The Truth About Fraternities, Sororities, and Other Secret Societies

Today our colleges and universities have drifted away from any kind of standard that may have applied in the past, but one thing has not changed and that is fraternities and sororities.  We look upon these organizations as something to be elevated in academia and the workplace. If you have the Greek letters added to your resume then you get special treatment. It is like those who belong to the Masonic Lodge are elevated and more likely to be hired. But let’s look at these organizations and expose who and what they really are. Yes, on the surface you may say, it’s great for comoratory and the friends you make, you make for life, but let’s look at the opposite side of the coin. Not all things that glitter is gold. There is a dark side to these organizations. Because of the secrecy involved with these organizations it has kept many people from speaking out.

 The references used here are from Wikipedia.

“Sororities, originally called women’s fraternities, began to develop in 1851 with the formation of the Adelphean Society Alpha Delta Pi, though fraternity-like organizations for women didn’t take their current form until the establishment of Pi Beta Phi in 1867 and Kappa Alpha Theta and Kappa Kappa Gamma in 1870. The term sorority was used by a professor of Latin at Syracuse University, Frank Smalley, who felt the word “fraternity” was inappropriate for a group of ladies. The word comes from Latin soror, meaning ‘sister,’ ‘cousin, daughter of a father’s brother,’ or ‘female friend.’ The first organization to use the term ‘sorority’ was Gamma Phi Beta, established in 1874.”

“The first fraternity in North America to incorporate most of the elements of modern fraternities was Phi Beta Kappa, founded at the College of William and Mary in 1775. The founding of Phi Beta Kappa followed the earlier establishment of two other secret student societies that had existed at that campus as early as 1750. In 1779 Phi Beta Kappa expanded to include chapters at Harvard and Yale. By the early 19th century, the organization transformed itself into a scholastic honor society and abandoned secrecy.” But from the 1800’s to today they are still secret societies. If they were something to be had, then why keep it a secret? “With a few exceptions, most fraternities and sororities are secret societies. While the identity of members or officers is rarely concealed, fraternities and sororities initiate members following the pledge period through sometimes elaborate private rituals, frequently drawn or adopted from Masonic ritual practice or that of the Greek mysteries.

“At the conclusion of an initiation ritual, the organization’s secret motto, secret purpose and secret identification signs, such as handshakes and passwords, are usually revealed to its new members. Some fraternities also teach initiates an identity search device used to confirm fellow fraternity members. Julian Hawthorne, the son of Nathaniel Hawthorne, wrote in his posthumously published Memoirs of his initiation into Delta Kappa Epsilon: I was initiated into a college secret society—a couple of hours of grotesque and good-humored rodomontade and horseplay, in which I cooperated as in a kind of pleasant nightmare, confident, even when branded with a red-hot iron or doused head-over heels in boiling oil, that it would come out all right. The neophyte is effectively blindfolded during the proceedings, and at last, still sightless, I was led down flights of steps into a silent crypt, and helped into a coffin, where I was to stay until the Resurrection…Thus it was that just as my father passed from this earth, I was lying in a coffin during my initiation into Delta Kappa Epsilon.”

“Meetings and rituals are sometimes conducted in what is known as a chapter room located inside the fraternity’s house. Entry into chapter rooms is often prohibited to all but the initiated. In one extreme case, the response of firefighters to a blaze signaled by an automated alarm at the Sigma Phi chapter house at the University of Wisconsin in 2003 was hampered in part because fraternity members refused to disclose to emergency responders the location of the hidden chapter room, where the conflagration had erupted.

“According to Assistant Professor Caroline Rolland-Diamond of the Paris West University Nanterre La Défense, in one ritual popular in the 1960s, born out of frustration to the ubiquitous nascent counterculture, “The men were stripped to their underpants, tied up to a tree, and covered in a nasty mix of food and leaves, remaining there until their fiancées came to free them with a kiss.” Of course, we can not leave out the infamous Skull and Bones which several of our modern Presidents were members of. “Skull and Bones, also known as The Order, Order 322 or The Brotherhood of Death, is an undergraduate senior secret student society at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut. The oldest senior-class society at the university, Skull and Bones has become a cultural institution known for its powerful alumni and various conspiracy theories. Skull and Bones is considered one of the ‘Big Three’ societies at Yale University; the others are Scroll and Key and Wolf’s Head. The society is known informally as ‘Bones’, and members are known as ‘Bonesmen’, ‘Members of The Order’ or ‘Initiated to The Order.’”

“One legend is that the number represents ‘founded in ’32, 2nd corps’, referring to a first Corps in an unknown German university. Another possible reference of 322 is the Freemasonic Lodge of Virtue and Silence no. 322, in Suffolk, UK, signaling a fraternal but unspoken sponsorship between the two “secret society” organizations, regarding which silence is considered virtuous. Lodge 322 was founded in 1811, 21 years before the creation of the Skull and Bones association in 1832.”

“Skull and Bones” is featured in books and movies which claim that the society plays a role in a global conspiracy for world control. There have been rumors that Skull and Bones is a branch of the Illuminati, having been founded by German university alumni following the order’s suppression in their native land by Karl Theodor, Elector of Bavaria with the support of Frederick the Great of Prussia, or that Skull and Bones controls the CIA.

Rumors have a way of telling the truth. 

“Studies have shown that fraternity and sorority members are more likely than the average college student to use or abuse drugs. Since the 1990s, fraternity members have experienced an increase of over 400% in the recreational use of prescription benzodiazepines like Xanax and Valium. Amphetamine use with drugs like Ritalin and Adderall are more common among fraternity members than other college students. Fraternity members abuse amphetamines at double the rate than that of their non-college peers. Marijuana use is also more prevalent among fraternity and sorority members compared to college men and women not in fraternities or sororities.”

I’m sure that other drugs like cocaine, heroine, fentanyl, and opioids  and other popular drugs today could be added to the list.

“Studies show that fraternity men are three times more likely to commit rape than other men on college campuses. Fraternity pledges are at a higher likelihood to commit rape or sexual assault because of the pressure to meet the hyper-masculine standards that fraternities expect of their members. Overall, fraternity men are shown to have more rape-supportive attitudes than non-fraternity men. Fraternities have often been accused of fostering rape-supportive attitudes by promoting male dominance and brotherhood, and fraternity affiliation has been found to be a significant predictor of sexually predatory behavior in retrospective research. Sexual assault is such a common occurrence among fraternity organizations that one fraternity, Sigma Alpha Epsilon, is commonly referred to by the nickname, ‘Sexual Assault Expected.’ Attitudes towards women learned in fraternity life can perpetuate fraternity men’s lifelong attitudes, leading to the potential to commit sexual assault and rape after college life. Studies show that women in sororities are almost twice as likely to experience rape than other college women. A research article studied campus demographics and reported rapes and found that campuses that report more rapes have more fraternity men, athletes and liquor violations.” Unfortunately, many judges also once belonged to a fraternity and may now belong to the Masonic Lodge. So as you took the oath , you must remain faithful to your fraternity brothers.

Researchers have found that in predominantly male environments, such as fraternities, athletics and military groups, men feel pressure to meet the group’s standard of masculinity, which may contribute to men being more accepting of sexual violence. Nicholas Syrett, a professor of history at the University of Northern Colorado, has been a vocal critic of the evolution of fraternities in the 20th century. In 2011, Syrett stated that, “fraternal masculinity has, for at least 80 years, valorized athletics, alcohol abuse and sex with women.”

So the question is, should people of faith belong to these organizations? “Many early fraternities made reference to Christian principles or to a Supreme Being in general, as is characteristic of fraternal orders. Some, such as Alpha Chi Rho (1895) and Alpha Kappa Lambda (1907), only admitted Christians, while others, such as Beta Sigma Psi (1925) and Phi Kappa Theta (1959), catered to students belonging to certain denominations of Christianity, such as Lutheranism and Catholicism. Due to their exclusion from Christian fraternities in the United States, Jewish students began to establish their own fraternities in the period of 1895 and 1920, with the first one being Zeta Beta Tau, founded in 1898. Although many of the religion-specific requirements for many fraternities and sororities have been relaxed or removed, there are some today that continue to rally around their faith as a focal point, such as Beta Upsilon Chi (1985) and Sigma Alpha Omega (1998).”

According to Teaching Humble Hearts

“Sororities and fraternities are worldly alternatives to Christian fellowships, except they offer sisterhood or brotherhood based on high sounding human wisdom and principles. By combining verses from the Bible with Greek text and symbolism, they deceive many into believing that their moral code is righteous and virtuous. God’s Word warns us that this is far from being Christ-centered and is a deception by ‘spiritual powers of this world’.”

 1 Corinthians 3: 18-20 says this about human wisdom. “Take care that no one deceives himself. If anyone among you thinks that he is wise in this age, he must become foolish, so that he may become wise.  For the wisdom of this world is foolishness in the sight of God. For it is written: ‘He is the one who catches the wise by their craftiness;’ and again, ‘The Lord knows the thoughts of the wise, that they are useless.’” 

Colossians 2:8 tells us this,  “Don’t let anyone capture you with empty philosophies and high-sounding nonsense that come from human thinking and from the spiritual powers of this world, rather than from Christ.”

Like the Masonic Lodge, there are oaths and rituals and pagan altars, and strict rules to follow. If a person of faith cannot serve two masters, then certainly they cannot serve two gods, especially when one is the True God.

Sororities and fraternities place supreme importance on their life-long oaths and pledges to the society, their guiding spirits, creeds and members. The Bible however, warns us against making any oath of any sort. Otherwise, we will “fall under condemnation” from God.

James 5:12 writes,  “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.”

If one takes an oath to serve and obey the rules or beliefs of their fraternity or sorority they do so knowingly that they are swearing to keep and practice something that is not of God. 

Ephesians 5:6-17 says this, “See that no one deceives you with empty words, for because of these things the wrath of God comes upon the sons of disobedience. Therefore do not become partners with them;  for you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord; walk as children of light (for the fruit of the light consists in all goodness, righteousness, and truth), as you try to learn what is pleasing to the Lord.  Do not participate in the useless deeds of darkness, but instead even expose them;  for it is disgraceful even to speak of the things which are done by them in secret.  But all things become visible when they are exposed by the light, for everything that becomes visible is light.  For this reason it says, ‘Awake, sleeper, and arise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you.’ So then, be careful how you walk, not as unwise people but as wise, making the most of your time, because the days are evil.  Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is.” 

Sororities and fraternities promote a false belief in the power of secrets. There are secret codes, hand-grips, symbols, songs and declarations, all of which are hidden behind forced ungodly oaths and promises. There is nothing we can hide from God Almighty. He will one day weigh every detail of our lives.

Ecclesiastes 12:14 tells us,  “For God will bring every deed into judgment, with every secret thing, whether good or evil.”

And again in  Jeremiah 23:24,  “Can a man hide himself in secret places so that I cannot see him?’ declares the Lord. ‘Do I not fill heaven and earth?’ declares the Lord.”

Amos 5:14-15 says, “Do what is good and run from evil so that you may live! Then the Lord God of Heaven’s Armies will be your helper, just as you have claimed.  Hate evil and love what is good; turn your courts into true halls of justice.”

There are other good organizations that you could belong to like Campus Crusade for Christ, Navigators, or Athletes in Action. You could see if there are other Christian fraternities on your campus.

Today so many Pastors and church goers who were involved in fraternities are now members of the Masonic Lodge. Many also are involved in pornography and other things that are not of God.

The church today has lowered its standards because we want seeker friendly churches. Sermons do not talk about sin and the things that bring about conviction. We no longer are taught to forsake the world’s ways and draw closer to God in holiness, and certainly, we are not taught to flee from things like secret societies.

If you are a believer in the One True God, and you have taken any pledges or oaths to uphold such as a fraternity or sorority member, or even as a member of the Masonic Lodge or like organizations, denounce the oaths. Turn from these ways as members, or once members, and repent and confess to God your loyalty to Him and Him alone, and then go out and tell the world. Yes, expose those deeds of darkness, so others will not fall into the same trap. 

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