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the minds of his hearers were not fitted for receiving these doctrines. I told you, says he, but you could not bear' it. Many therefore were called, but few were chofen. To his Elečt were intrusted the most important secrets ; and even among them there were degrees of information. There was a seventy, and a twelve. All this was in the natural order of things, and, according to the habits of the fows, and indeed of all antiquity, the Jewish Theosophy was a mystery, like the Eleusinian, or the Pythagorean, unfit for the vulgar. And thus the doctrines of Christianity were committed to the Adepti, in a Disciplina Arcani. By these they were maintained like the Vestal fire. They were kept up only in hidden focieties, who handed them down to pofterity; and they are now in the possession of the genuine Free-Mafons.” -“ And now it will appear that we are the only true Christians. We shall now • be in a condition to say a few words to priests and princes. I have so contrived things, that I would admit even popes and kings, afier the trial I have prefixed.”.
Let us now return to the discourse of the President. « Jesus Christ, our Grand
and ever-celebrated Master, appeared in an age when corruption was universal; in the midst of a people who from time immemorial had been subjected to, and feverely felt the yoke of slavery; and who eagerly expected their deliverer, announced by the Prophets. Jesus appeared and taught the doctrine of Reason ; to give greater efficacy to these doctrines, he formed them into a religion, and, adopted the received traditions of the Jews. He prudently grafted his new school on their religion and their customs, which he made the vehicle of the essence and secrets of his new doctrines. He did not select sages for his new disciples, but ignorant men, chosen from the lowest class of the people, to show that his doctrine was made for all, and suitable to every one's understanding; to show too, that the knowledge of the grand truths of reason was not a privilege peculiar to the great. He does not teach the Jews alone, but all mankind, the means of acquiring their liberty by the observation of his precepts. He supported his doctrines by an innocent life, and sealed them with his blood. His precepts for the Salvation of the world are, fimply, the love of God and the love of our neighbour; he asks no more.--No
body ever reduced and consolidated the bands of human society within their real limits as he did. No one was ever more intelligible to his hearers, or more prudently covered the sublime significations of his doctrine. No one indeed ever laid a surer foundation for liberty, than our Grand Mafter, Jesus of Nazareth. It is true, that on all occasions he carefully concealed the sublime meaning, and natural consequences of his doctrine ; for he had a secret do&trine, as is evident from more than one passage of the Gospel ; · To you it is given to know the mystery of the kingdom of God; but to them that are without all things are done in parables.' And their princes have power over them; but it is not so among you, but whoever will be greater shall be your minister. If therefore the object of the secret of Jesus which has been preserved by the institution of the mysteries, and clearly demonstrated both by the conduct and the discourses of this Divine Mafter, was to reinstate mankind in their original liberty and equality, and to prepare the means ; how many things immediately appear clear and natural, which hitherto seemed to be contradictory and unintelligible! This explains in what fenfe Chrift
was the Saviour and the Liberator of the world. How the doĉtrine of original fin, of the fall of man, and of his regeneration, can be understood. The state of pure nature, of fallen or corrupt nature, and the state of grace, will no longer be a problem. Mankind, in quitting their state of nature, loft their dignity. In their civil society, and under their governments, they no longer live in the state of pure nature, but in that of fallen and corrupt nature. If the moderating of their passions and the diminution of their wants, reinstate them in their primitive dignity, that will really constitute their redemption, and their state of grace. It is to this point that morality, and the most perfect of all morality, that of Jesus, leads mankind. When at length this doctrine Shall be generalized throughout the world, the reign of the good and of the ele&t shall be established.”—This discourse requires no comment ; but fuffer me to ask, whether it be possible to imagine a more exact fulfilment of the Prophecy, as far as relates to the description of the second Beast?
The extreme importance of the subject must be my apology for multiplying proofs. In one of their rituals, the Master's degree is made typical of the death of Jesus Christ, t the Preacher of Brotherly Love.” But, in the next step it is Thewn to have been Reason that has been destroyed and entombed ; and the Master in this degree, “ the sublime Philosophe, occasions this difcovery of the place where the body is hid. Reason rises again, Superstition and Tyranny disappear, and man becomes free and happy.” “ We must gradually,” says Weishaupt, “ explain away all our preparatory pious frauds ; and when persons of discernment find fault, we must desire them to consider the end of our labours ; we must unfold from history and other writings, the origin and fabrication of all religious lies whatever and then give a critical history of our order. But I cannot but laugh when I think of the ready reception which all this has met with from the grave and learned divines of Germany and of England : and I wonder how their Williams: failed, when he attempted to