What is Free Masonry? A beautiful system of morality illustrated by symbols. Our world, our life is full of symbols. We just don’t know their meaning, and therefore we tend to ignore them. However, in spite of our ignorance, they still exist, making our life and our world worth living. Free Masonry is based on symbols. All the ceremonies from the 1st. Degree to the 3rd Degree are full of hidden and not so hidden symbols.
Let us take for example, the ceremony of the 1st. Degree, the initiation all must take. The candidate enters the lodge blindfolded, dressed, or rather undressed, with a cable tow with a running noose around his neck. Holding him by the arm and the cable tow the junior warden guides him around the lodge.
Upon reaching the altar the candidate must take a solemn obligation(oath & curses). He is then asked what his predominant wish is. He answers, “Light”. The chaplain recites the first verses from Genesis and the blindfold is removed enabling him to see the “Light”. I do not know why a social, and not a religious organization would need a chaplain, altar or quote scriptures, but it is used in Free Masonry.
Symbolically the candidate enters the lodge, from the outer world and he is blind having a physical connection with the lodge or the “New World,” through the cable tow. The moment he takes upon himself the solemn obligation, there is no need for the physical connection, a stronger one, a moral connection, replaces it. The candidate is reborn in the new world of Masonry. The physical link, the cable tow, like an umbilical cord, is replaced by a moral obligation towards the Lodge. The physical link is replaced by love from the Lodge towards him.
In the beginning of birth just like a newborn is connected to the mother by an umbilical cord, and when he sees the light, the cord is severed and replaced by love. This is how you are reborn in the new world, full of mysteries and symbols of Free Masonry. (The Cable Tow by Brother Bogdan Marin, taken from the Waterloo Masons Grand River Lodge#151)
This ritual is the beginning of many symbolic, but meaningful spiritual beliefs in Free Masonry. However, where did they get the belief that you must be reborn? A baby is born every minute, but reborn is not a phase used liberally among people, unless you are a Christian or in a cult. The answer could be the influence of Mr. Hall’s limited understanding of the biblical scriptures. The word reborn, and light is used together in the bible to explain to Nicodemus and us, how one must enter into the Kingdom of God.
Nicodemus was an educated and religious person. He was a Pharisee and a ruler of the Jews. Nicodemus followed the law and traditions he was taught. By the world’s standards Nicodemus was a good person. Nicodemus came to Jesus secretively to ask him questions about the Kingdom of God (John 3:1-2). Nicodemus may have assumed because he was a good person he would go to heaven. However, Jesus said, “Verily, verily, I say unto thee, except a man be born again, he cannot see the Kingdom of God.” (John 3:3 KJV.)
John 3:19-21 says, “And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved. But he that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest that they are wrought in God.” In other words no man can be born again except by the Spirit of God. Jesus made it clear in John 3:6, “That which is born of the flesh is flesh (natural birth); and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit (spiritual rebirth or reborn). “
The primary requirements for becoming a Mason is that a man must believe in the existence of a supreme being. Freemasonry requires a Mason to believe that there is but one God. This belief is commonly known as monotheism. Those who believe in the existence of a supreme being include Moslems (Islam), Hindus, Buddhists, and Wiccans (warlocks is male term for witches). All are eligible for membership in the Masonic Lodge, as they meet the Masonic requirement that they believe in the existence of a supreme being. Masons are admonished in ritual to hope for eternal life. The Hindu, Moslem, or Mormon Mason is encouraged to hope that he will go to heaven by their works, even though he does not have faith in the Biblical Christ. (See John 14:6)
In the 10th Degree (Elu of the Twelve) the candidate swears on the Holy Bible while taking his oath. Yet Masons do not allow the name of Jesus Christ to be spoken in their rituals, prayers, and scripture quotations. In 1973 March issue of the Maryland Master Mason Magazine, it states the following regulation concerning prayer in the Lodge: “All prayers in Mason lodges should be directed to the one deity to whom all Masons refer as the Grand Architect of the Universe…” When quoting scriptures any reference to the name of Jesus Christ, is omitted by Masons.
Masonry claims to be a search for light. As a Mason who is seeking light, consider these words of Jesus: “Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.” (John 8:12)
Jesus stated that He was the only way to God the Father. “Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.” (John 14:6)
The Lost Keys of Freemasonry, by Manly Palmer Hall, explains Masonic teaching in a nutshell:
The true Mason is not creed-bound. He realizes with the divine illumination of his lodge that as a Mason his religion must be universal: Christ, Buddha or Mohammed, the name means little, for he recognizes only the light and not the bearer. He worships at every shrine, bows before every altar, whether in temple, mosque, or cathedral, realizing with his truer understanding the oneness of all spiritual truth.
The Masonic teaching that there have been many world saviors is also documented in the numerous editions of the monitor used by the Grand Lodge of Kentucky, The Kentucky Monitor. The passage discussing various religions and their saviors ends by mentioning the main character from the Master Mason ritual, Hiram Abiff:
All believed in a future life, to be attained by purification and trials; in a state or successive states of reward and punishment; and in a Mediator or Redeemer, by whom the Evil Principle was to be overcome and the Supreme Deity reconciled to His creatures. The belief was general that He was to be born of a virgin and suffer a painful death. The Hindus called him Krishna; the Chinese, Kioun-tse; the Persians, Sosiosch; the Chaldeans, Dhouvanai; the Egyptians, Horus; Plato, Love; the Scandinavians, Balder; the Christians, Jesus; Masons, Hiram. (pages XIV-XV)
In the 13th Degree (Royal Arch of Solomon) you are bound not only from divulging information about Free Masonry, and worshipping a unknown God, but you are bound to the order of Free Masonry, “I am bound to the order forever, at the perils of my own life”, says the candidate. Now the candidate has transition from being cursed if they should reveal any information, to curse if they should leave Free Masonry. The combination of the oaths spoken and the feeling of entrapment could leave a toll on the physical and emotional state of the person, not to mention the spiritual aspect.
A dear friend of mines, Anna, once confided in me that her father and mother had been involved in Masonry. Anna was child at the time of their involvement. However, she did remember that at certain times of the year, she was dressed in a white robe, along with other children for a particular ceremony. She knew her father was deeply involved in Masonry and her mother was also involved with the Eastern Star, the female branch. Although we didn’t make the connection then, I knew from Anna that her father committed suicide when she was still a child. Anna’s mother and brother committed suicide when she was a young lady. Anna has struggled with suicidal tendency most of her adult life, even as a Christian.
This is a generational curse that has passed from one generation to another. There seems to be a higher level of suicides and depression among the families of those whose ancestors had been involved in the higher degrees of Free Masonry of family members I have ministered to. I wonder what the statistic for suicide would reveal about others whose ancestors were deeply involved in Masonry.
If you are a Christian who is involved or has been involved in Free Masonry, I pray your eyes would be opened to the truth. Leaving the organization, and not paying your dues is just the beginning to your freedom and deliverance. One must repent of their involvement in this organization and revoke the curses you spoke over yourself and family.
This is one of the reasons for writing articles on Free Masonry. To understand that there are consequences for curses pronounced over the candidate, and their family bloodline for breaking covenant, what Free Masons believe, and how one can be set free from Free Masonry oaths and curses…To be continued