YES! Outside of Joseph Smith being a Freemason and Charles Taze Russell making watered down criticisms of Masonry (only to be outed later), there are many similarites between the doctrines and subtle hints in older literature, particularly the masonic Watchtower mag that the JW church throw out there.
“It has always been disconcerting that the Masons are so adept at smokescreens. The leader of the Anti-Masonic political party in the 1830-1840’s turned out to be a Mason. Both C.T. Russell and J. Rutherford printed material that was less than favorable to Freemasonry. And yet I now know that C.T. Russell was a Freemason, a Knights Templar. I also know that Rutherford worked intimately with Freemasons who were his good friends.”Political prisoner and Christian, Fritz Springmeier.
This is a superlarge topic so it’s going to get it’s own category and more given to each bonkers portion.
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