Weighing the Grail Message: God


Is the Grail movement a cult? Do Grail teachings have occult underpinnings? Its adherents would vehemently answer “No.” They explain that since they organize public lectures and their works are often publicized, they are not a cult.

This response, apart from being a circular argument, doesn’t make any logical sense.

All cults and occult groups organize public lectures, engage in public relations and also give out their materials to the public – especially, when there is a prospect of gaining converts. From a Christian standpoint, however, the Grail movement is not merely a cult; its beliefs and practices have trappings of the occult.

I have previously highlighted about 6 striking features of the occult. Now, in this series of articles, I will be weighing the Grail message in the light of the Bible, history and logic.

The quotes are taken from Volume 1, Chapter 6 of In the Light of Truth: The Grail Message by Oskar Ernst Bernhardt (a.k.a Abdrushin).

Let’s start with what it says about God:

What is your God? You know He said: “I am the Lord, your God, thou shalt have no other gods beside me!” There is but one God, but one Power. What then is the Trinity? The Triune God? God the Father, God the Son, and the Holy Spirit?

When a mystic is trying to redact a core belief of historic, orthodox Christianity into his own novel, divergent beliefs, he must inevitably run into some problems.

Apart from the biblical evidence that conflicts with his worldview, he must also deal with the historical argument and question of the source of his inspiration.

Though Oskar appealed to the Bible in his Grail writings, it’s clear from the onset that his message is not from the God of the Bible. In fact, it would have been better if he didn’t go near the Bible at all. I must also note in passing his inability to properly define the Trinity.

At the beginning of this chapter, he promised to explain a truth that neither school nor the church has been able to clearly explain. But this statement carries no weight, because he’s trying to turn 19 centuries of Christian theology on its ear without offering a superior argument.

This is the typical “bait and switch” method used by all cults. They borrow Christian terminologies but re-define them.

Cults always base their teaching on their founders and — setting aside the hard evidence — exercise implicit faith in his word.

Therefore, the only way by which any seeker would accept the teachings in the Grail book as divine is by exercising blind faith in its writer: Oskar Benhardt.

When mankind shut themselves out of Paradise by no longer heeding the guidance of the intuitive perception, which is Pure – spiritual and therefore near to God, but willfully chose to cultivate the intellect, subjecting themselves to it and thus becoming slaves of the tool given to them to use, they naturally fell further and further away from God.

This is an attempt of a 20th century mystic to re-write the history of mankind. What shut man from paradise was sin; it was never about failed “intuitive perception.” When Adam and Eve sinned, the relationship they had with God was broken and death resulted (Rom. 5:12).

All members of the human race were represented in Adam in Eden. So when Adam sinned, God counted us guilty as well.

Consequently, just as one trespass resulted in condemnation for all people, so also one righteous act resulted in justification and life for all people. For just as through the disobedience of the one man the many were made sinners, so also through the obedience of the one man the many will be made righteous (Rom. 5:18-19).

Sin was what brought the separation of mankind from God; that is why Jesus had to come to take the penalty of sin so that man could now have fellowship with God through Him. Jesus – as the representative of all who believed in Him – obeyed God perfectly and God counted us righteous in Him (Rom. 5:12-21).

Furthermore, it must be noted that man was created in God’s image (tselem) and likeness (demût) (Genesis 1:26).

One of the aspects of our likeness to God is our spiritual aspects: we have not only physical bodies but also immaterial spirits. We have a spiritual life that enables us to relate to God as persons.

After the fall, all the aspects of image of God in us (moral, mental, spiritual and relational) were grossly distorted by sin. The New Testament however shows us that it’s by redemption in Christ that mankind can receive a progressive recovering of God’s image or likeness (Rom. 8:29; 2 Cor. 3:18; Col. 3:10).

Abdrushin, in an attempt to evade the sin question and entice the reader into mysticism, conveniently sets up a Manichean intellect vs. intuition binary. But man’s intuition has been affected by sin and cannot offer man a pure path to God. No man can have a fulfilling relationship with God outside Jesus Christ.

God in His Purity could no longer reveal Himself to the debased intellect bound human beings, because due to their intellectual orientation they were no longer capable of sensing, seeing or hearing His Messengers and the few still able to do so were ridiculed by the materialists, with their limited horizon bound to space and time…

The Grail message has no valid answer to the sin question, so it buries it with the materialists vs. mystics’ dichotomy.

The Bible is clear that man inherited a sinful nature because of Adam’s sin. This is the disposition to sin present within each one of us. “Behold, I was brought forth in iniquity, and in sin did my mother conceive me” (Psa. 51:5).

This is why those who are not in Christ are “by nature children of wrath, like the rest of mankind” (Eph. 2:3) even if they claim to have intuitive perception or “ascent” due to a religious philosophy. It doesn’t change that nature of sin within them, because only those who have been redeemed by Christ can have victory over sin (Rom. 6:14).

Those who have not trusted in Jesus to save them from their sins cannot fellowship with God in His purity because they are “darkened in their understanding, alienated from the life of God because of the ignorance that is in them, due to the hardness of their heart” (Eph. 4:18).

They are the ones who reject the revelation of God recorded by his prophets and apostles in the Bible, but are instead seeking mystic groups, alternative spirituality or occult philosophies that will offer them some mental cotton candy and fiction that ultimately end here on earth.

The “Holy Spirit” is Spirit of the Father which severed from Him, works separately in all Creation, and Who like the Son, remains closely connected with the Father and one with Him. The inexorable Laws of Creation which spread through the whole Universe like a network of nerves and bring about the unconditional reciprocal action forming man’s fate or karma … are of the “Holy Spirit!”

The Holy Spirit is the Spirit of God. He is variously described as “the Spirit of the Living God” (2 Cor. 3:3), “the Spirit of His Son” (Gal. 4:6), “the Spirit of Jesus Christ” (Phil. 1:19), “the Spirit of Holiness” (Rom. 1:5), “the Spirit of Truth” (Jn. 16:13), “the Spirit of Grace” (Heb. 10:29) and “the Eternal Spirit” (Heb. 9:14).

The Holy Spirit didn’t sever from God; He is eternal. He has all the attributes of God the Father. Since the Holy Spirit is the Spirit of Grace, He is certainly not the author of the fatalistic or karmic laws dreamed up by deluded pagans and occultists.

Before Creation God was One! During the process of creating He severed a Part of His Will to work independently in Creation, and thus became two-fold.

This nonsense is straight out of Gnosticism. Gnostics believed that there were basically two Gods: the lesser and semi-divine “God” (Demiurge) who created the material universe and the transcendent supreme God. It mirrored the dualism of ancient Persian belief in the struggle of Light (Misda) and Darkness (Arima) and the antagonism of body and mind.

The Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy has this to say:

Gnosticism (after gnôsis, the Greek word for “knowledge” or “insight”) is the name given to a loosely organized religious and philosophical movement that flourished in the first and second centuries CE … According to the Gnostics, this world, the material cosmos is the result of a primordial error on the part of a supra-cosmic, supremely divine being, usually called Sophia (Wisdom) or simply the Logos. This being is described as the final emanation of a divine hierarchy, called the Plêrôma or “Fullness,” at the head of which resides the supreme God, the One beyond Being.

A scholar of Philosophy of Religion and Systematic Theology has to say about Gnosticism:

The major characteristic of the Gnostic teaching was dualism, their conception that spirit and material are absolutely incompatible. For the Gnostics material or matter is inherently evil … The gnosis of knowledge that the Gnostic leaders claimed to possess was theirs through some illuminating process, giving them understanding of themselves, of the world and of God. Such gnosis, knowledge, they claimed was not within the reach of all. The Gnostics believed in the salvation of a spiritual elite and they divided mankind accordingly … The illumined or spiritual beings … [whereas] the vast majority were earthbound, slaves of matter…” (Gideon A. Oshitelu, A Background to Christian Philosophy, Ibadan: Oputoru Books, 2002, 62-63).

From the quotes provided so far, all you need do is replace the term “Gnostics” with “cross bearers” and it quickly becomes evident that the Grail message is simply a form of Neo-Gnosticism.

The Holy Spirit is Executive Justice, Whose eternal, irrevocable and incorruptible laws pulsate throughout the Universe, and up till now these laws have only been guessed at and variously described as Fate!… Karma! Divine Will!  

The Holy Spirit is not a theory or quality. This earth has a beginning and certainly has an end, so there are no “eternal laws pulsating through the universe.” That’s even the lie of panentheism right there.

Fate and karma are not divine will, not by any means. We will be examining that in the next article.

In conclusion, though the chapter is supposed to present a clearer truth about God, the writer has a hollow understanding of the Divine Trinity and comes short of dealing with the subject matter.

The chapter is more a mish-mash of metaphysical twaddle. Abdrushin starts out appealing to the God of the Bible, but later introduces to the reader, a freakish two-fold Gnostic deity with an impersonal “executive justice” as his hybrid “trinity.”

The Tentacles of the Occult (I)

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The word “occult” is from the Latin word, “occultus” which means “secret, hidden or clandestine.” It refers to a wide range of practices, concepts or organizations whose true nature are disguised with discrete and deceptive phenomena.

The Bible describes an “immoral woman” saying “her ways are unstable; you do not know them” (Prov. 5:6). This also fits the occult. It’s so multifaceted, unstable and adaptive that no limit can be set to the form it takes to seduce and trap people.

There are however 6 general characteristics that distinguish the occult:

Secrecy – It’s always shrouded in secrecy and cover up both in teaching and practice. It binds adherents under oaths and covenants and attaches terrible consequences to its secrets being exposed.

Esotericism – it claims to possess mysteries, symbolism and mysticism unknown to the people outside or veiled to the mundane world.

Gnosticism – it claims to offer the most ancient wisdom or secret knowledge that allegedly places the initiate on a higher footing than the outsiders. Thus, it’s very fascinating to the fallen man.

Supernaturalism – it offers experiences beyond the natural. Experiences that transcend reason, science and the physical plane. It promises great insights through interactions with the spirit realm.

Control – it creates a system where man can manipulate or control others, events (past, present or future), spiritual forces and alter reality to suit his own purposes.

Opposition – it rejects or replaces the existing social and political order. It counterfeits healthy relationships, family structures or organizations with its own authority or order.

The occult typifies an “alternative” lifestyle or system that defies and opposes the supremacy of God. Its sound bites are:

“Is God not showing you your future? Come, we’ll show it to you.”

“Is God not offering you material wealth? Come we will give it to you;”

“Is God not healing your loved one? We’ll do it – and instantly!”

The occult gathers under its banner those seeking things outside God, and are willing to do anything to get them. Some of the things that entangle people in it are:

I. Pride: it not only leads people into the occult but also keeps them in it. Pride is translated from a Greek word, huperephania (Strong #5243) which means “excessive shining i.e (self-exaltation, self-absorption).”

It also means a person who “has a swollen estimate of his own powers or merits, looks down on others” (Thayer’s Greek Lexicon).

A person who sees himself as a “shining one” and is “swollen” about his life achievements would want to live above reality, so would seek occult power to bend things to his own will.

Pride also makes people desire a sort of wisdom or knowledge that would place them on a “higher plane” than others. A proud person will find it difficult to leave the occult because it constantly feeds his ego.

II. Unhealthy curiosity: an untamed desire for knowledge or power can be dangerous. A Christian can be so obsessed about “the other side” and end up experimenting with the occult. At times, this happens under the guise of feasting on “Illuminati-exposing” materials which quickly introduce the occult to the unwary.

III. Entertainment: the marketing of the occult through computer games, movies and music works well, because what people can’t accept through doctrine, they can accept through entertainment.

Like a columnist wrote, “If a 60-second commercial can move mountains in the marketplace, don’t tell me that a 2-hour mega million movie doesn’t modify attitudes.”

When a flurry of movies or games presents the occult in a positive light – especially to children – their sense of adventure gets stimulated and they become desensitized to fear or evil. If that root is not dealt with, as they grow, they will likely follow the course of what they were exposed to.

IV. Unresolved rejection and hurts: the occult attracts people who have been rejected by friends, family or who feel rejected by God or a church, and are seeking acceptance – or revenge.

Even Psychologists agree that rejection hurts the brain. Unresolved hurts or bitterness caused by negative life experiences (e.g loss of a loved one, failures, physical sickness etc) can result in rebellion which is Biblically associated with occultism (1 Sam. 15:23).

V. Anxiety: in a world of unforeseen tragedies, people seek for answers anywhere. A lack of purpose or uncertainty can also suck people into divination. Even a Christian who doesn’t have a real relationship with God can easily fall into this snare.

VI. Inordinate desire for wealth: the occult seduces people with promises of great wealth. This lie appeals to many because, in most cases, people join the occult so as to gain a lot of wealth without having to work.

Indeed, the devil enriches his slaves, but the sorrow, torment and destruction attached to it should make it abhorrent to any sane person.

The Occult Tree

There are different “branches” and sub-branches of the occult. All cannot be covered here, but they can be classified into:

1. The Knowledge branch of the Occult: This operates by disseminating supernatural knowledge to people. It is sub-divided into:

(a) Knowledge by divination: an occult art that attempts to see into the future or discover hidden knowledge. e.g palmistry, applied kinesiology, astrology, biofeedback, I Ching, Ifa corpus, water witching, crystal balls/mirror divining, extra sensory perception (ESP), telepathy and other methods I listed in What Lies Behind Divination?

(b) Knowledge by spirit-communication: when a person directly receives teachings from spirits (pagan deities, spirit teachers, ascended masters or “guardian angels“) by invoking them or random visitation. e.g use of Ouija board, “channelling” ascended masters or spirit guides, cultural or regular Spiritism, apparitions of the “Virgin Mary” and messages from “aliens.”

(c) Knowledge via occult books: materials written by a person under direct inspiration of the entities listed in (b) above or by occult groups disseminating occult philosophies to people. e.g The Grail Message, Theosophy, OAHSPE, the Aquarian Gospel of Jesus, The Lost Teachings of Jesus, Liber Al Legis (The Book of the Law), A Course in Miracles, The Secret (and other “dictated” New Age books), The Satanic bible (and other books of satanic rituals), Masonic books and ritual monitors, Witchcraft and Neopaganism books, books on Yoga, TM and other forms of Eastern occultism, books by Rosicrucians and motivational cults (Napoleon Hill, Pacific Institute etc).

2. The power branch of the occult: the use of spiritual powers to control, intimidate or oppress. It’s divided into:

(a) “Religious” occult groups: various forms of Witchcraft, Hermetic orders like the Ordo Templi Orientis (OTO), New Age groups, Voodoo, Santeria, Ogboni Fraternity, Palo Mayombe, Candomblé, various Satanic covens (e.g Church of Satan, Order of the Black Ram, Order of the Infernal light, Cathedral of the fallen angels, Temple of Set, Temple of Lylyth, Shrine of the Little Mother, Cathedral of the Black Goat etc).

(b) Eclectic practices: the practitioner may/may not belong to a specific occult group, but combines different occult principles and pathways to wield supernatural power e.g Psychic surgery, “internal styles” martial arts, practical Kabbala, Santa Muerte rites, African or Eastern pagan rites, and Western Ceremonial Magick (it’s spelled “magick” in the occult).

Ceremonial magick are a complex, elaborate ritual magic rites involving different working tools – chalice, sword, altar, and candles.

These rites are based on medieval occult textbooks called Grimoires containing instructions on how to create talismans and amulets (or charms); perform magical spells and divination; invoke fallen angels, spirits, and demons.

Popular grimoires are: Transcendental Magic, the Sixth and Seventh Books of Moses, the Greater Key of Solomon, the Necronomicon, Dragon Rogue, The Book of St. Cyprian, The Magus, The Fourth Book of Occult Philosophy, Secrets of the Golden Dawn and the Book of Shadows (Wiccan ritual guides).

3. The branch operating through physical objects: These are objects which exert occult power for (or on) the user. They are:

a) Objects in occult or pagan worship – rosaries, crucifixes, pictures or statues of pagan deities, or “saints” (including those of ‘Jesus’ and ‘Mary’), occult regalia, religious altars, relics and others listed in 2 (b) above.

b) Materials with occult symbols or occult connotations – occult jewelries (ankhs, pentagrams, eyes, moon, horns etc), demonic sigils, Native American emblems (e.g totem poles, Kachina dolls), New Age music items, occult toys and role-playing games.

c) Objects “charged” with occult powers – charms, occult rings, “energy” swords or athames, hex signs, talisman, occult crystals, voodoo dolls, herbs and oils etc.

There are only two sources of supernatural knowledge and power in the universe: either God or Satan. There is no middle ground.

Since “God is light and in him there is no darkness,” the dark system of the occult is of Satan (1Jn. 1:9).

God has set a boundary between His kingdom and that of Satan, so, when a Christian crosses that boundary by dabbling in the occult, he steps into a zone where he is taken captive by Satan to do his will.

This captivity can be likened to “tentacles.” It binds to a person and gradually saps away his/her life.

God has clearly revealed His truth to man in His Word. There are no “secret teachings of Christ” or “inner room rites” in Christianity.

Jesus Himself said “I have spoken openly to the world … I said nothing in secret” (Jn. 18:20). He told His disciples: “What I tell you in the dark, speak in the daylight; what is whispered in your ear, proclaim from the roofs” (Mt. 10:27).

Continued in Part II

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.

Masonry 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, medical care, 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 per cent of Southern Baptist pastors and 18 per cent 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 the Master Mason.

After these three stages, a Mason can proceed to the 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 religion; 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 religion, but 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 means 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” (Jn. 14:6).

All religions can’t be true since they have conflicting revelations and concepts. Bowing at every altar is an insult to each religion.

The origins of Masonry

Masonry’s origins are not that clear. Masons cleave to the legend of 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 – with clear evidence – that the modern form of Masonry can be traced back to ancient mystery religions of Greece, Rome and Egypt:

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.

Albert Pike agrees:

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 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 attacked by many Christian writers all through history. It 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 which only the initiated could enter; embraced Gnosticism and became affiliated with ‘the Assassins’ (a group of Muslim jihadists).

They “were said to practice phallicism or sex worship and Satanism and to venerate ‘The Baphomet’ the idol of the Luciferians” (Edith Miller, Occult Theocrasy, Lady Queenborough, 1993, p. 144).

There were reports about homosexual orgies been 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, and it appears as if the hand of the first man on the other man’s genital.

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, paederast (lover of young boys) 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, they apparently merged with the Rosicrucians who adhered to the occult teachings that Christian Rosenkreuz learnt in Egypt and Syria.

During this period, 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 of 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.

A former witch and 32 degree Mason wrote:

“These masons … were the holders of the old religion… paid by the bishops to build cathedrals which they (the masons) would then encrust with Witchcraft symbols!” (William Schnoebelen, Masonry: Beyond the Light, Chick Publications, 1991, 181).

From the higher degrees of Masonry emerged the Illuminati, founded by Adam Weishaupt on May 1, 1776. But the Illuminati was suppressed by European leaders in the 1800s. As Masonry grew into the 19th and 20th century, it was shipped over to Africa.

The racist mindset of the 1800s was evident in Albert Pike’s speech:

“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.

“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.

The logical deduction would be that, Mackey’s god is also equally present with a witch in his/her coven.

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.

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 Mason’s god.

For instance, in the 17th degree of the Scottish rite, Masons are given the secret passwords JAHBULON (or JUBULUM) and ABBADON.

The name JAHBULON (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 name ABADDON has nothing to do with God either. It’s the name of the “king of the angel of the bottomless pit” (Rev. 9:11) – a high ranking fallen angel!

An ex-32 degree Mason described the “last supper” rite in the highest level of Freemasonry:

“The high point of the K[nights] T[emplar] initiation is when a candidate is brought before a large triangular table covered in black velvet illuminated by candles and containing eleven silver goblets and a human skull enthroned on the Bible (skulls feature prominently throughout this initiation) … The candidate is asked to partake of five libations, (toasts). The first three libation are given, respectively, to the memory of Masonic heroes King Solomon; Hiram, king of Tyre and Hiram Abif. The fourth libation is to the memory of Simon of Cyrene, and the fifth is the most sinister of all. The candidate is never told to whom the fifth libation is drunk (it is “sealed”) and it is offered to him in a human skull!…” (William Schnoebelen, Masonry Beyond the Light, Chick Pub., 1991, 67-68).

Albert Pike said to the Supreme Council:

“That which we must say to the crowd is: we worship a god, but it is a god that one adores without superstition … the Masonic religion should be maintained in the purity of the Luciferian doctrine …. Yes, Lucifer is God and unfortunately, Adonay is also God. The true and pure philosophical religion is the belief in Lucifer, the equal of Adonai. But Lucifer, God of light and God of good is struggling for humanity against Adonay, the God of darkness and evil” (A. C. De La River LaFemme, July 4, 1889, p. 588)

In the “foolsophical” religion of Masonry, Lucifer is good and God is evil! How satanic can you get.

Lucifer is a created being and can never be equal to God the Creator. How can a person adhere to these Luciferian doctrines and at the same time claim to be Christ’s follower? It’s impossible. You can’t walk with God and run with the devil.

Manly Hall, mentioned earlier, wrote that:

“When the Mason learns that the key to the warrior on the block is the proper application of the dynamo of living power, he has learned the mystery of the Craft. The seething energies of Lucifer are in his hands, and before he may step onward and upward, he must prove his ability to properly apply energy” (The Lost Keys of Freemasonry, p. 48)

The “application of the power…mystery of the Craft…seething energies of Lucifer” can only describe one thing: witchcraft!

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