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The True Fruits of Masonry Written by Duane Washum Tuesday, 03 November 2009 21:44 - Last Updated Friday, 24 September 2010 20:45     The True Fruits of Masonry Testimony of Duane Washum, Past Worshipful Master I submitted a petition to the Lodge and was initiated in the Entered Apprentice Degree, passed to the degree of Fellowcraft, and was soon raised to the degree of Master Mason. I felt that I had attained to the finest fraternity in the world. I was selected by the
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  The True Fruits of Masonry Written by Duane WashumTuesday, 03 November 2009 21:44 - Last Updated Friday, 24 September 2010 20:45      The True Fruits of Masonry   Testimony of Duane Washum, Past Worshipful Master  I submitted a petition to the Lodge and was initiated in the Entered Apprentice Degree, passedto the degree of Fellowcraft, and was soon raised to the degree of Master Mason. I felt that Ihad attained to the finest fraternity in the world. I was selected by the Worshipful Master of the Lodge to serve as Junior Steward and later honored byserving as Chaplain. My studies in ritual and degree work continued as Junior Warden and thenSenior Warden. I finally became Worshipful Master of the largest Lodge in the state of Nevada. I believed myself to be a member of a fraternity that stood for God, country, and family. But,after five years of total dedication, I withdrew from the Order. It didn’t happen overnight. My firstquestioning of Freemasonry was in regard to the obligation I took when I was initiated. One ismade to swear secrecy to the point that bloody penalties of death are involved. It was explained  1 / 6  The True Fruits of Masonry Written by Duane WashumTuesday, 03 November 2009 21:44 - Last Updated Friday, 24 September 2010 20:45 that this was symbolic and only emphasized that what I had gleaned was not public information. My next moment of confusion came when I was Junior Steward. A member was in the habit oftalking during lodge meetings. This was disruptive but not a big problem. What was a problem, Ithought, was his use of God’s name in vain. One evening this terminology was used four or fivetimes in a short period. I later told him that if he used those words in the Lodge room again, Iwas going to file Masonic charges against him. The reaction of the members who overheardwas very confusing. Some approached me and mildly chastised me for the way I hadapproached him. But it was the reaction of the majority of the members that caught me offguard. They reminded me that he is a Past Master, and a Grand Lodge Officer. He was notwrong in using God’s name in vain. Rather, I had affronted a Past Master and a Grand LodgeOfficer. All ritual work in Masonry is committed to memory and repeated verbatim, including prayers. Atfirst I did not notice that none of the prayers are in the name of Jesus Christ. Great Architect ofthe Universe, Almighty Father of the Universe, Judge Supreme, God, and Lord, yes, butnever in the name of Jesus Christ. Being Chaplain, saying grace for a meal was my duty. Since there is no specified prayer, theprayer was my own, and I prayed in the name of my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. I was soontold that we never pray in the name of Jesus Christ for it would be offensive to our Jewishmembers. I then became aware that there is no mention of Jesus Christ in any of the prayers orin the ritual book. One evening, I asked about the inconsistency involved for the Jewish member in having theBible resting on our altar. I was informed that it did not necessarily have to be the Bible. It couldbe the Koran, the Rig Veda, or even the Book of Mormon. What sacred writing was on the altarwould depend upon the religious persuasion of the lodge. So, it really didn’t matter if the Lodgehad any Jewish member or not. The important thing was not to pray in the name of JesusChrist! A proposed major undertaking that would involve a great deal of money was made into a motionand defeated, much to the dissatisfaction of the Master. Without notice, it was brought up again,this time in a stacked meeting. ‘The motion passed. I made an objection to the Master and toldhim that what he was doing prostituted the dignity of his office. I found myself wrong , because  2 / 6  The True Fruits of Masonry Written by Duane WashumTuesday, 03 November 2009 21:44 - Last Updated Friday, 24 September 2010 20:45 the Worshipful Master is always right. Both of my confrontations began to consume my thoughts. I was morally right, but I was madeto feel that I was wrong. By opposing the Worshipful Master I was, in the eyes of some,committing blasphemy! Despite this, I was able to be elected as the next Worshipful Master. Isoon found myself questioning things, including my title. Was I really a Worshipful Master? Bywhose authority? I never considered myself to be master over anybody, and I certainly wasn’tworshipful. I was in a local Christian bookstore and found a book I was interested in, The Kingdom of theCults, by Walter Martin. This was of interest to me because of stories regarding Mormonism andJoseph Smith. He was reported to have been a Mason and to have pirated signs, grips, andMasonic ritual work and incorporated them into the Mormon Temple rituals. But, when I turnedto the table of contents, it was like someone hit me with a baseball bat. Listed was the Rosicrucian Fellowship, a group my brother had been studying. He told me howthere had been an organization known as The Great White Brotherhood of Man, and out of thiscame the Rosicrucians, and out of the Rosicrucians came the Masonic Order. For the first time Iwas seeing Rosicrucian Fellowship in print and it was in a book about cults. I remember how, after becoming a Mason, I had mentioned it to a man in my church. He said, So you joined the Masonic cult. I said to myself, He doesn’t understand. And now it lookedlike I was to find out who understood and who didn’t. Now there were three words racingthrough my mind: Rosicrucianism, Masonry, and cult. I turned to the section aboutRosicrucians and the reference to Masonry. It (Rosicrucians) was by admission a secretsociety. It flourished in a day when secret societies were in vogue, and a century after its srcin,Rosicrucianism underwent a recrudescence in connection with Freemasonry, which not onlydeemed Rosicrucianism genuine, but even borrowed usages and customs from the writings ofthose who had satirized the fraternity. Every question that had previously troubled me about Masonry came back to me. A cold shiverwent through me. I began praying to God for wisdom to know the truth. I placed a phone call toChristian Research Institute, and I told of my concern about Freemasonry. They said they wouldsend me a booklet which might be helpful, Freemasonry and Christianity by Alva J. McClain.That night, I shared my concerns with a Christian friend. He taught me about blood oaths,secular humanism, and other things. 3 / 6  The True Fruits of Masonry Written by Duane WashumTuesday, 03 November 2009 21:44 - Last Updated Friday, 24 September 2010 20:45  The next two weeks found me in extreme turmoil. I would think about the discussions with myChristian friend but then I would read from my Masonic Bible. Everything I would read seemedbeautiful and I could see no wrong in it. My family’s Masonic background, the relationships I hadwith other Masons, and the beauty and dignity of Masonic ritual were all going through my mind.I was beginning to think that maybe my friend, like the man before, just didn’t understand. Finally, I went to my knees and once again asked the Lord to show me the truth. It roaredacross my mind. Blood Oath. I recalled my uneasiness with the oath of secrecy, and Jesus’admonition to make no oath at all (Mat. 5:34). ‘That week the secretary of Vegas Lodge No.32 received my letter of withdrawal. I received a call from a Past Master who asked me why Iwas withdrawing. I told him I was a Christian, and shared my thoughts with him, includingScriptures from the Bible. He explained to me that I shouldn’t believe everything I read in theBible and that Christianity was a religion that the men in power at the time came up with to keepthe common people in line. Then he said, After all, Duane, our dad, uncle, grand dad, and great-grand-dad were allMasons. The Past Master extolling the virtues of Freemasonry and attacking my faith in JesusChrist was my own brother. My letter of withdrawal was held for over a month, but now there is a paper in my home titled, Certificate for a Brother Dropped from the Rolls at His Own Request. After Christ enduredindescribable pain and suffering for my sins, I could not rationalize staying in the lodge becauseof the difficulties I would have encountered had I resigned. Besides, to stay in Masonry wouldmean to deny Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior in my prayers. I have prayed for forgiveness and know that God has answered my prayers; not because I amworthy, but because of His grace and love, and because Jesus Christ IS my Lord and Savior. Duane Washum may be reached at the following address: In Search of Light Ministries  4 / 6
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