In order to fully examine this issue, I’ll have to go back to the beginning.
About a decade ago, in a predominantly Black church, I did a two-part teaching on cults, the occult, and false religions for the men in my congregation. I was blessed to cover a wide variety of topics, and provide worksheets, along with a question and answer session. Eventually, my topic turned to Prince Hall Freemasonry, the branch of the Freemason tree that few whites--and fewer blacks--wish to have the fruit examined.
Of course, several of the members who were active in the Prince Hall system were less than kind during the first month. The first teaching session broke up with an uncomfortable stalemate. It seemed that I had underestimated how strong the grip that Prince Hall had on my church.
The next month came and the second teaching session took place. Needless to say, Prince Hall supporters were out en masse--complete with at least one proud supporter wearing a ‘Prince Hall’ T-shirt. Nevertheless, I had prayed over the situation and moved right on ahead. Since it was a men’s fellowship, the minister over the program had invited some male members of a predominantly white church to share in the teaching and witness the festivities.
The Lord truly blessed that session. Not because of what I taught, but what He had wanted to get out on the subject. Those loyal Prince Hall Freemasons tried their best to get the upper hand in the discussion period after the teaching. However, one of the visiting brothers stood up and told both sides of the isle the following: “Everything this brother (meaning me) has said about the dangers of Freemasonry is true. I’d suggest that you listen to what he has been teaching.”
Needless to say, those loyal to the Prince Hall Lodge were forced to suffer in silence. The Lord had, indeed, delivered His truth, and it was up to the protestors to either accept his Word, or be damned in their sins.
About six years later, I was sitting in another predominantly Black church discussing the evils of the Prince Hall system. Only this time as a full-fledged minister of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. I was in a room with other ministers, and the Pastor of our church. Another minister, who was proudly Prince Hall, took exception to my remarks and my evidence from the scriptures.
Our contending over the issue had spread over several meetings. Finally, the Pastor, whom I knew quite well (as he had sponsored my talks in the previous church I mentioned) requested that both myself, and the other minister submit materials to him, pro and con, on the subject of the Prince Hall system. The other minister remarked: “I’ll have to get permission of my Lodge to get such materials.” As for myself, I had the materials to our pastor in less than a week.
Now, to this day I don’t know if that other minister ever supplied those materials.
I soon left that church for a better one to continue my training and equipping as a minister who would soon be a Pastor. The pastor at the church I had mentioned was eventually forced out by--among others--a strong, pro-Prince Hall core of members. The new pastor that was brought in, whom I also knew, was also a Prince Hall Freemason, and didn’t hide that fact. Needless to say, the minister whom was pro-Prince Hall at the minister’s meeting was very happy with this fact. So were others in the pro-Prince Hall contingent that had succeed in getting rid of the previous pastor.
The church, at last word, was flourishing, and a Prince Hall (or I should say a Lodge) opened up right across the street from this church. I’ll leave it to you to determine who was blessing this church. I’ll give you a hint--it wasn’t MY Lord, Jesus Christ!
PRINCE HALL ROOTS DEEP IN THE BLACK CHURCH:
Now, I’m not going to take you through all the ins and outs of Freemasonry. There are other, more detailed books and white papers that are able to accomplish this. I will say that the Prince Hall system is a branch of the Masonic tree that few wish to discuss. You see the Prince Hall system was created to allow Blacks to ‘feel’ like they had a place to belong, during the time of slavery, emancipation, segregation, and Jim Crow.
The Prince Hall system carries many of the deadly deceptions as its older brother. The Prince Hall system operates in secret, administers discipline to those who seek to bring it out to the light, and has infiltrated many a black Christian church. The reason why it is so hard to uproot is based upon its origin. While the Southern Baptist Convention is tepidly trying to once and for all deal with the Masonic issue, the National Baptist Convention, and all of its spin-offs have yet to discuss the effects and reach of the Lodge. I would dare say that its influence is EVEN STRONGER in black churches than in white churches due to the impact of the culture and how the Lodge has grown to be seen as a means of restoring some dignity to black men, and to black women through the Blue Lodge version of Eastern Star.
In the minds some blacks, white Christians--either real or imagined--did little to curb the ills of slavery. Thus, Satan had a marvelous opportunity to ‘slip in’ to the black community and gain a stronghold through the Lodge system.
HOW WHITE MASONS VIEW BLACK MASONS:
In the booklet “Secret Teachings of the Masonic Lodge” by John Ankerberg and John Weldon, the duo document how the sin of racism is used by those in the Masonic system: “The Encyclopedia Britannica observes: ‘In practice, some lodges have been charged with prejudice against Jews, Catholics, and non-whites. U.S. lodges rejected the legitimacy of Negro Masonic Lodges, the Prince Hall lodges.”
So, to put it in a nutshell, the Prince Hall system is LOOKED DOWN UPON by ‘true’ Masons because it is predominantly BLACK. Prince Hall Freemasons, while they may have some of the rituals, rules, regulations and trappings that are found in white lodges, are NOT regarded by the white lodge system as being home to ‘true’ freemasons!
In Jim Shaw’s book “The Deadly Deception”, it further bursts the ‘myth’ of ‘brotherhood’ between black and white freemasons: “There is a Negro Masonic System, called the Prince Hall Lodge, but it is not associated in any way with ‘white’ Freemasonry. It is referred to as ‘clandestine’ Masonry, and is considered by the rest of Masonry to be a spurious, illegitimate imitation.” (Page 29). Further, on pages 140 and 147, Shaw details that Negroes, women, the poor, the cripple, and others are excluded from the Masonic system--clearly something that goes against biblical teaching and the message and mission of Jesus Christ.
HOW THIS LODGE SYSTEM GOT ITS NAME:
Depending upon where one gets their information, various sources I have read indicate that the Prince Hall system goes back to the time of the Revolutionary War. In reality George Washington did not want blacks to serve as part of the American army, even though blacks had proven themselves in battle, and in courage. Of course, the British took advantage of this oversight by the Colonials and offered blacks their freedom in exchange for their fighting on the British side. Prince Hall impressed both the American and British forces. Legend has it that he was initiated into the British Masonic system, which granted him charter to set up the first Black Lodge in the year 1775.
It is not clear if Hall went to England to be initiated, or if he were initiated by British officials here in the states for the Revolutionary War. Again, this is determined based upon where you do your research. While America eventually won the war, Prince Hall--who had won his freedom prior to being initiated--was allowed to establish the Black Lodge system in the infant Colonies, mainly in large areas such as Philadelphia.
To this day in the black community, at least among black Masons, Prince Hall is held to be just as much a revolutionary hero as Crispus Attucks. In fact, I may dare say that Prince Hall is held to be in higher esteem than Attucks.
BLACK MUSLIMS AND BLACK MASONS:
One of the ways that Black Muslims recruit members is to present their evidence concerning the black man’s plight in America. They are very accurate when it comes to how African Americans have been mistreated, even at the hands of some ‘good’ church members. They are quick to point out that African Americans were not allowed in ‘white’ churches for scores of years, and could NOT even be considered the same type of Christian as many slave owners.
This is the same tactic used by those of the Prince Hall Lodge system. Hitting upon the ‘racism’ card, and urging unity by color, even though the system is steeped in corruption, and not regarded as ‘true’ Freemasonry.
To witness to those in both factions, a Christian is going to have to point out through the scriptures just how much God, through Jesus Christ loves ALL men and women, regardless of color. To debate the issue with a Prince Hall Mason is an uphill battle at best. Like most folks trapped in cults, they are trained to deal with resistance.
This is where the love of Christ MUST be shown, along with the scriptures in order to ‘break’ that mindset.
NOT THE END OF THE STORY:
Several years ago, newspaper accounts carried a story about how the Prince Hall Masonic system was finally going to be ‘merged’ with the regular Masonic system. The reasons why are quite simple:
*Young men are not joining the lodge as fast as they used to.
*Older Masons are dying off or leaving the lodge system.
*Prince Hall Masonic Lodges have control of a great deal of money.
The interesting thing about this ‘change’ by regular Masons--it parallels changes made by the Mormon and Jehovah’s Witness groups during the 1980s. These groups also had rules, which excluded African American members. However, in order for these groups to ‘get into’ Africa, their rules had to be ‘amended’ to ‘blot out’ these ‘previous errors’ in their ‘doctrine’. Of course, Africa is rich in both mineral and financial resources. The Mormons first entered in the early 1980s, with the JW’s quickly following suit.
Now, of course this is the ‘public face’ that these groups put forth to the mainstream press. But the Christian can’t be swayed by what they see. They have to walk in the Word, and pray fervently for those held in the grip of Satan to be free to accept Christ as their Lord and Savior.
Even Prince Hall Masons.
This particular work has been here more than several years and has had more than 20,000 hits. I give praise to Jesus Christ for the inspiration and the wisdom to write such a piece. I'm not 'smart' enough to have done this by myself. Believe it or not, I do stop by from time to tip to update this work.
I have had Masons of various types 'stop by here' to see what all the fuss is about. I have had weak Christians and strong sinners stop by to 'take me to task' for not putting more 'love' out there for those who are trapped in this Satanic system. Interestingly enough, I have NOT heard from those involved in anti-Masonic ministries about this topic.
What makes this piece worthwhile is that there have been honest seekers; men and women of faith who have been approached to participate in various Masonic activities. This piece, along with the Scriptures has given them enough backbone to say NO to any involvement with FA & M, Eastern Star, or Prince Hall Freemasonry.
My words to all who read are simple. If you don't care about the color of your brother whom may be trapped in this system, best get back to the Holy Scriptures, ask the Lord to thaw out your cold heart, and get back to winning souls.
NOW, A NEW DANGER:
Since we have entered a new millennium, and modern street gangs have 'mainstreamed' into society for a variety of reasons, DO NOT BE SHOCKED if some of the gang survivors eventually take over some of the masonic lodges for cover organizations.
You see, MSGs have their own 'religious' signs, symbols, and operate under the radar. MANY of the signs used by gang members, right down to the handshakes and the speed with which they are done, can be traced to two places. One of them is the Lodge; the second place is the Bible.
Corruption of the Word of God brings special curses on those who are active in their efforts. God is not mocked. Masons AND Gang members need to know this--from the mouths of REAL Christians--before it is too late. Never before has Ezekiel 33 and Isaiah, Chapters 3-12 been more important to save lives and SOULS.
GETTING OUT: A LETTER OF DEMIT
Freemasonry IS a religion, plain and simple. The reason why it is not called a religion 'up front' is that membership could not be successfully drafted. That's why it is 'hidden' from the membership at the lower levels so that, by the time a lodge member invests the time, money and effort to get his upper degrees (30th and higher) he has 'bought' into the satanic program. Not only that, but to 'insist' that your daughter, son AND wife become members of the various masonic auxilliaries (Eastern Star, Demolay, etc.), you risk exposing them to spiritual and sexual debauchery.
For one to be a bible-believing Christian (who may also be called to be a pastor, minister, deacon, elder, trustee, etc.), to stand at the altar of the lodge, whether it be Prince Hall, F A & M, Shriners, or any such other 'denomination' of the organization is spiritual danger of the highest risk. My question to you: What 'excuse' will you have at the Judgment Seat of Christ for making peace with His enemies?
Brothers, do your homework. IF you find what is said here to be true, GET OUT! Submit a 'Letter of Demit', explaining why you have repented of your sins, and that you are going BACK to the ONE TRUE GOD revealed in three persons; God the father, God the son, God the holy spirit. In your letter, cite scripture! The Bible is NOT the same as the Quoran, the Hadith, the Book of Mormon, etc. Submit your letter, walk out and keep on stepping! Yes, you may be threatened. Yes, you will lose some of the financial benefits and influence, BUT YOU WILL HAVE YOUR SOUL! Once more, you can testify about the danger of the lodge.
Do a web search about a 'Letter of Demit' and get started getting out NOW! You WON'T be sorry for leaving!
RAMEY, a syndicated columnist and book reviewer, lives in Indianapolis, Indiana. THE RAMEY COMMENTARIES appears on fine websites and gracious blogs around the world. To correspond, email email@example.com. © 2011 Mike Ramey/Barnstorm Communications International.
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