If you have never accepted Jesus Christ as Savior, but have come to realize His reality and the approaching End of the Age, and want to accept His FREE Gift of Eternal Life, you can also do so now, in the privacy of your home. We hope you have been blessed by this ministry, which seeks to educate and warn people, so that they can see the coming New World Order -- Kingdom of Antichrist -- in their daily news. But as my interests have increasingly evolved toward a concern for human liberty, I appreciate that campaign as Freemasonrya€™s greatest contribution. And I unequivocally assert, that with proper moral and intellectual guidance, there is no better design for a political system than that contained within Americaa€™s founding documents: the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and the Bill of Rights. I have also read many of the arguments, debates, discussions, and polemics of the period of the founding of the American republic.
When I realize that Freemasons made up some sixteen percent of the signers of the Declaration, thirty-three percent of the signers of the Constitution, and nearly half the Revolutionary generals, I understand the crucial role your Order played in the establishment of the greatest political experiment in history.
When we seek the essence of Masonic teaching, I believe we come inevitably to a concern for the right ordering of life. John Adams, not a Freemason, wrote that the Constitution and the American system of government were designed for a moral and religious people. Without supporting or rejecting any theory on the origins of Freemasonry, the earliest mythic birthplace of the Fraternity has been suggested as the Garden of Eden. When Adam and Eve disobeyed Goda€™s command, did they commit a sin for which they and wea€”their descendentsa€”have been punished ever since? Or, were Adam and Eve called to their disobedience by the inner light of their True Selvesa€”to eat of the fruit of the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evila€”to accept the responsibility to become as gods? Long after Adam and Evea€™s Expulsion from the Garden, and Noaha€™s survival of the Flood, the Patriarch Abraham was born in Chaldea (modern Iraq), sometime around 2000 B.C.
When a famine afflicted the land, they traveled to Egypt at the invitation of Abrahama€™s great grandson Joseph. When later Pharaohs forgot the lessons of their forebears and enslaved the Jews, nothing in Egyptian law prevented such behavior. God gave Moses the Ten Commandments which established the moral and legal foundation of Western culture.
Yet with all such guidance, the Israelitesa€™ disobedience to the commands of God caused them much hardship.
But the Jews became restless and jealous of the Kings they observed among neighboring populations. Despite Goda€™s warning, the Israelites chose to be ruled by Kingsa€”who reigned for some five hundred yearsa€”until royal and cultural corruption led to defeat, the destruction of Jerusalem, and the Babylonian exile. The Greeks introduced the idea of direct Democracy, a method of government based on the participation of the governed. The Roman republic flourished until it was overthrown by military leaders who established the Roman Empire. As wave after wave of invasion marked the European experience from the fall of the Roman Empire in the fifth century through the tenth century, the Catholic Church became an increasingly widespread and valuable civilizing force.
From roughly the fifth through fifteenth centuries, Europe was organized by the Feudal system. The Feudal System included abominable practices such as the custom of allowing the noble lord to spend the peasanta€™s bridal night with the bride. In theory, all property and the fruit of all labor belonged to the King, the Feudal lord of all vassals. The Magna Carta established the most important legal precedent that recognized limitations on the power of the English King. Another crucial stage in the development of the rightful understanding of political liberty came during the Renaissancea€”extending roughly from 1375 to 1575. In 1460, the purchase and translation of a series of Hermetic writings opened a gateway in the European psyche that had remained shuttered during centuries of barbarism and superstition of the Dark Ages. When the Protestant Reformation was launched in 1517, it further freed Europe from the shackles of superstition. Despite all excesses of nobles and kings, all the inequities of confiscatory taxation, the lack of attachment to the fruits of their effortsa€”people had faith. Yet it was being threatened by a religious man who claimed it was violating the very principles of God.
Of special importance to us here tonight were the ambitious construction projects of Cathedral, castle, and public building from the twelfth through sixteenth centuries.
This work was performed by a unique group of peoplea€”the Stonemasons and Architects of the Gothic style. These skilled craftsmen, geometricians, and designers formed a class of medieval worker outside the restrictions of the feudal system. Concerns for safety and efficiency would require them to find ways to recognize and impart various levels of technical skill among strangersa€”even those of different languages. Masons developed the Guild system to properly transfer knowledge from Master to Apprentice. Developing signs of recognitiona€”including secret handshakes or ritualized answers to seemingly innocent questionsa€”was an excellent practical means of safeguarding knowledge and protecting against deceit. Freemasons were undoubtedly responsible for common community tasks of governancea€”such as collection of garbage, maintenance of roads and footpaths, purchase and distribution of food, providing opportunities for social interaction during periods of leisure, and organizing message delivery systems to communicate with families back home. Such autonomous communities could last for years, if not decades, or even centuries in some cases. Men exposed to the liberties of self-government would be unlikely to accept the restrictions of the larger society when they returned home.

Chafing at the bonds of Feudalism, Freemasons, along with artisans, merchants, and lawyers helped build a hitherto unknown social groupinga€”the Middle Class. Freemasons, especially, observed their construction projects transform barren landscapes into magnificent edifices aspiring heavenward, stained glass windows diffusing divine radiance. Freemasonry underwent an important, if mysterious, transformation during the seventeenth century. This is the first recorded evidence that the Idea of Freemasonry had begun to spread outside the confines of builder, architect, laborer, and artisan.
We have now arrived at that final independent building block in this great Temple of Liberty: the intellectual movement known as the Enlightenment.
The power of the printing press and increase in literacy fueled the growth and reach of their philosophy, as did the rise of discussion groups in the salons of France, taverns of England, and reading rooms of Germany.
Scientists, philosophers, and political thinkers associated with the Enlightenment include Sir Isaac Newton, Christopher Wren, John Locke, Elias Ashmole, Voltaire, Diderot, Benjamin Franklin, and Thomas Jefferson. And here is where Masonic spirituality seamlessly entwined itself with the secular rationality of the Enlightenment. They sought after Great Mysteries in the presence of a Higher Power that both sustained the Universe and looked kindly on their Quest for Truth. And I believe that quest ultimately led to the greatest experiment in human liberty in historya€”the establishment of the United States of America. The American republic is a testament to attempts at self-government we have traced to biblical times. Our Judeo-Christian heritage, and the strong tradition of faith in America, should be celebrated with gratitude rather than derided with scorn.
America has done more good in this world, protected more people, extended greater charity, exhibited more religious tolerance, and corrected a greater number of evils than any nation in history. I believe the union of the secular rationality of the Enlightenment with the esoteric spirituality of Freemasonry represents the most refined advance of Western culture. May we here again tonight, mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes, and our sacred honora€”that freedom may survive and prosper. Once you accept Him as Savior, you are spiritually Born Again, and are as assured of Heaven as if you were already there.
It is an honor to be addressing a fraternal group of which my father was a member, and for which I was raised to have the greatest respect.
Between your work in developing human affinity, building community, making a€?good men bettera€?a€”your support of youth, education, and charitya€”there is very little not to like. Like our American Founding Fathersa€”many of whom were Masonsa€”I believe human beings function best in conditions of freedom. However, as I shall attempt to show tonight, Freemasonry provided the spiritual component on which our system rests. Only those who are capable of following the dictates of self-discipline may be free from the need for external tyranny.
Was God the legitimate authoritya€”the embodiment of that greater moral law which an initiate and free person must follow to maintain his or her liberty? During their initial stay, the Israelites prospered among a nation with a very powerful ruler, regarded as divine. His burden was lightened by the advice of his father-in-law, who suggested Moses appoint a corps of Judges to help him resolve disputes and assist in the moral guidance of the community.
A Priesthood was instituted to lead the people in their religious obligations, and insure the well-being of the community.
Whether mighty conquerors like Alexander the Great, or the myriad of local monarchs, there was little variation in the theme that a strong centralized leader was the natural means of governing society.
While each contained imperfections, they were both seminal precedents in the development of the American republic. The Empirea€™s policies of large standing armies, extra-territorial conquest, relaxation of respect for the rights and privileges of Roman citizens, extensive and uncontrolled immigration, indiscriminate granting of citizenship to Barbarian races, excessive reliance on foreign mercenaries, burdensome levels of taxation, oppressive economic regulation, and widespread moral decline (the Bread and Circuses of the welfare state)a€”left the once-proud Romans vulnerable to the aggressive campaigns launched by leaner, meaner, and hungrier Barbarian conquerors. It was universal, in the sense that its doctrines were embraced by those of different languages and tribal heritages.
These included Original Sin, Hell and the torments of the Afterlife, a rejection of natural instincts, and the hopelessness of the human condition. Feudalism included certain commendable ideals of social and moral bonding, and reciprocal moral responsibility. Signed in 1215, and finalized in 1297, it granted certain rights to the Barons who had revolted.
Following two centuries of the Crusades, the Renaissance, in my opinion, was largely the result of communication between Christianity and Islam.
The rediscovery of the Neo-Platonic roots of Western philosophy accompanied a similar revolution in Renaissance art, science, and architecture. Martin Luthera€™s exposure of clerical corruption challenged the psychological mainstay of the culture.
They might suffer here and now, but a better world awaited thema€”if they could avoid the torments of Hell by living within the behavioral confines established by the Church. And, rather than being consumed by Divine Firea€”as had some rebellious Israelites during the Exodusa€”Luthera€™s campaign met with success.
They had to be able to identify a strangera€™s ability and training to assign his rate of pay and degree of responsibility. There would be an ebb and flow of workers as those with different skills came in, while others would either return home or move on to job sites elsewhere.

Neither landed hereditary nobility, pledged vassals, nor bound serfs, they widely experienced their own sense of independence.
Their hearts would swell with Pride of Accomplishmenta€”the singular experience of a free person. In 1646, Sir Elias Ashmole recorded in his diary that he had been admitted to a Masonic Lodge in England.
That the Masona€™s skills were believed to include universal secrets of Sacred Geometry and the Holy Mysteries of Hidden Wisdom. A new ideal began to permeate the thinking classes of Europe in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, expressed by a variety of writers primarily in England and France. In their haste to overturn the domination of Superstition and the ill effects of the dark side of Catholicism, some Enlightenment thinkers tended to throw out the baby with the bathwater. It reestablished the unity of heart and mind, soul and spirit, that writers such as Voltaire had neglected, and Rousseau blasphemed. He could turn to Masonry for answers to pressing questions without leaving his intellect or self-respect at the door of the dark confessional of the Church. The principles enshrined in the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and the Bill of Rights represent a fusion of Freemasonry with the Enlightenment. It is no misstatement to identify America as a Christian nationa€”as long as our definition of Christianity is flexible enough to include the entirety of the spectrum of American spirituality.
While we have our faults, nihilistic paroxysms of public self-flagellation are hardly in order. Therefore no political systema€”nor litany of a€?good intentionsa€? espoused by cynical politiciansa€”will allow for government or society to become a utopian paradise.
It establishes a political design that takes into account imperfection, greed, and lust for power.
I also agree with the Founders that Political Liberty is the surest means to achieve the greatest good for the greatest number. Without its ardent embrace of a Creatora€”to whom we and our leaders are responsiblea€”the history of America would have been far less glorious.
The Romans established a representative government in which the people elected their leaders, and the leaders made decisions in manageably-sized governing bodies like the Senate.
People were regarded as incapable of moral progress because of the baseness of human nature and the domination of evil forces. Vassals pledged allegiance, work, and military service to lieges, who offered economic and martial security, and community management in return. While of immense symbolic importance, the Magna Carta had little practical effect on royal behavior during the Middle Ages.
Mankinda€™s honorable estate in the natural order of Creation was a central tenet of Renaissance thought and creative expression. They needed to protect workers during construction, and to ensure the safety of those for whom they built. It was also essential to be able to detect fraudulent claims by those who sought to trick their way into positions for which they were unqualified.
If I have the right not to tell you something, I have the precious sense of ownership of my own mind. In well-lit Lodge rooms, men could discuss ideas of liberty, philosophy, science, and commerce while surrounded by sacred symbols.
And it does so by counterbalancing all within a legal structure that incorporates the supreme tension of competing self-interest. The world was conceived as a purgatory, a way station of suffering along the road to eternal torment and damnation. Yet means for the redress of grievances were either completely lacking, sparse, or capricious. Unable to move freely from one place to the next, or to seek alternate employment, serfs were as beasts of burden, little better than slaves. They faced stiff challenges of economic survival, were required to exhibit diplomacy with clients and customers, and needed to train and manage others.
What possible relation could he have had with the rough hewn leather aprons and tools of the buildera€™s Craft?
They further rejected the doctrine of Original Sin, the concept of the flawed nature of human beings, and the hopelessness of earlier Catholic thought. To discount its importance with Atheism and Agnosticism leaves an unfulfilled hunger in the human psyche. That our government derives its just powers from the consent of the governeda€”not the other way around.
Meetings of citizens made small decisions into big events, and lack of unity, and constant wavering led to inaction. The Church created strictures that were antithetical to Science, exploration, philosophy and rationality.
While there was a recognized compact between lower and higher classes, there was no concept of Justice or Political Rights accorded the less powerful. And as it grew in power, it increasingly attempted to consolidate political hegemony over European rulers.

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