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It is hard to understand.

It is difficult to understand how Christians can remain in the Masonic Lodge with the wealth of information that points to an occult foundation of its teachings.  Just a tour through Heredom, the critical journal of the Scottish Rite of the Southern Jurisdiction, can easily point this out.

I understand that most men do not know because they have not been told, or they do not really want to know.

A few years back a Masonic officer of education told a few of us that Freemasonry was not a religion, because it did not observe the sacraments.  I happened to have a copy of the Masonic baptismal service with me at the time, which I passed over for his inspection.   Instead of admitting his oversight, he simply asked how I got my hands on it.  So much for education.

Not only is there a Masonic baptismal service, but there is a ceremony that mimics the Lord’s Supper.  This should be a real concern.  It would send me running.

In 1855 the Supreme Council of the Southern Jurisdiction commissioned five men to revise the scattered documents of the Scottish Rite.  Two of the five men were Albert Mackey and Albert Pike.  Two years later, Albert Pike completed the task and handed his manuscript to the Supreme Council.  Albert Mackey coined the work Magnum Opus or The Great Work.  Although monitors and rituals are revised from time to time, key sections of the work are still present in more recent monitors of the Scottish Rite.

The bread and wine meal is one of them.

In the 26th degree, Scottish Trinitarian or Prince of Mercy, we read:

Qn: What is to us the chief symbol of man’s ultimate redemption and regeneration?

Ans: The fraternal supper, of bread that nourishes, and of wine that refreshes and exhilarates, symbolical of the time which is to come, when all mankind shall be one great harmonious brotherhood; and teaching us these great lessons; that as matter changes ever, but no single atom is annihilated, it is not rational to suppose that the far nobler soul does not continue to exist beyond the grave: That many thousands who have died before us might claim to be joint owners with ourselves of the particles that compose our mortal bodies; for matter ever forms new combinations; and the bodies of the ancient dead, the patriarchs before and since the flood, the kings and common people of all ages, resolved into their constituent elements, are carried upon the wind over the continents, and continually enter into and form part of the habitations of new souls, creating new bonds of sympathy and brotherhood between each man that lives and all his race.  And thus, the bread we eat, and in the wine we drink tonight, may enter into and form part of us the identical particles of matter that once formed parts of the material bodies called Moses, Confusius, Plato, Socrates, or Jesus who died upon the cross.  In the truest sense, we eat and drink the bodies of the dead; and cannot say that there is a single atom of our blood and body, the ownership of which some other soul might not dispute with us, and produce prior title.”  Magnum Opus, XXVI, p. 17,18

In case one wonders if the original work of Pike was carried into the Scottish Rite, in Liturgies of the Scottish Rite, 1962, the exact wording is found, minus the last two sentences.  It may well be that these sentences are verbally transmitted, and no longer deemed appropriate for print.

It seems obvious that the Scottish Rite borrows the most sacred meal to Christians and changes its meaning.  Albert Pike addresses the reality of the connection in the following paragraphs to the above section:

“To our Jewish Brethern, this supper is symbolical to the Passover: to the Christian Mason of that eaten by Christ and his Disciples, when, celebrating the Passover, he broke bread and gave it to them, saying, “Take! Eat! This is my body:” and giving them the cup, he said, “Drink ye all of it! for this is the blood of the New Testament, which is shed for many for he remission of sins:”…”    Magnum Opus XXVI…18

While tipping its hat to the Lord’s Supper, the Scottish Rite drastically changes the meaning.  Jesus states the bread of the Passover meal refers to Himself; the Scottish Rite changes it to refer to the act of entering into and forming part of the identical matter of past Masters.  Jesus said the cup refers to His own blood; the Scottish Rite changes it to align with forming identical matter with the dead. 

It would seem to me that Christians would think twice before participating in a ceremony symbolically linked to the Lord’s Supper that has been deliberately changed.  The emphasis of this supper is not on Christ, but upon the particles of dead Masters.

 Paul the Apostle said it this way:

“No, but the sacrifices of pagans are offered to demons, not to God, and I do not want you to be participants with demons.  You cannot drink the cup of the Lord and the cup of demons too, you cannot have a part in both the Lord’s table and the table of demons.”  1 Cor. 10:20,21

“Therefore, whoever eats the bread or drinks the cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner will be guilty of sinning against the body and blood of the Lord.  A man ought to examine himself before he eats the bread and drinks the cup.  For anyone who eats and drinks without recognizing the body of the Lord eats and drinks judgement upon himself. That is why many among you are weak and sick, and a number of you have fallen asleep.”  1 Cor. 11:27-30

If Masons want to mimic the Lord’s Supper and change its meaning from Christ it is their prerogative, but it should jolt a Christian’s conscience.  How can we participate in a meal that strips the meaning of Christ and replaces it with integration into the dead?

I’ll bank my eternity on Christ, not Albert Pike.

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Freemasonry hosts beneficial charities. It tries to open business doors that otherwise may be closed.  There is no doubt that Freemasonry offers some men a sense of belonging in a disjointed world. But is there a spiritual cost for a Christian?  Could allegiance to the Lodge turn out to be the biggest gamble of a lifetime?

 

The Christian who is in the Lodge is painfully aware that the name of Jesus cannot freely be mentioned. Although many Christians rationalize staying in the Lodge in order to be a spiritual witness, in reality one cannot recommend the name of Jesus to his brothers and maintain Masonic fidelity.

 

There are feasts for John the Baptist and for John of Revelation, yet the person in the middle, Jesus, is somehow left out of the picture.  Although a Christian can find elements of pagan religion everywhere, a clear understanding of Jesus as ultimate Redeemer is missing. The best one can hope for are hints, here and there, with the understanding that Elysian Mysteries come first and thus foremost.

 

It is indeed difficult to have a foot in the Lodge and an attempted foot in Christ.  In order to adhere to the precepts of the Lodge a brother must reject the clear teaching of Jesus. Jesus declares that He is “the Way, the Truth, and the Life.” He states that no one comes to the Father except through Him.  The Lodge does not believe this.  In fact, the thrust of its teachings is geared to rooting out a position like this in fraternal lives.  Freemasonry believes the path to the Celestial Lodge is not found in any one-belief system, including Christ.

 

But a most disturbing situation develops for a man as he walks through the Blue Lodge, the first three degrees of Freemasonry.  As a Mason takes these initial steps, he is acquainted with the symbols of the Sun and Moon. They seem to be everywhere.  In fact, he will find that the principal officers of the lodge represent the Sun in its various positions.  It may be here that we find the gamble of eternity. As a man reaches out to other Masonic degrees, he finds these symbols are never really far away.

 

The Blue Lodge of Freemasonry considers the Sun and Moon to be two of three primary symbols in what are called the Lesser Lights. The Lesser Lights and the Greater Lights are two sets of symbols which communicate truth to initiates. There is a relationship between them, as it can be said that the Lesser Lights are known by the Greater Lights.

 

The Sun and Moon are prominent Masonic symbols with meanings that evolve over degrees.  One set of ideas is communicated in the Blue Lodge, and then an expanded version seems to be given in the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite.

 

Here is the gamble for the Christian: The Bible states that homage given to the sun and the moon constitutes sin and unfaithfulness to God the Father.

 

 In Job 31:26-28 we read:

“If I have regarded the sun in its radiance

or the moon moving in splendor,

so that my heart was secretly enticed

and my hand offered them a kiss of homage,

then these also would be sins to be judged,

for I would have been unfaithful to God on High.”

 

In the Blue Lodge the Mason finds symbols, officers, and teachings depicting the Sun and Moon.  In regard to the officers, we read:

“As the sun rises in the East to rule and govern the day, so rises the Worshipful Master in the East to rule and govern the Lodge; setting the Craft at work, giving them proper instruction for their labor.”

The Master of the Lodge thus represents the Sun in its rising.

 

“As the sun is in the West as the close of day, so stands the Senior Warden in the West, to assist the Worshipful Master in opening and closing the Lodge; paying the Craft their wages, if any be due, that none may go away dissatisfied; harmony being the support of all institutions, especially this of ours.”

 The Senior Warden thus represents the sun in its setting.

 

“To observe the sun at meridian, which is the glory and beauty of the day, call the Craft from labor to refreshment, superintend them during the hours thereof, carefully to observe that the means of refreshment are not perverted to intemperance or excess, and see that they return to labor in due season, that the Worshipful Master may receive honor, and they pleasure and profit thereby.”

 The Junior Warden thus represents the sun in its zenith.

 

But it is in the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite, degrees 4-32, which give a startling picture of the significance of these two symbols in the Lodge system.

 

The degrees Knight of the Sun and Knight of the Brazen Altar are just two degrees that highlight the extent of this gamble for the Christian.

 

In The Knight of the Sun  as illustrated in the McCleanachan Monitor we are greeted with the following illustration:

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The phrase, “Sacred to the most holy sun,” underscores the vivid picture. A pentagram is prominently placed upon the Hebrew altar. The Jewel of the order is a Sun.  The Sun, according to the inscription, is now considered sacred, and most holy.  This is beyond the scope of describing the Sun as a glowing orb that governs the day, as is suggested in the Blue Lodge. It is now considered a sacred and holy object in the celestial realm. This designation should cause concern for those wondering about the true meaning of this solar symbol.

As part of the decoration of the degree room, transparencies or symbols are placed upon certain walls.  One of these transparencies consists, again, of a pentagram with an eye in the middle. Although it meaning is hidden from viewers in the McClenachan monitor, a History of the Ancient and Honorable Fraternity of  Free and Accepted Masons and Concordant Orders furnishes us with the explanation.  There appears to be a reason it is hidden from wondering eyes in the McCleanachan Monitor; in Freemasonry the symbol represents Osiris, the Sun deity of Egypt:

 

“The pentalpha, or five pointed-star, with a point upward, and in its middle the face of a sun or an eye, represents Osiris.”  p.69

 

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Here is the transparency as shown in the McClenachan Monitor. It is a pentragram, with one point upwards, and with an eye in the middle.

 

In his first draft of the Scottish Rite degrees, Albert Pike writes a description of a pentagram transparency for the Knight of the Sun.  He includes in the description

 

“A large five pointed star, and on it the Phoenician name of the Sun-god, BAL. (Magnum Opus,(XXVIII….1)

 

Whether he is describing the same transparency, or an alternate, we do not know. Whether this designation made it to the final draft, or it has been changed to the Osiris eye, we do not know. It should concern us that the name of BAL was even considered by the one who wrote most of the degrees of the Scottish Rite.

 

In a second degree of the Scottish Rite,  The Knight of the Brazen Serpent, personification of the Sun and Moon are unfolded further by recapturing the names of pagan deities.  In this degree, the ceremonial sash, or Order contains two ribbons which are worn over the shoulders. On the left shoulder is the name Osiris, which is the Sun god of Egypt. On the right shoulder is worn the name Isis, which is the Moon goddess. 

Obviously, carrying the names of pagan deities on the shoulders should be a colossal problem for the Christian in the Lodge. It is a clear trespass of the Word of God from Job.

 

As to the Moon, the McCleanachan monitor tells us that in the degree The Prussian Knight,

“they meet only on nights of the full moon, and allow no other light than hers, because such was the ancient custom of the order, derived from the mysteries of Ceres and the old worship of
Isis.”   P.322 McClenachan Monitor
 

This is a clear reference to the Lodge patterning a degree after pagan worship.

 

What does the Lodge believe concerning these references to the solar and lunar deities?  Albert Pike, in his preliminary work for the Scottish Rite degrees, Magnum Opus, may shed light for us. Pike is often very careful not to be accused of solar worship and tends to place his own thoughts in the ideas of others. The following quote probably reflects his  view accurately:

 

“Light they considered not so much as an object of worship, as rather the most pure and lively emblem of, and first emanation from, the Eternal God; and thought that man required something visible or tangible to exalt his mind to that degree of adoration which is due to the Divine being.”   Magnum Opus, XXVIII….25

To Pike, it is not that the Sun and Moon are in themselves living; breathing deities, but they are linked, visible representations of an invisible, unapproachable deity. These symbols are given to us as emanations of Him in order to further exalt and understand the Divine being.

 

The problem is clear; this is idolatry. This is exactly what God told us not to do.  It is exactly what the Hebrews did by creating the golden calf in the days of Moses.  The golden calf was merely a visible representation of a mystical divinity

 

The third and fourth commandments of God suggest such actions are a problem:

 

3. You shall have no other gods before me.

4. You shall not make for yourself a carved image, or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is on the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth. You shall not bow down to them or serve them; for I the Lord your God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children to the third and fourth generation of those that hate me, but showing steadfast love to thousands of those who love me and keep my commandments.

 

Freemasonry resurfaces the names of Solar deities, adorns jewels with their images, and places their names on the shoulders in certain degrees. It uses the Moon and the worship of Isis and Ceres as a model for at least one degree in the McCleanachan Monitor.

 

As if using the Sun as a central motif in the Blue Lodge is not enough, the further explanation of this symbol in the Scottish Rite should give any Christian concern.  It now becomes obvious that their importance is significant enough as to justify the wearing of pagan deities of the Sun and Moon upon the shoulders.

It is sin and unfaithfulness to God on High to give homage to the Sun or Moon as a representation or symbol of any deity.  It is interesting that Job mention the “S” word….secretly. The homage the Lodge affords to the Sun and Moon cannot be communicated or talked about with friends, pastor, or even a spouse!  It may be a secret homage, which excludes closest relatives and friends outside the lodge.

 

This, then, could be the greatest gamble of your life. Although God’s revealed Word clearly tells us that secret homage to the sun and moon is unfaithfulness to God, we have a choice of whether we believe this, or allow the Lodge to introduce these symbols to us. Either the Word of God is right, or the Lodge. They cannot both be true, as they represent mutually exclusive spiritual truth. You either trust the Lodge for eternal salvation, or the Lord Jesus Christ as revealed in the Bible.

 

If Jesus has provided eternal salvation for us, and the witness of prophesy and church history dictate its truth, why risk it all by giving homage to pagan systems of sun and moon worship in order to get a job?

 

Our days are over so quickly.

 

The next time you encounter the symbols of the sun and moon in the Lodge, think about what they mean.  Is it worth the gamble?  You see the sun as a jewel, as a Light, as a degree, and as a symbol here and there. You see the Master of the Lodge representing the Sun in its rising.  Do you realize you are giving homage to it each time you acknowledge it as a symbol of something with mystical and ethereal meaning?

 

I won’t throw the dice with the Lodge, when Jesus offers a sure thing.

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