THE MASTER’S CARPET by Edmond Ronayne
This classic work, written in the mid-1800s in an America still hearing the echoes of the the old Anti-Masonic Party, is an excavated treasure that every idiotic, paganized American of today should read. The style of writing is rather dated: It is written in the form of a pretended conversation between a wise, Jehovah-fearing father, and his earnestly inquiring son. This feigned-conversation format is seldom seen in books today but was more common a century ago. Regardless, once the modern reader gets beyond the quaintness of the narrational format, the actual information in the text is precious and superlative; even the rare book that is written today which seeks to warn Christians of the hidden dangers of Freemasonry does not contain as much express information of the system and symbols and specific arcane rituals of Freemasonry as does this wonderful book.
The author, Ronayne–which is apparently a pseudonym–has a deep and comprehensive knowledge of Freemasonry and its pagan origins, and he documents how Freemasonry is the clear-cut descendant of the ancient Ba’al worship of the idolatrous nations surrounding Israel, and later idolatrous Israel itself, as described over and over again in the Old Testament.
One other fascinating thing Ronayne does–and which would never, ever be encountered in any anti-masonic book written in post-ecumenical America today–is to consistently compare the systems of Freemasonry and Popery. Ronayne shows how uncannily do these two tyrannical, pyramidical systems resemble one another, and reveals that the only reason there is not total accord and syncretism between the two systems already is because of one, and only one, sticking point: the institution of the Confessional. As Ronayne intriguingly reveals, Popery insists that each of its institutional slaves give up their innermost secrets on a regular basis to the system of Popery, while Freemasonry, on the other hand, insists that each of its own institutional slaves maintain absolute secrecy. Other than this sticking point, it is shocking to see how similar are the institutions of Popery and Freemasonry, as Ronayne brilliantly shows.
It is also intriguing that, at the very end of the book, Ronayne confidently alleges that the “Beast” of the Book of Revelation is nothing less than the institution of Freemasonry itself, while the “Image of the Beast” of the same is indeed Popery. God only knows if this speculative charge is true, but given today’s eschatalogical obsessions with microchips and bar codes and giant computer systems in Brussels, Belgium, wouldn’t it be funny if Ronayne’s older, more primitive eschatalogical surmises proved more true than today’s more tech-savvy End Time pundits?
Finally, no doubt the single most important and portentous line that Ronayne pens occurs when he casually, obliquely conjectures, at about the midpoint of the book, that, should the twin systems of Romanism and Freemasonry ever conjoin, the world would be utterly undone.
For all we know, Ronayne’s bones may be rolling in his grave underground, because that is indeed what has happened since the original publication of this book. The only thing Ronayne probably got wrong was in his greater emphasis on the power of Freemasonry, rather than Romanism, for subsequent history has shown that it was the latter that gobbled up and incorporated the former.
Rating: Δ Δ Δ Δ Δ