The Hope of some for one united faith
Freemasonry’s roots go back to 16th century France. It was being practiced in England by the 18th Century. It was a secret fraternal order binding together professional men and master tradesmen [and, later, government officers and commercial men] who were Deist Rationalists, and who were opposed to the existence of established churches, mandatory church attendance, and any sort of monarchial or nobility-based political order. What follows is generally true concerning Freemasonry however there are variations of how it is practiced in the United States.
When folks consider becoming a Mason they must begin in the Blue Lodge. If a person persists they will attain the Entered Apprentice Degree then the Fellowcraft Degree and finally the Master Mason Degree. At this point the Mason has the choice to stay in the Blue Lodge or seek advanced degrees in the Scottish or York rite. The Scottish rite has the 4th through 32nd degrees. The York rite has 13 degrees. Once the 32nd degree is attained the Mason can petition to join the Shriners. Those who have mastered the advanced rites of Freemasonry and are accepted join The Ancient and Arabic Order of the Nobles of the Mystic Shrine.
The logo of the Shriners consists of the Arab sword known as the Scimitar and the Muslim crescent moon. In 1870 Masons Walter Fleming and William Florence were exposed to Arab culture under Ottoman influence in Algiers and Cairo. They returned to New York and established another rite adorned with Ottoman Arabic symbols. By 1875 they established meeting places know as Meccan Temples. Today Temples and Mosques have been replaced as Shrine Centers. Shriners also wear a red Fez. The Fez was worn by Ottoman Infantry. The Ottoman who wore a red fez held a place of honor. The red in his fez was actually blood. When an Ottoman killed a Christian they would dip their fez in his blood. This was proof they killed an enemy of Allah. The Shriners adopted all of this from Fleming and Florence. The Shriners have no association with Islam though their symbols were appropriated from the Ottoman world. In The Mystic Shrine: An Illustrated Ritual of the Ancient Arabic Order Nobles of the Shrine, 1975 edition pp 20-22, Shriners pledge their blood oath to Allah. Although the Shrine Circus and Shriners Hospitals do good work their initiation rituals are clearly suspect.
In its initiation ceremony in the Blue Lodge the aspirant has his left chest exposed, is blindfolded and has a noose placed around his neck. A pointed sword is then placed against the person’s chest and they are led in front of an altar where the Worshipful Master is located. The initiate bows and claims he wants to leave darkness and enter the light of Freemasonry. As one enters the Entered Apprentice phase he must place his hand to his throat and repeat words that include; ‘having my throat cut across, my tongue torn out by its roots…As one enters the second degree the words include; ‘having my left breast torn open, my heart plucked out and given as prey to the wild beasts…And the 3rd degree includes the words; ‘having my body severed in two, my bowels taken away and burned…
Freemasons believe that all non-Masons live in darkness. They hope to do away with religions and create a universal religion where members can believe in any god. Eventually the Masons will share the name of another god whereby all gods can be known. Albert Pike Grand Commander of the Southern Scottish rite wrote Morals and Dogma. In his book he states that Masonry admires all religious reformers and said that Buddha was the first Masonic teacher. In the Lost keys of Freemasonry author Manly Hall states that Masons bow before every Temple, Mosque or Cathedral. Masons recognize the oneness of all spiritual truth. The Apron Lecture is given at every Blue Lodge ceremony. Part of it states that the Mason will stand naked before the Great White Throne to receive judgment for his deeds done in the body…
In the 17th degree of the Scottish rite the password “Jubulum” and sacred word Abaddon are shared. During the ritual of the Royal Arch Degree the name Jahbulon is shared known as J.B.O. This is the over- arching god. It is the merger of Yahweh, Baal and Osiris.
Clearly Freemasonry and the Shriners are organizations that believing Christians cannot reconcile with the scripture. There is a degree of darkness in these secret rituals that bear no resemblance to Biblical Christianity. Incorporating Islamic symbols and mentioning god as Allah is an indicator that Freemasonry does not acknowledge the exclusivity of Biblical Christianity. The Great White Throne Judgment described in Freemasonry can be found in Rev. 20:11-15. What Freemasons are not told is the Great Throne Judgment is the judgment of the damned. The sacred word Abaddon is also shared with the Mason. Rev. 9:11 discloses that that Abaddon is Apollyon a demon. The Bible addresses Freemasonry in this manner:
II Cor.6:14-17 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? Or 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.”
I John 1:4-7 These things we write, so that our joy may be made complete. This is the message we have heard from Him and announce to you, that God is Light, and in Him there is no darkness at all. If we say that we have fellowship with Him and yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth; but if we walk in the Light as He Himself is in the Light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus His Son cleanses us from all sin.
Freemasonry adopts the non-Christian symbols of other faiths and can accept the gods of those faiths in an attempt to create the Masonic vision of civilization void of those faiths and replaced by the hidden god of Freemasonry. Freemasonry developed in opposition to the established Church. It’s Deist originators held the belief that God created the universe but remained apart from it and permitted his creation to administer itself through natural laws. Deism thus rejects the supernatural aspects of religion, such as belief in the revelation found in the Bible, and stresses the importance of ethical conduct. Freemasonry accepts members from various religious backgrounds. It rejects the inherent exclusivity of Jesus’ need to come and die for sinful humanity.