Freemasonry and the Masonic Lodge
By Ed Decker
I have been besieged of late to explain why I just won’t go away and leave the Masons alone to do their "good works." Let me share a little history about this ministry and me. My comments come from forward to an upcoming book on the subject.
I lay on the floor of the bathroom, retching. I was sure I was going to die. I had a TV show to do in just a few hours and I was certain that I wouldn't live to see it. I pulled myself up, leaning against the wall next to the toilet, trying to pull away from the pain I was in and sort out what was happening.
I supposed that I had contracted food poisoning during the Pastors' lunch earlier, but then, my table companions, sharing the same pizza, were not in here fighting for space at this receptacle. I remembered the two out-of-town visitors, whose attendance our host expressed concern over. "This is a dangerous business, and I don't know these fellows," he warned.
"Don't give it another thought," I answered. "God is our protector."
Then I recalled that one of them had offered to refresh my drink and I had consented. A half-hour later, I was convulsing in pain.
Reflecting back, years later now, I guess I ought to have questioned the wisdom of going to Inverness, Scotland to do a TV program on "The Occult Origins of Scottish Rite Masonry." My host was correct in his concern, yet God truly was my protector.
I rose up that evening by His strength and did that program, standing up. Yet, by the morning I was too ill to continue my tour and the next day began a terrible journey back to Seattle, to my own doctors and my own family. I arrived home barely able to walk. The poison had effected my involuntary muscle system and it was difficult to use my hands and feet and hold my head steady. I arrived in Seattle more than 25 pounds lighter than when I left.
Tests showed that I had sustained a high, lethal dose of arsenic, enough to kill me a few times over. It took months to recover from the incident. Not only had the poison done serious damage to my digestive system, but also I would lie in bed, sleeping fitfully while my body twitched continually. Later, the heavy metal began to work its way out through vicious sores in the tops of my hands and my head, making a terrible odor that smelled like dog urine.
Even just recently, years later, while I was undergoing lung surgery caused by a bus accident, several blood vessels in my lower back broke spontaneously for apparently no reason. The doctors puzzled over the phenomenon for the better part of the day until a nurse asked my wife if I had been exposed to metallic poison in a work environment. When Carol told them about the Scotland incident, they had their answer. Tests showed that pockets of arsenic still in my system [lower back area] had been the cause and the vessels broke while I was in severe trauma.
I suppose we could have pointed out the man who poisoned me. He would have gone to prison, but as one Scottish friend warned, our host would have paid the price at the hands of the Masons in response. It wasn't worth it. I am still alive and I am still speaking out the awful truth of the lodge. I am sure there are more than a few Masons in Scotland that can't understand why I am still alive. I do. It was because God intended me to live.
When I began to study the Lodge with a critical eye, it meant that I had to look back at my own father, grandfather and their fathers before them for almost two hundred years. They were honest men, churchmen who took our faith, our family and our country seriously, fighting in its many wars. Generation after generation, each son followed after his father and entered into membership in the Lodge. That line ended when I stepped out of the DeMoLay to join the Mormon Church.
Well, tonight we have an wonderful opportunity to learn some things about Freemasonry, the lodges, et al…that you will never hear from those involved and we need to rejoice that this data is available if for no other reason than to know how to pray with wisdom for those you love who are involved…and for those here who are involved, to test my words against the Bible and your lodge and make a decision based on knowledge.
I know that this is a subject that comes close to home for many of you. Many of you have loved ones who are in the Masonic Lodge.
A lot of men get involved with Freemasonry, not fully understanding what they are getting entangled with.
I spent 20 years in the Mormon Church where the temple rituals had been directly "lifted" from the Blue Lodge degrees. Other portions of the Scottish rites, such as the ordination of the "Holy Melchizedek" priesthood were also common.
The more I have studied Masonry, the more I realized the depth of its satanic hold over those within its "strong Grip". Within the pages of the hundreds of Masonic books and secret ritual manuals I have gathered and read in our research is a tragic story of Godly men who have succumbed to the snare of the enemy and have been snatched from the very arms of Christ. They have brought the darkest side of Baal worship into their homes and congregations, opening the door to every demon in that Masonic corner of Hell.
Most Masons get involved with the Lodge out of peer pressure, their friends are in it, their grandfather was in it, and some go into it for business reasons. They see it as a way to progress in their business and social lives. Others are attracted by the secret, mystic rituals and symbolism of Freemasonry. Others see people like the Shriners parading around in the red fezzes riding their funny cars in parades when the Shrine circus comes to town.
People wonder, "Well, what about the Shriners? We hear about the Shriners Hospital, about Masonic homes for Masons, about all the good works they do. Everyone knows about the Shrine Circus and the many people who are helped by them. Why are you criticizing them? Are you saying that they have something to hide from the world"
Yes, I am saying just that. This is clearly the case with the Shriners. Their public image is that of a fun time group pouring out millions of dollars into charity, all the while dressed up in a party spirit, wearing their Red Fezzes with great aplomb.
The Fez itself, is an example of this double meaning behind most of Freemasonry’s facade. Worn by ever Shriner and even carried to the grave with pompous dignity, the history of the Fez is barbaric and anti-Christian. In the early 8th century, Muslim hordes overran the Moroccan city of Fez, shouting, "There is no god but Allah and Mohammed is his prophet." There, they butchered many Christians.
These men, women and children were slain because of their faith in Christ, all in the name of Allah, the same demon god to whom every Shriner must bow, with hands tied behind his back, in worship, proclaiming him the god of his fathers in the Shrine initiation, at the Altar of Obligation.
We are going to discover that all those good works are simply an outer shell of an inner darkness. I am going to peel away all the outer wrapping. I will expose, very clearly, what Freemasonry is, and why no Christian has any business being any part of the Masonic Lodge.
The journey into Freemasonry begins at what is known as "The Blue Lodge." The Blue Lodge is the foundation of all Freemasonry. These are the many local lodge groups, scattered across the country in almost every little town and city. When a man goes into it, he is initiated into The Blue Lodge through three degrees. The first, or "Entered Apprentice" degree, the second, or "Fellowcraft Degree", and the third, or "Master Mason" degree.
After going through the three degrees of The Blue Lodge, the Mason has the choice to stay in the Blue Lodge or to seek the advanced degrees through either the Scottish Rite or the York Rite. Many Masons will go through both.
Within the Scottish Rite, there are the fourth through the thirty-second degrees, and the thirty-third being an honorary degree. The York Rite has thirteen degrees. Once the Mason has attained the 32nd degree, through either higher arm of the craft, he has the option to petition to leading to join the Shriners.
Many people think that Masons and Shriners are one-and-the same, but actually, the Shrine is a separate body of the craft. Shriners are Masons who have achieved the highest degrees of the Blue Lodge, and Scottish or York Rites Masonry, who enter into what is known as "The Ancient and Arabic Order of the Nobles of the Mystic Shrine."
Every step of Masonry has its ritual initiation, the mildest, of course being at the Blue Lodge level. Even this is bizarre, to say the least. In order to join the Lodge, each Mason must first be initiated through an initiation ceremony, similar throughout the world.
The Cable Tow:
The typical ceremony begins with the initiate being first divested of his jacket and his tie and any money or metal articles he has. His left trouser leg is then rolled up over the knee, his shirt is opened to expose his left breast and his right shoe is removed and replaced by a slipper. Then the person who is to be initiated will have a blindfold put on him and then a noose will be put around his neck. This is called a "Cable Tow". The blindfolded initiate (they call this being "hoodwinked.") is brought, with the noose around his neck, to the outer door of the Lodge.
The candidate, thus attired, is said to be in darkness, an allegory of Masonry that signifies that everyone outside of Masonry is in darkness and only Masons have the true light of the world. Only they have the true knowledge that will bring light to the world.
And so, the new Mason is brought to the outer door, seeking the light of the lodge, and there the Doorkeeper, or Tiler, will put a sword or a sharp point to his breast and lead him into the lodge room where an altar sits in its center. The lodge members await the candidate in the darkness that surrounds the altar, which is lit from a single light above. Behind the altar stands a man called "The Worshipful Master." He is the master of the lodge and presides over the initiation.
When the initiate is brought before him, he bows before "The Worshipful Master" and he says something like this, "I am lost in darkness, and I need the light of Freemasonry, I am seeking the light of Freemasonry." He is then told he is entering into a secret organization and that he must keep the secrets he is going to be taught.
At this time, he is required to take a blood initiation oath; every Mason who joins the Lodge takes his thumb or his hand to his throat and he then repeats an oath that has been repeated by every Mason who has joined the Lodge.
The Entered Apprentice
(first level of the Blue Lodge)
Includes the following words:
"Binding myself under no less a penalty than having my throat cut across, my tongue torn out by its roots, and buried in the rough sands of the sea…"
The Fellowcraft Degree of Masonry
(second level of the Blue Lodge)
The oath includes the following words:
"Binding myself under no less a penalty than that of having my left breast torn open, my heart plucked out and given as prey to the wild beasts of the fields and the fowls of the air..."
The Master Mason's Degree
(third level of the Blue Lodge)
Every Mason must swear an oath including the following:
"Binding myself under no less a penalty than that of having my body severed in twain, my bowels taken from thence, and burned in ashes..."
Masons will tell you that there is nothing wrong in being a Christian as well as being a Mason.
And, when they are exposed to some of the anti-Christian secrets of Masonry, they say, "Well, those are in the high degrees. We don't know about those things. I'm just in The Blue Lodge." I am sorry, but that is just not true.
The Blue Lodge Mason, who also claims to be a follower of Jesus Christ, has to ask himself some basic questions. First of all, "How can I put a blindfold on, come before a man I call The Worshipful Master", say I am lost in darkness and need the light of Freemasonry?"
The Bible brings us a very different message about light and darkness, one that brings with it the hope of joy:
"We write this to make our joy complete. This is the message we have heard from him and declare to you: God is light; in him there is no darkness at all. If we claim to have fellowship with him yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not live by the truth. But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin."
(1 John 1:4-7)
How can a Christian Mason say he is lost in darkness and seek to join the Lodge, because he needs the light of Freemasonry?
The Bible says if you are a Christian and say you are in darkness, you are living a lie, and the truth is not in you. Because, if Christ lives in your life, you have "The Light".
The second thing The Christian Mason must ask himself is this: "If you are going to join the Lodge how can you come before a man called The Worshipful Master, and bow before him in a religious ceremony (remember the altar in the center, with the single light from above shining down on it) and say you are lost in darkness?"
Jesus said, "No one can serve two masters. Either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and Mammon." (Matt. 6:24)
Jesus said that we cannot serve two masters. You can't claim to be a follower of Christ and then bow before a man you accept as your Worshipful Master any more than you can bow before a Buddha.
The mammon that Christ warned us about fits right into the lodge. What is it if it isn't the prestige, wealth, power and position among men promised by lodge membership?
The third thing we must ask is how can a Christian take a pagan blood oath? How can a man, who says he is a follower of Jesus Christ, swear to have his throat cut from ear to ear, his bowels ripped open, given to the beasts in the field as a penalty for breaking such an ungodly oath?
Most Masons respond by saying that these oaths are just some kind of fraternity type stuff that means little or nothing. What foolishness! The Mason would do well to take strong heed.
This isn't something silly that accidentally found its way in with real scripture. In the fifth chapter of the book of James, we are warned:
"Above all, my brothers, do not swear --not by heaven or by earth
or by anything else. Let your "Yes" be yes, and your "No," no,
or you will be condemned." (James 5:12)
The NKJV says you will fall into judgment
God's Word says that the penalty for taking Masonic oaths is condemnation. God isn't amused by this. He absolutely forbids taking these pagan blood oaths of Masonry.
But what is it that must be kept so secret? Why is it that Masons are required to take these pagan blood oaths of secrecy not to reveal the secrets of Masonry even before they're told what they are supposed to keep secret? Why must these men bow down while still in ignorance of the secrets to which they are being bound? Why would a man who would never buy a car or a home or enter into a business agreement without first studying all the terms, kneel, blindfolded, in a lodge room with a noose around his neck, and swear obedience to things he has no understanding of? Crazy, isn't it! What could ever possess a sane man to do something like this?
The goal of Masonry, according to its leading authorities, is to do away with religions and their creeds and doctrines, and to establish a one-world, universal religion, free from the confining dogma of such narrow scope as is found in Christianity. We need to remember that the Masons only require its members to have a belief in a god, any god. The name is not as important as the belief there being a deity.
This is a necessary and key element in the puzzle. It's there so that the Mason will be zealous in seeking first the lost name of that god or deity and then in accepting the Masonic god is the one, true god over all. When I reveal his name, you will see why it is hidden from the initiates.
The problem is many Masons do not understand this, and it is because their own Masonic authorities have been deliberately deceiving and lying to them. The most universally accepted authority on Freemasonry is the great Masonic scholar, Dr. Albert Pike, who wrote what is termed by many to be the "Bible of Masonry." It's called "Morals and Dogma of the Ancient and Accepted Rite"
Albert Pike, who was The Sovereign Grand Commander of the Southern Supreme Council, A. A., Scottish Rite for thirty-two years. He wrote "Morals and Dogma" as the "supreme authority" of Masonic Doctrine. In fact, the current Sovereign Grand Commander, C. Fred Kleinknecht says, "Pike's great book, Morals and Dogma, is the most complete exposition of Masonic philosophy there is."
The New Age Magazine, was the Scottish Rite Freemasonry magazine of America until just recently, when they changed its name to The Scottish Rite Journal. In September, 1989, they pointed out that there was going to be a service honoring the memory of Albert Pike held at the Washington Temple in Washington, D.C. Norman Vincent Peale was going to be the speaker. Norman Vincent Peale, a 33rd degree Mason, and a well known Christian leader, is also one of the leading Masonic promoters in America. Albert Pike is so revered among Masons that he is actually entombed within the inner walls of the Scottish Rite world headquarters, The House of The Temple, in Washington, D.C. Those Masons who deny the importance of Pike's words to the craft are in ignorance of the real value placed on this man. In July 1990, the Scottish Rite Journal came out with a ten-page article extolling the virtues of Albert Pike and his authoritative work in "Morals and Dogma."
I want to quote from some of Albert Pike's teachings in "Morals and Dogma," to give you some insight to what is really lurking behind those lodge doors. Page numbers will be from that book, unless otherwise noted.
"The Blue degrees or The Blue Lodge of Masonry, whichever a Mason joins, are but the outer court, or protocol, of the Temple. Part of the symbols are displayed there to the initiate, but he is intentionally misled by false interpretations. It is not intended that he shall understand them, but it is intended that he shall imagine that he understands them. Their true explication is reserved for the adepts, the Princes of Masonry. It is well enough for the mass of those so-called Masons to imagine that all is contained in the Blue Degrees." (Page 819)
"Masonry, like all the religions, all the Mysteries, Hermeticism and Alchemy conceals its secrets from all except the Adepts and Sages, or the Elect, and uses false explanations and misinterpretations of its symbols to mislead those who deserve only to be misled; [note: this means the Blue Lodge Masons] to conceal the Truth, which it calls Light, from them, and to draw them away from it. Truth is not for those who are unworthy or unable to receive it, or would pervert it." (Pages 104-105)
You see, many Masons who go into the Blue Lodge do so out of ignorance, viewing it as a philanthropic organization, an organization of good works, never understanding what they are really involved with. I asked earlier, just what are the secrets that they are getting involved with? The first secret of the Lodge is the fact that Freemasonry is a religion. Most Masons will say that is it not a religion, but simply a brotherhood, a fraternal organization. Yet, as they describe the workings of the lodge, they are talking religion.
The problem is that Masonry fits every category of what a religion is, according to every definition of religion. In fact, Albert Pike says, "Every Masonic Lodge is a Temple of religion, and its teachings are instruction in religion." (Page 213)
"Masonry is the legitimate successor from the earliest times the custodian and depository of the great philosophical and religious truths, unknown to the world at large, and handed down from age to age, in an unbroken current of tradition, embodied in symbols, emblems and allegories." (Page 210)
Pike says that Masonry is:
"The universal, eternal, immutable religion, such as God planted it in the heart of universal humanity. No creed has ever been long lived that was not built upon this foundation...The ministers of this religion are all Masons... Its sacrifices to God are good works... and perpetual efforts to attain to all the moral perfection of which man is capable." (Page 219)
According to them, Masonry is a natural religion without the need of revelation, that every thing in nature is part of God, and part of the infinite thought of God. Creation becomes God itself. It's very interesting what Paul said about this in the book of Romans.
"For although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened.
Although they claimed to be wise, they became fools and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images made to look like mortal man and birds and animals and reptiles.
Therefore God gave them over in the sinful desires of their hearts to sexual impurity for the degrading of their bodies with one another. They exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshiped and served created things rather than the Creator --who is forever praised. Amen." (Rom. 1:21 -25)
Albert Pike did not say things he didn't mean. His writings are corpulent with evidences of the true nature of Freemasonry.
"We belong to no one creed or school. In all religions, there is a basis of truth, in all there is pure morality... All teachers and reformers of mankind we admire and revere. Masonry has her mission to perform... She invites all men of all religions to enlist under her banner." (Page 311)
"It [Masonry] reverences all the great reformers. It sees in Moses, the lawgiver of the Jews, in Confucius and Zoroaster, in Jesus of Nazareth, and in the Arabian iconoclast, Great Teachers of Morality, and Eminent Reformers, if no more: and allows every brother of the Order to assign to each such higher and even Divine Character as his Creed and Truth require... Masonry is a worship; but one in which all civilized men can unite..." (Pages 525, 526) Pike also said, "The first Masonic teacher was Buddha." (Page 277)
Masonry claims to be the center of the one, universal religion. As Newton says in his book, "The Builders", they are "seeking to unify and bring a universal religion in which all creeds and all doctrines would be done away with, where individual faith will cease and men will join together in a universal religion of an ubiquitous brotherhood of good works."
They say that religion is the experience of relating to God, and Masonry is the experience of relating to mankind. While separate, they can and do naturally co-exist. Well, if Freemasonry is truly what it professes publicly, then "Bravo!"; it is a welcome fellowship.
If it is being deceptive, or as we claim, a serious danger to the Mason, his or her family and Church, then it should be exposed as such. It is that simple."
Let's look at just a few of the Lodge’s basic principles in the Light of Biblical truth.
NO OTHER GODS!
"And God spoke all these words: I am the LORD your God, who brought you out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery.
You shall have no other gods before me. You shall not make for yourself an idol in the form of anything in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the waters below.
You shall not bow down to them or worship them; for I, the LORD your God, am a jealous God, punishing the children for the sin of the fathers to the third and fourth generation of those who hate me…"
This is the first and primary Commandment! All the other commandments find their reason in it. God put it at the top of the list for a reason! If you have a faulty view of God, your whole spiritual perspective is skewed by that error. Listen to God:
"This is what the LORD says-- Israel's King and Redeemer, the LORD Almighty: I am the first and I am the last; apart from me there is no God." (Isaiah 44:6)
If your view of God is anything but that which God, Himself has declared above, your view is not Christian orthodoxy. If your view of Christ is not that which is equally Biblically based, your view of Christ is just as filled with danger. Let’s see what the Masonic fraternity, itself has to say about the nature of God.
FREEMASONS BOW AT EVERY ALTAR
"The true Mason is not creed-bound. He realizes with the divine illumination of his lodge that as a Mason his religion must be universal: Christ, Buddha, or Mohammed, the name means little, for he recognizes only the light and not the bearer. He worships at every shrine, bows before every altar, whether in temple, mosque or cathedral, realizing with his truer understanding the oneness of all spiritual truth." ("The Lost Keys of Freemasonry", Manly P. Hall, 33o, p.65, Macoy Publishing and Masonic Supply Co., Richmond, VA., 1976.)
THE BIBLE SAYS
"Jesus answered, "I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me." (John 14:6)
"For there is one God and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus…" (1Tim. 2:5)
OUR LORD AMONG THE BAALIM
"Masonry, around whose altars the Christian, the Hebrew, the Moslem, the Brahmin, the followers of Confucius and Zoroaster, can assemble as brethren and unite in prayer to the one God who is above ALL the Baalim, must needs leave it to each of its initiates to look for the foundation of his faith and hope to the written scriptures of his own religion." (Morals and Dogma, Albert Pike, 1956, page 226)
[Ed note: The word "Baalim" is simply defined as "false god or idol." The Masonic author has included the God of the Christian in that category.]
IS JESUS LORD?
"Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved." (Acts 4:12)
That is pretty straightforward. The question that has to be asked of the Mason here is simply, "Are you a Christian who confesses that Jesus Christ is Lord?" Is your answer, like many Masons, "yes!"??
Then our response to the Christian Mason is simply, "Why won’t you just do what Jesus clearly told you to do?
THE BIBLE SAYS
"Again, you have heard that it was said to the people long ago, `Do not break your oath, but keep the oaths you have made to the Lord.' But I tell you, do not swear at all: either by heaven, for it is God's throne; or by the earth, for it is his footstool; or by Jerusalem, for it is the city of the Great King. And do not swear by your head, for you cannot make even one hair white or black. Simply let your `Yes' be `Yes,' and your `No,' `No'; anything beyond this comes from the evil one." (Matt. 5:33 -37)
Take note that Jesus clearly describes the Masonic oaths and clearly states that these come from the evil one. Not from fun, not from some kind of macho male bonding, or some fraternity type of initiation, but from the devil. What would possess a man to stay bound by blood oath to this stuff, once exposed, except it come of evil?
That was Jesus Himself talking to those who believed on Him. Surely, it would be a foolish man who would defy the Lord in such a serious matter. What earthly thing would be worth violating a direct instruction from our Savior? None!
BOUND BY BLOOD OATHS
From the initiation rituals of the "BLUE LODGES" which I described earlier and through all 33 degrees of Freemasonry, every Mason in the world is bound by bloody oaths to maintain the secrets of the Lodge. These binding oaths are kept through the spirit of fear, because the penalties for betraying the brethren of the lodge include serious physical harm to the Mason.
THE BIBLE SAYS
Jesus, speaking again to His disciples, clearly dealt with this exact situation.
"There is nothing concealed that will not be disclosed, or hidden that will not be made known.
What you have said in the dark will be heard in the daylight, and what you have whispered in the ear in the inner rooms will be proclaimed from the roofs.
I tell you, my friends, do not be afraid of those who kill the body and after that can do no more. But I will show you whom you should fear: Fear him who, after the killing of the body, has power to throw you into hell. Yes, I tell you, fear him." (Luke 12:2-5)
TRUSTING THE BIBLE
We do well to know the Word Of God. As Jesus prayed to the Father for His disciples, His prayer was:
"Sanctify them by the truth; your word is truth." (John 17:17)
The Bible clearly teaches that the mature Christian must be grounded in God’s Word. This is probably the most grievous error of those enmeshed in the web of Freemasonry. It is the ignorance of or lack of regard for the truth of God’s Holy Word.
What true Christian man (or woman) would dare go through the rituals of Freemasonry knowing that someday, he or she would have to stand before a Holy God and account for those acts of darkness.
THE JUDGMENT OF THE DAMNED
The grave, Christless end awaiting members of the Masonic order can be demonstrated by the Apron Lecture, given every Mason in the Blue Lodge Ceremony. The following quote can be found almost word for word in most Masonic Monitors, the Craft ritual manual.
Each candidate, upon completion of the initiation is given a white Lambskin Apron whose pure and spotless surface, he is told, would be "an ever present reminder of purity of life and rectitude of conduct, and when at last, after a life of faithful service your weary feet shall have come to the end of life’s toilsome journey and from your nerveless grasp shall have dropped forever the working tools of life, may the record of your life be as pure and spotless as this fair emblem which I place in your hands tonight, and when your trembling soul shall stand, naked and alone, before the Great White Throne, there to receive judgment for the deeds done while here in the body, may it be your portion to hear from Him who sitteth as the Judge Supreme, the welcome words: Well done, thou good and faithful servant. Thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee rule over many things! Enter into the joy of thy Lord."
While the words sound noble, it is to the everlasting pit of hell that the unsuspecting candidate has been assigned in the subtle words of the message. The promise is that the apron represents the works of the flesh when the Mason stands before God at the Great White Throne judgment.
There is only one Great White Throne Judgment in my Bible and it is found in Revelation 20:11-15.
It is the judgment of those dead not in Christ, the judgment of the damned, who will be judged... not by the gift of God through Christ, but by their own works, with an end in the lake of fire. What a tragedy!
THE KING OF THE PIT OF HELL
In the seventeenth degree of the Scottish Rite, or The Knights of the East and West Degree, after the candidates have completed the initiation they are given the secret password, Jubulum, and the Sacred Word, Abaddon. Here is the clue to the true identity of the Masonic Deity. It is revealed in the "Sacred Word" of this ritual, "Abaddon." In Revelation 9:11, we learn what that actually is.
"And they [the demons and workers from hell] had as king over them the angel of the Abyss, whose name in Hebrew is Abaddon, and in Greek, Apollyon!"
Again, I must ask, "How could any true Christian dare to take upon himself that evil name as a sacred word?"
THE WORD IS OUT
The supposed quest of the Blue Lodge Masons is the search for "The Lost Word." Most Masonic ritual is concerned with the recovery of this lost word, presumed to be the name of God—supposedly lost through the murder of the architect, Hiram Abiff, during the building of Solomon’s Temple. This quest is attained during the ritual of the Royal Arch Degree.
It is here that the SECRET NAME of the DEITY OF MASONRY is revealed. That name is "JAHBULON."
"JAH" is the short form of the Hebrew name of God, "Yahweh," or "Jehovah." "BUL" is a rendering of the name, BAAL. "ON" is the term used in the Babylonian mysteries to call upon the deity, "OSIRIS"! The secret ritual book of the Craft prints the letters J.B.O. It states that:
"We three do meet and agree—in peace, love and unity—the Sacred Word to keep—and never to divulge the same—until we three, or three such as we—do meet and agree."
No Royal Arch Mason can pronounce the sacred name by himself. What is represented as the god of Masonry is a three-headed monster so remote from the Christian Trinity and so blasphemous as to damn the soul of anyone who would dare to pronounce its name in a ritual of worship.
COME OUT FROM AMONG THEM
"Do not be yoked together with unbelievers. For what do righteousness and wickedness have in common? Or what fellowship can light have with darkness? What harmony is there between Christ and Belial? What does a believer have in common with an unbeliever?
What agreement is there between the temple of God and idols? For we are the temple of the living God. As God has said: "I will live with them and walk among them, and I will be their God, and they will be my people. Therefore come out from them and be separate, says the Lord. Touch no unclean thing, and I will receive you." (2 Cor. 6:14-17)
ONE OR THE OTHER
"Even as Elijah called out on Mt Carmel 'You have abandoned the LORD's commands and have followed the Baals.' I cry out, "How long will you waver between two opinions? If the LORD is God, follow him; but if Baal is God, follow him." (1 Kings 18:18, 21)
To the Mason, Are YOU ready to risk laying your Masonic works before the Lord, covered by an apron of your own works, on that last day only to be told:
"I never knew you, depart from me!" (Matt.7: 21-23)
I pray that you will choose Jesus, repent and be set free from this wicked power unto whom you have submitted your very own soul, Even beyond that, you have surrendered the spiritual headship of your home (and church if you are a leader in the congregation) to this dark, occult evil thing. If this is your desire, remember that we have this promise,
"If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness…" (1 John 1:9)
If you are a Mason and you are ready to get your life back on track with Jesus, Pray this prayer right now:
"Father in Heaven, in the name of the Lord Jesus, I confess that I have sinned. I confess that I have allowed myself to fall under the power and authority of Lucifer, the god of Masonry. I confess it as sin, and ask that you forgive me. I reject it and cast it from me and will immediately remove my name from its rolls. Jesus, I call you Lord and Savior and ask that you come into my heart and fill me with your love and Holy Spirit. Let no unclean thing remain! I am yours and yours alone! I am set free, in Jesus’ name, Amen!"