Freemasonry is an organization that supposedly dates back to ancient times and it is difficult to determine who started it and how they started it. There are documents mentioning it in the 1300s and afterwards, but it is believed that consistent documentation of the organization did not take place until 1717 when the Grand Lodge of England was formed. There are different stages in freemasonry that a member can advance to, called degrees, with the 33° being the highest one can reach.
Freemasonry, with several of the Founding Fathers including George Washington and Benjamin Franklin being Masons, enjoyed a great deal of popularity when the U.S. was first established as a nation. But this popularity suffered a severe blow when Captain William Morgan, a Royal Arch Mason, was abducted from a jail in Batavia City, New York in 1826 and was murdered by a group of Masons for openly revealing the secrets of the Masons. The Masons responsible for his death were never punished for his murder. Since the judge involved in the trial was a Mason himself, it became a popular notion that there was a cover-up in play regarding the Morgan affair, and most U.S. citizens began an anti-Mason campaign which was strong for several decades in the 1800s. Nevertheless, Freemasonry bounced back since many prominent figures in the U.S., including Presidents, kept joining the secret society.
Masons often present themselves as being a harmless secret fraternal society that loves to do charitable work. Many people who have no involvement with freemasonry often look at it as being suspicious since Masons are so secretive about what they do and what they believe. Is freemasonry really harmless or should we beware of them? Are they a religion or just a social organization? Let’s take a look at some of the things that are taught in the Lodges and see if they are in line with the ultimate truth–the word of God.
- A highly respected 33° Mason named Albert Pike (who was also a Confederate general in the U.S. Civil War) once said “Every Masonic Lodge is a temple of religion and its teachings are instructions in religion. …Masonry propogates no creed except its own most simple and sublime one; that universal religion taught by nature and reason.” (Pike, Albert. Morals and Dogma of the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite of Freemasonry. Charleston, SC: Supreme Council of the Thirty-Third Degree, 1950, p. 213).
- The Bible says man should live by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God (Deuteronomy 8:3) and that he should not rely on his own reasoning (Proverbs 3:5) since our ways are always right in our own eyes (Proverbs 21:2) which leaves us open to deceive ourselves.
- Albert Pike claimed that “[t]o understand [freemasonry’s] mystic meanings, you must open the pages of the Sohar and Siphra de Zeniutha, and other kabalistic books, and ponder deeply on their meaning. It must suffice to say, that … the Creative Energy of the Deity, is represented as a point, and that point in the centre of the Circle of immensity. It is to us in this (33rd) Degree, the symbol of that unmanifested Deity, the Absolute, who has no name.” (emphasis mine. Pike, Albert. Morals and Dogma of the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite of Freemasonry. 1871)
- The Bible says the one true God of the universe is not unmanifested. He has manifested himself in the flesh in the person of Jesus Christ (1 Timothy 3:15-16). Additionally, the true and living God has a name, which is stated in several places in the Bible (see Exodus 6:3 and Psalm 83:18).
- According to Albert Mackey, another highly regarded 33° Mason, the god of freemasonry can be any god you choose. “Be assured…that God is equally present with the pious Hindu in the temple, the Jew in the synagogue, the Mohammedan in the mosque, and the Christian in the church.” (Mackey, Albert. Mackey’s Revised Encyclopedia of Freemasonry. Richmond, VA: Macoy Publishing, 1966, pp. 409-410).
- Jehovah said “Thou shalt have no other gods before me.” Jesus said “I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father [Jehovah], but by me.”
- Albert Pike once said, “Yes, Lucifer is God, and unfortunately Adonay is also god. For the eternal law is that there is no light without shade, no beauty without ugliness, no white without black, for the absolute can only exist as two gods: darkness being necessary for light to serve as its foil as the pedestal is necessary to the state. … Thus the doctrine of Satanism is a heresy; and the true and pure philosophical religion is the belief in Lucifer, the equal of Adonay; but Lucifer, God of Light and God of Good, is struggling for humanity against Adonay, the God of Darkness and Evil.” (de LaRive, A. C. La Femme et l’Enfant dans la Franc. Paris, France: Maçonnerie Universelle, 1889, p. 588.
- The word of God states that God is light and in him is no darkness at all (1 John 1:5). Lucifer was created by God and is in no way his equal since he is not omnipotent, omnipresent, or omniscient like the most High is. Lucifer wanted to be like the most High but he was cut down to hell (Isaiah 14:12-16).
- The Knights Templar ritual that an initiate goes through in Masonry teaches that in order to be saved, an initiate has to do works of penitence and undertake long pilgrimages and fight to defend the Christian religion.
- God’s word says we are saved by God’s grace (unearned favor) through faith in Jesus Christ. Works have nothing to do with us receiving salvation and the defense of our faith is by our words not by physical violence.
- Freemasonry holds to the doctrine that Jesus is neither divine, nor did he rise from the dead.
- It is written, “…every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God: and this is that spirit of antichrist…” (1 John 4:3)
- Albert Pike said, “No man has any right in any way to interfere with the religious belief of another.” In other words, no preaching of the gospel allowed.
- Jesus commanded, “Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you…” Matthew 28:19-20.
Albert Pike and his influence on Freemasonry
Albert Pike (1809-1891) has been one of the most influential Masons to walk the Earth. As I mentioned above, he fought for the Confederacy as a general in the Civil War and his racist, segregationist views are why, even until recent times, American lodges of the Scottish Rite have resisted recognizing lodges that are mainly African American. He stated in his book Irano-Aryan Faith and Doctrine As Contained in the Zend-Avesta that:
“…both the Creation account of Genesis and Darwin’s theory of evolution were false because the white man could not have come from the same source as the black man!”
The fact that he disputed the Biblical account shows that Pike, who claimed to be Christian in public, was in fact anti-Christian in his actions. The Bible cleary states God “made of one blood all nations of men for to dwell on all the face of the earth,” [Acts 17:26]. His anti-Christian nature is further proven by his membership in the Theosophical Society, an occultist organization founded in 1875 for the purpose of “spiritualist investigations” (including seances and sorcery) with Helena Petrovna Blavatsky, a famous occultist, as his friend and associate. [David Carrico, Lucifer–Eliphas Levi–Albert Pike and the Masonic Lodge, Evansville, IN: Followers of Jesus Christ, 1991, p. 14]
Pike held the positions of Grand Master of the Central Directory of Washington, D.C., Grand Commander of the Supreme Council of Charleston (top position of American Masons), and Sovereign Pontiff of Universal Freemasonry (top position of worldwide Masons) all at the same time. He alone was responsible for writing or rewriting all Masonic rituals from the 4th degree to the 33rd degree. [William T. Still, New World Order: The Ancient Plan of Secret Societies, Lafayette, LA: Huntington House, 1990, p. 124; Henry C. Clausen, Messages for a Mission, Supreme Council, 1977, p. 20]
A lot of Masons claim they don’t know about Albert Pike, but Masons of higher degrees have a great deal of respect for him even more than 100 years after his death. Fred Kleinknecht, Sovereign Grand Commander of the Southern Jurisdiction of Masonry wrote the following about Pike in the November 1992 Scottish Rite Journal:
Correctly understood, Albert Pike’s Morals and Dogma provides our Brethren a stimulus to thought, a source of inspiration, and even an aid to Scottish Rite growth. Pike’s great work is not the book of an hour, a decade, or a century. It is a book for all time …
I’ll give more info on freemasonry in my next post. To find out more about the philosophies of the highly regarded Mason, Albert Pike, go to the Project Gutenberg website to read his writings.
–posted by Harry A. Gaylord–