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Friends of Jehovas Witnesses: The occult reference is used to describe both the secrecy aspect of their respective beliefs as well as the demonic. Among the points Springmeier makes are that both the Bible Students and the Masons: These charges are either inferential in nature or totally false. This technique is an effort to emphasize some outward similarities without providing full analysis.
It is not a valid form of reasoning and would prove guilt merely on the basis of weak circumstantial evidence.
Once again, we will draw upon the actual facts, beginning with a brief description of the Masons. The Masonic Order is an international organization with a long history going back to at least the twelfth century.
It was originally connected with the art of building and adopted certain secretive and religious elements. It is generally thought of today as a fraternal and philanthropic organization, strongly supporting public education and various civic and charitable projects.
It is not a religion but has deeply religious overtones incorporated in its rites and ceremonies. These represent a blending of concepts from major world religions.
There has been a long history of mutual hostility between the Masonic Order and the Roman Catholic Church, with repeated official pronouncements against it from the Vatican. Relations have improved somewhat in recent years, and there has been some cooperation in mutual endeavors. But the Catholic Church and some Protestant denominations for bid or discourage Masonic affiliation.
The secrecy of Masonic ceremonies has given rise to fear and suspicion in various lands, and through the years accusations have been spread that the Masons practice magic, engage in evil and worship the Devil.
Though these charges are wholly unsubstantiated, the supposed connection still lingers in the minds of some people.
Thus it becomes clear why critics of Pastor Russell would endeavor falsely to link him to Freemasonry. It would open the possibility that the Bible Students were covertly involved in Satanic worship and occult activities.
Nevertheless, we need to permit honesty and reason to prevail here as we explore the ramifications of this issue. Let us do three things: Compare some of the underlying religious concepts and philosophy of Freemasonry with the beliefs of the Bible Students.
With this evidence in hand, the reader will be enabled to appreciate the lack of understanding and the falsity of the charges being made.
In his Scripture Studies series he wrote: We answer that while Church associations are purely religious, and labor and beneficial organizations in general are purely secular, there are still other orders which combine the religious and the secular features.
James cautions against all binding oaths, such as many Secret Societies demand James 5: This quotation would normally be thought of as sufficient to settle the matter, except for a remark made by the Pastor in a discourse given in If taken out of context with out reading his explanation, it seems to contradict all that we have said thus far.
He had begun the discourse by stating that the Bible Students were a Christian group and, as such, had certain points of faith in sympathy and harmony with every denomination. The Pastor then went on to detail the preparation of the Spiritual Temple in which the Masons were ostensibly interested.
Throughout his discourse, he made an effort to reach out to the Masons in the audience by using terms and expressions that would be familiar to them.
At one point he said: If the Son makes you free, then are ye free indeed. And thus every man made free by the Lord Jesus Christ, through the merit of his sacrifice, in thus presenting his body a living sacrifice and being received of God and inducted fully into this Masonic Fraternity, into this Masonry of the highest order, into this Royal Priesthood, happy is his position, for the spirit of Glory and of God rests on him.
From this standpoint, his remarks are not to be interpreted as implying that either he or the Bible Students were associated with that group.
To the contrary, it is evident that he was appealing to their spiritual senses and showing that there was a much higher calling to which they would also have the privilege of responding.
Now let us go on to a more detailed look at the religious overtones of Free Masonry. Underlying these is their objective of providing a universal belief system embodying high ideals of charity, equality and morality.
Nevertheless, there are some important differences between Masonic religious elements and the beliefs of conservative Christianity.Charles Taze Russell (February 16, – October 31, ), or Pastor Russell, was an American Christian restorationist minister from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and founder of what is now known as the Bible Student alphabetnyc.com: October 31, (aged 64), Pampa, Texas, U.S.
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Russell began writing a series of books he called “The Millennial Dawn,” which stretched to six volumes before his death and. Charles Taze Russell founded the Watchtower Society of Jehovah's Witnesses.
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