John Macarthur's Great Grandfather: A Ruler Within Freemasonry
Thomas Fullerton was the Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of Prince Edward Island
For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ. And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light. Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works. (2 Corinthians 11:13-15)
John Macarthur's Spiritual Fruit
John Macarthur has boasted that he is the last in his family lineage of pastors that goes back five generations to Scotland. The following excerpt from a sermon Macarthur gave that was aired on a Grace To You broadcast mentions these five generations of pastors which includes his great grandfather, Thomas Fullerton, who is described in particular.
"The good news is, when the soil is prepared by God, there’s going to be an explosion of spiritual fruit and the harvest will go on and on and on and on and on and on. A nice young man in our church was recently in Prince Edward Island and I had said in the church service that my great grandfather was a pastor of St. James Kirk Presbyterian Kirk in Prince Edward Island back in the 1800's. So when he was up there, he started digging around and found all kinds of things about my great grandfather. Thomas Fullerton was his name and he was pastor there at the main church in Charletown(?) for about twenty-eight years. He was a chaplain in the Canadian Military and he went to the Bower(?) War in South Africa and fought and did ministry among the troops. And you look back and that and you say, Okay, there’s a...his father was also a pastor who had been in Scotland and then gone to Australia and come there and at some point the Lord plowed the heart of that family and it just kept going and it just kept going and it kept going and it came down through my...from my great-grandfather to my grandmother, his daughter, and then through her to my father and then through me and this is the explosion and we’re all in this process somewhere." (A Diagnosis of the Soils)
Who was Thomas Fullerton?
Most Worshipful Brother
Thomas Fraser Fullerton, PGM
Grand Lodge of
Prince Edward Island, A.F. & A.M.;
Grand Master 1913 – 1914
"Thomas Fraser Fullerton was born at Glasgow, Scotland, on March 28th, 1861.
"He received his early education at a Public School, matriculating into Glasgow University from which he graduated as Prizeman.
"Having fitted himself for a life of theological work he came to America in 1889, and after a short Pastorate in St. John, N. B., he accepted a call to St. James Presbyterian Church, (Kirk) in Charlottetown, P. E. I. This charge he still holds, and has held continually for twenty-one years, with the exception of one year while in active service as Chaplain with the Royal Canadian Regiment in the South African War in 1900.
"He received the Degree of Doctor of Divinity from the Presbyterian College at Halifax, N. S. in 1913.
"In Masonry he received his first light as an Entered Apprentice in St. Johns Lodge, No. 1, Charlottetown, on March 15th, 1901, as a Fellow Craft, April 16th, and as Master Mason, May 14th, of the same year. He presided as Worshipful Master of St. Johns Lodge in 1911. In the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite he received the degrees of the Lodge of Perfection and Rose Croix Chapter in 1903, and the intermediate degrees to 32degree in Charlottetown Consistory in 1911.
"In the Grand Lodge he was Grand Chaplain, 1907-10; Senior Grand Deacon, 1911; Deputy Grand Master, 1912 and Grand Master, 1913.
"From the Proceedings of the 38th Annual Communication of the Most Worshipful Grand Lodge of Prince Edward Island A.F. & A. M. (1913)."
Note: In 1892, Rev. Thomas Fullerton was also Grand Secretary of the Provincial Grand Orange Lodge for the Province under the jurisdiction of the Grand Lodge of British America. (Canada: An Encyclopedia, p. 318)
Thomas Fullerton's D.D. was Honorary
"The Grand Lodge of PEI’s tribute to Most Worshipful Brother Rev. Thomas Fullerton states that John MacArthur’s great grandfather received his Doctor of Divinity from Presbyterian College in 1913, the same year he became Provincial Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of PEI, Canada. According to The Canadian Annual Review of Public Affairs, Thomas Fullerton’s D.D. was an honorary degree rather than an earned degree.
"Thomas Fullerton’s theological studies and training were accomplished, therefore, not in a seminary but in the Masonic Lodge as he studied the requisite Masonic literature for initiation into the successive degrees of Entered Apprentice, Fellow Craftsman, Master Mason, Lodge of Perfection and Rose Croix and the 32nd Degree, the Sublime Prince of the Royal Secret.
Thomas Fullerton: A Ruler of the Whole Craft
Thomas Fullerton was the Grand Master of a Grand Lodge which governs other Masonic Lodges within a given area or jurisdiction.
"A Grand Lodge or Grand Orient is the usual governing body of 'Craft', 'Blue Lodge', or 'Symbolic' Freemasonry in a particular jurisdiction." (Wiki). "All Grand Jurisdictions regard the Grand Master as the ruler of the whole Craft, as well as the Grand Lodge; a Lodge or a brother who questions the authority of a Grand Master is so infrequent as to be remarked." (Grand Master's Powers)
It's noteworthy that Thomas Fullerton was elected Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of Prince Edward Island, A.F. & A.M. the same year that he received the honorary Degree of Doctor of Divinity from the Presbyterian College at Halifax, N. S.
"Ye cannot drink the cup of the Lord, and the cup of devils: ye cannot be partakers of the Lord's table, and of the table of devils." (1 Corinthians 10: 21)
Was Thomas Fullerton a Druid?
Thomas Fullerton was a 32nd degree Scottish Rite Freemason and Grand Master of the Grand Lodge. Was he also a Druid? It's quite possible that Thomas Fullerton was a Druid and for the following reasons:
2. Thomas Fullerton was a Grand Master in Masonry and Masons are our present Druids. "Albert Churchward, another Masonic writer, states that Masons are 'our present Druids.' (Druid). 3. Thomas Fullerton received his Doctor of Divinity from the Presbyterian College at Halifax, Nova Scotia (New Scotland). Druidism exists today in Nova Scotia (Druids in Nova Scotia). 4. Thomas Fullerton presided over Masonry within Prince Edward Island which is only about 10 miles from Nova Scotia. The International Center of the Island Druid community is on Prince Edward Island (Island Druid).
Is John Fullerton Macarthur Jr. also a Mason and/or a Druid?
Read John Macarthur's Druid Festival to learn that John Macarthur's annual "Camp Regen" which he holds for high school age Christians is the Druid Festival of Lughnasadh.
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