Over the years, some people have claimed that Freemasons worship Lucifer or Satan. The truth of the matter is that the name Lucifer is not found in the rituals of the Blue Lodge or the York Rite. We do not believe that Lucifer is mentioned by name in the Scottish Rite degrees, either. However, one of the “Sacred Words” in the17th Degree of the Scottish Rite is “Abaddon,” the angel of the bottomless pit, mentioned in Revelation 9:11.
Worship does occur in Masonic Lodges. One of the primary purposes of Freemasonry is worship. That fact is clearly stated in the Declaration of Principles which is contained on pages 37-39 of the Indiana Monitor and Freemason’s Guide. (To examine the source materials, see footnotes.) Masons worship a god which they call the Great Architect of the Universe. The symbol they have chosen to represent their God is the All Seeing Eye, which the Egyptians used to represent their pagan god, Osiris. Many Masons are well aware of the pagan connection. It is clearly stated in a number of Masonic Monitors. An example is found on page 116 of the Kentucky Monitor.
Since Freemasonry teaches a false plan of salvation, Masons are not following in the teachings of Jesus Christ. 2 John 1:9 allows us to know that since they are not following in the teachings of Jesus, they do not have God. Freemasonry is classic paganism. 1 Corinthians 10:20-21 allows us to know that the sacrifices of pagans are offered to demons, rather than God. Although we can say with certainty that the god of Freemasonry is a demon, we do not know specifically which demon Masons worship in lodge. We simply know that they refer to their demon as the Great Architect of the Universe, or GAOTU. All demons are under the leadership of Satan. Therefore, Freemasons cannot avoid worshiping Satan by proxy. Very few of them realize the facts in this aspect of Masonic worship. A great many Masons, even some who do not claim to be Christians, would leave the lodge immediately if the names of Satan, or Lucifer, were substituted for the GAOTU in Masonic prayers. Satan would not allow that to occur, because the more effective lie is the one which is closer to the truth, without being true. The reason that a name such as the GAOTU is chosen for the object of worship is discussed in The Men’s Club, an essay on the Ex-Masons for Jesus website.
Do Satanists worship Lucifer?
Many people believe that Satanists worship Lucifer, however Satanists tell us that such is not always the case. Satanist Anton LaVEY wrote The Satanic Bible and The Satanic Rituals. On the front cover flap of The Satanic Rituals, LaVEY wrote:
Satanism is a vital philosophy which asks you to take your fate in your own hands–break the barriers that confine you–sweep aside all that is smothering you–realize your full innate power. The most important commandment of Satanism is: Satanism demands study – not worship.
Satan does not need to receive worship to achieve his goals. All he has to do is to keep a man from following Jesus. Satan knows that anyone who does not follow in the teachings of Jesus does not have God. (2 John 9)
How do the Grand Lodges
point the way to Lucifer?
Freemasonry demands study also, if one is to become a Master Mason in fact, as well as in name. The Committee on Masonic Education of the Grand Lodge of Iowa has written a small booklet which has been adapted for use by a number of Grand Lodges, including Indiana. The booklet was produced to encourage the new Mason to study and learn more about Freemasonry, so that he will do his part to fulfill its mission. The text reads as follows:
It is safe to say that among the countless thousands who have in the past been raised to the Sublime Degree of Master Mason, no one of them realized at the time the full implications of the ceremony. This clearly would be impossible. Yet it is vitally important that the deeper meanings of this degree be understood if one is to become a Master Mason in fact as well as in name.
Your enjoyment of Freemasonry, its value to you in your future life, your contribution to the fulfillment of its great mission, will be in direct proportion to your understanding of its secrets, which, if you recall the degree through which you have just passed, you do not yet have and which can only be gained by your own endeavors and the assistance of your brethren. Your own endeavors will depend entirely on your devotion to Freemasonry’s great mission of bringing to mankind a full comprehension of the Brotherhood of all men under the Fatherhood of one everliving God.
Much has been written of Freemasonry. Probably your own Lodge possesses a library of books telling of the history of Freemasonry and treating of its philosophy, symbolism, and jurisprudence. These books are at your disposal at all times and there are many others that you may purchase for study in your own home.
There are also many magazines on the subject. Your own Grand Lodge publishes a monthly magazine, The Indiana Freemason. Recognized as one of the very best Masonic publications now available, The Indiana Freemason will be sent to you for only a few cents per issue. Thus you can learn more and more about Masonry if you will–but you yourself must furnish the will.
This booklet is only an introduction to the great field of Masonic learning an invitation to you to enter that field for your own pleasure and profit. We hope it will provide a starting point from which you will go on and on in a search for Masonic light. Your efforts will be richly rewarded.
Since Grand Lodges stress the importance of a Masonic education, and they recommend reading Masonic publications as the most effective means, we will take a look at Masonic literature and expose some of “the deeper things of the craft.” Beginning with Grand Lodge documents, we will establish the connections between Freemasonry and Lucifer. The Mason who reads Masonic literature could uncover the connections as easily as we have.
We do not recommend discussing the connections between Satanism and Freemasonry with a Mason, in an attempt to lead him from the lodge. You will not be given a good hearing. The conversation will likely end before you have documented the connections. Most Masons are not aware of the connection and will be offended by your approach. We present this material here, that you might know that this is a spiritual battle. Paul wrote:
Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. (Ephesians 6:11-12)
Having said that, we know that Masons will find this page and be offended by it. We fully believe that it is of little significance that we offend them with the truth. What is of major significance is that they continue to offend God by practicing Freemasonry. Most Masons who read the information presented here will not admit that it is true. Some will send us Email telling us that we don’t know what we are talking about. If that were true, how could we provide the source documents for the quotes which follow to verify our claims?
We make the following offer to Masons: If any of you can find any significant error in the material which follows, we will remove the entire web site from the internet. In order to “claim the prize,” you must PROVE a significant error. Simply stating that we are wrong, when we have provided the evidence, (the source documents are downloadable) will only make you look foolish. After you have considered the evidence, and you can’t prove it wrong, we suggest you ask yourself a few questions:
- When I stand before Jesus Christ on judgment day, will He believe that I was not aware of the connections between Freemasonry and Satanism?”
- Can a Christian knowingly remain a member of an organization which lifts up Lucifer, without denying Jesus Christ? What will Jesus say? Who else’s opinion is going to matter?
You might ponder Matthew 7:21-23, Matthew 10:32-33, 1 Corinthians 10:20-22, 2 Corinthians 6:14-7:1, 1 John 1:5-2:6, 1 John 4:4-6 and 2 John 9. It is your soul which is on the line.
Establishing the connection from the Grand Lodges to Lucifer
Grand Lodges are the authorities of Freemasonry. Grand Lodges recommend that Masons read Masonic literature that they might realize all that Freemasonry holds for them. While encouraging the membership to study, Masonic leadership knows that the majority will not. The man who does begin to study Masonic literature might begin by reading his Masonic Monitor. A statement contained in the Indiana Monitor and Freemason’s Guide recommends a Masonic book known as The Builders, with the words:
WHEN IS A MAN A MASON? The following was written by Brother Dr. Joseph Fort Newton, as the closing paragraph of his widely read book “The Builders.” It bids fair to become a Masonic classic. . . . (Indiana Monitor and Freemason’s Guide, page 172)
The Builders is an especially good book with which to start a study of Freemasonry. Henry Wilson Coil stated that The Builders was written at the express request of the Grand Lodge of Iowa. Coil states that the book is in widespread use among Masons. He wrote:
Dr. Newton was an active Freemason and lectured widely to lodges in Iowa, delivering especially a lecture called The Men’s House. At the request of the Grand Lodge of Iowa, he wrote The Builders, a copy of which was presented to every candidate raised in that State. It has also become one of the most widely read Masonic books of modern times. It has been translated into several foreign languages and, after the first edition in 1914, it appeared in editions as follows: 1915, 1916, 1920, 1921, 1922, 1924, and 1926. A revised edition was published in 1930, 1945, and 1946, and a revised and enlarged edition was issued in 1951 (315 pages)
The book is currently available from Masonic sources. The publisher described the book in a recent catalog as “The outstanding classic in Masonic literature of all times. Many Grand Lodges present a copy to each newly raised Mason.”
On page 57 of the builders, in the chapter entitled The Secret Doctrine, and continuing through page 59, is a glowing tribute to Arthur Edward Waite. It contains the following:
Perhaps the greatest student in this field of esoteric teaching and method, certainly the greatest now living is Arthur Edward Waite, to whom it is a pleasure to pay tribute.
Speaking of Waite’s books, Newton wrote:
And the result is a series of volumes noble in form, united in aim, unique in wealth of revealing beauty, and of unequalled worth. Beginning as far back as 1886, Waite issued his study of the Mysteries of Magic, a digest of the writings of Eliphas Levi, to whom Albert Pike was more indebted than he let us know.
The Mysteries of Magic contains the following on page 428:
What is more absurd and more impious than to attribute the name of Lucifer to the devil, that is, to personified evil, The intellectual Lucifer is the spirit of intelligence and love; it is the Paraclete, it is the Holy Spirit, while the physical Lucifer is the great agent of universal magnetism.
To personify evil and exalt it into an intelligence which is the rival of God, into a being which can understand but love no more-this is a monstrous fiction. To believe that God permits this evil intelligence to deceive and destroy his feeble creatures is to make God more wicked than the devil. By depriving the devil of the possibility of love and repentance, God forces him to do evil. Moreover a spirit of error and falsehood can only be a folly which thinks, nor does it deserve indeed the name of spirit. The devil is God’s antithesis, and if we define God as He who is we must define His opposite as he who is not.
Masonic literature, such as this work of Eliphas Levi and Arthur Edward Waite, often does not contain what Christians would consider a conventional understanding of Lucifer, or the devil. This work declares Lucifer to be God, if we view the statements from the perspective of someone who believes in the Trinity. Levi and Waite have blasphemed the Holy Spirit. The Reverend Dr. Joseph Fort Newton has commended them for it. Notice that they claim also that the devil does not exist. Masonic literature does not embrace a conventional understanding of Jesus, God, the Holy Spirit, or Satan.
We have linked the Grand Lodges of Iowa and Indiana to a book which clearly states that Lucifer is the Holy Spirit.
Notice the path here. It does not involve the “higher degrees” of Freemasonry.
- The path begins with the Grand Lodges, which promote The Builders.
- The Builders points to The Mysteries of Magic, which states that Lucifer is God.
The path from the Grand Lodges to Luciferianism and/or Satanism is quite short.
Many Freemasons would dispute the fact that Freemasonry is Satanic, claiming that Lucifer is not Satan, or the devil. They often point out that the Roman name, Lucifer, appears in the KJV translation of Isaiah 14:12. The original text is Hebrew and does not contain the Roman name, Lucifer. That is true. We have heard this defense from so many Freemasons that it seems obvious that the argument is being taught within the Masonic system, as a defense of Masonic literature which lifts up Lucifer. Some Masons we have debated have considered Lucifer to be one of the “good guys.” Obviously, Levi, Waite and Pike thought so. Pike wrote on page 321 of Morals and Dogma that, “Lucifer is the Light Bearer.” Freemasonry is said to be a search after light.
Grand Lodges cannot directly tell Freemasons that Lucifer is God without scaring a lot of them off before they are sufficiently ensnared. Grand Lodges obviously want their members to find this material, yet they also want to be able to claim, “We have never taught any such thing.” When the documentation is on the table, such denials are seen to be just another Masonic lie.
Masons should ask themselves why they would remain a member of an organization which promotes literature which declares Lucifer to be God?
What impact does this have on the church?
The Bible states:
Whosoever transgresseth, and abideth not in the doctrine of Christ, hath not God. He that abideth in the doctrine of Christ, he hath both the Father and the Son. If there come any unto you, and bring not this doctrine, receive him not into your house, neither bid him God speed: For he that biddeth him God speed is partaker of his evil deeds. (2 John 9-11)
By allowing Masons to be members of the congregation, the other members have a share in the evil work of Freemasonry. Satan is served and he has a legitimate charge to bring against the church. Freemasonry is a malignant growth which Jesus does not want in His church. The seven letters to the churches in the book of Revelation reveal that God will hold the church responsible not only for what it does but also for what it tolerates. Did you ever wonder why you are not seeing revival?
The Reverend Dr. Joseph Fort Newton, the man whose book pointed to The Mysteries of Magic, was both a Mason and the pastor of a church. The Mysteries of Magic declares that Lucifer is God. Newton declared the words in the works of Arthur Edward Waite to be “noble in form, united in aim, unique in the wealth of revealing beauty, and of unequaled worth.” Newton knew enough about Masonic literature to know that Albert Pike had borrowed from the writings of Eliphas Levi when he wrote Morals and Dogma. That fact demonstrates that Newton knew the literature well. One of Waite’s books contains four pages of instructions to conjure Lucifer. We will not be placing that on the site, as we would not want to enable anyone to try it. With Masons, you never know how far into the pit they are learning. Who can tell which member of your congregation they will ensnare next? Who is to stop them from going after your brother, your son, or your grandson? Fortunately, it is much easier to keep a man out of the lodge by talking to him before he joins than it is to get him out once they have him ensnared. If men know the truth about Freemasonry, they usually won’t join the lodge.
The Reverend Dr. Newton obviously knew that Freemasonry was incompatible with Christianity, yet we sincerely doubt that he would have admitted that he was not a genuine Christian. If he were really a Christian, why would he have praised the works of Levi and Waite? You should not expect any Mason who is standing in the pulpit to admit that he is a phony. But if he won’t repent and renounce Freemasonry when confronted with the facts, can he be the genuine article?
Is your pastor a Mason? If so, part of his “ministry” is to maintain that a man can be both a Christian and a Mason. Are you contributing to his salary, or otherwise funding his “ministry?” That is the most effective way to say Godspeed to him. Don’t share in his evil deeds. Feed the poor instead.
Brien Jota Rothschild