Superstitions and the spirit of Error


Superstitions have moulded the thinking of many people for centuries. In the West, breaking a mirror, seeing a black cat or Friday the 13th, are all linked with bad luck.

In Japan, houses are built without doors or windows facing the northeast because of the belief that demons from that direction won’t find the entrance.

In the Philippines, shoes are placed beside the dead before burial so that “St.” Peter will welcome them.

In some parts of Nigeria, months ending with “ember” are often linked with tragic events or ill-luck. These are superstitious beliefs rooted in fear and ignorance. Thankfully, science has helped dispel some of them.

During the Middle Ages, the Catholic Church used “bleeding wafers” to fool people into believing that they are changing into the real flesh of Christ.

But when microscopes were invented, the supposed “blood” on wafers was found to be red pigment produced by a bacterium (Serratia marcenscens) which grows on wafers kept in damp places.

In Acts 17 when Paul visited Athens, Greece, he saw that the whole city was given to idolatry. Verse 21 described their lifestyle:

For the Athenians and foreigners who were there spent their time in nothing else but either to tell or hear some new thing“.

Apostle Paul said to them: “in all things you are very religious” (v. 22).

The Theological Dictionary of the New Testament says that the Greek word rendered as “religious” is deisidaimon which also means “superstitious.” It refers to fear of the supernatural; a practice that was all-embracing and non-discerning, with a reference for all kinds of deities, religious notions, religious fads and religious claims.

The Athenian culture was a system of mindless reverence and mindless religion with a love for newness and novelty. Their religion ministered to art and amusement, and was entirely destitute of moral power. Taste and excitement alone were gratified.

The Christian world today resembles Athens where people chase after novelties and religious fads. These are like “bandwagons” many jump on and circulate all through the Body of Christ until it crashes into a ravine or a more exciting wagon rolls in. If you are in doubt, just read through five popular Christian magazines.

Truth has been sacrificed for what is sensational and exciting. Will it sell? Publish it. Is it groovy? Bring it on. Will it appeal to people’s superstitious mindset? Say it and call it “revelation knowledge.”

All through church history, this weapon diverts people from the simplicity that is in Christ. “Christian” superstition come in different forms:

1. Prophetic manipulation

This is when people are made to comply with a certain belief or act because it’s coming from a prophet/teacher who must never be questioned. This trumps out Biblical discernment and breeds superstition and mind blindness.

In 2014, pastor Daniel Lesego of South Africa ordered his congregation to feast on grasses like a bunch of cows.

Video footage later show Lesego walking on the bodies of his members like doormats and ordering them to drink fuel allegedly turned to apple juice. They all happily obeyed. If his members are not under a spell, they are close to it.

Manipulative folks usually have a ready-made answer to every criticism of their awkward and cruel dictates: “The Holy Spirit told me to say/do it.”

Many Christian ladies in their gullibility have allowed fake pastors and seers to sexually assault them because “the holy spirit” told him that’s the only way such prayers can be effective.

Any gathering where you are being told to wave your underwear to the Lord or allow “the prophet” to kiss you, bathe you at a stream or caress your body parts in the name of “prayer” is not a true Christian gathering.

2. An obsession with supernatural revelations

This is when every spiritual experience or information from the spirit realm is dogmatically accepted as divine and sometimes as the only yardstick of authenticity.

Whether it’s Mr. Bunick who wrote in The Messengers that angels visited him to tell him he is the reincarnation of Apostle Paul or Prophet Hinn who tells his audience of how he received directions for his ministry from a dead Mrs Khulman in a vision, these experiences are never tested, but blindly followed.

In fact, once some Christians hear the word “visions” or “revelations” they are ready to swallow whatever they hear without considering that spiritual revelations can be fabricated by individuals or counterfeited by the enemy.

One of the ways superstitious ideas flow into the church is by interrogating demons speaking through people during deliverance.

One thing I must let you know is that demons are liars and it’s dangerous to believe everything they say. We don’t need to rely on them for knowledge when we have the all-knowing Spirit of God who can tell us what we need to know.

Interestingly, there are some churches today that adhere to certain doctrines on the basis of someone’s vision or a demonic confession without a shred of Biblical or historical authority.

3. Reliance on tokens and talisman

This is a dependence on physical objects or amulet for spiritual protection. Some Christians put their faith in crosses, aprons, “holy” rings, medals, or rosaries believing these will protect them from danger or enemies.

Some drink or bathe with perfumed water; others use pictures of “saints,” “Jesus,” angels or a clove of garlic to supposedly ward off evil spirits.

There are Christians who also place a baby’s head on an opened Bible and pray “to God” with candles or incense.

There are some churches that bury the dead with crucifixes and bibles. A member of such a church said to my hearing, “We bury the dead with bible so that he/she can read it on his/her way to heaven.” The ignorance packed in this statement is huge enough to choke a horse.

The whole idea of using crosses or crucifixes for protection is quite old. It came about when Constantine’s mother, Helena, made a pilgrimage to Jerusalem in 326 A.D. and found three crosses alleged to be those of Christ and the two thieves. The cross of Christ was supposedly identified when it worked miracles.

But here’s the problem: it’s very doubtful Helena would have found the “real” cross of Christ in Jerusalem after 3 centuries because the Jewish law required crosses to be burnt after its use for hanging criminals.

The Encyclopedia of Religion says that while Helena’s pilgrimage was historically correct, her discovery of the ‘original cross’ and the alleged miracle were legendary additions because these details didn’t appear until 440 A.D. (14 years after the event).

It was this fairy tale that made the Roman church endorse the use of crosses in churches and homes in the 6th century.

Since then, many people have looked up to crosses as sources of miracles and talisman to ward off bad luck and evil spirits. Even today, some Christians still place crosses on their lintels for these purposes without knowing the true origin of this superstitious idea.

The New Testament clearly shows that Jesus’ apostles didn’t hang crosses around their necks or carry it in their hands (like those priests in vampire movies). They saw it as a device of death and shame. Their faith was not in a wooden or iron cross, but in Christ and His work accomplished on the cross (1 Cor. 1:17-18).

4. Following weird traditions based on omens and “signs”

Many Christians are programmed to attribute certain things to either good luck or bad luck e.g itching hands, sighting wall geckos, spiders, black cats etc.

Some are taught to avoid clothing with certain colours on certain days or abstain from cooked meat or fish during Easter.

I once read a piece where pastor said if one finds a strand of human hair or an insect in a food, it’s demonic. Some Christians will in fact, reject anything offered to them with a left hand. These are superstitious ideas.

There is no such thing as “good luck” or “bad luck” in Scripture. What the Bible teaches is blessings and curses. The former proceeds from obedience to God and the latter from disobedience.

There is no “neutrality” of luck attached to an omen or “sign”. Just as belief in the truth of God’s Word is necessary to set us free, belief in the lies of the enemy is necessary to enslave (Jn. 8:32).

Satan enslaves people with fear which brings torment and it robs many Believers of their joy.

Once the devil makes you believe you will die because an owl is hooting on your roof at night, he knows that fear can open the door to the demon of death or sickness. But as a believer, when you stand on the promises of God’s Word, you will be victorious.

5. Strange religious practices

These are certain practices – most are blatantly occultic – which are taught in some churches in a bid to “receive miracles” from God.

These include: standing on a Bible during prayer, candle magick, prayers involving rubbing eggs on the body of the candidates and breaking it afterwards, praying nude, placing “prayer water” out in the morning dew for certain days and drinking it as a ritual, weird “prayer postures,” and ceremonial visits to “holy lands,” special mountains or “sacred rivers.”

Some folks will tell you that your prayers can’t be effective unless you visit a mountain. That is an error. God is not limited by geographical location. You don’t need to visit any “holy” mountain or valley or some cave before you can receive from God.

I’ve seen Christians gleefully rolling in and drinking from dirty “sacred” streams at certain locations all because of desperation for miracles! May God cure them of this willful ignorance.

Other examples include: pouring of libation on new cars (an old pagan rite to honour earth deities); prayers with table salt or crystals plus strange usage of the Psalms; wild dances leading to trances, sexually suggestive body contacts (a “prophet” telling you to put your hands around his waist or fondling you during “prayer”); snake handling, spectres of people howling like wolves, purring like 600 pound cats, laughing hysterically like hyenas or braying like donkeys and attributing them to “the Holy Spirit.”

When these practices start creeping in a church or are utilized by individuals in the name of “the Lord made me do it” or “that’s our tradition”, or “an angel told us so” etc., take note: what you have there are “Christian” superstitions and the door is wide open to the demon of error.

How can this issue be addressed?

I. Faith in Jesus Christ. Our faith should be in Jesus and His perfect work on the cross, not in physical objects (Rom. 9:33).

A solid faith in the name and blood of Jesus Christ dispels fear of the unknown; fear of witches and demons (Prov. 18:10). It is faith in Christ that sustains a Christian in the time of trouble, not a chill in his spine or signs in the moon.

II. Faith in God’s Word. Our faith should not be based on our spiritual experiences or a human personality. You can’t be immune to deception if you exalt visions and dreams above Scripture. We have to stop venerating human personalities. God can use an ordinary church worker to minister to you just as much as a world famous prophet. “He sent out His Word and healed them and delivered them from destruction” (Ps. 107:20). God didn’t send out a personality.

III. Imbibe sound Bible doctrines. The Bible warns us to “teach no other doctrine. Neither give heed to fables and endless genealogies which minister questions…” (1 Tim. 1:3-4) “Till I come, give attention to reading, to exhortation, to doctrine” (1 Tim. 4:13) “Take heed unto thy self and unto the doctrine; continue in them” (1 Tim. 4:16). The antidote to falsehood is presenting the truth.

Show me a church that is not rooted in the truth of God’s Word and I will show you a church that be will be run over by human philosophies and demonic superstitions. It’s only a matter of time. Sadly, many Christians today crave after emotional experiences and ear-tickling messages instead of doctrinal solidity.

IV. Walk in discernment. No teaching or prophecy of a teacher or prophet should be blindly followed unless what he says or writes is in harmony with Scripture and the witness of the Holy Spirit in your spirit. You need to judge what people say: “Let the prophets speak two or three, and let the other judge” (1 Cor. 14:9; Gal. 1:8).

Not every vision, miracle or supernatural experience is from God and every doctrine or spiritual experience that is not from the Spirit of truth is from the spirit of error (1 John 4:6).

Freemasonry – A Critical Look

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Much has been written to expose Freemasonry, either by researchers or former Masons who are now Christians.

In recent years, however, there is a burgeoning curiosity (if not obsession) among many people about Masonry. This is partly due to the influence of Illuminati-hunting conspiracy videos on the Internet, many of which conflate Masonry with the Illuminati.

Also, Masonry is becoming a strong visible figure in many nations. Freemasonry can be defined as a centuries-old, fraternal secret society entrenched in secret symbolism and rituals. To a novice, it appears as a club (like Rotary club or Lions’ club), but it’s not.

Masonry professes belief in a Supreme Being, brotherhood, and morality and is only open to men and women above the age of 21.

Masons meet in Lodges or in other fixed locations. They also have a Grand Lodge in each state, but no authoritative leader.

Notwithstanding, writings of some high level Masons and Masonic ritual monitors (containing symbolic teachings and instructions) are representative of Masonic beliefs

Many famous personalities like Winston Churchill, Ludwig Beethoveen, Benjamin Franklin, George Washington, Henry Ford, Thomas Jefferson, Adeyemo Alakija and Herbert Macaulay were Masons.

Some modern political and religious leaders are also involved. King George VI, Queen’s Elizabeth’s father, was a Mason. Prince Edward, the Duke of Kent (the Queen’s cousin), is also a Grand Master Mason. Over 16 US presidents and 20 vice presidents were Masons.

Why do many join Masonry? First, people are attracted by the sense of belonging to a brotherhood – particularly one through which they can attain political and economic connections.

Second, many are attracted by the secret nature of Masonry – learning secret symbolism and esoteric knowledge – which seems to place them on a higher pedestal.

Third, Masonry has an outward appearance of being a humanitarian group. Masons fund education, and medical care, and build homes for the aged and hospitals for the sick.

Masonry also appears to be a system of moral instruction. This is why many Masons also attend different Christian denominations.

As a report showed, of the 3.5 million Masons in the U.S., 1.3 million are Southern Baptists. Fourteen percent of Southern Baptist pastors and 18 percent of deacons are Masons.

In 2001, when a move was made to excommunicate Masons from an Anglican church in Australia, it erupted into a serious controversy as members claimed Masonry was just a fine Christian organization. Many “Christian Masons” repeat this peroration, but their claim doesn’t stand up to scrutiny.

Let us first look at the structure of Masonry. The entry level termed the Blue Lodge (blue is the symbol of Masonry) has three degrees: The Entered Apprentice, the Fellow Craft, and Master Mason.

After these three stages, a Mason can proceed to higher degrees either in the Scottish rite or the York rite. There is also the Irish rite in Nigeria.

The Scottish rite advances by numerical degrees with the highest being the 33°, while the York rite advances by chapter, council, and commandery, with the highest level being the Order of the Knights Templar Commandery.

Masons who don’t climb up to the higher degrees can’t really know what Masonry is about. Albert Pike, one of the fathers of modern Masonry said:

The Blue Degrees are but the outer court or portico of the Temple. Part of the symbols are displayed there to the initiate, but he is intentionally misled by false interpretation. It is not intended that he should understand them…” (Morals and Dogma, p. 819).

There are other quasi or “fun” Masonic groups, such as the Order of the Eastern Star and Daughters of the Nile for women; the Order of the DeMolay (for young men between ages 13-21), the Order of Job’s Daughters (for young women aged 11-20) and the Shriners, which is tailored to appeal to Muslims.

Each group has its rites, emblems, and ceremonies. Obviously, these are not clubs.

1. Albert Pike stated that: “Every Masonic Lodge is a Temple of religion and its teachings are instructions in religion.” (Morals and Dogma, p. 213).

Masonic scholar, Albert Mackey, also wrote: “Freemasonry may rightfully claim to be a religious institution” (Mackey’s Revised Encyclopedia of Freemasonry, 2:846).

Masonry is a religious group; it has its own revelation, temples, religious symbols, rituals, and its own deity called “the Great Architect of the Universe” or the “Creative Principle.”

2. Masonry is not only a religious secret society, it is also a mixture of different religions. Manly Hall, a 33° Mason explains:

The true Mason is not creed-bound. He realizes with the divine illumination of his lodge that as a Mason, his religion must be universal: Christ, Buddha or Mohammed, the names mean little, for he recognizes only the light and not the bearer. He worships at every shrine, bows before every altar, whether in a temple, mosque or cathedral, realizing with his truer understanding the oneness of all spiritual truth” (The Lost Keys of Freemasonry, p. 65).

This universalist ideology is incompatible with the core teaching of Jesus: “I am the way, the truth and the life. No man comes to the Father but through me” (John 14:6).

Logically, all religions can’t be true since they have conflicting revelations and concepts. and bowing at every altar is an insult to each religion.

The origins of Masonry

The origin of Masonic groups is a rather difficult historical terrain. Aside from the fact that many Masons themselves don’t know the origin of their secret society, the narrations of their origins are often fraught with conflicting opinions and theories.

Pike, in Morals and Dogma, implied that a form of Masonry dates all the way back to Gautama Buddha (6th-5th century BC). Unfortunately, he gave no documentation for this and various Masons have dissented from his claim and said taught that the Craft (i.e. Freemasonry) has other origins.

A Masonic scholar, Dr Robert James, traces Masonry back to Rosslyn Chapel (a Scottish Chapel founded in the 15th century AD), the Druids, the apostle John, John the Baptist, King Solomon, Noah, and even Adam (!) Looks like someone is stretching things way too far.

Swineburne Clymer, in his Ancient Mystic Oriental Masonry, claimed that based on external forms, Masonry came from ancient Greek architects. He wrote, “If it be possible to prove the identity of any two societies, from the coincidence of their external forms, we are authorized to conclude that the Fraternity of Ionian architects and the Fraternity of Freemasons are exactly the same.” 

But the Librarian of the United Grand Lodge of England, John Hamill, who authored many Masonic history books is not sure.

When, why, and where did Freemasonry originate? There is one answer to these questions: We do not know, despite all the paper and ink that has been expended in examining them …Whether we shall ever discover the true origins of Freemasonry is open to question” (The Craft, a History of English Freemasonry, England: Crucible Books, 1986, pp. 15, 29).

Many Masons cleave to the legend that their organization originating from the time of King Solomon, when he used skilled craftsmen to build the Temple in Jerusalem. The leader of these masons, Hiram Abiff, was said to be the only one who knew a “secret word” which was said to be the secret name of God.

As the legend goes, Hiram was later murdered by his friends and the “secret name” of God became lost. Thus, Masonry rests on the foundation of re-discovering this lost name.

Some Masonic scholars believe that the modern form of Masonry can be traced back to the ancient mystery religions of Greece, Rome and Egypt. But what is agreed on and documented in historical works is that Masonry, as a secret society, has existed in some form at least since the late 1600s (see LC Helms, A Modern Mason Examines His Craft, 1981, p. 1).

Their beliefs might have been around for some centuries, but the group itself is not older than the 17th century. This is because a close examination of certain rituals and symbology used by Masonry indicates uncanny ties with older esoteric groups. A Masonic writer agrees:

Our records inform us, that the usage and customs of Masons have ever corresponded with those of the Egyptian philosophers, to which they bear a near affinity. Unwilling to expose their mysteries to vulgar eyes, they concealed their particular tenets, and principles of polity, under hieroglyphical figures; and expressed their notions of government by signs and symbols, which they communicated to their Magi alone, who were bound by oath not to reveal them” (Thomas Webb, The Freemasonry Monitor Cincinnati, 1787, p. 39).

Masonry is simply a modification of the ancient pagan religions which God’s Word repeatedly denounced. Note that ancient Babylon, Greece, Rome and Egypt worshipped almost the same set of gods and goddesses under different names.

These mystery cults were also incorporated into the Kabbala, a system of Jewish occultism which forms the basis of Masonic worship.

Pike stated that “The Kabalah is the key of all Masonry and the occult sciences, and the Gnostics were born of the Kabalist” (Morals and Dogma, p. 626).

Kabbalism is linked to Gnosticism. What is Gnosticism? A Christian scholar explains:

Gnosticism, however, was an attempt on an intelligible system seeking to answer the question ‘If God is good whence is evil?’ and especially if this God is omnipotent, Life, as we still know it, seems to be dualistic with the constant conflict between evil and good. Gnosticism attempted to explain this by postulating that some inferior god had made the world and left it, to say the least unfinished.

“The world was made by some lesser power, ignorant, weak and almost evil and certainly was not the work of any supreme God. The Gnostics … [believed] Gnosis, knowledge, was superior to Faith. They claimed to possess exclusively the secret teaching of Jesus, passed on through disciples, males, and females to the Gnostic teachers” (Oshitelu G. A., Background to Christian Philosophy, Oputoru Books, 2002, pp. 54-55).

Gnosticism is an old dangerous heresy that was attacked by many Christian writers, especially in the early history of Christianity. The philosphical system was ultimately absorbed by the Marcionists and the Knights Templar.

The Knight Templar society was a military and religious order first established in 1118 A.D. in Jerusalem by 9 French knights under the leadership of Hugues de Payes.

This order was formed to fight in Catholic crusades and supposedly protect pilgrims on the way to the holy land. The group later came under the pope’s protection and became wealthy, attracting the elites.

The Templars built temples that only the initiated could enter; embraced Gnosticism and became affiliated with ‘the Assassins’ (a group of Muslim jihadists).

There were reports about homosexual orgies being performed in their secret rites which compelled King Philip IV of France to launch an investigation. A seal used by the Templars shows two knights riding on a single horse.

In 1307, the Templars were arrested and brought before the Inquisition where they confessed to rites involving urinating on the crucifix and sodomy. Their Grand Master, Jacques DeMolay, was found guilty of being a homosexual and a worshipper of Baphomet (a pagan deity with a half male-half female goat form).

DeMolay and three others were burnt at stake on March 18, 1314. The surviving Templars went underground with their cult.

In the 17th century, skepticism was growing in Europe and stone masons were faced with the mass decline in the building of church cathedrals. To keep their profession alive, the masons began to admit outsiders into their ranks.

As these new intakes joined the masons or builders, they gradually introduced the philosophies and rites that link to the Rosicrucians and Templars into masonry. This was how Freemasonry was born. The first Masonic lodge was built in England in 1717.

It’s important to note that many of the cathedrals built by these European masons were structured along the lines of occult emblems. For example, Notre Dame cathedral in Paris was built on the site of an important temple to the Horned God of Witchcraft, Cernunnos.

As Masonry grew into the 19th and 20th centuries, it was shipped over to Africa. This explains why the racist mindset of the 1800s was evident in Albert Pike’s writing:

“I took my obligations from white men, not from negroes. When I have to accept negroes as brothers or leave Masonry, I shall leave it” (Delmar Darrah, History and Evolution of Masonry, 1954, 319).

Quite interesting today how this same religion has been embraced by blacks. Some Masons say he later recounted his earlier views of blacks, but somehow, his racist views were preserved.

“Who Goes There?”

Masonic initiation is where the mask finally falls off to reveal its diabolic side. Here I will be contrasting the initiation rites of Masonry and Wicca to show you their similarities.

I. Before a person can join Masonry, he has to be invited and recommended by a Mason.

Similarly, a candidate to be initiated into Wicca must be recommended and screened by a witch on the inside.

II. The candidate is first made to stand outside the Lodge. Someone from the inside asks him: “Who comes here?” He replies by saying “I am in darkness and I want to be brought into the light of Masonry.”

For a Christian joining Masonry, this statement implies a denial of Jesus Christ, who is the Light of the world (Jn. 8:12).

When a Christian denounces the Light of Christ as darkness and claims to seek “the light” of Masonry, at that point, he rejects Jesus Christ for Satan.

III. The candidate is stripped, blindfolded and tied with a rope and led to the eastern side of the Lodge. In witchcraft, the candidate is also stripped, blindfolded and placed at the edge of the magick circle.

IV. The candidate is made to kneel before the Worshipful Master. A compass is used to prick his chest and the blindfold is removed.

In Wicca, the initiate is led before the High Priest or Priestess, and a sword is held to his chest. Someone says to him “Who goes there?” He replies: “One from the world of darkness.”

V. The candidate swears an oath with his blood to keep all of Masonry’s secrets or die a violent death.

In Wicca, the same wording as the Masonic oath is used, but is milder. If Masonry is “just a club” as Masons claim, why do they bind themselves under a death curse to maintain its secrets? That is devilish (Matt. 5:33-37).

VI. In both Masonry and Wicca after removing the blindfold, the initiate faces a lighted candle intended to bring “illumination.”

Other similarities are:

a) Both Masonry and Witchcraft have 3 major degrees. In Wicca they are called first, second and third grade.

b) They both venerate the reproductive organs, though witches also venerate them in animals.

c) They both have tools corresponding to the human reproductive organs. In entry level Masonry, the compass and square represent the male organ and female organ respectively. In Wicca, the athame and chalice stand for these as well.

d) They are both secret societies and they both answer the name “Craft.”

e) Masonic prayers end with “so mote it be” while Wiccan spells or rites also end with “so mote it be.”

f) They both purify their circles before they begin their rituals.

g) They both believe in a “being of light” or Lucifer.

This explains why many 20th century witches and occultists were also Masons e.g Aleister Crowley (founder of the Thelema cult), Dr. Theodore Reuss (head of the Ordo Templi Orientis), Gerald Gardner (the Wiccan “revivalist”) and MacGregor Mathers (founder of the Golden Dawn occult society).

A religion that attracts witches and sorcerers should hold no fascination for a true Christian (1Cor. 6:12).

The Masonic “Jesus”

Masonry teaches that Jesus was one of the saviours sent to every nation:

The Hindus called him Krishna; the Chinese, Kioun-tse; the Persians, Sosiosch; the Chaldeans, Dhouvanai; the Egyptian Horus … the Christians, Jesus; Masons, Hiram” (Peter Henry, Kentucky Monitor, 1941, xv).

Jesus Christ stands different and unique from all the mythological characters or dead heroes men have deified in religions. This blasphemous idea contradicts John 14:6, Acts 4:12, Romans 10:9-10, Philippians 2:9-10 and 1Timothy 2:5.

Masonry also denies the Deity of Christ and regard it as a legend:

And as little do we tell the sincere Christians that Jesus of Nazareth was but a man like us, of His history [is] but the revival of an older legend” (Ibid, p. 524).

Since Masonry teaches a false Jesus, it also teaches a false gospel of works:

“[Masons are] reminded that purity of life and conduct so essentially necessary to his gaining admission into the Celestial Lodge above where the Supreme Architect of the Universe presides.” (Grand Lodge of Masons in Massachussetts, 1989, p. 34)

This contradicts John 5:24, Romans 5:1, Ephesians. 2:8 and several other Scriptures that affirm salvation by grace through faith.

The God of Masonry

Albert Mackey wrote:

Be assured that God is equally present with the pious Hindu in the temple, the Jew in the Synagogue, the Mohammedan in the Mosque and the Christian in the church” (Encyclopedia of Freemasonry, 1921, p. 619)

Can you see where this leads? Even Satan can easily be accommodated within this theological framework. If we pursued his statement to a logical deduction it would mean that Mackey’s god is also equally present with a witch in his/her coven.

A Masonic scholar, Henry W. Coli even pointed out that monotheism is a violation. Ergo: the Lodge is open to all gods and goddesses. He wrote:

“The Masonic test is a Supreme Being and any qualification added is an innovation… Monotheism has been espoused as the sole religious dogma of Freemasonry by some authors… This obviously violates Masonic principles, for it requires belief in a specific kind of supreme deity.” (Coil’s Masonic Encyclopedia, pp 516-517).

Aside from its endorsement of polytheism, Masonry’s syncretic philosophy is a rebellion against God’s most sacred command: “Thou shall have no other gods before Me” (Ex. 20:2). This is the underlying foundation of the occult and the remarks Masons make about the God of the Bible is quite revealing:

“Men have to decide whether they want a god like the ancient Hebrew Jahweh, a partisan, tribal god, with whom they can talk and argue and from whom they can hide, if necessary, or a boundless, eternal, universal undenominational and international, divine spirit, so vastly removed from the speck called man that he cannot be known…So soon as man begins to laud his god and endow him with the most perfect human attributes such as justice, mercy, beneficence, etc., the divine essence is depreciated and despoiled.” (pp. 516-517)

What he’s saying is simple: Masonic deity is like a selected, unknowable and impersonal god. He’s in the water, rocks, and trees, and stripped of all attributes. You can write in Thor, Bugs Bunny or even Satan in his blank label and no Mason could possibly object.

Pike also wrote: “Masonry, around whose altars the Christian, the Hebrew, the Moslem, the Brahmin, the followers of Confucius and Zoroaster, can assemble as brethren and unite in prayer to the one God who is above all the Baalim, must needs to leave it to each of the initiates to look for the foundation of his faith and hope to the written scriptures of his own religion.”

In plain terms, the Masonic deity is like Baal; he is the god of a thousand faces and names. He embraces all others (except Yahweh) and has no issue accommodating Lucifer too.

Since Masonry rests on the fallacious assumption of “discovering the lost name of God,” as an initiate climbs higher, he learns some secret names and passwords that clearly show the identity of the Masonic deity.

As Masons progress after the third-degree initiation, particularly in the York rite, he is taken through a ritual drama in which he supposedly enters a chamber beneath the ruins of King Solomon’s Temple at the time of the Israelites’ return from the Babylonian exile.

Within this chamber, he and two companions discover the lost Ark of the Covenant. On the Ark is a golden plate upon which is engraved the ‘Grand Omnific Royal Arch Word’ written in an old cipher alphabet that the candidate can’t read. He’s told it’s God’s name in three languages. The word is communicated to him as ‘JAH-BUL-ON.’

The High Priest of the Royal Arch says this is the divine Logos or “the Word” referenced in John 1:1-5. This is what they said was the lost name of God when Hiram Abiff was murdered now rediscovered. But the name JAH-BUL-ON is a combination of JAH, an abbreviated form of the name Jehovah; BUL, another name for Baal or Bel, a pagan fertility deity, and ON is the mystical name of Osiris, an Egyptian sun god. This is a deliberate insult to the one true God of the Bible.

The Masonic god is like a composite of Yahweh and two heathen deities. This is what many Christians will call an unholy trinity. More like a three-headed theological monstrosity.

In the degree of the Knights of East and West, the 17° of the Scottish rite, a ‘sacred word’ is given to the candidate and its ABADDON. The Bible described him as “the angel of the bottomless pit.” (Rev. 9:11). He’s a demon of destruction invoked occult warfare. If Masonry is remotely Christian what is this demon doing in its higher degrees?

Pike in Morals and Dogma, has this to say about Satan: “(he) is not a person but a Force, created for good, but which may serve for evil. It is the instrument of Liberty or Free Will. They represent this Force, which presides over the physical generation (i.e. sex) under the mythological and horned form of the God PAN; thence came the he-goat of the Sabbat (witches festival), brother of the Ancient Serpent and the Light Bearer or Phosphor of which the poets have made the false Lucifer of the legend.” (p. 102)

He goes further on page 734 to say:

“There is in nature one most potent force, by means whereof a single man, who could possess himself of it, and should know how to direct it, could revolutionize and change the face of the world. This force was known to the ancients. It is a universal agent, whose Supreme law is equilibrium; and whereby, if science can but learn how to control it, it will be possible to change the order of the Seasons, to produce in night the phenomena of day, to send a thought in an instant
round the world, to heal or slay at a distance, to give our words universal success, and make them reverberate everywhere.

“This agent, partially revealed by the blind guesses of the disciples of Mesmer, is precisely what the Adepts of the middle ages called the elementary matter of the great work. The Gnostics held that it composed the igneous body of the Holy Spirit; and it was adored in the secret rites of the Sabbat or the Temple, under the hieroglyphic figure of Baphomet or the hermaphroditic goat of Mendes.

“There is a Life-Principle of the world, a universal agent, wherein are two natures and a double current, of love and wrath. This ambient fluid penetrates everything. It is a ray detached from the glory of the Sun, and fixed by the weight of the atmosphere and the central attraction. It is the body of the Holy Spirit, the universal Agent, the Serpent devouring his own tail. With this electro-magnetic ether, this vital and luminous caloric, the ancients and the alchemists were familiar.”

Not only does this Masonic authority clearly unveil the horned god of witchcraft lurking in the curtains of Freemasonry he also committed a serious blasphemy against the Holy Spirit by associating Him with a demonic entity (Matt. 12:22-32). This is why no Christian should be part of Masonry.

Masonry is akin to witchcraft and it brings spiritual death to individuals, families and churches because God’s sentence of spiritual death rests on all practitioners of witchcraft. This secret society must be renounced as an abomination before God.

Rome’s Habitation of Demons

Demons and angels

In 1973, The Exorcist movie – loosely based on Roland Doe’s true life exorcism – was released. It featured scenes of demon Pazuzu growling and spinning the head of the victim. Several other movie plots and literature have toured a similar story line.

Scenes of possessed victims (usually females) levitating, cursing in foreign languages or spewing nails at the sloshing of the holy water from the priest were a common thread in movies like The Exorcist III, Requiem, The Last Exorcism, The Exorcism of Emily Rose, The Rite etc.

These movies somewhat created a social neurosis which give many people twisted ideas about the ministry of deliverance and conveyed to them the notion that only Catholic priests had the sceptre to deal with demons.

Notwithstanding, the position of the “higher-up” Vatican intellectuals was that Satan and demons were no more than Medieval myths made up to fill the pews. Joseph Fitzmyer, in his comments on Mark 9:1-29 where Jesus rebuked a demon wrote:

A demon is invoked to explain the cause of the sickness or disaster that people of that time could not explain or diagnose properly … Recall, too, how Jesus is said to ‘rebuke’ the fever of Simon’s mother-in-law (Lk. 4:39; cf. Mk. 1:31, Mt. 8:15) i.e. he is regarded as having rebuked the spirit protologically considered to be causing the high fever … Undoubtedly Jesus shared some of the protological thinking himself, being a child of his time” (A Christological Catechism, Paulist Press, 1991, 59-60)

This was not an obscure book; it had the Vatican’s Imprimi Potest and Nihil Obstat. Fitzmyer himself was a member of the Pontifical Biblical Commission, yet he found it convenient to accuse the Lord Jesus of “protological thinking.” It tells how really bad the state of affairs is in the Vatican.

Another Catholic priest wrote:

The N[ew] T[estament] contains many references and allusions to the devil, demons, and unclean spirits…” He then throws in the party line: “Some of these references are poetic metaphor and hyperbole” (The New Dictionary of Theology, ed. Joseph Komonchak, 2006, 275).

For a religion that dismisses creationism for evolution, pushing demons into the closet of poetic metaphor can’t be that difficult.

On the other side of the divide, however, more and more Catholics are owning up to demonic infestations in their lives which had hitherto been muffled with smells and bells. This has forced some of the Vatican hierarchy to begin to admit the obvious.

In 2013, Fr. Gabriele Amorth, the head of the International Association of Exorcists, appealed to the Pope to “give all priests the power to carry out exorcisms and to ensure priests are properly trained for these starting with the seminary. There’s a huge demand for them.”

To handle the epidemic of demon possessions among Catholics, one of the biggest diocese in Europe decided to set up an “exorcist hotline” in Milan.

Monsignor Angelo Mascheroni, the chief exorcist, said “the service has been set up in response to increasing numbers of requests from worshippers.”

He added that one of these exorcists was reportedly dealing with as many as 120 cases every day. In 2014, the Vatican finally gave its official approval to the International Association of Exorcists. They now train priests and students on how to conduct exorcisms. Apparently, Rome is now being forced to name the elephant in the room.

Games Exorcists Play

Exorcism is said to be a sacrament administered to those demon possessed. The Catholic Catechism says:

When the Church asks publicly and authoritatively in the name of Jesus Christ that a person or object be protected against the power of Evil One and withdrawn from his dominion, it is called exorcism” (par. 1673).

Exorcism is basically a ritual. It often starts with the priest touching the neck of the possessed one with the hem of his purple stole and holding his hand on his/her forehead saying: “Ecce crucem Domini” (“Behold the cross of the Lord”).

In 1999, the Vatican issued a new rite of exorcism in which the use of Latin is optional. Now, an exorcism must be conducted with approval from a bishop, and only when there is proof that demons are present within the person. Otherwise, the applicant is to be handed over to a psychiatrist, medical doctor or a parish priest for “counseling.”

To anyone who knows about demonology, this rule is ludicrous. Demons do mask their presence under medical or psychiatric terms. Many of them do not manifest unless their rights to live in their hosts are challenged with the power of Christ.

So how can a psychiatrist differentiate between mental illness and a demon of mental illness?

Catholic texts say demon possession is detected when a person speaks foreign languages; has supernatural abilities (or knowledge); shows aversion to anything “holy” (e.g crucifixes, statues of Mary or the Eucharist) and spews blasphemies. This “detection system” is more rooted in superstition and vague ideas than facts.

First, it ignores the primary stage called oppression in which demons only latch to a person’s body or soul.

A person who is demonically oppressed could be enslaved to a sinful habit (like pornography) but he doesn’t speak foreign languages or have supernatural abilities, yet he still needs to have his/her demons kicked out.

Second, the idea that a crucifix or “holy water” scares demons is a delusion reinforced into the minds of Catholics.

There is no object invented by mankind that can scare demon spirits. “For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty through God” (2Cor. 10:4). Since demons are non-physical beings, they can only be fought with spiritual weapons effective by divine power.

In 2006, I read a “prayer warfare” book authored by a Nigerian Catholic priest. Each chapter was on how to use candles, holy water, rosaries etc. to deal with demons.

He said that the holy water is the Spirit of God in liquid form and that buried charms can be detonated with a crucifix in hand (like the scenes in Nollywood flicks).

The book is laced with stories of different “saints” such as the one who changed a big devil dog into a helpless puppy by beating it with a rosary – the kind of stories that make you laugh because you just don’t want to cry.

Exorcism is not Biblical. It’s actually an occult ritual found in many ancient magical texts which later made its way into Catholic ritual books.

The only “exorcists” in the Bible who tried to use the name of Jesus in a magical way weren’t truly saved and therefore had no spiritual authority. They got beaten up by the demonized man (Acts 19:13-19). Rituals are of no spiritual value and do not expel demons.

Chief exorcist, Fr. Amorth admitted in an interview that demons threaten him during exorcisms saying:

Tonight, I’m going to put a serpent between your sheets” to which he responds, “I’ve got the Madonna [Mary] on my side. I am called Gabriel. Go fight the Archangel Gabriel if you will.”

He says the demons do leave his clients because they say, “I am dying, I am dying. You are killing me; you have won. All priests are murderers” (Sunday Telegraph, Oct. 29, 2000).

This alone shows the extent of deception into which Catholic exorcists themselves have fallen. Little wonder Fr. Amorth boasted of having sent 170,000 demons to hell. Such a great lifetime achievement.

The grim reality is that the liturgy of Rome is powerless to deal with demons.

In the 1970s, Annelese Michel a demon possessed lady, was exorcised by priests for almost 70 days. She ended up becoming worse and finally died of starvation. The excuse was that she had “talked of dying as a martyr.” Some bishops even said she was never possessed.

Michael Taylor was also exorcised by Catholic priests who claimed to have removed 40 demons from him. But when he got home, he murdered his wife and their dog and was later found wandering aimlessly in the streets.

In 1982, Pope John Paul II performed exorcism on a girl from Spoleto; she gained only temporary relief.

During a general audience with Pope John Paul II on September 6, 2000, a 19 year old girl flew into a rage and began to scream insults at him in a raspy, masculine and demonic voice.

After attempts to calm her with a medal of the Virgin Mary and a crucifix failed, the pope spent an hour trying to cast out her demon without success. He promised to offer a Mass for her the next day and sent her to Fr. Amorth. He too failed. The demon bragged: “Not even the head of your church can send me out” (Christianity Today, Nov. 13, 2000).

Fr. Amorth later admitted the girl was still being exorcised weekly in Milan and monthly in Italy.

Obviously, the men in robes don’t have in reality the power attributed to them by Hollywood.

Recently, a Polish priest received a text message from a strange number after he failed to cast out the demons from a teenage girl which reads: “She will not come out of this hell. She’s mine. Anyone who prays for her will die.”

Similarly, in 2013, Pope Francis publicly exorcised a Mexican man. The man later said, “I still have the demons inside me, they have not gone away.”

After his exorcism, he started to fall into trances during which he blasphemed and spoke in unknown languages. “I could not sleep and when I managed to sleep I had terrible nightmares connected with the evil one,” he said (The Christian Post May 31, 2013).

This man had undergone 30 exorcisms by 10 different priests, including Fr. Amorth, the man who claims to have “sent 170,000 demons to hell.”

Where in Scripture did Jesus or the apostles organize 30 exorcisms to set people free? In fact, Romanism seems to attract demons to those deep into it. “St.” Teresa of Avila wrote:

Once, while approaching to receive communion, I saw with my soul’s eyes more clearly than with my bodily eyes two devils whose appearance was more abominable. It seems to me their horns were wrapped around the priest’s throat…” (The Collected Works of St Teresa, 1:38:23)

“St” Gemma also wrote of seeing a demon as “a giant of great height” who hit her on the head and said “You are in my hands!”

Today, there are also cases of demon possessed priests and nuns. Even Mother Teresa was exorcised by archbishop Henry D’Couzas prior to her death to apparently cast out her many demons.

In the book, The Rite: The Making of an Exorcist by Matt Baglio (which inspired the movie, The Rite), there was a case of a possessed nun who had been seeing an exorcist for 9 years. In the movie version, the exorcist priest himself became possessed with a client’s demons.

A Prison of Unclean Spirits

And he cried mightily with a loud voice, saying, “Babylon the great is fallen, is fallen, and has become a dwelling place of demons, a prison for every foul spirit, and a cage for every unclean and hated bird!” (Rev. 18:2)

There is a strong link between “Babylon the great” and Roman Catholicism. It also has some similarities with Babel. The original purpose of its inhabitants was:

“Come, let us build ourselves a city, with a tower that reaches to the heavens, so that we may make a name for ourselves; otherwise we will be scattered over the face of the whole earth” (Gen. 11:4).

The city was a political strategy while the tower functioned as a religious enterprise, a means of reaching heaven. It was a union of the throne and altar; the state and the church. The system of Babel was an attempt of man to reach up to God. It was a religion of self effort whereas, God had to come to man; mankind couldn’t reach Him.

No reconciliation to God or entrance to heaven was possible apart from the full payment of sin’s penalty God’s justice demanded – an infinite penalty that finite man could never pay. God Himself had to come as a sinless Man to pay this price. No human effort could play any part in man’s salvation.

Babel’s aim was to unify the people under a one world government and religion. This plays out today by Catholicism’s agenda to bring all religions and nations under the Pope.

What makes Catholicism a hotbed for demons?

I. It incorporates occult practices. This include image worship, consulting with familiar spirits (disguised as “Virgin Mary and the saints”) and various rituals. These sins are entry points for demonic invasion and unless they are renounced, the demons stand on their grounds.

II. Many of its emblems and structures are occult. The obelisk in St. Peter’s square is an emblem of Baal and the phallus. The 8 pointed circle around it represents “mother earth” and the female organ. Both combination stands for fertility rites. The pope faces this emblem whenever he is addressing the people.

High on the wall of St. Peter’s church in Rome is a huge, golden sun burst image right above the high altar. The monstrance which Catholics bow to is also sun-shaped. Sun worship is an old form of demonism. A 33 degree Mason wrote:

The adoration of the sun was one of the earliest and most natural forms of religious expression … Among all the nations of antiquity, altars, mounds and temples were dedicated to the worship of the orb of the day … The sun became the Bull in Taurus…worshipped in Egypt as Apis and in Assyria as Bel, Baal or Bul.” (Manly Hall, The Secret Teachings of All Ages, 49)

III. It teaches a false Christ. Wherever Jesus, the True Light is absent, there you have darkness and Satan resides in darkness. When a religion preaches “another Christ,” it also has “another gospel” and this false gospel is backed up by demons. By worshipping the false Christ in the Eucharist, Catholics open themselves up to “another spirit” (2 Cor. 11:4).

IV. It teaches false doctrines. Jesus said “you will know the truth and the truth will set you free” (Jn. 8:32). For a person to be truly set free, he must first know the truth – not just a church or rites. All false doctrines originate from Satan, the father of lies. So when a person persists in unbiblical doctrines and rebels against the Bible, he remains in demonic bondage.

V. It offers a convenient shield to different facets of paganism and the occult. This explains why strong Catholic countries and regions appear to have higher rates of witchcraft. The trappings of Catholicism make the occult appealing to Catholics, and as they dabble into it, demonization increases.

In June 2015, a massive nationwide exorcism (Exorcismo Magno), the first of its kind, was performed on Mexico from the cathedral of San Luis Potosi. The archbishop said this was because violence, Satanism and witchcraft were too rampant in the Catholic dominated country so they successfully drove out the demons behind it from the entire country.

I guess this was why the Pope couldn’t drive out demons from an individual. In a homily Pope Francis said:

The Christian life is combat; a beautiful combat because God wins in every steps of our lives, it fills us with joy and great happiness.”

To many who have found left Rome and have found spiritual freedom in Christ, this little jingle rings hollow. But to the deceived but sincere souls still trapped in Rome’s prison,  undergoing exorcisms 30 times or for 9 years, such “beautiful combat” or “great happiness” the pope speaks of is a mirage.

Even when Rome’s exorcism seem to be effective, it only reinforces the delusion that Catholics should stay in Rome’s birdcage. The answer is to leave Rome and accept the true Jesus of the Bible and follow the Bible. Once the enemy’s grounds have been repented of, one can exercise this authority in Jesus’ name and send the devil’s imps out of one’s life (Lk. 10:19).