BY FRED HUSTED.
© 1996 Acacia Press, Incorporated.
GOSPEL TRUMPET PUBLISHING COMPANY
GRAND JUNCTION, MICHIGAN
As many volumes, both opposing, and favoring Free Masonry, have been published and scattered broadcast throughout the land, yet we realize the great need of a brief work being placed in the hands of every person belonging to a secret order, or who may have any intention of joining such with the hope of bettering their condition.
It is hoped that these few pages will have the desired effect, and be the means of rescuing many precious souls from the snare that is laid to entrap them and lead them on and on until redemption is beyond their reach.
It is our aim to sound the alarm, and give a note of warning in due time to the great danger in pursuing the deceptive course marked out for them, leading them on into mysterious and unknown paths, bringing peril and eternal destruction to their souls. It is also intended to show the plane of Masonic religion, and compare it with the teachings of the Holy Bible. Every professing Christian should know these things, not only for their own benefit, but also for the purpose of warning their children and others against impending danger.
Dear reader, if you are a member of a secret order, do not cast this book aside until you have read and re-read its pages and pondered over the truths contained therein. Your soul is in the balance, and much depends upon your decision in the matter; a wrong step will prove fatal. And to those who have escaped the snare, or have never been led into its clutches, we trust you will extend a helping hand and aid in the rescue, sparing neither time nor means in so doing, and should you consider this volume worthy the place for which it is intended, see to it that each of your friends has a copy of the same. We send it forth in the name of Jesus, asking his blessings upon it. Yours in Him,-The Publishers at Gospel Trumpet Publishing Company.
AMONG the various institutions of to day there are very few, if any, that are more binding in their obligations upon their members than is the Masonic order. Masonry as an institution, as a craft, owes much of its great power today as well as in times past, to the stringency of its obligations. The balance of its power is based upon two claims, that of being very ancient, as well as a very religious institution. Rob Masonry of its obligations or oaths and it would fall, so take away its boast of age or semblance of religion and the same result would follow.
Mystery in itself is powerful. So Masons have shrouded their craft in mystery. There is nothing mysterious about Masonry when its cloak is taken away. There is no light in the boasted knowledge of the craft. Earthly, sensual and devilish in the extreme do we find every point of its workings when analyzed by the Spirit and the Word of God.
To untie a mystery we must first look to the bands that enclose it. The Masonic obligation, it is claimed among Masons, cannot be broken. To obtain a clear idea of Masonry we must first inform ourselves as to what Masons are expected to live up to, what they are expected to do, and as the obligation must certainly cover a man's duty as a Mason, we give those duties as set forth in the obligation, that is, those that can be spoken to all ears, as there is at least one section that for reasons well known is strictly for men only. Many wonder why men consider Masonic obligations so binding especially so when their awful nature is revealed. Ministers (shall we say of the gospel?) no doubt also consider them binding, at least they attend their lodges and partake of all the nature and benefits of the craft. We now consider the nature of the obligation.
The first or E. A. degree obligation contains only the duty of secrecy as respects the workings of the lodge. This duty is bound by the following penalty which is spoken by the "worshipful master" and repeated by the candidate:
"To all of which I most solemnly and sincerely promise and swear with a firm and steadfast resolution to keep and perform the same without the least equivocation, mental reservation of self evasion whatsoever: binding myself under a no less penalty than that of having my throat cut from ear to ear, my tongue torn out by the roots and buried in the rough sands of the sea at low water mark where the tide ebbs and flows twice in twenty-four hours, should I in the least knowingly or willfully violate or transgress this my entered apprentice obligation. So help me God and keep me steadfast." (Some lodges add, "in a due performance of the same.")There is enough of a threat conveyed in the above obligation or penalty to keep the younger initiate in subjection and wonder until he is brought a second time in reach of Masonic light where he is again sworn to keep the secrets of the F. C. degree in like manner. Four ties are now added covering duties to Brother Fellow crafts and the lodge as to the answering of summons, assistance of Brethren, etc. The candidate here promises not to cheat, wrong or defraud a lodge of F. C's or a brother of that degree knowingly or willfully, (nothing is said of other parties) and the penalty as here given binds the same.
"To all of which I most solemnly and sincerely promise and swear with a steadfast resolution to keep and perform the same without the least equivocation, mental reservation, or self evasion whatsoever, binding myself under a no less penalty than that of having my left breast torn open, my heart plucked from thence and given to the wild beasts of the field and the fowls of the air as a prey, should I in the least knowingly or willfully violate this, my fellow craft obligation. So help me God and keep me steadfast."This form is the one followed in Kansas and recommended by their grand lodge. Colorado however adds somewhat to it, but in no material way changing the sense.
This carries the candidate somewhat deeper into the mysteries, and when he is carefully lectured and a sufficient length of time has transpired he is given the Master Mason's degree which increases his Masonic "light" darkness and he finds himself bound tighter in the ungodly yoke.
The M. M. obligation contains ten "ties" or sections besides the one of secrecy. These ten cover the ground of Masonic duty and constitute the Masonic code of duties. They include the duties of answering and obeying all summons under certain restrictions, obedience to all Masonic authority, with duties to each other and their relatives and families. The most notable are the following:
"I furthermore promise and swear that I will keep the secrets of a Master Mason when communicated to me as such, 'murder and treason' excepted, and they left to my own election."Note, those not excepted would probably count among their number, burglary, arson, robbery, rape, piracy, theft, forgery, and many other things too numerous to mention, excepting of course murder and treason. And yet Masons tell us, and I for one was informed that there was nothing in the obligation that would interfere with my duty to my God, my country, my neighbor, my family, or myself; and I took the above obligation understanding it so, and with the assurance of "worshipful master" in an official capacity that such was the case. Would that section interfere with my duties to my neighbor if I protected a Mason who had stolen his horse and sent him on his way rejoicing? Any candid Mason can see at once that his M. M. obligation commands him to keep crime a secret, except murder and treason which of course his obligation tells him he can conceal or not as he likes, which of course is not violating his obligation if he also keeps. What do you think of that, you professing Christian, preacher or layman who are under the same cursed yoke? "Be not partakers of their evil deeds." How are you going to do that and keep that section? Every Mason when he comes to the bar of God will be asked something about the way he has kept his obligation. If he has kept it to the letter, that clause will send him to destruction. If he has not kept it he has violated his Masonic obligation and is in the sight of all Masonic eyes a perjured man, and had just as well violate them all. A ten-year-old boy can see that, and also see what to do when it comes to obeying God or man.
I have never yet asked God to pardon me for breaking that or any other Masonic obligation, nor do I ever intend to do so. Another obligation or section binds a man to respect the chastity of a Master Mason's wife, mother, sister or daughter, but says nothing about wives, mothers, sisters and daughters of other men, not Masons. Thus licensed they will keep their secrets should they do so and again come under condemnation of God and man. There are other "ties," but lack of space prevents their setting forth.
PENALTY, M. M. DEGREE.I have repeated these from memory and to the best of my recollection, what I have given is verbatim. Is it necessary to call attention to the grossness and vileness of an institution, bound by such monstrous obligations-obligations that would shock a band of thieves, if they were compelled to take them, to say nothing of professed ministers of the gospel? Praising God for free salvation and complete deliverance from the power of Satan, I feel it my duty to enlighten my ex-brother Masons, as well as any others that may contemplate joining the order.
"To all of which I most solemnly and sincerely promise and swear with a firm and steadfast resolution to keep and perform the same without the least equivocation, mental reservation or self evasion whatsoever, binding myself under no less a penalty, than that of having my body severed in twain, my bowels taken from thence and burned to ashes and they scattered to the four winds of heaven that there might remain no remembrance among men or Masons, of so vile a wretch as I would be, should I in the least knowingly or willfully violate or transgress this my M. M. obligation. So help me God and keep me steadfast ."
THE MASONIC TRINITY.
Masonry, a false religion, also has a trinity. Ancient idolatry had its trinities, and modern idolatry has its trinities. Satan, the arch-counterfeiter, is the father of all lies as well as false systems of worship. Now in order to deceive people, and especially an intelligent people, his device, or plan, or counterfeit must be built likewise, so as to appear genuine. A counterfeit dollar is the more dangerous the more nearly it resembles the real, because it is the more likely to deceive. Every one understands, or rather is aware that God is known as a triune being; recognizes himself as such. God the Father is represented as strength, as a rock. Isa. 17: 10; Psa. 24:8; Job 9:19. God the Son is represented as the Savior. Matt. 1:21. A mediator. I Tim. 2:5; Heb. 8:6. The true light. Jno. 1:4,9, etc. God the Holy Ghost. represented as wisdom, or the source of wisdom. Jno. 14:26. As inspiring scripture. 2 Tim. 3:16. As directing the world or gospel of God, as to where it should be preached. Acts 16:6,7,10. How it should be preached. I Cor. 2:4. Reveals what the gospel is. I Cor. 2:12. These three are here set forth in their offices in the true system. References will be found to many of the above scriptures that will enable the reader to push investigation as much further as he likes. The above will give the offices of each in a general way sufficient to see the illustration to follow.
Masonry in a way acknowledges what it calls the Grand Architect of the Universe; but prefers to symbolize him by three persons, whom we now proceed to investigate.
First, the symbolic structure of Masonry is supported by three symbolic pillars; namely, wisdom, strength, and beauty. These three pillars are in Masonic terms, Solomon, representing in the Masonic trinity the pillar of wisdom. Hiram, king of Tyre, representing the pillar of strength, and Hiram Abiff, the widow's son, representing the pillar of beauty. Here we have the Masonic foundation. Their trinity upon which Satan builds one of his most cunning, if not his most cunning and elaborate counterfeit of God's divinity, and God's plan of salvation.
The offices of Solomon as wisdom, and Hiram as strength, i. e., counterfeits of the Holy Ghost, and of the Father, can be readily seen from the above. The Masonic lectures clear up that matter wonderfully. The question here arises: Who was Hiram Abiff? If he is a symbol of the Son, how does it appear that he is known as the pillar of beauty, or one of the trinity. Christ in the trinity is our example. I Jno. 1:26. Hiram Abiff is the standard of true Masonry, and all Masons are instructed to pattern after him. (See Masonic Lectures.) Being assured that if they do so they will gain an entrance into "The Grand lodge" that Masons tell us is above, where the lecture tells us the Grand Architect presides, etc., etc. Hiram Abiff then is the Masonic mediator, even as Christ is the Christian mediator. Christ suffered for the sins of the world in order to complete the Father's plan. Hiram Abiff, (see Legend of the Temple Builders) was put to death by fellow crafts because he would not comply with their demands, and break his word, and so violate his compact with Solomon and Hiram of Tyre in reference to the Master's Word," which was the most important secret or tie of Masonry, and held by those three alone at that time. This word, had it been revealed, would have destroyed the foundation of Masonry and the plan of its "alleged" founders. Hence Masonry according to their Masonic fable was preserved by the faithfulness of Hiram Abiff, who preferred death to the giving up to the temptation to purchase life by the violation of his oath. This is simply a condensed account of Hiram Abiff to show his part or place in the Masonic trinity.
Turn now to the scripture and we find that when man sinned the Trinity had a plan for man's salvation. The Son was ordained as the sacrifice, who should put on the body of flesh, and come among men and suffer death as a man, in order that the plan of salvation might be carried out. He was tempted in all points as we are, yet he maintained his integrity, and at the cost of his life carried out the work God assigned him, so that salvation was realized.
In the Masonic plan we find two wonderful men, kings Solomon and Hiram; one strong and one wise. Solomon, to whom David gave the plan of the temple, being the author, gave the designing into the hands of Hiram Abiff, who drew the designs for the work on his trestle board for the workmen to copy after and work by.
So Christ was among men, and by his life and work among men, gave them a design, or pattern by which to build a spiritual house.
We recognize readily by the Bible that the building of the temple was a type of the spiritual house, or temple of God, "which temple ye are." And as there was no sound of hammer or tool of iron when it went up, so should the temple of God be built to day. The word and Spirit reveal that fact clearly. Solomon in building the temple represented wisdom, or the Holy Ghost himself acting as a type of the Holy Ghost workman in the building to be built in the heavens. Hiram as furnishing workmen, timber, etc., and fetching them from different points represents the strength of the Father considered separate from the others for the sake of illustration.
Hiram, the workman and designer drew patterns as God showed him, and while there with them directed the work until his "alleged" death, which of course Masons have no Bible foundation for. The only places where Hiram, or Huram the Architect is mentioned being in 2 Chron., 4th chapter, and I Kings 7th chapter, and those have reference only to his nativity, his world and its quality. So as nothing more was said of him, Satan filled the hearts of Masonic founders to take this man and make a savior out of him.
The Masonic story of Hiram Abiff then is a fable, continued by Satan to mock the word of God. "The Legend of the Temple Builders" is acted out in full while conferring the latter part of the third, or Master Mason's degree. The candidate is assaulted and the "word" is demanded of him (which as yet he has not received); he is then at the third assault struck on the head by a stuffed club called a setting maul, and symbolically killed. Then after a number of maneuvers he is buried on Mt. Moriah. He is missed, and after a long search his grave is found. Then comes the most damnable piece of mockery that Satan and the councils of hell could invent. A mock resurrection follows, and by the aid of Solomon and Hiram of Tyre he is raised from the dead by a grip known as the "Strong grip of the Lion of the tribe of Judah." Satan's counterfeit is complete, and the fiends of hell rejoice every time they see a poor blind candidate put through the mockery of coming from darkness to "Masonic" light. And yet men who profess to not only follow Christ, but preach his gospel also, support, countenance, attend, and recommend the institution to their sons and their friends.
The "Legend of Hiram Abiff the Temple Builder" is copied from the legend of Osiris the Egyptian deity, and so closely resembles it as to prove the one to be copied from the other. Mackey says a great deal about "ancient mysteries," Egyptian rites, and also speaks of Osiris and others; and by following up his works, notes etc., "Pierson's Traditions," and "Morris' Dictionary" we are able to trace Masonry to right where it originated, i. e., in ancient Baal or sun worship. See Ezek. 8th chapter and especially 16th verse. Ezekiel clearly saw ancient Masonry in that vision. Tammuz, spoken of in verse 14, has reference to Adonis, another person, whose, history corresponds to that of Hiram and Osiris. Sun worship it clearly is, worked over to make what Dr. Oliver proudly calls "A universal religion." Dr. Oliver is a noted English Masonic writer and historian. He says, "To Christianize Masonry by praying to or through Christ would sink it from its sublime position as a universal religion to the level of a sect." There is a "learned Masonic" opinion of Christ. What do you think of it? No Christ there, is there? One Mason of my acquaintance, who at the time of which I speak had been a member of this order only a few months, said to me, "There is a god in Masonry, but no Christ." He had learned that in a few months, and yet said that he was a follower of Christ.
Beloved, how can these things be? All Masons know the truth of this matter. Can God look in mercy upon a man who professes his name, and yet touches these unclean, unholy, idolatrous worlds, or partakes with them?
Again before all of God's people I praise him for delivering me from such works. "Whom Christ makes free is free indeed." Such works as "Mackey's Lexicon," also his "Ritual," "Pierson's Traditions," "Morris' Dictionary," and other works Show what those great Masons who are acknowledged authority, say of Masonry as a religion, as well as of other points.
Those men have by their works enabled me to see more of Masonry than the average Mason sees in a life time. The books referred to, as well as their authors, are all standard, and are not "exposes" in any sense of the word, yet they are keys by which he who has been in the secret chambers of the lodge can unlock the secrets of Masonry to the world, and prove every step he takes. Truly, truly, did Christ say "Out of thine own mouth will I judge thee, thou wicked servant."—Luke 19:22. "For by thy words thou shalt be justified, and by thy words thou shalt be condemned.—Matt. 12:37.
O foolish Masons, who hath bewitched you, that ye should not obey the truth, before whose eyes Jesus Christ hath been evidently set forth, crucified among you! So Satan has overstepped himself, and while he thinks himself safely entrenched, God has found him out, and will pull him and his worlds down, even though they have climbed up another way.
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