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The Independent Loyal Orange Institution

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The Independent Loyal Orange Institution is a small secret society that broke away from the larger mother Lodge at the beginning of the 20th century. In recent years it has largely become the Orange face of the Free Presbyterian Church in Northern Ireland. Whilst it claims to be more evangelical than the larger parent order it is in reality more Masonic and ritualistic in its practices and structure than the regular Orange.

Gauging by numbers on the march at its recent demonstrations there can be little doubt it is an organisation in slow terminal decline. It is struggling more than the regular Orange Order to attract new members. Its membership has fallen to hundreds today.

It is ironic for a secret fraternity that claims to be more evangelical than the Orange Order that it employs the highly degrading neo-Masonic Royal Arch Purple degree as an integral part of its Order. This is a ritual that degrades its candidates by semi-stripping them, blindfolding them, causing them under duress to undergo a harrowing travel, and finishes with binding its recruits under threat of death not to divulge any of its teaching, secrets or practices to non-members. Nothing could be more contrary to Christian practice. The Masonic teaching and legends that attend the ritual make it an anathema to genuine fundamentalist Christians. If the activities of this clandestine body were truly Christian, Protestant or biblical members would be encouraged to share the truth with others. But the Order knows if outsiders discovered what went on behind closed doors it would be strongly renounced from the fundamentalist pulpits of our land.

Its degrees

The layout of the Independent Orange Institution degree system is outlined in the Independent Loyal Orange Institution 'candidate instruction' booklet which states: "There are three degrees in the Institution, the first being the Orange...Upon receipt of the Plain Purple degree a member is entitled to hold office in his Private Lodge and to attend the meetings of District. The Royal Arch Purple degree is the longest and most detailed degree. A member who receives this degree can attend County and Imperial Grand Lodge meetings." This degree, worked within the Independent Orange, is in essence the same as that employed by the Royal Arch Purple Chapter, although like any distinct organisation it has some slight differences.

Independent Loyal Orange Institution (3 degrees)

1st degree: Orange degree
2nd degree: Plain (or Small) Purple degree
3rd degree: Royal Arch Purple degree

Drunkenness and anti-social behaviour

The Independent Loyal Orange Institution, like the senior Orange Order, has experienced great problems in recent years with the matter of drunkenness and anti-social behaviour among its members. And although this problem has existed for years in its lodges in England and Scotland it is now creeping into the Independents in Northern Ireland (East Antrim is a case-in-point). The problem of drunkenness in the Independent Loyal Orange Institution coincided with the widescale recruitment of paramilitary elements in the aforementioned areas. Not surprisingly, the Independent's membership (especially believers) has since dipped drastically in these areas. It has also been revealed recently that the Provincial Independent Loyal Orange Lodge in Liverpool is now holding its Lodge meetings in a public house on the Lord's day. This behaviour shows the compromise that exists internally within this underground fraternity and reflects the dubious spiritual credentials of the Independents.

Community & Social Affairs

The Independents have moved a long way from the strict Protestant fundamentalist position of bygone years. Like the Senior Orange, it is becoming more and more interested in social issues than spirtual. On its website under "Community & Social Affairs" we see the direction the Independents are going (gelling the religious and the social): "Often the Orange Hall acts as a community centre in the locality and within it can be found a wide range of activity from religious services to dance classes." There was a day when such worldly dances would have caused a mass-exodus of Free Presbyterians from the Order. Today it doesn't even cause a ripple. This is no place for a born again Christian.

Dr. Ian Paisley

A lot of people in Ulster are under the mistaken notion that Dr. Ian Paisley is a member of the Independent Orange Order. Some even think he formed the Order. However, both ideas are far from the truth. Dr. Paisley is not and has never been a member of the Institution. In fact, the Independent Loyal Orange Institution was formed after a political split within the Orange Institution on 11th June 1903. Dr. Paisley simply preaches at their annual twelfth of July platform service.

Evangelical Truth debate with Independent Orange Institution

Ulster Christian review of Behind Closed Doors

George Dawson response (Imperial Grand Master of the Independent Orange Institution).
Ulster Christian readers response (including the author of 'Behind Closed Doors' - Paul Malcomson).
2nd George Dawson response (Imperial Grand Master of the Independent Orange Institution).
Evangelical Truth reply to George Dawson

Evangelical Truth response to Independent Orange Institution attack on Behind Closed Doors.

Independent Orange procedure

A biblical analysis of the Royal Arch Purple degree

The Royal Arch Purple compared generally and exactly to Freemasonry

The Royal Arch Purple compared to Wiccan Witchcraft

The secretive inner circle within the Independent Orange that the Institution scrupulously conceals - The Knight of Malta

Questions that Christian Independent Orangemen should consider

Evangelical Truth response to Orange spokesman Rev. Ron Johnstone