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Category: Freemasonry, New Ageism, and Other Cults

THE DEADLY DECEPTION by Tom McKenney and James Shaw

“FREEMASONRY EXPOSED…BY ONE OF ITS TOP LEADERS.”
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.

Rating: Δ Δ Δ Δ
6/2014

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EGYPTIAN ASTROPHYSICS: THE 30-YEAR CYCLES by John Ackerman

John Ackerman’s latest continuance of his completely iconoclastic conjectures on astronomical history which he calls, appropriately enough, “Cyclic Catastrophism.” This is the second book by John Ackerman I have read. What Mr. Ackerman does, if may be too cursory in trying to be succinct, is to examine a broad spectrum of ancient historical texts from sundry bygone civilizations, and wherever modern, mainstream scholars interpret ancient myths as myths, Ackerman interprets them as recording the movements, events, and physical aspects of the planets of the solar system many centuries ago. His departure from conventional astronomy and history is about as radical as can be imagined while still remaining entirely rational and plausible.

The main difference between this work, and the other work by Ackerman that I had read (PELEH) is that here the focus is a bit more exclusively concerned with ancient Egypt and the meaning behind the religious/astronomical symbols left behind by it. Still, there is a good deal of academic overlap between the two books.

What this reader appreciates the most about Ackerman is how deftly he weds his dissident astronomical suppositions with the Holy Scriptures, the Old and New Testaments, and not at all as a non-believer in their authenticity. Interestingly, in his system of outrageous-but-fathomable speculations he seeks to explain the following miraculous events of the Bible: the Red Sea crossing; manna from Heaven; the sudden extirmination of the Assyrian forces under Sennacherib surrounding Jerusalem, etc.

In this book alone, besides ancient Egypt, Ackerman draws from the ancient texts of the following fossilized cultures: Phoenicia, Sumeria, Maya, ancient Japan, ancient Greece, ancient Israel, ancient China, ancient India, and even Algonquin Indian.

This book is 80 pages in all and is intellectually dense, with many photos comparing ancient Egyptian symbols with certain key physical attributes of the planet Mars. It is probably fair to say that the planet Mars is the most important planet in Mr. Ackerman’s hypothesis (after Earth, of course).

If I had to pick only one single-sentence quote from this book which best sums up all of Ackerman’s work so far, it would be wherein he writes, “The primary problem with modern astrophysicists is their refusal to accept and absorb the priceless knowledge present in these universally available documents.”

Now, one cannot read an arcane work like this and not come away with serious, head-scratching questions, and I have several. For example, when Ackerman writes that the Egyptian pyramids were built only and basically as immovable life preservers for the ancient Egyptian population to survive cyclic catastrophic mega-floods of the Mediterranean Sea, I wish he would address (unless I missed it?) the reason behind the incredibly intricate inner passageways of at least the Great Pyramid.

Like I said, I have several other questions. But the one that definitely befuddles me the most completely is where Ackerman writes about an “enormous sub-human gene pool” on the Earth prior to what he calls the ejection of “priori Mars.” “Enormous sub-human gene pool”? I am afraid he lost me there. Either I was not paying sufficient attention, or else he did not explain this idea thoroughly enough. I honestly have no idea which.

Rating: Δ Δ Δ Δ
1/2014

HIDDEN SECRETS OF MASONRY by Dr. Cathy Burns

First of all, this is a booklet, not a book.

It is effective in what it does, which is to provide specific warnings as to why freemasonry is an antichristian religion and no one who claims Jesus Christ as his/her Saviour should have anything to do with it other than to reprove it as does this author. The antichristian meanings to the symbolism and rituals of freemasonry are succinctly as well as sufficiently explained.

This is the third book/booklet I have read by this author. On the subjects of freemasonry and of freemasonic Billy Graham she has proven a very astute and discerning woman. I would not go so far, as she apparently does, as to believe that freemasonry is the most powerful and evil institution on Earth; Burns is ignorant of other and greater secret societies which long ago infiltrated freemasonry and now control it. Nevertheless, when she writes about the pagan origins of the symbols and rituals of freemasonry, and the dangers of Christians engaging in freemasonry in general, this is all quite true and accurate, and the black and white illustrations herein are clear and adequately instructional.

This author does have a bad habit of doctoring up her text by bolding and enlarging various and sundry words in her paragraphs which she frenetically feels are of more importance than others. No doubt she, like a lot of “christian patriot” types who for some reason seem to specialize in doing these hyperbolic font tricks, thinks that she is enhancing her work by drawing attention to these certain emphasized words. However, she is not enhancing her work at all in doing this; instead, she is detracting from her work by constantly distracting the reader from getting into any kind of reading rhythm. Please, Ms. Burns, resist the temptation to hit the “bold” and “enlarge text” button every four or five words in each sentence.

Bottom line: As a primer of admonishment to give to baby Christians who are considering a dalliance with freemasonry, or who have recently been sucked into freemasonry’s lying occult vortex, then this is a very serviceable book. Just expect to be constantly distracted by the bold, enlarged words peppering every paragraph. And don’t get sucked into Dr. Burns’s mistaken belief that the big, bad freemasons sit atop the NWO.

Rating: Δ Δ Δ
5/2013

ABOMINATION by William Ramsey

The definitive guide to the ghastly so-called “West Memphis Three” murders of 1993. Beyond ghastly. I don’t think there is even a word for it.

The pages of documentation easily outnumber the pages outlining the author’s own thoughts.

This book is rather like THE FRANKLIN COVERUP by John DeCamp and a few others I could cite: This subject matter is so horrible, so profoundly horrendous, that it’s not an easy read at all. As an important documentation of facts it is important. But just reading this feels like a violation of Phillipians 4:8. It needs to be documented, sure, but then a person needs to not get too overwhelmed by it. Like PROGRAMMED TO KILL by Dave MacGowan, the sweeping implications of this book are exquisitely scary to consider.

Of course it would help if evangelical Christians across the land were awakened by these facts. Again, like THE FRANKLIN COVERUP, this book smashes to pieces any pollyanna preteristic schemes of Satan already being chained and all the acutely obtuse folly that goes along with such stupidity. And premillenial rapture cultists won’t like this, either. It’s not about anything having to do with UFOs or Nephilim. It only has real people, real events, and shockingly frightful and ubiquitous crime and sin; such pressing and material subject matter doesn’t interest rapturist escapists, they want to endlessly conjecture and fiddle on and on about the paranormal and fleshly Israel. So today’s American evangelical Christians are not going to read this; they would not be able to believe it if they did read it. They are not practiced enough in the art of reasoning for that. They only know how to emote; that’s all they are practiced in anymore.

Another thing this book should do for even them, however, is to profoundly clarify for them certain Old Testament verses, such as Exodus 22:18–but American Christian types would have to be able to shake the cobwebs out of their emotion-addled and over-sensationalized minds. Not likely.

That’s all I’m going to write about this. The title of the book is apt. I am being deliberately vague; I don’t have the stomach to put any of the details of the subject matter and these historical and ongoing events into words. Read it if you dare. Then try to forget as much of the subject matter and the historical events as possible, while somehow retaining only the dire warning contained herein, as well as the warnings of Scripture.

Rating: Δ Δ Δ Δ
5/2013

STRANGE ANGEL: The Otherworldly Life of Rocket Scientist John Whiteside Parsons by George Pendle

This book gives an account of the life of John “Jack” Parsons, the 1930s Pasadena rocketry pioneer and Crowleyan Black Magick occultist. The author is a very competent writer, and that, combined with the extraordinarily peculiar life of Parsons as subject matter, makes this a most entertaining read. The story begins, and ends, with the enigmatic, explosive death of Parsons, and that occurence itself is mysterious and intriguing; but the stuff in between, what this man Parsons actually did during his life, balancing the pioneering of scientific rocket propellants for his vocation, and the pursuance of secret societal witchcraft for his avocation, is exquisitely strange and fascinating, albeit deeply disturbing. Pendle does an excellent job of delving into Parson’s childhood, important events of his family background, his boyhood surroundings in Pasadena and early 20th century Los Angeles—indeed, this book could be recommendable just for the mostly forgotten, and always unusual, L.A. history it discusses.

I am not sure that all of the information presented in this book, especially that of Parsons’ and Crowley’s OTO secret society, is all true and accurate. Many times the author emphasizes how feeble and poorly organized was the OTO. This reader is not so sure about that. However, that’s a whole other area of research that I’m not sure I want to partake in. I am also not sure if all the information presented about Parsons here is all true and accurate: This is the only book about Parsons I have ever read. And though I am aware of others out there, I don’t feel compelled to read anymore about this. Personality-wise, Parsons seemed to have been equal, competing parts sophistication and naivete, arrogance and insecurity–always with an overriding boyishness.

I can understand why someone would want to, though. This is really weird, arcane stuff this rocket scientist got himself into. He was one of the pioneers of American rocket science, and yet he is largely forgotten or ignored by mainstream historians. It’s a bizarre, compelling story. In his pursuit of hedonism, Parsons anticipated the later Hippy Movement of the 1960s. Also particularly noteworthy is the fateful history that occurred between Parsons and masterful con-artist L. Ron Hubbard.

Again, on the whole, this is quite an entertaining read. Could it stand as a very reliable reference source for a study of Parsons life? Probably, but this reader is not in a position to declare that with any certitude at this time.

Rating: Δ Δ Δ Δ
4/2012

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
11/2009

SECRETS BEHIND THE VEIL by P.D. Moore

A person would be very hard pressed to find a book as professionally bound which nevertheless contained so many grammatical and punctuative errors. Even for an independent publisher one would expect a better job of proofreading than this before sending the thing off to the publisher.

Another weakness of the book is the author’s rather amateurish level of writing.

Notwithstanding these weaknesses this work still could be serviceable as a rather effective primer in exposing the many dangers of the New Age Movement; for there is a quite effective and diverse compilation of facts and quotes in this book which verify the author’s message of spiritual admonition.

Another strong point for this work is that, unlike nearly all other works which seek to expose the hidden dangers of the New Age Movement, this author includes references to the inherent and secret connection between the Vatican and the New Age Movement.
Just–whatever else the author does–take this work back to the proofreader before it goes into a second printing!

If he does that, this book would be twice as effective as it is now. As it now stands, the spelling and other mistakes herein make this appear to be a much more amateur work than it actually is.

Rating: Δ Δ Δ

PELEH by John Ackerman

This is the third in a series of related books by this author, and if this book is any reflection, his work as a whole must surely be some of the most difficult books to review. The reason for this is the author’s illimitable chosen subject matter: John Ackerman seeks to prove nothing less than the following: A) the erroneousness of atheistic uniformitarianism; B) the veracity of the King James Bible; C) the veracity of many accounts in ancient pagan literature such as the Hindu Vedas and early Greek historical and/or mythical accounts. Ackerman’s entire system of proposals builds on the work of Emmanuel Velikovsky in its method of interpreting ancient historical/mythical accounts and then combining those accounts with what we know about astronomy and what we can speculate about astronomy.

Ackerman’s hypotheses, if true, overthrow modern man’s understanding of our galaxy, our understanding of the origin of the planets, etc., etc. Ackerman theorizes that the planets Mars and Venus once had orbital patterns that brought them into closer proximity to the Earth than we find nowadays, and these ancient planetary ”close encounters” caused collossal catastrophes to occur on Earth, but also eventually caused Earth to be rejuvenated in a few ways that would be critical to life forms on Earth.

At times Ackerman’s conjectures seem very compelling indeed; at other times Ackerman seems like he’s stretching the importance of his evidence in order to fit his hypotheses. For this reader, Ackerman’s most persuasive evidence was his use of the geographical evidence of the Earth itself (Example: Ackerman’s explanation for the construction of the Egyptian pyramids makes more sense than anything else ever put forward by anyone calling himself an archaeologist; also, Ackerman’s explanation of the formation of the Saharan, Arabian, and Gobi Deserts is uncannily compelling.) And although this reader appreciated the author’s earnest attempt at fidelity to Scripture, it just does not feel like a strong area of argument for him when he cites Scripture to back up his claims (Example: Necessitating that the “firmament of the heaven” in Genesis is a reference to the ancient “priori-Mars” is pure, unalloyed speculation and nothing more than that).

It is, however, stimulating and, in our materialistic day, most novel, to find a man of science who seeks to remain faithful to the True Word of God while at the same time overthrowing all other mainstream thought constructs of the day as any good iconoclast should. And it is fascinating to note that, if even a majority of Ackerman’s vast claims are accurate, then it accounts for and utterly refutes basically all of the world’s false religions, for it explains that the “gods” which ancient people were worshipping were actually the result of terrifyingly close planetary encounters.

Ultimately, the reason why Ackerman’s work is so hard to review is that, in this, our present fleshly existence on this Earth, it is virtually inconceivable how we should ever prove whether Ackerman’s brobdingnagian speculations are accurate or not. Truly we shall have to wait for Our Lord’s return to find out if Ackerman was a rare God-fearing genius or just some kind of well-intentioned crackpot. Truly also is this work of such a mindboggling and arcane nature that it deserves the adjective “brobdingnagian.”

(Addendum: This reader would be remiss if he did not point out that this work contains two glaring ironies: Here this author has the temerity and, yes, the vision to challenge just about every “scientific” orthodoxy within the fields of modern astronomy and archaeology, but he nevertheless out-of-hand, and quite incongruously, accepts the official claims of N.A.S.A. that the Apollo astronauts actually went to the moon, and he moreover inexplicably seems to be totally unaware of the work of a growing number of legitimate [though maverick, like Ackerman himself] men of science like Dr. Donald DeYoung, Dr. Kent Hovind, Dr. Barry Setterfield, Dr. Robert Gentry, etc., etc., who have called into serious question any and all present methods of dating rocks and fossils. Apparently, visionary iconoclasts are human too, subject to the same withering, distorting effects of propaganda upon truth wherever they are not constantly vigilant against allowing assumptions to creep into their belief systems.)

Rating: Δ Δ Δ Δ

HIDDEN DANGERS OF THE RAINBOW by Constance Cumbey

REVIEW: New Age = Nazi!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Wow! How dare New Agers point a finger at Christianity as having ANYthing to do with Nazism!!!–a thing they always are wont to do, mind you. Of course only an extremely unknowledgable person would do that, but isn’t the world full of them? Hey, I’m telling you, you finish reading this book, the massive grocery list of similarities between the New Age movement and the Nazi movement will be so clear, you’ll want to excoriate the next New Age hippy who dares point a finger at Christianity and refer to the hackneyed Hitler argument. Sorry, New Agers, but Hitler was one of yours. Read and learn, read and learn. Cumbey deals New Age a deathblow in this book, at least in the minds of those New Agers willing to stray from their guru long enough to read this thing. Now, having said all that, is Ms. Cumbey giving us the whole truth here?–No. Is she holding back information in order to protect a certain “mystery babylon” of her own which she serves?–I believe so. But I’ll let Eric Phelps fill you in on the details about that. Go to http://www.vaticanassassins.org. It’s all there.

Rating: Δ Δ Δ Δ Δ
9/2006

THE SECRET SYMBOLS OF THE DOLLAR BILL by David Ovason

REVIEW: Superficial pamphlet promoting the pagan god of masonry

This little pamphlet of a book reads like it was written by either a blue lodge mason bucking for a promotion, or an advanced degree mason careful not to give too many secrets away to the “uninitiated.” This Ovason guy deals with notoriously Luciferian symbols with about as much depth and honesty as a winking mason might. The breadth of the symbols of the dollar bill are discussed, but nowhere at much depth, and this helps Ovason in his constant superficial and disingenuous attempts to link masonry with Christianity. At last on the closing page of the book, Ovason let’s in a tiny ray of truth in his glowing report of pagan symbolism, when he (finally!) reveals, albeit extremely briefly, that the all-seeing eye was actually historically representative of the Egyptian sun deity Horus…but then Ovason subtley slips back into craftspeak by bogusly reiterating, without explanation as is his method, that, nowadays the all-seeing eye represents “God.” Yeah, sure. Ovason’s god. His masonic “Great Architect of the Universe.” Sure, I’ll buy that. But this pagan promoter, like the mormons and so many other cult-sellers, implies a connection with the God of the bible, and that’s just plain deceitful. I wish I would have known this was a book written by a salesman of masonry; I would never have wasted my dollar in buying it (I bought it used). I learned nothing knew from this. What struck me most is what this booklet did NOT reveal about the symbols, and that was a lot, judging from stuff I’ve read from more scholarly approaches than this one. No wonder this was so short. It couldn’t have been easy for Ovason to speak of such deep and pagan and arcane symbology in such superficial terms for very long. So he didn’t.

Rating: Don’t bother
9/2006