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Written by Larry Kunk   
Friday, 11 September 2009 20:40

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The Secret Doctrine

by Larry Kunk

Ephesians 5:11, Inc.
P. O. Box 29
Fishers, Indiana 46038

 

Does the Masonic Lodge have a secret doctrine which is known by only those at the top of the organization? If knowledge of a secret doctrine were not restricted to only those in the higher degrees, how would the Lodge select which men were to have access to those secret teachings? What methods would be used to promote, while at the same time restrict such sensitive information?

If there were a secret doctrine, would it be possible to accurately know its teachings without joining the organization? Most Masons, even those in the higher degrees, will be quick to deny the existence of any secret doctrine.

Many Masons have claimed that The ritual is all that there is. Is that really true? Are Masonic teachings limited to ritual, or are there teachings beyond the ritual which Masonry attempts to convey to its members? To answer those questions, we must turn to the writings of Masonic authorities.

The highest authority of Freemasonry

 

Many times, Masons have claimed that the ritual is the only authority of Freemasonry. In examining that claim, we need to acknowledge that the rituals of the degrees of Freemasonry were written by men. Is it reasonable to assign higher authority to a work than is given its author or authors? Obviously those who wrote the rituals have or had a greater level of authority than the rituals which they produced. If we could identify the authors of the rituals, we would unquestionably identify men who are Masonic authorities. It would be very difficult today to identify all of the authors of the rituals of the three degrees of the Blue Lodge. The ritual was not written all at once, but evolved over time. (1)

The major portions of the ritual are well over one hundred years old. All of the major authors are dead. However, it is quite easy to identify those who have the ability to alter the ritual as practiced in Lodges today. Any Grand Lodge has the authority to alter the ritual which is practiced in its jurisdiction. There are portions of ritual, called landmarks which Grand Lodges will never alter in any significant way. But, there is some divergence of opinion among various Grand Lodges as to which actually do constitute all of the true landmarks of Freemasonry. According to the Indiana Monitor and Freemason's Guide, there are seven which are universally accepted. (2)

An example of one of those seven landmarks is the Legend of the Third Degree. The Legend of the Third Degree cannot be significantly altered without altering the nature of Freemasonry. However, less essential portions of the ritual can be, and have been, altered by ruling Grand Lodges. An example which demonstrates that the ritual can be changed has been provided by the Grand Lodge of England. In recent times, the Grand Lodge of England removed the blood oaths from the ritual of the Blue Lodge. Obviously, since a Grand Lodge has the ability to alter ritual, it has higher authority than the ritual. The ritual is the product of an authority or authorities.

Another means of determining with whom the highest authority rests is to consider the process by which a new Lodge is formed. In the United States the practice is for the Grand Master to issue a dispensation to operate until the ensuing Grand Lodge at which the dispensation may be continued, a charter may be granted, or the dispensation dismissed. (3 )

Since the Grand Lodges are the highest authorities of Masonry, Grand Lodge publications produced for use by Masons including Masonic Monitors, books of Masonic Law, and training materials are excellent sources of authoritative Masonic teaching. Other written materials which are listed as recommended reading in Grand Lodge publications which are produced for consumption by Masons would also be excellent sources of Masonic information.

There are 49 Grand Lodges in the United States, one in each of the 48 continental states and one in the District of Columbia. (4) Alaska and Hawaii fall under the jurisdictions of the Grand Lodges of Washington and California respectively. Many Masonic bodies have official periodical publications which provide a window into the Masonic system.

How do Grand Lodges begin the training process?

 

Lodge training methods in general are variations on a theme. The general method is to conduct the candidate through the ritual and explain to him that the ritual has meanings which he can only know if he discovers them through his own efforts. The Lodge never tells a candidate directly what the complete meaning of the ritual is.

A series of booklets have been compiled by the Committee on Masonic Education of the Grand Lodge of Iowa for use in educating the new Mason. The booklets are titled On the Threshold, The Entered Apprentice, The Fellow Craft, and The Master Mason. They have been adopted and republished by Grand Lodges in other states, including Indiana and North Carolina. The Indiana version has been through multiple printings. These training materials can be given to new members as they progress through the first three degrees of the Blue Lodge. The first booklet, On the Threshold, is given to the newly elected member before he receives the Entered Apprentice degree. After each degree is conferred, the booklet with the same name is then presented to the man. These particular booklets are not used in all jurisdictions. Their content is congruent with other Masonic writings. As we shall see, some Grand Lodges use other tools to achieve the same end.

Most Grand Lodges produce a Monitor, which is given to each new member. The names of the Monitors vary from state to state. In Virginia it is called the Virginia Text Book. In West Virginia, the monitor is titled Masonic Text Book. In Georgia, the monitor is titled Masonic Manual and Code. The Grand Lodge of Indiana publishes the Indiana Monitor and Freemason's Guide, which must be given to each man when he is raised to Master Mason. That requirement is Masonic Law in the state of Indiana. (5)

The term, "raised" is used in the same sense as raised from the dead. In the Indiana Monitor and Freemason's Guide, under Declaration of Principles, the Grand Lodge states:

It is a social organization only so far as it furnishes additional inducement that men may forgather in numbers, thereby providing more material for its primary work of education, of worship, and of charity. (page 35)

The monitor published by the Grand Lodge of Indiana tells new Master Masons that the Lodge is not primarily a social organization; its primary purpose is education, worship and charity. Many Masons have claimed that the Lodge is simply a social organization. In a footnote at the bottom of the page, the Grand Lodge explains the purpose of the Declaration of Principles:

"In order to correct any misunderstanding and to refute willful misrepresentation, this Declaration of Principles was adopted by the Grand Lodge of Indiana on May 24, 1939." (page 35)

The Grand Lodge of Indiana wants each Mason to know that its primary purpose is education, worship and charity. The Lodge makes it clear that any social nature is strictly or the purpose of enlarging membership. The Masonic Manual and Code, published by the Grand Lodge of Georgia, contains the same Declaration of Principles. (6 )

The Declaration was formulated in February, 1939, by the Grand Masters Conference in Washington, D.C. (7) The Declaration of Principles was widely accepted and is used by many Grand Lodges.

Masonic monitors often contain footnotes or text which lifts up prominent Masonic authors or books. The favorable mention of a Masonic author in a monitor would lead many to believe that the Grand Lodge was endorsing the writings of those authors. An example is the following text from the Masonic Text Book (8) for use in the Lodges of West Virginia:

"Brother Albert Pike, one of the most illustrious Masons in all the ages, and who was an acknowledged authority upon all Masonic questions, was a believer in ancient Landmarks. . ." (page 25)

The Indiana Monitor and Freemason's Guide mentions Masonic historian H.L. Haywood and James E. Craig as prominent modern authors. (9) Haywood gives a very truthful description of the purpose of the Lodge in his book, The Great Teachings of Masonry. (10) In it, Haywood wrote the following:

"The Fraternity itself exists in order to keep fixed on a man a certain set of influences, and in order to bring about certain changes in the world, etc.: its secrecy is a means to that end, and helps to make such a purpose possible." (page 33)

After the deeper meanings of the ritual are fully understood, the words of Haywood will take on an ominous meaning. Many statements in Masonic books cannot be properly understood by those not acquainted with the deeper meanings of the ritual. Masonic books contain teachings which go over the heads of most who read them. To those who are familiar with the deeper meanings, the writings are easily understood.

Masonry's Most Important Symbol

 

Masonry is full of symbols. The most important of those symbols is discussed in a cursory way in the Indiana Monitor and Freemason's Guide:

"The Legend of the Third Degree. This is the most important and significant of the legendary symbols of Freemasonry. It has descended from age to age by oral tradition, and has been preserved in every Masonic rite, practiced in any country or language, with no essential alteration." (page 38)

The Legend of the Third Degree and the Significance of the LOST WORD

The Lost Word, and the rediscovery of it, is a central theme in Masonic ritual. The setting for the legend is the building of Solomon's temple, just before completion. In the ritual of the third degree, each man who is raised to Master Mason is required to portray Hiram Abiff, the Grand Master. For working on the temple the Fellowcrafts are to receive the secrets of a Master Mason which will entitle them to the wages of a Master. Some of the men do not want to wait until the appropriate time to obtain the secrets. Hiram Abiff is accosted by three men who are referred to in the ritual as the three ruffians. They are Jubela, Jubelo and Jebulum. They demand that he reveal to them the secrets of a Master Mason.

 

Hiram Abiff is a righteous individual, he will not reveal the secrets to them until the proper time and place and then only in the presence of Hiram, King of Tyre and Solomon, King of Israel. The first ruffian encounters Hiram Abiff at the south gate but fails to obtain the Master's Word. The second ruffian encounters Hiram Abiff in the west and demands, "Give me the Master's Word, or I will take your life in a moment!"

The third ruffian engages Hiram Abiff in the east and does take his life. Hiram is unjustly murdered. When he died, the Word was lost because it could not be mentioned except in the presence of the two Hirams and Solomon. Hiram Abiff is buried on the brow of a hill west of Mount Moriah to conceal the crime and the three murderers attempt to flee the country. After King Solomon notices that Hiram Abiff is missing, a search is mounted. One of the searchers finds a fresh grave. The body is confirmed to be that of Grand Master Hiram Abiff.

At the grave site, King Solomon (the Worshipful Master) declares that the Master's Word has been lost. He declares that the first Word spoken after the body is raised will be adopted for the regulation of the Masters' Lodges until future generations shall find the right Word. King Solomon instructs the Entered Apprentices and the Fellowcrafts to attempt to raise the body of Hiram. They fail to resurrect their Master from the dead. They are unable to raise Hiram because the flesh leaves from the bone. The Worshipful Master makes the attempt and Hiram Abiff is then raised from the dead by the strong grip of the lions paw of the tribe of Judah. (Jesus is the real Lion of the tribe of Judah.)

The first word spoken after being raised from the dead is spoken on the five points of fellowship. The word is MAH-HAH-BONE; it is the substitute for the Lost Word to be used until the Lost Word is again found.

The Meaning of the Legend of the Third Degree

 

What is the meaning of the ritual? The Indiana Monitor and Freemason's Guide has the following to say about the meaning of the Legend of the Third Degree:

"It was the single object of all the ancient rites and mysteries practiced in the very bosom of pagan darkness, shining as a solitary beacon in all that surrounding gloom, and cheering the philosopher in his weary pilgrimage of life, to teach the immortality of the soul. This is still the great design of the third degree of Masonry. This is the scope and aim of its ritual. The Master Mason represents man, when youth, manhood, old age, and life itself have passed away as fleeting shadows, yet raised from the grave of iniquity, and quickened into another and better existence. By its legenuter disk is incompatible with Publisher's program, Publishers d and all its ritual, it is implied that we have been redeemed from the death of sin and the sepulchre of pollution. (pages 144-145)

The paragraph from the Indiana monitor was written by Albert G. Mackey, one of Masonry's most respected authors. The text is found in Mackey's book, Manual of the Lodge. (11) By mandating that each man be given a copy of the monitor, the Grand Lodge of Indiana is really telling every new Master Mason raised in Indiana that the ritual implies that they have been redeemed from the death of sin.

Anything that is said to redeem a man from the death of sin can only properly be described as a PLAN OF SALVATION. The Grand Lodge of Indiana does not use the word salvation, yet it is obviously implied and is found in the original source, the Manual of the Lodge: (12)

". . .the Master Mason represents a man saved from the grave of iniquity, and raised to the faith of salvation." (page 96)

Although Manual of the Lodge was written over 130 years ago, it is still in print! It is reproduced completely in the Ahiman Rezon, (13) the Masonic monitor published by the authority of the Grand Lodge of South Carolina. The statement that the Master Mason represents a man saved from the grave of iniquity, and raised to the faith of salvation also found in the North Carolina Lodge Manual, published by the Grand Lodge of North Carolina North. (14)

The Monitor and Ceremonies, Ancient, Free, and Accepted Masons, published by the order of the Grand Lodge of Nebraska also contains Mackey's teachings concerning salvation. (15) Mackey's writings from Manual of the Lodge are reproduced faithfully. Obviously Albert Mackey is a Masonic authority whose writings concerning salvation have been endorsed by Grand Lodges.

Masonic monitors provide evidence that many Grand Lodges, the highest authorities of Freemasonry, currently teach that the Master Mason has been redeemed from the death of sin. The Master Mason is said to represent a man saved from the grave of iniquity, and raised to the faith of salvation. There are other writings found in Masonic monitors which would encourage a Mason to believe that he has salvation or that he will go to heaven when his days on earth come to an end. Consider the following two passages:

"The covering of a Lodge is a clouded canopy, or star-decked heaven, where all good Masons hope at last to arrive . . ."

". . . we should apply our knowledge to the discharge of our respective duties, to God, our neighbors and ourselves, so that in age, as Master Masons, we may enjoy the happy reflections consequent on a well-spent life, and die in the hope of a glorious immortality."

The two passages above are found in the monitors of Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Nebraska, North Carolina, Ohio, Tennessee, South Carolina, Texas, Virginia and West Virginia. (16)

The monitor from Texas contained only a portion of the latter passage. Monitors from nineteen states were checked. Since all which were checked contained the two passages, it is statistically reasonable to assume that the vast majority, if not all, of the monitors of other states will also contain them.

What is the common source of the text? The first passage is from the ritual of Entered Apprentice degree, while the second passage is from the ritual of the Master Mason degree. During the third degree ritual, just before Hiram Abiff is raised from the dead, the Worshipful Master offers a prayer which ends with the following:

"Yet, O Lord! have compassion on the children of thy creation, administer them comfort in time of trouble, and save them with an everlasting salvation. Amen. So mote it be."

No Mason can truthfully say that the Lodge does not hold out the hope of salvation to the Master Mason. The man who has not been in the Lodge in years, and probably doesn't remember ritual clearly, can check his monitor and verify that Masonry teaches that the Master Mason may expect salvation.

Master Masons include Moslems, Hindus, Buddhists, Mormons, members of Christian Churches and some who have no religious affiliation other than the Lodge. Masonry requires only a belief in a Deity. Moslems, Hindus, Buddhists, and Mormons all reject the unique Deity of Jesus Christ. Since Masonry teaches that Master Masons as a class are redeemed from the death of sin, raised to the faith of salvation, many die in the vacant hope of a glorious immortality.

Masonry is claiming one of the following to be true:

1. Something is brought about in the making of a Master Mason which provides salvation

2. All men who believe in a Deity have salvation, regardless of the identity of that Deity.

Either teaching is unacceptable to a Christian. The Mason who professes to be Christian is presented with a bit of a dilemma. Can a man be a Christian and at the same time embrace an organization which gives assurance of salvation on terms other than faith in Jesus Christ? What will Jesus say?

How is the education process continued?

 

The ritual of Freemasonry, as well as the writings in the monitors, assures the Master Mason of salvation. However, the ritual and the monitors do not explain exactly how the Master Mason is to be saved. The deeper meanings of the rituals contained in the secret teachings are concealed from some, while revealed to others. What does the Grand Lodge of Indiana do to encourage the new Master Mason to discover the deeper meanings behind the ritual? In the Indiana Monitor and Freemason's Guide, the Grand Lodge of Indiana states:

"In the ceremonies of making a Mason, we do not attempt to do more than to indicate the pathway Masonic knowledge, to lay the foundation for the Masonic edifice. The brother must pursue the journey or complete the structure for himself by reading and reflection." (page 124)

Clearly, the Grand Lodge of Indiana advises all Master Masons that they are not being given all of the significant knowledge about Freemasonry. They are told that they must read, and reflect upon what they have read, to obtain a complete understanding. Which books should a Mason read to learn about Freemasonry? Obviously, those written by Masonic authors. But, some Masons don't spend the time to do the required reading to complete the structure

or to develop an in depth knowledge of Freemasonry. In their ignorance, they are unaware of how much they don't know. Those who do spend the time to do the research necessary to understand the deeper things of the craft are bound by oath not to reveal them to non-Masons. Each man determines for himself if he will gain access to additional Masonic teachings or not. If he is excluded from additional knowledge, it is because he has not made the effort to read and reflect.

Various methods used by other Grand Lodges

 

The monitors used in Ohio Lodges are not as detailed as those of Indiana, South Carolina and some other states. Masonic Lodge Methods (17) by L. B. Blakemore, a Past Grand Master of Ohio, discusses the importance of the Lodge library and suggests the following:

"It is suggested that when a Candidate has been Raised, and while he is still in the Master's care, the Lodge Librarian, or the Chaplain, or the Master himself should address him somewhat as follows: 'I herewith present you with a Masonic book which I have borrowed for you from our Lodge Library (or other Masonic Library). You will read it and return it and secure another one and so continue your search for more light in Masonry.' This is impressive and figures in the Candidate's mind as a part of his Initiation and starts him out on a search for more 'Masonic Light' and information. The book presented should be an interesting one carefully selected with a view to his ability to appreciate it. (pages 43 and 44)

The practice of giving a book to a new Master Mason rather than lending one from the Lodge Library is also common. Macoy Publishing and Masonic Supply Company's September 1992 catalog (18) names The Builders (19) as one of the outstanding classics in Masonic literature. The catalog goes on to say that many Grand Lodges present a copy to each newly raised Mason. Evidence of that fact was found in a copy of The Builders. The bookplate states: "Presented to (the man's name) on being raised to the Sublime Degree of Master Mason." It was signed by the Master of a Wisconsin Lodge.

The Builders and its author, Joseph Fort Newton, are listed in footnotes and text in Masonic monitors from various states. In the Indiana Monitor and Freemason's Guide, a long quote from The Builders is reproduced. The text just prior to the quote identifies the author and title of the book and states that: "It bids fair to become a Masonic classic." (page 162)

The Kentucky Monitor (20) contains a long quote from The Builders. The quote is used to answer the question: When is a man a Mason?

Just before the quote, which is used to answer the question, the Kentucky Monitor states:

"There is no satisfactory formula, Dr. Joseph Fort Newton, in his Masonic classic, 'The Builders' at least expresses its true philosophy when he says: . . . (page ix)

When Grand Lodges take writings of a particular man for use in Masonic monitors, they themselves do not author that portion of the monitor, but grant authority to those who wrote the quoted text. In the act of quoting, the Grand Lodge acknowledges the author to be an accepted source of accurate Masonic information. In other words, the Grand Lodge identifies the author being quoted as a Masonic authority. Denials that Masonic authors who are quoted in official Grand Lodge publications are authorities on Freemasonry ring hollow.

The Masonic training booklets which were compiled by the Committee on Masonic Education, and have been reprinted by various Grand Lodges, stress the importance of the writings of Masonic authors. The final booklet, The Master Mason, contains the following:

"It is safe to say that among the countless thousands who have in the past been raised to the Sublime Degree of Master Mason, no one of them realized at the time the full implications of the ceremony. This clearly would be impossible. Yet it is vitally important that the deeper meanings of this degree be understood if one is to become a Master Mason in fact as well as in name."(page 2)

The Master Mason has been authorized and is used by multiple Grand Lodges including those of Iowa, Indiana and North Carolina. The Grand Lodges teach that a man cannot become a Master Mason in fact as well as in name until he knows the deeper meanings of the Master Mason Degree. The implications of such a teaching are significant. If Master Masons as a class have salvation, then unless a particular man was a Master Mason in fact as well as in name, he would not necessarily have salvation. The instruction continues:

"This final booklet is intended to indicate something of what lies beyond the instruction you have already received. If it encourages you to investigate still further it will indeed have served a good purpose. The literature of Masonry in all its many phases is within your reach and your Worshipful Master or Secretary can give you particulars. (page 2)

Your enjoyment of Freemasonry, its value to you in your future life, your contribution to the fulfillment of its great mission, will be in direct proportion to your understanding of its secrets, which, if you recall the degree through which you have just passed, you do not yet have and which can only be gained by your own endeavors and the assistance of your brethren . . . Much has been written of Freemasonry. Probably your own Lodge possesses a library of books telling of the history of Freemasonry and treating of its philosophy, symbolism, and jurisprudence. These books are at your disposal at all times and there are many others that you may purchase for study in your own home. (page 3-4)

Clearly, the Grand Lodges using these booklets are endorsing use of the Lodge library as a means to becoming a Master Mason in fact as well as one in name. The Grand Lodges also state that many of the Masonic books, which they would have a new Master Mason read to gain an understanding of the deeper meanings, are available for purchase.

A non-Mason Can Understand the Secrets of Masonry

 

The rituals of the first three degrees have been thoroughly revealed and are available in written form to anyone who has an interest in them. Masonic books which are found in Lodge libraries are available from a number of sources. An individual who is not a Mason can read and reflect and come to a very detailed understanding of Masonic teachings. The primary criteria should be to identify those materials which are produced for the consumption of Masons by a credible Masonic authority and which are distributed throughout the Masonic system with the knowledge and cooperation of ruling Masonic bodies such as a Grand Lodge.

Discovering the Deeper Meaning

 

If the new Mason raised in Indiana diligently read all of the materials issued to him by the Grand Lodge of Indiana, it would be reasonable for him to start his search for the deeper meanings of the ritual by obtaining a copy of The builders, by Joseph Fort Newton. It is endorsed as a classic in both the Indiana and Kentucky monitors. Many Grand Lodges present a copy of it to the new Master Mason. The builders is the first Masonic book, not published by a Grand Lodge, which many Masons read. The builders contains a chapter which is titled The Secret Doctrine. The chapter title gives away the fact that the Masonic Lodge does indeed have a Secret Doctrine. Current editions contain a seven-page bibliography which points the seeking Mason to Masonic books which explain the Secret Doctrine in detail. Several of the Masonic books used here to document the Secret Doctrine are listed in the bibliography in The builders.

Tying the Existence of a Secret Doctrine to the Grand Lodge

 

Indirectly tying the existence of the Secret Doctrine back to the Grand Lodge of Indiana and many other states is not difficult. When a Masonic Monitor or other Grand Lodge publication uses quotes from The builders, or declares that it is a Masonic classic, an indirect link between the Secret Doctrine and the Grand Lodge has been created.

Finding a direct link between the Secret Doctrine and a Grand Lodge is more difficult.

It would appear that a direct link exists in the Kentucky Monitor. The thirteenth edition of the Kentucky Monitor contains an index that lists Secret Doctrine among the entries. Seventeen pages are listed as having information about the Secret Doctrine. The most direct passage is found in a preface entitled The Spirit of Masonry:

"This, in short, is a synopsis of the story that Masonry attempts to tell, the Secret Doctrine, completed from the wisdom of the ancient East." (page xix)

Most of the text referring to the Secret Doctrine on those seventeen pages of the Kentucky Monitor is similar to the following two passages:

"Masonry has been defined as a beautiful system of morality, veiled in allegory and illustrated by symbols. Now an allegory is a story told to illustrate or convey some truth. Some of the most important truths have been handed down to us through allegories, that being one of the favorite methods of the Master used to convey His teachings. It is one of the peculiarities of an allegory that its message may not be understood by all men. One must be prepared with his own mind and heart to receive the truth or else he sees it not. It is only a few of all those who hear who perceive the lesson designed to be taught by the allegory. The great majority, having ears to hear, hear not; having eyes to see, see not the beautiful lesson but hear only a pretty story that interests for a short while and then is lost. But the earnest seeker for truth, he who is duly and truly prepared for its perception, sees beyond the veil of the allegory and perceives the beautiful, simple truth which it conceals from the multitude but reveals to the chosen few. (page 20)

"So, my brother, Masonry teaches by allegories and symbols, and it is your part to extract from them the truths that will be of service to you in the building of an upright Masonic character. If you perceive only the stories that Masonry presents to you and do not see deeper into what they are designed to teach, you will miss the most wonderful part of Masonry . . ." (pages 20-21)

Does this link the Grand Lodge of Kentucky directly to the existence of a Secret Doctrine? Some would say no, because the Kentucky Monitor is not published directly by the Grand Lodge of Kentucky. Yet, the Kentucky Monitor, which was arranged by Henry Pirtle, has been presented to new Master Masons in Lodges throughout Kentucky for more than fifty years. Pirtle is a Past Master or former Worshipful Master of the Lodge. Like the Indiana Monitor and Freemason's Guide, the Kentucky Monitor borrows much of its verbiage from books written by Masonic authorities and those books and authors are often listed in footnotes. Because the Kentucky Monitor is not published by the Grand Lodge it can be slightly more direct without linking the Grand Lodge to the Secret Doctrine.

Others would say that it does directly link the Grand Lodge of Kentucky to the existence of a Secret Doctrine because the Kentucky Monitor is presented to every Master Mason raised in the Bluegrass state. The Grand Lodge obviously is aware of the contents of the monitor; it has been in use for more than fifty years.

Many Grand Lodges direct that a copy of The builders be given to every new Master Mason. Some would say that when a new Master Mason is given a copy of The builders as part of his Third Degree ceremony, a direct link to the existence of the Secret Doctrine is legally and legitimately formed. Obviously, if the teachings in The builders, including the teaching of the existence of the Secret Doctrine, were not compatible with Freemasonry, Grand Lodges would not promote or distribute the book.

Can we understand Freemasonry without understanding the Secret Doctrine?

Swinburne Clymer wrote the following in The Mysticism of Masonry: (21)

"The Secret Doctrine is the complete philosophy of Masonic Symbolism." (page 48)

 

Clymer's statement is correct. The true nature of the Masonic Lodge cannot be understood without understanding the Secret Doctrine and comparing it to the Gospel of Jesus. Masonic author George Steinmetz wrote The Lost Word Its Hidden Meaning. (22) The jacket flap of the book contains a statement that the book was "Written with the primary purpose of delving into the Secret Doctrine in Freemasonry."

Chapter 2 is titled The Secret Doctrine. Steinmetz wrote:

"The Secret Doctrine, being the real secret of Freemasonry, is not divulged even to the candidate. There is no machinery set up in the ritual fters contained therein through their use, simulatioor the purpose, and the Secret Doctrine itself is not even acknowledged to exist . . . Officially, the ritual is 'all that there is.' and no Grand Lodge will go beyond that fact and attempt to define the teachings of Masonry, nor will any Grand Lodge (to my knowledge) admit the existence of the Secret Doctrine which is so openly discussed and written about by Masonic students and authorities on Masonic symbolism. (pages 10-11)

Steinmetz continues:

"The Secret Doctrine in Freemasonry cannot be too strongly stressed. Firstly, because there are those, in the Order, who in their lack of knowledge claim that it does not exist; secondly, because the seeking Mason can gain no further light than is shed by the ritual itself, until he starts his quest for the REAL SECRETS of the hidden Mysteries of Freemasonry and they are found WITHIN THE SECRET DOCTRINE! (pages 12-13)

After considering the writings of Steinmetz, the Indiana Monitor and Freemason's Guide, the Kentucky Monitor and Masonic Lodge Methods by Blakemore, we gain a better understanding of the method. The Lodge avoids directly referring to the Secret Doctrine. Instead, it tells the new Master Mason that there is more to learn and the way to learn is to read. This method of instruction provides Grand Lodges an ability to deny responsibility for the Secret Doctrine or even to deny the existence of the Secret Doctrine. Even as they deny the existence of the Secret Doctrine, they continue to encourage the discovery of it. Masonic practice casts serious doubt on the credibility of denials of either the existence of the Secret Doctrine, or that it accurately reflects Masonic teaching.

Additional Details of the Meaning of the Legend of the Third Degree

 

The Indiana Monitor and Freemason's Guide stated of the Legend of the Third Degree:

"By its legend and all its ritual, it is implied that we have been redeemed from the death of sin and the sepulchre of pollution. (pages 144-145)

The Indiana Monitor makes the claim that Masons are redeemed from the death of sin, yet the monitor fails to explain the details of the salvation process. Mystic Masonry, by J.D. Buck contains a more complete explanation of the meaning of the Legend of the Third Degree:

"In the third degree the candidate impersonates Hiram, who has been shown to be identical with the Christos of the Greeks, and with the Sun-Gods of all other nations. The superiority of Masonry at this point over all exoteric Religions consists in this: All these religions take the symbol for the thing symbolized. Christ was originally like the father. Now He is made identical with the Father. In deifying Jesus the whole of humanity is bereft of Christos as an eternal potency within every human soul, a latent Christ in every man. In thus deifying one man, they have orphaned the whole of humanity! On the other hand, Masonry, in making every candidate personify Hiram, has preserved the original teaching, which is a universal glyphic. Few candidates may be aware that Hiram whom they have represented and personified is ideally, and precisely the same as Christ. Yet such is undoubtedly the case. This old philosophy shows what Christ as a glyphic means, and how the Christ-state results from real Initiation, or from the evolution of the human into the Divine. pages 133-134)

The thrust of the paragraph is that Jesus is not unique. Buck writes that Hiram Abiff is identical to Jesus the Christ! Buck states that by declaring Jesus to be uniquely God, orthodox Christianity has deprived the whole of humanity from the possibility of becoming Christs! The Christ-state is said to be the goal for each man. Each Mason can evolve from the human into the Divine through Masonic Initiation! In other words, man can become God!

Most Masons will deny that this could be a viable explanation of the Legend of the Third Degree. Some are sincere and are simply ignorant of the facts. A Master Mason who was raised in Kentucky claimed that he had never seen anything in his Masonic experience which would in any way agree with the interpretation of J.D. Buck. He claimed that none of the materials he had been given contained anything similar. The man said that he had not read any Masonic book other than the Kentucky Monitor. Yet, the Kentucky Monitor contains the following text in the preface. The context is a discussion of the religions of antiquity and how each believed in a Mediator or Redeemer.

"All believed in a future life, to be attained by purification and trials; in a state or successive states of reward and punishment; and in a Mediator or Redeemer, by whom the Evil Principle was to be overcome and the Supreme Deity reconciled to His creatures. The belief was general that He was to be born of a virgin and suffer a painful death. The Hindus called him Krishna; the Chinese, Kioun-tse; the Persians, Sosiosch; the Chaldeans, Dhouvanai; the Egyptians, Horus; Plato, Love; the Scandinavians, Balder; the Christians, Jesus; Masons, Hiram. It is interesting that the 'small hill west of Mount Moriah' has been identified as Golgotha, or Mount Calvary. (pages XIV-XV)

The meaning of this paragraph in the Kentucky Monitor is clear. Jesus is the redeemer of Christians and Hiram is a redeemer for Masons! The Kentucky Monitor clearly presents Hiram Abiff as being in the same classification as Jesus! It even identifies the'small hill west of Mount Moriah' with Calvary!

The Ahiman Rezon, the monitor of South Carolina, supports the identification of Hiram with Jesus:

"The small hill near Mount Moriah can be clearly identified by the most convincing analogies as being no other than Mount Calvary . . . The Christian Mason will readily perceive the peculiar character of the symbolism which this identification of the spot on which the great truth of the resurrection was unfolded in both systems(the Masonic and the Christian)must suggest. "(pages 147-148)

The preface to the Kentucky Monitor contains other comparisons. In a discussion of the book of John, which they say was written to prove the authors view of a contested question, the following is found:

"He commences his essay, ëIn the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.' Of course the Word was lost at the death of the Christian's Redeemer, Jesus, as at the death of Hiram. ( page XVI)

Jesus is the Word. The Kentucky Monitor states that the Word was lost when Jesus died. Christians know that Jesus is alive and the Word was not lost. Jesus rose from the dead and stands victorious. They are clearly implying that Jesus is dead. The final portion from the preface of the Kentucky Monitor which verifies the correctness of J. D. Buck's interpretation of the ritual concerns the teaching that man can become God. From the Kentucky Monitor:

"The three really great rituals of the human race are the ritual of ancient Hinduism, the Mass of the Christian Church, and the Third Degree of Masonry. Widely as they may differ in detail, and far apart as they may seem to be in externals, yet together they testify to the profoundest insight of the human soul, that God becomes man that man may become God! "(page XX)

There are at least two major issues to be considered here. First, the Kentucky Monitor agrees with Buck's interpretation that man can become God! The second is the implication that God (Jesus) became man and then became God. Jesus became man but, He NEVER became God. HE WAS ALWAYS GOD. The implication that he became God is very close to implying that he became a Christ! It is equivalent to saying that Jesus was not Christ when he came in the flesh.

The original source of this text is page 183 of The builders, by Joseph Fort Newton. Those Lodges which present that book to new Master Masons are providing training materials which directly state that man can become God.

Additional details of the Secret Doctrine reveal the Masonic plan of salvation more completely. Mystic Masonry, by J.D. Buck, M.D., contains a chapter titled The Secret Doctrine. Buck writes:

"Every soul must 'work out its own salvation,' and 'take the Kingdom of Heaven by force.' Salvation by faith and the vicarious atonement were not taught, as now interpreted, by Jesus, nor are these doctrines taught in the exoteric Scriptures. They are later and ignorant perversions of the original doctrines. In the Early Church, as in the Secret Doctrine, there was not one Christ for the whole world, but a potential Christ in every man." (page 57)

Later in the chapter Buck further explains:

"It is far more important that men should strive to become Christs than that they should believe that Jesus was Christ. 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. Jesus is no less Divine because all men may reach the same Divine perfection. (page 62)

According to the Secret Doctrine, faith in Jesus the Christ is not necessary for salvation. Notice that in the Secret Doctrine, the meaning of Christ has been redefined. Instead of referring to the Messiah when they use the term, they refer to a state or condition which man can attain. The Secret Doctrine teaches that Jesus was Christ, but he was not the only one to attain that state. Being Christ is vital to Masonic salvation.

The Secret Doctrine states that each man must work out his own salvation. According to the Secret Doctrine, Jesus is not unique. He is just another man; all men can become Christs. But, what does the Bible say?

"Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me "(John 14:6)

"Be it known unto you all, and to all the people of Israel, that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom ye crucified, whom God raised from the dead, even by him doth this man stand here before you whole. {11} This is the stone which was set at nought of you builders, which is become the head of the corner. {12} Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved." (Acts 4:1-12)

"For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God; Being justified freely by his grace through redemption that is in Christ Jesus."(Romans 3:23)

Terminology of the Secret Doctrine

 

The terminology of the Secret Doctrine of the Masonic Lodge is largely unfamiliar to Christians and for that matter, many Masons. General categories of terms describe major concepts. Often multiple terms are used to refer to a particular concept. Cosmic consciousness, Christ-consciousness and possession of the Lost Word all refer to the same state, the Christ-state, wherein the individual Mason has worked out his own salvation. Initiation, Evolution, Divine Science, Science of Soul Development and Soul Architecture, are terms that all describe the same salvation process.

In the Secret Doctrine, possession of the Lost Word is the key to salvation. In The Mysticism of Masonry, Clymer writes:

"After the candidate is obligated and brought to Light in the third degree, he is bantered with the statement that undoubtedly he now imagines himself a Master Mason. He is informed not only that such is not the case but that there is no certainty that he will ever become such. He subsequently starts on his journey for the discovery of the Lost Word." (page 49)

Clymer is referring here to that section of the third degree ritual just prior to the portion where the candidate portrays Hiram Abiff. The candidate is intentionally misled that the Lodge is about to be closed. He is asked how it feels to be a Master Mason, etc. and then the Worshipful Master tells him, "Brother (man's name), you are not yet a Master Mason, neither do I know that you will ever be. . ."

The hoodwink is again placed over his eyes before the ritual continues. The candidate then portrays Hiram Abiff in the Legend of the Third Degree which deals with the death of Hiram and the loss of the Word. Clymer writes of the Lost Word:

"Every man who takes upon himself the Masonic obligation, can, if he will, find this Lost Word. The material required in the process of transmutation is within himself as surely as a man who has his cellar filled with coal and a furnace wherein to burn it, has all that is required to start a roaring fire which will heat his house. Finding the Lost Word is an individual work. Each Soul must accomplish it or miss Immortality and this is true whether a man be a churchman or a Mason or both. (page 55)

In the last sentence, Clymer claims that churchmen, those who have accepted Jesus as their Lord and Savior and who have faith in Jesus as the Christ, will not have salvation unless they also find the Lost Word.

Other Masonic writers stress the importance of finding the Lost Word. Consider the words of Rev. Charles H. Vail in Ancient Mysteries and Modern Masonry: (23)

"The symbol of the Lost Word and the legend of the search for it, embodies the whole design of Freemasonry. The primary object of Freemasonry is the search after Divine Truth. The Word is a symbol of this Divine Truth, and this truth is the key to the Science of the Soul. "(page 211)

Vail reveals clearly that the Lost Word is not a literal word but a symbol which represents Divine Truth. Masonic writer Manly Palmer Hall wrote The Lost Keys of Freemasonry. Hall was lifted up as Masonry's greatest philosopher in his obituary in the November 1990 issue of The Scottish Rite Journal. Although Hall wrote more than 50 books and 65 smaller works, The Lost Keys of Freemasonry is the most well known and used. (24) The obituary stated, "Hall did not teach a new doctrine but was an ambassador of an ageless tradition of wisdom that enriches us to this day." (25)

Hall wrote of the Lost Word in his work, The Lost Keys of Freemasonry:

"The Word is found when the Master himself is ordained by the living hand of God, cleansed by living water, baptized by living fire, a Priest King after the Order of Melchizedek who is above the law." (page 59)

Hall is saying that the Master Mason becomes a Christ when the Lost Word is found. The Melchizedek priesthood is the priesthood of Jesus Christ, mentioned in Hebrews 5:5-6. The teaching that man can become a Christ is the cornerstone of the Secret Doctrine. Masonry's greatest philosopher embraced that teaching until his death in 1990.

In Ancient Operative Masonry, (26) S.R. Parchment sums up Masonic teaching on the Lost Word, the Christ within and redemption contained in the Secret Doctrine:

"The 'Lost Word' is the Christ within, to which the Mystic Mason looks for redemption. Thus the Master Jesus, who was an Initiate of the Ancient Operative School, taught his followers that the kingdom of heaven is within. In the early church, as in the secret doctrine, there was not a personal Christ for the whole world but a potential Christ in every living being. Yea, the mystic while investigating the intangible realms beholds potential Christs in the atoms which compose the universe. Hence Masons believe in the Architect of the Universe, but positively not in Jesus the man as the only Son of God.(Page 35)

Discovering the Lost Word

 

The process through which the Lost Word is rediscovered is known as Initiation. Initiation, Evolution, Divine Science, Science of Soul Development, Soul Architecture, and rediscovery of the Lost Word are all important terms in the language of the Secret Doctrine and all describe the salvation process. Understanding the Secret Doctrine, requires understanding Masonic Initiation.

The significance of Initiation

 

H.L. Haywood wrote about the significance of Initiation in the chapter titled The Meaning of Initiation and Secrecy in The Great Teachings of Masonry:

"Masonic initiation is intended to be quite as profound and as revolutionizing an experience. As result of it the candidate should become a new man: he should have a new range of thought; a new feeling about mankind; a new idea about God..." (page 31)

After the reader has become fully aware of the Secret Doctrine the statement will be understood to have a ponderous meaning. In the chapter titled The Secret Doctrine Continued, in Buck's book Mystic Masonry, we find that the process of Human Evolution (Initiation) is one in which man evolves from man into God by becoming Christ.

". . . becoming perfect in Humanity, man attains Divinity. In other words, he becomes Christos. This is the meaning, aim, and consummation of Human Evolution; and this Philosophy defines the one-only process by which it may be attained. The Perfect Man is Christ: and Christ is God. This is the birth-right and destiny of every human soul. (page 85-86)

Initiation is the evolutionary process by which the Secret Doctrine declares that man can become a Christ and therefore God. This is the same deception that Satan used with Eve.

The Technique of Initiation

 

Those unacquainted with the Secret Doctrine would initially assume that Initiation is a ceremony, but such a assumption is incorrect. Mystic Masonry, by Buck contains an explanation:

"All real Initiation is an internal, not an external process . . . It is thus that man must 'work out his own salvation.' The consummation of initiation is the Perfect Master, the Christos, for these are the same. They are the goal, the perfect consummation of human evolution. (page 86)

This provides a clue to the true nature of Initiation. Initiation does not refer to a ceremony, but to an internal process. The discipline of Initiation is discussed in great detail in The Masonic Initiation, (27) by W. L. Wilmshurst:

"It may be a surprise to some members of our Craft to be told that our ceremonial rites, as at present performed, do not constitute or confer real Initiation at all, in the original sense of admitting a man to the solemn mysteries of the human soul, and to practical experience in divine science. . . . We profess to confer Initiation, but few Masons know what real Initiation involves; very few, one fears, would have the wish, the courage, or the willingness to make the necessary sacrifices to attain it if they did. (page 17)

The meaning of the last sentence in this last quotation is profound. What kind of sacrifices are required? Wilmshurst's statement that few Masons know what real Initiation involves is true. His suggestion that very few would be willing to make the required sacrifice if they did understand is also true. Wilmshurst continues:

"For real Initiation means an expansion of consciousness from the human to the divine level. (page 19)

"For those upon the path to real Initiation, meditation is essential.

(page 45)

" . . Initiation always occurs when the physical body is in a state of trance or sleep, and when the temporarily liberated consciousness has been transferred to a higher level . . . yet in the actual experience of soul-architecture Initiation succeeds Initiation upon increasingly higher levels of the ladder as the individual becomes correspondingly ripe for them, able to bear their strain and to assimilate their revelations. (page 87-88)

"Initiation has no other end than this conscious union between the individual soul and the Universal Divine Spirit. (page 54)

So then, Initiation is a process in which a Mason goes into trance by passive meditation and attains conscious union; that is, he establishes communications with the Masonic god. By attaining conscious union with that god, he becomes a Christ. The process of Initiation recurs over months and years and after each conscious union with the Masonic god he has new understandings about himself and about the god. Initiation is evolutionary; the Mason evolves into a god himself.

Identifying the God of Freemasonry

 

Clearly Masons, who discover the Lost Word through the process of Initiation, do not attain conscious union with their god through Jesus. They deny that Jesus is the one true Christ. From the writings of John, we can be certain that the God of the Bible is not the Masonic god.

"Who is a liar but he that denieth that Jesus is the Christ? He is antichrist, that denieth the Father and the Son. Whosoever denieth the Son, the same hath not the Father: (but) he that acknowledgeth the Son hath the Father also. "(1 John 2:22-23)

John tells us that he that denies that Jesus is the Christ is antichrist. Paul tells us that there is only one God and one Christ:

"But to us there is but one God, the Father, of whom are all things, and we in him; and one Lord Jesus Christ, by whom are all things, and we by him. (1 Corinthians 8:6)

The Secret Doctrine teaches that Jesus was born an ordinary man and that he became a Christ later. He did not come as Christ in the flesh. The Meaning of Masonry, (28) by Lynn Perkins contains the following:

"Jesus of Nazareth had attained a level of consciousness, of perfection, that has been called by various names: cosmic consciousness, soul regeneration, philosophic initiation, spiritual illumination, Brahmic Splendor, Christ-consciousness. (page 53)

Perkins writes that Jesus attained Christ-consciousness. Perkins is saying that Jesus did not have Christ-consciousness, which is the same thing as the consciousness of Christ, when he came in the flesh. We know from the writings of John that the god of Freemasonry is the spirit of Antichrist:

"And every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God: and this is that spirit of antichrist, whereof ye have heard that it should come; and even now already is it in the world. (1 John 4:3)

For many deceivers are entered into the world, who confess not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh. This is a deceiver and an antichrist. (2 John 1:7)

Conscious Union with the Spirit of Antichrist

 

Masons who embrace the Secret Doctrine attain conscious union with the spirit of Antichrist. Manly Palmer Hall offers some clues in The Lost Keys of Freemasonry:

"When the Mason learns that the key to the warrior on the block is the proper application of the dynamo of living power, he has learned the mystery of his Craft. The seething energies of Lucifer are in his hands and before he may step onward and upward, he must prove his ability to properly apply energy." (page 48)

Hall, Freemasonry's Greatest Philosopher, indicates that Lucifer is the power behind the Lodge and that those who learn the mysteries of the Craft may tap into the seething energies of Lucifer.Hall also identifies the spirit which Masons attain union with in words which most Masons do not understand:

"In Freemasonry is concealed the mystery of creation, the answer to the problem of existence, and the path the student must tread in order to join those who are really the living powers behind the thrones of modern national and international affairs. (page 18)

The Master Mason, if he be truly a Master, is in communication with the unseen powers that move the destinies of life. (page 57)

What does the Bible say? Who is this unseen power which controls the world?

"We know that we are children of God, and that the whole world is under the control of the evil one ."(1 John 5:19 NIV)

The Builders was written by Joseph Fort Newton in 1914. It is the classic that today is often presented to newly raised Master Masons. The bibliography contains references to most of the major books and authors that reveal the hidden meanings behind Masonry. In the chapter titled Secret Doctrine, the following is found:

"Perhaps the greatest student in this field of esoteric teaching and method, certainly the greatest now living, is Arthur Edward Waite, to whom it is a pleasure to pay tribute. (page 57)

The tribute continues from page 57 through page 61. Newton speaks of Waite's writings as:

". . . a series of volumes noble in form, united in aim, unique in wealth of revealing beauty, and of unequaled worth.

(page 59)

Waite, who until his death in 1945 was considered a great student of the Secret Doctrine, wrote such books as Devil Worship in France, The Book of Black Magic, and The Way of Divine Union. On pages 244 through 248 of The Book of Black Magic, (29) are detailed instructions for conjuring Emperor Lucifer, conjuring Lucifer, Master and Prince of Rebellious Spirits.For obvious reasons it will not be quoted here. Waite, one of the Masonic greats, was a Luciferian.

Scriptural Evidence of Demonic Communication

 

Is conscious union with the spirit of Antichrist or communication with demons possible? Consider Paul's words to Timothy:

"Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils; Speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron; "(1 Timothy 4:1-2)

It is obvious that for anyone to give heed to seducing spirits and their doctrines, the doctrines must be communicated from the seducing spirits to man. The Masonic doctrine that a Mason can become a Christ is not of God. It is clearly of Satan, the Antichrist. Masonic Initiation is a process, central to the Secret Doctrine, whereby the doctrines of devils are communicated to Masons by demons while they are in trance. The previously quoted passage from The Masonic Initiation can be understood to agree with the realities as predicted in scripture:

". . . yet in the actual experience of soul-architecture Initiation succeeds Initiation upon increasingly higher levels of the ladder as the individual becomes correspondingly ripe for them, able to bear their strain and to assimilate their revelations.

(page 87-88)

The process of Masonic Initiation is one in which the conscience of the individual is seared as with a hot iron. As his spirit is progressively deadened, he is able to bear more and then more of the revelations of darkness.

What is the expected result of Masonic Initiation?

 

Knowing the identity of the Masonic god, a clear understanding of the result of conscious union with that god becomes possible. From Ancient Mysteries and Modern Masonry:

"Initiation, as we shall see in a subsequent lecture, was regeneration, a real spiritual 'new becoming' or re-birth. The candidate himself became the thing symbolized:Hermes, Buddha, Christ, etc. This state was the result of real Initiation, an evolution of the human into the divine. (page 33)

He is saying that a Masonic initiate is reborn and has a new becoming. When a man becomes a Christian, he is reborn. Masonry has a similar born-again experience that will literally change a man's life. From The Masonic Initiation:

"True self-knowledge is unobstructed conscious union of the human spirit with God and the realization of their identity. In that identic union the unreal, superficial selves have become obliterated. The sense of personality is lost, merged in the Impersonal and Universal. The little Ego is assumed into the great All, and knows as It knows. Man realizes his own inherent ultimate Divinity, and thenceforth lives and acts no longer as a separate individual, with an independent will, but in integration with the Divine Life and Will, whose instrument he becomes, whose purposes he thenceforth serves. (page 49)

The Mason becomes unable to act as a separate individual and becomes an instrument of the Masonic god. From Ancient Mysteries and Modern Masonry, by Rev. Charles H. Vail:

"The consummation of all this was to make the Initiate a God, either by union with a Divine Being without or by the realization of the Divine Self within. (page 25

With a clear understanding of the Secret Doctrine, we can understand the true meaning of the following passages that were quoted previously. From the chapter titled The Meaning of Initiation and Secrecy in The Great Teachings of Masonry:

"Masonic initiation is intended to be quite as profound and revolutionizing an experience. As a result of it the candidate should become a new man: he should have a new range of thought; a new feeling about mankind; a new idea about God ... (page 31)

The statement from The Masonic Initiation, by W. L. Wilmshurst also can be seen to have a profound meaning:

"We profess to confer Initiation, but few Masons know what real Initiation involves; very few, one fears, would have the wish, the courage, or the willingness to make the necessary sacrifices to attain it if they did. (page 17)

Understanding the Purpose of the Masonic Lodge

 

In The Great Teachings of Masonry. H. L. Haywood wrote the following:

"The Fraternity itself exists in order to keep fixed on a man a certain set of influences, and in order to bring about certain changes in the world, etc.: its secrecy is a means to that end, and helps to make such a purpose possible. (page 33)

It is clear from an understanding of the Secret Doctrine and of Scripture, the certain set of influences Haywood is referring to are demons. Haywood reveals the reason for Masonic secrecy. From The Masonic Initiation, we can see that the objective of Masonry is to bring men under the influence of demons through the process of Masonic Initiation:

"Initiation has no other end than this conscious union between the individual soul and the Universal Divine Spirit." (page 54)

". . . the whole purpose and end of Initiation, the union of the personal soul with its Divine Principle. Masonry has no other objective than this; all other matters of interest connected with it are but details subsidiary to this supreme achievement. (page 55)

Summary

 

The following is a summary of the major teachings contained in the Secret Doctrine:

1. There is not one Christ for the whole world, but a potential Christ in each man. It is far more important to become a Christ than it is to believe that Jesus was Christ.

2. Since each man can become a Christ himself, Masons have no need for the cleansing blood of Jesus.

3. Through the process of Masonic Initiation, man may attain conscious union with the god of Freemasonry. The process of Masonic Initiation is not a ceremony, but an internal process which occurs while the individual is in trance.

4. When conscious union with the Masonic god is attained, the Lost Word is found. The Mason has worked out his own salvation. He has become a Christ and thus a god himself.

But, that is just not so. Jesus said it as simply as it could be stated,

"I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. (John 14:6)

Endnotes

 

1. Rituals, Coil's Masonic Encyclopedia, Macoy Publishing and Masonic Supply Company, Inc., pages 566-571.

2. Indiana Monitor and Freemason's Guide, 1959, 1975, Grand Lodge of Indiana, page 37-38.

3. Charter, Coil's Masonic Encyclopedia, Henry Wilson Coil, 1961, Macoy Publishing & Masonic supply company, page 125.

4. Indiana Monitor and Freemason's Guide, 1975 edition, page 23.

5 . Indiana Blue Book of Masonic Law, 1953, Grand Lodge Free and Accepted Masons of the State of Indiana, page 75.

6. Masonic Manual and Code, 1944, Grand Lodge of Free and Accepted Masons of Georgia, page 313.

7. Ibid, page 315.

8. Masonic Text Book, 19th edition, 1919, The Grand Lodge of A. F. & A. M. of the State of West Virginia, page 25.

9. Indiana Monitor and Freemason's Guide, page 11.

10. The Great Teachings of Masonry, H. L. Haywood, Copyrights 1921-1922 by The National Masonic Research Society, 1923 by The Masonic Service Association of the United States, 1971 and 1986 by Macoy Publishing and Masonic Supply Company, Inc.

11. Manual of the Lodge, Albert G. Mackey, 1861, Macoy & Sickles, page 96.

12. Ibid, Page 96.

13. The Ahiman Rezon or Book of Constitutions of the Grand Lodge of Ancient Free Masons of South Carolina, 1947, Compiled and arranged by the authority of the Grand Lodge of South Carolina, originally edited by Albert G. Mackey, M.D.

14. Carolina Lodge Manual, 1979, The Grand Lodge of Ancient, Free and Accepted Masons of North Carolina, page 53.

15. Monitor and Ceremonies, Ancient, Free, and accepted Masons, 1923, The Grand Lodge of Nebraska, pages 56-57.

16. Masonic Manual of Alabama, Grand Lodge F. & A. M. of Alabama, 1913, pages 42 and 78.

Florida Masonic Monitor, Grand Lodge F. & A. M. of Florida, 1977, pages 39, 109-110.

Masonic Manual and Code, Grand Lodge F. & A. M. of Georgia, 1944, pages 22 and 70.

The Idaho Monitor, Grand Lodge of A. F. & A. M. of the State of Idaho, 1903, pages 11 and 53.

The Official Monitor of the Most Worshipful Grand Lodge Ancient Free and Accepted Masons, State of Illinois, Grand Lodge of Illinois, 1962, pages 24 and 66.

Indiana Monitor and Freemason's Guide, Most Worshipful Grand Lodge of Free and Accepted Masons of the State of Indiana, 1959, 1975, pages 63-64 and 101-102.

Shaver's Masonic Monitor, William M. Shaver, Past Grand Master of the Most Worshipful Grand Lodge of Kansas, 1899, pages 37 and 103.

The Kentucky Monitor, Henry Pirtle, Past Master, 1946, pages 41 and 145.

Michigan Monitor and Ceremonies, Grand Lodge F. & A. M., Michigan, 1911, pages 10 and 39.

Masonic Manual and Monitorial Instructions of the Grand Lodge of A. F. & A. M. of Minnesota, Grand Lodge of Minnesota, 1964, pages 21 and 5.

Blue Lodge Text-Book, Official publication of the Grand Lodge of Mississippi Free and Accepted Masons, 1978, pages 15 and 44.

Monitor and Ceremonies, Ancient, Free, and Accepted Masons, Grand Lodge of Nebraska, 1923, pages 25 and 65.

North Carolina Lodge Manual, Grand Lodge of Ancient, Free and Accepted Masons of North Carolina, 1979, pages 25 and 65.

Manual of Dayton Lodge No. 147, Free and Accepted Masons, Dayton, Ohio, 1921, (issued 1940), pages 68 and 90.

Manual of Miami Valley Lodge No. 660, Free and Accepted Masons, Dayton, Ohio, 1921, (issued 1955), pages 29 and 51.

Ahiman Rezon, Grand Lodge of Ancient Free Masons of South Carolina, 1947, pages 90 and 155.

Tennessee Craftsman or Masonic Textbook, Grand Lodge F. and A. M., 1972, pages 22 and 95.

A Manual of Freemasonry adapted to the Work and Government of the Lodges Subordinate to the Grand Lodge of Texas, Wm. M. Taylor, Past Grand Master, 1883, 29 and 81.

Virginia Text Book, Grand Lodge, Free and Accepted Masons of Virginia, 1944, pages 94, 122 and 123.

Masonic Text Book for use of the Lodges in West Virginia, Most Worshipful Grand Lodge of A. F. & A. M. of the State of West Virginia, 1919, pages 41 and 84-85.

17. Masonic Lodge Methods, L. B. Blakemore, 1953, Masonic History Company, also 1953, Macoy Publishing and Masonic Supply Company.

18. Catalog No. 119, September 1, 1992, Macoy Publishing & Masonic Supply Co., Inc., page 105

19. The Builders, Joseph fort Newton, 1914, 1951, Macoy Publishing & Masonic supply co., Inc.

20. Kentucky Monitor, Eighth edition, 1946, arranged by Henry Pirtle, Past Master, Copyright, 1921, The Standard Printing Co. Incorporated, Louisville, Ky.

21. The Mysticism of Masonry, R. Swinburne Clymer, M.D., 1924, The Philosophical Publishing Company. Originally published under the title Ancient Mystical Oriental Masonry.

22. The Lost Word Its Hidden Meaning, George Steinmetz, 1953, Macoy Masonic Publishing and Supply Company.

23. The Ancient Mysteries and Modern Masonry, Rev. Charles H. Vail, 32, 1909, Macoy Publishing and Masonic Supply Company.

24. The Lost Keys of Freemasonry. Manly Palmer Hall, 1923, Macoy Publishing and Masonic Supply Co. Inc. was listed as his best known writing.

25. Scottish Rite Journal, November, 1990, page 22, Official monthly publication of the Supreme Council, 33, Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite of Freemasonry of the Southern Jurisdiction, United States of America.

26. Ancient Operative Masonry, S. R. Parchment, 1930, W. B. Conkey Company.

27. The Masonic Initiation, Walter L. Wilmshurst, 1924, Percy Lund Humphries & Co. Limited, London, reprinted, 1980 Trismegistus Press, United States.

28. The Meaning of Masonry, Lynn F. Perkins, CSA Press, distributed by Macoy, etal.

29. The Book of Black Magic, Arthur Edward Waite, first American printing 1972 by Samuel Weiser, Inc., sixth printing 1989.

 

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