Testimony of Duane
Past Worshipful Master
I submitted a petition to the Lodge and was initiated in the Entered Apprentice Degree,
passed to the degree of Fellowcraft, and was soon raised to the degree of Master Mason. I
felt that I had attained to the finest fraternity in the world. I was selected by the
Worshipful Master of the Lodge to serve as Junior Steward and later honored by serving as
Chaplain. My studies in ritual and degree work continued as Junior Warden and then Senior
Warden. I finally became Worshipful Master of the largest Lodge in the state of Nevada.
I believed myself to be a member of a fraternity that stood for God, country, and family.
But, after five years of total dedication, I withdrew from the Order. It didnt
happen overnight. My first questioning of Freemasonry was in regard to the obligation I
took when I was initiated. One is made to swear secrecy to the point that bloody penalties
of death are involved. It was explained that this was symbolic and only emphasized that
what I had gleaned was not public information.
My next moment of confusion came when I was Junior Steward. A member was in the habit of
talking during lodge meetings. This was disruptive but not a big problem. What was a
problem, I thought, was his use of Gods name in vain. One evening this terminology
was used four or five times in a short period. I later told him that if he used those
words in the Lodge room again, I was going to file Masonic charges against him. The
reaction of the members who overheard was very confusing. Some approached me and mildly
chastised me for the way I had approached him. But it was the reaction of the majority of
the members that caught me off guard. They reminded me that he is a Past Master, and a
Grand Lodge Officer. He was not wrong in using Gods name in vain. Rather, I had
affronted a Past Master and a Grand Lodge Officer.
All ritual work in Masonry is committed to memory and repeated verbatim, including
prayers. At first I did not notice that none of the prayers are in the name of Jesus
Christ. "Great Architect of the Universe," "Almighty Father of the
Universe," "Judge Supreme," "God," and "Lord," yes, but
never in the name of "Jesus Christ."
Don't mention Jesus again
Being Chaplain, saying grace for a meal was my duty. Since there is no specified
prayer, the prayer was my own, and I prayed in the name of my Lord and Savior, Jesus
Christ. I was soon told that we never pray in the name of Jesus Christ for it would be
offensive to our Jewish members. I then became aware that there is no mention of Jesus
Christ in any of the prayers or in the ritual book.
One evening, I asked about the inconsistency involved for the Jewish member in having the
Bible resting on our altar. I was informed that it did not necessarily have to be the
Bible. It could be the Koran, the Rig Veda, or even the Book of Mormon. What sacred
writing was on the altar would depend upon the religious persuasion of the lodge. So, it
really didnt matter if the Lodge had any Jewish member or not. The important thing
was not to pray in the name of Jesus Christ!
A proposed major undertaking that would involve a great deal of money was made into a
motion and defeated, much to the dissatisfaction of the Master. Without notice, it was
brought up again, this time in a stacked meeting. The motion passed. I made an
objection to the Master and told him that what he was doing prostituted the dignity of his
office. I found myself "wrong", because the Worshipful Master is always right.
Both of my confrontations began to consume my thoughts. I was morally right, but I was
made to feel that I was wrong. By opposing the Worshipful Master I was, in the eyes of
some, committing blasphemy!
Despite this, I was able to be elected as the next Worshipful Master. I soon found myself
questioning things, including my title. Was I really a Worshipful Master? By whose
authority? I never considered myself to be master over anybody, and I certainly
The Rosicrucian Connectionsm
I was in a local Christian bookstore and found a book I was interested in, The
Kingdom of the Cults, by Walter Martin. This was of interest to me because of
stories regarding Mormonism and Joseph Smith. He was reported to have been a Mason and to
have pirated signs, grips, and Masonic ritual work and incorporated them into the Mormon
Temple rituals. But, when I turned to the table of contents, it was like someone hit me
with a baseball bat.
Listed was the Rosicrucian Fellowship, a group my brother had been studying. He told me
how there had been an organization known as The Great White Brotherhood of Man, and out of
this came the Rosicrucians, and out of the Rosicrucians came the Masonic Order. For the
first time I was seeing Rosicrucian Fellowship in print and it was in a book about cults.
I remember how, after becoming a Mason, I had mentioned it to a man in my church. He said,
"So you joined the Masonic cult." I said to myself, "He doesnt
understand." And now it looked like I was to find out who understood and who
didnt. Now there were three words racing through my mind:
"Rosicrucianism," "Masonry," and "cult." I turned to the
section about Rosicrucians and the reference to Masonry. "It (Rosicrucians) was by
admission a secret society. It flourished in a day when secret societies were in vogue,
and a century after its origin, Rosicrucianism underwent a recrudescence in connection
with Freemasonry, which not only deemed Rosicrucianism genuine, but even borrowed usages
and customs from the writings of those who had satirized the fraternity."
Every question that had previously troubled me about Masonry came back to me. A cold
shiver went through me. I began praying to God for wisdom to know the truth. I placed a
phone call to Christian Research Institute, and I told of my concern about Freemasonry.
They said they would send me a booklet which might be helpful, Freemasonry and
Christianity by Alva J. McClain.
That night, I shared my concerns with a Christian friend. He taught me about blood oaths,
secular humanism, and other things.
The next two weeks found me in extreme turmoil. I would think about the discussions with
my Christian friend but then I would read from my Masonic Bible. Everything I would read
seemed beautiful and I could see no wrong in it. My familys Masonic background, the
relationships I had with other Masons, and the beauty and dignity of Masonic ritual were
all going through my mind. I was beginning to think that maybe my friend, like the man
before, just didnt understand.
Coming out of the lodge
Finally, I went to my knees and once again asked the Lord to show me the truth. It
roared across my mind. "Blood Oath." I recalled my uneasiness with the oath of
secrecy, and Jesus admonition to "make no oath at all" (Mat. 5:34).
That week the secretary of Vegas Lodge No. 32 received my letter of withdrawal. I
received a call from a Past Master who asked me why I was withdrawing. I told him I was a
Christian, and shared my thoughts with him, including Scriptures from the Bible. He
explained to me that I shouldnt believe everything I read in the Bible and that
Christianity was a religion that the men in power at the time came up with to keep the
common people in line. Then he said, "After all, Duane, our dad, uncle, grand dad,
and great-grand-dad were all Masons." The Past Master extolling the virtues of
Freemasonry and attacking my faith in Jesus Christ was my own brother.
My letter of withdrawal was held for over a month, but now there is a paper in my home
titled, "Certificate for a Brother Dropped from the Rolls at His Own Request.
"After Christ endured indescribable pain and suffering for my sins, I could not
rationalize staying in the lodge because of the difficulties I would have encountered had
I resigned. Besides, to stay in Masonry would mean to deny Jesus Christ as my Lord and
Savior in my prayers.
I have prayed for forgiveness and know that God has answered my prayers; not because I am
worthy, but because of His grace and love, and because Jesus Christ IS my Lord and Savior.
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