Briefly-speaking, Masonry is a religion. It has its own deity, its own theology, its own altar and rites, its own priesthood, its own temples, its own scriptures, etc.; therefore, it can demonstrably be shown that it is a religion. Its roots are in the Jewish Kabbalah, which itself is founded in ancient pagan Egyptian and Babylonian religions.
There are two kinds of Freemason - the “Operative”, a builder in stone licensed or “freed” by his guild (trade union)to work in its jurisdiction, and the “Speculative”, not a worker in stone but one who speculates on ‘building’ humanity and the universe through politics, science, magic, and other means.
This second kind of Freemasonry, which constitutes a religion and international political organization, is the object of these articles below. The Orthodox Church has condemned this Freemasonry with anathemas and subjects to excommunication any Orthodox Christian who becomes a Freemason.
It also has a Jewish origin and doctrine [see JUDAISM], as is recognized by both Masonic and Jewish authorities: “Masonry is a Jewish institution, whose history, degrees, charges, passwords, and explanations are Jewish from beginning to end, with the exception of only one degree and a few words in the obligation,” says Rabbi Isaac Meyer Wise, mason and founder of Reform Judaism in this hemisphere (the American Jewish periodical “The Israelite” of August 3, 1855); “The principles of Freemasonry are all contained in the Book of Books [the Talmud] of the Jewish people,” states the Ashkenazi ‘Orthodox’ Grand Rabbi of Israel, Meir Lau (“La Republica”, October 1993); “Our rite is Jewish from beginning to end; the public should conclude from this that we have actual connections with Jewry,” affirms the leading German Masonic periodical (“Latomia,” 7-8, 1928, Brother Rudolph Klein); “Masonry is based on Judaism. Eliminate the teachings of Judaism from the Masonic Ritual and what is left?” asks the “The Jewish Tribune” of New York, in its issue of October 28, 1927; “... the single [true] revelation has been preserved under the name of the “Kabalah,” by the Priesthood [i.e., the rabbis] of Israel. The Kabalistic doctrine, which was also the dogma of the [Babylonian] Magi and of Hermes [of Egypt], is contained in the Sepher Yetsairah, the Sohar, and the Talmud.Freemasonry, may be accurately defined as the Kabalah in active realization, or.Magic [i.e., Babylonian Magianism].,” says Albert Pike, head of the Southern Jurisdiction of Scottish-Rite Masonry (Morals and Dogma of the Scottish Rite of Freemasonry, Ch. 32 [the 32nd Degree]); etc.
For more information on this topic and how it is incompatible with Orthodoxy please read further.
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