Robert Mueller and Project Pelican’s 35-Year Lease 
Are Russian Made Club-K Cargo Container Cruise Missile Launchers in the U.S.?

Are Russian Made Club-K Cargo Container Cruise Missile Launchers in the U.S.? Brannon Howse & Former DHS Officer Phil Haney. Dr. Jafar Dhia was Saddam Hussein’s nuclear scientist and now has access to Florida’s Port Canaveral cargo container terminal with a 35 year lease. Jafar and his family own “Gulftainer,” a company that works in a joint venture with Russian, state-owned exporter of the Club-K Container that can conceal and then launch four cruise missiles from a command off of a satellite.

KEY FINDINGS ● In 2014, the U.S. awarded UAE-based Gulftainer a 35-year lease to operate the cargo container terminal at Port Canaveral, Florida a key U.S. port for submarine and space programs. ● The CFIUS review and oversight process failed, possibly in part because a Pakistani immigrant from Kashmir with family connections to the Pakistani intelligence service as well as to the U.S. Muslim Brotherhood, served as the CFIUS staff chairperson from 2009-2014. ● Gulftainer and its co-owners, the Iraqi Jafar family, are in a joint venture with Russia’s Rostec, owner of Rosoboronexport, the Russian state-owned exporter of the Club-K container cruise missile launch system. ● Gulftainer is co-owned by the brother and business partner of Saddam Hussein’s top nuclear scientist, Dr. Jafar Dhia Jafar, and the Emir of Sharjah, UAE. ● Dr. Jafar was on the Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF) CENTCOM ‘Blacklist’ as an Iraqi regime official who could be engaged as a military target. ● Dr. Jafar created the so-called ‘Beach Ball’ miniaturized nuclear weapon; ahead of the 2003 OIF invasion, Russian troops helped remove nuclear program devices, materials, and documents from Iraq. ● Dr. Jafar sought a missile delivery system from North Korea shortly before OIF and North Korea planned to build a missile factory in Iraq. ● A model of North Korea’s miniaturized nuclear weapon that appears strikingly similar to Dr. Jafar’s Beach Ball design was seen in 2017 photos with Kim Jong-un. ● Russia’s Club-K container cruise missile launch system looks like a standard ocean container, but can launch biological, chemical, EMP, nuclear, and conventional payloads; it is produced by Russia’s state-owned Concern Morinformsystem-Agat. ● Club-K units can be moved around inside the United States aboard ships, riverine boats, trains, and semi-trucks and then can be remotely activated by satellite.
● Each Club-K container can be loaded with four ‘Sizzler’ 3M-54-TE cruise missiles (1st stage subsonic, then 2nd stage supersonic on terminal approach to target) or four ‘Switchblade’ cruise missiles. ● Based on a statement by a Russian official representing the Club-K manufacturer, Club-K was conceptualized during a major conflict (likely the Iraq War) as a way to defend against an invader (U.S.) by using shipping containers. ● A single Club-K container armed with four cruise missiles can reportedly destroy an aircraft carrier. ● Defense experts fear that Russia is exporting Club-K container missile launchers to several nations (including China, Iran, Malaysia, North Korea, the UAE, and Venezuela). ● The Jafars hired Iranian-American Siamak Namazi as Crescent Petroleum’s Director of Strategic Planning. ● Namazi is a close associate of Trita Parsi, co-founder of the National Iranian American Council (NIAC), often referred to as the ‘Iran Lobby’ in the U.S.; both Namazi and Parsi worked closely with the Iranian delegations to nuclear talks that culminated in the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) in July 2015. ● Jafar’s Gulftainer is majority owner in a consortium which was under FBI and Department of Defense (DOD) investigation, after being implicated in illicit export activity and money laundering for Iran. ● Dr. Jafar’s nuclear weapons advisor and accomplice was Yevgeny Primakov, former Russian Prime Minister, spymaster, and for years, the Kremlin’s top expert on Middle East affairs and architect of the ‘Islamic Bloc,’ as conceived by Russia. ● Dr. Jafar’s Iraqi nuclear weapons program was a covert Russian-sponsored nuclear weapons program. ● Dr. Jafar directed not only the nuclear program in Iraq, but also technology transfer and illicit procurement for it, including inside the U.S. 


Letter to the Editor: 
Reflections of a Calvinist “Unelect”
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LTRP Note: Over the past few months, since we released Calvinism: None Dare Call It Heresy (which caused such a firestorm), we have received many letters, phone calls, and e-mails similar to the one below. We tell you this so you do not think that what this letter is saying is just an isolated case. It isn’t. While the specific circumstances may be different in each case, the feelings of isolation, confusion, and dismay are a thread that run through many of the correspondences we have received. In spite of the loss of support and care for Lighthouse Trails since releasing this book, we still believe it is what we were supposed to do. Calvinism represents a “God” who does not want every human being to be saved and a gospel that does not believe John 3:16 that “whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”
Dear Lighthouse Trails:
The Self Proclaimed Elect. That’s what should be in neon letters on the sign of the Southern Baptist Church we currently attend in a small town. The Self Proclaimed Elect.
We moved to this small town as quintessential Yankees without having done any real homework. My spouse and I always considered ourselves devout, but “garden variety” believers in Jesus Christ, along with everyone else we’ve ever known. We joined the largest church in town, largest population in a church, and it is strongly affiliated with the Southern Baptist Convention. Half the town appears to attend this church or a few small other Baptist churches in the area.
We have now attended as members for over 4 years. The first few years, everything looked and sounded OK to us. Even the New Members class didn’t seem to have any red flags. But, the concept of “election” and “predestination” was openly taught as fact. We were confused a little by it but didn’t see why it should be of any concern. We were wrong. Way wrong.
What began to be noticed by the both of us after a while were the negative whispers from several members as to who is elect and who is not. We thought they were talking about “saved.” They weren’t. And the harsh judgmental comments always came from the same group of individuals—the top social class of the church. I grew up in a very class conscious neighborhood and admit I am sensitive to places where there seems to be a “popular kids” table at every function where no one else is welcome. I was often picked last for teams at recess and socially rejected as a kid so I am still very conscious of it as an adult. And this church had that element—on steroids. I had never seen anything like this before, and it was becoming very unnerving to be a part of it. We were already aware that rural Southern towns don’t like outsiders. But this was way beyond that. They accepted us at first—but only out of momentary curiosity. It was like we were two monkeys in a zoo cage and they just wanted to read your plaque—and then tell their kids to move along before you bit them. It was rapidly becoming very isolating and hurtful, but we figured, hey, it’s a little town in the South. That’s just the way it is.
But then the whispers about being unelect began to get aimed directly at us. Hard. After a few years, despite active involvement in the church’s various ministries, we began to get ostracized and the popular kids table became openly cold, distant, and even outright hostile towards us. And the big shock came when we were forced to realize it was coming from the top.
All I knew about this Pastor was that he was a devoted follower of John Piper, John MacArthur, Mark Dever, RC Sproul, Al Mohler, and many others. He is also a faithful attendee of the yearly T4G conference. Still, it wasn’t registering. But he was himself keeping a painful distance from us and his wife has never introduced herself to us once in the entire 5 years we have been there, even though I myself attend many of her choir rehearsals. That’s where my own red flag first went up. . . . . Yet we all still faithfully attend because he’s the most high profile Pastor at least in our surrounding counties. And he’s overall a good teacher. At least, as long as you are completely clueless as to what he’s actually saying. And we were becoming less clueless with every sermon.
That’s when we discovered the Not So Wonderful World of Calvinism. After doing months of research, I especially started to go from confused, disappointed, to now worried, and then outright scared. We were somehow now declared unelect. . . .
And, then the worst hit me: What if I really am unelect? And why would that even make sense? The Pastor teaches consistently to new members and believers that none of us know who the elect will be. . . . But how in the world does he know he even is? He can’t possibly have that assurance if he’s telling us we don’t. If Jesus died for practically no one, how can he give that pitch that he, his wife, his kids and anyone he personally likes is elect – and then warn us we might not be? I had really liked and respected this pastor. Now I was becoming terrified of him. . . . I’d sit through his sermons now hearing every Calvinist nuance he was saying. . . . I could see I was heading down that dark dangerous road of starting to believe it myself – that maybe I’m not elect since I am in doubt of the validity of their theology altogether.
All I have studied tells me clearly never to challenge their theology to their faces – especially a Senior Pastor with lifelong indoctrination into this theology. You will instantly become devastated by this. He/they will tell you that you just don’t have “ears to hear and eyes to see.” And then they’ll walk away saying to themselves with certainty, “Well, that one’s sure not elect.” So you can’t talk about it to anyone whatsoever. And, already feeling very isolated, this was starting to shake our faith altogether.
I would watch their many mission teams go away to far off places and now wondered, “What’s the point in that?” They keep saying that they are going out to “save the lost.” But they’re not. They’re going out to call out the elect before it’s too late. And the elect only. Of whom they have no idea either way. Even about themselves. This isn’t right. If Jesus died for only the elect and no one else, why would God waste His time putting him here in the first place? That makes no sense. But it seems to make perfect sense to them. Because, from the Pastor on down, they have absolute certainty they have been chosen to be saved without actually ever making the choice. And it was almost now obsessively messing with our heads.
I began to go from hoping to fit in to just keeping to myself and not wanting to talk to anyone at all. Being from a different culture, it’s easy to say the wrong thing and offend someone here in general. Now it could have lifelong consequences to be rejected this way. I would only sit with a few people I know and avoid even saying hello to anyone else. What if I say or question something and it throws up red flags to them that I am in doubt of their beliefs? How much worse would that make it for both of us?
My spouse quit going. I would make excuses for him in relation to his job. But he just quit going. And I can’t blame him. I have been as terrified to leave as to stay. If I leave, then they’ll all say, “Well, we called that one correctly. Unelect. Not one of us.” I have continued to go only out of defiance and the fact that there’s really no other place to go here without running into the same theology. So, I take in what he says that I perceive as biblical truth and throw out the rest. And that is mentally exhausting to do. And causing a lot of despair. The blatant social rejection there just reinforces to me every Sunday I walk out of the service that I should be scared I’m not saved. Or, worse, not elect. I should be doubting myself. They sure do. When the Pastor himself doesn’t speak to us or want us anywhere near his family or close inner circle, it becomes a constant mental and spiritual battle not to let this take root as a permanent choking source of deep worry. I’ve cried over this many times in frustration. And, frankly, in stark terror.
So, we’re doing the only thing that can be done. And it’s long overdue. We’re renovating our house and putting it on the market. We’re getting out. Out of this town. And maybe out of the Baptist South altogether. It’s almost embarrassing that we’re fleeing this 1,000 person church without confrontation. But I’m taking seriously the advice of other Non-Calvinists. Don’t engage. Just get out. Don’t waste your time. They’ll destroy you. And you may never recover.
I don’t know where we’ll end up from here. But I especially think I need time to heal and re-grow my faith, which has been badly shaken by this 5-year experience. I continue to read and watch non-Calvinist preachers, and it’s a great comfort for me. It’s the only way I don’t feel completely alone and the only one damaged by this teaching. The good news is that, we now know what we don’t ever want to see in a church again. Our eyes and ears are wide open. Infinitely more so than our church Pastor and members will ever know.
Thank you for listening.
Anonymous in The South


Spreading homosexuality throughout Avonlea with Gender Twisting,  Aversion to Feminine Roles,  Pro-Family Condemnation 
Caution to Parents: Anne of Green Gables—”Anne With An “E”—Pushes LGBT Agenda
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Dear Lighthouse Trails:
The “update” to the Anne of Green Gablesseries on Netflix calledAnne with an E. has undertones – and overtones –  of transvestitism and homosexuality. It started out with one of Anne’s young male friends, Cole, hinting about his sexuality. In season 2 episode 7, it all came out.
In that episode, her best friend Diana, who’s wealthy aunt had hinted about her lesbianism in the past, came right out with it at a bizarre party, attended by Anne and her friends. Her lost lover was mourned by all – even Anne, and by the end of the episode, Cole announces, after being exhorted to be who he really is by a lesbian artist, that he is gay, and receives glowing support from the aunt.
If that’s not enough, in the previous episode, the pastor in their hometown, dressed up like a voluptuous drag queen for the town play, while Anne cut her hair and played a farm . . . boy.
Even my beloved HGTV international beach-oriented house-hunting shows are jamming Yoga and/or homosexuality down our throats in almost every episode. My wife and I are in shock how in literally every Caribbean Life or Mexico Life episode, the buyers discuss how excited they are to do Yoga on the patio or on Paddleboards – or they are Yoga teachers themselves. It’s crazy how both homosexuality and Yoga have been forced upon HGTV viewers as never before.
Thanks for your work,

Netflix Version Of Anne Of Green Gables 

Adds LGBT Characters



Moira Walley-Beckett, producer

(Friday Church News Notes, August 17, 2018,, [email protected], 866-295-4143) – republished below in full unedited for informational, educational and research purposes:
The following is excerpted from “Netflix Twists,” CBN News, Jul. 21, 2018: “The new Netflix adaptation of the 1908 novel Anne of Green Gables has been revised to include multiple homosexual characters, according to the series creator, Moira Walley-Beckett. In the Northwood Entertainment-produced series, ‘Anne with an E,’ the beloved character Great Aunt Josephine Barry is the first of many LGBT characters in the series. … Aunt Jo revealed in Season 1 that she was grieving over the loss of a character known as Aunt Gertrude, Josephine’s partner. IndieWire reports their relationship is what’s called a ‘Boston marriage,’ when two women live together without being supported financially by a man. The term didn’t exist during the time period of the show. ‘And so we touch on that in Season 1, and in Season 2 we get to expand upon it in a way that allows her to provide a forum of acceptance,’ Walley-Beckett continued. That ‘forum of acceptance’ is known as a ‘queer soirée.’ In Season 2, Aunt Jo holds her first queer soirée since the passing of her partner. … IndieWire goes on to say that one of the artists attending the soirée is the show’s creation of the real-life pianist and composer, Cécile Chaminade. … The media outlet reports the show also features two homosexual male characters. One is Anne’s good friend, ‘Cole.’ … And it doesn’t end there. IndieWire goes on to report that the series creator also pictured the children’s teacher, Mr. Phillips, as gay. … A contributing writer for MovieguideThe Family Guide to Movies and Entertainment, spoke out against all the prominent homosexual story lines depicted in ‘Anne With an E.’ ‘The creators of the series have carefully manipulated the classic story with an agenda that fits their worldview,’ wrote Tess Farrand. ‘ANNE WITH AN E’s attempt to also push LGBT in programming that would normally attract more faith-based audiences is utterly unnecessary. Moreover, focusing attention on the sexuality subplot of the series detracts from the moral redemptive nature of the story. Obviously, the minds behind the series are jumping onto the ideological bandwagon that already has concerned parents even more worried. The discussion of gender and sexuality are in fact discussed ad nauseam. People in 2018 don’t need or want to see political/social debates take place on ‘family’ TV shows; they see enough of it on social media or see it on the 5 ‘o clock news. Rather, we should be turning to the ultimate resource for clarification on these pressing topics: the Bible.’”


Social media’s crusade against conservatives likely to have legal consequences.………

The Video Facebook Doesn’t Want You to See
Report by Brigitte Gabriel
Facebook deleted this video because they claimed it did not meet their
“community standards.”

Watch ACT for America Founder, Brigitte Gabriel, talk about illegal immigration.


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The FBI’s deep corruption is becoming generally known regarding Trump and Russia, but it is even worse than most people think. In 2011, the Obama administration ordered the removal of all mention of Islam and jihad from counter-terror training. And in 2015, the FBI had no agents in place to stop the jihad attack on the free speech event Pamela Geller and I organized in Garland, Texas, even though it is clear that they knew about this attack beforehand. So it is no surprise that the FBI, having gone so far off the rails, would be working with a group that is dedicated to delegitimizing and destroying organizations that represent the point of view of roughly half of the electorate.
“Report: FBI Has ‘Ongoing’ Relationship With Left-Wing SPLC, Which Once Put Ben Carson On An ‘Extremist Watch List,’” by Peter Hasson, Daily Caller, July 28, 2018:
The FBI has an “ongoing” relationship with the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), a left-wing nonprofit that once placed Housing and Urban Development Secretary Dr. Ben Carson on an “extremist watch list.”
That’s according to an exclusive report from Fox News host and Daily Caller co-founder Tucker Carlson, who broke the news on his show “Tucker Carlson Tonight” Friday.
“Well as you already know if you’ve been paying any attention at all, the Southern Poverty Law Center is a fraudulent enterprise,” said Carlson. “It’s a left-wing political group that uses ‘hate crime’ designations to target its ideological enemies and to crush people.”
“The SPLC has repeatedly been allowed to brief the FBI on alleged domestic terrorist threats to this country,” Carlson reported. “Disturbingly though, the relationship is ongoing, if you can believe it.”
“Despite multiple requests from this program, the FBI has refused to describe the extent of its collaboration with the SPLC, we’ve asked repeatedly, or even to explain why it continues to work with a group like that,” Carlson said, noting the agency would only offer bland statements.
“For many years, the FBI has engaged with various organizations, both formally and informally,” FBI spokeswoman Jacqueline Maguire said in a statement to Carlson’s show.
“Such outreach is a critical component of the FBI’s mission, and we welcome information from these organizations on any possible violations of civil rights, hate crimes, or other potential crimes or threats.”
“The Attorney General has directed the FBI to reevaluate their relationships with groups like this to ensure the FBI does not partner with any group that discriminates,” Department of Justice spokeswoman Sarah Isgur Flores told Fox News.
The SPLC’s lists of “extremists” and “hate groups” have consistently courted controversy and the nonprofit’s work has been plagued by inaccuracies.
Floyd Lee Corkins, who opened fire at the Family Research Center (FRC) in 2012, said he chose the FRC for his act of violence because the SPLC listed them as a “hate group.”
Carson was surprised to find out in February 2015 that the SPLC placed him on an “extremist watch list” for his conservative beliefs.
The SPLC cited as proof of Carson’s “extremism” a quote in which he said: “Marriage is between a man and a woman; it’s a well-established pillar of society.”
Following a backlash, the SPLC apologized and removed him from its list. Carson was on the list for four months before the SPLC removed the “extremist” label.
The SPLC deleted three Russia-related articles this March after challenges to their accuracy followed by legal threats.
The SPLC removed a controversial “anti-Muslim extremist” list in April, after British Muslim reformer Maajid Nawaz announced plans to sue the SPLC for defamation. The left-wing group ending up paying Nawaz a $3.375-million settlement.
Somali-born women’s rights activist Ayaan Hirsi Ali was also on the list.
Ali, a victim of female genital mutilation who now advocates against the practice, is an award-winning human rights activist. For the last decade, her nonprofit, the AHA Foundation, has worked to protect women from honor violence, forced marriage and genital mutilation.
But according to the SPLC’s since-deleted list, Ali is an “anti-Muslim extremist.” The SPLC has yet to apologize or officially retract its “extremist” label for Ali….
______________________________________________________________________ The FBI has a long history of collaborating with the Southern Poverty Law Center. In 2009, an FBI memo described the SPLC as a "credible" organization. The Department of Justice told Tucker Carlson Tonight that the FBI will "reevaluate their relationships with groups like this to ensure the FBI does not partner with any group that discriminates."
Former FBI Agent Reveals Deep State 
Supports Islamic Jihad
Former FBI agent John Guandolo joins Alex to discuss how John Brennan secretly converted to Islam according to eyewitness accounts. The American people are being misled about the loyalties of those that run the deep state.


Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney and City Solicitor Marcel Pratt announced July 27 that their city will let expire a decade-old contract with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) that currently allows ICE access to the Philadelphia Police Department’s Preliminary Arraignment Reporting System (PARS). The PARS agreement with ICE will expire August 31.
A news release posted by the city’s Office of Immigrant Affairs Law Department quoted Kenny as follows:
For some time now we have been concerned that ICE uses PARS in inappropriate ways, including to conduct investigations that result in immigration enforcement against law-abiding Philadelphia residents. My Administration engaged in dialogue with ICE in recent weeks about its use of PARS data, and rather than allay these concerns, ICE officials in fact confirmed many of them. Such practices sow fear and distrust in Philadelphia’s great immigrant community, and make it more difficult for our Police Department to solve crimes. I cannot in good conscience allow the agreement to continue.
Pratt, also quoted in the release, repeated Kenney’s assertion that ICE was using PARS data to enforce the law against “law-abiding” residents, stating in part: “We have concluded that ICE’s use of PARS can result in arrests of otherwise law-abiding residents for civil immigration violations when the agency executes an operation due to information found in PARS.”
These statements by Kenney and Pratt ignore the fact that someone who is in the country illegally has broken our country’s immigration laws, and therefore is not “law abiding.”
An AP report quoted a statement by U.S. Homeland Security spokeswoman Katie Waldman, who called Philadelphia’s decision irresponsible and said the city will end up “harboring criminal aliens.”
“Sanctuary-city policies make American communities like Philadelphia less safe by putting the rights of criminal aliens over the safety and security of American citizens,” Waldman said. “Despite the misguided action taken by Philadelphia today, DHS will continue to work to remove illegal aliens and uphold public safety.”
As a sanctuary city, Philadelphia had already limited cooperation with immigration enforcement. It won’t honor detainer requests from ICE and release inmates to the agency without a judicial warrant. 
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Controversial talk-show host Alex Jones has been suspended for 30 days by Facebook because of posting four videos that the social-networking giant deemed offensive. The suspension only includes Jones’ personal page and any pages directly managed by him. The page for his Infowars platform is, thus far, unaffected by the suspension.
For 30 days, Jones may not post any new content to his page or any page he manages. Facebook has removed the four videos that it said violated its community standards. Two of the videos removed reportedly contained “hate speech” against Muslims; another was said to contain “hate speech” against transgendered people. The fourth video showed a child who was pushed to the ground by an adult and was removed because of “child endangerment” standards.
“Our Community Standards make it clear that we prohibit content that encourages physical harm [bullying], or attacks on someone based on their religious affiliation or gender identity [hate speech],” a Facebook statement said. “We remove content that violates our standards as soon as we’re aware of it.”
It’s not the first time Jones has run afoul of the social-media mobocracy. YouTube has issued multiple strikes against him, one only last week. If a YouTube channel receives three strikes in a three-month period, it is deleted. Jones has also faced multiple Twitter suspensions. Facebook reportedly warned Jones that he had violated community standards on several occasions and that a suspension would result if he continued to do so.

The Facebook ban comes after weeks of whining by mainstream news outlets such as CNN over why Jones is still allowed on the platform. On July 11, CNN’s Oliver Darcy tweeted, “Facebook is hosting an event about how committed they are to fighting fake news, but they have no good answer when I ask as to why they permit InfoWars to have a page on their platform.”
This prompted a tweet back from the president’s son Donald Trump Jr.: “Seriously, if someone is going to lead the charge against fake news, shouldn’t they be a lot more credible than CNN?”
Facebook has been on a mission to fight the spread of so-called fake news by enlisting the assistance of “non-partisan” fact-checkers. But what is fake and what is real is often in the eye of the beholder. For instance, far-left hate group Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) is one of Facebook’s “fact-checkers.” Does Facebook expect us to believe that a leftist scam group such as the SPLC can be impartial in judging the veracity of news?
Jones has at least one defender from an unlikely source. Texas Senator Ted Cruz (R), a frequent target of Jones and his admittedly conspiracy-laden media platform, came out against Facebook’s treatment of Jones. “Am no fan of Jones — among other things he has a habit of repeatedly slandering my Dad by falsely accusing him of killing JFK — but who the hell made Facebook the arbiter of political speech? Free speech includes views you disagree with,” Cruz tweeted.
And the senator is correct. Facebook and the “fact-checkers” at the SPLC have no business censoring anybody’s speech. Besides, the social network is full of options for people who don’t wish to see content from Infowars or anyone else. Users have the ability to act as their own censors. They can block content, advertising, and even their own friends who post things they find objectionable. Facebook users can already create their own bubbles. There’s no need to add another layer of protection in the form of censorship.
Jones is an easy target because of his sometimes questionable choices for content on Infowars. He is bellicose and provocative. He uses clickbait headlines, designed to shock readers and listeners. The censorship of his platform is something the majority of the United States will simply shrug at.
But who’s to say what’s next to be censored for being “hate speech” or “fake news?” Tucker Carlson? Sean Hannity? The New American? Jones himself believes that he is simply the first domino to be toppled. “Infowars has been chosen as the test subject for total internet censorship,” Jones tweeted. It’s possible he’s right.
Ironically, Jones’ suspension comes in the same week that Facebook suffered the biggest one-day loss in market value for any U.S. company in history. Shares of the company fell nearly 20 percent on July 26, erasing around 120 billion in market value for the company. Facebook executives blamed the drop on predictions of slowing growth for the company, though some might say it was poetic justice.


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A screenshot of the video game, which looks to be a replication of a popular 90s PC game, but with fetuses to kill instead of monsters.
Hostilities from abortion advocates in Argentina continue to mount with the mid-July release of a graphic video game.
The South American country currently is considering legislation to legalize abortion on demand. Argentina currently prohibits unborn babies from being aborted except in cases involving rape, severe disabilities or threats to the mother’s life.
According to Crux, the new video game, “Doom Fetito,” has players race to procure an abortion-inducing drug by battling Catholic priests, Nazi-like police and pro-life women. Once those “opponents” have been conquered, players are supposed to kill “the boss,” which is an unborn child, in the “Doom”- style game.
The game developer said she was inspired to mock Argentina’s pro-life movement after seeing pictures on Twitter of a 20-foot cardboard baby during recent Argentine pro-life rallies, according to the report.
After players defeat the “villainous” child, the game displays the message: “You defeated fetito! Give this misoprostol to those in need so they might defeat it, too!” Misoprostol is an abortion-inducing drug that could become easily accessible in pharmacies if Argentina passes the pro-abortion bill. The Senate is scheduled to vote Aug. 8.


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What God is doing between the hours of Beth Moore’s bedtime and 4AM, we don’t know. But apparently, the Almighty God of Heaven has no one to talk to.
It must be hard being a conduit of direct, divine revelation. And it must be exhausting.
She tweeted this nonsense earlier today. For more posts on Beth Moore, click here.


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The following article is the third of a three part testimony about my experience with the cult of Freemasonry at my former church, Rowland Spring Baptist Church.  Rowland Springs Baptist Church is a Southern Baptist Church in Cartersville, Georgia and is a part of the Georgia Baptist Convention and Bartow Baptist Association.  Part One can be found here.  Part Two can be found here.
Easter Intimidation
It was Easter Sunday 2017, I had just finished teaching my final Sunday School class at Rowland Springs Baptist Church (RSBC).  I was sitting in the sanctuary with a friend from seminary, who came to church with me to provide moral support on what was a very trying morning before the worship service started.  I glanced to the back of the sanctuary to find Alton Kay, the Worshipful Master of Cartersville Lodge #63 staring right at me.  Another church member was pointing me out to him.  There were quite a few Masons in the back of the church that day.  Alton, although he had been ordained a deacon, didn’t come to RSBC much.  He was, however, a long-time member with an extensive family history at Rowland Springs.  According to an interview Alton gave to the local paper on the occasion of the church’s 150th anniversary, his grandfather started the church the 1800s.  Alton had been coming to RSBC for seventy-four years.

The local paper interviews Alton Kay on the occasion of RSBC’s 150th Anniversary.
Educating the church about the wicked nature of Freemasonry was going to be a challenge.  Not only was I freshly dismissed from my Sunday School teaching position, but the routes of the lodge ran deep at RSBC.  Educating ignorant people about a secretive cult is hard enough when their friends and fellow church members are not members.  At RSBC, many long-time members were Freemasons and Lodge officers.  In my opposition to Freemasonry at Rowland Springs, I had no support from the church’s pastor, staff, or Deacon Board.  It was up to me, still relatively new to the church, to stand for biblical truth over and against the reputations of prominent long-time church members who had been respected in the church for years.  I think the Freemasons and the hireling pastor knew this.  That Easter Sunday, the Masonic intimidation factor was on full display, but I didn’t intend to turn tail and run.  It was my biblical responsibility to bring the matter up to the entire church whether I thought they would listen or not.  When the Lord gives you a hill to die on, it doesn’t matter whether or not you think you will manage to make it all the way to the top, you just charge.
Summer and Winter, Springtime and Harvest
The next year at Rowland Springs was a long one.  The fellowship of my weekly Sunday School class, which was one of the primary factors that encouraged me to join RSBC, had been removed.   I think this was strategic on the part of the Pastor and Deacon Board.  Any influence that I had at Rowland Springs was a danger to the unity they had achieved through compromising with the Masonic Lodge.  The Pastor, the hireling Joe Ringwalt, seemed more concerned about potential disagreement between church members than he did with the holiness of the church he was tasked with shepherding.  I think a lot of people would leave a church after the embarrassment of being dismissed as a Sunday School teacher.  Yet I didn’t and didn’t plan on doing so.  I had to wonder then, as I do now, how many people had left Rowland Springs and similar churches in the past after being condemned in the kind of quiet, basement meeting that the Pastor and Deacons had with me.  As an accountant, that math was very apparent to me.  My family represents one tithe, the Masonic household represented eight.
Walking in each Sunday, I knew that I wasn’t welcome by the leadership.  The congregation, I think, was generally ignorant about what had gone down in the wake of my calling the Freemasons to repentance.  At the same time, I believe the leadership was ever vigilant that I would again bring up the matter of Freemasonry, this time to a larger audience.  Periodically, I would receive a call from the hireling Pastor criticizing me for something I had posted on Facebook and asking me to consider leaving the church.  He and the Student Minister even went as far as to suggest other churches that I should join!  Each time, I responded that I had a right to share my opinion as long as I wasn’t in sin, belonged to Christ, and should thus be welcomed as a member of Christ’s church.  So, my family and I continued going to our church, despite the persistent discouragement from our pastor, not willing to be quietly shooed away when no one was looking.  I also began to save money.  I wasn’t quite sure how I was going to raise the issue of Freemasonry to a church of hundreds but I knew it would be costly.  I was wrapping up the last of my seminary work and was scheduled to graduate in December of 2017.  When that was over, I knew that I could refocus on the cult that permeated my local church.
One particular Sunday, after the worship service, I was walking with Grant McDurmon, the Chairman of Deacons, to the children’s area to retrieve our kids.  We were talking Falcons football; the Masonic Lodge was the farthest thing from mind.  Then, I saw Jim Moore (the Chaplain of Lodge #63) sitting at the end of the children’s hall working security.  Jim was wearing a ball-cap with a Masonic emblem, a pagan symbol, smack dab in the middle of God’s house.  I pointed the matter out to Grant but he was noncommittal in giving his opinion on the matter.  Jim started towards us.  As he walked by Grant said nothing.  I spoke.  “Jim,” I said sternly, “get that pagan symbol off your head in the Lord’s house.”  Grant remained silent.  Jim, full of anger, snapped back at me coldly, “Why don’t you just go back to First Baptist…don’t you ever talk to me again.”  Jim was as indignant about wearing his pagan symbol at church as he was about being the chaplain of the false Masonic Temple.  Grant looked at me, saying nothing to Jim, and told me that what I had done was inappropriate.  This was the environment the pastor had cultivated at Rowland Springs.  I was being rebuked by the Chairman of Deacons for telling someone not to wear a pagan idol to church!  Adam Burrell, the Student Minister, walked up to me as Jim walked away.  I explained to Adam what had happened and he agreed with me that Jim shouldn’t have worn the hat.  He told me that he was going to talk to him about it.  I was somewhat dumbfounded, Adam was the same man who had months earlier told me that Masonry was a matter conscience.  Somehow, though, it was not okay to wear a Masonic emblem to church.

The Chaplain of the Masonic Lodge served as church security wearing a pagan symbol
Word spread of my incident with Jim.  A few days after it happened, I was invited to lunch by a Deacon named Ben Thompson.  Ben and I had talked denominational politics a little bit in the past but had never really hung out.  I considered him to be a fair-minded man.  I thought it was peculiar that he was asking me to lunch after never having done so in the past two years.  I figured that it wasn’t just to chat.  Before lunch started, I resolved to say nothing of Freemasonry to him unless Ben brought it up.  It didn’t take long for him to do so.  He had heard what happened with Jim and wanted my side of the story.  Jim, according to another church member, was threatening to leave the church over the incident.  I explained exactly what had happened that day.  As with Adam, Ben agreed that Jim should not have worn the hat.  Furthermore, Ben agreed with me that Freemasonry was a cult and that something needed to be done about it at Rowland Springs.  This was music to my ears.  Perhaps the matter wouldn’t have to be brought before the church after all.  Perhaps this Deacon could go as a “2nd or 3rdwitness” to address the sin situation at the church.  Ben advised me that we needed to “build a coalition” to deal with Freemasonry at RSBC.  He also chided me about the direct approach I had previously taken in dealing with the matter and recommended a softer tactic.   He told me that he would again raise the issue of Masonry with the Deacons and I left the soft tactics up to him.
After a few weeks, I followed up with Ben.  He said that he had brought up the Masonry issue at a Deacon’s meeting but that it had been “tabled”.  I could see that, even with Ben’s support, the hireling Pastor and the Deacons were still not going to act to excise Freemasonry from the church body.  It was clear to me that all the church members would have to be educated about Masonry before anything else was done about Masonry.  I devised a plan to do just that.  I took the money that I had been saving over the year and ordered a copy of The Facts on the Masonic Lodge by John Ankerberg for every household in the church.  I used Amazon to have a book delivered to every family in the RSBC church directory.  In this book Ankerberg and his co-authors, clearly explain, using facts, evidence, and scripture, just how unchristian the Masonic Lodge is.  There would be no more ignoring Freemasonry in backroom meetings.  Every single church member was going to be made aware.  The facts were coming to everyone’s house.  Having finally graduated from seminary (my school requires a church endorsement) , I was prepared to face the very high possibility of being excommunicated from Rowland Springs.

Every household on the Rowland Springs mailing list received a copy of this book.
One Easter Later
My final Easter as a member of Rowland Springs was filled with greater Masonic aggression than the last.  I was sitting in a chair the lobby waiting for my wife to get out of the bathroom.  The service has just ended.  The first two people out of the door were Jim Moore and his wife Betty.  Jim looked me dead in the eye, didn’t say a word, then turned his head to the site and made a spitting motion…right there in the church lobby.  This was the utter contempt that this man, this Mason, had for a fellow church member in the house of God.
It didn’t take long for the hireling, Pastor Joe Ringwalt, to call me to ask about the incident.  He asked me the name of the Mason who had spit at me.  I told him it was “the chaplain of Lodge #63.”  That gave Joe no help.  He didn’t even know that his own church member was the chaplain of a pagan temple.  I told him it was Jim Moore.  “Jim isn’t the man we all think he is,” Joe said, as he apologized for what happened.  It was the same way he talked behind Jim’s back when we had first discussed his involvement in Freemasonry over a year prior.  At that time, he called Jim “an insecure man.”  It struck me how willing Joe was to talk about Jim behind his back but how unwilling he was to confront him over the sin of being a member of the Masonic lodge.  Joe Ringwalt is a gutless coward who is unqualified to sit in the pastoral office of the local church.  I practically begged Joe to stand against Freemasonry at Rowland Springs but he would do nothing.   He said he didn’t support Masonry but he supported our Masons.  He said Masonry in the church “wasn’t a hill to die on.”  To me, it was clear, the most important thing to that hireling was keeping his job.

After I was excommunicated from Rowland Springs, I received this message from a former member.
It was during this phone conversation with Joe that he asked me if I knew anything about a book on Masonry that a church member named Harold Barret had received.   I told him that I did indeed know.  I further told him that I had sent one to every household in church.  The hireling was, to say the least surprised.  He asked me where I had gotten the addresses, as if I had done something wrong.  I informed him that he himself had sent the address list to every church member and that I had taken the liberty to use it to educate our congregation about the Lodge.  “That’s your right,” Joe said.  I could tell Joe was upset.  The problem he had been trying to avoid for over year was coming to the mailbox of every church member.  It took Joe less than a month, before all the books could even be delivered, to have me summoned to yet another Deacon’s meeting.

Nanci Davis, a Deacon’s wife, suggested that our church burn the Ankerberg books.
The issue to be discussed at this meeting was, ostensibly, my divisiveness.  During the meeting, Joe insisted that Masonry was not the the reason I was called before the Deacons.  He then proceeded to being up my stance on Masonry.  At that meeting (which was recorded and is available on my podcast), I was railroaded, in complete unity, by the Deacons.
No matter how sinful and wicked Freemasonry was, the problem was Seth Dunn.  No argument was good enough, the Deacons had long ago decided the matter.  Ben Thompson, who had earlier suggested to me creating an anti-Mason coalition,  sat beside me and said nothing in my defense and nothing in regard to the wickedness of Freemasonry.  Grant McDurmon asked me, on behalf of all the Deacons, never to come back to Rowland Springs.  I told him I would be there until they voted me out.  A regularly-scheduled church conference took place that night.   It was announced at that conference that Alton Kay and his wife, for what reason I do not know, desired to transfer their membership to an Independent Baptist church down the street.  The church then voted to approve their transfer of letter to Gateway Church.  “One less freemason!” I exclaimed upon the conclusion of the vote.

These three influential Masons sat together at the church conference.
After my meeting with the Deacons, a special-called church conference was scheduled for the following Sunday night for the express purpose of bringing me under church discipline.
I was accused of the nebulous sin of “sowing discord.”  At that meeting, I was voted out of the membership of Rowland Springs Baptist Church, with the unanimous recommendation of the Deacons, by an overwhelming margin.

Typically, the hope for church discipline is restoration of fellowship. Rowland Springs used the police to tell me never to come back on its property.
When I got the parking lot, two police officers were waiting for me. I was given a criminal trespass warning and told never to come back.  Ben Thompson signed it as a church representative.
My stand against Freemasonry at Rowland Springs had run its course.  The snake that I stepped on had bitten.  The hireling, Joe Ringwalt, is still preaching at Rowland Springs to a church full of Freemasons.  Adam Burrell, ironically, went to work for Pray’s Mill Baptist Church in Douglasville, Georgia where its pastor, popular blogger and conference speaker Josh Buice, has moved to prohibit Free Masons from church membership.  I am attending another Baptist church in Cartersville.
The Blackball Rolls Downhill
I attended Sunday services at Tabernacle Baptist Church on April 29th, seven days after I was disfellowshipped from Rowland Springs Baptist Church.  Having been run out of Rowland Springs, I needed another place to go.  My wife suggested Tabernacle.  I was baptized at that church.  I was married there.  Tabernacle endorsed my application to seminary. My children have attended PreK there for two years.  My parents are members.

My wedding day at TBC.
On April 30th, I was informed that I am no longer allowed on the TBC campus for Sunday worship services. Richard Brown, the very pastor who performed my marriage and signed my seminary endorsement called me Monday morning to tell me that TBC’s security personnel had been informed to be on the lookout for me.  The pastoral staff has, in Richard’s words chosen to “protect the flock” from me because I “sow discord.”  Part of this protection is to ensure that I don’t so much as set foot on the property of Tabernacle Baptist Church, to sit in its pews during Sunday Service.  This treatment was warranted by my stance against Freemasonry at Rowland Springs.
Such is the blackball.  This is the kind of thing I knew could happen if I stood up against Masonry.  It’s a powerful network. I stood up anyway.  No network is more powerful than the God I serve.  When it comes down to it, I will not assent to the idea that I committed the nebulous sin of “sowing discord” because I wouldn’t put up with a demonic cult being part of God’s Holy assembly.
And I never will.
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A Top Freemason Speaks Out Against the Craft: An Interview with Former Eminent Grand Commander Glenn Beck

SEE: below in full unedited for informational, educational and research purposes:
Some months ago, a Tennessean named Glenn Beck reached out to me regarding my research into and publications about the unbiblical nature of the cult of Freemasonry.  Glenn is a Southern Baptist Deacon and Sunday School teacher.  He is also, perhaps, the most decorated Freemason ever to leave the craft and speak out against it.  A few weeks ago, I traveled to East Tennessee and sat down with Glenn for an in-depth interview about his experience as a Freemason.  That interview is included below:
How long have you been a Christian?
I have been a Christian since I was 16 years old.  I am now in my 70s.
What led you to get saved?
The conviction of the Holy Spirit, I attended a revival that lasted two weeks.  There was an altar call every night.  Every night I would go out the back door, until one night responded to the call of the Holy Spirit and walked down the aisle to the mourners’ bench where I accepted Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior and was later baptized in a local river.
Of what church are you a member?
I am a member of Russellville Baptist Church in Russellville, TN.
How do you and have you served there?
I am the Senior Men’s Sunday School teacher and a deacon.  I’ve been a deacon there for 3 years.  I also served as a deacon at a former church.
How long were you a Freemason?
I was a Mason for 38 years.
What led you to become a Freemason?
I think all the things that drive men: ego, politics, greed, and selfishness.  I began to look at men I knew around the community who were Masons and over time learned that if you wanted jobs you had to go see certain people because they knew certain people.  That was the system.  So, I asked a family friend who was known to be a Mason how to become a Mason and he gave me a petition to join the lodge.
How are potential members recruited to the lodge?
As I stated in my previous answer, I asked.  If you are interested in becoming a Mason you have to ask a Mason.  You will be given a petition for membership in the lodge.  You complete the petition and submit it to the lodge.  If your petition is accepted then the worshipful master appoints an investigative committee to check into you as a candidate.

Glenn Beck and I discuss Freemasonry.
Tell us about your various Masonic degrees and honors.
I took the three degrees of Blue Lodge and was raised a Master Mason in 1976.   After becoming a Master Mason, I petitioned for the Scottish Rite and became a Shriner, all in 1976.  After going through the Scottish Rite, I was a 32nd degree Scottish Rite Mason. (all Shriners are Masons but not all Masons are Shriners).  I also went into the Eastern Star, my wife and I, and served as Worthy Patron six times.  I served as Worshipful Master of my local Lodge in 1980.  Around 1995, I became interested in the York Rite and petitioned for those degrees.  This is the “Christian” branch of Masonry.  The Scottish Rite was set up for the Masonic Jews and the name of Jesus is not in it.  York Rite Masons must swear to defend the Christian faith (the York Rite is older in origin than the Scottish Rite ).
I petitioned the Chapter, Council, and Commandery in the York Rite.   I progressed through the nine degrees of the York rite.  I served as High Priest and Illustrious Master.  I served as Commander of the Commandery.  I was awarded the (KYCH) Knights of York Cross of Honor, the Knight York Grand Cross of Honor, and the Order of the Purple Cross.  I was a Rosicrucian,  a member of St. Thomas of Acon, Knights Masons, AMD Mason, Red Cross of Constantine, and the Holy Royal Order of Knights Templar Priests.  I was elected to serve as Grand Commander of Knights Templar in Tennessee in 2010.  I served the Grand Lodge and District Chairman.  I was serving as Governor of the York Rite College when I left Masonry.
Do any of the oaths, lectures, and rituals related to them conflict with biblical teaching?
Yes, in various ways.  The Third Commandment (Exodus 20: 7) says, “Thou shalt not take the name of the LORD thy God in Vain.”  The Masonic obligations are taken in vain using God’s name in a false and unjustified way that represents no genuine faith.  “Vain” means, simply to take for an empty, not good purpose.  It is hypocrisy, claiming the name of God but acting in a way that disgraces him.  It is using the name of God in a superficial and stupid way.  It is perjury related to God’s name.  Consider Zechariah 8: 17, “ love no false oath: for all these are things that I hate, saith the LORD.”  Once you understand His essence and the majesty of God’s name, you will never want to even come close to abusing His name.  In Matthew 5:34-37, Jesus said not to swear at all.  Jesus was laying down the principle that Christians must not have two standards of truth.  So, if Masonry is not a religion then does it have its own form of truth apart from the Bible?  Then why use the bible to justify you own truth?
I remember all the oaths, I had a proficiency card.  I taught the lectures.  You repeat the words of the obligation the Worshipful master gives you, while kneeling with your hands upon the Holy Bible, Square and Compasses, which are placed on top of the Bible.  You swear all this and seal it by kissing the Bible.  The Bible, Square, and the Compass are said to be furniture of the Lodge and are placed upon an altar.  The subversive teaching here is that you need another medium in addition to the Bible for moral truths and spiritual knowledge.  Apparently, the Bible alone is not enough.  Some argue that the obligations are not binding, but, if they aren’t, why use the Bible?  Does this then make the scripture irrelevant?
What led you to quit the Lodge?
I’ve renounced Masonry.  It gets me nothing.  I have all kinds of certificates and awards.  It doesn’t mean anything.  Deciding to leave took a period of 5 or 6 years.  I experienced a number of frustrations over a period of years, some of them related to Masonic politics .  At one point my pastor asked me to serve on a church committee to draft policies related to LGBTQ activity.  These policies were created to provide legal protection and to ensure that homosexuals would not be allowed to use our church for same-sex “marriage” or other functions.  At the same time, men (Masons) who  “married”  other Masons continued their membership in the Lodge and continued being accepted as Masons in the State of Tennessee, even though it was against the Masonic code.  This is completely hypocritical and against my Christian beliefs and values for me to be a part of the Lodge which has laws in place prohibiting men with this type of lifestyle from membership in the Masonic Lodge.  How can a man belong to an organization that accepts this lifestyle, while saying it doesn’t?  How does a man who believes and supports what the Bible teaches about this lifestyle justify this contradiction within himself, with God, and with his church?  I demitted from the Blue Lodge, which removed me from all Masonic bodies.  If Masonry is designed to give more light, then I received enough light to know that I wasn’t getting the real light.  Masonry is darkness.
Is Christianity compatible with Freemasonry?
My definition of Christianity is a belief in God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. I believe in the Virgin birth of Jesus and his Crucifixion, Resurrection and Ascension.  John 3:16indicates that centrality of Christ.  John 14:6 states the vitality of Christ to Christianity clearly, “Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.”
What did you specifically feel led to repent of when you quit the lodge and why?
I was led to repent of all the obligations that I had taken.  It is unbiblical.  It is hypocritical.
I couldn’t and didn’t keep the oaths.  I am not acquainted with any Mason that has kept his obligations as a Mason, whatever it may have been.  So, what did it mean?  I came to the realization that the oath and obligation was not biblical, a Violation of the 3rd Commandment.  I saw the real light and what Masonry really is.  Masonry is darkness.
During your years as a Freemason and Church member, did anyone ever approach you about the incompatibility between Christianity and Freemasonry?
No.  No one ever came to me and said it was wrong.  I did have one conversation about Masonry with my sister.   She passed away this year.  I told her before she died that I had gotten out of Masonry.  She said, “I am so glad.”
Does Masonic service conflict or take away from one’s service and commitment to his church?
Yes.  We can’t have two masters.  If you are heavily involved in Masonry, how much time do you spend doing and focusing on Masonic work and ritual versus reading and studying the bible, doing church work?  Masonry creates a conflict and you choose which is important to you.  Masonry became my idol because of the amount of time and focus I gave it.  When you are doing Masonic work, do you use that time to witness for Jesus or do you use that time to talk and witness about Masonry?  In reality, it is confusing to people, who are you representing, Masonry or Jesus?  Does the conversation always lead back to Masonry?
Can you compare being a Mason to matters of Christian liberty, such as drinking wine, eating certain foods, or going to church on Saturday versus a Sunday?  In other words, can Masonry be a matter of conscience or is it plainly unbiblical for everybody?
Speaking as a Christian, and using my definition of a “Christian,” it is not compatible to anyone who professes to be a follower of Jesus Christ.  It is unbiblical.
Does Masonry teach any theological doctrines or lessons which conflict with biblical teaching?
When you go through the degree work, it’s in a religious setting and there is prayer being given.  All human beings, I think, would get the impression that it is a religious ceremony.
In the first degree, you are presented as “a poor blind candidate in total darkness who desires to be brought to light by receiving and having a part of the rights,” light and benefits of this worshipful Entered Apprentice Lodge dedicated to the memory of the Holy Saints Johns as all others have done who have gone this way “before” you.  Gnosticism comes into play here.  You are taught to search for “more light,” which is masonic (enlightenment) knowledge.  Having to say that you are in darkness seeking light, and being blindfolded (hoodwinked) having the blindfold removed after the obligation where you receive “masonic light,” it’s gnostic.  If you are a Christian, it is contrary to biblical teaching.  It is seeking God through an avenue other than the Bible.  When you take your obligations in a Lodge, you put your hands on the Bible.  You have to go to the Lodge to get to that point in seeking knowledge.  It places the Lodge on the same level, at least in your mind, with the church or in competition with it.  It is religious.  It becomes a form of worship.  There is prayer.  You can say there is no religious connection but even an atheist would think it was religion.  The Lodge is intended to represent Solomon’s Temple.   You’re asked four questions as you progress through your Entered Apprentice Degree.  If you answer them correctly, your answers come out to make the statement “It is in God I Am Light,” but you received this knowledge or light in a setting of a Masonic ceremony inspired by man.  So, if Masonry takes good men and makes them better, is the inference here that Masons are better than non-Masons (the profane)?
In the 3rd degree, the Master Mason degree, there is the Hiram Abiff ceremony.  It is a resurrection.  You can call it whatever you want to call it but it is pure and simple a resurrection from the dead.  It’s hard not to perceive it as some form of religion.  Hiram Abiff was murdered by three workers of the temple, according to the legend, because he wouldn’t give them the secret word of a Master Mason.  He was buried in his grave and his grave was marked with a sprig of acacia.  His murderers tried to flee the country but were caught and executed by King Solomon.  Hiram’s name is mentioned in the Bible but it is spelled differently.  The characters are there but the story is not.  A party of twelve was sent out to search for the body.  Three of them found him and went back and reported it.  They found peculiar looking jewels around his neck.  They attempted to raise the body as an Entered Apprentice Mason and Fellowcraft Mason and failed.   Scripture is read at this point in the ceremony, Ezekiel 37 about dry bones living again.  On the third try, they successfully raised the body by the signs and grips of a Master Mason and you receive the new word of a Master Mason which is Ma-Ha-Bone.  This legend or story is not in the Bible.  I believed it was true when I was a Mason.  From the 3rd degree you move onto the higher degrees of the Scottish Rite, the 4th through 32nd degrees.  The Scottish Rite is all paganism and Gnosticism; it’s very theatrical.  I think men see something there and think, “This is better than going to church,” and “I don’t have to go to ‘church,’ I am a 32nd degree Mason, wow I am almost to the top.”  A pastor once told me he asked two Masons where they went to church, they said they were Masons they didn’t need to go to church.  I remember thinking, when that pastor told me that, “How disappointing this has been, the only secret I have learned is how to shake a brother Mason’s hand and give him a password.”
Paul says, “Do not be yoked together with unbelievers.”  In Masonry, are Brother Masons yoked together with unbelievers?
Yes.  Masonry teaches universality.  It’s taught that Masonry is not a religion but it’s based on religious tenets.  Non-Christians are entitled to sit in the Lodge with religious believers simply because they are brother Masons.  The Masonic oaths and obligations are the ties that bind.  I think it is a form of religious Christian Gnosticism.
Is there a Masonic hermeneutic (a Masonic way of reading the Bible)?
Yes.  In the state of Tennessee, nothing can be on the altar (according to the Masonic Code) but the Holy Bible.  The Masonic degrees, which come from the Bible, are allegorical.  The Bible is intended to mean one thing, what it says, not my interpretation of it.  It says what it says.  The Lodge uses the Bible for allegory.  As you advance, you are searching for more light.  The basis of Masonic knowledge is biblically-based.  There is the idea of “this is what really happened,” with Solomon’s Temple and Hiram King of Tyre.  It has to be so, a Mason whom you trusted and believed told you so.  The story of Hiram Abiff, for example, is presented as veiled in allegory and illustrated with symbols.  It portrays the resurrection of the dead outside the name of Jesus.  Again, the Ezekiel 37 scripture is read in the Hiram ceremony.  When that is done, the Junior Warden, Senior Warden, Junior Deacon, Senior Deacon, and Worshipful Master form a line and that becomes the Tabernacle. The Worshipful Master raises you out of the grave.
What is the symbolism of the various apron jewels and Heavenly Bodies?
The Lodge officers will wear the jewels around their neck and/or on their apron.  The Worshipful Master wears the square, the Wardens wear the Sun, and the Deacons wear the Moon.  When you are raised a Master Mason you are told to behold the three great lights of Masonry which are the Holy Bible, the Square, and the Compass.  The lesser lights of Masonry as the Sun, Moon, and Worshipful Master.  As the Sun governs the day and the Moon governs the night so does the Worshipful Master govern the lodge with equal regularity and pleasure to himself.  When you look in the context of the Bible being the “furniture of the Lodge” where does that place the Bible?  Is it on the same level as the Square and Compass that sit on the Bible?
Do the Jewel symbols, which represent Heavenly bodies and/or God violate the Ten Commandments’ prohibition of graven images?
Yes.  God never created or gave a likeness of Himself.  It’s a violation of 2nd Commandment.  The officers wear the Jewels of the Sun and Moon around their necks.  They open and close the Lodge like the Sun and Moon opens and closes the day.  What is a rational human being supposed to think?  These things attract the eye to seduce the soul.  All these images and symbols in Masonry are turned into idols of worship.  God prohibits idolatry because He is already in the Image making business (Romans 8:29).
Is there any similarity between Freemasonry and the pagan mystery religions.
For example, the Rosicrucian is about philosophy and alchemy.  Masonry is a form of Christian Gnosticism/ Kabbalah, a form or mixture of both was practiced by some of the Jews and others.
Is there an association between Shriner’s and the Koran and Allah?
Yes, unless they’ve changed it.  The Shrine is billed as the “fun” part of Masonry.  The obligation is taken on the Koran.  The fez (hat) comes from Morocco.  The scimitar is on the fez.  It doesn’t take you but a second, Google it, that’s an Islamic emblem.
Does the Masonic funeral ritual contradict biblical teaching and practice in any way?
The Masonic funeral preaches you right into Heaven, whether you have any church affiliation or not.  You have to be a Master Mason, with your dues paid or a 50-year Mason and you are entitled to the funeral.  You don’t have to be a Christian.  Every Mason gets the same Masonic rites.  The Masons will tell you they are not a religion and that they don’t teach a way of salvation, just morals.  The funeral rite mentions God (the Great Architect of the Universe) and Heaven (the Celestial Lodge).  Being a Mason will get you into the Celestial Lodge above.
How much authority do the writings of Pike, Mackey, or Coil have in Masonry or with individual Masons?
The Scottish Rite is going to rely on Albert Pike’s writings.  When you complete the 32nd Degree, you are given a copy of Morals and Dogma by Pike.  It’s their Bible.  A Blue Lodge member that does not join the Scottish Rite probably knows very little about Albert Pike.  And his book is probably not read by most Scottish Rite Masons.  Here are 3 quotations from Albert Mackey:
“Freemasonry is a science of symbols, in which, by their proper study, a search is instituted after truth, that truth consisting in the knowledge of the divine and human nature of God and the human soul.”
“The religion of Freemasonry is not Christian.”
“The Cabala may be defined to be a system of philosophy which embraces certain mystical interpretations of scripture, and metaphysical and spiritual beings…Much use is  made of it in the advanced degrees, and entire Rites have been constructed on its principles.”
I would venture to say that less than 10% of Masons have ever read any of Mackey’s works.
When you first contacted me, you described Freemasonry as a “cult.”  Why?
Just the pure definition of a cult, the Lodge meets that.  Masons have their own form of rituals and if you become one, you are expected to conform to all the rules and accept everything as truth.  You accept their philosophy, sometimes to the exclusion of other things.  They don’t take everyone, you have to qualify.
Does Freemasonry add to the word of God?
Yes.  Consider 2 Timothy 2:15-16.  The bible is truth and it is intended to keep us away from the allegorical teachings that are taught in Masonry.
Does Freemasonry subtract from the person of Christ?
Yes.  It excludes Christ in the Blue Lodge degrees and subverts him in some of the other degrees.
Does Freemasonry involve a multiplication of salvation requirements?
The petition you submitted to the lodge lists a question, “Are you a member of a Church?”  If so give name.  Being a member of a church or being religious or Christian is not a requirement to become a Mason. Masons are asked, “As a rational accountable being, in whom do you put your trust?”  This question may or may not be asked depending on the jurisdiction.  As a Christian, that is supposed to be God.  For a Muslim, it’s Allah.  Masonry promises no way of salvation.  It teaches being a good moral person doing good works.
Does Freemasonry divide the loyalty of its followers?
I don’t think so.  Biblical based religious principles are used to teach that Masonry will give you all that you need.  It is about your relationship with, and obligation to other Masons that binds and creates loyalty and support, so far as it may be justified by each individual.  No matter what political or religious persuasion you may subscribe to all are bound by the obligations.
How have you been treated by Masons since you demitted from the lodge?
Not well, I have been shunned and banished.  I had one person call me that turned out to be one of my best friends and he said, “You know why you don’t get any calls anymore don’t you?”  He was speaking of Lodge members.  “They don’t want to hear what you have to say, they don’t want to deal with it.”  “They are afraid of what you have to say.”
Has the shunning or rudeness extended to Masons who are church members, brothers in Christ?
One of my supposedly best friends asked my wife, “When is Glenn coming back to the Lodge?” (Notice he didn’t ask if I was still going to church).  She said, “Never, it’s not going to happen.  He wonders why you have stopped calling.  He found out who his true friends were.”  This is a guy who will witness to people about Jesus.  So when I stopped being his brother Mason, evidently I stopped being his brother in Christ.  These people have all the “masonic light” they can get. I think that some who profess to be a follower of Jesus are afraid to talk to me about why I left the lodge and renounced Masonry.  By the way, according to some Masonic writings I can’t renounce Masonry.  I have nothing in common with these men since I am not a Mason.  Evidently, the Masonic brotherhood is greater than the Christian brotherhood!  You can’t do both.
Do you think Freemasons, even those who identify as Christians are in danger of going to Hell?  Why?
My concern is that I don’t see how someone can serve Freemasonry and Jesus.  Blue Lodge Masonry is not about Jesus, it’s not about salvation.  Blue Lodge Masonry is not Christian.  It teaches Universalism which in itself is contrary to the word of God.  You can’t have it both ways.  Ultimately, though, I cannot judge who is going to hell.
What would you say to pastors who are considering whether or not Freemasonry is inherently sinful?
It’s a violation of the 3rd Commandment.  Refer to the Scripture in this article.  Understand what Masonry is and is not.  Be prepared to answer what your personal opinion is on Freemasonry.  Be able to explain where the (your) church stands on its members belonging to Freemasonry.  Talk to a former Mason.
To what scriptures would you direct Freemasons, their Christian friends and family members, and pastors to address Freemasonry?
First and foremost it is a violation of the Third Commandment.  Also, I would direct them to Matthew 5:34 where Jesus forbids swearing oaths on things.  Further, they should consider 1 Timothy 6:20-21, which says, “O Timothy, guard what has been entrusted to you, avoiding worldly and empty chatter and the opposing arguments of what is falsely called ‘knowledge’—which some have professed and thus gone astray from the faith.”  Masonry is about acquiring knowledge and light, but it’s Masonic knowledge, Gnosticism.  Using the bible to teach Masonic allegories (Truth) knowledge is unbiblical.
How would you advise someone to approach his or her Masonic loved one?
Do it lovingly.  Ask why they are looking for organizations to pay to learn how to live and do good works.  Ask why they want to join?  Ask them to talk to someone that has left Masonry.  Ask them to explain what Masonry is.  Ask if they know and understand it is a cult.  Talk to their pastor if they have one.
Would you be willing to talk to any Masons who read this interview if they reach out to you?
Yes.  I didn’t think I’d ever do this interview.  I’m not doing it to “get even.”  This is something I had to do out of conviction from the Holy Spirit.  I had all the reasons not to leave Masonry.  I had all the titles.  That was what I was told when I left.  I didn’t care.  The titles didn’t mean anything.  What does Masonry do for you?  It feeds your ego and pride.  It was hard to give up after 38 years.  So what?  It’s not what I gave up, it’s what I gained.  Masonry took away from my personal life and spiritual life.  We’re all going to meet God one way or another.  We are all witnesses every day, whether we want to be or not.  We have to decide what kind of witness in this case we want to be, a Masonic witness or a Jesus witness. You can’t witness for one without being a hypocrite to the other.
*Please note that the preceding is my personal opinion. It is not necessarily the opinion of any entity by which I am employed, any church at which I am a member, any church which I attend, or the educational institution at which I am enrolled. Any copyrighted material displayed or referenced is done under the doctrine of fair use.
**If you are reading this and God has convicted you of the sin of Freemasonry, please do not hesitate to reach out to me with your own story.