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B 2 $12.00 CHRISTIAN WORKER'S HANDBOOK - THE GUIDE FOR MINISTRY TO MASONS The ultimate in documentation of 33 topics with quotes from leading Masonic authors and Scriptures showing their incompatibility with God's word. There is also some information about Eastern Star [check Ministry Links Page] and Shriners.

 

TABLE OF CONTENTS:

1. MASONIC SECRECY 1
2. MASONIC DECEPTION 3
3. DENYING THE LIGHT 5
5. MASONIC OATHS 9
6. SHRINE AND ROYAL ARCH OATHS 11
7. FREEMASONRY AND THE BIBLE 13
8. MASONIC FALSE GOSPEL 15
9. FREEMASONRY AND DEITY OF JESUS CHRIST 19
10. THE MASONIC RELIGION 23
11. FREEMASONRY AND PUBLIC EDUCATION 27
12. FREEMASONRY AND THE GODHOOD OF MAN 29
13. THE GOD OF FREEMASONRY 35
14. FREEMASONRY IS NOT MERELY A SOCIAL AND FRATERNAL ORGANIZATION 37
15. THE POINT WITHIN A CIRCLE 39
16. FREEMASONRY AND THE KABBALA 41
18. BLASPHEMY OF THE HOLY SPIRIT 49
19. ALBERT PIKE - THE OCCULTIST HONORED BY FREEMASONRY 53
20. ALBERT PIKE TAUGHT GOD IS A BI-SEXUAL 55
21. ALBERT PIKE - KU KLUX KLAN LEADER 57
22. ELIPHAS LEVI AND ALBERT PIKE 59
23. MASONIC LIGHT 67
24. MANLY PALMER HALL - MASONRY'S GREATEST PHILOSOPHER 71
25. MANLY P. HALL - HELENA PETROVNA BLAVATSKY 75
26. MANLY P. HALL - EGYPTIAN CONNECTION WITH FREEMASONRY 77
27. FREEMASONRY AND BAAL WORSHIP 81
28. HOW FREEMASONRY LEADS MEN DEEPER INTO THE OCCULT 83
29. INTERPRETATION Of THE MASONIC SYMBOLS 85
30. MASONIC INITIATION 87
31. FREEMASONRY AND DEMON POSSESSION 91
32. ORDER OF THE EASTERN STAR 93
33. THE SHRINERS 99

FOREWORD

Maybe you've seen their emblems on their rear windows, license plates, or on a casket in a funeral - and wondered what they stood for. Maybe you've been to the Shrine Circus. Maybe you have conversed with a person who informs you he is a Mason. Perhaps you have always wondered about the group called - Freemasons. You may even be related to someone who is a Mason and desire to know more about this secret fraternal organization.
   As a pastor you always are on the lookout for false teachings in our churches and society. Many are not aware of it, but Freemasonry is a false religion. Most have no idea of the beliefs and practices of this cult movement.
   I am so pleased to recommend this book by David and Donna Carrico. They give a clarion call to all of God's people to come out from among them and be separate as God's Word declares. My eyes have been opened through their ministry and this book and I know your's will be also.
   We are in a day and time when even pastors are failing to take a stand against false teachings. There is nowhere that this is more blatant than with the issue of the Masons verses Christianity.
   In II Corinthians 6:14-18, God's Word tells us not to be unequally yoked together with unbelievers. It asks the question - what communion has light with darkness? And God's Word answers - come out from among them and be ye separate, saith the Lord!
   There is no doubt that if a person is completely committed to God they cannot be involved in false religions. There is also no doubt that the Masonic Lodge is a false religion.
   The Carricos have lovingly and candidly exposed the teachings and rituals of the Masonic movement. As you begin to read these informative pages you will immediately recognize Freemasonry for something that cannot co-habitate with Christianity. There is no shred of bitterness or hatred found within this book, only a hatred of sin and a desire to rescue God's people from the clutches of Satan.  
   I am convinced that God will use this ministry tool greatly in the coming years and I commend the FOLLOWERS OF JESUS CHRIST Ministry for taking a stand in a time when many will not.  I also commend you for obtaining this book. But I must, along with the commendation, offer a challenge.


   If you are a Mason, please be honest with yourself and with God that Freemasonry and Christianity cannot go together and that you must decide today whom you will serve - a man cannot have two masters.

If you are a pastor, then I challenge you to utilize this tool to call others away from the Masonic false religion and to take a stand for our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

From exposing Masonic secrecy and deception to oaths and Satanic connections - CHRISTIAN WORKER'S HANDBOOK - THE GUIDE FOR MINISTRY TO MASONS - is an answer to prayer for those who want to minister to those who have been deceived by the Masonic Lodge.
   This is a ministry tool I am sure to utilize many times in the future and I encourage you to keep this book always ready to be consulted, because we are in a battle against Satan and false religions.

Pastor Timothy P. Smith
New Liberty Baptist Church
New Liberty Christian Ministries Evansville, Indiana

INTRODUCTION
  
The position of our ministry is that some Freemasons are Christians because Freemasonry is truly a system that deceives good men. It is also our ministry's position that you cannot be an informed Freemason and a committed Christian at the same time.
   We believe that any man who is truly 'born again' would not want to retain his membership and support an organization that promotes the things that Freemasonry is involved in. (see Appendix on: How to lead a Mason to Christ)

   We love the Freemasons but hate Freemasonry because it is an evil system that is opposed to the true gospel of Jesus Christ. This guide is to serve as a tool to prepare Christian workers to minister to Masons and is also designed to inform the Mason what Masonry really teaches. This guide will present quotes by Freemasons and other occult sources regarding Freemasonry, and these quotes will disclose the true doctrine and agenda of the Lodge. We will then provide Scriptures from the Bible that will expose and refute the error of Freemasonry. We feel the scriptures and quotes speak for themselves, therefore, we will offer very little commentary. Freemasonry is a very complex and deceptive religion, however, this guide will provide the Christian worker with the basic information and Scriptures that he or she needs to begin a Ministry to Masons. With the help of this guide, you will understand the reasons WHY A CHRISTIAN CAN'T BE A FREEMASON AFTER HE KNOWS THE TRUTH ABOUT THE LODGE.

1. MASONIC SECRECY

In Freemasonry a man does things behind closed doors that he cannot share with his wife and fellow church members. If this is all you know about Freemasonry it should be enough to show you that Christians should have no part of it. All Freemasons are in the occult as the following book, published by the Macoy Masonic Publishing Company, readily admits.

From The Royal Arch Its Hidden Meaning, by George H. Steinmetz:

Many Freemasons shudder at the word "occult" which comes from the Latin meaning "to cover, to conceal from public scrutiny and the profane." But, anyone studying Freemasonry cannot avoid classifying Freemasonry among "occult" teachings.1

From The Great Teachings of Masonry, by H.L. Haywood:

Also, Masonic secrecy exists for certain definite purposes. The Fraternity itself exists in order to keep fixed on a man a certain set of influences, and in order to bring about certain changes in the world, etc.: its secrecy is a means to that end, and helps to make such a purpose possible. If a lodge room were as open to the general public as a street corner all that goes specifically by the name of Masonry would necessarily vanish and the very purpose for which the Order exists would be defeated.2

Jesus says:

(John 3:19-21 KJV) And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. {20} For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved. {21} But he that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God.

(John 18:20 KJV) Jesus answered him, I spake openly to the world; I ever taught in the synagogue, and in the temple, whither the Jews always resort; and in secret have I said nothing.

(Luke 12:2-3 KJV) For there is nothing covered, that shall not be revealed; neither hid, that shall not be known. {3} Therefore whatsoever ye have spoken in darkness shall be heard in the light; and that which ye have spoken in the ear in closets shall be proclaimed upon the housetops.

(Luke 8:17 KJV) For nothing is secret, that shall not be made manifest; neither any thing hid, that shall not be known and come abroad.

2. MASONIC DECEPTION

Freemasonry deceives good men about its real doctrine and purpose. Please read the following quotes from their own Masonic books.

From Morals and Dogma, by Albert Pike:

The Blue Degrees are but the outer court or portico of the Temple. Part of the symbols are displayed there to the Initiate, but he is intentionally misled by false interpretations. It is not intended that he shall understand them; but it is intended that he shall imagine he understands them. Their true explication is reserved for the Adepts, the Princes of Masonry.3

From The Meaning of Masonry, by Lynn F. Perkins:

It should be carefully noted that the purpose of the Ritual is just as much to conceal as to reveal the secret science that lies behind and within the outward and literal forms and symbols. The true wisdom is concealed, hidden, not only from those who do not join the Masonic Order but also from those who "take" the degrees; and it will remain "hidden" until each Mason seeks revelation and finds the Truth for himself.4

From Morals and Dogma, by Albert Pike:

Masonry, like all the Religions, all the Mysteries, Hermeticism and Alchemy, conceals its secrets from all except the Adepts and Sages, or the Elect, and uses false explanations and misinterpretations of its symbols to mislead those who deserve only to be misled; to conceal the Truth, which it calls Light, from them, and to draw them away from it...........So Masonry jealously conceals its secrets, and intentionally leads conceited interpreters astray.5

From Morals and Dogma, by Albert Pike:

The symbols and ceremonies of Masonry have more than one meaning. They rather conceal than disclose the Truth. They hint it only, at least; and their varied meanings are only to be discovered by reflection and study.6

From Ancient Mystic Oriental Masonry, Dr. R.  Swinburne Clymer:

It is in the ancient symbols of Freemasonry that its real secrets lie concealed, and these are as densely veiled to the Mason as to any other, unless he has studied the science of symbolism in general, and Masonic symbols in particular. 7

The word of God says:

(Proverbs 12:20 KJV) Deceit is in the heart of them that imagine evil: but to the counsellors of peace is joy.

(Romans 12:17 KJV) Recompense to no man evil for evil. Provide things honest in the sight of all men.

(Jeremiah 9:5-6 KJV) And they will deceive every one his neighbour, and will not speak the truth: they have taught their tongue to speak lies, and weary themselves to commit iniquity. {6} Thine habitation is in the midst of deceit; through deceit they refuse to know me, saith the LORD.

(Psalms 101:7 KJV) He that worketh deceit shall not dwell within my house: he that telleth lies shall not tarry in my sight.

(Proverbs 14:5 KJV) A faithful witness will not lie: but a false witness will utter lies.

(Leviticus 19:11 KJV) Ye shall not steal, neither deal falsely, neither lie one to another.

3.  DENYING THE LIGHT

Some Freemasons deny they have done anything wrong, yet they have to deny their own faith and Ďthe light of the worldí, Jesus Christ from the very beginning to be accepted into the lodge. In the very First Degree of Freemasonry, the Entered Apprentice Degree, the candidate is declared by the Conductor that he is in darkness and he must make a confession that he wants to come to Ďlightí that is found in the Lodge.

From Duncanís Ritual of Freemasonry, by Malcolm C. Duncan:

..who has long been in darkness, and now seeks to be brought to light, and to receive a part in the rights and benefits of this Worshipful Lodge, erected to God, and dedicated to the holy St. John, as all brothers and fellows have done before.............. Why leave you the west and travel toward the east?..[candidate answers] In search of light.8

The words above are part of the ritual that a candidate is subjected to in the First Degree of Freemasonry and it contains a confession that no true follower of Jesus Christ can make.

From The AHIMAN REZON or Book of Constitutions of the Grand Lodge of Ancient Free Masons of South Carolina, Compiled and Arranged by the Authority of the Grand Lodge, and Published Under its Sanction:

The Lodge is, then, at the time of the reception of an Entered Apprentice, a symbol of the world, and the initiation is a type of the new life upon which the candidate is about to enter. There he stands without our portals, on the threshold of this new Masonic life, in darkness, helplessness, and ignorance. Having been wandering amid the errors and covered over with the polutions of the outer and profane world, he comes inquiringly to our doors, seeking the new birth, and asking a withdrawal of the veil which conceals divine truth from his uninitiated sight.9

This is what the word of God says:

(John 8:12 KJV) 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.

(1 John 1:5-7 KJV) This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all. {6} If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth: {7} But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.

(John 12:46 KJV) I am come a light into the world, that whosoever believeth on me should not abide in darkness.

4.  DECEIVED ABOUT OATHS

Freemasonry deceives the candidates by telling them that the oath they swear will not violate their duty to God or country. This is done before the candidate takes the first oath in the First Degree of Masonry. The truth is that the oath they swear is strictly forbidden in the scriptures and will obligate them to give preference to Masons over other honest citizens.

From Duncanís Ritual, by Malcolm C. Duncan:

...before you can be permitted to advance any farther in Masonry, it becomes my duty to inform you, that you must take upon yourself a solemn oath or obligation, appertaining to this degree, which I, as Master of this Lodge, assure you will not materially interfere with the duty that you owe to your God, yourself, family, country, or neighbor. Are you willing to take such an oath?10

From The Genius of Freemasonry, by J. D. Buck:

A Mason may discriminate in favor of a Brother Mason. Other things equal, he may give him the preference as he would a brother by the ties of kinship and of blood.11

The word of God warns us how we should treat others.

(Ephesians 4:25 KJV) Wherefore putting away lying, speak every man truth with his neighbour: for we are members one of another.

(Psalms 24:3-5 KJV) Who shall ascend into the hill of the LORD? or who shall stand in his holy place? {4} He that hath clean hands, and a pure heart; who hath not lifted up his soul unto vanity, nor sworn deceitfully. {5} He shall receive the blessing from the LORD, and righteousness from the God of his salvation.

(1 Timothy 5:20-21 KJV) Them that sin rebuke before all, that others also may fear. {21} I charge thee before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, and the elect angels, that thou observe these things without preferring one before another, doing nothing by partiality.

5.  MASONIC OATHS

Freemasonry first deceives men and then compels men to swear death oaths in their Rituals that are in direct violation of the Word of God.

The oath of the First Degree of Freemasonry, The Entered Apprentice Degree, is as follows: From the Masonic source, Duncanís Ritual of Freemasonry, by Malcolm C. Duncan:

All this I most solemnly, sincerely promise and swear, with a firm and steadfast resolution to perform the same, without any mental reservation or secret evasion of mind whatever, binding myself under no less penalty than that of having my throat cut across, my tongue torn out by its roots, and my body buried in the rough sands of the sea, at low-water mark, where the tide ebbs and flows twice in twenty-four hours, should I ever knowingly violate this my Entered Apprentice obligation. So help me God, and keep me steadfast in the due performance of the same.12

The oath of the Second Degree of Freemasonry, The Fellow Craft Degree, again from Duncanís Ritual, is as follows :

All this I most solemnly promise and swear with a firm and steadfast resolution to perform the same, without any hesitation, mental reservation, or self-evasion of mind whatever, binding myself under no less penalty than of having my breast torn open my heart plucked out, and placed on the highest pinnacle of the temple (some say, "My heart and vitals taken from thence, and thrown over my left shoulder, and carried into the valley of Jehoshaphat, &c., &c.), there to be devoured by the vultures of the air, should I ever knowingly violate the Fellow Craft obligation. So help me God, and keep me steadfast in the due performance of the same.13

The oath of the Third Degree of Freemasonry, The Master Mason Degree, again from Duncanís Ritual, says:

"Further, that I will keep a worthy brother Master Masonís secrets inviolable, when communicated to and received by me as such, murder and treason excepted.....

"All this I most solemnly, sincerely promise and swear, with a firm an steady resolution to perform the same, without any hesitation, mental reservation, or secret evasion of mind whatever, binding myself, under no less penalty than that of having my body severed in two, my bowels taken from thence and burned to ashes, the ashes scattered before the four winds of heaven, that no more remembrance might be had of so vile and wicked a wretch as I would be, should I ever, knowingly, violate this my Master Masonís obligation. So help me God, and keep me steadfast in the due performance of the same."14

The word of God plainly tells us not to swear.

(Matthew 5:34-37 KJV) But I say unto you, Swear not at all; neither by heaven; for it is Godís throne: {35} Nor by the earth; for it is his footstool: neither by Jerusalem; for it is the city of the great King. {36} Neither shalt thou swear by thy head, because thou canst not make one hair white or black. {37} But let your communication be, Yea, yea; Nay, nay: for whatsoever is more than these cometh of evil.

(James 5:12 KJV) But above all things, my brethren, swear not, neither by heaven, neither by the earth, neither by any other oath: but let your yea be yea; and your nay, nay; lest ye fall into condemnation.

The Lodge cannot hold good men in bondage by these horrible oaths. The men who took these oaths were deceived into thinking it would not violate their duty to God or their country, etc. Even in the old Testament there was forgiveness and release from rash vows.

The word of God says:

(Leviticus 5:4-6 KJV) Or if a soul swear, pronouncing with his lips to do evil, or to do good, whatsoever it be that a man shall pronounce with an oath, and it be hid from him; when he knoweth of it, then he shall be guilty in one of these. {5} And it shall be, when he shall be guilty in one of these things, that he shall confess that he hath sinned in that thing: {6} And he shall bring his trespass offering unto the LORD for his sin which he hath sinned, a female from the flock, a lamb or a kid of the goats, for a sin offering; and the priest shall make an atonement for him concerning his sin.

How much more will the blood of Jesus Christ set men free from these demonic Masonic oaths.

(1 John 1:9 KJV) If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

(Luke 4:18-19 KJV) The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised, {19} To preach the acceptable year of the Lord.

It has been reported to us that the Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania is now reading the oaths to the candidates and having the candidates agree to them. When those candidates are asked by a Christian worker if they took the oaths, they will deny actually taking the oath because it was read to them and only affirmed instead of actually saying all the words. Even if that is the case, they are still in direct contradiction of Godís word because they have agreed to the oath. This is just another example of Masonic deception. The oaths that are taken in the different lodges might vary slightly in wording and if the wording is not quite the same when you are confronting a Freemason, he will also deny having taken the oaths. This is just another way to lie and deny the acceptance of the oaths. The oaths that are taken in the other Grand Lodges will be very similar to the ones found in Duncanís Ritual and Lesterís Look to the East. We were also recently informed that as of 1986 the oaths in the first three degrees and Master Elect have been removed from the English Constitution of Freemasonry. American Freemasonry still remains relatively the same, however.

ENDNOTES

1. George H. Steinmetz, The Royal Arch Its Hidden Meaning, Macoy Publishing and Masonic Supply Co., Inc. 1946, p. 147.

2 . H. L. Haywood, The Great Teachings of Masonry, 1971 Macoy Publishing And Masonic Supply Co., Inc., p. 33.

3. Albert Pike, Morals and Dogma of the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite of Freemasonry, 1871 L. H. Jenkins Inc., p. 819.

4. Lynn F. Perkins, The Meaning of Masonry, A Popular Guide To The Values Of Ancient And Modern Freemasonry, 1960 Exposition Press, p. 35.

5. Albert Pike, Morals and Dogma of the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite of Freemasonry, 1871 L. H. Jenkins Inc., p. 104-105.

6. Ibid., p. 148.

7. Dr. R. Swinburne Clymer, Ancient Mystic Oriental Masonry, Its teachings, Rules, Laws and Present Usages which govern the Order at the present day. "True Masonry and the Universal Brotherhood of Man are one.", The Philosophical Publishing Co. 1907, p. 39.

8. Malcolm C. Duncan, Duncanís Ritual of Freemasonry, David McKay Company, p. 31-32.

9. The AHIMAN REZON or Book of Constitutions of the Grand Lodge of Ancient Free Masons of South Carolina, Seventeenth edition, Compiled and Arranged by the Authority of the Grand Lodge, and Published under its Sanction, p. 61. (Originally edited by Albert G. Mackey, M.D.

10. Malcolm C. Duncan, Duncanís Ritual of Freemasonry, David McKay Company, p. 33.[Bold added for emphasis]

11. J. D. Buck, The Genius of Freemasonry, Vol. I, Chicago Indo-American Book Co. 1914, p. 75.

12. Malcolm C. Duncan, Duncanís Ritual of Freemasonry, David McKay Company, p. 35.

13. Ibid., p. 65-66.

14. Ibid., p. 95-96.

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