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After a long summer hiatus, Masonic Central is back and to recommit ourselves to our second year, this weeks show is highly appropriate.
Coming on the program is Brother Cliff Porter to talk with us about his new book “Masonic Baptism – A Post Modern Ritual for an Ancient Craft“.
For some background, Mackey says of the ritual that it is “… simply a lustration or purification by water, a ceremony which was common to all the ancient initiations”.
In the present day, the ceremony and ritual are designed to be performed in lodges wishing to baptize children of Masonic families. The ceremony is not a religious function, nor does it compete with the baptisms of the different religions of the world. Rather it is a solemn act of fidelity and a pledge to the children of Freemasons to signify that they are now a part of a broader community and that they will never be alone. Br. Porter’s work has brought the ritual back into a modern parlance and reintroduces us to this past practice in a modern era.
Reconnect with Dean and Greg, and travel with them through their summer adventures and this appropriate topic of the Masonic Baptism on this special hour and a half long program on Masonic Central this Sunday, August 16th starting at 6pm PDT/9pm EDT. For your questions and comments to the guest live on the air call: (347) 677-0936 during the program.
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Its good to be back!
Aren't you the least bit curious? Of course. It's a fraternity 300 years old and going. No frat party. No male testosterone and alcohol driven embarrassment to themselves. But august; philanthropic. Authentic and dignified. Striving with piety answerable to common sense; endorsing equality and liberty of humanity; mystery; private and secret to protect it from populist verdicts; signs of greetings known to few; real.
Even we wonder how and why, don't you? What is it that a man finds in masonry that he can't find anywhere else? Not fame or fortune. Leadership becomes service to mankind but how does that endure?
If you wonder what it is, the best I can tell you is that it is a feeling. The one we experience when truth finds us. Not being smarter; not hubris, not arrogant or smug. When a person 'sees' what others do not, in a world so frightened and mistrustful, those truths are a weighty responsibility. That is what we call humility. Our task is to find balance in life and live in that state and the universe unfolds.
When a person has matured enough to take herself or himself seriously, when he understands himself, masonry opens the mind, the spirit, the heart. Every ending is the beginning of something next.
A study in the indwelling all Christians have of the Holy Spirit and the empowering with the Baptism of fire.
This is a sermon by my 'cousin-in-law' Philip Stroud who spoke this in August 1987.
This lesson is to better help us all "Test the Spirits" (1st. John 4:1) so we as Christians will not be led astray by false doctrine.
Being first matters! In the big picture, it really doesn't but we like to act like it does- being competitive is the only way to live because being last is humiliating- unless you have are overcoming some disabilty last is bad. Only thing is, we could tolerate over achievers if they came equipped with enough insight to know how insufferable they sound. Most of them don't understand that when they talk, they sound like they are bragging. Of course that's acceptable because they came first- isn't it? Acceptable but painfully uncomfortable for the fellow who believes this stuff. Have you never spoken to the middle aged guy who ran for the winning touchdown when he was 17- and that's his claim to fame? Pubs are full of drunk old men clinging to a moment that passed them bye. What of the men who don't brag? The world is full of them. Freemasons call them -a bigger man! How sad to pretend to live in the past. Where is the affirmation in that? Freemasonry only exists as applied philosophy in the moment. The history is time graffiti; some concrete points in a time/space continuum that validate that we were there, or here or somewhere else. That's the same as graffiti on an alley wall or a passing box car. Graffiti never quite captures purpose until the artist is using symbols to make statements.
It's fascinating, the preoccupation we have for 'masonic' graffiti, investing time considering the evidence of early members of our Craft. Even if only loosely based on facts we have learned to tolerate that- as long as it's 'masonic graffiti it's valid. But the graffiti rests on a deep base of undiscovered fact.
Wholeness Empowerment Ministry Intl. will have our baptism today. We will give an overview of what it means to be baptize and why they did it in the bible days. What is its significance? John Baptized with water; while Jesus Baptized the church with the Holy Ghost and Fire. What does that mean?
Shortly after our baptism service will resume on the beach.
The Founding Fathers Appeared in the St. George Temple Requesting Baptism of Wilford Woodruff:
The temple work for the fifty-six signers of the Declaration of Independence and other Founding Fathers has been done. All these appeared to Wilford Woodruff when he was president of the St. George Temple. President George Washington was ordained a high priest at that time. You will also be interested to know that, according to Wilford Woodruff's journal, John Wesley, Benjamin Franklin, and Christopher Columbus were also ordained high priests at that time. When one casts doubt about the character of these noble sons of God, I believe he or she will have to answer to the God of heaven for it. Yes, with Lincoln I say: "To add brightness to the sun or glory to the name of Washington is . . . impossible. Let none attempt it. In solemn awe pronounce the name and in its deathless splendor, leave it shining on." (Ezra Taft Benson, The Teachings of Ezra Taft Benson , p.604)
I will here say, before closing, that two weeks before I left St. George, the spirits of the dead gathered around me, wanting to know why we did not redeem them. Said they, "You have had the use of the Endowment House for a number of years, and yet nothing has ever been done for us. We laid the foundation of the government you now enjoy, and we never apostatized from it, but we remained true to it and were faithful to God." These were the signers of the Declaration of Independence, and they waited on me for two days and two nights. I straightway went into the baptismal font and called upon brother McCallister to baptize me for the signers of the Declaration of Independence, and fifty other eminent men, making one hundred in all, including John Wesley, Columbus, and others; I then baptized him for every President of the United States, except three; and when their cause is just, somebody will do the work for them. Wilford Woodruff; JD19, p.230)
Upon completion of this chapter you will be able to:
Identify three Scriptural references where it reveals what happened when people
receive the baptism of the Holy Spirit.
Explain how to receive the Baptism of the Holy Spirit.
Identify the outward physical sign of the baptism of the Holy Spirit.
Explain the true evidence of baptism in the Holy Spirit.
List guidelines for receiving the baptism of the Holy Spirit.
Receive the baptism of the Holy Spirit.
List four main objections people sometimes raise to the baptism of the Holy Spirit.
But ye shall receive power after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth. (Acts 1:8)
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Sooner or later it was bound to happen. The gewgaws and gimcracks no more. Block a stream of water, the energy and power continue to build. The effect comes to us as consequences; intended or not; up or down stream. And the time it takes to reckon this is time invested to replace ill-conceived ideas and the attend to the self serving mindset of the masses. It is a very lonely experience when you stand against the mainstream.
Scholarship is that blocked stream, not of water but of consciousness; dormant for so long it had fallen out of memory only to be rediscovered. Will the alchemists step forward to teach us the steps in a preparation. Alchemical masons are the most misunderstood of all. And well should they go quietly about their work to avoid ridicule. This collective rediscovery of masonic archives makes for compelling reading. It would take great licence with the facts to claim it was entirely accurate, but it does contain more than partial truths.
If the good man has a better conscience then he has command over the universe with day slips into night. Neither hero or King or pauper or sinner. He retrieves dreams of his own making.
When did freemasonry come away from the metaphysical? Has she failed us in some way, that we no longer worship a lunar existence. Do we disguise the truth of the tarrot by allowing it to be mocked by fools? Do we dismiss the mathematics to predict by remaining illiterate? And what of the presence of past lives? Has the masonic barque faced one too many storms to ly waterlogged at safe harbour? No adventure of the mind is worth starting unless you can commit to finish.
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