Evangelical response to Sir Knight Nelson
In last week’s Chronicle Sir Knight Drew Nelson claimed the disclosures pertaining to the underground rites of the Royal Black revealed in Inside the Royal Black Institution (a brief numbers of which were mentioned in the Banbridge Chronicle – 16/09/09) are “inaccuracies.” I would like to ask him a few important questions.
Mr Nelson testifies: “I was never asked to drink from a human skull.”
Are you denying that this custom has existed within the Royal Black Institution since its formation or are you simply saying your individual preceptory doesn’t use it? If it is the latter them I accept that certain preceptories don’t use it. In fact on p.68 of the book I acknowledge: “Whilst the mystic cup is customarily an actual human skullcap some preceptories that have no access to a skull (or are uncomfortable with using the same) use a coconut or shell as a representation of a skullcap.”
Mr Nelson also says he was “never” subjected to a degrading ritual and “was never stripped.”
The official mode of travelling the Royal Green degree involves the candidate being stripped totally naked in order to represent Adam in the Garden of Eden, literally replicating the state our first father found himself in immediately after the fall. I acknowledge in the book: “Many Black Preceptories have modified this practice, not requiring the candidate to divest all his clothes for the travel, although, again, this would be the ‘proper’ mode of travelling this degree” (p. 222). The locality in which this degree is performed and the lecturers overseeing the ceremony will normally determine the way in which a candidate does this travel. It will govern whether he must travel it naked or semi-naked. Some Preceptories keep strictly to this ancient custom, others do not.
Mr Nelson also states: “I was never asked to take a ‘blood oath’ or any other oath whatsoever.”
But every Black candidate is required to take a binding oath upon himself before entering his initiation, which commences: “I (full name) do most solemnly and sincerely promise that I will keep all matters and things confided to me in this Royal Black Institution and shall not by any means discover or entrust them (unless previously authorized so to do) to another person except to a Brother of the same Colour and Degree.”
If you check my quote in the Chronicle, my reference to blood oaths was on the subject of the “orders” (plural), and I was specifically referring to the Royal Arch Purple penalties (a degree every Blackman must travel to be qualified to join the Black). The three great and solemn penalties of a Royal Arch Purpleman are indeed that I “would suffer my throat cut across from ear to ear,” “my left breast torn open, my heart and vitals taken therefrom,” and finally “my body severed in two” before I would betray the Order. Did Mr Nelson take these?
Mr Nelson further claims: “The Royal Black Institution is a Christian organisation … and I am proud to be a member.”
I have to object to this frequently advanced Black boast. Surely the New Testament clearly defines what is Christian and what is not? Where does the Bible sanction highly secretive ritualistic rites (with exclusive teaching for the members alone) as part of Christian worship? True Christianity is happy to perform its worship in public and preach its message of truth to the masses. The true Church possesses a liberating message that is to be freely shared with all. The Black on the other hand keeps its teaching to a select few!
If the Royal Black Institution has nothing to hide why does it not let non-members witness its secret rites? If the teaching of the Black accords with the Bible then bring it out into the light of day and let us all view it. The Black chooses rather to hide it behind a litany of death threats, binding oaths, passwords, door knocks and funny handshakes. In fact, the Blackman is threatened in the 1st degree with the fate that befell Judas Iscariot should he ever betray the secrets of the Black Institution. Such severe warnings have ensured the secrets of the Black have remained hidden for over two centuries. Finally, the Black’s recent application for membership of an evangelical organisation was rejected for the very reasons I have given in the book and which Mr Nelson is now denying.
I would be happy to meet Mr Nelson publicly to discuss these issues if he was agreeable.
Paul Malcomson (www.evangelicaltruth.com)
Original Banbridge Chronicle article – Macabre rituals detailed in book
Royal Black response to Chronicle article by Sir Knight Drew Nelson
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