WADE BURLESON: HIS MASONIC HERITAGE
Wade Burleson is the pastor of Emmanuel Enid Church, a Southern Baptist church in Enid, OK. He has spent much of his adult life associated with the Southern Baptist Convention as he once said, “I bleed Southern Baptist blood.” Many of his ancestors have been Southern Baptists (even prominent members) and his father pastored a Southern Baptist church which had the distinction of numbering Rick Warren among its members. In addition to or in conjunction with his church duties, he has also worked closely with several government agencies including NASA, DEA, FBI and Homeland Security. He is also a historian having written many posts of historical interest on his Istoria Ministries blog.
1. Wade Burleson Inspired The Wartburg Watch
In her introduction to Wade Burleson, Deb Martin says that she and Dee Parsons are close friends with Wade Burleson and have been guests at his home. She also says that they have been reading his blog since the fall of 2008 (even religiously) and that he was the inspiration for The Wartburg Watch.
”One of the great joys we have experienced here at TWW is the wonderful friendship we have established with Wade Burleson and his wife Rachelle. Last December Dee and I traveled to Oklahoma and visited with the Burlesons for an entire weekend. Words cannot adequately express how grateful we are for them and their wonderful Christ-centered church.
“We’re not sure how long Wade has been reading our posts here at TWW, but I remember when Dee and I first discovered Wade’s blog. It was in the fall of 2008, and we were becoming extremely concerned about trends we were noticing in conservative circles of Christendom…
“I remember sending Dee an e-mail in late 2008 with a link to one of Wade’s posts and stating: ‘I don’t know anything about Wade Burleson, but I really like what he writes!’ We read Wade’s blog religiously because he gave us hope…It should come as no surprise that Wade Burleson was the inspiration for The Wartburg Watch, although he had no idea of his tremendous impact on us until very recently.”
Wade Burleson was the inspiration for Wartburg Watch and gave Dee Parsons and Deb Martin hope. Hope for what? That their agenda (feminism) could prevail in the conservative circles of Christendom?
2. Wade Burleson is The Wartburg Watch’s E-Church pastor
“We are extremely honored that Wade has graciously consented to our request to feature his sermons here at TWW for our readers’ spiritual nourishment. We have been highly impressed by his authenticity, and we are thrilled to share his messages with you on a weekly basis.
“Clearly, he is a man of conviction, and we greatly respect his honesty and transparency. If the SBC had listened to godly men like Wade, perhaps the denomination wouldn’t be in such a downward spiral…
According to Dee Parsons:
“‘Pastors like Wade Burleson are rare, and we are so honored to be featuring his messages at our EChurch@Wartburg beginning this weekend. We conclude with a shout out to all of you from Wade. We pray he will touch you wherever you are in your walk with Christ.’
“My name is Wade Burleson. Rachelle, my wife of thirty years, and I are friends of Dee and Wanda (aka Deb) at The Wartburg Watch. We are participating in the formation of EChurch@Wartburg because we have a heart for people who love Christ but have been hurt by the church.”
3. Wade Burleson’s Masonic / Merovingian Connections
When I looked up information about Wade Burleson’s ancestors, I found that most, if not all, were influential and high ranking Freemasons, a fact that is conspicuously absent from his writings given that he is a historian who has written extensively about his family. And notwithstanding his Christian profession, I have found evidence that Wade Burleson teaches several heretical doctrines that are rooted in the Jewish Kabbalah (the basis for Freemasonry).
A. His Family
1.) The Cherrys
Leaders of the Knights Templar
Wade Burleson’s mother is Mary Cherry. (L) According to Wade Burleson’s history of the Cherry family, the Cherrys who invaded England became leaders of the Knights Templar who then became known as Freemasons.
“Tradition has it that the De Cher’ries who invaded England with William the Conqueror became leading members of the Knights Templar during the Crusades (1095 to 1291 AD)… After coming to England, the Knights Templar organization became known as the Free Masons.” (L)
“Cherry is Sephardic-Cherry is specifically a Spanish Jewish last name so most people with that name in their geneology [sic] someone has directly Jewish ancestry from their maternal side.” (L)
Knights Templars were Merovingian Jews
It’s been documented that the Knights Templar were Jews of the Merovingian bloodline who sought refuge in Scotland.
“However, previous Watch Unto Prayer reports document that the Crusaders were the Knights Templars who were Merovingian Jews…” (L)
“Merovingian literature establishes that the Knights Templar were Jews of the Diaspora whose consuming interest was to return to the Holy Land in order to rebuild Solomon’s Temple and reestablish the Kingdom of Israel. The Templars maintain that they directly descended from the Jews who were taken captive by the Romans at the siege of Jerusalem in 70 A.D. Compelling evidence of this claim is found in the various rituals of Royal Arch Freemasonry, which reenact the history of the Jews of the Diaspora in anticipation of their return to Palestine to rebuild the Temple of Solomon.” (L)
“The Merovingians became the royalty of Europe, having claimed Jewish descent from King David, King Solomon and, posturing as Christians, from Jesus Christ through Mary Magdalene!” (L)
The Merovingians are descendants of a satanic bloodline from which the Antichrist and False Prophet will come. (L) Read The Merovingian Dynasty to learn much more.
Having ancestors who were leaders of the Knights Templar would make Wade Burleson of Merovingian Jewish descent.
2.) Rufus Burleson (1823-1901)
Southern Baptist and President of Baylor
“Wade’s paternal ancestors, the Burlesons, also originated in England and came to the Carolinas in the early 1700’s…Wade is a cousin to Rufus Columbus Burleson (1823-1901), former President of Baylor University and Pastor of FBC Houston…” (L)
Rufus Burleson was the second president of Baylor University and served two terms (1851-1861), (1886-1897). He twice served as president of the Baptist General Convention of Texas in the late 1800’s. He was the pastor of Baptist Church in Independence, TX and preached at First Baptist Church of Houston, TX.
Chaplain of Waco Masonic Lodge for 30+ Years
“Bell’s year  was also singular in that the Baylor legend Brother Rufus C. Burleson, Chaplain of Waco 92 for some 30+ years, attended a lodge meeting and gave a speech dedicated to Masonic duty, in which he begged for increased attendance and activity. He would die just a few months later.” (L)
Baptized Sam Houston: Royal Arch Mason who Established Grand Lodge of Texas
Rufus Burleson baptized Sam Houston on November 19, 1854. (L) Sam Houston was of Scottish descent.
“Scotland has had long historical connections with Texas…Sam Houston (1793-1863) who gained Texas its independence by leading his troops to victory over the Mexicans at the Battle of San Jacinto, was also of Scottish ancestry originating from Houston, Renfrewshire.” (L)
Houston (/ˈhuːstən/ HOO-stən) is a village in the council area of Renfrewshire and the larger historic county of the same name in the west central Lowlands of Scotland. (L)
“Sam Houston was the son of Major Samuel Houston and Elizabeth Paxton. Houston’s paternal ancestry is often traced to his great-great grandfather Sir John Houston, who built a family estate in Scotland in the late seventeenth century.” (L)
Sam Houston was the 7th governor of Tennessee (1827-29); the first and third president of the Republic of Texas (1836-38, 1841-44); U.S. senator from Texas (1846-59) and the 7th governor of Texas (1859-61).
“He [Sam Houston] received his degrees in Cumberland Lodge No. 8, Nashville, Tennessee April 19, June 20, and July 22nd, 1817…he was a charter member of Nashville Lodge No. 37. He served as junior warden, and in 1824 attended grand lodge as a past master…He affiliated with Holland Lodge No. 36 of La. in 1837, and this became Holland Lodge No. 1 of Texas. On December 20, 1837 he presided over the meeting which established the Grand Lodge of Texas…He was undoubtedly a Royal Arch Mason, for he was knighted in Washington Commandery No. 1, Washington, D.C., February 23, 1853.” (L)
Descendent of the Byrd Family
“Rufus Burleson’s mother was a direct lineal descendent of Sir William Byrd, founder of Richmond, Virginia.” (L) William Byrd was a member of the Royal Society and in the 1720s served as the London agent of the House of Burgesses in Virginia. (L)
William Byrd had two notable descendants in the 20th century who were Freemasons: naval officer, pioneering aviator and explorer Richard Evelyn Byrd and Virginia Governor and U.S. Senator Harry F. Byrd. (L)
Governor Harry F. Byrd “was raised in Hiram Lodge No. 21 at Winchester in Nov., 1925 and a member of the AASR (SJ) at Alexandria, Va. receiving the degrees in Oct. 1929. In 1943 he received the 33 degree. (L)
Richard E. Byrd “became a member of Federal Lodge No. 1, Washington, D.C. on March 19, 1921 and affiliated with Kane Lodge No. 454, New York City, Sept. 18, 1928 (see Elisha Kent Kane). He is a member of National Sojourner Chapter No. 3 at Washington. He and his pilot, Bernt Balchen q.v. dropped Masonic flags on the two poles Balchen also added his Shrine fez. In the Antarctic expedition of 1933-35, 60 of the 82 members were Freemasons and on Feb. 5, 1935 established First Antarctic Lodge No. 777 of New Zealand constitution. d. March 11, 1957.” (L)
3.) Edward Burleson (1798-1851)
Texas Vice President and Army General
“Wade is a cousin…to General Edward Burleson (1798-1851), former Vice-President of the Republic of Texas.” (L)
Edward Burleson was born in Texas, was a general in the Texas Army during the Texas War of Independence; member of Texas Republic House of Representatives, 1837-38; member of Texas Republic Senate, 1838-39; Vice President of the Texas Republic under Sam Houston, 1841-44; candidate for President of the Texas Republic, 1844; member of Texas state senate, 1846-51; died in office 1851. (L)
Most Excellent Grand High Priest of the Grand Royal Arch Chapter of the Republic of Texas
Edward Burleson was initiated into Masonry on March 22, 1826. (L) He was Junior Deacon of Temple Lodge No. 4 in Houston, TX (1938); Master of Austin Lodge No. 12 in Austin, TX (1842); Grand Junior Warden for the Grand Lodge (1843); Grand Marshall (1846); Grand Junior Deacon (1847); and Grand Standard Bearer in 1849. He was at the Convention creating the Grand Royal Arch Chapter of the Republic of Texas and was Third Most Excellent Grand High Priest of the Grand Royal Arch Chapter of the Republic of Texas (1844-1845) (L)
4.) Albert Sidney Burleson (1863-1937)
Postmaster General of the USA
According to Wade Burleson, his distant cousin was Albert Sidney Burleson, the Postmaster General of the United States and special envoy from President Woodrow Wilson. (L)
Albert Sidney Burleson received a B.A. degree from Baylor University in 1881…He served as assistant city attorney of Austin from 1885 to 1890, and in 1891 he was appointed attorney of the Twenty-sixth Judicial District. Among the friends he made during this time was Edward M. House*, who later kept Burleson’s name in consideration for a position in President Woodrow Wilson’s cabinet. (L)
*Edward Mandell House was a Jew and an agent for the House of Rothschild. House secretly directed U.S. affairs during the Woodrow Wilson administration. (L)
Albert S Burleson was a Freemason (L) and a “member of the Masonic bodies of Austin, Texas.” (L)
5.) William Leigh (1790-1873)
William Leigh was the grandfather of Rufus Burleson. (L) He was born in Amelia County, Virginia, Oct. 4, 1790 and was the first postmaster of Leighton, AL (1824-1847) which was named in his honor. He was a missionary Baptist preacher for 63 years and served as pastor and leader in the Muscle Shoals Baptist Association. (L)
Grand Master of the Alabama Masons
William Leigh was a charter member of Leighton Masonic Lodge No. 43 and served as Grand Master of the Alabama Masons (1833-1835). (L) The Masons erected a monument at his unmarked grave in 1931. (L) He conferred a Masonic degree on future Texas governor AC Horton. (L)
Father of Mrs Richard Byrd Burleson
William Leigh’s daughter was Sarah Leigh Burleson (Mrs Richard Byrd Burleson). (L)
“Richard Byrd Burleson was the brother of Baylor University President Rufus C Burleson…Richard joined his brother Rufus at Baylor University in 1857 when Baylor’s board of trustees offered Richard the Chair of Natural Science. (L)
B. Baylor University
R.E.B. Baylor was a Freemason
Wade Burleson attended Baylor University where he met his future wife. (L) Baylor University was founded by R.E.B. Baylor who served under Edward Burleson, in 1840 at the battle of Plum Creek. (L) R.E.B. Baylor became a Mason in 1825.
“He served as chaplain of the Grand Lodge of Texas Masons in 1843, 1845, and 1847. In 1853 he assisted in the organization of a lodge at Gay Hill in Washington County, his home until his death.” (L)
Founded and Controlled by Freemasonry
“Robert E. Baylor was one of eight Masons who petitioned for a charter for Baylor University in 1845. ‘Every president of Baylor University has been a Master Mason'” (L) and “Every President of Baylor from Rufus Burleson to Herb Reynolds has been a Baptist Mason (L)
“Baylor even has an intimate association with the Masons, said Roger Olson, George W. Truett Theological Seminary professor. Every Baylor president until Robert B. Sloan was a member of the Masonic order, Olson said…
“For example, when a school building is first erected, the Masons are very involved with funding and building, Waden said. To make their mark, a cornerstone is laid to demonstrate Mason involvement, Waden said. At Baylor, the Masons placed a cornerstone at the Bill Daniel Student Center… (L)
C. Southern Baptist Convention
Wade Burleson said, “My forefathers, men like Rufus Burleson, have been Southern Baptists since the mid-1800’s. My grandfather was a SBC evangelist, my father has been a SBC pastor for over five decades, and I am now in my third decade of pastoring a church affiliated with the SBC.” (L)
“My forefather, Dr. Rufus Burleson, was President of Baylor University and twice served as President of the Baptist General Convention of Texas in the late 1800’s. I myself recently completed a second term as President of the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma. I bleed Southern Baptist blood.” (L) Wade Burleson was also a former trustee of the International Mission Board of the SBC.
Front for Freemasonry
“Lamentation is often heard concerning the apostate condition of the Southern Baptist Convention. However, there is a reasonable explanation for the broad path which the SBC is traveling, namely important statistics regarding the number of Freemasons who hold membership in the SBC, as published by Biblical Discernment Ministries:
‘U.S. membership [in the Masons] is claimed at about three million, with about five million worldwide… The official magazine of Masonry in the U.S. is titled New Age. Some church denominations are also led by avowed Masons. For example, a 1991 survey by the Southern Baptist Convention Sunday School Board found that 14% of SBC pastors and 18% of SBC deacon board chairs are Masons. It is also estimated that SBC members comprise 37% of total U.S. lodge membership. (A 2000 updated SBC report found that over 1,000 SBC pastors are Masons.)’
“37% of 3,000,000 would have been 1,110,000 Masons who held membership in the SBC. This estimate was for 1991. How many are there today? Also, how many Masons attend SBC churches but do not hold formal memberships? And how many Masons belong to other Christian denominations? (A Freemason once informed us that the Masons encourage their members to go to church.)
“In 1993, the Southern Baptist Convention published a Report on Freemasonry which noted the many fine SBC leaders who were also Freemasons as well as many points of agreement between Freemasonry and Christianity, along with some areas of disagreement between the two. The verdict of the SBC as to whether or not a Southern Baptist could also be a member of a Masonic Lodge was not based on the Scriptural prohibition of I Cor. 10:21: ‘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.’ Instead the Southern Baptist Convention appealed to the old Masonic cliché regarding every man’s ‘liberty of conscience’:
‘In light of the fact that many tenets and teachings of Freemasonry are not compatible with Christianity and Southern Baptist doctrine, while others are compatible with Christianity and Southern Baptist doctrine, we therefore recommend that consistent with our denomination’s deep convictions regarding the priesthood of the believer and the autonomy of the local church, membership in a Masonic Order be a matter of personal conscience.'”
List of Baptist Masons
Click here to read a list of some famous Baptist Masons.
D. Emmanuel Baptist Church, Enid OK
Wade Burleson states that the “unofficial motto” of his Emmanuel Baptist Church in Enid, Oklahoma is “In essentials, unity; in non-essentials, liberty; and in all things, charity.” (L) This motto, often attributed to Augustine of Hippo, is a formula for and a graphical expression of Masonic government.
According to Masonic Law, History and Miscellany: Masonic Law: A Compendium of the Fundamental Principles of Intermasonic Comity: Part II, Chapter 1:17 by James T Holly published by American Freemason Vol. 7, Oct. 1858:
“Hence, then, the whole theory of Masonic Government may be graphically expressed in this apposite* formula, ‘In essentials, unity; in non-essentials, liberty, and in all things, charity.’ And in fulfilling the spirit of this motto for the future, alone rests the secret of universal harmony and Fraternal cooperation among all portions of the Masonic brotherhood throughout the world.” (L)
*apposite means appropriate or suitable
Jesus Christ is the Pyramid’s Capstone
The Great Pyramid of Giza with its missing capstone is important in Freemasonry. The following was taken from The Watchtower and The Masons, p.68:
“Concerning the Great Pyramid, the Freemason book The Signs & Symbols of Primordial Man explains…’the Great Pyramid of Ghizeh was the first and still remains the greatest Masonic Temple in the world, open to all Masons who can read symbolically what was written in stone ages ago…'”
In the picture below, Wade Burleson is seen preaching at his church in front of 3 pyramids. Directly above the middle pyramid, which is missing its capstone, is the phrase “Jesus Is.” This looks like Wade Burleson is conveying to his church members the deception that Jesus Christ is the missing capstone of the Great Pyramid (when the missing capstone of the Great Pyramid actually represents Lucifer.)
“The detached Capstone of the [Great] Pyramid represents Lucifer who, in the person of the Antichrist, will preside over Eretz Israel during the Millennium.” (L)