Albert Pike the Devil worshipper?

I often come across a certain quote used people speaking for anti-Freemasonry to try to paint Masons as Devil worshippers, Luciferians or something to that effect. Here’s the quote:

LUCIFER, the Light-bearer! Strange and mysterious name to give to the Spirit of Darknesss! 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!

This seems like a rather shocking quote, since Freemasons are usually followers of some of the major monotheistic religions (Judaism, Islam and Christianity) and belief in a single God (note the uppercase) is required of each member. Well, this is explained quite easily when the quote is put into context:

The Apocalypse is, to those who receive the nineteenth Degree, the Apothesis of that Sublime Faith which aspires to God alone, and despises all the pomps and works of Lucifer. LUCIFER, the Light-bearer! Strange and mysterious name to give to the Spirit of Darknesss! 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! for traditions are full of Divine Revelations and Inspirations: and Inspiration is not of one Age nor of one Creed. Plato and Philo, also, were inspired. The Apocalypse, indeed, is a book as obscure as the Sohar. It is written hieroglyphically with numbers and images; and the Apostle often appeals to the intelligence of the Initiated. “Let him who hath knowledge, understand! let him who understands, calculate !” he often says, after an allegory or the mention of a number. Saint John, the favorite Apostle, and the Depositary of all the Secrets of the Saviour, therefore did not write to be undertood by the multitude.  Albert Pike, Morals and Dogma of the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite of Freemasonry, XIX. Grand Pontiff

Here we can see that Pike wasn’t talking about worshipping Lucifer at all. On the contrary, Pike is advising the candidates to seek God alone, despite the works of Lucifer. Now the capitalized “LUCIFER” makes sense as well, Pike is literally puzzled by the naming of a spirit of darkness as a “light-bearer”. Pike then goes on to say that Christian Masons should stay with God and disregard the works of Satan, who will render earthly gifts and splendors onto the weak of will and spirit, or the blinded. Pike then describes the Revelation in historical context, but that isn’t relevant to the discussion at hand.

So, contrary to what the outright deceptive use of the quote would have led you to believe, Pike is actually putting forward a very pro-Christian message here, which is not surprising, since Pike, like many other Masons, was himself a Christian.

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