Idolatry is the worship paid to any created object; throughout history some form of idolatry has constituted much of the religious mankind. The forms of idolatry are generally reckoned as four in number: Fetishism, consisting in the worship of animals, trees, rivers, mountains, and stones; Sabaism, the worship of the sun, moon, and stars; Shintoism, the worship of deceased ancestors or national leaders; Idealism, the worship of abstractions or Mental qualities. In all of these forms of idolatry there may be elements of religious truths, or an intermixture of truth with error. Whenever any of the rites of Freemasonry have been practiced in a distorted and perverted system of idolatry, they are known as "Spurious Freemasonry." True Freemasonry rejects all form of idolatry and teaches the worship of the one and only true living Deity. — ( Psalms 106:28 - Isaiah 44:17 - Exodus 20:2,3 - Colossians 2:18 )

Biblical Reference

Psalms 106:28

They joined themselves also unto Baalpeor, and ate the sacrifices of the dead.

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Isaiah 44:17

And the residue thereof he maketh a god, even his graven image: he falleth down unto it, and worshippeth it, and prayeth unto it, and saith, Deliver me; for thou art my god.

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Exodus 20:2,3

2 I am the LORD thy God, which have brought thee out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage.
3 Thou shalt have no other gods before me.

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Colossians 2:18

Let no man beguile you of your reward in a voluntary humility and worshipping of angels, intruding into those things which he hath not seen, vainly puffed up by his fleshly mind,

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