Robert Morris who was a Master Mason, schoolteacher and poet, first attempted in the 1840s to establish Adoptive Masonry in the United States, using a ritual of his own devising. At first reviled by fellow Masons for betraying Masonic secrets, he nevertheless persisted and throughout the 1850s conferred various degrees on female relatives of Master Masons, with varying levels of cooperation from other Master Masons. His Families of the Eastern Star dated from 1857.
Real acceptance was slow in coming, and it was not until Morris’s rituals were revised by the Masonic publisher Robert Macoy in 1866 that any greater success came. Macoy added the degrees of Queen of the South, Past Matron’s Degree and the Amaranth Degree. Even then, it was 10 years before the Central Grand Chapter was organized.
The order as now constituted works five degrees, based on the story of five women in the Bible — The slogan of the order is, “We have seen His star in the East, and are come to worship Him.” The order of the Eastern Star is a society designed for the wives, daughters, and female relatives of men affiliated with Masonry. Affiliated Master Masons who are in good standing may also join. Eastern Star causes and doctrines are extremely similar to freemasonry.
- Faith in god (the god of Masons)
- Secrecy and oath
- Character building to obtain salvation by works
- A claim to obey the Bible, although salvation by faith in Jesus Christ is never stated as prerequisite of salvation.
There are many Eastern Star Christian church members, and community leaders not to mention professionals such as doctors, lawyers, nurses and judges. Like Freemasons, Eastern Star membership requires an oaths of allegiance. No oath, no membership.
The Eastern Star originated in order to “introduce the daughters, wives, and other relatives of Master Masons to a basic Masonic world view with the understanding that the Master Mason himself as head of the household will fill any remaining gaps. In other words, Masonic appendant organizations ensure that the personal environment of the Mason (mothers, wives, children, etc.) becomes a support and encouragement for his own involvement in Masonry.”
The Easter Star Order is not consistent with the teachings of the Bible and should be openly rebuked by every church pastor which most likely wont happen because especially in the Southern parts of the United States, Freemasons and Eastern Stars make up a great percentage of the church and community. They are also involved in many charitable activities to give the appearance of being “good God fearing people” who love the community.
Matthew 6:1-34 “Beware of practicing your righteousness before other people in order to be seen by them, for then you will have no reward from your Father who is in heaven. “Thus, when you give to the needy, sound no trumpet before you, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may be praised by others. Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward. But when you give to the needy, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, so that your giving may be in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you. “And when you pray, you must not be like the hypocrites. For they love to stand and pray in the synagogues and at the street corners, that they may be seen by others. Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward.
Order of the Eastern Star is inclusive of all religions, and ethnicities. Masonry believes that the Bible is only symbolic and not to be taken literally. Although they claim to reverence the Bible, it is sometimes placed on equal level with other so-called holy books, like the Koran. Upon further study, you will find that many doctrines of the Eastern Star and Masons completely contradict with the Bible, including universalism, salvation by works, Gnosticism, and occult practices.
James 5:12 But above all, my brothers, do not swear, either by heaven or by earth or by any other oath, but let your “yes” be yes and your “no” be no, so that you may not fall under condemnation.
Many women are involved in the Eastern Star Order as a social activity where they can give back to the community and participate in worthwhile causes. However, women who are involved in the Eastern Star should take the time to research the deceptive practices, pagan beliefs, spiritual intimidation, secrecy, and the denial of God’s truth taught by the institution. We urge all women of all religions to remove themselves from the deception of the Eastern Star order.
The emblem of the female Masonic organization, the Order of the Eastern Star. The symbol is a complex one, and is said to represent the Star of Bethlehem, symbolizing the descent of spirit into matter- the divine in man, or even the presence of God on earth.
Its appellation also implies a relationship with the planet Venus, also called the “eastern star.” Each point on the star has an emblem of a different biblical heroine (Adah, Ruth, Esther, Martha, and Electa) and the qualities they represent- fidelity, constancy, loyalty, faith, and love. The initials “F.A.T.A.L.” found on some are said to stand for the phrase, “Fairest Among Thousands, Altogether Lovely,” a reference from the Song of Songs, although also an apt description, perhaps, of some of the biblical heroines above. OES founder Rob Morris alluded several times to a cabbalistic meaning of the motto, but never fully elaborated it- at least not in any surviving works.
The book and pillar in the center of the star represent the Masonic Lodge’s “volume of sacred law” which is placed in the east. The five implements typically pictured represent the five biblical women and their respective representation of Masonic virtues:
The sword and veil represent Adah, and the virtue of “obedience to duty”
A sheaf of barley represents Ruth, whose virtue is adherence to religious principles.
The crown and scepter represents Esther, who embodies the virtue of loyalty.
The broken column represents Martha, and the virtue of “endurance in trial.”
The “golden cup” represents Electa, and the virtue “endurance of persecution.”
James 5:12- But above all, my brothers, do not swear, either by heaven or by earth or by any other oath, but let your “yes” be yes and your “no” be no, so that you may not fall under condemnation.