Masonic Lodge Rituals Exposed
The whole ritualistic religious character of the Masonic Lodge and its thick wall of secrecy certainly creates major concerns for Bible believing Christians. The deeper you analyse Lodge rites and instruction it becomes obvious we are looking at an institution that is contrary to God's pattern for Christian practice.
The elaborate, highly ritualistic, Masonic Lodge organisation with all its elaborate degrees, rites and secrets clearly belongs far outside the bounds of evangelical Protestantism. Blindfolds, passwords, door knocks and funny handshakes mark a member's admission into the Masonic Lodge. Stripping, threatenings, and humilation attend the candidate's climb up the Masonic ladder.This is to make the candidate more apt to submit to Lodge authority and receive mystical enlightenment. Anyone that would think anything other than the fact that this type of behaviour becomes a massive barrier to receiving truth rather than an appropriate channel to find it is obviously spiritually deceived. This is out-and-out subjugation and intimidation.
The mystical degree system the Lodge uses is contrary to the mode of religious service Protestants have always enjoyed. In no place in Scripture do we see any semblance of instruction for believers to behave in such an unseemly manner. Evangelicals oppose such evil encroachments. God's Word says: "What thing soever I command you, observe to do it: thou shalt not add thereto, nor diminish from it" (Deuteronomy 12:32).
The Reformation dealt a shattering blow to ritualism within the Church because the Reformers believed in the supreme authority and simplicity of the Word of God. To such an end they purged out all the ritualistic false practices of Rome and replaced them with a simple living faith in the risen Lord.
Masonic Lodge rituals run contrary to Scripture and therefore evangelical Protestantism. Lorraine Boettner in his book 'Roman Catholicism' explains: "Protestantism has the truth, due largely to its emphasis on the reading and study of the Bible. That truth is set forth as a life to be lived, not as a formula or a ritual. Its emphasis is upon a change of heart and a life of fruitful service" (p. 297).
Evangelical Protestantism is, by its very character, opposed to ritualism within 'the faith'. The great J.C. Ryle in his book 'What do we owe to the Reformation?' reflected that position when he said: "Ritualism is the highway to Rome." We could say the same about the Masonic Lodge rituals.
Lorraine Boettner further writes: "Elaborate ritual and ceremony, which theoretically are designed to aid the worshipper, usually have the opposite effect in that they tend to take the mind away from things which are spiritual and eternal and to centre it on that which is material and temporal. Artistic ritual…often become ends in themselves, and can easily become instruments which prevent the people from joining in the worship of God" (p. 273).
As we scrutinise the degrading Masonic Lodge rituals, degrees and secrets we ultimately find an ancient, alien, pagan edifice manufactured by men of 'another spirit', who designed it to lure the ignorant away from the truth and simplicity of 'the faith' rather than closer to it. The Bible says, "For there are certain men crept in unawares, who were before of old ordained to this condemnation, ungodly men, turning the grace of our God into lasciviousness, and denying the only Lord God, and our Lord Jesus Christ…. Woe unto them! for they have gone in the way of Cain, and ran greedily after the error of Balaam for reward" (Jude v4&11).
Grand Secretary of the Grand Orange Lodge of Ireland William J. Gwynn said on 4th January 1878 that the Orange Institution was "disgraced by members professing to obey its laws, yet jesuitically and secretly adding these silly devices." He affirmed, "They love darkness rather than light, for did they come to the light they would incur the hazard of criminal prosecution by the law of the land. Such ignoring of the Orange laws is the parallel of Ritualism in our Church, whereby Christ's Gospel is ignored, and blind man's invention substituted."
This degrading ceremony, which was, clearly, so offensive to Orangeism in the 1800s is still contaminating the Protestant people today. It is of such an extreme and depraved nature that it must be viewed as not just an attack upon the Reformed Faith but also upon human decency. There is surely no reasonable citizen throughout our land, (whether saved or unsaved) who cannot see the destructive force of such an initiation. This rite, which not only strips a man of his clothes but also of his self-respect, must be rooted out of the midst of the Protestant camp lest it remain an obstacle to the blessing of God in our land. It would certainly take a depraved mind to contend that this degree could in anyway advance the glorious cause of Christ.
Occult author Andre Nataf in his book 'The Occult' reveals the real significance of ritual initiation when he states, "To be initiated is to set off on the trail of an occult truth, which not all can perceive. Initiation is a ritually transmitted process" (p. 81).
The Masonic Lodge (and its rituals) is, in reality, paganism in disguise. Only Satan could devise a ceremony, which could so commonly be shared throughout the world by Protestant Orangemen, Masons and Witches alike. The Bible warns, "Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour: Whom resist stedfast in the faith, knowing that the same afflictions are accomplished in your brethren that are in the world" (1 Peter 5:8-9).
It is amazing to see the ease and the extent to which the devil has infiltrated Protestantism today with this shameful structure. It is even more disturbing to see the amount of professing Christians who are drawn into such blatant error. Satan, by subtly labelling the Order 'Protestant' has craftily lured many unsuspecting men into this destructive spiritual bondage. Sadly, many professing believers have been so deluded they are found, today, defending such heathenism, as if it were somehow an integral part of evangelical Protestantism.
Founder of the Illuminati organisation and former Jesuit Priest Adam Weishaupt once boasted, "The most wonderful thing of all is that the distinguished Lutheran and Calvinist theologians who belong to our Order [the Illuminati] really believe that they see in it the true and genuine sense of the Christian religion. Oh, mortal man, is there any thing you cannot be made to believe?" ('The Worlds Last Dictator' p. 15).
The degrading rituals of the Masonic Lodge are in such stark contrast to the life and teaching of the Lord Jesus Christ that one can easily discern that the enemy has sown tares. Significantly, no one ever treated the individual with more compassion and respect than the Lord did. Any man involved in this obscene behaviour must therefore follow our Lord's example and the instruction of His Word, and separate from such indecency.
The Bible says, "As ye have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk ye in him: Rooted and built up in him, and stablished in the faith, as ye have been taught, abounding therein with thanksgiving. Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ" (Colossians 2:6-8).