[In revisiting this heartbreaking account of Andrew Wordes’ tragic death after being tormented and persecuted by the city government of Roswell GA, I realized that the City of Roswell’s ‘Imagine Roswell’ 2030 Comprehensive Plan is nothing more than Agenda 21 being implemented at the local level. It would be in your best interest to thoroughly research the United Nations’ Agenda 21 and how the Clinton presidency signed our nation over to this agenda, as well as the scope and details of this sinister plan to relocate individuals and communities. SJ]
(NaturalNews) An innocent man who had legally been raising a few dozen chickens and other small birds in the backyard of his suburban Atlanta home is now dead, following a crusade of terror perpetrated against him by the City of Roswell in Georgia. Andrew Wordes, who died during a recent raid on his property in which county marshals tried to illegally evict him, was the obvious victim of a rogue state gone mad — and his blood is now on the hands of the Roswell City Administrator, the Roswell City Council, and the Roswell Police Department, all of which robbed from Wordes his property, his livelihood, and ultimately his life.
[See the NaturalNews infographic timeline of events that documents the escalation that ultimately led to Mr. Wordes’ death: Natural News Infographic Timeline[/I]]
Wordes had long raised his small poultry friends in the backyard of his one-acre property at 335 Alpine Drive in Roswell, Georgia, sharing eggs, chicks, and friendly words of wisdom and encouragement with his neighbors and with local schoolchildren all along the way. Wordes was very active in his local community, having organized a North Georgia Pet Chicken “Meetup” group, and founded a chicken breeding club. His friends and neighbors described him as a generous, kind, and loving man who was always willing to lend a hand, and who would have given you the shirt off his back if you needed it.
But Wordes met his unjust fate on March 26, 2012, after roughly four years of enduring illicit and seemingly-endless abuse, bullying, threats, and unsubstantiated legal action taken against him by Roswell city officials with an apparent axe to grind. And after losing his birds, his freedom, his entire life savings, his property, and his livelihood as a result of the City of Roswell’s sadistic war against him, Wordes ended up losing his life as a result of an explosion that occurred during the final eviction raid carried out by Fulton County marshals.
City of Roswell targets Wordes for standing up for his rights, identifies his property on planning map as future ‘green space’
The saga allegedly began in 2008 when a disgruntled neighbor of Wordes reportedly complained to the city about Wordes raising chickens, button quail, and other small creatures in his backyard. The City of Roswell responded by issuing Wordes a citation for his chickens, even though the city’s Code of Ordinances specifically provisioned at the time that property owners on less than two acres of land could legally raise chickens and swine.
With the help of Roswell’s Mayor Jere Wood, a lawyer friend of Wordes who also raises chickens himself, Wordes was able to get the citation issued against him dismissed in court. But the firestorm of childish retaliation and rage that quickly ensued as a result of Wordes standing up for himself and his rights, rather than capitulating to the city’s tyrannical and mindless demands that he get rid of his chickens, will likely go down as one of the most tragically absurd abuses of power in the history of local government.
After it became clear that Wordes was not about to let the City of Roswell trample all over him and his rights, several city officials allegedly kicked their vendetta against him into high gear, not only to forcibly have Wordes’ chickens removed, but also to seize his property right out from under him. After failing twice to get Wordes nabbed for their made-up code violations, the City of Roswell actually rewrote the law to prohibit residents from raising more than six chickens in an effort to seal the deal.
But even this failed, as a judge later ruled that Wordes, who had been in his home for more than a decade raising chickens, would be “grandfathered in” under the old provisions which allowed for residents to raise backyard chickens. So the City of Roswell switched gears again and began to play even dirtier by getting Wordes’ arrested for petty violations, and proceeding to reclassify his property on their long-term planning map as future green space.
[You can view the City of Roswell’s 2030 Comprehensive Plan, which demarcates Wordes’ property as future “Conservation Area or Greenspace” here: [I]Roswell City Government ‘Imagine Roswell’ Plan]
So it appears as though the City of Roswell used the supposed neighbor complaint as an excuse to pursue Wordes’ property for the purpose of eventually turning it into parks and green space. This would explain why the city failed to properly maintain storm water infrastructure near Wordes’ property, which resulted in his property becoming severely flooded at least a dozen times, and eventually uninhabitable.
City of Roswell refuses to submit Wordes’ request for FEMA assistance following severe flooding, issues citation when he attempts to protect his home
Not only did the City of Roswell fail to abide by legal guidelines that required it to maintain storm water infrastructure around Wordes’ property, but the city added insult to injury by refusing to file paperwork with the U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) following a flood that caused severe damage to Wordes’ home, which is also located on a floodplain. As a result, he had no means by which to fix the damage.
And when Wordes attempted to protect his property from future flood damage by grading his land with a Bobcat, which he borrowed from his friend Mayor Wood, the City of Roswell actually had the audacity to issue Wordes a citation for grading his land without a permit, and for having too many cars on his property at the time.
City of Roswell Code Enforcement Supervisor violates law by contacting Wordes’ mortgage holder, coercing her into selling mortgage note
From this point on, City of Roswell officials began harassing Wordes, and the local police department began to survey his house on a regular basis, watching closely for anything that might be considered a violation. In the process, he was pulled over and even thrown in jail on numerous occasions.
In violation of the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act and several other laws, Roswell Code Enforcement Supervisor Vicki Barclay called Wordes’ mortgage holder, an 80-year-old woman, and coerced her into selling Wordes’ mortgage note for 40 cents on the dollar to another mortgage holder by threatening to issue liens, citations, and grievances on the property if she failed to comply. Barclay is the same city official who had illegally tried to issue Wordes a citation for his chickens from the very beginning.
Having failed at all other attempts to seize his property, the City of Roswell then filed a zoning violation against Wordes claiming that his property was a “nuisance.” The city also filed a 55-page civil lawsuit against Wordes, which conveniently denied him the right to a city-funded public defender who was supposed to represent him in legal dealings involving the city.
Even with former Georgia Governor Roy Barnes on his side, Wordes was rapidly losing the ability to fend off these ravenous wolves in the City of Roswell government that were hellbent on forcing him off his property for their own devious purposes. And Roswell City Administrator Kay G. Love , Roswell City councilmember Becky Wynn, Roswell City council member Rich Dippolito, and Roswell Code Enforcement Supervisor Vicki Barclay all played a key role in making this happen, according to accounts.
Wordes’ home vandalized, chickens poisoned while he attends political rally
The madness did not stop at Wordes’ property, however, as even his animals eventually got caught in the fray of the City of Roswell’s campaign of terror. According to reports, Wordes’ home was vandalized in 2011 while he was attending a local political rally, and when he returned, he found that his animals had also been poisoned. Roughly one-third of his animals, which included turkeys, chicks, and adult chickens, ended up dying as a result of this poisoning.
Wordes filed a police report in response to these crimes, but the Roswell police department never pursued the case, and it was never determined who committed them. Consequently, Wordes lost a significant portion of his income and livelihood as a result of the mysterious deaths, which made his already-burgeoning financial problems even worse.
City of Roswell jails Wordes for 99 days, proceeds to evict him from property using phony foreclosure notice
After attacking him from practically all angles and nabbing him for every single petty violation they could think of, the City of Roswell finally ended up jailing Wordes for a whopping 99 days. And immediately after Wordes was jailed, the City of Roswell issued a public press release letting the public know that Wordes’ house was now “vacant,” a purely vindictive move that had terrifying consequences.
Within just a few hours of the announcement, Wordes’ house was vandalized and looted. Even though the City of Roswell promised to keep an eye on the property after issuing the press release, criminals were somehow able to steal Wordes’ firearms and weapons, ammunition, and other valuables, which put the entire community at risk.
During this time, Wordes was refused the ability to proceed with the bankruptcy filings that would have halted the illegal foreclosure on his property which, conveniently for the City of Roswell, was moving forward during his time in jail. As pointed out by Maggie West Bean writing for Examiner.com, the foreclosure paperwork was not even legal to begin with, as it lacked necessary information proving its validity.
After finally being released, Wordes was left with an uninhabitable house and property, no more animals, no more money, and a pending eviction notice illegally issued by the ruthless criminals at the City of Roswell. Throughout the process, Wordes was denied all his rights to defend himself, denied his right to defend his property against illegal foreclosure, and denied his right to pursue any sort of justice in the matter.
[Read an article written by Andrew Wordes in 2009 at BackyardChickens.com here: The Real Facts About The City Of Roswell Chicken Man And His Battle!]
During a February interview with Rusty Humphries, a radio talk show host on WGST 640 in Atlanta, a desperate Wordes explained his dire situation at that point, and issued one of his final pleas for help:
After being denied the ability to fight back against illegal foreclosure, county marshals swoop in on Wordes’ property to evict him, culminating in his death
At the end of his rope and facing insurmountable and unrelenting oppression, Wordes’ final hours were spent in his unlivable home, where Fulton County marshals staged an elaborate demonstration of police state force by illegally raiding Wordes’ property.
According to reports, the standoff concluded when Wordes finally told television reporter Mike Petchenik, who he had called to the scene by phone, to have the marshals leave the property. Moments later, an explosion was heard, and Wordes’ house became engulfed in flames.
When it was safe to go inside, responders found a body inside the home, which was later identified as being that of Wordes. And though the incident appears to have been a desperate suicide, which is how some reports categorized it right off the bat, others are worded as to leave room for the potential possibility of foul play.
City of Roswell must be held responsible for its crimes
While it has not yet been determined whether Wordes’ death was a suicide or a murder, it is clear that the City of Roswell has a whole lot of explaining to do concerning its role in the escalation of this situation over the past four years.
As usual, mainstream media reports about the saga fail to mention how the City of Roswell committed numerous criminal acts in its illegal pursuit of Wordes, or how the city is now officially lying, on record, by claiming that it played no part in working behind the scenes to transfer Wordes’ mortgage and foreclose on his property.
Nevertheless, the truth must come out about this case, and those involved in perpetrating it brought to justice. And this, of course, will start with a full investigation into the dealings of Roswell City Administrator Kay G. Love, Roswell City council member Becky Wynn, Roswell City council member Rich Dippolito, and Roswell Code Enforcement Supervisor Vicki Barclay Really Long Link as well as Roswell city attorneys and the Roswell Police Department, in this case.
It is unfortunate that NaturalNews.com only just now learned about the Wordes saga after the man’s death, as it may have been possible to help him earlier on by raising awareness about the injustices being perpetrated against him. But at the very least, we can all fight for justice now by banding together to make sure the facts come to light, and the criminals involved punished for their crimes.
The case also serves as a reminder to others who might be enduring similar harassment to speak up now about what they are going through. The reason why news sites like NaturalNews, InfoWars and others exist is to draw attention to issues like this, and to bring what goes on in the darkness to light �” so if you or somebody you know is facing similar harassment by city officials, tell us about it!
[See the city’s lawsuit against Andrew Wordes here: City of Roswell v. Andrew Wordes]
In this lawsuit, you’ll notice the city claiming that Mr. Wordes’ property is a “public nuisance.” Here’s how they define that:
“Property is not kept clean and sanitary and free from all accumulations of offensive matter, including dead organic matter, rubbish, junk, animal intestinal waste and urine; in Roswell Code of Ordinances…”
In other words, he had compost on his property (kitchen scraps, etc.) and his chickens pooped on the ground. Isn’t this customary for a backyard farming operation?
— ‘New details emerge in The Roswell Chicken Man’s foreclosure’, Examiner.com.
— ‘Rusty Humphries interview with Andrew Wordes in late Feb, 2012′, airbornecombatengineer.typepad.com.
— ‘The Real Facts About The City Of Roswell Chicken Man And His Battle!’, backyardchickens.com.
— ‘It’s Not Over’, The Perspicacious Conservative.
Related Links and Articles:
— City of Roswell, Georgia bullies Andrew Wordes to death over his backyard chickens (jandjranch.wordpress.com)
— City of Roswell, Georgia bullies Andrew Wordes to death over his backyard chickens (manifestinjustice.com)
— Infowars Reporters Harassed by Cops For Asking Questions About ‘Chicken Man’ (gunnyg.wordpress.com)
— Body found in house fire ID’d as Roswell ‘chicken man’ (ajc.com)
— AGENDA 21: Roswell, Georgia’s Gov Officials Terrorizes Man Over His Chickens into Committing Suicide (pumabydesign001.com)
— ‘Chicken Man’ presumed dead in home explosion (foxnews.com)
— The ‘chicken man’ of Roswell: A timeline (ajc.com)
— Are Roswell Police (Bullies with a Badge and Gun) Covering Up Death of Andrew Wordes aka “The Chicken Man”? (pumabydesign001.com)
Lately I’ve been looking at Organic Opposition instead of Organizational Opposition. The latter is still important, but people are rightly disappointed and angry with everything from the GOP to assorted national groups and bewildered by a wide array of candidates.
Organic Opposition doesn’t require organizations or a movement. It’s about living in ways that naturally oppose the left.
Most of the people here already live in ways that the left resents without even thinking about it. Organic Opposition is about finding new ways to oppose the power of the left in your life.
This is not a complete checklist. It’s a set of general ideas and people are welcome to add to them in the comments.
5. Don’t Give Money to People Who Hate You
Imagine meeting an actor or a CEO, and telling him your political views and envision his response to them. If you can see his lip stretching into a sneer or a spittle-flecked rant as he orders security to throw you out, you really shouldn’t be giving him your money.
That doesn’t mean that you should lose out, but there are ways that you stop rewarding people who hate you.
For example, when buying new books, you are helping that writer and his publishers. If you don’t support the writer, save money and buy the books used. It’s easy to find most of the books you want in good condition for a fraction of the price on sites like Alibris.
Buying new books should be reserved for writers you support. Do look into writers on our side, like Edward Cline, if you like mysteries or Peter Grant, look at if you like Science Fiction, look at the projects that Adam Baldwin is involved in, and if you really must have that Stephen King or John Grisham novel, buy it used. You’re not just saving money, you’re denying income to people who hate you.
I know that conservatives don’t like doing this. I don’t like doing this. But the left does this and it works. Look at the politics of the writers, actors and directors you support. That doesn’t necessarily mean only reading only those writers you agree with, but a reasonable acid test is decency.
Decency, for example, means standing up for basic freedoms. People who are on the political left can do that and when they do it, they should be rewarded for it. When Patrick Stewart recently said that a bakery should not be compelled into writing a pro-gay marriage message on a wedding cake, that was a rejection of the totalitarian norms being imposed by social justice warriors.
People who hate you don’t want you to be able to live in peace. That’s the essence of the SJW.
Those who take a stand against them on an issue, even if they’re on the left, should get some support and a note or tweet telling them why. Likewise those who make the wrong choices should be told that from now on that even if you buy anything they make money from, you’ll do it in a way that they won’t see any proceeds from it. That will make them angrier than a straight boycott would.
And there’s a lot more you can do that will hit the left in its pockets.
Use AdBlockers on its sites. Not on conservative ones. You’ll save time and hurt the left.
Dump subscriptions to liberal magazines and newspapers.
Get rid of your cable. Cable is a financially shaky proposition. If enough people leave, it falls apart. And even if the only thing you watch is FOX News, under the current system, you’re subsidizing a whole bunch of left-wing channels. If you have cable internet, you can access a wider range of programming online than you could on cable. You’ll save money and hurt the left.
4. Shop Small Business and Become Independent
People were surprised when Wal-Mart turned left. They shouldn’t have been.
Under the current system, major corporations will almost inevitably turn left to align with the authorities and tastemakers. Liberals have become champions of big government. The bigger a company becomes, the more it aligns with the system.
We all buy things from Amazon or Wal-Mart, but try to support local small businesses in your community when you can. They form a community in ways that a megastore won’t and when they get a monopoly they will step on you, not just economically, but politically as well.
The Confederate flag hysteria and the Trump purge are a warning sign of things to come. Imagine a day when it’s Ted Cruz’s books being purged from every online retailer and Apple blocking his App.
It will come to that.
Look at the politics of major corporations and their policies. Avoid ‘gated communities’ created by the hardware sold by Amazon and Apple. Yes the Kindle and the iPhone are convenient, but you’re giving control of your digital life to two left-wing corporations. As bad as Google and Microsoft are, they’re somewhat better when it comes to freedom of speech.
A good test is imagine yourself working at a particular company. If you can’t imagine even being tolerated there, maybe you shouldn’t be rewarding it.
Learn something about the products and brands you buy. If you know of a company that shares your values, keep it in mind during your next purchase. Choose small manufacturers and stores when you can.
And avoid becoming dependent on megacorporations. The St. Patrick’s Parade was undone because it had become dependent on Diageo, a mega whose vast catalog of brands includes Guinness.
When a corporation becomes big enough, it will find it easier to bend to the left than tolerate you.
A megacorp whose brands you eat will rob them of nutrition and taste to comply with the left’s food police. Its cleaners will turn into useless junk to comply with the environmentalists. Even if it hasn’t sold you out yet, it will sell you out later. And if you wait for it to become a monopoly, you’ll have trouble finding alternatives.
Find ways to become independent. Make some of the things you’ve become accustomed to buying. Or buy and trade with other craftsmen. Those are useful skills in the best of times and we may be headed for darker times.
Independence threatens the left and makes your life better.
3. Build Likeminded Communities
You don’t need to move to X to find a conservative community. You can build one organically by making friends, online and offline, cultivating ties, sharing and helping other people who share your worldview.
Make your own tribe. The left is doing it.
Find sane people at work. If you’re in a position to hire sane people over likely leftists, do it. Be careful, don’t risk your position and don’t tell anyone what you’re doing, but do it if you can.
A community is about more than setting up a Facebook group. It’s a support structure and you’ll need those, if not now, then later. The members of a community help meet each other’s needs.
Don’t get seduced by telescopic philanthropy. Don’t focus on helping Third World countries. Help your neighbors and friends. An hour spent helping someone you know does a lot more good than all the ‘penny a day’ for starving children in X, which really ends up going to the marketing department.
Protect communal institutions you have and avoid hostile ones. Don’t stay in a church or synagogue that has gone to the left. Find one that meets your needs. If it doesn’t exist, work with other dissatisfied worshipers to make one happen.
Never subsidize left-wing clergy. America got Hillary Clinton because she came under the influence of a left-wing minister at an impressionable age.
The left is trying to break up the country’s traditional social structures. One of the best ways to resist them is to maintain them, whether it’s a family, a religious institution or a club. Protect them and they’ll protect you.
By being part of a real community, you’ll be naturally resisting the left and making your life better.
2. Have Fun Starting Trouble
The pushback to the left may not start where you expect. The Cliven Bundy standoff and Gamergate both happened when groups of ordinary people with little in common pushed back when they felt pushed into a corner.
It wasn’t a national issue. Grazing sites and corruption in gaming are about as narrow as you can get.
They became national because when people fight back against the left, local goes national and then global.
The American Revolution started in part over a dispute with a British officer over a bill in Boston. That led to the Boston Massacre and by then the issue that started it all no longer mattered. What people come away with is who is being abusive in that particular situation.
People rally to unlikely flags and causes and fight for unexpected things that they care about.
A revolution against the left won’t be led by the GOP. It won’t come out of Washington D.C. But the pushback just might come because a group nobody pays attention to is angry about some issues you’ve never even heard of.
That group might be next door to you.
Fighting back does not have to be about convincing them to read Thomas Sowell and Bill Buckley. If you think like a community organizer, it’s about getting them to make the connection between what they’re angry about and the source of the trouble from the left.
People want to know why they’re being kicked around. They don’t want to hear about the politics. Those come later. They don’t need the big stuff. The little stuff is pointing them at their abusers.
Community organizers spend a lot of time listening to people’s grievances, especially people not one else listens to, and then slowly pointing them in the right direction while making them feel empowered. You don’t have to look at it as a job.
Think of it as being a troublemaker. It’s not a chore. It’s fun.
The next major issue may start in your backyard and you, not some national organization, might just be the one to help set it off.
1. Focus on Your Family
You can have more influence on your kids than you ever can on Facebook or Twitter. If you have them, your biggest job in the world is making sure that you are a bigger influence on them than the latest movie or trending topic.
Be involved in their lives.
Even if they’re in their forties and seem to have turned out liberal, plenty of people have turned around their politics right at that age. Don’t argue with them. Shouting matches never changed anyone’s mind. Show them that the way you live is better in the long run.
If you win there, the left loses big. Its big gamble is generational. If it loses your kids and grandkids, it loses. Period.
And your life will be better for it.
Congressman Louie Gohmert read a portion of my article “Pull Down the Slaver Flags of Islam” on the floor of Congress which addresses the hypocrisy of censoring the Dukes of Hazzard while opening the doors to Islamic racism and other forms of supremacist bigotry and nostalgia for slave-owning cultures.
When Obama condemned Christianity for the Crusades, only a thousand years too late, in attendance was the Foreign Minister of Sudan; a country that practices slavery and genocide. Obama could have taken time out from his rigorous denunciation of the Middle Ages to speak truth to the emissary of a Muslim Brotherhood regime whose leader is wanted by the International Criminal Court for crimes against humanity. But our moral liberals spend too much time romanticizing actual slaver cultures.
It’s a lot easier for Obama to get in his million dollar Cadillac with its 5-inch thick bulletproof windows, a ride Boss Hogg could only envy, and chase down a couple of good ole boys than it is to condemn a culture that committed genocide in our own time, not in 1099, and that keeps slaves today, not in 1815.
Even while the Duke boys were being chased through Georgia, Obama appeared at an Iftar dinner; an event at which Muslims emulate Mohammed, who had more slaves than Robert E. Lee. There are no slaves in Arlington House today, but in the heartlands of Islam, from Saudi mansions to ISIS dungeons, there are still slaves, laboring, beaten, bought, sold, raped and disposed of in Mohammed’s name.
Slavery does not exist under the Confederate flag eagerly being pulled down. It does exist under the black and green flags of Islam rising over mosques in Iraq, Saudi Arabia and America today.
In our incredibly tolerant culture, it has become politically incorrect to watch the General Lee jump a fence or a barn, but paying tribute to the culture that sent the slaves here and that still practices slavery is the culturally sensitive thing to do. In 2015, slavery is no longer freedom, but it certainly is tolerance.
And it’s not just about Islam.
If romanticizing Dixie is wrong, so is romanticizing those ancient African cultures so beloved by amateur anthropologists and professional sociologists with more plastic tribal jewelry than sense. Slavery was an indigenous African and Middle Eastern practice. Not to mention an indigenous practice in America among indigenous cultures.
If justice demands that we pull down the Confederate flag everywhere, even from the top of the orange car sailing through the air in the freeze frame of an old television show, then what possible justification is there for all the faux Aztec knickknacks? Even the worst Southern plantation owners didn’t tear out the hearts of their slaves on top of pyramids. The romanticization of Aztec brutality plays a crucial role in the mythology of Mexican nationalist groups like La Raza promoting the Reconquista of America today.
Black nationalists romanticize the slave-holding civilization of Egypt despite the fact that the narrative of the liberation of the Hebrew slaves from bondage played a crucial role in the end of slavery in America. The endless stories about the “Amazons” of the African kingdom of Dahomey neatly fit into the leftist myth of a peaceful matriarchal Africa disrupted by European colonialism, but Dahomey ran on slavery.
The “Amazons” helped capture slaves for the Atlantic slave trade. White and black liberals are romanticizing the very culture that captured and sold their forefathers into slavery. “In Dahomey,” the first major mainstream black musical was about African-Americans moving to Dahomey. By then the French had taken over old Dahomey and together with the British had put an end to the slave trade.
The French dismantled the “Amazons” and freed many of Dahomey’s slaves only for the idiot descendants of both groups to romanticize the noble last stand of Dahomey fighting for the right to export black slaves to Cuba and condemn the European liberators who put a stop to that atrocity.
If we crack down on romanticizing Dixie, how can we possibly justify romanticizing Dahomey or the Aztecs or Mohammed? If slavery and racism are wrong, then they are wrong across the board.
Even by the miserably racist standard under which all lives don’t matter, only black lives matter, Dahomey and Mohammed had bought, sold and killed enough black lives to be frowned upon.
If we go back far enough in time, most cultures kept slaves. The Romans and Greeks certainly did. That’s why the meaningful standard is not whether a culture ever had slaves, but whether it has slaves today. If we are going to eradicate the symbols of every culture that ever traded in slaves, there will be few cultural symbols that will escape unscathed. But the academics who insist on cultural relativism in 19th century Africa, reject it in 19th century South Carolina thereby revealing their own racism.
And so instead of fighting actual modern day slavery in Africa and the Middle East, social justice warriors are swarming to invade Hazzard County.
As Ben Carson pointed out, we will not get rid of racism by banning the Confederate flag. Even when it is used at its worst, by the likes of Dylann Storm Roof, it is a symptom, not the problem. Roof was not radicalized by the dead Confederacy, but by the racial tensions kicked off by the Trayvon Martin case.
The same racial tensions that led to the murder of two police officers by a #BlackLivesMatter protester in New York City led to the massacre of nine black congregants in a church in Charleston. This surge of violence has its roots in racist activism by Obama and his supporters seeking power and political gain, but feeding racial tensions for political purposes eventually risks leading to actual violence.
The Confederate flag is a matter of history. The racial tensions stirred up by Obama have actually gotten people killed. Slavery is not making a comeback and Robert E. Lee will not come riding into San Francisco any time soon. The Civil War ended long ago. The country would be a better place if modern racists who believe that some lives, whether black or white, matter more than others would stop trying to start one.
The following is an excellent production from a Canadian filmmaker. In this presentation Leonard Ulrich lays out the formation and structure of the major secret societies and how they have been and are in the process of establishing the framework for a New World Order, a ‘Golden Age’. Their Alchemical/Hermetical Process (of engineering, programming, conforming, and conditioning humanity) is almost complete as evidenced by their continual Revelation of the Method.
Please read the radio transcript from Cutting Edge (below the video.)
NWO PLANS FULFILL BIBLICAL PROPHECY
(Radio Show Transcript Follows)
Source: the Cutting Edge radio program
“This is David Bay, Director of Old Paths Ministries.”
“And this is the Cutting Edge, a radio program dedicated to warning and informing God’s people. We are committed to the study and exposition of the inerrant, inspired and authoritative Word of God. The views expressed belong to us, and are not necessarily shared by this station.
Our society is deteriorating, and Bible-believing Christians are ill-prepared to face that deterioration. This radio program is dedicated to preparing God’s people to meet the challenges of the Day, and to encourage obedience to the Word of God in being separated from worldliness and false doctrine.
The moral bankruptcy of our society is well-documented.
Few people understand why we have become morally bankrupt. However, when we look at society through the eyes of God, through the Bible, we can easily see why we are facing the unprecedented troubles today. This study of America through the eyes of God is what we will always do try to here; stay with us for some eye-opening truths.
In several of our previous programs, we have mentioned that many of the Plans of the New World Order, if they are realized, would fulfill Biblical Prophecy to an astonishing degree. In addition, doctrines of the New World Order, as stated, do fulfill those Biblical Prophecies which apply to the beliefs of the kingdom of Anti-Christ.
Today, we will examine some of these instances, and in so doing, will enable your faith in God’s Omnipotent power and Foreknowledge to grow dramatically.
We will proceed by explaining the specific plank of the New World Order Plan and then the specific Biblical prophecy which foretold it.”
1. NWO: The world will be united under One-world Government, led by the Maitreya the Christ.
BP: Revelation 13:15-17 clearly shows that the Beast will rule the world with absolute authority. Only a One-World Government would have the ability to force all the peoples of the world to worship him and to take his mark, without which no one could buy or sell.
2. NWO: The world’s religions will be united into one Religion.
BP: Revelation 13:11-15 shows that the False Prophet will assist the world in worship. He will force all men of the world to worship the image of the beast, under the pain of death. This is a One-World Religion.
3. NWO: The world’s Economy will be united into one global system.
BP: Revelation 13:16-17, foretells that the Beast, aided by the False Prophet, will force everyone on earth to take a mark, without which they cannot buy or sell. Only a Global System, backed by political and spiritual authority, could accomplish such a feat.
4. NWO: When Maitreya the Christ arises, he will claim to be the Christ. By using these 2 words, The Christ, Maitreya will be laying claim to the office of Messiah while separating it from the person, Jesus.
BP: “Every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God: and this is that spirit of anti-Christ…” (1 John 4:3). Literally, this passage means that anyone who would seek to separate Jesus the Man/God from the office of Messiah is of the spirit of Anti-Christ. This is precisely what Maitreya will be doing.
5. NWO: The One-World Economy will control the world’s food supply, and will force all nations to share equally.
BP: Clearly, if the Global Government as foretold in Revelation 13:16-17, could force everyone to take a mark which would be utilized economically, they could also control the world’s food supply.
6. NWO: Soon after Maitreya the Christ arises, the peoples of the world will be forced to undergo a massive, “World-Wide Luciferian Initiation”. Anyone who refuses to cooperate will be killed. Christians and orthodox Jews are specifically targeted.
BP: “And he shall speak great words against the Most and shall wear out the saints of God…and they shall be given into his hand until a time and times and the dividing of time (3 1/2 years)”. (Daniel 7:25). Revelation also speaks of God allowing Anti-Christ to kill many saints of God, in 6:9-11;7:14-17; 12:11; 13:5-7; 14:12-13; and 20:4.
Benjamin Creme has repeatedly threatened the sword of cleavage against all who refuse to cooperate with Maitreya. This brings to mind the Biblical prophecy in Revelation 20:4 that “I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the Word of God…”
7. NWO: “Guiding Spirits” of the New World Order leaders have begun to tell them to be prepared for a simultaneous, world-wide disappearance of millions of people. These spirits ascribe this phenomenon to the fact that these people will never be able to accept Maitreya the Christ. Their continued existence on this plane will inhibit the full implementation of the New World Order; therefore, the Masters of the Illuminati have made the decision to transport them into another dimension, where their spirits will be retrained to accept the New World Order.
BP: “The Lord Himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the arch-angel, and with the trump of God…Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together…in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air…” (1 Thessalonians 4:16-7).
8. NWO: The New Age teaches that each human has a potential godhead dwelling within them. All that is necessary for anyone to fulfill this potential is to “expand their consciousness” level properly. But, the bottom line message is: “You Are All Gods”. (Alice Bailey, Externalisation Of The Hierarchy, p. 663). This teaching seems very alluring to someone who is not saved, for they are being promised godhood.
BP — “Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times, some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits and doctrines of devils…” (1 Timothy 4:1-2).
9. NWO: Peter LeMesurier, in his book, The Armageddon Script, states that tremendous miracles will surround the appearance of Maitreya. These miracles will be part technology, part deliberate staging, and part media hype by the world’s mass media. Cumbey, in her book, Hidden Dangers of the Rainbow, quotes writings which reveal plans to utilize 3-dimensional laser beams from satellites to create the image of Maitreya to speak to all the world simultaneously, speaking to each area in their particular language. [Research the Blue Beam Project] Finally, in a seminar which I attended in Boston, August, 1991, given by the New England Director of the Theosophical Society, it was revealed that Maitreya will be able to appear as different beings to different people. He will appear as a woman to a woman, as a man to a man; he will appear as a Caucasian to a Caucasian, as Black to a Black, etc.
Further, New World Order planners intend to beam down streams of fire from the heavens, using Supernatural Psychic power, to impress people as to the divine nature of Maitreya.
BP: Revelation 13:13-14, “And he doeth great wonders, so that he maketh fire come down from heaven on the earth in the sight of men, and deceivth them that dwell on the earth by the means of those miracles…”
10. NWO: New Age Leaders, including the Illuminati, worship the Lord of this World, whose name is Sanat Kumara (Alice Bailey, Externalisation of the Hierarchy, p.676, 709, 725; and Elizabeth Van Buren, The Secret of the Illuminati, p. 1). Bailey goes on to explain that Sanat Kumara is the “life and the forming intelligence”, presiding over the Council of Shamballa [the Heaven according to New Age doctrine]. (The New Age Dictionary, p. 172) Further, Sanat Kumara is “the eternal youth from the Plant Venus. Lucifer is known in occultic lore as Venus. Therefore, Sanat Kumara is merely another name for Satan or Lucifer. (Cumbey, Hidden Dangers of the Rainbow.)
BP: It is impossible to overlook the fact that Sanat is just a translocation of the spelling, Satan. And the Bible calls Satan the “God Of This World”. (2 Cor 4:4). Remember, the context is worship of Sanat Kumara (Satan). Revelation 13:15, “And he had power to give life unto the image of the beast…and cause that as many as would not worship the image of the beast should be killed.” Thus, in accordance with Biblical prophecy, the Plan envisions worship of Sanat Kumara.
11. NWO: When a person can come into full accord with the attribute of the Love of the Great One, they may “enter fully into the Spirit of God of Force.” (Marilyn Ferguson, The Aquarian Gospel of Jesus the Christ, p.16). It is very obvious that New Agers literally worship Lucifer, the god of Forces. This worship is littered all throughout their writings.
BP: Daniel 11:38 — “But in his estate shall he honour the god of forces…” New Age leaders and followers literally worship Lucifer, the god of forces.
12. NWO: Jesus was not THE ONE AND ONLY Divine Son of God; rather, he was an Avatar, a world teacher who periodically has come to earth during a particular time in world history to lead mankind to a new level of consciousness. Human Jesus experienced the infilling of the Divine Christ Consciousness at the time of His baptism by John The Baptist. This Christ Consciousness then left Him at the Cross. This Divine Consciousness has never left the earth, but is just waiting for the right moment to reappear in the human body of Maitreya the Christ. (Alice Bailey, The Reappearance of The Christ, p. 36-60, and Marilyn Ferguson, The Aquarian Gospel, p. 14).
BP: “In the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits and doctrines of devils.” (1 Timothy 4:1). This New Age denial of one of THE key doctrines of Christianity, taught by Jesus personally, is a doctrine of devils. Jesus refuted this lie most succinctly when He said, “I AM the Way, the Truth, and the Life. No man cometh unto the Father except through Me.” (John 14:6).
13. NWO: New Age leaders have consistently taught that the earth is seriously overpopulated. Friends of the Earth has most succinctly stated this position, stating, “an earth population of 6 billion, already overburdened by 4 billion.” (Cumbey, A Planned Deception: The Staging of A New Age Messiah, p. 164-5). Further, they have set a time limit on this overpopulation — 2,000 AD. New Age leaders seem to be fixated on the number two-thirds regarding population reduction. Why two-thirds? Scripture holds the understanding. I believe that, since these leaders are Satanists, we have to examine possible reasons that Satan may hate two-thirds of mankind.
BP: Revelation 12:4, “And his (Satan’s) tail drew the third part of the stars of heaven, and did cast them down to the earth…” This Scripture reveals that, when Satan fell because of his rebellion against God, one-third of the angels of Heaven decided to become a part of his rebellion. This statistic means that two-thirds of God’s angels remained faithful to God. Satan must hate these angels, but he cannot overcome God’s power so that he could punish these angels. I believe it possible that Satan then turned his anger toward the being which was made in God’s image (man), and against God’s chosen race (the Jews).
Zechariah 13:8 (the time frame is End Times Prophecy), “And it shall come to pass, that in all the land (Israel), saith the Lord, two parts (two-thirds) therein shall be cut off and die, but the third part shall be left…” God is going to allow Satan to kill two-thirds of the Jewish population at the time of the end, during the Great Tribulation but will preserve the remnant of one-third. The parallel is found in Revelation 12, where God protects Israel in the wilderness for 42 months.
In this regard, we cannot ignore an interesting fact of recent history. Adolf Hitler believed that he was the Anti-Christ; as such, his unfathomable hatred of the Jews reflected the burning hatred of Satan. We see, throughout the Scriptures, that Satan hates the Jews and is constantly attempting to destroy them. Hitler’s goal was to totally eliminate the Jewish population. New Age author Nigel Pennick, states in his book, Hitler’s Secret Sciences, in Chapter 14, entitled Genocide — An Act Of Black Magic, that Hitler intended, prior to WWII, that the Genocide program against the Jews would require physically conquering countries in Europe from Britain to Russia. Thus, Hitler’s war effort was determined by his desire to conquer countries with Jewish populations so he could complete his world-wide program of genocide. This startling concept certainly explains why precious resources continued to flow to the death camps, even during the last stages of the war, when men, material, and transportation facilities were desperately needed by the military. Pennick concludes, “Genocide was the magical act whereby the history of the world would forever be transformed..the elimination of the Jews…would leave a vacuum for the ascendance of the demonic powers …controlling the Third Reich.” (p. 137)
God allowed Hitler to kill two-thirds of the world’s population of Jews, preserving the one-third remnant to establish the nation of Israel in 1948. In precisely the same manner, God will allow Anti-Christ to kill two-thirds of the Jews during the last half of the Great Tribulation, preserving the one-third remnant to establish the Israel for the return of Jesus Christ.
I believe that the reason the New World Order seems so intent on killing two-thirds of mankind is that two-thirds of God’s angels remained true to Him when Satan rebelled.
14. NWO: This New World Religion will be a re-establishment of the ancient Mysteries of Initiation. (Alice Bailey, The Reappearance of the Christ, p. 71; Bailey, The Externalisation Of The Hierarchy, p. 511-515). Literally, this statement means that the Ancient Satanic Mysteries of Babylon and Egypt will be re-established as the religion of the world. In other words, public Satanism will be established, and will be practiced as openly as Christianity is today!
BP: “And at the latter end of the kingdom…a king of fierce countenance and understanding dark trickery and craftiness shall stand up. And his power shall be mighty, but not by his own power…” (Daniel 8:23-24) The words “understanding dark trickery and craftiness” refers to the knowledge of the occultic arts. This has been the goal of members of secret societies for over 3,000 years. The Ancient Satanic Mysteries of Babylon will be re-established.
15. NWO: The Christian Trinity is inferior to the Solar Logos Trinity. This false Trinity is not a personal godhead but a godhead of Forces. The Bailey writings list a hierarchy of superior offices, and at the bottom, many masters. Guess who is at the bottom of the masters? Jesus. (Cumbey, Hidden Dangers of the Rainbow, p. 65-67).
BP: Daniel 11:36 (The context in this passage is the Anti-Christ), “And the king shall do according to his will; and he shall exalt himself, and magnify himself above every god, and shall speak marvellous (literally, astonishing) things against the God of gods…”
This Scripture literally means that Anti-Christ shall utter the most blasphemous words possible against God. No one can say anything more blasphemous than to say that Jesus is not God, but just a lowly master, far more lowly than Sanat Kumara (Satan).
16. NWO: Threatens violence and extermination of anyone who will not cooperate with Maitreya. Special hatred is vented toward fundamental Christians and Jews. David Spangler, in his book, Revelation: The Birth Of A New Age, states that those who will not cooperate will be sent to “another level of Earth’s own consciousness where they can be contained and ministered to until such time as they can be released safely into physical embodiment again”. (p. 163-4)
Obviously, to be released back into physical embodiment again means that these people must be first separated from their present physical embodiment. The only way to accomplish this separation is to physically kill those who cannot accept Maitreya.
BP: “And when he had opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of them that were slain for the word of God…” Revelation 6:9.
“As I looked, this horn made war with the saints and prevailed over them.” (Daniel 7:21)
“And it was given unto him to make war with the saints and to overcome them…” (Revelation 13:7)
17. NWO: “Since most people will not exercise [economic] restraint [from over-consumption, we must] take control of the world…to reduce the economic inductance of the world to a safe level by a process of benevolent slavery and genocide.” (William Cooper, Behold A Pale Horse, p. 49). This statement is incredibly arrogant. The last time that a New Age Disciple threatened benevolent genocide was during the 1930’s when Hitler was threatening to exterminate the Jews; Hitler viewed his planned extermination as benevolent for Germany, the world, and even the Jews. This statement is clearly a call for war against all people who are deemed unworthy for the New World Order.
BP: “And there went out another horse that was red; and power was given unto him that sat thereon to take peace from the earth, and that they should kill one another; and there was given unto him a great sword.” (Revelation 6:4).
Notice that the sword given to this rider of the Red Horse of War was a great sword. How great? We get an excellent idea from Alice Bailey’s, The Externalisation Of The Hierarchy, p. 548, “As a means in the hands of the United Nations…the atomic bomb does not belong to the… nations who…own the secrets at present…It belongs to the United Nations for use…or threatened use…” Certainly, the atomic bomb would qualify as a great sword.
18. NWO: The New World Order will be a combined system of Progressive Socialism and Fascism, in which the means of production and distribution will be tightly controlled and in which national currencies will have been replaced by a universal monetary exchange. (Bailey, The Externalisation Of The Hierarchy, p. 580-1). Bailey further deals specifically with the change-over in economic thinking and systems on page 666, with the revelation that this change-over will be regulated by a specific Master Ashram (demonic angel). It is no accident that economic change is specifically covered on page 666.
BP: The Bible states that the identifying number of the economic system of Anti-Christ shall be the number 666 (Revelation 13:18).
19. NWO: “Eventually, every individual element of the [economic] structure come under computer control…with identified consumers identified via association with the use of a credit card and later a permanent tattooed body number invisible under normal ambient illumination.” (Cooper, Behold A Pale Horse, p. 44). ]
BP: “And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand or in their foreheads: And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.” (Revelation 13:16-17)
20. NWO: As the world proceeds to full implementation of the New World Order, the present line-up of 170 sovereign nations must give way to a regionalization. Specifically, the world should be reorganized into 10 Super Nations:
1. North America
2. Western Europe
4. Australia, South Africa, and the rest of the market economy of the developed world.
5. Eastern Europe, including Russia
6. Latin America
7. North Africa and the Middle East
8. Tropical Africa
9. South and Southeast Asia
10. China (Eduard Pestel, Mankind At The Turning Point, Reader’s Digest Press, 1974).
Why did the leaders of the New World Order conceive of 10 nations, instead of some other number? The answer, from man’s point of view, lies in a knowledge of occultism. Occultists consider the Number 10 a magical symbol, consisting of an upright man (as represented by the vertical 1) standing before the circle (as represented by the zero). In magical terms, the most important part of this symbol, 10, is the space between the 1 and the 0. This space represents an upright man contemplating the universe in freedom. (Frederick Goodman, Magic Symbols, p. 46-7).
Freedom from what? Freedom from religion, as represented by the 0. Thus, man is arrogantly pictured as standing apart from organized religion. The number 10 is the ultimate expression of the prideful way in which the New World Order leaders conceive of themselves in relation to the world and to religion.
BP: Daniel 7:7, “And this I saw in the night visions, a fourth beast, dreadful and terrible, and strong exceedingly…and it had ten horns…” Biblical prophecy clearly states that the kingdom of Anti-Christ will be global and will consist of 10 horns (nations). We see this picture again in Revelation 17:16-17.
No other single Scripture of prophecy convinces more of God’s Sovereignty than Revelation 17:17. “For God hath put it into their hearts to fulfill His will…until the words of God shall be fulfilled.” If Satan were more powerful than God, he would choose any number other than ten for the number of his final national reorganization; the very fact that New World Order leaders chose the number 10 for the global reorganization prior to the appearance of Anti-Christ shows God’s absolute sovereignty.
21. NWO: Writing in August, 1939, Alice Bailey stated, “In the preparatory period for the New World Order there will be a steady and regulated disarmament. It will not be optional. No nation will be permitted to produce and organize any equipment for destructive purposes or to infringe the security of any other nation.” (The Externalisation Of The Hierarchy, p. 191).
Certainly, no one could ever argue with this premise; if this plan were ever really carried out, we would have peace and safety. Indeed, peace and safety of all nations is precisely the goal of the New World Order.
BP: Biblical prophecy is also quite clear that this is the way in which the Anti-Christ will obtain his kingdom. Daniel 11:21b states, “he shall come in peaceably and obtain the kingdom with flatteries”. Paul also states that the peoples of the world at the time of the end will believe that they have achieved peace and safety. (1 Thessalonians 5:3)
However, Paul warns that this belief will prove to be false, because, just when they are saying this to one another, sudden and complete judgment falls upon them. This judgment falls so quickly and completely that no one escapes it awful destruction. What weapon in the history of warfare will destroy this completely and suddenly? Clearly, only nuclear warfare.
Does Bailey shed any further light on this matter? Yes, writing in April, 1946, in The Externalisation Of The Hierarchy, she states, “The atomic bomb does not belong to the…nations who…own the secrets at present…It belongs to the United Nations for use (or…for threatened use when aggressive action on the part of any nation rears its ugly head.” (p. 548) Wow! The Planners of the New World Order have plans to wage nuclear war against any nation or group of people who threaten the rule of Maitreya the Christ. Now we can understand how the next horse out of heaven after the white horse of Anti-Christ is the horse of war, carrying a great sword.
22. NWO: Part of the New World Order Plan is to abolish traditional religious holidays, substituting pagan festivals such as good Friday and Christmas. (Cumbey, Hidden Dangers Of The Rainbow, p. 83).
BP: “And he shall…think to change times and laws”. (Daniel 7:25)
[See also: Time, CERN, and the Bible]
23. NWO: Bailey states repeatedly in The Externalisation Of The Hierarchy that traditional Protestant religions must change their doctrines prior to the establishment of the New World Order. They must abandon their insistence on rigid doctrinal positions. Mankind has a great “need for spiritual unity and to throw overboard all separative theological attitudes and dogmas in every field of thought.” (p. 378). These old dogmatic doctrines must give way to the ancient Satanic Mysteries, as we have already quoted.
BP: “Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times, some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils.” (1 Timothy 4:1).
24. NWO: Teaches the doctrine that Maitreya will be greater than Jesus Christ. “While Jesus had had a resurrected body after the crucifixion, he had to forfeit that body because he had not earned the right to keep it [because] Jesus was only a fourth level initiate, whereas Gautama Buddha was a sixth level initiate. However, Lord Maitreya himself was a seventh level initiate and the only one eligible for such a high level of initiation.” (Cumbey, Hidden Dangers of the Rainbow, p. 96-7).
BP: “And the king shall do according to his will; and he shall exalt himself, and magnify himself above every god, and shall speak marvellous things against the God of gods, and shall prosper till the indignation be accomplished..” (Daniel 11:36). ALSO:
“Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he, as God, sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God.” (2 Thessalonians 2:4).
Clearly, the arrogant attitude on the part of Maitreya which will cause him to claim to be God is present in these incredible blasphemies against the person of Jesus Christ. Remember, also, that these planned heresies were written by people who claim that their writings have been inspired by their ‘guiding spirits’.
We have examined over 20 instances where New World Order doctrines and plans precisely mirror Biblical prophecy. According to the Laws of Probability, the odds against only 20 prophecies coming to pass accidentally are 1,048,000 to 1. To arrive at this figure, we did not figure into the equation any time frame or sequence of fulfillment, which would make the numbers higher. All we calculated is the chance that such a prophecy could be accidentally fulfilled.
Clearly, this exercise builds one’s confidence that we are living in the very end of the age. When you have this amount of potential Biblical prophecy fulfillment, simultaneously occurring at the same time as many other Biblical prophecies, such as the restoration of Israel, you must seriously conclude that Jesus Christ is most probably at the door.
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Many who have attempted to lead a “Christian” Mason away from the Lodge (that is, they have tried to lead him to repentance and into fellowship with Jesus Christ) have heard Masonic defenses which they know are untrue. Probably one of the most absurd claims which “Christian” Masons regularly make is that they are members of a “CHRISTIAN Lodge.” “All of the members in my Lodge are Christians,” they claim; “Prayers in my Lodge are closed in the name of Jesus.” “There may be some bad things about Freemasonry in other states, or in foreign countries, but none of that goes on in my Lodge.”, they explain.
Many mature Christians are able to see that any claim that all the members of a Lodge are Christians must be doubted, based on common sense. In Matthew 13, Jesus spoke of the wheat and the tares. Mature Christians know that all “members of the church” are not genuine Christians – how could the Lodge attain a higher standard? Any Christian who carefully examines the content of Masonic ritual will know that those who embrace Masonic teaching cannot possibly be Christians. Yet Masonic secrecy causes most people not to be in a position to know and/or prove the facts about Freemasonry.
The myth of the “Christian Lodge” has proven to be effective with many who don’t have access to Grand Lodge documentation which demonstrates the truth. Few non-Masons have access to Masonic documents. Without evidence to the contrary, the desire to give a member of the congregation who is a Mason the benefit of the doubt often causes the reluctant acceptance, or sometimes whole-hearted belief, of the myth. The myth of the “Christian Lodge” has caused doubt in the minds of many people we have spoken with. You can imagine how fervently the Christian mother or wife of a Mason must want to believe that her Mason is a good Christian man who would never, NEVER embrace paganism. The members of a congregation with a Masonic pastor want to believe that they are following a genuine spiritual leader, rather than a man who has mocked the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus in secret. Mothers of guilty death row inmates often believe that their sons are innocent of wrong doing. This irrational aspect of human nature is familiar to all of us. The more grievous the heresy or wrongdoing, the less we want to believe that our friend or loved one could be involved in it. When our man is involved in something which has not been fully revealed, if he is involved in it, then it must not be heresy. The logic is simple — and flawed.
Grand Lodge documents from all states we have examined can be used to quickly settle the issue in the minds of honest men. Simply examining the elements of ritual found in all Masonic monitors will provide incontestable evidence that Freemasonry has a plan of salvation which does not include Jesus Christ. How could any Lodge actually be composed of Christians who gathered together to teach a false plan of salvation? Freemasonry rejects faith in Jesus Christ as the critical factor in salvation. In the Legend of the Third Degree, Masons reenact the death burial and resurrection — not of Jesus — but of Hiram Abif, the Masonic savior.
[See An Open Letter to a Christian Mason for complete details and copies of the Grand Lodge documents which prove the facts. They are located at: ephesians5-11.org/opnltr.htm]
There is another selected group of Masonic documents we want to use for the purpose at hand. They speak directly to the credibility of the claim that there are “Christian Lodges.” Unfortunately, this particular collection of documents will also be used to show how the myth of the “Christian Lodge” is being most effectively promoted.
Masonic Grand Lodge documents actually make no claim that Freemasonry is Christian in nature. In fact, they contain statements quite to the contrary. For example, the Grand Lodge of Louisiana has this to say:
Thus Freemasonry comes to us from the Temple,…It makes no profession of Christianity, and wars not against sectarian creeds or doctrines; but looks forward to the time when the labor of our ancient brethren shall be symbolized by the erection of a spiritual temple whose moral grandeur shall be commensurate with civilization; A temple in which there shall be but one altar and but one worship; one common altar of Masonry, on which the Veda, Sutra, Zend-Avesta, Koran, and Holy Bible shall lie untouched by sacrilegious hands; and at whose shrine the Hindoo, the Persian, the Assyrian, the Chaldean, the Egyptian, the Chinese, the Mohammedan, the Jew, and the Christian may kneel and with one united voice celebrate the praises of the Supreme Architect of the Universe.
– Louisiana Masonic Monitor, p. 111, 1988
Unity in one common worship among Hindu, Mohammedan, Jew and “Christian” Masons must necessarily exclude Jesus Christ as the object of worship. Since all Lodges are under the authority of, and the ritual is under control of, the Grand Lodges, it would be impossible for anyone who had credibly examined the Louisiana Masonic Monitor to believe that a Christian Lodge could exist in Louisiana. Claims that Indiana Freemasonry would allow “Christian” Masons to practice Christianity in Lodges subordinate to the Grand Lodge of Indiana are laid bare by text found in the Mentor’s Manual:
The same prohibition, plus another in the first of the Old Charges, prohibits discussion of sectarian religion.
Sectarian religion does not refer to Christian denominations; it refers to Christianity the same as any other of the world’s several religions. That means that Christian sermons should not be delivered at Lodge gatherings, nor should Christian prayers be offered, nor Christian symbols displayed.
The prohibition on discussion of religious subjects in Masonic meetings applies to Masons even if every member of the Lodge is of the same religious belief.
– Mentor’s Manual, p. 16 Grand Lodge of Indiana, 1975
The Grand Lodge of Indiana has taken a clear position. Even if every member of a Lodge professes to be a Christian and even if they are all members of the same denomination, Christian prayers are not to be offered in Lodge. Christian teaching is unwelcome within Lodge and Christian symbols, such as a Christian flag, are unwelcome. If the members are required to leave Jesus Christ outside when they enter the Lodge and the rituals which they perform teach salvation without Jesus, how could those men be members of a “Christian Lodge?”
The key membership requirement for Freemasonry is well known. Literature produced by the Grand Lodges makes plain the fact that faith in Jesus Christ is not required as a condition of membership. Faith in God is not required, contrary to the claims of many Masons. What Freemasonry actually requires is faith in the existence of “A Supreme Being.” Freemasonry is willing to accept faith in Vishnu – a Hindu god, Buddha, or any other pagan god, as a valid expression of “A Supreme Being.” Freemasonry teaches that all men, of all religions worship the same God, knowing Him by many different names.
The truth is quite different. The Scriptures clearly reveal that there is only one God and also reveal that the gods of pagan nations are idols. (Isaiah 45:5, Psalms 96:5) The objects of idol worship are demons, rather than God, according to Scripture. (1 Corinthians 10:19-21). When Freemasonry accepts the Christian, Jew, Buddhist and Hindu as having met the requirement of faith in the existence of “A Supreme Being,” it holds pagan gods as equal in nature to the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, the God of the Bible. The nature of Masonic worship is documented in Grand Lodge documents:
…Freemasonry is non-sectarian. Before its altar Christian, Jew, Mohammedan, Buddhist, Gentile, Confucian, may kneel together.
Masonry accepts good men who are found to be worthy, regardless of their religious convictions, and strives to make better men of them by emphasizing a firm belief in the Fatherhood of God, the Brotherhood of Man, and the Immortality of the Soul.
– Mentor’s Manual, p. 17 Grand Lodge of Indiana
The Fatherhood of God, Brotherhood of Man doctrine teaches that all men of all religions are children of God, whether they be Hindus, Moslems, Buddhists, Jews, or Christians. The Scriptures teach something quite different. Jesus Christ is the one and only Son of God. (John 3:16) Man may become an adopted child of God through faith in Jesus. Even Jews who reject Jesus are not children of God, according to Scripture:
He came to that which was his own, but His own did not receive him. Yet to all who received Him, to those who believed in His name, He gave the right to become children of God–children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God. (John 1:11-13)
Scripture reveals that a person becomes a child of God by ADOPTION through faith in Jesus Christ:
Not only so, but we ourselves, who have the first fruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for our adoption as sons, the redemption of our bodies. (Romans 8:23)
If Jews, like Paul, and the members of the pagan nations who accept Jesus are already children of God, adoption would not be possible. One cannot adopt his own child.
Masonic worship within “Christian Lodges” is identical in nature to worship in all other Lodges; they practice the same ritual. Prayers in ritual are prescribed. Many are found in Masonic documents. Freemasons do not worship God in Lodge, but rather a SYMBOL:
One fundamental of Freemasonry is its non-sectarian character. Any man may offer his devotions to the Deity he reveres, under the Masonic title, no matter what name he may use in his religious worship. . . Thus, Great Architect of the Universe (or any of its variations) is a symbol of Deity as named and worshiped in all religions.
– Mentor’s Manual, p. 49 Grand Lodge of Indiana
Worship of an idol, symbol, or false concept of God is idolatry, even if offered by a “Christian” Mason.
The Scriptures reveal that a Christian is able to approach the throne of God with confidence because of faith in Jesus. (Eph 3:12, Heb 4:16) Freemasonry teaches that all men may approach God at the Masonic altar on a common level:
To the altar of Freemasonry all men bring their most votive offerings. Around it all men, whether they have received their teachings from Confucius, Zoroaster, Moses, Mohammed or the founder of the Christian religion–just so long as they believe in the universality of the fatherhood of God and universality of the brotherhood of man–meet upon a common level. The Jew returns to his synagogue, the Mohammedan to his mosque and the Christian to his temple–each better prepared for the solemn duties of life by the associations in this universal brotherhood.
– Louisiana Masonic Monitor, p. 150, Grand Lodge of Louisiana, 1988
Part of this Masonic teaching is actually true, but not in the sense that they meant it. Anyone who believes the doctrine of the Fatherhood of God, Brotherhood of Man has not embraced the Gospel. On that basis, he is as lost as the Zoroastrian, Buddhist, Hindu, or Jew who rejects Jesus Christ.
Quite clearly, the myth of the “Christian Lodge” is not true. Any man who has thoughtfully listened to Masonic ritual, or studied Masonic Grand Lodge documents knows that it is not true. Simply put, it is a lie and a Mason or studied person offering it generally knows it is a lie.
Maximizing Effectiveness of a Lie
Often times, a lie which is told for a man by someone else is more effective and believable than the lie the man would be able to offer with his own lips. Guilty individuals have been found innocent on many occasions in trials where false testimony was given to establish an alibi. Former Worshipful Master and United Methodist Pastor, Harmon Taylor, stated that while he was both a Mason and a pastor and someone in the church found fault with his duplicity, Masonic members of the congregation would “run interference” for him. Harmon usually did not have to deal with those who were critical of the craft. Often, Masons will enlist the efforts of pastors who are Masons to effectively deceive or rebuff a wife, or someone else, who opposes his involvement in Freemasonry. Of course, a more effective defense can be mounted using a shill who is not and has never been a Mason. What would he have to gain by lying? Sometimes the non-Mason defender of the craft actually believes the lie and that makes him just that much more effective. Occasionally, a pastor who “knows what is good for him” will spread the lie of the “Christian Lodge” to defend the Masonic involvement of members, deacons, or elders of the church. He may want to believe it to salve his conscience. Who could possibly be a more effective liar than a pastor? The answer is pretty obvious, actually: a group of pastors, or a group of respected church leaders, who conspired to “investigate” a matter and then provide false testimony.
Scripture tells us that Satan is in control of the world. (1 John 5:19, Rev 12:9) If a prosecutor and the investigators in a fairly well publicized criminal case chose to aid the guilty party, rather than seek justice, they could conspire to falsely investigate the crime and focus the state’s case on minor issues. This latter aspect would be necessary to cause the public to believe that justice was being served. For example, they could concentrate on physical evidence from a store which was proof of shoplifting, while ignoring the body in the back room. If an earthly judge were part of the plan, he might sentence the guilty person to probation. Deals made behind closed doors often have an impact on justice even when all of the facts of a crime become known. Anyone who lived through the Clinton years has seen evidence of this. Unfortunately, such influence is not limited to what we perceive as the world. History and Scripture have demonstrated that Satan is at work within the church as well.
If a group of Godly men were to study Freemasonry and issue a report outlining the compatibility, or incompatibility of Freemasonry with Christianity, they would issue a report which contained truth. They would produce a report which was unbiased and objective. If they issued a false report which distorted the teachings of Freemasonry to make it seem compatible with Christianity, you would know that the work was not a Godly effort and you would further know that they did not have the best interests of Freemasons in mind. If many influential members of the congregation(s) authorizing the study are Freemasons and they were able to cause the report to actually be a veiled defense of Freemasonry, it would be an example of what Paul warned Timothy would occur:
For the time will come when men will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear. They will turn their ears away from the truth and turn aside to myths. (2 Timothy 2:3-2)
The Southern Baptist Convention
Today, the most effective group which is promoting the myth of the “Christian Lodge” is the North American Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Convention. The SBC is the largest denomination in the United States which can be shown to understand the Gospel. (Catholicism is larger, but they teach salvation on the basis of faith AND works. See Ephesians 2:8-9)
In 1992, at the convention in Indianapolis, the Interfaith Witness Department of the Home Mission Board – the group which became the North American Mission Board – was directed to do a study of Freemasonry and issue a report with recommendation. They completed and published A Study of Freemasonry and issued A Report on Freemasonry, along with a recommendation. A Report on Freemasonry was approved by the convention and remains the official Southern Baptist position on Freemasonry.
A Report on Freemasonry can be found on the website of the North American Mission Board. While the report does list eight elements of Freemasonry which are incompatible with Christianity, it attempts to perpetuate the believe that a man can be both a sincere Christian and a Mason.
For example, consider the following statement from the report:
We acknowledge That many outstanding Christians and Southern Baptists now are, and in the past have been Masons, including such notable past Southern Baptist leaders as…
– A Report on Freemasonry, p.2
Clearly, the SBC maintains the position that a man can be an outstanding Christian and a Freemason. If you ponder the position taken in the report, you might wonder, “How could a man be an outstanding Christian if he is involved in eight things which are genuinely incompatible with Christianity?”
Additionally, the SBC continues to promote the belief that there are Christian Lodges. In the report we find:
To be sure, not all Grand Lodges affirm Christian doctrine, and many do not declare Jesus as the unique Son of God; but many do, and for this we commend them. There is not complete uniformity in tenets or practice among lodges.
– A Report on Freemasonry, p.4
Those familiar with the foundational teachings of Freemasonry will instantly know that this statement is false. Some who did not have access to the documents the study and report had been based on, still doubted the truth of the claim that there are “Christian Lodges.” When A Report on Freemasonry was published in 1993, Jenifer Falk read that paragraph and then wrote a letter to the Home Mission Board (the group which did the study and wrote the report), asking them to name an example Grand Lodge which lifted up Jesus Christ in this way. She received a reply from the HMB which stated:
Our research did not find any local Masonic lodge nor any Grand Lodge which have taken a position for or against the biblical teaching affirming the uniqueness of Jesus Christ as the Son of God.
– HMB letter from Tal Davis to Jenifer Falk, September 15, 1993
The HMB response to Jenifer’s letter is interesting in two ways. First, it clearly states that those at the HMB knew that the statement on page 4 of the report claiming that some Grand Lodges declared Jesus as the unique Son of God, was not true when they wrote it. Second, the response itself demonstrates either another lie, or additional gross incompetence. It is obvious that the HMB researchers who examined Freemasonry, as well as the man who responded to Jenifer, conveniently ignored or did not comprehend, the foundational Masonic teaching of the Fatherhood of God, Brotherhood of man. Since Masonic doctrine declares that men of all religions are all sons of God, obviously all Grand Lodges have taken a stand against “the biblical teaching affirming the uniqueness of Jesus Christ as the Son of God” simply by promoting the Fatherhood of God, Brotherhood of Man doctrine. That doctrine is uniform among all Lodges, quite contrary to the position of the SBC report.
Though HMB and NAMB personnel have long known that there are no Lodges, or Grand Lodges which lift up Jesus as the unique Son of God, they continue to distribute the report which contains this falsehood.
[This report can be viewed in full as a PDF file at: 4truth.net]
New Evidence of SBC Collusion
Recently, this year and last, additional facts concerning the actions of the SBC have come to light. A few Southern Baptists have reported that the North American Mission Board is now producing legitimate apologetic materials on Freemasonry. They are under the impression that the efforts of the North American Mission Board are now honest and true.
Last year, we came into possession of several of the documents which were used as the basis of A Study of Freemasonry and A Report on Freemasonry. Having these documents allowed us to check the context of quotes found in A Report on Freemasonry. Examination of these documents demonstrates portions of Masonic teaching which were in SBC hands during the study. This new information has provided additional evidence of the character of the current SBC position, based on the continued use of the report. All of the Masonic quotes used in this paper were taken from those documents.
Consider the following statement in the report which was used in an attempt to support the believe that there is such a thing as a “Christian Lodge.”
Or the explicit reference to Jesus in the Masonic Code of the Grand Lodge of Alabama: “It is therefore proper and in accordance with Masonic law and tenets for a Mason who believes in the Christ Jesus to offer prayers in the Lodge in His Name.”
– A Report on Freemasonry, p.2
The actual text in the quoted Masonic document is as follows:
339. MASONRY AND RELIGION Masonry has no religious dogma other than that it requires a belief in Deity. Any man, good and true, whether he be Christian, Jew, Mohammedan, Parsee, Buddhist, Brahman or Deist may be admitted to Masonry because all these religions require a belief in Deity.
340. SECTARIANISM – WHAT IS NOT A Mason offering prayer in the Lodge may pray to his God — observing his own conception of Deity. It is therefore proper and in accordance with Masonic law and tenants for a Mason who believes in the Christ or Jesus to offer prayer in the lodge in His Name. None should take umbrage because he addresses his prayer to his own conception of Deity. He must use prayer in the Ritual in all ritualistic ceremonies. Any other prayer is out of order in such ceremonies.
– Masonic Code of Alabama, p. 141-2, 1963
First, notice that the SBC report intentionally misquoted the section of text from Masonic Code of Alabama. They left out one critical word, the word “or.” Notice how the meaning changes when this single word is included, or excluded. “The Mason who believes in the Christ Jesus” would refer to a “Christian Mason.” “The Mason who believes in the Christ or Jesus” would refer to a Mason who believes that Jesus is not necessarily the Christ. Clearly, the Grand Lodge of Alabama takes this latter position because they placed the word “or” to imply there is a difference between Christ and Jesus. The SBC report uses falsehood to attempt to create a favorable impression of Freemasonry, namely that Lodges and Grand Lodges lift up Jesus Christ in a meaningful way, while just the opposite is true.
Notice the context of the quoted passage. The text just immediately proceeding states: “A Mason offering prayer in the Lodge may pray to his God — observing his own conception of Deity.” Take a look at the context in the paragraph 339 – Masonry and Religion, immediately preceding the quote. Notice that Freemasonry admits men who have faith not in God, but in any god. The Buddhist is accepted based on his faith in Buddha. The Hindu (Brahman) is accepted based on his faith in Vishnu.
SBC officials were being intentionally deceptive when they misquoted “It is therefore proper and in accordance with Masonic law and tenets for a Mason who believes in the Christ Jesus to offer prayers in the Lodge in His Name.” Not only was the quote altered by removing a word, but it was taken out of a context which demonstrates the opposite of what those SBC officials attempted to show. The truth of the matter in Alabama Lodges is that a Mason may offer prayer in the name of “Christ or Jesus” or Vishnu, Buddha, or any demon a pagan Mason may worship. Of course, in the rituals which teach salvation, the prayers are prescribed. The position of the Grand Lodge of Alabama is that, “None should take umbrage because he addresses his prayer to his own conception of Deity.” If the SBC report were a Godly effort, would the Southern Baptist officials who prepared the report have avoided taking issue with this obvious statement that pagan worship is welcome and defended in Masonic Lodges?
When a man joins in prayer to any god who is not defined as Father, Son and Holy Spirit, he engages in idolatry. The GAOTU is defined as Vishnu, Buddha, Allah, and a host of other pagan deities which Freemasonry declares to be the same spirit as the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. Worship of the GAOTU is idolatry. Idolatry will prevent a man from entering heaven, according to Ephesians 5:5.
The Home Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Convention produced a falsely favorable report. The North American Mission Board continues to distribute A Report on Freemasonry, taking the position that it is honest and true, even though falsehood has been identified to them. Do they intend to allow Masons to go to hell without warning about the perils of worshiping a false god?
New Materials by NAMB
The North American Mission Board has published two additional documents, A Closer Look at A Bridge To Light and A Closer Look at Freemasonry, which some believe represent a Godly effort. After examining this new work and other NAMB materials, it appears that the current Masonic strategy being implemented by the NAMB is as follows:
Maintain the dishonest report produced by the Home Mission Board, A Report on Freemasonry, as the foundation of the NAMB “apologetic” with regard to Freemasonry.
– Display the report prominently on the NAMB web site.
– Do not admit that it is a product of intentional dishonesty.
– Allow the report to constrain the issues which are addressed.
Maintain the position that a man can be an outstanding Christian and a Mason at the same time.
Continue to promote the myth of the Christian Blue Lodge.
Maintain a double standard when dealing with Freemasonry and other false religions.
When dealing with other false religions, such as Mormonism:
– Take issue with the key elements of the nature of their false god and their false plan of salvation.
When dealing with Freemasonry, deal with lesser issues.
– Do not address the demonic nature of the GAOTU, the false god which all Freemasons pray to in the Blue Lodge.
– Do not address the Masonic plan of salvation which is based on imitation of Hiram Abif, the Masonic savior.
– Most Masons are only in the Blue Lodge — focus on the teachings of the York Rite, and/or Scottish Rite.
– When addressing Blue Lodge issues mentioned in the report, attempt to redirect the problem away from the Blue Lodge by focusing on Scottish Rite literature.
– Urge Southern Baptists to avoid embracing false teachings and doctrines such as found in the York and Scottish Rites.
Do not warn the churches that persistent “Christian” Masons are really no different in God’s eyes than “Christian” Buddhists, or “Christian” Hindus.
Continue to send Southern Baptist Masons out as missionaries.
Today, the Southern Baptist Convention is the most effective voice promoting the myth of the “Christian Lodge.” When Jesus returns, will Southern Baptists still be standing shoulder to shoulder with men who meet in secret to teach salvation on the basis of another savior? What WILL Jesus do? [See Rev 2:18-29] Individuals and congregations which fund the NAMB are guilty of saying Godspeed in the most effective way possible. [See 2 John 9]
A Report on Freemasonry at ephesians5-11.org
Supporting Masonic documents: ephesians5-11.org
Among those noble men who have denounced Freemasonry and openly taken a stand against it are:
John Wesley, Alexander Campbell, Daniel Webster, Wendell Phillips, Chief Justice Charles Marshall, Charles Sumner, John Hancock, Horace Greeley, Pastor Dwight L. Moody, Pastor R. A. Torrey, Timothy Dwight, Evangelist Charles G. Finney, Charles Blanchard, John Adams, John Quincy Adams, John Madison, Amos Wells, Simon Peter Long, James M. Gray, Evangelist Billy Sunday, Dr. John R. Rice and Ulysses S. Grant.
Dwight L. Moody and Charles G. Finney
Pastor Dwight L. Moody on Freemasonry:
The man of God, D.L. Moody wrote:
“I do not see how any Christian, most of all a Christian minister, can go into these secret lodges with unbelievers. They say they can have more influence for good, but I say that they can have more influence for good by staying out of them and reproving their evil deeds. You can never reform anything by unequally yoking yourself to ungodly men.
True reformers separate themselves from the world. But, some say to me, if you talk that way you will drive all the members of secret societies out of your meetings and out of your churches. But what if I did? Better men will take their places.
Give them the truth anyway, and if they would rather leave their churches than their lodges, the sooner they get out of their churches the better. I would rather have ten members who are separated from the world than a thousand such members! Come out from the lodge. Better one with God than a thousand without Him! We must walk with God, and if only one or two go with us, it is all right. Do not let down the standard to suit men who love their secret lodges or have some darling sin they will not give up!”
In The Character, Claims and Practical Workings of Freemasonry, Finney wrote:
We are now prepared to consider the question of the relation of Freemasonry to the Church of Christ. On this question I remark:
God holds the church and every branch of it, responsible for its opinion and action in accordance with the best light, which, in his providence, is afforded them. . . If any particular branch of the church has better means of information and therefore more light on moral questions, than another branch, its responsibility is greater, in proportion to its greater means of information. Such a branch of the church is bound to take a higher and more advanced position in Christian life and duty, to bear a fuller and lighter testimony against every form of iniquity, than that required by less favored and less informed branches of the church. They are not to wait till other branches of the church have received their light, before they bear a testimony and pursue a course in accordance with their own degree of information.
While Masonry was a secret, the church had no light, and no responsibility respecting it. Although individual members of the church were Freemasons, as a body, she knew nothing of Masonry; therefore she could say nothing. . .
But the state of the case is now greatly changed. Freemasonry is now revealed. It is no longer a secret to any who wish to be informed….. Now, since these revelations are made, and both the church and the world are aware of what Masonry really is, God demands, and the world has a right to expect, that the church will take due action and bear a truthful testimony in respect to this institution. She can not now innocently hold her peace. The light has come. Fidelity to God, and to the souls of men, require that the church, which is the light of the world, should speak out, and should take such action as will plainly reveal her views of the compatibility or incompatibility of Freemasonry with the Christian religion. As God’s witnesses, as the pillar and ground of the truth, the church is bound to give the trumpet no uncertain sound, upon this question, that all men may know, whether, in her judgment, an intelligent embracing and determinate adhering to Freemasonry are compatible with a truthful profession of religion.
Every local branch of the Church of Christ is bound to examine this subject, and pronounce upon this institution, according to the best light they can get. God does not allow individuals, or churches, to withhold action, and the expression of their opinion, until other churches are as enlightened as themselves. We are bound to act up to our own light, and to go as far in advance of others as we have better means of information than they. We have no right to say to God that we will act according to our own convictions, when others become so enlightened that our action will be popular and meet their approval.
Again: Those individuals and churches, who have had the best means of information, owe it to other branches of the church, and to the whole world, to take action and to pronounce upon the unchristian character of Freemasonry, as the most influential means within their reach of arousing the whole church and the world to an examination of the character and claims of Freemasonry. If churches who are known to have examined the subject withhold their testimony; if they continue to receive persistent and intelligent Freemasons; if they leave the public to infer that they see nothing in Freemasonry inconsistent with a creditable profession of the Christian religion, it will justly be inferred by other branches of the church, and by the world, that there is nothing in it so bad, so dangerous and unchristian as to call for their examination, action, or testimony. Before the publishing of Morgan’s book, the Baptist denomination, especially, in that part of the country, had been greatly carried away by Freemasonry. A large proportion of its eldership and membership were Freemasons. A considerable number of ministers and members of other branches of the Christian Church had also fallen into the snare.
The murder of Wm. Morgan, and the publication of Masonry consequent thereupon in the books I have named, broke upon the church – fast asleep on this subject – like a clap of thunder from a clear sky. The facts were such, the revelations were so clear, that the Baptist denomination backed down, and took the lead in renouncing and denouncing the institution. Their elders and associated churches, almost universally, passed resolutions disfellowshipping adhering Masons. The denomination, to a considerable extent, took the same course.
Throughout the Northern States, at that time, I believe it was almost universally conceded that persistent Freemasons, who continued to adhere and co-operate with them, ought not to be admitted to Christian churches. Now it is worthy of all consideration and remembrance, that God set the seal of His approbation upon the action taken by those churches at that time, by pouring out His Spirit upon them. Great revivals immediately followed over that whole region. . .
And should the question be asked, ‘What shall be done with the great number of professed Christians who are Freemasons?’ I answer, let them have no more to do with it. Again, let Christian men labor with them, plead with them, and endeavor to make them see it to be their duty to abandon it. . . Let them be distinctly asked whether they intend still to aid and abet the administration and taking of these oaths, if they still intend to countenance the false and hypocritical teachings of Masonry, if they mean to countenance the profanity of their ceremonies, and practice the partiality they have sworn to practice. If so, surely they should not be allowed their places in the church.