Is John Macarthur a Master of the Craft?

[Note: Since this article was published, The Welch Group has changed its name to The Welch Group Companies and its video production arm is now called Dormaproductions. Their Life Recovery Bible trailer with its masonic symbols can still be seen in this article though it has now been removed from The Welch Group website.] 

What is Freemasonry?

Freemasonry is the revival of the ancient mystery religions.  It is the one-world religion and its goal is to create a utopian one-world government.  Freemasons refer to their god as The Grand (or Great) Architect of the Universe (T.G.A.O.T.U.) who is Lucifer.  According to the eminent Freemason, Albert Pike, "The Masonic Religion should be, by all of us initiates of the high degrees, maintained in the purity of the Luciferian Doctrine." 

The religion of Freemasonry is nearly identical to that of the Jewish Kabalah which is the tradition of the paganisms of Babylon, Egypt, and the pagan philosophers, enshrined in the Jewish religion.   According to Rabbi Isaac Wise, "Freemasonry is a Jewish establishment, whose history, grades, official appointments, passwords, and explanations are Jewish from beginning to end.” 

Freemasonry and Druidism

"...our mode of teaching the principles of our profession [Masonry] is derived from the Druids ...'  (1).

"Masons are our present Druids". (2).

"Masons .. admire the Druids and some of them even claim that Masonry came from Druidism. Of course, the Druids were occultic priests, practiced astrology, and offered human sacrifices." (3).

Freemasonry is the Enemy of Jesus Christ

"Freemasonry is a world-wide conspiracy to destroy the Church of Jesus Christ on earth, a means to bring about a one-world church and government...Unsuspecting Christians, who do not know that Masonry is controlled by Satan, are also aiding it instead of exposing it." (Jim Shaw, 33rd degree Mason who converted to Christianity). (4).

"I then focused my attention and study to learn how the lodge was started, and by whom. At this point, I became thoroughly convinced, beyond any shadow of a doubt, that a world-wide
conspiracy existed against God, Our Lord and Savior and all mankind." (C.W. "Win" Jackson, a 32 degree Freemason). (5).

Freemasons Infiltrate Churches and Subvert Christianity

"According to an ex-Mason now Christian, the Masons have infiltrated all the religious and
denominational groups. Whether this is an overstatement or not, it is clear from the Author's
research that it can't be much of an overstatement, because Masons can be found even in groups
that forbid them. If organizations of Christians are examined Masons can also be found in the
leadership." (6).

"Masonry has been a cancer destroying the Protestant churches for over two hundred years." (7).

"Surely, if Masons really understood what Masonry is, as it is delineated in these books, no Christian Mason would think himself to remain at liberty another day as a member of the fraternity. It is as plain as possible that a man knowing what it is, and embracing it in his heart, cannot be a Christian man. To say he is is to disbelieve the very nature of Christianity." (8)

​"Witnesses to the truth of Billy Graham's 33° Scottish Rite Masonic membership are many. Not only is this membership hopelessly at odds with Christ's teachings, but it reveals the Satanic side of Billy Graham's character that the media hasn't told you about. Billy Graham groped blindfolded in the Masonic Lodge and declared before the Worshipful Masonic Lodge Master that he was in need of light. How rediculous [sic] for a Christian evangelist who claims to have the light of the world, to beg a pagan hierarchy for light. Billy Graham has repeatedly taken blood oaths on penalty of gruesome death to keep the Masonic Lodge's secrets and to deceive others about their activities. When such a man as an international evangelist swears to be dishonest, is dishonest, and takes blood oaths, then this is a reproach on the Bible and on Christ..." (9

Billy Graham and John Macarthur's father, "Jack" Macarthur, were both in Henrietta Mears' inner circle.  Jack Macarthur was also very close friends with high ranking Masons. (See: The Roy Rogers Masonic Connection.)

Billy Graham is a Southern Baptist and John Macarthur has a very close relationship with the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC). For example, in March, 2014, both Al Mohler and Mark Dever, two leaders in the SBC, will be speaking at John Macarthur's Pastors' Conference.

Click here to see that the Southern Baptist Convention is controlled by Freemasonry.  Click here to view a short list of some Baptist Masons.

​Freemasonry and Ecumenism

An examination of early Christian ecumenical groups of an evangelical nature shows the hand of Masonry quietly at work. For instance, the Evangelical Alliance, now called the World Evangelical Alliance (WEA), was formed in 1846 in a conference held at Freemason's Hall, United Grand Lodge of England, the mother of all Masonic lodges. 

The World Evangelical Alliance is the shadow government to the Lausanne Movement which is the umbrella over the global ecumenical movement. John Stott, whom John Macarthur likes to quote, is the framer of the Lausanne Covenant and oversaw the formation of the World Evangelical Fellowship (now the WEA) and formulated its purposes. 

Few Christians know that John Macarthur’s father was the Director of the Fuller Evangelistic Foundation, the organization which started Fuller Seminary.  The article, Filling the Blanks with Fuller, describes Fuller Seminary as “an ecumenical ‘think tank’ seminary” which “has fostered, nurtured, and promoted the apostasy globally…”  The article describes the global ecumenical movement as “a political movement of the highest order and must not be confused with anything even remotely resembling Christianity.” 

Charles Fuller, the founder of the Fuller Evangelistic Foundation, also co-founded Fuller Seminary and the National Association of Evangelicals (NAE).  In 1951, the NAE revived the World Evangelical Fellowship from the “dying embers” of the Evangelical Alliance of 1846 which was formed at Freemason's Hall. 

Ecumenism is a masonic enterprise and, as stated, John Macarthur's father, Jack Macarthur, and Billy Graham were in Henrietta Mears' inner circle which launched the global ecumenical movement. (See John Macarthur's Ecumenical Roots)

Masonic Symbolism--Used To Conceal Truth and Includes the Use of the Sun

"The ritual quoted above of the 32 degree lecture introduces us to two concepts worthy
of note at this point. First, that symbols are used to conceal truth from the profane, and
second that Masonry involves the worship of the various 5 elements of the serpent.
In Ez. 8:16, Sun worshippers are described facing the east. Generally, sun worshippers
have faced east, as the Masonic rituals connected to sun worship do. Because of a
number of items, it appears that Lucifer may be playing a larger role within the Masonic
lodges than one is led to believe. The symbology of the lodge includes frequent use of
the Sun..." (10).

"The sun has ever been at the center of false religion. The Ancient Mystery Religions venerated the sun, the solar disk, as deity...These pagan philosophies...indicate the importance of the sun as symbol of satanic deity." (11). 

"Now today, the Masons, as did the apostate Jewish elders and priests in the days of Ezekiel, continue to worship Satan the sun God, also called Lucifer or Baal, by other names." (12).

The word of God states that the idolatry of sun worship is a denial of God:

"If I beheld the sun when it shined, or the moon walking in brightness; and my heart hath been secretly enticed... this also was an iniquity to be punished by the judge; for I should have denied the God who is above. (Job 31:26-28)"

Masonic Numerology 

"The Freemason movement uses a large variety of symbols to express its spiritual and allegorical themes. One aspect of these is that Freemasons will be able to recognise special meanings and purposes in particular numbers that are hidden to outsiders." (Masonic Numerology

The Importance of the Numbers 3 and 33 in Freemasonry 

"Three...the preeminent number for Craft Masonry..." (13).

"Three is recognised as a special symbolic number throughout Freemasonry, and continues to have additional significances in higher degrees." (14).

Thirty Three "is of course two threes placed together. It represents the highest degree achievable in Scottish Rite Masonry, and is therefore a 'supreme' number... Thirty-three has other hidden meanings too." (15).

The Handshake

"The handshake has special significance for masons and also allows masons to recognize each other... 

"Each Masonic degree has its own handshake, full of symbolism and its own unique attributes. The special grip or handshake of an entered apprentice, for example, consists of pressing the thumb against the top of the joint of the first knuckle. This handshake is known sometimes as the 'Boaz'..." ​
Who is Kory Welch?

Kory Welch is John Macarthur's son-in-law and according to the IRS 2012 990 form "is 100% owner of The Welch Group."  According to The Welch Group's website:

"The Welch Group Corporation was formed in 2007 for the purpose of creating high quality video, TV and multi-media production. Under the leadership of CEO/Executive Producer Kory Welch, that purpose is being met...In addition to creating numerous book trailers for various publishers, The Welch Group also produces the nationally aired Grace to You weekly television broadcast and is currently in development on several television and feature film opportunities. The Welch Group expertly manages all aspects of the production process from concept to production, post-production to delivery. Along the way, it has earned a reputation for its powerful productions and its commitment to a job well done." 

John Macarthur is the President of Grace To You and his two sons are the Treasurer and a Director of Grace To You.  In a conflict of interest, The Welch Group is paid approximately $700,000 annually by Grace To You for its video production. Click here to learn more about this conflict of interest. 

The latest public record (IRS 2012 990 form) available for Grace To You also shows that John Macarthur was paid more than $400,000 by Grace To You for part time work.  Click here to read about John Macarthur's salary.

The Life Recovery Bible by Tyndale House Publishers 

One of the book trailers (seen here [can be seen below]) created by The Welch Group is for a "Life Recovery Bible" by Tyndale House Publishers.  According to Tyndale House Publishers, "The Life Recovery Bible is today's #1-selling recovery Bible and is based on the 12-step recovery model." Another Tyndale webpage states, "With over 2,000,000 copies sold, The Life Recovery Bible is today’s #1-Selling Recovery Bible tied to the Twelve Steps of recovery, helping millions of people turn to the true source of healing—Jesus Christ." [Note: Al Mohler, who is a close friend of John Macarthur, has exposed Steve Arterburn, the author of this Life Recovery Bible, for his hypocrisy.  Click here to read more.]

​The 12 Steps to Hell

The Life Recovery Bible and Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) are both based on the 12-step recovery model.  Will the 12-step recovery model help people turn to Jesus Christ as Tyndale House claims? 

Bill Wilson and Dr. Bob Smith co-founded AA.  It's been reported that Dr. Bob Smith was a Freemason who spent his time "invoking spirits of the dead." (See: AA Co-Founder Dr. Bob Smith was a Freemason).  And according to Bill Wilson's "Alcoholics Anonymous" And It's Satanic "12 Steps", ​A.A.'s 12 Steps were actually taught by and received from demons.

"Furthermore, A.A. with its higher-power-as-you-understand-it opens the door to occultism. The official A.A. biography of Wilson reveals that for years after A.A's founding, regular seances were still being held in the Wilsons' home, and other occult activities were being pursued:  

"Bill would...'get' these things [from the spirit world]...long sentences, word by word would come through...." 

"[A]s he started to write [the A.A. manual], he asked for guidance....The words began tumbling out with astonishing speed.... ." 

"So A.A.'s 12 Steps were actually received verbatim from the demonic worldIt is not surprising, then, that the effect of A.A. upon many of its members is to lead them into occult involvement."

Tyndale House Publishers has based their Life Recovery Bible on "12 steps" dictated by demons.  

The Welch Group's Life Recovery Bible Trailer
The Story

In a nutshell, this 2 minute 35 second long trailer is about a married businessman whose life is spiraling out of control.  Prescription drugs and alcohol aren't helping and after an unsuccessful intervention, he is busted for DUI and his wife leaves him.  He then decides to read his Life Recovery Bible and after seeing the light, he drives out late one night to catch the early morning sunrise.  The end of the trailer sees him being baptized.

Although one never sees his face, I believe the man playing the role of the married businessman is Kory Welch.  His friend in the trailer is Tom Patton.  I believe that the trailer scenes include Kory Welch's actual home, office, car, phone, and, I suppose, his actual wife and child.  

Note: Tom Patton is a Hollywood acting coach.  He is a Senior Teacher at the Joanne Baron/D.W. Brown Studio specializing in the Meisner Technique.  Mr. Patton also works on the Grace To You TV broadcasts.  In addition, he is a Staff Elder at John Macarthur's church and was the "vision-casting" pastor of  John Macarthur's singles' ministry called The Guild, which was based on Rick Warren's Purpose Driven model.
Masonic Symbolism in The Welch Group Trailer
The Architect

It appears that the businessman (Kory Welch) in the trailer is an architect because he has architectural paperwork in his office (pictured below).  And the company name on the paperwork is "D C Architects."  Recall that Freemasons refer to their god as The Grand Architect of the Universe (T.G.A.O.T.U.).  Also, within Scottish Rite Masonry is a "Master Architect" degree as other Masonic bodies have "Architect" and "Grand Architect" degrees.   

As stated, the numbers 3 and 33 are important in Freemasonry.  For example, George Washington is a revered Freemason and his George Washington Masonic National Memorial in Alexandria, Virginia is exactly 333 ft. high with an "upper terrace" base which is 3.33 ft thick.

In the Life Recovery Bible trailer at about the 1:20 mark, the time on Kory Welch's phone is displayed.  The time is exactly 3:33.  The text under the time reads, "KorWelch--You Won The Bid? Congrats!"  
The Handshake?

At about the 1:22 mark in the trailer, Tom Patton is seen greeting Kory Welch with a handshake.  Is this a masonic handshake?  

It's suspicious that the opening still shot in the Life Recovery Bible Trailer (seen above) depicts the immediate release of this handshake.  

The image scroller below depicts this handshake in 7 sequential frames. The first frame in the sequence is the scene where Tom Patton's mouth is closed.  And though the image scroller causes a slight flickering effect, the images will stop scrolling and become clear whenever the cursor is placed on them.
The Sunburst

At about the 2:13 mark and after the businessman apparently "gets God," he then drives out one night until dawn when he stops to view the rising sun (depicted as a sunburst appearing from behind the mountains) as it rises above his opened Life Recovery Bible.  

Recall that in Freemasonry, the symbol of the sun (or sunburst) represents Lucifer. 

"The late Albert Pike, a Luciferian and highly influential Mason, wrote that the power of his deity [Lucifer] is symbolized by the sun: 'The sun is the ancient symbol of the life-giving and generative power of the Deity.'"
The Welch Group's "Grace Advance--Corporate Promotion Video"

The Welch Group has also produced a video for John Macarthur's ministry called "Grace Advance."  Click here or here to see this video.  This video depicts scenes alternating between John Macarthur proclaiming the need for Grace Advance and, oddly enough, a master craftsman making a single domino.   

For some time in this video Macarthur is seen holding up a domino with 3 dots on it.  Now recall that three is "the preeminent number for Craft Masonry."  The first degree in Craft Masonry is called Entered Apprentice.  The second degree is called Fellow Craft and the third degree is called Master Mason.  Is this video communicating to Masons (while hiding from the "profane"), that John Macarthur is a "Master of the Craft?" 

This video is about crafting men trained at The Master's Seminary and Grace Advance to lead churches. And because Grace Advance is following the guidelines and agenda put forth by the Peter Drucker inspired Leadership Network (whose publication is called LN Advance) one would expect these Grace Advance-led churches to indeed topple off their biblical foundations as they are infiltrated, subverted and brought within the Grace Advance network.  It's interesting that they used the domino effect to illustrate this process and it seems like an appropriate analogy.  Wasn't the domino theory first used to describe the fall of nations to communism?  In this video it predicts the fall of churches to Grace Advance, ie. to The Leadership Network, ie. to a change/transformation process away from God, ie. to communitarianism.

Click here to learn more about Grace Advance. 
Click here to read "What is the Church Growth Movement?"

John Macarthur's "Slave" Book Trailer Depicts the Masonic All-Seeing Eye Within a Pyramid 

John Macarthur's "Slave" book promotional video which was also produced by The Welch Group depicts the Masonic all-seeing eye of Horus within a pyramid. This Masonic/Occult symbol can be seen at the 1:15 mark in this video.  Click here to read a separate article which exposes this Masonic symbol within John Macarthur's "Slave" book trailer. 

FIRE, Freemasonry, and Phil Johnson, the Executive Director of Grace To You

Phil Johnson is the Executive Director of Grace To You.  He's also known for a blog he controls called Pyromaniacs.  Pyromaniacs have an obsession with lighting fires.  God does say that His word is "like as a fire."  According to Phil Johnson's website, (Who is Phillip R. Johnson?), he is a member of FIRE, "Fellowship of Independent Reformed Evangelicals" (firefellowship.org) (16).  Of interest, the slogan of FIRE is "In essentials Unity, In non-essentials Liberty, in all things Charity." Why is this interesting?  FIRE's slogan is nearly identical to the slogan of Phoenix Freemasonry"It is the glory of Masonry to teach Unity in essentials, Liberty in details, Charity in all things; and by this sign its spirit must at last prevail." (Phoenix Freemasonry)

Other Articles of Interest

John Macarthur: Freemason

John Macarthur's Great Grandfather: A Ruler Within Freemasonry 

The Masonic Grand Lodge of A.F. & A.M. of Canada Quotes John Macarthur in their Recent Communiqué

The Roy Rogers Masonic Connection

John Macarthur's "Slave" Book Promotional Video Depicts the Masonic All-Seeing Eye Within a Pyramid

Masonic/Occult Symbols at John Macarthur's Grace To You


1. William Hutchinson, Mason, The Spirit of Masonry, revised by George Oliver, New York, Bell Publishing, originally published in 1775, p. 195 also,  The Mysteries of Freemasonry, by John Fellows, p. 219
2. Albert Churchward, Signs and Symbols of Primordial Man: the Evolution of Religious Doctrine from the Eschatology of the Ancient Egyptians, London, England, George Allen and Company, Ltd. 1913, Second Edition, p. 189.
3. Dr. C. Burns, Masonic and Occult Symbols Illustrated, p. 28
4. Be Wise As Serpents, Chap. 1.17-(Storms, E.M. Should A Christian Be A Mason? American Heritage Pub. Co., 1980, —in back of the book Jim Shaw's tract "Christianity vs Freemasonry" is printed. Quote is from Shaw's tract.)
5. Be Wise As Serpents, Chap. 1.17-(America's Promise Newsletter, [Jan. 1988] p. 1.)
6. Be Wise as Serpents, Chap. 2.1
7. Ibid.
8. Ibid
9. Ibid
10. Be Wise as Serpents, Chap. 1.5
11. Codex Magica, Chapter 22
12. Ibid
13. Some Masonic Numerology
14. Ibid
15. Ibid
16. Druids are a "fire fellowship" as they burn the wicker man
The Grace To You Sunburst

It shouldn't come as a surprise that John Macarthur's Grace To You also employs the sunburst in its ministry logo.  In fact, many pseudo-Christian ministries employ the sunburst including Rick Warren's Saddleback Church and Chuck Swindoll's Stonebriar Church. (See Masonic/Occult Symbols at John Macarthur's Grace To You)
April 30: Beltane-A Major Druid/Wiccan Sabbat

The date on Kory Welch's phone is significant. April 30th is when Beltane, a
major Druid/Wiccan Sabbat, is celebrated. "The Beltane festival is one of the greater Sabbats of the Witches annual calendar and today is normally celebrated on the 30th of April (May Eve)." (The Sabbats-Beltane

"Wiccans have eight festivals during the year which are referred to as Sabbats...They are divided into two groups; one of these being the lesser Sabbats which mark the equinoxes and solstices and 
the others are major Sabbats that mark agriculture and fertility...The four Greater Sabbats are: Imbolc, Beltane, Lughnasadh, and Samhain. (The Wiccan Way)  

The Greater Sabbat, Lughnasadh, is annually celebrated by Kory Welch's father-in-law, John Macarthur, with his "Camp Regen." It's at this Camp Regeneration (Lughnasadh is also known as the Festival of Regeneration) that young church members under John Macarthur's directive are being taught pagan customs that are invoking pagan gods.  These practices are also conditioning the church members for occult initiation and reception of the mark of the Beast.  Read John Macarthur's Druid Festival to learn much more.