terça-feira, 22 de novembro de 2011

'Ichabod' - Has the Glory departed from the Church?

I Samuel 4:19-21 19His daughter-in-law, the wife of Phinehas, was pregnant and near the time of delivery. When she heard the news that the ark of God had been captured and that her father-in-law and her husband were dead, she went into labor and gave birth, but was overcome by her labor pains. 20 As she was dying, the women attending her said, “Don’t despair; you have given birth to a son.” 21But she did not respond or pay any attention She named the boy Ichabod, saying, "The glory has departed from Israel", because of the capture of the ark of God and the deaths of her father-in-law and her husband. 22 She said,“The Glory has departed from Israel, for the ark of God has been captured.”

I would like to underline six religious deceptions that became part of the Church in our Western World. After a quick look on the Introduction you may just want to read one or two of the deceptions below:

1. Christianity in a Consumer Society
2. The Social Gospel became a dominant theology within Churches.
3. Having a right doctrine but wrong "love"!
4. Postmodern mysticism.
5. Signs and Wonders.
6. The issue of "Phenomena" in revival.

INTRODUCTION:

Satan masquerades as an angel...
I believe we are on  the cusp of a great wave of deception, with fallen angels manifesting as angels of light. "And no wonder, for Satan himself masquerades as an angel of light" 2 Corinthians 11:14

A great wave of deception has impacted the USA first and then spread to Western Europe and other places too. Many Churches and organizations that have been deceived do not move in discernment or test things against scripture, and they think they are not really accountable to anyone.

Also, it seems that when people are moving further and further away from God, social systems are more prone to policy failure. Europe as a continent is spiritually in decline. So, if religion declines in a land, so will morality, demography and economic and political systems.

The reason I believe we can say today "Ichabod" - The Glory of God has departed from from the Church in our Western World, spiritually, economically, politically, demographically and morally.

America Doomed!
You might feel confused, or shocked  by what I am going to say:

I think we have assisted in the last 20 years events that clear showed us America's doomed, spiritually and socially.

But, England  are also doomed too fail, spiritually and also socially and we can say the same to all our Western World!

We already have religious, social and political problems affecting England and we will assist the coming of more problems and probably tragedies showing us that the Glory of God is departing from England.

But if we warn people and ask them to turn away from their sins and from these deceptions, in order that the heat of His wrath may be turned away from England, how do people respond to such a warning

How can people respond positively and objectively under this great wave of deception which is already flooding the church of the western world, and many undiscerning Christians have believed these claims? These errors have been sapping the resolve of many who have been disappointed and let them down again.

But, we see on the prophecy of the Prophet Joel, that repentance is never too late, when that happens God can forgive, restore and yet, in compassion, he makes restitution.

It's never too late.
Joel 2:12-14, 25 "Even now" declares the Lord "return to me with all your heart" ... "return to the Lord your God, for He is slow to anger and abounding in love, and he relents from sending calamity. Who knows? He may turn and have pity and leave behind a blessing" ... "I will repay you for the years the locusts have eaten"  

Repentance is always an option. It's never too late.

You may just want to give a look to one or two of the deceptions below:

1. Christianity in a Consumer Society
2. The Social Gospel became a dominant theology within Churches.
3. Having a right doctrine but wrong "love"!
4. Postmodern mysticism.
5. Signs and Wonders.
6. The issue of "Phenomena" in revival.


1. CHRISTIANITY IN A CONSUMER SOCIETY  

Christians are often followers of the Consumer Society and not followers of Christ.

Already in Jesus' day, when life was onerous enough for the great majority of people, and certainly devoid of the comforts that many westerners would now consider indispensable, Jesus did not hesitate to warn his listeners about the spiritual dangers of money and possessions.

Luke 16:13 "you cannot be slave both of God and of money".

Luke 12:15 "Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; life does not consist in an abundance of possessions".

When we look around we can see the acculturation of so many Christians to the value-system and lifestyle of consumerism and their failure to appreciate that true faith in God requires an oppositional stance to all ideologies and forms of social life which depersonalise and dehumanise.

Modern advertising and marketing inculcate attitudes and reflexes among the majority of those who live in the Western world, including Christians. Many Christians seek happiness and meaning in the consumption of things and not in God.

But a follower of Jesus should find himself to be an outsider in a culture dominated by the commodity.  It should be no shame to be different, even to feel a bit disjoint and out of place, in a civilization which divinizes the THING.

An important component of the Old Testament Prophetic movement is its uncompromising demand for a just society where relationship between man and God is intrinsically measured by and correspondent to the right relationship between man and man.

In the Israel nation, when the institution of monarchy has corrupted the covenant vision of a society based on principle, justice, equality and love without listening to the cry of the marginalised of the society, the prophets arose to become the voice of the voiceless and took care that the ideals of the Exodus and Covenant be remembered.

The prophets became the champions of the cause of the underprivileged, the weak and the undefended of the society.

It is the widespread opinion of many that the capitalistic and consumer-oriented economic policies prevalent today affect adversely the equitable distribution of wealth.

The rich become richer and the poor become poorer. Those who reap the benefits of the profit coming from economic growth tend to lavish the gains on various luxuries without any concern for the deprived classes.

The greed for more and more money propels the elite minority to invest in more and more enterprises without thinking much about the impact on those who are on the margins.

In a world driven by misuse of financial power, political power, legal power, the prophetic voice on behalf of the voiceless of the society should still be relevant.

When the religious festivities become a demonstration of financial power, the prophetic voice should serve as a deterrent and a challenge to make the religious feasts a celebration of the believing community’s faith and priorities.

The prophetic advocacy for the marginalized poor begs for actualization in today’s context of denied justice and corrupt systems and greedy individuals.

When injustice and greed prevail in a consumer society God roars like a lion. God roars to bring judgement to those that oppose Him and His principles of justice and love.


2. THE SOCIAL GOSPEL BECAME A DOMINANT THEOLOGY WITHIN CHURCHES

The gospel is to be shared with a 'man' who are made up of body, soul and spirit. So, I totally agree that we should live a life that reflects the truth of the gospel through our good actions identifying our selves with people with several needs and that makes our task even more difficult!

Being a caring Christian church
I my self am a supporter of a few Christians and secular charities who are helping children in needy and also I have not nothing against being a caring Christian church in the community.

The problem is when good actions, building relationships, the so called  “living the gospel” becomes a substitute for the "verbal or written communication of the Gospel".

The reason I say this is that it’s my belief, which I would say is Biblical, that in most of the cases it is only the spoken or read message of the Gospel, which leads to an individual’s salvation.

Well, of course it is not good to preach and share the gospel if our lives do not reflect it’s Truth. But even then, Paul says that he rejoices whenever the Gospel is preached, weather by good or wrong motives Philippians 1:15-18

For me it boils down to this: The Gospel is Truth in and by itself totally independent of our experience, testimony and witnesses of it, hence the reason why it is the power of God for the Salvation to everyone who  believes... "everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved. How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can believe in the one of whom if they have not heard?" Romans 10:13-14

Romans 1:6 For I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes: first to the Jew, then to the Gentile

We have no choice but to preach "the verbal or written communication of the Gospel".

John Piper said:  "If the love you just showed or spoke cannot give eternal life by being believed, it may be good, but it's not the gospel."

My motto is "preaching and teaching the Scriptures accurately, sharing the gospel regularly and being a caring Christian church in the community and around the World".  


3. HAVING A RIGHT DOCTRINE BUT "WRONG" LOVE!

Revelation 2:22-23 "I know you cannot tolerated wicked men and that you tested those who claimed to be apostles but are not, yet I hold this against you, you have forsaken your first love. If you do not repent, I will come to you and remove your lampstand from its place".

There is a saying that says: "You can be so right you can become wrong". Sadly some in Church are 100%  right in their doctrines (well nobody is 100% right) but in their love they are wrong.

In saying that, let me point out that the Bible shows us very clear that we must not "tolerated wicked men and we must test those who claimed to be apostles, but are not". It is not biblical to tolerate sin and heresy in the name of love and tolerance.

Ephesians 4:14 "Then we will no longer be little children, tossed and carried about by all kinds of teachings that change like the wind. We will no longer be influenced by people who use cunning and clever strategies to lead us astray".

So, we must not be like Pergamum, Thyatira, Sardis and Laodiceia that tolerated sin and heresy in their midst.

But, we must not be like the Church of Ephesus that kept doctrine right but lost the first love.
                     
... you have forsaken your first love ...
In revelation, Jesus walks among the seven golden lampstands and His eyes are like blazing fire, His feet are like bronze glowing in a furnace and His voice is like the sound of rushing waters.

To some He says: "I have this against 'you tolerate Jezabel'. Unless you repent of your ways, I will strike your children dead".

To others He says: "I know you cannot tolerated wicked men and that you tested those who claimed to be apostles but are not, yet I hold this against you, you have forsaken your first love. If you do not repent, I will come to you and remove your lampstand from its place".

See Revelation 1:12-13, 2:22-23

Jesus reprehends Pergamum, Thyatira, Sardis and Laodiceia, Churches that tolerated sin and heresy in their midst, but Jesus also reprehends Ephesus, a Church that didn't tolerate false apostles, but lost the first love and became legalistic and arrogant.

It is the same today, Jesus reprehends Churches that tolerate false apostles, but reprehends as well Churches that don't tolerate false apostles, but have lost their first love.

Jesus walks among the Churches and searches hearts and minds and He will repay to each of us according to our deeds. Revelation 2:22-23

When Churches lose their first love, although they might have good doctrines, they fail in the Trap of Legalism and spirit of judgement, and "If they don't repent, Jesus will come to them and remove their lampstand from theirs places".

The small section  below Legalism and spirit of judgement is from my post Spiritual Warfare

Legalism and spirit of judgement

When we think that God is only interested with people who follow the rules and doctrines of our Church, and because of that, we can only have fellowship with those believers, we fall fatally in the legalism, in other words in the hands of the devil.

Balancing Truth and Love 
Where there is legalism, reigns a spirit of judgement  Where there is a spirit of judgement  death reigns. The law of God, without grace, is a dead letter.

I I Corinthians 3:6 "He has made us competent as ministers of a new covenant, not of the letter but of the Spirit; for the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life".

I Corinthians 8:1-2 "Now about food sacrificed to idols: We know that we all possess knowledge. Knowledge puffs up, but love builds up."

We must use the knowledge of the Bible with humility. When we think that our knowledge of the Bible is better than all the other believers and because of this we can't have much to do with them, will happen in our lives what happened to someone who said:

"As I made the Bible my God, I stopped listening to the God of the Bible."

The Bible is the sword of the Spirit and not a bullet to shoot against the other people, often against our brothers in Christ.

When believers want to be masters of the Bible (more than others) they fall in the path of legalism, which will lead them to a religious ritualism and hypocrisy.

The knowledge of the Bible (science) makes Christians proud, if it is not mixed with humility, love and the grace. They will be lead to a spirit of judgement which will open the door to the work of demonic spirits.

When Churches don’t live in unity, and there is not love and tolerance between them, who reigns? God or the devil?

Ephesians 4: 1-3 "As a prisoner for the Lord, then, I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received. Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace".

Revelation 12:10  "Then I heard a loud voice in heaven say: Now have come the salvation and the power and the kingdom of our God, and the authority of his Christ. For the accuser of our brothers, who accuses them before our God day and night, has been hurled down."

James 3:14-18 "But if you harbour bitter envy and selfish ambition in your hearts, do not boast about it or deny the truth. Such "wisdom" does not come down from heaven but is earthly, non-spiritual,  of the devil. For where you have envy and selfish ambition, there you find disorder and every evil practice. But the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere. Peacemakers who sow in peace raise a harvest of righteousness".

In saying all this, I need to say again that the Bible is very clear that we must not "tolerated wicked men and we must test those who claimed to be apostles but are not". It is not biblical to tolerate sin and heresy in the name of love and tolerance.

Ephesians 4:14 "Then we will no longer be little children, tossed and carried about by all kinds of teachings that change like the wind. We will no longer be influenced by people who use cunning and clever strategies to lead us astray".

See my blog about:    Spiritual Warfare


4. POSTMODERN MYSTICISM: 

It is hard to imagine that most of our evangelical educational institutions are committed to postmodern mysticism. It is hard to find a Bible college or seminary that does not promote “Spiritual Mysticism".

Let me explain what I mean by “Spiritual Mysticism”:

Spiritual mysticism have at least two fundamental laws, according to the opinion of  *** Edgar Cayce:

First law, he says that the Bible is an allegory for each’ individual souls’ journey. We don’t really need to study its historical context, its interpretation or its application for our times. When we read the Bible we should only try to receive the stories as though they were personal insights for ourselves.

Are you a Guru or a Christian?
In a certain way, he is saying “I have to apply the Bible for my life the way I feel” it is from this idea that the concept of “rhema word” is gaining more and more power in Christian Churches.

'Spiritual Mysticism' say: the ‘rhema word’  is different than the ‘logos word’, as it is regarded as a more immediate word from God which we do not find in the 66 books.  So, we must have the prophets and apostles installed in our Churches to give us a rhema word, that sometimes can be a directly revelation from God, and other times can be just a “spiritual application” from the Bible, which is the ‘logos word’,  in the way the preacher and the audience 'wanted', not taking at all into consideration the context of the Bible text used.

'Spiritual Mysticism' is as simply than that: The Bible stories are our stories. We should read them as personal stories. It is true that they are stories from the past, but I can apply it as I feel to my present life.

Second law, Edgar Cayce says that the Bible contains metaphors of inner-life passages that occur as one awakens to "the Kingdom of God is within you" Luke 17:21. When a seemingly outer physical activity is described in a Bible story, let’s consider what it might mean to our inner process of spiritual breakthrough. The physical becomes symbolic of something deeper and, as a dream or parabola, it requires intuitive interpretation.

For spiritual mysticism the Bible is not our principal mean to regain God-consciousness and the Bible is to be used in the way the preacher and the audience 'wanted', not taking at all into consideration the context of the Bible.                                                                                                                 Also, for spiritual mysticism Jews, Christians and Moslems (Muslims) are all a trace of Abraham's heritage and we need to be familiar with their biblical stories in their religious literature. 

Spiritual mysticism is preparing the way for everyone and everything to be accepted in our Churches.

What is the aim of 'Spiritual Mysticism':

Some of  the comments below on 'Spiritual' mysticism and 'Signs and Wonders' are from the pastor Ken-Silva


The ultimately aim of 'Spiritual Mysticism' is to open the way to the new age movement.

One of the Bible text that is the base of 'Spiritual Mysticism' on Christian Churches is John 14:8-17:

8 Philip said, “Lord, show us the Father and that will be enough for us.” 9 Jesus answered: “Don’t you know me, Philip, even after I have been among you such a long time? Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, ‘Show us the Father’? 10 Don’t you believe that I am in the Father, and that the Father is in me? The words I say to you I do not speak on my own authority. Rather, it is the Father, living in me, who is doing his work. 11 Believe me when I say that I am in the Father and the Father is in me; or at least believe on the evidence of the works themselves. 12 Very truly I tell you, whoever believes in me will do the works I have been doing, and they will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father. 13 And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. 14 You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it. 15 “If you love me, keep my commands. 16 And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another advocate to help you and be with you forever— 17 the Spirit of truth. The world cannot accept him, because it neither sees him nor knows him. But you know him, for he lives with you and will be in you

We and God are one!
According to 'Spiritual Mysticism' there was simply no way that Jesus could show the Father separate from himself. He and God are one. So, if the Spirit lives in us, we and God are one. So, they say that we are not all of God’s being, but we compose a portion of God and are ourselves composed of God. Because of this, Jesus said “ I tell you, whoever believes in me will do the works I have been doing, and they will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father”. V12 So, we have more power than when Jesus lives on the earth.

This is the base of the doctrine of the 'Spiritual Mysticism', that we found more and more in our Churches, and Bill Johnson is one of the most preeminent teachers that speaks about 'Spiritual Mysticism'.

If you read about the New Age movement it teaches the same "we are gods within the great God".

This the reason why Bill Johnson the pastor of Betel decries the presence of doctrine. If you read about him, you will see how willing he is to depart from orthodox doctrine.

He resorts to an often misused passage that promotes his anti-scholastic bias: "A powerless Word is the letter not the Spirit, and we all know that the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life" Johnson: 116.

This twisting of Paul’s meaning in 2Corinthians 3:6 has a long history of use to promote subjectivism and mysticism. The false implication is that studying the Bible will kill you spiritually. The context shows that Paul was speaking of the letters written on stone verse 3, meaning the Decalogue. Paul explains how the law “kills” in Romans 7:5, 6. It kills because of our sinful passions that it exposes, not because it is studied for what it means.

We will see in the next section just exactly where Johnson has gone "off the map" and where he wants to take us. The claim that we cannot know the Scripture but can know what the Holy Spirit is saying by other means is absurd. The Bible claims that Scripture is the Holy Spirit speaking to the church. The Holy Spirit inspired the Scriptures. We understand the Bible using our intellect.

Johnson has gone "off of the map"
But in reality, the Bible is a closed book. Anything I get from the Word without God will not change my life. It is closed to insure that I remain dependent on the Holy Spirit. Johnson: 93

His categories are false. The Bible is the Holy Spirit speaking to us and its power is not dependent on us using religious experience to escape its boundaries. Any lack of life-changing power is due to unbelief, not the meaning of Scripture as correctly understood. But Johnson claims that the Holy Spirit leads us off the map. Thus he denigrates sola scriptura.

The absurdity of Johnson’s claim is such that it amazes me how many are deceived by it. For example, the claim that the Holy Spirit leads us into truth which He does through Scripture by some subjective means that go “off the map” and beyond an “intellectual approach” is disingenuous.

Those who go off the map are going somewhere. If they have gotten information directly from the Spirit about where they think they should go and then follow it, they are using their intellect as well. The subjective information from the spirit realm must register in someone’s mind in order for them to act on it. So if the intellect is as bad thing when contemplating the Scriptures, why is it a good thing when determining which subjective impressions to follow?

But Johnson warns, "The Church has all too often lived according to an intellectual approach to the Scriptures, void of the Holy Spirit’s influence" This false dilemma (i.e., either intellect or Spirit) fools his readers into thinking that if they attend hyped up meetings such as Johnson promotes, the Spirit is at work; whereas if they were to carefully study God’s once-for-all revealed Word they would be stuck in a “powerless” situation.

*** Edgar Cayce is one of the greatest seekers of God-consciousness. His ideas about God and the Bible are completely wrong. Many of our modern preachers, like Bill Johnson and others are under the influence of Spiritual Mysticism. If you want to know more about Edgar Cayce click in the link below:


5. SIGNS AND WONDERS

Churches in our days have been misled by false teachings about  Signs and Wonders. Signs and wonders together with 'Spiritual mysticism' can link the Church with some of the ideas defended by the new age movement.
Are you tired of reading the Bible?

The teachers that are promoting false teachings about signs ans wonders, say:

The presence of signs and wonders—the more the better. Our mandate is simple: raise up a generation that can openly display the raw power of God. Having such power is what they call an “authentic gospel” because “powerlessness is inexcusable”.

They claim, "we are the problem, because God wants to do miracles but He cannot because of our bad thinking. Miracles await the coming of a generation of enlightened ones who will know the secret. Thus we have a New Age definition of miracles.

They believe that there will be a great end-time revival that will be initiated by an “Elijah generation” (a concept from the heretical Latter Rain movement used often by Bill Johnson).

This movement will transcend all other generations of Christians in regard to their ability to do great works of power, like Bill Johnson say: “We will carry the Elijah anointing in preparing for the return of the Lord in the same way that John the Baptist carried the Elijah anointing and prepared the people for the coming of the Lord” Johnson: 184


6. THE ISSUE OF 'PHENOMENA' IN REVIVAL

I believe that in all revivals 'phenomena' can come from the Spirit of God, but that doesn't mean that 'phenomena' are essential to revival. We must not seek 'phenomena' and strange experiences ... what we must seek is revival.

We must not seek 'phenomena'
And even in cases where a certain 'phenomena' could come from the Spirit of God, we must always allow for the fact that because of the very frailty of human nature, and of our physical frames, we will have a tendency to an admixture, partly along the physical, partly along the psychic, and partly as the result of the Devil's activity. 

We must be on guard against the false and spurious spirits as he Bible instructs us "believe not every spirit, but test the spirits. 1 John 4:1

Churches in our days are praying and seeking for phenomena. Christians are objecting more and more "the verbal or written communicating the message of the Gospel". 

Some Christians say: "to be under the preaching of the Bible is good but to be under a word of knowledge, tongues signs, wonders (phenomena) is better." There are Christians who are praying God for not allowing their pastor to preach on Sunday meetings, because they want to experiment phenomena, instead.

Anyone who tries to work up phenomena can become a tool of the Devil, and is putting himself in the position of been deceived by the psychic and by the devil.


CONCLUSION: 

What I have to do?
                                                                                                                           
If  you think you have been affected  by this great wave of deception which is flooding the church of our western world, you can ask forgiveness to God in prayer.


Dear Heavenly Father, I come to you right now in the name of Jesus Christ, asking you to forgive me because I have been deceived by this great wave of deception.

I now admit that I was wrong, and I ask you right now to give me strength to stand against this wave of deception by the power of your word and your Spirit, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, who came to defeat sin, death and Satan.

Lord, I want my life to bring You glory. Every moment. With all that I have. I want my life to bring You glory.

In Jesus' name! Amen.

It is tragic when the glory of God departs from a land or a life. When godliness goes, glory will soon follow. You look after your godliness, and God will look after the glory. Trevor Night Daily Thoughts

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sábado, 19 de novembro de 2011

Interview with the Archbishop of Atheism!

John Hawley is an evangelist working with the Open Air Mission. On the 28th June this year (2012) during one of his outdoor meetings in Oxford, he met Richard Dawkins, who happened to be passing by. We have known John and his wife Sue for over 20 years and in fact they visited us a couple of times in Vila Real, Portugal, where we were involved in missionary work. Viriato and Janet

"An Interview with the Archbishop of Atheism" by John Hawley.

"It was a hot sunny day in the end of June as I preached in our usual patch in Cornmarket in the heart of Oxford. Tourists, students and shoppers all around us, particularly many Sixth Form hopefuls on an Oxford University Taster Day.

John Hawley and Richard Dawkins
As I was preaching I said that the moment Richard Dawkins died he would no longer be an atheist, but would bow the knee in awful recognition to King Jesus. Half an hour later [an OAM colleague] nudged me and said ‘that is Richard Dawkins who has just passed our meeting, pushing his bike’. I hurried after him and started by asking him if he had any assurance of what would happen to him when he died.

He suffered me for a while asking me who I was etc. I shared my testimony that as a lad of fifteen I had come to know Christ as my Saviour. At this he became dismissive, and to be honest just plain rude. He asserted that no one could go along with all this and that my brain anyway ‘was only a lump of meat!’ I quoted from the Bible that one day he would have to face God and it was ‘appointed to men once to die and after that the judgement.’

His derision and contempt was now unconcealed and he started walking away pouring out a verbal assault. I continued to share some Bible truths with him and he came back for some more.

After a few more challenges he became incensed with contempt and anger, and just walked away in disgust! It was ironic that only a few minutes before a busker had been playing ‘There is a green Hill far away’ right in the spot where I chatted with Richard Dawkins.

At least he accepted a Sure of Heaven CD in the early part of the conversation, which he put in his cycle basket. Into that same basket one of our number had put a Unique Jesus some years before after he saw him going into the Clarenden Centre. Richard Dawkins has been offered the gospel but has arrogantly and stubbornly rejected it.

My thoughts go back to Pilgrim’s Progress where another ‘Professor’ declared at the Interpreter’s House - ‘I have so hardened my heart against the grace of God that I cannot repent’.

How we need to pray for people such as Professor Dawkins!

John Hawley
johnhawley@ntlworld.com

Open Air Mission
http://www.oamission.com/

If you want to read a good article about Atheism and Salvation, please click below

How to become an atheist

Mr Good Person


Why is Freemasonry a secret society?

God or Devil?
This post was translated from my Portuguese post about Freemasonry:

http://religiao-filosofia.blogspot.co.uk/2012/03/maconaria-e-cientologia.html

Freemasonry is a secret religious society, and this is the reason why we don't know much about the society and people ask frequently questions:

Why is Freemasonry a secret society?

Why are their members quite often rich people or people very influential within society?

Is Freemasonry a society of true peace and equality?

You can find answers for these questions and other questions in this post.                                                                                                      

I. Analyzing Freemasonry from a religious point of view                                                                                
A. Freemasonry is a religious secret association 
                                                                                                                              Traditionally, only men can be made Freemasons in Regular Freemasonry, but there many non mainstream Masonica bodies that do admit both men and women or exclusively women. However the issue of women and Freemasonry is complex and without an easy explanation. Many Grand Lodges do not admit women because they believe that this would break the ancient Landmarks, but here are many non-prevailing Masonic bodies which admit women and men or only women. 

In addition, there are many female orders associated with regular Freemasonry, as the Order of women Masons: The Order of Daughters of Eastern Star, Order of Amaranth, White Shrine of Jerusalem, Social Order of Beauceant, the Daughters of the Nile. 
                                                                                                                               We heard people saying that Freemasonry as an association of people is no different to any other association and even secrets aspects is interpreted not necessarily as a secret society. But we must not forget that Freemasonry is not a commercial or a political body. It is a religious association and therefore, when we analyse Freemasonry from a religious point of view we begin to be confronted with serious issues that are not few.

Mixture of religions...
Of course when we say that Freemasonry is a religious association, we are not speaking about an institution or a denomination. Freemasonry do not require that the members must be affiliated to a particular religion or religious institution, but only that the candidates and members believe in a Supreme Being.  But, this aspect is enough to show us that Freemasonry revolves around religious issues. 

For example, in their lodges, meetings always begin with a prayer to the Supreme Being. In fact, all Masonic ceremonies of any degree, a prayer is addressed to the "Supreme Architect of the Universe." 

In this post I will ll try to show what is Freemasonry and the objectives and ulterior motives behind this religious association. I will also try to show why I don't think it is right for a Christian to be a Masonic. I will explain also why I came to the conclusion that Freemasonry is very subtle and has a great potential to mislead people from all religions. 
                                                                                                                                          I think the quote below shows us how subtle is Freemasonry: 
                                                                                                                                "If Masonry was simply a religious institution, the Jew and the Muslim, the Brahman and the Buddhist and the Christians consciously could not join its enlightenment, but as Freemasonry make universality their goal, therefore, this opens the way for men of all religions and of any faith to join it and to kneel before the Masonic altar." 
                                                                                                                            Can we understand from this quote that Freemasonry in a very subtle way makes men of all faith kneel before the Masonic altar? 

Some people say that there are members of Freemasonry that are agnostics and atheists. I don't know if that is true, but what I know reading sites opposing or defending Freemasonry is that for a person to be a member don't need to be affiliated with an institution or a religion, but should at least believe in a Supreme Being, who is called in Masonry "The Supreme Architect of the Universe " 
                                                                                                                               B. It is a religious association open to all religions 
                                                                                                                              No all masons are aware that freemasonry openness to all religious is used as a cover for evil, because in my opinion Freemasonry openness to all religions is a trap. Freemasonry is a conspiracy and when someone of any religion fall into this trap and becomes a Masonic he will end up been under a strict religious philosophy, whose hierarchy, symbolism, signs and pass words are very strong and inviolable. 

The learning process is made through suggestion, lies, fear, blackmail, manipulation and seduction. It is very difficult for someone to become Masonic, but it is more difficult for someone who when feeling manipulated and abused wants to leave the association. 
                                                                                                                                 It is precisely the rigour that dominates their members that makes Freemasonry a religious society very powerful, though they say they are not a religious institution. 
Open to all religions...

You can see below ( see F. below) about the 33 degrees of Freemasonry functions or positions within a very rigid hierarchical structure. 

The power of the symbolism is also very influential, replacing the influence of the religious beliefs of the other religions. 

For a candidate to be a member, he must be proposed by a mason and still takes at least two years to be accepted and become a Freemason.  

Also, in their celebrations, the rituals and the power of hierarchy and symbolism are very strong and influential. In the celebrations each member has a defined function, according to his post and entity. There are many jobs as you can see below (see F. below) when you read about the 33 degrees of Freemasonry.
                                                                                                                                     The opening is very solemn, the learners enter, followed by the other members and by the Master who leads the celebration. That is followed by a solemn prayer to the Great Architect of the Universe. Then, they speak about the matters to be discussed during the celebration, and that is handled in a very rigid way, not under the principles of any religious belief, but always under the altar of Freemasonry. 

The philosophy of Freemasonry has a very strong and strict religious side, but the political and commercial side is probably stronger, as the political and economic power is behind all the philosophical and organizational structure of Freemasonry.                                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                   I I. Aspects of Freemasonry to be considered by Christians. 
                                                                                                                                A. Freemasonry and  members. 
                                                                                                                                 1. Freemasonry requires that the member needs to have a belief. 
                                                                                                                                 In Freemasonry the member must follow some kind of religion, whatever it is. This gathering of different religions is seen from a Christian point of view contrary to the teaching of the Bible. In the Bible there is only one way, one Saviour John 14:6 I am the way and the truth and the life. No ones come to the father except through me: 
                                                                                                                                  2. The mason must maintain the secrecy about the Institution 


The members are secret...
The mason must defend at all costs the secrecy about the society. But, to keep the secrecy about the society, their members, masons are induced to go over many social values ​​and spiritual principles revealed in the Bible, for example, lying,  perjury, manipulation, blackmail, extortion are widely used in Freemasonry.                                                                                                                          Handbook of Masonry, Page 183: You must conceal all crimes of your brother Masons ... and Should you be summoned as a witness against a brother Mason be always sure to shield hin ... It may be perjury to the this, it is true, but you're keeping your obligations contracts.  

3. In Freemasonry all religions can lead people to God 

For Freemasonry all religions can lead people to God, but their members are not allowed to introduce in the celebrations their religious teachings or practices, because the celebrations must follow solely the Masonic ritual and creed established by the society. 

O cristão deve dizer NÃO!

Again, that goes against the Bible that reveals Christ as the only "way" to God, and Christ, himself, commissioned his followers to proclaim the Gospel "to all creation and make disciples of all nations" Mark 28 :19-20. The Bible leaves no room for religious syncretism accepted by Freemasonry, New Age and Ecumenism, which teaches that all "religions lead to God"Christians must follow only Christ. 
                                                                                                                               
B. Symbolism and links with different religions and beliefs 
                                                                                                                                1. The symbolism of Freemasonry 
                                                                                                                            The symbolism of Freemasonry is completely contrary to the Bible. Freemasonry is basically represented in a symbolic form, and many of these symbols belonged to the religions of ancient Egypt, such as "Eye of Horus", "Obelisks", etc.
The symbolism of Freemasonry...
The incredibly  exaggerated symbolism taught in Freemasonry is terrified and favour the obscurantism of this society

12 recognized signs belonging to Freemasonry symbolism is subliminally inserted in several television programs and in some parts of certain magazines and newspapers. Some parts of certain programs, magazines and newspapers are obscurely related to Freemasonry. 

For this reason, Christians should examine everything they read and see in the light of God's Word, asking for discernment of God's Holy Spirit to deal with what they see on television or hear on the radio or see in magazines and newspapers.
                                                                                                                                2. The connection of Freemasonry with cults. 
                                                                                                                         Freemasonry is linked to many cults and some of these cults are Satanic. Some say that at least 5% ' of the masons are Satanists. Bu Satanists may exist in several places other than Freemasonry. 

Also, even within Christians Churches there are many form of seduction that is used by the devil to keep people away from the Bible and Christ. The reason why it is not a surprise to find people who call themselves Christians and become followers of Freemasonry, New Age, Ecumenism etc!                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                3. Beliefs and practices involved in Freemasonry 
                                                                                                                          Masonic rituals use Kabbalah, astrology, numerology, occult etc For Freemasonry the Bible is not the only rule of Faith and conduct, and masons worship pagan beliefs and practices that the Bible condemns. 
                                                                                                                                 4. Freemasonry has a syncretist view of God 
                                                                                                                                 For example, God, is  identified as been the same that Om, the sun god of the Egyptians. For Freemasonry any religion can lead man to God. And this goes completely against the biblical teaching. 
                                                                                                                                 5. For Freemasonry  Jesus Christ is only the founder of Christianity  
                                                                                                                                 For Freemasonry Jesus Christ is only the founder of a religion. But in the Bible, Jesus Christ is presented as the Son of God and the only savior of the world. Freemasonry evokes many saints and gods. And all this goes against biblical teaching.                                                                                                                                

I I I. What is Freemasonry? 
                                                                                                                                  A. Brief History of Freemasonry 
The Grand Lodge
Everything seems to indicate that Freemasonry's modern format was officially founded in 1717, when a group of former masons trying to keep on this association or movement, decided to meet in London to form the Grand Lodge. 

These three masons decided to negotiate the unification of the four lodges in a single lodge in London - the Grand Lodge. In 1930 there were 100 lodges in England and Wales under the Grand Lodge which began to spread throughout Europe, North America and India. Of course, this Lodge had rivals, but later, in 1809, the two great rivals came together and Freemasonry continued expanding throughout the world. 

The Grand Lodge formed after some fights between rival lodges, was called by many the Mother Grand Lodge and Freemasonry's modern format began, though of course that has been some changes to the present day.                                                                                                                                             
                                                   We may ask, what were their origins? 
                                                                                                                           Some historians claim Freemasonry come from ancient pagan mysteries of ancient Egypt's religious and ancient Greece. Others admit that it was originated during the construction of the temple of Jerusalem in the reign of Solomon, king of Israel (1082-975 BC) and point as founder, Hiram Abif, the alleged architect of that temple. 

That is why many think that origins of Freemasonry's modern format came from the Middle Age, when already some groups of masons have learned from those times in their lodges secret signs and words. In turn these medieval groups have had also their origins in older groups. 

However many writers believe that Freemasonry came to existence when a brotherhood of masons, created by Numa in 715 BC, who traveled through Europe. Over the years, however, the society has lost the primitive character and many people were admitted to the society. 
                                                                                                                                     I took the comment below from a friend who read my Portuguese post about freemasonry on my blog: 
                                                                                                                            "There are strong indications that Freemasonry began with the appearance of the Gothic architectural style. During this time, builders began to be hired to built Arabesques and Gothic architectural style and began increasingly to be better paid they became a more important figure in society than a simple worker. Freemasonry supposedly began there (most likely without all their beliefs and rituals) as a kind of union of masons who defended their interests." 
                                                                                                                            Whether this reader is right or not, the beliefs and rituals were gradually being associated with such union of masons, giving birth to Freemasonry as we know it today, a secret society that apparently revolves around religious values and religious symbolism, where all their members have to believe in "the Arquictet Supreme of the Universe", but some (not all) of the ulterior motifs behind the society are political, industrial, commercial and sexual, processed in a very secretive and dark way. 
                                                                                                                                   B. Freemasonry claims 
                                                                                                                          Freemasonry claims to seek truth, morality, fraternity and solidarity and claim to be working for the moral, intellectual and social development of mankind, so that its components are more or less happy sufferers, thanks to greater mutual understanding, through the practice of fraternity. 

They say that they follow the principle of tolerance and mutual respect, without imposing dogmas to people, giving them the right to think and discuss freely. They consider that metaphysical conceptions belong exclusively to the domain of  each member and they don't admit dogmatic assumptions that can not be discussed rationally. Their motto, they say, are "Liberty," "Equality" "Justice," "Truth", "Work" and "Brotherhood". 
                                                                                                                                C. His followers must devote themselves to doing good deeds
                                                                                                                            They say "our people must devote themselves to doing what is good, without ostentation, not for vanity, but as urgent duty of human solidarity. Help others is not a favour but the fulfilment of our duty". The mason betrays his oath when he loses an opportunity to do good. What for many "profane" is a meritorious act, for the Mason is an imperative duty, sacred. 

Freemasonry considers that their primary duty is to extend to all mankind the fraternal ties that unite the various rites of the Masons dispersed over the surface of the globe. Recommended to their fans by word of mouth advertising, by writing and example of his teachings, without distinction of race, nationality or religion. 
                                                                                                                            Freemasonry also says that Masons have a duty, under all circumstances of life, to protect their brothers, defending them against the injustices of men. But this statement contradicts the statement above that masons must devote themselves in doing what is good and also the claim that they seek truth, because when a mason is involved in a problem, business, political decision or whatever, they always use anything to protect their "brother". Truth and justice never comes first, but the welfare of the brother that needs protection, to make money, gain reputation etc
                                                                                                                                  D. Symbols of Freemasonry 
Compass, ruler, square...

Although they accept people who have nothing to do with architecture, Freemasonry uses building instruments as symbols of entity. We find among the instruments of Masonic symbolism: the compass, ruler, square, level, plumb, the scope, the gavel, the lever, and many others used by the masters of architecture. 

The compass means the need for the Mason to get away from anything that is against wisdom, strength and beauty, words of great mean in the Masonic vocabulary. That means that the mason should regulate his conduct and actions, especially as a tribute to the Supreme Grand Architect of the Universe, that masons claim to be God. 

The level teaches that all masons are of the same origin, branches of one trunk and participants of the same essence. 

The prop is the criterion of moral purity and of the truth, which teaches the mason to walk away from envy, evil and injustice. 
                                                                                                                                  E. The Masonic Trilogy 
                                                                                                                         Wisdom, Strength and Beauty are three words in the Masonic vocabulary. According to this trilogy, the mason must take into the consideration, the Wisdom that guide him in his projects; the Force to sustain him in his difficulties, and Beauty, to reveal the noble and fraternal feelings of the true Freemason. 
                                                                                                                                  F. The 33 degrees of Freemasonry 
Masonry degrees
We are speaking here, about Scottish Freemasonry, that dominates the England, France, Latin America, including Brazil. The figure below represents the steps of the knowledge of Freemasonry. You can see by this figure how important is the hierarchy that dominates completely the celebrations and beliefs of the masons. 

At the top of the hierarchy are people with high positions in society, presidents, ministers, kings, queens, bishops and influential and wealthy men in certain countries. There are rumours that there is a Lodge at Buckingham Palace in England, but many say that the royal family is not happy about it!? 

Masonic Learning is divided into steps. Each step is developed in a chamber or room with their degrees. Below you can see 33 degrees divided in 5 chambers or rooms.

Symbolic Degrees:
 Entered Apprentice
2° Fellowcraft. 
3° Master Mason. 

Ineffable Degrees:
4° Secret Master
5° Perfect Maser
6° Intimate Secretary
7° Provost and Judge
8° Intendant of the Building
9° Master Elect of Nine
10° Master Elect of Fifteen
11° Sublime Master Elected
12° Grand Master Architect
13° Master of the Ninth Arch
14° Grand Elect Mason
Historical Degrees
15° Knight of the East or Sword
16° Prince of Jerusalem
17° Knight of the East and West
18° Knight of the Rose Croix of H.R.D.M

Philosophical Degrees:
19° Grand Pontiff
20° Master ad Vitam
21° Patriarch Noachite
22° Prince of Libanus
23° Chief of the Tabernacle
24° Prince of the Tabernacle
25° Knight of the Brazen Serpent
27° Commander of the Temple
28° Knight of the Sun
29° Knight of St. Andrew
30° Grand Elect Knight Kadosh

Consistory Degrees:
31° Grand Inspector Inquisitor Commander
32° Sublime Prince of the Royal Secret

Official Degree:
33 Sovereign Grand Inspector General 
                                                                                                                                  G. In regular Freemasonry women can't join a Masonic Lodge? 
                                                                                                                          Having developed from Craft Masonry that built up temples and cathedrals, Freemasonry adopted some of the old regulations like the one below: 
                                                                                                                              "The persons admitted as members of a Lodge must be good men of mature age and being prohibited the admission of women and men of dubious or immoral behavior."
                                                                                                                          However the issue of women and Freemasonry is complex and without an easy explanation. Traditionally, only men can be masons by Regular Freemasonry. Many Grand Lodges do not admit women because they believe that this would break the ancient laws. 
                                                                                                                           However, there are many Masonic bodies which admit women and men or only women. In addition, there are many female orders associated with regular Freemasonry, as the Order of women Masons, the Order of Eastern Star, Order of Amaranth, White Shrine of Jerusalem, Social Order of Beauceant, Daughters of the Nile. 

I do not want to discriminate against homosexuals here, but  being homosexuality a dubious behaviour (many believe it is an immoral  behaviour), it is not strange that Freemasonry accepts homosexuals and put so much opposition to the admission of women? Freemasonry discriminating against female sex seems to keep some outside interests. There are many testimonies of people who ensure that Freemasonry is very much connected with Pedofolia, or at least defends masons who are suspect of committing  this pervert action against innocents children. 
                                                                                                                           You can search the internet and read about the connection Freemasonry, Opus Dei and other secret societies have with the cases of Pedofolia, like for example the case of "Casa Pia" in Portugal. It has been very strange, how judges were removed from the process and the Portuguese Court put others in their places. And the main suspects remain free and some are seeking compensation. 

Anyway, all this to say that I find very strange that Freemasonry put so much opposition to the admission of women, but does not have the same attitude toward homosexuals, but rather everything seems to indicate that they are privileged people . 
                                                                                                                                  H. Freemasonry and the sexual act 


satanic masonic symbols
Freemasonry represents and glorifies sex in many of the symbols, just as you would expect it from any Satanic group. A study of the 'deeper meaning' of many symbols proves that Freemasonry is Satanic. For example, you see sex integrated in the cross, sex in the Masonic rainbow, sex in the Masonic gavel is represented upside down, and sex in the Masonic Temple. 

You can consult the site below to understand better how sexual intercourse is included in so many masonic symbols. In some symbols appear as a true abomination. Freemasonry is satanic.                                                                                                                                                                       
http://www.theforbiddenknowledge.com/symbology/5o5.htm                                             
I. Secret signs, compliments and words of Freemasonry

secret signs...

Many say that masons can be identified by the way they speak or greet each other by passwords, signs and compliments. 

They can be identified by the way they sit down or shake hand. 




If you want to know influential people who are involved with Freemasonry, you can see lists of masons on the Internet, even on wikipedia, but I do not know if these lists correspond to the truth!? 
secret compliments...

 At the site below you can see more about signs, passwords and compliments in Freemasonry.

http://www.whale.to/b/12_masonic_signs.html 


I V. The true aims of Masonry 
                                                                                                                          When we read about the true aims of Masonry, we understand how subtle and misleading is Freemasonry. For someone who does not know the Bible, it seems that Freemasonry advocates good for humanity. But the question is "what is behind it all"? 

I am trying to explain that Masonry is a religious secret society that seems to embrace "good" but there are many social, political and economic interest behind Freemasonry and also I am trying to show tat Freemasonry puts people against the Bible and Christ. So, let me say something about the real objectives of Freemasonry: 
                                                                                                                                A. Freemasonry proclaims a self-salvation 

Freemasonry is one of the 10 most popular secret societies in the world. It is a secret society followed by five million members around the world. It is a society that proclaims self-salvation, saying that people are saved by observing the principles of Freemasonry, regardless their religion. Proclaiming salvation by doing good, Freemasonry is immediately placed outside of the Bible, which proclaims a salvation solely through the redemptive work of Christ. According to the Bible no one can be saved through works of charity so emphasized by Freemasonry 

Ephesians 2:8-9 For by grace are we saved, through faith, and that not of yourselves, it is a gift of God, not by works, that no one can boast. 

Freemasonry is therefore a pagan society when it is examined in the light of the Scriptures. It is not a church or a denomination, but it is a very dangerous syncretistic religious movement.                                                                                                                       
B. Freemasonry is not just an association?

The wolf in sheep's clothing...
Freemasonry is not just not association of people looking to do good in various levels of society, it is rather  a satanic society, with the main purpose to achieve social, political and economic goals and to keep people away from God, more precisely of Jesus Christ? It is "the wolf in sheep's clothing!" To become a Freemason we only need  to believe in a religion. But that comes against the Bible that says: 

John 14:6 "Jesus said to them: I am the way, the truth and the life: no man come to the Father, except by me."                                                                                                            
Acts 4:12 "And there is salvation in no other, because under heaven, there is no other name given among men whereby we must be saved." 
                                                                                                                            Christianity is not in any way against the practice of good, but reveals that the real deeds are done for the glory of God and not for the glory of man, and they are possible only after recognizing that we are sinners and we surrender our lives to Jesus Christ, the Saviour of the world, who gave his life for our sins". 
                                                                                                                                 C. Masonry does not confess Jesus Christ as savior
                                                                                                                          Freemasonry does not confess Jesus Christ as savior and God. So, the God of Freemasonry is not the true God.

Lord and Saviour of the World 
By not confessing the true God who is revealed in the Bible, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, we can declare that Freemasonry is nothing more than a pagan and idolatrous religion.

The way of salvation by works taught by Freemasonry is represented by a ladder.

So Masonic Encyclopedia says:

"This ladder is a symbol of progress. His first three steps, are Faith, Hope and Love, showing us the way we move from earth to heaven, from death to life, from mortal to immortal. The first step represents the world, the last step, the top one, is a symbol of Heaven.

So, Freemasonry teaches salvation by "works" or "deeds" and not by exclusive faith in Christ.

D. The followers of masonry are secret

The masons are secret. Non masons can not attend the celebrations in the Masonic Lodges, because they are reserved only to masons, and nobody can know them, they are secret.
a secret society.....

There are some who say that we can not call Freemasonry a secret society, comparing Freemasonry with others anonymous societies.

But we must not forget that Freemasonry is not a sport, business or a political society. Freemasonry is a religious society, so why should their members be secret. what is the purpose or the real reason behind the rule that does not allow masons to be known?

What other religious institution teaches that their members must remain secret or anonymous?

E. The ulterior motives of Freemasonry to maintain secrecy

1. Freemasonry wants to look like a fraternal society to mislead people

People may think that the aims of Freemasonry is solidarity and to do good, but although apparently this seems to be true, when we go a bit deeper in our knowledge of Freemasonry we begin to notice that people who are involved in Freemasonry are in search of political power and commercial gain .

Freemasonry involve skills that are divided in five stages or chambers, namely knowledge of morality, hidden in allegories and illustrated by symbols. Masonry says that this spiritual knowledge is beyond human understanding and so it has to be kept secret.

The passwords and symbols that lead to this knowledge can not be known, unless by masons as they go up in the learning of these five stages of knowledge .

Like I said Masonic knowledge is divided in five stages. Each step is developed in a chamber itself, with their degrees.

There are the following stages: (some people might call other names)

Symbolic Degrees: - 1 to 3 degree.

Ineffable Degrees: - 4 to 18 degree

Philosophical Degrees - 19 to 30 degree.

Consistory Degree - 31 to 32 degree.

Official Degree - 33 degree.

The knowledge gained in each of these steps must be kept in a highly secret.

Although Freemasonry says that this knowledge is to be beneficial to all mankind and so he opened this knowledge to people of all religions, Freemasonry has the ulterior motive to open opportunities for political and commercial manipulation, as well spiritual manipulation.

Freemasonry is a religious body that is controlled by some masons who do not want to serve others, but rather, they want to be served, because of their selfish ambitions in the pursuit of power, money and other interests.

Freemasonry in the light of the Bible is a false religion that keeps man from the Bible and from God.

2. What is behind the non-admission of women

Women in freemasonry?
I do not want to discriminate against homosexuals here. But it is not strange that Freemasonry accepts homosexuals and do not accept women? It seems if in discriminating women, they want to keep some interests. There are many testimonies of people who ensure that Freemasonry has much connection with Pedofolia.

You can search the internet and read about the connection Freemasonry, Opus Dei and other secret societies have with the cases of Pedofolia, like for example the case of "Casa Pia" in Portugal. It has been very strange, how judges were removed from the process and the Portuguese Court put others in their places. And the main suspects remain free and some are seeking compensation. 

Anyway, all this to say that I find very strange that Freemasonry put so much opposition to the admission of women, but does not have the same attitude toward homosexuals, but rather everything seems to indicate that they are privileged people .

What is behind this secret society of men?

3. Freemasonry deals with issues that are very secret.

Like I said, you can search the internet and read about the connection Freemasonry, Opus Dei and other secret societies have with the cases of Pedofolia, like for example the case of "Casa Pia" in Portugal. It has been very strange, how judges were removed from the process and the Portuguese Court put others in their places. And the main suspects remain free and some are seeking compensation. 

It seems if Freemasonry is also involved in obscure cases of political, economic and moral matters, which need to be treated under high secrecy.

Don't be blind. There is a dark and obscure reason why masonry is a secret society and the members are kept secret. Surely, is not for a good reason that a religious society needs to be so highly secret.

Freemasonry in their Lodges of higher degrees discuss and decide about political, economic, religious and moral matters of great influence within societies.

That's why there are degrees or steps, and the higher degrees are only for members who are very reliable and have a great influence in society.

4. Are the people mentioned below masons or not?

I can not say that it's true what they say about people named below, but you can give a look in some websites at the bottom of this section

Are they freemasons or not!? 

                                                                                                                            President Barak Hussein Obama
http://www.masonicinfo.com/obama.htm

President George Bush
http://www.espada.eti.br/n2001.asp

Testimony of former 33rd degree Mason - Pastor Stefani Saad:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SO3crMJPo9Y&feature=related

Many sites on internet speaks about the involvement of Gerry and Kate MacCanns with Freemasonty

Gerry and Kate MacCanns
http://gerrymccan-abuseofpower-humanrights.blogspot.co.uk/
                                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                V. Can a Christian be a part of masonry?


no, no, no...
1 John 4:1 "Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets have gone out into the world."

Any religious teaching that does not conform to the scripture is false and the devil uses deceptive spirits that through false prophets propagate such teachings.                                                                                                              

If a Christian becomes part of Freemasonry he disobeys the Bible and Christ. Look below at one of masonry's oath to realize that this completely wrong for a Christian to be part of Freemasonry:

"So and so .............. I swear and promise of my own free will and without been forced, under my honour, and according to the precepts of my religion, in the presence of the supreme architect of the universe, which is God, and before this assembly of masons, solemnly and sincerely never to reveal the mysteries, symbols or allegories that are explained to me as a regular mason. If I miss this oath, even when confronted by death, from the moment I commit such a crime, I must be declared infamous before God and before men, and I deserved to be dishonoured. Amen."

RATorrey once said he doesn't understand how an intelligent and devoted believer can belong to a secret society. It is obvious disobedience to a specific mandate of God in II Corinthians 6:14-18

I personally think that if a Christian belongs to any secret society, he fails to follow what is written in 

Matthew 5:14-16. "You are the light of the world"

Philippians 2:15 "We must shine as lights in the world."

Believers are called to live as a light before all men, not in secret, and reveal to all the people the truths of the Bible, they must shine  as lights in the world.


V I. Do Freemasons worship Lucifer?

Over the years, some people have claimed that Freemasons worship Lucifer, or Satan.  

The truth of the matter is that the name Lucifer is not found in the rituals of the Blue Lodge, or the York Rite.  We do not believe that Lucifer is mentioned by name in the Scottish Rite degrees, either. 
However, one of the "Sacred Words" in the17th Degree of the Scottish Rite is "Abaddon," the angel of  the bottomless pit, mentioned in Revelation 9:11. 

Worship does occur in Masonic Lodges. 

One of the primary purposes of Freemasonry is worship.  That fact is clearly stated in the Declaration of Principleswhich is contained on pages 37-39 of the Indiana Monitor and Freemason's Guide.  (To examine the source materials, see footnotes.) 

Masons worship a god which they call the Great Architet of the Universe.

The symbol they have chosen to represent their god is the All Seeing Eye, which the Egyptians used to represent their pagan god, Osiris.   Many Masons are well aware of the pagan connection.  It is clearly stated in a number of Masonic Monitors.  An example is found on page 116 of the Kentucky Monitor. 

Since Freemasonry teaches a false plan of salvation, Masons are not following in the teachings of Jesus Christ.  

2 John 1:9 allows us to know that since they are not following in the teachings of Jesus, they do not have God. Freemasonry is classic paganism.

1 Corinthians 10:20-21 allows us to know that the sacrifices of pagans are offered to demons, rather than God.

Although we can say with certainty that the god of Freemasonry is a demon, we do not know specifically which demon Masons worship in lodge.  We simply know that they refer to their demon as the Great Architect of the Universe, or GAOTU. 

All demons are under the leadership of Satan.  Therefore, Freemasons cannot avoid worshiping Satan by proxy.  Very few of them realize the facts in this aspect of Masonic worship.  

A great numbers of Masons, even some who do not claim to be Christians, would leave the lodge immediately if the names of Satan, or Lucifer, were substituted for the GAOTU in Masonic prayers. 

Satan would not allow that to occur, because the more effective lie is the one which is closer to the truth, without being true.   The reason that a name such as the GAOTU is chosen for the object of worship is discussed on The Men's Club, an essay on the Ex-Masons for Jesus Website:

Ex-Masons for Jesus Website:

This article is from the site below:



V I I. Testimonials of people who left Freemasonry
                                                                                                                            Witness the famous theologian Charles G. Finney:
http://www.militarcristao.com.br/estudos.php?acao=texto&id=493&pagina=0

Testimony of Pastor Stefani Saad:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SO3crMJPo9Y&feature=related


V I I I. I would give your life to God.

If you read this post and you have recognized that you need to ask for God's forgiveness, to put faith in Jesus Christ, to recognize Him as your personal Saviour and you want to receive Eternal Life, you can do with all your sincerity the prayer below:

Forgive me...
"Heavenly Father, have mercy on me, a sinner. I believe in you and that your word is true. I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of the living God and that he died on the cross so that I may now have forgiveness for my sins and eternal life. I know that without you in my heart my life is meaningless.

I believe in my heart that you, Lord God, raised Him from the dead. Please Jesus forgive me, for every sin I have ever committed or done in my heart, please Lord Jesus forgive me and come into my heart as my personal Lord and Savior today. I need you to be my Savior and my Father.

I give you my life and ask you to take full control from this moment on; I pray this in the name of Jesus Christ."

Amen.

If you did this pray, please before you go to bed tonight read in your Bible about What shall I do to be saved? (Acts 2:37, 16:30)

See “Mr Good Person” - Way of the Master – Ray Comfort

http://viriatomartins-religionphilosophy.blogspot.co.uk/2011/07/mr-good-person.html


IX. THE ILLUMINATI AND FREEMASONRY

The Illuminati

Popular history texts and encyclopedias generally paint the Illuminati as having its origins in 1776 Bavaria. However, the origins go back much further. The Illuminati are tied directly through masonry to the sun and Isis cults of ancient Egypt.

The term 
“Illuminati” was used by one early writer, Menendez Pelayo, as early as 1492 and is attributable to a group known as the “Alumbrados” of Spain.
The Alumbrados were said to receive secret knowledge from an unknown higher source, resulting in superior human intelligence. This group was condemned by an edict of the Grand Inquisition in 1623, in what was another battle in the long-running war between the catholic Church and the secret societies.

Some writers claim that a group known as the “Illumined Ones” was founded by 
Joachim of Floris in the eleventh century and taught a primitive, supposedly Christian doctrine of “poverty and equality.” This tactic to disguise Illuminism behind a thin veil of Christianity is now a well-established theme. Later, this group is said to have become violent, plundering the rich and thereby discrediting Christianity as a whole.

Still other writers trace the Illuminati to the dreaded Ishmalean sect of Islam, also known as “the Assasins” Founded in 1090 by 
Hassan Sabah, this group combined the use of the drug hashish with murder as their main path to illumination.

Killing was a mystical experience to this branch of 
the Mystery Schools. They not only maintained their control by murder and threats of murder, they believed that the assassin could acquire the gnosis, or soul energy from the victim. This is the theory behind the human and animal sacrifices of Satanists throughout history (and the ritual child abuse etc).

Primitive religions get the same effect by dancing and drumbeating. Seeking this form of illumination was the main attraction of drugs like marijuana, hashish, and LSD to teenagers of the 1960s and the 1970s. Buddhists can gain the same illumination through sexual rituals known as Tantric Yoga, or through the different forms of mediation. Witchcraft covens still meet in the nude and participate in group sexual rituals for the same effect. Mass participation in animal sacrifice is another way to scavenge gnosis.
 
The sad fact is that although sex, drugs, dancing, and drumbeating are believed to release a lot of gnosis, Satanists believe that sacrifices release more of it than anything else. Such are the dark and sordid machinations of the deluded souls who think their gnosis accumulations and illumination will give them some form of deity or immortality.

In what may be the most beautifully composed denunciation of Masonry ever written, 
de Poncins wrote:
The great task of freemasonry is to spread ideas sometimes noble and beautiful in appearance but in reality destructive, of which the prototype is the famous motto: Liberty, equality, fraternity.”
Masonry, a vast organism of propaganda, acts by slow suggestion, spreading the revolutionary ferment in an insidious manner. The heads sow it among the inner lodges, these transmit it to the lower lodges whence it penetrates into the affiliated institutions and into the press, which takes in hand the public.

Tirelessly and during the necessary number of years, the suggestion . . . works upon public opinion and fashions it to wish for the reforms from which nations die. In 1789 and 1848 [the years of the French revolutions], 
freemasonry, in its momentary command of power, failed in its supreme endeavour.
Taught by these experiences, its progress has become slower and surer. When once the revolutionary preparation is obtained and judged sufficient, masonry leaves the field to the militant organizations, Carbonari, Bolshevists, or other open or secret societies, and retires into shadows in the background. There it is not compromised; in case of check, it seems to have remained apart, and is all the better able to continue or take up again its work, like a gnawing worm, obscure and destroying.

Masonry never works in the full light of day.
Every one knows of its existence, its meeting places and of many of its adepts, but one is ignorant of its real aims, its real means, its real leaders.
The immense majority of masons themselves are in that position. They are only the blind machinery of the sect which they serve... Many honest masons are so blind that they would be stupefied if they knew for what they are being used.
 
The Masonic Ritual revealed
Every Mason swears to a set of oaths so ancient that a separate term has been set aside to describe them. These are called “blood oaths.”

Masonry, as we know it today in America, is thought of as having thirty-third degrees, or levels. Many offshoot organizations have developed over the years that have attempted to add additional degrees above the publicly known thirty-three. Mormonism is one such offshoot. As shown in a later chapter, its founder 
Joseph Smith, and most, if not all of his initial inner circle of supporters were Masons. He borrowed heavily from Masonic ritual for his newly-created Mormon ceremonies.

With each successive degree, the Mason must swear to ever more cruel and barbarous oaths. The following details of the initiation oaths of the first three degrees of Masonry are closely guarded Masonic secrets. In fact, every Mason musts swear to kill any fellow mason who reveals them.
Fortunately for humanity, however, several brave souls in the last 200 years have felt compelled to speak out, publishing this “secret work” for the world to see. It is thanks to these courageous men that we have the exact wording and rituals of at least the first three degrees. 
The personal experience of Lucifer is not often described in literature. What it was like to be Hitler living in a physical body with the incarnational Luciferian energy can only be hinted at in his biographies. The traditional Hollywood idea of fangs and claws and large ‘devilish’ bodies is a stereotype that does not equate to the assimilation of these energies into 3rd dimensional living. Perhaps some of Aleister Crowley’s life might hint at it in part. 
Alan Richardson, perhaps to some extent, manifests in his book Earth God Rising, the slow descent into what might be called Luciferianism.
                                                                                       


X. Some attachments

Although this post on Freemasonry is of my own, I used some sites in their construction:

http://palavradaverdade.com/print2.php?codigo=2817

http://overlordsofchaos.com/html/freemasonry_.html

If you know the English language well, you can open the site below about 10 secret societies, known the world over:

http://www.toptenz.net/top-10-secret-societies.php


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