Shining light on the Corruption and Deceit of the Freemasons
The major religious criticisms made of Freemasonry concern the facts that it is a highly secret and unaccountable institution, that it doesn't own up to its own religious status, and that it claims to have important hidden knowledge to reveal, but which over half the human race is completely denied access to, since women, Atheists and people with disabilities are banned from joining.
Much of what is taught to Masons is of a religious nature. So, one can only challenge that from a religious standpoint. But since Masons are not allowed to discuss their religion, this means that new teachings are accepted unquestioningly. Experts on cults and brainwashing tell us that when people are exposed to an ideology for long enough there is an unconscious tendency to accept it. Further, when this happens in a close knit society (such as that of the Lodge) the rate of acceptance is even higher.
If you walked into a church, they'd tell you all about Jesus. If you walk into a mosque, they'll tell you about the Prophet Muhammad. Similarly, at a Buddhist temple, you'd be told how you can achieve freedom from the cycle of reincarnation so that you can attain nirvana, etc. All the world's major religions want you to become part of their following and to tell you their story. Thus, if you join a religion (with the exceptions of Freemasonry and Scientology) you are entering with your eyes open - then these organizations are honest about what they are doing and where they are guiding you.
Instead, consider how you would assess Christianity if you weren't allowed to visit church services, if Christians refused to discuss their faith and practices, and if their scriptures were written largely in code with very little commentary and history publicly available?
So have no fear of them, for nothing is covered that will not be revealed, or hidden that will not be known. What I tell you in the dark, say in the light, and what you hear whispered, proclaim on the housetops. [Matthew 10:26-27]
This talk of light is interesting, since Freemasons seem to have something of an obsession with it. Masonic Lodges teach that all men, including Christians, live in spiritual darkness until they enter and become members of the Lodge; here the initiate Freemason is forced to say that he is in darkness and seeks the Freemason's light, even though Jesus says, in the Bible:
I have come into the world as light, so that whoever believes in me may not remain in darkness. [John 12:46]
Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, "I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life." [John 8:12]
Here Jesus is stating that he is the Light, and saying that believing in him removes spiritual darkness; he is most certainly not claiming that any ritual, Masonic or otherwise, removes darkness.
[F]or at one time you were darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light (for the fruit of light is found in all that is good and right and true), and try to discern what is pleasing to the Lord. Take no part in the unfruitful works of darkness, but instead expose them. For it is shameful even to speak of the things that they do in secret. [Ephesians 5:8-12]
So, how can any Christian enter a Masonic Lodge and swear that he is still in darkness and seeking light?
But you are not in darkness, brothers, for that day to surprise you like a thief. For you are all children of light, children of the day. We are not of the night or of the darkness. [1 Thessalonians 5:4-5]
In trying to defend their position, Freemasons will claim that they are forbidden to discuss religion. And, one might even be inclined to believe that such a rule exists for the sake of keeping harmony in the Lodge. But, this rule actually serves to prevent Masons from challenging the more bizarre religious teachings of Freemasonry, to the point that some Freemasons may even try to argue that their practices do not constitute a religion, however a quick check of the Masonic literature available shows this to be false, since Albert Pike writes in the Masonic guidebook "Morals and Dogma":
Every Masonic Lodge is a Temple of Religion; and its teachings are instruction in religion. [page 213]
Frank C. Higgins writes in "Ancient Freemasonry":
It is true that Freemasonry is the parent of all religion. [page 10]
In Albert G. Mackey's "Encyclopedia of Freemasonry" you will find:
The religion of Masonry is cosmopolitan, universal... [volume 1, page 301]
In "A Comprehensive View of Freemasonry", Henry Wilson Coil writes:
Many Freemasons make this flight [to heaven] with no other guarantee of a safe landing than their belief in the religion of Freemasonry. [page 186]
J.S.M. Ward writes in "Freemasonry: Its Aims and Ideals":
I consider freemasonry is a significantly organized school of mysticism to be entitled to be called a religion. [page 185]
Freemasonry might lack a few of the explicit teachings that are central to some of the major world religions, however it is in many ways similar to the ancient Mystery religions such as the Eleusinian Mysteries, which were influential in 5th century Athens through to the Roman period.
But, on any objective assessment, Freemasonry fulfils the criteria for a religion, since a requirement of membership of a lodge is belief in some sort of god, and it invokes the full range of religious language. Its practice focuses on participation in ceremonies that are based on mythological themes, while readings from sacred literature and hymn singing will all take place within a Masonic lodge.
Then, just like most major world religions, Freemasons have temples, altars, prayers, pledges, rituals, sacred vows, sacred tenets, worship and vestments, as well as feast days, the promise of reward and punishment in the afterlife, a hierarchy, and burial rites, etc. If one were to continue arguing that despite this list, Freemasonry is not a religion, one could presumably argue by the same virtue that Christianity isn't a religion either.
Freemasons also contend that their practices have a strong focus on morality and they believe that they will get better treatment in the afterlife (the Grand Lodge Above (a sort of Masonic Valhalla)) by doing good works, even though the Christian god says:
For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast. [Ephesians 2:8-9]
But if it is by grace, it is no longer on the basis of works; otherwise grace would no longer be grace. [Romans 11:6]
The blood-curdling oaths taken by Freemasons also get considerable publicity, simply because people find it so strange that someone would swear that he would rather be mutilated and killed than reveal the secrets of Freemasonry. However, it is important to note that making any sort of oath is explicitly forbidden in the Sermon on the Mount:
But I say to you, do not take an oath at all, either by heaven, for it is the throne of God, or by the earth, for it is his footstool, or by Jerusalem, for it is the city of the great King. And do not take an oath by your head, for you cannot make one hair white or black. Let what you say be simply 'Yes' or 'No'; anything more than this comes from the evil one. [Matthew 5:34-7]
And again in the Epistle of James:
But above all, my brothers, do not swear, either by heaven or by earth or by any other oath, but let your "yes" be yes and your "no" be no, so that you may not fall under condemnation. [James 5:12]
Now, consider what an oath is, and what it is supposed to do... It's meant to make a promise binding - in this case not to reveal Masonic secrets. So here, either the oath has the power to make your promise binding, or it doesn't. If it has no power, then it is pointless and deceptive. If it has power, then in making that oath, you are binding yourself under the authority of that power.
In Christian thought there are only two powers: Good and Evil. And, since Jesus himself forbids oaths, it cannot be his power underlying an oath. Therefore, if the oath is to have power, then there is only one other source available...
Moving on to look at Royal Arch Freemasonry, we discover that Masonry is really a self-serving quasi-religion, where the worshippers are peons who have unwittingly sold their souls to a Devil-god called Jahbulon, in exchange for money and power.
We find the Masonic Great Architect, Jahbulon, is a composite name composed of:
- JAH = Jahweh, the proper name of God, taken from the Old Testament.
- BUL = Baal, the "false God" with whom Jahweh competed for the allegiance of the Israelites in the Old Testament.
- ON = Osiris, the ancient Egyptian God of the underworld.
For what does it profit a man to gain the whole world and forfeit his soul? [Mark 8:36]
Further, in the seventeenth degree of the Scottish Rite, after the candidate has completed the initiation he is given the secret password, Jubulum, and the sacred word, Abaddon. There is a clue to the true identity of this Masonic deity, "Abaddon" in Revelation 9:11, where we learn that:
They [locusts like horses, but with human faces and wearing crowns] have as king over them the angel of the bottomless pit. His name in Hebrew is Abaddon [Destruction], and in Greek he is called Apollyon [Destroyer].
In his Classification of demons, Peter Binsfeld links Abaddon to the demon Asmodeus, but whatever you believe, how could any true Christian dare to take the name of an angel-prince of hell as a sacred word?
You cannot drink the cup of the Lord and the cup of demons. You cannot partake of the table of the Lord and the table of demons. [1 Corinthians 10:21]
It's also worth keeping in mind that Freemasonry has a disproportionate number of Occultists amongst its historic members, who all would seem to have forgotten that the Christian god told Isaiah:
I am the LORD, and there is no other; apart from me there is no God. [Isaiah 45:5]
Whilst Jesus Christ said:
I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. [John 14:6]
Perhaps this is because whenever readings from scripture are included in Masonic ceremonies, the name "Jesus" is always removed from the verses read out.
[T]hat all may honour the Son, just as they honour the Father. Whoever does not honour the Son does not honour the Father who sent him. [John 5:23]
So everyone who acknowledges me before men, I also will acknowledge before my Father who is in heaven, but whoever denies me before men, I also will deny before my Father who is in heaven. [Matthew 10:32-33]
Tampering with scripture is forbidden in Revelation 22:19. But, worse, this particular tampering seems to be implicit denial of Jesus.
But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach to you a gospel contrary to the one we preached to you, let him be accursed. As we have said before, so now I say again: If anyone is preaching to you a gospel contrary to the one you received, let him be accursed. [Galatians 1:8-9]
Moving on, quite surprisingly, whereas most of the western world uses the Gregorian calendar, which counts the years from the supposed year of Christ's birth, Freemasons begin their calendar 4,000 years earlier (Anno Lucis) - apparently because this is when they believe the world was created - although they make no mention of whether, similar to believers in the idea of Intelligent design, Masons also claim that dinosaurs never existed, and that god uses fossils as a test of people's faith.
Freemasons do however consider the death of Christ to be a tragedy, but for a rather more curious reason than the rest of us:
In their initiation ceremony for the eighteenth degree, the Knight of the Rose-Croix, or the Rosicrucians; Masons symbolically drape the Lodge room in black and sit on the floor in silence, resting their heads in their arms in mock grief around the alter, above which are three crosses. They grieve not for the death of the son of god, but according to the historian Augustin de Barreul, they symbolically mourn because the day that Jesus was crucified was the day that Christianity was born, ever to be the antagonist of Freemasonry.
For many deceivers have gone out into the world, those who do not confess the coming of Jesus Christ in the flesh. Such a one is the deceiver and the antichrist. Watch yourselves, so that you may not lose what we have worked for, but may win a full reward. Everyone who goes on ahead and does not abide in the teaching of Christ, does not have God. [2 John 7-9]
The list below summarises the heretical practices recorded by Clergy investigating Freemasonry for the report "Freemasonry and Christianity: Are they compatible?" which was endorsed by the General Synod of the Church of England in 1987.
Syncretism - Different religions are considered equally valid, or are treated as equal, or fused together. Here, illogical compromises are committed in the attempt to reconcile different belief systems or notions of God which are incompatible.
Dualism - Masonic and Christian perceptions of God are in serious conflict. No Christian could subscribe to both "without suffering Spiritual schizophrenia".
Polytheism - Whilst a Freemason on his own may believe in only one God, Freemasonry welcomes all Mason's Gods into the same Pantheon.
Socinianism - Masons elevate God the Father at the expense of God the Son.
Pelagianism - Man is not believed to be cursed with original sin, but may achieve perfection on earth and heaven through good works, rather then by Faith. Christians believe that everyone has sinned and can only be redeemed through Christ.
Rationalism - Terms such as Great Architect and Great Geometrician imply God merely built the world and does not intervene in its affairs. Christians believe that God asserts his will on Earth through Christ.
Gnosticism - Salvation is falsely claimed to be obtainable through learning secret knowledge, a view rejected by Christians.
[n.b. many New Testament writers state that salvation is such good news that it must be shared. So, any salvation kept secret from others is therefore not a true salvation but merely the penalty of deception.]
Manicheanism - God is not all good, but the source of both good and evil.
Idolatry - Several parts of Masonic ritual break the Second Commandment not to make graven images or bow down to them in worship.
Satanism - All worship not directed solely to God must be, by reason, directed at The Devil.
Freemasonry and the Catholic Church are also at odds (eight Popes have condemned it). And Catholics are forbidden to join Freemasonry in the strongest of terms, since "In Eminenti Apostolatus" was issued by Pope Clement XII in 1738. The matter was probably expressed most clearly by Pope Leo XIII, who declared "Let no man think that he may for any reason whatsoever, join the Masonic sect, if he values his Catholic name and his eternal salvation".
Currently, as reiterated in 1983, "Catholics who enrol in Masonic associations are in a state of grave sin and may not receive Holy Communion".
Unsurprisingly, Communists are anti-Freemasonry; however, other organizations opposed to Freemasonry include Quakers, Lutherans, Baptists, Seventh-day Adventists and the Methodists - who say that Freemasonry competes with Christian beliefs - so they ask that Methodist Freemasons reconsider their membership and that Masonic meetings be banned from Methodist premises.
Even Islam condemns Freemasonry - for example, Sheikh Ahmad Kutty, a senior lecturer and Imam at the Islamic Institute of Toronto and a non-resident Imam and Khateeb (person who gives a sermon) at the Islamic Center of Canada, Bosnian Islamic Center, and Ansar Mosque; who is often featured as guest speaker at events on interfaith dialogues and who has written extensively on Islamic law states:
Freemasonry is a secret organization whose beliefs and practices are totally kept confidential except from those who are initiated into it. They have levels of secrets which are not divulged to those who are at lower levels. A Muslim should never fall prey or give allegiance to something which cannot be scrutinized by the firm criteria of the Qur'an and the Sunnah. Whoever joins Freemasonry is like a person who writes a blank check; by doing so he agrees to give allegiance blindly to an authority to comply with their wishes no matter what they are.
No Muslim can surrender his will unconditionally to anyone but Allah. If anyone has done so, he is guilty of the most blatant violation namely shirk (associating partners with Allah). Allah says: "Do they have partners beside Allah who shall prescribe for them rituals that Allah has not sanctioned." [Ash-Shura: 21]
For an even more authoritative answer, during its first session, convened in 1978 in Makka, the Islamic Fiqh Academy looked into the matter of the Masons and their affiliates, with the Islamic ruling on them, stating:
The members of the Academy undertook a thorough study of this dangerous organization, reading what has been written about them, past and present, and the documents and speeches propagated by their members and their leaders which they themselves have published in the magazines which represent them. It became clear to the Academy in a manner that leaves no doubt, from the books and texts they read which follows:
- The Masonic movement is a secret society which sometimes hides it organization and sometimes reveals it, according to the prevailing conditions of the time and place. However, the true principles upon which this organization is based are secret at all times, the knowledge of which is hidden even from its members, except the chosen few, who reach, through many different experiences, the highest levels.
- The movement builds a relationship between its members in all corners of the world, based upon a superficial foundation in order to fool gullible people; which is that of the human brotherhood alleged to exist between all members of the organization, and which (supposedly) makes no distinction between different faiths, creeds and ideologies.
- It attracts those persons who are important to it to join their organization by tempting them with promises of personal benefits, on account of the fact that every Mason is bound to help every other brother Mason, in any corner of the world, to assist him in fulfilling his needs, achieving his aims and solving his problems, and to support him if he has political ambitions, to assist him if he falls into any predicament - whatever it may be, whether he is right or wrong, oppressor or oppressed. This may be concealed, by making it appear that they are helping him when he is on the right, not on the wrong. This is the greatest temptation by which they capture people from all societies, taking from them significant financial contributions.
- Joining them begins with a celebration for the enrolment of a new member, with certain frightening rituals and formalities, intended to instil fear in the member of what will happen to him if he ever disobeys their directives and orders which are issued to him in sequence.
- The gullible members are left free to practice their religion and it (the organization) benefits by controlling them and assigning tasks to them, within the limits appropriate for them, and they remain at the lowest level. As for the apostates, or those who are willing to become apostates, they are slowly promoted to higher levels, according to their experience and repeated tests which are given to members, based upon their willingness to serve their plans and their dangerous ideology.
- Its aims are political and they have a hand - either open or hidden - in most political and military insurrections and major changes.
- The organization is Jewish in origin and is secretly managed and directed at its highest levels by international Jewry and its activities are Zionist in character.
- It is, in fact, in its hidden aims, against all religions, its intentions being the destruction of all of them in general, and Islam in the hearts of its adherents in particular.
- It concentrates on the recruitment of persons in positions of authority in finance, politics, the community, in science and any other position they can utilize in order to further their power in the community. They have no interest in recruiting those without any power they can exploit, and for this reason, they often concentrate on the recruitment of kings, presidents, important government employees and their like.
- It has many branches, which bear other names, in order to deceive and divert attention, so that they are able to continue their activities under different pseudonyms, the most well known of which are: The Lions, the Rotary Club, The Leons, and other such evil movements, all of which are incompatible and inconsistent with Islamic tenants.
The strong links between the Masons and international Zionist Jewry has become absolutely clear to all of the people. By such means they have been able to control the activities of many leaders in Arab and other countries in the matter of Palestine, and they have prevented them from carrying out many of their obligations with respect to this most important matter, to the advantage of the Jews and the international Zionists.
For this reason and many other detailed facts concerning the dangerous activities of the Masons, their evil deception and cunning designs, the Fiqh Academy has determined that the Masons are one of the most dangerous, destructive organizations to Islam and the Muslims. And that whoever joins them, knowing the truth of them and their aims, is a disbeliever in Islam who should be avoided. And Allah is the Granter of success.
Signed: Abdullah bin Humaid - Director of the Higher Judicial Council in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
n.b. Sheikh Humaid was, at the time of this ruling, Imam of the Grand Mosque of Mecca (the holiest mosque in Islam)
Freemasonry is deceptive and fraudulent... Its promise is light - its performance is darkness. ~~ former U.S. President John Quincy Adams