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They received the WORD with all readiness of mind,
and searched the SCRIPTURES daily, whether those things were so. Acts 17:11
Several weeks ago my Uncle died. He had been a leader in the Christian church for more than 30 years. As I approached his casket, I saw a Masonic ring with the letter G which signifies the sun-god on his right hand; a Shriner's diamond broach was fastened on his left lapel requiring at least the 32nd Degree of Masonry with its stark meaning in the Scottish Rite that most likely the wearer has attended at least one Black Communion where the deity of Jesus Christ has been denied. I did not want to see this. The funeral immediately took on a different meaning for me. Is this a home going? Questions arose in my spirit. How could anyone who was intelligent, wealthy and very knowledgeable in the ways of the world desire to be buried with symbols of loyalty anathema to the Word of God and Jesus Christ, His only Begotten Son? Did he not understand? How is this possible in a day when knowledge runs to and fro?
As a result of doubts that assail me about his eternal home and to dispel the trouble in my spirit, I decided to very briefly illustrate in the attachment the truth pervading Freemasonry as defined by information provided by a 33rd (Highest) Degree Mason who had walked its paths and abided by its teachings until he came to know Jesus Christ whereupon he resigned; and to send it to as many Brothers and Sisters in Christ that I could, to create awareness.
In Jesus Name,
The FREEMASONRY postulates that follow are an accurate, abbreviated , condensed, and in some cases, a paraphrased summary based on the book, The Deadly Deception, by Jim Shaw (33rd Degree Mason Scottish Rite, Knight Commander of the Court of Honor, Past Worshipful Master (Blue Lodge), and Past Master of all Scottish Rite Bodies) & Tom McKenney published by Huntington House, Inc. Copyright ©1988. A single reference is made to The Two Babylons By the late Rev. Alexander Hislop published by Loizeaux Brothers, First Edition 1916.
Masonic doctrines summarized here, are in every case, based upon the consensus of the most revered and widely accepted Masonic philosophers, writers and sourcebooks. Any knowledgeable Mason will know at a glance that this is true. He has taken oaths to lie if necessary to conceal such things, and so will probably deny some things, and try to justify others. But the Masonic writers, and common practices in the lodge will verify all.
All these Masonic sourcebooks are in the libraries of most local lodges and the libraries of all the Grand Lodges of the states. In additions, they can be purchased from Masonic publishing companies or in bookstores.
Albert Pike (Supreme Pontiff of Universal Freemasonry, that preeminent Mason authority), Albert Mackey, J.D. Buck, Daniel Sickles and others teach us that Masonry is but a revival of the ancient mystery religions of Babylon, Egypt, Persia, Rome and Greece. These ancient religions had two meanings, one exoteric known to the uninitiated majority, and the other, an esoteric true meaning, entirely different, known only to a small elite group. (Refer to page 227 of The Two Babylons: These religions worshipped the sun-god. The serpent in the mythology of the primitive world was universally the symbol of the sun. As the sun was the great enlightener of the physical world, so the serpent was held to have been the great enlightener of the spiritual by giving mankind “the knowledge of good and evil”. The inspired statement of the Apostle Paul seems decisive “when men knew God, but glorified him not as God,” that they changed the glory of God , not only into an image made like to corruptible man, but unto the likeness of “creeping things”.) The Temple of the Supreme Council of the 33rd and Last Degree of the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite stands on the east side of Northwest 16th Street, between “R” and “S” Streets in Washington, D.C. High above the entrance is an elaborate image of the Egyptian sun god, backed by radiating sun and flanked by six large golden serpents. The interior walls are also decorated with serpents.
Masonry is, according to its own philosophers, a system of pure religion expressed in symbols, one which cannot be understood without knowledge of the true meaning of them. For the many zealous Masons, trusting their obedience to their obligations to get them into that “Celestial Lodge Above”, those for whom “the Lodge is a good enough religion,” the correct understanding of these symbols is the key(they believe) to their eternal destiny. They are trusting in the teachings of the Lodge concerning these symbols with their eternal redemption or damnation at stake.
Herein lies a terrible deception.
Albert Pike, that preeminent Masonic authority, says that Masons below the 32nd degree are intentionally misled by false interpretations but it is intended that he shall imagine he understands them. The truth is reserved for the Adepts, the Princes of Masonry(those of the 32nd and 33rd degrees- Morals and Dogma, page 819).
And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die:
For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof,
then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods,
knowing good and evil. (Genesis 3:4-5)
a. MASONIC DOCTRINE
God is, basically, whatever we perceive him to be; our idea or concept of God becomes our God. Usually referred with the vague and general term “Deity,” the god of Masonry can be one of our choosing, spoken generically as the “The Great Architect of the Universe.” Human nature is also worshipped by some as “Deity,” as are Knowledge and Reason. Since Masonry is a revival of the ancient pagan mystery religions, its god can also be said to be Nature, with its fertility(sex) gods and goddesses the sun and moon(in Egypt, Osiris and Isis).
v “…Since every man’s conception of God must be proportioned to his mental cultivation, and intellectual powers, and moral excellence. God is, as man conceives him, the reflected image of man himself.” (Albert Pike, “Morals and Dogma,” 14th Degree, p. 223)
v “The only personal God freemasonry accepts is humanity in toto…Humanity therefore is the only personal God there is. ” (J.D. Buck, “Mystic Masonry,” p. 216)
v “Masonry, successor to the Mysteries(the pagan religions of Isis, Osiris, Baal, Mythras, Tammuz, etc.), still follows the ancient manner of teaching.” (Albert Pike, “ Morals and Dogma,” Fellowcraft Degree p. 22)
v “The Absolute is Reason. Reason IS, by means of itself, It IS because IT IS…If God IS, HE IS by Reason.” (Albert Pike, “Morals and Dogma” 28th Degree p. 737)
v “This is the immutable law of Nature, the eternal will of the Justice which is God.” (Albert Pike, “Morals and Dogma,” 32nd Degree p. 847)
b. CHRISTIAN DOCTRINE
God is a spirit, eternal, self-existent, unchanging, almighty and sovereign. There is one God who created all things, existing in three persons:Father, Son and Holy Spirit. God the Father is revealed in His Son, Jesus Christ, and is perfect. He is holy and requires holiness of His people.
v “In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.” (Genesis 1:1)
v “ God is a Spirit:and they that worship Him must worship him in spirit and truth.” (John 4:4)
v “Hear, O Israel: the Lord our God is one Lord.” (Deuteronomy 6:4)
v “Before the mountains were brought forth, or even thou hadst formed the earth and the world, even from everlasting until everlasting thou art God.” (Psalm 90:2)
v “For I am the Lord, I change not;” (Malachi 3:6)
v “There is none other God but one…the Father, of whom are all things.” (I Corinthians 8:4-6)
v “But the Lord is the true God, he is the everlasting God, and an everlasting king. ” (Jeremiah 10:10)
v “Thy throne O God, is forever and forever.” (Psalm 45:6)
v “For there are three that bear witness in Heaven, the Father, the Word(Jesus Christ) and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one.” (I John 5:7)
v “…Ye shall be holy: for I the Lord your God am holy.” (Leviticus 19:2)
v “God said unto Moses, ‘I am that I am…” (Exodus 3:14)
2. JESUS CHRIST
a. MASONIC DOCTRINE
Jesus was just a man. He was one of the “exemplars,” one of the great men of the past, but not divine and certainly not the only means of redemption of lost mankind. He was on a level with other great men of the past like Aristotle, Plato, Pythagoras and Mohammed. His life and legend were no different from that of Krishna, the Hindu sun god. He is the “son of Joseph” not the Son of God.
“In his private petitions a man may petition God or Jehovah, Allah or Buddha, Mohammed or Jesus; he may call upon the God of Israel or the First Great Cause. In the Masonic Lodge he hears petition to the Great Architect of the Universe, finding his own deity under that name.A hundred paths may wind upward around a mountain;at the top they meet.”(Carl H. Claudy, “Introduction to Freemasonry”, p.38).
b. CHRISTIAN DOCTRINE
Jesus Christ is divine, eternal and the second person of the Godhead.When he was living on earth as a man, the only begotten Son of the Father, he was God incarnate, truly God and truly man. He was and is the only means of redemption of fallen mankind. Anyone who denies or rejects him or his preeminent position separates himself from God the Father.
v “In the beginning was the Word(Jesus Christ) and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by Him; and without Him was not anything made that was made. In Him was life; and the life was the light of men.”(John 1:1-4)
v “Neither is there salvation in any other; for there is none other name(but Jesus) under Heaven given among men, whereby ye must be saved.” (Acts 4:12)
v “ …he that hath seen me has seen the Father…” (John 14:9)
3. THE BIBLE
a. MASONIC DOCTRINE
The Bible of the Christians is merely one of the “holy books” of man, no better than the Koran, the Hindu scriptures or the books of Chinese and Greek philosophers. It is not to be taken literally, for its true meaning is esoteric( hidden from all but a small number of “enlightened,” elite leaders); the literal obvious meaning is only for the ignorant masses. It is right to remove references to Jesus in passages used in the ritual. Masonry, contrary to popular belief, is NOT based upon the Bible. Masonry is actually based on the Kabala(Cabala), a medieval book of magic and mysticism.
v “Masonry makes no profession of Christianity…but looks forward to the time when the labor of our ancient brethren shall be symbolized by the erection of a spiritual temple…in which there shall be one altar and one worship;one common altar of Masonry on which the Veda, Shastra, Sade, Zend-Avesta, Koran and Holy Bible shall lie…and at whose shrine the Hindoo, the Persian, the Assyrian, the Chaldean, the Egyptian, the Chinese, the Mohammedan, the Jew, and the Christian may kneel…” (“The Kentucky Monitor,” Fellowcraft Degree, p.95)
v “The literal meaning (of the Bible) is for the vulgar only.” (Albert Pike, “Digest of Morals and Dogma,” p.166)
v “Beautiful around stretches off every way the Universe, the great Bible of God. Material nature is its Old Testament…and Human Nature is the New Testament from the Infinite God,” (Albert Pike, “Morals and Dogma,” 28th Degree, p.715)
v “All truly dogmatic religions have issued from the Kabalah and return to it; everything scientific and grand in the religious dreams of the Illuminati, Jacob Boeheme, Swedenborg, Saint Martin, and others is borrowed from the Kabalah:all Masonic associations owe to it their secrets and their symbols.” (Albert Pike, “Morals and Dogma,” 28th Degree p.744)
v The removal of the name of Jesus and references to Him in Bible verses used in the ritual are “slight but necessary modifications.” (Albert Mackey, “Masonic Ritualist,” p.272)
b. CHRISTIAN DOCTRINE
The Bible is the only written revelation of, and from, the only true God. The Bible, as contained in the Old and New Testaments, is the Word of God, inspired and preserved by Him, and is the only valid rule of faith and practice for His people, the church. No part shall be added to, or taken from, the Bible as delivered to us in the Old and new Testaments.
v “If they speak not according to this Word, it is because there is no light in them. ” (Isaiah 8:20)
v “All Scripture is given by inspiration of God.” (II Timothy 3:16)
v “The Words of the Lord are pure words, as silver tried in a furnace of earth, purified seven times. Thou shalt keep them, O Lord, thou shalt preserve them from this generation forever. ” (Psalm 12:6-7)
v “…whose hope is in the Lord his God, which made heaven, and earth, the sea, and all that therein is:which keepeth truth forever.” (Psalm 146:5-6)
v “Every word of God is pure: He is a shield unto them that put their trust in Him. Add thou not unto His words, lest He reprove thee, and thou be found a liar.” (Proverbs 30:5-6)
v “Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away.” (Matthew 24:35)
v “Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth forever…But the word of the Lord endureth forever. And this is the word which by the gospel is preached unto you.” (I Peter 1:23-25)
v “For we have not followed cunningly devised fables, when we declared unto you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but were eyewitnesses of his majesty…Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation. For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.” (II Peter 1:16-21)
v “Ye shall not add unto the word which I command you, neither shall you diminish aught from it… ” (Deuteronomy 4:2)
v “…If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book: And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life…(Revelation 22:18-19)
a. MASONIC DOCTRINE
Satan, as an enemy of God and his Kingdom, as an evil power seeking to tempt, deceive and destroy, does not exist. Mankind has merely “supposed” this. The usual Christian perception of Satan is merely a distortion of truth about Lucifer, “the Light Bearer,” who is actually good and the instrument of liberty, but generally misunderstood and maligned.
v “Lucifer, the Light Bearer! Strange and Mysterious name to give to the Spirit of Darkness! Lucifer, the Son of the Morning! Is it he who bears the Light, and with all its splendors intolerable blinds feeble, sensual, or selfish Souls? Doubt it not!” (Albert Pike, “Morals and Dogma,” 19th Degree, p.321)
v “The conviction of all men that God is good led to a belief in a devil…” (Albert Pike, “Morals and Dogma,” 19th Degree, p.324)
v “All antiquity solved the enigma of the existence of evil by supposing the existence of a Principle of Evil, of demons, fallen angels…a Satan…” (“Kentucky Monitor,” “The Spirit of Masonry,” p. xiv)
v “…there is no rebellious demon of Evil, or Principle of Darkness coexistent and in eternal controversy with God, or the Principal of Light…” (Albert Pike, “Morals and Dogma,” 32nd Degree, p.859)
b. CHRISTIAN DOCTRINE
Satan is a proud, rebellious angel, created by God but fallen, the father of lies, accuser of the brethren, deceiver, tempter and ruler of the Kingdom of Darkness. He blinds the lost to the glorious light of the gospel, and seeks to be worshipped as he also works to steal, kill and destroy. He is the enemy we are to resist and the one whose works Jesus came to destroy.
v "How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations! For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north: I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High.Yet thou shalt be brought down to hell, to the sides of the pit." ( Isaiah 14:12-15)
v “…Thou art the anointed cherub that covereth; and I have set thee so: thou wast upon the holy mountain of God; thou hast walked up and down in the midst of the stones of fire…Thine heart was lifted up because of thy beauty, thou hast corrupted thy wisdom by reason of thy brightness: I will cast thee to the ground…(Ezekiel 28:13-19)
v “Ye are of your father the devil…he is a liar, and the father of it.” (John 8:44)
v “And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him…the accuser of our brethren is cast down…” (Revelation 12:9-10)
v “And Jesus being full of the Holy Ghost returned from Jordan, and was led by the Spirit into the wilderness, being forty days tempted of the devil…” (Luke 4:1-2)
v “And if Satan cast out Satan…how then shall his kingdom stand?” (Matthew 12:26)
v "Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we wrestle…against the rulers of the darkness…" (Ephesians 6:11-12)
v “… the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ… should shine unto them.” (II Corinthians 4:4)
v “The thief (Satan) cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy:” (John 10:10)
v “Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.” (James 4:7)
v “…For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil. ” (I John 3:8)
v “…your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour: ” (I Peter 5:8)
a. MASONIC DOCTRINE
Redemption is a matter of self-improvement, morality, and good works, including obedience to the Mason’s obligation and all higher Masonic authorities. Faith in the atonement of Jesus Christ has nothing to do with it; it is a matter of enlightenment, step by step, which comes with initiation into the Masonic Degrees and their mysteries.
v “By the lambskin the Mason is reminded of that purity of life and rectitude of conduct which are so essentially necessary to his gaining admission into the Celestial Lodge above, where the Supreme Architect of the Universe presides.” (Albert Mackey, “Encyclopedia of Freemasonry,” “Apron”)
v “…and in Thy favor, may we be received into Thine everlasting kingdom, to enjoy, in union with the souls of our departed friends, the just reward of a pious and virtuous life. Amen. So mote it be.” (“Texas Monitor,” Masonic Burial Service, p.10)
v “These three degrees (1st, 2nd, 3rd ) thus form a perfect and harmonious whole, nor can it be conceived that anything can be suggested more, which the soul of man requires” (Daniel Sickles, “Ahimon Rezon or Freemason’s Guide,” p.196)
v “If we with suitable true devotion maintain our Masonic profession, our faith will become a beam of light and bring us to those blessed mansions where we shall be eternally happy with God, the Great Architect of the Universe.” (Daniel Sickles, “Ahimon Rezon or Freemason’s Guide,” p.79)
v “Acacian: a term signifying a Mason who by living in strict obedience to obligations and precepts of the fraternity are free from sin.” (A. Mackey, “Lexicon of Freemasonry,” p.16)
v “The dunces who led primitive Christianity astray, by submitting faith for science …have succeeded in shrouding in darkness the ancient discoveries of the human mind; so that now we grope in the dark to find again the key…” (Albert Pike, “Morals and Dogma”, 28th Degree, p.732)
v “…salvation by faith and the vicarious atonement were not taught as now interpreted, by Jesus, nor are these doctrines taught in the esoteric scriptures. They are later and ignorant perversions of the original doctrines.” (J.D.Buck, “Mystic Masonry,” p.57)
b. CHRISTIAN DOCTRINE
All have sinned and fallen short of the perfection God requires; none is righteous in his own virtue and our own righteousness is as filthy rags compared with the righteousness of God. However, Jesus, God’s only begotten Son, lived a sinless life for us, and laid down His life a perfect sacrifice to make atonement for our sins. By faith in Him and His provisions for us we can be made the righteousness of God and be born of the Spirit of God into everlasting life, becoming a part of the family of God. There is no other way to be reconciled to God and live in His presence forever. We cannot, by our own efforts, redeem or perfect ourselves.
v “As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one:” (Romans3:10)
v “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;” (Romans 3:23)
v “But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags; ” (Isaiah 64:6)
v “For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.” (II Corinthians 5:21)
v “For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus.” (Galatians 3:26)
v “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” (John 3:16)
v “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.” (Ephesians 2:8-9)
v “Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.” (Acts 4:12)
v “And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of
God hath not life .” (I John 5:11-12)
If the Name of Jesus Christ is spoken in a Masonic Lodge,
it can be closed and its charter revoked by the Grand Lodge of his state.
In the Masonic Scottish Rites, Communion is held the Thursday before Easter.
The members dress in long black hooded robes. Listen to the words of their communion!!!
"We meet this day to commemorate the death of our 'Most Wise and Perfect Master,'
not as inspired or divine, for this is not for us to decide,
but at least the greatest of the apostles of mankind."
Then the bread..."Take, eat, and give to the hungry."
Then the wine...."Take, drink, and give to the thirsty."
Secrecy is the essence of Masonry, necessary for its very existence, and protected by blood oaths of murder and mayhem…”binding myself under no less a penalty than that of having my body severed in twain, my bowels taken out and burned to ashes, the ashes scattered to the four winds of heaven…” (from the oath of obligation, Master Mason/Third Degree).
“The secrecy of this institution is another and most important landmark…If divested of its secret character, it would lose its identity, and would cease to be Freemasonry…death of the order would follow its legalized exposure. Freemasonry, as a secret association, has lived unchanged for centuries; as an open society it would not last for as many years.” (Albert Mackey, “Textbook of Masonic Jurisprudence,” 23rd Landmark, “Secrecy” ).
In summary, Jesus came to destroy the works of the devil(I John 3:8).
Freemasonry hidden in Masonic Lodges is a deadly serpent that glides amidst the churches
seeking to deceive unwary souls by systematic destruction of the Gospel of Jesus Christ,
Degree by Degree, with the ancient mystery religions.
But God said:
Revelation 3:7: And to the angel of the church in Philadelphia write;
These things saith he that is holy, he that is true,
he that hath the key of David, he that openeth,
and no man shutteth; and shutteth, and no man openeth;
Revelation 3:8: I know thy works: behold, I have set before thee an open door,
and no man can shut it: for thou hast a little strength, and hast kept
my word, and hast not denied my name.
Revelation 3:9: Behold, I will make them of the synagogue of Satan,
which say they are Jews, and are not, but do lie; behold,
I will make them to come and worship before thy feet,
and to know that I have loved thee..
Let us stand firmly for, and faithfully preach, the true Gospel that saves.
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