tree of falsehood from a small grain of truth.
On the cover of his book, Freemasonry, the words "Millions Deceived in a Secret Cult" appear. From this, we should - apparently - conclude that everyone's getting it wrong about Freemasonry except Mr. Harris. Presumably those "millions" include everyone on our list of Famous Freemasons? However, as you'll see from the information below, Mr. Harris never does quite understand what's going on around him it would appear.
Other anti-Masons have tried to evade things written on book covers (see Jim Shaw's refutation of the claim that he - Shaw - was a "Top Leader" as an example) so we won't linger on the Harris falsehood. Instead, let's go directly to some of the things he has talked about, not only in his book but also in his appearances with anti-Mason John Ankerberg and in other venues.
For an exceptional book review of Harris' work "Freemasonry", click here.
Was he lying then or now?
Mr. Harris was a Mason. In fact, he was actually elected Master of a Lodge. He wants everyone to know that. He writes, "One evening following a meeting, the Chaplain closed his prayers with the phrase, 'in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ.' An objection was given to this closing, usually a universal quotation from the Masonic Manual (blue book) is given at the beginning and end of all prayers. I was shocked by the objection. I always thought that wherever God is worshipped and reverenced, even in the lodge room, a prayer should never exclude His Son, Jesus Christ."
But let's look at the irony which appears when we 'do the numbers': here's a person who was a Mason from May, 1961 to May, 1972. He claims he was installed as Master of his lodge in January, 1968. He reports having accepted Jesus Christ as his personal savior. At what point did the meeting described above occur? At what point did Jack start listening to what was going on in the Lodge room? At what point did he actually listen to the prayers said during the opening and closing of the Lodge and during degree ceremonies?
This is a LEADER to follow?
We wonder how Jack Harris actually arrived at a point of leadership in his Lodge considering his clear lack of perception. We also wonder how a person so totally oblivious to things going on around him for 11 years is now able to 'perform' with absolute certainty and perfect clarity the ritual work which he claims to have learned. If his learning is evidenced by the attention he paid to what went on around him (as explained in the box above), one must certainly have cause to wonder about his credibility now.
In his book, Mr. Harris presents nothing except his personal opinion and his interpretation of the Bible buttressed by a few who have expressed similar opinions. He ignores the weight of evidence that Freemasonry is neither a cult nor a religion.
Mr. Harris can often be seen in a video as well as on cable television channels late at night 'performing' his little Masonic ritual act during programs by other religious intolerants. Yes, the fellow who didn't seem to know what was being said during meetings is now showing the world how he thinks it was done! The Ankerberg 'ministry' has made extensive use of Mr. Harris to further their campaigns against Masonry as well as many other organizations and individuals. If you're 'channel surfing' late some night, you're liable to find Mr. Harris in his tuxedo and top hat playing at being a Mason.
Many will wonder how anyone who didn't 'notice' what was going on around him for some eleven years could suddenly become such an authority on these matters ....
Oh, and if Harris were really involved in a 'cult', how is it that he's been allowed to 'escape'? That's not mentioned in the book either.
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