Freemasonry A Christless Religious Institution

That Freemasonry is a Christless religious institution is evidenced by the fact that within its prayers Christ's Holy Name is never mentioned nor even indirectly referred to at any time. Below is a typical Masonic prayer

1Albert G. Mackey, Encyclopedia of Freemasonry (Chicago: The Masonic History Co., 1956), Vol. 2, pp. 846-848.

2Dr. Robert Morris, Webb's Monitor of Freemasonry (Cincinnati: J. Sherer Co., 1860), p. 231.

3Albert G. Mackey, Masonic Ritualist (New York: Clark & Maynard Co., 1869), p. 75.

A.T.C. Pierson, Traditions of Freemasonry (New York: Macoy, Sickels, & Pierson Co., 1865), p. 372.

5Rueben Clymer, Ancient Mystic Oriental Masonry (Quakertown, Pa.: Philosophical Publications, Inc. 1928), p. 58.

6Charles C. Smith, The Builder II, 50.

used in the work of the Blue Lodge which will illustrate this fact:

"Vouchsafe Thine aid, Almighty Father of the Universe, to this our present convention, and grant that this candidate for Masonry may dedicate and devote his life to Thy service and become a true and faithful brother among us. Endue him a competency of Thy divine wisdom that, by the secrets of our art, he may be better enabled to display brotherly love, relief, and truth, to the honor of Thy Holy Name. Amen.1

For another illustration of how Christ's Holy Name is omitted from Masonic prayers, see the prayer quoted in the next section which is entitled Freemasonry: An Inculcator of Works' Righteousness.

"I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life: no man cometh unto the Father but by Me."2

That Freemasonry is a Christless religious institution is indicated by the fact that its view of the Sacred Scriptures of both the Old and New Testaments—is clearly blasphemous in its implications to the child of God—is but the natural outgrowth of its ultra-syncretistic, deistic outlook. Below is cited the pertinent statements of a noted Masonic divine relating to this subject; he says:

"The Bible is properly called a greater light of Freemasonry, for from the center of the Lodge it pours forth upon the East, the West, and the South its refulgent rays of Divine Truth. The Bible is used among Freemasons as a symbol of the will of God, however it may be expressed. Therefore, whatever to any people expresses that will may be used as a substitute for the Bible in a Masonic Lodge. Thus, in a Lodge consisting entirely of Jews, the Old Testament alone may be placed upon the altar, and the Turkish Freemasons make use of the Koran. Whether it be the Gospels to the Christian, the Pentateuch to the Israelite, the Koran to the Mussulman, or the Vedas to the Brahman, it everywhere Masonically conveys the same idea—that of the symbolism of the Divine will revealed to man."3

"It is a Landmark that a Book of the Law shall constitute an indispensable part of the furniture of every Lodge. We say, advisedly, Book of the Law, because it is not absolutely required that everywhere the Old and New Testaments shall be used."4

"A belief in the authenticity of the Scriptures of the Old and the New Testament as a religious qualification of initiation does not constitute one of the Laws of lKing Solomon & His Followers (New York: Allen Publishing Co., 1953), 111. Ed., p. 15.

3Albert C. Mackey, Encyclopedia of Freemasonry (Chicago: Masonic History Co., 1956), Vol. 1, p. 133. Vid. etiam [see also] the remainder of this article (entitled "Bible"—pp. 133-136).

Freemasonry, for such a regulation would destroy the universality of the Institution and under its action none but Christians could become eligible for admission."1

Notice the arrogance which permeates these statements! The Word of the Living and the True God compared to, indeed, equated with the Koran and the Vedas, which are pagan documents through and through! Imagine! The Holy Scriptures are considered or looked upon as just an indispensable part of the "furniture" of the Lodge! But most important of all, and certainly most revealing, is the fact that a belief in the authenticity of the Holy Scriptures "would destroy the universality of the Institution" making "none but Christians...eligible for admission." (Need more be said?)

"All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works."2

"For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost."3

"We speak, not in the words which man's wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth: comparing spiritual things with spiritual (things)."4

"Thy Word is truth."5

"The Scriptures cannot be broken."6

That Freemasonry is a Christless religious institution is shown by the fact that the Holy Name of Jesus Christ is deliberately stricken out from all of the passages of the Holy Bible which are quoted by this secret organization in their rituals, where the name of Our Lord Jesus Christ occurs in the Holy Bible in those passages. Here below appears an example of this Masonic desecration of the Holy Bible: This is the "Masonically modified" version of I Peter 2: 1-7; 15.

"Wherefore, brethren, laying aside all malice, and all guile, and hypocrisies, and envies, and all evil speakings; if so be ye have tasted that the Lord is gracious, to whom coming as unto a living stone, disallowed indeed of men, but chosen of God, and precious; ye also as living stones, be ye built up a spiritual house, an holy priesthood, to offer up sacrifices acceptable to God.

"Wherefore also, it is contained in the Scripture: 'Behold, I lay in Zion, for a

'Ibid., 1,113. 2II Timothy 3: 16-17. 3II Peter 1:21. 4I Corinthians 2:13. 5St. John 17:17. 6St. John 10:35.

foundation, a tried stone, a precious cornerstone, a sure foundation; he that be-lieveth shall not make haste to pass it over; Unto you, therefore, which believe, it is an honor; and even to them which be disobedient, the stone which the builders disallowed, the same is made the head of the corner.'

"Brethren, this is the will of God, that with well doing ye put to silence the ignorance of foolish men. As free, and not using your liberty for a cloak of maliciousness, but as the servants of God. Honor all men; love the brotherhood; fear God."1

Notice the omission of the words "by Jesus Christ" from the end of I Peter 2:5 as quoted in the first paragraph above, along with certain other minor changes. Other examples of this form of Scriptural mutilation herein exemplified may be found in the Royal Arch (7th) Degree of the York Rite where similar modifications have been made to II Thessalonians 3: 6 & 12.

"And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the Holy City, and from the things that are written in this book."2

That Freemasonry is a Christless religious institution is also demonstrated by the fact that the Holy name of Jesus Christ in its true Scriptural denotation and connotation is not found in any of its hymns (or odes) that are contained within its rituals. On the following page is a typical Masonic hymn known as the "Royal Arch Ode."

"Joy, the Sacred Law if found; Now the Temple stands complete; Gladly let us gather round Where the Pontiff holds his seat. Now he spreads the volume wide, Opening forth its leaves today; And the Monarch by his side Gazes on the bright display.

"Joy, the secret vault is found! Full the sunbeam falls within, Pointing darkly underground To the Treasures we would win; They have brought it forth to Light, And again it cheers the earth; All its leaves are purely bright, Shining in their newest worth.

1H.T.W.S.S.T.K.S. [Codebook of the York Rite Chapter] (New York: Allen Publishing Co., 1949), III. Ed., pp. 10 & 11. This "Masonically modified" version of I Peter 2:1-7,15 is quoted in the Mark Master (4th) Degree of the York Rite of Freemasonry. 2Revelation 2:19.

"This shall be the Sacred Mark Which shall guide us to the skies, Bearing like a Holy Ark All the hearts who love to rise; This shall be the Corner-stone, Which the Builders threw away. But was found the only one Fitted for the Arch's stay."1

"And every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God: and this is that spirit of antichrist, whereof ye have heard that it should come; and even now already is in the world."2

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