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Lesson 9 - Freedom from the Bondages of Religions, Cults and Freemasonry

Idolatry - Curse on Subsequent Generations (Exodus 20:3-7)

Scripture makes it very clear that God can only be known and approached through the death and resurrection of His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ. (John 14:6)

There can be no other way - not through any other god, spiritual power, religious belief, system of morality, human tradition, secret revelation, symbol or allegory.

Warnings from Scripture - Worshipping Idols, Man-made Offerings

  • Romans 1:21-25; Colossians 2:8-9; 3:5; 2 Timothy 3:5

  • Genesis 4 - unacceptable offering, punishment to Cain and his offspring. Cain chose to make an offering to God of his own works, Abel offered God's provision of acceptable sacrifice - punishment to Cain and his offspring followed.

  • Exodus 32 - the Israelites, within weeks of God's mighty deliverance, offered sacrifices at the altar of a golden calf, an idol they had made - three thousand people were killed by the Levites and the Lord struck the people with a plague.

  • Colossians 3:5 - "Put to death...impurity, lust, evil desires and greed, which is idolatry".

Cults, Sects, Systems of Religious Beliefs and Man-made Gods

Some common factors of beliefs and practices that have their roots in idolatry - the group shares a principle, a concept, a doctrine, a book, an initiation, rituals, pledges, all which bring them into bondage and place a curse on the family line.

They may be dedicated to gods or goddesses (eg. Hindu deities), dead ancestors (Asian culture), to a person (Buddha, Lenin, Mao), to a philosophy, ideology (atheism, science, environment), to self (wealth, health, power), or whatever god they put their faith in (a mountain, tree or animal). Dedications and pledges may also be made on behalf of children, which subsequently can affect them both spiritually and physically.

Even after a person is born again and no longer involved, residual effects may remain, particularly if the belief has never been confessed and renounced because it was held to be culturally acceptable. For example, many Christians today worship at the altar of "Mammon" (money). (Matthew 6:24,33; 13:22; Psalm 49:6-8) To them, to be upwardly mobile in today's world appears to be the ultimate goal. What seems to matter is a better job, a bigger house, a newer car, the latest styles. This principle is even enshrined in the prosperity doctrine of some denominations.

Eros (sexual love) is another deity that is proving difficult to remove from its altar in the church, as witness the many cases of sexual abuse among church leaders.

  1. Humanism - 2 Timothy 3:1-5

    "But mark this: There will be terrible times in the last days. People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of the good, treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God - having a form of godliness but denying its power. Have nothing to do with them." (2 Timothy 3:1-5)

  2. Cults - 2 Timothy 3:6-9

    A cult may be defined as a group of people gathered about a specific person or person's interpretation of the Bible, eg. Jehovah's Witnesses, Christian Science, Mormonism, (many Freemasonry symbols, oaths and penalties are found in Mormon Temple ceremonies). Interestingly, many 'Christian' cults can be identified by their misunderstanding of the Trinity: e.g. they deny Jesus is the Son (John 5:22,23; Colossians 1:15-20), or the place of the Holy Spirit (John 16:12-14).

  3. Eastern Religions - Exodus 20:3-7

    Buddhism, Baha'i, Hinduism, Animism etc. attract a steady flow of people who seek religion without absolutes, or with a way of appeasing the gods by works. Alternatively, they seek a system, like Islam, which tells them exactly how to live, with no thinking required, just blind obedience.

  4. New Age - 1 Timothy 4:1; Colossians 1:9-14

    The 'New Age' arrived in the 1960s with a fanfare of folk music, psychedelic drugs, anti-government and anti-war protest, 'dropping out', and free love (sex).

    In the New Age, either we are all gods, or together are god, or are destined to become god. The gifts of Jesus - peace, light, love and healing are promised, but He is rejected as Saviour and Lord. New Age is not new, but it is a new blend of very old systems of religion, humanism, occultism and witchcraft.

  5. Spiritual Power - Leviticus 19:31; Deuteronomy 18:10-12; Acts 13:6-12; 16:16-18

    Demonic spiritual power through Freemasonry, the occult, martial arts, yoga, witchcraft, covens, worshipping 'Mother Nature', spiritism, and Satanism is a powerful attraction for someone who knows there should be more to life than they are experiencing, but either do not know about Jesus or will not submit to his demands.

Freemasonry (Exodus 34:6-7,12-14)

What is Freemasonry?

Candidates moving into the second degree are asked, "What is Freemasonry?" they reply, "Freemasonry is a peculiar system of morality veiled in allegory and illustrated with symbols". It is a society with secrets and a reluctance to share those secrets.

Freemasonry is a men only organization. It funds many hospitals and charitable causes, and the members look after each other in various practical ways.

It has two different "orders or rites", the York Rite, which is basically the original English version and the Scottish Rite which had began in America in the early 1800s.

Origins of Freemasonry

  • Highly skilled masons were the main builders of the great cathedrals. On site workshops where the masons lived, as they moved from place to place, eventually became known as "lodges", places where their secrets and skills were carefully guarded. As new apprentices entered they were forbidden under pain of terrible curses to divulge any of the secrets and were given special passwords and grips to make themselves known. In the 1600's non-operative members were admitted as fellow lodge members, usually men of good financial status and standing.

  • The Rosicrucians, who were mainly practitioners of alchemy, astrology and Egyptian ancient god worship, found Freemasonry a very useful vehicle for the advancement of their beliefs. The leader of the Rosicrucians was one of the foundation members in the formation of the world-wide governing body in 1717, the United Grand Lodge of England.

  • From 1723 to 1738 Christian content began to be removed and the name of Jesus in prayer and scripture quotations was deleted. Other rituals shrouded in pagan symbols of ancient Rome, Greece and Egypt civilizations replaced what was originally Christian.

Seventeen US Presidents have been Freemasons and all English Kings except George the Fifth.

Motives for Involvement

Social and emotional needs, companionship, financial or business help, favours, old boys' network, comfort of religious belief, good works, mystery of the unknown and secret knowledge, failure of the church to provide opportunities for men to be with men, supporting each other.

Is Freemasonry a Religion?

Freemasonry claims to possess special revelation, to be a repository of light which is progressively revealed. Members acknowledge a Supreme Being. At a practical level the object and purpose is the quest for the knowledge of union with God, they are therefore encouraged to attain this by living upright lives and doing good works. The ascending degrees are steps taken to receive further revelation of light. Rituals refer to the sacred law, which includes all "holy books". In Western countries the Bible is on display, in other countries an alternate sacred text, such as the Koran or Bhagavad-Gita is used. Standard orders of worship and prayer addressed to the Supreme Ruler of the Universe imply belief in a deity and some sort of after life. With these factors present it means "religion".

The spiritual and physical dimensions of taking oaths and the consequences of the curses that flow from them are enormous, the effects continue down the generations.

Degrees of Freemasonry

Rituals, secrets and tokens are used so the secrets remain with the inner few, they then protect their secrecy by taking oaths which carry hideous curses if the secrets are divulged. About 60% of masons never get beyond the first three steps or degrees.

  • Entered Apprentice - initiation for those who join, the candidate is blindfolded and symbolically comes into the light is required to say "I am lost in darkness...", and is given the secret word "Boaz". The "entered Apprentice" will take an oath that if he divulges any of the secrets he will have his throat cut and tongue torn out.

  • Fellow Craft - focus is on King Solomon's Temple with extra secret words, tools and handshakes given. Breaking oaths of this second degree carries the curse of having the chest torn apart and the heart ripped out.

  • Master Mason - re enactment of Hiram (Huram Abi - 1 Kings 7:13,40; 2 Chronicles 2:13-14, supposed to have been slain by unworthy workmen for refusing to share secrets of his exalted degree. A ceremony is performed in which a mock resurrection is enacted. This third degree completes the mason's welcome into the brotherhood and he is now called "Worshipful Master". The curse for breaking oaths of this degree is to have the stomach ripped open and the bowels removed.

  • The Royal Arch Degree - the secret name of God, that was lost at the death of Hiram and rediscovered at his resurrection, is revealed as JA BUL ON. A composite of Jehovah (Hebrew), Bul from Baal of the god Jupitor (Assyrian), ON from Osiris - (Egyptian sun god). The name of the only Lord God Almighty is linked with two pagan gods. The curse for breaking oaths taken at this degree is to have the top of the skull sliced off and the brains exposed to the sun.

  • Other Degrees

    As men move through advancing levels with ever deepening commitment, they knowingly or unknowingly bring curses upon themselves and their descendants.

    In the Scottish Rite there are a further thirty degrees and a further ten in the York Rite, each with their own rituals, passwords, working tools and oaths as more and more "light" is revealed to the rising candidate.

    By the 33rd degree the Luciferian doctrine has been developed, Satan is also god, he is Lucifer (light) and only became Satan when he fell. He is the source of hidden, secret knowledge, divine revelation and power, cf. witchcraft, occult, idolatry, etc.

Regalia and Work Tools (Deuteronomy 7:25-26; Jeremiah 10:14-16)

All have deep spiritual significance and must always be destroyed - the objects of idolatry are conveyers of curses (eg. a spirit of mockery).

Why a Christian Can Not Be a Freemason

  • "You shall have no other gods before me", Exodus 20:3; Deuteronomy 6:14,15.

  • Oaths - anything beyond "Yes" and "No" comes from the evil one. Matthew 5:33-37.

  • " Counterfeit light - Jesus says, "I am the true light", Luke 12:2,3; John 1:4-9; John 12:45.

  • " Secrets to an initiated few - Jesus' command to tell the world, Matthew 28:19,20; Acts 1:8.

  • Salvation by good works - it is by grace, a gift of God, through faith, Ephesians 2:8-9.

  • Denying Jesus - we honour God by honouring Jesus, John 5:33; John 15:26; Philippians 2:9-11.

  • Knowing God through revelation - knowing God through Jesus alone, John 14:6.

  • Accepting other gods and sacred writings as equal to the Lord God Almighty and His eternal word, the Bible - blasphemy, idolatry, Psalm 29; Psalm 119:89-91; Isaiah 40:25,26.

Ministry from Bondage to Cults, Religions and Freemasonry

Worship of false gods opens the door to receive a false spirit.

False Religions Checklist:

Major ones are: Baha'i, Buddhism, Children of God (Family of Love), Christadelphians, Christian Science, Confucianism, Divine Light Mission, Freemasonry, Gay Church, Gurus, Hare Krishna, Hinduism, I Am, Islam, Jehovah's Witnesses, Moonies (Unification), Mormons, Rastafariansim, Rosicrucianism, Scientology, Shintoism, Sikhism, Spiritism (Spiritualism), Sri Chinmoy Center, Sufism, Swedenborgianism (Church of the New Jerusalem), Taoism, Theosophy, Transcendental Meditation, Unitarianism, Universalism, Urantia, Vedanta, Voodoo, Wicca (Witchcraft).

There are many more.

Other Religions, Cults, Occult

  • As a representative of your father's and mother's family repent and confess the sins of your ancestors - idolatry, deception, rejecting Jesus etc.

  • Forgive your ancestors for the effects of their sin on you and your family.

  • Pray for deliverance and freedom from the effects of generational sin.

  • Confess any personal involvement in similar sins.

  • In Jesus' name renounce all dedications, vows, curses made by your family or yourself.

  • Place all initiation rites, rituals and ceremonies under the blood of Jesus.

  • Take authority in Jesus' name and cancel all legal rights held by the enemy.

  • Break any ungodly soul ties between you and every leader you submitted to.

  • In the name and authority of the Lord Jesus Christ cast out all demonic spirits - spirits of deception, of idolatry, of religion, of cult, of sect, of occult, family spirits etc.

  • Pray a blessing on all those who have been responsible for your present situation.

  • Invite the Holy Spirit to fill you and surrender to His light and truth.

  • As cult members invariably suffer spiritual and often physical, emotional and psychological abuse, the ministry described in Lesson 8 - Freedom from the Effects of Abuse; Loss and Death; Fear and Anxiety will probably be needed as well.

Freemasonry

The way out is through the blood of Jesus, repenting, forgiving all those who led you and/or your family into it, forgiving ancestors, casting out demonic spirits, breaking any ungodly soul ties between you and those who practice it.

  • As a representative of your father's or mother's family repent of their sin.

  • Confess and ask forgiveness for your own involvement in similar sin.

  • Forgive your ancestors for the effects of their sins on you and your family.

  • In Jesus' name renounce all involvement in freemasonry, its oaths and rituals.

    N.B. *Freemasons need to renounce the rituals, oaths, curses, and effects of each degree that was reached. - or at least as far as the Holy Spirit reveals as important. If in doubt, do them all.

  • In Jesus' name cancel all legal rights held by the enemy.

  • Renounce any words which were lies which had been declared as truth, and declare the truth.

  • Renounce the spirit of blasphemy, of mockery, of worship of Lucifer as God.

  • Renounce secrecy, deception and anti-Christ stronghold of Freemasonry.

  • Pray for healing of sicknesses and release from bondages.

  • Forgive and bless the authorities and leaders of the Lodges attended.

  • Break every soul tie that exists between the Freemasonry member and yourself.

  • Invite the Holy Spirit to fill you with His light and holiness.

It has been found helpful to take authority in Jesus' name over the following spirits that appear to be attached to Freemasonry:

Spirit of unbelief

Spirit of witchcraft

Spirit of rebellion

Spirit of control

Spirit of marital conflict

Spirit of destruction

Spirit of blasphemy

Spirit of deception

Spirit of idolatry

Spirit of death

Spirit of mockery

Spirit of poverty

The above ministry is suggested as a basis only, there can never be any substitute for the leading, guidance and empowering of the Lord Holy Spirit. God alone knows the human heart and its deep needs. Jesus Himself, offers us healing and deliverance.

Bibliography and Suggested Reading

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