Earlier, in the section entitled Freemasonry: A Religious Institution, Dr. Albert G. Mackey, noted Masonic divine, was quoted to the effect that:
"...the religion of Freemasonry is not sectarian. It admits men of every creed within its hospitable bosom, rejecting none and approving none for his peculiar faith. It is not Judaism, though there is nothing in it to offend a Jew; it is not Christianity, but there is nothing in it repugnant to the faith of a Christian...Freemasonry, then, is indeed a religious institution; and on this ground mainly, if not alone, should the religious Freemason defend it."5
Please note carefully the words, 'there is nothing in it (Freemasonry) to offend a Jew.' In the light of the words which follow, 'it (Freemasonry) is not Christianity,' what may be asserted? Or, to put the question another way, why is it necessary that Freemasonry 'is not Christianity' and that there is nothing in Freemasonry 'to offend a Jew' be claimed in the same context? In answering the question, St. Paul's testimony in this matter is essential:
"And I, brethren, if I yet preach circumcision (which is of the religion of the Jews), why do I yet suffer persecution? then is the offence of the cross ceased."6
"But we preach Christ crucified (which is the very heart and core of historic Christianity), unto the Jews a stumbling-block, and unto the Greeks foolishness.
1II Corinthians 6:14-18.
5Albert G. Mackey, Encyclopedia of Freemasonry, (Chicago: The Masonic History Co., 1956), Vol. 2, pp. 846-8.
But unto them which are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God, and the wisdom of God."1
And, in like manner, St. Peter's testimony in this regard is more than vital:
"Wherefore, also it is contained in the Scripture, Behold, I lay in Sion a chief cornerstone, elect, precious: and he that believeth on Him shall not be confounded. Unto you therefore which believe, He is precious: but unto them which be disobedient, the stone which the builders disallowed, the same is made the Head of the Corner, and a Stone of Stumbling, and a Rock of Offence, even to them which stumble at the Word, being disobedient: whereunto also they were appointed."2
From the testimony of St. Paul and St. Peter, the answer to the question asked appears! Jesus Christ and him Crucified, the message which is at the very heart and core of historic Christian theology, is the Stumblingblock and the Rock of Offence to the Jew; it is the Preaching of the Cross which offends the Jew! Thus, it is obvious that if Freemasonry is not to offend the Jew, then Freemasonry is not to be Christianity! For that within Christianity which is offensive to the Jew is its essence, viz., Jesus Christ and Him Crucified! Can any other conclusion be reached?
Please note well the words, 'it (Freemasonry) is not Judaism.' That Freemasonry is not the religion of the Israelites as it is given expression in the Old Testament is true; however, that Freemasonry is not the religion of the Jews of today as it is given expression in the Babylonian Talmud is false! It is important, in this regard, to point out that some of the Jews of today (i.e., modern day Jews) themselves in their writings have claimed that Freemasonry is largely controlled by Jewish influences; in this connection the statement of Dr. Isaac M. Wise ought to be recalled:
"Masonry is a Jewish institution whose history, decrees, charges, passwords, and explanations are Jewish, from the beginning to the end, with the exception of only one by-decree and a few words in the obligations."3
In the Protocols of the Meetings of the Zionist Men of Wisdom, which were signed by the Zionist Representatives of the 33rd (highest) Degree of Initiation, secretly removed from the complete file of Protocols pertaining to the first Zionist Congress—held at Basle in August, 1897—contained in the vaults at the main Zionist office located at that time in French territory, and first published in a work entitled The Great in the Little written in 1905 by the well-known Russian author, Serge Nilus, the following significant paragraphs occur:
'I Corinthians 1:23-24.
2I Peter 2:6-8; vid. Isaiah 8:14 and Psalm 118:22 and Luke 2:34. 3Dr. Isaac M. Wise, The Israelite, August 3 & 17, 1855, quoted by Samuel Oppenheim in his pamphlet "Jews and Masonry in the United States Before 1810," (New York: American Jewish Historical Society, 1910), No. 19, pp. 1-2.
"Who and what can overthrow an unseen power? For such is the character of our power. External Masonry acts as a screen for it and its aims, but the plan of action of this power, and its very headquarters, will always remain unknown to the people."1
"When we are enthroned we will substitute for the liberal words of our Masonic catchword, 'Liberty, Equality, and Fraternity,' another group of words expressing simply ideas, namely, 'the right of Liberty, the duty of Equality, the ideal of Fraternity.'"2
"The establishment of any new secret society will be met by the death penalty, and those societies which now exist and are known to us and either work or have worked for us, will be disbanded and their members exiled to continents far removed from Europe.
"...The Masons whom we may pardon for any reason will be kept under continual fear of exile. We will pass a law whereby all members of secret organizations will be exiled from Europe, that being the center of our government...
"Meanwhile, until our rule is established, we, on the contrary, will organize and multiply free masonic lodges in all the countries of the world. We will attract to them all those who are and who may become public-spirited, because in these lodges will be the chief source of information and from them will emanate our influence.
"All these lodges will be centralized under one management, known only to us and unknown to all others; these lodges will be administered by our wise men. The lodges will have their own representative in this management in order to screen the above mentioned Masonic government; he will give the password and elaborate the program. We will tie the knot of all revolutionary liberal elements in these lodges. Their membership will consist of all strata of society. The most secret political plans will be known to us and will fall under our leadership on the very day of their origination. Among the members of these lodges will be almost all the agents of the international and national police, whose work is indispensable for us, inasmuch as the police not only are able to take independent measures against the rebellious, but may also serve to mask our actions, provoke discontent, and so forth.
"Most people who become members of secret societies are adventurers, career makers, and irresponsible persons in general, with whom we will have no difficulty in dealing and who will help us to set in motion the mechanism of the machine planned by us... It is only natural that we want nobody but ourselves to guide the work of the Masons, for we know where we are trending, we know the final aim of every action...
"Death is the unavoidable end of all. It would be better to accelerate this end for those who interfere with our cause than for our people or for us, ourselves, the creators of this cause to die. We kill Masons in such a way that none but the brothers suspect, not even the victims; they all die when it is necessary, apparently
1The Protocols and World Revolution (Boston: Small, Maynard & Co., 1920), p. 22, (Note: Protocol IV).
from a natural death. Knowing this, even the brethren, in their turn, dare not protest. It is through such measures that we have uprooted the heart of protest against our orders from among the Masons..."1
Organized Jewry claims that the Protocols are not authentic: one camp urges that they are 'forgeries,' while another camp contends that they are the figment of an 'anti-Semitic' imagination. Either claim may be correct, of course; however, each claim has an inherent weakness:
(a) If the Protocols are 'forgeries,' as urged, then of what document (or documents) are they 'forgeries'? A 'forged' passport, for instance, has its authentic counterpart! (True or False?)
(b) If the Protocols are the figment of an 'anti-Semitic' imagination, as contended, then why do they accurately portray, as if they were the blueprints for, the present day World Revolutionary Movement? (Or is this 'resemblance' purely coincidental?)
"For ye, brethren, became followers of the churches of God which in Judaea are in Christ Jesus: for ye also have suffered like things of your own countrymen, even as they have of the Jews: Who both killed the Lord Jesus, and their own prophets, and have persecuted us; and they please not God, and are contrary to all men: Forbidding us to speak to the Gentiles that they might be saved, to fill up their sins always: for the wrath is come upon them to the uttermost."2
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