Jim Shaw is one of the highest ranking Freemasons to ever defect to Christianity. Billy Graham took part in Rev. Jim Shaw's 33rd Degree Masonic initiation. This was before Shaw left the Lodge for Christ. Only 33rd Degree Masons and candidates participate in that initiation. Jim Shaw refers to Billy Graham's presence at this Masonic ritual on page 104 of his book co-authored with Tom McKenney titled 'The Deadly Deception' Lafayette, LA: Huntington House, Inc. 1998. Huntington House refused to print this book unless they took out Billy Graham's name and substituted it with a general description on page 104 ("internationally prominant evangelist" ) Before Jim died he confirmed this fact to many people. At page 107 I have included a letter from Tom McKenney stating that p104 definately refered to Billy Graham. For those of you who do not have the time to read through Jim's whole testimony, I reccomend you read page 104 and the letter located on page 109 to verify the fact that it was Graham refered to in the book.
INTO THE LIGHT
The hurricane came and went without any harm to us. But the one
within me continued to gather force. It seemed strange, from my
point of view, for all the people around me seemed calm. Even the
doctor was no longer speaking much to me about the Lord, for I
wasn't seeing him regularly. Bonnie was quietly supportive, but
we really didn't say mch about it. Mike and my other friends went
on with life. It was "business as usual" around me, but definitely
not that way inside of me.
THE HIGHEST MASONIC DEGREE
Easter was approaching and one quiet morning I was at home
recuperating from the second operation when the doorbell rang. It
was a special delivery letter from the Supreme Council in
Washington, notifying me that I had been selected for the 33rd
I could hardly believe it was true! This honor is one most Masons
never even think of receiving. It was too much, too far out of
reach, beyond limits of reality. It was unreal to think I had actually
been selected. It was an honor just to be considered for this ultimate
degree and I had actually been selected, chosen by that small and
powerful group, the Supreme Council of the 33rd Degree.
I called Bonnie to share the good news with her. In talking with her,
I surprised myself by asking her if she thought I should accept it.
"What a strange thing to ask her," I thought. But before I could
contemplate it she said, "Why, sure you should accept it. You have
worked so hard for so long to get there - by all means you should
So I returned my acceptance immediately and began making
plans for the trip.
I MADE IT ON MY OWN
With plenty of time to reflect, I thought about my long climb up
the mounatin of Masonry in search of light. I thought about the
odds against anyone's ever making it to the 33rd Degree. I realized
that in my case the odds have been even greater. I had made it by hard
work and dedication alone. Some men have an edge on selection
because of their wealth, political power or prominence. I had none
Like the day I had carried the man all the way to the top of "Shaw
Hill" between Camp Butner and Raleigh, I had made it to the top
of the Masonic mountain because I was willing to make the effort
required and refused to quit. Thinking of this, I felt particulary
good about it and wished my mother could know.
I had come a long way since leaving the front gate that terrible day
so many years ago. I had come the distance with no help from Uncle
Irvin. Who would have thought that the lonely walk, begun so
many years ago by that frightened 13 - year - old boy, would
have led to this point? I had reached the pinaccle - made it all the
way to the top.
Some of the most prominent and influental men in the world
would undoubtedly be there to participate when I was given this
ultimate degree - for me - little Jimmy Shaw, who had gone to
work at age five and made it alone since age 13. They would be
there to give the 33rd Degree to me. It was really a bit difficult to
take it all in.
3 DAYS AT THE MOUNTAIN TOP
In order to receive the 33rd Degree it was necessary to go to
Washington, D.C. The initation and related functions were to last
Since Bonnie could participate in practically none of the things
I would be donmig each day, she decided not to go along. We were
both excited as I made preparations to leave. But I was not as
excited as I expected to be. The edge was taken off the excitement
because, in me, it was mixed with a considerable amount of
conviction. Way down deep there was a growing restlessness, an
increasing conflict, produced by the things the doctor had been
sharing and by all the Scripture I had been reading. Preparing to
receive this "ultimate honor" was not as thrilling as it might
otherwise have been.
Arriving At The House Of The Temple
I flew into Washington National Airport and took a taxi to the
House of the Temple on Northwest 16th Street. Upon arriving at
the Temple I was met by a receptionist who asked if I were there
to receive the 33rd Degree. I was surprised to find a women in those
sacred Masonic precints, but said that I was and showed her my
letter from the Supreme Council. She then told me that in order to
receive the degree, I would be expected to make a "minimum
donation" of a very large amount of money (at least it was a "very
large" amount for me). This took me completely by surprise for
there had not been a word about any such "minimum donation" in
the letter sent by the Supreme COuncil. I didn't carry that much
money with me and had left my checkbook at home but was able
to borrow the money from one of the other men and gave it to her.
We candidates were all unhappy about this unpleasant surprise and
grumbled to one another about it. We were too close to the "top of the
mountain" to turn back at that point.
The Temple Itself
The House of the Temple is quite impressive - a bit awesome,
really. Standing large, grey and silent on the east side of Northwest
16th Street, between "R" and "S" Streets, it looms very wide and
tall from the curb. There is a huge expanse of granite pavement in
front of it, including three levels of narrowing steps as the entrance
is approached. Flanking the entrance are two Sphinx-like granite
lions with women's heads, the neck of one entwined by a cobra and
decorated with the "ankh" (the Egyptian symbol of life and deity).
Adorning the neck and breast of the other is an image of a women,
symbolic of fertility and procreation. In the pavement, just in front
of the tall bronze doors, are two Egyptian swords with curved, ser-
pentine blades and, between the two swords, brass letters, set into
stone, saying, "The Temple of the Supreme Council of the Thirty-
Third and Last Degree of the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite."
Over the tall, bronze doors, cut into the stone, is the statement,
"Freemasonry Builds Its Temples in the Hearts of Men and Among
High above the entrance, partially concealed by stone columns,
is an elaborate image of the Egyptian sun god, backed with
radiating sun and flanked by six large, golden snakes.
Inside is elegance: polished marble, exotic wood, gold and statu-
ary. There are offices, a library, dining room, kitchen, Council
Room, "Temple Room" and a large meeting room. This room is
like a luxurious theater, rather elegantly furnished and decorated.
The ceiling is dark blue, with lights set into it to give the
appearance of stars. These lights can even be made to "twinkle"
like stars in the sky. There is a stage, well-equipped, and it is all
very nicely done. But the thing that is most noticable is the way
the walls are decorated with serpents. There are all kinds; some
very long and large. Many of the Scottish Rite degrees include the
representation of serpents and I recognized them among those
decorating the walls.
It was all most impressive and gave me a strange mixture of the
sensations of being in a temple and in a tomb - something sacred
but threatning. I saw busts of outstanding men of the Rite includ-
ing two of Albert Pike, who is buried there in the wall.
The first day was devoted to registration, briefings and inter-
views. We were called into one of the offices, one at a time, and
interviewed by three members of the Supreme Council.
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