The "Mysteries" in Freemasonry
A Christian perspective of Freemasonry
I'm a 23yr old Christian who has spent about 5 years studying the Bible and research on the Masonic order. This is also my first attempt at creating & placing a web page on the internet. I have come to the conclusion that Freemasonry is an anti-Christian organization which is designed to build and prepare an individual for the purpose of embracing universalistic principles. Today we find that many Christian and Catholic ministers are themselves members of Masonic Lodges. Unfortunately, this is destructive not only to the minister, but also to those whom he would preach to in the church! Despite what a large majority of Masons claim, FREEMASONRY IS A RELIGION!
A brief history of the occult from past to present
- Ancient Mystery Religions of...
- Babylon, Egypt, Greece, Persia, India, etc. All were a form of pantheism.
- Witchcraft, Divination, Spiritism, Occultism, Eastern Religions or Mysticism(Hinduism, Buddhism, Shintoism, Confucius, etc.)
- Esoteric occult system of Judaic philosophy which took shape at the beginning of the Christian era & continued to grow through the late Middle Ages.
- Can rightfully be seen as a continuation of the ancient Mystery Religions being unique in that, unlike other mysteries, its teachings deal mainly with Israel, and is designed in such a way as to deceive God's chosen people.
- Gives occult counter-explanations, and occult interpretations for the Old Testament, and a disguised occult interpretation of Israel's history.
- To Kabbalism, Moses is seen an occultist who's purpose was to initiate the people of Israel into the "advanced" teachings of the Egyptian Mysteries.
- The writings of Palestinian scholar Isaac ben Solomon Luria(1534-1572; Kabbalist writer) started a basis for the theology of the Jews of Hasadim, a sect founded around 1750 in Poland by religious leader Israel the Baal Shem-Tob.
- Gnosticism(ie. "Neo-Gnosticism")
- First century heretics or earlier occult(mystical) religions. It originally consisted of Jewish occultists until, after rapidly gaining gentile followers over the passage of time, it became made up of mostly gentiles.
- Tied to atheist & agnostic philosophy in the belief that Christ was only a mere man whose charisma was due to hypnotic techniques or sexual baptismal ceremonies.
- Paul wrote to the Colossians, countering the legalistic asceticism of the Gnostics in Col. 2:20-23. Also, the Epistle of Jude, deals extensively with "depraved teachings"(i.e. Gnosticism, etc.).
- 1Timothy 6:20 confirms the existence of these teachings during Paul's time. The actual Greek word used for knowledge in verse 20 is gnosis which means "knowing; by implying knowledge; science."(The New Strong's Exhaustive Concordance of the Bible, 1990 by Thomas Nelson Publishers) (note: bible versions may vary; in Thompson's Chain Reference Bible, 5th ed. KJV: "...'science' falsely so called..."). The term gnosticism is derived from the Greek word gnosis.
- Knights Templars
- A military & religious order established in AD 1118 in Jerusalem by nine French knights under the command of Hugues de Payens of Champagne and Godefroi de Saint-Omer.
- They were likely corrupt from the beginning, but during their exploits in the Mid-East, they became strongly influenced by the Gnostics & Assassins(Hashish, etc., a violent Arabic military order)
- It is a fact that several of the founders of this order were initiates in the sect of Assassins.
- In AD 1312, Pope Clement V abolished the Order & on 18 March 1314 Grand Master, Jacques de Molay, with three of his highest ranking officers, were burned alive at the stake
- The Word of the Lord concerning these "Templar Plundarers": "Indeed what have you to do with Me O' Tyre and Zidon(Sidon), and all the coasts of Philistia(Palestine)?..." "because you have taken My silver and My gold, and have carried into your temples My prized possessions. "Also the people of Judah and the people of Jerusalem you have sold to the Greeks, that you may remove them far from their borders." Joel 3:4-6
- Rosicrucians*More info in this particular critieria coming soon*
- A literary work entitled "Fama Fraternitatis" appeared in Germany during the 17th century which described the religious discoveries of Christian Rosenkruez, who said to have traveled to Egypt and uncovered the mystery of the "rose cross."
- Historical dates of Christian Rosenkruez's existence are placed around 1378-1484, but the fact that Rosicrucians claim his name is symbolic has also allowed them to allegorize a much earlier origin for their Order.
- While the Rosicrucian societies flourished in 17th & 18th century Europe, the Order claims that it came to the United States in 1694 under the leadership of Grand Master Kelpius, who himself was affiliated with a European lodge.
- In 1909, Dr. H. Spencer Lewis was initiated by the French Rosicrucian Order, and returned to America to start a revival of the Order there until his death in 1939. His son, Ralph, picked up where he left off, and continued the efforts.
- Many cults from the late 1700's through 1800's(tied also to the New Age Movement)
- Theosophical Society(tied also to the New Age Movement)
- American and European Secret Political Societies
- International Banking Elite
- World Council of Churches(tied also to the New Age Movement)
- New Age Movement
- Many cults from the late 1700's through 1800's
- Theosophical Society
- World Council of Churches
- New Spiritual Technology(Flotation tanks, self-hypnosis & subliminal paraphernalia, etc.)
The "Mysteries" in Masonry
Grand Lodge of Texas, A. F. & A. M., Monitor of the Lodge: Monitorial Instructions in the Three Degrees of Symbolic Masonry (Grand Lodge of Texas, 1982) , pp. xiii-xiv can be read the following:
"These [Masonic teachings were] practiced from remote ages, in the ancient temples of many nations. Such ceremonies and their correlated teachings have sometimes been referred to as the Mysteries of Masonry, with the same signification employed when one speaks of the "Mysteries of the Magi," the "Mysteries of Osirus," the "Grecian Mysteries of Eleusis," and other kindred rites, practiced in the temples of initiation throughout the ancient world..."
"The presence in the modern Masonic system, of many of the emblems, symbols and allegories of the ancient Temples of Initiation, as well as certain rites performed therein, has persuaded the most learned among Masonic scholars to conclude that Masonry is of very ancient origin, and is, in some aspects, the modern successor of, and heir to, the sublime Mysteries of the Temple of Solomon, and of the Temples of India, Chaldea, Egypt, Greece, and Rome, as well as the basic doctrine of the Essenes, Gnostics, and other mystic Orders."
Liturgy of the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite of Freemasonry for the Southern Jurisdiction of the United States, Part Two (Washington, D.C.: The Supreme Council, 33d Degree of the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite of Freemasonry of the Southern Jurisdiction of the U.S.A., 1982), p.166. concerning the 13th Degree can be read the following:
"There are profounder meanings concealed in the symbols of this degree, connected with the philosophical system of the Hebrew Kabalists which you will learn hereafter, if you should be so fortunate as to advance. They are unfolded in the higher degrees."
Albert Mackey also admits that Kabbalism(also spelled kabalism, cabolism, qabbalism, etc.) is "intimately connected with the symbolic science of Freemasonry." -Albert Mackey, The Symbolism of Freemasonry: Illustrating and Explaining Its Science and Philosophy, Its Legends, Myths, and Symbols(Chicago: Charles T. Powner, 1975), p.325.
In his encyclopedia he says "The Cabala may be defined to be a system of philosophy which embraces certain mystical interpretations of scripture, and metaphysical and spiritual beings..." Much use is made of it in the advanced degrees, and entire Rites have been constructed on its principles. Hence [discussion of] it demands a place in any general work on Freemasonry.(Italics added) -Albert Mackey, Mackey's Revised Encyclopedia of Freemasonry, rev. and enl. by Robert I. Clegg (Richmond: Macoy, 1966), 1:166.
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