A biblical response to RAP spokesman Rev Ron Johnstone
Behind Closed Minds is a publication written by "Royal" Arch Purple spokesman Rev Ron Johnstone, on behalf of the
Chaplains Committee of the Grand Chapter of the Royal Arch Purple Chapter
of Ireland, responding to the book 'Behind Closed Doors'.
Free Presbyterian Minister Rev. Ron Johnstone is the official religious spokesman for the neo-Masonic Royal Arch Purple Chapter and the individual asked to
rebut Behind Closed Doors (the first exposure of the RAP degree in 200 years). It was certainly with much anticipation that
we wondered how an evangelical minister could possibly defend such blatant Masonic ritualism. Where would he start? What
obscure Scripture could possibly be employed in support of this degrading secret degree? To be quite honest, we find it amazing for
someone who purports to be an evangelical Protestant that he would be an impassioned friend and advocate of Masonic ritualism.
The title of the document (Behind Closed Minds) reveals a lot about the angle of the response. Instead of attempting to give
a biblical response we find much ad hominem rhetoric in this Royal Arch Purple defence. It is clear from this secret society
publication that Rev. Ron Johnstone is not happy with the Chapter's secrets being out in the public arena. Manifestly, being devoid of a biblical
foundation he is forced to malign the author of Behind Closed Doors Paul Malcomson at every opportunity. Notwithstanding, in our response,
we have deliberately chose to concentrate upon the arguments relating to the actual "Royal" Arch Purple degree rather than reply to the author's
many unnecessary personal attacks upon Mr Malcomson.
We will examine this rebuttal from a traditional evangelical position. We will use the Word of God as our argument and test everything by that most
precious and trusty Book.
We believe there are many significant flaws in Rev. Ron Johnstone’s defence of the Royal Arch Purple degree which cannot go unchallenged. His thesis
certainly runs contrary to the traditional evangelical position on ritualism and Freemasonry. In our opinion, many of his arguments are extra-biblical and anti-Protestant.
We are shocked and saddened at the liberal attitude assumed by Rev. Ron Johnstone in this document, and we feel compelled to give it a
careful biblical response. We make no apology for our strong anti-Masonic anti-ritualistic position. In assuming such we stand in good company with a
large body of honourable evangelical leaders over the centuries. We stand with them in resisting the dangerous encroachments of religious ritualism.
In taking our stand we hold no bitterness towards any individual involved in Masonry or any other similar secret body like the Royal Arch Purple. We
believe our stance to be scriptural and to be consistent with the broad evangelical position on secret fraternities - which has always resolutely
opposed the evil existence and encroachments of Freemasonry.
The most notable aspect of Behind Closed Minds, which has been heralded by some as both a defence of the Royal Arch Purple and a rebuttal of
Behind Closed Doors, is its evasive nature. It repeatedly ignores the many biblical arguments outlined by Mr Malcomson in Behind Closed Doors
and fails to address the vast bulk of the false practices/teaching incorporated within the neo-Masonic Royal Arch Purple initiation, as if they somehow didn't exist.
We find this both frustrating and poignant.
Quotes from Behind Closed Minds will be made in bold italics for
the purpose of study .
The author of Behind Closed Minds is keen to distance the "Royal" Arch Purple from Freemasonry, despite the overwhelming evidence to
the contrary and the many public statements admitting such from within the institution he purports to represent. He argues, the "Royal" Arch Purple
Order originated "not with the Freemasons but with the Boyne Society."
This is strange as the "Royal" Arch Purple Chapter itself admits its Masonic parentage in the unpublished internal draft to the 'History
of the Royal Arch Purple Order' book. There the 'Arch Purple Chapter' compares the practices of the Royal Arch Purple degree to that of
Freemasonry, saying, "There are at least twelve points in the one that can be found in the other." They list them as (1) "The preparation of a
candidate." (2) "The taking of an obligation." (3) "The penalties." (4) "The method of gaining entrance." (5) "The hostile reception."
(6) "The entrance pass." (7) "The testing of a candidate." (8) "The act of circumambulation." (9) The "interruption on each circuit."
(10) "The five points of fellowship." (11) "The three steps." (12) "The revelation of the true light of understanding."
The Orange Order's own book 'The Orange Order: An Evangelical Perspective' even concedes, whilst speaking about the RAP degree, "It has to be admitted
that this is the most Masonic-like part of our ceremony." It then describes the RAP Chapter as "a Christianised or 'Reformed Freemasonry'."
Clearly Free Presbyterian Minister Rev. Ron Johnstone's argument is as much with his own authorities as it is with Paul Malcomson.
After initially distancing the "Royal" Arch Purple Order from Freemasonry, and after probably realising the folly of that endeavour,
the author of Behind Closed Minds transpires to defend Freemasonry. This is a clear admission of guilt that the two are in fact inextricably
tied together. Why else would he feel compelled to defend pagan Masonry?
Mr Johnstone employs the words of Masonic commentator Robert Morey in his book 'The Truth about Masons' as a defence of the false
teaching and practises of Freemasonry to defend Masonry. The statements he selects from Morey to support Freemasonry are amazing:
"Most anti-masons are far too gullible in believing extravagant claims..."
"Of all the attacks against the craft, none is so vicious as the charge that Masons are a secret cult of devil worshippers or Satanists and that at some
point of the higher degrees they must pass through a Luciferian initiation"
"The idea that they are involved in some kind of devil cult is absurd."
"Anti Masonic writers have been willing to use fantasy, fraud and deceit. They have even created documents when needed"
It is certainly telling that Mr Johnstone would advance such sweeping statements against anti-Masonic evangelical proponents (which includes many godly preachers).
Isn't it interesting that an evangelical minister would be so keen to trash the opponents of Masonry yet so careful not to condemn the paganism
practised by the Masons. This must show the uninformed observer that the two are closely married together. Attack one, and you attack the other.
Defend one, and you have to defend the other.
After jumping to the defence of Masonry, the author of Behind Closed Minds attacks some of Masonry's most vocal evangelical
opponents by name - William Schnoebellen, Tom McKenney and Jim Shaw. He chooses to attack the integrity of them ignoring the error of the organisation
they are attacking. His argument is based upon his own personal opinion that they are supposedly "discredited." However, he furnishes us
with nothing of substance to support his contention. Surely the first principle of evidence is - he who alleges must prove?
It seem that anyone who dares to expose or oppose Masonry or neo-Masonry (the RAP) is a target for Rev. Ron Johnstone.
Regardless of his view of these three evangelical authorities on Masonry, the issue at stake here is essentially the accuracy of
the evidence being furnished by them. In this case, the material outlined by William Schnoebellen, Tom McKenney and Jim Shaw is
impeccable, and has been corroborated countless times by numerous credible witnesses. Moreover, it agrees with Masonry's own books
and with the testimonies of many former Masons.
It is significant that Behind Closed Minds chooses to ignore men like Revivalist Charles Finney and John R. Rice (both former
Masons) who are quoted in detail in Behind Closed Doors and who furnish the exact same evidence as Schnoebellen, McKenney and Shaw.
He also ignores the anti-Masonic writings of the famous Revivalist D. L. Moody. Attacking these honourable evangelical witnesses exposes the
contradictions and impotence of the author's argument.
Free Presbyterian Minister Rev. Johnstone then throws out a further defence of Freemasonry by Morey:
"They usually refer to Albert Pike as the official spokesman of Freemasonry."
Mr Johnstone is obviously unaware of the high standing of Albert Pike within Masonic circles in the United States. His Morals and Dogma of the Ancient and
Accepted Scottish Rite of Freemasonry is widely accepted as "the Bible of Freemasonry." The Main Library of the Supreme Council 33° of the
Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite of Freemasonry, S.J., U.S.A., the Mother Supreme Council of the World, Washington D.C., is dedicated to
none other than Albert Pike.
Those who try to diminish his role or influence in global Masonry are either ignorant of the facts or are deliberately deceptive.
The "Royal" title
The author of Behind Closed Minds defends the "Royal" Arch Purple Order's use of the 'Royal' prefix, saying , "His (Mr Malcomson's)
claim that the Order is seeking to imply royal patronage and have not permission to use the word 'Royal' is a complete falsehood as the History
of the RAP shows."
When we examine the "Royal" Arch Purple Chapter's own history book for its authority for using the 'Royal' title, we see 1 Peter 2:9 advanced as its warrant.
This passage says, "ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises
of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light."
This particular passage, which relates solely to the redeemed Church of Jesus Christ, cannot in any way be appropriated by
the Royal Arch Purple in order to justify its underground procedures. Mr Johnstonme should know (as an evangelical minister)
that the spiritual priesthood described in 2 Peter 2:5-9 only applies to born again believers. This has been the accepted evangelical
Protestant position since the Reformation. There is no record of the Reformed fathers recognising unregenerate men as priests. On
the other hand there are many accounts of them opposing the Roman Catholic system. This places a large question mark over the
Protestant credentials of the Royal Arch Purple and the Royal Black Institution. How can these secret fraternities claim the
Reformed title with such anti-Protestant beliefs?
Martin Luther, whose heroic stand against the errors of Rome precipitated the Protestant Reformation, and whose writings deeply influenced the doctrines
of Protestantism, wrote that “as priests we are worthy to appear before God to pray for others and to teach one another divine things ...Thus Christ has
made it possible for us, provided we believe in him, to be not only his brethren, co-heirs, and fellow-kings, but also his fellow priests” (The Freedom
of a Christian). That great pioneer of truth John Wycliffe (considered the main precursor of the Protestant Reformation in England), who gave us the
first translation of the Bible in the English language, said: “Every pious man, predestinated to life, is truly a priest ordained of God.” Another great
Reformer, martyr of God, and English translator of the Bible, William Tyndale said: “Jew or Gentile… in Christ they are made priests to offer
themselves to God.”
In reality, the "Royal" Arch Purple Order steals the 'Royal' patronage from the monarchy and then justifies this theft by attempting to steal the
"royal" title from the true Church.
The Royal Arch Purple Chapter appropriated the 'Royal' prefix without any prior Royal authorisation. This self-conferment
reinforced the rogue nature of the Arch Purple Order as the Crown alone is the only lawful authority that can perform the granting of such an
important title. Such conferment can only be bestowed as a sign of royal recognition. The criteria for using the 'Royal' prefix is outlined in
'The Royal Encyclopaedia', which states: "Permission to use the title 'Royal' in front of the name of an institution or body… has long been a
mark of royal favour. These honours, which are sparingly granted, are valued marks of royal recognition… the grant of the title 'Royal' is a
matter of royal prerogative."
Today, the Royal Arch Purple Chapter (along with the recently discredited Royal Black) still flaunts this 'Royal' title, as if, somehow, it is the
focus of royal favour. The 'Royal' prefix also gives the Institution a respectability it has never hitherto earned. Moreover the Chapter can never
argue that such a title refers to the scriptural 'royal priesthood' as such a description pertains solely to God's elect.
The author of Behind Closed Minds then contends: "he (Mr Malcomson) quotes from Matthew 10:26 'There is nothing covered,
that shall not be revealed; and hid, that shall not be known'. He misapplies this to mean that no organisation has a right to privacy.
Common sense would show that his misapplication is nonsensical. No church reveals all their private discussions."
But this is no regular church meeting. This is a so-called Protestant Order that apes Freemasonry, semi-strips and blindfolds its recruits,
degrades them in an elaborate ritual and then threatens its members with death if they share the teaching of the Order with outsiders.
In regard to Mr Johnstone's objection above: Mr Malcomson already directly addressed this point in the book Mr Johnstone is supposedly
rebutting. Either he missed this or chose to ignore it. Behind Closed Doors says: "No one analysing the sinful secrecy practised by the
Royal Arch Purple and other similar societies could compare it to the legitimate confidentiality, which is sometimes used within the Church,
a business, or government to protect sensitive lawful decisions. Such an erroneous argument highlights the hypocrisy of these secret bodies."
Why, if the Royal Arch Purple and other secret fraternities are so biblical, do they need to hide their teaching and practices behind a
thick wall of secrecy, mystery and deception? The truth is, such secrecy is essential to the very existence of these secret societies as it protects
their spurious practices and false doctrines. It conceals such from outside examination and therefore minimises any condemnation or embarrassment.
Internally, secrecy maintains a sense of exclusiveness among its members, which makes them feel part of an elite group of individuals."
Our Lord's own earthly ministry was an impeccable example for all that would truly follow Him. Jesus said, "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" (John 18:20). Both our Lord's life and His teaching
exposed secret (clandestine) behaviour. Jesus said, "For there is nothing hid, which shall not be manifested; neither was any thing kept secret, but that
it should come abroad" (Mark 4:22).
The Protestant Reformers acted upon our Lord's instruction. They were not a secret select band of elitists who, having obtained the light of the
Gospel, selfishly hid it behind closed doors. They were a band of men and women, saved by the grace of God, who let their light so shine before men.
Jesus said, "No man, when he hath lighted a candle, putteth it in a secret place, neither under a bushel, but on a candlestick, that they which come
in may see the light" (Luke 11:33).
Secrecy is essential to these neo-Masonic structures to conceal the tomfoolery that goes on behind closed doors in the name of Christ.
It would undoubtedly be roundly condemned by most genuine Christians in our land if it were publicly practised. Mr Johnstone is careful
to conceal this apostasy in his evasive words.
The "Royal" Arch Purple Order obligation
The author of Behind Closed Minds states, in defence of the RAP vow, "he (Mr Malcomson) twists completely the meaning of the obligation
in regards to a brother's female relations. He forgets that the Westminster Confession does underline the fact that some sins are more heinous than
others. He refers to the obligation as, 'This Royal Arch Purple obligation is a literal, binding agreement, therefore no child of God can justify
committing himself to such illegal SINFUL conditions (Page 30). In his criticism of the obligation he conveniently omits to underline the fact
that it is 'IN all just and lawful actions'. That obviously qualifies all that comes later. It baffles the imagination how anyone could object
to a solemn binding together. Does he not remember the account of how David and Jonathan bound themselves together by the 'Lord's oath'?"
Free Presbyterian Minister Mr Johnstone sidesteps the whole wording of the RAP vow. Let us consider what we are discussing before responding.
The "Royal" Arch Purple candidate swears, "I ------- ------------ do most voluntarily, solemnly and sincerely declare that I will never reveal
unlawfully, but will ever conceal, the proceedings of my brother Royal Arch Purple men in Chapter assembled, nor will I disclose any matter or thing
therein communicated to me, unless to a brother Royal Arch Purple man, well knowing him to be such, or until I have been duly authorised so to do by
the proper and legal authorities, . . . And I furthermore do most solemnly and sincerely declare that I will not write, nor indite, cut, carve, stamp,
stain, emboss, or engrave upon anything movable or immovable, whereby the secrets of this degree may become unlawfully known through my unworthiness..."
This vow is taken direct from Masonry.
Freemasonry swears to "always hale, conceal and never reveal any part or parts, point or points, of the secrets and mysteries of, or belonging to,
free and accepted Masons in Masonry, which have been, shall now, or hereafter may be, communicated to me, unless it be a true and lawful brother or
brothers…I further solemnly promise, that I will not write those secrets, print, carve, engrave, or otherwise them delineate, or cause or suffer them
to be done so by others, if in my power to prevent it, on anything movable or immovable… that our secrets, arts, and hidden mysteries, may improperly
become known through my unworthiness."
The "Royal" Arch Purple Order candidate swears: "I will not have any unlawful carnal knowledge of a brother Royal Arch Purpleman's wife, mother,
daughter, sister, or any of his near or dear female relatives."
This pledge is taken direct from Masonry.
Freemasonry swears to "support a Master Mason's character… and strictly respect the chastity of those who are most dear to him, in the persons of his wife,
sister, or his child: and that I will not knowingly have unlawful carnal connexion with any of them" (Masonic Manual p. 66).
The "Royal" Arch Purple Order swears: "I will obey the five points of fellowship, and keep and conceal the secrets of my Royal Arch Purple brethren within
my breast, as well as my own, murder and treason excepted."
This commitment is taken direct from Masonry.
Freemasonry swears, "I promise and swear, that I will not speak the Master Mason's word... except... on the five points of fellowship. I promise
and swear that a Master Mason's secrets... shall remain secure... murder and treason excepted."
The RAP candidate concludes his obligation by blasphemously asking
God's blessing upon his unholy vow: "O help me, Almighty God, and keep me steadfast in this my solemn vow."
No true believer has the right to pledge in advance to keep a vow, the substance and conditions of which he is ignorant. The Reformed Presbyterian
Church attacks this sinful practice in the testimony of its church saying, "Membership in Secret Societies involves taking an oath before being aware
of the obligation. No man is at liberty to bind his conscience by oath without knowledge of the nature and extent of his obligation."
In regard to the detail of the obligation, the Royal Arch Purple selectively proscribes one sin in its oath, that of unlawful carnal knowledge,
and then hypocritically applies limits to its extent, namely the female relatives of its own members.
Imagine a believer subjecting himself to such exclusive unscriptural conditions! Taking such a vow to simply abstain from one individual sin is
hypocrisy, but qualifying the bounds, to which this sin may be committed against, is a blatant contravention of God's holy Word.
James 2: 9 -11 says: "If ye have respect to persons, ye commit sin, and are convinced of the law as transgressors. For whosoever shall keep the whole
law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all. For he that said Do not commit adultery, said also, Do not kill. Now if thou commit no adultery,
yet if thou kill, thou art become a transgressor of the law."
Evangelical author Martin L. Wagner, refers to the subject in his book 'Freemasonry - An Interpretation' when he states: "This covenant does not forbid
adultery. It aims only to restrict it [and]… while it purposes to protect female virtue, in fact undermines it."
The revival preacher Charles G. Finney in his book 'Character and Claims of Freemasonry' argues that it does not even imply "the semblance of virtue"
Whilst the Royal Arch Purple and Freemasonry are selective in their opposition to sin and discriminating in those to whom it applies, the Word of God is
certainly not. Such selective teaching is contrary to the instruction of Scripture and is, in itself, a sin.
The Bible clearly shows that God is no respecter of persons. Romans 2:11 says, "For there is no respect of persons with God."
Proverbs 28:21 teaches that "To have respect of persons is not good." Secret societies should therefore follow God's example and act upon the solemn
instruction of His Word.
God hates sin (Romans 1: 18), and cannot look upon it (Habakkuk 1: 13), therefore we have no warrant to be selective in our prohibition or condemnation
of it. Sin is sin. Professing believers must therefore be consistent in their Christian walk and undiscriminating in their denunciation of wrongdoing.
The hypocrisy of taking such a vow is highlighted by that great man of God, J C Ryle when he says: "If men professing to be converted, and true believers
in a crucified Christ, cannot be chaste, self-denying, and obedient without solemnly registering a vow, I must plainly say I think they are not likely to
do much good… I think it will be a public confession that they are an inferior order of men" (Charges and Addresses p. 240).
Not only does the Royal Arch Purple obligation break the Law of God, but it also breaks the law of the land. After earlier vowing to "aid and assist"
his new brethren in "all just and lawful actions" he is forced to hypocritically swear,
This illegal vow, where the Royal Arch Purple candidate binds himself to conceal the secrets of his fellow Arch Purple brethren "murder and treason
excepted" is both morally and scripturally wrong. The extent and scale of such concealment is mind-boggling and must be viewed with the greatest concern
and abhorrence. So extreme are the legal implications that one wonders how a child of God can offer any justification for such bondage. From manslaughter
to rape, incest to robbery, a brother's sin and crimes must be covered up.
The author of Behind Closed Minds inaccurately states, that Mr Malcomson "conveniently omits to underline the fact that it is 'IN all just and
lawful actions." However, Behind Closed Doors clearly states on page 29, "After earlier vowing to "aid and assist" his new brethren in 'all
just and lawful actions' he is forced to hypocritically swear, 'I will obey the five points of fellowship, and keep and conceal the secrets of my
Royal Arch Purple brethren within my breast, as well as my own, murder and treason excepted'."
The same writer also chooses to conveniently ignore the full reference in Behind Closed Doors at the bottom of page 27.
Frankly, no one is saying that the Royal Arch Purple vow actively commits the candidate to participate in a fellow Arch Purpleman's law-breaking
(it doesn't). However, it does intimate that if he commits a crime (other than "murder and treason") his Royal Arch Purple brethren
are oath-bound to cover for his crimes.
The Westminster Confession of Faith (Ch 22 sec 7) states, "No man may vow to do anything forbidden in the Word of God, or what would hinder any duty
therein commanded, or which is not in his own power, and for the performance whereof he hath no promise of ability from God…"
Charles G. Finney says of this sinful Masonic oath, "It is self-evident that this Master's oath is either a conspiracy against the execution of law,
or Master Masons care nothing for the solemnity of an oath" (Character and Claims of Freemasonry p. 44).
The Protestant Truth Society pamphlet on the Royal Arch Purple Order written in 1925 by former Deputy Grand Chaplain of the Grand Orange Lodge of
England the Rev. Alexander Roger states: "If clerics aid and abet a contravention of the Law of the Realm what is to be expected of the ordinary lay
The Lord Jesus Christ solemnly cautions in Matthew 12:36-37: "That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day
of judgment. For by thy words thou shalt be justified, and by thy words thou shalt be condemned."
Here also, like the Freemason, the initiate promises under oath to keep a practice he yet knows nothing of, namely the 'five points of fellowship'.
The ignorant candidate will later discover that it is in fact a mock resurrection rite, involving even further bondage. Ironically, this 'rite' is
common to nearly every secret society and cult throughout the world today.
Some misguided apologists for the Royal Arch Purple have sheepishly argued that the contents of the obligation are not to be taken literally.
Nevertheless, to invoke the name of Almighty God in an oath is a very serious matter, and something that is not to be taken lightly. To treat an
oath in such a flippant manner clearly contravenes the third commandment, which states: "Thou shalt not take the name of the LORD thy God in vain;
for the LORD will not hold him guiltless that taketh his name in vain" (Exodus 20:7).
This Royal Arch Purple obligation is a literal, binding agreement; therefore no child of God can justify committing himself to such illegal
Behind Closed Minds declares, "The claim on page 47 that a child
of God allows himself to be termed 'profane' is utter nonsense. It is
either a deliberate lie on his part or else he does not understand plain
English. Running right through the book is the insinuation that there is
something evil about the RAPC as it is a 'Secret society'."
Such claims are all fine and dandy until the evidence is examined. Every single candidate is met with the time-honoured response from within the Arch Purple
assembly: "What profane, or unworthy person or persons are these, coming here to disturb the peace and harmony of this, our Royal Arch Purple Chapter meeting
dedicated by us unto God, and Brother Joshua?"
Like all the mysteries, those outside the Order are looked upon as profane and unworthy. The implication for any child of God allowing himself to be labelled
with such a depraved title must surely undermine the regenerating work of Christ in his life. Moreover it must damage his testimony before his fellow Royal Arch
Purple men. How possibly could a child of God accept this title?
The English word 'profane' is derived from the Latin word 'profanis', meaning 'before or outside the temple, hence not holy, not clean, debased and unworthy,
a thing to be avoided for it would contaminate the holy and clean ones'.
One can nearly hear an apologist for the Order saying this is not what is meant by the Royal Arch Purple. Nevertheless in their recent publication
(p. 192) the Royal Arch Purple Chapter unashamedly declare: "When greeted by the word 'profane' it may leave some people at a loss to understand the
meaning. It is not a word which is in common or everyday use. In the context in which it is used here it means the uninitiated, in a religious sense
it means a 'heathen' or one 'outside the temple'." This amazing admission reveals the spurious nature of the Royal Arch Purple Order.
This sinful esoteric practice is not exclusive to the Royal Arch Purple but is shared with most secret societies and occult groups throughout the
globe. Leading modern historian and scholar of Freemasonry, thirty-third degree Mason, Albert Mackey explains in a 'Manual of the Lodge' (p. 20):
"There he [the man to be initiated] stands, without our portals, on the threshold of his new Masonic life, in darkness, helplessness and ignorance.
Having been wandering amid the errors, and covered over with the pollutions of the outer and profane world. He comes inquiringly to our doors,
seeking the new birth, and asking a withdrawal of the veil" ('Deadly Deception' p. 135).
Such a practice, again, has originated from the ancient mysteries. According to Mackey, the Ancient Mysteries commenced ceremonies of the greater
initiation by the solemn form of "Depart hence ye profane."
'Profane', of course is a scriptural word used to define an unregenerate person, a child of darkness. Imagine the scene of a blindfolded, bare
breasted, bare-legged child of God being led to the door of a room full of largely unsaved men, then subjecting himself to the position of an unworthy
sinner in need of light.
As we turn to God's Word, one cannot help but see history repeating itself. In the book of Ezekiel we learn how the clergy of that day were absorbed
in such sin and hypocrisy: "Her priests have violated my law, and have profaned mine holy things: they have put no difference between the holy and
profane, neither have they showed the difference between the unclean and the clean, and have hid their eyes from my Sabbaths, and I am profaned among
them" (Ezekiel 22: 26).
There is no ambiguity with God as regards what is, and who is, profane. Scripture clearly describes the profane. Esau is given as an example of a
'profane' person in Scripture. Hebrews 12: 16 says: "Lest there be any fornicator, or profane person, as Esau, who for one morsel of meat sold his
birthright." As most believers know Esau became the focus of God's wrath. Romans 9:13 states: "As it is written, Jacob have I loved, but Esau have
Behind Closed Minds then claims, "To imply, as he does on page 66 and 109 that the candidate is told that 'The Ark Of God'
really represents G-O-A-T backwards is a total misrepresentation of the truth."
Every "Royal" Arch Purple candidate knows that he is taught that the 'goat' represents 'The Ark Of God' spelt backwards
(G-O-A-T). Mr Johnstone again misleads his readers with this denial. We are confident in letting the honest Arch Purpleman decide who is telling the truth! The fact
that hundreds of Arch Purplemen have abandoned the Order since the release of Behind Closed Doors reinforces who is telling the truth here.
This has included many Christians.
It is certainly significant that this Royal Arch Purple publication written by Mr Johnstone (with its many inaccuracies) has been quietly
removed by the RAP Chapter. One wonders why?
The Royal Arch Purple, like the foolish Philistines in 1 Samuel 5:2, have attempted to bring this sacred symbol of God’s presence (the Ark of God)
into the (heathen) house of Dagon. However, we learn in Scripture that after this holy representation was placed within an alien structure, “Dagon
was fallen upon his face to the earth before the Ark of the Lord” (V. 3). This highlights the fact that when the presence and power of Almighty God
is placed in the midst of iniquity, the counterfeit cannot truly stand, because in reality, truth and error can never co-exist!
Evangelical Truth response
Part 2 - An analysis of the arguments (continued)
Part 3 - An analysis of the arguments (continued)
Part 4 - The arguments conveniently ignored
Part 5 - The arguments conveniently ignored (continued)
Part 6 - The Conclusion