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 Freemasonry Facts | The History of Freemasonry | The Theology of Freemasonry 


The following is a quote from Alice Bailey's book "The Externalization of the Hierarchy".  Alice Bailey was an important leader in the New Age Movement and claimed to speak and write the words of her "Spirit Guide" Master D.K.

"the Masonic Fraternity...is...the home of the Mysteries, and the seat of the initiation...It is a far more occult organization than can be realized and is intended to be the training school for the coming advanced occultists..."(p. 511).

Master D.K. goes on to say

"...Mysteries will be restored to outer expression through the medium of the Church and the Masonic Fraternity...When the Great One comes with His disciples and initiates, we shall have the restoration of the Mysteries..."

The roots of Freemasonry extend at least as far back as the Middle Ages.  The guildsmen and craftsmen of that time were called Masons.  For protection and credibility, these persons formed primitive trade unions (lodges).  The content and purpose of this form of Masonry, called operative Masonry, began to change when the lodges were opened up to whoever sought membership. 

New members, including politicians, clergymen, and scientists, gradually began to formulate various rituals and doctrines to accompany some of the symbols already in use by the working masons (usually tools of the trade).  It was at this point that occultism also began to be brought into the lodges.  Eventually the various "grades" workers went through in learning their craft were replaced by degrees of advancement in esoteric knowledge.  The eventual result of these changes is modern Masonry - also known as "speculative Masonry" because it speculates as to the true meanings behind the original symbols used in operative Masonry.

The popularity of Freemasonry has made it a model for hundreds of other fraternal societies.  As far back as 1927, for instance, nearly all of the 800 fraternal orders of that time had adopted Masonic-like symbols, signs, passwords, rituals, oaths, obligations and degrees.  The temple ordinances of the Mormon temple ceremony are also suspiciously close to the ceremony used in Freemasonry.  Signs, grips, oaths and tokens used in Mormonism are so close it's almost certain that Joseph Smith borrowed these Masonic practices from Freemasonry.  Not that surprising considering Smith was a Mason himself (Documentary History of the Church 4:550-551).  In fact the first three presidents of the Mormon Church were all Masons.  The Salt Lake City Temple also displays designs peculiar to Masonry, including the All-Seeing Eye, the inverted five-pointed star (known as the eastern star), and the clasped hands or grip. 

The Masons, like so many false religions, hold as a core belief one of Satan's biggest lies.  That being that all faiths and all scriptures lead to the same God. Freemasonry teaches that there is one God and men of all religions worship that one God using a variety of different names. In a Masonic Lodge, all join in corporate prayer to the Great Architect of the Universe, (GAOTU) and embrace the scripture of any and all religions.  The following quote is taken from the Masonic Belief Statement:

"...by the very honor which Masonry pays to the Bible, it teaches us to revere every book of faith by which men find help for today and hope for the morrow, joining hands with the man of Islam as he takes oath on the Koran, and with the Hindu as he makes covenant with God upon the book that he loves best".

The seven volume History of Freemasonry, by Albert Mackey, discusses various pagan gods and the people who worshiped them. Among those pagan deities featured in drawings included with the text are Ashtaroth, Abraxas, Vishnu, Dagon, Nergal and Baal. The text states:

They were all Characters of human origin in the Mythologic ages designed as the Saviors of Men, each one emphatically the representative Christos, or Christ of his particular Nation; and the religious system designed to restore the lost and fallen race of Man. (p. 1721, vol VI)

The paragraph concludes, speaking of the men who worshipped those false gods:

Now as Masons we decide not between these, but take all in as our Brethren, and the One God as our Heavenly Father, revealed to us as such in the Great Light of Masonry.

The God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob makes it very clear that the Bible is the only Word of God and warns us to stay away from those who would teach otherwise.

Whosoever transgresseth, and abideth not in the doctrine of Christ, hath not God. He that abideth in the doctrine of Christ, he hath both the Father and the Son.  If there come any unto you, and bring not this doctrine, receive him not into your house, neither bid him God speed: For he that biddeth him God speed is partaker of his evil deeds (2 John 9-11)

It is not true that all those who profess a belief in a higher being are worshipping the one true God.  The worshippers of Baal learned this truth on Mt. Carmel.  In Matthew God has an answer for those who worship gods other than the God of the Bible.

Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.  Matthew 7:21-23

MORE FREEMASONRY INFORMATION:

Freemasonry Facts

The History of Freemasonry

The Theology of Freemasonry

The Masonic Lodge and the Christian Conscience (off-site link)

 

FREEMSONRY'S HISTORY

Modern Freemasonry dates to 1717, when several members of four lodges met at London's Goose and Gridiron Tavern to form the first Grand Lodge.  By 1723 the organization had adopted James Anderson's Constitution as a guide.  Anderson's work clearly reflected a divergence from the Old Charges of operative Masonry, which had been in use since the fourteenth century.  The Old Charges were distinctively Christian in tone and, according to Fraternal Organizations by Alvin J. Schmidt, dealt primarily with God and religion, the craft of masonry, and regal duty.  The Constitutions, however, omitted the Trinitarian formula and "spoke of a 'religion in which all men agree'" (Fraternal Organizations, p. 121)

In 1738 Anderson produced another accepted document titled "The Old Charges of the Free and Accepted Masons."  By that year, operative Masonry had evolved into accepted Masonry.  It continued to evolve until, by the second half of the eighteenth centruy it had become speculative Masonry, which interpreted "the symbols and artifacts of operative masonry in an allegorical, religious manner".  For example, whereas operative Masons built stone edifices, speculative Masons seek to build spiritual edifices.

The first Masonic Lodge was established in the United States on April 13, 1733.  In the United States it yielded great influence.  In fact, many scholars believe that Freemasonry helped inspire the American Revolution (Revolution and Freemasonry, 1680 to 1800 by Bernard Fay).  There is also evidence that Freemasonry was influential in the formation of the U.S. Constitution.  It has even been theorized that the designs on the back of American currency can be linked to Masonic signs and symbols (Fraternal Organizations, p.122).

 

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