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Chapter One
The Religion of Freemasonry

 


Freemasonry is a Religion

Masonry is not a religion in any sense of the word.... Church membership is not a requirement, yet membership in any church is no bar to admission. There is nothing in the requirements of Masonry to prevent a Catholic, a Mohammedan, a Jew, a Buddhist, a Protestant, a Mormon, or any member of any religion from becoming a member (emphasis in original).(1)

According to Silas H. Shepherd, "There is nothing better understood among Masons than that [Masonry] is not a religion...."(2) Such is the usual response that will be given by most Masons when the Lodge is questioned by concerned friends and relatives or subjected to criticism by churches or other Christian organizations. However, the fact that Freemasonry is in fact a religious institution can be thoroughly documented from the writings of the most respected Masonic authorities themselves. Below are given only a few of the many quotes that are available on this subject from the published works of the Lodge:

Every Masonic Lodge is a temple of religion; and its teachings are instructions in religion.(3)

         As Masons we are taught never to commence any great or important undertaking without first invoking the blessing and protection of Deity, and this is because Masonry is a religious institution.(4)

         The most important article of furniture in a Lodge room is undoubtedly the altar.... It is a sacred utensil of religion, intended, like the altars of the ancient temples, for religious uses, and thus identifying Masonry, by its necessary existence in our Lodges, as a religious institution. Its presence should also lead the contemplative Mason to view the ceremonies in which it is employed with solemn reverence, as being part of a really religious worship.(5)

         There has been a needless expenditure of ingenuity and talent, by a large number of Mason orators and essayists, in the endeavor to prove that Masonry is not religion.... On the contrary, I contend, without any sort of hesitation, that Masonry is, in every sense of the word... an eminently religious institution -- that it is indebted solely to the religious element which it contains for its origin and for its continued existence, and that without this religious element it would scarcely be worthy of cultivation by the wise and good....
         The tendency of all true Masonry is toward religion. If it make any progress, its progress is to that holy end. Look at its ancient landmarks, its sublime ceremonies, its profound symbols and allegories -- all inculcating religious doctrine, commanding religious observance, and teaching religious truth, and who can deny that it is eminently a religious institution?...
         Masonry, then, is, indeed, a religious institution; and on this ground mainly, if not alone, should the religious Mason defend it.(6)

Like any religion, Freemasonry claims to be of divine origin, and therefore it seeks "to establish the true religion of the most high God."(7) Furthermore, while pretending to be the friend of all religions, the ultimate goal of Freemasonry is actually to destroy their basic belief systems and to replace them with its own "morals and dogma." The promise made to Entered Apprentices that Freemasonry will not interfere or contradict the individualís personal convictions is very misleading, for the true goal of the Lodge is to "strip from all religions their orthodox tenets, legends, allegories and dogmas,"(8) for "there is but one true religion, one dogma, one legitimate belief."(9) According to J. Blanchard:

[W]hatever may be the religious forms imposed upon you by superstition at a period of your life when you were incapable of discerning truth from falsehood, we do not even require you to relinquish them. Time and study alone can enlighten you. But remember that you will never be a true Mason unless you repudiate forever all superstition and prejudices.(10)

As stated by Blanchard, the various religions of man, among which the Lodge classifies Christianity, are viewed by Freemasonry as "superstition." It is therefore necessary to note that a Mason must swear to "strive unceasingly for... the propagation of light [the teachings of Freemasonry] and for the overthrow of superstition."(11) Thus, while believing the lie that Freemasonry respects and upholds his religious beliefs, the individual Mason is deceived into swearing an oath to assist in the overthrow of those very same beliefs.

Occultism in the Lodge

"Freemasonry is not Christianity.... It does not meddle with sectarian creeds or doctrines, but teaches fundamental religious truth."(12) Having seen from Masonic sources themselves that Freemasonry is indeed a religion, one further question remains to be asked: If not Christianity, what religious worldview does it advocate, and from what source does it derive its doctrines? Although one Masonic monitor claimed that "the Holy Bible is given us as the rule and guide for our faith and practice,"(13) other Masonic sources are more honest:

...Blue Lodge Masonry has nothing whatever to do with the Bible. It is not founded on the Bible. If it were, it would not be Masonry.(14)

         The Bible is an indispensable part of the furniture of a Christian Lodge, only because it is the sacred book of the Christian religion. The Hebrew Pentateuch in a Hebrew Lodge, and Koran in a Mohammedan one, belong on the Altar.... The obligation of the candidate is always to be taken on the sacred book or books of his religion, that he may deem it more solemn and binding; and therefore it was that you were asked of what religion you were. We have no other concern with your religious creed.(15)

         The prevailing Masonic opinion is that the Bible is only a symbol of Divine Will, Law, or Revelation, and not that its contents are Divine Law, inspired, or revealed. So far, no responsible authority has held that a Freemason must believe the Bible or any part of it.(16)

Thus, the Lodgeís use of the Bible, or any other "holy book," is merely to exploit the respect that entering candidates have for it and to thus bind their consciences more securely to their Masonic obligations. In this way, professing Christians can be deceived into swearing allegiance to a religious system that will ultimately lead them to reject the God of the Bible and accept the very things which Scripture clearly condemns. This is why the Bible can only act as a "symbol" in a "Christian Lodge," for if study of its contents were really encouraged by Freemasonry as claimed, no true Christian could in good conscience remain a Mason.
         Freemasonry instead has its religious roots deep in the occult:

All our historians, at least nearly all of them, agree that Freemasonry owes very much to certain occult societies or groups that flourished -- often in secrecy -- during the late Middle Ages, and even into the after-Reformation times. Chief among these were the Rosicrucians and the Knights Templar.(17)

Another acknowledged source of the Masonic worldview is the ancient occult textbook of Jewish mysticism and witchcraft known as the Kabalah, which in Hebrew means "received tradition." Albert Pike wrote, "Masonry is a search after light. That search leads us directly back to the Kabalah. In that ancient medley of absurdity and philosophy, the Initiate will find the source of many [Masonic] doctrines."(18) From the Kabalah are derived such Masonic teachings as the eternal pre-mortal existence of the individual soul as part of the "Universal Soul," from which it has fallen and to which it may be reunited by realizing its inherent divinity. This very closely resembles the Hindu doctrine of reincarnation, or the transmigration of souls, which has been popularized in the West by the New Age Movement. Other teachings and beliefs of the Lodge include astrology, the veneration of Egyptian deities such as Isis and Osiris, as well as an unmistakable identity with the phallic worship of the ancient pagan fertility cults. These teachings, which will be extensively documented in this book, are thoroughly entrenched in occultism, and are, for that reason, to be shunned by the Christian.



Endnotes

1. Quoted by Ed Decker, The Question of Freemasonry (Saints Alive in Jesus, Post Office Box 1076, Issaquah, Washington 98027).

2. Silas H. Shepherd, Little Masonic Library (Richmond, Virginia: Macoy Publishing and Masonic Supply Company, 1977), Volume I, page 138.

3. Pike, Morals and Dogma, page 213.

4. Albert G. Mackey, A Manual of the Lodge: Monitorial Instructions In The Degrees Of Entered Apprentice, Fellow Craft, and Master Mason (New York: Clark Maynard Publishers, 1870), page 40.

5. Mackey, The Textbook of Masonic Jurisprudence: Illustrating the Written and Unwritten Laws of Masonry (New York: Macoy and Sickels, 1865), page 95.

6. Mackey, An Encyclopedia of Freemasonry (Chicago, Illinois: Masonic Historical Company, 1921), Volume I, pages 617-619.

7. J. Blanchard, Scottish Rite Masonry Illustrated (Chicago, Illinois: Charles T. Powner, 1979), Volume I, page 453.

8. Henry C. Clausen, Clausenís Commentaries on Morals and Dogma (The Supreme Council of the Thirty-third Degree of the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite of Freemasonry of the Southern Jurisdiction, U.S.A., 1981), page 157.

9. Pike, Morals and Dogma, page 285.

10. Blanchard, Scottish Rite, Volume II, page 264.

11. Blanchard, ibid., page 299.

12. Mackey, Encyclopedia, Volume II, page 618.

13. Masonic Monitor of the Degrees of Entered Apprentice, Fellowcraft, and Master Mason (Free and Accepted Masons of Arkansas, 1983), page 15.

14. George Wingate Chase, Digest of Masonic Law (Boston, Massachusetts: Pollard & Leighton, 1874), pages 207-208.

15. Pike, Morals and Dogma, page 11.

16. Henry Wilson Coil, Coilís Encyclopedia of Freemasonry (Richmond, Virginia: Macoy Publishing and Masonic Supply Company, 1961), page 520.

17. H.L. Haywood, The Great Teachings of the Lodge (Richmond, Virginia: Macoy Publishing and Masonic Supply Company, 1971), page 94.

18. Pike, Morals and Dogma, page 741.

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