In the last couple of months the TV show Ancient Aliens has been brought up to me in conversation, and as (someone who has been reading about the Ancient Alien hypothesis since before the year AD 2000) it is always difficult to discuss a topic with peole who have only watched the horrible show.
With that being said, I’d like to share some thoughts from a 2015 episode of Coast to Coast AM.
George: Now back to the ancient civilisation: might they have been ET related in terms of technology and help?
Graham: Well, um. Let me make clear that I’m—I am not an advocate of the Ancient Alien Astronaut Theory.
Graham: Um, and that’s for a number of reasons. Firstly I need to be absolutely clear that I have nothing against the idea of ancient astronauts or of alien intervention in human affairs. Um, we won’t talk about this at length tonight but I have had experience of contact with intelligences, with non-human intelligences, but those experiences have been achieved by altering my state of consciousness…
Graham: …using the South American visionary brew called ayahuasca, and I have had classic ET contact experiences in that state and I think that one of the things that we need to do to investigate this mystery further, just as we investigate the physical aspects of the alien abduction phenomenon we should also be deeply investigating it’s implications for consciousness, ah and the possibility that by changing our state of consciousness we may contact ah and communicate with non-human intelligence. I think that’s worthy of real, deep research. That being said, having spent quarter of a century travelling the most intriguing, the most beautiful, exciting and mysterious ancient archaeological sites in the world, really walking the walk, investigating and exploring these sites—not just reading about them—but being there with my feet on the ground, sometimes for months, the conclusion I’ve come to is that I have not seen anything in any of these mysterious ancient sites that I could only explain with a culture that had the technology to cross into stellar space. What I see is evidence of incredible advancement, way beyond the period of time—at a time when human beings are supposed to have just been hunter-gatherers—we see evidence of huge advancement and great technical skill and knowledge, but I am of the opinion—I’m not going to completely rule the alien aspect out—but I am of the opinion that what we are dealing with is a lost advanced human civilisation, and that it much more brilliantly explains the anomalies that are raised by the ancient astronaut lobby ah than the notion of ancient astronauts themselves—in other words, I think that these ancient and mysterious sites around the world are very poor evidence for the ancient astronaut hypothesis, I don’t think they serve it well, when you really investigate those sites the notion that aliens were involved in building them doesn’t make sense—for example, the great pyramid is an incredibly precise and accurate monument, six million tonnes, 13 acre footprint, and its just 3/60th of a single degree of true north—but hey, if you can cross interstellar space and navigate all the way to this pale blue dot, and you’re involved in some way in building the pyramid, you are gonna get it dead on…
Graham: …not 3/60th of a degree off. So that looks like human error to me, but it looks like the human error of a very advanced culture.
The key part that I’d like to emphasise to my readers is near the beginning, “I have had experience of contact with intelligences, with non-human intelligences, but those experiences have been achieved by altering my state of consciousness using the South American visionary brew called ayahuasca, and I have had classic ET contact experiences in that state and I think that one of the things that we need to do to investigate this mystery further, just as we investigate the physical aspects of the alien abduction phenomenon we should also be deeply investigating it’s implications for consciousness, ah and the possibility that by changing our state of consciousness we may contact ah and communicate with non-human intelligence. I think that’s worthy of real, deep research.”
Why is this of interest, excluding the obvious interest such a statement intrinsically breeds? If the reader follows the theological perspective that this blog puts forward—which is, that aliens are demons—then it follows that, at least in part, some times some of what we encounter in the psychedelic realm is demonic as well.
“The “astral plane” can also be contacted (but not necessarily in an “out-of-body” state) through the use of certain drugs. Recent experiments in administering LSD to dying persons has produced very convincing “near-death” experiences, together with a “condensed replay” of one’s entire life, a vision of blinding light, encounters with the “dead” and was non-human “spiritual beings,” and the communication of spiritual messages concerning the truths of “cosmic religion,” reincarnation, and the like….
It is well known that the shamans of primitive tribes enter into contact with the aerial world of fallen spirits in “out-of-body” states, and once “initiated” into this experience are able to visit the “world of spirits” and communicate with its beings.
The same experience was common among the initiates of the “mysteries” of the ancient pagan world. In the Life of Saint Cyprian and Justina (Oct. 2) we have the first-hand testimony of a former sorcerer concerning his experiences in this realm. . . .”
-Fr. Seraphim Rose, The Soul After Death
“In my opinion, the primary nexus point of the spread of these Teachings [Yoga in the West and the occult revival of the late nineteenth- and twentieth-century magical orders] in modern culture was the phenomena of the 1960s and more specifically the use of LSD by many of my generation. Raised on Lassie and The Lone Ranger, we were catapulted into the fourth dimension by a liquid spot on a piece of paper or cube of sugar. With no preparation, a number of people experienced advanced—if thoroughly chaotic—states of mind, to which many experienced adepts, who had done the work unaided by the miracle of modern chemistry, felt were not entitled. Introduction to such psychic realms had been reserved for millennia to patient chelas of demanding gurus who had rules of behavior for those who sought after such mysteries.
There were immediate consequences. The stoned-out hippies of Woodstock were replaced by pool-cue-wielding Hell’s Angels at Altamont. Baba Ram Dass was preaching love and meditating in India while Charles Manson’s “Family” was committing horrors I am loathe to describe. As Brian Jones, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, and Jim Morrison died in rapid succession and at roughly the same age, we knew something was wrong. The explosive deaths of three members of the Weathermen revealed a communist bomb factory in a wealthy Greenwich Village townhouse. The sociopath Eldridge Cleaver imprisoned Timothy Leary, himself widely accused of being a government agent. Then John Lennon was shot; Abbie Hoffman committed suicide. . . .
[…]The point is that a sea change occurred in the West. Aleister Crowley predicted it in a letter to Grady McMurtry, later Caliph Hymenaeus Alpha of Ordo Templi Orientis. Crowley wrote in 1945 that some twenty years hence he expected a radical transformation in consciousness to occur. Crowley’s particular influence in creating it (by, among other things, introducing Aldous Huxley to mescaline) was significant.”
-James Wasserman, “Introduction,” in Nancy Wasserman’s Yoga for Magick
Now the Spirit manifestly saith that in the last times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to spirits of error and doctrines of devils, Speaking lies in hypocrisy and having their conscience seared…
-1 Timothy 4:1-2 (Douay-Rheims)
I’m not even sure how I exactly stumbled across this video—presumably through the massive amount of time I waste wading through the internet’s sewers as I distract myself from doing some real reading… Does it matter though? I found it, and I watched it. The unusual thing is that this, unfortunately, isn’t the first time that I have come across John Crowder.
Way back in 2009, before I was even Orthodox, I first came across and read the name John Crowder on a book in my dad and stepmom’s kitchen on the cover of a book my stepbrother was reading for some Evangelical/Non-Denominational summer course he had quit his job to attend. My stepmother encouraged me to read it, saying that I would like it, but even then, my bullshit detector was already internally beeping.
As that day went on all four of us went for lunch, my stepbrother shared more of what he been learning about at that time, and I shared the little I had been gathering about Orthodoxy and the early Church—areas and information of which none of them had ever even heard of, just like I hadn’t until I read Dostoevsky in 2004-2005.
So we had a good time, and upon returning home, I eventually Googled John Crowder, found some YouTube videos and was confronted with a (per)version of Christianity in stark contrast to what I was discovering in Church history: a repackaging of quasi-Pentecostalism only possible in North America.
Beyond all this, there really isn’t much to say. Those that buy into it will continue to do so until they open their eyes in search of true Christian mysticism. The non-Christian reader with a skeptical mind and any knowledge of Scripture will clearly see Scripture being twisted yet again. And the Orthodox Christian with knowledge of Scripture, the Church Fathers and who is active in the Mystical life of the Church will undoubtedly see this for what it is: the fruit of the λογίσμοι, and the doctrine of demons.
For there shall be a time when they will not endure sound doctrine but, according to their own desires, they will heap to themselves teachers having itching ears: And will indeed turn away their hearing from the truth, but will be turned unto fables.
-2 Timothy 4:3-4 (Douay-Rheims)
Part I: Reading The Book of Mormon
I’ve been listening to this podcast habitually starting with Episode 1 since I discovered it. It is called Naked Mormonism, and if you ever wanted to know about what would appear to be the failure of religion, this is a great place to start.
As Orthodox Christians, we have two options. The first is that there is no salvation outside the Orthodox Church; this is the traditional view until the rise of the heresy of Ecumenism. The second option which has become en vogue today is that all people proclaiming to be Christians are in fact somehow Christians (how people who believe different things can have the same label is beyond me, but you make more money off conferences and academic articles if you play the Ecumenism game).
This leaves Orthodox Ecumenists (a real oxymoron) painted in a corner because the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America and the Community of Christ are “Member Communions” of the National Council of Churches.
My point being that if Mormons and Orthodox Christians are both equally “Christian” then this podcast reveals the significant failure of Christianity. Littered throughout the episodes are the stories of the casualties of Ecumenical Christianity: Mormonism, Roman Catholicism, Evangelicalism, Pentecostalism, Non-Denominationalism, Full-Gospel Non-Denominationalism, World Assemblies of God Fellowship (Assemblies of God), Messianic Judaism (Judaism too), and American Protestant Revivalism, Protestant Restorationism, and Classical Protestantism. People who were never taught—or at best taught poorly—share their stories; as someone educated in these matters, the ignorance and fallacious thought-processes are striking, and their personal stories heartbreaking. But this is what religious leaders are dealing with, or worse yet, are complicit in compounding.
My own interest in Mormonism goes way back to when I was an adolescent occultist. On TV the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints would air these commercials on Canadian TV for free Book of Mormons and Mormon KJV Bibles. So, of course, I and my friend Critter would order ridiculous amounts of them using various names, but always the same address. This must’ve been around Grade 7, Junior High, whatever age that makes me I’m not sure.
Around this time I also saw the movie The God Makers on VHS, and lucky for me I had a copy of The Satanic Bible, so when the film brings out The Satanic Bible I was able to check “The Book of Lucifer” just to make sure they were lying, which of course I already knew—as I basically knew that whole Bible by heart already at that age. Maybe that’s why Mormonism stuck with me so much, perhaps I wondered why so-called Protestant groups would lie about what The Satanic Bible said in order to show Mormonism was false?
I kept up my studies of Mormonism throughout the years, and it was the summer prior to my first year of seminary, August of 2015?, when I first learned that the LDS had released photos of Smith’s seer stone that got me researching more and I concluded that Mormonism is not a human fabrication, but one of the best cases of the demonic, that it is a literally Satanic religion. I came to this conclusion as a demonologist, and it is from this perspective that the LDS movement is of great interest to me.
So my summer reading, thanks to this podcast, is to read the Book of Mormon, as I have never read the entire thing. So I plan on reading it cover-to-cover. At first I was going to read the Penguin edition, which is “based on the last edition supervised by Joseph Smith before his violent and untimely death at the age of thirty-eight,” but have since decided upon reading the Yale Book of Mormon, edited by the Mormon at the head of the Critical Text Project, Royal Skousen. Feel free to join me, and we can bounce ideas around. The Book of Mormon alone should make this a rather interesting Summer. So buy some excellent craft beer, roll out a blanket or open up an umbrella over a deck, and cheers to an honest reading of a book held to be North-American-made-Scripture by very many people all over the planet.
Part II: Timeline
(Orthodoxy and Heterodoxy etc. here)
Part III: Resources
8 September 2015 – How BYU Destroyed Ancient Book of Mormon Studies
20 April 2016 – Are Mormons Developing Toward Greater Orthodoxy? – Fr. Andrew Stephen Damick
May 2016 – MORMONS APPROACHING ORTHODOXY – Richard J. Mouw
June 2016 – Mormons at the Forefront – Terryl Givens
13 May 2017 – Utah’s Largest Newspaper Interviews Mormon to Orthodox Christian Convert – Cameron Davis
13 May 2017 – Utah Mormons, Protestants finding new spiritual home in ancient Orthodox church: Utah Mormons and Protestants are rediscovering a reverence for God by converting to Orthodoxy. – Bob Mims
3 January 2018 – Faith and Doubt: Mormonism and Orthodox Christianity – Arthur Hatton
It is often said that everytime you read Scripture you see something you didn’t see before. I have found this to be true, and for me, it would appear that this is even more true each time I hear Scripture during the Liturgy.
I recall the first time I consciously heard “. . . we were slaves to the elemental spirits of the universe” (Αἰκατερίνης Μεγαλομάρτυρος, 25 Νοεμβρίου, Γαλ. 3,23-4,5). I was like, what? as I looked around and no one seemed startled at the words. I still look around now. As far as I know all Greek Orthodox parishes in North America, unfortunately, use the RSV when reading the New Testament in English so the translation will differ; however, the Greek text(s) at that point all agree: “ὑπὸ τὰ στοιχεῖα τοῦ κόσμου ἦμεν δεδουλωμένοι.”
For those of you able to attend Liturgy on secular New Year’s day as I was would have heard similarly, “. . . according to the elemental spirits of the universe” (Περιτομὴ τοῦ Κυρίου, Βασιλείου τοῦ Μεγάλου, 1 Ἰανουαρίου, Κολ. β′ 8-12). Again, the translations differ, but the Greek text(s) agree: “κατὰ τὰ στοιχεῖα τοῦ κόσμου.”
Biblical cosmology (especially the cosmology of Second Temple Judaism) I have come to find fascinating. With all the interest these days in secular society with Flat Earth Theory and in the Church with the τελώνια, a proper understanding of cosmology makes all the difference. The problem arises though when those who suffer from what Canadian Catholic philosopher Charles Taylor has termed disenchantment apply their disenchanted post-Enlightenment cosmology upon the past, completely unaware that one of the worldviews of the past was hierarchical. (This also would have saved the Mormon ψευδοπροφήτης Joseph Smith and the LDS et al. a lot of embarrassment vis-à-vis third heaven/seven heavens, q.v.). This one needs to keep in mind when approaching the issue of the τελώνια.
My point in writing about all this is because of an article that came my way this morning before Ὄρθρος by the brilliant Eastern Orthodox philosopher, scholar of religion, writer, and cultural commentator David Bentley Hart, Everything you know about the Gospel of Paul is likely wrong. It deals with a cosmological worldview lost by most (as I vaguely hinted at above, i.e., translation differences and the τελώνια) and is well worth reading.
Recently a priest asked me for some information on the Freemasons. He had an Orthodox Christian who was thinking of joining. Below is the response I sent him based upon my knowledge and experience; and just as I prefaced my emailed response to him with “Freemasonry, and I warn you this will be crazy” in the “subject” box, so also I want to make this clear to my readers. However, since you’re reading a blog about demonology you are aware of these things or at least prepared to be made aware.
The biggest obstacle when addressing the Masonry issue is the fact that if one goes beyond the first three common “Blue Lodge” degrees, it gets more seductive, even in theoretical exploration. Obviously, this is so, because the source behind it is demonic.
There are basically two ways to view the history of Freemasonry, and which of the two one follows ties into how one views the world and who runs it overall. Those who follow the worldview indoctrinated into us by government schools and forced government curriculums will usually believe we as a collective global species are in some form of democratic control of our societies; along these lines fall the belief that Freemasonry essentially appeared out of nowhere on June 24th, 1717 with the founding of the Premier Grand Lodge of England.
Another view is that the world is controlled by a ruling elite (Kings) who answer in some form to beings who came down from above (gods) and that there has been a deliberate attempt to obfuscate the origins of the Craft, origins which go back to the Antediluvian period of human history, and the secrets of Freemasonry are contained within their rituals (or at least were at one point), these secrets being the pre-Flood knowledge. So looking at this as an Orthodox demonologist, I would ask two things: what is the point of Freemasonry for/upon its Initiates? And further, what do we the uninitiated, but Orthodox Christians, know about the Antediluvian knowledge and its source?
The answer to the first is that the point of Freemasonry is to make “better men out of good men.” Now, of course, this makes no sense to those not ensnared, especially since how much better than ‘good’ can one possibly be? But of course this is the honey which though sweet, traps the fly: it lures by appeal to vanity, it tells one that one is good. It is easy to see how when one is alone with one’s thoughts, or the thoughts that one perceives as one’s own (λογίσμοι), one could think it would be good to become better: who wouldn’t want to become more than what one already is? So essentially one becomes better not through Christ, but through the ritualized lessons which instill the Antediluvian teachings upon the Initiate. And this leads us to what we know about the pre-Flood knowledge, which is that it was taught to mankind by the Fallen angels. The Church Fathers knew this, the author of Jude’s epistle knew this, the books of Genesis, Enoch, and Jubilee’s teach this, and every single significant culture which records a flood also records an Antediluvian period where gods came down, interbred with us, gave us heroes who gave us Kings, and then a higher diety causes a flood to end the heroes and corruption of the species. It’s in the Egyptian and Sumerian king lists and seen in the Hebrew and the Hellenic cultures.
That’s basically the only way to approach it. The two options listed above. Acceptance of the first is what they want you to do, and warning someone not to join due to the second will increase the seductive pull of what is known, at least in the Western Esoteric Tradition, as “the secret teachings of all ages.”
It goes without saying that this is the “Cole’s Notes” version of the history and dark force behind not just Freemasonry, but all Secret Societies that have kept the ancient Antedivulian teachings and continuously passed them on. But we can see from this that the real history of Freemasonry ultimately goes hand in hand with the idea that the Church is mistaken, that Christ is unnecessary, and at best that He is simply one among many of the world’s Teachers.
I’d say it is safe to say that Freemasonry is a religion of its own, and I believe Freemason Albert Pike even wrote of it that way. The ritual material and symbolism, and introductory material which is available make it clear that on the surface level Freemasonry is a Deist-syncretic religion, which of course is congruent with the public history of Freemasonry appearing in the 18th century when Deism became popular. Knowledge of the commonly accepted history of Freemasonry has been enough for it to be condemned in 1821 by Pope Pius VII in his encyclical Ecclesiam a Jesu Christo (however Vatican II I think lifted the automatic excommunication of Catholics who took the oath(s) and joined the Craft, and the reasons behind that are far beyond the scope of an email); by the Holy Synod of the Orthodox Church of Greece around 1930, and even condemned by name by ROCOR in the Anathemas of the Sunday of Orthodoxy since at least the year 2000, according to my research.
Further to the point of the incompatibility of the two is that, as far as my understanding of canon law goes, since ROCOR has condemned Freemasonry to the point of anathematizing Freemasons in the Church, all other churches recognize the rulings of local Synods until the time a Great Synod gathers and includes among its points to be discussed subjects such as though ruled on at local Synods. As an interesting tangent with that last point, I think ROCOR condemned Ecumenist as a heresy in 1983, so this too is to be respected until a Great Synod.
Postmodernism is difficult to define, because to define it would violate the postmodernist’s premise that no definite terms, boundaries, or absolute truths exist. In this article, the term “postmodernism” will remain vague, since those who claim to be postmodernists have varying beliefs and opinions on issues.
28 November 2016 – JRE #877 – Jordan Peterson
9 May 2017 – JRE #958 – Jordan Peterson
What we need to be clear on is that the Postmodernists’ war on so-called “phallogocentrism” is actually a spiritual war against the Logos, and sadly in this end game people suffering from the mental illness of gender dysphoria (http://dsm.psychiatryonline.org/…/appi.books.9780890425596.…) are pawns in the manipulating of our thoughts through the controlling of our speech via government legislation.
“2+2=5” -George Orwell, 1984
970-931 BC – “καὶ παρὰ τῷ ᾅδῃ μετὰ τῶν γηγενῶν τοὺς ἄξονας αὐτῆς·” -Παροιμίαι 2·18β