Rosicrucians: 13 Facts about This Obscure Christian Cult

Part of the Quick Facts on Christian Cults series.

File this under controversial. Conspiratorial. Bizarre. Trivial.

Wherever you file it, know this: This is serious stuff some people lock-in on.

In the last two weeks I’ve showcased the Adventists and Unitarians. Two relatively close cousins to orthodox Christianity.

This Sunday I thought I’d go out to the far branches of her family tree and snoop in on a sect that nurses secret knowledge.

So, without anymore pussyfooting, let me introduce you to the Rosicrucians.

1. Historically, Rosicrucians consider –a man who learned esoteric wisdom from Sufi or Zoroastrian teachers during a pilgrimage to the Middle East during the early 15th Century–to be their founder.

2. Rosenkreuz nurtured 8 disciples who were doctors and sworn bachelors. They promised to heal the sick for free, maintain secret fellowship and find replacements when they died.

3. Rosenkreuz’s legend emerged in three manifestos published in early 17th Century, the first being the .

4. This legend inspired a  who existed to advance inspired arts and sciences, including a spiritual and symbolic alchemy.

5. In the late 19th and early 20th Centuries, some Christian groups styled themselves Rosicrucians, including Esoteric Christian Rosicrucians who professed Christ.

6. While in Germany in the fall of 1907,  understood his mission to prepare mankind for a new phase in religion after a visit from a highly evolved entity identified as an Elder Brother of the Rosicrucian Order.

7. Around 1910 Heindel founded the Rosicrucian Fellowship on Mount Ecclesia in Oceanside, California, teaching the mysteries Jesus spoke about in and .

8. RFs teach that man is spirit and body, but the body is improving through a series of existences as the power of God are opened to his life.

9. Man is also unfolding latent spiritual powers through multiple rebirths.

10. Consequently, death is viewed as rebirth into a larger sphere. And life as a school that prepares the man for this birth.

11. Important to the RFs is the doctrine of the , which evolves through multiple births.

12. Tucked into this philosophy is the idea of two Christs: One within and one without. The Savior Christ and the Cosmic Christ. The Cosmic helps the Savior emerge in our spirits.

13. Invisible Helpers–students of the Western Wisdom Teachings– continue Heindel’s work, namely preaching the gospel and healing the sick.

I had a lot of fun doing this because in a previous life I was a huge fan of  and his book . I’m serious.

Tell me what you think.

3 thoughts on “Rosicrucians: 13 Facts about This Obscure Christian Cult

  1. Noel E. Gutierrez

    Hello! I have had the chance to study and comprehend the Rosicrucian Teachings and their Ontology for the 20th and 21st Centuries. They seem to be a good Fraternal Organization with various manifestations(i.e. The Rosicrucian Order, A.M.O.R.C., The Rosicrucian Order, O.H.G.R.C., The Confraternity of the Rose+Cross, The Rosicrucian Fellowship, The Lectorium Rosicrucianum, The

    Builders of The Adytum and The Society of Rosicrucians to name just a few. They all have more or less the same focus and goal. They are good teacher. Walt Disney was a Rosicrucian as well as Mario Moreno “Cantinflas” and President Franklin D. Roosevelt and Thomas Jefferson and Abraham Lincoln. The list is vast and only serves as proof that the Rosicrucians have had great men in their list of Members. I strongly recommend the Rosicrucian Philosophy for a more abundant Life.

    1. Dave

      Jesus said that He is the way, the truth and the life and that no one can come to the Father except through, or by, Him. Clearly this new age cult has a false Jesus and therefore an idol which cannot save.


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