March 08, 2014
Oct 16 - Adela Just
Editor’s Note: This article is from the archives of Generals International and was originally written by Ron Campbell. It is offered here to move into a deeper understanding of topics introduced in the article, Defending Freedom: Breaking the Effects of Freemasonry.
The highways of history are littered with empires that fell because they embraced idolatry. Idolatry involves misplaced devotion and broken covenants that seem to open the door to a plenitude of other sins. I believe Freemasonry, through rituals and symbols, perpetuates its destructive path. Unfortunately many church and civic leaders have bowed their knees at the idolatrous altars of Freemasonry, and because idolatry always usher in curses and consequential judgment, I am concerned that many nations, including the United States, are being weighed in the balances and found wanting. We must not remain ignorant concerning the seriousness of this deadly embrace.
Idolatry “denotes the worship of deity in a visible form, whether the images to which homage is paid are symbolical representations of the true God or of the false divinities which have been made the objects of worship in his stead” (1).
Once out of Egypt, with their deliverance still fresh on their minds, the Israelites quickly turned to the gods of their forefathers. While in the wilderness, their leader went on the mountain to meet with the true god, and in his absence, they built an image of the god they carried in their hearts. This idol was the Apis bull, an emblem of the productive power of nature and symbolic of the sun-god Osiris.
The sun and moon were selected as the symbols of worship by most ancient civilizations and were used as the most common forms of idolatry. The sun was represented as male and the active generative principle in nature, while the moon was female and the passive generative principle. It is possible that the Israelites learned their first lessons in sun-worship from the Egyptians, in whose religious system Osiris held a prominent position. The Phoenicians worshipped him as Baal, the Ammonites as Molech, and the Moabites as Chemosh.
Freemasonry as Idolatry
This covenant-breaking spiritual dimension that operated behind the pagan fertility cults of Egypt and Phoenicia is now active behind the Lodge doors of Freemasonry. Though volumes could be written on this subject alone, time and space will permit me to cite only a couple of examples.
First, in its rituals and symbols, the pagan solar deities of Osiris and Isis are depicted by the compass and square. Unfortunately, in the fourth degree, the candidate is uninformed of their philosophical and spiritual meanings, being told only of their moral and political import. In a book published under the authority of the Supreme Council of the Thirty-third Degree of the Scottish Rite of Freemasonry, Grand Commander Albert Pikes explains:
The Holy Bible, Square and Compass are not only styled the Great Lights of Masonry, but they are also technically called the Furniture of the Lodge; and as you have seen, it is held there is no lodge without them . . .
The Square is a right angle, formed by two right lines. It is adapted only to a plane surface and belongs only to geometry, earth measurement . . . The Compass describes circles, and deals with spherical trigonometry, the science of the spheres and heavens. The former, therefore, is emblem of what concerns the earth and the body; the latter of what concerns the heavens and the soul. (2)
This may seem harmless enough until in the Thirty-second Degree, as a “Sublime Prince of the Royal Secret,” the truth of the symbolic compass and square are revealed.
Return now, with us, to the Degrees of Blue Masonry, and for your last lesson, receive the explanation of one of their Symbols. (2)
From this statement, we may accurately infer that Pike is not preparing the candidate for a re-run of the first three degrees, but rather the deeper, spiritual meaning of their symbols. In his description of an old Hermetic Symbol that introduces the 32° printed in 1613 and entitled Azoth, we can again see the reemergence of the symbols of the most ancient form of idolatry.
Upon it you see a Triangle upon a Square, both of these contained in a circle; and above this, standing upon a dragon, a human body, with two arms only, but two heads, one male and the other female. By the head of the male head is the Sun, and by that of the female head, the Moon, the crescent with the circle of the full moon. And the hand of the male side holds a Compass, and that on the female side, a Square . . . The Hermaphroditic figure is the Symbol of the double nature anciently assigned to the Deity, as Generator and Producer, as Brahm and Maya among the Aryans, Osiris and Isis among the Egyptians. As the Sun was male, so the Moon was female; and Isis was both the sister and wife of Osiris. The Compass, there, is the Hermetic Symbol of the Creative Deity, and the Square of the productive Earth or Universe. (2)
Simply stated, as a 32° “Prince told of the Royal Secret”, you are now told that the true meaning of the Compass and Square symbolizes Osiris the sun-god and Isis the moon-goddess. These symbols are present upon all sacred books on the altars of Freemasonry and are on the books upon which all Masons take their oaths. Besides the compass and square, there are two other symbols that represent the active and passive principles of Osiris and Isis. Again in Morals and Dogma, Pike comments:
There are two columns that stand at the portals of the Temple builded by Wisdom, on one of which Masonry sets the celestial Globe, symbol of the spiritual part of our composite nature, and on the other the terrestrial Globe, symbol of material part. (2)
As you drive past some Masonic Lodges you may see these pillars at their physical portals. However, if you were to observe the ritual of any degree, you would see the physical presence of this celestial and terrestrial globe every Mason must pass through to enter the gateway into the spiritual, mystical temple of Freemasonry.
Idolatry and Judgment
To leaf through the pages of the Old Testament would convince even a cynic that closely trailing in the footsteps of idolatry is judgment. They are inseparable. We can easily sense God’s heart on the subject in scripture. He hates it because this covenant-breaking spirit separates Him from His people. You see, the spirit of idolatry and the Holy Spirit cannot co-exist for they are mutually exclusive.
His anger towards idolatry is evident in Jeremiah 43: “There in the temple of the sun in Egypt, he will demolish the sacred pillars (obelisks) and will burn down the temples of the gods of Egypt” (v. 13).
You saw the great disaster I brought on Jerusalem and on all the towns of Judah. Today they lie deserted and in ruins because of the evil they have done. They provoked me to anger by burning incense and worshipping other gods that they nor you nor your fathers ever knew. (Jeremiah 44:2,3)
Well, I have not yet read that our nation, or any other nation for that matter, is exempt from the impending judgment brought on by embracing idolatry. With a fresh understanding of identificational repentance, let’s not fail to “stand in the gap” and repent for our sin of idolatry.
1. Wm. Smith LLD. Bible Dictionary. Philadelphia: The John C. Smith Co., 1884.
2. Pike, Albert. Morals and Dogma of the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite of Freemasonry. Richmond: L.H. Jenkins, Inc., 1947.