Perhaps without knowing it, Bush will use Bible on loan from Masonic lodge

@Spirit Daily

         The Scripps Howard News Service reports that when George W. Bush becomes the 43rd president of the United States on Saturday, he will be sworn in with the same Bible that his father used in 1989 and that George Washington used in 1789: a Bible on loan from New York's Masonic Lodge.

         It's not clear whether Bush -- a Christian who has already indicated an evangelical flavor to his administration -- realizes the origin of the Bible or the implications of Masonry, which has long been opposed to Christianity and involves occult rituals (even though in many places it has evolved into more of a social club than the secret organizations of previous centuries).

         Although there have been rumors that Bush's father, George Bush Sr., and Bill Clinton are Masons, the Masons themselves boast only of Gerald Ford, Harry Truman, and the Roosevelts among recent presidents who were officially inducted as Masons, along with Vice President Al Gore. Both Bushes did belong to a college fraternity, the Skull and Bones Club, that had secret rituals, and during his presidency the senior Bush often referred to a "new world order," which is sometimes connected with Masonic influence.

         Masonry started in the Middle Ages when workers building some of Europe's most august structures banded to form a union that grew into a cult and melded with the remnants of ancient occult organizations like the Knights Templars.

          The Templars, who once defended the Church, spun into a secret organization that broke from the Catholic faith and absorbed the rituals of occult religions, including those of ancient Egypt. 

          While they seemed on the surface like nothing more than a social club (in America many prominent men, including Colin Powell, belong), some of the chapters in Europe were out to quash Christianity and were condemned by Pope Leo XIII in 1884.

          See previous story for the hidden Masonic symbols in Washington.    

         The use of such a Bible indicates the confusion of our times. Few would deny that Bush has sincere Christian beliefs, and last week came reports that he took time from a busy reception -- kept a thousand glad-handers waiting -- as he ministered to a young boy, talked about Jesus, and took the youngster through a prayer of confession. Immediately after his election victory he scheduled a prayer meeting and emphasized the Creator during a speech on Martin Luther King Day. For attorney general he has nominated John Ashcroft, whose father was a Pentecostal preacher and who stated in a speech at Bob Jones University that "the only king in the United States is Jesus."

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