posted on Jun, 20 2008 @ 09:32 PM
And you could have saved yourself a lot of time if you would just admit that purity of life and rectitude of conduct means purity of life and
rectitude of conduct, whether the Mason is a Christian, a Jew, a Moslem, a Hebrew, a Hindu, a Buddhist, a Luciferian, or an avowed atheist, for that
Freemasonry doesn't care who a Mason might claim he believes to be God. They just don't care. And the reason they don't care, is because it has
absolutely nothing to do with what they say is "essentially necessary" for gaining admission into heaven.
I know you don't like to hear this, but rectitude of conduct is rectitude of conduct. Webster's:
rectitude: 1. conduct according to moral principles; strict honesty; unrightness of character. 2. correctness of judgment or method. 3. straightness.
I see nothing whatever in Webster's definition of "rectitude" that even so much as hints at claiming "this includes, of course, accepting Jesus
Christ as your Lord and Savior".
Now to the other phrase, "purity of life". Here, the Grand Lodge of Nevada saves us a trip to the dictionary by citing what the Grand Lodge itself
means when it says "purity of life":
By purity is meant blamelessness, a loyal obedience to the laws of the Craft and sincere good will to the Brethren; ." ('A Lodge System Of Masonic
Instruction' - Nevada, p. 28)
Doesn't say "that purity of life which is the proof that you have accepted Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior."
Granted, you want very much to try to convince everybody that it is the "unwritten tenet of the gently craft", but it just ain't so.
Not judging the hearts of the men. I'm judging ritual. We're talking about ritual,you try to defend the heretical teachings of Freemasonry. It may
well be that your defense of heresy is embraced elsewhere, but I do not intend to embrace or otherwise patronize it here.
Let's take a look at one of the "symbols" of one of these alleged Presbyterian "ministers". Anderson used a representation of Apollo in the
frontispiece of his first book of constitutions. An article titled, 'Why Apollo?', had this interesting commentary about the "god" that was
showcased by one of the "ministers" you have alluded to: "Apollo was one of the greatest of Greek and Roman deities. he was seen as the principal
god of prophecy, divination and of the arts, most especially music, for the muses were directly subordinate to him. He was also a patron of medicine.
The ancient Greeks also viewed him as the sun god, in which incarnation, he was known as 'Phoebus' meaning 'bright'. The name Phoebus was
attributed to his receipt fo the Delphic Oracle from the Titaness Phoebe, and which was famed for its philosophical injunction, 'Man know thyself'.
He was the sone of Zeus and Leto, and therefore by analogy, Zeus was classically equated with Jahweh, and Apollo has attributes similar to those of
Christ." More edification of this "minister's" "god" is stated on the website of the Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania: "Whose head is depicted in
the center of the Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania seal?
"The head depicted in the Grand Lodge seal is that of Apollo in Greek mythology. He was not only a sun god, but also a god of pure streaming light,
particularly of the light of heaven. This phase of his character was made more conspicuous by the fact of his mother's name being Leto, "darkness",
strictly, "goddess of the dark night". Therefore, Apollo symbolizes light from darkness. The Grand Lodge seal is the head of the sun god Apollo at
the center which emanates rays of light or glory encircled by the words "Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania", and "Birtute, Silentio, Amore", Latin for
"virtue, silence, love." (Source: The Exemplar, A Guide to a Mason's Actions, Grand Lodge F. & A.M. of PA, 1985)"
That might be your brand of "Christianity"That dog don't hunt."
What it is you have categorically refuted is what Freemasonry teaches. I went into it eyes wide shut, also. But at least when the Holy Spirit
convicted me on a few things, I didn't fight Him. I stepped back, took a look at myself and what I saw broke my heart. There is nobody on the face of
this earth who wanted more badly than I, to think that Masonry was no more than what I had always envisioned it to be. You are not the only person who
has been raised with it all his life. When I left the lodge was when satan went to work on me the hardest. I finally came to the conclusion that there
was every possibility in the world that I could have been badly mistaken. I set out to read the writings of some of the men who I was told were
Masonic authorities. Masonic authorities. That is exactly the way their stature within the Craft was explained to me all the while I was in Masonry. I
was told by several men, "If you want to learn more about Freemasonry, read Coil, Mackey, Pike, etc. It wasn't until I actually began to read the
writings of these men that I ran into problems. Now all of a sudden, as I began to show some of those very same people what Coil, Mackey, and Pike
were writing, they all shifted gears. Now I was hearing, "Those men aren't authoritative. All they're writing is their own personal opinions. Their
writings don't mean anything." They can't have it both ways, Wayne, and neither can you or I. Masonry teaches a formula which it says is
"essentially necessary" for gaining admission into heaven. Why is this taught as a truism inside the lodge room and utterly refuted outside the
lodge room? Which is it, Wayne? You have to line up on one side or the others. Are Masonry's most highly acclaimed and recommended scholars
authoritative, or are they liars? Is Masonry teaching what it says is essentially necessary for attaining to heaven, a teaching which makes no mention
whatever of that which is truly necessary, are they telling the truth, or are they lying? It's that simple, Wayne. You can try to wheel and deal
around the truth all you wish, but there is one immovable constant about the truth. It can be denied, but it cannot be changed.
[edit on 20-6-2008 by mitchelcopper]