Let me at the onset state that the intent of this article is not to make any disparaging remarks about Freemasons. Nor is it intended to attack anyone’s personal choice of belief. The intention is simply to show that, that which you FEAR is right where you run to for cover.
Yes, many are of the belief that all that is associated with any secret societies is evil, from the devil. Though I cannot vouch for the good or bad of any brotherhood. I can say that, that which you FEAR is all around you, and you may not even be aware of it. The denomination you are a part of, was most likely begun by Freemasons. The songs you sing in Church, were probably written by Freemasons. And the books you read, were mostly likely written by Freemasons. In fact many of your favorite preachers are probably Freemasons themselves.
Freemasons – Did They Start The Pentecostal & Watch Tower Faiths?
Over several studies we shall look at the Freemason’s involvement in the Christian faith. Firstly, we shall look at some of the major denominations started by them. We shall also look at how the ‘Hood’ has made an indelible mark upon the Christian Church. Finally, we will look at some of the present day preachers who are involved in the hood as well. We shall begin this study with a look at two of the more popular Christian denominations, Pentecostalism and The Watch Tower Society.
The Pentecostal Movement has traditionally been promoted as having been started in 1901 by William J. Seymour. Seymour was a black, one eyed, 34 year old preacher. There is no evidence that Seymour was a Freemason. However there is a figure who was also central to the movement, and that is C.F. Parham. Parham was the teacher of William Seymour. He was the one responsible for introducing the concept that glossolalia (called speaking in tongues), as one of the evidences of being ‘filled with the Holy Spirit’.
Abingdon Dictionary of Living Religion states the: “Pentecostal movement began in the United States in 1901 in Topeka Kansas, under the leadership of C.F. Parham.” Parham was a member of the Freemasons… on his return journey from Jerusalem (1928) he brought a gavel and presented it to the Baxter Springs Masonic Lodge. The Lodge was either Baxter Lodge No. 71 Ancient Free and Accepted Masons, or Baxter Chapter No. 78, Royal Arch Masons.”
The Watch Tower Society was started by Charles Taze Russell. He is well-known to have been a Freemason. In his book – The Temple of God pg. 120 he says:
“I am very glad to have this particular opportunity of saying a word about some of the things in which we agree with our Masonic friends, because we are speaking in a building dedicated to Masonry, and we also are Masons. I am a Freemason.” Charles Taze Russell.
In the early days of the Watch Tower Society, many of the Witnesses meetings were held in Lodges or Halls. One of the names of the Masonic meeting place is – ‘Masonic Hall’. For example, the ‘Freemasons Hall’ in London is the headquarters of the United Grand Lodge of England. It is on account of this that the J.W.’s meeting places are called (Kingdom) ‘Halls’.