Question: I recently purchased and watched the DVD The Hidden Faith of the Founding Fathers....As a homeschool mom, [I have found that] much of the material out there for homeschool use speaks of the godly foundations of this country [with] a real call in the homeschool community to raise up the next generation of Godly leaders to "take back" our country for Christ. I have always struggled with this idea and have felt uncomfortable using materials that teach this view. I was wondering if you could recommend any books that might help us further understand the role of Freemasonry in our nation's history and the significance of a whole generation being raised to believe that our nation has "Christian" roots and that we must take it back for Christ?
Response: Thanks for your comments and concern. Although there are few books written on this subject from a Berean's perspective, our prayer is to continue addressing this matter in the articles we write and in the resources we offer through The Berean Call.
The Masonic deception is deep and wide and somewhat esoteric, yet in our day it is becoming increasingly obvious in all forms of human expression through architecture, art, the media, ecumenism, and works salvation. At the heart of Freemasonry and Rosicrucianism is the worship of Lucifer, the "light bringer," who promises enlightenment and exaltation (self-deification) to mankind through occult mysticism and ritual. Of course, we know that this ancient lie began in the Garden (Gn 3:4-5) and remains unchanged to this day.
Once reserved strictly for cults of "Christianity," what we are witnessing today is a revived interest in various strands of Kingdom-Now "take over the world" dominionist theology interwoven with mysticism. This "convergence" shares the same spiritual core of demonic deception that lies at the heart of Freemasonry. Some participants believe they are working for "good" (to establish a physical kingdom of God), while others focus on the universal brotherhood of man, seeking "hidden knowledge" of enlightenment and divine power (Prv 14:12, Mt 6:23). Masonic goals and beliefs transcend religious organizations and are found among those who seemingly have no connection with the spiritual.
Glenn Beck is a prime example. His popularity among conservatives and Christians has spawned a growing spiritual convergence of Catholics, Mormons, evangelicals, and political conservatives who are joining hands to beat back the encroaching tyranny of socialism through political activism and unity of "faith." For starters, such an unequal yoke is forbidden by God (2 Cor:6:14). Although few may be aware of what they are ultimately contributing to, they are nevertheless working toward the establishment of a humanistic New World Order of "peace and prosperity" that will ultimately be ruled by a false messiah, Antichrist, who will be seen initially as "an angel of light" (2 Cor:11:3-15). Their faith in him will be the final "strong delusion" that will even deceive many who profess to be Christians (2 Thes:2:3-12).
Beck's personal fascination with and admiration for the Founding Fathers--some of whom were committed Freemasons--is not surprising, considering that the principles of The Lodge (a.k.a. The Brotherhood and The Craft) are quite compatible with the goals and ideals of Mormonism: "Ye shall be as gods." When compared to the declaration of one of the most revered authorities in all of Freemasonry, Albert Pike, Beck's own spiritual ideas fit well with Masonic teachings. In The Lost Keys of Freemasonry, Pike affirms:
The true Mason is not creed-bound. He realizes with the divine illumination of his lodge that as a Mason his religion must be universal: Christ, Buddha, or Mohammed, the name means little, for he recognizes only the light and not the bearer. He worships at every shrine, bows before every altar, whether in temple, mosque or cathedral, realizing with his truer understanding the oneness of all spiritual truth.
This declaration is highly compatible with what Beck writes in his latest book The Seven Wonders That Will Change Your Life, especially his declaration of the universal truths found in all religions. Moreover, Beck's Mormon faith draws heavily from Masonic doctrine and ceremonies. As you may know, Joseph Smith himself was, for a time, a Mason who "borrowed" many of the secret rites and rituals to start his own brand of "illumined" religion that came to be The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
As the strong delusion (that man is part of God, and/or may become a god) begins to manifest more profoundly--even in conservative and evangelical circles--it is critical that believers test all things and hold fast that which is good (1 Thes:5:21). Furthermore, Christ's Bride is instructed to "have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them" (Eph:5:11).
Therefore, while it is alarming to see this satanic deception enticing Christians to join forces in an unequal yoke with Mormons and other "people of faith," it is simultaneously very exciting to realize that God's Word is proving itself true, even before our very eyes (2 Tm 4:3-4). This realization should only serve to spur us to evangelism and service to God, with an eye on eternity rather than on "fixing" this present world to secure "life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness." Instead, may our hearts and minds be set on "redeeming the time, because the days are evil" (Eph:5:16).
TBC believes that The Hidden Faith of the Founding Fathers presents a perspective that is more historically accurate than the popular "Christian History" writers who in effect glorify the Constitution over God's Word and glamorize Washington, D.C. as a "Christian" capital.
Upon a more careful inspection and study of our nation's capital, it becomes plainly (and painfully) evident that many of the buildings, monuments, inscriptions, paintings, and zodiacs in D.C. clearly point to a Greco-Roman-Egyptian-Babylonian origin that is tied to a worship of stars and their mythological deities--which in turn serve to "hide in plain sight" their true source of inspiration and deception: Lucifer, the light bearer of Masonry and the first fallen angel, who masquerades as the "morning star" (Is 14:12).
For all of these reasons, we exhort Berean-minded believers to recognize the dominionist-oriented, "manifest destiny" theology and to carefully and prayerfully examine these "back-to-our-Christian-roots" and "Patriotic" teachings in the light of God's Word, to see "whether those things were so" (Acts:17:11).