CULT 009 ROSICRUCIANS The claim is made by R. Swinburne Clymer in his book THE SECRET SCHO

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CULT 009 ROSICRUCIANS The claim is made by R. Swinburne Clymer in his book THE SECRET SCHOOLS that "the founders of the Rosicrucian system, were originally identical with the Chaldeans" (Page 16). On the other hand, a different organization with headquarters in San Jose, California, states that the Rosicrucian order "traces its origin to the mystery schools or secret schools of learning established during the reign of Thutmose III, about 1500 B.C. in Egypt." According to this second group, Amenhotep IV was their first traditional Grand Master (WHO AND WHAT ARE THE ROSICRUCIANS? Page 8). As a matter of fact, the earliest mention of the Rosicrucians occurred in the 17th century. In 1614 a book entitled FAMA FRATERNITATIS was printed. It related the journeys of the reputed founder of this sect, whose name was Christian Rosenkreuz. This man was supposedly born in 1378 and died in 1484. He was said to have been educated in a monastery and to have traveled to the Holy Land, Egypt and Spain, finally arriving in Austria in 1413. Five years later he was supposed to have chosen three companions and to have begun the Order of the Rosicrucians. Four other brethren were declared to have been added later on. The story states that when Rosenkreuz died in 1484 he was embalmed. His grave was supposedly opened in 1604, 120 years after his death, and some occult books were said to have been discovered in the grave. It is very doubtful; However, that such a person ever existed. The book FAMA FRATERNITATIS was composed by Johann Valentin Andrea (1586-1654), who intended the book as satire. The Encyclopedia Britannica (1971 edition) states: Some regard the story as a statement of fact and hold Christian Rosenkreuz to have been the founder of the order. More generally it is held to be a mythical explanation of the order and Christian Rosenkreuz is not a real person at all, but a symbolic character. This authoritative publication also reports that "the earliest extant writing which unequivocally mentions a Rosicrucian order appeared in the early 17th century. But even here the actual existence of such an order cannot be affirmed absolutely. Indeed, not a few scholars believe that the order had its rise from the publication of this document and that it was written with this definite purpose in mind." The evidence points to the conclusion that there never was a Christian Rosenkreuz and that the book composed by Andrea was a mystification intended as satire but accepted by some as genuine history. One may well conclude that the book fostered the Rosicrucian organizations, despite their claims to ancient origins. The exact time when this order was introduced in the United States is not known. At present there are different Rosicrucian factions in the United States fighting each other bitterly and, as has been shown, disagreeing on the original source of their movement. The Rosicrucian order known as AMORC (Ancient Mystical Order Rosae Crucis), led by H. Spencer Lewis, established headquarters in San Jose, California. A group founded by Max Heindel operates from Oceanside, California. Another organization is based in Quakertown, Pennsylvania, and was headed by R. Swinburne Clymer. Each of these leaders are prolific writers. GOAL OF ROSICRUCIANISM "In general terms, we may enounce that the primary object of Rosicrucianism is to elucidate the mysteries that encompass us in life, and reverently to raise the veil from those who await us in the dreaded dominions of death" (THE SECRET SCHOOLS, page 8). Rosicrucianism "expounds a system of metaphysical and physical philosophy intended to awaken the dormant, latent faculties of the individual whereby he may utilize to a better advantage his talents and lead a happier and more useful life" (WHO AND WHAT ARE THE ROSICRUCIANS? page 4). Actually, Rosicrucianism is a combination of alchemy, ancient mysticism, Gnosticism and a variety of occult beliefs. All of their groups claim to be in possession of certain secret wisdom which has been transmitted from generation to generation by particular masters. TEACHINGS CONCERNING THE HOLY BIBLE Rosicrucians declare that they are not a religious sect; in fact, they say that their membership includes clergyment of various denominations. However, and examination of official Rosicrucian publications discloses specific teachings concerning God, Christ, the Bible, prayer, sin and salvation. "All secret and sacred writings have truth in them, irrespective of their source, and must be judged by their inculcations rather than the source" (THE SECRET SCHOOLS, page 19). They use the Bible along with "other occult books" and interpret it in their own fashion. Genesis 1:1 is re-translated to read: "Out of the ever-existing essence (of space) the two-fold energy formed the double heaven." We are told that the "commonly received rendering" (King James Version) as well as the "usual rendering" of Genesis 1:1 are necessary to an understanding of the subject! The peculiar interpretation given by Heindel indicates that the heaven and the earth were created out of the ever-existing essence, not out of nothing: "The cosmic root-substance is gathered together and set in motion." The same writer also asserts that the Genesis description of the fifth day of creation actually speaks of an Atlantis-like Lemurian epoch, in which the differentiation of the sexes took place. Before that man had been Hermaphrodite (both male and female),and previous to that he had been without sex (THE ROSICRUCIAN COSMO-CONCEPTION, pages 321-333). Similar explanations of other Scripture text could be cited. TEACHINGS CONCERNING JESUS CHRIST Jesus Christ is regarded as merely "one of the earth's greatest thinkers" (THE CONFEDERATION OF INITIATES, page 16). He is associated with Plato, Muhammad and other great historical characters (page 17). On the same page we read that Jesus was Essene, and He is also associated with Brahma, Buddha, Lao-Tse, Zoroaster and others. "The Son (Christ) is the highest initiate of the sun period. The ordinary humanity of that period are now archangels" (THE ROSICRUCIAN COSMO-CONCEPTION, PAGE 376). Jesus Christ "took the dense and vital bodies of Jesus that he might function directly in the physical world and appear as a man among men" (page 383). To Rosicrucians, Christ acted in the body of Jesus. (This differentiation between the Christ and Jesus is an old gnostic belief which appeared in the first century of church history.) They also claim that at the time of the crucifixion the great sun spirit, Christ, was liberated from the physical vehicle of Jesus. TEACHINGS CONCERNING SALVATION Rosicrucians do not believe that the blood of Christ cleanses us from sin but that we are saved by our own efforts. Over and over again in their writings we read that we must win freedom by purging ourselves from everything that may react undesirably or destructively on ourselves. The substitutionary atonement of Christ is denied and treated as an invention of the Council of Nicaea (THE SECRET SCHOOLS< page 18). "Man, through his own efforts, must attain spiritual enlightenment and ultimate immortality" (page 19). The motto of the Rosiucrucians is TRY. To them, one is not saved "by another's intervention or substitution but by overcoming all evil within himself through the feelings of love, mercy, kindness, graciousness, adoration, reverence and helpfulness" (THE LIVING CHRIST, page 13). In this book we are also told that every man possesses an incorruptible seed, a divine spark, a "Christos." This "Christos" must be awakened and brought into consciousness; it is the Christ, the immortal part of man (page 40). TEACHINGS ON SIN,PRAYER,and REINCARNATION The Rosicrucian definition of sin is rather unusual. Sin is defined as "whatever is harmful either to body or mind," and it is to be avoided (THE SECRET SCHOOLS, page 21). The same book teaches that celestial spirits may be invoked. It claims that these spirits are hierarchies of the invisible brotherhood of the fraternity (page 10). The doctrine of reincarnation is taught by all Rosicrucians. They insist that, because of man's foolishness and the necessity to gain experience, it is necessary to be reincarnated several times before we are able to come into our own heritage (THE PRIESTHOOD OF AETH, page 8). It is also stated that it is possible to develop to the point where the soul will emit a peculiar light, discernible across the gulfs of space by intellectual powers (page 10). Rosicrucians also tell us that the "New Order" began in the latter part of the past century and will continue for approximately 2000 years. This new age is to be known as the "Manistic Age" (THE LIVING CHRIST, page 56). The doctrine of reincarnation is advocated in many false cults. The soul is supposed to enter into a different body after death and to have as many successive incarnations as are necessary to purge it from sin. Needless to state, no appeal to the Holy Bible is made. Indeed, the Bible teaches that forgiveness is obtained through the blood of Jesus Christ, not through self-purification by means of repeated incarnations. "It is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgement" (Hebrews 9:27). The doctrine of the transmigration of souls is opposed to the Bible and to reason. "That which is born of the flesh is flesh" (John 3:6). It is necessary to be born of the Holy Spirit in order to be saved. THE SPIRIT OF ANTICHRIST The Rosicrucian does not accept the Bible as the final authority for faith and practice. Thus, he considers himself free to teach whatever the imagination of his heart may dictate. It is not surprising that heretical concepts are held regarding the person of Jesus Christ. The Holy Bible states: "Hereby know ye the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesseth that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is of God: and every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God: and this is that spirit of antichrist, whereof ye have heard that it should come; and even now already is it in the world" (I John 4:2,3). The Rosicrucian denies the plain statement of Scripture that "the Word was made flesh and dwelt among us" (John 1:14). The deity of Jesus Christ is also denied by Rosicrucianism; consequently, this group teaches that salvation is not bestowed by Jesus Christ. This flatly contradicts the Word of God: "By grace ye are saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, lest any man should boast" (Ephesians 2:8,9). Rosicrucianism further teaches that we must purge ourselves and become our own savior. Those who believe the Holy Bible should not find it difficult to refute the teachings of Rosicrucianism, since they are diametrically opposed to the Living Word of God. RICHARD WOLFF


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