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This emblem and the organization for


which it stands has provoked the curiosity
of many.
Before you become entangled within it,
read carefully the FACTS contained in this
book.

by Jack R. Elliott
What Church Members
should know about

MASONRY
EDITOR’S NOTE: An intensive and extended examination and thorough re-
search into the FACTS was necessary to reveal the TRUTH, too long con-
cealed from the Church. The facts brought to light from many authentic
sources are astounding. This startlingly revealing book was written as a
Thesis, in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Master of
Arts in Theology conferred on Mr. Elliott, June 6th, 19.58, by Ambassador
College.
‘k70u will find it to be an astonishing and eye-opening revelation. We feel
it is breathtaking in interest, intriguing, and shocking-but it is all the
TRI-TH, carefully documented.
\Ve feel it is high time these little known facts be published for our
Church members. We need to know HOW it came about that, even in our
modern times, as the Word of God foretold: “all nations were deceived!”

I sMAS ONRY a Christian organization!


Do they have the truth? Why are
they so secret? Is it all right to remain
is not required to take any action
against nation, state or family.
Is this true? You had better make
in the Lodge? Is it all right to join the sure before you gamble away your life
Masons? on it.
This dissertation is designed to help
Part I
you answer these questions, give the
reasoning behind the answer, and pro- BEGINNING OF A DILEMMA

W
duce the evidence to back it up! E H A V E all heard a lot about
It is important that members of the Masonry and Masons. Many of
Church know something about the the things we hear are contradictory.
Masonic Lodge-its teachings and its What are the REAL FACTS about
beliefs-so that they can answer qucs- Masonry?
tions on the subject with understanding. Definitions of Freemasonry have been
Many persons who are interested in the numerous. Seldom do you find two alike.
WAY OF LIFE ask questions that need a
Here are quoted some of the most cele-
true and accurate answer, not the eva- brated ones which were composed by
sion they get when they ask informa- influential Masons and, as you might
tion from a Mason. expect, they heap much praise upon the
The Mason cannot answer most of Lodge.
your questions because he has sworn, “Freemasonry is a beautiful system of
under penalty of death, not to reveal morality, veiled in allegory, and illus-
Masonic secrets. Since the details can- trated by symbols.“-Hemming.
not be revealed, he merely assures you “Masonry is an art, useful knowledge
that “Masonry is a Christian organiza- and learning, and stamps an indelible
tion based on the Bible.” He further mark of pre-eminence on its genuine
assures you that Masonry is in accord- professors, which neither chance, power,
ance with God’s laws and a candidate nor fortune can bestow.“-Preston.
4 What Chrch hlenzbers Need to Know Abozlt hfA.SOA’RY

“The grand object of Masonry is to in order to find the mysterious secrets


promote the happiness of the human of life.
race.“-George Washington. The teachings of the Holy Bible and
If such statements can be made of the ancient (pagan) mysteries are ac-
the Lodge by such noted people, then cepted alike and constitute their main
surely it is a worthy organization! “How sources of information. From these they
can belonging to it be a discredit to select the principles which most appeal
anyone?” they ask. to their desires. They have worked out
Take a closer look and you will see ten of their own commandments which
that while these definitions are impres- are an amalgamation of some of God’s
sive, they still leatje the reader if2 the laws, and some gleaned from the “an-
dark as to the what, why, and how of cients.”
Freemasonry. Membership Is Lucrative
Belonging to the Lodge is profitable
Confusion in Doctrine
for a number or reasons. Among these
Masonic doctrine is very pliable be-
cause it is so loosely knit together and ter informed than the average person
embodies such a tremendous scope of on community and civil affairs. Masons
Christian as well as pagan ideas. Further- are of every profession imaginable. They
more, it is cushioned with allowances have a vast storehouse of knowledge at
for those members who wish to disagree their command which they share with
with either or both because the Lodge one another at refreshment” and durini
embraces men of all religions. These _speclals. Furthermore, they do
allowances also absorb or explain away not content themselves with the knowl-
any accusations brought against Masonic edge that is already among them, but
doctrine. It makes no difference whether certain members make a life work of
the accusation is pro-Christian, pro- seeking out the uncommon, and pro-
Mohammedan, pro-Pagan, or pro-any- claiming it from lodge to lodge at
thing. To be more specific, Masonic special meetings. Not all information
philosophy is very inexact, vague in is edifying, however. Much error is in-
principle and so devious in application troduced by the “informed.” (Among
that it can mean almost anything to any- these is the erroneous teaching about
one. Its basic teaching method is by the construction and architecture of
subtle suggestion which allows the can- King Solomon’s Temple. Illustrative
didate to warp his former beliefs into drawings of the structure while very
the Masonic framework. impressive usually show it adorned
Masonry can be more revealingly de- with objects of pagan worship.)
men. banded tamer Another helpful nrinciple is that of
. first and extending aid to a brother &on. Each
foremost, their PERSONAL INTERESTS member is dedicated to helo a needy
and second, the interests of certain brother wherever or whenever he is
others of their fellowmen. They set as able. Membership in the Lodge is there-
their guide, morals thatare as high as f& very useful to those who seek po-
other man-made codes. The fact that litical office, political favor, employment
they are man-made is not considered a opportunities. business connections,
degradation by the brotherhood. travel accommodations, or a privileged
They set as the highest and simplest position in the community. So pro-
of these morals “brotherlv love”- ( the nounced are some of these aids that all
brother referred to, however. is a brother who do not enjoy them are greatly
Mason). The s irit of Masonry is that . handicapped when they compete for
wv.&mp and ceremony certain offices or favor. Political office is
and intemperate revelry. They search a good example, and the Presidency of
ancient writings, Christian and pagan, the United States is not excepted. Most
What Church hfembers Need to Know About MASONRY 5

of our Presidents have been Masons, The various rites have upon their
either active or honorary. rolls the names of emperors, kings,
princes, priests, and governors, together
Secrecy with scholars, statesmen, and men of
Our definition could not be complete lesser stations in church and state. Here
without mentioning the secrecy of are a few famous men who have been
Masonry. Smybolism, which means Masons in the United States: Benjamin
nothing to the average person, is used Franklin, Presidents Washington, Jeffer-
to remind the Mason of his duties and son, Monroe, Adams, Jackson, Polk,
morals while hiding the allegoric mean- Fillmore, Harrison, Buchanan, Johnson,
ing and “beauty” from the “vulgar eye Garfield, McKinley, Taylor, Pierce, Taft,
of the uninformed.” Lodges meet in Theodore Roosevelt, and Truman. Other
secret behind guarded doors. Secret prominent members were Lafayette,
signs, handshakes and utterances reveal Fulton, Montgomery, Sherman, Burr,
one Mason to another regardless of his Rush, Whipple, Paine, Hamilton, Gerry,
lodge, rite, or country. Steubon, Stark, Livingstone, Dekalb,
Membership in the Lodge is, there- Warren, Paul Jones, Witherspoon, Re-
fore, a ticket to favoritism in any city vere and Hancock. Most of these are
or any state or any country, and is a proclaimed Masons by no lesser author-
hiasonic promise to happiness and pros- ity than the Encyclopedia Americana.
perity. Most local, state and federal officials
In actuality, Masons find that altruis- are Masons. Realize that when you ap-
tic ideals of the Lodge break down in ply for employment, the man who may
practice. Brother Masons are not much or may not employ you is likely to
more trustworthy than the “unenlight- be a member of the Lodge. By hand-
ened.” Some do not find the oaths they shake or other Masonic sign, you would
take binding enough to keep them from be able to greatly increase your chances
defrauding even a brother. of -securing that job because he has
At least two Church of God brethren sworn an oath to extend aid and com-
have confided to this author that they fort to a fellow Mason if it is within
have been seriously defrauded at the his means to do so.
hands of brother Masons. One put it You are, likewise, in a much better
this way: “In swearing to give aid and position to have a favor granted from
assistance to a brother Mason, an up- apublic official ..lv_ho belongs t o .the
right member falls prey to dishonest Lodge when you are a member.
members of the Lodge and is frequently Throughout the United S&es, many
defrauded. I hare found the word of Masons admit that they know or have
most Masons is just so much wind, and heard of brothers guilty of a crime
they would not hesitate to defraud if against society who were never brought
they could do so successfully. They fol- to trial because of their affiliation with
low hiasonic teachings just as far as is the Lodge, and because of “aid” ren-
conducive to their own gain.” dered by an oflicial who was a Mason.
Others who have been brought to trial
Size and Importance were either acquitted by a jury con-
One does not ordinarily realize the taining Masons or were given light sen-
scope or importance of Freemasonry in tences.
our country. Its different rites, all in In one such instance which occurred
an interdependent system, boasted 4,- recently, a man killed one of his close
175,000 members in 1939-3,300,000 friends. He was convicted of “premedi-
of which were in the United States. tated murder without malice,” and sen-
There are probably between five and six tenced to only two years in prison. After
million members in the United States two months’ imprisonment he was out
today. on a 30 days’ leave. The man was a
6 What Church Members Need to Kfzow Aboat IUASONRY

Mason and so were a number of the 104-122) in which the structure of


jurors and law enforcement officials. Freemasonry was represented in similar
manner. The fact that Masons decided
Anti-Masonic Literature to let the “vulgar eye of the public” see
One seldom sees anti-w- the different but accurate illustration,
ature, even though much has been wrk demonstrates their inconsistency.
ten. Because prmters are orten Masons, The apprentice enters the structure,
dedicated to conceal the secrets of the symbolically, between the two columns,
Lodge, it has little chance. Bookstore Jachin and Boaz, which are said to rep-
owners or librarians seldom stock books resent the two columns of Solomon’s
either pro- or anti-Masonic. Laymen T e m p l e ( s e e I I C h r o n . 3:15) a n d
who are Masons are unwilling to di- progresses by degrees toward perfection.
vulge secrets because they have been All this happens under the “All-Seeing
sworn to secrecy. Eye” shown at the top of the figure,
Nevertheless, even in the face of all “whom (they say) the sun, moon and
these obstacles, anti-Masonic literature stars obey and under whose watchful
does exist. Certain organizations have care even the comets perform their
been very zealous in their fight against stupendous revolutions, (who) pervades
the Lodge. Today, though their zeal is the inmost recesses of the human heart,
gone, some continue to publish lodge and who will reward us (Masons)
secrets. Masons, more than anyone else, according to our merits.” (Lightfoot,
buy their books because they find them page 3 3. ) The reward supposedly comes
a convenient aid to learning the long after death releases him from this world
list of lodge secrets. This is against and his soul progresses upwards toward
lodge rules, however, because Masons heaven and perfection.
are not allowed to write down these When the apprentice enters Masonry,
secrets, but new members are supposed he is compared to a rough ashler (or
to be taught by word of mouth only. rough building stone), and as the ashler
The arduous and grueling task of in- is shaped and polished before it is ready
structing the uninformed is simplified for use, so must the candidate become
greatly by this underhanded method of perfected during the first three degrees
using available written material. until he becomes a perfect ashler and
One example is the Ezra A. Cook may be used as a building block in the
Publications, Inc., P.O. Box 796, Chicago house of God (the house of God as
90, Illinois. A letter to the Ezra A. Cook symbolized by the Masonic Temple). Thus
Company requesting publications on the perfected the Master Mason may enter
subject of Freemasonry will bring you a into and work within the Holy of Holies.
lengthy list of available books which The Holy of Holies is symbolized by the
accurately reveal Masonic secrets. These central part of the structure surrounding
books are available to anyone. the letter “G”. The letter “G” stands for
God; therefore work in all degrees from
Structure of Masonry the master’s up is done symbolically in
Figure 1 is the symbolic representa- the presence of God, in His most holy
tion of Freemasonry in America. It is place. (Note: Fig. 1 shows that all of
represented by a square and compass the degrees from the master’s to the
supported by two pillars, Jachin and thirty-third are in this part of the
Bgaz. The illustration has been con- structure. )
sidered highly secret and was allowed After one has successfully mastered
only to Masons of high degree. It was the first three degrees, or the Blue Lodge,
given to me by a church member who he proceeds up through the Grand Lodge
had formerly been a Mason. Recently by way of either the York or the Scottish
however, an article appeared in Life Rite.
magazine (October 8, 1956, pages The Scottish Rite accepts members of
-

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8 What Church Xembers Need to Know About MASONRY

all faiths, so long as they profess a condemned by God Almighty.” On the


creator God and believe in a life after contrary, each aspect is drawn up in
death. The York Rite is just as liberal, beautifully phrased allegories-the high
except in its higher orders an oath has (human) morality being greatly empha-
to be taken that affirms a belief in Christ, sized. Who would dare question this
thus excluding conscientious Jews from “holiness”?
degrees beyond that point.
Who Can Belong?
More information can be attained
from the Encyclopedia Britannica by If a person wishes to become a mem-
those who wish to pursue the technical ber of rhe Masonic Lodge, he must be
organization of Freemasonry in the freeborn, under no bondage, of at least
United. States. twenty-one years of age, m the posses-
sion of sound senses, free from any
Masonic Interest physical defect or dismemberment, and
of irreproachable manners, or, as it is
technically termed, “under the tongue
of good report.” No atheist, eunuch,
or about its eThey cripple, or woman can be admitted. Even
are interested instead in such questions those who possess all these necessary
as how important it is to be a member; qualifications can be admitted only under
therefore, how big, important and certain regulations.
righteous Masonry is; how to join; how Masons’ wives or children may not
to climb to the top; how to keep others attend the regular meetings, but only
from getting to the top without due such special functions as may be planned
process; how to keep enemies out, et for them.
cetera. TO satisfy the desires of wives and
majority embrace Free- children to take part in Masonic func-
masonry
=-F= or the purpose of enhancing tions, special or side orders were adopted
then busmess prestige. As long as they -such as the Eastern Star ritual, the
can pass themselves as Masons and make De Molay for boys, and the Rainbow
use of the secret lanpuaee which Masonry Girls. These orders have their own
puts within their reach, thev are per-- secrets and functions apart from the
fectly satisfied and desire nothing more. regular Lodge, but follow its general
A Mason is not required to know pattern. They are supervised by Masons.
about the structure and organization Indeed, their meetings cannot be held
of Masonry mentioned above unless he without a Mason present to supervise.
sits m one of the governing councils.
It IS only when his ambitions spur him Joining the Lodge
in that direction that a Mason is willing Because Masons are forbidden to
to expend the effort to learn it, plus a solictt new members, a man must re-
mass of other laws, doctrines, and quest admission for htmselt.
philosophies. The usual procedure for petitioning
The following information is concerned the Lodge is to have another Mason
with what the candidate for the various recommend the candidate. He does so
degrees is exposed to and what he is by presenting a formal petition, signed
forced to learn. Every attempt will be by the candidate, to the particular lodge
made to show you Masonry as the candi- which he wishes to join.
date sees it. Therefore, few remarks will The applicant must be vouched for
be made to expose fallacies or to criticize and recommended by one or more
the Lodge at this phase. Masons. Once submitted, his petition is
As the candidate proceeds thru the read before the assembly, and a com-
degrees, no one points to any of the mittee is appointed to inquire into his
facets of Masonry and says, “That is character. If nothing is found to dis-
LiJht Cbzrrch Members Need to Know About MASONRY 9

qtr,tlify him and the committee gives then handed a pair of drawers (always
him a favorable report, his petition is furnished by the Lodge) which he puts
again presented to the assembly one on.
month later and voted upon by the All the studs, sleeve-buttons and other
brerhren. furnishings are taken off his shirt.
Once the applicant has been accepted, Everything of a met&c kind is taken
he becomes a candidate for the first, or away. The left leg of the drawers is
Entered Apprentice, degree. rolled above the knee, so as to make
the left foot, leg, and knee bare; the
Preparation for Initiation left sleeve of his shirt is raised above
Before attending any meetings or the elbow, so as to make the left arm
taking any part in Masonic rituals, the bare; and the left breast of the shirt is
candidate must be initiated. On his first tucked back, so as to make his left breast
v.isrt to the Lodge, he is kept outside in bare. A slipper is put on his right foot,
the anteroom (see Figure 2) while the with the heel shpshod; a hoodwink
first part of the meeting takes place. (blindfold) is fastened over his eyes;
Neither he nor anyone else has a chance a blue rope, called a cable-tow, is put
to know what is going on in the around his neck, and he is then duly and
meeting because the door is closed and truly prepared to be made a Mason.
a guard-usually with drawn sword-is The candidate has no idea why this
standing beside it. is done, except he is told that it is
Finally, three raps are heard at the necessary-the explanation must come
door and the euard (whom he will later later. The candidate is kept in a state of
come to know as the TYLER”) returns profound darkness and all is calculated
them in like manner. to confuse and bewilder him. Once the
A short silence follows, then three hood-wink is placed over his eyes, he can
Masons emerge to interrogate him. All see nothing and must rely totally on his
wear short white aprons. These men are other senses.
the Secretary and the two Stewards. Next, the candidate is conducted by
The Secretary then proceeds to ques- the Junior Deacon to the door, where
tion him in a routine manner and to he is caused to give, or the Junior Dea-
charge him with the great importance con gives, three distinct knocks, which
of belonging to the Lodge and the are answered by three from within. What
seriousness of his undertaking. At the goes on behind the closed door is still
same time the candidate is promised that an enigma to the candidate-all this
he hvill not be required to do anything for the purpose of filling him with awe
contrary to the laws of God or duty to and cultivating an air of mystery. The
his king, country, state, family or self. door is then partially opened.
The reader must keep in mind that
Senior Deacon (from behind the
rhe c.mdidate knows nothing of the rules
door) calls, “Who comes there? Who
and customs of the Fraternity. He can
comes there? Who comes there.?”
oniv t&e rhe \vord of Masons that there
is nothing in those rules contrary to the The Junior Deacon answers, “A poor
!aa s of God. etc. blind candidate who has long been de-
After the Secretary leaves, the Junior sirous of having and receiving a part of
DeClcon, another official who had served the rites and benefits of this worshipful
as inside door keeper, joins the candidate lodge, dedicated (some say erected) to
,lnd the Stewards and takes charge of God, and held forth to the holy order
preparing the candidate for initiation. of St. lohns. as all true fellows and
He is taken into the preparation room, brothers have done who have gone this
is divested of his coat, vest, pants, boots, way before him.”
stockings, drawers, neck-tie, collar-in Thus the initiation begins and the
fact, everything except his shirt. He is gullibility of the candidate is taxed to its
Treasurer

Worshipful Master

Senior Deacon

ALTAR

Square and Compass on open Bible on altar

Senior Warden

Boaz Jachin

PREPARATION ROOIvI

ANTE ROOM

PLAN OF THE LODGE


Figure 2
e\-:re!ne in the performance of weird
riru.115.

in the rough sands of the sea. lo add


solemnity to this gruesome oath, the
candidate is made to kneel before an
altar with both hands on the Holy Bible.
The entire program for this initiation
is included in the Handbook of Free-
masonr) by Ronayne available thru the
Ezra A. Cook Publishing Company.
Once initiated, the new brother is
allowed to attend meetings of the first,
or “Entered Apprentice,” degree only.
He is not allowed to attend or to learn
any of the secret work of the higher
degrees. To attempt to do so is a
grievous sin in Masonry.
A Lodge meeting consists of three
parts: The oflening, the closing, and the
general Lodge business in between. The
opening is an elaborate, monotonous
routine primarily concerned with ex-
cluding all but bona-fide members from
the meeting. The close, also routine and
lengthy. must surely tax the patience of
Lodge members. The central portion of
the meeting is concerned with Lodge
business such as lodge dues, finances,
charities, passing, raising, initiating can-
didates, and finally “work” in each of the
first three degrees. Figure 4

Secret Work committee has reported favorably (after


The first part of Lodge business is one month’s consideration). Voting is
the reading of the minutes by the secre- done by secret ballot, worked out by
tary. The second is the reading of peti- placing black or white balls into a box.
tions of applicants for admission into A white ball is a vote for admitting him,
the fraternity, and the assigning of a and a black ball is a vote ugainst admit-
committee to search into the character of ting him. If a candidate receives only
the applicant. Third order of business is one black ball, he is rejected. The
the consideration of reports made by seventh order of business is unfinished
committees assigned one month earlier business from the last meeting. The
to look into petitions entered then. eighth is new business. The ninth is the
Fourth, is the report from standing com- work of the individual degrees. This is
mittees. work of a SECRET NATURE, and proceeds
Fifth part is the business of voting through the first three degrees.
on a prospective candidate on which the If there is work to be done in the
first degree, all remain present since that one who has already mastered it
all members are of the first degree or must teach the candidate, supposedly
higher. The “Worshipful Master” sim- without the aid of written material, the
ply “reduces” the Lodge down to the whole examination. This examination is
first, or Entered Apprentice, degree. The so long that when written out it covers
members then proceed to initiate the seven typewritten pages.
candidate. When the candidate has learned the
Once finished with “work” in the first examination of the first degree, he is
degree, all first degree Masons are dis- ready to apply for the Fellow Craft de-
charged because they are not allowed to gree. Here he is initiated, introduced to
see what goes on in a higher degree. new “working tools,” taught the new
Then follows the “raise” to the second, handshake, due-guard, distress sign,
or Fellow Craft, degree. This is done in secret words, and given a lecture on their
similar fashion to the act of lowering to symbolic meaning. Then he is required
the first degree. to memorize another examination.
Once finished with work in this de- The same is true when he becomes a
gree, the officers discharge all but Master candidate for the Master Mason degree.
Masons (the officers, especially the It is only after a man has completed
“Worshipful Master,” hold much higher the Master Mason degree that he is a
degrees ) Mason in the true sense.
Finally, when the initiation of Master Before he has received the “Master’s
Masons and all other work is completed, secrets,” he is considered an apprentice
the Lodge goes through the elaborate or learner. These secrets are drawn
“close” ceremony. around a legend about a man named
Hiram Abiff, and its setting is supposed
Advancement to be Solomon’s Temple.
Once our candidate has become a It is interesting to see what the
member of the Entered Apprentice de- Master’s secrets are, and for those who
gree, he is eligible to become a candi- care to take the trouble they can be
date for the next, or Fellow Craft. Before found in Ronayne’s Handbook of
he can do so, however, he must master Freemasonry.
the art of giving the secret signs, pass-
words, and the examination. Grand Lodge Masonry
The part referred to as the examina- Progress becomes easier for the candi-
tion is often called by other names such date after he passes the first three degrees,
as “lecture.” The word examination will or the “Blue Lodge.” There are no exami-
be used here to keep from confusing it nations to learn, and he can take whole
with the lecture delivered by the “Wor- blocks of degrees at one time. In fact,
shipful Master.” The examination is a one brother in the Church related to me
ritualistic catechism of the signs, tokens, that he took all the degrees from the
and working tools of the degree. fourth through to the thirty-second in
There is an examination to be memo- four days.
rized for each of the first three degrees, In the case of the brother above, he
but none for the degrees beyond that. and a group of Master Masons received
The degrees above the third or Master the fourth through the fourteenth degree
degree are very recent in origin and are the first day after arriving in the city in
in actuality adoptive - the first three which the Grand Lodge was located.
originally comprising the total of Free- After a night of fun and revelry (and
masonry. very little sleep), they went through the
Because the examination must be conferring of the “Chapter of Rose
taught orally, a “bright” member of the Croix,” which is the fifteenth through
Lodge is assigned to “post” the candi- the eighteenth degrees for the Scottish
date in the examination. That means rite (Southern Jurisdiction). After
1Pbnt Clcw~ci~ Xembers Need to Know About MASONRY

Figure 5

another night similar to the first, he “sausage knives.” They engage in much
received the Council of Kadosh, or the celebration and revelry.
nineteenth through the thirtieth degrees. Shriners, as you probably also know,
Finally, on the fourth day, he received can point with pride to their hospitals
the “Consistory,” or the thirty-first and for crippled children, which open their
the thirty-second degrees. The fact that doors to all the underprivileged, no
they received little sleep at night seemed matter what race or creed. The Shrine
to be planned on the part of the officials, is the order, above all others, which
perhaps for the purpose of dulling the attracts the public’s attention to Ma-
candidate’s senses during the rituals. A sonry. As an advertisement, it is very
clear head would seem inappropriate for effective.
receipt of these “honorable mysteries.” The Shrine, then, is a side order of
The brother related that he had a hard the thirty-second degree. There remains
time even remaining awake. only one degree higher than the thirty-
After a man has reached the thirty- second: that is the thirty-third or “In-
second degree, he can, if he chooses, spector General,” which is honorary. It
become a Shriner. The Shriners are can only be conferred for some act of
probably familiar to you. They are that benevolence, endeavor, or esteem far and
group of jolly individuals who take over above the line of duty. It is usually
whole towns at convention time, wearing conferred on presidents and kings and
red hats adorned with tassles and certain other dignitaries.
With this introduction we are ready Swear an Oath
to plunge into an expose of the mystery One nf the most oredominant traits
and deceit of Masonic philosophy and
practice.
Part II
candidate swears, without reservation,
THE INNER SANCTUM not to reveal the secrets of Masonry
T IS our responsibility to take these under the penalty of death. He does so
I seemingly harmless proceedings and
examine them in the light of the
with both hands on the Holy Bible. In
this holy book are the words of Christ
himself, “But I say unto you, swear not
Holy Bible. The results will be shocking.
at all; neither by heaven; for it is God’s
The average member of a popular
throne; nor by the earth; for it is His
denomination would see absolutely
footstool; neither by Jerusalem; for it
nothing wrong with Masonic proceed-
is the city of the great King. Neither
ings. They appear wholesome and up-
shalt thou swear by thy head, because
right to him; and unless a member of
God’s true Church is alert, he may see thou canst not make one hair white or
nothing wrong either-especially if that black, But let your communication be,
member is a new convert. Yea, yea; Nay, nay; for whatsoever is
We should realize that the average more than these comet11 of evil”-or
“the evil one,” as many translations of
the Bible afirm (Matt. 5:33-37).
Do the Masons not read this? Surely
or symbol in the TRUE I.&I-IT of Scrip-
ture. & rere~verl all tea&ne.s at the they do! They insist that it refers only
to the use of profanity. They even make
hand of mwise w
a pretext of keeping profanity out of
leader. The leader nearly always pointed
the Lodge. The Scripture shows very
& Bible to prove that certain symbols
clearly that profanity, as well as oaths,
are in accordance with God’s teaching.
comes from the evil one.
Meetings are always opened with prayer
and a Holy Bible is always open before Secrecy
the Lodge. To question Masonry would One might ask, “If Masonic teachings
seem to hiin sacrilegious. and morals are so high and pure, as
Who Can Be a Mason? Masons claim, why must they be secret?”
No place in the Bible can it be found Masons answer, “Because the Bible
where knowledge of the way to live says, ‘Pure religion and undefiled before
obedient and enlightened lives in service God and the Father is this: To visit
to God is limited to those over twenty- the fatherless and widows in their af-
one, who are free from physical de- fliction, and to keep himself unspotted
fects, and of irreproachable manners; from the world’ (James 1: 27). We Ma-
nor are wives and children prevented, sons do take care of widows and orphans
nor men who are unable to pay heavy and we do keep ourselves apart from
dues. God does not even keep His truth the world by means of seuecy.”
from the ears of the weak-minded; in- If the Mason really &rows his craft
stead, they are responsible for all that he will not have to stop here. He will
they can comprehend. quote Matthew 5 : 16, “Let your light so
If Masons do have such truth, they shine before men, that they may see your
would be selfish indeed to zealously good works, and glorify your Father
withhold it from the weak, the lame which is in heaven.”
and the blind. Furthermore, they must He will be confident that every good
either be guilty of this or be liars, be- Mason will be doing just that, and any
cause they do claim that Masonry is reference you might make to the fact
a way to happiness and immortality. that his Lodge meets in secret and carries
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on business in secret will only reassure are dull of hearing, and their eyes they
him that his action is according to the have closed.”
Scripture. If he is of the intelligentsia Why would a person harden his heart,
he may also remind you that Christ close his eyes and refuse to hear God’s
taught the disciples in parables to hide laws and learn of His ways, unless he
the meaning from the rest of the world does not like them? Men have proven
( see Matt. 11, : 13 ) . He will give this time and time again that they will not
as the reason his Lodge uses secret words follow God’s way or take His plan seri-
and symbols so that the uninformed ously. They will only do what they like
will see or hear and not understand. best and try to reassure themselves that
Even if the Mason is not well versed it has God’s sanction.
in Masonic teachings, he at least has Jesus knew that if He spoke plainly
heard them and will be convinced that they would understand Him, they would
if the “Worshipful Master” or some repent as before and again agree to
other officer were present he could refute follow God; but as before, they would
anything said against Masonry. fall back into worldliness. To keep the
Your task of showing him that Ma- masses from doing that and losing
sonry is not scriptural is further compli- eternal salvation by failing to fulfill the
cated by his belief that you are not New Covenant, they were kept in ig-
enlightened if you are not a Mason and norance.
that he should cease talking lest he It is not God’s plan to save the world
reveal Masonic secrets to you and be now. He is merely calling out some-
ZL’O&J of death. He cannot tell you the “first fruits.” Large scale salvation
Masonic teachings; and if he feels that is reserved for the Millennium and Great
you are not truly familiar with them, White Throne Judgment when Christ
further discussion is futile. The fact will be here in person to s@ervire and
that you question Masonic teachings rule with a firm hand.
is enough to convince him that you don’t Do Masons know this? Is that why
know much about them. they use secret signs and symbols?
What is the answer to all these highly No! Freemasons use secret signs be-
convincing arguments? Can you refute cause their whole philosophy is centered
them? around giving and receiving aid from
The true ministers of God’s Church a fellow Mason to the exclusion of all
did not teach in secret, nor hide the fact others. As stated above, they borrow this
that they were Christians. practice from the ancient pagans.
Paganism has always been a practice Legendary records show that ancient
o secret and mystic rites. Masons make pagans held public and secret assemblies
uo bones about the f-is in honor of their gods. The secret cere-
system which they follow. They point monies and doctrines were known only
with pride to the fact that most of their to those who had been initiated and
philosophies and symbols are borrowed who possessed signs and tokens by which
directly from the “Ancients.” They see they were able to recognize each other.
no wrong in doing so. They only attempt It is this practice that Freemasons copy
to prove them to be in accordance with and very few Masons are ignorant of
Scripture too. This is not too hard to the fact. Pagans took advantage of the
do if the one to whom they are attempt- allurement of secrecy to attract the gulli-
ing to prove it is somewhat careless. ble and because their lewd and licentious
Christ spoke in parables because it practice could not bear the light of
was not given for the world to under- public witness.
stand. K’hy xvas it not given for them The references to meeting places in
to understand? Verse 15 of hlatthew 13 the initiatory “work” of the first degree
explains, “For this people‘s heart is of Masonry is very significant. It states,
~v,lsed ;!ross ( h,u&ned 1 and their ears “Our ancient brethren met on high hills
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or low vales, (why?) the better to among Christian nations, was quoted
guard against the approach of cowans often to show divine sanction. The
and eavesdroppers ascending or descend- Lodge seemed beyond question. It was
ing.” (This is not what Christ did. truly a shocking awakening to some to
He let them hear, but they could not find Lp44p rear-f
understand because of the hardness of pagan-not Christian-or&&.
their hearts. ) Some are not vet convinced &at ALL
But this is exactly what the pagans Masonry is pagin even though it has
did-worshipping atop high hills or in been proven that its oaths are anti-
the depths of valleys! Read what God scriptural and that its secrecy is like-
says about it in Jer. 2:20-23 and II wise contradictory to the Bible and
Kings 17:9-11. pagan in origin. They reason, “If you
Freemasonry uses secrecy to accom- look hard enough, you c+an find a little
plish much the same that the ancient something wrong with any organization.
pagans did. While they do not practice Certainly the other practices and sym-
sexual immorality in their meeting, their bols with their allegoric meanings are
foolish eccentricities cannot bear the sanctioned by God’s word!”
light of public observance, and the gulli- It is therefore necessary for us to
ble are attracted to their ranks by prom- examine other Masonic doctrine and
ises of secret enlightenment. Further- practice to see if they are scripturally
more, they accomplish the exclzcsive inspired as Masons claim.
nature of the Lodge by its use, and are
able tOPROFITABLY exchange their”broth- What is the Source of Their Symbols?
erly love” among the initiated. To prove that Masonic symbols and
Their claim that thev use secrecy to philosophies are borrowed from the an-
keep from being a part of “this world” cient pagans is not difficult. The Masons
, prove it for us! Here is part of the offi-
IS quite absurd. Masons take an active
part in government, polltIcs, economics, cial lecture for the first degree:
law enforcement and anv other depart- “The Sun and Moon,” says the
ment of this world’s society. Their at- learned Brother Delaunay of important
tempt to explam away their purpose for Masonic symbols, “represent the two
secrecy in this manner only demonstrates grand principles of all generations. the
their ignorance of what God meant when active 4 nas~vp the mnlP the
He said that we must come out of this female. The Sun represents the actual
world and be separate. -ligh;rHe’ pours upon the Moon his
This ignorance is due to the hardness ecundatznP raJrs; both shed their light
of their hearts, and the true mysteries tne LIlazIng Star,
of God which they claim to possess are rm the great Equi-
actually hidden from them. e center of which
Christian or Pagan? is the omnific letter of rhe Kabalah by
which creation 1s said to have been
Many of our brethren are shocked
efl ecte . ( ree-
when it is shown them that Mas-
mzsonr), by Albert Pike, pp. 13-14.)
onic teachings and practices are not He did not find this in the Bible!
as wholesome and perfect as they had The sun and the moon are important
been led to believe. Masonic symbols, just as they were m
Ex-Masons had been introduced along the old Babylonian mysteries! This doc-
with other new members to Masonic trine concerning them comes from
doctrine only after careful preparation. ANCIENT SUN WORSHIP. The offspring,
Their leaders took every precaution a blazmg star;7S6?Q$ptian origin-
to make it look good and upright. Each that same offspring which has been
part was unveiled and explained with worshipped by pagans for generations
reverence and solemnity. The Bible. under many different Ilalnes, one of
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them being Horus, another Anubis.


Another quotation from the same
lecture adds further confirmation of
these facts. “The ornaments of a Lodge
are said to be the Mosaic Pav ent, the
-&dented Tm,1 and the Blazin Star”.
,“g
e Mosaic Pavement (see igure 6),
chequered in squares, or lozenges, is
said to represent the ground floor of
Solomon’s Temple. The lecturer shows
clearly that iUaso9z.r know that it does
not. In their own words, “To find in
the Blazing Star of five points an allu-
sion to the Divine Providence, is also
fanciful; and to make it commemo-
rative of the Star that is said to have
guided the Magi, is to give it a mean-
ing comparatively modern. Ori,&zallr
it represented Sir&s. or the Dog-Star,
the forerunner of the inundation of the
Nile; the God Anubis, companion of
Isis in her search for the body of Osiris.
himself symbolized also by the Sun, Figure 6
the author of the season, and the God
Why? Because Christ’s coming, at the
of Time; Son of Isis, who was the uni-
time He enters the new temple, will
versal nature, himself the primitive
matter, inexhaustible source of Life, be from the east toward the west (see
Matt. 24:27). The over-all account of
spark of untreated fire, universal seed
this is found in Ezekiel 43. “Afterward
of all beings.”
There is no question that these sym- he brought me to the gate, even the
bols have their origin in paganism. As gate that looketh toward the east: And,
shown above, Masons prove it for us; behold, the glory of the God of Israel
in fact, they are proud of such an origin came from the way of the east; and his
because of its ANTIQUITY. voice was like a noise of many waters;
and the earth shined with his glory
The Masonic Temple Versus . . And the glory of the Lord came
Solomon’s Temple into the house by way of the gate whose
The lodge room is supposed to be a prospect is toward the east. So the
true representation of King Solomon’s Spirit took me up, and brought me into
temple. Since the temple built by Solo- the inner court; and behold, the glory
mon faced east and west, the Masonic of the Lord filled the house. And I
Lodge is supposed to face east and west. heard him speaking unto me out of the
The “Worshipful Master’s” station is in house; and the man stood by me. And
the east, the Senior Warden in the west, He said unto me, ‘Son of man, the place
the Junior Warden in the south, as of my throne, and the place of the soles
shown in Fig. 8. of my feet, where I will dwell in the
Masons further claim that their tem- midst of the children of Israel for ever,
ple is symbolic of the universe, having and my Holy Name the house of Israel
a cloudy canopy as its covering. shall no more defile.’ ”
At first glance all this seems right Now study the arrangements of the
and in accordance with the Bible. Bzlt Tabernacle (Fig. 7 ), which is a shadow,
let’s take a closer look. or type of God’s throne in heaven, the
God’s temple (often referred to as general arrangement of which was re-
King Solomon’s temple) faces east. produced in the temple built by Solo-
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Altar

q
court

BASIC PLAN OF THE TEMPLE


Figure 7

mon. Contrast it with the Masonic Lodge When we understand that the temple
in Fig. 8. of God represents God’s throne, we
While there is some similarity in should be able to see the symbolism of
form, they are exactly opposite in ar- Christ as our High Priest sitting on the
rangement, The entrance to the temple right hand of God. Upon becoming
is in the east. In the Masonic Lodge spiritual Israelites, we may boldly ap-
it is in the west. The Holy of Holies, proach that throne through Christ, since
where God’s presence was manifest is the veil which separated the Israelites
in the west in God’s temple. The “Wor- from God is rent in two. The Gentile
shipful Master” whose seat is under the was not even allowed in that part of
“G” to represent “god” is in the cart the temple and, until this day, cannot
of the rMasonic Lodge. approach God without first becoming

Altar

Worshipful Master

Junior Warden

/aiq

PLAN OF THE LODGE


Figure 8
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.>)I Itraclite. This is represented by the out to Ezekiel the W O R S T O F T H E


court of Israel being between that of ABOMINATIONS--“And he brought me
rhe Gentile and the Holy of Holies. into the inner court of the Lord’s house,
The Masonic Lodge, therefore, repre- and behold, at the door of the temple
senrs a PnKarz temple which symbolizes of the Lord, between the porch and
this universe. The setting being the the altar were about five and twenty
earth covered by a “canopy of clouds men, with their backs toward the tem-
and the starry heavens,” where these ple of the Lord, and their faces toward
pagans worship the sun, which they the east; and they worshipped the sun
call the father of all living; the moon toward the east.” This is exactly what
which they call the mother; and all the the Masons are doing. Is it possible
starry hosts of heaven. They hope to that the future fulfillment of this proph-
ascend into this heaven by means of a ecy will take place when some Jewish
ladder which Masons call “Jacob’s Lad- Masons will be in the temple of God
der,” but which the pagans called by and will actually turn their backs on
other names. Him to worship other gods?
If one visualizes this Masonic temple
in its true symbolic meaning, they see Masonry Symbolized by a Ladder
that it is actually OUTSIDE THE TEMPLE The Masonic ladder, introduced to
of God as demonstrated by the place- the candidate in the lecture of the first
ment of the two pillars Jachin and Boaz. degree as having three rounds-faith,
The only places in the Bible where hope and charity-is only for the nov-
these two pillars are mentioned by ice. Masons use other “Jacob’s Ladders”
name are I Kings 7:2 1 and II Chron-
with greater numbers of rounds and
icles 3: 17. Here the pillars are de-
with different names in the lectures of
scribed as sitting in the porch of the
the higher degrees. One has seven
temple with Jachin on the right and
Boaz on the left, as they would be rounds and is also supposed to reach to
viewed from God’s throne. The latter is heaven. The first round (or gate) was
borne out and made clear by the Jewish made of lead and represented Saturn
and the Revised Standard translation of because of the “heavy nature” whereof
the Bible which render it as Jachin in his “dull slow progress” was symbolized.
the south and Boaz in the north. The second, of tin, was that of Venus,
Masons have these reversed by plac- symbolizing her “soft splendor” and
ing the pillar they call Jachin on the “easy flexibility.” The third, of brass,
right as you ezter their temple and was that of Jupiter, emblematic of his
Boaz on the left. “solidarity” and “dry nature.” The
The only way a person could pass fourth, of iron, was that of Mercury,
through the pillars of the remple of expressing his “indefatigable activity”
God so that Jachin was on his right and “sagacity.” The fifth, of copper, was
and Boaz on his left would be when that of Mars, expressing his “inequali-
len!ming the temple (going away from ties” and “variable nature.” The sixth,
God). On the other hand, this hap- of silver, was that of the moon. The
pens only when entering the Masonic seventh, of gold, that of the sun.
temple. (Morals and Dogma, p. 414.) Need-
It follows, symbolically, that a person less to say this doctrine comes from the
enters a Masonic temple by leaving ancient pagans, and if we take its sym-
the true temple of God. Once there, bols literally, it means that Masons at-
he worships the sun in the east with tempt to reach heaven by means of
his back to God. honoring these pagan gods and being
When one pictures Masons in this aided by them along the way.
situation, he cannot help but remem- The candidate for the Knights Ka-
ber Ezekiel 8: 15 where God points dosh of the York Rite is made to
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climb up a ladder of seven rounds in this office are also significant. Few
Tvhich a r e n a m e d : ( 1) T s e d a k a h candidates catch on when he asks them
( righteousness), ( 2 ) Shorlaban (white during initiation, “In whom do you
ox ), ( 3) Mathok (sweetness), (4) put your trust?” The answer is, “In
Emunah (?), (5 ) Hamal (great la- God.” Then the master says, “Give ME
bar), ( 6 ) S a b b a l ( p a t i e n c e ) , ( 7 ) your right hand. Your trust being in
G e m u l a h , Binah, T e b u n a h (retribu- God, your faith is well founded. Arise!
tion, intelligence, prudence). This lad- Foiiow 3 0261’ conilz4ctor. a n d f e a r 920
der is borrowed from an ancient pagan danger.”
one containing nine steps, but was By such words and actions, does not
made to conform to the system of sev- the master imply that the candidate is
ens by including the last three in the also to trust him? Then he must con-
seventh round. sider himself either an agent of God
The ancient pagans believed that they or actually standing in the place of
could, by perfecting themselves through God! Certainly he does! But, let us look
practicing “virtues,” proceed step by into another official Masonic work to
step up the ladder of life. Each rung see which is the god in whose office
represents a higher state of existence the master stands.
than the one below. By diligent effort T h e Gelzeral FIistory, Cyclo$edia
one could finally become like the god Q& Dictionaq of Freemasonry makes
who abode in the sun and share his these statements in its reference to the
glory. That is why the last rung is often sun: “The sun rises in the east, and
symbolized by the sun. This is a dia- the east is the place of the Worshipful
bolical counterfeit of God’s plan of Master. As the sun is the source of all
salvation. life and warmth, so should the Wor-
Figure 9 is an interesting example of shipful Master enliven and warm the
how Masons adapt these ladders to their brethren in their work.”
need. They have selected a ladder of This is even made clearer in the cere-
nine rounds and renamed three princi- mony of the first degree when the Senior
pal rounds “faith, hope and charity.” Warden informs the candidate “as the
“FREEMASONRY ITSET.F IS XM- sun rises in the East to open and gov-
BOLIZED BY A LADDER OR CIR- ern the day, so rises the Worshipful
LULAK STAIRWAY OF 13 STFJ’S Master in the East (here the “Worship-
UK LJEGREES.” It is also suvvosed to ful Master” rises to his feet in demon-
b h e XIP~~Q hy &b Macnns .~+XUZ stration) to open and govern his Lodge
b%all* climb to hexes- Through it ,?
they are supposed to perfect them- dan anything be plainer? He stands
selves, degree by degree, until they in the office of the Sun god!
are worthy of eternal life in heaven.
Is Masonry a Religion?
“Worshipful Master” Much of the conflicting thought in
any controversy is erased when the
“Worshipful Master” is a title that parries involved define the terms they
beiongs only to God. To call the pre- use. All people do not attach the same
siding officer of a Lodge by that title meaning to a given word. The word
is putting God’s name to a wrong use. religion conveys more than one mean-
This is not the only way in which ing. Webster’s unabridged dictionary
the master of the Lodge usurps that lists six related but different definitions
which is God’s, He is literally supposed for religion. One of them is, “Devo-
to stand in the place of God when he tion or fidelity; conscientiousness.” We
stations himself under the letter “G” are aware that true religion teaches d
in the lodge room. His station sup- WAY TO LIVE zisefd, h a p p y a n d
posedly represents the Holy of Holies purposeful lives through obedience to
or rhe throne of God. His actions while God’s laws.
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Figure 9
22 What Church Members Need to Know About MASONRY

Enough evidence has already been a brother. There is not a Mason in the
presented to prove beyond a doubt world who is not bound to go to his
that, according to either definition, brbther’s relief when he is in danger,
Freemasonry is a religion, but a false if there be a greater probability of
one. It teaches a way of life which saving his life than of losing his own.
is supposed to guide one’s -path toward What so many thousands owe to him,
heaven. It claims to be a ladder of he owes to each of them. He has sol-
t h i r t y - t w o s t e p s which provide% the emnly bound himself to be ever ready
way to some Utopia. Most of the to discharge this sacred debt. If he fails
prominent Masonic writers call Masonry to do it, he is dishonest and forsworn.”
a religion, yet we find many Masons in When we understand the Masonic
America who deny this. view, we should be able to see why
As one man stated it in a recent Masonry does not want to be classed
article of the official Scottish Rite maga- among the religions, or denominations,
zine, “He who truly understands Free- but pictures itself as encompassing them
masonry knows that it is a moral within the “brotherhood.” If the “broth-
@%losofihy, and not a religion.” (V. N. erhood” should grow to encompass the
Burrows, 32nd degree, K.C.C.H., “The whole earth, then would be the fulfill-
Moral Duty of a Mason,” The New ment of the Masonic ideal-the philos-
Age, 63:6, June, 1955.) ophy known as “The Brotherhood of
Can the two be distinguished? What Man and the Fatherhood of God.”
is the real answer? From this viewpoint leaders of the
The belief that Masonry is not a re- Lodge in guiding the “brotherhood,”
ligion is supported by a statement in picture themselves as something like
Morals and Dogma (Pike, p. 6) : scientists who are seeking to understand
“Though Masonry never usurps the and explain the wal. purpose and result
place of, nor apes religion, prayer is an of life in this chaotic civilization. This
essential part of our ceremonies.” Here civilization Masonry pictures as being
Masons use the word religion to mean not chaotic, but harmonious and beauti-
DENOMINATION, or one of the systems ful by virtue of its variations and con-
of faith and worship whose fnain pur- flicts which, to them, have the result of
pose is teaching about God. They claim complementing one another. For ex-
that Masonry does not require its mem- ample, sin in their view complements
bers to have any one creed, but rather righteousness and hate complements
that each be bound by a “moral law” love in the same way that opposite col-
(of brotherly love) in accordance with ors accent and complement one another.
his own religious philosophy. Even though this encompassing view
Masons take pride in the fact that of Masonry does include many religions
men of all denominations dwell to- within itself, it is nevertheless a way
gether in their Lodge. They teach that of life, and therefore a religion.
their theistic doctrine is a broad over- With this usage of the word, Mason-
all doctrine that includes all denomina- ry will admit being a religion, and
tions and creeds within its framework. many of its proponents define it as such,
but it does not want to be classed as
They therefore look upon themselves,
just another religious denomination or
not as an organization dedicated to teach
creed!
any form of worship, but as a fraternity
of “brethren” dedicated to help one Separation of Church and State
another in a Masonic version of “broth-
erly love.” According to Albert Pike, Masonry is emphatic in its teaching
“Once enrolled among the children of that the church and state should be
Light, every Mason on earth becomes separate. This stand is surprising until
his brother, and owes him the duties, you understand what is meant. In every
the kindnesses, and the sympathies of way it is obviously a religion; and since
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a church is merely a congregation of They do not become enlightened in the


people banded together by a common deeper secrets because they are not in-
cause, they are technically a church. terested in them. Lennhoff’s book is
Even the building in which the Lodge obviously evasive however. It is written
is located is called a temple! Most such primarily for public consumption. It
buildings have “Masonic Temple” writ- is not a secret ufork of Freemasonry.
ten above their entrance. Furthermore, Other writers claim that there are
we find Masons taking a very active part no REAL secrets in Masonry because
in politics and government. In some any or all of their secret signs, hand-
countries they even run the govern- shakes, due-guards, morals, symbols, phi-
ment. It does not seem reasonable that losophies, dogmas, and customs have
they should believe in separation of been published, and can be purchased
church and state. from the bookstores. This is also true.
Basically what iMasons mean by the The only catch is, most people do not
phrase, separation of church and state, know what to look for, or what it means
is that they do not want the Catholic when they find it!
Church ruling over the state in which Those Masons who do search for
they reside. Catholicism and Freema- deeper secrets in the Craft usually point
sonry are mortal enemies. Catholics ro the dogma and morals underlying the
have excommunicated all who are Ma- Masonic symbols as their secret. These
sons, and declared them anathema. If philosophical principles “veiled in beau-
it were in the power of the Catholic tiful allegories which hide them from
Church to do so, it would have Mason- the general public” are an empty secret
ry abolished. Catholicism has succeeded indeed. They are nothing more than
in driving Masonry from some coun- the secrets of the ancient mysteries.
tries. Masons who reside in countries Even when explained they remain a
where Catholicism is weak do all they confusing mass of unrelated pagan
can to cause it to remain weak. Theirs morals. Other, more intellectual mem-
is basically a fight for $ower. bers, try to fathom their depths in quest
If the Catholics’ claim that they have of a deeper, underlying principle on
the divine right to rule over nations which the secret of life rests. As those
and kingdoms were accomplished, who understand the purpose of life will
where would that leave Freemasonry? agree, they are doomed to failure.
Is there any wonder that these two Paganism, no matter how lofty its
should be mortal enemies since each claims or how beautiful its symbols
tries to control, or at least influence might appear, is not the true waj of
the government of the country in which life. It is the way of darkness and death.
it resides!
To demonstrare the futility of that
The Real Secrets of Masonry effort and the worthlessness of its empty
Much has been said about the REAL findings we quote a noted Masonic
SECRETS of Masonry. Masons are per- writer. His name is Oliver. His book,
haps in as much disagreement as to Theocratic Philosophy . “ M a s o n s
what these secrets are as anyone else. may be fifty years (Worshipful) Mas-
One noted Masonic writer states: “The ters of the chair and yet not learn the
only secret of Masonry is that enjoined secret of the Brotherhood. This secret
upon its apprentices which exists solely is, in its own nature, invulnerable; for
in the obligation to observe silence re- the Mason, to whom it has become
garding the various signs of recogni- known, can only have guessed it and
tion and certain customs.” (Lennhoff, certainly not have received it from
p. 18.) There is much truth in the anyone; he has discovered it because
statement because most Masons are only he has been in the Lodge marked,
interested in the social and economic learned and inwmdly digested. When
advantages gained from the Lodge. he arrives at the discovery, he unques-
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tionably keeps it to himself, not com- higher state of existence after death,
municating it even to his most inti- provided he continues to perfect him-
mate Brother, because, should this self.
person not have capability to discover it These “secrets of iife” are not taken
of himself, he would likewise be want- from the word of God recorded in the
ing in the capability to use it, if he Holy Bible, but from the same pagan
received it verbally. For this reason sources from which the other Masonic
IT WILL FOREVER REMAIN A SECRET.” secrets are borrowed. Neither are they
(Lennhoff, pp. 19-20.) The keeping of new, because the “ancients” believed
such an august secret from even your and taught them thousands of years
closest brother seems foolish indeed. ago.
Lennhoff finds excuse for this action be- In Wilmshurst’s words, “this---the
cause, as he says, “the mob fastens on evolution of man into superman-was
to the heels of the proclaimers and only always the purpose of the ancient Mys-
too often tread underfoot what has been teries, and the real parpose of modern
the philosopher’s highest ideal.” .fi/lasonr> is, nor the social and charitable
The fact that the brother should never purposes to which so much attention
pass his secret to another insures two is paid, but the expediting of the spirit-
things: the sublime secret won’t bear ual evolution of those who aspire to
the light of inspection, and that secret perfect their own nature and transform
w i l l be D I F F E R E N T for e a c h M a s o n . it into a more god-like quality. And
One man, Wilmshurst, felt that he this is a definite science, and a royal
saw the deeper meaning of Masonry and art, which it is possible for each of us
broke silence to go from Lodge to to put into practice; whilst to join the
Lodge teaching it to brother Masons. Craft for any other purpose than to
His lectures have been published under study and pursue this science is to mis-
the title, The Meaning of Masonry. In understand its meaning.” (Wilmshurst,
them he shows that his great secret p. 47.)
is the answer to “three great questions” This is, of course, not the true answer
which he says press inexorably upon to life’s questions as revealed by the
the attention of every thoughtful man Bible. Adam was created by God and
and are the subject around which all given the same choice which you and
religions and all philosophies move: I face today: Obedience, and life-or
” Wbnt a m I?” “Wbeme c a m e I ? ” disobedience, and death. Adam, just as
“Whither go I?” you and I, had no immortal soul; and,
He further states, “It is a truism to as you and I, he grew old and died. God
say that in our quiet and more serious would. have raised him to immortality;
moments we all feel the need of some however, he chose the way of disobedi-
reliable answer to these questions . . . ence and God left him to its reward-
The Masonic candidate is presumed to death. Thereby Adam set the example
enter the Order in search of light upon of disobedience which mankind has fol-
these problems; light that he is pre- lowed ever since i see Rom. 5 : 14-15 j.
sumed not to have succeeded in finding ‘Brethren you and I should turn from
elsewhere.” that example and follow Christ’s ex-
In his course of lectures Wilmshurst ample of obedience to God that our re-
gave his answers to these three ques- ward might be life through the resur-
tions. His answers are essentially these: rection.
( 1) Man is an immortal soul that is Wilrnshursr sees that there is some-
evolving spiritually toward perfection; thing missing in man that he was
(2 ) He existed in a higher state before supposed to have had before the fall.
he was born into this world but he lost He says that in our pensive moments
something which left him in this lower we are aware that there is something
state; (3) He will again attain that missing in us.
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Truly there is a very important thing were called from labor to refreshment.
missing in every one of us until we are It being his custom at that hour to enter
converted. You and I know it is the into the unfinished ‘sanctum San&rum’
Spirit of God which we must have if or ‘Holy of Holies’ of the temple, there
we are to overcome and grow in the to offer ap his decotion to the Deity alzd
ways of God. draw his designs on the trestle-board.
Wilmshurst, of course, did not come The three Fellow Crafts who persisted
to this answer. Following the philoso- in their murderous design knowing this
phies and symbols of the ancient pagans to be his usual practice placed them-
he looked for a mysterious, magical selves at the South, West and East gates
something which only the secretly in- of the inner court of the temple and
formed could know. This mysterious there awaited his return. Our Grand
something, he came to believe, was the Master, Hiram Abiff, having finished his
genuine secrets of the Master Mason. usual exercises was about to retire by
These secrets are all connected with the South gate, where he was accosted
an ancient legend which Masons call by the first ruffian, who thrice demanded
“The Legend of Hiram Abiff.” of him the secrets of a Master Mason or
I will not embarrass ex-Masons of our Master’s word and on his refusal he gave
Church brethren by exposing the ab- him a blow with the twenty-fogr-inch
surdity of the “secret rites” connected gauge across his throat after which he
with this legend. Let it suffice to say fled and attempted to pass out of the
that they are merely a rittialistic acting- West gate where he was in like manner
out of the legend in which certain pass- accosted by the second, who thrice de-
words, distress signs, grips etc. are intro- manded of him the secrets of a Master
duced and demonstrated. The Masons Mason or the Master’s word, and in a
then learn these secret tokens and use like refusal he gave him a blow with a
them to identify themselves and convey square across his breast. Whereupon he
certain information to one another in fled and attempted to escape by the East
everyday life. gate where he was likewise accosted by
The candidate, without any attempt the third, who thrice demanded of him
at rehearsal, is required to act out the the secrets of a Master Mason or the
role of the ancient Grand Master of Master’s word, and on a similar refusal
Masonry, Hiram Abiff. This is not diffii- he gave him a violent blow with a set-
cult because the role consists mainly of ting maul on his forehead which felled
supposedly being killed and playing him dead on the spot.
dead while he is moved here and there “They then buried the body in the
by Lodge members. rubbish of the temple until 102~ twelve
Hiram Abiff, the hero of the legend, or twelve at night, when they met by
was supposedly murdered by the Fellow appointments and conveyed it a westerly
Crafts, fifteen of whom entered into a course from the temple to the brow of
conspiracy to extort the secrets of a a hill west of Mount Moriah, where they
Master Mason from him, or take his had been and dug a grave due East and
life. But reflecting with horror on the West, six feet perpendicular, and there
atrocity of the intended crime, twelve buried it. In the head of the grave they
of them recanted; the other three, how- planted an acacia to conceal it and that
ever, persisted in their murderous de- the place might be known, should occa-
sign. sion ever require. and made their es-
The fantastic legend, as the “Wor- cape.
shipful Master” recites it to the candi- “Our Grand Master, Hiram Abiff,
dates, is as follows: was found to be missing on the day
Chief Masonic Legend following, from there being no designs
“Our Grand Master, Hiram Abiff, on the trestle-board. King Solomon
was slain at high twelve while the craft being informed thereof, at first supposed
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him to be indisposed, and ordered strict of Mount Moriah to rest and refresh
search and due inquiry to be made for himself.
him in and about the several apartments “ O n attempting to arise he uc-
of the temple. Strict search and due in- cidentall3, caught hold o f a n a c a c i a
quiry were accordingly made, but he which easily giving way excited his
could not be found. King Solomon then curiosity, whereupon he hailed his com-
fearing that some fatal accident had be- panions, and on their return and ex-
fallen him ordered the several rolls of amination, they found the appearance
the workmen to be called. of a newly made grave. While medi-
“At roll-call three Fellow Crafts were tating on this singular circumstance
found to be missing, namely, /abela, they heard the following horrid excla-
Jzlbelo. and Jmbelum, who from the mations from the clefts of an adjacent
similarity of their names were supposed rock. The first was the voice of Jubela,
to be brethren and men of Tyre. who exclaimed, ‘Oh, that my throat had
been cut across, my tongue torn out by
“At this time the twelve Fellow
its roots and buried in the rough sands
Crafts who had recanted from their
of the sea at low water mark, where the
murderous designs appeared before
tide ebbs and flows twice in twenty-four
King Solomon, clad in white gloves and
aprons, in token of their innocence, hours, ere I had been accessory to the
death of ~0 great a man as our Grand
acknowledged their premeditated guilt
and most humbly implored his pardon. Master, Hiram Abiff!’ The second was
King Solomon then ordered the twelve the voice of Jubelo, who exclaimed,
‘Oh, that my left breast had been torn
Fellow Crafts to divide themselves in
parties and travel three East, three West, open, my heart plucked out and given as
a prey to the beasts of the fields and
three North and three South (with
others whom he should appoint), in the fowls of the air, ere I had conrented
.rearch of the rufians and return not to the death of so good a man as our
without tidings. They traveled and at Grand Master, Hiram Abiff!’ The third
the point while pursuing a westerly was the voice of Jubehm, who exclaimed
in tones of greater horror than the
course coming down near the port of
others, ‘Oh, that my body had been
Jcppa, they fell in with a wayfabng ma?2
of whom they enquired if he had seen severed in twain, my bowels taken from
any strangers pass that way. He in- thence and burned to ashes and the
formed them that he had, three, who ashes scattered to the four winds of
from their appearance were workmen heaven, so that no trace or remembrance
from the temple and men of Tyre seek- might be had of so vile and perjured a
wretch as I, ere I had caused the death
ing a passage into Ethiopa, but not hav-
ing King Solomon’s pass could not ob- of so great and JO good a man as our
tain a passage and turned back into the Grand Master, Hiram Abiff! Ah, Ju-
country. They returned and reported this bela and Jubelo, it is I who am more
intelligence to King Solomon, who guilty than you both; it was I who gave
ordered them to disguise themselves and the fatal blow, it was I who killed him!
travel as before with positive injunc- whereupon they rushed in, seized and
tions to find the ruffians and with posi- bound them and took them before King
tive assurance that if they did not the Solomon, who, after a due confession of
twelve Fellow Crafts should be deemed their guilt ordered them to be taken
the murderers and severally suffer for without the gates of the city and there
the crime committed. They traveled and executed according to their several im-
as the party which pursued a westerly precations, in the clefts of the rock.
course a second time were returning They were taken out and executed ac-
after several days fruitless search, one cordingly.”
brother being more weary than the rest The Legend Continues
sat down at the brow of a hill west “King Solomon then ordered that the
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Figure 10

Traditional marble monument in honor of Hiram Abiff.

twelve Fellow Crafts go in seurch of the down to rest and refresh himself. Noth-
body of our Grand Master, Hiram Abiff, ing was found but the jewel of his
and if found to observe whether the ollice by which the body was designated.
Master’s word, or a key to it or any- King Solomon then ordered the twelve
thing appertaining to the Master’s de- Fellow Crafts to go and assist in rais-
gree were on or about it. The body of ing the body, and as the Master’s word
our Grand Master, Hiram Abiff, was was then lost, it was agreed between
found in a westerly course from the himself and Hiram, King of Tyre, that
temple in a grave dug due East and the first sign given on arriving at the
W’est six feet perpendicular, in the brow grave and the first word spoken after
of a hill where our weary brother sat the body should be raised, should be
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adopted as the sign and word for the virtues there lay on perpetual record.
regulation of all Master’s Lodges until “The sprig of acacia in her right hand
future generations should find out the denotes the timely discovery of the body.
right word. “The Urn irz her left, that his ashes
“On repairing to the grave King were there safely deposited to perpetu-
Solomon ordered one of the Fellow ate the remembrance of the amiable,
Crafts to take the body by the Entered distinguished and exemplary character.
Apprentice’s grip (one of the secret “And Time behind her. .standing un-
Masonic handshakes) and see if it could folding her ringlets and counting her
be raised, but owing to the high state hair, that time, patience and persever-
of putrefaction the body havin? been ance will accomplish all things.”
dead already fifteen days. the skin The Master points to each of the
shpped and it could not be so raised. above emblems on the chart as he pro-
Kmg Solomon then requested Hiram, ceeds with his explanation. All the fore-
King of Tyre, to take the body by the going, it will be observed is a rehearsal
Fellow Craft grip and see if it could be of the Temple Legend, and is of course
raised, but owing to the reasons already esoteric or secret z~,ovk and must be
assigned the flesh cleaved from the learned orally from the Grand Lecturer
bone and it could not be so raised. King or other lawfully constituted teacher.
Solomon at length took the body by the Counterfeit of Christ’s Sacrifice
strong grip of a Master Mason, or the Wilmshurst pictured Hiram Abiff as
‘Lions Paw’ and raised ir on the five the symbol of Christ, and his death as
points of Fellowship. which have al- the portrayal of Christ’s death and resur-
ready been explained to you (the candi- rection. The Mason. when he dies, says
date). They then conveyed it back to Wilmshurst, will be raised to heaven by
the temple from which it was buried in Christ with the strong grip of the Mas-
due form.” ter iVa.ton.
All of this the “Worshipful Master” Wilmshurst’s philosophies are widely
recites with great solemnity and the accepted in the modern “Christian”
gullible candidate listens in awe. Then Lodges of America. Anyone familiar
the “Worshipful Master” continues: with the teachings of the popular de-
“The body of our Grand Master, nominations can readily see where such
Hiram Abiff, was buried three times: a philosophy is congruous with tyadi-
first, in the rubbish of the temple, sec- tional “Christian doctrine”on the subject.
ond, on the brow of a hill west of Mount Consequently, after hearing this ex-
Moriah, and third, and last time with- planation, few consciences are disturbed
out the gates of the city, as near the un- as Masons act out this legend again and
finished ‘sanctum sanctorum’ or ‘Holy again, each time a new member under-
of Holies’ as the Jewish law would goes the initiation of the third degree.
permit; and Masonic tradition informs But, is that real11 what is pictured by
us that they erected to his memory a the Legend? Chrjst was not secretly
marble monument, consisting of a beau- murdered by three ruf5ans. His body did
tiful virgin weeping over a broken not decompose ( Acts 2:27), and He
column [see Fig. IO], b e f o r e h e r a was not raised back to life by the “strong
book open, in her right hand a sprig of grip of a Master hIason.”
acacia, in her left an Urn and Time There is a more revealing answer!
behind her, standing unfolding her ring- Let us compare the main points of the
lets and counting her hair. legend of Hiram Abiff, with the chief
“The beautiful virgin zc,eepi?lg ocer legend of the Ancient Mysteries.
the brokez colum?z. d e n o t e s t h e lln-
finished temple and the untimely death Hiram Abiff is Nimrod !
of our Grand Master, Hiram Abiff. This legend stems from the exploits
“The Book o$en before her. that his of Nimrod, a son of Cush, described in
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Genesis 10:8-10 as a mighty hunter and The sun was adopted as his symbol
ruler. picturing his being overcome at night,
In organizing the people under his and rising again the next day.
rule, Nimrod usurped one of the pre- As time and imagination continued
rogatives of God, because God is the he became accredited as being the light
creator and sustainer of all the universe, bringer, sustainer of life, and judge of
and thereby its rightful ruler. the living and the dead.
Alexander Hislop in The Two Baby- Semiramis, in her exalted position as
ions gives some of the reasons for Nim- wife of this mighty king who became
rod’s fame. On page 52, he writes that god. played an important role in the
all tradition, from the earliest time, bears new religion. She became the mother of
testimony to the apostasy of Nimrod, a child which she claimed was the son
and to his success in leading men away of this god. And as time passed, all
from the patriarchal faith. He delivered three were deified. In later years the
their minds from the awe of God and son became confused with his father and
the fear of the judgments of heaven. the worship of one was attributed to
Hislop showed also (p. 50) that Nim- the other, giving occasion for this god-
rod was the object of high popularity, dess’ having been worshiped as both
and through setting himself up as king, wife and mother. This was the origin of
invaded the patriarchal system and cur- what came to be called the “Blessed
tailed the liberties of mankind. Yet, Trinity”: the father, the mother (holy
Nimrod was considered a hero and lib- ghost) and the son.
erator to all his followers. NO doubt it This is a diabolical counterfeit of
was because he “freed” them from fol- God’s plan of salvation for mankind as
lowing the way of God by giving them revealed in the Holy Bible, which plan
a counterfeit way-one which allowed God undoubtedly made known to the
them to follow their own lustful imagi- patriarchs with whom “He walked”
nations. (Gen. 6:9). With the knowledge of
Scripture does not reveal how Nim- this plan, mankind, under Satan’s in-
rod died: but all ancient traditions show spiration, took matters into its own
that he came to a violent and early end! hands instead of waiting on the salva-
“Now,” s a y s Hislop on page 57. tion of the Lord. Thus, the “Ancient
“when this mighty hero, in the midst Mysteries” began to evolve.
of his career of glory, was suddenly cut While similarities exist between this
off by a violent death, great seems to counterfeit system and God’s plan for
have been the shock that the catastrophe the salvation of mankind, it should not
occasioned. When the news spread be overlooked that important differences
abroad the devotees of pleasure felt as do occur. One of these is that the son,
if the best benefactor of mankind were not the father, was resurrected back to
gone . Then began the weeping for life.
Tammuz (identified as Nimrod) in the After the dividing of languages at
guilt of which the daughters of Israel the tower of Babel (Gen. 11: l-9)) and
allowed themselves to be implicated the scattering of the nations, the names
(Ezek. 8: 14) . . .” of these deified persons were changed
Doctrine of Trinity Conceived and the legends about them grew in de-
Nimrod’s wife, Semiramis, apparently tail in each nation. New and different
wasted no time in influencine the neo- feats, characteristic of the nation in
ple to begin worshipping bin;’ as a ‘god. which they developed, were attributed
It was claimed that the Darts of the mu- to them and more symbols were adopted
tilated body were found and put to- to picture these feats.
gether again and that Nimrod was Furthermore, the adoption of new
resurrected: that he ascended up into gods did not end with these three. Other
the heavens and dwelt with the gods. gods and goddesses continued to be
created in human imaginations. Today, Osiris, and the gods justifying Osiris,
any study of pagan beliefs and customs restored his body to life and immor-
is made extremely difficult by this great tality.
confusion. An accurate description of This death and resurrection was sym-
the worship and doctrine about any one bolized daily by the setting and rising
of these gods would have to be limited of the sun, and also yearly by the sea-
not only to the nation, but to the local- sons during which the sun receeds until
ity and sect within that nation and the the winter solstice, then begins to be
year of its occurrence, because every- slowly “resurrected back to life.” Seth
thing was constantly changing. Yet, (or Typhon) was the symbol of winter
through it all, the central theme which which destroys the fecundating and fer-
deifies the person of Nimrod, Semiramis tilizing powers of the sun, depriving
and her illegitimate son was retained him of life. When Seth was killed by
in practically all ages and nations. It is Horus, the sun began to climb higher in
the chief tenet of all the “Ancient Mys- the sky, as if being resurrected by the
teries.” gods. It was a time for rejoicing. This
custom of rejoicing at the time of the
Masonic Symbols Adopted from winter solstice has continued to our
Pagan Egypt present day when people who call them-
selves Christians celebrate this pagan
Freemasonry borrowed most of its custom thinking they celebrate Christ’s
symbols from the ancient Egyptian sys- birth.
tem. To be consistent with this fact, and When we examine the legend of
also to reduce confusion, we shall com- Hiram Abiff we find that he possessed
pare the legend of Hiram Abi,f with the valuable Master’s Work& a badge of
the central legend of the Ancient Mys- highest authority, just as Osiris (or Nim-
teries as they were observed in Egypt. rod) possessed a kingdom and was an
Here the gods were called Osiris, Isis, e~zligbtened one.
and Horus. There was also conspiracy against
From Webster’s Dictionary caption Hiram just as there was against Osiris.
“Osiris,” we read that Osiris is said to Hiram, like Osiris, was attacked and
have been a wise and beneficent king killed, and this at the hand of a brother.
of Egypt (i.e., Nimrod was king before The body was buried twice, not in the
the languages were confounded and the waters of the Nile, since this is identified
nations were formed. Each nation claims only with Egypt, but in a more appro-
him to be its founder or king and its priate place under the rubble of the
god, but each under a different name). temple and later under an acacia tree.
Osiris, with the aid of Isis, taught his It was also discovered twice by the Fel-
subjects agriculture and all the arts and low Crafts, this time not just as Isis
crafts, conquering the rest of the world
discovered Osiris’s body, but in a more
to civilize it. His brother Seth (whom
“convenient” method for Freemasonry.
Greeks called Typhon) treacherously
murdered him, and cast the coffin con- As the legend says that Seth was killed
taining his body into the River Nile. for his crime by Horus, so were the
Drifting away to Byblos, it was discov- ruffian murderers of Abiff killed by the
ered by Isis and taken back to Egypt. Fellow Craft. A new twist is given the
Seth again found the corpse, and cutting Masonic legend, however, for each ruf-
it in pieces, he cast them into the Nile fian is killed in a different manner be-
-but Isis found them (more thorough fitting the degree of his crimes. The
accounts of the legend show that all but methods of death represent the penal-
one part was found, the genital organ, ties a Mason promises and sweuys to pay
for which she substituted the “Phallus”). if he reveals the secrets of the jirst three
Then came Horus to avenge his father degrees. (i.e., in the initiation of the
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First degree the candidate swears to pay ing stairs.” Not money, nor corn, nor
the same penalty as the first ruffian paid wine, nor oil. All these are but symbols.
if he reveals Entered Apprentice se- His wages were to be Masonic trtith.
crets) This truth is one of the most concealed
In the initiation of the Second degree doctrines of the “science of Masonic
the candidate swears to keep the secrets symbolism.” This most coveted and
under penalty of the same death that costl?, Masonic reward, “desired by the
the second ruffian suffered! etc. marzy, attained bl’ the few,” the object of
When Isis found Osiris’s body one many years diligent preparation, is at
part was lost-the genital organ. When last fully realized. It is the humiliating
the Fellow Craft finds Hiram’s body admission that Masons must ahays
one part also is lost-the Master’s Word. search for truth but necer find it!
Isis substituted the Phallus; Masons sub- In their official words, Machey, Ma-
stitute Mah-hah-bone. From Masonic sonq Defined. p. 561, “This divine
writings Masonry Defked, pp. 643, 608, truth, the object of all his labors, is
M&-ha6 means literally, “What is this symbolized by the Word, and this is
the”-and hotze. coming from the He- intended to teach the humiliating but
brew word bolzeb, means “builder.” necessary lesson that the knowledge of
Mah-hah-bone then means, “What is the nature of God and of man’s rela-
this the builder?” tion to Him, which knowledge consti-
In all appearances the “Master’s tutes divine truth, can never be ac-
Word” in Masonry symbolizes the same quired in this life.”
creatit.e force that the phallus does; Thus, in one fell swoop, Masonry
both are pagan symbols for the creator abolishes all pretext of encouraging its
of life. members to believe in the Holv Scrip-
tures upon which it claims to base its
Meaning of Term “Hiram Abiff” allegories and upon which its oaths are
Even the name “Hiram Abiff” is sig- administered. By this final secret they
nificant. Hiram it literally “most noble” confirm what was always implied in the
and is therefore a title. Abiff, according Lodge-that the way of life revealed
to Masons, means “his father”; so the in the Bible and God’s plan of salvation
complete translation of the title is. outlined in it are lies-that man cannot
“most noble, his father.” Who could know God nor understand his relation-
this refer to other than Osiris, father of ship to Him.
Horus? WHAT IGNORANCE ! “Because
Is this pagan explanation of the that, when they knew God, they glori-
“mystery of life” contained in the sym- fied him not as God, neither were
bolic legend of Hiram Abiff the z&i- thankful; but became vain in their
mate of all the “genuine secrets” of imaginations, and their foolish heart
Masonry? was darkened. Professing themselves to
For some it is! Others prefer the be wise, they became fools” (Ram.
Romanized version of the same fairy 1:21-22).
tale. But for those Masons, bright enough
to have their faith in this world’s
“christendom” shaken by observing its Part III
parallelism with the ancient pagan mys-
teries, the Lodge has one more super- HISTORY OF MASONRY
secret.
Most Coveted Reward
All through thirty-two degrees the
W HERE did Masonry originate? Some
say Solomon originated it, others
say Moses. Can this be true? Here is
Mason was promised a reward to be re- the shocking answer from the writings
ceived at the top of the toilsome “wind- of the Masons themselves!
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Masons place much stress on the state- that the Roman colleges of artificers and
ment that “Freemasonry is both honor- builders of the Middle Ages handed
able and ancient.” But when we search down the craft to posterity.
into the recorded history of the Lodge,
Workmen’s Guilds
the picture is somewhat confused, and
one is not overly impressed with either When we examine the form and
its honor or its age. ceremony of Freemasonry, we find a
“The precise origin of the society marked resemblance between it and
has yet to be ascertained,” says the En- the old guild systems which flourished
cyclopaedia Britannica, “and is not like- in Europe at the time Freemasonry came
ly to be, as the early records are lost.” into existence.
These guilds played an important part
Origin Obscure
in the social, religious, and political life.
Nevertheless, much has been written They, in turn, were patterned after the
to justify the claim of its antiquity and earlier Roman guilds or fraternities. The
honorable character. Some writings are Roman guilds seem to have been chiefly
based upon actual records which date religious and political societies, while
back to the sixteenth century, but most the associations of workmen known as
have served only to amuse or repel in- the Roman colleges of artificers were he-
quirers. reditary castes enjoying certain privileges
The earliest work on the subject was and bound to certain duties-Encyclo-
published in London in 1723 by the pedia Americana, caption, “Guild.” Even
“Rev.” James Anderson, and it states: these Roman guilds and colleges are not
“Grand Master Moses often marshalled the oldest forms of such societies, but
the Israelites into a regular and general seem to be a connecting link between
Lodge while in the wilderness . . . King ancient pagan societies and the more
Solomon was Grand Master of the Lodge modern ones.
at Jerusalem . . . Nebuchadnezzar be- Freemasonry is merely a modern fra-
came the Grand Master Mason.” Many ternity carrying on the outward form of
more similar absurdities are to be found these ancient societies. One did not neces-
in its pages. These statements are sarily develop into the other, but each
quoted and declared absurd, ridiculous, has had a part in maintaining the early
and extravagant by no Iess authority pagan doctrines and social practices.
than the Encyclopaedia Britannica (see Some of the practices commonly found
“Freemasonry,” p. 732). Undaunted, Ma- among them are: oaths of admission,
sons continue to make such claims, and strict requirements for admission and
many members of the Lodge believe continued membership, special privileges
them implicitly. for the initiates which are zealously pro-
Other “appeals to antiquity” written tected from outsiders, closed meetings
during the eighteenth and nineteenth for members which are often of social
centuries and offered in abbreviated and’ religious nature, tokens and secret
form by the Encyclopedia Americana signs by which they recognize one an-
(under “Masonic Fraternity,” p. ‘348) other, and mutual assistance among
are (a) that the history of the race was members in time of need.
the story of Masonry, beginning with the Since these practices are so common
migration from the Garden of Eden; to Freemasonry, and since Freemasonry,
(b) that Freemasonry sprang from the as we know it, apparently came into
Patriarchal period; (c) that the society being at the time the guilds were going
was the successor of the ancient mys- out of style, the Lodge has obviously
teries of the Orient; (d) that the temple borrowed their structure. It is a con-
of Solomon was its cradle; (e) that the venient framework in which to conceal
Crusaders and the Knights Templar car. the practice of the ANCIENT MYSTERIES.
ried it forward from their times; (f) It was not until 1717 A.D. that the
Mother Grand Lodge of England was mines the Christian faith (or Catholic
formed. This central lodge was estab- f a i t h ) . creating religious indiffer-
lished in order that there might be cen- entism and contempt for orthodoxy and
tral authority and standardization of ecclesiastical authority.
practice. The smaller local lodges might ( 2 ) “The inscrutable secrecy, and the
have existed for several centuries prior oaths of secrecy and fidelity of Masonry
to the establishment of this Mother and Masonic work, cannot be justified
Grand Lodge. in their scope. their object, or their
Shortly after the local lodges became form, and cannot, therefore, induce any
organized into grand lodges, Freemason- obligation.
ry came into the contempt of the Roman (3) “Such societies involve a grave
Church. danger for the secwity afzd tranquility
of the state ami for the s;bihzal health
Off ended Roman Church of sozrlJ.”
Their independent attitude toward From the time of Clement XII, seven
church authority, which had supported supreme pontiffs of the Catholic Church
the earlier guilds, undoubtedly brought have repeated the condemnation of
about the schism. The Old Charges of Freemasonry for substantially the same
.@Iu~onr~~ written about 1738 states: “In reasons. This accounts for the enmity
ancient times the Christian Masons were between the two organizations.
charged to comply with the Christian There may very likely have been an-
(Roman Catholic ) usages of each coun- other more important reason for the
try where they traveled and worked: Catholic action which the Pope would
but Masonry being found in all nations, not dare mention. The Masonic devotion
even of diverse religions, is now gener- toward searching out the ancient mys-
ally charged to adhere to that religion teries makes him immediately aware of
in Uhich all n2ez agree.” the great similarity between these Cath-
This attitude, along with the threat olic mysteries and that of the Ancients.
it imposed, infuriated the Roman Rome could not afford to encourage
Church. Forbidding loyal Catholics to such an open exposure of the source of
join Masonic ranks was not enough, her doctrine. Her symbols of crosses.
for to do so cut off its source of infor- circles, trinities, holidays and statues to-
mation, and the Catholic Church no gether with her customs stand as stark
longer knew what went on behind Ma- reminders that her doctrine did not be-
sonic doors. Lodges could then be a real gin with Christ, Peter or any of the
threat to Catholic supremacy and could apostles. Instead. they were in common
become foreign outposts in Catholic usage for centuries before Christ was
countries. born and stood condemned in both old
In 1738, the same year that the Ma- and new testaments. Rome could not
sonic charge was written, Pope Clement afford to have their origin and mean-
XII issued a Bull of excommunication ing revealed outside her most private
entitled, The Condem?aation of the So- chambers.
ciety of Conventicles de Liberi r\Iuratori,
or of the Freemasons. Modern Masonic History
The reasons for the condemnation are Soon after the formation of the
printed in the Catholic EFZCJ clopedia un- Mother Grand Lodge in England in
der the caption, “Masonry,” and repeated 1717, grand lodges were set LIP in Ire-
in abbreviated form in a booklet en- land, 1725, and in Scotland, 1736.
titled, May Catholics Be Masons?, as These lodges became the centers of
follows: Masonry and began to establish other
(I) “Freemasonry has peculiar ZUZ- grand lodges all over the world.
sectaria?z, pzatuvalistic character. by which The Grand Lodge of England insti-
theoretically and practically it under- tuted its first lodge in Paris in the year
34 What Church Alembers Need to Kfzow About iMASONRY

1732, but one was formed still earlier Morgan had presented the material to
on the Continent at Gibraltar 172% a printer by the name of David C. Miller
1729. Others were also opened in North to be published in book form when
America in 1730, Germany 1733, the thing became known. The contents
Portugal 1735, Holland 1735, Switzer- of this expose are still available from
land 1740, Denmark 1745, Italy 1765, the Ezra A. Cook Company in a book
Russia 1771, and Sweden 1773. In most entitled Freemasowy Exposed, by Cap-
of these countries, grand lodges were tain William Morgan.
subsequently created and continue to The mere rumor that such a book was
this date, except in those Roman to be published created much astonish-
Catholic countries, such as Italy, where ment and indignation among the Mason-
no Masonic Lodges are permitted. ic fraternity of western New York.
Lodges were constituted in India from Particularly incensed were those who
1730 (Calcutta), 1752 (Madras), and had associated with Morgan in the meet-
1758 (Bombay); in Jamaica 1742, An- ings of the Lodges.
tigua 1738, and St. Christopher 1739, Great efforts were immediately made
by the grand lodges of England, Ireland, by a large number of Freemasons to
and Scotland. stop publication of the book. First, they
Shortly afterward these grand lodges had Morgan arrested for debt, then they
had representatives at work throughout swore a complaint against him for
the whole civilized world. larceny. While he was being prosecuted,
In North America, Masons flourished they searched his apartments for the
in individual lodges from a very early manuscript, but in vain. Finally, they
date. They had little regard for warrants kidnapped him from a jail at Canan-
and charters, and no attempt at organi- daigua and took him forcibly by means
zation was made until the Grand Lodge of a closed carriage to Fort Niagara,
was established in Pennsylvania in 1730. which was then unoccupied, and there
This grand lodge, the first in America, murdered him in cold blood.
was over the territories of New York, Even this drastic action of the
New Jersey and Pennsylvania. Masonic brethren did not succeed in
It was under the direction of Daniel suppressing Morgan’s expose. Part of it
Coxe, who was appointed “Provincial had already been put to press by Miller,
Grand Master” on June 5, 1730 by the and the remainder of the manuscript
Duke of Norfolk, Grand Master of the remained undiscovered by the Masons,
Premier Grand Lodge of England. who searched his premises. This and
It became known as the York, or other outrages, among which were the
American, Rite. burning of the printing office, alarmed
The rival grand lodges in England, the citizens of western New York. Sev-
together with those of Ireland and eral arrests of the supposed kidnappers
Scotland, chartered lodges everywhere in took place, and persons arrested were
the new country. brought to trial. These records could
After flourishing for almost a century, be verified by checking the court files.
Freemasonry in the United States suf- Among those arrested, five men, in-
fered a severe setback in 1826. cluding the sheriff of Niagara County,
were found guilty of participation in
William Morgan Murder the abduction, and were sentenced to
In this year (1826) an ex-Mason various terms of imprisonment. The
named William Morgan attempted to murderers, however, remained un-
reveal the mysteries of Freemasonry and punished.
give to the outside world a description Meantime, the whole book had been
of the ceremonies observed in the Ma- published, and its contents had made
sonic Lodges of the first six or seven public the somewhat ferocious oaths of
degrees. Freemasons. Excitement was immediate
What Church iliembers Need to Know About MASONRY 35

and immense. It spread all over the similarity of their doctrine. The Essenes
country and lasted many years. Free- were noted for their early practice of
masonry became unpopular and many mixing Old Testament teaching with
persons, including a great number of the traditions of the ancient mysteries.
ministers, withdrew from the Lodge. They apparently followed the Cabalistic
Many lodges and chapters were dis- doctrines, the written form of which is
banded, while their officers and mem- referred to by Masons as the Kabala,
bers publicly renounced all future con- and is admittedly a chief source of Ma-
nection with the Masonic order. sonic doctrine. The Kabala is admired
The murderers of Morgan, although by Masons as being “a doctrine so logi-
known, were never prosecuted. This cal, so simple, and at the same time so
fact, kept before the people by a power- absolute” (Morals and Dogma, p. 745 ) .
ful political party which arose at that They picture the Bible (Old Testament)
time, fanned the growing anti-Masonic as containing “allegories expressed in
feeling. an incomplete and veiled manner and
Patience and persez’erance on the as being the religious science of the He-
part of the few remaining Masons paid brews.” “The Pentateuch and the pro-
off, however. A few years later the thing phetic poems (Psalms) were merely ele-
died down and Freemasonry began again mentary books of doctrine, morals, or
to flourish. It was explained that the liturgy”; according to them, “and the
murderers of Morgan were simply ruf- true secret and traditional philosophy
fians and by no means representative of was only written afterward (in the
the main body of the fraternity. Kabala) .”
As the years passed and the Society Today in modern “Christian” lodges
once again gained repute, its mem- it is becoming more popular to accept
bership grew to nearly six million the two Johns-John the Baptist and
members and boasted some of the most the Apostle John-as the ones who
famous and important men of our na- started the first lodge. This absurdity
tion. Most presidents of the United comes from a confusion of ancient and
States have been Masons. In its ranks modern interpretations of the symbols
today we find ministers, doctors, lawyers,
pictured in Figure 11.
jurists, politicians; in short, the most
influential men of our time. Free- With tongue in cheek Lodge “Mas-
masonry is no inzonsequenttal secret ters” teach their “Christian brethren”
Society! that the Lodge is dedicated to St. John
the Baptist and St. John the Evangelist,
Masonically Preferred History who are pictured on the border of a
circle.
While this is all that history gives
us on the origin of Masonry, the ac- The large circle supposedly circum-
cepted origin among Masons varies from scribes the candidate who is represented
lodge to lodge. The origin accepted by by the dot in the center. These so-called
any particular group seems to be the patron saints of Masonry represent two
one preferred by most of the members “perfect parallels” in Christianity as well
in that group. Most of the lodges in as Masonry. Upon the vertex of the
the United States claim to be Christian circle rests the book of the “Holy Scrip-
in character and therefore claim a Bibli- tures” which points out. the whole duty
cal origin. Even here they cannot agree of man. They moralize that a Mason
as to specific time or founder. Some say should guard his actions so that he does
Adam was its founder, others say Moses not stray outside the guidance of these
or Solomon. great authorities. “If he keeps himself
Some of the more earnest, and serious- thus circumscribed,” they reason, “it is
minded claim the Ancient Essenes orig- impossible that he should materially
inated Masonry largely because of the err.”
36 What Chrrb ,\lcmbers Need to Knot About IIIASONRY

If this were the true meaning of these Pike further shows (p. 506) that the
symbols and if Masons lives were truly two columns called Jachin and Boaz and
patterned by them, the Lodge would the parallel lines actually represent older
have the upright character of which it pagan symbols: the solstices, Cancer and
boasts. In reality it is only the popular Capricorn, the two gates of heaven, the
meaning used to satisfy the large num- two pillars of Hercules. He further
bers who go through the Lodge without showed that the point in the circle rep-
seeking the deeper meanings of Masonic resented the sun god (Osiris). These
philosophy. These are only “vulgar” parallel lines represent limits-good and
members who, according to Masons, bad, positive and negative, active and
have swarmed into the Temple for self- passive, light and darkness-beyond
ish gain (see Morals and Dogma, p. which the sun god will not go.
37) and are not capable of learning the This proves conclusively where Ma-
deeper meanings. sonic symbols come from and that their
leaders kfzow where they come from.
Adept Claim Paganism “Polluted” by Their meaning is derived from the same
the Bible diabolical tenets by which Satan has
Most of these modern Bible additions posed himself as an angel of light to
came into the Blue Lodge through the rule over men. Men of all ages have
York Rite. The adept of the Scottish flocked into these temples to worship
Rite deplore their introduction as pol- him; many in ignorance, but some know-
lutions of the ancient (pagan) rites. ing full well what they were doing.
Albert Pike, the great Scottish Rite Why would they do such a thing?
authority, said in his book, Morals and Because men of this understanding and
Dogma, p. 17, that it was a waste of ability can become “Masters” and even
time even to comment upon this in- “Grand Masters” of the Lodge. They
congruous (Bible) meaning. He showed can gain great power and influence in
(p. 105) that the parallel lines do not this world which they could not accom-
represent the two Johns at all and that plish in any other way. It is the price
the Bible was added only recently. He they pay for greatness.
said the parallel lines represent the
same thing that the two columns, Jachin Why the Wolf Wears Sheep’s Clothing
and Boaz, do. All have a more recondite Albert Pike expressed Masonic un-
and frui+uL meaning in ancient sym- derstanding of the practice which
bol. For the true answer he suggests that cloaked the Ancient Pagan Mysteries in
the adept should look in the Kabalah Christian sounding names. In his in-
(the supposedly entire, “perfect,” unique structions (Morals and Dogma, p. 247)
theology in secret traditions which are to the Knights of the East and West,
expressed by the half-pagan Kabala, or the seventeenth degree of Masonry,
Cabala). he said that at the time of John the
Later in his book (p. 429) Pike re- Baptist the old philosophical and re-
vealed that “two parallel lines which ligious systems were growing much alike
support the circle of the Lodge” are because, in the great world ruling em-
from an ancient symbol consisting of a pires which existed since Alexander,
ring supported by two serpents. This was the walls of separation between Greece,
supposedly “emblematical of the world, Egypt, Persia, and India were thrown
protected by the power and wisdom of down and the people intermingled
the Creator.” everywhere.
You and I of course know that a He claimed the West eagerly con-
serpent represents Satan the Devil. This nected their faith with those of the
symbol then shows that the ancient East, and the Orient hastened to learn
pagans were actually worshiping Satan the traditions of Rome (this should not
as the creator and sustainer of this world! have been too difficult because they
What Chwcb r\hrzberr Need to Know About MASONRY 37

Figure 11

The Two Johns-So-Called

both came from the same old Babylon- vailed among their masters, the Greeks
ish source). The Jews and Egyptians-be- and Romans.
fore, the most exclusive of all peoples- Thus men who embraced Christianity
yielded to that eclecticism which pre- began to mingle the old mysteries with
38 What Church hfernbers Need to KFZOLL, About NASONRY

the new-a mixture of Christianity and Heaven; no beauty so fair as that of the
Philosophy, or Apostolic teaching and verdant, blossoming earth; no place,
traditions of Mythology. however invested with the sanctities of
old time, like that home which is hushed
Truth for the Simple-Mystery for and folded within the embrace of the
the Wise humblest wall and roof.”
Pike went on to explain the Masonic By the same practice they call Hiram
view (p. 248) that the Apostles, speak- Abiff the &dow’s son and quote I Kings
ing to mankind in general, stressed 7:13-14. His name and situation have
only the articles of the uzJgar f&h; but certain similarities which can be twisted
transmitted the mysteries to “superior until they almost appear to fit, even
minds” from generation to generation in though many absurdities exist.
esoteric traditions. To this new science Hiram was a very skilled artificer.
of mysteries was given the name Gnosis and the building of the temple would
(or Gnostic). be a convenient project for the charac-
Pike confirms the fact that their basic ters of the legend to be engaged in,
doctrine and ideas were derived from since the early Lodge was supposed to
P l a t o , Philo, t h e Kabaluh, a n d t h e have been engaged in the building
sacred books of India and Egypt. and decorating of splendorous stone
What this amounts to is a bold-faced structures.
admission that most Christian and A careful study of the Holy Scriptures,
Masonic doctrine is a mixture of Bible however, reveals that this Hiram Abiff
teaching and pagan mysteries, and that has nothing in common with the Hiram
the wise among them favor the mysteries mentioned in I Kings. Neither is the
as being deeper and wiser and spurn temple around which the legendary
the plain Bible Scripture as being fit story unfolds, the temple of Solomon.
only for the vulgar masses. A rite, par- The temple of God, built by Solomon
able, letter, number, figure, word, etc. was finished, but the one in the legend
became a symbol, and he who had the remained tinfinisbed. The names were
key of science would interpret each ac- just added in “friendly” pagan-Christian
cording to the light he possessed. tradition.
The uneducated and narrow-minded There is a temple in antiquity, how-
within their ranks heedlessly take them ever, which is famous because it was
at face value while those who have never completed. The account is given
ears to hear receive the “divine mys- in Genesis 11. It is the tower of Babel!
teries” because they have received the It was built so that its top (also the
“sacred initiation” and have the intel- head or ruler) might reach unto heav-
ligence to understand the deeper mean- en (rule supreme), and to make for
ing. its builders a name, lest they be scat-
This thinly veiled admission by tered abroad upon the face of the earth
Masonry’s most famous apostle, Albert (see verse 4).
Pike, explains why Masons call their Over the incomplete state of this
temple Solomon’s Temple when it was tower, one so-called virgin may well
in actuality patterned after the greatest afford to weep, because it wrecked, for
of pagan temples-the earth covered by a time, her plans and those of her hus-
the cloudy canopy of the heavens. The band who hoped to be that head. These
divinity which they worship within its two are the Nimrod and Semiramis
walls is the sun, of which they blandly mentioned earlier.
write.
Virgin, Column and Time Significant
“There is no splendor beyond that
which sets its morning throne in the The symbol of the Virgin, Column
golden East; no dome sublime as that of and Time presented at the end of the
What Church AIembevs R’eed to KTZOW About MASONRY 39

legend, represented in Figure 10, is forcing the theory upon a gullible, hap-
also quite significant. In Masonic al- less generation.
legory, “The beautiful virgin (Semira-
mis) weeping over the broken column, Part IV
denoted the unfinished temple (tower)
and the untimely death of our Grand THE AWESOME CONCLUSION
Master Hiram Abiff (Nimrod) .”

F REEMASONRY is living proof that


no teaching of man, regardless of
Albert Pike continues: “The book
how innocent or righteous appear-
open before her, [means) that his virtues
ing, can be taken for granted-that no
there lay on perpetual record.”
teaching can be assumed good, just be-
“The sprig of acacia (the pagan sym- cause it looks good-that no teaching
bol of life which, in one account, led can be assumed righteous, no matter
her to discover her husband’s grave) in how solemnly it declares itself so-or
her right hand denotes the timely dis- judged honorable because its own cher-
covery of the body.” (The body which ished records suggest honor.
the ancient pagans tried to preserve, In many ways Masonry is the exact
and which action gave rise to another opposite of what it claims to be!
pagan philosophy-that so lofzg as a
body remailzed in a state of preserua- Masonic Claims
tion, the person’s spirit continued to To its initiates the Masonic Lodge
exist. ) teaches:
“Masoq is txrefd to all men: to the
“The urn in her left, that his ashes learned, because it affords them the op-
were there safely deposited (attempts portunity of exercising their talents
to preserve the body otherwise must upon subjects eminently worthy of their
have failed) to perpetuate the remem- attention; to the illiterate, because it
brance of the amiable, distinguished, offers them important instruction; to the
and exemplary character.” (It was ex- young, because it presents them with
plained earlier that this fallen god was salutary precepts and good examples,
supposedly raised to immortal life and and accustoms them to reflect on the
became the sun god.) proper mode of living; to the man of
“And Time behind her standing, un- the world, whom it furnishes with noble
folding her ringlets (she grew older) and useful recreation; to the traveller,
and counting her hair (Other, more whom it enables to find friends and
secret accounts show him anointing her brothers in countries where else he
with Ambrosia, the food of the gods, would be isolated and solitary; to the
which supposedly gave her eternal life.). worthy man in misfortune, to whom it
that Time (the god of time, Osiris), gives assistance; to the afflicted, on
patience and perseverance will accom- whom it lavishes consolation; to the
plish all things.” Thus it was that pagans charitable man, whom it enables to do
made a noble attempt to cover up their more good, by uniting with those who
disgrace, and Satan patched up his are charitable like himself; and to all
counterfeit that he might continue to who have souls capable of appreciating
palm himself off as the god of the its importance, and of enjoying the
universe. charms of a friendship founded on the
Pagans have continued to use the same principles of religion, morality, and
idea that time, eatience and pevsever- philanthropy” (r\lovals and Dogma, p.
ante will accomplish all things. By it 113).
(theory of evolution) they try to deny NOW let us compare this with their
actual practice.
the creation of the universe by a Su-
preme Creator, and in so doing they The Real Test
practicr their teaching by patiently God has set before each one of us a
What Church Members Need to Know About MASONRY

choice - a proving ground-to see of following what looks good to man


whether we will love and obey Him instead of simply obeying their Creator.
and be allowed to live in the Kingdom
Masonic Ten Commandments
which will be set up-or whether we
will refuse and go our own way, into You are all familiar with the Ten
the lake of fire (Deut. 30:19-20). Commandments recorded in Exodus 20
Other plans of salvation which teach and Deuteronomy 5 of your Bibles. You
a different reward and a different way would normally assume these to be
of getting eternal life are without God’s recognized by Masons especially when
authority. Those foolish who waste their they claim that their moral philosophy
lives in pursuing such “wind” are un- is based on the Bible. Again this is not
fortunate indeed. the case. Masons have embraced another
Freemasonry is just such a counter- set of ten commandments which look
feit. Its members waste untold hours better to their eyes than the ones God
acting out foolish rituals which accom- has given.
plish nothing, and memorizing endless For brevity only the first two need
dialogue which helps no one. They pon- to be discussed, though all ten are re-
der the moral philosophies of the an- produced from Morals and Dogma in
cients to discover wisdom, but they Figure 12 on the next page. Read them
acquire only a hodgepodge of deceptive carefully before you continue with this
and foolish pagan reasonings. article. They appear to be very whole-
God declares there is only one WAY some and good, don’t they? 1
to live happy, useful lives. And that is When we remember that the adept in
the way HE has appointed for us. Any illasonry gaila m o r e kfzowledge f r o m
other-such as Masonry-no matter symbols thafz from plai?a statements
how good it may look, is at best a coun- of their sacred writings we should be
terfeit and serves only to dupe people aware that certain key symbols are in-
into thinking that they have what they cluded which will &lock these depths
have not. of meaning.
Notice the little circle with the cross
Man-made Codes inside it at the beginning of the first
They set up their code of morals ac- commandment. Regardless of any beau-
cording to human understanding, not tiful phraseology Masons place on these
knowing that only God’s laws shall symbols, their deeper meaning must
stand. They revel in the idiocy of pa- invariably lead to ancient sun worship.
rading before relics of ancient sun wor- The circle or disc symbolizes the sun
ship in great solemnity, foolishly hold- and the cross symbolizes immortality.
ing the sacred Word of God in no The three dots in the form of an equi-
greater respect than they do any other lateral triangle represent the first cause
ancient writing. and trinity of the pagan godhead.
Their work in the community is not So if the Mason is truly adept he
the proclamation or upholding of God’s would see that he has borrowed from
Kingdom; it is, instead, the upholding the ancient sun worshipers symbols and
of the system around them. They do not creeds which would read this way for
promote God’s rule, but ignore it and the first commandment of Figure 12.
set themselves up as the wise leaders, “God [the god whose symbol is a circle
pretending to build character and feign- and a cross and triangular dots-the
ing benevolence by giving charity to sun god] is the Eternal, Omnipotent,
the ornhans and widows, while they Immutable WISDOM and Supreme IN-
privately endeavor to build their own TELLIGENCE and Exhaustless L O V E .
prosperity. (Wisdom, Intelligence and Love are
The following example will serve to capitalized to remind Masons of their
illustrate the enormity of their mistake deeper meanings and that each in turn
What Church Members Need to Know About MASONRY 41

JIa\onr!, has it, decalogue. lvhich i.; a law to its Initiates. These
are it< Ten Commandments :
I. @.‘. God is the Eternal, Omnipotent, Immutable !iTISDOM
and Supreme IsTKLr.rGExcK and Exhaustless LOVE.
Thou shalt adore, revere, and lo\-e Him !
Thou hdt honor Him by practicing the J-irtues!
II. 0.‘. Thy religion hall be, to do good becau*e it is a pleas-
ure to thee. and not merely becau.qe it is a duty.
That thou mayest become the friend of the Ivise man, thou
shalt obey his precepts!
Thv soul is immortal ! Thou shalt do nothing to degrade it!
III. a.‘. Thou shalt unceasingly war against vice!
Thou shalt not do unto others that \\hich thou xouldst not
wish them to do unto thee!
Thou shalt be .submis+e to thy fortunes, and keep burning
the light of wisdom !
IV. 0.‘. Thou shalt honor thy parents!
Thou shalt pay respect and homage to the aged!
Thou shalt instruct the young!
Thou shalt protect and defend infancy and innocence!
V. $.‘. Thou shalt cherish thy wife and thy children!
Thou shalt love thy country, and obey its laws!
VI. 0.‘. Thy friend shall be to thee a second self!
hlisfortune shall not estrange thee from him!
Thou shalt do for his melnory whatever thou wouldst do
for him, if he \vere living!
V I I . @.‘. Thou shalt avoid and flee from insincere friendships!
Thou shalt in everything refrain from csce~s.
Thou shalt fear to be the cause of a stain on thy memory!
V I I I . 0:. ’I’hou shalt allolv no passions to become thy master!
Thou shalt make the passions of others profitable lessons
to thyself!
Thou .shalt be indulgent to error !
IX. @.‘. Thou shalt hear much : Thou shalt speak little: Thou
shalt act well !
Thou shalt forget injuries!
Thou shalt render good for evil!
Thou shalt not misuse either thy strength or thy superiority!
x . 0 : . Thou shalt study to know men; that thereby thou
mayest learn to know thyself!
Thou shalt ever seek after virtue!
Thou shalt he just!
Thou shalt avoid idleness !

Figure 12 The Masonic Ten Commandments


42 What Church Members Need to Know About MASONRY

has been worshiped by their pagan while reaping the general good fortune
ancestors. ) of having a close set of influential and
“Thou shalt adore, revere, and love like-minded friends. It is here that
Him! Masonry pays off. A member who has
“Thou shalt honor Him by practicing an acceptable plea for help or a favor
the virtues [of the ancient pagans]” need only mention his need to the prop-
(see p. 2 I Morals and Dogma). er brother and the requested “aid” comes
What greater blasphemy could there forth as if by answered prayer. Masons
be than this? How this must stink in have more faith in receiving this peti-
the nostrils of the Living God! When tion from other members than they do
they attribute the name and office of in receiving answers to prayers from
God to any other they break the first, God.
second and third of God’s Command-
Short of the Glory of God
ments.
The second of these Masonic com- Even if the brothers understood and
mandmefzts, as well as the remaining attempted to live up to Lodge teachings
eight, are likewise contrary to the Com- of moral conduct, and strove ever so
mandments of God. By it the Mason hard to be considerate of their brethren,
is told to do “good” without defining they still only attain a hzbman righteozLs-
what good is. Yet you can surely see ness which is far from the righteousness
that it is not referring to obedience to of God.
God because the next instructs him to In actual practice their human
seek out the wise MAN and obey his morals and ideals break down because
precepts. But Proverbs 14: 12 states, human righteousness can extend only as
“There is a way which seemeth right far as the human character can back it
unto a man, but the end thereof are up. Many are able to help and encourage
the ways of death.” Masons in their one another as long as doing so remains
ignorance have pursued the way of profitable to themselves, but who among
death. them can afford to help others at his
own personal expense, especially over
Prestige and Prosperity Their
Real Goal an extended period of time; and who
Few members of the Lodge could among them has the character to with-
stand all the temptations of vanity,
truthfully deny that their reason for
greed, and lust which life presents?
belonging to the Lodge is the personal
benefits which raise their community During their conventions, Shriners
standing and financial prosperity. take over whole towns, influencing po-
Members of the Lodge may already be lice and officials so that they are free
prosperous and active members of their to do whatever they please. Who among
community before joining the Lodge. them is seeking law and order? Who
In fact it is usually after they obtain a even tries to put aside foolishness,
certain measure of prestige within the drunkenness, and fornication?
community that they are allowed to These men would do well to ponder
join a fraternity. It is there, among the their actions, not in the light of the
more prominent citizens, that they hope pagan doctrine of the “Brotherhood of
to farther their prosperity. Such an hon- Man,” but in the true light of God’s
or usually aids one’s social position, and Word. The fourth and fifth chapters of
also gives a social outlet, but this does Ephesians should convince any of the
not exalt God; it exalts only the man. open-minded in their ranks that their
When a man embraces the Lodge, other way-Masonry-is wrong. In Chapter 5,
prominent men of the community be- verses 1 through 5, Paul instructs the
come his brothers. Together they prac- brethren:
tice this doctrine of “brotherly love” “Be ye therefore followers of God,
assisting and encouraging one another as dear children; and walk in love, as
What Church Members Need to Know About MASONRY 43

Christ also hath loved us, and has given Avoiding Unnecessary Persecution
Himself for us an offering and a sacri- As was stated earlier, this series is
fice to God for a sweet-smelling savour. not written for general publication, but
But fornication, and all uncleanness, or for those members of the true Church
covetousness, let it not be once named who seek God’s way of life. It would be
among you, as becometh saints; neither a pointless waste of time and truth to
filthiness, nor foolish talking nor jesting try to convince others. They are satis-
(ribaldry), which are not convenient fied with their status and would only
(befitting) : but rather, giving of thanks. turn again to rend you.
For this ye know, that no whoremonger, If the material contained herein were
nor unclean person, nor covetous man, published in such a way as to threaten
who is an idolater, hath any inheritance the popularity of the Lodge, retaliation
in the Kingdom of Christ and of God.” such as was brought against the Apostle
Without the practice of some of these Paul at Ephesus (see Acts 19:24-41)
forbidden characteristics there would be would surely result. The craftsmen who
no masonry! built the pagan shrines to Diana, which
were mentioned earlier, were angry with
Ignorance Understandable Paul because he persuaded many to turn
With this expose and explanation of away from heathenism. The reason for
Freemasonry, it is hoped that the func- the craftsmen’s anger is given in verse
tion of the fraternity is not only clear, 27. These are the words of the silver-
but that the ignorance of its members smith, Demetrius, who reasoned, “.
may be made understandable. The Lodge not only our Craft is in danger to be
rituals, as seen by the average initiate, set at naught; but also that the temple
appear harmless. He is not told what of the great goddess Diana should be
he will encounter in the Lodge before despised, and her magnificence should
he is admitted-only that nothing will be destroyed, whom all Asia and the
be required of him which is against the world worshippeth.” (This temple to
laws of God and his duty to his state or Diana was one of the so-called “seven
family. The fact that this is a lie is sel- wonders of the world.“)
dom discovered by him because nothing The fact that Masons proudly claim
is revealed until he has been psychologi- these ancient craftsmen such as Deme-
cally prepared to receive it. This is done trius for their progenitors is recorded
by the use of solemn prayer before each in the General History, Cyclopedia and
undertaking, and scripture quotations Dictionary of Freemasonry, an authen-
are read which seem to give divine sanc- tic, Masonic work. It says that the
tion. All is done in such a way that it traveling Masons (ancient craftsmen),
seems right and good to the gullible from whom they supposedly derive
candidate who is blinded by his desire their origin, built this same temple to
to receive new and mysterious light and Diana for the Kings of Asia (p. 11).
to be counted among the wise, honor- If these early artificers persecuted the
able, and prosperous. Church in Paul’s time because they
It is further hoped that this writing feared that their craft and religion would
will provide church members with clear suffer, their modern counterpart will
and accurate answers to questions on not hesitate to do so today. Therefore,
Masonry, and that they might be able each one of you must use wisdom in
to help others who are truly seeking to order that unnecessary persecution may
obey God. Such men, when their rnznds be prevented.
have been opened, can surely be shown
where membership in the Masonic Demitting
Lodge, as much as membership in any If it becomes your duty to advise a
of the denominations, is incompatible Mason to quit the Fraternity, do NOT
with obedience and service to God. tell him to stir up trouble for himself