Freemasonry Described by Albert Pike

In Morals and Dogma, Pike wrote:

“Masonry, like all the Religions, all the Mysteries, Hermeticism and Alchemy, conceals its secrets from all except the Adepts and Sages, or the Elect, and uses false explanations and misinterpretations of its symbols to mislead those who deserve only to be misled; to conceal the Truth, which it calls Light, from them, and to draw them away from it. Truth is not for those who are unworthy or unable to receive it, or would pervert it….

The truth must be kept secret, and the masses need a teaching proportioned to their imperfect reason…

every man’s conception of God must be proportioned to his mental cultivation and intellectual powers, and moral excellence. God is, as man conceives Him, the reflected image of man himself…”

The next statement reduces the Masonic philosophy to a single premise. Pike writes:

“The true name of Satan, the Kabalists say, is that of Yahveh reversed; for Satan is not a black god but the negation of God.  The Devil is the personification of Atheism or Idolatry.

Lucifer, the Light Bearer! Strange and mysterious name to give to the Spirit of Darkness! Lucifer, the Son of the Morning! Is it he who bears the Light and with its splendors intolerable blinds feeble, sensual or selfish Souls?

Doubt it not!”

Albert Pike explained in Morals & Dogma how the true nature of Freemasonry is kept a secret from Masons of lower degrees:

“The Blue Degrees are but the outer court or portico of the Temple. Part of the symbols are displayed there to the Initiate, but he is intentionally misled by false interpretations. It is not intended that he shall understand them; but it is intended that he shall imagine he understands them. Their true explication is reserved for the Adepts, the Princes of Masonry. The whole body of the Royal and Sacerdotal Art was hidden so carefully, centuries since, in the High Degrees, as that it is even yet impossible to solve many of the enigmas which they contain. It is well enough for the mass of those called Masons, to imagine that all is contained in the Blue Degrees; and whoso attempts to undeceive them will labor in vain, and without any true reward violate his obligations as an Adept. Masonry is the veritable Sphinx, buried to the head in the sands heaped round it by the ages. ”

The irony is; in his very own work one of the most preeminent freemasons of all time, Albert Pike, provides enough information himself to prove the statement beyond any doubt – A Christian can NOT be a freemason.


3 Responses to “Freemasonry Described by Albert Pike”

  1. Aaron Johanon Says:


    Please cite page references. The book is available online and people can read the quotations in context. That is hard with random quotations culled from a larger work and listed without reference to the printing number, and page. That is a technique of people engaged in a smear.

    BTW – a little bit of googling followed by reading the book on-line finds Masons told on page iv that they may accept or reject anything in the book as they see fit.

    BTW II – I checked out that ex-masons for jesus site you have quoted from. What a pathetic lot of jokers attacking ANY religion that is not exactly theirs. Theirs seems to be some extreme form of Pentacostal or Charismatic Christianity mixed with some sort of fundamentalism.


    Wouldn’t you rather leave your false cult?

    There, I’ve opened a dialogue with you just like that ex-masons site does with Hindus and Masons. I can’t imagine what they think of a Hindu Mason.

    Lets talk.

  2. anothermouse Says:

    Thank you for the invitation Aaron. I will gladly talk with you.

    Morals and Dogma.
    I heard just yesterday from a dear friend of mine (yip, he is a mason) that many masons have discredited Pike. They (according to him) do not approve of what he says, maintaining it to be false and full of lies. Yet, one does need some sort of reference base to work from and I am not aware that the position on Pike is universally accepted by all masons. Until that is established and failing recourse to another source, the Morals and Dogma still do give some insight. Then there is the individual rituals for the various degrees. These are also available on-line.

    Comparing these to the Bible will clearly show up where the contradictions lie.

    I found a good copy of the Morals and Dogma at;

    There is also one in PDF format that makes searching and referencing easy. You are correct. Quotations do need to be read in context to make any sense. Therefore I propose to do this the right way, quoting from reference and avoiding any form of smear campaign without factual reference.

    The Ex-masons for Jesus site is in the same boat I’m in. To really appreciate that position one has to have been a mason (excuse the bad grammar, this is not my mother tongue). One also need to be a Christian in the full sense of the word.

    I can see that anybody that had not committed to Christ fully may see those that did as being fundamental and any number of other adjectives. And the behaviour of some converts may leave much to be desired. Unfortunately none of us are perfect. We are all human. The Bible says to measure each by their fruits. One of the things it teaches is that we should not judge.

    And this is exactly where it gets interesting sometimes. You see, a Christian will tell you that there is only one way to heaven. That is the Gospel. It is the clear word of God speaking straight to our hearts.
    Often, when attempting to get the Word across, one appears judgemental and aloof, not meaning to be that way ofcourse. It is a challanging paradox.

    Of course we get to chose. God gave us that choice. We are all free to follow our hearts. He desperately wants us to chose Him but it must be our own decision. Nobody can force you into anything against your will.

    And I agree with you. It is a strange, mad, confusing world we live in. So many voices all saying something different, professing to tell the truth and having all the answers. I know, it is not easy.

    God Bless.

  3. Jim Says:


    The reason many Masons (especially in the northern US) discredit Pike is that they’re embarrassed by websites like this and quotes taken out of context like those above. The “knife & fork” Masons would much rather talk about what’s for dinner and how much money we’re raising for charity.

    Masons such as myself would rather use Pike, Wilmshurt, Hall, Hafner and others to discuss what the Craft teaches us in terms of personal development. There are many things that Pike et al write that I just shake my head and sigh. But there are sometimes those great ideas and statements that just ring like a bell.

    Pike in particular was a great defender of freedom. This is never discussed in forums like this. He railed against tyranny whether it came from the capitol or the pulpit. He encouraged the reader to learn more about his (i.e., the reader’s) God and build a stronger relationship.

    In personal letters (not in M&D), we find that Pike was a devout Nazarene. He was quietly devoted to his faith and confident that it was the singular path to his salvation.

    So, when we consider Pike or any of the other great Masonic authors, we have to do so in the totality of their work. Not just pulling off snippets out of context to look for “gotchas.”


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