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.

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