He is told by the "Eminent Commander" to repeat a short oath, which says, in part: [A]s the sins of the whole world were once visited upon the head of our Saviour, so may all the sins of the person whose skull this once was, in addition to my own, be heaped upon my head, and may this libation appear in judgment against me, should I ever knowingly or willingly violate my most solemn vow of a Knight Templar, so help me God Can you imagine any Christian taking that oath, thinking he was partaking in a "Christian order?
You then solemnly swear in God's name that all the sins of another person, PLUS the sins of your own life which were if you are a Christian bought and paid for by the blood of Jesus, should be re-applied to your life! Hebrews To "sell back" to Satan, under solemn oath, sins that Jesus died for already, is an incredibly heinous slap in the face to the very Lord the Templar profess to venerate!
Though most who take this oath do not understand what they have said, and think it is a light and frivolous thing to do, its spiritual consequences are devastating! It is undoing the very covenant that Jesus began. Matthew A Christian KT who partakes of this evil communion is drinking "the cup of the Lord, and the cup of devils".
I Corinthians Paul warns us that: Wherefore whosoever shall eat this bread, and drink this cup of the Lord, unworthily, shall be guilty of the body and blood of the Lord. I Corinthians 1 1 All this is on top of swearing an earlier oath that his head might be "smote off and placed on the highest spire of Christendom. Yet many Christian leaders are proud members of the Commandery!
Pages The Christian candidate for Masonic initiation is asked to strip off all his clothes and any metal on him. He is blindfolded after being robed in a funny set of blue pajamas with a hole cut in the chest and the legs missing. A rope is placed around his neck and he is led to the door of the Lodge. He knocks, and a challenge comes from within: "Who comes here? Imagine a Christian, perhaps even a deacon or a pastor saying that! And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not. There was a man sent from God, whose name was John.
The same came for a witness, to bear witness of the Light, that all men through him might believe. He was not that Light, but was sent to bear witness to that Light. That was the true Light, which lighteth every man that cometh into the world. John Note the irony, one might even say the nerve of Masonic ritual, to claim as its patrons John the Revelator and John the Baptist - one the author of these very words proclaiming Jesus the only "true light," and the other proclaimed by these words to be the witness of Jesus' light!
Yet in this ritual they force the Christian to say that he has "long been in darkness. For a Christian Mason to proclaim himself in darkness and beg "light" from Freemasonry is like someone who stands in brilliant noon day asking to borrow a flashlight with which to see!
Such a man has implicitly, if not explicitly, denied the very Lord Who bought him. For example, in the third degree ritual, the candidate swears: I will keep a worthy brother Master Mason's secrets inviolable, when communicated to or received by me as such, murder and treason excepted? In the Royal Arch degree of the York Rite, even that small qualification is summarily removed.
The candidate swears that: I will keep all the secrets of a Companion Royal Arch Mason when communicated to me as such, or I knowing them to be such , without exceptions. At this degree. The candidate also swears that: I will not speak evil of a Companion Royal Arch Mason, behind his back nor before his face, but will apprise him of all approaching danger, if in my power. Finally, in the Royal Arch Degree, the candidate promises to Pages 1 An Officer of the court who knew of an arrest warrant sworn out against a brother Mason would have to warn him immediately so he could flee the jurisdiction.
Additionally, though not mentioned in the oaths, many time Masons get a "fairer" trial in courts where a Masonic judge presides. A sizeable majority of judges are Masons, and many attorneys are Masons as well. If a Mason appears in court against a non-Mason, all he has to do is give any number of obscure gestures or words to the judge, and the judge will be obligated to rule in his favor.
No one in the courtroom will be the wiser except another Mason, who would be forbidden from bringing the incident to light. It is easy to see how these elements of the oaths could very definitely be detrimental to the welfare of our nation. Masons, it is said, "take care of their own," and they do, to an extent, which is frightening. Freemasonry On Trial - Part One 15 It's obvious that our poor candidate has been sold a bill of goods!
He has promised, in advance, to keep secrets he knows nothing about and to obey an oath, which he has never heard. Can all this possibly be Godly?! Page 99 For all this piety, the Star is actually one of the most blatant examples of satanic gall in all Masonry. The symbol of the Star is an inverted, five pointed star, known in witchcraft as a pentagram.
The pentagram is regarded as a very powerful magical device, and is perhaps the best-known symbol of witchcraft! Its association with witchcraft is undeniable and is the most common symbol of Satanism in the world today. Pages Spiritual Adoption There is another critical problem in the Star - a reason why no Christian woman would wish to be a part of this organization. The Star is known as "Adoptive" Masonry. This means that mothers, daughters, wives and sisters of Freemasons are spiritually "adopted" into the Masonic order, even though they aren't actually Masons.
Hence, they submit themselves to Masonry's spiritual authority. Set Lucifer is the acknowledged god of Masonry. Thus, what does it mean for a Christian woman to be adopted into the Star? She is submitting herself to the spiritual authority of Lucifer. She may not know it, but in bowing before the altar of the Star, the inverted pentagram of Baphomet, she has surrendered herself however innocently to the gods of Masonry. At the very least, it creates incredible inner turmoil. She has become a member of two families - families that are eternally at war with each other. If she is a very strong Christian, she may be able to weather such an internal civil war, but she must understand that this conflict will be passed on down to her much more vulnerable children.
Exodus Freemasonry On Trial - Part One 16 Page Part of the fascination and the danger of Masonry are in its use of symbols and tokens ritual gestures. The danger comes first from the fact that many of these things are occult; and secondly, they are used to perpetuate a "good-old-boy" system of favoritism in business and government.
This is how Masons recognize one another without a word being spoken. Pages Signs and Tokens Masons may identify themselves through cryptic words or gestures that are too numerous to catalog completely. However, it may be helpful to know some basic ones. First, Masons usually identify themselves by shaking hands.
A pressure with the thumb on the space between the second and third knuckle of the other person's hand usually is sufficient to identify oneself as a Master Mason. When a handshake is not possible as in a courtroom , a Mason might approach the bench by the: "three upright regular steps Another way is through phrases, either simple or complex, depending on the circumstances.
The same lines could be used in bargaining for a deal on a car, or a home. Going to a jewelry store to buy gemstones, I would say to the manager, "I hear I can get a square deal here. I travel from west to east and from east to west again. He would know I was a Master Mason, and I could usually get my gems for his cost! That may seem harmless in a minor business transaction, but imagine what would happen if this was done in a court of law! And it is being done, every day!
Another phrase or gesture , which is only to be used in extreme situations, is the Grand Masonic Hailing Sign of Distress. Our Masonic defendant in court might bury his head in his hands at some point and cry, "Oh Lord, my God, is there no help for the widow's son? If a Masonic judge or juror heard it, they would be honor bound by blood oath to acquit such a person, or at least fight for a hung jury!
Any Mason, seeing that gesture, or hearing the above words would be oath-bound to do anything possible to save the other Mason from danger, up to, but not including, the loss of his own life! Pages Since Masonry will not honor Jesus as Lord, it obviously cannot point to Him as the only way to salvation. Like every other cult, Masonry offers salvation by works. Many Christian Masons are astounded to hear that charge, as they are convinced that the Lodge nestles comfortably in the bosom of Protestantism. To those who need convincing, let us examine first the most authoritative level of Masonry, The Ritual Monitor.
In the third degree lectures, we read the following instruction That is quite plain, and totally contrary to the Bible, which teaches that: For by grace are ye saved through faith, and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast. Ephesians This means that the system of salvation operating in Freemasonry is not Biblical! In the same lecture, the Masonic symbol of the "Sword pointing to the human heart" is said to remind the Mason that "God will reward us according to what we do in this life.
In part, they are exhorted: Thus, when dissolution draws nigh, and the cold winds of death come sighing around us Then, by the benefit of the pass - a pure and blameless life - with a firm reliance on Divine Providence, shall we gain ready admission into that Celestial Lodge above, where the Supreme Grand Warden forever presides. When, placed at his right hand, he will be pleased to pronounce us just and upright Masons.
You see? Nowhere is Jesus mentioned, or the fact that no one is righteous. It is all salvation by works! On that date the final element in the evil equation of Freemasonry was introduced. We have already seen how strains of fertility cults, Islamic mysticism, alchemy, Templary and Rosicrucianism combined with the Mason guilds in Europe. Think of all these things as stones in an arch - a doorway into Witchcraft. These arch stones needed a keystone to secure them. Satan had just the man for the job, and he would change the face of Masonry forever. The changes would be subtle, almost unseen, but they would harness together these exotic and ancient philosophies into a spiritual engine of enonnous destructive power.
The keystone on the arch was provided by an obscure Jesuit-trained professor of canon law at the University of Ingolstadt in Bavaria, Adam Weishaupt. May 1, another high witch holiday, was the date selected for the foundation of his secret society called the Ancient and Illuminated Seers of Bavaria AISB for short.
It was founded on a mixture of Masonic secrets, Islamic mysticism and Jesuit mental discipline. This was the drug of the Assassins. Illumination had long been a cherished component of Masonry and other occult groups. The Masonic candidate requests, and is promised "light in Masonry. Illuminated Masters? The Illuminati are dear to the hearts of conspiracy theorists, frequently identified with the idea of a huge, shadow government intent on world domination. People are surprised to hear there are real Illuminati. The tenn is the plural of the Latin, Illuminatus, meaning, "one who is illuminated.
Technically, an Illuminatus is a Master Mason who has received all the "light" Masonry can bestow. Such people are known as Masters of Masters of the Temple, and collectively they are known by several names other than the Illuminati. From them I learned something of the evil anthropology of the "Seers" of Bavaria. Did I not also possess the "sight?
This is what I had been deluded into believing by Tlluminism. I was told I was the next step up in the Freemasonry On Trial - Part One 19 ladder of evolution, and that Illumined Ones were as far above human beings as people were above apes! From somewhere, perhaps even the drug-ridden reaches of his mind, Weishaupt produced the "Law of Fives. According to our teaching, this inner council was made up of five men: Weishaupt's friend, Kolrner, Francis Dashwood of the satanic Hcllfire Club , Alphonse Donatien DeSade where we get our word "sadism" , Meyer Amschel Rothschild founder of the great banking house and Weishaupt.
Page Albert Pike and the Congress of Demons Soon after the percolating of Illuminism into the Lodge at the end of the 18 th century, another extraordinary figure in Masonry was born. His name was Albert Pike , and his impact upon Freemasonry was as powerful as Weishaupt's. While Weishaupt had to work from the outside, Pike was able to build upon his foundation and work within the 'system'. He became a Mason in and then, in a meteoric rise to power, was elected Grand Commander of the Southern Jurisdiction of the United States in Arthur E.
Waite quotes Dr. Joseph Fort Newton as saying that Pike "found Masonry in a log cabin and left it in a temple. Hall calls him the "Plato of Freemasonry. Pike seems to have been definitely influenced by the Italian Freemason and revolutionary, Giuseppi Mazzini Both were military men with noses for rebellion. Pike was a general on the side of the Confederacy in the Civil War, even though he was a 'Yankee' born in Boston!
Mazzini had formed a society in Sicily called the Oblonica, which translates loosely as "I reckon with a dagger. This elite inner group was called by a tenn much more familiar to the reader - the Mafia! Although most people know what the Mafia is, few people realize it was founded as a Sicilian Masonic terrorist organization. The name Mafia emerged around and is an acronym for Mazzini autorizza furti, incendi, avvelenamenti - Mazzini authorizes thefts, arson and poisoning.
Illuminati touches are also evident in the Mafia. Remember the Illuminati Law of the fives and their sign - the hand with palm forward and five digits extended? In the society's heyday, Mafia crimes were often sealed by a black handprint at the scene, as if someone had taken their palm, pressed it in ink and then made a hand print on the wall.
The Mafia also has its blood oaths, its code of silence, the Omerta, and it does "take care of its own. Pages An Unholy Alliance In , Pike and Mazzini completed an agreement to create a supreme universal rite of Masonry, which would over-arch all the other rites, even the different national rites.
It would centralize all high Masonic bodies in the world under one head.
This head would be, in the ultimate sense, Lucifer. However, Pike and Mazzini would be his human regent. To this end, the Palladium rite was created as the pinnacle of the pyramid of power. Its religion is Manichaean neo-gnosticism, teaching that the divinity is dual and that Lucifer is the equal of Adonay, with Lucifer the God of Light and Goodness struggling for humanity against Adonay the God of Darkness and Evil Albert Pike had only specified and unveiled the dogmas of the high grades of all other masonries, for in no matter what rite, the Great Architect of the Universe is not the God worshipped by the Christians.
Please note that last statement carefully! The Luciferian doctrine, we are told, is implicit in the lower degrees, and only becomes an explicit teaching in the highest degrees. The highest of the high was the Palladium. It would be an international alliance of key Masons. The name, Palladium, was taken from a Masonic order founded in , which died out only to re- emerge in Charleston under Pike. Pages I was brought into Palladium Lodge Resurrection, 13 in Chicago in the late 1 's and received the degree of "Paladin" in that Lodge in from the son of one of the leading occultists in the late 19 th century, an associate of Aleister Crowley.
Evidently there was and is Palladium Masonry being worked in the 20 th century. I am ashamed to admit it, but I, myself, stood in Lodge and joined in the traditional Palladium imprecation, which is translated from the French : "Glory and Love for Lucifer! It certainly came right from the pit of hell!
My progression through those degrees was fraught with strange initiations too awful to recount. Masons are even aware of! Page While some of that money goes into necessities, and some into charity, some also ends up in places of which Lodge members have no knowledge.
Our local leaders were obviously not getting rich, but there was a lot of free-floating cash somewhere up in the ranks. Nowhere is this more evident than in the "rich boy's" organization, the Shrine. The public impression of the Shrine is that of a philanthropic organization, and all the millions of dollars it raises through Shrine circuses are funneled into its hospitals. These hospitals are already fully endowed, and have large surpluses.
Page The Islam Connection Throughout this book, there have been allusions to the frequent historical links between the Muslim religion and the origins of Masonry. The most obvious connection with Islam in the world of the Lodge is, of course, the Shrine. Few outsiders realize that behind its exotic, clownish exterior, the Shrine ceremonial is steeped in demonic Islamic religion, utterly foreign to the God of the Bible! For example, the Shrine initiate must swear the usual awful oath on the holy book of the Islamic faith, the Koran, in addition to the Bible, ending thus Shrine Ritual Monitor, Allen Publishing, pp.
Contrary to popular belief, the Islamic Allah is not just another name for the true God. He has no more resemblance to the God of the Bible than does the "Great Architect. Page In a sacrilegious echo of that beautiful truth, the new Master Mason "dies" with the Masonic 'christ', Hiram Abif, and then is "raised with him" with the strong grip of the Lion's Paw by "King Solomon. After "dying" with the Masonic "christ" actually Ba'al or Tammuz , he is raised with him. Page What a strategy! Not only has Satan succeeded in getting Christian Masons in spiritual bondage through blood oaths, sin and idolatry, he has even managed to capture their minds!
He has turned the Lord's command on its head! Instead of confonning their minds and renewing them in Christ Romans 12 2; Philippians , , he is turning them into little Masonic robots who can barely quote John , but can easily give you the entire G Lecture from the second degree! Satan has managed to mock not only the regeneration experience and baptism, but even the process of sanctification itself with his own twisted rituals. However, he is not content with entrapping the Christian Mason's mind, soul and body - he wants his family, too!
Pages A Godly woman can maintain herself in marriage to a backslidden or unsaved husband, but it is a struggle. Many times, such men are saved or brought to repentance by the patient witness of their wives. I Corinthians In such situations, the woman often becomes the protector of the weak man.
This is not what God intended, but it does happen in a fallen world. This is why Freemasonry is such a wretched spot upon the feast of marriage. Spiritual headship is a two-edged sword that can cut both ways. If a husband is in deep sin, like Masonry, then all the evil spiritual power of the Lodge seeps through him into his wife and worse yet into his children, even if they never set foot inside of a Lodge building!
So here comes "hubby" home from the Lodge meeting, trailing clouds of Masonic imps in his wake as he walks in the door. It is just like bringing home the flu bug from the office, except this "bug" is spiritually more contagious, and it takes more than fluids and bed rest to kick it!
However, the children are another matter altogether. They cannot be expected to fend for themselves spiritually, any more than they can physically. Tragically, the children bear the brunt of their daddy's Masonry.
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Only then can the momentum, which threatens him, his family and his church, be brought to a grinding and impotent halt. Sadly, the Christian Mason will need to count "the cost".
Luke I would be less than honest if I did not mention that the wrath of the Lodge can be massive and frightening. Careers have been ruined, reputations destroyed, and even homes or businesses burned to the ground by Masons angered because their "toy" has been criticized. Even death threats occur. This shows how deep the wellsprings of the Deceiver have been drilled into the hearts of Freemasonry's servants.
These violent acts are rare, but they can occur. It would not be the first time a Believer in Jesus suffered persecution or martyrdom for his testimony. A true bond slave of Jesus Christ should count all Masonry "as dung" Philippians compared to the boundless joy of serving Him! II Timothy The newly set free Mason should seek prayer support and discipleship from men of God with true shepherds' hearts! He should look to Jesus, but also be aware of the harm the Lodge can work on those he loves most.
He should, by the power and authority of Jesus, trample the demonic playthings of the Lodge beneath his feet and "forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before," he should press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus. Philippians Page Although the Christian is seated with Jesus in heavenly places Ephesians during this life, his body and soul are all too earthbound. The Law can still have place in our mortal members, especially if there is unconfessed sin! Most attacks against the families of Masons are of a physical or soulish emotional, mental, or volitional nature.
Sickness, rebellious children, mental disorders, and drugs all bedevil the family with Masonry in its veins. Whether Masonic involvement can ultimately cost the Mason his eternal life is too terrible a question to even contemplate. I would prefer not to think so. However, he is definitely tempting the wrath of God by kneeling at the altars of Ba'al and frittering away his time in the service of some other Worshipful Master. Page If you are a Mason who isn't sure if you are saved by the blood of Jesus, see the end of this chapter for your instructions. If you are a Mason who is a Born Again Christian, here is what you need to do.
This is a quick checklist. Examples of prayers for these will appear in Appendix I. See Part Two, p. You need to renounce the Lodge before Him in prayer as a false religious system and ask the help of the Holy Spirit to never return to it. Freemasonry On Trial - Part One 24 Page Also, pray that the pastors of the churches in your community might be emboldened by the Holy Spirit to speak out publicly against the Lodge, and to deal with it in the local congregation.
Pray for the guidance of the Holy Spirit as you do this, and He may bring things to mind in your own community, which are specialized needs. Finally, pray for the Masonic leadership in your town to repent. Find out the names of the Masters of the Lodges and place them specifically on your prayer list. Plead the blood of Jesus over them and, if they are not Bom Again, pray that they would be led into a place where they might hear the gospel. Note: When considering our pastors and our churches, there are some things we should be sensitive to. Foremost I believe it is necessary to check our motivations.
Whether we are on a crusade for something to do or whether we truly support our pastors seeking freedom for our churches. Are we being led by the Holy Spirit, or our own motivations? Prayer is the best place to start to see where we are and where He wants us. As to our pastors, we also need to be sensitive to the burdens we place upon them. Freemasonry is probably one of the most difficult issues facing the church. In supporting our pastors we recognize that no man can or should be expected to take on the spiritual opposition and warfare alone.
We need to join with our pastors to build the church with and around them. Where Satan will utilize a variety of strategies against the church, we must also be prepared to utilize the resources and weapons provided for our warfare to defeat him. Sometimes we call upon other components of the Body with greater resources or experience to join with us. In a practical sense, our prayer groups, intercessory groups and the resources of others within the Body are needed to confront the many facets of Freemasonry. He may instruct us to reach out in love and compassion or He may lead us into direct confrontation with the forces of darkness.
Our motivations and our hearts will need to be prepared for how He will lead us as we submit to His Lordship. Still Page 21 Masonry, or Freemasonry, is the largest and oldest of the secret societies, and still today is one of the most powerful groups on earth. Certainly in the past it was difficult to hold a position of power in most nations without having undergone the initiatory rites of Masonry, or one of the related secret societies.
Page 24 The Eye One of the oldest, and most important symbols of Masonry is the Egyptian hieroglyph of the eye - or the "evil eye". It represents their god Osiris. This "eye of Osiris" is also the symbol of modem day Masonry. It dominates the top of most Masonic documents, and now dominates the back of the Great Seal of the United States, which is reproduced on every American one-dollar bill.
The key to this confusion lies in the concept of the "inner" and the "outer" doctrine. Masonry, like other secret societies, is set up with an "outer" doctrine for consumption by the general public, and an "inner" secretive doctrine known only to an elect few. Pages Pike also explained that Masonry must deceive its member in the first three degrees, the "Blue Degrees.
Part of the symbols are displayed there to the Initiate, but he is intentionally misled by false interpretations. It is not intended that he shall understand them; but it is intended that he shall imagine he understands them. Their true explanation is reserved for the Adepts, the Princes of Masonry.
Why Secrecy? In reality, there are two reasons for Masonic secrecy. First of all, if every Mason's wife knew the exact content of the "blood oaths" to which her husband had sworn, then Masonry would collapse in a single night. In the wider scope, anti-Masonic investigations, inquisitions, and purges had been launched whenever the order's secrets have been revealed. Secondly, secrecy makes members feel that they are part of an elite group.
This tends to better weld them into a unit. Adam Weishaupt, father of the eighteenth-century group, which eventually consumed European Masonry, the Illuminati, wrote: For our Order wishes to be secret, and to work in silence; for thus it is better secured from the oppression of the ruling powers, and because this secrecy gives a greater zest to Freemasonry On Trial - Part One 26 the whole The slightest observation shows that nothing will so much contribute to increase the zeal of the members as a secret union.
Ironically, most Masons never know the darkest secrets of their order because Masonry is constructed as a secret society within a secret society. The outer doctrine is constructed to have a mass appeal and to seem relatively harmless to the vast majority of members. After all, the goal of any successful organization must be to attract good men if it is to survive. The inner doctrine is only for the highest initiates. One of the greatest secrets of Masonry, and of all the secret societies, is something called the "Great Plan," the details of which are known only to those with access to the inner doctrine.
As one Masonic scholar explained: Though the whole extent and origin of the plan was known only to an initiate few, members of the outer order were subjected to a selective system by which they could attain to numerous degrees and proportionately receive deeper insight into the work. This in turn spurred them to greater effort and endeavor in their various occupations and stations in life, and made them useful instruments. This outer doctrine allows the average member to see his organization as little more than a social fraternity involved in a few charitable works.
However, for those who are judged ready, or "worthy" to accept it, the inner doctrine drops all pretence of that idealism. As we will see, this inner doctrine is nothing less than a cancer growing on civilization, unknowingly supported by the huge body of mostly innocent, dues-paying members. The Masonry-Lucifer connection is further strengthened by occultist Mason Manly Hall, who says that when the Mason leams how to use this occult power, "he has learned the mystery of his Craft. The seething energies of Lucifer are in his hands and before he may step onward and upward, he must prove his ability to properly apply energy.
So are Masons Satanists? Not at all. Though few Masons know it, the god of Masonry is Lucifer. What's the difference between Lucifer and Satan? Luciferians think they are doing good. Satanists know they are evil. In the Bible, Lucifer was God's most important angel, "perfect in thy ways He wanted to replace God, and so he led the first revolution and rebelled against God. God quickly cast Lucifer out of heaven, banishing one -third of all the angels with him. Lucifer, the good angel of light, forevermore became Satan, the evil angel of darkness: How you are fallen from heaven, O Day Star, son of Dawn!
How you are cut down to the ground, you who laid the nations low! You said in your heart, "I will ascend to heaven; above the stars of God. The real secret of all the secret societies is that they believe Lucifer never fell to earth; that Lucifer is really Freemasonry On Trial - Part One 27 God, and has been since the dawn of creation. They derisively call the Christian God by the name Adonay, and believe that he is really the god of evil because he forces men to be subservient to his repressive dictates. So to Luciferians, God has a dual nature; he is the good god, Lucifer, and the bad god, Adonay, both supposedly equal in power, yet opposite in intent.
This idea is symbolized by the circular yin-yang symbol of the Buddhists, or the black-and-white checkerboard pattern seen on the floor of Masonic lodges, or buildings. Pages But it is the Latin phrase on the reverse side of the Seal, under the pyramid, that is the most controversial: "Novus Ordo Seclorum," or "New Order of the Ages.
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Illuminists of the present day derive their favourite phrase to describe their work: New World Order. Although the design was approved by Congress on June 20, , the reverse side of the Great Seal of the United States was very rarely used and did not appear publicly until it suddenly showed up on the back of the one dollar bill, starting with series 5 A. Page 69 Weishaupt's Illuminati Founded by Gennan law professor Adam Weishaupt in , the Illuminati was the most infamous of all secret societies.
A short-lived movement Its aim was to replace Christianity by a religion of reason. It was banned by the Bavarian government in With a little digging, however, more complete information can be found. Adam Weishaupt was born on February 6, in what is now Gennany. Though a professor at a Jesuit university, he never joined the Jesuit order. He came to hate not only the Jesuits, but vowed to destroy the Catholic Church, and the Christianity it represented. Freemasonry On Trial - Part One 28 Page 74 Secrecy in the Illuminati was enforced in the same way it was in the Greek mystery schools, and no doubt as it is today in the super-Masonic organizations.
The candidates were required to confess compromising infonnation about themselves, like sexual indiscretions, or previously hidden criminal behaviour, as if he were confessing his sins to a Catholic priest. If confessions of a sufficiently embarrassing nature were not available, then common criminality, as we saw with the Greeks, was an option.
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If one of Weishaupt's initiates were to break the code of silence, his credibility would be questioned by damning evidence that would at the very least, destroy his reputation in the community, if not send him to prison. In this religious aspect, the best AngloYAmerican Masonry can hope to achieve is the first step, from Christian to Deist.
A Deist is one who believes that a God exists who created the world, but that He thereafter lost interest in man, and so consequently, man has no responsibility to God. Professor Robison explained that: The Deist, thus led on, has not far to go before he becomes a Naturalist or Atheist; and then the eternal sleep of death crowns all his humble hopes. The candidate would then be told that the religion of the Order "is the perfection of Christianity. Pages Documents captured in later years would show how members of the Illuminati tried to develop a believable rationale that could be used to convince honest, upstanding Christians that the need for secrecy was legitimate and Christ-like.
Many therefore were called, but few were chosen. To these elect were entrusted the most important secrets; and even among them there were degrees of information. There was a seventy, and a twelve. All this was in the natural order of things, and according to the habits of the Jews, and indeed of all antiquity But in writing to Cato, Weishaupt revealed the deception. Speaking of the new Priest degree of the Illuminati that he had just invented, Weishaupt bragged that it was such a clever imitation of Christianity that even the most dedicated clergy would be fooled: I say that Freemasonry is concealed Christianity Indeed I afterwards throw away this name, and substitute Reason.
In the same letter, Weishaupt divulged how he was secretly laughing at those he had taken in. Who would imagine that I was to be the founder of a new religion? However, others in Weishaupt's Order wrote of their difficulties in seducing candidates away from Christianity. Philo Baron von Knigge had problems convincing some members of the Order that their goal was not to abolish Christianity: I have been at unwearied pains to remove the fears of some who imagine that our Superiors want to abolish Christianity Were I to let them know that our General holds all Religion to be a lie, and uses even Deism Philo then candidly explained why initiates must have the true nature of the Order kept from them.
One of the great attractions of membership in a secret society in those days was as it is today - greed. Today, many still join Masonry because it has a reputation in assisting its membership attain worldly success. The Illuminati was very successful at placing its members in key positions because: Through its connections and intrigues, the conspiracy was able to place its selected members in positions of influence and power where they could enjoy all the glories of worldly success, provided they used that success to work unceasingly for the advancement of the Order.
Page 82 The facts show that the Illuminati, and its lower house, Masonry, was a secret society within a secret society. The outer doctrine, for the consumption of the masses, said Illuminism was merely a "perfected" form of Christianity, while the inner doctrine called for world conquest by any means, with Atheism or outright Satanism as its real creed. John Robinson summed up those goals of Illuminism quite prophetically almost years ago when he wrote: Their first immediate aim is to get the possessions of riches, power and influence, without industry [i.
Freemasonry On Trial - Part One 30 Page 92 On July 16, , the year after the British surrendered to the Americans, representatives of the world's secret societies convened the Congress of Wilhelmsbad in Europe and formally joined Masonry and the Illuminati. In the next four years the Order was able to secretly establish several lodges in America. Page 98 American Masonry The radical philosophies, which found such fertile ground in France and Gennany, did not easily take root in America.
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While the French Masons sought to destroy the monarchy and every scrap of its government, in America the essence of the British constitution was preserved and improved upon. Many American Masons honestly believed their craft to be essentially Christian, and they strove to keep it that way.
The concern over the influence of secret societies in the United States grew steadily until an anti- Masonic explosion erupted in , after the murder of one Captain William Morgan, of Batavia, New York. Morgan was killed by Masons shortly after obtaining a copyright for an expose on Masonry. Morgan's crime was that he was the first to publish the complete rituals, including the oaths and secret passwords of the first three degrees of Masonry, known as the Blue Lodge. Page 99 Masonry never works in the full light of day. Every one knows of its existence, its meeting places and of many of its adepts; but one is ignorant of its real aims, its real means, its real leaders.
The immense majority of masons themselves are in that position. They are only the blind machinery of the sect which they serve Many honest masons are so blind that they would be stupefied if they knew for what they are being used. He went on to explain that very few Freemasons know what the ultimate goals of the Order are. The work of Masonry is subdivided and compartmentalized. Each group "does the work assigned to them [but] remain ignorant of the place [it] occupies in the general scheme. The widow is the Egyptian goddess, Isis, after the death of her husband, Osiris.
The penal sign for the third degree is made by putting the right hand to the left side of the bowels, the hand open, with the thumb next to the belly, and drawing it across the belly, and letting it fall. This is done very quickly. This alludes to the penalty of the obligation: Having one's body severed in twain.
Then the pass-grip is given by pressing the thumb between the joints of the second and third fingers where they join the hand, "the word, or name is Tubal Cain. It is the pass word to the Master's degree. The Master's grip is given by taking hold of each other's hand as though you were going to shake hands, and sticking the nails of each of your fingers into the joint of the other's wrist where it unites with the hand. The symbolism is that after being in the grave for several days, Hiram Abiff s flesh on his hands had began to rot, and so a grip had to be devised to pull him up and out of the grave - the Masonic version of resurrection.
It is interesting to note that this grip is so important to the basic concepts of secret societies that it is used in the witchcraft rituals of Wicca, where it is known as "The Strong Grip of the Lion of the Tribe of Juhad. It is said that seventy-five percent of Masons never go beyond this point.
Revealing these secret rites is what Captain Morgan died for. But what of his kidnappers? The precise details of the murder were not known until when one of the three Masons involved in the crime confessed to his doctor from his deathbed in hopes of religious absolution. The story broke in early in the press under the headline "Confession. The murder of William Morgan, confessed by the man who, with his own hands, pushed him out of the boat into Niagara River.
Valance, said that since that dark night, he had been very unhappy and depressed. Go where I would, or do what I would, it was impossible for me to throw off the consciousness of crime. If the mark of Cain was not upon me, the curse of the first murderer was - the blood-stain was upon my hands and could not be washed out. Pages Royal Arch Degrees In other words, Royal Arch Masons are obligated under blood oaths to help extricate their fellows from any trouble legal, or illegal.
Finney has observed that: Here, then, we have a class of men sworn, under most frightful penalties, to espouse the cause of a companion so far as to extricate him from any difficulty, to the extent of their power, whether he is right or wrong. How can such a man be safely entrusted with any office connected with the administration of the law? This is why Masonry actively seeks members in the legal professions of every community, and raises them to the Royal Arch degree as soon as possible.
In such communities then, Masonry is free to do whatever it pleases. In addition. Masons of the Royal Arch degree swear to promote and vote for any fellow Mason of that Freemasonry On Trial - Part One 32 degree, "before any other of equal qualifications. This revolting rite is symbolic of the "blood oath" of the Royal Arch degree which demands that the candidate swears, "To have his skull struck off, and his brains exposed to the scorching rays of a meridian sun" should he divulge Masonic secrets.
In addition, he swears: To keep in my heart all the secrets that shall be revealed to me. And in failure if this my oath, I consent to have my body opened perpendicularly, and to be exposed for eight hours in the open air that the venomous flies may eat of my intestines So may God help and maintain me. Pages How do secret societies control dissenting members?
How is it possible these vast conspiracies have existed for hundreds and even thousands of years, and yet so few initiates have divulged the awful truth of these fraternities? The answer is fear. Secret societies have little control over a fearless man, or at least one who does not fear them. That is why the horrible blood oaths are still taken. Very few would have the courage to carry out such tortures, however. Even after the worst recorded breach of Masonic secrecy in history - that of Captain Morgan - the full penalties were not exacted.
Don't be too quick to condemn these good men. Just because your neighbour is a Mason, or even a member of the prestigious CFR, that doesn't mean he is evil. To lump them all together, however, and call them all conspirators only alienates potential friends, and magnifies the strength of the enemy. This group thrives under an illusion of invincibility. Although they are rich and powerful, they constantly make mistakes.
They are not invulnerable. They do not control everything. After all, we are still able to debate these questions openly. The average person can have an effect. Finally, be prepared to deal with this issue pennanently. The New World Order is not going away. Until Jesus returns, we will have to face it, and we will have to teach our children how to do so. The future will be a minefield of political trickery and spiritual deception. We have to resign ourselves as individuals, and as a nation, to oppose the New World Order as long as we can.
Merely knowing about this "Great Plan" of the secret societies - what it is, who is behind it, and what they are after in today's world - empowers us and weakens the enemy. Like all creatures of darkness, they do not function well in the light of public scrutiny: Freemasonry On Trial - Part One 33 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. Therefore, take up the full armor of God, that you may be able to resist in the evil day, and having done everything, to stand firm.
Stand firm therefore, having girded your loins with truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace; in addition to all, taking up the shield of faith with which you will be able to extinguish all the flaming missiles of the evil one.
And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. Supreme Court from From the ratio was 5 to 4; from it was 8 to 1; from it was 6 to 3; and from it was again 5 to 4. He concludes that such influence may have contributed to the high court's "determination to move the nation away from an emphasis on Judeo-Christian values in public life," helping to further secularize society and sustain "an epoch of revolutionary liberalism" with far reaching consequences.
In the 13 th Degree of the Scottish Rite the oath reads, "I furthennore promise and swear to use every means in my power As is true for many modem cults as well, the church can provide a large number of converts. This is one reason a particular oath is offered specifically for Christian ministers who are joining the Lodge.
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This oath pledges them to accept the idea that true Christianity, by its very nature, must safeguard the interests of Masonry: "You, brother, are a preacher of [Christian] religion You cannot, therefore, but be fond of the [Masonic] Order, and zealous for the interests of Freemasonry.
Whoever is warmed with the spirit of Christianity, must esteem, must love Freemasonry. If you're on a jury, and the defendant is a Mason, and makes the Grand Hailing sign, you must obey it; you must disagree with your brother jurors, if necessary, but you must be very sure not to bring the Mason guilty, for that would bring disgrace upon our order. It may be perjury, to be sure, to do this, but then you're fulfilling your obligation, and you know if you "live up to your obligations you'll be free from sin" You must conceal all the crimes of your brother Mason, except murder and treason, and these only at your own option, and should you be summoned as a witness against a brother Mason be always sure to shield him.
Prevaricate, don't tell the whole truth in this case, keep his secrets, italics added Freemasonry On Trial - Part One 35 Pages Further, the candidate is told that the political power of the land "the king" is subordinate to the Masonic High Priest: The institutions of political society teach us to consider the King as the chief of created beings, and that the first duty of his subjects is to obey his mandates; but the institutions of our sublime degrees, by placing the King in a situation subordinate to the High- Priest, teaches us that our duty to God [i.
Masonry] is paramount to all other duties, and should ever claim the priority of our obedience to man. Perhaps this is why President Ulysses S. Grant once observed, "All secret, oathbound, political parties are dangerous to any nation. After an impartial investigation of Freemasonry, he concluded in his "Address to the People of Massachusetts," I saw a code of Masonic legislation adapted to prostrate every principle of equal justice and to corrupt every sentiment of virtuous feeling in the soul of him who bound his allegiance to it.
I saw the practice of common honesty, the kindness of Christian benevolence, even the abstinence of atrocious crimes, limited exclusively by lawless oaths and barbarous penalties, to the social relations between the Brotherhood and the Craft. I saw slander organize into a secret, widespread and affiliated agency.
I saw self-invoked imprecations of throats cut from ear to ear, of hearts and vitals torn out and cast off and hung on spires. I saw wine drunk from a human skull with solemn invocation of all the sins of its owner upon the head of him who drank it. Page 78 Did you kn ow that the Masonic Lodge teaches a way to heaven that is not taught in the Bible? Masonry teaches exactly what God condemns as a false gospel, namely, that a man will be saved and go to heaven as a result of his good works and personal self-improvement. The Bible places such a teaching under God's curse: "But even though we, or an angel from heaven, should preach to you a gospel contrary to that which we have preached to you, let him be accursed.
As we have said before, so I say again now, if any man is preaching to you a gospel contrary to that which you received, let him be accursed". Galatians Pages In the Third Degree of the Blue Lodge Master Mason , while kneeling "on his naked knees, both hands resting on the Holy Bible," the Masonic initiate is promised that "nothing in [Masonry] will interfere with the duty you owe to your God.
In addition, the initiate "most solemnly and sincerely promises and swears" to the truth of all these things: "so help me God, and keep me steadfast in due performance of the same. Later, the Mason is again reminded that God "will reward us according to our works," and "if we are found worthy," He will permit us entrance into His heaven. Freemasonry On Trial - Part One 36 Page Masonry teaches that men are good enough to perfect themselves and subsequently earn a place in heaven.
Masons are so optimistic about what they can achieve because the ritual actually promises them heaven as a reward for their good works: [If your life is] without soil or blemish, you will be received at the pearly gates of heaven and there be presented with the pure white robe of righteousness. Perfonn the duties of your respective stations Page The bottom line for you should be, if Masonry is true, then you should follow it and promote its teachings.
But if Masonry has rejected and opposed the truth - if it has denied God and His Word, if it has denied the Lord Jesus Christ, and if it has denied God's plan of salvation, offering instead a false hope - then you should reject Masonry, receive Jesus as your Savior, and leave the Lodge. John The Bible further teaches, "And there is salvation in no one else; for there is no other name under heaven that has been given among men, by which we must be saved". Acts If you know you have broken God's laws and are a sinner, and understand Jesus died and paid for your sins on the cross, and if you are willing now to confess your sins to Him and place your entire trust in Him to make you a Christian, you may receive Jesus into your life by saying the following prayer: Lord Jesus, I confess that I am a sinner.
I believe that You died for my sins on the cross. I receive You now as my Lord and Savior and ask You to give me the resolve and strength to turn from what is evil and to live a life that is pleasing to You. I know now that Masonry does not bring honor to You, and I am willing to resign from the Lodge.
Page Because Masonry leads men to worship a false god G. If God hates false gods and idolatrous practices, then He must hate the Masonry that promotes them. Never to reveal any of the secrets of the degree of the Knights of the Sun. And should I willfully violate this my obligation, may my brethren seize me and thrust my tongue through with a red hot iron, to pluck out my eyes and deprive me of smelling and seeing, to cut off my hands and expose me in that condition in the field to Freemasonry On Trial - Part One 37 be devoured by the voracious animals, and if none can be found, may the lightning of heaven execute on me the same vengeance, italics added Pages Sovereign Grand Commander Francis G.
Paul says, "universal brotherhood is our aim. Haywood claims, "In Freemasonry world brotherhood is an actuality, not a remote ideal. Both we find in the teaching of Masonry only, and against that compact of unity, tyranny and usurpation, whether religious or political, must fall subdued and powerless. Masonry, victorious over all adverse circumstances, will become the honored medium of uniting all mankind in one vast brotherhood.
This is why many Masonic authorities believe the Masonry will bring about a new world order: [Masonry] is a world law destined to change the earth, into conformity with itself, and as a world power it is something superb, awe-inspiring, godlike. The doctrines of Masonry will ultimately rule the intellectual world. Page The 28 th Degree teaches that "the first degree represents man, when he had su nk en from his original lofty estate He is emphatically a profane, enveloped in darkness, poor and destitute of spiritual knowledge, and emblematically naked.
The material darkness which is produced by the bandage over his eyes, is an emblem of the darkness of his soul. Can the church in good conscience allow members who are Masons to be leaders? It is undeniable that today's Masons hold positions of leadership within the church. Masons are pastors, Sunday school teachers, elders, and members of church boards. Masons wield power and influence in many congregations and have made substantial inroads into the Christian church.
Neither can anyone deny that the majority of Christians have been timid in response. Most have not said so much as a word in reply to this situation. Pastors everywhere seem to fear confronting this issue, fearful of hurting people's feelings, fearful of losing financial support, fearful of splitting their church. Jesus spoke of those who were afraid of offending people for the sake of principle, saying that they "loved the approval of men rather than the approval of God".
John Freemasonry On Trial - Part One 38 Page In an age where occult pursuits have been redefined as divine activities and painted in a benign light, we should expect that many Masons will find their way into the occult. In Masonry the Masonic candidate is forever promised that he will be brought to "the Light.
But the mountaintop is covered with clouds and mists. The light is still obscured, still "out there somewhere, beyond him. After a brief statement about the Hindu gods Brahma, Vishnu, and Shiva, and the Hindu mantra magical sound AUM, the candidate is told, "All these things which you can leam by study, concentration, and contemplation, have come down to us from our ancient ancestors through Zaranthustra [sic an early Iranian prophet ] and Pythagoras [a philosopher and occultist, c.
Now we hope you will study diligently the lessons of all our degrees so that there will be nurtured within you a consuming desire to pierce the pure white light of Masonic wisdom. The Scriptures inform us that the devil and his angels seek to oppose the church and to deceive, defeat, or otherwise destroy Christians' commitment to their faith and harm them spiritually.
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