Masonic Views

In Mystic Americanism billed as "a book for every Mason and for every man and woman who is looking for the fulfillment of prophesies", it teaches that the defeat of the Dragon will reopen the teaching of the Holy Grail which is illumination of the Sou'. A New Dispensation is coming. Supposedly, the cycle of Jesus of Nazareth is over, and we must discard that old cycle for the new one we are in. My question is, is it really outdated? and what are they trying to replace it with? Nothing but the oldest superstitions around from ancient India, Egypt, and Babylon. (Personally, the New Age looks like the old cycle.)

THE MILLENIAL VIEW—SECULAR & RELIGIOUS

As mentioned earlier it is difficult at times to label someone's Millennium hope either way. For instance, do we define the Social Gospel of the Federal Council of Churches of

Christ as secular or religious Millenniarism? If religious, then are we not characterizing Communism as religious, because the man who wrote the Social Goals for the FCC was Communist party member Henry F. Ward, who was professor of Christian ethics at Union Theological Seminary in NY. Ward believed that Jesus' Kingdom of God "was a collective concept embracing the whole social life of man on earth."9 Ward saw his position in the FCC as a chance to effect the collectivist Kingdom of God in American Society.

Ward's student the Mason and socialist Bishop G. Bromley Oxnam, future FCC president, embraced Ward's socialist views.(See chap. 2.8) Later Oxnam responded to critics by claiming he departed from Ward's position in 1958, but Edgar C. Bundy's book Apostles of Deceit, p. 227 tells a different story.

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