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.

Illuminati Conspiracy or Mass Hysteria?


The Illuminati hysteria that came with the Angels and Demons novel and movie was not new neither was its conspiracy theme.

For decades, people have fingered the Vatican, Satanists, Wiccans, New Agers/World Order, Freemasons, CIA and Zionists in an alleged global take over.

Even Microsoft and the World Wide Web were linked with the church of Satan – until Christians began to use the Internet to spread the gospel.

Man’s nature conditions him to blame something else for his problems. It’s as old as Eden. When Adam sinned, he blamed Eve, Eve blamed the serpent, but the serpent had no one to blame.

With each conspiracy theme comes a set of “experts” who are always in the know of their secrets. But when the hype dies down, they collapse into themselves like a neutron star.

I was once caught up in the Illuminati hype too. In 2011, I stumbled on a “vigilant citizen” website owned by an “expert” at detecting Illuminati hoof prints behind music videos, movies and world events and I became totally hooked!

After a year of being on a roller coaster of conspiracies, I began to discover that the whole Illuminati-spotting business was based on subjective whims, abstractions, self-appointed authorities and tragi-comic episodes (like folks telling me how evil Beyonce was and happily downloading her music in the next breath).

Now, don’t get me wrong, conspiracies are real. The Bible contains several examples of them. e.g the enemies of Amaziah conspiring against him (2 Chr. 25:27), Sanballat, Tobiah and the Ashdodites against Israel (Neh. 4:8), the enemies of Jesus conspiring against Him (Mt. 12:14) and the enemies of apostle Paul (Acts 23:12) etc.

But just as Jesus and the apostles were not obsessed with those gathering against them, Christians are not to over-emphasize conspiracies or resort to speculation and hearsay in place of facts.

We need to ask: where do Illuminati experts get their piece of information from? Are their sources factual and reliable? If so, why are there conflicting information about the real identity of Illuminati, what their goals are, their history and those allegedly involved?

Granted, the Illuminati (meaning the enlightened ones) is a name used to describe various groups since the mid 1700s.

Today, it’s generally agreed that the Illuminati consists of secret, underground cult linked with the Knight Templar and Gnostic groups aiming to take over the world using celebrities, politicians and the media.

Some have traced it to the Bavarian Illuminati founded by Adam Weishaupt, a former Jesuit on May 1, 1776 within the Masonic Lodges of Germany. But historians agree that by 1785, the Bavarian Illuminati was broken and suppressed by the government for plotting against the kings of Europe.

Another version says the Illuminati came from “The Protocols of the Learned Elders of Zion”, a mythological piece written by Hermann Goedsch in Europe in the 1800s. The work claims that 12 elders of Zion meet with Satan at a graveyard on how to take over the world.

This work, which was later called “The Rabbi’s Speech,” became the main anti-Semitic tool used by politicians in Europe to persecute the Jews.

Some have linked the Illuminati to Aliens and Unidentified Flying Objects (UFOs). Some self-appointed “whistle blowers” have stated in several YouTube videos that the Illuminati came from UFOs and the aliens who drive them.

French Kabalist, Eliphes Levi in his work, History of Magic, says the Illuminati was founded by Zoroaster in Persia and introduced into Europe by the Knights Templar in the 12th century.

But in 1962, the John Birch Society said the Illuminati consists of world bankers, communists, Council of Foreign Relations and the Jewish Rothschild.

Most of the legends and speculations weaved around the Rothschild family are without historical documentation.

Much of the “historical” data linking the Illuminati with the Rothschilds came from the works of Nester Webster, a British anti-semitic mystic who believed in mysticism and reincarnation. Her theories have been disproved by scholars, yet some Christian authors continue to cite her as a reliable source.

Some Illuminati “experts” curiously picked up pieces from different sources and embellished them to generate a hype.

For example, John Collins Todd who claimed to be an ex-Druidic priest and former Illuminati in a 1978 (?) tape said:

“In the Illuminati, the Rothschild are not humans …they are gods in human bodies … They are the sons and daughters of Lucifer in human bodies and his wife … The council that I was on was the private priesthood of these gods…

In the tape, he predicted that at “the end of 1980,” the Illuminati would take over the U.S. and the whole world, so Christians were to stockpile food, fuel and weapons and hide in the hills. Quite hysterical. But John Todd’s claims were later proven to be false on several levels.

There are also some Christians who believe the Illuminati came from the Jesuit Order. In the Crusader comic series, The Force, published by Chick Publications, Alberto Rivera said:

“[Ignatius de] Loyola created the Illuminati (Alumbrados), a satanic organization to control the minds of European leaders through hypnosis, witchcraft and mind control … Once Ignatius de Loyola came to power in the Vatican, he placed his occult organization, ‘The Illuminati’, under the umbrella of the Roman Catholic institution. The Illuminati secretly became the most important branch of the Jesuit order” (The Force, by Jack T. Chick, 1983 pp. 23, 25).

No source, reference or documentation was provided to support these fantastic claims. The reader is simply expected to just lap it up.

Today, there are a number of Christian websites, blogs and tabloids still churning out versions of these theories to brainwash their readers. But why would a Christian relish tabloid sensationalism generated by fear merchants? And why would a true believer spread speculations and guesswork instead of facts?

Nowhere does the Bible direct Christians to spend the whole of their time spreading conspiracies. Instead, we are to spread the Gospel. There is a point where a line is crossed between apologetics and a morbid obsession with cults.

When you reach a point where your daily thoughts are overwhelmingly centered around a cult, and you tend to “see” it behind every shadow, cabinet and event, then you have crossed that line.

Most Illuminati-hunting materials seldom present the Gospel to the unsaved. What they largely cater to are suspicion, hysteria and an unhealthy obsession with the occult. These things appeal to paranoid, fanatical and unbalanced minds mostly on the fringes of Christianity.

The Illuminati hype may seem attractive because it gives its experts a heady feeling of knowing what the “controlled masses” are oblivious of, but it can also be spiritually distracting and even perilous, if care is not taken.

While it’s vital to have a good grasp of cults like Wicca, Masonry and New Age etc., the data of information about the Illuminati is too abstract and shrouded in legends for a reliable or objective study.

As Christians, we have a God to serve, a Bible to study, a church to fellowship with, sinners to preach to and a spiritual life to live. Most importantly, we shouldn’t “have anything to do with godless myths that old women love to tell” (1 Tim. 4:7) let alone disseminate them.