A Grand Chaplain Speaks Out


A Grand Chaplain speaks out  by Harmon R. Taylor

   GRAND LODGE FREE AND ACCEPTED MASONS OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK GRAND
CHAPLAIN 1983-1984 REV. HARMON R. TAYLOR



   Dear Servant of God, Knowing that you desire to serve the Lord with
all your heart, I share this letter with you. Perhaps you have been
struggling with the same situation. On November 22nd, I sent the facts
contained in this letter to all Masonic bodies of which I am a member.
I invite you to prayerfully read it. It will explain why I as a Grand
Chaplain of the Grand Lodge of Free and Accepted Masons of the State of
New York am requesting a demit from all bodies of the Masonic
fraternity. There is much more that I could share. I would be happy to
share more if it will help you in the Lord's service.

   Many have asked me if Freemasonry is a religion. I have always
responded "No". Others have told me that it is a religion. Study has
revealed the fact that learned writers in the fraternity say MASONRY IS
A RELIGION. The Lord Jesus Christ said, "In the mouth of two or three
witnesses, every word is established" (Matthew 18:16). In order to be
brief, I will quote only four Masonic authorities that masonry is a
religion.

   Albert Mackey, one of the most well known Masonic authorities, wrote
in A LEXICON OF FREEMASONRY (Pg. 402): "The religion, then, masonry, is
pure theism...".

   Albert Pike, the most important of all American Masonic authorities
wrote in MORALS AND DOGMA (Pg. 213-214): "Every Masonic lodge is a
temple of religion, and its teachings are instructions in
religion...this is true religion revealed to the ancient patriarchs;
which masonry has taught for many centuries, and which it will continue
to teach as long as time endures.

   J.S.M. Ward, a Masonic authority who has written several important
books on masonry, wrote in his book FREEMASONRY: ITS AIMS & IDEALS
(Pg.185): "I consider freemasonry is a significantly organized school
of mysticism to be entitled to be called a religion." Ward continues on
page 187, "Freemasonry...taught that each man can by himself, work out
his own conception of god and thereby achieve salvation." It holds that
there are many paths that lead to the throne of the all-loving father
which all start from a common source. Freemasonry believes, according
to Ward, "that though these paths appear to branch off in various
directions, yet they all reach the same ultimate goal, and that to some
men, one path is better and to other, another.

   "Frank C. Higgins, a high mason, wrote in ANCIENT FREE MASONRY
(Pg.10), "It is true that Freemasonry is the parent of all religion."

   These Masonic witnesses all agree in their doctrine that masonry is,
indeed, a religion. It is necessary now to ascertain whether masonry is
a true religion or a false religion. In an article entitled, "HOW TO
RECOGNIZE A FALSE RELIGION" (Faith for the Family Nov/Dec 1974), a
prominent Christian leader wrote: "All false religions, have some
things in common. Here are three simple tests by which any religion
should be judged;

   FIRST: What is its attitude toward the Bible? SECOND: Any religious
teaching should be tested by this question; What is its attitude toward
Jesus Christ?

   THIRD: In judging a religious system, we should ask, What is its
attitude toward the blood of Jesus Christ!"

   According to these three tests, masonry is a false religion
manifesting a satanic attitude toward the Bible, the Deity of Jesus
Christ, and the blood atonement of Jesus Christ. In order to establish
this charge, keep in mind the Word our Lord Jesus Christ who said, "In
the mouth of two or three witnesses every word shall be established.
Please consider now the testimony of Masonic authorities which reveal
Masonry's satanic attitude toward the Bible, the Deity of Jesus Christ
and the vicarious atonement for the sins of mankind by the shedding of
Christ's blood on the cross.

   Joseph Ford Newton, a famous authority and writer, in an article
entitled "The Bible and Masonry" wrote "The bible so rich in symbolism
is itself a symbol...thus, by the very honor which masonry pays the
Bible, it teaches us to revere every book of faith in which men find
help for today and hope for tomorrow, joining hands with the man of
Islam as he takes his oath on the Koran, with the Hindu as he makes
covenant with God upon the book that he loves best."

   Albert Pike, in Morals & Dogma, wrote (Pg.718) "Masonry propagates
no creed except it's own most simple sublime one; that universal
religion, taught by nature and reason."

   One who is truly born-again can see from the above statement that
masonry totally rejects the doctrine of an infallible, God-breathed,
inerrant Bible.

   According to the Second Test, masonry is a false religion because it
totally rejects the crucial doctrine of the Deity of the Lord Jesus
Christ.

   J.D. Buck, M.D., another Masonic writer of importance, in his book
Symbolism of Mystic Masonry wrote (Pg.57) "In the early Church as in
the secret doctrine, there was not one Christ for the world but a
potential Christ in every man. Theologians first made a fetish of the
impersonal, Omnipresent divinity; and then tore the Christos from the
hearts of all humanity in order to Deify Jesus; that they might have a
God-Man particularly their own."

   One would have to look far and wide in the writings of false
teachers to find statements more blasphemous than this about the person
of Jesus Christ, my Lord.

   According to the Third Test, masonry is a false religion because
masonry dogmatically rejects the doctrine of salvation from the penalty
of sin by faith in the vicarious atonement of Christ's shed blood on
the cross.

   Thomas Milton Steward, another Masonic author, in his book Symbolic
Teaching on Masonry and Its Message, to support his doctrine quoted
favorable an apostate Episcopal minister who wrote (Pg.177), "Did Jesus
count Himself, conceive of Himself as a proprietary sacrifice and of
His work as an expiation? The only answer possible is, clearly, He did
not...He does not call Himself the world's priest, or the world's
victim."

   Salvation by Faith in the vicarious atonement are not "ignorant
perversions of the original doctrines" as masonry teaches, but they are
vital ingredients of the Glorious Gospel of Christ, which is the power
of God unto Salvation to everyone who believes. THEREFORE, masonry
fails all three tests. It manifests a satanic attitude toward the
Bible, the Deity of Christ, and the vicarious atonement. In addition to
failing these tests, there is much more proof that masonry is a false
religion.

   For instance, Henry C. Clausen, 33 decree, Sovereign Grand Commander
of the Supreme Council 33 Decree mother council of the world, in the
NEW AGE, November, 1970, (Pg.4) wrote regarding masonry, "It is
dedicated to bringing about the Fatherhood of God, the Brotherhood of
Man, and making better men in a better world."

   The doctrine of the Fatherhood of God and the Brotherhood of Man is
not found in the Bible. It is a doctrine taught consistently by
apostates. Also, the Bible makes it crystal clear that no organization,
masonry included, can make better men. Only God can make better men!

   According to a Masonic creed, found in the Masonic Bible, masonry
teaches that "character determines destiny."

   The teaching that character determines destiny is a false doctrine
of the Arch Deceiver of Souls. The Bible says, "There is none that
doeth good," and "For by Grace are you saved through faith, and that
not of yourselves; it is a gift of God, not of works, lest any man
should boast."

   Masonry is anti-Christian in its teachings. For example, J.M. Ward
in FREEMASONRY - ITS AIMS AND IDEALS wrote (Pg.187), "I boldly avere
that freemasonry is a religion, yet it no way conflicts with any other
religion, unless that religion holds that no one outside its portals
can be saved." Ward, in his statement, reveals the fact that masonry
has no conflict with any apostate religion on the face of the earth,
but he also reveals that masonry is in conflict with Christianity. The
Bible says, "Neither is there salvation in any other, for there is none
other name under heaven given among men whereby we MUST be save" (Acts
4:12). Jesus said, "No man cometh unto the Father but by Me." (Jn.
14:6). The Bible is plainly teaching that there is only one way to
heaven and the is Christ.

   A prominent college president said of masonry, "It is a luciferian
religion. We are fully aware of its diabolical origin and purpose. I
believe that any born-again Christian, when the facts from the lips of
Masonic writers themselves are presented showing that masonry is a
religion and is the worship of Satan, will immediately withdraw." To
this I must add my hearty agreement!

   The God and Father of the Lord Jesus Christ, the only True and
Living God, has clearly commanded Christian, "Be ye not unequally
yolked together with unbelievers, and swear not at all, and have no
fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove
them."

   Charles Finney, the famed evangelist who God used to bring a revival
in America in the 1830's, in his book, FREEMASONRY wrote (Pg.115),
"Surely, if masons really understood what Masonry is, as it is
delineated in these books, no Christian Mason would think himself to
remain at liberty to remain another day a member of the fraternityl. It
is as plain as possible that a man knowing what it is, and embracing it
in his heart, cannot be a Christian man. To say he can is to belie the
very nature of Christianity."

   For me, the signs of the time compared with prophetic Scripture,
make it apparent that we are living in the last days prior to the
Rapture of the Church. Satan is hard at work trying to hinder
believers' spiritual growth, as well as trying to keep the unsaved from
entering God's Family. Freemasonry, I have come to believe, is one of
Satan's master deceptions. Many ministers, elders, deacons, trustees,
and Sunday School teachers belong to this cult. Today, my membership
ends! Today, a new ministry begins. There is a tremendous need to
scrutinize the cultic nature of Freemasonry in view of the massive
infiltration of its effects on the working body of the Church. It
should be exposed to the True Light - Jesus Christ!

   Love in Christ, Harmon R. Taylor

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