THE DEADLY DECEPTION by Tom McKenney and James Shaw

by JF

Based on the life of Jim Shaw, co-authored by Tom McKenney, this is 158 pages of rarefied, testimonial information on the inner workings of Freemasonry. Both men claim Jesus Christ as their Savior now; this was published in 1988. Shaw was something of a freemasonic dynamo during his younger adult years, ascending (and paying for) all 32 degrees in the Scottish Rite, and then being invited into the lofty, vaunted 33rd degree. Shaw also took part in multiple other freemasonic tasks and positions and functions–whatever he could get his hands on, he eagerly volunteered for, and he had a keen mind that wanted to learn what each degree meant. Shaw makes it clear that most masons, especially those in the first three degrees of the Blue Lodge, are content to just go to meetings for the fraternity, camaraderie, the rituals, and for on-the-job perks and promotions, not to mention getting out of speeding tickets (many policemen are freemasons). But for Shaw, it was his religion and he was zealous to know and do more, more, more, and those are the types that are intended to move up in degrees in the arcane, pagan system.
Shaw delineates all the functions, rituals, and oaths he took part in, degree by degree. There are no diagrams or illustrations in the book, but in textual descriptions, Shaw explains the secret handshakes and posturing signals of many of the various freemasonic degrees. Shaw also describes the symbolic meanings of the rich, occultic symbolism with which freemasonry is so imbued, and explains how it traces back to ancient Egyptian “mystery religion.”
Fortunately, right about the time Jim Shaw was invited to be a 33rd degree freemason, he was witnessed to by his Christian ophthalmologist, and Jim Shaw then finally came to accept Jesus Christ as his Savior. Indeed, the metaphor behind Shaw’s conversion experience, the fact that, by pure physical happenstance, he almost lost his sight due to developing cataracts in both eyes at this time, and that it was his eye doctor who witnessed to him and pointed him in the direction of the one and only REAL Light, in contrast to his previous masonic teachings and all the errant freemasonic emphasis on seeking “light” and “enlightenment” throughout its entire Luciferian system,  is almost too exquisitely coincidental to be believed!
If a person wanted to know more about the real secrets of freemasonry, and what it is like to be a high-degree freemason, from the safe and welcome perspective of a former insider who has now renounced the system and has turned instead to Jesus Christ, then this is the book to read.

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