Freemasonry is a religion. It is not “a mere social order inculcating ethical ideals and practicing philanthropy,” but “As some of us prefer to put it, Masonry is not a religion, but Religion—not a church but a worship, in which men of all religions may unite” (Joseph Fort Newton, Unitarian, Swedenborgian, The Religion of Masonry, 10, 11). Dr. Albert G. Mackey says, “All ceremonies of our order are prefaced and terminated with prayer, because Masonry is a religious institution” (Lexicon of Freemasonry, 371). Again, he says, “The truth is that Masonry is undoubtedly a religious institution, its religion being of that universal kind in which all men agree” (Text-Book of Masonic Jurisprudence). Here, at last, is the religion in which all men agree, no matter of what lodge, sect, cult, or heresy they may be! “So broad is the religion of Masonry, and so carefully are all sectarian tenets excluded from the system that the Christian, the Jew, and the Mohammedan, in all their numberless sects and divisions, may and do harmoniously combine in its moral and intellectual work, with the Buddhist, the Earsee, the Confucianist, and the worshiper of Deity under every form” (Webb’s Monitor of Freemasonry, 280). Masonry does not deny any religion but attempts to absorb all religions, and thus form “the religion . . . It is certainly the true religion of mankind” (Dr. Meyer). It took a religious “Mulligan stew” to cook up the true religion! Unlike Christianity, it is not super naturalistic and revolutionary; it is naturalistic and evolutionistic.
Freemasonry is not the religion of the Bible. Its god is man. “Freemasonry has taught each man can, by himself work out his own conception of God and thereby achieve salvation” (Freemasonry: Its Aims and Ideals, 187). This conception of “God” is humanism. “The profoundest insight of the human soul” is “that God becomes man and that man may become God” (Joseph Fort Newton in The Religion of Masonry, 37). The Christian faith teaches that the God of the Bible is alone the one true God, and that all other gods are idols. The true God is the triune God of the ontological trinity. The god of Masonry is not the God of the Bible, but a synthesized god, a syncretized trinity of heathenism. “He is a composite deity—Jehovah, Baal and Osiris, rolled into one” (Heresies Exposed, 86): This is supposed to be the great “secret” name of God, formed by the combination Jah-Bul-On. Every Mason is forbidden under oath to speak or write this name, i.e., pronounce the whole compound word. It takes three men, who must divide this word between them, each pronouncing a syllable of the word in turn. This heathen name of a heathen god is said to be from four languages—Chaldean, Hebrew, Syriac, and Egyptian. Jah is the Chaldean and Hebrew name for God, the “I Am,” Bul is the Syriac name for Lord, and On is the Egyptian name of the sun-god which Jehovah condemned (Ezek. 30). Literally the name might be translated, “I am Lord of Strength” (of virility). What is so wrong with this name is that it shares the exclusive Godhead of Jehovah with idols, whereas Jehovah always maintains His absolute independency, and the principle of His law, “Thou shalt have no other gods before My face,” and also maintains “My glory will I not give to another, neither my praise to graven images” (Is. 42:8).
Freemasonry is founded on the religion of the Egyptian god Osiris, who was born of Isis, his mother. He later married his mother and so became her husband. She was known as “The Mother of Corn.” Plutarch says “Osiris was black,” and that his son “was of a fair complexion.” Hislop says “we have unequivocal evidence that Osiris, the son and husband of the great goddess-queen of Egypt, was also represented as a veritable-negro.” He is found “with unmistakable features of the genuine Cushite or negro” and is referred to as “this negro god . . . this negro-featured Osiris.” Indeed, “it is wonderful to find in what widely-severed countries, and amongst what millions of the human race at this day, who never saw a negro, a negro god is worshiped” (The Two Babylons, 43-44, 69).
Freemasonry finds salvation in all the heathen religions of the world. It rejects the scriptural teaching that neither is there salvation in any other than in Jesus Christ the consubstantial Son of God, who is the Way, the Truth and the Life. J.S.M. Ward, a high degree Mason, put it this way:
“Bacchus died and rose again,
On the golden Syrian Plain;
Osiris rose from out his grave,
And thereby mankind did save;
Adonis likewise did shed his blood
By the yellow Syrian flood,
Zoroaster brought to birth
Mithra from his cave of earth.
And we today in Christian lands,
We with them can join hands.”
These five strange religions serve as a sample of the effectiveness of all religions to save. Is this so merely because religion saves? any religion? Or is there, perhaps, some connection and underlying unity in this motley idol band? There is, some believe, and that in the identity of these gods in one single person. “A statement of Plato seems to show that in his day the Egyptian Osiris was regarded as identical with Tammuz and Tammuz is well known to have been the same as Adonis . . .” (The Two Babylons, 56). Therefore “Adonis . . . is identified with Osiris” (ibid., 65). But Osiris is also said to be identical withBacchus (ibid., 56). The latter is further identified withZoroaster (59). The same also “under the nameMethra . . . was worshiped” (70). The identification is quite possible, since idolatry develops out of the one source of Babylon from the tower of Babel and spreads throughout all the world into all the false religions.
Freemasonry, therefore, really has nothing to do with the Bible. “The Jews, the Chinese, the Turks, each reject, either the New Testament or the Old, or both, and yet we see no good reason why they should not be made Masons. In fact, Blue Lodge Masonry has nothing to do with the Bible: it is not founded upon the Bible. If it was, it would not be Masonry; it would be something else” (Digest of Masonic Law, by Geo. W. Chase, 207-8). Freemasonry, as it claims, and as we have shown, springs from ancient heathenism. In his book “Freemasonry and the Ancient Gods,” J.S.M. Ward wrote, after 14 years of research, that all of Masonry is traceable to the religious worship of India, ancient Mexico, and the mystery religions of pagan Rome and Egypt.
Freemasonry makes itself guilty of blasphemy and sin against the third commandment. This is evident in the horribly inhuman oaths it administers in its various degrees. The candidate puts up his life as a pledge on attaining the Entered Apprentice degree: “Binding myself under no less penalty than that of having my throat cut from ear to ear, my tongue torn out by its roots and buried in the sands of the sea, at low water mark, where the tide ebbs and flows twice in twenty-four hours, should I in the least knowingly, or wittingly, violate or transgress this my Entered Apprentice obligation. So help me God and keep me steadfast.” The Fellowcraft degree requires the oath, “binding myself under no less penalty than that of having my left breast torn open, my heart plucked out from thence and given to the beasts of the field and birds of the air as a prey, should I in the least . . . violate . . . my fellowcraft obligation. . .” The Master Mason degree requires this oath: ” . . . no less penalty than that of having my body severed in twain, my bowels taken from thence and burned to ashes, and this scattered by the four winds of heaven, that no more remembrance may be had among men or Masons of so vile a wretch as I should be, should I . . . violate . . . my Master Mason’s obligations . . .” (Quotations from the secret ritual of Masonry, King Solomon and His Followers (Calif.), rev. ed., N.Y., Allen Pub., c. 1947, pp. 23, 83, 137). The oath of the Royal Arch degree ends thus: “binding myself under no less penalty than that of having my skull smote off and my brains exposed to the scorching rays of the noonday sun, should I violate this . . .” The oath of the Knights Templar is taken “without evasion, equivocation, or mental reservation of any kind, under no less a penalty than loss of life, by having my head struck off and placed on the point of a pinnacle or spire, my skull sawn asunder, and my brains exposed to the scorching rays of the sun.” This is begun “in the name of the holy, blessed and glorious Trinity” and ends “so help me Christ.” (Hannah, Christian by Degrees, 174-5). The oath required in the Rose Croix degree is not savage and bestial in threatening punishment in case of failure to fulfill the pledge, as the preceding oaths are. It is sworn “in the name of the holy and undivided Trinity” and calls upon God to witness things unnecessary either for the glory of God or the welfare of mankind. The oaths in the Knights Kadosh degree are not as atrocious as those of earlier degrees, yet the closing oath of the thirtieth degree reads, “All of which I promise to do under the penalty of death. So help me God” (Whalen, p. 63). These oaths fly in the face of Christ’s teaching in Matt. 5:34-37.
Freemasonry is a compromising syncretism. This latter term means “a uniting together,” in this case, of all the ancient heathen religions; and a “uniting against,” i.e., the various systems of religion are united on the basis of a common opinion, and against a common opponent, which common opponent, it must be obvious to every reader by now, is Christianity. The Freemason conception of “God” in Moslem countries is Allah; and the Koran, not the Bible appears on Masonic altars. “If the predominating religion is any other religion, its sacred book is on the Masonic altars” (M.S. McMillan), and the conception of “God” prevails accordingly. Christian concepts are also similarly reinterpreted in agreement with the predominating religious thought, or with individual opinion. Thus, being received into Abraham’s bosom may mean just about anything. To the Christian, of course, it is a picture of the believers’ eternal rest in heaven. To the Hindu, it refers to Krishna. To the Buddhist it points to their coming “messiah”, Maitreya. To the Moslem it points to the Prophet. To the Romanist it is a kind of Old Testament purgatory “where the souls of saints resided til Christ had opened heaven by His death” (Luke 16:26, Douay-Rheims version). Just so, the Latinized initials of Pilate’s words affixed to the cross, I.N.R.I., to the Christian mean Iesus Nazarenus Rex Iudaeorum, Jesus of Nazareth King of the Jews. To certain ancient philosophers who dreamed of a universal regeneration, it meant, Igne Natura Renovatur Integra (entire nature is renovated by fire). To others, it meant other things, but to the Hebrews it is said to mean Iammim Nour Ruach Iebeschah (the seas, or water; fire, air, and dry earth), which is more Greek philosophy than Hebrew thought. This is a sample of the Masonic dogma of tolerance of every faith, except the Christian faith. Where Jesus warns us against false christs and false prophets, Masonry denies that there are any false prophets or false christs; all are true. Where the Word of God warns us against philosophies, falsely so called, and diverse and strange doctrines (Heb. 13:9), Masonry denies that there are any false philosophies; they are all true; nor are there any erroneous doctrines; they are all equally valid. Masonry and heathenism conspire in a hodgepodge of amalgamation, coalescing the vagaries of the world’s religions to form the project: Universal Religious Understanding, the coming religion of Antichrist. But Christ and His truth will indisputably prevail.