FREEMASONRY……


IS  IT  CHRISTIAN  OR  SATANTIC



From  the  book  "SECRET  SOCIETIES"  by  David  Barrett


Is Freemasonry satanic?


It is necessary to spend a little more time on the charge that Freemasonry is a front for Satanism. The charge keeps being raised, always with much the same 'evidence'; it seems irrelevant to the critics that this has long been discredited.


Martin Short's book, for example, contains a chapter entitled 'The Devil in Disguise?' in which he uses several arguments to suggest that Freemasonry is satanic. He begins with some anecdotes of Masons who suffered problems. 'From such personal testaments two strands emerge: the psychic and psychiatric distress which Freemasonry can cause in certain personalities; and the idea that, somewhere in all this, the devil is making himself manifest.'54


The first 'strand' may be true, inasmuch as 'certain personalities' can be tipped over the edge by anything, no doubt including Freemasonry. The second 'strand' is actually unsupported by the anecdotes, except for a couple of born-again Evangelical Christians saying 'I believe it is of the devil' - a phrase which one hears just as frequently applied to pubs, dances, rock music, short skirts, long hair, television plays, advertising and any other such wicked temptations which the fervent convert now believes kept him away from God. Such claims, though commonplace, have no objective validity.


(TRUE….. JUST  CALLING  SOMETHING  SIN  OR  SATANIC  DOES  NOT  MAKE  IT  SO;  YOU  HAVE  TO  HAVE  BIBLICAL  PRINCIPLES  FOR  SIN  AND/OR  SAYING  IT  IS  NOT  CHRISTIAN…..AND  YES  MANY  EVANGELICALS  HAVE  STRANGE  IDEAS  ABOUT  SIN,  OFTEN  THE  WHOLE  AS  SIN, I.E. CALLING  "DANCING"  PERIOD,  SIN!  WHEN  IT  SHOULD  BE  "SOME  DANCING  CAN  BE  SIN"  AND  "SOME  ROCK  MUSIC"  CAN  BE  DEMONIC  AND  UN-CHRISTIAN;  SOME  "PUBS"  CAN  BE  UN-CHRISTIAN.  THE  POINT  IS  SATAN  IS  INTO  EVERYTHING,  AND  THE  CHRISTIAN  HAS  TO  GOVERN  WHEN  THIS  OR  THAT  HAS  GONE  OVER  THE  LINE  TO  BECOME  UN-CHRISTIAN  -  Keith Hunt) 


Short then turns his attention to Albert Pike, Grand Commander of the Supreme Council of the Scottish Rite in America.


On 14 July 1889 Pike allegedly issued these instructions ... 'Lucifer is God, and unfortunately Adonay is also god ... the true and pure philosophical religion is the belief in Lucifer, the equal of Adonay; but Lucifer, God of Light and God of Good is struggling against Adonay, the God of Darkness and Evil.'55


This is, of course, a restatement of the extreme Dualist position in Gnosticism (see p. 21), though it is by no means the belief of all Gnostics. Whether it is the belief of Pike remains to be demonstrated. Having quoted Pike's 'alleged' instruction, Short says:


There are problems with this quotation: its meaning is not immediately clear and its authenticity is in doubt. It was first attributed to Pike in 1894 by a French authoress who detested Freemasonry, yet no original text seems to exist.


One might wonder, then, why Short felt it worthwhile quoting it. But then he continues: 'Yet the quote sounds authentic . .. If genuine, it indicates there is a Satanic - or Luciferian - strain in American Masonry.'


This is simply guilt by innuendo: Freemasonry, it seems, must be Satanic.


(SHORT  USES  A  STRANGE  AND  WEAK  ARGUMENT,  ESPECIALLY  IF  THE  STATEMENT  CANNOT  BE  PROVED…..SO  WHY  TRY  USING  SUCH  WEAK  ARGUMENTS;  THERE  ARE  OTHER  BIBLICAL  POINTS  THAT  PROVE  FREEMASONRY  IS  UN-CHRISTIAN  - Keith Hunt)


Here are the facts about the 'alleged' quotation and the 'French authoress'. It is a story of immense embarrassment to both sides of the conflict, and is widely known and fully documented.


A French Mason, Gabriel Jogand Pages, under the pseudonym Leo Taxil, was the scourge of the Catholic Church with 'scandalous stories concerning ecclesiastics' - until, in 1885, he was thrown out of the Masons, changed sides, and began attacking Freemasonry in a similar vein; according to Waite he was 'a writer of pornographic romances'. In 1891 he wrote Ya-t-il des femmes dans la Franc-Magonnerie? ('Are There Women in Freemasonry?'), which described a rite supposedly invented by Pike called New and Reformed Palladium, which was a Masonic Order for both men and women and included both Satanism and sex-magick. This was followed by a pamphlet entitled 'Are there Lodges for Women?' which, says Waite, 'contained a forged instruction of Albert Pike, advocating the worship of Lucifer as the true God, licence in sexual intercourse, and other enormities and follies.' Next, in 1893, came Le Diable au Dix-Neuvieme Steele ('The Devil in the Nineteenth Century') under another pseudonym, Dr Henri Bataille. This made Pike 'Sovereign Pontiff of Universal Freemasonry', and said there was 'another and most secret Masonry' behind the public face of Freemasonry, which was devoted to Lucifer and the occult in general, and was both anti-Christian and politically revolutionary. Then, in 1895, came Taxil's piece de resistance, a serial magazine entitled Memoir es d'une Ex-Palladiste ('Memoirs of an Ex-Palladist'), supposedly written by a Miss Diana Vaughan who, now a good Catholic girl, was confessing to her part in sexual and Satanic rituals as 'the wealthy, beautiful and highly placed Palladian Grand Mistress'.


In 1896 A.E. Waite exposed all of this as a complete fabrication,56 and in 1897 Taxil owned up: he and some co-writers had done the whole thing, he claimed, to further discredit the Catholic Church by exploiting the 'known credulity and unknown idiocy of the Catholics'. (He had even taken in Pope Leo XIII, who had granted him a private audience.)


Leo Taxil avowed that the whole transaction had been an imposition from beginning to end, that he had never been a genuine convert to the Catholic Faith, and that his life had been devoted to the invention of literary rascalities and hoaxes. As to Diana Vaughan, she was a typist in his employment.57


This was the source of the text which Short quotes. It is not the case that 'its authenticity is in doubt'; its authenticity is provably false.


Whatever his motives might have been, Taxil was not the first, and has certainly not been the last, to use deceit to blacken the name of Freemasonry. He was, however, one of the most influential; his fictions are still being quoted a century later.


(THERE  IS  A  VERY  SIMPLE  STRAIGHT-FORWARD  BIBLICAL  WAY  TO  PROVE  FREEMASONRY  IS  UN-CHRISTIAN.  NO  NEED  TO  MAKE  UP  FALSE  STORIES  -  Keith Hunt)


Short is also disturbed by the symbolism in Freemasonry. 'Occult symbols are often also sexual symbols, and in these Freemasonry abounds.'58 Among these are the vesica piscis or mandorla, the pointed oval shape made by two overlapping circles, which can symbolize female sexuality but which has been used for centuries in religious art to enclose portraits of Christ as Redeemer, uniting heaven and earth; the tau-cross, which Short finds phallic, but which was the symbol of, among others, St Antony of the Desert; and the dot in the centre of a circle, which he sees as the penis in a vagina, but which has for millennia symbolized the manifest God.


Symbolism has to be interpreted, and it can often be interpreted in many different ways. This doesn't invalidate symbolism in the slightest, but it does mean that one has to be careful when seeking to prove a point by referring to symbols. As the singer-songwriter Melanie says in her song 'Psychotherapy', 'A thing's a phallic symbol if it's longer than it's wide.'59


(YES  INDEED  SYMBOLS,  SHAPES,  CAN  BE  INTERPRETED  IN  THE  EYE  OF  THE  BEHOLDER,  TO  FIT  THE  BEHOLDER'S  IDEAS.  IT'S  SILLY  TO  TRY  AND  USE  "SYMBOLS"  TO  SAY  SUCH  AND  SUCH  IS  UN-CHRISTIAN  AND  SATANIC  -  Keith Hunt)


When critics can use such arguments to lead up to the rhetorical question, 'Are Masons today inadvertently worshipping the devil instead of a benign God?'60 it is hardly surprising that the Masonic scholars John Hamill and R.A. Gilbert are upset by Knight's book and by Martin Short's more recent and immeasurably more venomous attack, Inside the Brotherhood. Both of these works - allegedly 'researched' in depth - abound in mistakes, distortions, illogical arguments, and the repetition of old and long exposed fables and lies, and yet they have been publicized and promoted by press and television alike as sound and scholarly productions that reflect a true state of affairs.61


Almost any book about Freemasonry written by a Mason will contain ample evidence that such critics, for whatever reasons of their own, are deliberately muddying the water. The following quotation is taken almost at random:


A man who does not believe in the existence of God, and in the doctrine of a future state, in which is implied that of a judgment to come, is declared by one of the ancient landmarks [of Freemasonry] to be incapable of admission into the Order; a profession of belief in these simple first principles of religion being required of every candidate. That more than this is desired, evidently appears from the reverence shown to the Word of God, and the place assigned to it in all Masonic solemnities ... However simple and few the absolute requirements of religious profession, purposely made so that all may be admitted to the benefits of Freemasonry except those who have no religion, yet it must be considered that the greatest perfection in religious knowledge and faith is deemed desirable, as indeed Freemasonry aims at nothing short of perfection in all that it cultivates, or incites the members of the brotherhood to cultivate.62


These are hardly the sentiments of a Satanist.


(TRUE….. THEY  SOUND  LIKE  "GOOD  CHRISTIAN  STATEMENTS"  -  A  BASIC  BELEIF  IN  GOD  AND  JUDGMENT  TO  COME,  BUT  A  DEEPER  RELIGION  IS  DESIRABLE.  ALL  KINDS  OF  "RELIGIONS"  BELIEVE  IN  "GOD"  AND  AFTERLIFE  WITH  A  JUDGMENT  DAY,  BUT  THAT  DOES  NOT  MAKE  THEM  "CHRISTIAN"  -  THE  VERY  WORD  PUTS  "CHRIST"  IN  THE  EQUATION.  AS  JESUS  HIMSELF  SAID,  "HE  THAT  IS  NOT  WITH  ME,  IS  AGAINST  ME,  AND  HE  THAT  GATHERS  NOT  WITH  ME,  SCATTERS  ABROAD" (MATTHEW 12:30). ANYTHING  LIKE  A  "WORSHIP"  OR  "RELIGION  TOWARDS  GOD"  MUST  HAVE  CHRIST  IN  IT;  IF  IT  DOES  NOT  IT  IS  A  FALSE  RELIGION.  ANYONE  READING  THE  NEW  TESTAMENT  WILL  SURELY  SEE  THAT  RELIGION  TOWARDS  GOD  THE  FATHER,  MUST  HAVE  JESUS  IN  IT.  TRUE  GODLY  RELIGION  IS  UN-SEPARABLE  FROM  CHRIST.  BOTH  THE  FATHER  AND  THE  SON  MUST  BE  IN  THE  TRUE  RELIGION.  LEAVING  THE  SON  OUT  MAKES  IT  A  FALSE  RELIGION  TOWARDS  GOD.  THEN  THERE  IS  MORE  YET,  FOR  HAVING  GOD  AND  HIS  SON  IN  YOUR  RELIGION,  YOU  CAN  STILL  BE  WORSHIPPING  IN  VAIN,  AS  I  WILL  SHOW  SHORTY  -  Keith Hunt)


Should Christians be Freemasons?


There have been several books arguing that Freemasonry and Christianity are incompatible, partly because of the bloodcurdling oaths that initiates had to make until recently, but mainly on theological grounds. Much of the argument rests on definitions. Is Freemasonry simply a society with religious connections, like the Mothers' Union or the Scouts, or is it a religion in itself? If Freemasons actually mean all the things they say in their rituals, argue the Christian critics from as far back as the great Evangelical preacher Charles Finney in 1869,63 they're blaspheming, but if it's simply theatrical mumbo-jumbo, then they're trivializing spiritual matters. Damned if you do, damned if you don't.


Some of these books are written by traditionalists, some by Evangelical Christians. In both cases their authors often confuse the issue in their enthusiasm for the purity of their belief, by redefining terms without saying so. For example, both Walton Hannah in Darkness Visible and Robert Morey in The Truth about Masons condemn everything which isn't Christian as pagan (note the lower-case 'p'). This is factually incorrect. The word pagan was originally applied by Roman city-sophisticates to the ways and customs of unsophisticated country-folk ('pagan' means 'of the country', just as 'heathen' means 'of the heath'). With a capital letter, Pagan refers to the old religious beliefs of a people before the benefits of Western civilization and a state religion are brought to them - and also to twenty-first century neo-Pagans.64


The many localized early forms of Hinduism could be called Pagan; so can the Celtic beliefs of northern Europe - but not Judaism and Islam.


(PAGAN  IS  A  WORD  THAT  CAN  HAVE  DIFFERENT  CONNOTATIONS  OF  USE  FOR  USE.  HOW  THE  WORD  IS  USED  AND  THE  CONTEXT  IS  THE  KEY.  ANYTHING  THAT  IS  CONTRARY  TO  THE  TRUTHS  OF  GOD,  HIS  DIRECTIVES,  HIS  WAY  OF  LIVING  BY  EVERY  WORD  FROM  HIM,  COULD  BE  CALLED  "PAGAN."  THEN  IDEAS,  BELIEFS, CUSTOMS,  TRADITIONS,  FROM  OTHER  PEOPLES  THAT  CONTRADICT,  ADD  TO,  TAKE  AWAY  FROM,  THE  WORDS  OF  GOD,  CAN  ALSO  BE  CALLED  "PAGAN."  GOD  HAS  A  WAY  TO  WORSHIP  HIM,  REVEALED  IN  HIS  WORD;  AND  HE  WARNS  ABOUT  TRYING  TO  WORSHIP  HIM,  WITH  WAYS  OF  THE  NATIONS  THAT  ARE  AN  ABOMINATION  TO  HIM -  SEE  DEUTERONOMY  12: 29-32.


Hannah asks 'whether it is lawful for the Christian to join in common worship with the Muslim of a common-denominator God specifically of neither faith, whom each in his heart worships as his own God,'65 forgetting that the Muslim God is in fact the same being as the Christian God, the Jewish God and, for that matter, the Baha'i God. The Religions of the Book (which can arguably now be taken to include the Baha'i Faith) all worship the same God by definition; Yahweh is God-the-Father is Allah. The names, the theology and the means of approach might be different, but it is the same One Creator God in each of these religions.


I  WILL  COMMENT.


NOT  SO  AT  ALL!!!  MEN  MAY  CLAIM  IT  IS  SO, BUT  THAT  DOES  NOT  MAKE  IT  SO.  YOU  CAN  NOT  WORSHIP  THE  GOD  IN  HEAVEN  AND  LEAVE  OUT  CHRIST.  YOU  MAY  THINK  YOU  ARE  WORSHIPPING  "THE"  GOD  IN  HEAVEN;  PEOPLE  LIKE  THIS  AUTHOR  MAY  SAY  ALL  THESE  DIFFERENT  RELIGIONS  ARE  WORSHIPPING  THE  GOD  IN  HEAVEN,  BUT  IT  IS  JUST  NOT  SO. 


JESUS  SAID.  "I  AND  MY  FATHER  ARE  ONE!" (JOHN 10: 30).  THEY  ARE  ONE  AS  HUSBAND  AND  WIFE  ARE  ONE (GENESIS 2: 24).  YOU  CAN  NOT  HAVE  THE  ONE  WITHOUT  THE  OTHER.  YOU  HAVE  TO  WORSHIP  GOD  THE  FATHER  IN  SPIRIT  AND  IN  TRUTH (JOHN 4:24). THE  TRUTH  IS  TO  WORSHIP  GOD  IN  TRUTH,  CHRIST  MUST  BE  THERE  ALSO,  THEY  ARE  INSEPARABLE,  THEY  ARE  ONE.  JESUS  ALSO  SAID,  "TRULY,  TRULY,  I  SAY  UNTO  YOU.  HE  THAT  HEARS  MY  WORDS,  AND  BELIEVES  ON  HIM  SENT  ME,  HAS  EVERLASTING  LIFE,  AND  SHALL  NOT  COME  INTO  CONDEMNATION,  BUT  IS  PASSED  FROM  DEATH  TO  LIFE" (JOHN 5: 24).  THE  CLEAR  TEACHING  HERE  IS  THAT  IF  YOU  DO  NOT  HEAR  CHRIST'S  WORDS [MEANING  HEAR  AND  OBEY  THEM]  YOU  DO  NOT  HAVE  EVERLASTING  LIFE.  BELIEVING  IN  ONLY  THE  FATHER  GOD  IN  HEAVEN  IS  NOT  ENOUGH  TO  HAVE  ETERNAL  LIFE.  


As  we  have  seen,  Jesus  said  if  you  are  not  WITH  Him  you  are  AGAINST  him.  And  if  you  do  not  gather  with  Him  you  scatter  abroad.  Gathering  with  Him  means  you  accept  Him,  you  accept  what  He  taught  and  instructed,  you  do  what  He  did;  you  gather  in  others  as  He  gathered  in.  If  you  do  not  do  it  His  way,  with  Him,  you  are  just  scattering  people  into  man  made  religions,  which  have  no  eternal  life  in  them.  Jesus  further  said, "Truly, truly,  I  say  unto  you.  He  that  enters  not  by  the  DOOR  into  the  sheepfold,  but  climbs   up  some  OTHER  way,  the  same  is  a  thief  and  robber……I  say  unto  you,  I  AM  THE  DOOR  of  the  sheep[fold]…..I  AM  THE  DOOR,  by  ME,  if  any  man  enter  in,  he  shall  be  saved….." (John 10:1-9).  How  plain  Jesus  spoke  -  you  do  NOT  enter  the  sheepfold  and  have  eternal  life  [be  saved]  BUT  BY  HIM!  Jesus  further  stated,  "I  am  the  resurrection  and  life….." (John 11: 25).  Christ  never  ever  said  any  words  that  you  could  be  saved  ONLY  by  believing  in  the  Father  God,  without  believing  in  Himself.  


THEN  NOTICE  THESE  WORDS  FROM  JESUS:  "I  AM  THE  RESURRECTION  AND  LIFE,  NO  MAN  COMES  UNTO  THE  FATHER  BUT  BY  ME!" (John  14:6).  How  plainer  could  Christ  get?  I  mean  a  child  of  7  can  understand  these  clear  words.  Just  believing  in  some  mighty  ONE  up  in  heaven [as  the  Muslim  people  believe  in  Allah,  and  the  Jews  believe  in  some  single  Most  Holy  being  in  heaven]  is  NOT  GOING  TO  GET  YOU  MEETING  THAT  GOD  IN  HEVEN;  YOU  CAN  ONLY  GET  TO  THIS  GOD,  THROUGH  JESUS  THE  CHRIST!!       


NOTICE  THESE  WORDS:  "I  am  the  vine,  the  Father  is  the  husbandman.  Every  branch  in  me  that  bears  no  fruit  He  takes  away….I  am  the  vine  you  are  the  branches;  he  that  abides  in  me,  and  I  in  him,  the  same  brings  forth  much  fruit;  for  without  me  you  can  do  nothing.  If  a  man  abide  NOT  in  me,  he  is  cast  forth  as  a  branch,  and  is  withered,  and  men  gather  them,  and  cast  them  into  the  fire,  and  they  are  burned" (John 15: 1-6).  AGAIN  PRETTY  PLAIN  WORDS…. YOU  NEED  TO  BE  IN  CHRIST  IF  YOU  ARE  TO  ESCAPE  BEING  BURNT  UP.  THE  GOD  IN  HEAVEN  AND  CHRIST  ARE  ONE.  YOU  CANNOT  HAVE  ONE  WITHOUT  THE  OTHER.  YOU  HAVE  TO  HAVE  BOTH  TO  HAVE  ETERNAL  LIFE,  OR  YOU  FACE  BEING  BURNT  UP  IN  THE  SECOND  DEATH,  IN  THE  LAKE  OF  FIRE (Revelation 20).


FINALLY  WE  HAVE  THESE  PLAIN,  CLEAR,  EASY  TO  UNDERSTAND,  WORDS  FROM  THE  APOSTLE  PETER:  "THEN  PETER  FILLED  WITH  THE  HOLY  SPIRIT…..THAT  BY  THE  NAME  OF  JESUS  CHRIST  OF  NAZARETH…..THIS  IS  THE  STONE  THAT  WAS  SET  AT  NOUGHT  OF  YOU  BUILDERS,  WHICH  IS  BECOME  THE  HEAD  OF  THE  CORNER.  NEITHER  IS  THERE  SALVATION  IN  ANY  OTHER:  FOR  THERE  IS  NO  OTHER  NAME  NAME  UNDER  HEAVEN  GIVEN  AMONG  MEN  WHEREBY  WE  MUST  BE  SAVED" (ACTS  4: 8-12).


ANY  RELIGION  THAT  LEAVES  JESUS  CHRIST  OUT,  IS  A  FALSE  RELIGION.  IT  MATTERS  NOT  WHAT  GOOD  WORKS  THEY  DO,  HOW  FANCY  TALKS  THEY  DO,  HOW  PIOUS  THEY  LOOK  AND  SOUND,  WITHOUT  CHRIST  THEY  HAVE  NO  ETERNAL  LIFE,  THEY  WILL  NEVER  GET  TO  SEE  GOD  THE FATHER!  Keith Hunt     


Many will not like this assertion; some will doubt its accuracy. A moment's reflection will show that it is true. 


(A  REFLECTION  OF  THE  WORDS  OF  CHRIST  WILL  SHOW  IT  IS  NOT  AT  ALL  TRUE  -  Keith Hunt)


The Christian God the Father of Jesus is undeniably the God of the Old Testament, the Jewish or Israelite God, 'the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob'. The Koran contains many references to Old Testament figures, including Adam, Moses, Aaron, Noah, Joseph, Jonah, Solomon, David and Goliath, and Abraham, Isaac and Jacob - and also to New Testament figures including Jesus, Mary, John the Baptist and the apostles. The God of all these people in the Old and New Testaments is also the God of these same people in the Koran, and hence the God of the Muslims, Allah - which, in any case, is simply the Arabic word for God, or 'the God'; it is probably etymologically related to El, one of the several Hebrew words or titles for God.


(AS  I  HAVE  SHOWN  THIS  GOD  OF  THE  OLD  TESTAMENT  IF  YOU  THINK  IT  IS  THE  "FATHER  GOD"  OF  JESUS,  IS  NOT  THE  "GOD"  THAT  ISLAMIC  AND  JEWISH  PEOPLE  WORSHIP,  FOR  THEY  WORSHIP  THEY  KNOW  NOT  WHAT.  WITHOUT  JESUS  IN  THE  EQUATION  YOU  DO  NOT  KNOW  THE  TRUE  HEAVENLY  GOD,  NOR  ARE  YOU  WORSHIPPING  HIM;  YOU  ARE  WORSHIPPING  A  FIGMENT  OF  YOUR  IMAGINATION;  YOUR  "RELIGION"  IS  FALSE  AND  VAIN;  YOU  ARE  STILL  VERY  MUCH  BLINDED  TO  SPIRITUAL  TRUTH.  Those  who  accept  Moses  in  their  religion  as  part  of  the  true  people  of  God  need  to  hear  these  words  from  Christ,  "How  can  you  believe,  which  receive  honour  one  of  another,  and  seek  not  the  honour  that  comes  from  God  only? ….. there  is  one  that  ACCUSES  YOU,  even  MOSES,  in  whom  you  trust.  FOR  HAD  YOU  BELIEVED  MOSES,  YOU  WOULD  HAVE  BELIEVED  ME,  FOR  HE  WROTE  OF  ME!  BUT  IF  YOU  BELIEVE  NOT  HIS  WRITINGS,  HOW  SHALL  YOU  BELIEVE MY  WORDS?" (John 5: 44-47).  The  Muslims  and  Jews  have  Moses,  but  they  do  nor  believe  Moses,  they  do  NOT  see  where  Moses  wrote  about  Christ,  they  are  spiritually  BLIND  to  the  Old  Testament.  Hence  they  do  NOT  accept  the  New  Testament,  and  so  do  not  accept  the  WORDS  of  Christ  Jesus.  THEY  DO  NOT  WORSHIP  THE  TRUE  GOD  IN  HEAVEN,  THEY  HAVE  MADE  UP  A  MAN  MADE  RELIGION,  WHICH  IS  FALSE  AND  VERY  MUCH  DECEPTIVE,  AND  KEEPS  THEM  IN  SPIRITUAL  BLINDNESS  TO  THE  REAL  GOD  OF  HEAVEN  AND  HIS  SON  JESUS  CHRIST  -  Keith Hunt)


It is often not realized just how many different terms were used by the people who became the Israelites to describe their own God: El, Eloah, meaning 'a God'; Elyon, El Elyon meaning 'the most high God'; Elohim meaning 'Gods'; Yahweh, from the verb 'to be' (T am that I am', Exodus 3:14); Yahweh Elohim; Yahweh sebaot meaning 'the Lord of hosts'; Qedos Yisrael meaning 'the Holy One of Israel'; and other titles. In English Bibles the sacred tetragrammaton YHWH (Yahweh) is usually changed to 'Lord' or 'Jehovah', though the name Jehovah is not biblical at all; it is a medieval composite of YHWH and the vowels of the word adonai, which means 'lord'.66


(IT  MAKES  NO  DIFFERENCE  WHAT  WORDS  ARE  USED  TOWARDS  THE  GOD  IN  HEAVEN.  THE  GOD  IN  HEAVEN  DOES  NOT  HAVE  TO  ACCEPT  YOUR  WORSHIP  JUST  BECAUSE  YOU  MAY  USE  WORDS  THAT  TRUE  DISCIPLES  USE  TOWARDS  THIS  GOD.  WORDS  ARE  JUST  WORDS….. AND  AS  I  HAVE  SHOWN,  WITHOUT  CHRIST  IN  THOSE  WORDS  YOUR  WORSHIP  IS  IN  VAIN,  AS  JESUS  SAID  TO  THE  WOMAN  AT  THE  WELL (John 4)  "YOU  WORSHIP  YOU  KNOW  NOT  WHAT…"  THOSE  SAMARITANS  HAD  IT  WRONG,  THOUGH  THEY  THOUGHT  THEY  WERE  WORSHIPPING  THE  TRUE  GOD  IN  HEAVEN [they  had  Jacob  as  father  and  had  his  well  of  water].  BUT  THOSE  SAMARITANS  LISTENED  TO  JESUS  FOR  TWO  DAYS,  ACCEPTED  JESUS,  BELIEVED  JESUS,  KNEW  HE  WAS  THE  CHRIST  AND  SAVIOR  OF  THE  WORLD. The  Islamic  and  Jewish  people  AIN'T  GOT  TO  WHERE  THE  SAMARITANS  GOT,  NOT  BY  A  LONG  WAY  -  Keith Hunt)  


One might also look at it another way: Judaism, Christianity and Islam all believe in the One Creator God, and there is only room for one such, whatever the various names and attributes given to him by man.


(NO  THE  CHRISTIAN  GOD  IS  "ONE"  BUT  IN  A  VERY  DIFFERENT  WAY  FROM  THE  MUSLIM  AND  JEWISH  "ONE"  GOD….. THE  CHRISTIAN  ONE  GOD  IS  GOD  THE  FATHER  AND  HIS  SON  JESUS  THE  CHRIST…. AS  WE  HAVE  SEEN  YOU  NEED  BOTH  TO  BE  WORSHIPPING  THE  TRUE  GOD  AND  TO  HAVE  ETERNAL  LIFE;  ANYTHING  LESS  IS  A  FALSE  RELIGION  -  Keith Hunt)


Freemasonry insists on a belief in the One Creator God. From the details of the Craft rituals, it is clear that this is the God of the Old Testament, who is common to Judaism, Christianity and Islam. A favourite hymn in Masonic meetings is:


Immortal, invisible, God only wise,

In light inaccessible hid from our eyes,

Most blessed, most glorious, the Ancient of Days,

Almighty, victorious, thy great name we praise . . .

Great Father of Glory, pure Father of Light, 

Thine Angels adore thee, all veiling their sight; 

All laud we would render: O help us to see 

'lis only the splendour of light hideth thee.67


This is a glorious hymn in praise of the majesty and power of God. It is sung in Christian churches around the world, though it nowhere mentions Jesus. Theologically it could just as easily be sung in Jewish and Muslim services. Christians, Jews and Muslims could stand side by side singing this hymn in praise of the One Creator God, without any of them compromising their faith. Indeed, they do - in Masonic Lodges.


(AND  THAT  IS  WHERE  THE  DECEPTION  COMES  IN.  CHRISTIANS  SINGING  THIS  STILL  KNOW  AND  HAVE  A  GOD  THAT  IS  ONE  WITH  CHRIST  JESUS;  THE  MUSLIM  AND  JEWISH  PEOPLE  DO  NOT!  AS  THE  AUTHOR  SAYS,  THE  FAITH  IDEAS  OF  THE  MUSLIM  AND  JEW  ARE  NOT  COMPROMISED  WITH  A  GENERIC  SONG,  BUT  THAT  DOES  NOT  MEAN  THEIR  RELIGIOUS  FAITH  IS  CORRECT  OR  SOMEHOW  TRUE  CHRISTIANS  CAN  WORSHIP  ALONGSIDE  MUSLIM  ADN  JEWISH  PEOPLE.  FOR  A  TRUE  CHRISTIAN  TO  WORSHIP  IN  A  GENERIC  GROUP  OF  PEOPLE  LIKE  IN  A  MASONIC  LODGE,  WOULD  BE  GIVING  CREDENCE   TO  THE  IDEA  THAT  MUSLIMS  AND  JEWS  ARE  WORSHIPPING  THE  TRUE  GOD,  WHICH  THEY  ARE  MOST  CERTAINLY  NOT  DOING,  BECAUSE  THEY  REJECT  JESUS  CHRIST  AS  GOD'S  SON  AND  ONLY  SAVIOR.  MUSLIMS  AND  JEWS  REJECT  THAT  THROUGH  THE  SON  IS  THE  ONLY  WAY  TO  ETERNAL  LIFE  -  Keith Hunt)


As Freemasonry doesn't teach any specific theology, doctrine or dogma, but simply requires a belief in God, many of the complaints of Hannah, Morey and others vanish away, because Jewish, Christian and Muslim Freemasons are acknowledging the same God. The charges that Christian and non-Christian Freemasons are worshipping different Gods alongside each other, or are worshipping a composite God, are simply wrong.


(NOT  WRONG  AT  ALL!  THE  TRUE  CHRISTIAN  GOD  HAS  JESUS  CHRIST  IN  THAT  GOD;  TWO  GOD  BEINGS  BUT  ONE  GOD;  AS  MAN  AND  WOMAN  IN  MARRIAGE  ARE  TWO  BUT  BECOME  ONE.  THE  CHRISTIAN  GOD  IS  A  UNITY  OF  FATHER  AND  SON,  THEY  CANNOT  BE  SEPARATED.  MUSLIMS  AND  JEWS  DO  NOT  ACCEPT  CHRIST  AS  DIVINE  GOD  UNITED  WITH  THE  FATHER  GOD.  THE  MUSLIMS  AND  JEWS  HAVE  NO  GOD'S  SON  JESUS  AS  SAVIOR,  AS  ONLY  SAVIOR,  AS  ONLY  THROUGH  HIM  IS  SALVATION  AND  ETERNAL  LIFE.  THEY  ARE  THEN  NOT  INTERESTED  IN  THE  NEW  TESTAMENT;  NOT  INTERESTED  IN  READING  AND  OBEYING  THE  WORDS  OF  JESUS  CHRIST.  MUSLIMS  AND  JEWS  THINK  THEY  CAN  HAVE  ETERNAL  LIFE  WITHOUT  CHRIST.  THEY  ARE  VERY  WRONG!  THEY  THEN  DO  NOT  KNOW  OR  UNDERSTAND  THE  TRUE  SUPREME  GOD  ALMIGHTY  IN  HEAVEN.  THEY  WORSHIP  THEY  KNOW  NOT  WHAT… THEY  ARE  SPIRITUALLY  BLINDED  TO  THE  TRUE  GOD.  FOR  A  CHRISTIAN  TO  WORSHIP  IN  SOME  KIND  OF  "GENERIC"  GOD  SERVICE  WITH  JEWS  AND  MUSLIMS,  WOULD  BE  GIVING  APPROVAL  TO  THE  IDEA  THAT  JEWS  AND  MUSLIMS  ARE  WORSHIPPING  THE  TRUE  GOD  IN  HEAVEN,  WHEN  THEY  ARE  MOST  DEFINITELY  NOT  -  Keith Hunt)


Some Christian critics, like Hannah, accuse Freemasonry of going for the lowest common denominator among religions. He mentions several times that Christianity is an exclusive religion, and that membership of Freemasonry cannot be compatible with this. Theologically, in one sense Hannah is right. Mainstream Christianity states that God became man, that Jesus was God, that God died to save us; Jews and Muslims don't believe this. Judaism and Islam, on the other hand, while accepting that Jesus might well have been a prophet, find the assertion that he was God blasphemous. The two positions are mutually exclusive.


(YES  INDEED  SO,  THE  AUTHOR  HIT  ON  A TRUTH  -  Keith Hunt)


But Freemasonry doesn't require people of different faiths to accept each other's beliefs as true; in fact, it categorically forbids discussion of variant religious beliefs in the Lodge. The only religious requirement is a belief in God. The mutual exclusivity of different religions is irrelevant to the Craft.


(AND  THAT  IS  WHERE  AND  WHY  THE  TRUE  CHRISTIAN  CANNOT  BELONG  TO  SUCH  A  CLUB  OR  GROUP  OF  PEOPLE.  PUTTING  CHRIST  TO  ONE  SIDE,  GIVING  CREDENCE  TO  OTHERS  THAT  THEY  ARE  ALSO  WORSHIPPING  THE  TRUE  GOD  IN  HEAVEN,  WHEN  THEY  ARE  NOT,  A  CHRISTIAN  SIMPLY  CANNOT  DO.  IT  WOULD  BE  A  DENIAL  OF  CHRIST,  AND  JESUS  SAID  THAT  WHOEVER  WOULD  DENY  HIM  BEFORE  MEN,  HE  WOULD  DENY  BEFORE  THE  FATHER (Matt. 10: 33).  THE  CHRISTIAN  GOD  IS  GOD  THE  FAHTER  AND  GOD  THE  SON,  TWO  BEINGS  MAKING  THE  ONE  GOD.  NEITHER  CAN  BE  SEPARATED  OR  PUT  TO  ONE  SIDE  FROM  THE  OTHER.  THERE  IS  A  VAST  DIFFERENCE  BETWEEN  THE  TRUE  CHRISTIAN  GOD  AND  THE  MUSLIM  AND  JEWISH  GOD.  SUCH  A  DIFFERENCE  THAT  THE  THREE  CANNOT  BE  WORSHIPPING  TOGETHER  WITH  SOME  GENERIC  GOD.  DENYING  TALKING  ABOUT  RELIGIOUS  BELIEFS  AS  IMPORTANT  AS  THE  NATURE  OF  THE  TRUE  GOD  AND  ONLY  WAY  TO  SALVATION,  WOULD  BE  A  DENIAL  OF  JESUS  WHILE  CLAIMING  OTHERS  NOT  BELIEVING  IN  JESUS  ARE  WORSHIPPING  THE  TRUE  GOD,  AND  WILL  ALSO  BE  SAVED.  IF  A  CHRISTIAN  WANTS  TO  DO  "GOOD  WORKS"  AS  MAYBE  FREEMASONRY  DOES,  THEY  CAN  JOIN  A  CHRISTIAN  GROUP  OR  GIVE  THEIR  MONEY  TO  GOOD  CHARITIES  THAT  SERVE  AND  HELP  PEOPLE  AND/OR  ANIMALS  -  Keith Hunt)



Christianity may well be, as Hannah says, an exclusive religion; but a lot depends on the definition of Christianity. For many Christians, it is not only Christianity which is exclusive, but their own particular brand of Christianity. For many Roman Catholics, until very recently, the word 'Christian' meant 'Roman Catholic'; anyone else was beyond the pale. Similarly, for many Evangelical Christians, any other variety of Christianity isn't Christian: High Church Anglicans are in league with Rome, and Rome is the Whore of Babylon, while liberals are treated with more suspicion and horror than were communists at the height of McCarthyism. Some Fundamentalist Evangelicals, such as the Exclusive Brethren, will not even eat a meal with anyone who is not one of their own number - or even with one of their own who has committed such an act.


(NOW  SURE  THERE  ARE  EXTREMES  OF  CHRISTIAN  RELIGION.  AND  THERE  CAN  BE  EXTREMES  WITHIN  A  CERTAIN  SECT  OF  CHRISTIANITY.  BOTH  EXTREMES  ARE  WRONG…..THE  SO  LIBERAL  THAT  ANYTHING  IS  JUST  ABOUT  ACCEPTED ["GAYS"  -  SAME  SEX  MARRIAGE  -  GAY  MINISTERS]  AND  THEN  YOU  HAVE  SOME  THAT  SAY  CARD  PLAYING,  DANCING,  AND  THE  LIKE  ARE  SINS.  BUT  I  HAVE  NOT  BEEN  TALKING  ABOUT SUCH.  I'VE  BEEN  CENTERED  ON  A  VERY  FUNDAMENTAL  PART  OF  THEOLOGY  AND  THE  BIBLE,  ESPECIALLY  THE  NEW  TESTAMENT,  AND  THAT  IS  THE  CENTRAL  ROLE  OF  JESUS  CHRIST.  ALL  THAT  I  KNOW  ABOUT  CHRISTIANITY  IN  ITS  VARIOUS  SECTS,  STILL  HAVE  ONE  BASIC  AND  CENTRAL  FOCUS….. JESUS  CHRIST  AS  THE  SON  OF  GOD;  SENT  TO  PREACH  ADN  DO  THE  WILL  OF  THE  FATHER;  SENT  TO  BE  SAVIOR  FOR  ALL  PEOPLES.  SO  GETTING  OFF  ON  TO  THE  TWINGS  AND  BRANCHES  OF  THE  TREE,  AS  THE  AUTHOR  IS  DOING  HERE,  AND  NOT  STICKING  TO  THE  HUGE  MAIN  TRUNK,  IS  JUST  MUDDYING  THE  WATERS.  THE  TRUNK  OF  THE  TREE  IS  JESUS  CHRIST.  FOR  ANY  "RELIGIOUS"  OR  "WORSHIPPING  TOWARDS  GOD"  ORGANIZATION  THAT  DOES  NOT  HAVE  THE  TRUNK  OF  THE  TREE,  IS  A  FALSE  RELIGION  IMMEDIATELY,  BEFORE  EVEN GETTING  INTO  THE  DUG-OUT  TO  PLAY  THE  GAME  -  Keith Hunt


There seem to be more varieties of exclusivity within Christianity than in most other religions. The word 'Christian' means different things to each of them. This clearly affects how they view any religious practice which is not their own.


(TRUE  TO  A  POINT.  BUT  THEY  ALL  AGREE  IF  BEING  CHRISTIAN  AND  HAVING  AND  HOLDING  THE  BIBLE  OF  CHRISTIANITY,  THAT  JESUS  CHRIST  IS  CENTRAL  FOR  SALVATION  AND  BEING  SAVED.  THE  MUSLIM  AND  JEWISH  RELIGIONS  DO  NOT  HOLD  THAT  CENTRAL  THEME.  THEY  BOTH  BELIEVE  YOU  CAN  HAVE  ETERNAL  LIFE  WITHOUT  JESUS  CHRIST.  AND  THAT  THEOLOGY  JUST  CANNOT  CO-EXIST  WITH  ANY  SECT  OF  CHRISTIANITY  -  Keith Hunt)


The practice of Freemasonry, that Christian, Muslim and Jew - and indeed, anyone who believes in One Creator God - may pray and sing hymns to that God side by side, would be seen as dangerous liberal heresy both by those who believe in the authority of the Apostolic Succession in the Church, and by those who would cry 'Idolator!' if they saw a priest bobbing his head at the cross on an altar.


(YES  THEY  BOTH  WOULD  INDEED  SAY  IT  IS  A  DANGEROUS  LIBERAL  HERESY,  TO  HAVE  CHRISTIANS  TRYING  TO  WORSHIP  GOD,  WITH  MUSLIMS  AND  JEWS,  AND  NOT  HAVING  JESUS  CHRIST  IN  THE  PICTURE.  TO  THINK  IT  COULD  BE  A  REGULAR  PRACTICE  FOR  CHRISTIANS  TO  JOIN  ISLAM  OR  JEWISH  SERVICES,  MAKING  OUT  THAT  ALL  THREE  RELIGIONS  ARE  ACCEPTABLE  TO  THE  ONE  TRUE  GOD,  IS  CONTRARY  TO  ALL  THE  TEACHINGS  OF  THE  NEW  TESTAMENT,  FROM  CHRIST  TO  THE  APOSTLES  -  Keith Hunt)


Those for whom Christianity, or their branch of Christianity, is exclusive might well find difficulty in accepting the open approach of Freemasonry. Those who are less inclined to believe that they alone have the truth find this less of a problem; indeed many, like John Hamill, find within Freemasonry a confirmation and strengthening of their beliefs:


Freemasonry reinforces my religion. The ceremonies made me think again, and took me back into my religion . . .Freemasonry expects its members to have a religion; how they practise it, how they progress through it, is entirely up to the individual, and Freemasonry will not either guide or direct them. It lays out that it's there, and it's up to them then to follow.


(AH  BUT  IT  IS  SO  TEACHING  THAT  YOU  DO  NOT  NEED  CHRIST,  JUST  A  DEEPER  UNDERSTANDING  OF  "YOUR  FAITH"  AND  YOU'LL  BE  ACCEPTABLE  TO  GOD  AND  BE  SAVED.  NOTHING  COULD  BE  FURTHER  FROM  THE  TRUTH.  HAVING  A  DEEPER  UNDERSTAND  IF  ISLAM  SO  YOU  CAN  LIVE  AS  A  MORE  SPIRITUAL  MUSLIM,  DOES  NOT  REPLACE  OR  JUSTIFY  YOU  FROM  HAVING  CHRIST,  HIS  WORD  AND  HIS  LIFE  EXAMPLE,  AS  CENTRAL  IN  YOUR  LIFE.  HAVING  A  DEEPER  UNDERSTAND  OF  YOUR  FAITH  IN  BUDDHISM,  DOES  NOT  "DO  AWAY"  WITH  THE  TRUTH  THAT  JESUS  IS  THE  SON  OF  GOD,  OR  JESUS  MUST  BE  PERSONAL  SAVIOR  IN  YOUR  LIFE  TO  BE  SAVED  -  Keith Hunt)




However, the religious thrust of Freemasonry is liberal, if only in that it accepts that the Truth is not to be found exclusively in Evangelical Christianity, establishment Roman Catholicism, or any other subset of the huge diversity of Christianity. Moreover, it accepts the findings of comparative religious studies and of biblical criticism that there is much of value in earlier religions, and that, whatever the historicity of the Jesus myth, there is little in Christian doctrine or practice which is original. This is anathema to devout Christians of many persuasions, and particularly - but not only - to Evangelicals.


(THERE  IS  INDEED  LITTLE  IN  CHRISTIANITY  PER  SE  THAT  IS  NEW  OR  ORIGINAL.  THE  GOSPEL  OF  THE  OLD  TESTAMENT  TAUGHT  A  SAVIOR  TO  COME.  THOSE  FROM  ADAM,  CALLED  TO  FOLLOW  THE  TRUE  GOD,  LOOKED  TO  THE  COMING  OF  A  SAVIOR  TO  TAKE  AWAY  SINS.  THOSE  SINCE  JESUS  DIED  AND  WAS  RAISED  AGAIN,  LOOK  BACK  TO  A  SAVIOR  THAT  CAME,  FOR  THE  REMISSION  OF  SINS.  THE  BASIC  WAY  TO  SALVATION  AND  BEING  SAVED,  WAS  FROM  OLD  TIME  TO  THE  PRESENT  TIME  UNCHANGED.  THE  SAME  BASIC  TRUTHS  OF  THE  GOSPEL,  SIN,  REPENTANCE,  DEATH,  RESURRECTION, JUDGMENT,  AGE  TO  COME,  AND  THE  ONLY  WAY  TO  BE  SAVED,  HAS  REMAINED  THE  SAME  FROM  THE  BEGINNING.  THE  JEWS  AND  MUSLIMS  MAY  HAVE  A  FEW  SECTIONS  OF  THEOLOGY  THAT  CHRISTIANS  HAVE,  BUT  THE  DIFFERENCE  ON  HOW  TO  BE  SAVED  INTO  ETERNAL  LIFE,  IS  A  GAP  OF  SUCH  A  HUGE  PROPORTION  AS  LIKE  EUROPE  IS  FROM  AMERICA  -  Keith Hunt)   


Walton Hannah, a High-Church Anglican priest who later joined the Roman Catholic Church, raises the issue in Darkness Visible, saying that Masons will argue:


Is not Christianity also full of pagan customs and ceremonies, is not Easter a time-immemorial festival of new life in the Spring, and the reverence paid to the Mother of God but an echo of the Magna Mater of imperial Rome? Did not other religions have as a saviour a virgin-born demi-god who died and rose again.


The answer to all these questions, and to many others of a similar nature, is of course 'yes', Hannah admits 'the possibility of a substratum of truth in these assertions', but then goes on:


Before that supreme and final revelation of truth in the Incarnation of our Lord there had of course been partial glimpses and foreshadowings of it, purely human and not revealed, by no means entirely limited to the Jewish nation. There were anti-types [sic presumably he means 'ante-types'] indeed of our Saviour in the pagan world... whatsoever truth, however partial, had been before guessed or discovered by man's intellect was naturally included [in Christianity] Many customs, symbols, and ceremonies which were of value were adopted.


They were indeed, in large number, along with many beliefs and many standard religious myths, such as the Virgin Birth. But by defining such 'borrowings' as ante-types, Hannah is simply echoing the second-century Justin Martyr, who claimed that 'whatever things were rightly said by any man, belong to us Christians'. The argument is as strong or as weak now as it was 1,800 years ago.


(THE  WRITER  SAYS,  "RELIGIOUS  MYTHS  SUCH  AS  THE  VIRGIN  BIRTH"  -  SURELY  TELLS  US  HE  IS  NOT  AN  EVANGELICAL  CHRISTIAN,  NOR  ROMAN  CATHOLIC  FOR  THAT  MATTER.  SURELY  INDEED  A  SO-CALLED  "CHRISTIANITY"  HAS  MANY  ERRORS  LIKE  EASTER  REPLACING  THE  PASSOVER,  AND  CHRISTMAS  BEING  ADOPTED  FROM  THE  ROMAN  WINTER  FESTIVAL.  ALL  KINDS  OF  ERROR  AND  FALSE  PRACTICES  WERE  ADOPTED  INTO  THE  POPULAR  CHRISTIANITY  OVER  HUNDREDS  OF  YEARS.  THAT  DOES  NOT  MEAN  PURE  CORRECT  CHRISTIANITY  DID  NOT  EXIST  ALONG  WITH  THE  FALSE  TEACHINGS  AND  CUSTOMS  OF  A  FALSE  CHRISTIANITY.  ALL  OF  THAT  FACT  DOES  NOT  ALTER  THE  OTHER  FACT,  THAT  THE  BASIC  TENANT  OF  OTHER  RELIGIONS  LIKE  ISLAM  AND  JUDAISM  DO  NOT  HOLD  TO  A  SAVIOR  CALLED  JESUS  CHRIST,  AND  THROUGH  HIM  ALONE  IS  SALVATION  AND  ETERNAL  LIFE.  THE  FALSEHOODS  IN  THE  MAJORITY  OF  CHRISTIANITY,  DOES  NOT  JUSTIFYING   HAVING  A  RELIGION  THAT  EXCLUDES  JESUS  AS  ONLY  SAVIOR,  AND  THROUGH  HIM  ONLY  CAN  SINS  BE  FORGIVE,  AND  A  PERSON  CAN  BE  SAVED  -  Keith Hunt)


If a time-traveller were to visit first-century Palestine and ask one of the twelve disciples about the Trinity he would be met with a blank look; if he asked about the Virgin Birth, he would probably get the response, 'Which one?' The hundreds of small Fundamentalist Christian denominations which claim to go back to the pure beliefs of the New Testament Church generally forget that the fundamentals of Christian theology were not developed until some considerable time later - in some cases with 'retro-fitting' of proof texts into the New Testament itself; one example is '. . . baptising them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost' (Matthew 28:19), which the authoritative Peake's Commentary accepts is 'a late doctrinal expansion'69 rather than Jesus' own words.


(MAINLY  GARBAGE  FROM  THE  AUTHOR.  FIRST,  YES,  THE  APOSTLES  OF  THE  NEW  TESTAMENT  DID  NOT  TEACH  A  "TRINITY"  AS  TAUGHT  BY  THE  POPULAR  CHRISTIANITY  OF  TODAY.  THE  VIRGIN  BIRTH  WAS  INDEED  BELIEVED  AND  TAUGHT  BY  THE  APOSTLES.  THE  WRITER  LOOKS  AT  THE  "FUNDAMENTALS  OF  CHRISTIAN  THEOLOGY  FROM  THE  HISTORY  OF  THE  ROMAN  CATHOLIC  CHURCH.  THE  TRUTH  OF  THE  MATTER  IS:  ALL  OF  THE  FUNDAMENTALS  OF  TRUTH  CHRISTIANITY  ARE  IN  THE  NEW  TESTAMENT,  AND  THE  OLD  TESTAMENT.  USING  THE  WHOLE  BIBLE  THE  FUNDAMENTAL  DOCTRINES  OF  GOD  WERE  KNOWN  BY  THE  FIRST  APOSTLES,  AND  ARE  IN  THEIR  WRITINGS  AS  INSPIRED  BY  THE  HOLY  SPIRIT.  THE  "PEAKE'S  COMMENTARY"  IS  VERY  WRONG,  AS  ARE  MANY  "MODERN"  SO-CALLED  CRITICAL  SCHOLARS  OF  THE  BIBLE.  AND  SO  WERE  SOME  VERY  EARLY  ONES  LIKE  ORIGEN   WHO  TAUGHT  JUST  ABOUT  EVERYTHING  IN  THE  BIBLE  WAS  ALLEGORICAL,  NOT  TO  BE  TAKEN  LITERALLY,  BUT  ALL  MEANT  SOMETHING  ELSE.  THERE  ARE  MANY  TODAY  WHO  TAKE  A  VERY  LIBERAL  VIEW  OF  THE  BIBLE  AND  THE  WORDS  IN  IT.  TO  THEM  THE  BIBLE  IS  NOT  INSPIRED,  BUT  OFTEN  IS  THE  WRITINGS  OF  MEN  UN-INSPIRED  -  Keith Hunt)     


One point missed by most critics of Freemasonry, whether writing from a Christian viewpoint or not, is that the ritual stories enacted in Freemasonry are not intended to be taken literally. They are stories, fables, allegories, not history. Robert Morey and others get hot under the collar about the central legend of the murder of the builder Hiram Abiff not being scriptural; Masons never claim it is. It is a teaching story, a morality play - a parable.70


(OKAY  SO  WE  WILL  NOT  GET  "WORKED-UP"  OVER  SUCH  THINGS.  I  COULD  CARE  LESS  ABOUT  SUCH  THINGS.  YOU  DON'T  HAVE  TO  USE  TEACHING  STORIES  TO  PROVE  FREEMASONRY  SHOULD  NOT  BE  A  PART  OF  A  TRUE  CHRISTIAN'S  LIFE  -  Keith Hunt)


But Morey has a strange attitude to such stories in any case: 'Legends, myths . . . and traditions are so unreliable that they are worthless.'71 In fact myths - and legends, traditions and even folklore - are at the heart of all religions. Whether one accepts that they have any factual basis must be an individual decision; it is their meaning which is of importance.


(DON'T  HAVE  TO  BOTHER  WITH  STORIES,  LEGENDS  ETC.  TO  PROVE  FREEMASONRY  IS  DECEPTIVE  AND  NOT  FROM  GOD  -  Keith Hunt)


Books such as Morey's The Truth About Masons are not always reliable themselves. For example, he asserts that 'Waite... took over the Order of the Golden Dawn. .. after Crowley died.'72 In fact Waite died in 1942, five years before Crowley. Then he says, 'Aleister Crowley. .. was the previous leader of the Golden Dawn.' Crowley was never leader, and was actually only involved in the movement for a short time (see p. 219).


(SO  INDEED  HAVING  TO  DELVE  INTO  FREEMASONRY  AS  MOREY  TRIED  TO  DO,  AND  GET  THINGS  MIXED  UP  AND  WRONG,  IS  NOT  NEEDED.  I  HAVE  ALREADY  PROVED  THE  EVIL  AND  DECEPTION  OF  FREEMASONRY  FROM  THE  NEW  TESTAMENT  WHICH  THEY  DO  NOT  HOLD,  WILL  NOT  TEACH,  AND  WILL  NOT  LET  ANTONE  TEACH  TO  OTHERS  -  Keith Hunt)


Morey complains that in Freemasonry:


while all other religions can pray in the name of their deity such as Allah, Buddha, Shiva, or Krishna, Christians are the only ones who are forbidden to pray in the name of their deity, Jesus Christ! If the Muslims can use the name of Allah, why can't the Christians use the name of Jesus?73


This is incorrect. As a Fundamentalist, Morey is understandably rejecting the fact that Allah is the same deity as Yahweh, Jehovah or the Lord, who is the same deity as God the Father of Jesus. But in fact Christians are not the only ones who are forbidden to pray in the name of their deity'. Muslims are not allowed to use the name of Allah in the Lodge; even in a totally Muslim Lodge they would use the terms Great Architect of the Universe, Grand Geometrician, and Most High, just as in any other Lodge.


(OKAY  THE  AUTHOR  SAYS  MOREY  HAS  IT  WRONG.  AGAIN  WHY  BOTHER  WITH  SUCH  ARGUMENTS  WHEN  YOU  COULD  GET  THEM  WRONG  IF  NEVER  A  PART  OF  FREEMASONRY.  THE  FACTS  WE  HAVFE  SEEN  VERY  PLAINLY  IS  YOU  CANNOT  TALK  ABOUT  CHRIST  AS  SAVIOR,  AND  THE  ONLY  WAY  TO  SALVATION.  THE  FACT  IS  FREEMASNORY  IS  A  MULTI-NEUTRAL  RELIGION.  JUST  LOOK  TO  A  ONE-GOD-BEING  IN  HEAVEN,  AND  ALL  WORSHIP  HIM  IN  THEIR  OWN  WAY  OUTSIDE  OF  THE  MASONIC  LODGE,  AND  DO  NOT  TALK  ABOUT  ANY  OTHER  BELIEFS  IN  THE  MASONIC  LODGE  SERVICES.  THEY  ARE  TEACHING  THIS  GOD-BEING  WILL  ACCEPT  ALL  WITH  WHATEVER  BELIEFS,  AND  YOU  CAN  BE  SAVED  TO  BE  IN  HIS  PRESENCE  ONE  DAY,  WITHOUT  JESUS  CHRIST  AS  YOUR  PERSONAL  SAVIOR  -  Keith Hunt)


Morey is not alone in propagating such errors, as Hamill explains.


There's a whole similar literature in America, where the Fundamentalist Evangelicals now have got to the level where they run programmes on cable television and on local radio, which are basically anti-Masonic programmes. A couple of American Masonic scholars have looked at the booklets and pamphlets they put out, and quite a lot of it is just blatant lies. If you actually look at the sources they're quoting, they're either misquoted or taken completely out of context - or, in a number of cases, the quotations which they produce don't exist in the books they claim they come from. There is an interesting example of this in Morey's book. In a chapter on 'The Legacy of Albert Pike' (see pp. 151-54), Morey sets out both to damn Pike fairly comprehensively, and also to show how widely respected he is, at least in American Freemasonry, thus also damning Freemasonry by its approbation of Pike. Among the other plaudits is one which appears to be from Waite: 'In 1970, the occultist A.E. Waite did not hesitate to call Pike, "a master genius of Masonry."'74


(AGAIN  A  LOT  OF  USELESS  TIME  WASTED  ON  THINGS  THAT  DO  NOT  MATTER,  OR  THINGS  YOU  COULD  GET  WRONG,  IF  YOU'VE  NEVER  BEEN  A  FREEMASON.  THE  TRUNK  OF  THE  TREE  HAS  ALREADY  BEEN  EXPOUNDED  TO  YOU  IN  THE  AUTHORS  OWN  WORDS,  ABOUT  HOW  YOU  ARE  TO  CONDUCT  YOURSELF  IN  WORDS  AS  A  FREEMASON,  AND  ESPECIALLY  WITHIN  THE  FREEMASON  LODGE…… BIBLE'S  NEW  TESTAMENT  IS  OUT,  AS  IS  TALKING  ABOUT  JESUS  CHRIST  AS  PERSONAL  SAVIOR,  AND  THE  ONLY  WAY  TO  SALVATION  AND  ETERNAL  LIFE  -  Keith Hunt)


Apart from the fact that Waite's New Encyclopaedia of Freemasonry, from which this quotation comes, was first published around 1920, and that Waite had been 28 years dead by the time of the 1970 reprint, what Waite actually says is that Pike "has been characterised as 'a master-genius of Masonry"'; he is quoting other people's opinion. Wake's own opinion of Pike is not at all as Morey paints it:


as a critical scholar of Masonry, a historian and a writer on the ethical and philosophical side of the subject he is not to be taken as a guide. No man had a greater opportunity and no one a freer hand when he undertook to revise the Rituals of the Scottish Rite, and he scored only failure.75


(ONCE  MORE  TRYING  TO  GET  THE  TWIGS  IS  SILLY,  WHEN  THE  TRUNK  OF  THE  TREE  OF  WHAT  IS  THE  BASIC  PHILOSOPHY  OF  FREEMASONRY  IS  VERY  APPARENT  AND  SO  EASY  TO  SEE  -  YOU  DO  NOT  TEACH  THE  NEW  TESTAMENT  OR  CHRIST  JESUS  AS  THE  ONLY  WAY  TO  SALVATION  AND  ETERNAL  LIFE  -  Keith Hunt)


One can only speculate as to why Morey found it necessary to misrepresent Waite's judgement so comprehensively. Perhaps it was to give support to his entirely unsubstantiated assertion that Waite, who was actually a devout mystical Christian, was a Luciferian.76


(YEP  WRONG  APPROACH  BY  MOREY  -  Keith Hunt)


In the last few decades traditional church-going in Britain as elsewhere has been on the wane, but the Evangelical wing of Christianity has been growing rapidly. Although most mainstream Christians would be reluctant to say that all Jews, Muslims and members of other religions are unbelievers who are going to hell, Fundamentalist Evangelicals, by definition, do believe this. The liberal religious aspects of Freemasonry would certainly not be acceptable to them.


(AH  INDEED  SO.  I  GUESS  I  WOULD  BE  CLASSIFIED  BY  THE   AUTHOR  AS  FUNDAMENTAL  EVANGELICAL.  BUT  I  DO  NOT  BELIEVE  PEOPLE  IN  FREEMASONRY  AS  GOING  TO  HELL  AS  POPULAR  EVANGELICALS  TEACH  IT.  NOPE,  FREEMASONS  ARE  SPIRITUALLY  BLINDED,  THEY  ARE  DECEIVED,  IF  NOT  CALLED  TO  GOD'S  TRUTHS  IN  THIS  LIFETIME,  THEY  WILL  COME  UP  IN  THE  SECOND  RESURRECTION [REVELATION 20],  HAVE  THE  BIBLE  OPENED  TO  THEM,  HAVE  THE  TREE  OF  LIFE  OPPORTUNITY,  AND  BY  WHAT  THEY  DO  WITH  THE  TRUTHS  OF  THE  BIBLE,  THEY  WILL  ACCEPT  JESUS  AS  SAVIOR,  HAVE  ETERNAL  LIFE,  OR  HAVE  THE  SECOND  DEATH,  IN  THE  LAKE  OF  FIRE,  BE  DEAD  FOREVER  -  Keith Hunt)


Hamill agrees that there are difficulties for Masons who are fervent Evangelicals. 'Fundamentalists in any religion, not just Christianity, have to my mind tunnel vision, and the one thing that they don't like about Freemasonry is the fact that we teach tolerance.'


( THEY  TEACH  TOLERANCE  TO  A  WRONG  HERETICAL  LINE  -  THEY  TEACH  ALL  PEOPLE  NO  MATTER  WHAT  THEIR  FAITH  IS,  CAN  WORSHIP  GOD  AND  BE  ACCEPTED  BY  HIM,  EVEN  TO  ETERNAL  LIFE,  WITHOUT  JESUS  CHRIST  IN  THE  PICTURE  -  THAT  IS  HERETICAL  TOLERANCE  -  Keith Hunt)


Earlier, Pelagianism was referred to as 'a very British heresy'. A lot of British people would say they were Christian simply because they were born in Britain, which is 'a Christian country'. If asked exactly what they do believe, many might become embarrassed. If pressed for an answer, few would come out with a doctrinally sound summary of orthodox Christian beliefs. Many would find difficulty with the Trinity, the Virgin Birth, and even the resurrection. And a fair number would say that salvation depended as much on leading a good life - i.e. by doing "good works' - as on faith.


(YES  FROM  PEOPLE  NOT  CALLED,  THIS  WOULD  OFTEN  BE  THE  ANSWER  FROM  THEM - THEY  ALSO  ARE  SPIRITUALLY  BLIND,  SO  TO  THEM  "WELL  BEING  A  GOOD  PERSON  WILL  GET  YOU  TO  HEAVEN"  -  SUCH  IS  NOT  THE  CASE  AT  ALL.  BUT  FOR  THE  SPIRITUAL  BLIND  IT  SOUNDS  A  REASONABLE  ANSWER  -  Keith Hunt)


Both Pelagianism and Arianism - loosely, the belief that Jesus is not equal to the Father in a Triune Godhead - lurk within many a traditional British pew-sitter on a Sunday morning. Both 'heresies' would be entirely comfortable within the undefined theology of Craft Freemasonry. Both hark back to the early centuries of Christianity, before today's standard Christian doctrine was hammered out in councils and synods between bishops whose decisions were as often politically as spiritually motivated.77


(TRUE  DOCTRINES  OF  GOD  ARE  NOT  DECIDED  BY  COUNCILS  AND  SYNODS.  THE  BIBLE  GIVES  YOU  THE  TRUTHS  OF  GOD,  PUTTING  SCRIPTURE  WITH  SCRIPTURE,  ALL  VERSES  ON  ANY  SUBJECT  IN  THE  BIBLE  COLLECTED,  FOR  THE  TRUTH  OF  THE  MATTER.  THE  GODHEAD  I  HAVE  EXPOUNDED  FULLY  AND  IN-DEPTH  FOR  YOU  UNDER  "GOD,  CHRIST,  AND  THE  HOLY  SPIRIT"  SECTION  OF  THIS W EBSITE  -  Keith Hunt)


Part of the reason for the strength of Freemasonry in Britain is that the Church of England has traditionally prided itself on being a broad Church. Any denomination that can include within itself the bells 'n' smells of High Anglicanism, the guitars and speaking in tongues of Evangelicalism and the Charismatic Movement, and the liberalism of the 1960s Bishop of Woolwich and the 1990s Bishop of Durham, can put up with the generalized theological approach of Freemasonry. Much the same applies in the USA, with the Episcopalian Church. But such broad tolerance is clearly changing, with the rise of Fundamentalism.


(THE  TRUTHS  OF  GOD  HAVE  NEVER  CHANGED;  THE  TRUE  CHURCH  OF  GOD  WILL  REMAIN  PURE.  WHEN  IN  TIMES  OF  DEPARTURE  FROM  TRUTH  INTO  ERROR,  CHRIST'S  CHURCH  HAS  COME  OUT  OF  THE  ERROR  AND  CONTINUED  ON  THE  STRAIGHT  AND  NARROW  -  Keith Hunt)


The compatibility or otherwise of Freemasonry and Christianity is thus even more of an issue today than it was when Hannah wrote Darkness Visible.


(TRUE  I  GUESS  IF  YOU  WANT  TO  KNOW  WHAT  THE  TRUE  GOD  HAS  TO  SAY  ON  THE  SUBJECT  -  Keith Hunt)


The Secret Doctrine


Many of the religious critics of Freemasonry quote Joseph Fort Newton's statement  "It is true that Masonry is not a religion, but it is Religion, a worship in which all good men may unite, that each may share the faith of all.' The critics see this as non-Christian, even anti-Christian. It is a shame that in their determination to condemn they don't read on to see what Newton was actually talking about. It is worth quoting at length.


(OKAY  I'LL  READ  IT  -  Keith Hunt)


All this confusion results from a misunderstanding of what religion is. Religions are many; religion is one - perhaps we may say one thing, but that one thing includes everything - the life of God in the soul of mine, which finds expression in all the forms which life and love and duty take. This conception of religion shakes the poison out of all our wild flowers, and shows us that it is the inspiration of all scientific enquiry, all striving for liberty, all virtue and charity; the spirit of all thought, the motif of all great music, the soul of all sublime literature. The Church has no monopoly of religion, nor did the Bible create it. Instead, it was religion - the natural and simple trust of the soul in a Power above and within it, and its quest of a right relation to that Power - that created the Bible and the Church, and, indeed, all our higher human life. The soul of man is greater than all books, deeper than all dogmas, and more enduring than all institutions. Masonry seeks to free men from a limiting conception of religion, and thus to remove one of the chief causes of sectarianism. It is itself one of the forms of beauty wrought by the human soul under the inspiration of the Eternal Beauty, and as such is religious.78


(OH  WOW….. WHAT  CLEVER  DECEPTIVE  SOUNDING  WORDS  THIS  IS.  THE  SAME  KIND  OF  WORDS  USED  TODAY  FOR  ACCEPTING  "GAYS"  -  "SAME  SEX  MARRIAGE"  -  "TRANSGENDER"  -  INTO  THE  "CHRISTIAN"  CHURCH.  OH  THE  HUMAN  HEART  IS  SO  LOVING,  JUST  SEE  THE  BEAUTY  IN  LOVING  ALL  PEOPLE  WHO  HAVE  DIFFERENT  WAYS  OF  LIVING;  OH  GOD  IS  SO  LOVING  HE  ACCEPTS  EVERYONE,  ALL  IS  BEAUTIFUL  TO  HIM.  OH  YA?  SUCH  TALKING  PEOPLE  HAVE  NEVER  READ  THE  BIBLE  FROM  COVER  TO  COVER.  GOD'S  RELIGION  IS  IN  THE  BILE!  GOD  TEACHES  US  WHAT  ARE  HIS  DOCTRINES,  HIS  TRUTHS,  HIS  WAY  OF  LIFE.  HE  TEACHES  US  HOW  TO  WORSHIP  HIM.  JESUS  SAID,  YOU  COULD  WORSHIP  GOD  IN  VAIN,  BY  YOUR  TRADITIONS,  BY  REPLACING  GOD'S  COMMANDMENTS  WITH  THE  IDEAS  OF  MEN (MARK 7:6-7).  THE  TRUE  CHURCH  HAS  ALWAYS  STRIVED  TO  KNOW  GOD'S  MIND  AND  WAYS,  TO  LIVE  BY  EVERY  WORD  THAT  COMES  FROM  GOD (MAT. 4:4).  TRUE  RELIGION  TOWARDS  GOD  IS  LIVING  BY  HIS  EVERY  WORD;  IT  IS  ACCEPTING  JESUS  AS  ONLY  SAVIOR,  THE  VERY  SON  OF  GOD;  THE  ONLY  WAY  TO SALVATION  AND  ETERNAL  LIFE.  ANYONE,  ANY  ORGANIZATION  THAT  CLAIMS  THEY  WORSHIP  TOWARDS  "THE"  GOD  IN  HEAVEN,  MUST  HAVE  JESUS  CHRIST  AT  THE  CENTER  OF  THE  GROUP,  ORGANIZATION,  CHURCH.  ANYTHING  LESS  IS  FALSE,  IS  A  MAN  MADE  RELIGION,  IS  WORSHIPPING  GOD  IN  VAIN,  IS  LAYING  ASIDE  THE  COMMANDMENTS  OF  GOD  TO  HOLD  ITS  OWN  MAN  MADE  TRADITIONS  -  Keith Hunt)


The religion within Freemasonry does not deny God's revelation in Jesus Christ, as Christian critics claim; but it also doesn't, as many Evangelical Christians appear to, refuse to acknowledge the importance of people's quest for God since the beginning of time. A relationship has to work in both directions. To suggest that people's longing for God before the advent of Christ 2,000 years ago was met only with a stony indifference by God, is surely a far greater heresy than the suggestion that there might be some truth in all religions, an idea which Fundamentalists condemn outright.


(GOD'S  PEOPLE  WERE  NEVER  MET  WITH  STONEY  SILENCE,  FROM  THE  DAYS  OF  ADAM  GOD  HAS  HIS  PEOPLE,  CALLED  AND  CHOSEN. THEY ALWAYS KNEW THE WAY OF  SALVATION…..THROUGH  A  COMING  SAVIOR.  THE  FREEMASONS  MAY  NOT  DENY  GOD'S  REVELATION  IN  JESUS  CHRIST,  AS  ISLAMIC  RELIGION  ADMITS  CHRIST  WAS  A  PROPHET  OF  GOD.  BUT  LIKE  MUSLIMS  THE  FREEMASONS  DO  NOT  TEACH  JESUS'  WORDS,  DO  NOT  HOLD  HIM  UP  AS  GOD  IN  THE  FLESH,  THE  ONLY  SAVIOR,  THE  ONLY  WAY  TO  SALVATION,  AND  THE  ONLY  WAY  THEIR  ORGANIZATION  SHOULD  TEACH  TO  WORSHIP  TOWARDS  GOD.  BEING  "NEUTRALLY  OPEN"  MEANS  ANYTHING  IS  ACCEPTABLE  TO  GOD,  AND  AS  LONG  AS  YOU  STRIVE  TO  BE  THE  BEST  IN  "YOUR  FAITH" [OR  RELIGION]  YOU  CAN  HAVE  ETERNAL  LIFE  WITH  THAT  GOD  YOU  WORSHIP  IN  A  NEUTRAL  MASONIC  LODGE.  THIS  IS  COMPLETELY  OPPOSITE  TO  THE  VERY  TEACHINGS  OF  CHRIST  AND  THE  APOSTLES  OF  THE  FIRST  CENTURY  - Keith Hunt)


Over the last few years there has been considerable confusion both within and without Freemasonry not just as to whether or not it is a religion, but even whether it is in any way religious - or, more to the point, whether it has any right to be. Some say it is, and should be; others that it is, and shouldn't; some deny that, at least for them, that it has any religious content at all.


(WELL  I  GUESS  IF  YOU  CANNOT  SPEAK  ABOUT  YOUR  FAITH,  IT  CAN  FOR  SOME  BE  JUST  A  NICE  SOCIAL  CLUB,  WHERE  NO  RELIGION  IN  SPECIFICS  IS  SPOKEN.  BUT  WE  HAVE  SEEN  THE  FREEMASON  TEACHING  IS  "BE  NEUTRAL"  SO  WHATEVER  YOU  BELIEVE  TOWARDS  GOD,  IS  NOT  GIVEN  TO  ANYONE  ELSE.  NOW  IF  IT  IS  GOING  TO  BE  JUST  A  SOCIAL  CLUB  WITH  "GOOD  WORKS"  TOWARDS  OTHERS  AT  TIMES,  THEN  IT  NEEDS  TO DROP  ANYTHING  TO  DO  WITH  THE  BIBLE  OR  ANY  CONNECTION  WITH  ANYTHING  THAT  PORTENDS  TO  SOME  "RELIGIOUS"  WORSHIP  OF  A  "GOD"  -  Keith Hunt)


Critics such as Martin Short say that Freemasonry is trying to be all things to all men; he seems to find it incomprehensible that some Freemasons derive deep spiritual satisfaction from the Craft, while others say they have little religious belief and enjoy it purely as a social club.


In court [Grand Lodge] claimed that Freemasonry is dedicated to advancing religion, but outside it was saying the Craft has no dogma and bans religious discussion. This must be a nonsense. How can Freemasonry 'advance' religion, and educate its members in spirituality, if they are not allowed to discuss the meaning of the ritual's religious elements?. . . each Mason, it seems, must fumble his own way through the ritual's labyrinth of ideas from all manner of primitive and mystical cults, some pre-dating even Judaism.79


But there is nothing incompatible here at all. What Short fails to grasp is that Freemasonry, through its rituals and their explanatory lectures, provides its members with a body of symbolism; and that whatever the members choose to do with this is entirely up to them. Some will grudgingly put up with all the ritual for the sake of the social side; others will enjoy the play-acting simply as spectacle; but some will let the symbolism of the ritual wash through them, leading them further on in their individual quest for the Divine.


(SO  THE  SYMBOLISM  ETC.  SHOULD  NOT  IN  ANY  WAY  BE  CONNECTED  TO  ANY  RELIGION,  HENCE  BE  FULLY  NEUTRAL.  THEN  WHY  NOT  DO  AWAY  WITH  THE  RITES  COMPLETELY  AND  JUST  HAVE  A  SOCIAL  CLUB  THAT  SITS  DOWN  TO  PLAN  ON  DOING  GOOD  DEEDS  TO  OTHER  PEOPLE  AND  CHILDREN.  AND  WHY  THE  "DEGREES"  AND  SECRECY  FROM  ONE  STEP  UP  TO  THE  NEXT  -  Keith Hunt)


This, surely, is the whole point of the spiritual side of Freemasonry: in contrast to the set dogmas of the established Church, Freemasonry teaches that it is for each individual member to establish his own relationship with God, in his own way. Freemasonry may provide signposts along the path, but the path has to be walked by each man alone.   


(AND  DEPENDING  ON  THOSE  SIGN  POSTS  AND  HOW  IT  CONDUCTS  ITS  MEETINGS  IN  THE  OVERALL,  WILL  DETERMINE  IF  IT  IS  TRYING  TO  BE  A  RELIGIOUS  ORGANIZATION  FOR  EVERYONE  IN  ITS  MEETINGS.  IF  IT  IS  DOING  AN  "EVERYONE  HERE  IS  WORSHIPPING  THEIR  GOD,  AND  ALL  CAN  BE  TO  SAVED  TO  FUTURE  ETERNITY  UNDER  THEIR  GOD"  -  THEN  THAT  IS  CLEARY  A  RELIGIOUS  ORGANIZATION  WITH  A  RELIGIOUS  AGENDA  TO  PROMOTE  -  AND  A  TRUE  CHRISTIAN  COULD  NOT  IN  GOOD  CONSCIENCE  BE  APART  OF,  WITH  NO  JESUS  BEING  ALLOWED.  CHRISTIANITY  IS  NOT  A  "NEUTRAL"  RELIGION.  TO  BE  PART  OF  A  NEUTRAL  RELIGION  FOR  A  CHRISTIAN  WOULD  MEAN  YOU  AGREE  THAT  SALVATION  IS  OPEN  TO  ALL,  WITHOUT  JESUS  CHRIST  AS  SAVIOR  -  AND  THAT  WOULD  BE  DENYING  THE  VERY  WORDS  OF  CHRIST  HIMSELF  -  Keith Hunt)


So Freemasonry can at one and the same time be 'dedicated to advancing religion' and have 'no dogma'. There is no contradiction; it certainly is not 'a nonsense'. As for banning religious discussion, this makes perfect sense. The moment people start to discuss their own individual, personal spiritual quests and experiences, arguments begin; there is dissension. Factions form - 'My path is better than your path' - which is precisely what Freemasonry has been against from the start. It is not just a Christian-Jew-Muslim problem; when Freemasonry began in an organized way, it was a Roman Catholic-Church of England-Methodist-Baptist-Congregationalist-Presbyterian-Quaker-Unitarian-Deist (and the rest) problem. Most of these were quite happy to tear out each other's throats (at least metaphorically) in argument.


(NO  MATTER  HOW  IT  BEGAN  OR  WHERE  IT  WENT  TO  OVER  THE  DECADES,  I  SAY  AGAIN  IF  IT  IS  TRYING  TO  BE  A  NEUTRAL  "RELIGION"  -  A  RELIGION  FOR  EVERYONE,  SO  TEACHING  ALL  CAN  COME  TO  GOD  WITH  "THEIR  RELIGION"  AND  BE  SAVED,  THEN  IT  IS  A  RELIGION  AND  SO  TEACHING  ALL  CAN  HAVE  ETERNAL  LIFE  "MY  WAY"  WITH  OR  WITHOUT  CHRIST  AS  SAVIOR  -  SUCH  A  TRADITION  OF  MEN [MADE  UP  BY  MEN]  IS  NOT  ACCEPTED  BY  THE  TRUE  GOD.  HIS  WAY  IS  ETERNAL  LIFE  ONLY  THROUGH   HIS  SON  JESUS  CHRIST  -  Keith Hunt)


Through the rose-tinted spectacles we turn on history, we see the Pilgrim Fathers and others crossing the Atlantic to escape persecution, and going to a Promised Land of religious tolerance. It wasn't so. They were just as bigoted as those they left behind. The Congregationalists who settled in New England in the early seventeenth century initially outlawed all other denominations. Eventually, reluctantly, they allowed Baptists and Episcopalians. In Massachusetts Congregationalists imprisoned and whipped Quakers. Four Quakers were executed there in 1659-61, for the crime of being Quakers.80


(THE  TERRIBLE  THINGS  DONE  BY  SO-CALLED  "CHRISTIANS"  DOWN  THROUGH  THE  CENTURIES,  WAS  VERY  WRONG;  THEY  TOO  WERE  SPIRITUALLY  BLINDED,  NOT  A  PART  OF  THE  TRUE  CHURCH  OF  GOD,  BUT A  PART  OF  THE  DECEPTIVE  FALSE  CHRISTIANITY  OF  SATAN  THE  DEVIL  -  Keith Hunt)


It made sense in the late seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries to ban discussion of religion, and also discussion of politics, within the Lodge; it still makes sense now. And there is no dogma, no clear, specific teaching of the meaning of it all, because this would be forcing just one interpretation onto the symbolism, and insisting that just one spiritual path is correct. This is expressed exquisitely by Joseph Fort Newton:


With the subtleties of speculation concerning those truths, and the unworldly envies growing out of them, it [Freemasonry] has not to do. There divisions begin, and Masonry was not made to divide men, but to unite them, leaving each man free to think his own thought and fashion his own system of ultimate truth. All its emphasis rests upon two extremely simple and profound principles - love of God and love of man. Therefore, all through the ages it has been, and is to-day, a meeting-place of differing minds, and a prophecy of the final union of all reverent and devout souls.

Time was when one man framed a dogma and declared it to be the eternal truth. Another man did the same thing, with a different dogma; then the two began to hate each other with an unholy hatred, each seeking to impose his dogma upon the other - and that is an epitome of some of the blackest pages of history. Against those old sectarians who substituted intolerance for charity, persecution for friendship, and did not love God because they hated their neighbours, Masonry made eloquent protest, putting their bigotry to shame by its simple insight and the dignity of its golden voice.81


(AGAIN  NICE  SOUNDING  WORDS  FOR  FREEMASONRY  AGAINST  A  BACKGROUND  OF  SECTARIANISM   IN  HATE  AND  IMPOSITION  OF  OF  "THEIR  WAY"  UPON  ALL.  THE  TRUE  CHRISTIAN  WAS  NOT  PART  OF  THIS  HISTORY;  THEY  STOOD  ALONE  IF  NEEDS  BE;  THEY  DID  NOT  HATE  OTHERS  FOR  HAVING  A  DIFFERENT  RELIGION  OR  BELIEFS  OF  DOCTRINE;  THEY  KNEW  THE  WORLD,  EVEN  THE  WORLD  OF  CHRISTIANITY  WAS  DECEIVED.  THEY  ALSO  KNEW  A  NEUTRALLY  RELIGIOUS  ORGANIZATION,  WHERE  THE  GOSPEL  OF  CHRIST,  EVEN  JESUS  HIMSELF  AND  HIS  WORDS  NOT  ALLOWED  TO  BE  SHARED,  WAS  THE  ANSWER.  ONE  WAY  WAS  THE  DECEPTION  OF  HATE  AND  BLOOD,  THE  OTHER  WAY  A  DECEPTION  OF  THEOLOGY.  BOTH  ARE  DECEPTIONS,  AND  A  TRUE  CHRISTIAN  CAN  NOT  BE  PART  OF  EITHER  -  Keith Hunt)


Newton is, however, too optimistic. He writes that 'a vast change of heart is now taking place in the religious world' as different religious movements begin talking to each other. Perhaps that was so in 1914 when he wrote these words; sadly, sectarianism and competing Fundamentalism seem stronger today than ever before. The need for 'a meeting-place of differing minds' is greater than ever. From this point of view, if none other, writers such as Walton Hannah, Robert Morey, Stephen Knight and Martin Short have made their own contribution to increasing the disharmony. Freemasonry's 'simple insight and the dignity of its golden voice' (if this was not an over-idealized view to begin with) have become buried under a mass of unpleasantness; some might indeed be of its own making, but most is the fault of its critics.


(SURE  HOW  YOU  PRESENT  A  TRUTH,  DIVULGING   AN  ERROR,  IS  VERY  IMPORTANT.  YOU  CAN  COUNTER  WITH  ANGER,  SARCASM,  WRONG  QUOTES,  DIRECT  MISREPRESENTATION,  EXAGGERATIONS,  BIAS  MOTIVES  ETC.  I  HAVE  TRIED  TO  ANSWER  WHAT  THE  WRITER  HAS  GIVEN  ME,  FROM  THE  MIND  OF  CHRIST  (PHIL.2:5).  -  Keith Hunt        


What is the secret at the heart of Freemasonry? According to many Masons there isn't one. For perhaps most Masons the rituals express dramatically certain moral ideas, and that's that. But for the more mystically inclined Masons, what is the great secret they find within Freemasonry?


Critics sneer at the answer that it is a secret that can never be revealed because it is a secret which cannot be formulated or communicated. But this is the essence of an individual mystical experience, a personal spiritual quest, an apprehension or realization of God within and without: a gnosis. By definition it cannot be communicated, because for each man it is personal and different. In this it is like the latihan or spiritual exercise and experience of the Subud movement:


the latihan of two people can never be the same, because everyone is different from everyone else. It is clear, then, that there cannot be a theory or a spiritual teaching in Subud because each person is different. .. Every person will find for himself the right way towards God, and what may be the right way for one may be completely wrong for another.82


Subud, like Freemasonry, is open to members of all religions, and for the same reason.


(AGAIN  THIS  IS  MAN  TRYING  TO  FIGURE  OUT  GOD  FOR  THEMSELVES…..IT  IS  "WELL  WHAT  WORKS  FOR  YOU  MAY  NOT  WORK  FOR  ME."  THE  ISLAMIC  PERSON  SAYS,  "CHRIST  WORKS  FOR  YOU,  BUT NOT  FOR  ME."  IT  IS  MAN  FORMING  THEIR  OWN  RELIGION  WITHOUT  GOD  IN  THE  PICTURE.  IT'S  LIKE  MAN  SAYING,  "NOW  GOD,  STEP  TO  ONE  SIDE  FOR  A  MOMENT,  WHILE  I  TAKE  SOME  TIME  TO  FIGURE  OUT  FROM  THIS  GROUP  I'M  IN,  WHAT  WORKS  FOR  ME  IN  WORSHIPPING  YOU."  IT'S  THIS  GROUP  LIKE  FREEMASONS  THAT  IS  TEACHING  YOU  ALL  MUST  TRY  TO  FIGURE  WHAT  WORKS  FOR  YOU  TO  WORSHIP  GOD,  WE  ARE  JUST  HERE  TO  ENCOURAGE  YOU  ALL  TO  DO  IT….AND  DO  SOME  GOOD  WORKS  TO  OTHERS  ALSO."  GOD  DOES  NOT  ALLOW  US  TO  WORSHIP  HIM  IN  OUR  WAY,  WHAT  WE  ARE  COMFORTABLE  WITH.  HE  JUST  GIVES  US  THE  FREEDOM  TO  DO  IT  HIS  WAY  OR  NOT.  AND  TO  DO  IT  HIS  WAY  MEANS  WE  STUDY  THE  BIBLE  TO  KNOW  WHAT  HIS  WAY  IS.  AND  GOD  DOES  HAVE  HIS  TRUE  MINISTERS  TO  HELP  ANSWER  QUESTIONS  -  Keith Hunt

The Secret Doctrine can be described in different terms. For Wake, 'it concerns the essential life of religion behind the externals of dogma and the translation of the cosmic Christhood into the personal life of each individual soul.' He explains how it can be found within Freemasonry:


a soul passes the threshold and so enters upon grades of real experience, which are shadowed forth in the secret Orders by revelation in symbols. They are thus suggested to the prepared heart in following the path of initiation, or the heart -independently of initiation - suggests them to itself, and is thus its own initiator. Mystical experience of this order may be defined provisionally as a substantial realisation of Divinity by means of loving intuition.83


(FANCY  WORDS  AGAIN  THAT  CAN  SOUND  SO  GOOD.  TICKLES  THE  HEART  YOU  COULD  SAY,  OR  VERY  SOPHISTICATED  TO  THE  MIND.  BUT  IT  NOTHING  HERE  ABOUT  THE  BIBLE,  OR  HAVING  A  PERSONAL  RELATIONSHIP  WITH  CHRIST.  NOTHING  HERE  ABOUT  GETTING  ON  YOUR  KNEES,  REALIZING  WHAT  SIN  IS,  THAT  YOU  ARE  A  SINNER,  ACCEPTING  JESUS  AS  PERSONAL  SAVIOR,  SETTING  YOUR  MIND  TO  LIVE  BY  EVERY  WORD  OF  GOD.  STUDYING  THE  BIBLE  TO  SEE  WHAT  THE  LORD  TEACHES  YOU,  IN  HOW  TO  LIVE  AND  WORSHIP  HIM,  HIS  WAY,  NOT  YOUR  WAY.  NOTHING  HERE  ABOUT   READING  AND  STUDYING  THE  WORDS  OF  CHRIST  IN  THE  FOUR  GOSPELS.  NOTHING  HERE  ABOUT  THE  ONLY  WAY  TO  SALVATION  THROUGH  CHRIST.  NOTHING  HERE  ABOUT  MOVING  ON  TO  MORE  SPIRITUALITY  AND  UNDERSTANDING  OF  GOD  AND  CHRIST  THROUGH  BIBLE  STUDY,  MEDITATION,  AND  PRAYER.  MYSTICAL  EXPERIENCE  IS  NOT  THE  ANSWER……. THE  ANSWER  IS  A  PERSONAL  RELATIONSHIP  WITH  THE  FATHER  AND  HIS  SON,  AND  LETTING  THEM  TEACH  YOU  BY  THE  WORDS  OF  THE  BOOK  INSPIRED  TO  GUIDE  YOU,  AND  THROUGH  THE  HOLY  SPIRIT,  AND  THE  MINISTRY  OF  THE  TRUE  CHURCH  OF  GOD  -  Keith Hunt)


Newton states it more simply:


Here lies the great secret of Masonry - that it makes a man aware of that divinity within him, wherefrom his whole life takes its beauty and meaning, and inspires him to follow and obey it.84


(WOW….. DOES  IT  TAKE  THE  MYSTERIES,  THE  RITES,  THE  SECRET  STEPS  OF  MASONRY  TO  MAKE  MAN  "AWARE  OF  THAT  DIVINITY  WITHIN  HIM"?  DOES  DIVINITY  ABIDE  INSIDE  MAN  AND  THE  BELONGING  TO  SOME  MYSTIC  MASONIC  LODGE  BRINGS  IT  OUT?  OR  IS  THE  TRUTH  THAT  IT  TAKES  A  MIRACLE  FROM  GOD  VIA  THE  HOLY  SPIRIT  TO  FREE  MAN  FROM  SPIRITUAL  DECEPTION,  TO  BRING  MAN  TO  THE  WORD  OF  GOD,  THAT  REVEALS  THE  WAY  AND  WILL  OF  GOD,  TO  BRING  TO  MANKIND  THE  ONLY  WAY  TO  BE  SAVED  THROUGH  JESUS  THE  CHRIST?  THE  LATTER  IS  ALL  THE  BIBLE  TALKS  ABOUT;  NOT  SOME  SECRET  SOCIETY  THAT   ONLY  THE  INITIATED  IN  ITS  CULTURE  CAN  UNDERSTAND.  IS  THE  TRUE  GOSPEL  TAUGHT  IN  SOME  OBSCURE  GROUP  THAT  TEACHES  YOU  DO  NOT  TALK  ABOUT  THE  DOCTRINES  OF  GOD  AND  ABOUT  CHRIST  JESUS?  I  THINK  NOT.  IT  IS  QUITE  OUTRAGEOUS  AND  PREPOSTEROUS   TO  CLAIM  SUCH  A  MYSTIC  GROUP  IS  GIVING  TRUE  INSIGHT  INTO  THE  DEEPER  THINGS  OF  GOD.  BUT  IF  SATAN  CAN  GET  YOU  TO  BELIEVE  SUCH  THINGS,  KEEP  YOU  MENTALLY  IN  A  STRAIGHT  JACKET  OF  BELIEVING  SUCH  THINGS,  HE  THEN  KNOWS  HE  CAN  DECEIVE  YOU  INTO  NOT  STUDYING  THE  WORD  OF  GOD  IN  A  DEEP  WAY,  TO  LEARN  WHAT  THE  ETERNAL  GOD  WANTS  YOU  TO  LEARN  AND  UNDERSTAND  ABOUT   HIM  AND  IN  GROWING  IN  GRACE  AND  KNOWLEDGE  OF  JESUS  CHRIST.  SATAN  IS  QUITE  HAPPY  TO  DISTRACT  YOU  IN  ANY  WAY  HE  CAN  FROM  READING  AND  STUDYING  THE  WORD  OF  GOD,  ESPECIALLY  WHEN  HE  CAN  TRICK  YOU  INTO  SOMETHING  THAT  SOUNDS  AND  LOOKS  LIKE  IT  HAS  SOME  "SPIRITUAL"  FORM.  HE  GETS  EVEN  MORE  JOY  FROM  SEEING  PEOPLE  BELIEVE  YOU  CAN  BE  IN  GOD'S  BOOK  OF  LIFE,  BELIEVING  IT  MATTERS  NOT  ABOUT  JESUS  BEING  THERE.  HENCE  ALL  THE  RELIGIONS  THAT  DO  NOT  HAVE  JESUS,  LIKE  BUDDHISTS,  MUSLIM,  JEWS,  CAN  ALL  FEEL  QUITE  COMFORTABLE  IN  MASONIC  LODGES,  WHEN  THEY  DO  NOT  HAVE  TO  TALK  ABOUT  HOW  YOU  ARE  SAVED,  OR  NEVER  LED  TO  ANY  SUCH  SUBJECT  AS  HOW  TO  BE  SAVED,  FOR  THEN  TROUBLES  WOULD  BEGIN  IN  VOCIFEROUS  AND  RAUCOUS  ARGUMENTS  AS  THE  STRONG  CHRISTIAN  WHO  HAS  READ  ALL  THE  WORDS  OF  CHRIST.  YOU  WOULD  THEN  BE  SHOUTED  DOWN  AS  NARROW  MINDED,  A  BIGOT,  UNLOVING,  CAUSING  THE  GROUP  TO  BREAK  UP  IN  THE  END.  SO  IT  IS  A  MAN  MADE  RELIGION  WITH  MAN  MADE  RULES,  FOLLOWING  A  WAY  THAT  SEEMS  RIGHT  UNTO  MEN,  BUT  END  IN  DECEPTIONS  AND  THE  WAY  OF  SPIRITUAL  DEATH  -  Keith Hunt)  


And here, ironically, a mystical Freemason and an Evangelical Christian might be closer than was suggested above. They share a common emphasis on the individual's response to and relationship with God, rather than the traditional teaching that God can only be approached through the hierarchy of the Church. 


(ONLY  BEING  ABLE  TO  APPROACH  GOD  VIA  THROUGH  THE  HIERARCHY  OF  THE  CHURCH,  IS  AS  BAD  AS  ANY  OTHER  FALSE  DOCTRINE  OF  CHRISTIANITY.  MYSTICAL  FREEMASONRY  IS  AS  BAD  AS  MYSTICAL  RELIGION  FROM  THE  ROMAN  CATHOLIC  CHURCH.  BOTH  ARE  DOOMED  FOR  UTTER  DESTRUCTION  WHEN  JESUS  RETURNS  TO  BRING  THE  FREE  TEACHING  OF  TRUE  CHRISTIANITY  AND  THE  LAWS,  COMMANDMENTS,  AND  THE  WAY  OF  GOD  COVERS  THIS  EARTH  AS  THE  WATERS  COVER  THE  SEA  BEDS  -  Keith Hunt)


An open-minded Evangelical who is not automatically condemnatory of those who don't share his beliefs, might actually find something both familiar and of great spiritual value within Freemasonry. An Evangelical with a mystical bent might well find the Inner Mysteries at the heart of Freemasonry more acceptable than he thinks.


(WELL  I  KNOW  WHAT  I  AM  TAUGHT  IN  GOD'S  WORD;  I  AM  PATIENT  WITH  THOSE  NOT  YET  CALLED  TO  SALVATION  ONLY  THROUGH  CHRIST,  THEY  ARE  SPIRITUALLY  BLINDED  AND  NOT  CALLED,  THE  BLINDNESS  IS  STILL  THERE.  BUT  THEY  WILL  BE  GIVEN  A  CHANCE  TO  HAVE  THE  BLINDNESS  REMOVED,  SEE  CLEARLY  THE  ONLY  TRUTH  ON  HOW  TO  BE  SAVED  INTO  ETERNAL  LIFE.  A  TRUE  CHRISTIAN  WILL  HAVE  NO  "MYSTICAL  BENT"  -  ALL  HE  NEEDS  IS  THE  BIBLE,  THE  HOLY  SPIRIT,  AND  A  DEEP  LONGING  TO  HUNGER  AND  THIRST  AFTER  RIGHTEOUSNESS,  AND  HE  WILL  BE  FILLED,  SO  SAID  AND  PROMISED  JESUS  - Keith Hunt)


It should be mentioned again that I am neither a Freemason nor in any way an apologist for Freemasonry. During the research and writing of this chapter it became apparent that many of the popular books opposed to Freemasonry, which claim to be fair, balanced and honest accounts, are riddled not only with misleading arguments but also with factual errors, whether by carelessness or by deliberate deceit. I felt it necessary to try to set the record straight, even though doing so has caused this to become rather a long chapter. Even so, it has barely skimmed the surface of the fallacious arguments propounded by such anti-Masonic authors, and the popular misconceptions reinforced by them.


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AND  I  HAVE  ANSWERED  AS  WE  WENT  ALONG  WITH  THE  WRITERS  UNBIASED   POINTS  ABOUT  FREEMASONRY…..SO  AN  EXTRA  LONG  CHAPTER  IT  HAS  TURNED  OUT  TO  BE.


FREEMASONS  HAVE  TWO  BASIC  WAY  TO  GO….. WELL  ACTUALLY  THREE  WAYS:


FIRST: BECOME  TOTALY  SECULAR  -  DROP  ALL  RITES  ETC.  AND  BECOME  A  CLUB  TO  SERVE  AND  HELP  PEOPLE  AND  CHILDREN,  PERIOD.


SECOND:  BE  SECULAR  BUT  KEEP  RITES  -  KEEP  NEW  RITES  THAT  FOCUS  ON  NOTHING  RELIGIOUS  IN  ANY  WAY  TOWARDS  CHRISTIANITY,  ISLAM,  JEWISH,  OR  ANY  OTHER  FAITH.  MAKE  UP  NEW  RITES  AND  RITUALS  THAT  HAVE  NO  BEARING  ON  ANY  RELIGIONS  OF  THE  WORLD.


THREE:  STAY  THE  SAME,  WITH  A  "WORSHIP  GOD"  AND  LEAVE  IT  AT  THAT.


IF  THE  FREEMASONS  -  MASONIC  LODGE  -  DECIDE  WITH  NUMBER  THREE,  A  CHRISTIAN  IN  GOOD  CONSCIENCE  CANNOT  PARTICIPATE  IN  A  "WORSHIP  GOD"  YOUR  WAY,  WHILE  CHRIST  IS  LEFT  OUT.  A  CHRISTIAN  DOING  SO  WOULD  BE  GIVING  AND  SUPPORTING  THE  ISLAMIC,  JEWISH,  BUDDHIST,  ETC.  IDEA  AND  TEACHING  THAT  YOU  CAN  BE  SAVED  TO  ETERNAL  LIFE  WITHOUT  CHRIST…..SUCH  AN  IDEA  IS  CONTRARY  TO  JESUS  CHRIST  HIMSELF  AND  ALL  THE  WRITERS  OF  THE  NEW  TESTAMENT.


Keith Hunt