The Goat of Mendes or Baphomet
By Ed Decker
Copy of a letter sent to an inquirer asking for the origins of the Masonic ties to it.
Thank you very much for your letter.
1)Masonic writer Manly P. Hall (33o)-just recently deceased (9/90) and eulogized and lionized at great length in the SCOTTISH RITE JOURNAL-stated that Baphomet was another name for the satanic "Goat of Mendez" whose picture is featured prominently in the tract. The Goat of Mendez is, of course, the god of the witches. (Mendez is another spelling of Mendes, a city of ancient Egypt where fertility worship-Ba'al worship-was practiced).
This god, also known as the Horned God, is evidently the oldest fertility god in human history. His representation is found on paintings from cavemen in Ariege, France. Nimrod, the founder of Baeal worship, is often represented wearing a horned headdress. The leader of the most powerful occult/Masonic organization in the world (the Ordo Templi Orientis-Order of Eastern Templars), Kenneth Grant, says that Baphomet actually means Bapho-Mitras-son of Mithras. Mithras was the bull-god (Bull = Ba'al?) worshipped in the Roman empire about the time of Christ. Again, the Horned God of witchcraft.
Thus, while Ba'al was not actually called "Baphomet" until well after the time of Christ; even Masons admit readily that Baphomet is a pagan fertility god-and more importantly, that Freemasonry is a fertility cult religion. Supreme Masonic leader of the Scottish Rite in the 19th century Albert Pike also clearly equates Freemasonry with "occult science" and Templary.
This certainly ought to be enough to convince any sane Christian that Masonry is of the devil!
2) We do not have a copy of the article from the English publication, but are working on getting one. In the meantime, I am enclosing copies of the article which referenced the article (secondary source); and more importantly, the primary source of the quote in the original French document which the English Masonic magazine quoted (primary source). Naturally, it is in French, and it is a bad photocopy, because it is a rare book. However, it is readable and easy to determine that it is the original quote.
3) THE EQUINOX, vol.3, no.1 is (sadly) currently in storage. Our ministry moved in the past two months; and about half of our library had to go into storage. It would be impossible to currently find. Write me again after the end of January and I will send it to you.
4) The fact that the obelisk is a phallic symbol is something so readily known that it hardly needs to be proven. As for it being a Masonic symbol, why else do you think it is the symbol of the Washington monument? I would really recommend that you get the book, THE TWO BABYLONS by Rev. Hislop. It will exhaustively deal with this entire line of research, from a Biblical Christian perspective.
The so-called "All-Seeing Eye" is actually the Ut Chut (also spelled Wedjat) Eye is associated both with Osiris and satanist Aleister Crowley's god, Horus (Ra Hoor Khuit). An ancient Egyptian coffin text even refers to it as the "all-seeing eye of Horus."
5) The MYSTIC SHRINE ritual book is difficult to acquire. If there are pages that you need out of it, we will be happy to photocopy them for you. It would be nice if you could send a small donation to cover the cost.
We certainly do appreciate all that you are trying to do here. However, if I can address a broader philosophical point here; you may be working harder than you need to. You may be trying to swat a fly with an H-bomb! Let me explain.
From bitter experience, I can tell you that you can provide all the documents you have requested and Masons will still not believe you. First of all, you must pray for them; that the spiritual darkness over their eyes might be broken by the power of the Cross. You need to assert your authority in Jesus Christ and follow the mandate of 2Cor. 10:4-5:
(For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;) Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;
You also need to realize that you don't need to deal with all of these issues necessarily. There are simple things which every Mason knows and does not need to be educated about which will more than establish the anti-Biblical nature of the Lodge. I am enclosing a tract of ours, called "Shedding Light on the Lodge" which deals with some simpler approaches.
Don't get me wrong! The "Baphomet" tract is great, and we have had dozens of letters of people who have gotten saved out of Masonry because of it. It just needs to be used with prayer and sensitivity. If the Lord really leads you to share it with a Mason then do so! The Mason's heart might be ready to receive it. However, in many cases, most Masons have never heard of this stuff (just like the Mason in the tract itself!) and unless you happen to have a trunk full of documentation down the block, your efforts may be wasted. However, the simpler approach doesn't need so many arcane documents to be proven, and most Masons will readily acknowledge the truth of what is being said.
I hope that this material helps. God bless you richly, and sorry that you had to wait so long for this answer; but we get hundreds of letters a month to answer (as you can imagine).