It is written:
“They love the best places at feasts, the best seats in the synagogues, 7 greetings in the marketplaces, and to be called by men, ‘Rabbi, Rabbi.’ 8 But you, do not be called ‘Rabbi’; for One is your Teacher, the Christ, and you are all brethren. 9 Do not call anyone on earth your father; for One is your Father, He who is in heaven. 10 And do not be called teachers; for One is your Teacher, the Christ.” (Matthew 23:6-10).
In this passage, Jesus forbids His followers from wearing religious spiritual titles. Sadly, many in the religious world of our day and age ignore His teaching and wear such titles as “father, reverend,” etc.
Sadly, those within the Masonic Lodge also wear such religious titles, with a tendency to unduly extol human beings. Following is an excerpt from The Mystic Shrine Initiation Ritual, under the section “The Bung Hole Test.”
“…While in this position a small dog or one who can imitate a dog is caused to give a sharp yelp, just after a few drops of warm water has been squired on the candidates face, with the remark, Take that dog out, he has just pissed in the face of Mr.______’, when a general laugh takes place and the candidate is shown the trick….He is told under no circumstances to let go of the rope, which he firmly grasps, when the box falls to pieces, and he is shot down the concave side of the box, thumping his head and buttocks on a partition that is fixed to receive him. He is the conducted to the Grand Potentate, whom he is commanded to approach with humble and great reverence, stooping very low on his knees, his head near the ground, his buttocks elevated, where he receives the “Grand Salaam” that is a blow his butttocks with two pieces of board between which are placed some torpedoes that explode with a loud report when they come together. This is called the Grand Salaam or stroke of introduction. He is then introduced to the Grand Potentate, near whom is a Galvanic Battery, so arranged (under the carpet) that when the candidate is introduced to the Grand Potentate, he receives a severe electric shock.”
Friends, when religious titles like this are used in Masonic ceremonies-and such deference is shown to “the grand potentate”-should Christians be involved?
To ask is to answer.