The Masonic Influence in the U.S. and Why It Matters to Intercessors
In the founding of America, two major groups of people came to settle in the New World. Nicholas Hagger, in his book The Secret Founding of America: The Real Story of Freemasons, Puritans & The Battle for The New World, divides these early settlers in two groups: the first group came to work the land in support their cause of religious freedom and the second group, which came shortly after the first settlers, consisted of the well-educated enlightened Freemasons who saw the New World as the perfect place to restore the drowned Golden-Age Atlantis that Plato mentions in his Timaeus and Critias dialogues, an idea also promoted by Freemason Sir Francis Bacon. Bacon wrote an incomplete utopian novel published posthumously in 1626 titled The New Atlantis. This New Atlantis would be a paradise where Freemasons would follow reason, become gods, and work for a universal New World Order that they could then replicate throughout the known world.
The first known Freemasons came to American shores as early as 1682. In 1733, they established the first Masonic Lodge. Nine of the fifty-six signers of the Declaration of Independence belonged to Masonic Lodges. Our first President, George Washington, belonged to a Masonic lodge in Fredericksburg, VA. The Bill of Rights, the Declaration of Independence, and the U.S. Constitution all contain elements of text lifted verbatim from the Constitution of the Freemasons written 50 years prior by Freemason Doctor James Anderson.
Today, evidence of their profound influence remains in Washington, D.C. Listed below are a few examples:
In 1793, President George Washington commissioned his close friend, Frenchman and Freemason Pierre Charles L’Enfant, to design the layout for the new capital city. L’Enfant laid out the streets and circles in the shape of a pentagram, and a compass and square, all meaningful Masonic symbols. While it’s unknown if he belonged to a Masonic Lodge, Thomas Jefferson embraced the same Deists philosophies as the Masons, participated in Masonic events, and designated a Masonic obelisk erected at his gravesite. Jefferson also appointed Freemason Benjamin Henry Latrobe as the architect of the U.S. Capitol building. When completed, the Freemasons invited past President George Washington to lay the Masonic cornerstone. The Washington Monument’s chief architect Robert Mills, also a Freemason, designed the monument in the shape of an obelisk, a symbol representing the worship of the pagan gods of Isis and Osiris. Historian Robert Gould who wrote seven volumes of the history of the Masons, said, “Masonry is regarded as the direct descendant of Isis and Osiris in Egypt.” The belief that the goddess Isis helps the dead enter the afterlife may account for the presence of obelisks at the graves of George Washington and Thomas Jefferson.
In 1717, the lodges adopted a new constitution, Ancient Changes of a Free Mason, that allowed Freemasonry into an open organization behind which more clandestine secret organizations could hide. Their secret societies often practiced pagan rituals, worshiped pagan gods, and became engrossed in luciferin doctrine to deepen their human reasoning. Freemasons, as Deists, require all their members, whether Christian, Wiccan, Hindu, Jewish, or Muslim, to believe in one God. Prayers are offered to the Great Architect of the Universe in their meetings. They do not accept the Christian concept of original sin or a belief in Jesus as a personal savior. Freemasons who came to America with the early settlers would have been among the well-educated and “enlightened” of the day. They came from Europe, where they met in salons to discuss the works of Plato, Homer, Aristotle, and Euripides. They valued intellect and denied the true God; instead, they held Greek and Roman gods in high esteem.
Often Masonic Lodges declared themselves to be Christian so that the ignorant could be recruited and deceived. Sadly, many of our Founding Fathers who held deeply religious beliefs simultaneously became Freemasons.
Over the next 250 years, the two fundamentally different concepts of God would eventually divide our nation to a breaking point.
No place is this more evident than in our public schools. Freemason Horace Mann, the Father of Public Education, started the first public schools in Boston in the late 1830s. Raised in a Christian home, Mann, a Deist, rejected the idea that individuals needed a Savior and became a Unitarian. He vowed that if given the position of Secretary of Education in Massachusetts, he would open secular public schools in Boston without any Christian influence and supported by tax-payer money. His dream became a reality in the late 1830s. Today our education system is failing as test scores plummet. Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion fill the curriculum. Teachers, unable to teach personal responsibility, endure disruptive classes due to a lack of discipline.
Like our nation, we cannot comingle Deism and Christianity while ignoring that men and women need a relationship with Jesus; if we do, eventually, Deism wins, and our country suffers. Is it possible that the secret to transformation lies in discovering the principalities and powers of Freemasonry that influenced public education at its inception?
The esoteric beliefs of Freemasons should concern Christians, especially intercessors, as the core difference is critical in determining America’s moral and political future.
Historically, Great Awakening revivals deter the spread of Freemasonry, as people who believe in original sin and embrace Jesus as a personal Savior refuse to believe in Deism and reject the preeminence of man’s reasoning above Gods. The First Great Awakening (1720–1740) brought a blow to Freemasonry as Evangelists like George Whitefield traveled through the colonies, encouraging the people to return to the faith of the Puritans. During this time, people of faith rose to challenge to do away with the rationalism of the Enlightenment and the secularization in America caused by Deism and Freemasonry.
As the revival waned and Deism again gained prominence, the Age of Reason rather than the Age of Faith became our norm. If we take a lesson from history, it’s time to pray for a revival in our nation and a return to the simple message of a God who loves us and sent His son to die for our sins.
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Nancy Huff is an educator with a mission to equip believers to pray strategically for the Cultural Mountain of Education. She has authored Taking the Mountain of Education: A Strategic Prayer Guide to Transform America’s Schools. Safety Zone: Scriptural Prayers to Revolutionize Your School, and Decrees for Your School. She leads prayer groups to pray at key educational locations across the U.S. For additional information, go to: https://takingthemountainofeducation.com. Photo Credit: Vlad Kutepov on Unsplash.
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