Orangemen corroborate Behind Closed Doors

Orange defenders have struggled to dismiss the veracity of the actual Royal Arch Purple ritual detail or refute the biblical arguments contained within Behind Closed Doors. Despite their best efforts, the information has remained steadfast and unshakable. That is because the content is factual and has been furnished, checked and corroborated by various members, ex-members, lecturers, former-lecturers and office bearers. All the Orange spokesmen can do is hurl ad hominem or complain that the secrets are out. They are incapable of furnishing us with any legitimate factual errors in the thesis.

The response of Royal Arch Purple spokesmen Rev. Ron Johnstone from Ireland and JRG Harvey from England are a case-in-point. They have nothing of any merit to refute the exposed ritual degree content. The basis of their argument is character assassination. The fact that Johnstone named his rebuttal Behind Closed Minds exposes his approach and speaks for itself. These responses are driven more by bitterness and embarrassment (that their sacred esoteric secrets are out for all to view), than any valid refutation.

We have had widespread antidotal testimonies throughout the Commonwealth of members conceding that the detail included in this explosive book is indeed authentic. The biggest direct complain from current members is that the author dared to brake his blood-oaths.

Joseph Webster (assistant Professor in The Study of Religion at University of Cambridge) carried out an in-depth study of the Orange Order in modern day Scotland (called The Religion of Orange Politics). In his research, he makes allusion to the uncovered content of the Royal Arch Purple in Behind Closed Doors written by W.P. Malcomson. He got a direct insight into the ethos and thinking of the Orange Order fraternity by working closely with them in his research over a protracted period. Many members were very open and candid about their membership and their opinions.

While opposing the evangelical angle of the book, Webster admitted that his informants corroborated the detailed information in Behind Closed Doors. He asserts: “The bare description Malcomson offers of the Royal Arch Purple ritual appears accurate. This seems to be the case not only because, as an ex-member, Malcomson himself undertook the degree and would have witnessed others doing so, but also because several Scots Orange informants of mine, having read Malcomson’s book, objected not to his factual account of the ritual, but to his religious reinterpretations. Indeed, with the exception of differing levels of violence associated with various aspects of the ritual (which may be accounted for both historically and regionally), those Orange Scots informants of mine familiar with Malcomson’s work begrudgingly admitted to me that the details of the degree have been described correctly, even if they had been interpreted wrongly as a result of, in the words of one informant, Malcomson’s ‘Pentecostal overexcitement about devils’.”

This has been the pattern of challenge since the release of Behind Closed Doors. The chief issue is not the veracity of the content. That is beyond dispute. It is rather the fact that their cherished secrets and mysteries are now out in the public domain for all to see, including their inquisitive spouses, their bemused friends, and sworn foes. This is their main issue of irritation.

Webster concludes: “What Malcomson describes coincides with the little that my informant shared with me about the ritual.”

One thing that is clear over the years, when you consider all the reputations of Behind Closed Doors, is that the Orange members cannot deny the water-tight detail outlined in this historic exposure, but are rather forced to place a sanitized slant on the Royal Arch Purple ritual in order to justify its neo-Masonic nature.

Let’s be honest: facts are stubborn things.

Independent Orange Order fighting for its very survival

For more detail:

Evangelical Truth response to Former Independent Orange Grand Master’s attack on Behind Closed Doors.

Evangelical Truth debate with Independent Orange Institution

Ulster Christian review of Behind Closed Doors
The response of George Dawson (Imperial Grand Master of the Independent Orange Institution).
Readers response (including the author of ‘Behind Closed Doors’ – Paul Malcomson).
Second response of George Dawson (Imperial Grand Master of the Independent Orange Institution).
Evangelical Truth reply to George Dawson

Royal Arch Purple degree

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
Biblical response to Rev. Ron Johnstone (Royal Arch Purple spokesman): Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, Part 6
Grand Chaplain to the Grand Orange Lodge of England JRG Harvey book in response to Behind Closed Doors: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4.

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