Dan Brown a patsy or just a willing pawn?
New book should have been called "The Gospel According to Freemasonry"

by Tom Horn

Defender Publishing Group

September 17, 2009

SPRINGFIELD, MO – There’s a conspiracy, all right, and Dan Brown is in on it. "The Lost Symbol," his follow-up to the 2003 best-seller, "The Da Vinci Code," is out this week – and if you’ve read it, you know the Freemason’s have nothing to worry about. "Symbol" is about as threatening to The Brotherhood as a box of chocolates, two-dozen roses and a love card.

In fact, if you’re anything like me, you’ll come away from this overblown drivel with the curious feeling that we’ve all been had—that the "jitters" Freemasons were claiming to be experiencing in the lead-up to "Symbol" was really an elaborate sales gimmick between Brown and his occult buddies at 16th Street in Washington DC. The problem is, these folks are not just selling books. They’ve amassed under the guise of a "thriller" a profound apologetic for the occult aspirations of the Order of the Quest.

Set aside for a moment the fact that I’ve never had so many cliffhanger let-downs in a single night before. Over and over, page after page "Symbol" leads you to believe you’re finally on the verge of some great discovery only to then be handed a "revelation" that any two-year-old with a computer could have Googled in five minutes on the internet.

Frankly, the one truly extraordinary thing about this book is what it doesn’t reveal! One would have thought with Brown’s resources he could have come up with at least a single fascinating tidbit. But, alas… I encourage you to stick with the Googling.

Let me give you an example.

When the main character of Brown’s novel, Robert Langdon receives a frightening video of an initiate of the 33rd Degree of Scottish Rite Freemasonry drinking wine (or blood) from a human skull during a ritual in the Temple Room at the House of the Temple ... Langdon considers what would happen if the video were made public. "No one would understand," he thinks to himself. Then in a scene that can only be described as pure propaganda, Brown continues:

The truth will be twisted, Langdon knew. As it always is with the Masons. The truth was that the brotherhood’s focus on death was in fact a bold celebration of life. Masonic ritual was designed to awaken the slumbering man inside, lifting him from his dark coffin of ignorance, raising him into the light, and giving him eyes to see…. Masonic initiations were startling because they were meant to be transformative…. Masonic teachings were arcane because they were meant to be universal…taught through a common language of symbols and metaphors that transcended religions, cultures, and races…creating a unified "world wide consciousness" of brotherly love (The Lost Symbol, pg 437).

So, there it is. The truth is always twisted when it comes to Masons. Drinking red substance from a skull in a dark room with a noose around your neck under a blood oath of horrific repercussion including having your throat slit, eyeballs pierced, tongue torn out, feet flayed, body hacked into pieces, and so on if you give up the wrong information, is a celebration of life, a unified effort by transendent souls who only want to lift the rest of us empty-headed twits from our dark coffins of ignorance into a unified world of brotherly love.

Aww… that’s so sweet!

Of course as you would expect in a Dan Brown book, spreading the love only goes so far, and it doesn’t take long before the tired DB attacks on Christians and Christianity rev up ad-nauseam. Literally every member of every bizarre or occult organization in the history of the world that Brown can muster is celebrated as "illuminated," "spiritually elevated," "in-tune with the Creator," blah blah blah!, while Christians who hold the Bible as literal or inspired are depicted as piteous bafoons who only ever succeed at mishandling the sacred texts anyway, scriptures that are therefore better left in the hands of deeply perspective and spiritually enlightened people… like Brown, of course… and the Freemasons.

And then there is that "Lost Symbol," which (spoiler alert, turn your eyes if you don’t want to know) turns out to be the Bible. But the apocalyptic visions from the Book of Revelation are not the dark warning against sin and the need for repentance that those ignorant conservative Christians have been preaching all these years. No, the biblical Apocalypse, we learn, is akin to the Mayan 2012 prophecies and heralds a coming time of unprecedented human exaltation when we, like George Washington did, experience apotheosis—and ascend to become gods.

Before anybody says, "Hey, it’s just a novel," consider how far reaching Brown’s books have been thus far in influencing people toward Gnosticism and rejection of the divinity of Jesus Christ.

This man is an evangelist of the coming (old) enlightenment, which, now that we know how much he appreciates the Masonic worldview, originates with Lucifer and, while illuminating them, blinds us feeble, selfish souls.

"Lucifer, the Son of the Morning! Is it he who bears the Light, and with its splendors intolerable blinds feeble, sensual, or selfish Souls? Doubt it not!" Sovereign Grand Commander Albert Pike in the Masonic handbook Morals and Dogma

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