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Freemasonry – Its Secrets

Posted: February 4, 2010 in Secret Societies
FREEMASONRY – ITS SECRETS.
 
MONSIGNOR DE SEGUR has written a treatise on this subject, which it is our intention to epitomize for the instruction of our readers. It is unnecessary to state our reasons for doing this – they are obvious. Wherever it is possible we shall give the very words of the author – that is, a literal translation of his words, for the work was written originally in French, and treats principally of Freemasons as they are at present on the Continent of Europe: –
"In this pamphlet I shall not consider freemasonry in a political nor yet in a social point of view; my sole object shall be to explain its moral and religious dangers. A formidable propagandism which is daily increasing and covering, like an immense network, not only Europe, but the whole world, renders vigilance and resistance more and more necessary. There is scarcely a diocese where Freemasons are not organised. According to their last reports, they numbered more than eighty-eight millions, with nearly five thousand lodges, without counting the Occult or Inner Lodges. In France the number of Freemasons at present exceeds sixteen hundred thousand.
"In general the name explains the meaning. Here it is quite the contrary. The Freemasons are neither freemen, nor are they masons. That they are not masons it is useless to demonstrate: that they are not free is no less clear, because the basis of their society rests on secrets and mysterious initiations which may not be revealed under pain of death. With regard to the profane, the Freemasons pretend to be merely "a convivial philanthropic society, occupying themselves in eating, drinking, singing, and good fellowship." We shall see if there is nothing beneath this. If by Freemasons we must understand free mason, the veil of the Association would soon be raised. Free with what liberty? Free with regard to whom? Free to do what? We shall soon see this; and these are the terrible mysteries.
"This absurd name of Freemasons they appear to have received from Scotland. After Pope Clement V and Philip le Bel, King of France, had very justly abolished, at the commencement of the fourteenth century, the Order of the Templars, many of these infamous persons took refuge in Scotland, and there organised themselves into a secret society, vowing an implacable hatred and an eternal vengeance against Papacy and Royalty. To disguise their plots better, they affiliated themselves to a body of masons, taking their insignia and technical terms, and spread themselves soon after over all Europe. Their definite organisation seems to date from the first years of the eighteenth century. In order to blindfold the vulgar, they pretended to go back to the Temple of Solomon, the Tower of Babel, the Deluge, and even to the Terrestrial Paradise; and many of their adepts were silly enough to believe their follies.
"There is a Freemasonry before the world, and a Freemasonry behind the scenes, and the two constitute but one. A certain Brother Ragon, one of the most confidential organs of the sect, said so not long since. This Brother Ragon wrote a book, by order of the Chapter Lodge Orient de Nancy, which was officially reprinted, and called the Sacred Edition for the use of the Lodges and Masons only. The Grand Orient, in approving of his writings, proclaims that they contain pure Masonic doctrine. We shall often refer to them.
"To the Freemasonry before the world, the immense majority of Freemasons belong. Of the eight millions of adepts "there are not more than 500,000 active members." This confession slipped from the journal "Maconnique," in its number of August 1866. These five hundred thousand are the Masons in active service, the elite; still, these are not the Masons of the "Inner Lodges," the impious Masons, who know what they do, who wish deliberately to destroy Christianity, the Church and society, and who, under different names, compose what they call secret societies. These, then, are the Chiefs of the Revolution who wish, as it were, to upset the world, and substitute everywhere the rights of men for the rights and reign of God. The eight millions of men initiated into exterior Masonry, are for the most part led, and know not where they are going. They are the depot from which the recruits are chosen; like good milch cows which they milk at will; like trumpets, always sounding the praises of Masonry, developing its influence, and attracting sympathy. Behind this multitude who drink, sing and moralise, the real Masons most skilfully hide their plots. Among the exterior Freemasons there are, without doubt, honest men according to their world, with devoted and generous hearts, who would be christians if they knew anything of religion, but whom ignorance has led astray. They allow themselves to be imposed upon by the appearances of fraternity and good fellowship, and are honestly indignant when the Church denounces and brands the Masonic order. The men who predominate among the Masons on the Continent, are large and small shopkeepers, without any religion. The ambitious are also there; lawyers without briefs or conscience, self-conceited fools and revolutionists, ideologists, philanthropists according to the present day – in fine, and above all – men of pleasure, who ask nothing better than pretended moralising and saving mankind by eating, drinking, and singing. The military abound in Freemasonry, also Jews and publicans."
"Secret of the usual mode of recruiting Freemasons! This, it may well be said, is the devil’s secret. Listen, reader, and judge. "The essential point, wrote one of the occult chiefs, surnamed the "Little Tiger," is to separate a man from his family, and train him to lose the morality it teaches. The natural bent of his character leads him to eschew all domestic cares, and seek easy and forbidden pleasures. He loves the conversations of the club, and the idleness of the theatre. Lead him on, and make him of some importance in his own eyes; teach him quietly to grow tired of his daily work, and by these means, after separating him from his wife and children, after showing him, how laborious are all his duties; you excite in him a desire of a new existence. Man is born a rebel; fan this desire of rebellion into a flame, but the fire must not burst out. This is a preparation for the grand work which you have to commence. When you have infused into a few souls a disgust for family relations and religion – for one nearly always follows the other – casually let fall a few words which may excite a wish to be affiliated to the nearest lodge. This vanity of city folk and middle class men to join Freemasonry is a thing so common-place and universal that I am always lost in wonder at man’s stupidity, and I am astonished at not seeing the whole world knocking at the doors of the venerables and asking of these gentlemen the honor of being one of the workmen chosen for the reconstruction of the temple of Solomon. The unknown exercises, so powerful an influence over men, that they prepare themselves tremblingly for the phantasmagorical trials of initiation and the fraternal banquet. To find oneself a member of a lodge; to feel beyond the reach of wife and children; to be obliged to keep a secret which will never be confided to them, are, for certain natures, a pleasure and an ambition."
Another Mason, Brother Clavel, exposes well, but with no less impudent audacity, the same mode of recruiting. Here are his own words: – "Freemasonry, say to those whom you wish to enrol, is a philanthropic, progressive institution, the members of which live in a brotherhood of perfect equality. A Freemason is a citizen of the world; there is not a single place where he will not be received by brothers, without being recommended in any other way than by his title and the mysterious signs and words, adopted by the great family of the intitiated.
To bring lookers on to the point, let it be added that the society preserves a secret which is not and can never be shared by any but Freemasons. To induce men of pleasure, talk of frequent banquets, where good cheer and generous wines aid pleasure, and tighten the bonds of brotherly intimacy. To artizans and merchants say, that Freemasonry will be useful to them by extending the circle of their customers and business. Thus we have an argument for all tastes, for all vocations, for all minds, for all classes." Virtuous reader, once again, what say you?
To finish the picture we may add that, in order not to shock Christians, they deceive them with fair words and tell that Freemasonry does not exclude any religion; that there are even priests who join them. A good woman, the mother of a family, came one day to consult a priest, a friend of mine, and very seriously asked him if it were true that the Dominican Fathers were at the head of the Freemasons in France. "They torment my husband to join them," she added; "and as I opposed it with all my might, they came and told me that these good Fathers belong to the society and direct it. Is it true? These are the upright secrets of Freemason recruiting!
"The first exterior grade of Freemasonry is that of Apprentice, the second that of Fellow-craft, the third that of Master." We pass over for the present the ludicrous ceremony of initiation, and come at once to the oath taken by the apprentices. "Before taking the oath, there is yet another little ceremony." The neophyte, with eyes still bandaged, is conducted to the Altar of Oaths, while Br. Master of the Ceremonies places on his left breast the point of a compass. On the altar there is an open Bible, and on the table a glittering sword. "Arise, my brother," cries out the Venerable, "the neophyte is about to take the terrible oath." Terrible, indeed! Now all jesting ceases, and real Freemasonry begins. All present rise, draw their swords, and the postulant takes the following impious oath. This is the form used on the Continent; we shall give afterwards the English form from Carlisle.
The oath – "I swear, in the name of the Supreme Architect of the Universe, never to reveal these secrets, signs, touches, words, doctrines, or usages of Freemasonry and to keep concerning them an eternal silence. I promise and I swear to God never to betray them by pen, sign, word or gesture; never to write, lithograph, or print; never to make public anything which has been confided to me up to this moment, or that may be at any future time; and I engage to submit to the following penalties if I break my word: Let my lips be burned with a red-hot iron, let my hand be cut off, let my tongue be plucked out, let my throat be cut, and let my corpse be hung in a lodge during the admission of a new brother, to be the brand of my infidelity, and the terror of others; let it be afterwards burned, and its ashes thrown to the winds, in order that no trace of the memory of my treason may remain: So help me, God, and his Holy Gospel. Amen."
The following is the ceremonial usual in English Freemasonry: "This preparation" – we quote from Carlile’s "Manual of Freemasonry" – "consists in the candidate being divested of all money and metal, in having the right arm, left breast, and left knee bare, the right heel slip-shod; in being blindfolded, and a rope, which is technically called a cable tow, is put round the neck, with a sword pointed to the breast. In this state the steward leads the candidate to the tiler, or outer guard of the Lodge door. The tiler examines and sees the candidate properly prepared, and announces his approach by three knocks." Then after some idle questions and the mockery of a prayer, and advancing to the chair in due form – that is, "by three irregular steps" – the following order is given by the W.M.: "Then you will kneel with your left knee, keeping your right foot in the form of a square; place your right hand on this book, which is the volume of the sacred law, while, with your left, you will support one point of these compasses to your naked breast, so as not to hurt yourself, and then repeat the following obligation: –
"I, Mr. N., in the presence of the great Architect of the Universe, and of this warranted, worthy, and worshipful lodge of free and accepted Masons, regularly assembled and properly dedicated, of my own free will and accord, do hereby and herein, most solemnly and sincerely swear, that I will always hale, conceal, and never reveal any part or parts, point or points, of the secrets and mysteries of, or belonging to, free and accepted Masons in masonry, which have been, shall now, or hereafter may be, communicated to me, unless it be to a lawful brother and brothers, and not even to him or them till after due trial, strict examination, a sure information from a well-known brother that he or they are worthy of that confidence, or in a body of a just, perfect, and regular lodge of accepted Freemasons. I further solemnly promise, that I will not write these secrets, print, carve, engrave, or otherwise them delineate, or cause, or suffer them to be done so by others, if in my power to prevent it on anything movable or immovable under the canopy of heaven whereby or whereon any letter, character, or figure, or the least trace of a letter, character, or figure may become legible or intelligible to myself, or to anyone in the world, so that our secrets, acts, and hidden mysteries may improperly become known through my unworthiness. These several points I solemnly swear to observe without evasion, equivocation, or mental reservation of any kind, under no less a penalty, on the violation of any of them, than to have my throat cut across, my tongue torn out by the root, and my body buried in the sand of the sea at low water mark, or a cable’s length from the shore, where the tide regularly ebbs and flows twice in twenty-four hours, or the more efficient punishment of being branded as a wilfully-perjured individual, void of all moral worth, and unfit to be received in this warranted lodge, or in any other warranted lodge or society of Masons, who prize honor and virtue above all the external advantages of rank and fortune: So help me God, and keep me steadfast in this my great and solemn obligation of an Entered Apprentice Freemason."
Third Degree – the Master Mason. "We are still speaking of exterior Freemasonry only. Of this the degree of Master Mason is the third and last; because the dignity of Grand Orient, and the other accessory dignities which compose the exterior Council of the Masonic Order, are not, properly speaking, degrees. A general is not advanced in rank when made Minister of War; he has merely an additional dignity and direction. There are in Freemasonry several rites and ordinances between which there is only a shade of difference. In France we rejoice in three Masonic rites – the rite of the Grand Orient of France; the Scotch rite; and the Misraim rite. Misraim is the name which cabalistic science has given in all ages to a very powerful and very wicked demon. The Misraim rite claims as its first parent the pious Cham, the accursed son of Noah. But to return to our Fellow Craft, who is burning to become a Master. The ceremonial becomes more and more solemn. The lodge itself is no longer called Lodge, but Middle Chamber. This Middle Chamber is hung in black, with death’s heads, skeleton, and cross bones embroidered in white." After much ceremony and several interrogations, a knocking is heard at the door: "It is our Fellow Craft, who presents himself barefooted, with his left arm and side also bare. From his right arm hangs majestically a square, and round his waist a cord is tied three times. Enquiries are made as to the cause, and, as all is known beforehand the affair is not very complicated. "Why does the Master of the Ceremonies come to trouble our grief?" says the Most Respectable, in a gloomy tone. "Could this Fellow-Craft be one of those miserable beings whom heaven has given over to our vengeance? Be expert, arm yourself, and see if he has been an accomplice in the crime that has been committed." This crime is the pretended death of the Architect Adoniram, murdered by three companions, whilst he was directing the works of the Temple of Solomon – in reality it is the execution of the Templars, the spiritual forefathers of the Freemasons." After examination and another series of questions, "The Most Respectable narrates to the future Master Mason the story of Adoniram’s murder by three Masons named Jubelus, Jubelos, and Jubelum. Then follows "The mysterious walk of the Master Mason, during this time the Mason who had been in the coffin escapes; when the candidate, to imitate Adoniram’s death, takes his place. Here he remains till the Most Respectable raises him to life by saying in his right ear, Mac; and in his left, Benac. He then renews the Masonic oath "to reveal nothing to inferiors, or the profane, receives the Masonic Catechism, and the sign of a master. This consists in closing the four fingers of the right hand, and placing the thumb on the stomach, while the back of the left hand is held, thumb downwards, before the eyes: this is called the sign of horror, to express the horror Masons felt on seeing the dead body of Adoniram. The initiation is now over, and the candidate is now a Master Mason."
"The High Degrees of Freemasonry. This name is given to a number of initiations independent one of the other, and which vary with both time and place. Some Masons receive them, others reject them. In no case, however, do they form part of the secret Freemasonry. These high degrees are more advanced initiations to the grand end of the conspiracy – to the soul of Masonry. This grand end is the universal destruction of all royalty and religion – the revolt of the world against God and His Christ. A portion of this horrid secret has been discovered by surprise. Vainly do half honest Masons disown it. "The End of the Order" said, in 1774, the great Lodge of Germany, should always remain its first secret; the world is not yet strong enough to bear it." Even some Masons are not, it appears, strong enough to bear it. For in the initiation to one of the high degrees of the Scotch rite, the Master of the Lodge says: "By this degree a thick wall is built up between us and the profane, and even between us and some amongst us. What you have learned today is nothing to what you will learn hereafter." "The best known of these high degrees – in all the rites together there are about a thousand degrees – are those of Philosophic Judge, Grand Commander Unknown, Elect, Ancient, Knight of St. Andrew, Knight of the Sun, of Kadosch, and of Rose Cross." "In the ceremony of initiation to the first of these degrees the legend of Adomirami’s death is stripped of its disguise, and the true meaning given. The following words are taken textually from Br. Ragon’s work Orthodoxie Maconnique. "Have not," he writes, "the degrees through which you have passed taught you to make a true application of the death of Adoniram to the tragic and fatal death of Jacques Molay, Philosophic Judge and Grand Commander of the Order? Has not your heart been roused to vengeance? and feel you not the implacable hatred which we have sworn against the three traitors on whom we must revenge the death of Jacques Molay? Here, brother, is true Masonry, such as it has been handed down to us." Practically these traitors are (1) the Pope, (2) the King, (3) the Army. "You are now," adds the M.R. "on a level with those zealous Masons who devote themselves for us to the common vengeance – carefully conceal your high destiny from the vulgar." He then gives the Philosophic Judge the token of his high office, together with the word which is to make out his peculiar work. The token is a poniard, this word is vengeance."
"The high grade of Chevalier Kadosch! I do not know why these call themselves Chevaliers Kadosch. Their initiation is seasoned with the strongest scent of blood, murder, vengeance, revolution, and impiety. When Louis Philippe Egalite (see Montjoie Histoire de la Conjuration de Louis Phillipe d’Orleans Egalite), the only Grand Orient of France who has ever been admitted to the dark secrets of "real Freemasonry was advanced to the grade of Chevalier Kadosch, they made him stretch himself on the ground like a corpse, and there renew all the oaths he had previously taken in the inferior grades. A sword was then put in his hand, and he was ordered to strike a crowned image which was placed beside a skeleton in a corner of the room. A blood-colored liquid gushed from the wound, covering the candidate and inundating the pavement. He was then ordered to cut the head off this figure, and hold it in his right hand, whilst he held the blood-stained sword in his left. All this he did. Then he was told that the bones which he saw there were those of Jacques Molay, Grand Master of the Order of Templars, and that the man whose blood he had just shed and whose bloody head he held in his hand was Philippe le Bel, King of France. It was understood that Philippe le Bel being dead nearly five hundred years, it was not to his person that the vow of vengeance was addressed, but really to his Royalty. Thus the new Kadosch, as a faithful knight, was one of the principal assassins of Louis XVI. Nearly all the regicides of the Convention were Freemasons.
"The Masonic Ritual expressly says that the newly elected Knight must revenge the condemnation of Jacques Molay, either figuratively or on the authors of the punishment – in fact, on those who should by right pay for it. "Whom do you know?" they ask him. "Two wretches," is the reply. "Name them." "Philippe le Bel and Bertrand de Goth – Pope Clement V. According to Brother Ragon, "the Sacred Author," it should not be merely a crowned figure which the Knight of Kadosch ought to strike on the day of his initiation. It is a serpent with three heads, of which the first bears a tiara, or a key, the second a crown, the third a sword, symbols of the Papacy, of Royalty, and of Military Force, which united to destroy the order of the Templars. "This three-headed serpent denotes the bad principle," remarks the same Brother Ragon, in his "Philosophical and Interpretive Course of Ancient and Modern Initiations," p. 388. The secret of the sect becomes more and more clear."
 
Source: New Zealand Tablet, Volume I, Issue 9, 28 June 1873, Page 6
 
*IMPORTANT POINT TO REMEMBER HERE: If Adoniram is the real representation of Hiram Abiff, who was murdered by three ruffians so that they could learn the true name of their God; and that the murder of Adoniram also represents the torture and execution of Jacques Molay, the last Grand Master of the Templars, in whose trial the only name of a God that was divulged was this: BAPHOMET!!!! The Freemasons are only an extension of the Templars and have adopted the same insignia, regalia and signs and grips. Then this can only mean one thing: that the God of Freemasonry is BAPHOMET!! Baphomet is the only name of a God that came out during the Templar trials.*
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The Future Foretold In 1874

Posted: February 3, 2010 in Secret Societies
THE OBJECTS OF FREEMASONRY.
 
The following selected passages from the recent pastoral of the Right Rev. Dr. Redwood, the Bishop of Wellington, will be interesting to Freemasons and others: –
"This hell-born foe of religion and order, aspiring to universal sway, chiefly assails Europe, the head and heart of the world. Its ultimate aim is the annihilation of Catholicity – nay, of the Christian idea – forever. Its invisible head is Satan, its visible head are the secret societies, or – as the Pope calls them in his last Encyclical – the "sects," whether Masonic or of any other name. "They form," his Holiness says, "the synagogue of Satan, which leads its troops against the Church and gives her battle." Its plan of attack is to destroy, firstly, the temporal, secondly, the spiritual power of the Pope, and thirdly, all Christianity. Its means to that effect are any whatsoever, provided they are effective – violence, cunning, fire and sword, poison and dagger; but chiefly – as being more applicable, far-reaching, and universal – they are the following: – To deceive princes and governments, and thus get the reins of power, as it now has them in Italy, Spain, Germany, and elsewhere; then to destroy the influence of the clergy by the systematic corruption of the masses, by Godless education, falsified history, immoral literature, an audacious, lying, and slanderous Press, perverted arts and sciences, and lastly by the marshalling of all religious sects adverse to Rome into one huge host against the common foe – the Roman Catholic Church.
The Catholic Church, whose object is neither science, nor art, nor industry, nor wealth, nor bodily comfort, but the salvation of souls, has incidentally done more for the promotion of them all than any other corporation. On historical evidence she claims to have founded Christian civilisation, preserved literature, encouraged arts and sciences, promoted industry in every age and clime. England is indebted to her for the foundation of our liberties and the destruction of serfdom. (Macaulay’s History, vol. I.) And the whole fabric of the British Constitution is based upon her prudence, her wisdom, and her laws. And when calumny and falsehood brand her as the deadliest foe of mankind, she – as a mother stung to the quick by foulest ingratitude – meekly and sorrowfully exclaims, "I have brought up children and exalted them, but they have despised me." (Is. 1-2.) To murder this beneficent mother is the object of the revolution. Against her it summons all its forces – infidelity, Protestantism, Caesarism, rationalism, naturalism, false politics, false science, false education. "On, on!" it cries, "against our common foe. Away with the Pope, away with the Church, away with Christianity. On, on, to the emancipation of mankind." Such is the formidable adversary which the Catholic Church has now to conquer. For she has the "promises." The gates of hell shall not prevail against her, her victory is certain. Her glorious head, Pope Pius IX, stands an immovable tower of strength against the fiercest onslaughts. Bishops, priests, and faithful march in serried ranks round their leader. Such unity is invicible. It foretells a future which will shortly amaze the world. The day and hour of its coming we know not, but we do know that we can hasten it by our prayers and good works."
 
Source: Daily Southern Cross, Volume XXX, Issue 5289, 6 August, 1874, Page 3
 
GODLESS EDUCATION: Religion and prayer has now been removed from schools, and in some cities and towns it is now illegal to teach religion to children. The Supreme Court banned school prayer in 1963 and since that time:
 
  • The murder rate tripled
  • Violent crime went up 544% (including school shootings)
  • Prior to 1963, divorce had been declining for 15 consecutive years. After 1963, the divorce rate more than doubled
  • Unwed birth rates 10-14 years of age shot up 553% by 1983
  • Sexually transmitted disease rates (15-19 years of age range) shot up 226% by 1975 (including HIV and AIDS)
  • The percent of children living in fatherless households increased from 6% to 40%

In an article for WorldNetDaily, Mychal Massie wrote:

Question: If God is so bad for public schools, if God is so intrusive, if the separation of church and state is as clear as some (insert lawyers and socialists) would have us believe–why did it take an atheist and a lawyer until 1962 to figure it out?
 
     Question: If saying the Lord’s Prayer and /or observing moments of silence is so destructive to the psyche of school children and tantamount to sanctioning religion–why does the U.S. Congress employ a taxpayer-paid chaplain, i.e., preacher, to begin every session of Congress with prayer? (Note: This has continued uninterrupted since 1777.)

Source: The Case For School Prayer http://www.tldm.org/News6/schoolprayer.htm

True Mission Of Freemasonry

Posted: February 2, 2010 in Secret Societies
THE EXPOSURE OF FREEMASONRY.
 
The Tablet has divulged to the world in its last issue, the real Masonic secret as follows: – "In Mgr de Sugur’s work on Freemasonry chap 28, as practiced on the Continent of Europe, the following will be found: "The moment is the initiation of the Mistress Mason in the secret grade of Perfect Mistress. Before all esle, they require from them the terrible oath which binds them to the sect of male and female for their lives. "I swear," she says, "I promise to keep faithfully in my heart the secret of male and female masonry. I oblige myself to this under pain of being cut to pieces by the sword of the Exterminating Angel. The Grand Master immediately proclaims her Perfect Mistress, and addresses these words to her: – My dear, now that you have been initiated into the symbolic arcanum of Masonry; now that the light of truth has shone upon your eyes, superstition that is to say, the faith in and the fear of God, which you perhaps had still preserved in the corner of your brains, and dissipated, an arduous but sublime task is henceforth imposed upon you. This is it: listen. The first of your obligations will be to embitter the people against priests and kings. In the cafe, theatre, soirees, ever labour for this sacred and holy intention. There now remains but one secret for me to reveal to you, and we shall speak of it in a low voice. And he announces that the final completion of the secret mission of Masonry "is the annihilation of all religious and monarchial authority."
 
Source: Waikato Times, Volume VII, Issue 393, 19 November 1874, Page 2
 
THE MEANING OF THE LYRICS TO "STAIRWAY TO HEAVEN" BY LED ZEPPELIN
(The Song Is The Story Of Finding Jesus)
To hear the song click here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BcL—4xQYA
 
There’s a lady (freemasonry) who’s sure
All that glitters is gold
And she’s buying a stairway to heaven

When she gets there (to heaven) she knows
If the stores (doors/gates) are all closed
With a word (sacred word of God) she can get what she came for

Ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh
And she’s buying a stairway to heaven

There’s a sign on the wall
But she wants to be sure
‘Cause you know sometimes words have
Two meanings (symbolism found in Masonry and the Bible)

In a tree by the brook
There’s a songbird who sings
Sometimes all of our thoughts are
Misgiven (being told Masonic lies about Religion, God, etc)

Ooh, it makes me wonder
Ooh, it makes me wonder

There’s a feeling I get (you can feel the Holy Spirit at this point)
When I look to the west (entrances of lodges face the East and they worship to the East)
And my spirit is crying
For leaving

In my thoughts I have seen
Rings of smoke through the trees
And the voices of those
Who stand looking

Ooh, it makes me wonder (what if there really is a God?)
Ooh, it really makes me wonder

And it’s whispered that soon
If we all call the tune
Then the piper will lead us to reason (Jesus says that "I am the way to the Father", you don’t get there by climbing staircases in lodges)

And a new day will dawn
For those who stand long
And the forests will
Echo with laughter

Oh, whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa, ooh, whoa, oh

If there’s a bustle in your hedgerow
Don’t be alarmed now
It’s just a spring clean
For the May queen (disposing of all Pagan symbols, statues, etc)
 
Yes, there are two paths you can go by (left hand and right hand paths)
But in the long run
There’s still time to change
The road you’re on (from left to right)

And it makes me wonder
Aw, uh, oh

Your head is humming and it won’t go
In case you don’t know
The piper’s calling you to join him (Jesus is the piper)

Dear lady, can you hear the wind blow?
And did you know
Your stairway lies on the whispering wind? (If you listen very hard, you can hear Jesus’s voice calling you to join him)

(Solo)

And as we wind on down the road
Our shadows taller than our soul
There walks a lady we all know
Who shines white light and wants to show
How everything still turns to gold (the temptation of money, gold, riches, etc.)
And if you listen very hard (If you listen very hard, you can hear Jesus’s voice calling you to join him)
The truth will come to you at last (he is the way, the truth and the light)
When all are one and one is all
To be a rock and not to roll (stand fast to your belief in God to the end)

And she’s buying a stairway
To heaven…

 
 
"Come out of her, my people, lest you share in her sins, and lest you receive of her plagues. For her sins have reached to heaven, and God has remembered her iniquities." (Revelation 18: 4,5)
 
"Jesus is the cornerstone that the builders (Masons) rejected."
 

Enough Said, Eh?!

Posted: June 13, 2009 in Secret Societies
Organization of London Thieves.

A Scotland Yard detective is authority for the statement that "London thieves are well organized, having societies and a contingent fund. When one of their number gets into our hands this sum is drawn upon to help the culprit out. Some of the best legal talent in London is sometimes called upon to defend one of the gang. It is a shame that such a condition of affairs exists, but we cannot help it."

Source: The Quincy Herald, December 10, 1891, page 8

STAR AND BANNER
Gettysburg, January 24, 1832.

To the Editor of the "Gettysburg Star."

MR. MIDDLETON – Deem it not an intrusion in me, in laying the annexed before you with the request, that, should it appear worthy a place in the most distant corner of your widely circulated and highly respectable Journal, you will there insert it. From a "deep sense" of feeling for my fellow-beings, amid the present scene of things, and the benefit of deluded thousands, I am constrained, as a friend to the cause of God and truth and a cherished respect for the prosperity of my country, to lay the following dialogue before them.

With sincere respect, I have the honor to be, Sir, your’s sincerely,
A Friend of Religion and Virtue.

Masonry weighed in the Balance and found wanting:

Being a substance of a dialogue, or discourse, between a Christian and a Mason, on the subject of Masonry, and how far that Institution supports Religion – with some hints to the friends of Equal Rights and the Christian Community.
"Nothing extenuate, or aught set down in malice."

Christian. – My dear respected and long absent friend, many are the ups and downs in life; many are the convulsions agitated, and many are the revolutions Nations have been subject to, since last we have been together. Amid all these scenes of things, I have to thank God that our Country has remained neutral amid all those direful calamities that have so lately distracted the great Nations of the Earth; and more particularly have I to adore the goodness of that Providence in bringing to light a scheme of ancient origin, which ere long would destroy our peace and prosperity – devastate our hills and valleys – spoil our houses and lands – ruin our independence, and, last of all, would rifle every charm of liberty in placing us again within the shafts of intolerance and power, pride and ignorance, and servile despotism. O, my country, I grieve for you! I mourn in silence over the system which threatens to enslave us. Yet I have to bow in submission to the good providence of God in the "pulling down of strong holds."

Mason. – What is it my friend that over-burthens you? What goes on in our happy land at present, of which you predict such. "Are we not at peace with the world at large? Are not the powers of Europe on amicable terms with us?

Christian. – Ah! my friend, that is what makes me grieve for my country: Peace abroad, but FACTION at home; Murder has been committed in the land – Justice has been robbed of her right, and destruction seems inevitable, if those things are not put down. Why does faction rage? Why do the enemies of truth prevail? Why are our wise men become destructive in power? and "why are the mighty fallen?" If MASONRY is not put down, Farmers may cease ploughing, for their ploughing is in vain – Mechanics may cease their work, and Lawyers may cease cavilling: For the work our ancestors have done, will have, by us, to be done again, then why are we not "up and a doing?"

Mason. – Do you think that a society of respectable people like the Masons, threaten desolation to the land? Are we not the firm supporters of the Constitution and Holy Religion, and everything dear to society?

Christian. – It astonishes me to hear that you are a Mason! It appears to me so strange – I never knew it before. You can, therefore, furnish me with information; and, as you say it supports our Holy Religion, you will therefore confer a great favor in answering those questions I shall put to you on the subject.

Mason. – That every imputation may be removed from so respectable an Institution, I pledge myself to answer every question (secrets excepted) that you may require.

Christian. – What is masonry? Who was its founder? And for what was it instituted?

Mason. – Masonry is an Institution founded by the wisest of men, King Solomon, and for the support of the State and the Religion of the Jews, and for the well-being of society.

Christian. – At what period of Solomon’s reign was this Institution formed?

Mason. – I can’t say – but tradition says he was the founder.

Christian. – Did our Saviour, in sending out his disciples, tell them to form such a society to support his doctrine – and if not, what did he send them to do?

Mason. – We have no account in our Lord’s Gospel of any such command; nor do the Apostles in their epistles insinuate the existence of such a society or body; but as Solomon was a wise man, and knew all wisdom, we still continue to uphold the Institution.

Christian. – For what purpose do Masons assemble together?

Mason. – For the purpose of making merry; taking a friendly glass together; singing songs in honor of Masonry and its founder, and to stimulate each other to hold fast to the society, be subordinate to our Grand Masters and all those in authority – to be true to our oaths, and support each other as Masons in preference to all others – to go through certain ceremonies as prescribed in our book of forms; to observe signs and grips; to swear to support each other to all offices of trust and high stations, and to be ready at an hour’s warning to take up arms against all who may oppose, if required –

Christian. – Do you believe that that supports Religion?

Mason. – Most certainly.

Christian. – What does our Saviour send his disciples to do?

Mason. – Repentance and Faith in Jesus Christ; that we must be born again of water and blood and the spirit – whereby we can draw nigh to God, crying "Abba Father."

Christian. – What doth support us as Christians under trials and afflictions, and in fear of dying – does Masonry?

Mason. – The Apostles tell us to "watch unto prayer" – to "pray always" – "lest we fall into temptations;" "if any be sick, send for the Elders of the Church," &c.; "if any be tempted, let him pray;" "if any be merry, let them sing Psalms." I never knew of any to put their dependence in Masonry, when under temptation or affliction. I know there are many good promises held out in the Gospel to the followers of the Lord Jesus Christ.

Christian. – Then pray inform me how Masonry supports Religion, when its votaries put no dependence in it for Salvation?

Mason. – I did not mean to say, it supported Religion spiritually. I only meant it supported Religion, so far as to keep the world from going after strange gods again, because it appears evident, all our great Preachers are Masons, a few societies excepted. The praying people I believe are against Masonry – I mean those who talk so much about Religion. I cannot say that I ever knew a Methodist Preacher to belong to the Masonic Institution, to my knowledge; but I know a good many who called themselves Methodist members, who were good loyal Masons – though I believe it is against the Rules of the society to belong to the Masonic Institution – however, I leave that there.

Christian. – You are aware, friend, there are a great many Preachers who preach the Gospel, whether by word or by the spirit. Some send themselves to preach; others their parents or friends send them; and some there are whom the Lord sendeth, as he did the poor Fishermen of old.

Mason. – I cannot say that I know any of those Preachers to become Masons, who will force and tell you, "you will be damned if you don’t pray and get Religion." I asked one, on one occasion, respecting joining Masonry – but he told me he had not time – "He was on an important errand, and could not waste his time," he said, "after things opposed to Christianity." As regards our great Preachers, with few exceptions, they are Masons, and if it was not for them I fear our Institution would have fallen long ago, particularly in America; and it is our wisdom to have them belong to the Institution.

Christian. – What do these great Preachers and men do at your Lodge meetings? Do they pray – exhort to godliness, acts of charity and the like?

Mason. – You know the Lodge Room is not a fit place to pray or exhort in. I have often thought, within myself, that it was not a fit place for a Minister, where singing songs and drinking, and card-playing go on. It may do very well for such as I am, but I candidly say, I have often thought it was no fit place for a Preacher.

Christian. – Then you believe it supports Religion?

Mason. – The Preachers say they are the firm friends of Religion, and what they say must be true.

Christian. – You know what Religion is, and by whom it was founded.

Mason. – The Gospel informs us of the founder, and St. James tells us, true Religion is to "visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world."

Christian. – Is that true Masonry?

Mason. – No! I don’t think that we are bound in any way whatever by that. Those that are not Masons, are not under our care.

Christian. – If a Christian would murder a man, and the rest of the Christians would vindicate his character, though they were fully aware of his committing murder in a most wanton and outrageous manner – what would you say?

Mason. – Why I would say, that the person or persons, actually committing the crime, should be punished with death, and that those who would vindicate his or their character, from such murder, I would conceive auxiliaries in the case, acting under the principles of a law commanding to shield each other.

Christian. – Did not the Masons commit murder on a respectable citizen? Did not the Masons, in general, vindicate the murderers’ characters? and was, or is, it not from the principles of a law commanding to protect each other, and bound by the most unholy ties, established in wickedness and ending in infamy, wickedness and the destruction of a good citizen, (and probably more) leaving a family without a protector? Hath it not been through the cries of those Orphans and Widow, that the Lord has heard and answered by making known this deep-rooted wickedness? Does this support our Holy Religion? Is this for the well-being of Society?

Mason. – You seem to press the matter too hard on me. I always was of opinion, that Masonry was an innocent Institution; our Preachers say so. But, I must say, it was but just that Morgan should have been put out of the way, any man that would do as he did, our Preachers and great men say should be so dealt with. Why did he divulge the secrets, and make known to the world what he was bound so strictly to keep?

Christian. – Divulge what? Is Masonry not to support Religion, and for the benefit of all, rich and poor, bond and free, male and female, white and black?

Mason. – No, Sir; we don’t admit poor people, who can’t pay, into our Institution; nor do we admit, particulary, females.

Christian. – Then how can it support Religion, if all are not admissable and permitted to full communion? All are admissible to our Holy Religion, if they come. What doth Isaiah say on this subject?

Mason. – I recollect the passage, which runs thus: – "Ho? every one that thirst, come ye to the waters," and "he that hath no money, come ye," &c. "come, without money and without price."

Christian. – Then, as Masons do not admit poor people to enjoy that support to Religion, that support becomes a stock-jobbing trade of selling piece-meal parts of Religion; it perverts the good intentions of our Saviour, and brings into contempt the very hope of our salvation.

Mason. – You shake the very veins of my heart – you question my fidelity with respect to the Gospel.

Christian. – Do you ever admit persons to be Masons who believe not the Gospel of our Lord?

Mason. – They are never asked whether they believe in the Gospel or not, and it makes no difference, I suppose, on these points. We hold sweet fellowship with a brother, no matter what he professes, or if he professes to be nothing, so that he is a good Mason. You know a Masonic Lodge is no place to talk of the Bible, Prayer or such Holy things; I would conceive it almost a sacrilege to mention it.

Christian. – Does your Masonic Preachers, or high men, ever enquire whether a member, at least on the point of admission, believes the Gospel?

Mason. – No, not in any Lodge that I ever was at. As to some great men, who hold high stations in some of our Lodges, I know myself, I speak candidly, who believe not the Gospel themselves!

Christian. – To come nearer to the point, don’t you believe that a Masonic Lodge is an improper place for Youth – that it is an enemy to Truth and Religion and the well-being of society? Doth it not rifle every charm of Liberty? Is it not dangerous in power, and are you not convinced of its reality from what hath passed between us on the subject?

Mason. – O, my friend! had I worlds I would give them you; my heart beats responsive sounds of affirmation! I see I have been the dupe of designing men – Priests as well as Laymen; I have been in rebellion with my Country against my God and our Holy Religion! O, provoked Providence! withhold thy hand! O, sacred Laws so basely violated, bring me not to judgement!

Christian. – Well now, friend, you have received "light;" let, therefore, that light shine, that all around may see clearly the Hydra.

Mason. – It is with pain that I have to look back on the past follies of a misspent life. It is with deep conviction, I have to pronounce, with sincerity, that a Masonic Lodge is a "School for Scandal." Many is the thoughtless well-disposed young man that has been ensnared with their sophistry, and, when once fettered, he looks anxiously for the wished for night, to mingle cups, and follow wickedness, in the very meridian of his youth. It is the stepping stone to Infidelity and Deism, & one of the greatest enemies to a Republican Country. It promotes Intemperance and an immoral and profligate life; keeps up a war of enmity in your mind against your fellow-beings who are not Masons; blackens your heart with malice, and stamps REVENGE in flaming characters therein; and a completion of crime is, a fulfilment of that revenge, commanded by a law and penalties unparalleled in the annals of the world, unsupported, as I now see, by Scripture or Morality.

Christian. – While travelling through the several degrees of our discourse, and weighing every particle compounded together, we might wish to see the full weight of it. Our Balance is a true balance. It appears that Masonry is what it was represented to be: a Mad-cap for Monarchs to keep the Clergy, and the higher Orders of Aristocracy, near to the Close-Stool of Kings and Tyrants; which requires some mystical invention to keep the poor people down. But it will not do, you see, in our happy Country, where every citizen is capable of arriving at the highest office of trust. Not so in Monarchical Governments, where the 10th and 11th and up to the 20th part of what a poor man has. And what astonishes me more, is, that men who presume on preaching the Word of God, would attempt; as some have done, to pawn it on an enlightened Nation, that it supports Religion! With that effrontery any man dare circulate such an assertion, when it bears on its very face its own conviction! Where is the profligate Mason that would say it? Yet they have told it plausibly! But God is against the Masons, and how can they stand? Saul can be no longer King! Where is the Christian man that would not lift his voice and raise his arm to crush such an Evil, the strength of which, in time, would shake the very foundation of this happy Country to the centre. Belshazzar’s impious feast, was the type of these meetings. O, my Country! Sadness ere long, will rest upon thy brow; the sun will rise no more upon thy days of Liberty; thy warriors have bled in vain; thy crimson gore will flow again; up! up, and show that AMERICA WILL BE FREE!

Where is the Christian who would attempt to bend down before the Altar of his God, having his heart bathed in the Lava of Masonry! It is a "School for Scandal;" it is unauthorised by God, discountenanced by the Apostles. and a prevention to the happy growth of Christian perfection. He who follows after these things, DENIES THE FAITH, and erects to himself an Idol of Destruction, which leads to pain and misery, and is worse than an Infidel. Then let us follow after Godliness. O, ye followers of the Lord! spurn from your breasts the horrors that bind you to the wheels of wickedness and power, intolerance and shame. Doth it not call a blush on the fair cheek of Charity, to think we are become the dupe of designing men? Shall we sit silent, and yield a passive obedience! No, fellow Christians, let us show, by a manly struggle, that we are members of the one body; let us not be deterred by the world from opposing the enemies of our Religion; let it not be said by succeeding ages, that we are afraid to crush the Monster. Our country groans and is ready, and the time of her delivery is at hand; though we may be opposed, let us lift our voices and wield the sceptre of our knowledge against so formidable an enemy; imbibe not the idea of passiveness and non-interference. It is the cause of Religion that call us forth. While the Mammoth of Destruction beleagues us around on all sides, ’tis Virtue smiles and bids you come. Rally around the Standard of your Country’s glory; the departed spirits of our immortal sires look down from their Triuae illuminated mansion and behold us pining in captivity! Shall not that power which caused fair Freedom’s smiles to dart that glancing look, and spoke "America is free!" assist us? O, ye degenerate sons of Freedom, why are you FACTIONS? Why do you not render indemnity to a free people by the timely resignation of your charters and a total cessation of unprincipled malignity? Will you still attempt to pawn Masonry on us as a support to our Country and our Religion? Doth it not rifle the charms of Religion and foist on us (a free people)  the bastardy of its own likeness? Don’t the Capitols rage with Masonry? Are there no friends to take up the arms of Literature against it? Doth not the Monster stalk through our fields, our houses and our pockets? Is not Masonry unsolicited, unnatural, and would to God it was unconstitutional – that was an omission.
Friends of Freedom and Religious Liberty! while your Preachers preach for you, will you not enquire, are these Masons? If they are, do you know what to do? – Ours is not a compulsive Government. Keep your "mites" in your own pockets, & ere long these great bulwarks of Masonic Faction will have to abandon this National Evil, and by a final departure from Masonry, they will be entitled to your support. Any thing short of this, is unworthy of your support. In consequence of the countenanance given to Masonry by Preachers, hundreds wear it for Religion. If Masonry is put down, thousands of the present and rising generations will be benefitted; the cause of God and Truth will prosper; America will be at ease, and Freedom will recline in quiet on the bosom of every American. Our citizens of merit, without the aid of Faction, will be solicited to fill high and important offices of trust, and wicked men will become good men; Preachers become zealous; Truth will prosper; Farmers will be ploughing in safety. When Masonry is dead, and forgotten, peace will reign triumphant. It will add the second grand laurel to the annals of our Country, by pulling down the strong hold of Aristocracy and causing the standard of worse than molten images to fall. If Masonry is put down, in toto, one of the greatest evils which distracts a Republican people, will have been overthrown; the mask will then be pulled from the eyes of deluded hundreds who wear it for Religion; kindred kingdoms will catch the flame; tyrants will be robbed of unlimited power, and man will be as free as what God designed him to be. Let us, therefore, not trifle away our time, but add our little mite of knowledge in pulling it down. – UNITED WE STAND — DIVIDED WE FALL."

Oel Billings, of Royalton, Vermont, renounced Freemasonry December 3, 1831.
– Published in the American Whig.

Ira H. Allen, of Ann Arbour, Michigan, renounced Freemasonry on the 5th Dec. 1831.
– Published in the Western Emigrant.

On the 28th day of  Nov. A.D. 1831 Stephen Kendal of Windsor, Vermont, a Mason of the Mark Master’s degree, renounced Freemasonry.
– Published in the American Whig.

Source: Star, January 24, 1832, page 1

"Come out, my people, away from her, so that you do not share in her crimes and have the same plagues to bear." — The Creator

The following renunciation of Elder SMITH ROGERS, we take from the Batavia Advocate. It appears that it was handed to two or three different Editors, who severally neglected to publish it, before it reached the Batavia Advocate. If there were not some Free Presses in the country what should we do? – Boston Free Press.
 
"Being led by the insinuations of an aspiring mind to know the secrets of the Institution of Freemasonry I voluntarily became entangled in those bonds, which, after due deliberation, I find to be contrary to moral or christian obligations. I therefore consider it a duty I owe to God, to give public notice to the fraternity, and my Brethren in Christ, that I do not consider those obligations I have taken binding, or that God can look upon them with the least degree of allowance. I do therefore freely renounce them and consider myself entirely absolved from the same." –
Dated at Bennington, 31st January, 1831.
 
                                                                                                                   SMITH ROGERS.
 
Source: Star, May 18, 1831, page 2
 
 
RENUNCIATION.
 
Obey the dictates of conscience. "Obey God rather than man." In obedience to this scriptural injunction, and for the good of my country, I feel it an imperative duty to bear my testimony, with the thousands who have broken allegiance, from the powers of darkness, by briefly publishing to the world my views of the masonic institution.
I was initiated into the "sublime mysteries" of Freemasonry in the city of St. John’s, New Brunswick, in 1826, and have since taken all the regular degrees to Past Master, the last of which, (Past Master,) I took in Campeachy, South America. The oaths, ceremonies, and manner of initiation, in the lodges where I received my various degrees are substantially and I think literally the same, as those published in William Morgan’s Illustrations of Masonry," so far as the publication goes.
On a full and candid investigation of the masonic Oaths, which are the bulwark of the whole system of darkness, I consider them such as ought not, and cannot be binding on the conscience. They are illegal; profane, blasphemous, and in direct collision with the laws of God and the spirit of our free institutions. I consider the influence of masonry on society arbitrary and oppressive – where the rights of the many are sacrificed to the artifice of the designing few either in conclave, or in detached squads, bound by the oath and grip. Recent occurrences stand as items in the black catalogue of proof which might be adduced: I therefore absolve myself from all allegiance to the Masonic Institution, and all its illegal concealments, "murder and treason not except."                                                
 
                                                                                                            JOHN T. WHEELER
                                                                                                          Danville, July 7th, 1831.
 
The above renunciation shows that masonry is the same in the United States, the British provinces and South America. – Masons declared it was alike all over the world, until by denying the truth of recent disclosures, they hoped to save the "Handmaid" from the fate due to his crimes.
 
Source: Star, August 16, 1831, page 2
 
 
A RENUNCIATION!
From the Troy Watchman.
 
Mr. Editor. – If you think the following will be of any public benefit, you may give it a place in your paper – and when a more convenient opportunity offers I will give you a detailed account of certain circumstances relating to the fate of William Morgan.
 
                                                                                                               JOHN PRICE.
 
I, the subscriber, John Price, of the town of Ledyard in Cayuga county, now of the city of Troy, of lawful age say that I was made a mason in Friendship Lodge in Ontario county, and have been honored with the Royal Arch Degree, if it may be called honor. As far as I am acquainted with masonry, I believe the institution to be corrupt and dangerous to our free republican government and often pervertive of justice. I have every reason to believe they are bound to carry into effect all the by-laws of the institution, even if it is to take the life of a mason who exposes the secrets of masonry.
 
                                                                                                                  JOHN PRICE.
                                                                                                            Troy, May 30, 1831
 
Source: Star, July 5, 1831, page 2
 
 
ANTI-MASONIC.
READ! READ!! READ!!!
 
A conclusion to which every Man will come that reads genuine Republican papers.
From the Albany Journal.
 
MR. WEED – Some days since, a neighbor placed in my hands your paper, containing the report of the trial of Adams at Lockport, with a request that I would read the same, assuring me at the same time, that a perusal of that report would change my opinion on the subject of Masonry. At first I declined reading it, but upon a renewal of the request, and after being earnestly entreated by him, I promised a compliance, not doubting but that my impressions upon the report, would remain unchanged, but in this case I am free to confess, I misjudged.
The evidence upon that trial, as detailed in the report, shows clearly, that a citizen was taken from Canandaigua in a violent manner, and without any authority, and transported to Niagara, and there detained, until the members of the Masonic Institution in canada could be applied to, to receive Morgan, and forcibly to send him to Quebec, and there put him on board a man-of-war, and send him out of the country. All this was done, it appears, for the sole purpose of separating him from Miller, hoping thereby, to prevent the publication of a book which it was feared would reveal some of the secrets of Masonry; and done too, by members of the craft.
Here then, is a complete development of this nefarious transaction. The only doubt which can be raised by any one in this business, is, as to the extent to which the masonic institution at large, has participated. The number and character of those who are proved to have been concerned in the business, warrants the conclusion, that the Masonic Institution in the western part of this State were directly concerned; their appeal to their masonic brethren in Canada, clearly proves that they acted as Masons, and that they expected the cordial cooperation of all Masons; in this expectation, they do not appear to have been disappointed, until they reached Canada. But were additional circumstances necessary to support that conclusion, they might find in abundance, in the conduct of Masons in that region of western New York.
I am no Mason, and I can further add, that until the perusal of this report, I had no prejudices against Masonry. There are, no doubt, many, very many men of integrity, who are members of that institution. Still I am not aware of any essential benefit resulting from the institution to the community, and as I am fully persuaded that the institution in the hands of unprincipled men, might be wielded much to the public injury, and be rendered by corrupt politicians dangerous to the well being of the republic. I have come to the conclusion, that it is my duty as a citizen, to contribute my mite towards abolishing the Institution; and it does appear to me, that the most effectual way of obtaining the end, will be to withhold my vote at all elections for officers of State, from persons who still adhere to the Masonic Institution. Though I have heretofore acted cordially with the Jackson party, I must be permitted hereafter to act politically, in a manner which will tend most effectually to put down Masonry.                  An Elector.
 
From the Middlebury (Vt.) Republican.
TESTIMONIALS OF GOOD CHARACTER!
From the Montpelier Patriot.
NOTICE.
 
At a regular communication of St. John’s Lodge, No. 31, holden at Springfield, on Tuesday 22nd ult. Voted, that Horatio G. Hawkins, and Samuel W. Porter be expelled for unmasonic conduct.
Attest, VAN. PARKER, Sec’y pro tem.
 
Printers friendly to the institution will please notice the above.
 
We are not acquainted, in any way, with the above named gentlemen, but presume they are seceding masons, since the fraternity do not expel men for any other offence. Perjury, kidnapping and murder are not unmasonic, or at least, it is certain they do not expel those convicted of such slight transgressions!
 
Source: Star, April 6, 1831, page 2
 
RENUNCIATION.
 
In 1815, I joined the Freemasons in Schuyler Lodge, No. 218, Saratoga, New York, and in July, 1830, having been fully convinced of the irreligious principles of the institution, I wrote a renunciation and put it into the hand of a confidant to be forwarded for publication; but I learn it has not been done. Now, since the obligations of Freemasons are delivered under a false pretension (because they do infringe on their duty to God) and since the conduct of Freemasons evidences to me, that the penalties of those obligations are to be executed by the Fraternity in case of violation, (contrary to my former belief) – IN THE NAME OF GOD, I RENOUNCE THEM FOREVER.
 
                                                                                                            NOAH SPALDING.
 
Source: Star, September 20, 1831, page 4
 

More Masonic Renunciations

Posted: April 30, 2009 in Secret Societies
RENUNCIATION

From the Hartford A.M. Intelligencer.

The following renunciation of freemasonry, by Deacon Samuel Richards, of Farmington, was written, it seems, some time last October. It was sent in and read in the late State convention, Dec. 16. It was returned to the author and retained till yesterday, when it was sent by him to be published in the Intelligencer. Deacon Richards was made a Freemason at West Point, in 1778. At that time he was an officer in the army, (a captain if we mistake not.) — We can say in regard to those venerable patriots, Maj. J.B. Van Vaulkenburgh, of Cayuga county, N.Y. and Gen. Henry Sewell, of Maine; "Hear the voice of an old soldier."

Editor of the Antimasonic Intelligencer.

SIR, Agreeably to your request I send you a copy of a note signed by me, and read at a late public meeting in Hartford; which, if you judge expedient, you are at liberty to insert in your useful paper.
The subscriber having in early life become a member of the Fraternity of Freemasons; but for many years past withdrawn himself, on the most mature reflection, is induced thus publicly to give to those of his acquaintance, who have so frequently made the inquiry, the reasons of his withdrawing.
The most prominent, and to himself conclusive are, that the Principles of said society are in his view opposed to the glory of GOD, and to the best and highest interests of his fellow men; and therefore altogether repugnant to his duty as an accountable agent; and having arrived very near to the close of life he cannot contemplate his exit, which to himself is so interesting and momentous, without leaving this public testimony of his regret for having incautiously joined a society whose principles and obligations he was ignorant of, and which he now feels such strong reasons for disavowing.

                                                                                                                                   SAMUEL RICHARDS.
                                                                                                                                 Farmington, Oct. 1830.

Source: Star, April 6, 1831

RENUNCIATION.

I do not wish to wound the feelings of adhering masons, and especially those of my friends and acquaintance, whom as men I value and esteem; but the demands of duty are imperious, and they must be obeyed. If they are still hoodwinked and held fast by the cable-tow, I pity them, but for myself I must abandon an institution, which its warmest friends and ablest advocates cannot defend from the foul stain of imposture, infidelity and murder.
The secret abominations of the order are confirmed by thousands of the most unexceptionable witnesses; they cannot be wiped away in this enlightened age by the stale argument that Washinton, Lafayette and others of high standing in society were masons, which indeed is about all that can be advanced by adhering masons in this region, in justification of their infatuated conduct.
I was initiated and raised to what (by a wretched abuse of language) is called the sublime degree of master mason, in King David’s Lodge, Taunton, in 1825. The great advantages which I was enticed to believe would result from my connexion with the order have proved vain and illusory. – Language would fail me to express the detestation which I now feel for an institution which binds a man by the most shocking and barbarous penalties, to conceal all the crimes of a brother master mason, if committed to him as a secret, "except murder and treason," and even allows him to keep these secrets if he pleases, without exposing himself to the disapprobation or censure of the order.
In this oath masonry arrays itself in perfect hostility to all morality, religion and government. I should have retired silently had I not felt myself bound in duty to add my testimony to the truths of the disclosures made by William Morgan and others, as to the degrees I have taken. The charge of perjury heaped on seceding masons so liberally by that order that tauntingly boasts of its charity (which I am fully satisfied is entirely void of that charity which "seeketh not her own; is not easily provoked; thinketh no evil; rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth;") brings no trouble to my conscience. I fully believe the oaths to be unlawful and impious, and renounce forever their obligations and all allegiance to the institution of Speculative Freemasonry.

                                                                                                                            RODNEY FRENCH
                                                                                                                        Berkley, May 18th, 1831

Source: Star, June 28, 1831, page 2

RENUNCIATION
From the Woodstock (Vt.) Whig

SIR – Seeing my name, erroneously published in your paper a few weeks since, in the list of adhering Masons in Hartland, I feel it a duty which I owe to my friends and my country, to correct the error, and let them know how and where I stand in relation to the subject of masonry.
I am an old man; I have seen 82 winters; and I shall soon leave the stage of action, and I little thought of ever being drawn out in a newspaper; and my story shall be short.
I took the first degree in masonry in 1776, and I have taken three degrees in all. I have not met with a lodge for about twenty years. As soon as I was convinced of the evil of masonry, I renounced the Institution. This I did two or three years ago, and I thought it was so understood, till I saw my name in your paper. I have served my country more than five years in the Continental Army, fighting for liberty and independence. Our exertions were crowned with wonderful success, and I hope and believe that the struggle for liberty and equal rights, which was commenced at the Revolution, will not cease till all monopolizing and tyranizing evils shall be done away.
I wish well to my country and to my friends, and the public an affectionate, and probably soon, an eternal farewell.

                                                                                                                                                       Respectfully yours,
                                                                                                                                                        EPHRAIM CAREY.
                                                                                                                                                  Hartland, June 10th, 1831   

Source: Star, September 20, 1831, page 2

 RENUNCIATION

A late number of the Boston "Christian Herald" contains the following renunciation of freemasonry by the Rev. Mr. Stones.
"MR. EDITOR: Finding that I am named in your paper, as an adherent to the Institution of Freemasonry, I take this method to disclaim all connexion with the Institution, and to give the assurance that I have long strongly disapproved of it.           J.T. STONE"      

Source: Star, September 13, 1831, page 1

MASONIC RENUNCIATIONS.

The gentlemen whose names are annexed are men of high respectability of character. Many of them are clergymen, and all men of benevolence and piety, who have left the institution of masonry for conscience sake. They have generally given their renunciations to the world with reasons at some length, for which we have not room at present. All of these concur in one statement, that masonry is revealed. They also agree that it is a wicked institution. – They have been convinced that masonic oaths are void, and having been taken in sin, should not be kept. They also, with one voice, declare it to be political and anti-religious in its tendency. They have deserted it now, because they have some assurance of protection in their property and lives from the universal scrutiny and feeling at present going forward among the public. They deferred their renunciations only because their safety might have been compromised by an early expression of their sentiments. – Sun.

Source: Star, May 11, 1831, page 2

RENUNCIATION.

The last Seneca Farmer contains a renunciation of Freemasonry from Doct. R.M. Smith, of Tyre, Seneca county. Doct. Smith says:
"I have heard some thirty or forty Masons converse in Lodge, exult in the exploits of Right Worshipful Brethren, in executing their unmerciful penalties, on the unfortunate William Morgan."
This is only another item of proof, that the act alluded to was justified by the order, and consistent with its principles.                      Ithaca Chronicle.

Source: Star. May 31, 1831, page 1