Telling Secrets

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While doing some research in preparation for the Red River conference, I came across this, an excerpt from the Entered Apprentice initiation ritual, from the Grand Lodge of Nevada. Here is what an apprentice Mason, willing to climb the steps of ascension in the lodge, swears to do.

“Furthermore: I do promise and swear that I will not write, indite, print, paint, stamp, stain, hue, cut, carve, mark or engrave the same upon anything movable or immovable, whereby or whereon the least word, syllable, letter, or character may become legible or intelligible to myself or another, whereby the secrets of Freemasonry may be unlawfully obtained through my unworthiness. To all of which I do solemnly and sincerely promise and swear, without any hesitation, mental reservation, or secret evasion of mind in me whatsoever; binding myself under no less a penalty than that of having my throat cut across, my tongue torn out, and with my body buried in the sands of the sea at low-water mark, where the tide ebbs and flows twice in twenty-four hours, should I ever knowingly or willfully violate this, my solemn Obligation of an Entered Apprentice. So help me God and make me steadfast to keep and perform the same.”

In short, what he hears in the Lodge of Masonry, he cannot and will not reveal to the outside world. The penalty for doing so will be that he has his throat slit from ear to ear.

In sharp contrast to this, here is what Bible Christianity teaches its disciples concerning what Jesus teaches us.

Matthew 10:27 What I tell you in darkness, that speak ye in light: and what ye hear in the ear, that preach ye upon the housetops.

Bible Christianity is not a religion of secrets, it is a religion of declaration!