The use of deception, to make it seem as if the goals of the order of the Illuminati were the same as the goals of Christianity: Adam Weishaupt wrote to his Chief Assistant Her Von Zwack (Cato): "The most admirable thing of it all is that the great protestant and Reformed Theologians (Lutherans and Calvinists) who belong to our Order really believe they see in it the true and genuine mind of the Christian Religion. Oh man, what can not you be brought to believe?"
Weishaupt laughed at those who were gullible enough to actually believe that the goals of the Illuminati were not in conflict with those of Christianity; just as those who join the Freemasonry Order are led to believe that Masonry is compatible with Christianity! They are not made to realize that the One being truly worshipped is Lucifer, until its too late!
Adam Weishaupt, in a letter, told of how he would pretend that the Illuminati was Christian, and that he would then substitute that idea with "The Religion of Reason" or Rationalism: "One would almost imagine, that this degree, as Illuminati have managed it, is genuine Christianity... Illuminati say that Freemasonry is concealed Christianity... and as Illuminati explain things, no man need be ashamed of being a Christian. Indeed Illuminati afterwards throw away this name, and substitute Reason. You can't imagine what respect and curiosity my priest-degree has raised; and, which is wonderful, a famous Protestant divine, who is now of the Order, is persuaded that the religion contained in it, is the true sense of Christianity. O MAN, MAN! TO WHAT MAY'ST THOU NOT BE PERSUADED? Who would imagine that Illuminati was to be the founder of a new religion?" -Carrico, quoting John Robison, The Occult Meaning of the Great Seal of the United States, op. Cit., pg. 7-8
Weishaupt also wrote: "Illuminati have contrived an explanation which has every advantage; is inviting to Christians to every communion; gradually frees them from Religious prejudices (and) cultivates the social virtues. My means are effectual, and irresistible. Our Secret Association works in a way that nothing can withstand." -Dennis Cuddy, quoting Adam Weishaupt, "Now is the Dawning of the New Age World Order" pg. 31
William T. Still reports:
"However, others in Weishaupt's Order wrote of their difficulties in seducing candidates away from Christianity. Philo (Baron Von Knigge) had problems convincing some members of the Order that their goal was not to abolish Christianity: 'Illuminati have been at unwearied pains to remove the fears of some who imagine that our Superiors want to abolish Christianity. Were Illuminati to let them know that our General holds all Religion to be a lie, and uses even Deism (the Religion of Reason) ...only to lead men by the nose.' Philo (Von Knigge) then candidly explained why initiates must have the true nature of the Order kept from them: 'Should Illuminati mention our fundamental principles, so unquestionably dangerous to the world, who would remain?'"
The Illuminati leaders wanted to make as if their order was a Christian organization purposed to unite the world for Christ's sake. In his book, "Proofs of a Conspiracy", pg. 86, Robison states: "In this scheme of Masonic Christianity Spartacus (Adam Weishaupt) and Philo (Baron Von Knigge) labored seriously together. Spartacus (Weishaupt) sent him the materials and Philo (Von Knigge) worked them up."
Trying to pretend that what the Illuminati believed in -was merely "ancient and true Christianity", Baron Von Knigge told the initiates of his order:
"Jesus Christ established no new Religion; He would only set Religion and Reason in their ancient rights. For this purpose he would unite men in a common bond. He would fit them for this by spreading a just morality, by enlightening the understanding and by assisting the mind to shake off all prejudices. He would teach all men, In the first place, to govern themselves. Rulers would then be needless, and equality and liberty would take place without any revolution, by the natural and gentle operation of reason and expediency. This great Teacher allows himself to explain every part of the Bible in conformity to these purposes; and he forbids all wrangling among his scholars, because every man may there find a reasonable application to his peculiar doctrines.
Let this be true or false, It does not signify. This was a simple Religion, and it was so far inspired; but the minds of his hearers were not fitted for receiving doctrines. I told you, say he, but you could not bear it. Many therefore were called, but few were chosen. To these elect were entrusted the most important secrets; and even among them there were degrees of information. There was a seventy, and a twelve. All this was in the natural order of things, and according to the habits of the Jews, and Indeed of all antiquity. The Jewish Theosophy was a mystery; like the Eleusinian, or the Pythagorean, unfit for the vulgar, and thus the doctrines of Christianity were committed to the Adepti in a Disciplina Arcani. By these they were maintained, like the Vestal Fire. They were kept up, only in hidden societies, who handed them down to posterity; and they are now possessed by the genuine Free Masons." -Robison's Proofs of a Conspiracy, pg. 87
Adam Weishaupt knew that Christians had to unite with other Religions, in order for there to be a World Government. The unwillingness of Christians to do this- has been the major obstacle for these Secret Societies. Using this deception of "working for worldview Christian unity", Weishaupt was able to get the backing of numerous influential and credulous leaders who really thought that they were working for a noble cause. We will be talking more about this idea in the One World Religion section of this website. Most Christians have no idea whose cause they are really supporting when they make such strong endeavors to unite with the ecumenical movements such as the World Council of Churches...