Calvinist connections with freemasonry
Freemasonry is an evil satanic false religion. And many calvinists are freemasons. Research reveals the link between calvinism and freemasonry.
Huguenots were French Protestants who held to the Reformed, or Calvinist, tradition of Protestantism. The term has its origin in early-16th-century France. It was frequently used in reference to those of the Reformed Church of France from the time of the Protestant Reformation. (Wikipedia “Huguenots”)
While they existed for much of Calvin’s ministry, the term Huguenots appears to have been first used in 1560 (4 years before Calvin died) when the Huguenots tried to take control of France. We often hear of the alleged persecution of the Huguenots, but fail to realise that they were a militant group who believed in violence in achieving their political goals! (In this way they were very similar to the Knights Templar of the Crusades.)
The Amboise conspiracy, also called Tumult of Amboise, was a failed attempt by Huguenots in 1560 to gain power over France by abducting the young king Francis II and arresting Francis, Duke of Guise and his brother, the Cardinal of Lorraine. It was one of the events directly leading up to the Wars of Religion that divided France from 1562 to 1598. (Wikipedia “Amboise conspiracy”)
The Huguenots and the Maltese Cross – Knights Templar connection
The Huguenots used the Maltese Cross in their insignia; the Maltese Cross is also the freemasonry symbol of the Knights of Malta. (And the Iron Cross medal of Hitler’s Nazi Germany!)
The Maltese cross is a symbol that is most commonly associated with the Knights of Malta (also known as the Knights Hospitallers), who ruled the Maltese islands between 1530 and 1798. (https://www.maltauncovered.com/malta-history/maltese-cross/)
The Knights of Malta were a religious (Roman Catholic) and military order under its own Papal charter, that was established in the 11th century. (https://www.maltauncovered.com/malta-history/knights-of-malta/)
The Maltese Cross and freemasonry
It is also accepted as the insignia for one of freemasonry’s degrees, the Degree of Knight of Malta. The Maltese Cross is its symbol.
The Degree of Knight of Malta (Order of Malta)
(The Maltese Cross, symbol of the Order of Malta.)
This degree is universally associated with the Masonic Knights Templar. In the York Rite system it is conferred before the Templar Degree; in the ‘stand-alone’ tradition it is conferred subsequently to the Templar Degree. It is known by varying degrees of formality as the Order of Malta, or the Order of Knights of Malta, or the Ancient and Masonic Order of St John of Jerusalem, Palestine, Rhodes, and Malta. In practice this last and fullest version of the name tends to be reserved to letterheads, rituals, and formal documents.
The ceremony for conferring the degree contains a mixture of masonic tradition, historical accounts of the Order of St John, moral teaching, and the communication of modes of recognition between members. A series of banners is employed in the ceremony, each representing one of the great battles of the historic medieval Order of St John, whose story is the basis of the moral teachings of the degree.
Templar degrees in the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite
History and legend concerning the historical Knights Templar also play an important role in the degrees of the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite of Freemasonry, notably in the Rite’s 30th Degree, Knight Kadosh. Other Scottish Rite degrees sometimes styled “Templar Degrees” include the 28th Degree (Knight Commander of the Temple, formerly denominated the 27th Degree in the Southern Jurisdiction of United States), the 29th Degree (Scottish Knight of Saint Andrew), the 32nd Degree (Master of the Royal Secret), and the 33rd Degree (Inspector General). (Wikipedia “Knights Templar (Freemasonry)”)
The Maltese Cross as described by the Masonic Dictionary
Maltese Cross – A cross of eight points, worn by the Knights of Malta. It is heraldically described as “a cross patonce, but the extremity of each patonce notched at a deep angle.” The eight points are said to refer symbolically to the eight beatitudes (see Matthew v, 3 to II ). (https://www.masonicdictionary.com/crosses.html)
(“Knights Templar” today is affiliated with freemasonry where all members must be allegedly “Christian”. And, in Scottish Rite freemasonry the 33rd degree is sometimes called the “Knights Templar”.
The Gnostic Catharist foundations of the Huguenots
The Huguenots appear to have been connected to the Catharists who also used the Maltese Cross in their insignia. (It is possible that the Catharists (Cathars) were the ancestors of the Huguenots.) This makes both these religious groups most likely associated with Knights Templar and therefore with freemasonry which has derived many of its symbols and teachings from the Knights Templar (originally the “crusaders”).
The Cathars were to be found in southern France during the 11th and 12th centuries. Some of them were also known as Albigenses. Their beliefs probably came from the Bogomils, a Bulgarian neo-Gnostic sect during the 10th century. Like Augustine, they were associated with the strict Manichean sect of the Gnostics. The name “Cathar” means “pure”; they believed in living a pure life.
Cathars believed that the good God was the God of the New Testament and the creator of the spiritual realm. They believed the evil God was the God of the Old Testament, creator of the physical world whom many Cathars identified as Satan. Cathars thought human spirits were the sexless spirits of angels trapped in the material realm of the evil god, destined to be reincarnated until they achieved salvation through the consolamentum, when they could return to the benign God. (Wikipedia “Catharism”) (Reincarnation? Also, Theosophy calls such perfected people “ascended masters” or “adepts” and Hinduism calls it “mahatma” = literally “great-souled”, or a Brahmin sage.)
Both Huguenots and Cathars used the Maltese Cross in their insignia. The Maltese Cross more or less guarantees the occult background of any religious group who uses it. The connections with such groups with the Gnostics (in particular, the Manichean Gnostics) directly ties the Cathars with Augustine who was also the main reference for Calvin’s Institutes. A good look at the Gnostics and their beliefs is essential to demonstrating the connection between Augustine, Calvin, the Cathars and the Huguenots, and thus the tie between all of these and freemasonry.
The Gnostics and their influence upon Augustine
The Gnostics were largely influenced by Neoplatonism in the 1st to 3rd centuries AD. The philosophy of Plato undergirded most of their foundational truths. Augustine was also influenced by Neoplatonism; he was also initially a Manichean which, being a strict Gnostic sect, was significantly influenced by Gnosticism. By the time he was called upon to establish the basic truths of the catholic church, he was a Christian mystic.
In subsequent centuries, especially as Christian apologetics began to use Greek philosophy to explain Christian ideas, Neoplatonism became an influence on Christian mystical thought and practice via such authors as Augustine of Hippo and Origen. (Wikipedia “Christian mysticism”)
The founder of Latin Christian mysticism is Augustine, bishop of Hippo (354–430). (Encyclopaedia Britannica “Western Catholic Christianity”)
The influence of Augustine on Calvin’s writings
Calvin makes significant positive use of Augustine throughout his writings; this of necessity requires that Calvin approve of Augustine’s teachings.
Moreover although the Greek Fathers, above others, and especially Chrysostom, have exceeded due bounds in extolling the powers of the human will, yet all ancient theologians, with the exception of Augustine, are so confused, vacillating, and contradictory on this subject, that no certainty can be obtained from their writings. (Institutes Bk 2, Ch 2, Section 4)
Plato’s influence on both Augustine and Calvin
Calvinism never actually left the catholic church; there are too many similarities in doctrine. And all doctrines today which rely heavily upon Augustine’s input are also significantly influenced by Christian mysticism. Note that Calvin studied Plato and Aristotle at university; he mentions Plato a number of times in his Institutes, and not necessarily all negatively, either.
For it is the very thing which Plato meant (in Phoed. et Theact.) when he taught, as he often does, that the chief good of the soul consists in resemblance to God; i.e., when, by means of knowing him, she is wholly transformed into him. (Institutes Bk 1, Ch 3, Section 3)
Calvin’s use of the term “the Architect of the Universe” and “Great Architect”
Wikipedia says that “John Calvin, in his Institutes of the Christian Religion (1536), repeatedly calls the Christian God “the Architect of the Universe”, also referring to his works as “Architecture of the Universe”, and in his commentary on Psalm 19 refers to the Christian God as the “Great Architect” or “Architect of the Universe”.”
Note that this refers to the 1536 edition and not to the more available later edition, probably either in 1559 (Latin) or French (1560).
“Great Architect of the Universe” explained by masonicworld.com
The following is from “G.A.O.T.U”, an article by William K Bissey who is a member of North Park Lodge 646, Indianapolis, IN.
But exactly how did G.A.O.T.U. come to be used in Freemasonry?
Wallace McLeod, an eminent Canadian Masonic scholar, discusses T.G.A.O.T.U. in his book The Grand Design. McLeod states the phrase entered Freemasonry in the first Book of Constitutions of 1723 of the first or premier Grand Lodge of England, The Book of Constitutions was written by the Reverend James Anderson who was minister of a Scottish Presbyterian Church on Swallow Street in London from 1710 to 1734. Anderson was a graduate of Marischal College which is a part of the University of Aberdeen in Scotland.
In the seventeenth century, when Anderson was probably studying at the University of Aberdeen, the role of education in Scotland’s universities was to train their students to become ministers. This meant the students learned the Bible and their theology “according to the reasoned theology of Calvin’s Institutes.”
John Calvin (1509-1564) was a French reformer of the Church who, at the age of 26, first published his classic work of theology, Institutes of the Christian Religion, 1536. In this work, which formed the basis of theology for Presbyterian and Reformed Churches, Calvin repeatedly calls the Deity “the Architect of the Universe” and refers to His works in nature as “Architecture of the Universe” ten times. Calvin also refers to the Deity as the Great Architect or Architect of the Universe in his Commentary on Psalm 19. In literature, art, and theology the Deity has been referred to as an Artificer and Architect. Thus, in using G.A.O.T.U. Freemasonry has continued a long tradition of using an allegorical name for the Deity. (https://www.masonicworld.com/education/articles/G.A.O.T.U.htm)
Allegedly Calvin used the terms “Great Architect” or “Architect of the Universe” which some say meant he was a freemason. However, freemasonry as we know it today didn’t really officially start until 1717, although its religious predecessors, the Knights Templar, or just the Templars, had existed for centuries before that. A closer look at the origins of freemasonry may be helpful here.
Some history of the freemasons
Freemasonry was mainly derived from the Guilds (something like trade unions but in the 11th or 12th century onward) who would register workers, and those who weren’t registered often found it hard or even impossible to get work. In particular, there were Merchant Guilds and Mason Guilds. Masons generally dealt with stone; freemasons were either those who worked with a stone called “freestone” (for ornamental sculpture) or they were those who were free (not enslaved in any way). The term “freemason” was known to be used as such as early as the 1300s. These Guilds were largely responsible for keeping control of work done in various trades, and the supply of workers and their wages. They held fellowship or lodge meetings, and these lodges had constitutions that had to be agreed to before joining. Belonging to a Guild lodge ensured steady work and a good income. It was illegal in some trades to work without belonging to a Guild. (In the same way freemasonry today endeavours to look after its own.)
In Scotland, home of The Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite of Freemasonry, commonly known as simply the Scottish Rite (alongside and with the satanic druids) Wikipedia says: “An early continental history quotes a 16th-century source that by 1535, there were two Scottish masonic lodges recorded in France, one in Paris and the other in Lyon.”
Wikipedia goes on here to say: “The Constitutions of the Free-Masons, “For the Use of the Lodges” in London and Westminster, was published in 1723. It was edited by the presbyterian clergyman, James Anderson, …. and approved by a Grand Lodge committee under his control. This work was reprinted in Philadelphia in 1734 by Benjamin Franklin, who was that year elected Grand Master of Masons in Pennsylvania. ….. Anderson was minister of the Presbyterian church in Swallow Street, London, which had once been (a) Huguenot church” (Wikipedia “History of Freemasonry”)
Freemasonry founded on both trade guilds and crusader knights
So, while the freemasons derived from the trade guilds of the Middle Ages, their satanic religion was derived from the crusader knights who had their own brotherhood which only approved men could join. While the crusades were originally concerned with Jerusalem and the Middle East, they soon became the means by which the catholic church got rid of any group they considered to be heretics. (The Cathars were more or less wiped out in the 13th century by catholic crusades.) By 1150 the Knights Templar were operating as secure bankers in their communities, becoming money lenders on a huge scale.
The demise of the Templars due to their political clout
Their last Grand Master was Jaques de Molay who died in France in 1314. By this stage they had become so wealthy and powerful that they controlled much of the politics across Europe, especially France. Molay was charged with many crimes and then executed, and the Templars disbanded. While they claimed to be Christian, they were more satanic than Christian. They scattered and went underground, but the Templars still existed in one form or another in other countries, often using different names.
Freemasonry has taken on symbolism and beliefs of the Knights Templar
Today’s freemasonry has taken on much of the symbolism and the beliefs of the Knights Templar, and still serves the same master: satan, and still exhibits the same desire for control of all around it. (Note how calvinism is also a doctrine of control! But then, hey, the same master! Both also rely upon esoteric knowledge, the knowledge that only the initiated may possess. And esoteric knowledge is a very useful tool to control the common masses!)
Gnostic use of the concept “Great Architect of the Universe”
It is said that the term Great Architect of the Universe may have come from Calvin’s usage but this is hard to verify. It is interesting to note, however, that the Gnostics employed such a concept.
“The concept of the Great Architect of the Universe occurs in Gnosticism. The demiurge is the Great Architect of the Universe, the God of Old Testament, in opposition to Christ and Sophia, messengers of Gnosis of the True God.” (Wikipedia “Great Architect of the Universe”)
Augustine was a Gnostic and believed in knowledge only for the initiated
Augustine in his earlier years belonged to the Manicheans, a strict sect of the Gnostics. Also, the Cathars (probably the forerunners of the calvinist Huguenots) were Gnostics; both the Cathars and the Huguenots used the Templar “Maltese Cross” in their insignia. The Gnostics (from the Greek word gnosis = “knowledge” or “the knowing”) believed that there was a knowledge that ensured salvation for the chosen ones. This knowledge was hidden from the uninitiated. (Perhaps it’s a mystery?) Thus it was an esoteric belief system, much like freemasons where those belonging to higher degrees are permitted more understanding than those in lower degrees. Likewise, calvinism is an esoteric belief system where only those who are initiated into its ranks (the elect) may have understanding of the mysteries of God.
The Gnostics believed in esoteric knowledge and allegories hidden in the Bible
The Gnostics believed that the more keys you had to unlock the hidden meaning in the Bible (allegories), the more you would know the mysteries. In the same way the Jewish Kabbalah may only be understood by those who are initiated into its teachings.
The bible is filled with hidden esoteric Gnostic teachings and allegories on Gnosticism. However, to the uninitiated, these secret mysteries remain hidden and they are not revealed to those that simply do not have a pure heart or motives in their quest for truth.
There is a lot of hidden esoteric gnosticism contained within the scriptures and below I have included some examples of gnostic bible verses in order to help you see the light of these secret mysteries such as in 1 Corinthians 2:7 – “But we impart a secret and hidden wisdom of God, which God decreed before the ages for our glory” and in John 8:32 – Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” (gnosticwarrior.com)
The Jewish Kabbalah is also an esoteric belief system
Kabbalah (Hebrew: קַבָּלָה, literally “reception, tradition” or “correspondence”) is an esoteric method, discipline, and school of thought in Jewish mysticism. (Wikipedia “Kabbalah”)
The Manicheans were a strict sect of the Gnostics
Manicheism’s principal features included a good/evil dualism even more rigid than that of Zoroastrianism; a remarkably severe asceticism for those who would practice it fully; and a canon of holy scriptures including texts composed by the founder. In colorful, extravagant and sometimes obscene myths Manichees portrayed the world as a battleground between two coequal forces, the Lords of Light and Darkness. As the result of an invasion of the Lord of Light’s realm by minions of the Archon of Darkness, in man as indeed in all material things bits of Light are trapped in the foul embrace of matter, itself a stuff of Darkness. Salvation therefore consists in the liberation of our Light and its return to the realm of the Lord of Light. This can only come to pass through a rigorously ascetic lifestyle founded on knowledge (after gnosis cf gnosticism) of our condition’s origins and nature.
Note the similarity of Manicheanism with the Yin and Yang teachings (darkness Vs light with some darkness in the light and some light in the darkness) and the 2 sides of “The Force” in Star Wars.
Gnostics had to find “Gnosis” (a fulness of knowledge) before they died
Gnosis (a fulness of knowledge) has to be achieved before a person dies.
The Destiny Of Humankind – each person on earth has a fate. They have to find Gnosis before they die. Otherwise, there will be only two options. Firstly, they might be trapped in the realms of the Demiurge (equivalent to hell). Or, secondly, they might be forced to reborn (cf reincarnation). A new life and is a new chance to find salvation and Spiritual Growth. On the other hand, those who find salvation in time, will reach the final reunion. (https://spiritualgrowthguide.com/modern-gnosticism-neo-gnosticism/)
Calvin’s Manichean Gnostic beliefs of Augustine and use of “Architect of the world”
Thus it is quite likely that Calvin, being immersed in Augustine’s Manichean Gnosticism, would use the term Great Architect of the Universe, although in the final edition of his Institutes he apparently doesn’t use the term as much. He does call God the Architect of the world in Institutes Bk 1, Ch 14, Section 1: “Him whom Moses sets forth as the Creator and Architect of the world.” He also calls God “Architect” in Bk 1, Ch 14, Section 21. Remember that Calvin’s Institutes were published in Latin (1559) and French (1560). English versions are a translation from the original language.
Connections between calvinism and occult freemasonry are undeniable
Where there’s smoke, there’s fire! The connections between calvinism and freemasonry are undeniable. There are just too many dots to join to ignore the obvious: that calvinism is just another form of Gnostic thinking, using different terminology but the basic meaning remains. Wherever you find Augustine’s teachings, you will find his Gnostic heresies. And where you find Gnostic heresies, you will also find such groups as the Knights Templar and freemasonry.
So you have to ask why there are so many apparent links between calvinist groups and freemasonry and occult groups. And why, in Australia, are there so many freemason elders and ministers in the calvinist Presbyterian church!
And, why did a survey by the Southern Baptist Convention Sunday School Board find, in 1991, that 14% of their pastors and 18% or their deacons were freemasons? Does the acceptance of calvinism also lead to an acceptance of freemasonry? I have demonstrated that both are based upon occult esoteric belief systems. Biblical beliefs will reject freemasonry from the start; no compromise at all! Thus the acceptance of freemasonry to such a degree must also demonstrate a lack of biblical accuracy. The acceptance of calvinism also demonstrates a lack of biblical accuracy. Biblical Christians must reject both calvinism and freemasonry. There can be no fellowship between Christians and the devil!
2 Corinthians 6:14-18 – 14Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness? 15And what concord hath Christ with Belial? or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel? 16And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in [them]; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. 17Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean
It is interesting to note that it was only the efforts made by a local calvinist church to take over our local Bible-believing churches that caused this website to come into being. If they’d left us alone, then we might never have done all this research to discover their demonic heresies. And, other websites are crying out against the destructive calvinist lies, more and more every day. Calvinists, you have got in our faces and we don’t want you there! You should have just left us alone with your insidious deceptions. Destroy yourselves if that’s what you want (although we do beseech you to call upon the name of the Lord to be saved) but do not destroy the lives of others with your lies. You will be held accountable for your free will choice to attack God’s truth! I note another website that is also heavily into demolishing the calvinist lies that took over their church. That website may be found at https://mycrazyfaith.blogspot.com/ and https://anticalvinistrant.blogspot.com/ Please look them up and see what calvinism has done to them with its lies and deception. And be encouraged to choose to serve the Lord with all your heart!