by Jack R. Elliott
Copyright (c) 1961 by Radio Church of God
All Rights Reserved
Printed in U. S. A.
EDITOR'S NOTE: An intensive and extended examination and thorough research
into the FACTS was necessary to reveal the TRUTH, too long concealed from the
Church. The facts brought to light from many authentic sources are astounding.
This startlingly revealing book was written as a Thesis, in partial
fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Arts in Theology
conferred on Mr. Elliott, June 6th, 1958, by Ambassador College.
You will find it to be an astonishing and eye-opening revelation. We
feel it is breathtaking in interest, intriguing, and shocking-but it is all
the TRUTH, carefully documented. We feel it is high time these little known
facts be published for Our Church members. We need to know HOW it came about
that, even in our modern times, as the Word of God foretold: "all nations
Is MASONRY a Christian organization? Do
they have the truth? Why are they so secret? Is it all right to remain in the
Lodge? Is it all right to join the Masons?
This dissertation is designed to help you answer these questions, give the
reasoning behind the answer, and produce the evidence to back it up!
It is important that members of the Church know something about the Masonic
Lodge-its teachings and its beliefs-so that they can answer questions on the
subject with understanding. Many persons who are interested in the WAY OF LIFE
ask questions that need a true and accurate answer, not the evasion they get
when they ask information from a Mason.
The Mason cannot answer most of your questions because he has sworn, under
penalty of death, not to reveal Masonic secrets. Since the details cannot be
revealed, he merely assures you that "Masonry is a Christian organization
based on the Bible." He further assures you that Masonry is in accordance
with God's laws and a candidate is not required to take any action against
nation, state or family.
Is this true? You had better make sure before you gamble away your life on
BEGINNING OF A DILEMMA
WE HAVE all heard a lot about Masonry and
Masons. Many of the things we hear are contradictory. What are the REAL FACTS
Definitions of Freemasonry have been numerous. Seldom do you find two alike.
Here are quoted some of the most celebrated ones which were composed by
influential Masons and, as you might expect, they heap much praise upon the
"Freemasonry is a beautiful system of morality, veiled in allegory, and
illustrated by symbols." Hemming.
"Masonry is an art, useful knowledge and learning, and stamps an
indelible mark of pre-eminence on its genuine professors, which neither chance,
power, nor fortune can bestow." Preston.
"The grand object of Masonry is to promote the happiness of the human
race. "- George Washington.
If such statements can be made of the Lodge by such noted people, then surely
it is a worthy organization! "How can belonging to it be a discredit to
anyone?" they ask.
Take a closer look and you will see that while these definitions are
impressive, they still leave' the reader in the dark as to the what, why, and
how of Freemasonry.
Confusion in Doctrine
Masonic doctrine is very pliable because it is so loosely knit together and
embodies such a tremendous scope of Christian as well as pagan ideas.
Furthermore, it is cushioned with allowances for those members who wish to
disagree with either or both because the Lodge embraces men of all religions.
These allowances also absorb or explain away any accusations brought against
Masonic doctrine. It makes no difference whether the accusation is
pro-Christian, pro- Mohammedan, pro-Pagan, or pro-any- thing. To be more
specific, Masonic philosophy is very inexact, vague in principle and so devious
in application that it can mean almost anything to any-one. Its basic teaching
method is by subtle suggestion which allows the candidate to warp his former
beliefs into the Masonic framework.
Masonry can be more revealingly defined as a group of men, banded together in
an exclusive lodge to advance, first and foremost, their PERSONAL INTERESTS and
second, the interests of certain others of their fellowmen. They set as their
guide, morals that are as high as other man-made codes. The fact that they are
man-made is not considered a degradation by the brotherhood.
They set as the highest and simplest of these morals "brotherly
love"- (the brother referred to, however, is a brother Mason). The spirit
of Masonry is that of mystery, feigned pomp and ceremony, and intemperate
revelry. They search ancient writings, Christian and pagan, in order to find the
mysterious secrets of life.
The teachings of the Holy Bible and the ancient (pagan) mysteries are
accepted alike and constitute their main sources of information. From these they
select the principles which most appeal to their desires. They have worked out
ten of their own commandments which are an amalgamation of some of God's laws,
and some gleaned from the "ancients."
Membership Is Lucrative
Belonging to the Lodge is profitable for a number of reasons. Among these is
the fact that a Mason is usually better informed than the average person on
community and civil affairs. Masons are of every profession imaginable. They
have a vast storehouse of knowledge at their command which they share with one
another at "refreshment" and during special meetings. Furthermore,
they do not content themselves with the knowledge that is already among them,
but certain members make a life work of seeking out the uncommon, and
pro-claiming it from lodge to lodge at special meetings. Not all information is
edifying, however. Much error is introduced by the "informed" (Among
these is the erroneous teaching about the construction and architecture of King
Solomon's Temple. Illustrative drawings of the structure while very impressive
usually show it adorned with objects of pagan worship).
Another helpful principle is that of extending aid to a brother Mason. Each
member is dedicated to help a needy brother wherever or whenever he is able.
Membership in the Lodge is therefore very useful to those who seek political
office, political favor, employment opportunities, business connections, travel
accommodations, or a privileged position in the community. So pronounced are
some of these aids that all who do not enjoy them are greatly handicapped when
they compete for certain offices or favor. Political office is a good example,
and the Presidency of the United States is not excepted. Most of our Presidents
have been Masons, either active or honorary.
Our definition could not be complete without mentioning the secrecy of
Masonry. Symbolism, which means nothing to the average person, is used to remind
the Mason of his duties and morals while hiding the allegoric meaning and
"beauty" from the "vulgar eye of the uninformed." Lodges
meet in secret behind guarded doors. Secret signs, handshakes and utterances
reveal one Mason to another regardless of his lodge, rite, or country.
Membership in the Lodge is, there- fore, a ticket to favoritism in any city
or any state or any country, and is a Masonic promise to happiness and
In actuality, Masons find that altruistic ideals of the Lodge break down in
practice. Brother Masons are not much more trustworthy than the
"unenlightened." Some do not find the oaths they take binding enough
to keep them from defrauding even a brother.
At least two Church of God brethren have confided to this author that they
have been seriously defrauded at the hands of brother Masons. One put it this
way: "In swearing to give aid and assistance to a brother Mason, an
up-right member falls prey to dishonest members of the Lodge and is frequently
defrauded. I have found the word of most Masons is just so much wind, and they
would not hesitate to defraud if they could do so successfully. They follow
Masonic teachings just as far as is conducive to their own gain."
Size and Importance
One does not ordinarily realize the scope or importance of Freemasonry in our
country. Its different rites, all in an interdependent system, boasted
4,-175,000 members in 1939-3,300,000 of which were in the United States. There
are probably between five and six million members in the United States today.
The various rites have upon their rolls the names of emperors, kings,
Princes, priests, and governors, together with scholars, statesmen, and men of
lesser stations in church and state. Here are a few famous men who have been
Masons in the United States: Benjamin Franklin, Presidents Washington,
Jefferson, Monroe, Adams, Jackson, Polk, Fillmore, Harrison, Buchanan, Johnson,
Garfield, McKinley, Taylor, Pierce, Taft, Theodore Roosevelt, and Truman. Other
Prominent members were Lafayette, Fulton, Montgomery, Sherman, Burr, Rush,
Whipple, Paine, Hamilton, Gerry, Steubon, Stark, Livingstone, Dekalb, Warren,
Paul Jones, Witherspoon, Revere and Hancock. Most of these are proclaimed Masons
by no lesser authority than the Encyclopedia Americana.
Most local, state and federal officials are Masons. Realize that when you
apply for employment, the man who may or may not employ you is likely to be a
member of the Lodge. By handshake or other Masonic sign, you would be able to
greatly increase your chances of securing that job because he has sworn an oath
to extend aid and comfort to a fellow Mason if it is within his means to do so.
You are, likewise, in a much better position to have a favor granted from a
public official who belongs to the Lodge when you are a member. Throughout the
United States, many Masons admit that they know or have heard of brothers guilty
of a crime against society who were never brought to trial because of their
affiliation with the Lodge, and because of "aid" rendered by an
official who was a Mason. Others who have been brought to trial were either
acquitted by a jury containing Masons or were given light sentences.
In one such instance which occurred recently, a man killed one of his close
friends. He was convicted of "premeditated murder without malice," and
sentenced to only two years in prison. After two months' imprisonment he was out
on a 30 days' leave. The man was a Mason and so were a number of the jurors and
law enforcement officials.
One seldom sees anti-Masonic literature, even though much has been written.
Because printers are often Masons, dedicated to conceal the secrets of the
Lodge, it has little chance. Bookstore owners or librarians seldom stock books
either pro-or anti-Masonic. Laymen who are Masons are unwilling to divulge
secrets because they have been sworn to secrecy.
Nevertheless, even in the face of all these obstacles, anti-Masonic
literature does exist. Certain organizations have been very zealous in their
fight against the Lodge. Today, though their zeal is gone, some continue to
publish lodge secrets. Masons, more than anyone else, buy their books because
they find them a convenient aid to learning the long list of lodge secrets. This
is against lodge rules, however, because Masons are not allowed to write down
these secrets, but new members are supposed to be taught by word of mouth only.
The arduous and grueling task of instructing the uninformed is simplified
greatly by this underhanded method of using available written material.
One example is the Ezra A. Cook Publications, Inc., P.O. Box 796, Chicago 90,
Illinois. A letter to the Ezra A. Cook Company requesting publications on the
subject of Freemasonry will bring you a lengthy list of available books which
accurately reveal Masonic secrets. These books are available to anyone.
Structure of Masonry
Figure 1 is the symbolic representation of Freemasonry in America. It is
represented by a square and compass supported by two pillars, Jachin and Boaz.
The illustration has been considered highly secret and was allowed only to
Masons of high degree. It was given to me by a church member who had formerly
been a Mason. Recently however, an article appeared in Life magazine (October 8,
1956, pages 104-122) in which the structure of Freemasonry was represented in
similar manner. The fact that Masons decided to let the "vulgar eye of the
public" see the different but accurate illustration, demonstrates their
The apprentice enters the structure, symbolically, between the two columns,
Jachin and Boaz, which are said to represent the two columns of Solomon's Temple
(see II Chron. 3:15) and progresses by degrees toward perfection. All this
happens under the "All-Seeing Eye" shown at the top of the figure,
"whom (they say) the sun, moon and stars obey and under whose watchful care
even the comets perform their stupendous revolutions, (who) pervades the inmost
recesses of the human heart, and who will reward us (Masons) according to our
merits." (Lightfoot, page 33.) The reward supposedly comes after death
releases him from this world and his soul progresses upwards toward heaven and
When the apprentice enters Masonry, he is compared to a rough ashier (or
rough building stone), and as the ashier is shaped and polished before it is
ready for use, so must the candidate become perfected during the first three
degrees until he becomes a perfect ashler and may be used as a building block in
the house of God (the house of God as symbolized by the Masonic Temple ). Thus
perfected the Master Mason may enter into and work within the Holy of Holies.
The Holy of Holies is symbolized by the central part of the structure
surrounding the letter "G". The letter "G" stands for God;
therefore work in all degrees from the master's up is done symbolically in the
presence of God, in His most holy place.
After one has successfully mastered the first three degrees, or the Blue
Lodge, he proceeds up through the Grand Lodge by way of either the York or the
The Scottish Rite accepts members of all faiths, so long as they profess a
creator God and believe in a life after death. The York Rite is just as liberal,
except in its higher orders an oath has to be taken that affirms a belief in
Christ, thus excluding conscientious Jews from degrees beyond that point.
More information can be attained from the Encyclopedia Britannica by those
who wish to pursue the technical organization of Freemasonry in the United.
Very few Masons understand or care about the technical aspects of the Lodge
or about its symbolic teachings. They are interested instead in such questions
as how important it is to be a member; therefore, how big, important and
righteous Masonry is; how to join; how to climb to the top; how to keep others
from getting to the top without due process; how to keep enemies out, et cetera.
The great majority embrace Free-masonry for the purpose of enhancing their
business prestige. As long as they can pass themselves as Masons and make use of
the secret language which Masonry puts within their reach, they are perfectly
satisfied and desire nothing more.
A Mason is not required to know about the structure and organization of
Masonry mentioned above unless he sits in one of the governing councils. It is
only when his ambitions spur him in that direction that a Mason is willing to
expend the effort to learn it, plus a mass of other laws, doctrines, and
The following information is concerned with what the candidate for the
various degrees is exposed to and what he is forced to learn. Every attempt will
be made to show you Masonry as the candidate sees it. Therefore, few remarks
will be made to expose fallacies or to criticize the Lodge at this phase.
As the candidate proceeds thru the degrees, no one points to any of the
facets of Masonry and says, "That is condemned by God Almighty." On
the contrary, each aspect is drawn up in beautifully phrased allegories-the high
(human) morality being greatly emphasized. Who would dare question this
Who Can Belong?
If a person wishes to become a member of the Masonic Lodge, he must be
freeborn, under no bondage, of at least twenty-one years of age, in the
possession of sound senses, free from any physical defect or dismemberment, and
of irreproachable manners, or, as it is technically termed, "under the
tongue of good report." No atheist, eunuch, cripple, or woman can be
admitted. Even those who possess all these necessary qualifications can be
admitted only under certain regulations.
Masons' wives or children may not attend the regular meetings, but only such
special functions as may be planned for them. To satisfy the desires of wives
and children to take part in Masonic functions, special or side orders were
adopted-such as the Eastern Star ritual, the De Molay for boys, and the Rainbow
Girls. These orders have their own secrets and functions apart from the regular
Lodge, but follow its general pattern. They are supervised by Masons. Indeed,
their meetings cannot be held without a Mason present to supervise.
Joining the Lodge
Because Masons are forbidden to solicit new members, a man must re-quest
admission for himself.
The usual procedure for petitioning the Lodge is to have another Mason
recommend the candidate. He does so by presenting a formal petition, signed by
the candidate, to the particular lodge which he wishes to join.
The applicant must be vouched for and recommended by one or more Masons. Once
submitted, his petition is read before the assembly, and a committee is
appointed to inquire into his character. If nothing is found to disqualify him
and the committee gives him a favorable report, his petition is again presented
to the assembly one month later and voted upon by the brethren. Once the
applicant has been accepted, he becomes a candidate for the first, or Entered
Preparation for Initiation
Before attending any meetings or taking any part in Masonic rituals, the
candidate must be initiated. On his first visit to the Lodge, he is kept outside
in the anteroom (see Figure 2) while the first part of the meeting takes place.
Neither he nor anyone else has a chance to know what is going on in the meeting
because the door is closed and a guard-usually with drawn sword-is standing
beside it. Finally, three raps are heard at the door and the guard (whom he will
later come to know as the "TYLER") returns them in like manner.
A short silence follows, then three Masons emerge to interrogate him. All
wear short white aprons. These men are the Secretary and the two Stewards.
The Secretary then proceeds to question him in a routine manner and to charge
him with the great importance of belonging to the Lodge and the seriousness of
his undertaking. At the same time the candidate is promised that he will not be
required to do anything contrary to the laws of God or duty to his king,
country, state, family or self.
The reader must keep in mind that the candidate knows nothing of the rules
and customs of the Fraternity. He can only take the word of Masons that there is
nothing in those rules contrary to the laws of God, etc.
After the Secretary leaves, the Junior Deacon, another official who had
served as inside door keeper, joins the candidate and the Stewards and takes
charge of preparing the candidate for initiation. He is taken into the
preparation room, is divested of his coat, vest, pants, boots, stockings,
drawers, neck-tie, collar-in fact, everything except his shirt. He is then
handed a pair of drawers (always furnished by the Lodge) which he puts on.
All the studs, sleeve-buttons and other furnishings are taken off his shirt.
Everything of a metallic kind is taken away. The left leg of the drawers is
rolled above the knee, so as to make the left foot, leg, and knee bare; the left
sleeve of his shirt is raised above the elbow, so as to make the left arm bare;
and the left breast of the shirt is tucked back, so as to make his left breast
bare. A slipper is put on his right foot, with the heel slipshod; a hoodwink
(blindfold) is fastened over his eyes; a blue rope, called a cable-tow, is put
around his neck, and he is then duly and truly prepared to be made a Mason.
The candidate has no idea why this is done, except he is told that it is
necessary - the explanation must come later. The candidate is kept in a state of
profound darkness and all is calculated to confuse and bewilder him. Once the
hood-wink is placed over his eyes, he can see nothing and must rely totally on
his other senses.
Next, the candidate is conducted by the Junior Deacon to the door, where he
is caused to give, or the Junior Deacon gives, three distinct knocks, which are
answered by three from within. What goes on behind the closed door is still an
enigma to the candidate-all this for the purpose of filling him with awe and
cultivating an air of mystery. The door is then partially opened.
Senior Deacon (from behind the door) calls, "Who comes there? Who comes
there? Who comes there?"
The Junior Deacon answers, "A poor blind candidate who has long been
desirous of having and receiving a part of the rites and benefits of this
worshipful lodge, dedicated (some say erected) to God, and held forth to the
holy order of St. Johns, as all true fellows and brothers have done who have
gone this way before him."
Thus the initiation begins and the gullibility of the candidate is taxed to
its extreme in the performance of weird rituals.
During the initiation ceremony, the candidate is also required to solemnly
swear never to reveal any of the secrets of Masonry under any less penalty than
having his throat cut across, his tongue torn out by the roots and his body
buried in the rough sands of the sea. To add solemnity to this gruesome oath,
the candidate is made to kneel before an altar with both hands on the Holy
Bible. The entire program for this initiation is included in the Handbook of
Freemasonry by Ronayne available through the Ezra A. Cook Publishing Company.
Once initiated, the new brother is allowed to attend meetings of the first,
or Entered Apprentice," degree only. He is not allowed to attend or to
learn any of the secret work of the higher degrees. To attempt to do so is a
grievous sin in Masonry.
A Lodge meeting consists of three parts: The opening, the closing, and the
General Lodge business in between. The opening is an elaborate, monotonous
routine primarily concerned with excluding all but bona-fide members from the
meeting. The close, also routine and lengthy, must surely tax the patience of
Lodge members. The central portion of the meeting is concerned with Lodge
business such as lodge dues, finances, charities, passing, raising, initiating
candidates, and finally "work" in each of the first three degrees.
The first part of Lodge business is the reading of the minutes by the
secretary. The second is the reading of petitions of applicants for admission
into the fraternity, and the assigning of a committee to search into the
character of the applicant. Third order of business is the consideration of
reports made by committees assigned one month earlier to look into petitions
entered then. Fourth, is the report from standing committees.
Fifth part is the business of voting on a prospective candidate on which the
committee has reported favorably (after one month's consideration). Voting is
done by secret ballot, worked out by placing black or white balls into a box. A
white ball is a vote for admitting him, and a black ball is a vote against
admitting him. If a candidate receives only one black ball, he is rejected. The
seventh order of business is unfinished business from the last meeting. The
eighth is new business. The ninth is the work of the individual degrees. This is
work of a SECRET NATURE, and proceeds through the first three degrees.
If there is work to be done in the first degree, all remain present since all
members are of the first degree or higher. The "Worshipful Master"
simply traduces" the Lodge down to the first, or Entered Apprentice,
degree. The members then proceed to initiate the candidate.
Once finished with "work" in the first degree, all first degree
Masons are discharged because they are not allowed to see what goes on in a
higher degree. Then follows the ~ to the second, or Fellow Craft, degree. This
is done in similar fashion to the act of lowering to the first degree.
Once finished with work in this degree, the officers discharge all but Master
Masons (the officers, especially the "Worshipful Master," hold much
Finally, when the initiation of Master Masons and all other work is
completed, the Lodge goes through the elaborate "close" ceremony.
Once our candidate has become a member of the Entered Apprentice degree, he
is eligible to become a candidate for the next or Fellow Craft. Before he can do
so, however, he must master the art of giving the secret signs, pass-words, and
the examination. The part referred to as the examination is often called by
other names such as "lecture." The word examination will be used here
to keep from confusing it with the lecture delivered by the "Worshipful
Master." The examination is a ritualistic catechism of the signs, tokens,
and working tools of the degree.
There is an examination to be memorized for each of the first three degrees,
but none for the degrees beyond that. The degrees above the third or Master
degree are very recent in origin and are in actuality adoptive - the first three
originally comprising the total of Freemasonry.
Because the examination must be taught orally, a "bright" member of
the Lodge is assigned to "post" the candidate in the examination. That
means that one who has already mastered it must teach the candidate, supposedly
without the aid of written material, the whole examination. This examination is
so long that when written out it covers seven typewritten pages.
When the candidate has learned the examination of the first degree, he is
ready to apply for the Fellow Craft degree. Here he is initiated, introduced to
new "working tools," taught the new handshake, due-guard, distress
sign, secret words, and given a lecture on their symbolic meaning. Then he is
required to memorize another examination.
The same is true when he becomes a candidate for the Master Mason degree.
It is only after a man has completed the Master Mason degree that he is a
Mason in the true sense.
Before he has received the "Master's secrets," he is considered an
apprentice or learner. These secrets are drawn around a legend about a man named
Hiram Abiff, and its setting is supposed to be Solomon's Temple.
It is interesting to see what the Master's secrets are, and for those who
care to take the trouble they can be found in Ronayne's Handbook of Freemasonry.
Grand Lodge Masonry
Progress becomes easier for the candidate after he passes the first three
degrees, or the "Blue Lodge." There are no examinations to learn, and
he can take whole blocks of degrees at one time. In fact, one brother in the
Church related to me that he took all the degrees from the fourth through to the
thirty-second in four days.
In the case of the brother above, he and a group of Master Masons received
the fourth through the fourteenth degree the first day after arriving in the
city in which the Grand Lodge was located. After a night of fun and revelry (and
very little sleep), they went through the conferring of the "Chapter of
Rose Croix," which is the fifteenth through the eighteenth degrees for the
Scottish rite (Southern Jurisdiction). After another night similar to the first,
he received the Council of Kadosh, or the nineteenth through the thirtieth
Finally, on the fourth day, he received the "Consistory," or the
thirty-first and the thirty-second degrees. The fact that they received little
sleep at night seemed to be planned on the part of the officials, perhaps for
the purpose of dulling the candidate's senses during the rituals. A clear head
would seem inappropriate for receipt of these "honorable mysteries."
The brother related that he had a hard time even remaining awake.
After a man has reached the thirty-second degree, he can, if he chooses,
become a Shriner. The Shriners are probably familiar to you. They are that group
of jolly individuals who take over whole towns at convention time, wearing red
hats adorned with tassels and "sausage knives." They engage in much
celebration and revelry.
Shriners, as you probably also know, can point with pride to their hospitals
for crippled children, which open their doors to all the underprivileged, no
matter what race or creed. The Shrine is the order, above all others, which
attracts the public's attention to Masonry. As an advertisement, it is very
The Shrine, then, is a side order of the thirty-second degree. There remains
only one degree higher than the thirty-second: that is the thirty-third or
"Inspector General," which is honorary. It can only be conferred for
some act of benevolence, endeavor, or esteem far and above the line of duty. It
is usually conferred on presidents and kings and certain other dignitaries.
With this introduction we are ready to plunge into an expose' of the mystery
and deceit of Masonic philosophy and practice.
THE INNER SANCTUM
IT IS our responsibility to take these seemingly harmless proceedings and
examine them in the light of the Holy Bible. The results will be shocking.
The average member of a popular denomination would see absolutely nothing
wrong with Masonic proceedings. They appear wholesome and up-right to him; and
unless a member of God's true Church is alert, he may see nothing wrong
either-especially if that member is a new convert.
We should realize that the average Lodge member has not had the advantage of
seeing any Masonic teaching or symbol in the LIGHT of Scripture. He received all
teachings at the hand of an apparently wise and trusted leader. The leader
nearly always pointed to the Bible to prove that certain symbols are in
accordance with God's teaching. Meetings are always opened with prayer and a
Holy Bible is always open before the Lodge. To question Masonry would seem to
Who Can Be a Mason?
No place in the Bible can it be found where knowledge of the way to live
obedient and enlightened lives in service to God is limited to those over
twenty-one, who are free from physical defects, and of irreproachable manners;
nor are wives and children prevented, nor men who are unable to pay heavy dues.
God does not even keep His truth from the ears of the weak-minded; instead, they
are responsible for all that they can comprehend.
If Masons do have such truth, they would be selfish indeed to zealously
withhold it from the weak, the lame and the blind. Furthermore, they must either
be guilty of this or be liars, because they do claim that Masonry is a way to
happiness and immortality.
Swear an Oath
One of the most predominant traits that characterizes Freemasonry is its
oaths. The oath of the Apprentice given earlier is a typical example. Here the
candidate swears, without reservation, not to reveal the secrets of Masonry
under the penalty of death. He does so with both hands on the Holy Bible. In
this holy book are the words of Christ himself, "But I say unto you, swear
not at all; neither by heaven; for it is God's throne; nor by the earth; for it
is His footstool; neither by Jerusalem; for I is the city of the great King.
Neither shalt thou swear by thy head, because thou cans't not make one hair
white or black. But let your communication be, Yea, yea; Nay, nay; for
whatsoever is more than these cometh of evil" or "the evil one,"
as many translations of the Bible affirm (Matt. 5:33-37).
Do the Masons not read this? Surely they do! They insist that it refers only
to the use of profanity. They even make a pretext of keeping profanity out of
the Lodge. The Scripture shows very clearly that profanity, as well as oaths,
comes from the evil one.
One might ask, "If Masonic teaching" and morals are so high and
pure, as Masons claim, why must they be secret? Masons answer, "Because the
Bible says, 'Pure religion and undefiled force (God and the Father is this: To
visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself
unspotted from the world' (James 1.27). We Masons do take care of widows and
orphans and we do keep ourselves apart from the world by means of secrecy."
If the Mason really knows his craft he will not have to stop here. He will.
quote Matthew 5:16, "Let your light ( shine before men, that they may see
your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven."
He will be confident that every good Mason will be doing just that, and
reference you might make to the fact that his Lodge meets in secret carries on
business in secret will only reassure him that his action is according to the
Scripture. If he is of the intelligentsia he may also remind you that Christ
taught the disciples in parables to hide the meaning from the rest of the world
(see Matt. 13:13). He will give this as the reason his Lodge uses secret words
and symbols so that the uninformed will see or hear and not understand.
Even if the Mason is not well versed in Masonic teachings, he at least has
heard them and will be convinced that if the "Worshipful Master" or
some other officer were present he could refute anything said against Masonry.
Your task of showing him that Masonry is not scriptural is further
complicated by his belief that you are not enlightened if you are not a Mason
and that he should cease talking lest he reveal Masonic secrets to you and be
worthy of death. He cannot tell you Masonic teachings; and if he feels that you
are not truly familiar with them, further discussion is futile. The fact that
you question Masonic teachings is enough to convince him that you don't know
much about them.
What is the answer to all these highly convincing arguments? Can you refute
The true ministers of God's Church did not teach in secret, nor hide the fact
that they were Christians.
Paganism has always been a practice of secret and mystic rites. Masons make
no bones about the fact that it is this system which they follow. They point
with pride to the fact that most of their philosophies and symbols are borrowed
directly from them. They see no wrong in doing so. They only attempt to prove
them to be in accordance with Scripture too. This is not too hard to do if the
one to whom they are attempting to prove it is somewhat careless.
Christ spoke in parables because it was not given for the world to
understand. Why was it not given for them to understand? Verse 15 of Matthew 13
explains, "For this people's heart is waxed gross (hardened) and their ears
are dull of hearing, and their eyes they have closed."
Why would a person harden his heart, close his eyes and refuse to hear God's
laws and learn of His ways, unless he does not like them? Men have proven time
and time again that they will not follow God's way or take His plan seriously.
They will only do what they like best and try to reassure themselves that it has
Jesus knew that if He spoke plainly they would understand Him, they would
repent as before and again agree to follow God; but as before, they would fall
back into worldliness. To keep the masses from doing that and losing eternal
salvation by failing to fulfill the New Covenant, they were kept in ignorance.
It is not God's plan to save the world now. He is merely calling out some the
"first fruits." Large scale salvation is reserved for the Millennium
and Great White Throne Judgment when Christ will be here in person to supervise
and rule with a firm hand.
Do Masons know this? Is that why they use secret signs and symbols?
No! Freemasons use secret signs because their whole philosophy is centered
around giving and receiving aid from a fellow Mason to the exclusion of all
others. As stated above, they borrow this practice from the ancient pagans.
Legendary records show that ancient pagans held public and secret assemblies
in honor of their gods. The secret ceremonies and doctrines were known only to
those who had been initiated and who possessed signs and tokens by which they
were able to recognize each other. It is this practice that Freemasons copy and
very few Masons are ignorant of the fact. Pagans took advantage of the
allurement of secrecy to attract the gullible and because their lewd and
licentious practice could not bear the light of public witness.
The references to meeting places in the initiatory "work" of the
first degree of Masonry is very significant. It states, Our ancient brethren met
on high hills or low vales, (why?) the better to guard against the approach of
cowans and eavesdroppers ascending or descending." (This is not what Christ
did. He let them hear, but they could not understand because of the hardness of
But this is exactly what the pagans did-worshipping atop high hills or in the
depths of valleys! Read what God says about it in Jer. 2:20-23 and II Kings
Freemasonry uses secrecy to accomplish much the same that the ancient pagans
did. While they do not practice sexual immorality in their meeting, their
foolish eccentricities cannot bear the light of public observance, and the
gullible are attracted to their ranks by promises of secret enlightenment.
Further-more, they accomplish the exclusive nature of the Lodge by its use, and
are able to PROFITABLY exchange "brotherly love" among the initiated.
Their claim that they use secrecy to keep from being a part of "this
world" is quite absurd. Masons take an active part in government, politics,
economics, law enforcement and any other department of this world's society.
Their attempt to explain away their purpose for secrecy in this manner only
demonstrates their ignorance of what God meant when He said that we must come
out of this world and be separate.
This ignorance is due to the hardness of their hearts, and the true mysteries
of God which they claim to possess are actually hidden from them.
Christian or Pagan?
Many of our brethren are shocked when it is shown them that Masonic teachings
and practices are not as wholesome and perfect as they had been led to believe.
Ex-Masons had been introduced along with other new members to Masonic
doctrine only after careful preparation.
Their leaders took every precaution to make it look good and upright. Each
part was unveiled and explained with reverence and solemnity. The Bible, among
Christian nations, was quoted often to show divine sanction. The Lodge seemed
beyond question. It was truly a shocking awakening to some to find Lodge
teachings and practices of pagan-not Christian religion.
Some are not yet convinced that ALL Masonry is pagan even though it has been
proven that its oaths are anti-scriptural and that its secrecy is like-wise
contradictory to the Bible and pagan in origin. They reason, "If you look
hard enough, you can find a little something wrong with any organization.
Certainly the other practices and symbols with their allegoric meanings are
sanctioned by God's word!"
It is therefore necessary for us to examine other Masonic doctrine and
practice to see if they are scripturally inspired as Masons claim.
What is the Source of Their Symbols?
To prove that Masonic symbols and philosophies are borrowed from the ancient
pagans is not difficult. The Masons prove it for us! Here is part of the
official lecture for the first degree:
"The Sun and Moon," says the learned Brother Delaunay of important
Masonic symbols, "represent the two grand principles of all generations,
the active and passive, the male and the female. The Sun represents the actual
light. He pours upon the Moon his fecundating rays; both shed their light upon
their offspring, the Blazing Star, or Horus, the three form the great
Equilateral Triangle, in the center of which is the omnific letter of the
Kabalah by which creation is said to have been effected." (Morals and Dogma
of Free-masonry, by Albert Pike, pp. 13-14.)
He did not find this in the Bible! The sun and the moon are important Masonic
symbols, just as they were in the old Babylonian mysteries! This doctrine
concerning them comes from ANCIENT SUN WORSHIP. The offspring, a blazing star,
is of Egyptian origin-that same offspring which has been worshipped by pagans
for generations Cinder many different names, one of them being Horus, another
Another quotation from the same lecture adds further confirmation of these
facts. "The ornaments of a Lodge are said to be the Mosaic Pavement, the
Indented Tessel, and the Blazing Star." The Mosaic Pavement (see Figure 6).
Checkered in squares, or lozenges, is said to represent the ground floor of
Solomon's Temple. The lecturer shows clearly that Masons know that it does not.
In their own words, To find in the Blazing Star of five points an allusion to
the Divine Providence, is also fanciful; and to make it commemorative of the
Star that is said to have guided the Magi, is to give it a meaning comparatively
modern. Originally it represented Sirius, or the Dog-Star, the forerunner of the
inundation of the Nile; the God Anubis, companion of Isis in her search for the
body of Osiris, himself symbolized also by the Sun, the author of the season,
and the God of Time; Son of Isis, who was the universal nature, himself the
primitive matter, inexhaustible source of Life, spark of uncreated fire,
universal seed of all beings."
There is no question that these symbols have their origin in paganism. As
shown above, Masons prove it for us; in fact, they are proud of such an origin
because of its ANTIQUITY.
The Masonic Temple Versus
The lodge room is supposed to be a true representation of King Solomon's
temple. Since the temple built by Solomon faced east and west, the Masonic Lodge
is supposed to face east and west. The "Worshipful Master's" station
is in the east, the Senior Warden in the west, the Junior Warden in the south,
as shown in Fig. 8.
Masons further claim that their temple is symbolic of the universe, having a
cloudy canopy as its covering.
At first glance all this seems right and in accordance with the Bible. But
let's take a closer look.
God's temple (often referred to as King Solomon's temple) faces east. Why?
Because Christ's coming, at the time He enters the new temple, will be from the
east toward the west (see Matt. 24:27). The over-all account of this is found in
Ezekiel 43. "Afterward he brought me to the gate, even the gate that
looketh toward the east: And, behold, the glory of the God of Israel came from
the way of the east; and his voice was like a noise of many waters; and the
earth shined with his glory
And the glory of the Lord came into the house by way of the gate whose
prospect is toward the east. So the Spirit took me up, and brought me into the
inner court; and behold, the glory of the Lord filled the house. And I heard him
speaking unto me out of the house; and the man stood by me. And He said unto me,
'Son of man, the place of my throne, and the place of the soles of my feet,
where I will dwell in the midst of the children of Israel for ever, and my Holy
Name the house of Israel shall no more defile.'"
Now study the arrangements of the Tabernacle (Fig. 7), which is a shadow, or
type of God's throne in heaven, the general arrangement of which was reproduced
in the temple built by Solomon. Contrast it with the Masonic Lodge in Fig. 8.
While there is some similarity in form, they are exactly opposite in
arrangement. The entrance to the temple is in the east. In the Masonic Lodge it
is in the west. The Holy of Holies, where God's presence was manifest is in the
west in God's temple. The "Worshipful Master" whose seat is under the
"G" to represent "god" is in the east of the Masonic Lodge.
When we understand that the temple of God represents God's throne, we should
be able to see the symbolism of Christ as our High Priest sitting on the right
hand of God. Upon becoming spiritual Israelites, we may boldly approach that
throne through Christ, since the veil which separated the Israelites from God is
rent in two. The Gentile was not even allowed in that part of the temple and,
until this day, cannot approach God without first becoming an Israelite. This is
represented by the court of Israel being between that of the Gentile and the
Holy of Holies.
The Masonic Lodge, therefore, represents a pagan temple which symbolizes this
universe. The setting being the earth covered by a "canopy of Clouds and
the starry heavens'' where these pagans worship the sun, which they call the
father of all living; the moon which they call the mother; and all the starry
hosts of heaven. They hope to ascend into this heaven by means of a ladder which
Masons call "Jacob's Ladder," but which the pagans called by other
If one visualizes this Masonic temple in its true symbolic meaning, they see
that it is actually OUTSIDE THE TEMPLE of God as demonstrated by the placement
of the two pillars Jachin and Boaz. The only places in the Bible where these two
pillars are mentioned by name are I Kings 7:21 and II Chronicles 3:17. Here the
pillars are described as sitting in the porch of the temple with Jachin on the
right and Boaz on the left, as they would be viewed from God's throne. The
latter is borne out and made clear by the Jewish and the Revised Standard
translation of the Bible which render it as Jachin in the south and Boaz in the
Masons have these reversed by placing the pillar they call Jachin on the
right as you enter their temple and Boaz on the left.
The only way a person could pass through the pillars of the temple of God so
that Jachin was on his right and Boaz on his left would be when leaving the
temple (going away from God). On the other hand, this happens only when entering
the Masonic temple.
It follows, symbolically, that a person enters a Masonic temple by leaving
the true temple of God. Once there, he worships the sun in the east with his
back to God.
When one pictures Masons in this situation, he cannot help but remember
Ezekiel 8:15 where God points out to Ezekiel the WORST OF THE
ABOMINATIONS-"And he brought me into the inner court of the Lord's house,
and behold, at the door of the temple of the Lord, between the porch and the
altar were about five and twenty men, with their backs toward the temple of the
Lord, and their faces toward the east; and they worshipped the sun toward the
east. "This is exactly what the Masons are doing. Is it possible that the
future fulfillment of this prophecy will take place when some Jewish Masons will
be in the temple of God and will actual turn their backs on Him to worship other
Masonry Symbolized by a Ladder
The Masonic ladder, introduced to the candidate in the lecture of the first
degree as having three rounds-faith, hope and charity-is only for the novice.
Masons use other "Jacob's Ladders" with greater numbers of rounds and
with different names in the lectures of the higher degrees. One has seven rounds
and is also supposed to reach to heaven. The first round (or gate) was made of
lead and represented Saturn because of the "heavy nature" whereof his
"dull slow progress" was symbolized. The second, of tin, was that of
Venus, symbolizing her "soft splendor" and easy flexibility." The
third, of brass, was that of Jupiter, emblematic of his "solidarity"
and "dry nature." The fourth, of iron, was that of Mercury, expressing
his "indefatigable activity" and "sagacity." The fifth, of
copper, was that of Mars, expressing his "inequalities" and
"variable nature." The sixth, of silver, was that of the moon. The
seventh, of gold, that of the sun. (Morals and Dogma, p. 414.) Needless to say
this doctrine comes from the ancient pagans, and if we take its symbols
literally, it means that Masons attempt to reach heaven by means of honoring
these pagan gods and being aided by them along the way.
The candidate for the Knights Kadosh of the York Rite is made to climb up a
ladder of seven rounds which are named: (1) Tsedakah (righteousness), (2)
Shorlaban (white ox), (3) Mathok (sweetness), (4)Emunah (?), (5) Hamal (great
labor), (6) Sabbal (patience), (7) Gemulah, Binah, Tebunah (retribution,
intelligence, prudence). This ladder is borrowed from an ancient pagan one
containing nine steps but was made to conform to the system of sevens by
including the last three in the seventh round.
The ancient pagans believed that they could, by perfecting themselves through
practicing virtues, "proceed step by step" up the ladder of life. Each
rung represents a higher state of existence than the one below. By diligent
effort one could finally become like the god who abode in the sun and share his
glory. That is why the last rung is often symbolized by the sun. This is a
diabolical counterfeit of God's plan of salvation.
Figure 9 is an interesting example of how Masons adapt these ladders to their
need. They have selected a ladder of nine rounds and renamed three principal
rounds faith, hope and charity." "FREEMASONRY ITSELF IS SYMBOLIZED BY
A LADDER OR CIRCULAR STAIRWAY OF 32 STEPS OR DEGREES:' It is also supposed to be
the means by which Masons symbolically climb to heaven. Through it they are
supposed to perfect themselves, degree by degree, until they are worthy of
eternal life in heaven.
"Worshipful Master" is a title that belongs only to God. To call
the presiding officer of a Lodge by that title is putting God's name to a wrong
This is not the only way in which the master of the Lodge usurps that which
is God's. He is literally supposed to stand in the place of God when he stations
himself under the letter "G" in the lodge room. His station supposedly
represents the Holy of Holies or the throne of God. His actions while in this
office are also significant. Few candidates catch on when he asks them during
initiation, "In whom do you
Your trust?" The answer is "In but God." Then the master says,
"Give ME your right hand. Your trust being in God, your faith is well
Follow your conductor, and fear no danger."
By such words and actions, does not the master imply that the candidate is
also to trust him? Then he must consider himself either an agent of God or
actually standing in the place of God! Certainly he does! But, let us look into
another official Masonic work to see which is the god in whose office the master
The General History, Cyclopedia and Dictionary of Freemasonry makes these
statements in its reference to the sun: "The sun rises in the east, and the
east is the place of the Worshipful Master. As the sun is the source of all life
and warmth, so should the Worshipful Master enliven and warm the brethren in
This is even made clearer in the ceremony of the first degree when the Senior
Warden informs the candidate "as the sun rises in the East to open and
govern the day, so rises the Worshipful Master in the East (here the
"Worshipful Master" rises to his feet in demonstration) to open and
govern his Lodge…"
Can anything be plainer? He stands in the office of the Sun god!
Is Masonry a Religion?
Much of the conflicting thought in any controversy is erased when the parties
involved define the terms they use. All people do not attach the same meaning to
a given word. The word religion conveys more than one meaning. Webster's
unabridged dictionary lists six related but different definitions for religion.
One of them is, "Devotion or fidelity; conscientiousness." We are
aware that true religion teaches a WAY TO LIVE useful, happy and purposeful
lives through obedience to God's laws.
Enough evidence has already been presented to prove beyond a doubt That,
according to either definition, Freemasonry is a religion, but a false one. It
teaches a way of life which is supposed to guide one's path toward heaven. It
claims to be a ladder of thirty-two steps which provides the way to some Utopia.
Most of the prominent Masonic writers call Masonry a religion, yet we find many
Masons in America who deny this.
As one man stated it in a recent article of the official Scottish Rite
magazine, "He who truly understands Freemasonry knows that it is a moral
philosophy, and not a religion." (V. N. Burrows, 32nd degree, K.C.C.H.,
"The Moral Duty of a Mason," The New Age, 63:6, June, 1955.)
Can the two be distinguished? What is the real answer?
The belief that Masonry is not a religion is supported by a statement in
Morals and Dogma (Pike, p. 6): "Though Masonry never usurps the place of,
nor apes religion, prayer is an essential part of our ceremonies." Here
Masons use the word religion to mean DENOMINATION, or one of the systems of
faith and worship whose main purpose is teaching about God. They claim that
Masonry does not require its members to have any one creed, but rather that each
be bound by a "moral law" (of brotherly love) in accordance with his
own religious philosophy.
Masons take pride in the fact that men of all denominations dwell together in
their Lodge. They teach that their theistic doctrine is a broad over-all
doctrine that includes all denominations and creeds within its framework.
They therefore look upon themselves, not as an organization dedicated to
teach any form of worship, but as a fraternity of "brethren" dedicated
to help one another in a Masonic version of "brotherly love."
According to Albert Pike,
"Once enrolled among the children of Light, every Mason on earth becomes
his brother, and owes him the duties, the kindnesses, and the sympathies of a
brother. There is not a Mason in the world who is not bound to go to his
brother's relief when he is in danger, if there be a greater probability of
saving his life than of losing his own. What so many thousands owe to him, he
owes to each of them. He has solemnly bound himself to be ever ready to
discharge this sacred debt. If he fails to do it, he is dishonest and
forsworn." when we understand the Masonic view, we should be able to see
why Masonry does not want to be classed among the religions, or denominations,
but pictures itself as encompassing them within the "brotherhood." If
the "brotherhood" should grow to encompass the whole earth, then would
be the fulfillment of the Masonic ideal-the philosophy known as "The
Brotherhood of Man and the Fatherhood of God."
From this viewpoint leaders of the Lodge in guiding the
"brotherhood," picture themselves as something like scientists who are
seeking to understand and explain the way, purpose and result of life in this
chaotic civilization. This civilization Masonry pictures as being not chaotic,
but harmonious and beautiful by virtue of its variations and conflicts which, to
them, have the result of complementing one another. For example, sin in their
view complements righteousness and hate complements love in the same way that
opposite colors accent and complement one another.
Even though this encompassing view of Masonry does include many 'religions
within itself, it is nevertheless a way of life, and therefore a religion. With
this usage of the word, Masonry will admit being a religion, and many of its
proponents define it as such, but it does not want to be classed as just another
religious denomination or creed!
Separation of Church and State
Masonry is emphatic in its teaching that the church and state should be
separate. This stand is surprising until you understand what is meant. In every
way it is obviously a religion; and since a church is merely a congregation of
people banded together by a common cause, they are technically a church. Even
the building in which the Lodge is located is called a temple! Most such
buildings have "Masonic Temple" written above their entrance.
Furthermore, we find Masons taking a very active part in politics and
government. In some countries they even run the government. It does not seem
reasonable that they should believe in separation of church and state.
Basically what Masons mean by the phrase, separation of church and state, is
that they do not want the Catholic Church ruling over the state in which they
reside. Catholicism and Freemasonry are mortal enemies. Catholics have
excommunicated all who are Masons, and declared them anathema. If it were in the
power of the Catholic Church to do so, it would have Masonry abolished.
Catholicism has succeeded in driving Masonry from some countries. Masons who
reside in countries where Catholicism is weak do all they can to cause it to
remain weak. Theirs is basically a fight for power.
If the Catholics' claim that they have the divine right to rule over nations
and kingdoms were accomplished, where would that leave Freemasonry?
Is there any wonder that these two should be mortal enemies since each tries
to control, or at least influence the government of the country in which it
The Real Secrets of Masonry
Much has been said about the REAL SECRETS of Masonry. Masons are perhaps in
as much disagreement as to what these secrets are as anyone else. One noted
Masonic writer states: "The only secret of Masonry is that enjoined upon
its apprentices which exists solely in the obligation to observe silence
regarding the various signs of recognition and certain customs." (Lennhoff,
p. 18.) There is much truth in the statement because most Masons are only
interested in the social and economic advantages gained from the Lodge. They do
not become enlightened in the deeper secrets because they are not interested in
them. Lennhoff's book is obviously evasive however. It is written primarily for
public consumption. It is not a secret work of Freemasonry.
Other writers claim that there are no REAL secrets in Masonry because any or
all of their secret signs, handshakes, due-guards, morals, symbols,
philosophies, dogmas, and customs have been published, and can be purchased from
the bookstores. This is also true The only catch is, most people do not know
what to look for, or what it means when they find it!
Those Masons who do search for deeper secrets in the Craft usually point to
the dogma and morals underlying the Masonic symbols as their secret. The
philosophical principles "veiled in beautiful allegories which hide them
from the general public" are an empty secret indeed. They are nothing more
than the secrets of the ancient mysteries. Even when explained they remain a
confusing mass of unrelated pagan morals. Other, more intellectual members, try
to fathom their depths in quest of a deeper, underlying principle on which the
secret of life rests. As those who understand the purpose of life will agree,
they are doomed to failure. Paganism, no matter how lofty its claims or how
beautiful its symbols might appear, is not the true way of life. It is the way
of darkness and death.
To demonstrate the futility of that effort and the worthlessness of its empty
findings we quote a noted Masonic writer. His name is Oliver. His book,
Theocratic Philosophy . . . "Masons may be fifty years (Worshipful) Masters
of the chair and yet not learn the secret of the Brotherhood. This secret is, in
its own nature, invulnerable; for the Mason, to whom it has become known, can
only have guessed it and certainly not have received it from anyone; he has
discovered it because he has been in the Lodge marked, learned and inwardly
digested. When he arrives at the discovery, he unquestionably keeps it to
himself, not communicating it even to his most intimate Brother, because, should
this person not have capability to discover it of himself, he would likewise be
wanting in the capability to use it, if he received it verbally. For this reason
IT WILL FOREVER REMAIN A SECRET." (Lennhoff, pg. 19-20.) The keeping of
such an august secret from even your closest brother seems foolish indeed.
Lennhoff finds excuse for this action because, as he says, "the mob
fastens on to the heels of the proclaimers and only too often tread underfoot
what has been the philosopher's highest ideal."
The fact that the brother should never pass his secret to another insures two
things: the sublime secret won't bear the light of inspection, and that secret
will be DIFFERENT for each Mason.
One man, Wilmshurst, felt that he saw the deeper meaning of Masonry and broke
silence to go from Lodge to Lodge teaching it to brother Masons. His lectures
have been published under the title, The Meaning of Masonry. In them he shows
that his great secret is the answer to "three great questions" which
he says press inexorably upon the attention of every thoughtful man and are the
subject around which all religions and all philosophies move: "What am
I?" "Whence came I?" "Whither go I?"'
He further states, "It is a truism to say that in our quiet and more
serious moments we all feel the need of some reliable answer to these questions
The Masonic candidate is presumed to enter the Order in search of light upon
these problems; light that he is presumed not to have succeeded in finding
In his course of lectures Wilmshurst gave his answers to these three
questions. His answers are essentially these:
(1) Man is an immortal soul that is evolving spiritually toward perfection;
(2) He existed in a higher state before he was born into this world but he
lost something which left him in this lower state; (3) He will again attain that
higher state of existence after death, provided he continues to perfect himself.
These "secrets of life" are not taken from the word of God recorded
in the Holy Bible, but from the same pagan sources from which the other Masonic
secrets are borrowed. Neither are they new, because the "ancients"
believed and taught them thousands of years ago.
In Wilmshurst's words, "this-the evolution of man into superman-was
always the purpose of the ancient Mysteries, and the real purpose of modern
Masonry is, not the social and charitable purposes to which so much attention is
paid, but the expediting of the spiritual evolution of those who aspire to
perfect their own nature and transform it into a more god-like quality. And this
is a definite science, and a royal art, which it is possible for each of us to
put into practice; whilst to join the Craft for any other purpose than to study
and pursue this science is to misunderstand its meaning." (Wilmshurst,
This is, of course, not the true answer to life's questions as revealed by
the Bible. Adam was created by God and given the same choice which you and I
face today: Obedience, and life or disobedience, and death. Adam, just as you
and I, had no immortal soul; and, as you and I, he grew old and died. God would
have raised him to immortality; however, he chose the way of disobedience and
God left him to its reward- death. Thereby Adam set the example of disobedience
which mankind has followed ever since (see Rom. 5:14-15). Brethren you and I
should turn from that example and follow Christ's example of obedience to God
that our reward might be life through the resurrection.
Wilmshurst sees that there is something missing in man that he was supposed
to have had before the fall. He says that in our pensive moments we are aware
that there is something missing in us.
Truly there is a very important thing missing in every one of us until we are
converted. You and I know it is the Spirit of God which we must have if we are
to overcome and grow in the ways of God.
Wilmshurst, of course, did not come to this answer, Following the
philosophies and symbols of the ancient pagans he looked for a mysterious,
magical something which only the secretly informed could know. This mysterious
something, he came to believe, was the genuine secrets of the Master Mason.
These secrets are all connected wit an ancient legend which Masons call
"The Legend of Hiram Abiff."
I will not embarrass ex-Masons of our Church brethren by exposing the
absurdity of the "secret rites" connected with this legend. Let it
suffice to say that they are merely a ritualistic acting- out of the legend in
which certain passwords, distress signs, grips etc. are introduced and
demonstrated. The Masons then learn these secret tokens and use them to identify
themselves and convey certain information to one another in everyday life.
The candidate, without any attempt at rehearsal, is required to act out the
role of the ancient Grand Master of Masonry, Hiram Abiff. This is not difficult
because the role consists mainly of supposedly being killed and playing dead
while he is moved here and there by Lodge members.
Hiram Abiff, the hero of the legend, was supposedly murdered by the Fellow
Crafts, fifteen of whom entered into a conspiracy to extort the secrets of a
Master Mason from him, or take his life. But reflecting with horror on the
atrocity of the intended crime, twelve of them recanted; the other three,
however, persisted in their murderous design.
The fantastic legend, as the "Worshipful Master" recites it to the
candidates, is as follows:
Chief Masonic Legend
"Our Grand Master, Hiram Abiff, was slain at high twelve while the craft
were called from labor to refreshment. It being his custom at that hour to enter
into the unfinished 'sanctum sanctorum' or 'Holy of Holies' of the temple, there
to offer up his devotion to the Deity and draw his designs on the trestle-board.
The three Fellow Crafts who persisted in their murderous design knowing this
to be his usual practice placed themselves at the South, West and East gates of
the inner court of the temple and there awaited his return. Our Grand Master,
Hiram Abiff, having finished his usual exercises was about to retire by the
South gate, where he was accosted by the first ruffian, who thrice demanded of
him the secrets of a Master Mason or Master's word and on his refusal he gave
him a blow with the twenty-four-inch gauge across his throat after which he fled
and attempted to pass out of the West gate where he was in like manner accosted
by the second, who thrice demanded of him the secrets of a Master Mason or the
Master's word, and in a like refusal he gave him a blow with a square across his
breast. Whereupon he fled and attempted to escape by the East gate where he was
likewise accosted by the third, who thrice demanded of him the secrets of a
Master Mason or the Master's word, and on a similar refusal he gave him a
violent blow with a setting maul on his forehead which felled him dead on the
"They then buried the body in the rubbish of the temple until low twelve
or twelve at night, when they met by appointments and conveyed it a westerly
course from the temple to the brow of a hill west of Mount Moriah, where they
had been and dug a grave due East and West, six feet perpendicular, and there
buried it. In the head of the grave they planted an acacia to conceal it and
that the place might be known, should occasion ever require, and made their
"Our Grand Master, Hiram Abiff, was found to be missing on the day
following, from there being no designs on the trestle-board. King Solomon being
informed thereof, at first supposed him to be indisposed, and ordered strict
search and due inquiry to be made for him in and about the several apartments of
the temple. Strict search and due inquiry were accordingly made, but he could
not be found. King Solomon then fearing that some fatal accident had befallen
him ordered the several rolls of the workmen to be called.
"At roll-call three Fellow Crafts were found to be missing, namely,
Jubela, Jubelo, and Jubelum, who from the similarity of their names were
supposed to be brethren and men of Tyre.
"At this time the twelve Fellow Crafts who had recanted from their
murderous designs appeared before King Solomon, clad in white gloves and aprons,
in token of their innocence, acknowledged their premeditated guilt and most
humbly implored his pardon. King Solomon then ordered the twelve Fellow Crafts
to divide themselves in parties and travel three East, three West, three North
and three South (with others whom he should appoint), in search of the ruffians
and return not without tidings. They traveled and at the point while pursuing a
westerly course coming down near the port of Joppa, they fell in with a
wayfaring man of whom they enquired if he had seen any strangers pass that way.
He informed them that he had, three, who from their appearance were workmen from
the temple and men of Tyre seeking a passage into Ethiopia, but not having King
Solomon's pass could not obtain a passage and turned back into the country. They
returned and reported this intelligence to King Solomon, who ordered them to
disguise themselves and travel as before with positive injunctions to find the
ruffians and with positive assurance that if they did not the twelve Fellow
Crafts should be deemed the murderers and severally suffer for the crime
committed. They traveled and as the party which pursued a westerly course a
second time were returning after several days fruitless search, one brother
being more weary than the rest sat down at the brow of a hill west of Mount
Moriah to rest and refresh himself.
"On attempting to arise he accidentally caught hold of an acacia which
easily giving way excited his curiosity, whereupon he hailed his companions, and
on their return and examination, they found the appearance of a newly made
grave. While meditating on this singular circumstance they heard the following
horrid exclamations from the clefts of an adjacent rock. The first was the voice
of Jubela, who exclaimed, 'Oh, that my throat had been cut across, my tongue
torn out by its roots and buried in the rough sands of the sea at low water
mark, where the tide ebbs and flows twice in twenty-four hours, ere I had been
accessory to the death of so great a man as our Grand Master, Hiram Abiff!' The
second was the voice of Jubelo, who exclaimed, 'Oh, that my left breast had been
torn open, my heart plucked out and given as a prey to the beasts of the fields
and the fowls of the air, ere I had consented to the death of so good a man as
our Grand Master, Hiram Abiff!' The third was the voice of Jubelum, who
exclaimed in tones of greater horror than the others, 'Oh, that my body had been
severed in twain, my bowels taken from thence and burned to ashes and the ashes
scattered to the four winds of heaven, so that no trace or remembrance might be
had of so vile and perjured a wretch as I, ere I had caused the death of so
great and so good a man as our Grand Master, Hiram Abiff! Ah, Jubela and Jubelo,
it is I who am more guilty than you both; it was I who gave the fatal blow, it
was I who killed him! whereupon they rushed in, seized and bound them and took
them before King Solomon, who, after a due confession of their guilt ordered
them to be taken without the gates of the city and there executed according to
their several imprecations, in the clefts of the rock. They were taken out and
The Legend Continues
"King Solomon then ordered that the twelve Fellow Crafts go in search of
the body of our Grand Master, Hiram Abiff, and if found to observe whether the
Master's word, or a key to it or anything appertaining to the Master's degree
were on or about it. The body of our Grand Master, Hiram Abiff, was found in a
westerly course from the temple in a grave dug due East and West six feet
perpendicular, in the brow of a hill where our weary brother sat down to rest
and refresh himself. Nothing was found but the jewel of his office by which the
body was designated. King Solomon then ordered the twelve Fellow Crafts to go
and assist in raising the body, and as the Master's word was then lost, it was
agreed between himself and Hiram, King of Tyre, that the first sign given on
arriving at the grave and the first word spoken after the body should be raised,
should be adopted as the sign and word for the regulation of all Master's Lodges
until future generations should find out the right word.
"On repairing to the grave King Solomon ordered one of the Fellow Crafts
to take the body by the Entered Apprentice's grip (one of the secret Masonic
handshakes) and see if it could be raised, but owing to the high state of
putrefaction the body having been dead already fifteen days, the skin slipped
and it could not be so raised. King Solomon then requested Hiram, King of Tyre,
to take the body by the Fellow Craft grip and see if it could be raised, but
owing to the reasons already assigned the flesh cleaved from the bone and it
could not be so raised. King Solomon at length took the body by the strong grip
of a Master Mason, or the 'Lion's Paw' and raised it on the five points of
Fellowship, which have already been explained to you (the candidate). They then
conveyed it back to the temple from which it was buried in due form."
All of this the "Worshipful Master" recites with great solemnity
and the gullible candidate listens in awe. Then the "Worshipful
"The body of our Grand Master, Hiram Abiff, was buried three times:
first, in the rubbish of the temple, second, on the brow of a hill west of Mount
Moriah, and third, and last time without the gates of the city, as near the
unfinished 'sanctum sanctorum' or 'Holy of Holies' as the Jewish law would
permit; and Masonic tradition informs us that they erected to his memory a
marble monument, consisting of a beautiful virgin weeping over a broken column
[see Fig. 10], before her a book open, in her right hand a sprig of acacia, in
her left an Urn and Time behind her, standing unfolding her ringlets and
counting her hair.
"The beautiful virgin weeping over the broken column, denotes the
unfinished temple and the untimely death of our Grand Master, Hiram Abiff.
"The Book open before her, that his virtues there lay on perpetual
"The sprig of acacia in her right hand denotes the timely discovery of
"The Urn in her left, that his ashes were there safely deposited to
perpetuate the remembrance of the amiable, distinguished and exemplary
"And Time behind her, standing unfolding her ringlets and counting her
hair, that time, patience and perseverance will accomplish all things."
The Master points to each of the above emblems on the chart as he proceeds
with his explanation. All the foregoing, it will be observed is a rehearsal of
the Temple Legend, and is of course esoteric or secret work and must be learned
orally from the Grand Lecturer or other lawfully constituted teacher.
Counterfeit of Christ's Sacrifice
Wilmshurst pictured Hiram Abiff as the symbol of Christ, and his death as the
portrayal of Christ's death and resurrection. The Mason, when he dies, says
Wilmshurst, will be raised to heaven by Christ with the strong grip of the
Wilmshurst's philosophies are widely accepted in the modern
"Christian" Lodges of America. Anyone familiar with the teachings of
the popular denominations can readily see where such a philosophy is congruous
with traditional "Christian doctrine" on the subject. Consequently,
after hearing this explanation, few consciences are disturbed as Masons act out
this legend again and again, each time a new member undergoes the initiation of
the third degree.
But, is that really what is pictured by the Legend? Christ was not secretly
murdered by three ruffians. His body did not decompose (Acts 2:27), and He was
not raised back to life by the "strong grip of a Master Mason."
There is a more revealing answer! Let us compare the main points of the
legend of Hiram Abiff, with the chief legend of the Ancient Mysteries.
Hiram Abiff is Nimrod!
This legend stems from the exploits of Nimrod, a son of Cush, described in
Genesis 10:8-10 as a mighty hunter and ruler.
In organizing the people under his rule, Nimrod usurped one of the
prerogatives of God, because God is the creator and sustainer of all the
universe, and thereby its rightful ruler.
Alexander Hislop in The Two Babylons gives some of the reasons for Nimrod's
fame. On page 52, he writes that all tradition, from the earliest time, bears
testimony to the apostasy of Nimrod and to his success in leading men away from
the patriarchal faith. He delivered their minds from the awe of God and the fear
of the judgments of heaven. Hislop showed also (p.50) that Nimrod was the object
of high popularity, and through setting himself up as king, invaded the
patriarchal system and curtailed the liberties of mankind. Yet, Nimrod was
considered a hero and liberator to all his followers. No doubt it was because he
"freed" them from following the way of God by giving them a
counterfeit way-one which allowed them to follow their own lustful imaginations.
Scripture does not reveal how Nimrod died, but all ancient traditions show
that he came to a violent and early end!
"Now," says Hislop on page 57, "when this mighty hero, in the
midst of his career of glory, was suddenly cut off by a violent death, great
seems to have been the shock that the catastrophe occasioned. When the news
spread abroad the devotees of pleasure felt as if the best benefactor of mankind
were gone . . . Then began the weeping for Tammuz (identified as Nimrod) in the
guilt of which the daughters of Israel allowed themselves to be implicated
Doctrine of Trinity Conceived
Nimrod's wife, Semiramis, apparently wasted no time in influencing the people
to begin worshipping him as a god. It was claimed that the parts of the
mutilated body were found and put together again and that Nimrod was
resurrected; that he ascended up into the heavens and dwelt with the gods. The
sun was adopted as his symbol picturing his being overcome at night, and rising
again the next day.
As time and imagination continued he became accredited as being the light
bringer, sustainer of life, and judge of the living and the dead.
Semiramis, in her exalted position as wife of this mighty king who became
god, played an important role in the new religion. She became the mother of a
child which she claimed was the son of this god. And as time passed, all three
were deified. In later years the son became confused with his father and the
worship of one was attributed to the other, giving occasion for this goddess'
having been worshiped as both wife and mother. This was the origin of what came
to be called the "Blessed Trinity": the father, the mother (holy
ghost) and the son.
This is a diabolical counterfeit of God's plan of salvation for mankind as
revealed in the Holy Bible, which plan God undoubtedly made known to the
patriarchs with whom "He walked" (Gen. 6:9). With the knowledge of
this plan, mankind, under Satan's inspiration, took matters into its own hands
instead of waiting on the salvation of the Lord. Thus, the "Ancient
Mysteries" began to evolve. While similarities exist between this
counterfeit system and God's plan for the salvation of mankind, it should not be
overlooked that important differences do occur. One of these is that the son,
not the father, was resurrected back to life.
After the dividing of languages at the tower of Babel (Gen. 11:1-9), and the
scattering of the nations, the names of these deified persons were changed and
the legends about them grew in de-tail in each nation. New and different feats,
characteristic of the nation in which they developed, were attributed to them
and more symbols were adopted to picture these feats.
Furthermore, the adoption of new gods did not end with these three. Other
gods and goddesses continued to be created in human imaginations. Today, any
study of pagan beliefs and customs is made extremely difficult by this great
confusion. An accurate description of the worship and doctrine about any one of
these gods would have to be limited not only to the nation, but to the locality
and sect within that nation and the year of its occurrence, because every-thing
was constantly changing. Yet, through it all, the central theme which deifies
the person of Nimrod, Semiramis and her illegitimate son was retained in
practically all ages and nations. It is the chief tenet of all the "Ancient
Masonic Symbols Adopted from
Freemasonry borrowed most of its symbols from the ancient Egyptian system. To
be consistent with this fact, and also to reduce confusion, we shall compare the
legend of Hiram Abifi with the central legend of the Ancient Mysteries as they
were observed in Egypt. Here the gods were called Osiris, Isis, and Horus.
From Webster's Dictionary caption "Osiris," we read that Osiris is
said to have been a wise and beneficent king of Egypt (i.e., Nimrod was king
before the languages were confounded and the nations were formed. Each nation
claims him to be its founder or king and its god, but each under a different
Osiris, with the aid of Isis, taught his subjects agriculture and all the
arts and crafts, conquering the rest of the world to civilize it. His brother
Seth (whom Greeks called Typhon) treacherously murdered him, and cast the coffin
containing his body into the River Nile. Drifting away to Byblos, it was
discovered by Isis and taken back to Egypt. Seth again found the corpse, and
cutting it in pieces, he cast them into the Nile -but Isis found them (more
thorough accounts of the legend show that all but one part was found, the
genital organ, for which she substituted the "Phallus"). Then came
Horus to avenge his father Osiris, and the gods justifying Osiris, restored his
body to life and immortality. This death and resurrection was symbolized daily
by the setting and rising of the sun, and also yearly by the seasons during
which the sun recedes until the winter solstice, then begins to be slowly
"resurrected back to life." Seth (or Typhon) was the symbol of winter
which destroys the fecundating and fertilizing powers of the sun, depriving him
of life. When Seth was killed by Horus, the sun began to climb higher in the
sky, as if being resurrected by the gods. It was a time for rejoicing. This
custom of rejoicing at the time of the winter solstice has continued to our
present day when people who call themselves Christians celebrate this pagan
custom thinking they celebrate Christ's birth.
When we examine the legend of Hiram Abiff we find that he possessed the
valuable Master's Word, a badge of highest authority, just as Osiris (or Nimrod)
possessed a kingdom and was an enlightened one.
There was also conspiracy against Hiram just as there was against Osiris.
Hiram, like Osiris, was attacked and killed, and this at the hand of a brother.
The body was buried twice, not in the waters of the Nile, since this is
identified only with Egypt, but in a more appropriate place under the rubble of
the temple and later under an acacia tree. It was also discovered twice by the
Fellow Crafts, this time not just as Isis discovered Osiris's body, but in a
more "convenient" method for Freemasonry.
As the legend says that Seth was killed for his crime by Horus, so were the
ruffian murderers of Abiff killed by the Fellow Craft. A new twist is given the
Masonic legend, however, for each ruffian is killed in a different manner
be-fitting the degree of his crimes. The methods of death represent the
penalties a Mason promises and swears to pay if he reveals the secrets of the
first three degrees. (i.e., in the initiation of the First degree the candidate
swears to pay the same penalty as the first ruffian paid if he reveals Entered
In the initiation of the Second degree the candidate swears to keep the
secrets under penalty of the same death that the second ruffian suffered, etc.
When Isis found Osiris's body one part was lost-the genital organ. When the
Fellow Craft finds Hiram's body one part also is lost-the Master's Word. Isis
substituted the Phallus; Masons substitute Mah-hah-bone. From Masonic writings
Masonry Defined, pg. 643, 608, Mah-hah means literally, "What is this
the"-and bone, coming from the Hebrew word boneh, means
"builder." Mah-hah-bone then means, "What is this the
In all appearances the "Master's Word" in Masonry symbolizes the
same creative force that the phallus does; both are pagan symbols for the
creator of life.
Meaning of Term "Hiram Abiff"
Even the name "Hiram Abiff" is significant. Hiram it literally
"most noble" and is therefore a title. Abiff, according to Masons,
means "his father"; so the complete translation of the title is, most
noble, his father." Who could this refer to other than Osiris, father of
Is this pagan explanation of the mystery of life" contained in the
symbolic legend of Hiram Abiff the ultimate of all the "genuine
secrets" of Masonry?
For some it is! Others prefer the Romanized version of the same fairytale.
But for those Masons, bright enough to have their faith in this world's
"Christendom" shaken by observing its parallelism with the ancient
pagan mysteries, the Lodge has one more super secret.
Most Coveted Reward
All through thirty-two degrees the Mason was promised a reward to be received
at the top of the toilsome "winding stairs." Not money, nor corn, nor
wine, nor oil. All these are but symbols. His wages were to be Masonic truth.
This truth is one of the most concealed doctrines of the "science of
Masonic symbolism." This most coveted and costly Masonic reward,
"desired by the many, attained by the few;' the object of many years
diligent preparation, is at last fully realized. It is the humiliating admission
that Masons must always search for truth but never find it! In their official
words, Machey, Masonry Defined, p. 561, "This divine truth, the object of
all his labors, is symbolized by the Word, and this is intended to teach the
humiliating but necessary lesson that the knowledge of the nature of God and of
man's relation to Him, which knowledge constitutes divine truth, can never be
acquired in this life."
Thus, in one fell swoop, Masonry abolishes all pretext of encouraging its
members to believe in the Holy Scriptures upon which it claims to base its
allegories and upon which its oaths are administered. By this final secret they
confirm what was always implied in the Lodge-that the way of life revealed in
the Bible and God's plan of salvation outlined in it are lies-that man cannot
know God nor understand his relation-ship to Him.
WHAT IGNORANCE! "Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him
not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and
their foolish heart was darkened. Professing themselves to be wise, they became
fools" (Rom. 1:21-22).
HISTORY OF MASONRY
WHERE did Masonry originate? Some say Solomon originated it, others say
Moses. Can this be true? Here is the shocking answer from the writings of the
Masons themselves! Masons place much stress on the statement that
"Freemasonry is both honorable and ancient." But when we search into
the recorded history of the Lodge, the picture is somewhat confused, and one is
not overly impressed with either its honor or its age.
"The precise origin of the society has yet to be ascertained," says
the Encyclopaedia Britannica, "and is not likely to be, as the early
records are lost."
Nevertheless, much has been written to justify the claim of its antiquity and
honorable character. Some writings are based upon actual records which date back
to the sixteenth century, but most have served only to amuse or repel inquirers.
The earliest work on the subject was published in London in 1723 by the
Rev." James Anderson, and it states: "Grand Master Moses often
marshalled the Israelites into a regular and general Lodge while in the
wilderness ... King Solomon was Grand Master of the Lodge at Jerusalem . . .
Nebuchadnezzar be-came the Grand Master Mason." Many more similar
absurdities are to be found in its pages. These statements are quoted and
declared absurd, ridiculous, and extravagant by no less authority than the
Encyclopaedia Britannica (see "Freemasonry," p.732). Undaunted, Masons
continue to make such claims, and many members of the Lodge believe them
Other "appeals to antiquity" written during the eighteenth and
nineteenth centuries and offered in abbreviated form by the Encyclopedia
Americana(under "Masonic Fraternity," p. 348) are (a) that the history
of the race was the story of Masonry, beginning with the migration from the
Garden of Eden; (b) that Freemasonry sprang from the Patriarchal period; (c)
that the society was the successor of the ancient mysteries of the Orient; (d)
that the temple of Solomon was its cradle; (e) that the Crusaders and the
Knights Templar carried it forward from their times; (f) that the Roman colleges
of artificers and builders of the Middle Ages handed down the craft to
When we examine the form and ceremony of Freemasonry, we find a marked
resemblance between it and the old guild systems which flourished in Europe at
the time Freemasonry came into existence. These guilds played an important part
in the social, religious, and political life. They, in turn, were patterned
after the earlier Roman guilds or fraternities. The Roman guilds seem to have
been chiefly religious and political societies, while the associations of
workmen known as the Roman colleges of artificers were hereditary castes
enjoying certain privileges and bound to certain duties-Encyclopedia Americana,
caption, "Guild." Even these Roman guilds and colleges are not the
oldest forms of such societies, but seem to be a connecting link between ancient
pagan societies and the more modern ones.
Freemasonry is merely a modern fraternity carrying on the outward form of
these ancient societies. One did not necessarily develop into the other, but
each has had a part in maintaining the early pagan doctrines and social
practices. Some of the practices commonly found among them are: oaths of
admission, strict requirements for admission and continued membership, special
privileges for the initiates which are zealously protected from outsiders,
closed meetings for members which are often of social and religious nature,
tokens and secret signs by which they recognize one another, and mutual
assistance among members in time of need.
Since these practices are so common to Freemasonry, and since Freemasonry, as
we know it, apparently came into being at the time the guilds were going out of
style, the Lodge has obviously borrowed their structure. It is a convenient
framework in which to conceal the practice of the ANCIFNT MYSTERIES.
It was not until 1717 A.D. that the Mother Grand Lodge of England was formed.
This central lodge was established in order that there might be central
authority and standardization of practice. The smaller local lodges might have
existed for several centuries prior to the establishment of this Mother Grand
Lodge. Shortly after the local lodges became organized into grand lodges,
Freemasonry came into the contempt of the Roman Church.
Offended Roman Church
Their independent attitude toward church authority, which had supported the
earlier guilds, undoubtedly brought about the schism. The Old Charges of Masonry
written about 1738 states: "In ancient times the Christian Masons were
charged to comply with the Christian (Roman Catholic) usage's of each country
where they traveled and worked: but Masonry being found in all nations, even of
diverse religions, is now generally charged to adhere to that religion which all
This attitude, along with the threat it imposed, infuriated the Roman Church.
Forbidding loyal Catholics to join Masonic ranks was not enough, for to do so
cut off its source of information, and the Catholic Church no longer knew what
went on behind Masonic doors. Lodges could then be a real threat to Catholic
supremacy and could become foreign outposts in Catholic countries. In 1738, the
same year that the Masonic charge was written, Pope Clement XII issued a Bull of
excommunication entitled, The Condemnation of the Society of Conventicles de
Liberi Muratori ,or of the Freemasons.
The reasons for the condemnation are printed in the Catholic Encyclopedia
under the caption, "Masonry," and repeated in abbreviated form in a
booklet entitled, May Catholics Be Masons?, as follows:
(1) "Freemasonry has peculiar Unsectarian, naturalistic character, by
which theoretically and practically it undermines the Christian faith (or
Catholic faith) . . . creating religious indifferentism and contempt for
orthodoxy and ecclesiastical authority.
(2) "The inscrutable secrecy, and the oaths of secrecy and fidelity of
Masonry and Masonic work, cannot be justified in their scope, their object, or
their form, and cannot, therefore, induce any obligation.
(3) "Such societies involve a grave danger for the security and
tranquility of the state and for the spiritual health of souls."
From the time of Clement XII, seven supreme pontiffs of the Catholic Church
have repeated the condemnation of Freemasonry for substantially the same
reasons. This accounts for the enmity between the two organizations.
There may very likely have been another more important reason for the
Catholic action which the Pope would not dare mention. The Masonic devotion
toward searching out the ancient mysteries makes him immediately aware of the
great similarity between these Catholic mysteries and that of the Ancients.
Rome could not afford to encourage such an open exposure of the source of her
doctrine. Her symbols of crosses, circles, trinities, holidays and statues
together with her customs stand as stark reminders that her doctrine did not
begin with Christ, Peter or any of the apostles. Instead, they were in common
usage for centuries before Christ was born and stood condemned in both old and
new testaments. Rome could not afford to have their origin and meaning revealed
outside her most private chambers.
Modern Masonic History
Soon after the formation of the Mother Grand Lodge in England in 1717, grand
lodges were set up in Ireland, 1725, and in Scotland, 1736. These lodges became
the centers of Masonry and began to establish other grand lodges all over the
The Grand Lodge of England instituted its first lodge in Paris in the year
1732, but one was formed still earlier on the Continent at Gibraltar 1728-1729.
Others were also opened in North America in 1730, Germany 1733, Portugal 1735,
Holland 1735, Switzerland 1740, Denmark 1745, Italy 1765, Russia 1771, and
Sweden 1773. In most of these countries, grand lodges were subsequently created
and continue to this date, except in those Roman Catholic countries, such as
Italy, where no Masonic Lodges are permitted.
Lodges were constituted in India from 1730 (Calcutta), 1752 (Madras), and
1758 (Bombay); in Jamaica 1742, Antigua 1738, and St. Christopher 1739, by the
grand lodges of England, Ireland, and Scotland.
Shortly afterward these grand lodges had representatives at work throughout
the whole civilized world.
In North America, Masons flourished in individual lodges from a very early
date. They had little regard for warrants and charters, and no attempt at
organization was made until the Grand Lodge was established in Pennsylvania in
1730. This grand lodge, the first in America, was over the territories of New
York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania.
It was under the direction of Daniel Coxe, who was appointed "Provincial
Grand Master" on June 5, 1730 by the Duke of Norfolk, Grand Master of the
Premier Grand Lodge of England.
It became known as the York, or American, Rite.
The rival grand lodges in England, together with those of Ireland and
Scotland, chartered lodges everywhere in the new country. After flourishing for
almost a century, Freemasonry in the United States suffered a severe setback in
William Morgan Murder
In this year (1826) an ex-Mason named William Morgan attempted to reveal the
mysteries of Freemasonry and give to the outside world a description of the
ceremonies observed in the Masonic Lodges of the first six or seven degrees.
Morgan had presented the material to a printer by the name of David C. Miller
to be published in book form when the thing became known. The contents of this
expose' are still available from the Ezra A. Cook Company in a book entitled
Freemasonry Exposed, by Captain William Morgan.
The mere rumor that such a book was to be published created much astonishment
and indignation among the Masonic fraternity of western New York. Particularly
incensed were those who had associated with Morgan in the meetings of the
Great efforts were immediately made by a large number of Freemasons to stop
publication of the book. First, they had Morgan arrested for debt, then they
swore a complaint against him for larceny. While he was being prosecuted, they
searched his apartments for the manuscript, but in vain. Finally, they kidnapped
him from a jail at Canandaigua and took him forcibly by means of a closed
carriage to Fort Niagara, which was then unoccupied, and there murdered him in
Even this drastic action of the Masonic brethren did not succeed in
suppressing Morgan's expose'. Part of it had already been put to press by
Miller, and the remainder of the manuscript remained undiscovered by the Masons,
who searched his premises. This and other outrages, among which were the burning
of the printing office, alarmed the citizens of western New York. Several
arrests of the supposed kidnappers took place, and persons arrested were brought
to trial. These records could be verified by checking the court files.
Among those arrested, five men, including the sheriff of Niagara County, were
found guilty of participation in the abduction, and were sentenced to various
terms of imprisonment. The murderers, however, remained unpunished.
Meantime, the whole book had been published, and its contents had made public
the somewhat ferocious oaths of Freemasons. Excitement was immediate and
immense. It spread all over the country and lasted many years. Freemasonry
became unpopular and many persons, including a great number of ministers,
withdrew from the Lodge. Many lodges and chapters were disbanded, while their
officers and members publicly renounced all future connection with the Masonic
The murderers of Morgan, although known, were never prosecuted. This fact,
kept before the people by a powerful political party which arose at that time,
fanned the growing anti-Masonic feeling.
Patience and perseverance on the part of the few remaining Masons paid off,
however. A few years later the thing died down and Freemasonry began again to
flourish. It was explained that the murderers of Morgan were simply ruffians and
by no means representative of the main body of the fraternity.
As the years passed and the Society once again gained repute, its membership
grew to nearly six million members and boasted some of the most famous and
important men of our nation. Most presidents of the United States have been
Masons. In its ranks today we find ministers, doctors, lawyers, jurists,
politicians; in short, the most influential men of our time. Free-masonry is no
inconsequential secret Society!
Masonically Preferred History
While this is all that history gives us on the origin of Masonry, the
accepted origin among Masons varies from lodge to lodge. The origin accepted by
any particular group seems to be the one preferred by most of the members in
that group. Most of the lodges in the United States claim to be Christian in
character and therefore claim a Biblical origin. Even here they cannot agree as
to specific time or founder. Some say Adam was its founder, others say Moses or
Some of the more earnest, and serious-minded claim the Ancient Essenes
originated Masonry largely because of the similarity of their doctrine. The
Essenes were noted for their early practice of mixing Old Testament teaching
with the traditions of the ancient mysteries. They apparently followed the
Cabalistic doctrines, the written form of which is referred to by Masons as the
Kabala, and is admittedly a chief source of Masonic doctrine. The Kabala is
admired by Masons as being "a doctrine so logical, so simple, and at the
same time so absolute" (Morals and Dogma, p.745). They picture the Bible
(Old Testament) as containing "allegories expressed in an incomplete and
veiled manner and as being the religious science of the Hebrews." "The
Pentateuch and the prophetic poems (Psalms) were merely elementary books of
doctrine, morals, or liturgy"; according to them, "and the true secret
and traditional philosophy was only written afterward (in the Kabala)."
Today in modern "Christian" lodges it is becoming more popular to
accept the two Johns-John the Baptist and the Apostle John-as the ones who
started the first lodge. This absurdity comes from a confusion of ancient and
modern interpretations of the symbols pictured in Figure 11.
With tongue in cheek Lodge "Masters" teach their "Christian
brethren" that the Lodge is dedicated to St. John the Baptist and St. John
the Evangelist, who are pictured on the border of a circle.
The large circle supposedly circumscribes the candidate who is represented by
the dot in the center.
These so-called patron saints of Masonry represent two "perfect
parallels" in Christianity as well as Masonry. Upon the vertex of the
circle rests the book of the "Holy Scriptures" which points out, the
whole duty of man. They moralize that a Mason should guard his actions so that
he does not stray outside the guidance of these great authorities. "If he
keeps himself thus circumscribed," they reason, "it is impossible that
he should materially err.
If this were the true meaning of these symbols and if Masons lives were truly
patterned by them, the Lodge would have the upright character of which it
boasts. In reality it is only the popular meaning used to satisfy the large
numbers who go through the Lodge without seeking the deeper meanings of Masonic
philosophy. These are only "vulgar" members who, according to Masons,
have swarmed into the Temple for selfish gain (see Morals and Dogma, p. 37) and
are not capable of learning the deeper meanings.
Adept Claim Paganism "Polluted" by the Bible
Most of these modern Bible additions came into the Blue Lodge through the
York Rite. The adept of the Scottish Rite deplore their introduction as
pollution's of the ancient (pagan) rites.
Albert Pike, the great Scottish Rite authority, said in his book, Morals and
Dogma, p. 17, that it was a waste of time even to comment upon this incongruous
(Bible) meaning. He showed (p.105) that the parallel lines do not represent the
two Johns at all and that the Bible was added only recently. He said the
parallel lines represent the same thing that the two columns, Jachin and Boaz,
do. All have a more recondite and fruitful meaning in ancient symbol. For the
true answer he suggests that the adept should look in the Kabalah (the
supposedly entire, "perfect," unique theology in secret traditions
which are expressed by the half-pagan Kabala, or Cabala).
Later in his book (p.429) Pike revealed that "two parallel lines which
support the circle of the Lodge" are from an ancient symbol consisting of a
ring supported by two serpents. This was supposedly "emblematical of the
world, protected by the power and wisdom of the Creator."
You and I of course know that a serpent represents Satan the Devil. This
symbol then shows that the ancient pagans were actually worshiping Satan as the
creator and sustainer of this world!
Pike further shows (p.506) that the two columns called Jachin and Boaz and
the parallel lines actually represent older pagan symbols: the solstices, Cancer
and Capricorn, the two gates of heaven, the two pillars of Hercules. He further
showed that the point in the circle represented the sun god (Osiris). These
parallel lines represent limits-good and bad, positive and negative, active and
passive, light and darkness-beyond which the sun god will not go.
This proves conclusively where Masonic symbols come from and that their
leaders know where they come from. Their meaning is derived from the same
diabolical tenets by which Satan has posed himself as an angel of light to rule
over men. Men of all ages have flocked into these temples to worship him; many
in ignorance, but some knowing full well what they were doing.
Why would they do such a thing? Because men of this understanding and ability
can become "Masters" and even "Grand Masters" of the Lodge.
They can gain great power and influence in this world which they could not
accomplish in any other way. It is the price they pay for greatness.
Why the Wolf Wears Sheep's Clothing
Albert Pike expressed Masonic understanding of the practice which cloaked the
Ancient Pagan Mysteries in Christian sounding names. In his instructions(Morals
and Dogma, p.247) to the Knights of the East and West, the seventeenth degree of
Masonry, he said that at the time of John the Baptist the old philosophical and
religious systems were growing much alike because, in the great world ruling
empires which existed since Alexander, the walls of separation between Greece,
Egypt, Persia, and India were thrown down and the people intermingled
He claimed the West eagerly connected their faith with those of the East, and
the Orient hastened to learn the traditions of Rome (this should not have been
too difficult because they both came from the same old Babylonish source). The
Jews and Egyptians-be-fore, the most exclusive of all peoples-yielded to that
eclecticism which prevailed among their masters, the Greeks and Romans.
Thus men who embraced Christianity began to mingle the old mysteries with the
new-a mixture of Christianity and Philosophy, or Apostolic teaching and
traditions of Mythology.
Truth for the Simple-Mystery for the Wise
Pike went on to explain the Masonic view (p.248) that the Apostles, speaking
to mankind in general, stressed only the articles of the vulgar faith; but
transmitted the mysteries to "superior minds" from generation to
generation in esoteric traditions. To this new science of mysteries was given
the name Gnosis (or Gnostic).
Pike confirms the fact that their basic doctrine and ideas were derived from
Plato, Philo, the Kabalah, and the sacred books of India and Egypt.
What this amounts to is a bold-faced admission that most Christian and
Masonic doctrine is a mixture of Bible teaching and pagan mysteries, and that
the wise among them favor the mysteries as being deeper and wiser and spurn the
plain Bible Scripture as being fit only for the vulgar masses. A rite, parable,
letter, number, figure, word, etc. became a symbol, and he who had the key of
science would interpret each according to the light he possessed.
The uneducated and narrow-minded within their ranks heedlessly take them at
face value while those who have ears to hear receive the "divine
mysteries" because they have received the "sacred initiation" and
have the intelligence to understand the deeper meaning.
This thinly veiled admission by Masonry's most famous apostle, Albert Pike,
explains why Masons call their temple Solomon's Temple when it was in actuality
patterned after the greatest of pagan temples-the earth covered by the cloudy
canopy of the heavens. The divinity which they worship within its walls is the
sun, of which they blandly write.
"There is no splendor beyond that which sets its morning throne in the
golden East; no dome sublime as that of Heaven; no beauty so fair as that of the
verdant, blossoming earth; no place, however invested with the sanctities of old
time, like that home which is hushed and folded within the embrace of the
humblest wall and roof."
By the same practice they call Hiram Abiff the widow's son and quote I Kings
7:13-14. His name and situation have certain similarities which can be twisted
until they almost appear to fit, even though many absurdities exist.
Hiram was a very skilled artificer, and the building of the temple would be a
convenient project for the characters of the legend to be engaged in, since the
early Lodge was supposed to have been engaged in the building and decorating of
splendorous stone structures.
A careful study of the Holy Scriptures, however, reveals that this Hiram
Abiff has nothing in common with the Hiram mentioned in I Kings. Neither is the
temple around which the legendary story unfolds, the temple of Solomon. The
temple of God, built by Solomon, was finished, but the one in the legend
remained unfinished. The names were just added in "friendly"
There is a temple in antiquity, however, which is famous because it was never
completed. The account is given in Genesis 11. It is the tower of Babel! It was
built so that its top (also the head or ruler) might reach unto heaven (rule
supreme), and to make for its builders a name, lest they be scattered abroad
upon the face of the earth (see verse 4).
Over the incomplete state of this tower, one so-called virgin may well afford
to weep, because it wrecked, for a time, her plans and those of her husband who
hoped to be that head. These two are the Nimrod and Semiramis mentioned earlier.
Virgin, Column and Time Significant
The symbol of the Virgin, Column and Time presented at the end of the legend,
represented in Figure 10, is also quite significant. In Masonic allegory,
"The beautiful virgin (Semiramis) weeping over the broken column, denoted
the unfinished temple (tower) and the untimely death of our Grand Master Hiram
Albert Pike continues: "The book open before her, [means] that his
virtues there lay on perpetual record."
"The sprig of acacia (the pagan symbol of life which, in one account,
led her to discover her husband's grave) in her right hand denotes the timely
discovery of the body." (The body which the ancient pagans tried to
preserve, and which action gave rise to another pagan philosophy-that so long as
a body remained in a state of preservation, the person's spirit continued to
"The urn in her left, that his ashes were there safely deposited
(attempts to preserve the body otherwise must have failed) to perpetuate the
remembrance of the amiable, distinguished, and exemplary character." (It
was explained earlier that this fallen god was supposedly raised to immortal
life and became the sun god).
"And Time behind her standing, unfolding her ringlets (she grew older)
and counting her hair (Other, more secret accounts show him anointing her with
Ambrosia, the food of the gods, which supposedly gave her eternal life.), that
Time (the god of time, Osiris),patience and perseverance will accomplish all
things." Thus it was that pagans made a noble attempt to cover up their
disgrace, and Satan patched up his counterfeit that he might continue to palm
himself off as the god of the universe.
Pagans have continued to use the idea that time, patience and perseverance
will accomplish all things. By it theory of evolution) they try to deny the
creation of the universe by a Supreme Creator, and in so doing they practice
their teaching by patiently forcing the theory upon a gullible, hapless
THE AWESOME CONCLUSION
FREEMASONRY is living proof that no teaching of man, regardless of how
innocent or righteous appearing, can be taken for granted-that no teaching can
be assumed good, just because it looks good-that no teaching can be assumed
righteous, no matter how solemnly it declares itself so--or judged honorable
because its own cherished records suggest honor.
In many ways Masonry is the exact opposite of what it claims to be!
To its initiates the Masonic Lodge teaches: "Masonry is useful to all
men: to the learned, because it affords them the opportunity of exercising their
talents upon subjects eminently worthy of their attention; to the illiterate,
because it offers them important instruction; to the young, because it presents
them with salutary precepts and good examples, and accustoms them to reflect on
the proper mode of living; to the man of the world, whom it furnishes with noble
and useful recreation; to the traveler, whom it enables to find friends and
brothers in countries where else he would be isolated and solitary; to the
worthy man in misfortune, to whom it gives assistance; to the afflicted, on whom
it lavishes consolation; to the charitable man, whom it enables to do more good,
by uniting with those who are charitable like himself; and to all who have souls
capable of appreciating its importance, and of enjoying the charms of a
friendship founded on the same principles of religion, morality, and
philanthropy" (Morals and Dogma, p. 113).
Now let us compare this with their actual practice. The Real Test God has set
before each one of us a choice - a proving ground-to see whether we will love
and obey Him and be allowed to live in the Kingdom which will be set up--or
whether we will refuse and go our own way, into the lake of fire (Deut.
Other plans of salvation which teach a different reward and a different way
of getting eternal life are without God's authority. Those foolish who waste
their lives in pursuing such "wind" are unfortunate indeed.
Freemasonry is just such a counterfeit. Its members waste untold hours acting
out foolish rituals which accomplish nothing, and memorizing endless dialogue
which helps no one. They ponder the moral philosophies of the ancients to
discover wisdom, but they acquire only a hodgepodge of deceptive and foolish
God declares there is only one WAY to live happy, useful lives. And that is
the way HE has appointed for us. Any other-such as Masonry-no matter how good it
may look, is at best a counterfeit and serves only to dupe people into thinking
that they have what they have not.
They set up their code of morals according to human understanding, not
knowing that only God's laws shall stand. They revel in the idiocy of parading
before relics of ancient sun worship in great solemnity, foolishly holding the
sacred Word of God in no greater respect than they do any other ancient writing.
Their work in the community is not the proclamation or upholding of God's
Kingdom; it is, instead, the upholding of the system around them. They do not
promote God's rule, but ignore it and set themselves up as the wise leaders,
pretending to build character and feigning benevolence by giving charity to the,
orphans and widows, while they privately endeavor to build their own prosperity
The following example will serve to illustrate the enormity of their mistake
of following what looks good to man instead of simply obeying their Creator.
Masonic Ten Commandments
You are all familiar with the Ten Commandments recorded in Exodus 20 and
Deuteronomy 5 of your Bibles. You would normally assume these to be recognized
by Masons especially when they claim that their moral philosophy is based on the
Bible. Again this is not the case. Masons have embraced another set of ten
commandments which look better to their eyes than the ones God has given.
For brevity only the first two need to be discussed, though all ten are
reproduced from Morals and Dogma in Figure 12 on the next page. Read them
carefully before you continue with this article. They appear to be very
wholesome and good, don't they?
The Masonic Ten
Commandments (OCR of Figure 12 pic)
Masonry has its decalogue, which is a law to
These are its Ten commandments:
I. God is the Eternal, Omnipotent,
Immutable Wisdom and Supreme Intelligence and Exhaustless Love. Thou
shalt adore, revere, and love Him! Thou shalt honor Him by practising
II. Thy religion shall be to do good
because it is a pleasure to thee, and not merly because it is a duty.
That thou mayest become the friend of the wise man, thou shalt obey his
precepts! Thy soul is immortal! Thou shalt do nothing to degrade it!
III. Thou shalt unceasingly war against
vice! Thou shalt not do unto tohers that which thou wouldst not wish
them to do unto thee! Thou shalt be submissive to thy fortunes, and keep
burning the light of wisdom!
IV. Thou shalt honor thy parents! Thou
shalt pay respect and homage to the aged! Thou shalt instruct the young!
Thou shalt protect and defend infancy and innocence!
V. Thou shalt cherish thy wife and thy
children! Thou shalt love thy country, and obey its laws!
VI. Thy friend shall be to thee a second
self! Misfortune shall not estrange thee from him! Thou shalt do for his
memory whatever thou wouldst do for him, if he were living!
VII. Thou shalt avoid and flee from
insincere friendships! Thou shalt in everything refrain from excess.
Thou shalt fear to be the cause of a stain on thy memory!
VIII. Thou shalt allow no passions to
become thy master! Thou shalt make the passions of others profitable
lessons to thyself! Thou shalt be indulgent to error!
IX. Thou shalt hear much: Thou shalt
speak little: Thou shalt act well! Thou shalt forget injuries! Thou
shalt render good for evil! Thou shalt not misuse either thy strength or
X. Thou shalt study to know men; that
thereby thou mayest learn to know thyself! Thou shalt ever seek after
virtue! Thou shalt be just! Thou shalt avoid idleness!
The Masonic Ten Commandments
(OCR of Figure 12 pic)
When we remember that the adept in Masonry gain more knowledge from symbols
than from plain statements of their sacred writings we should be aware that
certain key symbols are included which will unlock these depths of meaning.
Notice the little circle with the cross inside it at the beginning of the
first commandment. Regardless of any beautiful phraseology Masons place on these
symbols, their deeper meaning must invariably lead to ancient sun worship. The
circle or disc symbolizes the sun and the cross symbolizes immortality. The
three dots in the form of an equilateral triangle represent the first cause and
trinity of the pagan godhead.
So if the Mason is truly adept he would see that he has borrowed from the
ancient sun worshipers symbols and creeds which would read this way for the
first commandment of Figure 12. "God [the god whose symbol is a circle and
a cross and triangular dots-the sun god) is the Eternal, Omnipotent, Immutable
WISDOM and Supreme INTELLIGENCE and Exhaustless LOVE. (Wisdom, Intelligence and
Love are capitalized to remind Masons of their I deeper meanings and that each
in turn has been worshiped by their pagan ancestors).
"Thou shalt adore, revere, and love Him!
"Thou shalt honor Him by practicing the virtues of the ancient
pagan" (see p.21 Morals and Dogma).
What greater blasphemy could there be than this? How this must stink in the
nostrils of the Living God! When they attribute the name and office of God to
any other they break the first, second and third of - God's Commandments.
The second of these Masonic commandments, as well as the remaining eight, are
likewise contrary to the Commandments of God. By it the Mason is told to do
"good" without defining what good is. Yet you can surely see that it
is not referring to obedience to God because the next instructs him to seek out
the wise MAN and obey his precepts. But Proverbs 14:12 states, "There is a
way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of
death." Masons in their ignorance have pursued the way of death.
Prestige and Prosperity Their Real Goal
Few members of the Lodge could truthfully deny that their reason for
belonging to the Lodge is the personal benefits which raise their community
standing and financial prosperity.
Members of the Lodge may already be prosperous and active members of their
community before joining the Lodge. In fact it is usually after they obtain a
certain measure of prestige within the community that they are allowed to join a
fraternity. It is there, among the more prominent citizens, that they hope to
further their prosperity. Such an honor usually aids one's social position, and
also gives a social outlet, but this does not exalt God; it exalts only the man.
When a man embraces the Lodge, other prominent men of the community become his
brothers. Together they practice this doctrine of "brotherly love"
assisting and encouraging one another while reaping the general good fortune of
having a close set of influential and like-minded friends. It is here that
Masonry pays off. A member who has an acceptable plea for help or a favor need
only mention his need to the proper brother and the requested "aid"
comes forth as if by answered prayer. Masons have more faith in receiving this
petition from other members than they do in receiving answers to prayers from
Short of the Glory of God
Even if the brothers understood and attempted to live up to Lodge teachings
of moral conduct, and strove ever so hard to be considerate of their brethren,
they still only attain a human righteousness which is far from the righteousness
In actual practice their human morals and ideals break down because human
righteousness can extend only as far as the human character can back it up. Many
are able to help and encourage one another as long as doing so remains
profitable to themselves, but who among them can afford to help others at his
own personal expense, especially over an extended period of time; and who among
them has the character to withstand all the temptations of vanity, greed, and
lust which life presents?
During their conventions, Shriners take over whole towns, influencing police
and officials so that they are free to do whatever they please. Who among them
is seeking law and order? Who even tries to put aside foolishness, drunkenness,
These men would do well to ponder their actions, not in the light of the
pagan doctrine of the "Brotherhood of Man," but in the true light of
God's Word. The fourth and fifth chapters of Ephesians should convince any of
the open-minded in their ranks that their way-Masonry-is wrong. In Chapter 5,
verses 1 through 5, Paul instructs the brethren:
"Be ye therefore followers of God, as dear children; and walk in love,
as Christ also hath loved us, and has given Himself for us an offering and a
sacrifice to God for a sweet-smelling savior. But fornication, and all
uncleanness, or covetousness, let it not be once named among you, as becometh
saints; neither filthiness, nor foolish talking nor jesting (ribaldry), which
are not convenient(befitting): but rather, giving of thanks. For this ye know,
that no whoremonger, nor unclean person, nor covetous man, who is an idolater,
hath any inheritance in the Kingdom of Christ and of God."
Without the practice of some of these forbidden characteristics there would
be no masonry!
With this expose' and explanation of Freemasonry, it is hoped that the
function of the fraternity is not only clear, but that the ignorance of its
members may be made understandable. The Lodge rituals, as seen by the average
initiate, appear harmless. He is not told what he will encounter in the Lodge
before he is admittedly that nothing will be required of him which is against
the laws of God and his duty to his state or family. The fact that this is a lie
is seldom discovered by him because nothing is revealed until he has been
psychologically prepared to receive it. This is done by the use of solemn prayer
before each undertaking, and scripture quotations are read which seem to give
divine sanction. All is done in such a way that it seems right and good to the
gullible candidate who is blinded by his desire to receive new and mysterious
light and to be counted among the wise, honorable, and prosperous.
It is further hoped that this writing will provide church members with clear
and accurate answers to questions on Masonry, and that they might be able to
help others who are truly seeking to obey God. Such men, when their minds have
been opened, can surely be shown where membership in the Masonic Lodge, as much
as membership in any of the denominations, is incompatible with obedience and
service to God. Avoiding Unnecessary Persecution.
As was stated earlier, this series is not written for general publication,
but for those members of the true Church who seek God's way of life. It would be
a pointless waste of time and truth to try to convince others. They are
satisfied with their status and would only turn again to rend you.
If the material contained herein were published in such a way as to threaten
the popularity of the Lodge, retaliation such as was brought against the Apostle
Paul at Ephesus (see Acts 19:24-41) would surely result. The craftsmen who built
the pagan shrines to Diana, which were mentioned earlier, were angry with Paul
because he persuaded many to turn away from heathenism. The reason for the
craftsmen's anger is given in verse 27. These are the words of the silver-smith,
Demetrius, who reasoned, ". not only our Craft is in danger to be set at
naught; but also that the temple of the great goddess Diana should be despised,
and her magnificence should be destroyed, whom all Asia and the world
worshippeth.9' (This temple to Diana was one of the so-called "seven
wonders of the world").
The fact that Masons proudly claim these ancient craftsmen such as Demetrius
for their progenitors is recorded in the General History, Cyclopedia and
Dictionary of Freemasonry, an authentic, Masonic work. It says that the
traveling Masons (ancient craftsmen), from whom they supposedly derive their
origin, built this same temple to Diana for the Kings of Asia (p.11).
If these early artificers persecuted the Church in Paul's time because they
feared that their craft and religion would suffer, their modern counterpart will
not hesitate to do so today. Therefore, each one of you must use wisdom in order
that unnecessary persecution may be prevented.
If it becomes your duty to advise a Mason to quit the Fraternity, do NOT tell
him to stir up trouble for himself by going to the Secretary of his Lodge(or any
other member) and announcing his opposition. This action would probably cause
him to receive needless persecution. Usually it is better to withdraw by simply
ceasing to pay dues and ceasing to attend meetings. The Lodge will drop him from
its rolls quicker for nonpayment of dues than for any other reason. This, in it
self, is a clue to the real motives behind the Craft!
This method might cause Masons to encourage his resumed participation, but it
will not bring the persecution that Masons have sworn to bring against those who
oppose them or their teachings.
The ex-Mason should realize, however, that withdrawing membership from the
Lodge does not of itself re- lease him from the many oaths he has taken. If he
really believed, at the time, that he took the oaths to Almighty God, and unless
these oaths prevent him from serving God and obeying His Laws, he should
consider himself bound by them (Numbers 30:2).
Satan's Hapless Victims
One cannot pass from the subject of Freemasonry without reflecting on the
futility of the struggle of its victims, and feeling sorry for the gullible ones
who have been led into its inner chambers like sheep to the slaughter.
All they have for their efforts is certain material advancement which does
not endure past the grave. As they laboriously ascended the "winding
stairs," they were promised rich rewards for their labor. But instead of
eternal truth, they were given fables. Instead of developing the righteous
character of God, they grew in the unholy character of selfishness and greed
through seeking extra privileges for themselves to the exclusion of others.
Instead of growing in true knowledge, they tickled their vanity with mysterious
phrases and symbols which meant nothing, but were empty and void, only to be
told at the end of their wearisome journey that the Mason must ever be in search
of truth, but will never find it.
This august secret, the object of all their labors, is indeed, a humiliating
It is the reward of a cruel god (Satan) who deceives his worshipers into
believing that divine truth can never be acquired in this life. Diabolically,
his victims are taught by Masonic instruments that their ignorance must remain
until they are raised from their graves and the knowledge of life is revealed.
They never suspect that the reason they will not know truth in this life is
that they have chosen the WRONG WAY AND THE WRONG GOD!