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The Masonic Square and Compasses.
^ COMPASSES PLACED IN A LODGE OF FELLOW CRAFT MASONS, ''ONE POINT ELEVATED ABOVE THE SQUARE.'' (See Note B.) .
  • Duncan's Masonic Ritual and Monitor: Fellow Craft, or Second Degree 17 September 2009 0:24 UTC www.sacred-texts.com [Source type: Original source]

^ A. Both points of the compasses elevated above the square, which was to teach me never to lose sight of those truly Masonic virtues, which are friendship, morality, and brotherly love.
  • Duncan's Masonic Ritual and Monitor: Master Mason, or Third Degree 17 September 2009 0:24 UTC www.sacred-texts.com [Source type: Original source]

^ A Master Masons' Lodge is styled by the Craft the "Sanctum Sanctorum, or Holy of Holies, of King Solomon's Temple," and when the Lodge is opened on this Degree, both points of the compasses are elevated above the square.
  • Duncan's Masonic Ritual and Monitor: Master Mason, or Third Degree 17 September 2009 0:24 UTC www.sacred-texts.com [Source type: Original source]


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.Freemasonry is a fraternal organisation that arose from obscure origins in the late 16th to early 17th century.^ Princess de Latour French Grand Mistress of the Order of St. John of Jerusaleman early emanation of Freemasonry in the 18th century.
  • 10,000 Famous Freemasons By William R. Denslow - Volume 1 "A-D" 11 January 2010 8:40 UTC www.phoenixmasonry.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ The origins and early development of fraternal Freemasonry are a matter of some debate and conjecture.
  • Masonic Secrets & Female Freemasons 6 February 2010 11:20 UTC www.masonic-secrets.com [Source type: Original source]

^ This ritualistic mode of instruction has proven remarkably effective over the centuries and its use, being peculiar to Freemasonry, has kept the fraternity apart from those that would imitate it.

.Freemasonry now exists in various forms all over the world, with a membership estimated at around five million, including just under two million in the United States and around 480,000 in England, Scotland and Ireland.^ Freemasonry exists throughout the world.
  • Masonic Secrets & Female Freemasons 6 February 2010 11:20 UTC www.masonic-secrets.com [Source type: Original source]

^ All now form in a circle around the body, the Master and .
  • Duncan's Masonic Ritual and Monitor: Master Mason, or Third Degree 17 September 2009 0:24 UTC www.sacred-texts.com [Source type: Original source]

^ Pope, who kept in leading strings all the Supreme Councils of the world, including the Supreme Councils of England, Ireland, and Scotland, the first of which includes the Prince of Wales (now King Edward VII) Lord Lathom and other Peers, who were in alliance with him and in actual submission" (A. E. WAITE, Devil-Worship in France , 1896, 215).
  • CATHOLIC ENCYCLOPEDIA: Masonry (Freemasonry) 6 February 2010 11:20 UTC www.newadvent.org [Source type: Original source]

[1][2] .The various forms all share moral and metaphysical ideals, which include, in most cases, a constitutional declaration of belief in a Supreme Being.^ The court concluded that "chief" Masonic principles include "the reverence of a Supreme Being and the embrace of other forms of religious worship."..

^ The first condition of admission into, and membership of, the Order is a belief in a Supreme Being.
  • Masonic Secrets & Female Freemasons 6 February 2010 11:20 UTC www.masonic-secrets.com [Source type: Original source]

^ We identify our common belief in a higher SOMETHING as the Supreme Being.
  • Freemasonry, Dan Brown, and the New New Age Boing Boing 27 January 2010 23:54 UTC www.boingboing.net [Source type: Original source]

[3]
.The fraternity is administratively organised into Grand Lodges or sometimes Orients, each of which governs its own jurisdiction, which consists of subordinate (or constituent) Lodges.^ Each Grand Lodge has a "work" of its own, which is taught the subordinate Lodges annually by its Grand Lecturer.
  • Duncan's Masonic Ritual and Monitor: Master Mason, or Third Degree 17 September 2009 0:24 UTC www.sacred-texts.com [Source type: Original source]

^ The regular French Grand Lodge picked up many of these Russian emigrees and initiated them into such lodges as the Anglo-Saxon Lodge in Paris.
  • Casebook: Jack the Ripper - Russian Freemasonry 27 January 2010 23:54 UTC www.casebook.org [Source type: Original source]

^ These two Grand Lodges, as disguised agents of the Grand Orient of France , act as mediators between this and the Masonic bodies of English-speaking and German countries.
  • CATHOLIC ENCYCLOPEDIA: Masonry (Freemasonry) 6 February 2010 11:20 UTC www.newadvent.org [Source type: Original source]

.Grand Lodges recognise each other through a process of landmarks and regularity.^ The GLNF began appealing to other regular Grand Lodges to aide in consolidating these gains in Russia by asking for regular visits by experienced Masons to offer instruction and ensure regularity.
  • Casebook: Jack the Ripper - Russian Freemasonry 27 January 2010 23:54 UTC www.casebook.org [Source type: Original source]

^ The Grande Loge Nationale Française (GLNF) is currently the only French Grand Lodge that is in regular amity with the UGLE and its many concordant jurisdictions worldwide.
  • Masonic Secrets & Female Freemasons 6 February 2010 11:20 UTC www.masonic-secrets.com [Source type: Original source]

^ The regular French Grand Lodge picked up many of these Russian emigrees and initiated them into such lodges as the Anglo-Saxon Lodge in Paris.
  • Casebook: Jack the Ripper - Russian Freemasonry 27 January 2010 23:54 UTC www.casebook.org [Source type: Original source]

.There are also appendant bodies, which are organisations related to the main branch of Freemasonry, but with their own independent administration.^ "There is no universal church , no universal body of politic; but there is an universal Fraternity, that Freemasonry; and every Brother who is a worthy member, may feel proud of it".
  • CATHOLIC ENCYCLOPEDIA: Masonry (Freemasonry) 6 February 2010 11:20 UTC www.newadvent.org [Source type: Original source]

^ I n the higher degree Freemasonry of the Scottish Rite (33 degree freemasonry), there is also a supranational merger organisation known as the Confederation Of Lausanne .
  • Dieter Schwarz - Freemasonry Ideology, Organisation, And Policy 27 January 2010 23:54 UTC der-stuermer.org [Source type: Original source]

^ There are organizations that are affiliated with Freemasonry that admit both Master Masons as well as non-Masons who have some relation to a Master Mason.

Freemasonry uses the metaphors of operative stonemasons' tools and implements, against the allegorical backdrop of the building of King Solomon's Temple, to convey what has been described by both Masons and critics as "a system of morality veiled in allegory and illustrated by symbols."[4][5]

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History

.The origins and early development of Freemasonry are a matter of some debate and conjecture.^ The origins and early development of fraternal Freemasonry are a matter of some debate and conjecture.
  • Masonic Secrets & Female Freemasons 6 February 2010 11:20 UTC www.masonic-secrets.com [Source type: Original source]

^ Manly P. Hall, a 33rd degree Mason, was one of the early authors who claimed a pagan origin for Freemasonry.
  • Freemasons - The silent destroyers. Deist religious cult based on the Knights Templar - Initiation rituals like those of witchcraft 6 February 2010 11:20 UTC www.bilderberg.org [Source type: Original source]

^ Additionally if, as it seems extremely likely, some aspects of Freemasonry originated with the Knights Templar (See Origins of Freemasonry above) it is entirely understandable as to why the penalties for betrayal of another Knight were so severe.

.A poem known as the "Regius Manuscript" has been dated to approximately 1390 and is the oldest known Masonic text.^ A poem known as the Regius Manuscript has been dated to approximately 1390 and is the oldest known Masonic text.
  • Masonic Secrets & Female Freemasons 6 February 2010 11:20 UTC www.masonic-secrets.com [Source type: Original source]

^ Study and an interpretation of the Regius manuscript, the earliest Masonic document, The beginnings of Anglo-Saxon masonry and masonic history as an ever-widening road to freedom / by Frederick M. Hunter.

^ Another Masonic Legend: The oldest known Masonic text, the "Old Charges," which dates at least as far back as1400, sets out a legendary heritage that begins with the antediluvian patriarch Jabal, who discovered geometry ("the which Science is called Massonrie") and wrote down his findings on pillars of stone.
  • Christians Beware - of Freemasonry 6 February 2010 11:20 UTC bibleprobe.com [Source type: Original source]

[6] .There is evidence to suggest that there were Masonic lodges in existence in Scotland as early as the late sixteenth century[7] (for example the Lodge at Kilwinning, Scotland, has records that date to the late 1500s, and is mentioned in the Second Schaw Statutes (1599) which specified that "ye warden of ye lug of Kilwynning [...] tak tryall of ye airt of memorie and science yrof, of everie fellowe of craft and everie prenteiss according to ayr of yr vocations").^ A second Masonic lodge was opened in 1729.
  • Dieter Schwarz - Freemasonry Ideology, Organisation, And Policy 27 January 2010 23:54 UTC der-stuermer.org [Source type: Original source]

^ The second degree is called Fellow Craft.
  • Christians Beware - of Freemasonry 6 February 2010 11:20 UTC bibleprobe.com [Source type: Original source]

^ There is a huge amount of suggestive evidence.
  • Freemasons - The silent destroyers. Deist religious cult based on the Knights Templar - Initiation rituals like those of witchcraft 6 February 2010 11:20 UTC www.bilderberg.org [Source type: Original source]

[8] .There are clear references to the existence of lodges in England by the mid-seventeenth century.^ There are clear references to the existence of lodges in England by the mid-seventeenth century.
  • Masonic Secrets & Female Freemasons 6 February 2010 11:20 UTC www.masonic-secrets.com [Source type: Original source]

^ Early publications often referred to him as a "brother" and there was at one time a lodge called "Charles Dickens" at Chigwell, Essex, England.
  • 10,000 Famous Freemasons By William R. Denslow - Volume 1 "A-D" 11 January 2010 8:40 UTC www.phoenixmasonry.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ It seems clear that the "modern ideas" here referred to are those of un-Christian Liberalism, of which Freemasonry has been the protagonist for the past two centuries, and more.

[9]
Goose and Gridiron, where the Grand Lodge of England was founded
.The first Grand Lodge, the Grand Lodge of England (GLE), was founded on 24 June 1717, when four existing London Lodges met for a joint dinner.^ The first Grand Lodge was established in England in 1717.
  • Freemasons - The silent destroyers. Deist religious cult based on the Knights Templar - Initiation rituals like those of witchcraft 6 February 2010 11:20 UTC www.bilderberg.org [Source type: Original source]

^ He was the first PGM of England to visit a grand lodge in America, when on Jan.
  • 10,000 Famous Freemasons By William R. Denslow - Volume 1 "A-D" 11 January 2010 8:40 UTC www.phoenixmasonry.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Claims to have been founded in London in 1717.
  • Freemasons - The silent destroyers. Deist religious cult based on the Knights Templar - Initiation rituals like those of witchcraft 6 February 2010 11:20 UTC www.bilderberg.org [Source type: Original source]

.This rapidly expanded into a regulatory body, which most English Lodges joined.^ This rapidly expanded into a regulatory body, which most English Lodges joined.
  • Masonic Secrets & Female Freemasons 6 February 2010 11:20 UTC www.masonic-secrets.com [Source type: Original source]

^ This lead to a linking of Russian and Swedish Freemasonry into one system when, in 1778, the Moscow Lodge of Prince Troubetskoy joined the Swedish System.
  • Casebook: Jack the Ripper - Russian Freemasonry 27 January 2010 23:54 UTC www.casebook.org [Source type: Original source]

^ These two Grand Lodges, as disguised agents of the Grand Orient of France , act as mediators between this and the Masonic bodies of English-speaking and German countries.
  • CATHOLIC ENCYCLOPEDIA: Masonry (Freemasonry) 6 February 2010 11:20 UTC www.newadvent.org [Source type: Original source]

.However, a few lodges resented some of the modernisations that GLE endorsed, such as the creation of the Third Degree, and formed a rival Grand Lodge on 17 July 1751, which they called the "Antient Grand Lodge of England". The two competing Grand Lodges vied for supremacy – the "Moderns" (GLE) and the "Antients" (or "Ancients") – until they united on 25 November 1813 to form the United Grand Lodge of England (UGLE).^ Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of England (Moderns) 1790-1813 while still Prince of Wales.
  • Masonic Secrets & Female Freemasons 6 February 2010 11:20 UTC www.masonic-secrets.com [Source type: Original source]

^ When a person reaches the third degree, they are called a Master Mason .
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^ The principal agents of the modern Grand Lodge of England in the United States were Coxe and Price.
  • CATHOLIC ENCYCLOPEDIA: Masonry (Freemasonry) 6 February 2010 11:20 UTC www.newadvent.org [Source type: Original source]

.The Grand Lodge of Ireland and The Grand Lodge of Scotland were formed in 1725 and 1736 respectively.^ Grand Lodge of Scotland from 177678.
  • 10,000 Famous Freemasons By William R. Denslow - Volume 1 "A-D" 11 January 2010 8:40 UTC www.phoenixmasonry.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Grand Lodge of Missouri was formed in 1821.
  • 10,000 Famous Freemasons By William R. Denslow - Volume 1 "A-D" 11 January 2010 8:40 UTC www.phoenixmasonry.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ A new Grand Lodge was formed in 1810.
  • Casebook: Jack the Ripper - Russian Freemasonry 27 January 2010 23:54 UTC www.casebook.org [Source type: Original source]

.Freemasonry was exported to the British Colonies in North America by the 1730s – with both the "Antients" and the "Moderns" (as well as the Grand Lodges of Ireland and Scotland) chartering offspring, or "daughter", Lodges, and organising various Provincial Grand Lodges.^ Grand Lodge of Scotland from 177678.
  • 10,000 Famous Freemasons By William R. Denslow - Volume 1 "A-D" 11 January 2010 8:40 UTC www.phoenixmasonry.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ The Grand Lodges of Ireland and Scotland were formed in 1725 and 1736 respectively.
  • Masonic Secrets & Female Freemasons 6 February 2010 11:20 UTC www.masonic-secrets.com [Source type: Original source]

^ Grand Lodge of England (Moderns) in 1723.
  • 10,000 Famous Freemasons By William R. Denslow - Volume 1 "A-D" 11 January 2010 8:40 UTC www.phoenixmasonry.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.After the American Revolution, independent U.S. Grand Lodges formed themselves within each State.^ Already a Feemason in France, he was given honorary membership by many lodges and Grand Lodges across the USA. Laguardia , Fiorello H. American politician.
  • Masonic Secrets & Female Freemasons 6 February 2010 11:20 UTC www.masonic-secrets.com [Source type: Original source]

^ First Govenor of the State of Missouri, member of Herman Lodge #28, St. Charles, Missouri later known as Herman Lodge #3 after the formation of the Grand Lodge of Missouri.
  • Masonic Secrets & Female Freemasons 6 February 2010 11:20 UTC www.masonic-secrets.com [Source type: Original source]

^ Similar measures were taken by the Irish , Scottish , and North American Grand Lodges.
  • CATHOLIC ENCYCLOPEDIA: Masonry (Freemasonry) 6 February 2010 11:20 UTC www.newadvent.org [Source type: Original source]

.Some thought was briefly given to organising an over-arching "Grand Lodge of the United States", with George Washington (who was a member of a Virginian lodge) as the first Grand Master, but the idea was short-lived.^ Armstrong was a member of Washington Lodge No.
  • 10,000 Famous Freemasons By William R. Denslow - Volume 1 "A-D" 11 January 2010 8:40 UTC www.phoenixmasonry.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of Gabon in 1983.
  • Masonic Secrets & Female Freemasons 6 February 2010 11:20 UTC www.masonic-secrets.com [Source type: Original source]

^ Served as grand master of the Grand Lodge of Illinois.
  • 10,000 Famous Freemasons By William R. Denslow - Volume 1 "A-D" 11 January 2010 8:40 UTC www.phoenixmasonry.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.The various State Grand Lodges did not wish to diminish their own authority by agreeing to such a body.^ The regular French Grand Lodge picked up many of these Russian emigrees and initiated them into such lodges as the Anglo-Saxon Lodge in Paris.
  • Casebook: Jack the Ripper - Russian Freemasonry 27 January 2010 23:54 UTC www.casebook.org [Source type: Original source]

^ These two Grand Lodges, as disguised agents of the Grand Orient of France , act as mediators between this and the Masonic bodies of English-speaking and German countries.
  • CATHOLIC ENCYCLOPEDIA: Masonry (Freemasonry) 6 February 2010 11:20 UTC www.newadvent.org [Source type: Original source]

^ On June 19, 1884, the lodge, as if it were a pilgrimage, went in a body to review his masterpiece that was to be the gift of the French people to the United States.
  • 10,000 Famous Freemasons By William R. Denslow - Volume 1 "A-D" 11 January 2010 8:40 UTC www.phoenixmasonry.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

[10]
.Although there are no real differences in the Freemasonry practiced by lodges chartered by the Antients or the Moderns, the remnants of this division can still be seen in the names of most Lodges, F.& A.M. being Free and Accepted Masons and A.F.& A.M. being Antient Free and Accepted Masons.^ Why are there no Lady Masons?
  • Masonic Secrets & Female Freemasons 6 February 2010 11:20 UTC www.masonic-secrets.com [Source type: Original source]

^ But there was no real organisational structure to the lodges...
  • Casebook: Jack the Ripper - Russian Freemasonry 27 January 2010 23:54 UTC www.casebook.org [Source type: Original source]

^ Although there are no real differences in the Freemasonry practiced by lodges chartered by the Antients or the Moderns, the remnants of this division can still be seen in the names of most Lodges, F.& A.M. being Free and Accepted Masons and A.F.& A.M. being Antient Free and Accepted Masons.
  • Masonic Secrets & Female Freemasons 6 February 2010 11:20 UTC www.masonic-secrets.com [Source type: Original source]

.The oldest jurisdiction on the continent of Europe, the Grand Orient de France (GOdF), was founded in 1728. However, most English-speaking jurisdictions cut formal relations with the GOdF around 1877 – when the GOdF removed the requirement that its members have a belief in a Deity, thereby accepting atheists.^ Bulletin du Grand Orient de France, 1877, 236-50.
  • CATHOLIC ENCYCLOPEDIA: Masonry (Freemasonry) 6 February 2010 11:20 UTC www.newadvent.org [Source type: Original source]

^ The oldest jurisdiction on the continent of Europe, the Grand Orient de France (GOdF), was founded in 1728.
  • Masonic Secrets & Female Freemasons 6 February 2010 11:20 UTC www.masonic-secrets.com [Source type: Original source]

^ He was, for certain, a member of the Polish Grand Orient.
  • 10,000 Famous Freemasons By William R. Denslow - Volume 1 "A-D" 11 January 2010 8:40 UTC www.phoenixmasonry.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.The Grande Loge Nationale Française (GLNF)[11] is currently the only French Grand Lodge that is in regular amity with the UGLE and its many concordant jurisdictions worldwide.^ The Grande Loge Nationale Française (GLNF) is currently the only French Grand Lodge that is in regular amity with the UGLE and its many concordant jurisdictions worldwide.
  • Masonic Secrets & Female Freemasons 6 February 2010 11:20 UTC www.masonic-secrets.com [Source type: Original source]

^ UGLE and concordant tradition of jurisdictions (mostly termed Grand Lodges) in amity, and .
  • Masonic Secrets & Female Freemasons 6 February 2010 11:20 UTC www.masonic-secrets.com [Source type: Original source]

^ In most Latin countries, the GOdF-style of European Continental Freemasonry predominates, although in most of these Latin countries there are also Grand Lodges that are in regular amity with the UGLE and the worldwide community of Grand Lodges that share regular “fraternal relations” with the UGLE. The rest of the world, accounting for the bulk of Freemasonry, tends to follow more closely to the UGLE style, although minor variations exist.
  • Masonic Secrets & Female Freemasons 6 February 2010 11:20 UTC www.masonic-secrets.com [Source type: Original source]

Due to the above history, Freemasonry is often said to consist of two branches not in mutual regular amity:
  • the UGLE and concordant tradition of jurisdictions (mostly termed Grand Lodges) in amity, and
  • the GOdF, European Continental, tradition of jurisdictions (often termed Grand Orients) in amity.
.In most Latin countries, the GOdF-style of European Continental Freemasonry predominates,[citation needed] although in most of these Latin countries there are also Grand Lodges that are in regular amity with the UGLE and the worldwide community of Grand Lodges that share regular "fraternal relations" with the UGLE. The rest of the world, accounting for the bulk of Freemasonry, tends to follow more closely to the UGLE style, although minor variations exist.^ Grand Lodge reported the following ...

^ Proceedings of the Grand Lodge of Kentucky , at a grand communication ...

^ He has served as a public relations consultant for various Balkan and European countries.
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Organisational structure

.Grand Lodges and Grand Orients are independent and sovereign bodies that govern Masonry in a given country, state, or geographical area (termed a jurisdiction).^ He was sovereign grand commander of the Grand Orient.
  • 10,000 Famous Freemasons By William R. Denslow - Volume 1 "A-D" 11 January 2010 8:40 UTC www.phoenixmasonry.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ However, each Grand Lodge is sovereign and independent.
  • Masonic Secrets & Female Freemasons 6 February 2010 11:20 UTC www.masonic-secrets.com [Source type: Original source]

^ From time to time the United Grand Lodge of England has deemed it desirable to set forth in precise form the aims of Freemasonry as consistently practised under its Jurisdiction since it come into being as an organized body in 1717, and also to define the principles governing its relations with those other Grand Lodges with which it is in fraternal accord.
  • Masonic Secrets & Female Freemasons 6 February 2010 11:20 UTC www.masonic-secrets.com [Source type: Original source]

[12] .There is no single overarching governing body that presides over worldwide Freemasonry; connections between different jurisdictions depend solely on mutual recognition.^ There is no international governing body for Freemasonry.
  • Masonic Secrets & Female Freemasons 6 February 2010 11:20 UTC www.masonic-secrets.com [Source type: Original source]

^ The lodges are linked together informally by a system of mutual recognition between lodges that meet the Masonic requirements.

^ Although there are no real differences in the Freemasonry practiced by lodges chartered by the Antients or the Moderns, the remnants of this division can still be seen in the names of most Lodges, F.& A.M. being Free and Accepted Masons and A.F.& A.M. being Antient Free and Accepted Masons.
  • Masonic Secrets & Female Freemasons 6 February 2010 11:20 UTC www.masonic-secrets.com [Source type: Original source]

[13]

Regularity

.Regularity is a constitutional mechanism whereby Grand Lodges or Grand Orients give one another mutual recognition.^ Milford and at one time was junior grand warden of the Grand Lodge of Delaware.
  • 10,000 Famous Freemasons By William R. Denslow - Volume 1 "A-D" 11 January 2010 8:40 UTC www.phoenixmasonry.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ The Grande Loge Nationale Française (GLNF) is currently the only French Grand Lodge that is in regular amity with the UGLE and its many concordant jurisdictions worldwide.
  • Masonic Secrets & Female Freemasons 6 February 2010 11:20 UTC www.masonic-secrets.com [Source type: Original source]

^ The regular French Grand Lodge picked up many of these Russian emigrees and initiated them into such lodges as the Anglo-Saxon Lodge in Paris.
  • Casebook: Jack the Ripper - Russian Freemasonry 27 January 2010 23:54 UTC www.casebook.org [Source type: Original source]

.This recognition allows formal interaction at the Grand Lodge level, and gives individual Freemasons the opportunity to attend Lodge meetings in other recognised jurisdictions.^ I n addition to the Old Prussian and Humanitarian Grand Lodges -- which called each other mutually recognised lodges -- other Masonic grand associations and individual lodges ( corner lodges ) were active in Germany, to whom recognition was refused by the Old Prussian and Humanitarian Grand Lodges on competitive and political grounds, but which possessed the recognition (that is, acknowledgment of Masonic status) of foreign Masonic organisations, due in part to initiatives by foreign Freemasons.
  • Dieter Schwarz - Freemasonry Ideology, Organisation, And Policy 27 January 2010 23:54 UTC der-stuermer.org [Source type: Original source]

^ This illustrious clergyman was the acting master of the meeting at which John Blair, Jr. Virginia on October 13, 1778, and later presided over the grand lodge when Blair was installed.
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^ He started The Freemasons' Quarterly Review in 1843 to promote the cause of the home for aged and decrepit Freemasons, and on his motion in 1837, the Grand Lodge of England recommended the home.
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Conversely, regularity proscribes interaction with Lodges that are irregular. .A Mason who visits an irregular Lodge may have his membership suspended for a time, or he may be expelled.^ In England a Mason may act as member of many lodges.
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^ Those Blue Lodge Masons who lack the money cannot pursue the higher degrees and the Shrine.
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^ Lodge, that they having due and timely notice, may govern themselves accordingly.
  • Duncan's Masonic Ritual and Monitor: Master Mason, or Third Degree 17 September 2009 0:24 UTC www.sacred-texts.com [Source type: Original source]

.For this reason, all Grand Lodges maintain lists of other jurisdictions and lodges they consider regular.^ The GLNF began appealing to other regular Grand Lodges to aide in consolidating these gains in Russia by asking for regular visits by experienced Masons to offer instruction and ensure regularity.
  • Casebook: Jack the Ripper - Russian Freemasonry 27 January 2010 23:54 UTC www.casebook.org [Source type: Original source]

^ Judge all you want, but with that same judgment you too shall be judged, that by the same reasoning and the same philosophy how you judge others you too will be judged.
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^ The declaration had been made to "acquaint all the regular Masonic authorities in all countries th at the members of the just and perfect Masonic Lodge 'Stus Andraeus Praevocatus', at the Or.
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[14]
.Grand Lodges and Grand Orients that afford mutual recognition and allow intervisitation are said to be in amity.^ These two Grand Lodges, as disguised agents of the Grand Orient of France , act as mediators between this and the Masonic bodies of English-speaking and German countries.
  • CATHOLIC ENCYCLOPEDIA: Masonry (Freemasonry) 6 February 2010 11:20 UTC www.newadvent.org [Source type: Original source]

^ John Hamill, of the United Grand Lodge, said the Masons thought Mr Nayroud's fears were "ill founded".
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^ Calvin C. Burt Achieved prominence in the Rite of Memphis, but was expelled from his lodge in Michigan, said expulsion being confirmed by the Grand Lodge of Michigan when appealed.
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.As far as the UGLE is concerned, regularity is predicated upon a number of landmarks, set down in the UGLE Constitution and the Constitutions of those Grand Lodges with which they are in amity.^ The Grande Loge Nationale Française (GLNF) is currently the only French Grand Lodge that is in regular amity with the UGLE and its many concordant jurisdictions worldwide.
  • Masonic Secrets & Female Freemasons 6 February 2010 11:20 UTC www.masonic-secrets.com [Source type: Original source]

^ Nothing…Why so far as the things of God are concerned, they are the veriest fools; they know neither God nor the things of God.” (John Taylor, JI) 13:225) .
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^ The regular French Grand Lodge picked up many of these Russian emigrees and initiated them into such lodges as the Anglo-Saxon Lodge in Paris.
  • Casebook: Jack the Ripper - Russian Freemasonry 27 January 2010 23:54 UTC www.casebook.org [Source type: Original source]

.Even within this definition there are some variations with the quantity and content of the Landmarks from jurisdiction to jurisdiction.^ And, even for those who can afford the higher degrees and the Shrine, there are offices and positions closed to some who haven't the wealth, nice home or social position required."
  • Christians Beware - of Freemasonry 6 February 2010 11:20 UTC bibleprobe.com [Source type: Original source]

^ Even though there were some known Freemasons in the membership, it was not considered to be endorsed by Masonry.
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^ He has broad powers in overseeing the progress of the fraternity and while there is no national spokesperson for the fraternity, within his own state (Jurisdiction) he is the chief spokesman.

.Other Masonic groups organise differently.^ I have nothing against Masons, but would you apply that bizarre statement to Communists, Nazis, ancient Romans, indigenous Amazonians or any other group?
  • Freemasonry, Dan Brown, and the New New Age Boing Boing 27 January 2010 23:54 UTC www.boingboing.net [Source type: Original source]

^ My Grandfather was a Freemason, My mum has his mason ring and other items, its so weird to think that he was a member of this illustrious group..
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^ This group is slightly different from the others in that it does not have an official membership.
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[15]
.Each of the two major branches of Freemasonry considers the Lodges within its branch to be "regular" and those in the other branch to be "irregular". As the UGLE branch is significantly larger, however, the various Grand Lodges and Grand Orients in amity with UGLE are commonly referred to as being "regular" (or "Mainstream") Masonry, while those Grand Lodges and Grand Orients in amity with GOdF are commonly referred to "liberal" or "irregular" Masonry.^ From the 1920s Freemasons increasingly urged that British Freemasonry (and indeed other Freemasonry which did not accept the avowed atheism of the French and certain other 'Grand Orients' which had cost them recognition by the British Grand Lodges) was different from what the Popes had had in mind and so was unjustly condemned: they insisted that this British-type Free masonry did not plot against either Church or state.
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^ The GLNF began appealing to other regular Grand Lodges to aide in consolidating these gains in Russia by asking for regular visits by experienced Masons to offer instruction and ensure regularity.
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^ It is wrong, however, to consider Russian Freemasonry perished from an external blow.
  • Casebook: Jack the Ripper - Russian Freemasonry 27 January 2010 23:54 UTC www.casebook.org [Source type: Original source]

.(The issue is complicated by the fact that the usage of "Lodge" versus "Orient" alone is not an indicator of which branch a body belongs to, and thus not an indication of regularity).^ These two Grand Lodges, as disguised agents of the Grand Orient of France , act as mediators between this and the Masonic bodies of English-speaking and German countries.
  • CATHOLIC ENCYCLOPEDIA: Masonry (Freemasonry) 6 February 2010 11:20 UTC www.newadvent.org [Source type: Original source]

^ A variety of evidence indicates that the Corsican belonged to no lodge.
  • Dieter Schwarz - Freemasonry Ideology, Organisation, And Policy 27 January 2010 23:54 UTC der-stuermer.org [Source type: Original source]

^ Every regular Grand Lodge or Supreme Council in the Scottish, or Grand Orient in the mixed system, constitutes a supreme independent body with legislative, judicial, and executive powers.
  • CATHOLIC ENCYCLOPEDIA: Masonry (Freemasonry) 6 February 2010 11:20 UTC www.newadvent.org [Source type: Original source]

.The term "irregular" is also universally applied to various self created bodies that call themselves "Masonic" but are not recognised by either of the main branches.^ "The Masonic order is not a mere social organization, but is composed of all those who have banded themselves together to learn and apply the principles of mysticism and the occult rites."
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^ "The Masonic order is not a mere social organization, but is composed of all those who have banded themselves together to learn and apply the principles of mysticism and the occult rites ."

^ On top of that there are irregular so-called black lodges, which have no overall governing body.
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Masonic Lodge

.A Lodge (often termed a Private Lodge or Constituent Lodge in Masonic constitutions) is the basic organisational unit of Freemasonry.^ Later this became the basic unit of Freemasonry.
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^ "Three constitute a Lodge of Master Masons--three Master Masons.
  • Duncan's Masonic Ritual and Monitor: Master Mason, or Third Degree 17 September 2009 0:24 UTC www.sacred-texts.com [Source type: Original source]

^ Bohdan Berendt "Freemasonry in Poland", Year Book of the Grand Lodge of Antient, Free and Accepted Masons of Scotland, Edinburgh 1983, pp.95-97 .
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.Every new Lodge must have a Warrant or Charter issued by a Grand Lodge, authorising it to meet and work.^ In 1798 a charter was issued to Lodge No.
  • 10,000 Famous Freemasons By William R. Denslow - Volume 1 "A-D" 11 January 2010 8:40 UTC www.phoenixmasonry.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ When the grand lodge of New Jersey chartered Nova Caesarea Lodge No.
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^ A new Grand Lodge was formed in 1810.
  • Casebook: Jack the Ripper - Russian Freemasonry 27 January 2010 23:54 UTC www.casebook.org [Source type: Original source]

.Except for the very few "time immemorial" Lodges pre-dating the formation of a Grand Lodge, masons who meet as a Lodge without displaying this document (for example, in prisoner-of-war camps) are deemed "Clandestine" and irregular.^ He assisted in the formation of the grand lodge in 1830.
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^ Those Blue Lodge Masons who lack the money cannot pursue the higher degrees and the Shrine.
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^ Milford and at one time was junior grand warden of the Grand Lodge of Delaware.
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.A Lodge must hold regular meetings at a fixed place and published dates.^ The United Grand Lodge of England says that it is not a "secret society", but merely holds private meetings.
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^ The prevailing opinion at present is, that from time immemorial, i.e., prior to Grand Lodge warrants [65] there existed in Philadelphia a regular lodge with records dating from 1731.
  • CATHOLIC ENCYCLOPEDIA: Masonry (Freemasonry) 6 February 2010 11:20 UTC www.newadvent.org [Source type: Original source]

^ The masonic yearbook reveals that this lodge holds its annual inaugural meeting at Freemason's Hall in Covent Garden on the third Saturday each December - this year Saturday 20th.
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.It will elect, initiate and promote its members and officers; it will build up and manage its property and assets, including its minutes and records; and it may own, occupy or share its premises.^ On March 10, 1858 he donated $100 to the lodge and was elected an "honorary" member, the record book being changed from "life" to "honorary."
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^ Freemasonry was, or is, the association of persons for certain character building purposes, and regarding the individual members of the association as typified by stones then there may be some synonymity.
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^ When I spoke to him about his case in May 1982, Davies said that the Presbyterian Church of Wales was particularly strongly influenced by members of the Brotherhood among its own members and administration.
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.Like any organisation, it will have formal business to manage its meetings and proceedings, annual general meetings and committees, charity funds, correspondence and reports, membership and subscriptions, accounts and tax returns, special events and catering, and so forth.^ Minutes of the previous meeting • Proposing and balloting for new members • Discussing and voting on the annual accounts • Masonic news and correspondence .
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^ The second type of meeting was fund-raising events for loyalist causes in Northern Ireland.
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^ This aim was served by their own specially created defence committees , which obtained all texts hostile to Freemasonry and were informed of all antimasonic meetings and measures.
  • Dieter Schwarz - Freemasonry Ideology, Organisation, And Policy 27 January 2010 23:54 UTC der-stuermer.org [Source type: Original source]

.The balance of activities is individual to each Lodge, and under their common constitutions and forms of procedure, Lodges evolve very distinctive traditions.^ In 1789 he daringly organized a lodge in Rome under the very shadow of the Vatican.
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^ "An independent lodge of the so-called Martiniste Rite was formed among the entourage of Czar (sic) Nicholas II under the name of 'The Cross and the Star'.
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^ Reciprocal contract between individual and individual is the general condition of its development, and thus originate common forms of the religious consciousness, and the common forms of its expressions in the outward religious life.

.A man can only be initiated, or made a Mason, in a Lodge, of which he may often remain a subscribing member for life.^ In England a Mason may act as member of many lodges.
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^ It was this lodge that gave his remains Masonic burial.
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^ May, 1914 and is life member of the lodge.
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.A Master Mason can generally visit any Lodge meeting under any jurisdiction in amity with his own, and as well as the formal meeting, a Lodge may well offer hospitality.^ Mason and master of a lodge.
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^ Furthermore do I promise and swear, that I will support the Constitution of the General Grand Royal Arch Chapter of the United States of America, also the Grand Royal Arch Chapter of this State, under which this Lodge is held, and conform to all the by-laws, rules, and regulations of this or any other Lodge of Mark Master Masons, of which I may at any time hereafter become a member.
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^ R. W. M.--I now declare this Lodge of Mark Master Masons opened in due and ancient form, and hereby forbid all improper conduct whereby this Lodge may be disturbed, under no less penalty than the by-laws of a majority of the Lodge may see fit to inflict.
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.A visitor should first check the regularity of that Lodge, and must be able to satisfy that Lodge of his own regularity; and he may be refused admission if adjudged likely to disrupt the harmony of the Lodge.^ Fairclough has done sufficient research to discover both Gull and Warren were not members of Royal Alpha, but passes this off with the view that they "may simply have been regular visitors."
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^ I f I may summarise the experience in both lodges, then I must compare both to the best lodges in our royal craft.
  • Dieter Schwarz - Freemasonry Ideology, Organisation, And Policy 27 January 2010 23:54 UTC der-stuermer.org [Source type: Original source]

^ A man who has subordinated himself must and will think and act like a Freemason of his own will in determined situations.
  • Dieter Schwarz - Freemasonry Ideology, Organisation, And Policy 27 January 2010 23:54 UTC der-stuermer.org [Source type: Original source]

.If he wishes to visit the same Lodge repeatedly, he may be expected to join it and pay a subscription.^ He loses privileges and advantages as well as the right of visiting Lodges often being limited to not more than one visit to the same Lodge.
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^ Masonry has a distinctly religious character, a fact which may surprise many American Masons who have joined the Lodge for business, social or political reasons.
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^ March 1, 1845 (on a visit to his old state), demitting the same date and became one of the original signers for a charter of Victoria Lodge No.
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.Most Lodges consist of Freemasons living or working within a given town or neighbourhood.^ For a long time the Jews were excluded from most of the German, English, and French lodges; and up to the end of the eighteenth century the total number of Jewish Freemasons was inconsiderable.

^ I talian Freemasons living in exile founded two lodges in Paris, Italia and Italia Nuova , under the obedience of the Grand Lodge Of France .
  • Dieter Schwarz - Freemasonry Ideology, Organisation, And Policy 27 January 2010 23:54 UTC der-stuermer.org [Source type: Original source]

^ It consisted of lots of cheques given by banks to fund the Freemasons, but the woman who collected the photos was just a normal woman, telling me about her grandson…weird… .
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.Other Lodges are composed of Masons with a particular shared interest, profession or background.^ David Northmore London WC2 When I was a Labour councillor in Greenwich in the eighties, we adopted a policy of councillors declaring membership of masonic lodges and other associations in the register of members' interests.
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^ I thought no Mason spoke for any other Mason or Lodge, and that there was no central or unified authority Perhaps I missed something here.

^ Masons themselves refer to their organization as a Fraternity: [from the Latin words frater or brother] a group of people sharing a common profession or interests: .

.Shared schools, universities, military units, Masonic appointments or degrees, arts, professions and hobbies have all been the qualifications for such Lodges.^ True light to all men [electronic resource] : a discourse delivered at Dennis to the Masonic Brotherhood of Sumner's Lodge, December 27, A.L. 5803 / by Jotham Waterman.

^ Those Blue Lodge Masons who lack the money cannot pursue the higher degrees and the Shrine.
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^ The declaration had been made to "acquaint all the regular Masonic authorities in all countries th at the members of the just and perfect Masonic Lodge 'Stus Andraeus Praevocatus', at the Or.
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.In some Lodges, the foundation and name may now be only of historic interest, as over time the membership evolves beyond that envisaged by its "founding brethren"; in others, the membership remains exclusive.^ We in California, were some of the first to openly recognize Prince Hall Masons, and now visit one another's Lodges.
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^ A Mason, he not only attended the lodge, but helped to found at least two: the first, in 1762 at Brussels, was named "La Loge de St. Charles" in his honor, and the second in 1765 at Tournai was named "L'Unanimite."
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^ At the same time, these two grand lodges repeatedly stressed that only their Christian principles prevented them from accepting persons of other beliefs.
  • Dieter Schwarz - Freemasonry Ideology, Organisation, And Policy 27 January 2010 23:54 UTC der-stuermer.org [Source type: Original source]

.There are also specialist Lodges of Research, with membership drawn from Master Masons only, with interests in Masonic Research (of history, philosophy, etc.^ Mason and master of a lodge.
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^ "Three constitute a Lodge of Master Masons--three Master Masons.
  • Duncan's Masonic Ritual and Monitor: Master Mason, or Third Degree 17 September 2009 0:24 UTC www.sacred-texts.com [Source type: Original source]

^ The Masonic altar stands in the center of the lodge indicating that the religious acts there performed are the central things in the Masonic religious system.

). .Lodges of Research are fully warranted but, generally, do not initiate new candidates.^ Bennett was the first candidate to have been initiated in that lodge.
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^ When the candidate is fully dressed, the door is unceremoniously thrown open, and he, in company with others, is permitted to enter the Lodge.
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^ Degree of Grand Pontiff Most new candidates to Masonry also have no idea that what they are told initially are lies.
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.Lodges of Instruction in UGLE may be warranted by any ordinary Lodge for the learning and rehearsal of Masonic Ritual.^ In most American Lodges, the members are told that all the Masonic system and its rituals are "based on the Bible."
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^ That this worship is the real pivot of the Masonic religion, and the center of Masonic ritual and symbolism, incredible as it may seem, does not admit of reasonable doubt.

^ While cultish activities and ritual may be viewed as encouraging the atmosphere and setting the scene for Masonic work, the symbolism itself occupies an overproportionally great share of the educational work of the lodges.
  • Dieter Schwarz - Freemasonry Ideology, Organisation, And Policy 27 January 2010 23:54 UTC der-stuermer.org [Source type: Original source]

.Freemasons correctly meet as a Lodge, not in a Lodge, the word "Lodge" referring more to the people assembled than the place of assembly.^ Incidentally Baal is a Hebrew word which means Lord, and is more of a title than a name.

^ He loses privileges and advantages as well as the right of visiting Lodges often being limited to not more than one visit to the same Lodge.
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^ More laws for the betterment of public schools and social reforms for the people were enacted during his presidency than there had been in the 120 years since the Republic was established.
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.However, in common usage, Masonic premises are often referred to as "Lodges". Masonic buildings are also sometimes called "Temples" ("of Philosophy and the Arts").^ These masons barred any exploration of the lower levels of the lodge which might reveal regalia changing rooms and passages to nearby buildings.
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^ It is common for details of a Freemason's debts, for instance, to be passed to his Lodge by his masonic bank manager.
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^ Baigent and Leigh in The Temple and the Lodge imply (p.264) that Masonic involvement in this Revolt was the cause of the ban on all lodges.
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.In many countries, Masonic Centre or Hall has replaced Temple to avoid arousing prejudice and suspicion.^ Freemasonry is said to be a Secret Society, but go where you will, you see Masonic Temple, Freemasons' Hall, and even Freemasons' Arms.
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^ You will remember you promised us, that when the Temple was completed, we should receive the secrets of a Master Mason, whereby we might travel in foreign countries, work, and receive Master's wages.
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^ 'Many of your former masonic colleagues are very powerful people in this country.
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.Several different Lodges, as well as other Masonic or non-Masonic organisations, often use the same premises at different times.^ He loses privileges and advantages as well as the right of visiting Lodges often being limited to not more than one visit to the same Lodge.
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^ T hus, the activity of the Jews was bound to take the form, initially, of fighting for equal rights in the German Masonic lodges and at the same time in bourgeois society, and then of occupying the key positions in all spheres of public and private life.
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^ By the same token, only a brother in good standing in his symbolic lodge is eligible for membership in these Masonic bodies.
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.According to Masonic tradition, medieval European stonemasons would meet, eat, and shelter outside working hours in a Lodge on the southern side of a building site, where the sun warms the stones during the day.^ These masons barred any exploration of the lower levels of the lodge which might reveal regalia changing rooms and passages to nearby buildings.
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^ The "work," or rather the lectures in the several degrees of Masonry, more especially in the first three degrees (masonically termed the Blue Degrees, or Blue Lodge), differ so much in each State that it would be a difficult thing to get exactly at the proper responses to some of the Masonic interrogatories.
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^ The central question that every Christian Mason must ask himself is "Who is Jesus Christ according to the Lodge?"
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.The social Festive Board (or Social Board)[16] part of the meeting is thus sometimes called the South.^ This part is called “The Festive Board” There are many toasts and speeches.
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[17] .Early Lodges often met in a tavern or any other convenient fixed place with a private room.^ Early publications often referred to him as a "brother" and there was at one time a lodge called "Charles Dickens" at Chigwell, Essex, England.
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^ In the early years, Lakewood Lodge was assisted in degree work by Pearl Lodge, Red Cross and Lake Shore and later on by many of the other lodges in the county.
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^ For a time he was secretary of a commandery (then called encampment) that met in Holland lodge room at 66 Liberty street, New York City.
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Lodge Officers

.Every Masonic Lodge elects certain officers to execute the necessary functions of the lodge's work.^ Before the officers and brethren of the Republican Lodge, of Free and Accepted Masons, in that town; joined by the officers and brethren of Harmony Lodge, from Northfield; .

^ The central question that every Christian Mason must ask himself is "Who is Jesus Christ according to the Lodge?"
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^ A Masonic discourse, pronounced at the consecration of Ancient Land Mark Lodge, and the installation of its officers, by the M.W. the Grand Lodge of Massachusetts, convened in Portland, July 14, 58 .

.The Worshipful Master (essentially the lodge President) is always an elected officer.^ Each Lodge elects the following officers every year: Worshipful Master Chairman of the Lodge.
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^ Masonic oration delivered before the right worshipful master, officers, and brethren of the Columbian Lodge, [electronic resource] : convened at Deerfield:--New-Hampshire; December 27th, A.L. 5799.

^ The Worshipful Master gives three raps with his gavel, which brings the whole Lodge to their feet.
  • Duncan's Masonic Ritual and Monitor: Master Mason, or Third Degree 17 September 2009 0:24 UTC www.sacred-texts.com [Source type: Original source]

.Most jurisdictions will also elect the Senior and Junior Wardens (Vice Presidents), the Secretary and the Treasurer.^ Senior Warden Personal officer of WM; next year's WM in most lodges.
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^ He was also vice president, Count Goblet d'Aviella treasurer and director of the American Ship Building Co.
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^ The interior arrangements of the Lodge, and the positions of the Master, Wardens, Deacons, Secretary, and Treasurer, are the same as those in the Entered Apprentices' Degree ( p.
  • Duncan's Masonic Ritual and Monitor: Mark Master, or Fourth Degree 17 September 2009 0:24 UTC www.sacred-texts.com [Source type: Original source]

.All lodges will have a Tyler, or Tiler, (who guards the door to the lodge room while the lodge is in session), sometimes elected and sometimes appointed by the Master.^ He is then led by the Tyler to the door of the Lodge and the Tyler knocks.
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^ Inner Guard Officer who guards the door of the Lodge on the inside and ensures that only Freemasons enter.
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^ In 1813 he was appointed provincial grand master for Rutlandshirea curious appointment, for at that time there were no Masonic lodges in the county.
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.In addition to these elected officers, lodges will have various appointed officers – such as Deacons, Stewards, and a Chaplain (appointed to lead a non-denominational prayer at the convocation of meetings or activities – often, but not necessarily, a clergyman).^ The regular French Grand Lodge picked up many of these Russian emigrees and initiated them into such lodges as the Anglo-Saxon Lodge in Paris.
  • Casebook: Jack the Ripper - Russian Freemasonry 27 January 2010 23:54 UTC www.casebook.org [Source type: Original source]

^ Masonic lodges still retain autonomy over their finances, activities, officer election, fundraising, and joining ceremonies.

^ A candidate for the sublime Degree of a Master Mason is generally (as in the preceding Degrees) prepared by the Junior Deacon and the two Stewards, or some other brethren acting as such.
  • Duncan's Masonic Ritual and Monitor: Master Mason, or Third Degree 17 September 2009 0:24 UTC www.sacred-texts.com [Source type: Original source]

The specific offices and their functions vary between jurisdictions.
.Many offices are replicated at the Provincial and Grand Lodge levels with the addition of the word 'Grand' somewhere in the title.^ The German Grand Lodges, on the contrary, at least most of them, yielded to the pressure exercised on them by a great many German brothers.
  • CATHOLIC ENCYCLOPEDIA: Masonry (Freemasonry) 6 February 2010 11:20 UTC www.newadvent.org [Source type: Original source]

^ T he Grand Lodge Of Hamburg in Hamburg, whose provincial lodge in Berlin only arose due to the crossover of members with Jewish racial origins.
  • Dieter Schwarz - Freemasonry Ideology, Organisation, And Policy 27 January 2010 23:54 UTC der-stuermer.org [Source type: Original source]

^ In 1813 he was appointed provincial grand master for Rutlandshirea curious appointment, for at that time there were no Masonic lodges in the county.
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.For example, where every lodge has a 'Junior Warden', Grand Lodges have a 'Grand Junior Warden' (or sometimes 'Junior Grand Warden').^ For example the Lodge at Kilwinning, Scotland, has records that date to the late 1500s, and is mentioned in the Second Schaw Statutes (1599) which specified that “ye warden of ye lug of Kilwynning [...
  • Masonic Secrets & Female Freemasons 6 February 2010 11:20 UTC www.masonic-secrets.com [Source type: Original source]

^ In 1942 he was junior grand warden of the Grand Lodge of England and since 1944 Masonic ruler of the Province of Buckinghamshire.
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^ He was probably a member of a French lodge, but migrated to the West Indies and became a member of Lodge Reunion des Coeurs at Port-au-Prince, Santo Domingo and in 1802 was junior grand warden of the provincial grand lodge for the Island of St. Domingo.
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.Additionally, there are a number of offices that exist only at the Grand Lodge level.^ There are two Womens Grand Lodges .
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^ The Grande Loge Nationale Française (GLNF) is currently the only French Grand Lodge that is in regular amity with the UGLE and its many concordant jurisdictions worldwide.
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^ Hence the real "secrets" of Masonry, if such there be, could only be political or anti-religious conspiracies like the plots of the Grand Lodges in Latin countries.
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Prince Hall Freemasonry

.Prince Hall Freemasonry derives from historical events in the early United States that led to a tradition of separate, predominantly African-American Freemasonry in North America.^ The mission of Freemasonry in North Carolina states .

^ Buck published a book, "The Genius of Freemasonry", in which he advocates most energetically a Kulturkampf for the United States .
  • CATHOLIC ENCYCLOPEDIA: Masonry (Freemasonry) 6 February 2010 11:20 UTC www.newadvent.org [Source type: Original source]

^ He was the 8th Baron Colville in the peerage of Scotland; entering the navy at an early age, he commanded the North American station before the revolution.
  • 10,000 Famous Freemasons By William R. Denslow - Volume 1 "A-D" 11 January 2010 8:40 UTC www.phoenixmasonry.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.In 1775, an African-American named Prince Hall[19] was initiated into an Irish Constitution military Lodge then in Boston, Massachusetts, along with fourteen other African-Americans, all of whom were free-born.^ Initiated in an Irish military Lodge in 1775, he later founded African Lodge No.
  • Masonic Secrets & Female Freemasons 6 February 2010 11:20 UTC www.masonic-secrets.com [Source type: Original source]

^ On March 6 1775 Prince Hall and fourteen other free black men were initiated, passed and raised in Military Lodge No.
  • Masonic Secrets & Female Freemasons 6 February 2010 11:20 UTC www.masonic-secrets.com [Source type: Original source]

^ Documents in Massachusetts showing that slave-owner William Hall freed a man named Prince Hall on April 9, 1765 cannot be conclusively linked to any one individual as there exists record of no fewer than 21 males named Prince Hall, and several other men named Prince Hall were living in Boston at that time.
  • Masonic Secrets & Female Freemasons 6 February 2010 11:20 UTC www.masonic-secrets.com [Source type: Original source]

.When the military Lodge left North America, those fifteen men were given the authority to meet as a Lodge, form Processions on the days of the Saints John, and conduct Masonic funerals, but not to confer degrees, nor to do other Masonic work.^ It was probably the last Masonic work he conducted.
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^ George W. Chase Masonic author who in 1864 published The Freemason's Pocket Library, composed of a working monitor for the degrees in lodge, chapter, council and commandery; a Masonic dictionary and a manual of Masonic law.
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^ Address [electronic resource] : delivered in Free-mason Hall before the officers and brethren of the Republican Lodge on the festival of St. John, the Evangelist .../ by Avery Williams.

.In 1784, these individuals applied for, and obtained, a Lodge Warrant from the Premier Grand Lodge of England (GLE) and formed African Lodge, Number 459. When the UGLE was formed in 1813, all U.S.-based Lodges were stricken from their rolls – due largely to the War of 1812.^ Grand Lodge of Missouri was formed in 1821.
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^ Grand Lodge of England (Moderns) in 1723.
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^ A new Grand Lodge was formed in 1810.
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.Thus, separated from both UGLE and any concordantly recognised U.S. Grand Lodge, African Lodge re-titled itself as the African Lodge, Number 1 – and became a de facto "Grand Lodge" (this Lodge is not to be confused with the various Grand Lodges on the Continent of Africa).^ The Grande Loge Nationale Française (GLNF) is currently the only French Grand Lodge that is in regular amity with the UGLE and its many concordant jurisdictions worldwide.
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^ But Schwartz became chancellor of the Rosicrucians, and de facto head of an expanding network of provincial lodges.
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^ In 1861 he became the first grand master of the Grand Lodge of Colorado.
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.As with the rest of U.S. Freemasonry, Prince Hall Freemasonry soon grew and organised on a Grand Lodge system for each state.^ This lead to a linking of Russian and Swedish Freemasonry into one system when, in 1778, the Moscow Lodge of Prince Troubetskoy joined the Swedish System.
  • Casebook: Jack the Ripper - Russian Freemasonry 27 January 2010 23:54 UTC www.casebook.org [Source type: Original source]

^ The system of Schröder is actually practised by the Grand Lodge of Hamburg , and a modified system (Schröder-Fessler) by the Grand Lodge Royal York (Berlin) and most lodges of the Grand Lodge of Bayreuth and Dresden .
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^ Bohdan Berendt "Freemasonry in Poland", Year Book of the Grand Lodge of Antient, Free and Accepted Masons of Scotland, Edinburgh 1983, pp.95-97 .
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.Widespread segregation in 19th- and early 20th-century North America made it difficult for African-Americans to join Lodges outside of Prince Hall jurisdictions – and impossible for inter-jurisdiction recognition between the parallel U.S. Masonic authorities.^ This lead to a linking of Russian and Swedish Freemasonry into one system when, in 1778, the Moscow Lodge of Prince Troubetskoy joined the Swedish System.
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^ Before the officers and brethren of the Republican Lodge, of Free and Accepted Masons, in that town; joined by the officers and brethren of Harmony Lodge, from Northfield; .

^ The declaration had been made to "acquaint all the regular Masonic authorities in all countries th at the members of the just and perfect Masonic Lodge 'Stus Andraeus Praevocatus', at the Or.
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.Prince Hall Masonry has always been regular in all respects except constitutional separation, and this separation has diminished in recent years.^ For many years Prince Hall Freemasonry and other forms of Freemasonry existed without recognising each other.
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^ The 100-year rule needs to be re-examined with respect to all documents.'
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^ But to put it beyond all doubt whether crimes are to be kept secret, murder and treason are excepted, showing that the oath has respect particularly to concealing the crimes of a Master Mason.
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.At present, Prince Hall Grand Lodges are recognised by some UGLE Concordant Grand Lodges and not by others, but they appear to be working toward full recognition, with UGLE granting at least some degree of recognition.^ However, a few lodges resented some of the modernisations that GLE endorsed, such as the creation of the Third Degree, and formed a rival Grand Lodge on 17 July 1751, which they called the “Antient Grand Lodge of England”.
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^ The Grande Loge Nationale Française (GLNF) is currently the only French Grand Lodge that is in regular amity with the UGLE and its many concordant jurisdictions worldwide.
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^ About 28 charter members, the most of whom demitted from other lodges, were present at the installation.
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[20] .There are a growing number of both Prince Hall Lodges and non-Prince Hall Lodges that have ethnically diverse membership.^ As a result, there was a mass exodus of Christians from the Lodge, thereby creating a vacuum to be filled by those who held a non-Christian view of Masonry.
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^ We in California, were some of the first to openly recognize Prince Hall Masons, and now visit one another's Lodges.
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^ There are Grand Lodges in Ireland, which covers both the North and the South, and Scotland which combined total 150,000 members.
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Other degrees, orders and bodies

.There is no degree in Freemasonry higher than that of Master Mason, the Third Degree.^ When a person reaches the third degree, they are called a Master Mason .
  • Top 10 Secret Societies - Listverse 11 January 2010 8:40 UTC listverse.com [Source type: General]

^ He received his master's degree in Lodge No.
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^ E lementary school and higher degree of Freemasonry .
  • Dieter Schwarz - Freemasonry Ideology, Organisation, And Policy 27 January 2010 23:54 UTC der-stuermer.org [Source type: Original source]

[21] .There are, however, a number of organisations that require being a Master Mason as a prerequisite for membership.^ However, Masons do believe in a "supreme being".
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^ There are other organisations that are not being mentioned.
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^ I furthermore promise and swear, that I will not be at the forming or opening of a Chapter of Royal Arch Masons unless there be present nine Royal Arch Masons, myself making one of that number.
  • Duncan's Masonic Ritual and Monitor: Royal Arch, or Seventh Degree 17 September 2009 0:24 UTC www.sacred-texts.com [Source type: Original source]

[22] .These bodies have no authority over the Craft.^ It by no means is limited the bodies of the Craft.
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^ These efforts towards profound secrecy are in no wise relaxed, even where the power of Freemasonry is predominant, and the Masons have nothing to fear from the interference of the civil authorities.

[21] .These orders or degrees may be described as additional or appendant, and often provide a further perspective on some of the allegorical, moral and philosophical content of Freemasonry.^ These are best described as “commemorative orders” or degrees.
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^ (Albert Pike, Morals and Dogma , 14th Degree, p.223) The only personal God freemasonry accepts is humanity in totoHumanity therefore is the only personal God there is.
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^ These higher degrees are controlled by a 'higher' order calling itself 'Illuminated'  Masonry.
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.Appendant bodies are administered separately from Craft Grand Lodges but are styled Masonic since every member must be a Mason.^ AASR (NJ) and member of practically every Masonic body.
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^ Member of the Masonic bodies of Austin, Texas.
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^ All these are administered by the same Grand Lodge as the Craft Degrees.
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.However, Craft Masonic jurisdictions vary in their relationships with such bodies, if a relationship exists at all.^ The Grand Lodge of England only administers Craft and Royal Arch Masonry in the UK. There are at least four other Masonic governing bodies.
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^ To be fair to Knight and Fairclough, better researchers such as Cullen, Odell, Harrison, Rumbelow, Fido, Skinner and Wilson have all accepted the story with minor variations.
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^ Some all female Lodges meet at mens’ Masonic Halls, however inter-visitation is not allowed!
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.The Articles of Union of the "Modern" and "Antient" craft Grand Lodges (into UGLE in 1813) limited recognition to certain degrees, such as the Royal Arch and the "chivalric degrees", but there were and are many other degrees that have been worked since before the Union.^ It is a point of the Royal Arch Degree not to assist, or be .
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^ Grand Lodge of England (Moderns) in 1723.
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^ Royal Arch degree is the 13th.
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.Some bodies are not universally considered to be appendant bodies, but rather separate organisations that happen to require prior Masonic affiliation for membership.^ By the same token, only a brother in good standing in his symbolic lodge is eligible for membership in these Masonic bodies.
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^ Even though there were some known Freemasons in the membership, it was not considered to be endorsed by Masonry.
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^ Masons do not count their years from the year of Christ's death because for a rather curious reason; they consider it a tragedy.
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.Some of these organisations have additional requirements, such as religious adherence (e.g., requiring members to profess Trinitarian Christian beliefs) or membership of other bodies.^ Most of these are basic christian beliefs.
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^ It was apparent that this term related to the belief that one entity was responsible for the creation of the Judaic and other religions, in particular the ancient ones and prior to Christianity.
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^ In the first place it is baffling as to why a fraternity claiming to be non religious would require any such thing.

.Quite apart from these, there are organisations that are often thought of as being related to Freemasonry, but which have no formal or informal connections with Freemasonry.^ There are other organisations that are not being mentioned.
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^ At the same time, the question of when these elements were taken over by Freemasonry is of no importance.
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^ No particular interest could bind us to these men, who are personally quite unknown to us.
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.These include such organisations as the Orange Order, which originated in Ireland, the Knights of Pythias, or the Independent Order of Odd Fellows.^ T he most significant of these organisations in terms of numbers (over 2 million members were counted after the Great War of 1914-1918) is the Independent Order Of Odd Fellows (U.O.O.F.), with an international leadership located in the USA. The Odd Fellows were represented in Germany with approximately 8,000 members in more than 250 lodges.
  • Dieter Schwarz - Freemasonry Ideology, Organisation, And Policy 27 January 2010 23:54 UTC der-stuermer.org [Source type: Original source]

^ He is a Scottish Rite Mason and served as grand master of the Order of Odd Fellows of Mo.
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^ The Independent Order Of Odd Fellows grants 4 degrees and 3 higher degrees, which are called Camp Degrees ; it also accepts women as members in the Rebecca Lodges .
  • Dieter Schwarz - Freemasonry Ideology, Organisation, And Policy 27 January 2010 23:54 UTC der-stuermer.org [Source type: Original source]

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Principles and activities

.While Freemasonry has often been called a "secret society", Freemasons themselves argue that it is more correct to say that it is an esoteric society, in that certain aspects are private.^ Freemasonry cant be called a "secret society" in a literal sense.

^ Freemasonry, on the other hand, is a secret society.

^ He says: "This is after all a secret society.
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[21] .The most common phrasing being that Freemasonry has, in the 21st century, become less a secret society and more of a "society with secrets".[24] The private aspects of modern Freemasonry are the modes of recognition amongst members and particular elements within the ritual.^ Freemasonry, on the other hand, is a secret society.

^ As we can see from the above excerpts from the novel, a central and important part of all of the initiation rituals within the Masons involve fiercely guarding the secrets within, on pain of death.
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^ While they are strange in so far that most really, really, conservative Catholics are, they are pretty normal- no crazy secret society hijinks.
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[25] .Despite the organisation's great diversity, Freemasonry's central preoccupations remain charitable work within a local or wider community, moral uprightness (in most cases requiring a belief in a Supreme Being) as well as the development and maintenance of fraternal friendship – as James Anderson's Constitutions originally urged – amongst brethren.^ Freemasonry is the largest secular, fraternal and charitable organisation in the United Kingdom.
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^ The first condition of admission into, and membership of, the Order is a belief in a Supreme Being.
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^ We identify our common belief in a higher SOMETHING as the Supreme Being.
  • Freemasonry, Dan Brown, and the New New Age Boing Boing 27 January 2010 23:54 UTC www.boingboing.net [Source type: Original source]

Ritual, symbolism, and morality

.Masons conduct their meetings using a ritualised format.^ Moffat, who was not a Freemason but often drank in the St Kenneth Lodge’s bar, used the Kennoway Masonic Hall for two types of meetings.
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^ Masons use signs and handshakes to gain admission to their meetings, as well as to identify themselves to other people who may be Masons.
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^ Masons conduct their regular meetings in a ritualized style.
  • Top 10 Secret Societies - Listverse 11 January 2010 8:40 UTC listverse.com [Source type: General]

.There is no single Masonic ritual, and each Jurisdiction is free to set (or not set) its own ritual.^ Why are there no Lady Masons?
  • Masonic Secrets & Female Freemasons 6 February 2010 11:20 UTC www.masonic-secrets.com [Source type: Original source]

^ There are set prayers, distinctively Masonic, which are solemnly and reverently said.

^ I thought no Mason spoke for any other Mason or Lodge, and that there was no central or unified authority Perhaps I missed something here.

However, there are similarities that exist among Jurisdictions. .For example, all Masonic ritual makes use of the architectural symbolism of the tools of the medieval operative stonemason.^ In most American Lodges, the members are told that all the Masonic system and its rituals are "based on the Bible."
  • Christians Beware - of Freemasonry 6 February 2010 11:20 UTC bibleprobe.com [Source type: Original source]

^ For example, II Thessalonians 3:6 is used in the ritual, but not the way it is in your Bible; the words "in the name or our Lord Jesus Christ" are entirely omitted.
  • Christians Beware - of Freemasonry 6 February 2010 11:20 UTC bibleprobe.com [Source type: Original source]

^ An example is the following text from the Masonic Text Book for use in the Lodges of West Virginia shows how Masons still look up to Albert Pike.
  • Christians Beware - of Freemasonry 6 February 2010 11:20 UTC bibleprobe.com [Source type: Original source]

Freemasons, as speculative masons (meaning philosophical building rather than actual building), use this symbolism to teach moral and ethical lessons of the principles of "Brotherly Love, Relief, and Truth" – or as related in France: "Liberty, Equality, Fraternity".
The Square and Compasses carved into stone
.Two of the principal symbolic tools always found in a Lodge are the square and compasses.^ The square and compass is the key symbol of Freemasonry.
  • Freemasons - The silent destroyers. Deist religious cult based on the Knights Templar - Initiation rituals like those of witchcraft 6 February 2010 11:20 UTC www.bilderberg.org [Source type: Original source]

^ It is for this reason that most symbols are founded on the tools and practices of the building profession.
  • Christians Beware - of Freemasonry 6 February 2010 11:20 UTC bibleprobe.com [Source type: Original source]

^ The Bible, only one of the "Three Great Lights" of Masonry (along with the Square and Compass), is represented to the Blue Lodge as symbolizing truth.
  • Christians Beware - of Freemasonry 6 February 2010 11:20 UTC bibleprobe.com [Source type: Original source]

.Some Lodges and rituals explain these tools as lessons in conduct: for example, that Masons should "square their actions by the square of virtue" and to learn to "circumscribe their desires and keep their passions within due bounds toward all mankind". However, as Freemasonry is non-dogmatic, there is no general interpretation for these tools (or any Masonic emblem) that is used by Freemasonry as a whole.^ Why are there no Lady Masons?
  • Masonic Secrets & Female Freemasons 6 February 2010 11:20 UTC www.masonic-secrets.com [Source type: Original source]

^ Masonic emblems explained.

^ (Some Lodges do not do so, but keep their seats.
  • Duncan's Masonic Ritual and Monitor: Mark Master, or Fourth Degree 17 September 2009 0:24 UTC www.sacred-texts.com [Source type: Original source]

[26]
.These moral lessons are communicated in performance of allegorical ritual.^ Ancient, correctly-performed rituals acquired a greater importance than the fulfilment of moral commitments.
  • Casebook: Jack the Ripper - Russian Freemasonry 27 January 2010 23:54 UTC www.casebook.org [Source type: Original source]

.A candidate progresses through degrees[21] gaining knowledge and understanding of himself, his relationship with others and his relationship with the Supreme Being (as per his own interpretation).^ Candidates have to believe in an afterlife and a supreme being.
  • Freemasons - The silent destroyers. Deist religious cult based on the Knights Templar - Initiation rituals like those of witchcraft 6 February 2010 11:20 UTC www.bilderberg.org [Source type: Original source]

^ Nor do people thumbing through the S-Z section of the London Telephone Directory get any clue from the entry sandwiched between Supreme Cleaners and Supreme Die Cutter 'Supreme Council 33rd Degree ...
  • Freemasons - The silent destroyers. Deist religious cult based on the Knights Templar - Initiation rituals like those of witchcraft 6 February 2010 11:20 UTC www.bilderberg.org [Source type: Original source]

^ I am not afraid of being swayed by new theologies, I’ve thought everything through for myself and come to my own conclusions.
  • Top 10 Bizarre Mormon Beliefs - Listverse 12 January 2010 5:23 UTC listverse.com [Source type: Original source]

.While the philosophical aspects of Freemasonry tend to be discussed in Lodges of Instruction or Research, and sometimes informal groups, Freemasons, and others, frequently publish – to varying degrees of competence – studies that are available to the public.^ This is the first of four projected volumes entitled 10,000 Famous Freemasons, a much needed Masonic research project, sponsored by the Missouri Lodge of Research.
  • 10,000 Famous Freemasons By William R. Denslow - Volume 1 "A-D" 11 January 2010 8:40 UTC www.phoenixmasonry.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ The Blue Lodge - the neighborhood pagan temple "The heart of Freemasonry is the Blue Lodge with its three degrees.
  • Christians Beware - of Freemasonry 6 February 2010 11:20 UTC bibleprobe.com [Source type: Original source]

^ He and thirty other Freemasons (including all the officers the four lodges) were imprisoned.
  • Casebook: Jack the Ripper - Russian Freemasonry 27 January 2010 23:54 UTC www.casebook.org [Source type: Original source]

.Any mason may speculate on the symbols and purpose of Freemasonry, and indeed all masons are required to some extent to speculate on masonic meaning as a condition of advancing through the degrees.^ Suggestion as to the meaning of the masonic symbolic initiation.
  • Freemasons - The silent destroyers. Deist religious cult based on the Knights Templar - Initiation rituals like those of witchcraft 6 February 2010 11:20 UTC www.bilderberg.org [Source type: Original source]

^ T he mysterious meaning of the symbols has another purpose.
  • Dieter Schwarz - Freemasonry Ideology, Organisation, And Policy 27 January 2010 23:54 UTC der-stuermer.org [Source type: Original source]

^ Now to the praise of those Who triumphed o'er the foes Of Masons' arts : To the praiseworthy three Who founded this Degree, May all their virtues be Deep in our hearts.
  • Duncan's Masonic Ritual and Monitor: Mark Master, or Fourth Degree 17 September 2009 0:24 UTC www.sacred-texts.com [Source type: Original source]

.There is no one accepted meaning and no one person "speaks" for the whole of Freemasonry.^ That person no longer speaks to me.
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^ First off, "no one man speaks for Freemasonry."
  • Freemasonry, Dan Brown, and the New New Age Boing Boing 27 January 2010 23:54 UTC www.boingboing.net [Source type: Original source]

^ They say that in accepting the worship of one you accept “all” there “Gods”.
  • Top 10 Secret Societies - Listverse 11 January 2010 8:40 UTC listverse.com [Source type: General]

[27]
.Some lodges make use of Tracing boards.^ In later years some of his disciples who were Freemasons, sought to incorporate his dogmas into Freemasonry and to make the lodges schools of theosophy.
  • 10,000 Famous Freemasons By William R. Denslow - Volume 1 "A-D" 11 January 2010 8:40 UTC www.phoenixmasonry.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Some Lodges use the following questions and answers, both at opening and closing: .
  • Duncan's Masonic Ritual and Monitor: Master Mason, or Third Degree 17 September 2009 0:24 UTC www.sacred-texts.com [Source type: Original source]

^ In some states they have legal protection making it a misdemeanor for a person not a Mason to use them or wear them even as an ornament.

.These are painted or printed illustrations depicting the various symbolic emblems of Freemasonry.^ Rosicrucian Society A society professing esoteric religious doctrines, venerating the emblems of the rose and the cross as symbols of Christ's resurrection and redemption, and claiming various occult powers.
  • Freemasons - The silent destroyers. Deist religious cult based on the Knights Templar - Initiation rituals like those of witchcraft 6 February 2010 11:20 UTC www.bilderberg.org [Source type: Original source]

^ R egarding these symbols, the International Lexicon Of Freemasonry by Lennhoff-Posner says: .
  • Dieter Schwarz - Freemasonry Ideology, Organisation, And Policy 27 January 2010 23:54 UTC der-stuermer.org [Source type: Original source]

^ The MOST popular definition of Freemasonry states that it is 'a unique system of morality, veiled in allegory and illustrated by symbols'.
  • Freemasonry Watch - Is the Devil in the details? | Freemasons News | Freemason Information 6 February 2010 11:20 UTC www.freemasonrywatch.org [Source type: General]

.They can be used as teaching aids during the lectures that follow each of the three Degrees, when an experienced member explains the various concepts of Freemasonry to new members.^ Basic Freemasonry consists of three degrees: .
  • Masonic Secrets & Female Freemasons 6 February 2010 11:20 UTC www.masonic-secrets.com [Source type: Original source]

^ There are three degrees of Freemasonry, each of which is accompanied by ritual around which there is great secrecy.
  • Freemasons - The silent destroyers. Deist religious cult based on the Knights Templar - Initiation rituals like those of witchcraft 6 February 2010 11:20 UTC www.bilderberg.org [Source type: Original source]

^ "But the Royal Arch Degree is founded on the number three, and therefore each member of the word ought to have been triliteral.
  • Duncan's Masonic Ritual and Monitor: Royal Arch, or Seventh Degree 17 September 2009 0:24 UTC www.sacred-texts.com [Source type: Original source]

.They can also be used by experienced members as self-reminders of the concepts they learned as they went through their initiations.^ Then they began recruiting members initially referred to as "minerval" who could advance to the order of "illuminati minor".
  • Christians Beware - of Freemasonry 6 February 2010 11:20 UTC bibleprobe.com [Source type: Original source]

^ They soon found out, by acquiring a copy of the Lincolnshire Freemason's handbook, that all the solicitors they had used (and as time went by they used most firms in Lincs.
  • Freemasons - The silent destroyers. Deist religious cult based on the Knights Templar - Initiation rituals like those of witchcraft 6 February 2010 11:20 UTC www.bilderberg.org [Source type: Original source]

^ They see salvation as a step-by-step enlightenment, which comes through initiation into the Masonic degrees and their mysteries.
  • Christians Beware - of Freemasonry 6 February 2010 11:20 UTC bibleprobe.com [Source type: Original source]

The Supreme Being and the Volume of Sacred Law

.Candidates for regular Freemasonry are required to declare a belief in a Supreme Being.^ Candidates have to believe in an afterlife and a supreme being.
  • Freemasons - The silent destroyers. Deist religious cult based on the Knights Templar - Initiation rituals like those of witchcraft 6 February 2010 11:20 UTC www.bilderberg.org [Source type: Original source]

^ The first condition of admission into, and membership of, the Order is a belief in a Supreme Being.
  • Masonic Secrets & Female Freemasons 6 February 2010 11:20 UTC www.masonic-secrets.com [Source type: Original source]

^ Candidates for initiation are told that one of the basic qualifications for membership is belief in a Supreme Being of some kind - Jehovah, Allah, the Holy Trinity of Christianity, it does not matter.
  • Freemasons - The silent destroyers. Deist religious cult based on the Knights Templar - Initiation rituals like those of witchcraft 6 February 2010 11:20 UTC www.bilderberg.org [Source type: Original source]

[28] .However, the candidate is not asked to expand on, or explain, his interpretation of Supreme Being.^ However, Masons do believe in a "supreme being".
  • Freemasons - The silent destroyers. Deist religious cult based on the Knights Templar - Initiation rituals like those of witchcraft 6 February 2010 11:20 UTC www.bilderberg.org [Source type: Original source]

^ Candidates have to believe in an afterlife and a supreme being.
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^ No candidate for Masonry, however, is to be asked for the particular opinion of his religious belief, so Lucifer as this prerequisite god is quite acceptable.
  • Christians Beware - of Freemasonry 6 February 2010 11:20 UTC bibleprobe.com [Source type: Original source]

.The discussion of politics and religion is forbidden within a Masonic Lodge, in part so a Mason will not be placed in the situation of having to justify his personal interpretation.^ Freemasonry is non-political, and the discussion of politics at Masonic meetings is forbidden (as is any discussion about religion on Masonic premises).

^ Discussion of religion is forbidden, as is the discussion of politics.
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^ As we can see from the above excerpts from the novel, a central and important part of all of the initiation rituals within the Masons involve fiercely guarding the secrets within, on pain of death.
  • Masonic Secrets & Female Freemasons 6 February 2010 11:20 UTC www.masonic-secrets.com [Source type: Original source]

[29] .Thus, reference to the Supreme Being will mean the Christian Trinity to a Christian Mason, Allah to a Muslim Mason, Para Brahman to a Hindu Mason, etc.^ However, Masons do believe in a "supreme being".
  • Freemasons - The silent destroyers. Deist religious cult based on the Knights Templar - Initiation rituals like those of witchcraft 6 February 2010 11:20 UTC www.bilderberg.org [Source type: Original source]

^ The court concluded that "chief" Masonic principles include "the reverence of a Supreme Being and the embrace of other forms of religious worship."..

^ Masons don't want anyone to think Masonry is a religion because it may turn off "real Christians", Jews, and Muslims; and that means less dues.
  • Christians Beware - of Freemasonry 6 February 2010 11:20 UTC bibleprobe.com [Source type: Original source]

.And while most Freemasons would take the view that the term Supreme Being equates to God, others may hold a more complex or philosophical interpretation of the term.^ May God forgive me for putting on any other."
  • 10,000 Famous Freemasons By William R. Denslow - Volume 1 "A-D" 11 January 2010 8:40 UTC www.phoenixmasonry.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ The court concluded that "chief" Masonic principles include "the reverence of a Supreme Being and the embrace of other forms of religious worship."..

^ Aside from the belief that Jesus is the divine son of God, mormonism actually has much in common with Islam, possibly more than with any other religion.
  • Top 10 Bizarre Mormon Beliefs - Listverse 12 January 2010 5:23 UTC listverse.com [Source type: Original source]

.In the ritual, the Supreme Being is referred to as the Great Architect of the Universe, which alludes to the use of architectural symbolism within Freemasonry.^ One thousand salutations to you and ten Brownie points and may the Great Architect of the Universe watch over you.
  • Freemasons - The silent destroyers. Deist religious cult based on the Knights Templar - Initiation rituals like those of witchcraft 6 February 2010 11:20 UTC www.bilderberg.org [Source type: Original source]

^ Freemasonry professes to have in its possession a correct knowledge of the Great Architect of the Universe who in its view is the true God.

^ The ritual makes reference to "a vital and immortal principle" found within the perishable frame, and a hope that we will ascend to "those ethereal mansions above."

[30][31]
.A Volume of the Sacred Law is always displayed in an open Lodge in those jurisdictions which require a belief in the Supreme Being.^ The Volume of sacred Law must be open on every Lodge Altar.

^ The Bible, referred to by Freemasons as the Volume of the Sacred Law, is always open in the Lodges.
  • Masonic Secrets & Female Freemasons 6 February 2010 11:20 UTC www.masonic-secrets.com [Source type: Original source]

^ The first condition of admission into, and membership of, the Order is a belief in a Supreme Being.
  • Masonic Secrets & Female Freemasons 6 February 2010 11:20 UTC www.masonic-secrets.com [Source type: Original source]

.In English-speaking countries, this is frequently the King James Version of the Bible or another standard translation; there is no such thing as an exclusive "Masonic Bible".[32] In many French Lodges, the Masonic Constitutions are used instead.^ Q. How many constitute a Masters' Lodge?
  • Duncan's Masonic Ritual and Monitor: Master Mason, or Third Degree 17 September 2009 0:24 UTC www.sacred-texts.com [Source type: Original source]

^ "Three constitute a Lodge of Master Masons--three Master Masons.
  • Duncan's Masonic Ritual and Monitor: Master Mason, or Third Degree 17 September 2009 0:24 UTC www.sacred-texts.com [Source type: Original source]

^ Why are there no Lady Masons?
  • Masonic Secrets & Female Freemasons 6 February 2010 11:20 UTC www.masonic-secrets.com [Source type: Original source]

.Furthermore, a candidate is given his choice of religious text for his Obligation, according to his beliefs.^ No candidate for Masonry, however, is to be asked for the particular opinion of his religious belief, so Lucifer as this prerequisite god is quite acceptable.
  • Christians Beware - of Freemasonry 6 February 2010 11:20 UTC bibleprobe.com [Source type: Original source]

^ Each requires a candidate for admission to subscribe to certain articles of religious belief as an essential prerequisite for membership.
  • Christians Beware - of Freemasonry 6 February 2010 11:20 UTC bibleprobe.com [Source type: Original source]

.UGLE alludes to similarities to legal practice in the UK, and to a common source with other oath taking processes.^ Also, Masonry's teachings, rituals, customs and practices, and its secrecy have had an inspirational effect on other similar groups such as the Moose, Eagles, Elks, and the National Grange.
  • Christians Beware - of Freemasonry 6 February 2010 11:20 UTC bibleprobe.com [Source type: Original source]

[33][34][35][36] .In Lodges with a membership of mixed religions it is common to find more than one sacred text displayed.^ He loses privileges and advantages as well as the right of visiting Lodges often being limited to not more than one visit to the same Lodge.
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^ I can come up with a lot more kookie ones than that and I was raised Mormon.
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^ There are more than half a million brethren under the jurisdiction of Grand Lodge.
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Degrees

In the nineteenth century, certificates such as this were commonly issued to Masons to show that they had taken the three degrees of Craft Masonry in a regular lodge
The three degrees of Craft or Blue Lodge Freemasonry are those of:
  1. Entered Apprentice – the degree of an Initiate, which makes one a Freemason;
  2. Fellow Craft – an intermediate degree, involved with learning;
  3. Master Mason – the "third degree", a necessity for participation in most aspects of Masonry.
The degrees represent stages of personal development. .No Freemason is told that there is only one meaning to the allegories; as a Freemason works through the degrees and studies their lessons, he interprets them for himself, his personal interpretation being bounded only by the Constitution within which he works.^ There are many interpretations of this degree and each one is true.

^ There is no question that Arnold was a Freemason.
  • 10,000 Famous Freemasons By William R. Denslow - Volume 1 "A-D" 11 January 2010 8:40 UTC www.phoenixmasonry.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ AND yet it is, according to your D&C practiced after life (which breaks down by the way to mean that only men will become Gods and the women will continue to be one of their many wives).
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[32] .A common symbolic structure and universal archetypes provide a means for each Freemason to come to his own answers to life's important philosophical questions.^ Just because man enjoys something does not mean it comes from God (The God who created the universe and man, not the man that became god as mormonism teaches).
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^ The obvious question, to which even Masonic historians do not have all the answers, is why Geometry is given such an important place.

^ Does his own personal approach to fielding contentious questions mean the LDS church is not true?
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.There is no degree of Craft Freemasonry higher than that of Master Mason.^ Why are there no Lady Masons?
  • Masonic Secrets & Female Freemasons 6 February 2010 11:20 UTC www.masonic-secrets.com [Source type: Original source]

^ He received his master's degree in Lodge No.
  • 10,000 Famous Freemasons By William R. Denslow - Volume 1 "A-D" 11 January 2010 8:40 UTC www.phoenixmasonry.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ But there are only 3 degrees in Craft Freemasonry.
  • Masonic Secrets & Female Freemasons 6 February 2010 11:20 UTC www.masonic-secrets.com [Source type: Original source]

[21] .Although some Masonic bodies and orders have further degrees named with higher numbers, these degrees may be considered to be supplements to the Master Mason degree rather than promotions from it.^ The Third degree is called Master Mason.
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^ While these numbers may not be exact...

^ Those Blue Lodge Masons who lack the money cannot pursue the higher degrees and the Shrine.
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[22] .An example is the Scottish Rite, conferring degrees numbered from 4° up to 33°.^ Some rites (such as the Scottish rite) list up to 33 degrees of membership.
  • Top 10 Secret Societies - Listverse 11 January 2010 8:40 UTC listverse.com [Source type: General]

^ Received Scottish Rite degrees in 1926.
  • 10,000 Famous Freemasons By William R. Denslow - Volume 1 "A-D" 11 January 2010 8:40 UTC www.phoenixmasonry.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ The Scottish Rite has thirty-two degrees.
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[37] .It is essential to be a Master Mason in order to qualify for these further degrees.^ This ends the third, or Master Masons' Degree.
  • Duncan's Masonic Ritual and Monitor: Master Mason, or Third Degree 17 September 2009 0:24 UTC www.sacred-texts.com [Source type: Original source]

^ The Third degree is called Master Mason.
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^ Wait until the Temple is completed, and then, if you are found worthy and well qualified, you will unquestionably receive the secrets of a Master Mason; but, until then, you cannot.
  • Duncan's Masonic Ritual and Monitor: Master Mason, or Third Degree 17 September 2009 0:24 UTC www.sacred-texts.com [Source type: Original source]

.They are administered on a parallel system to Craft or Blue Lodge Freemasonry; within each organisation there is a system of offices, which confer rank within that degree or order alone.^ But there are only 3 degrees in Craft Freemasonry.
  • Masonic Secrets & Female Freemasons 6 February 2010 11:20 UTC www.masonic-secrets.com [Source type: Original source]

^ How many degrees are there in Freemasonry?
  • Masonic Secrets & Female Freemasons 6 February 2010 11:20 UTC www.masonic-secrets.com [Source type: Original source]

^ All these are administered by the same Grand Lodge as the Craft Degrees.
  • Masonic Secrets & Female Freemasons 6 February 2010 11:20 UTC www.masonic-secrets.com [Source type: Original source]

.In some jurisdictions, especially those in continental Europe, Freemasons working through the degrees may be asked to prepare papers on related philosophical topics, and present these papers in open Lodge.^ The Freemasons sought this knowledge (premudrost') through the Lodge, which they called the Temple of Knowledge (kram premudrosti), and through concerted efforts towards self-knowledge.
  • Casebook: Jack the Ripper - Russian Freemasonry 27 January 2010 23:54 UTC www.casebook.org [Source type: Original source]

^ He may be initially be presented with a hangman's noose placed around his neck, hence the source of the previous suggestion of him being suitably prepared for sacrifice.
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^ T he extent to which these views have been retained until the present day is shown by an Open Letter To The French Chamber written by the founder of the Pan European Movement, the Freemason Coudenhove-Kalergi, in 1924.
  • Dieter Schwarz - Freemasonry Ideology, Organisation, And Policy 27 January 2010 23:54 UTC der-stuermer.org [Source type: Original source]

.There is an enormous bibliography of Masonic papers, magazines and publications ranging from fanciful abstractions which construct spiritual and moral lessons of varying value, through practical handbooks on organisation, management and ritual performance, to serious historical and philosophical papers entitled to academic respect.^ The Masonic altar stands in the center of the lodge indicating that the religious acts there performed are the central things in the Masonic religious system.

^ Pike says, moreover, that "almost every one of the ancient Masonic symbols" has "four distinct meanings, one as it were within the other, the moral , political, philosophical and spiritual meaning".
  • CATHOLIC ENCYCLOPEDIA: Masonry (Freemasonry) 6 February 2010 11:20 UTC www.newadvent.org [Source type: Original source]

^ There are many Masons in churches where their leaders have been openly critical of the organisation.
  • Masonic Secrets & Female Freemasons 6 February 2010 11:20 UTC www.masonic-secrets.com [Source type: Original source]

Signs, grips and words

.Freemasons use signs (gestures), grips or tokens (handshakes) and words to gain admission to meetings and identify legitimate visitors.^ Masons use signs and handshakes to gain admission to their meetings, as well as to identify themselves to other people who may be Masons.
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^ Freemasons have top-secret handshakes that you can find using any computer connected to the interwebs.
  • Freemasonry, Dan Brown, and the New New Age Boing Boing 27 January 2010 23:54 UTC www.boingboing.net [Source type: Original source]

^ VIDEO: Freemason Ordo Ab Chao Signs & Grips ( 00:15 , 00:28 , 00:29 , 00:30 ) .
  • Freemasonry Watch - Is the Devil in the details? | Freemasons News | Freemason Information 6 February 2010 11:20 UTC www.freemasonrywatch.org [Source type: General]

.From the early 18th century onwards, many exposés have been written claiming to reveal these signs, grips and passwords to the uninitiated.^ Stripped of all its pageantry and mumbo jumbo, Freemasonry (which, despite its claims of ancient provenance, can't be dated back any further than the early 18th century) celebrates the rational, non-dogmatic, individualistic values of the Enlightenment.
  • Freemasonry, Dan Brown, and the New New Age Boing Boing 27 January 2010 23:54 UTC www.boingboing.net [Source type: Original source]

^ But all this is allayed by the reassurance that so many of the eminent' and reputable have for centuries done the same and that the masonic system somehow enjoys an immunity in these matters sanctioned by tradition.
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^ Princess de Latour French Grand Mistress of the Order of St. John of Jerusaleman early emanation of Freemasonry in the 18th century.
  • 10,000 Famous Freemasons By William R. Denslow - Volume 1 "A-D" 11 January 2010 8:40 UTC www.phoenixmasonry.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

A classic response was deliberately to transpose certain words in the ritual, so as to catch out anyone relying on the exposé. .However, since each Grand Lodge is free to create its own rituals, the signs, grips and passwords can and do differ from jurisdiction to jurisdiction.^ Extract of proceedings of the Grand Lodge of Free...

^ Extract of proceedings of the Grand Lodge of Free ...

^ Extracts of proceedings of the Grand Lodge of Free...

[26] .Furthermore, Grand Lodges can and do change their rituals periodically, updating the language used, adding or omitting sections.^ It was during his grandmastership that the name was changed from the "English Grand Lodge of France" to the Grand Lodge of France.
  • 10,000 Famous Freemasons By William R. Denslow - Volume 1 "A-D" 11 January 2010 8:40 UTC www.phoenixmasonry.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ For example, II Thessalonians 3:6 is used in the ritual, but not the way it is in your Bible; the words "in the name or our Lord Jesus Christ" are entirely omitted.
  • Christians Beware - of Freemasonry 6 February 2010 11:20 UTC bibleprobe.com [Source type: Original source]

^ The Grand Lodges of Frankfort-on-the-Main and Darmstadt practice an eclectic system on the basis of the English ritual.
  • CATHOLIC ENCYCLOPEDIA: Masonry (Freemasonry) 6 February 2010 11:20 UTC www.newadvent.org [Source type: Original source]

[38] Therefore, any exposé can only be valid for a particular jurisdiction at a particular time, and is always difficult for an outsider to verify. .Today, an unknown visitor may be required to produce a certificate, dues card or other documentation of membership in addition to demonstrating knowledge of the signs, grips and passwords.^ You will note, however, that they are so honoured for their other achievements (in literature, architecture etc), and n ot due to their membership of the Craft.
  • Casebook: Jack the Ripper - Russian Freemasonry 27 January 2010 23:54 UTC www.casebook.org [Source type: Original source]

^ Development of medieval Craft Masons, retaining secret signs and passwords by which itinerant workers in the guild recognised each other.
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Obligations

.Obligations are those elements of ritual in which a candidate swears to abide by the rules of the fraternity, to keep the "secrets of Freemasonry" (which are the various signs, tokens and words associated with recognition in each degree), and to act towards others in accordance with Masonic tradition and law.^ Your "swearing" to keep Mason secrets is forbidden by the Word of God to "Swear not at all".
  • Christians Beware - of Freemasonry 6 February 2010 11:20 UTC bibleprobe.com [Source type: Original source]

^ The candidate must swear to keep the secrets of a fellow Mason, murder and treason not exempted.
  • Christians Beware - of Freemasonry 6 February 2010 11:20 UTC bibleprobe.com [Source type: Original source]

^ Freemasonry, on the other hand, is a secret society.

[25] .In regular jurisdictions these obligations are sworn on the aforementioned Volume of the Sacred Law and in the witness of the Supreme Being and often with assurance that it is of the candidate's own free will.^ Candidates have to believe in an afterlife and a supreme being.
  • Freemasons - The silent destroyers. Deist religious cult based on the Knights Templar - Initiation rituals like those of witchcraft 6 February 2010 11:20 UTC www.bilderberg.org [Source type: Original source]

^ The Volume of sacred Law must be open on every Lodge Altar.

^ Every Candidate is required to take his obligation on that book or on the Volume which is held by his particular creed to impart sanctity to an oath or promise taken upon it.
  • Masonic Secrets & Female Freemasons 6 February 2010 11:20 UTC www.masonic-secrets.com [Source type: Original source]

.Details of the obligations vary; some versions are published[25] while others are privately printed in books of coded text.^ In 1784, Novikov had published two school textbooks breaching the exclusive licence of the Commission on National Schools which owned the lucrative monopoly on all text books.
  • Casebook: Jack the Ripper - Russian Freemasonry 27 January 2010 23:54 UTC www.casebook.org [Source type: Original source]

^ As you read this Masonic book and others, you will be amazed at how many stories of the gods and goddesses from the many Ancient Religions are written in full detail, as instructions to Freemasons!
  • Christians Beware - of Freemasonry 6 February 2010 11:20 UTC bibleprobe.com [Source type: Original source]

^ He also printed the first book published in the Territory of Louisiana, The Laws of the Territory of Louisiana.
  • 10,000 Famous Freemasons By William R. Denslow - Volume 1 "A-D" 11 January 2010 8:40 UTC www.phoenixmasonry.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.Still other jurisdictions rely on oral transmission of ritual, and thus have no ritual books at all.^ However, the Bible is seen only as a symbol by the Lodge, as are all the other "holy" books of other religions.
  • Freemasons - The silent destroyers. Deist religious cult based on the Knights Templar - Initiation rituals like those of witchcraft 6 February 2010 11:20 UTC www.bilderberg.org [Source type: Original source]

^ To me the crucifixion of Jesus makes absolutely no sense at all if law and ritual was the way to please God and be with Him.
  • Top 10 Bizarre Mormon Beliefs - Listverse 12 January 2010 5:23 UTC listverse.com [Source type: Original source]

^ This word cannot be given in any other way, and by Masons is considered a test of all book Masons.
  • Duncan's Masonic Ritual and Monitor: Master Mason, or Third Degree 17 September 2009 0:24 UTC www.sacred-texts.com [Source type: Original source]

[39] .Moreover, not all printed rituals are authentic – Leo Taxil's exposure, for example, is a proven hoax, while Duncan's Masonic Monitor (created, in part, by merging elements of several rituals then in use) was never adopted by any regular jurisdiction.^ Is masonic ritual, or any element of it, diabolism?
  • Freemasons - The silent destroyers. Deist religious cult based on the Knights Templar - Initiation rituals like those of witchcraft 6 February 2010 11:20 UTC www.bilderberg.org [Source type: Original source]

^ In most American Lodges, the members are told that all the Masonic system and its rituals are "based on the Bible."
  • Christians Beware - of Freemasonry 6 February 2010 11:20 UTC bibleprobe.com [Source type: Original source]

^ For example, II Thessalonians 3:6 is used in the ritual, but not the way it is in your Bible; the words "in the name or our Lord Jesus Christ" are entirely omitted.
  • Christians Beware - of Freemasonry 6 February 2010 11:20 UTC bibleprobe.com [Source type: Original source]

.Whilst no single obligation is representative of Freemasonry as a whole, a number of common themes appear when considering a range of potential texts.^ Considering the number of depiction's of the green man, a fertility and vegetation deity, this theme seems logical.
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^ Brother Goodacre, of the Witham Lodge, Lincoln, suggests that the various penalties which have been introduced into Freemasonry appear to have reference to a particular kind of covenant which was common among the Hebrews.
  • Duncan's Masonic Ritual and Monitor: Master Mason, or Third Degree 17 September 2009 0:24 UTC www.sacred-texts.com [Source type: Original source]

^ Thus, contrary to its pretended universality, Freemasonry appears to be a most exclusive society , the more so as it is a secret society , closed off from the profane world of common mortals.
  • CATHOLIC ENCYCLOPEDIA: Masonry (Freemasonry) 6 February 2010 11:20 UTC www.newadvent.org [Source type: Original source]

.Content which may appear in at least one of the three obligations includes: the candidate promises to act in a manner befitting a member of civilised society, promises to obey the law of his Supreme Being, promises to obey the law of his sovereign state, promises to attend his lodge if he is able, promises not to wrong, cheat nor defraud the Lodge or the brethren, and promises aid or charity to a member of the human family, brethren and their families in times of need if it can be done without causing financial harm to himself or his dependents.^ In England a Mason may act as member of many lodges.
  • CATHOLIC ENCYCLOPEDIA: Masonry (Freemasonry) 6 February 2010 11:20 UTC www.newadvent.org [Source type: Original source]

^ Members of the Lodge, in the act of holding the canvas to catch the candidate.
  • Duncan's Masonic Ritual and Monitor: Master Mason, or Third Degree 17 September 2009 0:24 UTC www.sacred-texts.com [Source type: Original source]

^ Practiced law at Winchester and was a member of the state legislature several times.
  • 10,000 Famous Freemasons By William R. Denslow - Volume 1 "A-D" 11 January 2010 8:40 UTC www.phoenixmasonry.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

[25][40][41]
.The obligations are historically known amongst various sources critical of Freemasonry for their so-called "bloody penalties",[42] an allusion to the apparent physical penalties associated with each degree.^ A. To the penalty of my obligation, that I would sooner have my skull struck off than divulge any of the secrets of this Degree unlawfully, .
  • Duncan's Masonic Ritual and Monitor: Royal Arch, or Seventh Degree 17 September 2009 0:24 UTC www.sacred-texts.com [Source type: Original source]

^ These associations and merger organisations are called organisations similar to Freemasonry , a designation which is all the more justified since, in many cases, their spiritual relationship to Freemasonry is confirmed by these organisations themselves.
  • Dieter Schwarz - Freemasonry Ideology, Organisation, And Policy 27 January 2010 23:54 UTC der-stuermer.org [Source type: Original source]

^ Since much of our ritual is derived from Scripture, many Masonic scholars see various Kabbalistic allusions throughout the rituals of Freemasonry .

.This leads to some descriptions of the Obligations as "Oaths". The corresponding text, with regard to the penalties, does not appear in authoritative, endorsed sources,[25] following a decision "that all references to physical penalties be omitted from the obligations taken by Candidates in the three Degrees and by a Master Elect at his Installation but retained elsewhere in the respective ceremonies".[43] The penalties are interpreted symbolically, and are not applied in actuality by a Lodge or by any other body of Masonry.^ This, and all the following oaths of Masonry, are administered and taken as additions to all the previous oaths which the candidate has taken.
  • Christians Beware - of Freemasonry 6 February 2010 11:20 UTC bibleprobe.com [Source type: Original source]

^ "Three constitute a Lodge of Master Masons--three Master Masons.
  • Duncan's Masonic Ritual and Monitor: Master Mason, or Third Degree 17 September 2009 0:24 UTC www.sacred-texts.com [Source type: Original source]

^ Follow the LINK TEXT for extra references.
  • Masonic Secrets & Female Freemasons 6 February 2010 11:20 UTC www.masonic-secrets.com [Source type: Original source]

.The descriptive nature of the penalties alludes to how the candidate should feel about himself should he knowingly violate his obligation.^ Certainly no Mason swears to inflict the penalties himself, but calls them down on his own head should he break his solemn promises.

^ So you’re saying I should feel bad about my parenting skills because none of my sons were preordained to be prophets?
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^ The candidate is made to feel that the "all seeing eye" is looking down upon him, and that he is about to be ushered into the very presence of deity.

[44] Modern actual penalties may include suspension, expulsion or reprimand.

Landmarks

.The Landmarks of Masonry are defined as ancient and unchangeable principles; standards by which the regularity of Lodges and Grand Lodges are judged.^ Grand Lodge of the most ancient ...

^ The Grande Loge Nationale Française (GLNF) is currently the only French Grand Lodge that is in regular amity with the UGLE and its many concordant jurisdictions worldwide.
  • Masonic Secrets & Female Freemasons 6 February 2010 11:20 UTC www.masonic-secrets.com [Source type: Original source]

^ Address on the principles of Masonry [electronic resource] : delivered before the brethren of St. John's Lodge, on ...

.Each Grand Lodge is self-governing and no single authority exists over the whole of Freemasonry.^ Bohdan Berendt "Freemasonry in Poland", Year Book of the Grand Lodge of Antient, Free and Accepted Masons of Scotland, Edinburgh 1983, pp.95-97 .
  • Casebook: Jack the Ripper - Russian Freemasonry 27 January 2010 23:54 UTC www.casebook.org [Source type: Original source]

^ When the grand lodge of New Jersey chartered Nova Caesarea Lodge No.
  • 10,000 Famous Freemasons By William R. Denslow - Volume 1 "A-D" 11 January 2010 8:40 UTC www.phoenixmasonry.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Due to their affiliation and overt political activity, this "Grand Lodge" (sic) was not recognised by Freemasonry's Regular Jurisdictions.
  • Casebook: Jack the Ripper - Russian Freemasonry 27 January 2010 23:54 UTC www.casebook.org [Source type: Original source]

.The interpretation of these principles therefore can and does vary, leading to controversies of recognition.^ He could interpret the most difficult scores at sight and gained wide recognition as an accompanist for leading artists.
  • 10,000 Famous Freemasons By William R. Denslow - Volume 1 "A-D" 11 January 2010 8:40 UTC www.phoenixmasonry.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Freemasonry does not tell you how to get to heaven, it simply reminds you that unless you lead a morally-principled life, you won't.

^ The Grand Lodge will always consider the recognition of those Grand Lodges which profess and practise, and can show that they have consistently professed and practised, those established and unaltered principles, but in no circumstances will it enter into discussion with a view to any new or varied interpretation of them.
  • Masonic Secrets & Female Freemasons 6 February 2010 11:20 UTC www.masonic-secrets.com [Source type: Original source]

.The concept of Masonic Landmarks appears in Masonic regulations as early as 1723, and seems to be adopted from the regulations of operative masonic guilds.^ In 1723 and 1725, Jewish names already appear in the membership lists of English Masonic lodges.
  • Dieter Schwarz - Freemasonry Ideology, Organisation, And Policy 27 January 2010 23:54 UTC der-stuermer.org [Source type: Original source]

^ Jewish influence appears to have been rather great at that time, since as early as 1732 the street orator Henley gave a speech attacking Jew Masons .
  • Dieter Schwarz - Freemasonry Ideology, Organisation, And Policy 27 January 2010 23:54 UTC der-stuermer.org [Source type: Original source]

.In 1858, Albert G. Mackey attempted to set down 25 Landmarks.^ Mackey [25] specifies no less than twenty-five landmarks.
  • CATHOLIC ENCYCLOPEDIA: Masonry (Freemasonry) 6 February 2010 11:20 UTC www.newadvent.org [Source type: Original source]

[45] In 1863, George Oliver published a Freemason's Treasury in which he listed 40 Landmarks. .A number of American Grand Lodges have attempted the task of enumerating the Landmarks; numbers differing from West Virginia (7) and New Jersey (10) to Nevada (39) and Kentucky (54).^ When the grand lodge of New Jersey chartered Nova Caesarea Lodge No.
  • 10,000 Famous Freemasons By William R. Denslow - Volume 1 "A-D" 11 January 2010 8:40 UTC www.phoenixmasonry.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ A new Grand Lodge was formed in 1810.
  • Casebook: Jack the Ripper - Russian Freemasonry 27 January 2010 23:54 UTC www.casebook.org [Source type: Original source]

^ Proceedings of the Grand Lodge of Kentucky , at a grand communication ...

[46]

Charitable effort

The fraternity is widely involved in charity and community service activities. In contemporary times, money is collected only from the membership, and is to be devoted to charitable purposes. .Freemasonry worldwide disburses substantial charitable amounts to non-Masonic charities, locally, nationally and internationally.^ But remember this, if you indict Freemasonry, you indict the very Foundation of the US which was not established as a Christian Nation but on Masonic Values specifically.
  • Freemasonry, Dan Brown, and the New New Age Boing Boing 27 January 2010 23:54 UTC www.boingboing.net [Source type: Original source]

^ Thus French Freemasonry, as the standard-bearer of all Freemasonry, pretends to inaugurate the golden era of the Masonic universal republic, comprising in Masonic brotherhood all men and all nations.
  • CATHOLIC ENCYCLOPEDIA: Masonry (Freemasonry) 6 February 2010 11:20 UTC www.newadvent.org [Source type: Original source]

^ Albert Mackey, author of the Encyclopedia of Freemasonry, offers several reasons why non- Masons object to Masonic secrecy.
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[47][48] .In earlier centuries, however, charitable funds were collected more on the basis of a Provident or Friendly Society, and there were elaborate regulations to determine a petitioner's eligibility for consideration for charity, according to strictly Masonic criteria.^ When the Old Prussian lodges attempted to continue their existence in National Socialist Germany, Gцring determined that there was no more room for any kind of Freemasonry.
  • Dieter Schwarz - Freemasonry Ideology, Organisation, And Policy 27 January 2010 23:54 UTC der-stuermer.org [Source type: Original source]

^ The actual character of the society was determined by its traditionalist enemies to be an elaborate network of spies and counter-spies, though with the high goal of ensuring virtue.
  • Christians Beware - of Freemasonry 6 February 2010 11:20 UTC bibleprobe.com [Source type: Original source]

^ In 1911, Masonic meetings were resumed on a more judicious basis.
  • Casebook: Jack the Ripper - Russian Freemasonry 27 January 2010 23:54 UTC www.casebook.org [Source type: Original source]

Some examples of Masonic charities include:
.
  • Homes[49] that provide sheltered housing or nursing care.
  • Education with both educational grants[50] or schools such as the Royal Masonic School (UK)[51] which are open to all and not limited to the families of Freemasons.
  • Medical assistance.^ The obvious question, to which even Masonic historians do not have all the answers, is why Geometry is given such an important place.

    ^ Yet, despite all this, there have been no firm moves to make Members of the House of Commons and House of Lords disclose whether they are Freemasons.
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    ^ I furthermore promise and swear, that I will not be at the forming or opening of a Chapter of Royal Arch Masons unless there be present nine Royal Arch Masons, myself making one of that number.
    • Duncan's Masonic Ritual and Monitor: Royal Arch, or Seventh Degree 17 September 2009 0:24 UTC www.sacred-texts.com [Source type: Original source]

    [52]
  • Masonic Child Identification Programs (CHIP).
.In addition to these, there are thousands of philanthropic organisations around the world created by Freemasons.^ Famous Freemasons from around the world .
  • Masonic Secrets & Female Freemasons 6 February 2010 11:20 UTC www.masonic-secrets.com [Source type: Original source]

^ There are hundreds of professional Freemasons and thousands of Masonic dignitaries who will not be mentioned.
  • 10,000 Famous Freemasons By William R. Denslow - Volume 1 "A-D" 11 January 2010 8:40 UTC www.phoenixmasonry.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ In the book, Butler and Ritchie write: "Long after interest in The Da Vinci Code has waned, Freemasons from around the world will still be making their way to Rosslyn Chapel.
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.The Masonic Service Association,[53] the Masonic Medical Research Laboratory,[54] and the Shriners Hospitals for Children[55] are especially notable charitable endeavours that Masons have founded and continue to support both intellectually and monetarily.^ Bushnell was a member of the Masonic Service Association European Committee sent abroad in 1945 to investigate the state of the Craft in Europe following the war.
  • 10,000 Famous Freemasons By William R. Denslow - Volume 1 "A-D" 11 January 2010 8:40 UTC www.phoenixmasonry.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Delegates from the member grand lodges met at 3 year intervals at International Masonic Association congresses, which served to combine the forces of the member grand lodges in a powerful manner, especially in politics.
  • Dieter Schwarz - Freemasonry Ideology, Organisation, And Policy 27 January 2010 23:54 UTC der-stuermer.org [Source type: Original source]

^ S ignificantly, these passages are not to be found in either the General Handbook or the International Lexicon , which quote everything that supports Masonic claims.
  • Dieter Schwarz - Freemasonry Ideology, Organisation, And Policy 27 January 2010 23:54 UTC der-stuermer.org [Source type: Original source]

Membership requirements

Freemasonry initiation. 18th century
.Contrary to common misconception, joining Freemasonry is not by invitation only.^ When I joined Freemasonry I was told I was living in darkness, and I could only see the light through Freemasonry.
  • Christians Beware - of Freemasonry 6 February 2010 11:20 UTC bibleprobe.com [Source type: Original source]

^ Again, not only I sit untrue that Freemasonry requires or imposes a belief in Christianity, but the very contrary is the case.

.In fact, in many jurisdictions, the brothers of the lodge are not allowed to ask potential candidates to join (in these jurisdictions, the brethren must wait for the potential candidate to inquire).^ This is the conviction of many unprejudiced lodge brethren, who are otherwise able to raise themselves above the power of deeply rooted prejudices.
  • Dieter Schwarz - Freemasonry Ideology, Organisation, And Policy 27 January 2010 23:54 UTC der-stuermer.org [Source type: Original source]

^ The Grande Loge Nationale Française (GLNF) is currently the only French Grand Lodge that is in regular amity with the UGLE and its many concordant jurisdictions worldwide.
  • Masonic Secrets & Female Freemasons 6 February 2010 11:20 UTC www.masonic-secrets.com [Source type: Original source]

^ There are more than half a million brethren under the jurisdiction of Grand Lodge.
  • Freemasons - The silent destroyers. Deist religious cult based on the Knights Templar - Initiation rituals like those of witchcraft 6 February 2010 11:20 UTC www.bilderberg.org [Source type: Original source]

.Other jurisdictions allow for varying degrees of solicitation.^ In the Royal Arch temple we 40 or so masonic tourists listened to Dr Fox as he talked us through some of the aprons and other paraphernalia of the various masonic degrees.
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.However the initial introduction is made, the official process of becoming a Mason begins when a candidate for Freemasonry formally petitions a lodge.^ Elias Ashmole (1617-1646), the celebrated English antiquarian, and the founder of the Oxford Museum, to whom is probably due the first introduction of Hermeticism into the English Masonic lodges in the seventeenth century, long before the formal inauguration of speculative Freemasonry, was not a Jew.

^ Sir Robert Moray was initiated into Freemasonry on English soil (Newcastle) in 1641, and Elias Ashmole was made a Mason in Warrington, England, in 1646.
  • Christians Beware - of Freemasonry 6 February 2010 11:20 UTC bibleprobe.com [Source type: Original source]

^ Bohdan Berendt "Freemasonry in Poland", Year Book of the Grand Lodge of Antient, Free and Accepted Masons of Scotland, Edinburgh 1983, pp.95-97 .
  • Casebook: Jack the Ripper - Russian Freemasonry 27 January 2010 23:54 UTC www.casebook.org [Source type: Original source]

.The brethren will then investigate the candidate, to assure themselves of his good character, and hold a secret ballot election (often using an old fashioned ballot box).^ The number of candidates is further restricted by prescriptions regarding their moral , intellectual, social, and physical qualifications, and by a regulation which requires unanimity of votes in secret balloting for their admission.
  • CATHOLIC ENCYCLOPEDIA: Masonry (Freemasonry) 6 February 2010 11:20 UTC www.newadvent.org [Source type: Original source]

^ Tehachapi News regarding sheriff's deputies investigating a site in Old Towne that had allegedly been used as a site for satanic ritual.
  • Freemasons - The silent destroyers. Deist religious cult based on the Knights Templar - Initiation rituals like those of witchcraft 6 February 2010 11:20 UTC www.bilderberg.org [Source type: Original source]

^ And if you are still in doubt…come with me and experience a little of that good old fashion Irish Catholic guilt that is readily dispensed by my mother and grandmother.
  • Top 10 Bizarre Mormon Beliefs - Listverse 12 January 2010 5:23 UTC listverse.com [Source type: Original source]

.The number of adverse votes needed to reject a candidate varries from jurisdiction to jurisdiction (in some, one "black ball" is enough to reject, in others up to three are required).^ Some councils decided to introduce this requirement, while others declined.
  • Freemasons - The silent destroyers. Deist religious cult based on the Knights Templar - Initiation rituals like those of witchcraft 6 February 2010 11:20 UTC www.bilderberg.org [Source type: Original source]

^ Black Watch: National Post Founder's Appeal Rejected '...with the trouser leg on one side rather oddly rolled up...'
  • Freemasonry Watch - Is the Devil in the details? | Freemasons News | Freemason Information 6 February 2010 11:20 UTC www.freemasonrywatch.org [Source type: General]

^ I am an American Freemason, but one whom has visited a number of my English Brethren (some of whom are relatives).
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General requirements

Generally, to be accepted for initiation as a regular Freemason, a candidate must:[21]
.
  • Be a man who comes of his own free will.
  • Believe in a Supreme Being (the form of which is left to open interpretation by the candidate).
  • Be at least the minimum age (from 18–25 years old depending on the jurisdiction.^ The court concluded that "chief" Masonic principles include "the reverence of a Supreme Being and the embrace of other forms of religious worship."..

    ^ Just because man enjoys something does not mean it comes from God (The God who created the universe and man, not the man that became god as mormonism teaches).
    • Top 10 Bizarre Mormon Beliefs - Listverse 12 January 2010 5:23 UTC listverse.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ They did believe in a Supreme Being -- but one who had created the Universe and retired.
    • Casebook: Jack the Ripper - Russian Freemasonry 27 January 2010 23:54 UTC www.casebook.org [Source type: Original source]

    .In some jurisdictions the son of a Mason, known as a "Lewis", may join at an earlier age than others).
  • Be of good morals, and of good reputation.
  • Be of sound mind and body (Lodges had in the past denied membership to a man because of a physical disability; however, now, if a potential candidate says a disability will not cause problems, it will not be held against him).
  • Be free-born (or "born free", i.e., not born a slave or bondsman).^ It is not known where he held his Masonic membership although it may have been in Army Lodge No.
    • 10,000 Famous Freemasons By William R. Denslow - Volume 1 "A-D" 11 January 2010 8:40 UTC www.phoenixmasonry.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ They now separate about the Lodge, saying to each other: .
    • Duncan's Masonic Ritual and Monitor: Master Mason, or Third Degree 17 September 2009 0:24 UTC www.sacred-texts.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ The Mason, however, may be unaware of much of what is taught by the Lodge.
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    [56] .As with the previous, this is entirely an historical holdover, and can be interpreted in the same manner as it is in the context of being entitled to write a will.^ Far from being a Mason, his writings ridicule the ceremonies of the fraternity and he pictures the work in a satyric manner even to the extent of writing "Freemasonry" with a small "f.
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    Some jurisdictions have removed this requirement.
  • Be capable of furnishing character references, as well as one or two references from current Masons, depending on jurisdiction.
.Some Grand Lodges in the United States have an additional residence requirement, candidates being expected to have lived within the jurisdiction for a certain period of time, typically six months.^ From time to time the United Grand Lodge of England has deemed it desirable to set forth in precise form the aims of Freemasonry as consistently practised under its Jurisdiction since it come into being as an organized body in 1717, and also to define the principles governing its relations with those other Grand Lodges with which it is in fraternal accord.
  • Masonic Secrets & Female Freemasons 6 February 2010 11:20 UTC www.masonic-secrets.com [Source type: Original source]

^ The Grande Loge Nationale Française (GLNF) is currently the only French Grand Lodge that is in regular amity with the UGLE and its many concordant jurisdictions worldwide.
  • Masonic Secrets & Female Freemasons 6 February 2010 11:20 UTC www.masonic-secrets.com [Source type: Original source]

^ First Govenor of the State of Missouri, member of Herman Lodge #28, St. Charles, Missouri later known as Herman Lodge #3 after the formation of the Grand Lodge of Missouri.
  • Masonic Secrets & Female Freemasons 6 February 2010 11:20 UTC www.masonic-secrets.com [Source type: Original source]

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Membership and religion

.Freemasonry explicitly and openly states that it is neither a religion nor a substitute for one.^ They even praise Freemasonry as "one of the strongest bulwarks of religions " [187] "the handmaid of religion " [188] and the "handmaid of the church ".
  • CATHOLIC ENCYCLOPEDIA: Masonry (Freemasonry) 6 February 2010 11:20 UTC www.newadvent.org [Source type: Original source]

^ He told me: 'If you take a purely objective view of religions in the plural, one has to accept that Freemasonry is a religion.
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^ "Freemasonry does not try to replace religion or substitute for it.
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."There is no separate Masonic God", nor a separate proper name for a deity in any branch of Freemasonry.^ Why are there no Lady Masons?
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^ There is no “God on Earth”,never was ,never will be.
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^ Other Masons told me that Freemasonry is no more a religion than are Rotary Clubs or tennis clubs.
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.Regular Freemasonry requires that its candidates believe in a Supreme Being, but the interpretation of the term is subject to the conscience of the candidate.^ However, Masons do believe in a "supreme being".
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^ Candidates have to believe in an afterlife and a supreme being.
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^ They did believe in a Supreme Being -- but one who had created the Universe and retired.
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.This means that Freemasonry accepts men from a wide range of faiths, including (but not limited to) Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Buddhism, Sikhism, Hinduism, etc.^ We have already referred to Rationalism and Hermeticism (including Theosophy, Christian Scientism, Spiritism, etc.

^ It is a common belief among Catholics and other Christians that Freemasonry is somehow or other closely associated with modern Judaism.

^ I compared, for example, the meaning of faith in Christianity and the masonic meaning of faith.
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.Since the early 19th century, in the irregular Continental European tradition (meaning irregular to those Grand Lodges in amity with the United Grand Lodge of England), a very broad interpretation has been given to a non-dogmatic Supreme Being; in the tradition of Baruch Spinoza and Johann Wolfgang von Goethe – or views of The Ultimate Cosmic Oneness – along with Western atheistic idealism and agnosticism.^ GOdF, European Continental, tradition of jurisdictions (often termed Grand Orients) in amity.
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^ Grand Lodge of England (Moderns) in 1723.
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^ He held the senior post of Grand Chaplain for the United Grand Lodge of England.
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.The form of Freemasonry most common in Scandinavia, known as the Swedish Rite, on the other hand, accepts only Christians.^ Freemasonry, on the other hand, is a secret society.

^ The majority of these new Christian members represented church leadership and accepted the Christian interpretation of Hutchinson, Oliver, Hughan, and others.
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^ For many years Prince Hall Freemasonry and other forms of Freemasonry existed without recognising each other.
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Freemasonry and Women

.Since the adoption of Anderson's constitution in 1723, it has been accepted as fact by regular Masons that only men can be made Masons.^ The declaration had been made to "acquaint all the regular Masonic authorities in all countries th at the members of the just and perfect Masonic Lodge 'Stus Andraeus Praevocatus', at the Or.
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^ Even with the letter that I finally sent to the Masons I had to omit the one and only reference I made to Jesus Christ.
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^ As deputy to the Earl of Wharton in 1723 he wrote the preface to Anderson's Book of Constitutions q.v.
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.Most Grand Lodges do not admit women because they believe it would violate the ancient Landmarks.^ There are two Womens Grand Lodges .
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^ The system of Schröder is actually practised by the Grand Lodge of Hamburg , and a modified system (Schröder-Fessler) by the Grand Lodge Royal York (Berlin) and most lodges of the Grand Lodge of Bayreuth and Dresden .
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^ The German Grand Lodges, on the contrary, at least most of them, yielded to the pressure exercised on them by a great many German brothers.
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.While a few women, such as Elizabeth Aldworth, were initiated into British speculative lodges prior to 1723,[59] officially regular Freemasonry remains exclusive to men.^ 'Not of such happenings which had the backing of official Freemasonry.'
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^ Sir Robert Moray was initiated into Freemasonry on English soil (Newcastle) in 1641, and Elias Ashmole was made a Mason in Warrington, England, in 1646.
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^ Now, renowned author Martin Short, acclaimed for his investigations into the secret world of Freemasonry, has asked to speak to the men.
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.While women cannot join regular lodges, there are (mainly within the borders of the United States) many female orders associated with regular Freemasonry and its appendant bodies, such as the Order of the Eastern Star, the Order of the Amaranth, the White Shrine of Jerusalem, the Social Order of Beauceant and the Daughters of the Nile.^ There are two Womens Grand Lodges .
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^ We were told they can and do join special women's Eastern Star lodges.
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^ Beyond this there are many Side Orders.
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.These have their own rituals and traditions, but are founded on the Masonic model.^ The earliest written copies of Masonic ritual state unequivocally that the ancient masons found the Ark of the Covenant hidden in a cave under the site of King Solomon's temple.
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^ S ignificantly, these passages are not to be found in either the General Handbook or the International Lexicon , which quote everything that supports Masonic claims.
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^ A n example of the prevailing spirit of these organisations and their Masonic founders may be found in the Pan European Movement of the Viennese higher degree Freemason Coudenhove-Kalergi.
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.In the French context, women in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries had been admitted into what were known as "adoption lodges" in which they could participate in ritual life.^ He was admitted into Washington Lodge No.
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^ German Masons [178] claim for Freemasonry a considerable part in the splendid development of German literature in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.
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^ The regular French Grand Lodge picked up many of these Russian emigrees and initiated them into such lodges as the Anglo-Saxon Lodge in Paris.
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However, men clearly saw this type of adoption Freemasonry as distinct from their exclusively male variety. .From the late nineteenth century onward, mixed gender lodges have met in France.^ Their vineyards were very successful, and they sold wine all over the Western United States in the late nineteenth century.
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^ There is evidence to suggest that there were Masonic lodges in existence in Scotland as early as the late sixteenth century.
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.In addition, there are many non-mainstream Masonic bodies that do admit both men and women or are exclusively for women.^ AND yet it is, according to your D&C practiced after life (which breaks down by the way to mean that only men will become Gods and the women will continue to be one of their many wives).
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^ The book is considered today to be accurate, factual, and authoritative by many Masons to this day, even though a non-Mason (at the time) wrote it!

^ In addition to his "Masonic" activities he practiced many frauds, selling love philters, elixirs of youth, etc.
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.Co-Freemasonry admits both men and women,[60] but it is held to be irregular because it admits women.^ Regular freemasonry, it's true does not admit women.
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^ There are organizations that are affiliated with Freemasonry that admit both Master Masons as well as non-Masons who have some relation to a Master Mason.

^ He enclosed a cheque for £108.00 to cover his absence from certain churches where he felt his presence had been both unexpected and unwanted because of his views on Freemasonry.
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.The systematic admission of women into International Co-Freemasonry began in France in 1882. In more recent times, women have created and maintained separate Lodges, working the same rituals as the all male regular lodges.^ He loses privileges and advantages as well as the right of visiting Lodges often being limited to not more than one visit to the same Lodge.
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^ This lead to a linking of Russian and Swedish Freemasonry into one system when, in 1778, the Moscow Lodge of Prince Troubetskoy joined the Swedish System.
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^ T hus, the activity of the Jews was bound to take the form, initially, of fighting for equal rights in the German Masonic lodges and at the same time in bourgeois society, and then of occupying the key positions in all spheres of public and private life.
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.These Female Masons have founded lodges around the world, and these Lodges continue to gain membership.^ It also has directly affiliated lodges around the world.
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^ These masons barred any exploration of the lower levels of the lodge which might reveal regalia changing rooms and passages to nearby buildings.
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^ These two Grand Lodges, as disguised agents of the Grand Orient of France , act as mediators between this and the Masonic bodies of English-speaking and German countries.
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Opposition to and criticism of Freemasonry

.Anti-Masonry (alternatively called Anti-Freemasonry) has been defined as "opposition to Freemasonry".[61][62] However, there is no homogeneous anti-Masonic movement.^ Why are there no Lady Masons?
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^ The anti-Masonic movement dealt Freemasonry a severe blow.
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^ Other Masons told me that Freemasonry is no more a religion than are Rotary Clubs or tennis clubs.
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.Anti-Masonry consists of radically differing criticisms from sometimes incompatible groups who are hostile to Freemasonry in some form.^ In later years some of his disciples who were Freemasons, sought to incorporate his dogmas into Freemasonry and to make the lodges schools of theosophy.
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^ All those who write critically of Freemasonry are "anti's"; and all "anti's" are frauds, liars, zealots, or extremists and cannot be accepted.
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^ If Freemasonry were found, despite its protestations to the contrary, to be a quasi-religion and to have a different god from the Christian god, then the two would naturally be incompatible.
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.They include religious groups, political groups, and conspiracy theorists.^ Hence the real "secrets" of Masonry, if such there be, could only be political or anti-religious conspiracies like the plots of the Grand Lodges in Latin countries.
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^ [Also See Religious Pluralism ] In some Lodges, Masonic prayers are not to include the name of Jesus Christ, but they are to refer to the Great Architect of the Universe.

^ It must be emphasised that they were not banned on political grounds, but on religious objections.
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There have been many disclosures and exposés dating as far back as the eighteenth century. .These often lack context,[63] may be outdated for various reasons,[38] or could be outright hoaxes on the part of the author, as in the case of the Taxil hoax.^ The statements Justice claims were made by these religious leaders were probably taken out of context, and they are not part of their respective religious doctrines.
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^ So, with these various links to the Stuart cause, you may see the attraction of this Rite to the Jacobean Keith.
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^ It has been suggested by some authors that Novikov was hounded until some valid reason could be found to arrest him in order to stifle his independent social and publishing activities.
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[64]
.These hoaxes and exposés have often become the basis for criticism of Masonry, often religious or political in nature (usually by totalitarian dictatorial regimes,[65] but also arising in the historical Anti-Masonic Party in the United States), or are based on suspicion of corrupt conspiracy of some form.^ During the anti-Masonic period he flirted politically with members of that party.
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^ The stated reasons for the ban are Masonry's "religious indifferentism," its "contempt" for ecclesiastical authority and the potential conflict with the sacrament of confession of Masonry's required secrecy.
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^ The secretive international society of Masons is seen by radical Islamic groups as a supporter of the policies of Israel and the United States.
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.The political opposition that arose after the "Morgan Affair" in 1826 gave rise to the term "Anti-Masonry", which is still in use today, both by Masons in referring to their critics and as a self-descriptor by the critics themselves.^ Hence the real "secrets" of Masonry, if such there be, could only be political or anti-religious conspiracies like the plots of the Grand Lodges in Latin countries.
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^ "Humanity" is the term used to designate the essential principle of Masonry.
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^ OTHER NOTES. The following are the abbreviations of masonic terms used in this article: L., Ls., GL, GLs, GO, GOs, Supr.
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Religious opposition

.Freemasonry has attracted criticism from theocratic states and organised religions for supposed competition with religion, or supposed heterodoxy within the Fraternity itself, and has long been the target of conspiracy theories, which see it as an occult and evil power.^ They are distinctly stated to be "truly Masonic Ornaments," and rightly so for character which does not adorn itself by the practice of virtue is unworthy of itself or the Fraternity.
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^ Books of Freemasonry, Theosophy and other mystery religions state that it is not intended that the "uninitiated" or lower orders understand occult symbols, but it is important that they ignorantly venerate and even worship them.
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^ T he National Socialist State has destroyed the organisations of Freemasonry in Germany, and has likewise given rise to similar measures in a number of European States during the present war.
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Christianity and Freemasonry

.Although members of various faiths cite objections, certain Christian denominations have had high profile negative attitudes to Masonry, banning or discouraging their members from being Freemasons.^ The austere and high-minded Freemasons rejected Catherine's blatant disregard for the rules of Christian marriage, which contrasted so strikingly with the seeming domestic bliss of the ever-faithful Grand Duke Paul.
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^ Christian – relating to or characteristic of Christianity Christian – a religious person who believes Jesus is the Christ and who is a member of a Christian denomination .
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^ Do we need a register of freemasons or are freemasons being unfairly singled out?Secret Society with secret ceremonies, protect and promote fellow members.Guilds disappeared but the secret symbols.
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.The denomination with the longest history of objection to Freemasonry is the Roman Catholic Church.^ One reason for the unusual frequency of these papal condemnations is that Freemasonry has always had sympathizers, even members, clerical as well as lay, in the Roman Catholic Church.
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^ Roman Catholics seeking a true answer to the question of the Church's position on Freemasonry can find it only in the pages of this book.
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^ Insofar as Freemasonry is guilty of this, Roman Catholics obviously should not join it.
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.The objections raised by the Roman Catholic Church are based on the allegation that Masonry teaches a naturalistic deistic religion which is in conflict with Church doctrine.^ I think that a corporate church teachings are based on their doctrine.
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^ One reason for the unusual frequency of these papal condemnations is that Freemasonry has always had sympathizers, even members, clerical as well as lay, in the Roman Catholic Church.
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^ Roman Catholics seeking a true answer to the question of the Church's position on Freemasonry can find it only in the pages of this book.
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[67] .A number of Papal pronouncements have been issued against Freemasonry.^ These papal edicts and censures against Freemasonry have often been the occasion of erroneous and unjust charges.
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^ A second bull against Freemasonry ( PROVIDAS ) was issued by Benedict XIV in 1751.
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.The first was Pope Clement XII's In Eminenti, 28 April 1738; the most recent was Pope Leo XIII's Ab Apostolici, 15 October 1890. The 1917 Code of Canon Law explicitly declared that joining Freemasonry entailed automatic excommunication.^ The 1983 Code (Canon 1374) did not explicitly mention excommunication.
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^ Clement XII The 248th Pope, he issued the first Papal Bull against Freemasonry on April 24, 1738.
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^ April 15, 1890 in Kashoffka, Russia.
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[68] .The 1917 Code of Canon Law also forbade books friendly to Freemasonry.^ The 1917 Code of Canon Law applied the censure of excommunication to Catholics who became Freemasons.
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.In 1983, the Church issued a new Code of Canon Law.^ The 1983 Code (Canon 1374) did not explicitly mention excommunication.
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^ The 1917 Code of Canon Law applied the censure of excommunication to Catholics who became Freemasons.
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^ The Archbishop's response was: 'I think it would be wise to wait for the publication of the new Canon Law before taking any public stance on the questions of Freemasons.'
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.Unlike its predecessor, it did not explicitly name Masonic orders among the secret societies it condemns.^ The secretive international society of Masons is seen by radical Islamic groups as a supporter of the policies of Israel and the United States.
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^ Freemasonry is said to be a Secret Society, but go where you will, you see Masonic Temple, Freemasons' Hall, and even Freemasons' Arms.
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^ Pius VII condemns the secret society of the Carbonari which, if not an offshoot, is "certainly an imitation of the Masonic society " and, as such, already comprised in the condemnation issued against it.
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It states in part: "A person who joins an association which plots against the Church is to be punished with a just penalty; one who promotes or takes office in such an association is to be punished with an interdict." This omission caused both Catholics and Freemasons to believe that the ban on Catholics becoming Freemasons may have been lifted, especially after the perceived liberalisation of Vatican II.[69] .However, the matter was clarified when Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger (later Pope Benedict XVI), as the Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, issued Quaesitum est, which states: "... the Church’s negative judgment in regard to Masonic association remains unchanged since their principles have always been considered irreconcilable with the doctrine of the Church and therefore membership in them remains forbidden.^ In part it declared: "The Church's negative position on Masonic associations remains unaltered since their principles have always been regarded as irreconcilable with the Church's doctrine."
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^ In 1983, when he was still Cardinal Ratzinger, the current Pope renewed the Vatican ban on Masonic membership that has been in effect since 1738.
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^ From the forthcoming The Masons vs. The Catholic Church by Roger Trudeau-LeBlanc, #10 in a series called Catholicism on Trial: “Masonic organizations are irreconcilably opposed to Jesus Christ and the Catholic Church…Has membership in Masonic organizations been forbidden by Popes?
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The faithful who enroll in Masonic associations are in a state of grave sin and may not receive Holy Communion." Thus, from a Catholic perspective, there is still a ban on Catholics joining Masonic Lodges. .For its part, Freemasonry has never objected to Catholics joining their fraternity.^ In answering this to an inquirer, Davis wrote, in part: "(I) regard the fraternity with respect and have never felt any disapproval of it other than that which pertains to every secret society.
  • 10,000 Famous Freemasons By William R. Denslow - Volume 1 "A-D" 11 January 2010 8:40 UTC www.phoenixmasonry.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Insofar as Freemasonry is guilty of this, Roman Catholics obviously should not join it.
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^ I will always hail, ever conceal, and never reveal, any of the arts, parts or points of the hidden mysteries of ancient Freemasonry.
  • Christians Beware - of Freemasonry 6 February 2010 11:20 UTC bibleprobe.com [Source type: Original source]

.Those Grand Lodges in amity with UGLE deny the Church's claims and state that they explicitly adhere to the principle that "Freemasonry is not a religion, nor a substitute for religion."^ Vidal: Though Freemasons deny it, the truth is that the Masonic cosmo-vision is not one proper to a philanthropic society as they often say, but that of a religion.
  • Christians Beware - of Freemasonry 6 February 2010 11:20 UTC bibleprobe.com [Source type: Original source]

^ Bohdan Berendt "Freemasonry in Poland", Year Book of the Grand Lodge of Antient, Free and Accepted Masons of Scotland, Edinburgh 1983, pp.95-97 .
  • Casebook: Jack the Ripper - Russian Freemasonry 27 January 2010 23:54 UTC www.casebook.org [Source type: Original source]

^ Due to their affiliation and overt political activity, this "Grand Lodge" (sic) was not recognised by Freemasonry's Regular Jurisdictions.
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[28]
.In contrast to Catholic allegations of rationalism and naturalism, Protestant objections are more likely to be based on allegations of mysticism, occultism, and even Satanism.^ And it would appear based on the Catholic Encyclopedia reference I gave before it is just as formalized a precess in places like Quebec (but I have no first hand knowledge of it).
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^ And if it is not based on stubborness, try not to use wording that makes it sound like it.” Your testimony may be more informed, but it sounds like stubbornness all the same.
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^ As I said, mormons are today’s love-to-hate-em’ heretics, just like protestants were for catholics and early christians were for Jews .
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[70] .Masonic scholar Albert Pike is often quoted (in some cases misquoted) by Protestant anti-Masons as an authority for the position of Masonry on these issues.^ Masons will all too often quote positive statements made about Masonry by famous Masons [including Christian pastors and ministers of different denominations] seemingly to declare that if it was good enough for Benjamin Franklin, Thurgood Marshall, Jimmy Carter, Bob Dole and a pastor from the United Methodist church, its good enough for me.

^ An oft-quoted Mason, Albert Pike was a student of Harvard and Brigadier-General in the Confederate Army (A rather large statue of him stands in Judiciary Square Washington, DC).

^ Albert Mackey, after Albert Pike the highest Masonic authority, calls this changing of the scriptures "a slight but necessary modifucation" (Masonic Ritualist, page 272) 33 DEGREES. What's the significance?
  • Christians Beware - of Freemasonry 6 February 2010 11:20 UTC bibleprobe.com [Source type: Original source]

.However, Pike, although undoubtedly learned, was not a spokesman for Freemasonry and was controversial among Freemasons in general, representing his personal opinion only, and furthermore an opinion grounded in the attitudes and understandings of late 19th century Southern Freemasonry of the USA alone.^ W hat the German intellectuals of the 18th century understood by Freemasonry existed only in their imagination, and was far removed from the actual conditions and objectives of the lodges.
  • Dieter Schwarz - Freemasonry Ideology, Organisation, And Policy 27 January 2010 23:54 UTC der-stuermer.org [Source type: Original source]

^ I have learned that Freemasonry is very big indeed and I am only describing my contact with Freemasonry.
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^ The events of the war in southeastern Europe have paralysed the activities of Freemasonry in major areas, so that Masonry is now represented in a few European countries only.
  • Dieter Schwarz - Freemasonry Ideology, Organisation, And Policy 27 January 2010 23:54 UTC der-stuermer.org [Source type: Original source]

.Indeed his book carries in the preface a form of disclaimer from his own Grand Lodge.^ A new Grand Lodge was formed in 1810.
  • Casebook: Jack the Ripper - Russian Freemasonry 27 January 2010 23:54 UTC www.casebook.org [Source type: Original source]

^ Bohdan Berendt "Freemasonry in Poland", Year Book of the Grand Lodge of Antient, Free and Accepted Masons of Scotland, Edinburgh 1983, pp.95-97 .
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^ As a brief aside relating to the Ukraine: "In 1900 the first Ukrainian Masonic Congress was held, and on January 17 the Grand Lodge of Ukraine was first formed.
  • Casebook: Jack the Ripper - Russian Freemasonry 27 January 2010 23:54 UTC www.casebook.org [Source type: Original source]

.No one voice has ever spoken for the whole of Freemasonry.^ Freemasonry is said to be ancient, and derived from Time Immemorial, but no one can tell you when or where it really began, but for that very reason it is from Time Immemorial.
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^ There is no general Grand Lodge or direction of Freemasonry, though various attempts have been made in nearly every larger state or country to establish one.
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^ Manny at MasonTruth@aol.com ] One of the regulations of ordinary Craft Freemasonry is that no Mason may invite an outsider to join.
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[71]
.Free Methodist Church founder B.T. Roberts was a vocal opponent of Freemasonry in the mid 18th century.^ The development of German Freemasonry along the lines of speculative philosophy (German idealism in the 18th century -- change in the meaning of Freemasonry -- Goethe and Freemasonry -- the age of the German Wars Of Liberation) .
  • Dieter Schwarz - Freemasonry Ideology, Organisation, And Policy 27 January 2010 23:54 UTC der-stuermer.org [Source type: Original source]

^ Two lines of development must be distinguished in 18th century French Freemasonry.
  • Dieter Schwarz - Freemasonry Ideology, Organisation, And Policy 27 January 2010 23:54 UTC der-stuermer.org [Source type: Original source]

^ Princess de Latour French Grand Mistress of the Order of St. John of Jerusaleman early emanation of Freemasonry in the 18th century.
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.Roberts opposed the society on moral grounds and stated, "The god of the lodge is not the God of the Bible."^ Robert Morris, 1 is generally accepted as the "Work" of ancient origin, and there is not much doubt but that it will be adopted by the Grand Lodges throughout the United States.
  • Duncan's Masonic Ritual and Monitor: Master Mason, or Third Degree 17 September 2009 0:24 UTC www.sacred-texts.com [Source type: Original source]

^ In quoting Pike many that are opposed to Masonry call Morals and Dogma the Masonic Bible, which leads one to believe that it forms the core of the beliefs of the Lodge or at least exerts significant influence over Freemasonry today.

^ Mackey states that the penalties are not to be inflicted by the Lodge but by God.
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.Roberts believed Freemasonry was a "mystery" or "alternate" religion and encouraged his church not to support ministers who were Freemasons.^ Freemasons insist Freemasonry is not a religion.
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^ And why does Dr Rowan Williams also believe that Church of England ministers should not belong to the Brotherhood, an organisation he describes as incompatible with Christianity?
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^ The commonalities between Freemasonry and ancient mystery religions, paganism, Kaballah and Egyptian mythology etc.

.Freedom from secret societies is one of the "frees" the Free Methodist Church was founded upon.^ For instance, he found one title, On the Ancient Mysteries and Secrets of All Peoples, praised pagan rites found sinful by the Church and declared th at the Church derived its ritual and sacraments from paganism.
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^ Proofs of a conspiracy against all the religions and governments of Europe, [electronic resource] : carried on in the secret meetings of Free Masons, Illuminati, and reading societies.

^ Discourse, delivered at the Episcopal Church in Providence, [microform] : before the Society of Free and Accepted Masons, on the first day of January, 1784.

[72]
.Since the founding of Freemasonry, many Bishops of the Church of England have been Freemasons, such as Archbishop Geoffrey Fisher.^ The Church of England has been a stronghold of Freemasonry for more than two hundred years.
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^ The Church of Rome, traditional arch-enemy of Freemasonry, is even more the object of masonic attention than the Church of England.
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^ The Archbishop of Canterbury is the President of the SPCK. The Archbishop of Canterbury responsible for banning Hannah's book was Dr Geoffrey Fisher - a Freemason of long standing.
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[73] .In the past, few members of the Church of England would have seen any incongruity in concurrently adhering to Anglican Christianity and practicing Freemasonry.^ The Church of England has been a stronghold of Freemasonry for more than two hundred years.
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^ One reason for the unusual frequency of these papal condemnations is that Freemasonry has always had sympathizers, even members, clerical as well as lay, in the Roman Catholic Church.
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^ And why does Dr Rowan Williams also believe that Church of England ministers should not belong to the Brotherhood, an organisation he describes as incompatible with Christianity?
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.In recent decades, however, reservations about Freemasonry have increased within Anglicanism, perhaps due to the increasing prominence of the evangelical wing of the church.^ However this article is about Freemasonry, not the church...

^ Under the pressure of the racial struggle against Freemasonry, however, they made admittance dependent upon membership in a Christian church (with a heavy heart).
  • Dieter Schwarz - Freemasonry Ideology, Organisation, And Policy 27 January 2010 23:54 UTC der-stuermer.org [Source type: Original source]

^ The influence of the Brotherhood within the Church of England has continued and the Freemasons acknowledge that many clergymen and Anglicans are members.
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.The current Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, appears to harbour some reservations about Masonic ritual, whilst being anxious to avoid causing offence to Freemasons inside and outside the Church of England.^ Leading Mason Church of England clergymen of the past include the former Archbishop of Canterbury Geoffrey Fisher, who headed the Church of England from 1945 to 1961.
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^ And why does Dr Rowan Williams also believe that Church of England ministers should not belong to the Brotherhood, an organisation he describes as incompatible with Christianity?
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^ He started The Freemasons' Quarterly Review in 1843 to promote the cause of the home for aged and decrepit Freemasons, and on his motion in 1837, the Grand Lodge of England recommended the home.
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.In 2003 he felt it necessary to apologise to British Freemasons after he said that their beliefs were incompatible with Christianity and that he had barred the appointment of Freemasons to senior posts in his diocese when he was Bishop of Monmouth.^ This was subtitled: The Freemason's Answer to Darkness Visible, and sought to disprove Hannah's assertion that Masonry and Christianity were incompatible.
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^ However, if there are beliefs and practices in Masonry that are incompatible with biblical Christianity, then it becomes imperative for the non-Mason and Mason alike to understand the true teachings of the Lodge.
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^ In July, 1919, he was the first non-British Freemason to be made senior grand warden of the Grand Lodge of England.
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[74]
.Regular Freemasonry has traditionally not responded to these claims, beyond the often repeated statement that those Grand Lodges in amity with UGLE explicitly adhere to the principle that "Freemasonry is not a religion, nor a substitute for religion.^ From time to time the United Grand Lodge of England has deemed it desirable to set forth in precise form the aims of Freemasonry as consistently practised under its Jurisdiction since it come into being as an organized body in 1717, and also to define the principles governing its relations with those other Grand Lodges with which it is in fraternal accord.
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^ In most Latin countries, the GOdF-style of European Continental Freemasonry predominates, although in most of these Latin countries there are also Grand Lodges that are in regular amity with the UGLE and the worldwide community of Grand Lodges that share regular “fraternal relations” with the UGLE. The rest of the world, accounting for the bulk of Freemasonry, tends to follow more closely to the UGLE style, although minor variations exist.
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^ The GLNF began appealing to other regular Grand Lodges to aide in consolidating these gains in Russia by asking for regular visits by experienced Masons to offer instruction and ensure regularity.
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.There is no separate 'Masonic deity', and there is no separate proper name for a deity in Freemasonry".[28] In recent years, however, this has begun to change.^ Other Masons told me that Freemasonry is no more a religion than are Rotary Clubs or tennis clubs.
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^ When the Old Prussian lodges attempted to continue their existence in National Socialist Germany, Gцring determined that there was no more room for any kind of Freemasonry.
  • Dieter Schwarz - Freemasonry Ideology, Organisation, And Policy 27 January 2010 23:54 UTC der-stuermer.org [Source type: Original source]

^ In 1813 he was appointed provincial grand master for Rutlandshirea curious appointment, for at that time there were no Masonic lodges in the county.
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.Many Masonic websites and publications address these criticisms specifically.^ There are many Masons in churches where their leaders have been openly critical of the organisation.
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^ They would have had many contacts and business connections with these stone masons.
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^ Many of the masonic and other publications delve into alternative theories and interpretations of the Bible and spend a great deal of time and effort researching ancient religions.
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Islam and Freemasonry

.Many Islamic anti-Masonic arguments are closely tied to both Anti-Semitism and Anti-Zionism, though other criticisms are made such as linking Freemasonry to Dajjal.^ Sir Robert Moray was initiated into Freemasonry on English soil (Newcastle) in 1641, and Elias Ashmole was made a Mason in Warrington, England, in 1646.
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^ The book is considered today to be accurate, factual, and authoritative by many Masons to this day, even though a non-Mason (at the time) wrote it!

^ Why are so many Masons unaware of this side of Freemasonry?, one may well ask.

[75] .Some Muslim anti-Masons argue that Freemasonry promotes the interests of the Jews around the world and that one of its aims is to rebuild the Temple of Solomon in Jerusalem after destroying the Al-Aqsa Mosque.^ According to the Masonic legend, Hiram Abiff was the chief architect of the Temple built by King Solomon.
  • Christians Beware - of Freemasonry 6 February 2010 11:20 UTC bibleprobe.com [Source type: Original source]

^ Like New Agers, Masons are working towards a one world government and a one world religion at the top.
  • Christians Beware - of Freemasonry 6 February 2010 11:20 UTC bibleprobe.com [Source type: Original source]

^ The earliest written copies of Masonic ritual state unequivocally that the ancient masons found the Ark of the Covenant hidden in a cave under the site of King Solomon's temple.
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[76] In article 28 of its Covenant, Hamas states that Freemasonry, Rotary, and other similar groups "work in the interest of Zionism and according to its instructions ..."[77] Many countries with a significant Muslim population do not allow Masonic establishments within their jurisdictions. .However, countries such as Turkey and Morocco have established Grand Lodges,[78] while in countries such as Malaysia[79] and Lebanon[80] there are District Grand Lodges operating under a warrant from an established Grand Lodge.^ However, each Grand Lodge is sovereign and independent.
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^ There are two Womens Grand Lodges .
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^ Lodge Cosmos under the Grand Lodge of France.
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.There was a time when there existed a number of lodges in Iraq as early as 1919, when the first lodge under the UGLE was opened in Basra,[citation needed] and later on when the country was under British Mandate just after the First World War.^ There is a time for war and a time for peace.
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^ First of all, the literature in the book of mormon is not dumb, it just takes some time to study the true meaning of it (like you would do in a literature class) There are a lot of misconceptions that i have read here.
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^ Great numbers of radical Freemasons repeatedly attempted to enter the Masonic international chain of brotherhood, especially towards the end of the Great War, with the help of the neutral lodges.
  • Dieter Schwarz - Freemasonry Ideology, Organisation, And Policy 27 January 2010 23:54 UTC der-stuermer.org [Source type: Original source]

.However the position changed in July 1958 following the Revolution, with the abolition of the Monarchy and Iraq being declared a republic, under General Qasim.^ Following the overthrow of Falcon in 1868, as a general he led a successful revolution.
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^ In evident reproof of the English bishops, the Congregation declared that it had not intended Episcopal Conferences to issue public pronouncements of a general character on the nature of masonic associations 'which would change the position of the Church in regard to Freemasonry'.
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.The licences permitting lodges to meet were rescinded and later laws were introduced banning any further meetings.^ They then decided to have a further meeting two weeks later.
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This position was later reinforced under Saddam Hussein, the death penalty was "prescribed" for those who "promote or acclaim Zionist principles, including freemasonry, or who associate [themselves] with Zionist organisations."[81] With the fall of the Hussein government in 2003, a number of Lodges have begun to meet on military bases within Iraq. .These lodges primarily cater to British and American military units, but a few have initiated Iraqis.^ These two systems still declare Masonry a Christian institution and with the Grand Lodge Royal York refuse to initiate Jews .
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^ Joel Clark (1730-1776) Colonel in Revolutionary War and founder of famous American Union Lodge (military).
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^ He was made a Mason in American Union Lodge (military) in September 1779 while the army was stationed in the Hudson Highlands.
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.Several Grand Lodges have expressed a desire to charter Lodges with completely Iraqi membership in the near future.^ Several lodges were chartered by the Grand Lodge of Scotland .
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^ Grand Lodge of England near Oregon.
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^ The lodge was chartered by Pennsylvania and records show that on June 2, 1810, dues from the lodge in the amount of $32.49 were delivered to the Grand Secretary of Pennsylvania by Berthold.
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Political opposition

.Regular Freemasonry has in its core ritual a formal obligation: to be quiet and peaceable citizens, true to the lawful government of the country in which they live, and not to countenance disloyalty or rebellion.^ Where does one turn to when they fail to keep the law the church sets down if they believe that their church is the only “true” church?
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^ Ohio by order of Governer Boggs issued an “Extermination” order against free citizens of this country because of what they believed and tried to worship as their constitutional rights are.
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^ Just because people choose to be good citizens and not to break the law doesn’t mean they abondon their convictions.
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[32] .A Freemason makes a further obligation, before being made Master of his Lodge, to pay a proper respect to the civil magistrates.^ I n his attempts to make the lodges work for him, Napoleon made the mistake of failing to take international Freemasonry into account in his calculations.
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^ Young Freemason's guide; [microform] : being, an address delivered before the members of St. Albans Lodge, at Brooklyn the 27th December 1797, being the anniversary of St. John the Evangelist.

^ A sermon delivered in New-Marlborough; on the first day of the year of our Lord, 1796; before the Free and Accepted Masons of the Cincinnatus Lodge: it being the day of their .

[32] .The words may be varied across Grand Lodges, but the sense in the obligation taken is always there.^ There are two Womens Grand Lodges .
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^ There then follows various ritual motions and the Candidate is led in a procession around the Lodge.
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^ Already a Feemason in France, he was given honorary membership by many lodges and Grand Lodges across the USA. Laguardia , Fiorello H. American politician.
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.Nevertheless, much of the political opposition to Freemasonry is based upon the idea that Masonry will foment (or sometimes prevent) rebellion.^ Further evidence re-inforced the idea that the freemasons were infact based upon religious belief as opposed to being purely a philanthropic organisation .
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^ Up until only a decade or so ago, much of American Masonry, had a sad tradition of working to exclude people based on skin color and ethnicity.
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^ Much of the metaphor found in theoretical Freemasonry, which was to become so powerful and widespread around the world, is based on different styles of architecture and stone craft.
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In 1799 English Freemasonry almost came to a halt due to Parliamentary proclamation. .In the wake of the French Revolution, the Unlawful Societies Act, 1799 banned any meetings of groups that required their members to take an oath or obligation.^ Every Candidate is required to take his obligation on that book or on the Volume which is held by his particular creed to impart sanctity to an oath or promise taken upon it.
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^ Members of Freemasonry, Eastern Star and the Shriners are often required to take oaths that actually curse themselves and their families.
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^ Among other acts of opposition Freemasonry has been attacked by the Catholic Church, Masonic lodges were shut down after the Russian revolution, and the group was banned by the Nazis shortly after Adolph Hitlers rise to power (He called them servants of the Jews)..

[82] .The Grand Masters of both the Moderns and the Antients Grand Lodges called on the Prime Minister William Pitt (who was not a Freemason) and explained to him that Freemasonry was a supporter of the law and lawfully constituted authority and was much involved in charitable work.^ Served as grand master of the Grand Lodge of Illinois.
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^ Grand Lodge of England (Moderns) in 1723.
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^ The state president is called the Grand Master of the Grand Lodge.

.As a result Freemasonry was specifically exempted from the terms of the Act, provided that each Private Lodge's Secretary placed with the local "Clerk of the Peace" a list of the members of his Lodge once a year.^ He was probably made a Freemason in Michigan for he is listed as a charter member of St. Louis Lodge No.
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^ Washington, D.C. sometime prior to 1848 as he is listed as a member in that year.
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^ Delegates from the member grand lodges met at 3 year intervals at International Masonic Association congresses, which served to combine the forces of the member grand lodges in a powerful manner, especially in politics.
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[82] This continued until 1967 when the obligation of the provision was rescinded by Parliament.[82]
Freemasonry in the United States faced political pressure following the disappearance of William Morgan in 1826. Reports of the "Morgan Affair", together with opposition to Jacksonian democracy (Andrew Jackson was a prominent Mason) helped fuel an Anti-Masonic movement, culminating in the formation of a short lived Anti-Masonic Party which fielded candidates for the Presidential elections of 1828 and 1832.
.In Italy, Freemasonry has become linked to a scandal concerning the Propaganda Due Lodge (aka P2).^ It has been a highly sensitive issue in Italy since 1981, when a secret and illegal right-wing Masonic lodge known as P2 — Propaganda Due — was broken up amid public scandal.
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^ International Freemasonry And The World War The attitude of the lodges in the Entente States (slander of Germany and its allies -- Masonic Congresses -- Masonic peace propaganda) .
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^ Due to rogue members of the lodge linked to the Orange Order and the UDA we took the decision to no longer allow them the use of the premises,” said Wishart.
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.This Lodge was Chartered by the Grande Oriente d'Italia in 1877, as a Lodge for visiting Masons unable to attend their own lodges.^ We in California, were some of the first to openly recognize Prince Hall Masons, and now visit one another's Lodges.
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^ Sermon, preached in the Presbyterian Church, of Charleston; [electronic resource] : before the incorporated Grand Lodge of South-Carolina, Ancient York Masons.

^ Before the Grand Lodge of Free and Accepted Masons for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, on occasion of the consecration of Montgomery Lodge (of Franklin.

.Under Licio Gelli’s leadership, in the late 1970s, the P2 Lodge became involved in the financial scandals that nearly bankrupted the Vatican Bank.^ He later became a charter member of Amity Lodge in Shanghai, China under Philippine jurisdiction.
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^ T he first lodge, which later took the name Absolom and worked directly under the Grand Lodge of London, was founded in Hamburg in 1737 under the leadership of the Freemason Charles Sarry.
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^ Nearly a thousand members of P2 were named, including senior figures in business, politics, banking, journalism, the intelligence services and the military.
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.However, by this time the lodge was operating independently and irregularly; as the Grand Orient had revoked its charter in 1976.[83] By 1982 the scandal became public knowledge and Gelli was formally expelled from Freemasonry.^ Several lodges were chartered by the Grand Lodge of Scotland .
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^ These two Grand Lodges, as disguised agents of the Grand Orient of France , act as mediators between this and the Masonic bodies of English-speaking and German countries.
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^ I n close cooperation with the Czechoslovakian underground during the 1914-18 War, a purely Czechoslovakian oriented Freemasonry arose under the name of National Grand Lodge Of The Czechoslovakian Republic , with headquarters in Prague and approximately 1,200 members in 25 lodges.
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.Conspiracy theorists have long associated Freemasonry with the New World Order and the Illuminati, and state that Freemasonry as an organisation is either bent on world domination or already secretly in control of world politics.^ Even these men gave a new interpretation to Freemasonry in their minds: for them, it became an association of men around great ideas.
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^ Freemasonry, as a body, will never express a view on politics or state policy.
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^ By 1789 the mystical Masonry of the New World succumbed to the occult one-world vision of the Weishaupht Illuminati, the guardians of the Ancient Mysteries of Nimrod.
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Historically, Freemasonry has attracted criticism – and suppression – from both the politically extreme right (e.g. Nazi Germany)[84][85] and the extreme left (e.g. the former Communist states in Eastern Europe).[65] .The Fraternity has encountered both applause for supposedly founding, and opposition for supposedly thwarting, liberal democracy (such as the United States of America).^ Ballington was in charge of the Salvation Army in Australia from 1885-87 and in the United States from 1887 to 1896 when he withdrew from the army after disagreement with his father on the method of operation in America.
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^ A 33 AASR (SJ), he holds active and honorary memberships in practically every Masonic organization known both in the United States and abroad.
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^ So convinced was Adams of the devilish and negative effects of Freemasonry in the affairs of men that the former President of the United States helped to found the Anti-Mason Political Party.
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.Even in modern democracies, Freemasonry is sometimes viewed with distrust.^ I found one which only confirmed my views and made me even more aware of the true nature of Freemasonry.
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[86] .In the UK, Masons working in the justice system, such as judges and police officers, were from 1999 to 2009 required to disclose their membership.^ UK to compell Masonic Judges to reveal Lodge Membership .
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^ The lodges are linked together informally by a system of mutual recognition between lodges that meet the Masonic requirements.

^ [The 33rd degree is an honorary degree bestowed upon especially worthy masons who have accomplished outstanding work in such fields as religion and politics.

[87] .While a parliamentary inquiry found that there has been no evidence of wrongdoing, it was felt that any potential loyalties Masons might have, based on their vows to support fellow Masons, should be transparent to the public.^ Why are there no Lady Masons?
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^ The Rev William Colin Davies of Whitchurch, Cardiff, requested through his lawyer that there should be no member of the Brotherhood on the tribunal, which was agreed.
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^ I thought no Mason spoke for any other Mason or Lodge, and that there was no central or unified authority Perhaps I missed something here.

[86][87][88] .The policy of requiring a declaration of masonic membership of applicants for judicial office (judges and magistrates) was ended in 2009 by Justice Secretary Jack Straw, (who had initiated the requirement in the 1990s).^ It is generally thought that Smith, who did so much to further the interests of Poulson (himself known to have exploited his masonic membership at every opportunity), was also a member of the Brotherhood.
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^ T he basic official Party position is reflected in the required declaration, made upon one's honour upon the acceptance of any application for Party membership, that the applicant is not, and has never been, a member of a Masonic lodge.
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^ David Northmore London WC2 When I was a Labour councillor in Greenwich in the eighties, we adopted a policy of councillors declaring membership of masonic lodges and other associations in the register of members' interests.
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.Straw stated that the rule was considered disproportionate, since no impropriety or malpractice had been shown as a result of judges being Freemasons.^ Their claims to have had no such intention have so far only resulted in preventing any light from being shed on the true meaning of Freemasonry.
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^ Most commonly, the freemasons I spoke to considered it to be a protestant movement with some of those freemasons also being members of the orange lodge.
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^ At one stage Catholics were banned from being Freemasons, but the two are no longer seen as incompatible providing Catholics belong to a British branch of the Masons.
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[89]. The rescinding of the rule did not change the disclosure requirements for Police officers.
.Freemasonry is both successful and controversial in France; membership is rising, but reporting in the popular media is often negative.^ After the Revolution, he settled in Wilmington, Del., and was both popular and successful as a physician.
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^ T he founders of the Jewish lodge had made themselves secure in both main currents of Freemasonry, the Grand Orient of France and the Grand Lodge of England.
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^ The chief organization which in France secured the success of Freemasonry was the famous "League of instruction" founded in 1867 by Bro.
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[86]
.In some countries anti-Masonry is often related to anti-Semitism and anti-Zionism.^ Hence the real "secrets" of Masonry, if such there be, could only be political or anti-religious conspiracies like the plots of the Grand Lodges in Latin countries.
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^ I've done enough reading to believe that, historically, there was some overlap between Masonry & anti-Papism, particularly in the American Midwest.
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^ It has not been contradicted by a single Grand Lodge in any country, nor did the German and other Grand Lodges break off their relations with it on account of it shameful political and anti-religious activity.
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For example, In 1980, the Iraqi legal and penal code was changed by Saddam Hussein's ruling Ba'ath Party, making it a felony to "promote or acclaim Zionist principles, including Freemasonry, or who associate [themselves] with Zionist organisations."[90] Professor Andrew Prescott, of the University of Sheffield, writes: "Since at least the time of the Protocols of the Elders of Zion, anti-semitism has gone hand in hand with anti-masonry, so it is not surprising that allegations that 11 September was a Zionist plot have been accompanied by suggestions that the attacks were inspired by a masonic world order."[91]

The Holocaust

The preserved records of the Reichssicherheitshauptamt (the Reich Security Main Office) show the persecution of Freemasons.[92] .RSHA Amt VII (Written Records) was overseen by Professor Franz Six and was responsible for "ideological" tasks, by which was meant the creation of anti-Semitic and anti-Masonic propaganda.^ Masonic ideological objectives were also equally determinative, however, and were brought to the forefront of Allied propaganda with the slogan of liberating the Folks under monarchical leadership.
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.While the number is not accurately known, it is estimated that between 80,000 and 200,000 Freemasons were killed under the Nazi regime.^ Around 200,000 Freemasons were exterminated in Nazi Germany.
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^ There are 300,000 freemasons in England and Wales, although the number of councillors who belong to the organisation remains unknown.
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^ Under the United Grand Lodge of England , there are approximately 330,000 Freemasons.
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Masonic concentration camp inmates were graded as political prisoners and wore an inverted red triangle.[93]
.The small blue forget-me-not flower was first used by the Grand Lodge Zur Sonne, in 1926, as a Masonic emblem at the annual convention in Bremen, Germany.^ The first three steps are the Blue Lodge.
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^ S ymbolic Grand lodges of Germany .
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^ The first word which Hiram spoke was the replacement for the Grand Masonic Word, which is traditionally given to a Master Mason during his initiation.
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.In 1938 the forget-me-not badge – made by the same factory as the Masonic badge – was chosen for the annual Nazi Party Winterhilfswerk, a Nazi charitable organisation which collected money so that other state funds could be freed up and used for rearmament.^ At the same time, the collections taken up for his widow and children showed the power of the Masonic capital standing behind these efforts: the sums contributed amounted to over one million francs.
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^ Nobody even seems to agree on what the Holy Grail is: some say it is the cup used by Jesus at the Last Supper; others that it was used to collect his blood at the crucifixion.
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^ An example is the following text from the Masonic Text Book for use in the Lodges of West Virginia shows how Masons still look up to Albert Pike.
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.This coincidence enabled Freemasons to wear the forget-me-not badge as a secret sign of membership.^ However, this secret is lost to the freemason himself when he requests membership and participates in the rituals of initiation.
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[94][95][96]
.After World War II, the forget-me-not[97] flower was again used as a Masonic emblem at the first Annual Convention of the United Grand Lodges of Germany in 1948. The badge is now worn in the coat lapel by Freemasons around the world to remember all those that have suffered in the name of Freemasonry, especially those during the Nazi era.^ Famous Freemasons from around the world .
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^ It was during his grandmastership that the name was changed from the "English Grand Lodge of France" to the Grand Lodge of France.
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^ Around 200,000 Freemasons were exterminated in Nazi Germany.
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Humanum genus
by Pope Leo XIII
←Indexes: Catholic Church Encyclicals
Given at St. Peter's, Rome on the 20st April, 1884. Translated by the Vatican.
HUMANUM GENUS
ENCYCLICAL OF POPE LEO XIII
ON FREEMASONRY

To the Patriarchs, Primates, Archbishops, and
Bishops of the Catholic World in Grace and
Communion with the Apostolic See.
.The race of man, after its miserable fall from God, the Creator and the Giver of heavenly gifts, "through the envy of the devil," separated into two diverse and opposite parts, of which the one steadfastly contends for truth and virtue, the other of those things which are contrary to virtue and to truth.^ I believe God created man from dust.
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^ I believe God created man.
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^ 'There were two other things that happened.
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.The one is the kingdom of God on earth, namely, the true Church of Jesus Christ; and those who desire from their heart to be united with it, so as to gain salvation, must of necessity serve God and His only-begotten Son with their whole mind and with an entire will.^ When he was living on earth as a man, the only begotten Son of the Father, he was God incarnate, truly God and truly man.
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^ Only one God who we worship and who makes our salvation possible through Jesus.
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^ I believe that those who believe in Jesus (the one in the Bible) will be saved.
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.The other is the kingdom of Satan, in whose possession and control are all whosoever follow the fatal example of their leader and of our first parents, those who refuse to obey the divine and eternal law, and who have many aims of their own in contempt of God, and many aims also against God.^ Those that refuse will join with Satan.
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^ God’s laws are eternal.
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^ The Celestial is the highest, where God and the ones who followed his law reside.
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2. This twofold kingdom St. Augustine keenly discerned and described after the manner of two cities, contrary in their laws because striving for contrary objects; and with a subtle brevity he expressed the efficient cause of each in these words: "Two loves formed two cities: the love of self, reaching even to contempt of God, an earthly city; and the love of God, reaching to contempt of self, a heavenly one."(1) .At every period of time each has been in conflict with the other, with a variety and multiplicity of weapons and of warfare, although not always with equal ardour and assault.^ I respect the things that others believe and always wonder why it is people spend so much time and energy trying to disprove something that others hold dear.
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^ In other words, the biblical God is reduced to the level of all the other gods and at the same time rendered as equal with the false gods of those religions.
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^ Freemasons also promise to support others in time of need but only so far as it does not conflict with their family and public obligations.
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.At this period, however, the partisans of evil seems to be combining together, and to be struggling with united vehemence, led on or assisted by that strongly organized and widespread association called the Freemasons.^ Leo XIII said; "Today evil doers all seem allied in a tremendous effort inspired by and with the help of a society powerfully organized and widely spread over the world, it is the Society of Freemasons.
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^ I n addition, there was the group, which united 6 grand lodges, of the so called Humanitarian Grand Lodges , which granted only the 3 degrees of the John Lodges, but which also recognised a type of higher degree in the Close Associations .
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^ In 1884, Pope Leo XIII said there is a battle raging between "the kingdom of God" and the "kingdom of Satan," and that "partisans of evil...led on or assisted by...Freemasons" are "boldly rising up against God Himself."
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.No longer making any secret of their purposes, they are now boldly rising up against God Himself.^ No longer a ‘secret society’ freemasonry is now an amiable ‘society with secrets’.
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^ "Ancients" (they are now Kent Lodge No.
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^ Yet, despite all this, there have been no firm moves to make Members of the House of Commons and House of Lords disclose whether they are Freemasons.
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.They are planning the destruction of holy Church publicly and openly, and this with the set purpose of utterly despoiling the nations of Christendom, if it were possible, of the blessings obtained for us through Jesus Christ our Saviour.^ Yet they all think of Jesus Christ as a holy man.
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^ The Bible distinctly teaches that salvation only comes through the person of Jesus Christ.
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^ Jesus Christ is the only mediator between God and man, and "no one comes to the father except through" Him.
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.Lamenting these evils, We are constrained by the charity which urges Our heart to cry out often to God: "For lo, Thy enemies have made a noise; and they that hate Thee have lifted up the head.^ There are many superstitious beliefs concerning these, they think they’ll protect them from evil and have even been known to stop bullets.
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^ O Thou, who didst aforetime appear unto thy servant Moses in a flame of fire out of the midst of a bush, enkindle, we beseech thee, in each of our hearts, a flame of devotion to thee, of love to each other, and of charity to all mankind!
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^ Under the pressure of the racial struggle against Freemasonry, however, they made admittance dependent upon membership in a Christian church (with a heavy heart).
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They have taken a malicious counsel against Thy people, and they have consulted against Thy saints. .They have said, 'come, and let us destroy them, so that they be not a nation.'^ Let us weep over our legions which they have seduced.
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^ What is wrong with singing joy to the world the Lord has come with the rest of us I said.
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^ The Pearl of Great Price states in the Book of Abraham, “And they (the gods) said: let there be light and there was light.
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(2)
.3. At so urgent a crisis, when so fierce and so pressing an onslaught is made upon the Christian name, it is Our office to point out the danger, to mark who are the adversaries, and to the best of Our power to make head against their plans and devices, that those may not perish whose salvation is committed to Us, and that the kingdom of Jesus Christ entrusted to Our charge may not stand and remain whole, but may be enlarged by an ever-increasing growth throughout the world.^ Now let us make our escape out of the country.
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^ In the name of Jesus Christ I pray for the healing of .
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^ In the name of Jesus Christ, I pray for the healing of .
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.4. The Roman Pontiffs Our predecessors, in their incessant watchfulness over the safety of the Christian people, were prompt in detecting the presence and the purpose of this capital enemy immediately it sprang into the light instead of hiding as a dark conspiracy; and , moreover, they took occasion with true foresight to give, as it were on their guard, and not allow themselves to be caught by the devices and snares laid out to deceive them.^ When the Knights Templar were forced into hiding by a three pronged enemy (the Catholic Church, the King of France and The Hospitallers), they were hunted mercilessly.

^ And there’s little things about catholics and christians that people dont seem to mind, because it gives them convience.
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^ The party immediately return to the Grand Council, two of them carrying the Ark, where they present themselves in the same manner as before, and the High Priest directs them to come forward and give an account of their labors.
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.5. The first warning of the danger was given by Clement XII in the year 1738,(3) and his constitution was confirmed and renewed by Benedict XIV(4) Pius VII followed the same path;(5) and Leo XII, by his apostolic constitution, Quo Graviora,(6) put together the acts and decrees of former Pontiffs on this subject, and ratified and confirmed them forever.^ They have been together for 59 years in their act.
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^ This Masonry peril was denounced for the first time by Pope Clement XII in 1738, and the Constitution promulgated by that Pope was renewed and confirmed by Benedict XIV; Pius VII followed in the footsteps of those Pontiffs, and Pope Leo XII including in his Apostolical Constitution ' Quo Graviora ' ( called them Macons ) all the deeds and decrees of the preceding Popes on that subject, ratified and confirmed them for ever.
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^ T he first action was taken in 1737 by the Inquisition, and was legally confirmed by the Papal Bull of 28th April, 1738, against Freemasonry, IN EMINENTI , by Pope Clement XII. It condemned the association of Freemasons and their secret meetings under punishment of immediate excommunication.
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In the same sense spoke Pius VIII,(7) Gregory XVI,(8) and, many times over, Pius IX.(9)
.6. For as soon as the constitution and the spirit of the masonic sect were clearly discovered by manifest signs of its actions, by the investigation of its causes, by publication of its laws, and of its rites and commentaries, with the addition often of the personal testimony of those who were in the secret, this apostolic see denounced the sect of the Freemasons, and publicly declared its constitution, as contrary to law and right, to be pernicious no less to Christiandom than to the State; and it forbade any one to enter the society, under the penalties which the Church is wont to inflict upon exceptionally guilty persons.^ He was one of those who withdrew from the lodge in 1782 and constituted St. James Lodge No.
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^ No one know what is right and no one knows what is the right path.
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^ Everyone who enters Freemasonry is, at the outset, strictly forbidden to countenance any act which may have a tendency to subvert the peace and good order of society; he must pay due obedience to the law of any state in which he resides or which may afford him protection, and he must never be remiss in the allegiance due to the Sovereign of his native land.
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.The sectaries, indignant at this, thinking to elude or to weaken the force of these decrees, partly by contempt of them, and partly by calumny, accused the sovereign Pontiffs who had passed them either of exceeding the bounds of moderation in their decrees or of decreeing what was not just.^ Those who think Mormonism is strange (especially while other religions are not) are either hypocritical or ignorant.
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.This was the manner in which they endeavoured to elude the authority and the weight of the apostolic constitutions of Clement XII and Benedict XIV, as well as of Pius VII and Pius IX.(10) Yet, in the very society itself, there were to be found men who unwillingly acknowledged that the Roman Pontiffs had acted within their right, according to the Catholic doctrine and discipline.^ There may be persons amongst these, and not a few, who, although not free from the guilt of having entangled themselves in such associations, yet are neither themselves partners in their criminal acts nor aware of the ultimate object which these associations are endeavouring to attain.
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^ Abbe Cordier French Catholic clergyman, who in spite of threats from the Roman hierarchy, was aprominent member of the Lodge of the Nine Sisters in Paris, France.
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^ The "Voice" (Chicago), for instance, in an article which begins: "There is nothing in the Catholic religion which is adverse to Masonry", continues, for the truth is, that masonry embodies that religion in which all men agree.
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.The Pontiffs received the same assent, and in strong terms, from many princes and heads of governments, who made it their business either to delate the masonic society to the apostolic see, or of their own accord by special enactments to brand it as pernicious, as, for example, in Holland, Austria, Switzerland, Spain, Bavaria, Savoy, and other parts of Italy.^ As we can see from the above excerpts from the novel, a central and important part of all of the initiation rituals within the Masons involve fiercely guarding the secrets within, on pain of death.
  • Masonic Secrets & Female Freemasons 6 February 2010 11:20 UTC www.masonic-secrets.com [Source type: Original source]

^ He learns about an 'allegorical' figure head, hiram abiff, who died while protecting the secrets of the order and who's behaviour is supposed to serve as an example of a fine master mason.
  • Freemasons - The silent destroyers. Deist religious cult based on the Knights Templar - Initiation rituals like those of witchcraft 6 February 2010 11:20 UTC www.bilderberg.org [Source type: Original source]

^ In answering this to an inquirer, Davis wrote, in part: "(I) regard the fraternity with respect and have never felt any disapproval of it other than that which pertains to every secret society.
  • 10,000 Famous Freemasons By William R. Denslow - Volume 1 "A-D" 11 January 2010 8:40 UTC www.phoenixmasonry.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

7. But, what is of highest importance, the course of events has demonstrated the prudence of Our predecessors. .For their provident and paternal solicitude had not always and every where the result desired; and this, either because of the simulation and cunning of some who were active agents in the mischief, or else of the thoughtless levity of the rest who ought, in their own interest, to have given to the matter their diligent attention.^ It is generally thought that Smith, who did so much to further the interests of Poulson (himself known to have exploited his masonic membership at every opportunity), was also a member of the Brotherhood.
  • Freemasons - The silent destroyers. Deist religious cult based on the Knights Templar - Initiation rituals like those of witchcraft 6 February 2010 11:20 UTC www.bilderberg.org [Source type: Original source]

^ I therefore wish to dissociate myself from all those who desire to use criticism of Masonry for their own ends.
  • Freemasons - The silent destroyers. Deist religious cult based on the Knights Templar - Initiation rituals like those of witchcraft 6 February 2010 11:20 UTC www.bilderberg.org [Source type: Original source]

^ Actively interested in peach and apple culture, owning orchards and cold storage facilities.
  • 10,000 Famous Freemasons By William R. Denslow - Volume 1 "A-D" 11 January 2010 8:40 UTC www.phoenixmasonry.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.In consequence, the sect of Freemasons grew with a rapidity beyond conception in the course of a century and a half, until it came to be able, by means of fraud or of audacity, to gain such entrance into every rank of the State as to seem to be almost its ruling power.^ Almost every signer was from a different lodge and some 15 or more states were represented.
  • Local History Files: 33: Freemasons 6 February 2010 11:20 UTC www.lkwdpl.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ However the way it’s stated makes it seems as if the church will hunt you down and badger you until you pay it.
  • Top 10 Bizarre Mormon Beliefs - Listverse 12 January 2010 5:23 UTC listverse.com [Source type: Original source]

^ It was not until Cooke was safely back in the states that it came to light he was a mere medical quack who advertised his wares.
  • 10,000 Famous Freemasons By William R. Denslow - Volume 1 "A-D" 11 January 2010 8:40 UTC www.phoenixmasonry.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.This swift and formidable advance has brought upon the Church, upon the power of princes, upon the public well-being, precisely that grievous harm which Our predecessors had long before foreseen.^ A sermon delivered in New-Marlborough; on the first day of the year of our Lord, 1796; before the Free and Accepted Masons of the Cincinnatus Lodge: it being the day of their .

^ Masonic doctrine was well established long before Joseph Smith had ‘revelation’ are we to believe that in his ‘visions’ he was told that in fact the true meaning of such doctrine and the meaning of the signs and symbols had to be changed to fit with the Church he was told to establish?
  • Top 10 Bizarre Mormon Beliefs - Listverse 12 January 2010 5:23 UTC listverse.com [Source type: Original source]

^ The furore led to a debate in the Church Assembly and it began to look as if the whole subject of Freemasonry in the Church might be brought before the Convocation of Canterbury.
  • Freemasons - The silent destroyers. Deist religious cult based on the Knights Templar - Initiation rituals like those of witchcraft 6 February 2010 11:20 UTC www.bilderberg.org [Source type: Original source]

.Such a condition has been reached that henceforth there will be grave reason to fear, not indeed for the Church - for her foundation is much too firm to be overturned by the effort of men - but for those States in which prevails the power, either of the sect of which we are speaking or of other sects not dissimilar which lend themselves to it as disciples and subordinates.^ Then the Canon Law promulgated in 1917 provided in Canon 2335 that 'ipso facto excommunication' is incurred by 'those who enrol in the masonic sect or in other associations of the same sort which plot against the Church or the legitimate civil authorities'.
  • Freemasons - The silent destroyers. Deist religious cult based on the Knights Templar - Initiation rituals like those of witchcraft 6 February 2010 11:20 UTC www.bilderberg.org [Source type: Original source]

^ "In Germany as in the United States and Great Britain those who have been leaders of men in intellectual , moral and social life, have been Freemasons.
  • CATHOLIC ENCYCLOPEDIA: Masonry (Freemasonry) 6 February 2010 11:20 UTC www.newadvent.org [Source type: Original source]

^ Thinkers felt drawn to all those who, on the other side of the border of their own small German States, held the same views regarding the need to free themselves from the dogma of the churches, and who were sick of doctrinal disputes.
  • Dieter Schwarz - Freemasonry Ideology, Organisation, And Policy 27 January 2010 23:54 UTC der-stuermer.org [Source type: Original source]

.8. For these reasons We no sooner came to the helm of the Church than We clearly saw and felt it to be Our duty to use Our authority to the very utmost against so vast an evil.^ One reason for the unusual frequency of these papal condemnations is that Freemasonry has always had sympathizers, even members, clerical as well as lay, in the Roman Catholic Church.
  • Freemasons - The silent destroyers. Deist religious cult based on the Knights Templar - Initiation rituals like those of witchcraft 6 February 2010 11:20 UTC www.bilderberg.org [Source type: Original source]

^ These had no tribal lands other than certain cities, so they needed this special support.
  • Top 10 Bizarre Mormon Beliefs - Listverse 12 January 2010 5:23 UTC listverse.com [Source type: Original source]

^ 'There is no defence against an evil which only the victims and the perpetrators know exists.'
  • Freemasons - The silent destroyers. Deist religious cult based on the Knights Templar - Initiation rituals like those of witchcraft 6 February 2010 11:20 UTC www.bilderberg.org [Source type: Original source]

.We have several times already, as occasion served, attacked certain chief points of teaching which showed in a special manner the perverse influence of Masonic opinions.^ Has served many times as orator for Masonic events.
  • 10,000 Famous Freemasons By William R. Denslow - Volume 1 "A-D" 11 January 2010 8:40 UTC www.phoenixmasonry.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Delegates from the member grand lodges met at 3 year intervals at International Masonic Association congresses, which served to combine the forces of the member grand lodges in a powerful manner, especially in politics.
  • Dieter Schwarz - Freemasonry Ideology, Organisation, And Policy 27 January 2010 23:54 UTC der-stuermer.org [Source type: Original source]

^ Both points of the compasses are elevated above the square, which is to teach you never to lose sight of those truly Masonic virtues, which are friendship, morality, and brotherly love.
  • Duncan's Masonic Ritual and Monitor: Master Mason, or Third Degree 17 September 2009 0:24 UTC www.sacred-texts.com [Source type: Original source]

.Thus, in Our encyclical letter, Quod Apostolici Muneris, We endeavoured to refute the monstrous doctrines of the socialists and communists; afterwards, in another beginning "Arcanum," We took pains to defend and explain the true and genuine idea of domestic life, of which marriage is the spring and origin; and again, in that which begins Diuturnum,"(11) We described the ideal of political government conformed to the principles of Christian wisdom, which is marvellously in harmony, on the one hand, with the natural order of things, and, in the other, with the well-being of both sovereign princes and of nations.^ The ultimate purpose of Freemasonry is "the overthrow of the whole religious, political, and social order based on Christian institutions and the establishment of a new state of things according to their own ideas and based in its principles and laws on pure Naturalism ."
  • CATHOLIC ENCYCLOPEDIA: Masonry (Freemasonry) 6 February 2010 11:20 UTC www.newadvent.org [Source type: Original source]

^ The first thing that gets aborted in the life of a real man and father is Me Me Me in order to make room for the the things you always wanted but could not get by yourself.
  • Top 10 Bizarre Mormon Beliefs - Listverse 12 January 2010 5:23 UTC listverse.com [Source type: Original source]

^ The court concluded that "chief" Masonic principles include "the reverence of a Supreme Being and the embrace of other forms of religious worship."..

It is now Our intention, following the example of Our predecessors, directly to treat of the masonic society itself, of its whole teaching, of its aims, and of its manner of thinking and acting, in order to bring more and more into the light its power for evil, and to do what We can to arrest the contagion of this fatal plague.
.9. There are several organized bodies which, though differing in name, in ceremonial, in form and origin, are nevertheless so bound together by community of purpose and by the similarity of their main opinions, as to make in fact one thing with the sect of the Freemasons, which is a kind of center whence they all go forth, and whither they all return.^ Leo XIII (1884) says: "There are various sects , which although differing in name, rite , form, and origin, are nevertheless so united by community of purposes and by similarity of their main principles as to be really one with the Masonic sect , which is a kind of centre, whence they all proceed and whither they all return."
  • CATHOLIC ENCYCLOPEDIA: Masonry (Freemasonry) 6 February 2010 11:20 UTC www.newadvent.org [Source type: Original source]

^ It is name in form, but different in its meaning.
  • Christians Beware - of Freemasonry 6 February 2010 11:20 UTC bibleprobe.com [Source type: Original source]

^ Above all else there is one thing in my life I’ve wanted to do.
  • Top 10 Bizarre Mormon Beliefs - Listverse 12 January 2010 5:23 UTC listverse.com [Source type: Original source]

.Now, these no longer show a desire to remain concealed; for they hold their meetings in the daylight and before the public eye, and publish their own newspaper organs; and yet, when thoroughly understood, they are found still to retain the nature and the habits of secret societies.^ No longer a ‘secret society’ freemasonry is now an amiable ‘society with secrets’.
  • Freemasons - The silent destroyers. Deist religious cult based on the Knights Templar - Initiation rituals like those of witchcraft 6 February 2010 11:20 UTC www.bilderberg.org [Source type: Original source]

^ Headed book-printing firm of Childs & Peterson and owned the Public Ledger, Philadelphia newspaper, which was quite prosperous.
  • 10,000 Famous Freemasons By William R. Denslow - Volume 1 "A-D" 11 January 2010 8:40 UTC www.phoenixmasonry.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ These had no tribal lands other than certain cities, so they needed this special support.
  • Top 10 Bizarre Mormon Beliefs - Listverse 12 January 2010 5:23 UTC listverse.com [Source type: Original source]

.There are many things like mysteries which it is the fixed rule to hide with extreme care, not only from strangers, but from very many members, also; such as their secret and final designs, the names of the chief leaders, and certain secret and inner meetings, as well as their decisions, and the ways and means of carrying them out.^ AND yet it is, according to your D&C practiced after life (which breaks down by the way to mean that only men will become Gods and the women will continue to be one of their many wives).
  • Top 10 Bizarre Mormon Beliefs - Listverse 12 January 2010 5:23 UTC listverse.com [Source type: Original source]

^ You are fully aware that there is a National Register of members and like any other Association this is mainly kept private.
  • Freemasons - The silent destroyers. Deist religious cult based on the Knights Templar - Initiation rituals like those of witchcraft 6 February 2010 11:20 UTC www.bilderberg.org [Source type: Original source]

^ At meetings, Shriners utter things like: "And, with the Koran on the altar, we sealed our solemn oath in the name of Allah, the God of Arab, Moslem and Mohammedan, the God of our fathers."
  • Christians Beware - of Freemasonry 6 February 2010 11:20 UTC bibleprobe.com [Source type: Original source]

.This is, no doubt, the object of the manifold difference among the members as to right, office, and privilege, of the received distinction of orders and grades, and of that severe discipline which is maintained.^ He also asked First Minister Jack McConnell to explain the reasons for the 100-year order but received 'no substantial answer'.
  • Freemasons - The silent destroyers. Deist religious cult based on the Knights Templar - Initiation rituals like those of witchcraft 6 February 2010 11:20 UTC www.bilderberg.org [Source type: Original source]

^ And the Grand Lodge also told Parliament that it had no means of identifying members who hold judicial office.
  • Freemasons - The silent destroyers. Deist religious cult based on the Knights Templar - Initiation rituals like those of witchcraft 6 February 2010 11:20 UTC www.bilderberg.org [Source type: Original source]

^ All Christians should be striving toward this goal to become more like Christ and members of the LDS church are no different.
  • Top 10 Bizarre Mormon Beliefs - Listverse 12 January 2010 5:23 UTC listverse.com [Source type: Original source]

.Candidates are generally commanded to promise - nay, with a special oath, to swear - that they will never, to any person, at any time or in any way, make known the members, the passes, or the subjects discussed.^ They then pass round the third time as before, when the candidates again kneel.
  • Duncan's Masonic Ritual and Monitor: Royal Arch, or Seventh Degree 17 September 2009 0:24 UTC www.sacred-texts.com [Source type: Original source]

^ These oaths and pledges will in time act upon your conscience in such the same way as a Christian who has knowingly taken the mark of the beast.
  • Christians Beware - of Freemasonry 6 February 2010 11:20 UTC bibleprobe.com [Source type: Original source]

^ It is generally thought that Smith, who did so much to further the interests of Poulson (himself known to have exploited his masonic membership at every opportunity), was also a member of the Brotherhood.
  • Freemasons - The silent destroyers. Deist religious cult based on the Knights Templar - Initiation rituals like those of witchcraft 6 February 2010 11:20 UTC www.bilderberg.org [Source type: Original source]

.Thus, with a fraudulent external appearance, and with a style of simulation which is always the same, the Freemasons, like the Manichees of old, strive, as far as possible, to conceal themselves, and to admit no witnesses but their own members.^ He was admitted a member of Jackson Lodge No.
  • 10,000 Famous Freemasons By William R. Denslow - Volume 1 "A-D" 11 January 2010 8:40 UTC www.phoenixmasonry.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ He was admitted a member of Amity Lodge No.
  • 10,000 Famous Freemasons By William R. Denslow - Volume 1 "A-D" 11 January 2010 8:40 UTC www.phoenixmasonry.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ He was admitted a member of Harmony Lodge No.
  • 10,000 Famous Freemasons By William R. Denslow - Volume 1 "A-D" 11 January 2010 8:40 UTC www.phoenixmasonry.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.As a convenient manner of concealment, they assume the character of literary men and scholars associated for purposes of learning.^ The highest purposes of the association are: nobility of humanity, human education and friendship to men, and a sense of world citizenship.
  • Dieter Schwarz - Freemasonry Ideology, Organisation, And Policy 27 January 2010 23:54 UTC der-stuermer.org [Source type: Original source]

.They speak of their zeal for a more cultured refinement, and of their love for the poor; and they declare their one wish to be the amelioration of the condition of the masses, and to share with the largest possible number all the benefits of civil life.^ All that was left was to come up with a name, of which Small states: "The landlord had said if the track got to number one, he'd give us free drinks for life - we immediately shook on it so it seemed only fair to name ourselves after the pub."
  • Freemasons Discography at Discogs 6 February 2010 11:20 UTC www.discogs.com [Source type: General]

^ If I did not do this, I was told that they would all resign, and one person warned me that I might become" a Vicar without a Parish".
  • Freemasons - The silent destroyers. Deist religious cult based on the Knights Templar - Initiation rituals like those of witchcraft 6 February 2010 11:20 UTC www.bilderberg.org [Source type: Original source]

^ As we know, the dabbling in the occult, black magic and spiritism are all very good ways of inviting demons into ones life.
  • Christians Beware - of Freemasonry 6 February 2010 11:20 UTC bibleprobe.com [Source type: Original source]

.Were these purposes aimed at in real truth, they are by no means the whole of their object.^ These had no tribal lands other than certain cities, so they needed this special support.
  • Top 10 Bizarre Mormon Beliefs - Listverse 12 January 2010 5:23 UTC listverse.com [Source type: Original source]

^ It allows Freemasonry to conceal its real purposes from the profane and even from those among the initiated, who are unable to appreciate those aims, as Masonry intends.
  • CATHOLIC ENCYCLOPEDIA: Masonry (Freemasonry) 6 February 2010 11:20 UTC www.newadvent.org [Source type: Original source]

^ From the very beginning new candidates are lied to as to what the symbols mean and who they are really serving (Lucifer).
  • Christians Beware - of Freemasonry 6 February 2010 11:20 UTC bibleprobe.com [Source type: Original source]

.Moreover, to be enrolled, it is necessary that the candidates promise and undertake to be thenceforward strictly obedient to their leaders and masters with the utmost submission and fidelity, and to be in readiness to do their bidding upon the slightest expression of their will; or, if disobedient, to submit to the direst penalties and death itself.^ The ceremony of exalting companions to this Degree, is a recapitulation of the adventures of these three Most Excellent Masters, and hence it is that three candidates are necessary for an initiation.
  • Duncan's Masonic Ritual and Monitor: Royal Arch, or Seventh Degree 17 September 2009 0:24 UTC www.sacred-texts.com [Source type: Original source]

^ Every Candidate is required to take his obligation on that book or on the Volume which is held by his particular creed to impart sanctity to an oath or promise taken upon it.
  • Masonic Secrets & Female Freemasons 6 February 2010 11:20 UTC www.masonic-secrets.com [Source type: Original source]

^ After answering a series of questions, the new candidate then takes a series of blood oaths and promises not to reveal the secrets of Freemasonry that he will learn -- upon having his throat cut from ear to ear.
  • Christians Beware - of Freemasonry 6 February 2010 11:20 UTC bibleprobe.com [Source type: Original source]

.As a fact, if any are judged to have betrayed the doings of the sect or to have resisted commands given, punishment is inflicted on them not infrequently, and with so much audacity and dexterity that the assassin very often escapes the detection and penalty of his crime.^ Sadly, I think the commandments are often misunderstood and viewed as punishment or restriction, when really the commandments help us to learn and like Ashlee said, become more like Christ.
  • Top 10 Bizarre Mormon Beliefs - Listverse 12 January 2010 5:23 UTC listverse.com [Source type: Original source]

.10. But to simulate and wish to lie hid; to bind men like slaves in the very tightest bonds, and without giving any sufficient reason; to make use of men enslaved to the will of another for any arbitrary act ; to arm men's right hands for bloodshed after securing impunity for the crime - all this is an enormity from which nature recoils.^ Just a sinner by nature like all.
  • Top 10 Bizarre Mormon Beliefs - Listverse 12 January 2010 5:23 UTC listverse.com [Source type: Original source]

^ We wish it to be your rule first of all to tear away the mask from Freemasonry, and to let it be seen as it really is; and by sermons and pastoral letters to instruct the people as to the artifices used by societies of this kind in seducing men and enticing them into their ranks, and as to the depravity of their opinions and the wickedness of their acts.
  • Christians Beware - of Freemasonry 6 February 2010 11:20 UTC bibleprobe.com [Source type: Original source]

^ That is the way of the world unfortunately, and is the reason why I’m skeptical of all religious dogma, and a straight out disbeliever in the phony “miracles” performed by con men.
  • Top 10 Bizarre Mormon Beliefs - Listverse 12 January 2010 5:23 UTC listverse.com [Source type: Original source]

.Wherefore, reason and truth itself make it plain that the society of which we are speaking is in antagonism with justice and natural uprightness.^ Now, the fundamental doctrine of the Naturalists, which they sufficiently make known by their very name, is that human nature and human reason ought in all things to be mistress and guide.
  • Christians Beware - of Freemasonry 6 February 2010 11:20 UTC bibleprobe.com [Source type: Original source]

.And this becomes still plainer, inasmuch as other arguments, also, and those very manifest, prove that it is essentially opposed to natural virtue.^ Still, the Ancient Charges if read would be a very interesting experience for all its hearers and ought to become the invariable custom.
  • Freemasons - The silent destroyers. Deist religious cult based on the Knights Templar - Initiation rituals like those of witchcraft 6 February 2010 11:20 UTC www.bilderberg.org [Source type: Original source]

^ If our very nature as a human changes after the resurrection, then my argument is null and void.
  • Top 10 Bizarre Mormon Beliefs - Listverse 12 January 2010 5:23 UTC listverse.com [Source type: Original source]

^ Whereas, in the early years of the Lodge, the symbols that were introduced revealed truth, in the present, those very same symbols and hundreds of others are used to mislead the candidate.
  • Freemasons - The silent destroyers. Deist religious cult based on the Knights Templar - Initiation rituals like those of witchcraft 6 February 2010 11:20 UTC www.bilderberg.org [Source type: Original source]

.For, no matter how great may be men's cleverness in concealing and their experience in lying, it is impossible to prevent the effects of any cause from showing, in some way, the intrinsic nature of the cause whence they come.^ I am not perfect and know that I cannot be perfect no matter how hard I try while I am on Earth.
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^ And at least in some small way, we may momentarily forget who we were when we entered the Holy of Holies and realize who we really are.

^ The educational image of building the Temple is, for the most part, understood by all Freemasons in the same manner, no matter how different the working methods of individual Masonic groups may be.
  • Dieter Schwarz - Freemasonry Ideology, Organisation, And Policy 27 January 2010 23:54 UTC der-stuermer.org [Source type: Original source]

."A good tree cannot produce bad fruit, nor a bad tree produce good fruit."^ The suggestion of death is imitative and opposite of the serpents promise to Eve that she would not die the death if she tasted the fruit of the tree of knowledge of good and evil.
  • Freemasons - The silent destroyers. Deist religious cult based on the Knights Templar - Initiation rituals like those of witchcraft 6 February 2010 11:20 UTC www.bilderberg.org [Source type: Original source]

^ Viewing Freemasonry from a distance, and judging the tree by its fruits, I have believed it to be in itself good.
  • 10,000 Famous Freemasons By William R. Denslow - Volume 1 "A-D" 11 January 2010 8:40 UTC www.phoenixmasonry.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Matthew 12:33 (King James Version) 33Either make the tree good, and his fruit good; or else make the tree corrupt, and his fruit corrupt: for the tree is known by his fruit.
  • Top 10 Bizarre Mormon Beliefs - Listverse 12 January 2010 5:23 UTC listverse.com [Source type: Original source]

(12) Now, the masonic sect produces fruits that are pernicious and of the bitterest savour. .For, from what We have above most clearly shown, that which is their ultimate purpose forces itself into view - namely, the utter overthrow of that whole religious and political order of the world which the Christian teaching has produced, and the substitution of a new state of things in accordance with their ideas, of which the foundations and laws shall be drawn from mere naturalism.^ The ultimate purpose of Freemasonry is "the overthrow of the whole religious, political, and social order based on Christian institutions and the establishment of a new state of things according to their own ideas and based in its principles and laws on pure Naturalism ."
  • CATHOLIC ENCYCLOPEDIA: Masonry (Freemasonry) 6 February 2010 11:20 UTC www.newadvent.org [Source type: Original source]

^ Christian teaching has produced, and the substitution of a new state of things in accordance with their ideas, of which the foundations and laws shall be drawn from mere "Naturalism."...
  • Christians Beware - of Freemasonry 6 February 2010 11:20 UTC bibleprobe.com [Source type: Original source]

^ The ultimate purpose of Freemasonry, Leo said, is "the utter overthrow of that whole religious and political order of the world which the Christian teaching has produced, and the substitution of a new state of things in accordance with their ideas, of which the foundations and Laws shall be drawn from mere naturalism."
  • Christians Beware - of Freemasonry 6 February 2010 11:20 UTC bibleprobe.com [Source type: Original source]

.11. What We have said, and are about to say, must be understood of the sect of the Freemasons taken generically, and in so far as it comprises the associations kindred to it and confederated with it, but not of the individual members of them.^ To Freemasons, every individual image is the visible symbol of certain teachings and far reaching philosophical concepts.
  • Dieter Schwarz - Freemasonry Ideology, Organisation, And Policy 27 January 2010 23:54 UTC der-stuermer.org [Source type: Original source]

^ However, the way it was implied or the way I interpreted what was said is that in order to be a member of this church you must pay tithing, which would be incorrect.
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^ The boss of Scotland Yard and officials at the Home Office say they are worried about the Freemasons' influence over senior police officers.
  • Freemasons - The silent destroyers. Deist religious cult based on the Knights Templar - Initiation rituals like those of witchcraft 6 February 2010 11:20 UTC www.bilderberg.org [Source type: Original source]

.There may be persons amongst these, and not a few who, although not free from the guilt of having entangled themselves in such associations, yet are neither themselves partners in their criminal acts nor aware of the ultimate object which they are endeavoring to attain.^ These oaths and pledges will in time act upon your conscience in such the same way as a Christian who has knowingly taken the mark of the beast.
  • Christians Beware - of Freemasonry 6 February 2010 11:20 UTC bibleprobe.com [Source type: Original source]

^ Lodge, that they having due and timely notice, may govern themselves accordingly.
  • Duncan's Masonic Ritual and Monitor: Master Mason, or Third Degree 17 September 2009 0:24 UTC www.sacred-texts.com [Source type: Original source]

^ And any person who shall be so wicked as to receive a holy ordinance of the gospel from the ministers of any of these apostate churches will be sent down to hell with them, unless they repent of the unholy and impious act.” (Orson Pratt, OP-WA, “The Kingdom of God,” no.2, p.6) .
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.In the same way, some of the affiliated societies, perhaps, by no means approve of the extreme conclusions which they would, if consistent, embrace as necessarily following from their common principles, did not their very foulness strike them with horror.^ We are in no way affiliated with this church.
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^ If I did not do this, I was told that they would all resign, and one person warned me that I might become" a Vicar without a Parish".
  • Freemasons - The silent destroyers. Deist religious cult based on the Knights Templar - Initiation rituals like those of witchcraft 6 February 2010 11:20 UTC www.bilderberg.org [Source type: Original source]

^ I would also address the idea you have of eternal progression, as you think of the kingdoms as if they have some sort of physical barrier between them.
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.Some of these, again, are led by circumstances of times and places either to aim at smaller things than the others usually attempt or than they themselves would wish to attempt.^ Lodge, that they having due and timely notice, may govern themselves accordingly.
  • Duncan's Masonic Ritual and Monitor: Master Mason, or Third Degree 17 September 2009 0:24 UTC www.sacred-texts.com [Source type: Original source]

^ Man I wish I would find some golden plates in a box G .
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^ Then they work at trying to stop drinking and change themselves by these 12 steps.
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.They are not, however, for this reason, to be reckoned as alien to the masonic federation; for the masonic federation is to be judged not so much by the things which it has done, or brought to completion, as by the sum of its pronounced opinions.^ An unsaved Mason has no reason to follow Jesus; and he would need to be approached like any lost soul: with much prayer and with the understanding of two factors: .
  • Christians Beware - of Freemasonry 6 February 2010 11:20 UTC bibleprobe.com [Source type: Original source]

^ I also believe that God will ultimately judge people for living what they believe, so I will continue to live my religion and wish you all well in living however you believe.
  • Top 10 Bizarre Mormon Beliefs - Listverse 12 January 2010 5:23 UTC listverse.com [Source type: Original source]

^ The new candidate is then brought (pulled by the noose) into the Masonic lodge where they must bow at an altar.
  • Christians Beware - of Freemasonry 6 February 2010 11:20 UTC bibleprobe.com [Source type: Original source]

.12. Now, the fundamental doctrine of the naturalists, which they sufficiently make known by their very name, is that human nature and human reason ought in all things to be mistress and guide.^ Now, the fundamental doctrine of the Naturalists, which they sufficiently make known by their very name, is that human nature and human reason ought in all things to be mistress and guide.
  • Christians Beware - of Freemasonry 6 February 2010 11:20 UTC bibleprobe.com [Source type: Original source]

^ Fundamental to Masonry and to naturalists Leo said, is that human nature and human reason "ought in all things to be mistress and and guide."
  • Christians Beware - of Freemasonry 6 February 2010 11:20 UTC bibleprobe.com [Source type: Original source]

^ I’m not offended at all to see these things, actually, they seem to stimulate healthy discussions.
  • Top 10 Bizarre Mormon Beliefs - Listverse 12 January 2010 5:23 UTC listverse.com [Source type: Original source]

.Laying this down, they care little for duties to God, or pervert them by erroneous and vague opinions.^ Sincere adherents to Masonry, he continued, "care little for duties to God, or pervert them by erroneous and vague opinions.
  • Christians Beware - of Freemasonry 6 February 2010 11:20 UTC bibleprobe.com [Source type: Original source]

^ Laying this down, they care little for duties to God, or pervert them by erroneous and vague opinions.
  • Christians Beware - of Freemasonry 6 February 2010 11:20 UTC bibleprobe.com [Source type: Original source]

^ And they burnt the house of God, and brake down the wall of Jerusalem, and burnt all the palaces thereof with fire, and destroyed all the goodly vessels thereof.
  • Duncan's Masonic Ritual and Monitor: Royal Arch, or Seventh Degree 17 September 2009 0:24 UTC www.sacred-texts.com [Source type: Original source]

.For they deny that anything has been taught by God; they allow no dogma of religion or truth which cannot be understood by the human intelligence, nor any teacher who ought to be believed by reason of his authority.^ For they deny that anything has been taught by God; they allow no dogma of religion or truth which cannot be understood by human intelligence, nor any teacher who ought to be believed by reason of his authority."
  • Christians Beware - of Freemasonry 6 February 2010 11:20 UTC bibleprobe.com [Source type: Original source]

^ For they deny that anything has been taught by God; they allow no dogma of religion or truth which cannot be understood by the human intelligence, nor any teacher who ought to be believed by reason of his authority.
  • Christians Beware - of Freemasonry 6 February 2010 11:20 UTC bibleprobe.com [Source type: Original source]

^ Vidal: Though Freemasons deny it, the truth is that the Masonic cosmo-vision is not one proper to a philanthropic society as they often say, but that of a religion.
  • Christians Beware - of Freemasonry 6 February 2010 11:20 UTC bibleprobe.com [Source type: Original source]

.And since it is the special and exclusive duty of the Catholic Church fully to set forth in words truths divinely received, to teach, besides other divine helps to salvation, the authority of its office, and to defend the same with perfect purity, it is against the Church that the rage and attack of the enemies are principally directed.^ All other authorities or offices in the church are appendages to this priesthood.
  • Top 10 Bizarre Mormon Beliefs - Listverse 12 January 2010 5:23 UTC listverse.com [Source type: Original source]

^ The law now in force [214] pronounces excommunication upon "those who enter Masonic or Carbonarian or other sects of the same kind, which, openly or secretly, plot against the Church or lawful authority and those who in any way favour these sects or do not denounce their leaders and principal members."
  • CATHOLIC ENCYCLOPEDIA: Masonry (Freemasonry) 6 February 2010 11:20 UTC www.newadvent.org [Source type: Original source]

^ I hope this has helped others to understand why members of this church pay tithing.
  • Top 10 Bizarre Mormon Beliefs - Listverse 12 January 2010 5:23 UTC listverse.com [Source type: Original source]

.13. In those matters which regard religion let it be seen how the sect of the Freemasons acts, especially where it is more free to act without restraint, and then let any one judge whether in fact it does not wish to carry out the policy of the naturalists.^ Ruko: I was born and raised LDS. I know for a fact that none of these scriptures were taken out of context and that every one of these things is in fact actually believed by the LDS church.
  • Top 10 Bizarre Mormon Beliefs - Listverse 12 January 2010 5:23 UTC listverse.com [Source type: Original source]

^ Leo XIII also said; Masons "teach the great error of this age --that regard for religion should be held as an indifferent matter, and that all religions are alike."
  • Christians Beware - of Freemasonry 6 February 2010 11:20 UTC bibleprobe.com [Source type: Original source]

^ Those blasts, carried out by suicide attackers, targeted Jewish synagogues and British commercial and diplomatic buildings in Istanbul's European section.
  • Freemasons - The silent destroyers. Deist religious cult based on the Knights Templar - Initiation rituals like those of witchcraft 6 February 2010 11:20 UTC www.bilderberg.org [Source type: Original source]

.By a long and persevering labor, they endeavor to bring about this result - namely, that the teaching office and authority of the Church may become of no account in the civil State; and for this same reason they declare to the people and contend that Church and State ought to be altogether disunited.^ I am confused about your question regarding where do people go when they don’t agree with the teaching of the mormon church.
  • Top 10 Bizarre Mormon Beliefs - Listverse 12 January 2010 5:23 UTC listverse.com [Source type: Original source]

^ Then the Canon Law promulgated in 1917 provided in Canon 2335 that 'ipso facto excommunication' is incurred by 'those who enrol in the masonic sect or in other associations of the same sort which plot against the Church or the legitimate civil authorities'.
  • Freemasons - The silent destroyers. Deist religious cult based on the Knights Templar - Initiation rituals like those of witchcraft 6 February 2010 11:20 UTC www.bilderberg.org [Source type: Original source]

^ As I stated in the item on the list, tithes are not uncommon, but in the LDS church they’re mandatory to get to heaven.
  • Top 10 Bizarre Mormon Beliefs - Listverse 12 January 2010 5:23 UTC listverse.com [Source type: Original source]

.By this means they reject from the laws and from the commonwealth the wholesome influence of the Catholic religion; and they consequently imagine that States ought to be constituted without any regard for the laws and precepts of the Church.^ I am confused about your question regarding where do people go when they don’t agree with the teaching of the mormon church.
  • Top 10 Bizarre Mormon Beliefs - Listverse 12 January 2010 5:23 UTC listverse.com [Source type: Original source]

^ Can one be saved (go to the Celestial Kingdom) if they leave the mormon church and reject mormonism?
  • Top 10 Bizarre Mormon Beliefs - Listverse 12 January 2010 5:23 UTC listverse.com [Source type: Original source]

^ When the Knights Templar were forced into hiding by a three pronged enemy (the Catholic Church, the King of France and The Hospitallers), they were hunted mercilessly.

.14. Nor do they think it enough to disregard the Church - the best of guides - unless they also injure it by their hostility.^ Yes, the mormon church has a lot in common with Islam so my thoughts make me think that perhaps they should be claiming to be muslim rather than claiming to be Christian.
  • Top 10 Bizarre Mormon Beliefs - Listverse 12 January 2010 5:23 UTC listverse.com [Source type: Original source]

^ They are nice enough on the surface, but when it comes down to brass tacks, I know what they really think.
  • Top 10 Bizarre Mormon Beliefs - Listverse 12 January 2010 5:23 UTC listverse.com [Source type: Original source]

^ Unless of course you are an official of the LDS Church who has the authority to speak for the church please tell me what you think.
  • Top 10 Bizarre Mormon Beliefs - Listverse 12 January 2010 5:23 UTC listverse.com [Source type: Original source]

.Indeed, with them it is lawful to attack with impunity the very foundations of the Catholic religion, in speech, in writing, and in teaching; and even the rights of the Church are not spared, and the offices with which it is divinely invested are not safe.^ I encourage you to either approach the person–generally, members of the LDS church are very open to talking about religion and the Church–or go to the source-the Church itself: .
  • Top 10 Bizarre Mormon Beliefs - Listverse 12 January 2010 5:23 UTC listverse.com [Source type: Original source]

^ One reason for the unusual frequency of these papal condemnations is that Freemasonry has always had sympathizers, even members, clerical as well as lay, in the Roman Catholic Church.
  • Freemasons - The silent destroyers. Deist religious cult based on the Knights Templar - Initiation rituals like those of witchcraft 6 February 2010 11:20 UTC www.bilderberg.org [Source type: Original source]

^ Nowhere in time has a free country with constutional rights to worship been attacked and hunted as the LDS church has been.
  • Top 10 Bizarre Mormon Beliefs - Listverse 12 January 2010 5:23 UTC listverse.com [Source type: Original source]

.The least possible liberty to manage affairs is left to the Church; and this is done by laws not apparently very hostile, but in reality framed and fitted to hinder freedom of action.^ Satan has managed to deceive so many people into thinking they are getting real brotherly friendship under his guidance than they would get in a Christian Church.
  • Christians Beware - of Freemasonry 6 February 2010 11:20 UTC bibleprobe.com [Source type: Original source]

^ I have spoken with people that were once very high up in the church and the things they told me really just bring question to LDS credibility.
  • Top 10 Bizarre Mormon Beliefs - Listverse 12 January 2010 5:23 UTC listverse.com [Source type: Original source]

^ It seems you are left with very few real life murders after all the exceptions.
  • Top 10 Bizarre Mormon Beliefs - Listverse 12 January 2010 5:23 UTC listverse.com [Source type: Original source]

.Moreover, We see exceptional and onerous laws imposed upon the clergy, to the end that they may be continually diminished in number and in necessary means.^ Instead, when the Hebrews came upon YHWH, they would say ADONAY, which means "Lord."

^ This reference to Jeremiah, where the prophet denounced the curse of the Lord upon the Princes and rulers who had broken the covenant which they had made with King Zedekiah, may explain the self-imposed penalty of J------ ( Jubelum )."
  • Duncan's Masonic Ritual and Monitor: Master Mason, or Third Degree 17 September 2009 0:24 UTC www.sacred-texts.com [Source type: Original source]

^ Some of them don’t feel worthy of forgiveness, and see through the futility of law and ritual as a means to achieve salvation?
  • Top 10 Bizarre Mormon Beliefs - Listverse 12 January 2010 5:23 UTC listverse.com [Source type: Original source]

.We see also the remnants of the possessions of the Church fettered by the strictest conditions, and subjected to the power and arbitrary will of the administrators of the State, and the religious orders rooted up and scattered.^ Wherein you gave up all your possessions to the benefit of the poor of the church.
  • Top 10 Bizarre Mormon Beliefs - Listverse 12 January 2010 5:23 UTC listverse.com [Source type: Original source]

^ D uring the Great War, the Masonic organisations of the Allied powers, as well as those of the neutral States, often held talks and congresses in order to discuss the conditions under which peace should be concluded and proclaimed.
  • Dieter Schwarz - Freemasonry Ideology, Organisation, And Policy 27 January 2010 23:54 UTC der-stuermer.org [Source type: Original source]

^ He qualified Masonry as subversive of Church and state, condemned it for its rejection of Christian revelation, and for its religious indifferentism the idea that all religions are equally valid.
  • Freemasons - The silent destroyers. Deist religious cult based on the Knights Templar - Initiation rituals like those of witchcraft 6 February 2010 11:20 UTC www.bilderberg.org [Source type: Original source]

.15. But against the apostolic see and the Roman Pontiff the contention of these enemies has been for a long time directed.^ The thing I see it as is this: The true church will not be generally accepted for a long time.
  • Top 10 Bizarre Mormon Beliefs - Listverse 12 January 2010 5:23 UTC listverse.com [Source type: Original source]

^ During his later years his efforts were more specially directed against the Jesuits, whom he regarded as dangerous enemies to religion and democracy.
  • 10,000 Famous Freemasons By William R. Denslow - Volume 1 "A-D" 11 January 2010 8:40 UTC www.phoenixmasonry.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.The Pontiff was first, for specious reasons, thrust out from the bulwark of his liberty and of his right, the civil princedom; soon, he was unjustly driven into a condition which was unbearable because of the difficulties raised on all sides; and now the time has come when the partisans of the sects openly declare, what in secret among themselves they have for a long time plotted, that the sacred power of the Pontiffs must be abolished, and that the papacy itself, founded by divine right, must be utterly destroyed.^ They all take secret oaths.
  • Christians Beware - of Freemasonry 6 February 2010 11:20 UTC bibleprobe.com [Source type: Original source]

^ The two kings were willing to do all in their power to preserve the Sacred Word , and as they could not communicate it to any, by reason of the death of Hiram, they agreed to place it in the secret vault , that if the other treasures were ever brought to light, the Word might be found also."-- Fellows's Inquiry into the Origin, History, and Purport of Freemasonry , pp.
  • Duncan's Masonic Ritual and Monitor: Royal Arch, or Seventh Degree 17 September 2009 0:24 UTC www.sacred-texts.com [Source type: Original source]

^ Lodge, that they having due and timely notice, may govern themselves accordingly.
  • Duncan's Masonic Ritual and Monitor: Master Mason, or Third Degree 17 September 2009 0:24 UTC www.sacred-texts.com [Source type: Original source]

.If other proofs were wanting, this fact would be sufficiently disclosed by the testimony of men well informed, of whom some at other times, and others again recently, have declared it to be true of the Freemasons that they especially desire to assail the Church with irreconcilable hostility, and that they will never rest until they have destroyed whatever the supreme Pontiffs have established for the sake of religion.^ Some facts relating to recent UK government investigation of the Freemasons.
  • Freemasons - The silent destroyers. Deist religious cult based on the Knights Templar - Initiation rituals like those of witchcraft 6 February 2010 11:20 UTC www.bilderberg.org [Source type: Original source]

^ Not just in the mormon church but in other churches as well.
  • Top 10 Bizarre Mormon Beliefs - Listverse 12 January 2010 5:23 UTC listverse.com [Source type: Original source]

^ In order to justify the righteousness of their beliefs they have to declare how wrong every other belief is, including, many times, science, which is not a belief at all but based on verifiable FACTS(one thing that religion can never claim).
  • Top 10 Bizarre Mormon Beliefs - Listverse 12 January 2010 5:23 UTC listverse.com [Source type: Original source]

.16. If those who are admitted as members are not commanded to abjure by any form of words the Catholic doctrines, this omission, so far from being adverse to the designs of the Freemasons, is more useful for their purposes.^ Abbe Cordier French Catholic clergyman, who in spite of threats from the Roman hierarchy, was aprominent member of the Lodge of the Nine Sisters in Paris, France.
  • 10,000 Famous Freemasons By William R. Denslow - Volume 1 "A-D" 11 January 2010 8:40 UTC www.phoenixmasonry.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ These freemasons formed a universal craft for themselves, with a system of secret signs and passwords by which a craftsman, who had been admitted on giving evidence of competent skill, could be recognized.
  • CATHOLIC ENCYCLOPEDIA: Masonry (Freemasonry) 6 February 2010 11:20 UTC www.newadvent.org [Source type: Original source]

^ Lately, the Freemasons have been advertising on the radio and television for more members (lots of dues are important to them).
  • Christians Beware - of Freemasonry 6 February 2010 11:20 UTC bibleprobe.com [Source type: Original source]

.First, in this way they easily deceive the simple-minded and the heedless, and can induce a far greater number to become members.^ Members also promise to keep confidential the way they recognise each other when visiting another Lodge.
  • Masonic Secrets & Female Freemasons 6 February 2010 11:20 UTC www.masonic-secrets.com [Source type: Original source]

^ "It is far more important that men should strive to become Christs than that they should believe that Jesus was Christ.
  • Christians Beware - of Freemasonry 6 February 2010 11:20 UTC bibleprobe.com [Source type: Original source]

^ Freemasons are sworn to secrecy when they become a member of a lodge, but identify themselves to each other using special handshakes, signs and code words.
  • Freemasons - The silent destroyers. Deist religious cult based on the Knights Templar - Initiation rituals like those of witchcraft 6 February 2010 11:20 UTC www.bilderberg.org [Source type: Original source]

.Again, as all who offer themselves are received whatever may be their form of religion, they thereby teach the great error of this age-that a regard for religion should be held as an indifferent matter, and that all religions are alike.^ Leo XIII also said; Masons "teach the great error of this age --that regard for religion should be held as an indifferent matter, and that all religions are alike."
  • Christians Beware - of Freemasonry 6 February 2010 11:20 UTC bibleprobe.com [Source type: Original source]

^ All so that they may join the club.
  • Freemasons - The silent destroyers. Deist religious cult based on the Knights Templar - Initiation rituals like those of witchcraft 6 February 2010 11:20 UTC www.bilderberg.org [Source type: Original source]

^ I am confused about your question regarding where do people go when they don’t agree with the teaching of the mormon church.
  • Top 10 Bizarre Mormon Beliefs - Listverse 12 January 2010 5:23 UTC listverse.com [Source type: Original source]

.This manner of reasoning is calculated to bring about the ruin of all forms of religion, and especially of the Catholic religion, which, as it is the only one that is true, cannot, without great injustice, be regarded as merely equal to other religions.^ The idea is also to replace all religions with the one true Masonic religion.
  • Christians Beware - of Freemasonry 6 February 2010 11:20 UTC bibleprobe.com [Source type: Original source]

^ Only about one-fifth of all Master Masons are exalted.
  • Freemasons - The silent destroyers. Deist religious cult based on the Knights Templar - Initiation rituals like those of witchcraft 6 February 2010 11:20 UTC www.bilderberg.org [Source type: Original source]

^ It is also the reason I dont judge other religions.
  • Top 10 Bizarre Mormon Beliefs - Listverse 12 January 2010 5:23 UTC listverse.com [Source type: Original source]

.17. But the naturalists go much further; for, having, in the highest things, entered upon a wholly erroneous course, they are carried headlong to extremes, either by reason of the weakness of human nature, or because God inflicts upon them the just punishment of their pride.^ Just because man enjoys something does not mean it comes from God (The God who created the universe and man, not the man that became god as mormonism teaches).
  • Top 10 Bizarre Mormon Beliefs - Listverse 12 January 2010 5:23 UTC listverse.com [Source type: Original source]

^ I’m glad you’re so righteous and so sure of your faith, because if you’re doing something in the name of God and He’s not at all what you say he is, you’re pretty much screwed in His eyes.
  • Top 10 Bizarre Mormon Beliefs - Listverse 12 January 2010 5:23 UTC listverse.com [Source type: Original source]

^ You attack me for my nature and disregard for things you respect without bothering to defend you reasons.
  • Top 10 Bizarre Mormon Beliefs - Listverse 12 January 2010 5:23 UTC listverse.com [Source type: Original source]

.Hence it happens that they no longer consider as certain and permanent those things which are fully understood by the natural light of reason, such as certainly are - the existence of God, the immaterial nature of the human soul, and its immortality.^ Evil is not destroyed; therefore, there is no such God.” Drs.
  • ATRI Journal Online Article Index 17 September 2009 0:24 UTC www.johnankerberg.com [Source type: Original source]

^ AUTHORS: Ankerberg, Dr. John Believing on Christ and following Him can be costly, but God promises to reward those who have made such a sacrifice.
  • ATRI Journal Online Article Index 17 September 2009 0:24 UTC www.johnankerberg.com [Source type: Original source]

^ Climatologist: Global Warming no longer happening, earth's temperature not connected to CO2 levels Bro.
  • Freemasonry Watch - Is the Devil in the details? | Freemasons News | Freemason Information 6 February 2010 11:20 UTC www.freemasonrywatch.org [Source type: General]

.The sect of the Freemasons, by a similar course of error, is exposed to these same dangers; for, although in a general way they may profess the existence of God, they themselves are witnesses that they do not all maintain this truth with the full assent of the mind or with a firm conviction.^ So may God help and maintain me.
  • Christians Beware - of Freemasonry 6 February 2010 11:20 UTC bibleprobe.com [Source type: Original source]

^ All so that they may join the club.
  • Freemasons - The silent destroyers. Deist religious cult based on the Knights Templar - Initiation rituals like those of witchcraft 6 February 2010 11:20 UTC www.bilderberg.org [Source type: Original source]

^ They may not be giving Full Intention a run for their money just yet; but if they can keep up this pace, they'll prove to be worthy competition in the future.
  • Freemasons Discography at Discogs 6 February 2010 11:20 UTC www.discogs.com [Source type: General]

.Neither do they conceal that this question about God is the greatest source and cause of discords among them; in fact, it is certain that a considerable contention about this same subject has existed among them very lately.^ I am confused about your question regarding where do people go when they don’t agree with the teaching of the mormon church.
  • Top 10 Bizarre Mormon Beliefs - Listverse 12 January 2010 5:23 UTC listverse.com [Source type: Original source]

^ I encourage you to either approach the person–generally, members of the LDS church are very open to talking about religion and the Church–or go to the source-the Church itself: .
  • Top 10 Bizarre Mormon Beliefs - Listverse 12 January 2010 5:23 UTC listverse.com [Source type: Original source]

^ I’d like an answer to the question about the mormon doctrine from the very founder of the faith(Joseph Smith) which states that the line of leadership,i.e.
  • Top 10 Bizarre Mormon Beliefs - Listverse 12 January 2010 5:23 UTC listverse.com [Source type: Original source]

.But, indeed, the sect allows great liberty to its votaries, so that to each side is given the right to defend its own opinion, either that there is a God, or that there is none; and those who obstinately contend that there is no God are as easily initiated as those who contend that God exists, though, like the pantheists, they have false notions concerning Him: all which is nothing else than taking away the reality, while retaining some absurd representation of the divine nature.^ Masons think God likes some and doesn't like others - and that's all there is to it.
  • Christians Beware - of Freemasonry 6 February 2010 11:20 UTC bibleprobe.com [Source type: Original source]

^ They also believe that multiple Gods exist but each has their own universe.” .
  • Top 10 Bizarre Mormon Beliefs - Listverse 12 January 2010 5:23 UTC listverse.com [Source type: Original source]

^ I really like who they all turned out to be.
  • Top 10 Bizarre Mormon Beliefs - Listverse 12 January 2010 5:23 UTC listverse.com [Source type: Original source]

.18. When this greatest fundamental truth has been overturned or weakened, it follows that those truths, also, which are known by the teaching of nature must begin to fall - namely, that all things were made by the free will of God the Creator; that the world is governed by Providence; that souls do not die; that to this life of men upon the earth there will succeed another and an everlasting life.^ D&C 93: 10 10 The worlds were made by him; men were made by him; all things were made by him, and through him, and of him.
  • Top 10 Bizarre Mormon Beliefs - Listverse 12 January 2010 5:23 UTC listverse.com [Source type: Original source]

^ The truth is the truth and Scripture provides the only guidelines to all things spiritual.

^ There is no “God on Earth”,never was ,never will be.
  • Top 10 Bizarre Mormon Beliefs - Listverse 12 January 2010 5:23 UTC listverse.com [Source type: Original source]

.19. When these truths are done away with, which are as the principles of nature and important for knowledge and for practical use, it is easy to see what will become of both public and private morality.^ In 1581, using his knowledge of these ancient practices, he began a series of attempts to communicate with 'higher beings'.
  • Christians Beware - of Freemasonry 6 February 2010 11:20 UTC bibleprobe.com [Source type: Original source]

^ In his confidence in the reality of these principles, man has built his faith in the permanent value of moral truth.

^ Was principal of public schools in several New York cities and in private law practice in Bath, N.Y. from 1916.
  • 10,000 Famous Freemasons By William R. Denslow - Volume 1 "A-D" 11 January 2010 8:40 UTC www.phoenixmasonry.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.We say nothing of those more heavenly virtues, which no one can exercise or even acquire without a special gift and grace of God; of which necessarily no trace can be found in those who reject as unknown the redemption of mankind, the grace of God, the sacraments, and the happiness to be obtained in heaven.^ But more importantly, who is any MAN to say he can’t, or even continue to do so?
  • Top 10 Bizarre Mormon Beliefs - Listverse 12 January 2010 5:23 UTC listverse.com [Source type: Original source]

^ And everyone believes in God, even those who don’t.
  • Top 10 Bizarre Mormon Beliefs - Listverse 12 January 2010 5:23 UTC listverse.com [Source type: Original source]

^ He was one of those who withdrew from the lodge in 1782 and constituted St. James Lodge No.
  • 10,000 Famous Freemasons By William R. Denslow - Volume 1 "A-D" 11 January 2010 8:40 UTC www.phoenixmasonry.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

We speak now of the duties which have their origin in natural probity. .That God is the Creator of the world and its provident Ruler; that the eternal law commands the natural order to be maintained, and forbids that it be disturbed; that the last end of men is a destiny far above human things and beyond this sojourning upon the earth: these are the sources and these the principles of all justice and morality.^ Order because of the lasting nature of its bloom.

^ God loves these things and we should too.
  • ATRI Journal Online Article Index 17 September 2009 0:24 UTC www.johnankerberg.com [Source type: Original source]

^ I have done all these things.
  • Christians Beware - of Freemasonry 6 February 2010 11:20 UTC bibleprobe.com [Source type: Original source]

.If these be taken away, as the naturalists and Freemasons desire, there will immediately be no knowledge as to what constitutes justice and injustice, or upon what principle morality is founded.^ There is no question that Arnold was a Freemason.
  • 10,000 Famous Freemasons By William R. Denslow - Volume 1 "A-D" 11 January 2010 8:40 UTC www.phoenixmasonry.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ I had no knowledge of these attacks.
  • Freemasonry Watch - Is the Devil in the details? | Freemasons News | Freemason Information 6 February 2010 11:20 UTC www.freemasonrywatch.org [Source type: General]

^ These oaths and pledges will in time act upon your conscience in such the same way as a Christian who has knowingly taken the mark of the beast.
  • Christians Beware - of Freemasonry 6 February 2010 11:20 UTC bibleprobe.com [Source type: Original source]

.And, in truth, the teaching of morality which alone finds favor with the sect of Freemasons, and in which they contend that youth should be instructed, is that which they call "civil," and "independent," and "free," namely, that which does not contain any religious belief.^ And what moral truths prevailed in the above mentioned civilizations?

^ Pope Leo XIII defines the Masonic point of view on morality thus: "The only thing which has found grace before the members of the Masonic sect and in which they request that youth should receive the proper teaching is what they call 'Civic Morality', independent morality, free morality, in other words a morality in which religious beliefs find no room.
  • Christians Beware - of Freemasonry 6 February 2010 11:20 UTC bibleprobe.com [Source type: Original source]

^ Vidal: Though Freemasons deny it, the truth is that the Masonic cosmo-vision is not one proper to a philanthropic society as they often say, but that of a religion.
  • Christians Beware - of Freemasonry 6 February 2010 11:20 UTC bibleprobe.com [Source type: Original source]

.But, how insufficient such teaching is, how wanting in soundness, and how easily moved by every impulse of passion, is sufficiently proved by its sad fruits, which have already begun to appear.^ If God proved everything to us how would he teach us faith?
  • Top 10 Bizarre Mormon Beliefs - Listverse 12 January 2010 5:23 UTC listverse.com [Source type: Original source]

.For, wherever, by removing Christian education, this teaching has begun more completely to rule, there goodness and integrity of morals have begun quickly to perish, monstrous and shameful opinions have grown up, and the audacity of evil deeds has risen to a high degree.^ The Revised Standard Ritual maintains the moral vision and philosophical integrity of the original Pike Degrees while making them more accessible to contemporary Brethren.

^ Most Mormons are decent hardworking people that do good deeds and have high moral values.
  • Top 10 Bizarre Mormon Beliefs - Listverse 12 January 2010 5:23 UTC listverse.com [Source type: Original source]

^ I am so gratful that there are many people in this world that are good christians.
  • Top 10 Bizarre Mormon Beliefs - Listverse 12 January 2010 5:23 UTC listverse.com [Source type: Original source]

.All this is commonly complained of and deplored; and not a few of those who by no means wish to do so are compelled by abundant evidence to give not infrequently the same testimony.^ He was one of those who withdrew from the lodge in 1782 and constituted St. James Lodge No.
  • 10,000 Famous Freemasons By William R. Denslow - Volume 1 "A-D" 11 January 2010 8:40 UTC www.phoenixmasonry.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ "The Masonic order is not a mere social organization, but is composed of all those who have banded themselves together to learn and apply the principles of mysticism and the occult rites ."

^ "The Masonic order is not a mere social organization, but is composed of all those who have banded themselves together to learn and apply the principles of mysticism and the occult rites."
  • Freemasons - The silent destroyers. Deist religious cult based on the Knights Templar - Initiation rituals like those of witchcraft 6 February 2010 11:20 UTC www.bilderberg.org [Source type: Original source]

.20. Moreover, human nature was stained by original sin, and is therefore more disposed to vice than to virtue.^ I have much more respect for nature than to lower it to human standards.
  • Top 10 Bizarre Mormon Beliefs - Listverse 12 January 2010 5:23 UTC listverse.com [Source type: Original source]

^ This appeal to human pride is a deadly trap because we all have a sin nature and want to feel that we have "earned" salvation and "deserve" it.
  • Freemasons - The silent destroyers. Deist religious cult based on the Knights Templar - Initiation rituals like those of witchcraft 6 February 2010 11:20 UTC www.bilderberg.org [Source type: Original source]

^ But you choose to live a life of sin you show that you love the world more than he.
  • Top 10 Bizarre Mormon Beliefs - Listverse 12 January 2010 5:23 UTC listverse.com [Source type: Original source]

For a virtuous life it is absolutely necessary to restrain the disorderly movements of the soul, and to make the passions obedient to reason. .In this conflict human things must very often be despised, and the greatest labors and hardships must be undergone, in order that reason may always hold its sway.^ The first thing that gets aborted in the life of a real man and father is Me Me Me in order to make room for the the things you always wanted but could not get by yourself.
  • Top 10 Bizarre Mormon Beliefs - Listverse 12 January 2010 5:23 UTC listverse.com [Source type: Original source]

^ As I may not always be on this forum, if any would like to keep in contact with me, or see other things I have written.
  • Top 10 Bizarre Mormon Beliefs - Listverse 12 January 2010 5:23 UTC listverse.com [Source type: Original source]

^ I respect the things that others believe and always wonder why it is people spend so much time and energy trying to disprove something that others hold dear.
  • Top 10 Bizarre Mormon Beliefs - Listverse 12 January 2010 5:23 UTC listverse.com [Source type: Original source]

.But the naturalists and Freemasons, having no faith in those things which we have learned by the revelation of God, deny that our first parents sinned, and consequently think that free will is not at all weakened and inclined to evil.^ And there I was thinking that God forgave all.
  • Top 10 Bizarre Mormon Beliefs - Listverse 12 January 2010 5:23 UTC listverse.com [Source type: Original source]

^ At meetings, Shriners utter things like: "And, with the Koran on the altar, we sealed our solemn oath in the name of Allah, the God of Arab, Moslem and Mohammedan, the God of our fathers."
  • Christians Beware - of Freemasonry 6 February 2010 11:20 UTC bibleprobe.com [Source type: Original source]

^ Masons think God likes some and doesn't like others - and that's all there is to it.
  • Christians Beware - of Freemasonry 6 February 2010 11:20 UTC bibleprobe.com [Source type: Original source]

(13) .On the contrary, exaggerating rather the power and the excellence of nature, and placing therein alone the principle and rule of justice, they cannot even imagine that there is any need at all of a constant struggle and a perfect steadfastness to overcome the violence and rule of our passions.^ As they say, there is still much to be discovered and "what rites and secret services once took place in the chapel at night when the shutters were safely barred may remain forever a mystery to all of us".
  • Freemasons - The silent destroyers. Deist religious cult based on the Knights Templar - Initiation rituals like those of witchcraft 6 February 2010 11:20 UTC www.bilderberg.org [Source type: Original source]

^ The 100-year rule needs to be re-examined with respect to all documents.'
  • Freemasons - The silent destroyers. Deist religious cult based on the Knights Templar - Initiation rituals like those of witchcraft 6 February 2010 11:20 UTC www.bilderberg.org [Source type: Original source]

^ Even though Mormons do practice some weird things, they also follow all the standard Christian beliefs.
  • Top 10 Bizarre Mormon Beliefs - Listverse 12 January 2010 5:23 UTC listverse.com [Source type: Original source]

.Wherefore we see that men are publicly tempted by the many allurements of pleasure; that there are journals and pamphlets with neither moderation nor shame; that stage-plays are remarkable for license; that designs for works of art are shamelessly sought in the laws of a so called verism; that the contrivances of a soft and delicate life are most carefully devised; and that all the blandishments of pleasure are diligently sought out by which virtue may be lulled to sleep.^ Additionally there are many oaths a Christian may be called on to make.

^ AND yet it is, according to your D&C practiced after life (which breaks down by the way to mean that only men will become Gods and the women will continue to be one of their many wives).
  • Top 10 Bizarre Mormon Beliefs - Listverse 12 January 2010 5:23 UTC listverse.com [Source type: Original source]

^ The educational image of building the Temple is, for the most part, understood by all Freemasons in the same manner, no matter how different the working methods of individual Masonic groups may be.
  • Dieter Schwarz - Freemasonry Ideology, Organisation, And Policy 27 January 2010 23:54 UTC der-stuermer.org [Source type: Original source]

.Wickedly, also, but at the same time quite consistently, do those act who do away with the expectation of the joys of heaven, and bring down all happiness to the level of mortality, and, as it were, sink it in the earth.^ These oaths and pledges will in time act upon your conscience in such the same way as a Christian who has knowingly taken the mark of the beast.
  • Christians Beware - of Freemasonry 6 February 2010 11:20 UTC bibleprobe.com [Source type: Original source]

^ "The Masonic order is not a mere social organization, but is composed of all those who have banded themselves together to learn and apply the principles of mysticism and the occult rites ."

^ "The Masonic order is not a mere social organization, but is composed of all those who have banded themselves together to learn and apply the principles of mysticism and the occult rites."
  • Freemasons - The silent destroyers. Deist religious cult based on the Knights Templar - Initiation rituals like those of witchcraft 6 February 2010 11:20 UTC www.bilderberg.org [Source type: Original source]

.Of what We have said the following fact, astonishing not so much in itself as in its open expression, may serve as a confirmation.^ Much is made of the fact that the altar in every lodge holds an open Volume of the Sacred Law.

^ Where the book is valuable, however, is in confirming that Masonry does in fact regard itself as a religion, whatever it might tell outsiders: We now come to the core of the matter.
  • Freemasons - The silent destroyers. Deist religious cult based on the Knights Templar - Initiation rituals like those of witchcraft 6 February 2010 11:20 UTC www.bilderberg.org [Source type: Original source]

.For, since generally no one is accustomed to obey crafty and clever men so submissively as those whose soul is weakened and broken down by the domination of the passions, there have been in the sect of the Freemasons some who have plainly determined and proposed that, artfully and of set purpose, the multitude should be satiated with a boundless license of vice, as, when this had been done, it would easily come under their power and authority for any acts of daring.^ There is no question that Arnold was a Freemason.
  • 10,000 Famous Freemasons By William R. Denslow - Volume 1 "A-D" 11 January 2010 8:40 UTC www.phoenixmasonry.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ In one of them I encountered some Freemasons.
  • Freemasons - The silent destroyers. Deist religious cult based on the Knights Templar - Initiation rituals like those of witchcraft 6 February 2010 11:20 UTC www.bilderberg.org [Source type: Original source]

^ No one today would quote that part as an authority.
  • 10,000 Famous Freemasons By William R. Denslow - Volume 1 "A-D" 11 January 2010 8:40 UTC www.phoenixmasonry.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.21. What refers to domestic life in the teaching of the naturalists is almost all contained in the following declarations: that marriage belongs to the genus of commercial contracts, which can rightly be revoked by the will of those who made them, and that the civil rulers of the State have power over the matrimonial bond; that in the education of youth nothing is to be taught in the matter of religion as of certain and fixed opinion; and each one must be left at liberty to follow, when he comes of age, whatever he may prefer.^ In the end it may be those who taught the youth that will pay the price, but I don’t have the answer to that.
  • Top 10 Bizarre Mormon Beliefs - Listverse 12 January 2010 5:23 UTC listverse.com [Source type: Original source]

^ The opinion of the Mormons is the only one that matters.
  • Top 10 Bizarre Mormon Beliefs - Listverse 12 January 2010 5:23 UTC listverse.com [Source type: Original source]

^ Post Review or Comment Review by Astronica May 17, 2008 Nothing in life is for certain, but the probability of The Freemasons conjuring up a quality, sophisticated slice of warm, uplifting House comes incredibly close indeed.
  • Freemasons Discography at Discogs 6 February 2010 11:20 UTC www.discogs.com [Source type: General]

.To these things the Freemasons fully assent; and not only assent, but have long endeavoured to make them into a law and institution.^ I didn’t realize how long it had been around, there were members of it that were born into it that had only heard of Christ.
  • Top 10 Bizarre Mormon Beliefs - Listverse 12 January 2010 5:23 UTC listverse.com [Source type: Original source]

^ In the book, Butler and Ritchie write: "Long after interest in The Da Vinci Code has waned, Freemasons from around the world will still be making their way to Rosslyn Chapel.
  • Freemasons - The silent destroyers. Deist religious cult based on the Knights Templar - Initiation rituals like those of witchcraft 6 February 2010 11:20 UTC www.bilderberg.org [Source type: Original source]

^ In later years some of his disciples who were Freemasons, sought to incorporate his dogmas into Freemasonry and to make the lodges schools of theosophy.
  • 10,000 Famous Freemasons By William R. Denslow - Volume 1 "A-D" 11 January 2010 8:40 UTC www.phoenixmasonry.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.For in many countries, and those nominally Catholic, it is enacted that no marriages shall be considered lawful except those contracted by the civil rite; in other places the law permits divorce; and in others every effort is used to make it lawful as soon as may be.^ Then the Canon Law promulgated in 1917 provided in Canon 2335 that 'ipso facto excommunication' is incurred by 'those who enrol in the masonic sect or in other associations of the same sort which plot against the Church or the legitimate civil authorities'.
  • Freemasons - The silent destroyers. Deist religious cult based on the Knights Templar - Initiation rituals like those of witchcraft 6 February 2010 11:20 UTC www.bilderberg.org [Source type: Original source]

^ The using of his name and combining it with other gods or pagan deities would seem to make any Christian understand that this is certainly blasphemous.
  • Christians Beware - of Freemasonry 6 February 2010 11:20 UTC bibleprobe.com [Source type: Original source]

^ Tex.; allegorical bronze doors of Scottish Rite Cathedral, San Antonio, Tex.; centotaph "Heroes of the Alamo" at Waco; and many others.
  • 10,000 Famous Freemasons By William R. Denslow - Volume 1 "A-D" 11 January 2010 8:40 UTC www.phoenixmasonry.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.Thus, the time is quickly coming when marriages will be turned into another kind of contract - that is into changeable and uncertain unions which fancy may join together, and which the same when changed may disunite.^ The Mason may unwittingly be a part of the Lodge thinking that it is an extension of his Christian faith, when in fact it may be a "Trojan horse," allowing another god into his soul.
  • Freemasons - The silent destroyers. Deist religious cult based on the Knights Templar - Initiation rituals like those of witchcraft 6 February 2010 11:20 UTC www.bilderberg.org [Source type: Original source]

^ Now we see Freemasonry take over the same concept and turn it into an ideology denying all Nations and races, in crass contradiction to the racially based concepts of antiquity.
  • Dieter Schwarz - Freemasonry Ideology, Organisation, And Policy 27 January 2010 23:54 UTC der-stuermer.org [Source type: Original source]

^ While the Masonic angels inside the chapel are undoubtedly a piece of Victorian fancy, the Masonic initiate on the outside of the building may well have been the first of his kind.
  • Freemasons - The silent destroyers. Deist religious cult based on the Knights Templar - Initiation rituals like those of witchcraft 6 February 2010 11:20 UTC www.bilderberg.org [Source type: Original source]

With the greatest unanimity the sect of the Freemasons also endeavours to take to itself the education of youth. .They think that they can easily mold to their opinions that soft and pliant age, and bend it whither they will; and that nothing can be more fitted than this to enable them to bring up the youth of the State after their own plan.^ The carvings of Rosslyn are unlike those of a normal church because they reflect Ebionite symbolism rather than the more mainstream Christian tradition.
  • Freemasons - The silent destroyers. Deist religious cult based on the Knights Templar - Initiation rituals like those of witchcraft 6 February 2010 11:20 UTC www.bilderberg.org [Source type: Original source]

^ Nothing more fun than watching bitter mental 13 years-olds jack-off to their own posts.
  • Top 10 Bizarre Mormon Beliefs - Listverse 12 January 2010 5:23 UTC listverse.com [Source type: Original source]

^ Yes, the mormon church has a lot in common with Islam so my thoughts make me think that perhaps they should be claiming to be muslim rather than claiming to be Christian.
  • Top 10 Bizarre Mormon Beliefs - Listverse 12 January 2010 5:23 UTC listverse.com [Source type: Original source]

.Therefore, in the education and instruction of children they allow no share, either of teaching or of discipline, to the ministers of the Church; and in many places they have procured that the education of youth shall be exclusively in the hands of laymen, and that nothing which treats of the most important and most holy duties of men to God shall be introduced into the instructions on morals.^ I am confused about your question regarding where do people go when they don’t agree with the teaching of the mormon church.
  • Top 10 Bizarre Mormon Beliefs - Listverse 12 January 2010 5:23 UTC listverse.com [Source type: Original source]

^ AND yet it is, according to your D&C practiced after life (which breaks down by the way to mean that only men will become Gods and the women will continue to be one of their many wives).
  • Top 10 Bizarre Mormon Beliefs - Listverse 12 January 2010 5:23 UTC listverse.com [Source type: Original source]

^ Once the number three, being the third number, be reached, then lobbest thou thy Holy Hand Grenade of Antioch towards thy foe, who, being naughty in my sight, shall snuff it.” I’m sorry but I had to share, it’s just too funny (no offense) .
  • Top 10 Bizarre Mormon Beliefs - Listverse 12 January 2010 5:23 UTC listverse.com [Source type: Original source]

.22. Then come their doctrines of politics, in which the naturalists lay down that all men have the same right, and are in every respect of equal and like condition; that each one is naturally free; that no one has the right to command another; that it is an act of violence to require men to obey any authority other than that which is obtained from themselves.^ I have no way of verifying one way or the other.
  • Top 10 Bizarre Mormon Beliefs - Listverse 12 January 2010 5:23 UTC listverse.com [Source type: Original source]

^ No more deaths than any other historical political run.
  • Top 10 Bizarre Mormon Beliefs - Listverse 12 January 2010 5:23 UTC listverse.com [Source type: Original source]

^ No one know what is right and no one knows what is the right path.
  • Top 10 Bizarre Mormon Beliefs - Listverse 12 January 2010 5:23 UTC listverse.com [Source type: Original source]

.According to this, therefore, all things belong to the free people; power is held by the command or permission of the people, so that, when the popular will changes, rulers may lawfully be deposed and the source of all rights and civil duties is either in the multitude or in the governing authority when this is constituted according to the latest doctrines.^ I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men; 2For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty.
  • Top 10 Bizarre Mormon Beliefs - Listverse 12 January 2010 5:23 UTC listverse.com [Source type: Original source]

^ And by the power of the Holy Ghost ye may know the truth of all things.” .
  • Top 10 Bizarre Mormon Beliefs - Listverse 12 January 2010 5:23 UTC listverse.com [Source type: Original source]

^ As in all things, the source is the best place to find information on any given subject rather than reading or hearing secondhand information that has passed through multiple filters.
  • Top 10 Bizarre Mormon Beliefs - Listverse 12 January 2010 5:23 UTC listverse.com [Source type: Original source]

.It is held also that the State should be without God; that in the various forms of religion there is no reason why one should have precedence of another; and that they are all to occupy the same place.^ Why are there no Lady Masons?
  • Masonic Secrets & Female Freemasons 6 February 2010 11:20 UTC www.masonic-secrets.com [Source type: Original source]

^ There is no “God on Earth”,never was ,never will be.
  • Top 10 Bizarre Mormon Beliefs - Listverse 12 January 2010 5:23 UTC listverse.com [Source type: Original source]

^ Do the same for people of all religions as well.
  • Top 10 Bizarre Mormon Beliefs - Listverse 12 January 2010 5:23 UTC listverse.com [Source type: Original source]

.23. That these doctrines are equally acceptable to the Freemasons, and that they would wish to constitute States according to this example and model, is too well known to require proof.^ To enable you to accomplish that, they offer a reading plan and commentary from various well-known Christian authors.
  • ATRI Journal Online Article Index 17 September 2009 0:24 UTC www.johnankerberg.com [Source type: Original source]

^ Had I known then the kind of hymns Masons sing, I would have wanted to see those in advance as well.
  • Freemasons - The silent destroyers. Deist religious cult based on the Knights Templar - Initiation rituals like those of witchcraft 6 February 2010 11:20 UTC www.bilderberg.org [Source type: Original source]

^ I also believe that God will ultimately judge people for living what they believe, so I will continue to live my religion and wish you all well in living however you believe.
  • Top 10 Bizarre Mormon Beliefs - Listverse 12 January 2010 5:23 UTC listverse.com [Source type: Original source]

.For some time past they have openly endeavoured to bring this about with all their strength and resources; and in this they prepare the way for not a few bolder men who are hurrying on even to worse things, in their endeavor to obtain equality and community of all goods by the destruction of every distinction of rank and property.^ Maybe religion is a good thing after all.
  • Top 10 Bizarre Mormon Beliefs - Listverse 12 January 2010 5:23 UTC listverse.com [Source type: Original source]

^ They must know what it is all about.
  • Freemasons - The silent destroyers. Deist religious cult based on the Knights Templar - Initiation rituals like those of witchcraft 6 February 2010 11:20 UTC www.bilderberg.org [Source type: Original source]

^ True light to all men [electronic resource] : a discourse delivered at Dennis to the Masonic Brotherhood of Sumner's Lodge, December 27, A.L. 5803 / by Jotham Waterman.

24. What, therefore, sect of the Freemasons is, and what course it pursues, appears sufficiently from the summary We have briefly given. Their chief dogmas are so greatly and manifestly at variance with reason that nothing can be more perverse. .To wish to destroy the religion and the Church which God Himself has established, and whose perpetuity He insures by His protection, and to bring back after a lapse of eighteen centuries the manners and customs of the pagans, is signal folly and audacious impiety.^ Leo XIII classed Freemasonry as a grouping of secret societies in the 'kingdom of Satan' and, like the Greek Orthodox Church half a century later, stated that it wished 'to bring back after eighteen centuries the manners and customs of the pagans'.
  • Freemasons - The silent destroyers. Deist religious cult based on the Knights Templar - Initiation rituals like those of witchcraft 6 February 2010 11:20 UTC www.bilderberg.org [Source type: Original source]

^ I also believe that God will ultimately judge people for living what they believe, so I will continue to live my religion and wish you all well in living however you believe.
  • Top 10 Bizarre Mormon Beliefs - Listverse 12 January 2010 5:23 UTC listverse.com [Source type: Original source]

^ He believed in one God, but rejected all religions, saying: "My own mind is my own church."
  • Christians Beware - of Freemasonry 6 February 2010 11:20 UTC bibleprobe.com [Source type: Original source]

.Neither is it less horrible nor more tolerable that they should repudiate the benefits which Jesus Christ so mercifully obtained, not only for individuals, but also for the family and for civil society, benefits which, even according to the judgment and testimony of enemies of Christianity, are very great.^ Of- course Jesus Christ is much more than this to Christians.
  • Freemasons - The silent destroyers. Deist religious cult based on the Knights Templar - Initiation rituals like those of witchcraft 6 February 2010 11:20 UTC www.bilderberg.org [Source type: Original source]

^ The Bible distinctly teaches that salvation only comes through the person of Jesus Christ.
  • Freemasons - The silent destroyers. Deist religious cult based on the Knights Templar - Initiation rituals like those of witchcraft 6 February 2010 11:20 UTC www.bilderberg.org [Source type: Original source]

^ Jesus is the Christ, by the end of the millennium everyone will have to make that same simple choice they made in the pre-estistance.
  • Top 10 Bizarre Mormon Beliefs - Listverse 12 January 2010 5:23 UTC listverse.com [Source type: Original source]

.In this insane and wicked endeavor we may almost see the implacable hatred and spirit of revenge with which Satan himself is inflamed against Jesus Christ.^ The central question that every Christian Mason must ask himself is "Who is Jesus Christ according to the Lodge?"
  • Freemasons - The silent destroyers. Deist religious cult based on the Knights Templar - Initiation rituals like those of witchcraft 6 February 2010 11:20 UTC www.bilderberg.org [Source type: Original source]

^ I now had an irresistible force meeting an immovable object, namely the God of the Universe, Jesus Christ, and the god of Freemasonry, Satan.
  • Christians Beware - of Freemasonry 6 February 2010 11:20 UTC bibleprobe.com [Source type: Original source]

^ At some point it will dawn on you that you have chosen the lodge, the occult and Satan over the Lord Jesus Christ.
  • Christians Beware - of Freemasonry 6 February 2010 11:20 UTC bibleprobe.com [Source type: Original source]

- .So also the studious endeavour of the Freemasons to destroy the chief foundations of justice and honesty, and to co-operate with those who would wish, as if they were mere animals, to do what they please, tends only to the ignominious and disgraceful ruin of the human race.^ In this way Freemasons make themselves the auxiliaries of those who wish that, like an animal, man had no other rule of conduct than his own desires -- Such a scheme can only dishonor human kind and ignominiously cast him into perdition."
  • Christians Beware - of Freemasonry 6 February 2010 11:20 UTC bibleprobe.com [Source type: Original source]

^ Those who aspire to grow in their closeness to Jesus Christ, and to increase their discernment in these days, would do well to stay very clear of Freemasonry.
  • Christians Beware - of Freemasonry 6 February 2010 11:20 UTC bibleprobe.com [Source type: Original source]

^ Great and glorious truths, profound and beautiful mysteries are in waiting--but only those who earnestly seek shall truly find.
  • Local History Files: 33: Freemasons 6 February 2010 11:20 UTC www.lkwdpl.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

The evil, too, is increased by the dangers which threaten both domestic and civil society. .As We have elsewhere shown,(14) in marriage, according to the belief of almost every nation, there is something sacred and religious; and the law of God has determined that marriages shall not be dissolved.^ When the Old Prussian lodges attempted to continue their existence in National Socialist Germany, Gцring determined that there was no more room for any kind of Freemasonry.
  • Dieter Schwarz - Freemasonry Ideology, Organisation, And Policy 27 January 2010 23:54 UTC der-stuermer.org [Source type: Original source]

^ The Volume of sacred Law must be open on every Lodge Altar.

^ (Unless that law directly conflicts with the word of God such as killing or mameing) Then anyone could just do whatever they wanted and claim religious conviction.
  • Top 10 Bizarre Mormon Beliefs - Listverse 12 January 2010 5:23 UTC listverse.com [Source type: Original source]

.If they are deprived of their sacred character, and made dissoluble, trouble and confusion in the family will be the result, the wife being deprived of her dignity and the children left without protection as to their interests and well being.-To have in public matters no care for religion, and in the arrangement and administration of civil affairs to have no more regard for God than if He did not exist, is a rashness unknown to the very pagans; for in their heart and soul the notion of a divinity and the need of public religion were so firmly fixed that they would have thought it easier to have city without foundation than a city without God.^ They are praying to nothing , as their gods do not exist; .
  • Christians Beware - of Freemasonry 6 February 2010 11:20 UTC bibleprobe.com [Source type: Original source]

^ God would forgive me no matter what I did.
  • Top 10 Bizarre Mormon Beliefs - Listverse 12 January 2010 5:23 UTC listverse.com [Source type: Original source]

^ They glorify the pagan Islamic religion.
  • Christians Beware - of Freemasonry 6 February 2010 11:20 UTC bibleprobe.com [Source type: Original source]

.Human society, indeed for which by nature we are formed, has been constituted by God the Author of nature; and from Him, as from their principle and source, flow in all their strength and permanence the countless benefits with which society abounds.^ AUTHORS: Ankerberg, Dr. John Believing on Christ and following Him can be costly, but God promises to reward those who have made such a sacrifice.
  • ATRI Journal Online Article Index 17 September 2009 0:24 UTC www.johnankerberg.com [Source type: Original source]

^ Manly P. Hall, a 33rd degree Mason, refers to God as being the "Life Principle" that lies within all living things.
  • Freemasons - The silent destroyers. Deist religious cult based on the Knights Templar - Initiation rituals like those of witchcraft 6 February 2010 11:20 UTC www.bilderberg.org [Source type: Original source]

^ AUTHORS: Ankerberg, Dr. John “If God is all-good, He would destroy evil; if He is all-powerful, He could destroy evil.
  • ATRI Journal Online Article Index 17 September 2009 0:24 UTC www.johnankerberg.com [Source type: Original source]

.As we are each of us admonished by the very voice of nature to worship God in piety and holiness, as the Giver unto us of life and of all that is good therein, so also and for the same reason, nations and States are bound to worship Him; and therefore it is clear that those who would absolve society from all religious duty act not only unjustly but also with ignorance and folly.^ Not all good feelings come from God.
  • Top 10 Bizarre Mormon Beliefs - Listverse 12 January 2010 5:23 UTC listverse.com [Source type: Original source]

^ Do good unto all.
  • Duncan's Masonic Ritual and Monitor: Master Mason, or Third Degree 17 September 2009 0:24 UTC www.sacred-texts.com [Source type: Original source]

^ There is very good reason!
  • Top 10 Bizarre Mormon Beliefs - Listverse 12 January 2010 5:23 UTC listverse.com [Source type: Original source]

.25. As men are by the will of God born for civil union and society, and as the power to rule is so necessary a bond of society that, if it be taken away, society must at once be broken up, it follows that from Him who is the Author of society has come also the authority to rule; so that whosoever rules, he is the minister of God.^ Just because man enjoys something does not mean it comes from God (The God who created the universe and man, not the man that became god as mormonism teaches).
  • Top 10 Bizarre Mormon Beliefs - Listverse 12 January 2010 5:23 UTC listverse.com [Source type: Original source]

^ The following appears to be the proper way:--After the candidate gets up from the altar, the conductor should lead him from the altar direct to the Junior Warden's station in the south, .
  • Duncan's Masonic Ritual and Monitor: Master Mason, or Third Degree 17 September 2009 0:24 UTC www.sacred-texts.com [Source type: Original source]

^ It was a good friend who introduced him to the world of Freemasonry - he calls a secret society.
  • Christians Beware - of Freemasonry 6 February 2010 11:20 UTC bibleprobe.com [Source type: Original source]

.Wherefore, as the end and nature of human society so requires, it is right to obey the just commands of lawful authority, as it is right to obey God who ruleth all things; and it is most untrue that the people have it in their power to cast aside their obedience whensoever they please.^ The pyramids all have calendar of End time, Which they got from Moses God.
  • Video: Jay-Z (Feat. Swizz Beatz) - On To The Next One 12 January 2010 5:23 UTC www.worldstarhiphop.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ And by the power of the Holy Ghost ye may know the truth of all things.” .
  • Top 10 Bizarre Mormon Beliefs - Listverse 12 January 2010 5:23 UTC listverse.com [Source type: Original source]

^ 'Anti-hate' law vital in age of Net, human-rights tribunal told .
  • Freemasonry Watch - Is the Devil in the details? | Freemasons News | Freemason Information 6 February 2010 11:20 UTC www.freemasonrywatch.org [Source type: General]

.26. In like manner, no one doubts that all men are equal one to another, so far as regards their common origin and nature, or the last end which each one has to attain, or the rights and duties which are thence derived.^ No one know what is right and no one knows what is the right path.
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^ All of them, every last one..
  • Top 10 Bizarre Mormon Beliefs - Listverse 12 January 2010 5:23 UTC listverse.com [Source type: Original source]

^ Neither was religious at all (one still isn’t) and it has never influenced their decisions on right and wrong.
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.But, as the abilities of all are not equal, as one differs from another in the powers of mind or body, and as there are very many dissimilarities of manner, disposition, and character, it is most repugnant to reason to endeavor to confine all within the same measure, and to extend complete equality to the institutions of civic life.^ As you know, there are many reasons for that.
  • 10,000 Famous Freemasons By William R. Denslow - Volume 1 "A-D" 11 January 2010 8:40 UTC www.phoenixmasonry.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Was active in many Jewish, civic and patriotic endeavors throughout his life.
  • 10,000 Famous Freemasons By William R. Denslow - Volume 1 "A-D" 11 January 2010 8:40 UTC www.phoenixmasonry.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Above all else there is one thing in my life I’ve wanted to do.
  • Top 10 Bizarre Mormon Beliefs - Listverse 12 January 2010 5:23 UTC listverse.com [Source type: Original source]

.Just as a perfect condition of the body results from the conjunction and composition of its various members, which, though differing in form and purpose, make, by their union and the distribution of each one to its proper place, a combination beautiful to behole, firm in strength, and necessary for use; so, in the commonwealth, there is an almost infinite dissimilarity of men, as parts of the whole.^ Vidal: Though Freemasons deny it, the truth is that the Masonic cosmo-vision is not one proper to a philanthropic society as they often say, but that of a religion.
  • Christians Beware - of Freemasonry 6 February 2010 11:20 UTC bibleprobe.com [Source type: Original source]

^ Though a general dismissal of former lodge members was not ordered, the influence of Masonic personnel was nevertheless checked by restrictive conditions.
  • Dieter Schwarz - Freemasonry Ideology, Organisation, And Policy 27 January 2010 23:54 UTC der-stuermer.org [Source type: Original source]

^ There are four sources from which the Masonic Templars are said to have derived their existence making, therefore as many different divisions of the Order.
  • Local History Files: 33: Freemasons 6 February 2010 11:20 UTC www.lkwdpl.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.If they are to be all equal, and each is to follow his own will, the State will appear most deformed; but if, with a distinction of degrees of dignity, of pursuits and employments, all aptly conspire for the common good, they will present the image of a State both well constituted and conformable to nature.^ The employment of former Freemasons, both in the Defence Forces (as Officers or Military Officials) and the State and municipal administrations, and so on, was also regulated by corresponding decrees.
  • Dieter Schwarz - Freemasonry Ideology, Organisation, And Policy 27 January 2010 23:54 UTC der-stuermer.org [Source type: Original source]

^ Lord your broken heart and contrite spirit, giving up the natural man, and following after the example of Christ in all things.
  • Top 10 Bizarre Mormon Beliefs - Listverse 12 January 2010 5:23 UTC listverse.com [Source type: Original source]

^ Now, the fundamental doctrine of the Naturalists, which they sufficiently make known by their very name, is that human nature and human reason ought in all things to be mistress and guide.
  • Christians Beware - of Freemasonry 6 February 2010 11:20 UTC bibleprobe.com [Source type: Original source]

27. Now, from the disturbing errors which We have described the greatest dangers to States are to be feared. .For, the fear of God and reverence for divine laws being taken away, the authority of rulers despised, sedition permitted and approved, and the popular passions urged on to lawlessness, with no restraint save that of punishment, a change and overthrow of all things will necessarily follow.^ Thus, despite the existence of multiple divine beings, there is still only “one God” governing the universe.
  • Top 10 Bizarre Mormon Beliefs - Listverse 12 January 2010 5:23 UTC listverse.com [Source type: Original source]

^ This, and all the following oaths of Masonry, are administered and taken as additions to all the previous oaths which the candidate has taken.
  • Christians Beware - of Freemasonry 6 February 2010 11:20 UTC bibleprobe.com [Source type: Original source]

^ Manly P. Hall, a 33rd degree Mason, refers to God as being the "Life Principle" that lies within all living things.
  • Freemasons - The silent destroyers. Deist religious cult based on the Knights Templar - Initiation rituals like those of witchcraft 6 February 2010 11:20 UTC www.bilderberg.org [Source type: Original source]

.Yea, this change and overthrow is deliberately planned and put forward by many associations of communists and socialists; and to their undertakings the sect of Freemasons is not hostile, but greatly favours their designs, and holds in common with them their chief opinions.^ In days gone by, it was common to hear a good many of our Pythians say, what is the Pythian Association?
  • Local History Files: 33: Freemasons 6 February 2010 11:20 UTC www.lkwdpl.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ But even this is deliberately intended; it results from the necessity of leading the pupil forward in our association in a gradual manner, sharpening his powers of observation, and exercising his tenacity of patience.
  • Dieter Schwarz - Freemasonry Ideology, Organisation, And Policy 27 January 2010 23:54 UTC der-stuermer.org [Source type: Original source]

^ Many U.S. Republican Party Leaders said to be Freemasons: Report VIDEO: Chief Roberts Freemason Sign & Grip at odd Sotomayer 'Associate' ceremony ( 00:05 , 01:36 ) .
  • Freemasonry Watch - Is the Devil in the details? | Freemasons News | Freemason Information 6 February 2010 11:20 UTC www.freemasonrywatch.org [Source type: General]

.And if these men do not at once and everywhere endeavour to carry out their extreme views, it is not to be attributed to their teaching and their will, but to the virtue of that divine religion which cannot be destroyed; and also because the sounder part of men, refusing to be enslaved to secret societies, vigorously resist their insane attempts.^ Any "God" will do in this Masonic religion, because the Lodge teaches the heresy that it isn't God who saves one's soul anyhow: it's one's own good works .
  • Christians Beware - of Freemasonry 6 February 2010 11:20 UTC bibleprobe.com [Source type: Original source]

^ Once in a question period, he was baited with a question concerning membership in secret societies.
  • 10,000 Famous Freemasons By William R. Denslow - Volume 1 "A-D" 11 January 2010 8:40 UTC www.phoenixmasonry.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ I don’t follow organized religion myself, because IMO most are only out for personal gain (that’s my opinion, please don’t argue with me.
  • Top 10 Bizarre Mormon Beliefs - Listverse 12 January 2010 5:23 UTC listverse.com [Source type: Original source]

.28. Would that all men would judge of the tree by its fruit, and would acknowledge the seed and origin of the evils which press upon us, and of the dangers that are impending!^ An institution that through the succeeding generations has gathered unto itself the best and highest talents of the greatest men is its own justification and an answer to all attacks upon it.
  • Local History Files: 33: Freemasons 6 February 2010 11:20 UTC www.lkwdpl.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ The suggestion of death is imitative and opposite of the serpents promise to Eve that she would not die the death if she tasted the fruit of the tree of knowledge of good and evil.
  • Freemasons - The silent destroyers. Deist religious cult based on the Knights Templar - Initiation rituals like those of witchcraft 6 February 2010 11:20 UTC www.bilderberg.org [Source type: Original source]

^ AUTHORS: Ankerberg, Dr. John “If God is all-good, He would destroy evil; if He is all-powerful, He could destroy evil.
  • ATRI Journal Online Article Index 17 September 2009 0:24 UTC www.johnankerberg.com [Source type: Original source]

We have to deal with a deceitful and crafty enemy, who, gratifying the ears of people and of princes, has ensnared them by smooth speeches and by adulation. .Ingratiating themselves with rulers under a pretense of friendship, the Freemasons have endeavoured to make them their allies and powerful helpers for the destruction of the Christian name; and that they might more strongly urge them on, they have, with determined calumny, accused the Church of invidiously contending with rulers in matters that affect their authority and sovereign power.^ Christians need to know that it is only through the holy name of Jesus that we have the authority to expel demonic forces.
  • Christians Beware - of Freemasonry 6 February 2010 11:20 UTC bibleprobe.com [Source type: Original source]

^ Yet, despite all this, there have been no firm moves to make Members of the House of Commons and House of Lords disclose whether they are Freemasons.
  • Freemasons - The silent destroyers. Deist religious cult based on the Knights Templar - Initiation rituals like those of witchcraft 6 February 2010 11:20 UTC www.bilderberg.org [Source type: Original source]

^ The carvings of Rosslyn are unlike those of a normal church because they reflect Ebionite symbolism rather than the more mainstream Christian tradition.
  • Freemasons - The silent destroyers. Deist religious cult based on the Knights Templar - Initiation rituals like those of witchcraft 6 February 2010 11:20 UTC www.bilderberg.org [Source type: Original source]

.Having, by these artifices, insured their own safety and audacity, they have begun to exercise great weight in the government of States; but nevertheless they are prepared to shake the foundations of empires, to harass the rulers of the State, to accuse, and to cast them out, as often as they appear to govern otherwise than they themselves could have wished.^ These had no tribal lands other than certain cities, so they needed this special support.
  • Top 10 Bizarre Mormon Beliefs - Listverse 12 January 2010 5:23 UTC listverse.com [Source type: Original source]

^ This literally means if Masons break down the existing structure and cause the population to cry out for order, they will emerge as the rulers and will have the world that they seek.
  • Christians Beware - of Freemasonry 6 February 2010 11:20 UTC bibleprobe.com [Source type: Original source]

^ For some reason I find that God (I Am) having existed from the beginning of time and creating man out of dust (perhaps could also be called matter, IMHO) is easier for me to grasp than the concept of external progression as IMHO God had to come before man.
  • Top 10 Bizarre Mormon Beliefs - Listverse 12 January 2010 5:23 UTC listverse.com [Source type: Original source]

.In like manner, they have by flattery deluded the people.^ I do know that people addicted to Crystal Meth will get like 6 shots of expresso when they can’t find any drugs b/c it gives them the same high.
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^ When it comes to things like religion I am always surprised that instead of people exploring it themselves they take others word for it.
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^ However, some Mormons think they should avoid even looking like they’re drinking forbidden substances, because drinking them may confuse people.
  • Top 10 Bizarre Mormon Beliefs - Listverse 12 January 2010 5:23 UTC listverse.com [Source type: Original source]

.Proclaiming with a loud voice liberty and public prosperity, and saying that it was owing to the Church and to sovereigns that the multitude were not drawn out of their unjust servitude and poverty, they have imposed upon the people, and, exciting them by a thirst for novelty, they have urged them to assail both the Church and the civil power.^ I am confused about your question regarding where do people go when they don’t agree with the teaching of the mormon church.
  • Top 10 Bizarre Mormon Beliefs - Listverse 12 January 2010 5:23 UTC listverse.com [Source type: Original source]

^ It starts out in Acts 4: with the new Christians giving everything they have to the Church membership, “32 And the multitude of them that believed were of one heart and of one soul: neither said any of them that bought of the things which he possessed was his own; but they had all things common.” .
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^ The Templars reached the zenith of their might in the 13th century, when they wielded great power both in the Holy Land and in Europe.
  • Christians Beware - of Freemasonry 6 February 2010 11:20 UTC bibleprobe.com [Source type: Original source]

.Nevertheless, the expectation of the benefits which was hoped for is greater than the reality; indeed, the common people, more oppressed than they were before, are deprived in their misery of that solace which, if things had been arranged in a Christian manner, they would have had with ease and in abundance.^ I hope they are considered christian(If not, I’m really going to be confused).
  • Top 10 Bizarre Mormon Beliefs - Listverse 12 January 2010 5:23 UTC listverse.com [Source type: Original source]

^ Aside from the belief that Jesus is the divine son of God, mormonism actually has much in common with Islam, possibly more than with any other religion.
  • Top 10 Bizarre Mormon Beliefs - Listverse 12 January 2010 5:23 UTC listverse.com [Source type: Original source]

^ AUTHORS: Ankerberg, Dr. John / Gillham, Dr. Bill Is there more to Christianity than just the Cross?
  • ATRI Journal Online Article Index 17 September 2009 0:24 UTC www.johnankerberg.com [Source type: Original source]

.But, whoever strive against the order which Divine Providence has constituted pay usually the penalty of their pride, and meet with affliction and misery where they rashly hoped to find all things prosperous and in conformity with their desires.^ Q. Where did they usually meet?
  • Duncan's Masonic Ritual and Monitor: Master Mason, or Third Degree 17 September 2009 0:24 UTC www.sacred-texts.com [Source type: Original source]

^ They usually meet on the Ground Floor of King Solomon's Temple.
  • Duncan's Masonic Ritual and Monitor: Master Mason, or Third Degree 17 September 2009 0:24 UTC www.sacred-texts.com [Source type: Original source]

^ I’m not offended at all to see these things, actually, they seem to stimulate healthy discussions.
  • Top 10 Bizarre Mormon Beliefs - Listverse 12 January 2010 5:23 UTC listverse.com [Source type: Original source]

.29. The Church, if she directs men to render obedience chiefly and above all to God the sovereign Lord, is wrongly and falsely believed either to be envious of the civil power or to arrogate to herself something of the rights of sovereigns.^ He did not restore this church for his own fame or glory, he restored the Gospel of Jesus Christ on the earth.He gives all the glory to God.
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^ I’m glad you’re so righteous and so sure of your faith, because if you’re doing something in the name of God and He’s not at all what you say he is, you’re pretty much screwed in His eyes.
  • Top 10 Bizarre Mormon Beliefs - Listverse 12 January 2010 5:23 UTC listverse.com [Source type: Original source]

^ I also believe that God will ultimately judge people for living what they believe, so I will continue to live my religion and wish you all well in living however you believe.
  • Top 10 Bizarre Mormon Beliefs - Listverse 12 January 2010 5:23 UTC listverse.com [Source type: Original source]

.On the contrary, she teaches that what is rightly due to the civil power must be rendered to it with a conviction and consciousness of duty.^ What Hall seems to be saying is that one must reach a certain spiritual level before he can rightly understand the deep symbolic teachings of Freemasonry.
  • Freemasons - The silent destroyers. Deist religious cult based on the Knights Templar - Initiation rituals like those of witchcraft 6 February 2010 11:20 UTC www.bilderberg.org [Source type: Original source]

.In teaching that from God Himself comes the right of ruling, she adds a great dignity to civil authority, and on small help towards obtaining the obedience and good will of the citizens.^ Great numbers of radical Freemasons repeatedly attempted to enter the Masonic international chain of brotherhood, especially towards the end of the Great War, with the help of the neutral lodges.
  • Dieter Schwarz - Freemasonry Ideology, Organisation, And Policy 27 January 2010 23:54 UTC der-stuermer.org [Source type: Original source]

^ Any "God" will do in this Masonic religion, because the Lodge teaches the heresy that it isn't God who saves one's soul anyhow: it's one's own good works .
  • Christians Beware - of Freemasonry 6 February 2010 11:20 UTC bibleprobe.com [Source type: Original source]

^ AUTHORS: Ankerberg, Dr. John / Gillham, Dr. Bill Do you come to God just for the good things you can get out of Him, or because you really love Him?
  • ATRI Journal Online Article Index 17 September 2009 0:24 UTC www.johnankerberg.com [Source type: Original source]

.The friend of peace and sustainer of concord, she embraces all with maternal love, and, intent only upon giving help to mortal man, she teaches that to justice must be joined clemency, equity to authority, and moderation to lawgiving; that no one's right must be violated; that order and public tranquility are to be maintained; and that the poverty of those are in need is, as far as possible, to be relieved by public and private charity.^ No one know what is right and no one knows what is the right path.
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^ So all you need is love?
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^ Neither was religious at all (one still isn’t) and it has never influenced their decisions on right and wrong.
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"But for this reason," to use the words of St. Augustine, "men think, or would have it believed, that Christian teaching is not suited to the good of the State; for they wish the State to be founded not on solid virtue, but on the impunity of vice."(15) .Knowing these things, both princes and people would act with political wisdom,(16) and according to the needs of general safety, if, instead of joining with Freemasons to destroy the Church, they joined with the Church in repelling their attacks.^ I am confused about your question regarding where do people go when they don’t agree with the teaching of the mormon church.
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^ Ruko: I was born and raised LDS. I know for a fact that none of these scriptures were taken out of context and that every one of these things is in fact actually believed by the LDS church.
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^ I’m not offended at all to see these things, actually, they seem to stimulate healthy discussions.
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.30 .Whatever the future may be, in this grave and widespread evil it is Our duty, venerable brethren, to endeavour to find a remedy.^ Many of us, especially we younger Brethren, have worked to put an end to this anti-Masonic evil within our own fraternity.
  • Freemasons - The silent destroyers. Deist religious cult based on the Knights Templar - Initiation rituals like those of witchcraft 6 February 2010 11:20 UTC www.bilderberg.org [Source type: Original source]

.And because We know that Our best and firmest hope of a remedy is in the power of that divine religion which the Freemasons hate in proportion to their fear of it, We think it to be of chief importance to call that most saving power to Our aid against the common enemy.^ Aside from the belief that Jesus is the divine son of God, mormonism actually has much in common with Islam, possibly more than with any other religion.
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^ I forgot to mention too, I did not choose to follow the path of religion over science because of fear, if you believe nothing else, know that I have joined the church because of Love for my Heavenly Father (whom I also Obey and try to serve) and Man, and not because of fear.
  • Top 10 Bizarre Mormon Beliefs - Listverse 12 January 2010 5:23 UTC listverse.com [Source type: Original source]

^ "We meet this day to commemorate the death of our 'Most Wise and Perfect Master,' not as inspired or divine , for this is not for us to decide, but as at least the greatest of the apostles of mankind."
  • Christians Beware - of Freemasonry 6 February 2010 11:20 UTC bibleprobe.com [Source type: Original source]

.Therefore, whatsoever the Roman Pontiffs Our predecessors have decreed for the purpose of opposing the undertakings and endeavours of the masonic sect, and whatsoever they have enacted to enter or withdraw men from societies of this kind, We ratify and confirm it all by our apostolic authority: and trusting greatly to the good will of Christians, We pray and beseech each one, for the sake of his eternal salvation, to be most conscientiously careful not in the least to depart from what the apostolic see has commanded in this matter.^ Christianity which views all the above as pagans is simply one among many to a Mason.
  • Christians Beware - of Freemasonry 6 February 2010 11:20 UTC bibleprobe.com [Source type: Original source]

^ Obedience to the commandments as we understand them is what matters most.
  • Top 10 Bizarre Mormon Beliefs - Listverse 12 January 2010 5:23 UTC listverse.com [Source type: Original source]

^ This Masonry peril was denounced for the first time by Pope Clement XII in 1738, and the Constitution promulgated by that Pope was renewed and confirmed by Benedict XIV; Pius VII followed in the footsteps of those Pontiffs, and Pope Leo XII including in his Apostolical Constitution ' Quo Graviora ' ( called them Macons ) all the deeds and decrees of the preceding Popes on that subject, ratified and confirmed them for ever.
  • Christians Beware - of Freemasonry 6 February 2010 11:20 UTC bibleprobe.com [Source type: Original source]

.31. We pray and beseech you, venerable brethren, to join your efforts with Ours, and earnestly to strive for the extirpation of this foul plague, which is creeping through the veins of the body politic.^ In 1884, Leo XIII called on each member of the clergy to get the word out and help defeat this insidious foe: We pray and beseech you, venerable brethren, to join your efforts with Ours, and earnestly to strive for the extirpation of this foul plague, which is creeping through the veins of the body politic.
  • Christians Beware - of Freemasonry 6 February 2010 11:20 UTC bibleprobe.com [Source type: Original source]

^ J. W.--Brethren, you have heard the orders of the Worshipful Master, as communicated to me through the Senior Warden in the west--you will take notice, and govern yourselves accordingly.
  • Duncan's Masonic Ritual and Monitor: Master Mason, or Third Degree 17 September 2009 0:24 UTC www.sacred-texts.com [Source type: Original source]

^ And you know what the right thing is when you see no one’s getting hurt on your path to being a better person, but instead are joining in.
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.You have to defend the glory of God and the salvation of your neighbour; and with the object of your strife before you, neither courage nor strength will be wanting.^ I’m glad you’re so righteous and so sure of your faith, because if you’re doing something in the name of God and He’s not at all what you say he is, you’re pretty much screwed in His eyes.
  • Top 10 Bizarre Mormon Beliefs - Listverse 12 January 2010 5:23 UTC listverse.com [Source type: Original source]

^ Ask God before you ask and human being.
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^ You yourself fail to address the point of my entire comment, instead focusing on my lack of respect for (in your words) “who could be the Son of God.” .
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.It will be for your prudence to judge by what means you can best overcome the difficulties and obstacles you meet with.^ Regarding my interpretations of your tone and or where you come from, I can only judge by your words, and the words of petpeeve.
  • Top 10 Bizarre Mormon Beliefs - Listverse 12 January 2010 5:23 UTC listverse.com [Source type: Original source]

^ If any man in your temple starts behaving like Joseph Smith, you best flee for your life.
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^ You are who you are by the sake of your birth and have no right to judge anyone else or pass judgment on God’s words.
  • Top 10 Bizarre Mormon Beliefs - Listverse 12 January 2010 5:23 UTC listverse.com [Source type: Original source]

.But, as it befits the authority of Our office that We Ourselves should point out some suitable way of proceeding, We wish it to be your rule first of all to tear away the mask from Freemasonry, and to let it be seen as it really is; and by sermons and pastoral letters to instruct the people as to the artifices used by societies of this kind in seducing men and enticing them into their ranks, and as to the depravity of their opinions and the wickedness of their acts.^ I trust many others will point out the error of your ways.
  • Freemasons - The silent destroyers. Deist religious cult based on the Knights Templar - Initiation rituals like those of witchcraft 6 February 2010 11:20 UTC www.bilderberg.org [Source type: Original source]

^ He urged the bishops to whom the Encyclical was addressed 'first of all to tear away the mask of Freemasonry, and let it be seen for what it really is'.
  • Freemasons - The silent destroyers. Deist religious cult based on the Knights Templar - Initiation rituals like those of witchcraft 6 February 2010 11:20 UTC www.bilderberg.org [Source type: Original source]

^ The point is to love our ENEMY as ourselves.
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.As Our predecessors have many times repeated, let no man think that he may for any reason whatsoever join the masonic sect, if he values his Catholic name and his eternal salvation as he ought to value them.^ No sooner, therefore, did I get possession of myself, so as to be able to speak, than I asked the Personages who stood above me in the light, which of all the sects was right (for at this time it had never entered into my heart that all were wrong)—and which I should join.
  • Top 10 Bizarre Mormon Beliefs - Listverse 12 January 2010 5:23 UTC listverse.com [Source type: Original source]

^ What Mormans believe about the whole God being a man issue is obviously outrageous to think about if you choose to stop there and can’t grasp the immensity of no beginning or no end of time.
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^ Has served many times as orator for Masonic events.
  • 10,000 Famous Freemasons By William R. Denslow - Volume 1 "A-D" 11 January 2010 8:40 UTC www.phoenixmasonry.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

Let no one be deceived by a pretense of honesty. .It may seem to some that Freemasons demand nothing that is openly contrary to religion and morality; but, as the whole principle and object of the sect lies in what is vicious and criminal, to join with these men or in any way to help them cannot be lawful.^ It is too easy to enter the Craft, so many men of dubious morals have joined.
  • Freemasons - The silent destroyers. Deist religious cult based on the Knights Templar - Initiation rituals like those of witchcraft 6 February 2010 11:20 UTC www.bilderberg.org [Source type: Original source]

^ And at least in some small way, we may momentarily forget who we were when we entered the Holy of Holies and realize who we really are.

^ I know i’ll probably get some backlash for this comment but I say that theres nothing wrong with (most) religion, it’s the people that spoil it by misconstruing(sp?
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.32. Further, by assiduous teaching and exhortation, the multitude must be drawn to learn diligently the precepts of religion; for which purpose we earnestly advise that by opportune writings and sermons they be taught the elements of those sacred truths in which Christian philosophy is contained.^ He teaches them that they must not pray to the Father.
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^ The carvings of Rosslyn are unlike those of a normal church because they reflect Ebionite symbolism rather than the more mainstream Christian tradition.
  • Freemasons - The silent destroyers. Deist religious cult based on the Knights Templar - Initiation rituals like those of witchcraft 6 February 2010 11:20 UTC www.bilderberg.org [Source type: Original source]

^ In terms of biblical reference those who would practise such religion would be the last to 'see' the truth and this is ironic but also imitative yet opposite.
  • Freemasons - The silent destroyers. Deist religious cult based on the Knights Templar - Initiation rituals like those of witchcraft 6 February 2010 11:20 UTC www.bilderberg.org [Source type: Original source]

.The result of this will be that the minds of men will be made sound by instruction, and will be protected against many forms of error and inducements to wickedness, especially in the present unbounded freedom of writing and insatiable eagerness for learning.^ Bear in mind that many of us Masons have suffered grievously and still suffer as the result a Masonic chicanery.
  • Freemasons - The silent destroyers. Deist religious cult based on the Knights Templar - Initiation rituals like those of witchcraft 6 February 2010 11:20 UTC www.bilderberg.org [Source type: Original source]

^ Masons (men in construction trades who specialized in brick or stone) formed guilds or craft organizations for self protection.
  • Christians Beware - of Freemasonry 6 February 2010 11:20 UTC bibleprobe.com [Source type: Original source]

^ The bible is very clear that the Lord’s words will never cease and that many will revile against truth when it is presented to them.
  • Top 10 Bizarre Mormon Beliefs - Listverse 12 January 2010 5:23 UTC listverse.com [Source type: Original source]

.33. Great, indeed, is the work; but in it the clergy will share your labours, if, through your care, they are fitted for it by learning and a well-turned life.^ In response to your statement I have to say, that you are ill informed of the workings of Satan here in the last days, even though they are very clear even in the bible.
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^ If you take any words away from this book of prophecy, God will take away from you your share in the tree of life.
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^ As one progresses through the degree work of these rites, they tell you that you are on a quest to find the lost name of God.
  • Christians Beware - of Freemasonry 6 February 2010 11:20 UTC bibleprobe.com [Source type: Original source]

.This good and great work requires to be helped also by the industry of those amongst the laity in whom a love of religion and of country is joined to learning and goodness of life.^ I forgot to mention too, I did not choose to follow the path of religion over science because of fear, if you believe nothing else, know that I have joined the church because of Love for my Heavenly Father (whom I also Obey and try to serve) and Man, and not because of fear.
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^ We know, love, worship and serve a good, great and gracious God!
  • ATRI Journal Online Article Index 17 September 2009 0:24 UTC www.johnankerberg.com [Source type: Original source]

^ In the great words of the First Book of Constitutions it is the religion in which all good men agree .

.By uniting the efforts of both clergy and laity, strive, venerable brethren, to make men thoroughly know and love the Church; for, the greater their knowledge and love of the Church, the more will they be turned away from clandestine societies.^ In 1884, Leo XIII called on each member of the clergy to get the word out and help defeat this insidious foe: We pray and beseech you, venerable brethren, to join your efforts with Ours, and earnestly to strive for the extirpation of this foul plague, which is creeping through the veins of the body politic.
  • Christians Beware - of Freemasonry 6 February 2010 11:20 UTC bibleprobe.com [Source type: Original source]

^ The Revised Standard Ritual maintains the moral vision and philosophical integrity of the original Pike Degrees while making them more accessible to contemporary Brethren.

^ The carvings of Rosslyn are unlike those of a normal church because they reflect Ebionite symbolism rather than the more mainstream Christian tradition.
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34. Wherefore, not without cause do We use this occasion to state again what We have stated elsewhere, namely, that the Third Order of St. Francis, whose discipline We a little while ago prudently mitigated,(16) should be studiously promoted and sustained; for the whole object of this Order, as constituted by its founder, is to invite men to an imitation of Jesus Christ, to a love of the Church, and to the observance of all Christian virtues; and therefore it ought to be of great influence in suppressing the contagion of wicked societies. Let, therefore, this holy sodality be strengthened by a daily increase. Amongst the many benefits to be expected from it will be the great benefit of drawing the minds of men to liberty, fraternity, and equality of right; not such as the Freemasons absurdly imagine, but such as Jesus Christ obtained for the human race and St. Francis aspired to: the liberty, We mean, of sons of God, through which we may be free from slavery to Satan or to our passions, both of them most wicked masters; the fraternity whose origin is in God, the common Creator and Father of all; the equality which, founded on justice and charity, does not take away all distinctions among men, but, out of the varieties of life, of duties, and of pursuits, forms that union and that harmony which naturally tend to the benefit and dignity of society.
.35. In the third place, there is a matter wisely instituted by our forefathers, but in course of time laid aside, which may now be used as a pattern and form of something similar.^ Secondly Freemasonry has been opposed by the church for a LONG time now, not just for the last eight years, Third there is no enemies list and even if there were one, Freemasonry would not be anywhere near the top.

^ VIDEO: Masonic prayer form used in inaugural luncheon invocations 'Our Brothers and Sisters': Pope Benedict XVI taps Masonic prayer style in 'greetings' to Bro.
  • Freemasonry Watch - Is the Devil in the details? | Freemasons News | Freemason Information 6 February 2010 11:20 UTC www.freemasonrywatch.org [Source type: General]

^ "There are a whole range of issues that need to be investigated, and given the tens of thousands of documents involved, then it may take some time to establish our priorities."
  • Freemasons - The silent destroyers. Deist religious cult based on the Knights Templar - Initiation rituals like those of witchcraft 6 February 2010 11:20 UTC www.bilderberg.org [Source type: Original source]

.We mean the associations of guilds of workmen, for the protection, under the guidance of religion, both of their temporal interests and of their morality.^ Some of the Knights Templars who got away in France, hid under the protection of the guild of stoneworkers known as "maons".
  • Christians Beware - of Freemasonry 6 February 2010 11:20 UTC bibleprobe.com [Source type: Original source]

.If our ancestors, by long use and experience, felt the benefit of these guilds, our age perhaps will feel it the more by reason of the opportunity which they will give of crushing the power of the sects.^ We could sure use more of that in our current world.
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^ With these subsidiary and secondary beliefs Masonry has nothing to do, giving her members a perfect liberty to interpret the Godhead as they please.
  • Freemasons - The silent destroyers. Deist religious cult based on the Knights Templar - Initiation rituals like those of witchcraft 6 February 2010 11:20 UTC www.bilderberg.org [Source type: Original source]

^ I just feel it’s more important to accept everyone for who they are, no matter what Religion they are, or aren’t, or if they even believe in God.
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.Those who support themselves by the labour of their hands, besides being, by their very condition, most worthy above all others of charity and consolation, are also especially exposed to the allurements of men whose ways lie in fraud and deceit.^ Those who aspire to grow in their closeness to Jesus Christ, and to increase their discernment in these days, would do well to stay very clear of Freemasonry.
  • Christians Beware - of Freemasonry 6 February 2010 11:20 UTC bibleprobe.com [Source type: Original source]

^ Most of those who helped did so only on the understanding that I would say nothing that could lead to their identification.
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^ Verily I say unto you, it shall come to pass that all those who gather unto the land of Zion shall be tithed of their surplus properties, and shall observe this law, or they shall not be found worthy to abide among you.
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.Therefore, they ought to be helped with the greatest possible kindness, and to be invited to join associations that are good, lest they be drawn away to others that are evil.^ They believed that man/woman was used as an instrument in a continuous battle between good and evil.
  • Freemasons - The silent destroyers. Deist religious cult based on the Knights Templar - Initiation rituals like those of witchcraft 6 February 2010 11:20 UTC www.bilderberg.org [Source type: Original source]

^ Joseph Smith was told ‘not to join any other Church’ as they were ‘abominations’ why did he become a Mason?
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^ Jim Davis helps us determine what we ought to be doing—and what we should let others do!
  • ATRI Journal Online Article Index 17 September 2009 0:24 UTC www.johnankerberg.com [Source type: Original source]

.For this reason, We greatly wish, for the salvation of the people, that, under the auspices and patronage of the bishops, and at convenient times, these gilds may be generally restored.^ BY-LAWS. The nature of these is generally known, but you may be surprised at hearing them read- not as a whole, but the first and last - or the marginal titles of them.
  • Freemasons - The silent destroyers. Deist religious cult based on the Knights Templar - Initiation rituals like those of witchcraft 6 February 2010 11:20 UTC www.bilderberg.org [Source type: Original source]

^ I wish I had more time to really read these.
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^ Mormons were still legal to be killed under this order at these times.
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.To Our great delight, sodalities of this kind and also associations of masters have in many places already been established, having, each class of them, for their object to help the honest workman, to protect and guard his children and family, and to promote in them piety, Christian knowledge, and a moral life.^ In days gone by, it was common to hear a good many of our Pythians say, what is the Pythian Association?
  • Local History Files: 33: Freemasons 6 February 2010 11:20 UTC www.lkwdpl.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ We would impress upon you the beauties of Religion as exemplified by its Great Author, whose life was one of gentleness and kindness.

^ To tell a non Christian that purity of life and conduct is going to gain him admittance into Heaven is doing him a great wrong, since it is completely untrue.

And in this matter We cannot omit mentioning that exemplary society, named after its founder, St. Vincent, which has deserved so well of the lower classes. Its acts and its aims are well known. Its whole object is to give relief to the poor and miserable. .This it does with singular prudence and modesty; and the less it wishes to be seen, the better is it fitted for the exercise of Christian charity, and for the relief of suffering.^ Jim Davis says, “No, but….” How does the consumption of alcohol fit within the Christian’s priority of “glorifying God”?
  • ATRI Journal Online Article Index 17 September 2009 0:24 UTC www.johnankerberg.com [Source type: Original source]

^ It does bring to my mind that the fruit of the mormon church is not any better than the fruit of christian churches.
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.36. In the fourth place, in order more easily to attain what We wish, to your fidelity and watchfulness We commend in a special manner the young, as being the hope of human society.^ The Wardens and brethren of this Lodge require a more satisfactory proof of your fidelity to your trust, before they are willing to intrust you with the more valuable secrets of this Degree.
  • Duncan's Masonic Ritual and Monitor: Master Mason, or Third Degree 17 September 2009 0:24 UTC www.sacred-texts.com [Source type: Original source]

^ If the Christ-state can be attained by but one human being during the whole evolution of the race, then the evolution of man is a farce and human perfection an impossibility.
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^ As far as the reason for you no longer being in church I hope I can resolve your concern and get you on a path to being active again.
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.Devote the greatest part of your care to their instruction; and do not think that any precaution can be great enough in keeping them from masters and schools whence the pestilent breath of the sects is to be feared.^ I think this stems from ignorance on your part.
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.Under your guidance, let parents, religious instructors, and priests having the cure of souls use every opportunity, in their Christian teaching, of warning their children and pupils of the infamous nature of these societies, so that they may learn in good time to beware of the various and fraudulent artifices by which their promoters are accustomed to ensnare people.^ We wish it to be your rule first of all to tear away the mask from Freemasonry, and to let it be seen as it really is; and by sermons and pastoral letters to instruct the people as to the artifices used by societies of this kind in seducing men and enticing them into their ranks, and as to the depravity of their opinions and the wickedness of their acts.
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^ But the mormon religion teaches kindness so does the christian religion but the christians religion have priests and due to them the christians have lead more religious genocides then anything esle butt to gether so well done to the mormons your religion may not make sence but you are good people .
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^ Lodge, that they having due and timely notice, may govern themselves accordingly.
  • Duncan's Masonic Ritual and Monitor: Master Mason, or Third Degree 17 September 2009 0:24 UTC www.sacred-texts.com [Source type: Original source]

.And those who instruct the young in religious knowledge will act wisely if they induce all of them to resolve and to undertake never to bind themselves to any society without the knowledge of their parents, or the advice of their parish priest or director.^ This is all done without knowledge of its significance or meaning.
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^ Masonry is for those who'd never be able to get what they want by open discussion.
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^ Those who seek to have them know not what they seek.
  • ATRI Journal Online Article Index 17 September 2009 0:24 UTC www.johnankerberg.com [Source type: Original source]

.37. We well know, however, that our united labors will by no means suffice to pluck up these pernicious seeds from the Lord's field, unless the Heavenly Master of the vineyard shall mercifully help us in our endeavours.^ Once he helps us conquer our sins in our lives, we are forgiven by the Power of the Atonement of Jesus Christ.
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^ AUTHORS: Missler, Nancy God uses the “deep waters” in our lives to help us to grow spiritually.
  • ATRI Journal Online Article Index 17 September 2009 0:24 UTC www.johnankerberg.com [Source type: Original source]

^ "We meet this day to commemorate the death of our 'Most Wise and Perfect Master,' not as inspired or divine , for this is not for us to decide, but as at least the greatest of the apostles of mankind."
  • Christians Beware - of Freemasonry 6 February 2010 11:20 UTC bibleprobe.com [Source type: Original source]

.We must, therefore, with great and anxious care, implore of Him the help which the greatness of the danger and of the need requires.^ He uses the tithing we give him to help those in need, build temples, churches, and do many other wonderful things.
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^ The new ruling reads: "You must therefore declare your membership of any organisation whose rules or requirements of membership could be regarded as suggesting a degree of loyalty to that organisation.
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The sect of the Freemasons shows itself insolent and proud of its success, and seems as if it would put no bounds to its pertinacity. .Its followers, joined together by a wicked compact and by secret counsels, give help one to another, and excite one another to an audacity for evil things.^ Allegory is defined as; something where the language is one thing and the meaning is another .
  • Christians Beware - of Freemasonry 6 February 2010 11:20 UTC bibleprobe.com [Source type: Original source]

^ And you know what the right thing is when you see no one’s getting hurt on your path to being a better person, but instead are joining in.
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^ As a close to another thing you pointed out, God understands when there are times when we are not in a position to give.
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.So vehement an attack demands an equal defence-namely, that all good men should form the widest possible association of action and of prayer.^ Have the Christians involved ever ensured that the men involved in this ritual know that this part of the Ritual is a lie [okay ..a poetic allusion] and it is not possible to raise oneself by degrees into Heaven and that all good Masons will not get to a star decked Heaven?

^ In the great words of the First Book of Constitutions it is the religion in which all good men agree .

^ Prayers are never in His name, and when scriptures are quoted in the ritual, all references to Him are simply omitted.
  • Christians Beware - of Freemasonry 6 February 2010 11:20 UTC bibleprobe.com [Source type: Original source]

.We beseech them, therefore, with united hearts, to stand together and unmoved against the advancing force of the sects; and in mourning and supplication to stretch out their hands to God, praying that the Christian name may flourish and prosper, that the Church may enjoy its needed liberty, that those who have gone astray may return to a right mind, that error at length may give place to truth, and vice to virtue.^ Those groups are also the ones who give Mormons a bad name.
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^ He does not sit on God’s right hand.
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^ Does mormonism place Joeseph Smith on the right hand of God?
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.Let us take our helper and intercessor the Virgin Mary, Mother of God, so that she, who from the moment of her conception overcame Satan may show her power over these evil sects, in which is revived the contumacious spirit of the demon, together with his unsubdued perfidy and deceit.^ Our God has a plan for us.
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^ (Volume II) "It is Satan who is the God of our planet and the only God."
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^ Let us weep over our legions which they have seduced.
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.Let us beseech Michael, the prince of the heavenly angels, who drove out the infernal foe; and Joseph, the spouse of the most holy Virgin, and heavenly patron of the Catholic Church; and the great Apostles, Peter and Paul, the fathers and victorious champions of the Christian faith.^ And so a Catholic who joins the Freemasons is excommunicated only if the policy and actions of the Freemasons in his area are known to be hostile to the Church.
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^ Catholic born, he broke away from the church when, in his liberation movement, he found that the clerics who ruled with an iron hand under the Spanish administration were among his chief opponents.
  • 10,000 Famous Freemasons By William R. Denslow - Volume 1 "A-D" 11 January 2010 8:40 UTC www.phoenixmasonry.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Anyone know where the man who became the heavenly father came from?
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.By their patronage, and by perseverance in united prayer, we hope that God will mercifully and opportunely succor the human race, which is encompassed by so many dangers.^ I suppose it simply has to do with my hope in the human race.
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^ I renounce the deity of AHURA-MAZDA, the claimed spirit or source of all light, and the worship with fire, which is an abomination to God, and also the drinking from a human skull in many rites.
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.38. As a pledge of heavenly gifts and of Our benevolence, We lovingly grant in the Lord, to you, venerable brethren, and to the clergy and all the people committed to your watchful care, Our apostolic benediction.^ In 1884, Leo XIII called on each member of the clergy to get the word out and help defeat this insidious foe: We pray and beseech you, venerable brethren, to join your efforts with Ours, and earnestly to strive for the extirpation of this foul plague, which is creeping through the veins of the body politic.
  • Christians Beware - of Freemasonry 6 February 2010 11:20 UTC bibleprobe.com [Source type: Original source]

^ Keep your generalizations to yourself… All of you.
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^ At that point we can all sit back at watch the goons in our audience demean and poke fun at them.
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Given at St. Peter's in Rome, the twentieth day of April, 1884, the sixth year of Our pontificate.
LEO XIII

REFERENCES:
1. De civ. Dei, 14, 28 (PL 41, 436).
2. Ps. 82:24.
3. Const. In Eminenti, April 24, 1738.
4. Const. Providas, May 18, 1751.
5. Const. Ecclesiam a Jesu Christo, Sept. 13, 1821.
6. Const. given March 13, 1825.
7. Encyc. Traditi, May 21, 1829.
8. Encyc. Mirari, Augusr 15, 1832.
9. Encyc. Qui Pluribus, Nov. 9, 1846; address Multiplices inter, Sept. 25, 1865, etc.
.10. Clement XII (1730-40); Benedict XIV (1740-58); Pius VII (1800-23); Pius IX (1846-78).^ Pope Benedict XIV (1675-1758) Anti-mason who issued a Papal Bull on May 18, 1751, renewing and perpetuating that of his predecessor which excommunicated all Freemasons (see Pope Clement XII).
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^ His real name was Prospero Lambertini and he served as Pope from 1740, succeeding Clement XII, to his death in 1758.
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^ This Masonry peril was denounced for the first time by Pope Clement XII in 1738, and the Constitution promulgated by that Pope was renewed and confirmed by Benedict XIV; Pius VII followed in the footsteps of those Pontiffs, and Pope Leo XII including in his Apostolical Constitution ' Quo Graviora ' ( called them Macons ) all the deeds and decrees of the preceding Popes on that subject, ratified and confirmed them for ever.
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11. See nos. 79, 81, 84.
12. Matt. 7:18.
13. Trid., sess. vi, De justif., c. 1. Text of the Council of Trent: "tametsi in eis (sc. Judaeis) liberum arbitrium minime extinctum esset, viribus licet attenuatum et inclinatum".
14. See Arcanum, no. 81.
15. Epistola 137, ad Volusianum, c. v, n. 20 (PL 33 525).
.16. The text here refers to the encyclical letter Auspicato Concessum (Sept.^ Dear Mr Chalmers, I thank you for your letter of 16 April 1998 referring to my letter of 21 February published by the Times.
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17, 1882), in which Pope Leo XIII had recently glorified St. Francis of Assisi on the occasion of the seventh centenary of his birch. In this encyclical, the Pope had presented the Third Order of St. Francis as a Christian answer to the social problems of the times. The constitution Misericors Dei Filius (June 23, 1883) expressly recalled that the neglect in which Christian virtues are held is the main cause of the evils that threaten societies. .In confirming the rule of the Third Order and adapting it to the needs of modern times, Pope Leo XIII had intended to bring back the largest possible number of souls to the practice of these virtues.^ Pope Leo XIII, pope from 1878-1903 .
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^ This led Pope Leo XIII to issue his famous encyclical Humanum Genus in 1884.
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^ LEO XIII, POPE, Humanum Genus, 1884 (Britons Publishing Co, 1952).
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1911 encyclopedia

Up to date as of January 14, 2010

From LoveToKnow 1911

.FREEMASONRY. According to an old " Charge " delivered to initiates, Freemasonry is declared to be an " ancient and honourable institution: ancient no doubt it is, as having subsisted from time immemorial; and honourable it must be acknowledged to be, as by a natural tendency it conduces to make those so who are obedient to its precepts ...^ FREEMASONRY. According to an old " Charge " delivered to initiates, Freemasonry is declared to be an " ancient and honourable institution: ancient no doubt it is, as having subsisted from time immemorial; and honourable it must be acknowledged to be, as by a natural tendency it conduces to make those so who are obedient to its precepts ...

^ FREEMASONRY. According to an old Charge delivered to initiates, Freemasonry is declared to be an ancient and honourable institution: ancient no doubt it is, as having subsisted from time immemorial (or so it is claimed - and without proof); and honourable it must be acknowledged to be, as by a natural tendency it conduces to make those so who are obedient to its precepts .
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^ It requires them to make known the worship of the one true religion which subsists in the Catholic and apostolic Church (no., 2105).
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to so high an eminence has its credit been advanced that in every age Monarchs themselves have been promoters of the art, have not thought it derogatory from their dignity to exchange the sceptre for the trowel, have patronised our mysteries and joined in our Assemblies." For many years the craft has been conducted without respect to clime, colour, caste or creed.

History

.The precise origin of the society has yet to be ascertained, but is not likely to be, as the early records are lost; there is, however, ample evidence remaining to justify the claim for its antiquity and its honourable character.^ History.The precise origin of the society has yet to be ascertained, but is not likely to be, as the early records are lost; there is, however, ample evidence remaining to justify the claim for its antiquity though it is sadly an antiquity that is related more to demon worship and spirit possession than to any other root of religion.
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^ The precise origin of the society has yet to be ascertained, but is not likely to be, as the early records are lost; there is, however, ample evidence remaining to justify the claim for its antiquity and its honourable character.

^ However, there is certainly evidence of operative Scottish lodges before 1717, as exemplified by the interesting research of Prof. David Stevenson of St. Andrews and others.
  • Ancient Quest - Home Page 11 January 2010 8:40 UTC www.ancientquest.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.Much has been written as to its eventful past, based upon actual records, but still more which has served only to amuse or repel inquirers, and led not a few to believe that the fraternity has no trustworthy history.^ Much has been written as to its eventful past, based upon actual records, but still more which has served only to amuse or repel inquirers, and led not a few to believe that the fraternity has no trustworthy history.

^ Though some would believe that gays have no place in Freemasonry I very much disagree.
  • Cultures & Community, Issues and Causes, Community Service and Volunteerism, Freemasons, 6 February 2010 11:20 UTC dir.webring.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ But administratively, each State or Province has a Grand Lodge which co-ordinates activities, serves as a central source of record keeping, and performs other administrative and policy functions for the fraternity.
  • About The Utah Freemasonry Meet Up - The Utah Freemasonry Meet Up (Salt Lake City, UT) - Meetup.com 27 January 2010 23:54 UTC www.utahfreemasonry.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.An unfavourable opinion of the historians of the craft generally may fairly have been held during the 18th and early in the 1 9 th centuries, but happily since the middle of the latter century quite a different principle has animated those brethren who have sought to make the facts of masonic history known to the brotherhood, as well as worth the study of students in general.^ Historians must be cautious about many well-known "facts."
  • Eye in the Pyramid 17 September 2009 0:24 UTC www.msana.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ An early magician who in those days were known as "prestidigitateurs."
  • 10,000 Famous Freemasons By William R. Denslow - Volume 1 "A-D" 11 January 2010 8:40 UTC www.phoenixmasonry.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ An unfavourable opinion of the historians of the craft generally may fairly have been held during the 18th and early in the 1 9 th centuries, but happily since the middle of the latter century quite a different principle has animated those brethren who have sought to make the facts of masonic history known to the brotherhood, as well as worth the study of students in general.

.The idea that it would require an investigator to be a member of the " mystic tie " in order to qualify as a reader of masonic history has been exploded.^ Member Masonic order (32), Shrine.
  • The Detroiters, Pages 64 - 66 25 September 2009 6:06 UTC www.usgennet.org [Source type: News]

^ The idea that it would require an investigator to be a member of the " mystic tie " in order to qualify as a reader of masonic history has been exploded.

^ He is also a member of the Masonic order.
  • I1529: John Lucas BRAYTON ( - ) 25 September 2009 6:06 UTC www.harrold.org [Source type: General]

.The evidences collected concerning the institution during the last five hundred years, or more, may now be examined and tested in the most severe manner by literary and critical experts (whether opposed or favourable to the body), who cannot fail to accept the claims made as to its great antiquity and continuity, as the lineal descendant of those craftsmen who raised the cathedrals and other great English buildings during the middle ages.^ The evidences collected concerning the institution during the last five hundred years, or more, may now be examined and tested in the most severe manner by literary and critical experts (whether opposed or favourable to the body), who cannot fail to accept the claims made as to its great antiquity and continuity, as the lineal descendant of those craftsmen who raised the cathedrals and other great English buildings during the middle ages .

^ This has been changing in the last hundred years, but more quickly in some jurisdictions than others.
  • Freemasonry - Free Encyclopedia 27 January 2010 23:54 UTC www.wacklepedia.com [Source type: Original source]

^ Freemasonry is descended from lodges of stonemasons, who built the castles and cathedrals of the middle ages.

.It is only needful to refer to the old works on freemasonry, and to compare them with the accepted histories of the present time, to be assured that such strictures as above are more than justified.^ It is only needful to refer to the old works on freemasonry, and to compare them with the accepted histories of the present time, to be assured that such strictures as above are more than justified.

^ This is true, but Freemasonry is much more than that.
  • Freemasonry 27 January 2010 23:54 UTC www.calodges.org [Source type: Original source]

^ "The influence of the Jews at the present time is more noticeable than ever.

The premier work on the subject was published in London in 1723, the Rev. James Anderson being the author of the historical portion, introductory to the first " Book of Constitutions " of the original Grand Lodge of England. .Dr Anderson gravely states that " Grand Master Moses often marshalled the Israelites into a regular and general lodge, whilst in the wilderness..^ Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of Gabon in 1983.
  • Masonic Secrets & Female Freemasons 6 February 2010 11:20 UTC www.masonic-secrets.com [Source type: Original source]

^ Served as grand master of the Grand Lodge of Illinois.
  • 10,000 Famous Freemasons By William R. Denslow - Volume 1 "A-D" 11 January 2010 8:40 UTC www.phoenixmasonry.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ In the United States, each state has its own Grand Lodge.
  • Figuring Out What Freemasons Believe In - For Dummies 6 February 2010 11:20 UTC www.dummies.com [Source type: General]

.King Solomon was Grand Master of the lodge at Jerusalem.'...^ Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of Gabon in 1983.
  • Masonic Secrets & Female Freemasons 6 February 2010 11:20 UTC www.masonic-secrets.com [Source type: Original source]

^ Served as grand master of the Grand Lodge of Illinois.
  • 10,000 Famous Freemasons By William R. Denslow - Volume 1 "A-D" 11 January 2010 8:40 UTC www.phoenixmasonry.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ In 1915 he was grand master of the Grand Lodge of Delaware.
  • 10,000 Famous Freemasons By William R. Denslow - Volume 1 "A-D" 11 January 2010 8:40 UTC www.phoenixmasonry.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.Nebuchadnezzar became the Grand Master Mason," &c., devoting many more pages to similar absurdities, but dismisses the important modern innovation (1716-1717) of a Grand Lodge with a few lines noteworthy for their brief and indefinite character.^ Q. How many constitute a Masters' Lodge?
  • Duncan's Masonic Ritual and Monitor: Master Mason, or Third Degree 17 September 2009 0:24 UTC www.sacred-texts.com [Source type: Original source]

^ Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of Gabon in 1983.
  • Masonic Secrets & Female Freemasons 6 February 2010 11:20 UTC www.masonic-secrets.com [Source type: Original source]

^ Served as grand master of the Grand Lodge of Illinois.
  • 10,000 Famous Freemasons By William R. Denslow - Volume 1 "A-D" 11 January 2010 8:40 UTC www.phoenixmasonry.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.In 1738 a second edition was issued, dedica