower of Babel story is that fallen man does not wish to submit himself to the sovereignty of God. and cry against it. 2. the universal worship of the true God was lost when the Tower was destroyed by his evil counterpart. Let neither man nor beast. nor drink water: but let man and beast be covered with sackcloth. In his book. pages 88-89. 5. page 513.the establishment of a pagan civilization. 11. There is strong evidence to indicate that this tower was built specifically for astrological purposes. Raymond Lee Allen. Meaning of Masonry. Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite of Freemasonry. Though God threatened this pagan "brotherhood" with the same fate as Babel (Jonah 3:4). and he did it not" (Jonah 3:10). was merely an outward manifestation of the monument which sinful man. and he arose from his throne. Tennessee Craftsmen or Masonic Textbook (Nashville. that they turned from their evil way. page 121. There is an interesting side-note to this subject of the Tower of Babel. ibid. their response to the Prophet's message was quite different than that of their founder: For word came unto the king of Ninevah. 1963).Constructed approximately one hundred and forty years after the Flood under the leadership of Nimrod (Genesis 10:8-10). Clausen. whom they named Baal.. Encyclopedia."(13) Freemasonry seeks to unite all men spiritually. Maryland: The Grand Lodge of the State of Maryland. Volume II. the pre-eminent god among the other celestial gods (the stars and planets). will inevitably attempt to erect to himself in his own heart. Tennessee: Tennessee Board of Custodian Members.. The Scripture hold forth God's mercy to those who sincerely do so: "And God saw their works. 3. but also by scattering its builders over the face of the earth and confusing their languages. 4. Southern Jurisdiction. since His righteous nature never changes."(12) According to Mackey. It was to the city of Ninevah that God later sent His prophet Jonah saying. And he caused it to be proclaimed and published through Ninevah by the decree of the king and his nobles. It is apparent that Nimrod had not learned his lesson and did not repent of his rebellion against God. for their wickedness is come up before me" (Jonah 1:2)." all men must also do by renouncing the self-will that rules their hearts. According to Genesis 10:11. Blanchard. for he reattempted at Ninevah what he had done in Shinar -. It is without question that the Masonic Lodge. 13. God cannot but respond in judgment against such a usurpation of His throne (Isaiah 42:8). Jesus Christ. Nimrod went on from the land of Shinar to build the city of Ninevah in Assyria. that we perish not? (Jonah 3:6 9) This is the repentance that God requires of all men. without the light of the principles of Masonry. 8. and sat in ashes. taste any thing: let them not feed. God did not allow His enemies to fulfill the desire of their sinful hearts in the eleventh chapter of Genesis. God responded to the construction of the Tower of Babel. ibid. and went on to describe the Tower of Babel as "the Gate of God. Scottish Rite Masonry. page 181. Mackey. Masons have no grounds to invoke God's blessings on their own similar endeavors. saying. Part Two (The Supreme Council. Tract: "Freemasonry. page 282. Blanchard. page 137. herd nor flock. but it utterly rejects the Scripture's declaration that such can only be accomplished through common faith in the Lord Jesus Christ (Ephesians 2). claimed by its own scholars to be a resurrection of the Tower of Babel. A New Encyclopedia of Freemasonry. the nations were dispersed into "darkness and ignorance. and from the violence that is in their hands. page 74." and even referred to Nimrod as "the Grand Master of all Masons. Who can tell if God will turn and repent. page 277. the Tower of Babel was the focal point of the universal brotherhood and religion of the ancient worshippers of the sun. The reader will remember that the Assyrians were also worshippers of the pagan sun-god. Volume II.). Arthur E. that great city. and turn away from his fierce anger. let them turn every one from his evil way. 14. (14) Endnotes 1. and. ibid. 12. and. Mason and non-Mason alike. because it provided the necessary elevation above the dusty atmosphere of the Babylonian desert to permit a clear view of the stars and thus enable the builders to chart their progress across the heavens. Wilmhurst. page 54. that he had said that he would do unto them. Wilmhurst. constructed of stone and mortar. Mackey. and God repented of the evil. What the king of Ninevah did when he "laid his robe from him. Waite described the Tower as an early "Masonic enterprise. 9." (11) Albert Mackey likewise named Nimrod as one of the founders of Masonry. after the destruction of the Tower. Scottish Rite Masonry. The consolidation of all mankind into a single political community under the religious umbrella of pagan sun-worship was only one of the reasons this was done. 33rd Degree. pages 263-264. page xviii. it is not surprising to discover that Masonic authorities look rather favorably upon the Tower of Babel incident. go to Ninevah. Commentaries. 1982). 10. 6. n. Liturgy of the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite of Freemasonry for the Southern Jurisdiction of the United States of America.d. Volume II. "Arise. A Way of Life" (Baltimore.. and covered him with sackcloth. and by submitting themselves to the rulership of the True and Living God and His Son. page 26. and cry mightily unto God: yea. not only by destroying it. and he laid his robe from him. thus. Waite. Chapter Six 19 .
till all be fulfilled. (2) We now come to the third doctrine of the Lodge -. the Grand Architect of the Universe. the individual soul is viewed by the Mason as "a spark of universal deity" that has been separated from its source by the darkness of ignorance. This kind of approach to morality is the underlying cause of the rampant spread of homosexuality and abortion in America. a soul that is not to die when the body is dissolved.. but to fulfil. in direct conflict with that of the Bible. the Lord Jesus said. the question needs to be asked. the entire Aryan race.. taking into account the moral standards of the society in which he lives.(5) Thus. The Christian Basis for Morality In Matthew 5:17-18. and tends to sustain or increase human happiness.the immortality of the soul. "Step by step men must advance toward Perfection. Acts are not right or wrong intrinsically. Thus.. he cannot be." by which. The Masonic Lodge does indeed present a very clear salvific formula. which is. as will be shown. Whose morality? Although Masonry claims to be a system of morality. to that all perfect. or to some supposed authority. Adolf Hitler believed that the Jews were preventing the Aryan race from advancing into godhood. A common argument is that Freemasonry cannot be considered a religion because it offers no plan of salvation to its adherents. according to Freemasonry." Salvation.."(3) As we have seen. then. it fails to adequately define the term. According to Albert Pike.. Masons believe sincerely that when life on earth comes to a close. is completely false. glorious and celestial lodge above.. and abortions are performed to prevent the "inconvenience" that an unwanted child would bring to its mother. is the one final authority in morals.(4) Human experience. He must set his own standards. founded upon reason." In such a system. happily. and instead leaves it up to the individual Mason to decide for himself what constitutes an acceptable moral code: What is moral to one man may be immoral to another. is available only to those who have lived upright and moral lives.. healthfully... God's Law.. There is but one way to learn what it is that hurts or helps and that is by experience. or the prophets: I am come not to destroy.. and indeed. The purpose of right living is not in order to render obedience to some code. (1) To achieve [salvation] the Mason must first attain a solid conviction. However. a Mason is "saved" by adhering to the standards that he sets for himself according to what his own experience tells him is "hurtful" or "helpful. For verily I say unto you. presides. but according as their effects are hurtful or helpful. It can be dangerous to apply his standards in judging another person. but is to continue to exist and to advance toward perfection through all the ages of eternity. "Think not that I am come to destroy the law. Til heaven and earth pass. his own principles. again. who can be lost? Who can ever criticize the behavior of another as being evil if nothing is "right or wrong intrinsically"? If morality is merely defined as that which is "helpful" to either oneself or others. if strictly obeyed by the initiate. and each Masonic Degree is meant to be one of these steps. Wrong is whatever helps human life. will ensure his advancement into the "celestial Lodge above." What was "hurtful" to an estimated six million Jews was supposedly "helpful" to a far greater number of Germans. but merely teaches men how to be happy in this life. both individual and racial. the soul is translated from the imperfections of this mortal sphere. and he therefore concocted his "Final Solution" to rid Europe of the hated "race defilers. one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law. Can the Mason be consistent with his own "system of morality" by condemning the actions of Hitler and the Nazis? Indeed. Masonry is described by its own authorities as "a system of morality. No true Mason can condemn either of these things as long as homosexuals are "happy" engaging in sodomy. then atrocities such as the Jewish Holocaust can be justified because they were supposedly committed with the "good" of the German people in mind. where God." Those who have been redeemed by Christ and have therefore lived 20 . This.The Masonic Doctrine of Salvation Salvation Through Masonic Morality Masonry confronts the fact of death with the greater fact of faith in the immortality of the soul. but to enable a man to live richly. that he hath within him a spiritual nature.. Each man must decide for himself what the word encompasses.
Nothing is more essential to the Christian Gospel than the doctrine of salvation by grace through faith. Despite the declaration of Scripture that each man will be judged according to his deeds (Romans 2:5-10. for his great love wherewith he loved us. In other words. Salvation from sin is "the gift of God" from start to finish. ties and duties now universally recognized as right and proper would be overthrown and broken down. nevertheless betray themselves to be His enemies when they completely reject the Law which He executed (the Old Testament) because of its "narrow limits" and. and society again would wallow in the styles of paganism. According to the Bible. to strive to liberate himself from the "binding ties" of biblical Law. and made us to sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus: that in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus. and which is only removed when he receives each degree and has thereby joined the company of the "enlightened. It is at this point that man cries out with ever greater power to be liberated from the binding ties which. For by grace are ye saved through faith. thefts. but has done "that which is right in his own eyes" (Judges 17:6). who claim Jesus Christ as one of their "exemplars" (without mentioning His Name.in obedience to the Law through the empowerment of the indwelling Holy Spirit. Revelation 20:12-13). (8) Manly Hall was simply giving expression here to the inward lament of every unregenerate heart. who." (9) The Mason is also taught. which Hall described as "far more terrible than those of a physical prison. the heart of man is the fountain of "evil thoughts. will be condemned by God's holy standard and will suffer eternal separation from His Kingdom. and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: not of works. since each man is inherently good and knows right from wrong instinctively. the work of salvation consists of the Father's sovereign election of His people (Ephesians 1:3-4). but only misery for the individual and turmoil and ultimate destruction for society.) and hath raised us up together. and is "deceitful above all things. the Mason will soon find himself in bondage to the very real tyranny of the Worshipful Master. Though all men are responsible to 21 . of course). According to the Scriptures. Freemasonry teaches the "self-actualization" of man. will receive the gift of eternal life in the presence of God. murders. the struggling life cognizes through ever greater vehicles its own limitation." This struggle is symbolized by the cable tow which is fastened around the neck (Entered Apprentice). embrace the "law of nature. and all the moral relations. and subversive of the divine order. in its stead." (6) The latter is defined in Masonic terms as "simply the natural inclination of human nature acting without let or hindrance. for it leads its members to despise biblical Law and thus to subvert biblical government and attempt to replace it with the anarchy of moral subjectivism: The ethics of Masonry when the veil is removed. While apparently free to move and have its being. who is above the law."(10) However. (by grace ye are saved. "Let us break their bands asunder. hath quickened us together with Christ. There is no freedom in the rejection of God's written instructions for mankind. the state. (12) Masonic Salvation by Human Effort But God. However. Freemasonry falls under the condemnation of Romans 13:2. the family and the church." but "is inspired by the Divine within himself" and becomes "a Priest-King after the Order of Melchizedek. Fallen men have ever conspired amongst themselves to overthrow the sovereignty of the True and Living God and the reign of His Son. is decidedly immoral." (7) Like every other form of humanism. who is rich in mercy. the Mason "no longer follows the direction of others. having freed himself from the alleged tyranny of God's revealed Law.. from the first degree onward. he should be free from all moral restraint to act according to his own good nature: There comes a time in the individual growth of every living thing when it realizes with dawning consciousness that it is a prisoner. and the Spirit's sanctification and preservation of the same (verses 13-14). saying. rules the Lodge with the power "of an absolute monarch.. the Son's redemptive work in their behalf (verse 7). the right arm (Fellowcraft). as the vicegerent of the sun-god (Satan). the Mason is instructed that he "can refuse to believe in a capricious Deity that metes out favors and punishments according to rules and regulations. and desperately wicked" (Jeremiah 17:9). every man who has not lived in subjection to the Law. even when we were dead in sins. Jesus Christ. fornications. Masons. though invisible to mortal eyes. blasphemies" (Matthew 15:19). and cast away their cords from us" (Psalm 2:3)." At this point. If these principles were to animate mankind. adulteries. still chain him with bonds far more terrible than those of a physical prison. and the waist (Master Mason) of the candidate during the initiation ritual of each degree of the Blue Lodge. lest any man should boast (Ephesians 2:4-9). false witness.."(11) as well as to the cruel slavery of his own sinful nature (Romans 6:16-23).
whereby we must be saved" (Acts 4:12)? According to Henry Wilson Coil.repent and believe the Gospel. as the Bible teaches. not one: there is none that understandeth. is his own sexuality."(13) and to diligently obey "the statutes and rules of the [Masonic] order. and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags.. [God] will be pleased to pronounce [them] just and upright Masons."(20) It is indeed true that "none but the pure of heart can be admitted to the Holy Tabernacle in the heavens.. "Freemasonry has religious service to commit the body of a deceased brother to the dust whence it came. Whereas Christians cling to the redemption which Christ purchased for them with His own Blood and to His righteousness which has been imputed to them. which when attained will be an ample reward for our labor.. with their tongues they have used deceit." One of the most important pieces of Masonic regalia is the lambskin apron. which in the end will make them deserving of entering the celestial Jerusalem. the Bible teaches that even the repentance and faith of the elect are graciously given to them by God. Freemasons believe that "by a pure and blameless life. for it teaches that it is up to each and every man to "divest [himself] of original sin."(17) he cannot enter the "Celestial Lodge. Therefore. Though Masons consider their good works "deserving of divine approval. This attire is worn by all Masons to remind them of "that purity of life and conduct which is necessary to obtain admittance into the Celestial Lodge above. or the glorification of the male sex organ. and to speed the liberated spirit back to the Great Source of Light. There is none righteous. O Lord. Freemasonry. have taken us away" (Isaiah 64:6). they are together become unprofitable." (18) the Bible upon which many of them have sworn allegiance to the Lodge says quite the opposite. that he can. there is none that doeth good. The mercy of God in electing men for salvation through faith in His Son is the only "passport for our admission into the Celestial Lodge above. no. to teach that man contributes anything. Grant that all our proceedings may tend to our glory. then upon what grounds may the Mason possibly hope to be saved if he rejects the only Name "under heaven given among men. and our iniquities.. not in membership in an occult fraternity (John 14:6). They are all gone out of the way." (14) According to one Mason: Freemasonry has been teaching for centuries. and to bring down upon oneself the condemnation of God (Galatians 1:6-9). claims that it knows better than the Scriptures.. even merely the exercise of "free will. Who is pure of heart? Let us allow the Bible to answer that question: As it is written. "no hope. Masons look forward to the day when they will "receive their reward by being conducted to a throne at the right hand of the All Puissant.." (22) This statement is a sad commentary on the spiritual plight of every devoted Mason.. no." to his own salvation is to teach contrary to the Scriptures.. having been purified by washing their robes in their own blood... This is a clear indication that the Mason strives throughout his life to become morally acceptable to nothing more than a pagan idol. It is ironic indeed that Masonic authorities claim that the Lodge commands "each of its votaries that he diligently study [the Bible] to learn the way to everlasting life. and [is] without God in the world" (Ephesians 2:12). the poison of asps is under their lips: whose mouth is full of cursing and bitterness: their feet are swift to shed blood: destruction and misery are in their ways: and the way of peace have they not known: there is no fear of God before their eyes (Romans 3:10-18). If unregenerate man has. will ultimately earn him damnation and eternal separation from God.. inscribe his name in the "Book of Life.. the way to everlasting life is found only in Jesus Christ. and we all do fade as a leaf." (24) The warning of the Apostle Paul in 1 Corinthians 3:11 is clear: "For other foundation can no man lay than that is 22 .. the capabilities of man to reach a higher level of perfection through education and training." The reader will remember that the Masonic god is really nothing more than a personification of the "generative principle" of nature. there is none that seeketh after God. Many Freemasons make this flight with no other guarantee of a safe landing than their belief in the religion of Freemasonry. to show him that there also is an immortality on earth brought by his actions. which. on the other hand. for that upon which he depends for his salvation.."(23) According to the Scriptures. like the wind. The philosophy of Freemasonry is to make man the master of his own destiny.. Bless and prosper our works. for without this "badge of Masonry.. Their throat is an open sepulchre. It is therefore important to note that the lambskin apron covers the loins of each Mason."(16) Every Mason is buried with his apron. through his own efforts. strangely enough." (19) but the Scriptures teach otherwise: "But we are all as an unclean thing. not one."(21) but the question needs to be asked of the Mason." (15) We can also see this philosophy expressed in the following prayer of the Thirteenth Degree of the Scottish Rite: "We beseech thee that our thoughts may be engaged in the grand work of our perfection...
Volume II. Standard Masonic Monitor of the Degrees of Entered Apprentice. Carl H. Invisible Cult.A. 9. 1984). page 92. Washington 98027). as God hath said. and places mankind at the center of the universe. I will dwell in them. 4.. 1924). 5. Symbolism of Freemasonry: Mystic Masonry and the Greater Mysteries of Antiquity (Chicago. Carl H. 1925). Virginia: Macoy Publishing and Masonic Supply Company." the Mason has in mind natural law rather than the true Law of nature which the Reformed faith has historically taught is the knowledge of the Law of God inherent in every man's conscience. 13. 1971). and will be a Father unto you. Beyond the Ordinary: Toward a Better. California: Theosophical University Press. 1983). 1961). and Master Mason (Richmond. and I will be their God. Lost Keys.. Guide to the Royal Arch Chapter (Richmond... Richard. Masonic Ritual and Monitor (Chicago. ibid. 1923). 1967). Blanchard... Masonic Ritual. California: Theosophical University Press. Blanchard. denies the Deity of the Lord Jesus Christ.. Issaquah. Helena P.C. Interpretation. Blavatsky. 1874) Claudy. 23. and ye shall be my sons and daughters. U. Raymond Lee. Hall. Blavatsky. 17. Wagner. page 17. is so contrary to the most basic doctrines of Christianity that no man may rightly claim to be a Christian as long as he is a member of the Masonic Lodge: Be not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness? and what concord hath Christ with Belial? or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel? and what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God. Henry C.: The Temple. 33rd Degree. page 72. page 502. page 7. Illinois: Ezra A. page 855. Commentaries. which is Jesus Christ. 1984). Malcolm C. page 453. Digest of Masonic Law (Boston. page 482. Blanchard. page 209. 33rd Degree. page 136. Pike. 18. page 21. The Craft. The Black Arts (New York: Perigee Books. Henry Clausen. page 51. 1963). Powner. Clausen. Ed. A Masonic funeral address.. 1983). page 428. Coil's Encyclopedia of Freemasonry (Richmond. Clausen. Allen. Endnotes 1. page 7. 24. Blanchard. 7. 10. J. Virginia: Macoy Publishing and Masonic Supply Company. 21. and touch not the unclean thing. Beyond the Ordinary: Toward a Better. Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite of Freemasonry. Volume II. The Lost Keys of Masonry (Richmond. Cook. 16. 1984).. The Question of Freemasonry (Saints Alive in Jesus. Helena P. February 1989. Pike. Buck. Isis Unveiled (Pasadena. 20. Illustrated. Massachusetts: Pollard & Leighton. Virginia: Macoy Publishing and Masonic Supply Company. saith the Lord Almighty (2 Corinthians 6:17 18). Coil. 1981). 2. The Secret Doctrine (Pasadena. ibid.. 8.: The Temple. Post Office Box 1076. Duncan. 11. Illinois: Ezra A. Introduction to Freemasonry (Washington. 1960). Henry C.. Scottish Rite Masonry Illustrated (Chicago. John Seville and James Gould. 19. page 134. Foreign Countries: A Gateway to the Interpretation and Development of Certain Symbols of Freemasonry (Richmond. Cavendish. Wiser and Happier World (The Supreme Council. D. Mackey. 1963).. Volume I. Bibliography Allen. Allen. Virginia: Hall Publishing Company. Introduction to Freemasonry (Washington. J. Decker. Tennessee Craftsmen or Masonic Textbook (Nashville. George Wingate. Interpretation. which worships a pagan god. Clausen's Commentaries on Morals and Dogma (The Supreme Council of the Thirty-third Degree of the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite of Freemasonry of the Southern Jurisdiction. page 32. 14. Clausen. Haywood..S. 23 . 15. page 135. quoted by Harris. Cook Publications. 22. saith the Lord. ibid. Coil." The Pennsylvania Freemason. 1981). page 493. ibid. Virginia: Macoy Publishing and Masonic Supply Company. Hall. page 132.. Masonic Jurisprudence. Blanchard. Great Teachings. Illinois: Charles T. 6. Manly P. 1979). Claudy. Roberts. D. Chase. Craftsmen. 3. Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite of Freemasonry. Hall. Volume II. Wherefore come out from among them. Charles Lacquement. Henry Wilson. and they shall be my people. Fellowcraft. 12. Duncan. and walk in them. page 512. article: "Freemasonry and Organized Religion. page 157. Carl H.. Encyclopedia.laid. pages 38-39. and be ye separate. Lost Keys.D. as well as His atoning sacrifice in behalf of His people. Inc. Wagner. Illustrated. Claudy. Wiser and Happier World (The Supreme Council.C. Morals and Dogma. and I will receive you." Freemasonry. In speaking of "the law of nature. Tennessee: Tennessee Board of Custodian Members. pages 87-88. George Simmons and Robert Macoy.
. Wagner. Masonic World Guide (Richmond. and Master Mason (Richmond. Virginia: Macoy Publishing and Masonic Supply Company. 1970). Shepherd. Virginia: Macoy Publishing and Masonic Supply Company. February 1989.." The Pennsylvania Freemason. 1912). Philosophy. H. The Symbolism of Freemasonry: Its Science. Facts for Freemasons (Richmond.. Jack. Waite. New York: Weather Vane. Haywood. Mackey. Roosevelt.L. Masonic Monitor of the Degrees of Entered Apprentice. A New Encyclopedia of Freemasonry (New York. England: Great Joy Publications. 1976). Albert G. L. 1934). Pike. and Symbolism (Chicago. Albert. Myths. Albert G. Virginia: Macoy Publishing and Masonic Supply Company. Virginia: Macoy Publishing and Masonic Supply Company. Freemasonry: An Interpretation (self-published. James. Voorhis. Robert. Anton S. Guide to the Royal Arch Chapter (Richmond.. Morals and Dogma of the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite of Freemasonry (The Supreme Council of the Thirty-third Degree of the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite of Freemasonry of the Southern Jurisdiction.. Henderson. Illinois: Ezra A. Fellowcraft. Tom Deadly Deception (Lafayette. The Newly Made Mason (Richmond. How to Respond to the Lodge (Saint Louis. 1928). 1965)... Louisiana: Huntington House. Simmons. 1982). Haywood. William. H. Inc. Virginia: Macoy Publishing and Masonic Supply Company. 1984). Gary... Charles W. Allen E. Mackey. Roberts. Virginia: Macoy Publishing and Masonic Supply Company. Mackey. Virginia: Macoy Publishing and Masonic Supply Company. Mackey. Standard Masonic Monitor of the Degrees of Entered Apprentice. An Encyclopedia of Freemasonry (Chicago. LaVey. 1953). McQuaig. 1973).A. Illustrations of Masonry (Chicago. Virginia: Macoy Publishing and Masonic Supply Company.. 1984). 1989). Fellow Craft. McCormick. 1865). Albert G.. Adoptive Rite Ritual (Richmond. 1926). 1967). Shaw. The Masonic Report (self-published. and Master Mason (New York: Clark Maynard Publishers.S. Morgan. 1974).L.. Legends. 1975). Wilmshurst. 1962). Rongstad. Illinois: Charles T. Silas H. Cook Publications.. Mackey. Revised Encyclopedia of Freemasonry (Richmond. 1984). and Master Mason (Free and Accepted Masons of Arkansas. 33rd Degree. Texas: Institute for Christian Economics. Albert G. Missouri: Concordia Publishing House. U. The Great Teachings of Masonry (Richmond. Robert .J. On Our Way (New York: The John Day Company. H.. 24 . A Manual of the Lodge: Monitorial Instructions In The Degrees Of Entered Apprentice. James. Seville.B. Arthur E. Martin L. The Secret Societies of All Ages and Countries (New York: University Books. the Christian.. Christ. Freemasonry: The Invisible Cult in Our Midst (Chattanooga. Heckethorn. John and Gould.. 1977). Powner Company. 1988). The Craft and Its Symbols: Opening of the Door to Masonic Symbolism (Richmond. 1981). Virginia: Macoy Publishing and Masonic Supply Company. Virginia: Macoy Publishing and Masonic Supply Company. The Satanic Bible (New York: Avon Books. 1966). Inc.L. Fellowcraft.. 1867). 1983). C. Liturgy of the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite of Freemasonry for the Southern Jurisdiction of the United States of America.. Political Polytheism (Tyler. Part Two (The Supreme Council. Charles. Kent.. 1971).V.Harris. and Freemasonry (Belfast. Franklin D. The Textbook of Masonic Jurisprudence: Illustrating the Written and Unwritten Laws of Masonry (New York: Macoy and Sickels. Tennessee: Global Publishers. Little Masonic Library (Richmond.. Albert G. James and McKenney. Mackey. Lacquement. quoted by W.. Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite of Freemasonry. article: "Freemasonry and Organized Religion. 1870). Albert G. Mackey's Masonic Ritualist: Monitorial Instructions in the Degrees from Entered Apprentice to Select Master (New York: Clark & Maynard Publishers. 1921). George and Macoy.F. Southern Jurisdiction. 1983). 1977). Illinois: Masonic Historical Company. W. Macoy. North.
This action might not be possible to undo. Are you sure you want to continue?
We've moved you to where you read on your other device.
Get the full title to continue listening from where you left off, or restart the preview.