THE BLU PRINTDuring the turn of the century, times were extremely difficult for Blacks in America. One organization in particular that was working to improve the condition of life for those individuals was an order known as Free and Accepted Masons. While striving towards the uplifting of the quality of life for Blacks, this organization was somewhat limited in what it could do because of the requirements for membership. Only males who had reached the age of 21 and had proven themselves to be of good character were allowed to apply for membership, which meant that mostly blue collar workers could be Masons.
However, our founders had visions as to how to create a shortcut, or place a stepping stone if you would, for the Masonic fraternity. Born on college campuses, the fraternities were designed to attract the more formally educated Black man into the plan of “salvation.” Each of the four Black Greek-lettered organizations were founded by at least one man who was a member of the order of Freemasons. Because they were blessed with the ability to organize, they laid out the designs that would attract potential members into their organizations and give them just enough “light” to be beneficial to the fraternity, but little enough to generate a craving for more until they were ready to make that next step.
If one were to examine the mottos and crests of each organization, they would notice striking similarities between each of them, rather it be elements of the shields or similarities in mottos. Anyone who has “traveled” some would have more insight into to these similarities.
PHI BETA SIGMA Fraternity, Inc. was founded at Howard University in Washington, D.C. on January 9th, 1914 by three young black, male students. The founders, Honorable A. Langston Taylor, Honorable Leonard F. Morse and Honorable Charles I. Brown wanted to organize a Greek letter fraternity that would truly exemplify the high ideals of brotherhood, scholarship and service.
The founders deeply wished to create an organization that viewed itself as “a part of” the general community. They believed that each potential member should by judged on his own merits rather than his family background or affluence, without regard of race, nationality, colors, skin tone or texture of hair.
The wished and wanted their fraternity to exist as a part of an even greater brotherhood-sisterhood which would be devoted to the “inclusive we” rather than the “exclusive we.”
From its inception, the founders also conceived PHI BETA SIGMA as a mechanism to deliver services to the general community. Rather than gaining skills to utilized exclusively for themselves and their immediate families, the founders of PHI BETA SIGMA held the deep conviction that they should return their newly acquired skills to the communities from which they had come. This deep conviction was mirrored in the fraternity motto, “Culture for Service and Service for Humanity.”
Today, more than three-quarters of a century later, PHI BETA SIGMA has blossomed into an International organization of leaders. No longer a single entity, the fraternity has now established the PHI BETA SIGMA Educational Foundation, Inc. and the PHI BETA SIGMA Federal Credit Union (to build financial equity within our target communities)
With the force, vigor, power, and energy of its more than 100,00 dedicated men, united in more than 700 chapters across the United States, Africa, Europe, and the Caribbean, PHI BETA SIGMA Continues to faithfully perpetuate composite growth and progress as the “people’s fraternity” dedicated to providing services to all humanity.
When Christians who have denounced say this many say we are crazy especially the black greek christian community that are still inside these organizations but this is the same thing that a former freemason preacher told me in 2001 ..Thank You Jesus Christ
FEATURED STORY: Jadyn Karrah, an ex-Zeta (Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc.)This is a three part insert of Jadyn’s ministry primarily on Minister Fred Hatchett’s messageboard. Minister Fred Hatchett himself is a former member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity and a former 32 degree mason! His web address is www.dontgogreek.com
Jadyn Karrah has also ministered the necessity, in word and deed, of continuously speaking and showing love to Brothers and Sisters who are yet members of these particular organizations. Members, specifically of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, can testify of her sincere love and sweet spirit.
PART 1: Insight On Her Story
“Jul 19th, 2005 – 10:27 PM Re: To Minister Hatchett
”all about business” you stated that you are not Greek but that you are supposedly very astute. Trust me dear, as a former Greek president and national/regional D9 Director, and someone who not only pledged – but got the real “knowledge” – you don’t know as much as you think. I know for a fact that most orgs not only have God someone in their rituals, but they blaspheme the Word in so many ways.
On this site you have posts from former Greeks who were faithful in serving in their orgs, we’re not the rejects that the haters would make us out to be.
We also are not posting here because we had “bad” experiences and now we want to tell all like scorned step-children. No ma’am. It’s because God convicted each one of us through the power of the Holy Ghost.
I have said in soooo many posts that I was very happy in my org when God shed the light on the DARKNESS. I was well on my way into even more status and rank. I had no plans of denouncing.
AND I have said that I know many former Greeks that denounced way before this website was even thought of. It’s actually sweeping the nation. I attended forums and debates to represent pro-Greekdom against Christian groups before God opened my eyes.
There are many Pastors that are former Greeks that will tell you not to mess around with it. There are many Greek parents who won’t let their children even think about pledging.
One of the first things I learned when I pledged back in the day was “Once a Zeta, always a Zeta”. But when I was a lowly neophyte I noticed many folk who would see me in my letters, smile and speak to me and when I asked what they were – they would say, oh I used to be a so and so. And it would always make me wonder.
Most people have denounced in a sense by not being active. They don’t want to ripple the waters for fear of ridicule, but they just vamp out of the greek picture. This site is more in your face, but trust that there are more than just a handful of reject “Zealots” (as y’all would believe) running around.
When I denounced, because of my status – many Sorors were relieved. Some even said that they felt the same way but didn’t have the guts to come forward. I didn’t go out of my way at first to tell everyone, but the Lord convicted me to share and as I did I was surprised by the responses.
I have not lost one friend because of this, because people knew my heart and who I was. Out of all my flaws (and I have many) they saw that I wanted to serve the Lord and commitment my ways to Him. I was loyal to the tenants of Zeta. I wasn’t some fly by night letter wearer. Then God showed me that He was jealous and that only what I did for Him would last.
He said clearly that the pathway to Hell is paved with good intentions and that even my best efforts for my people would be better done under His covering alone.
That’s why this sight is so important. It helps those who truly desire truth to get it before it’s too late. God said that He would not keep anything good from us. So why in the world would we need to join something so secretive that we don’t know until we’re in what we’ve gotten into.
If I want to be cop – everything’s there upfront in my training. I know that I could die, get injured, etc. If I took a job, I am going to know on the front end what’s expected of me (since everyone’s keeps using jobs as scenario). Not so with GLo’s, and the mystique and mystery has caused many to stumble.
And what makes you think you know more than someone who pledged AKA? Why in the world would she have to lie. And if she did, how would you know – you’re not nor have been according to yourself, an AKA.
One of my best friends is a denounced AKA who would agree would Donna. She denounced about a year before I did and we both attended the same college and reconnected some time later. I also have Alpha, Delta, and Sigma friends (very close) who have denounced. It’s more than a notion.
And if there was a website or someone who had the nerve to speak out back in the very early 1990′s when I contemplated pledging Zeta – I would hope that I would of listened. It breaks my heart when I think about that critical moment when “something” told me not to do it. But everything “looked” so good. The Zetas ran the yard and they seemed so good and “upstanding”. I made some of the best friends I will ever have. Sisters who wiped tears from my eyes. Who were there in the most difficult and joyous times of my life. BUT if I had to do it all again knowing that it grieved my Savior – I would have hit the ground running.
PART 2: Exposure
Quoted from an ex-Zeta on November 4, 2004
Praise God, dear sister for your desire to seek God’s heart. I was blessed to have a baby in October and cannot give you everything right now as I am recouping from surgery, but I hope this helps for now. Also, see some of the other posts on this site.
I am a former Zeta who was very active for almost 10 years before God removed the specks from my eyes. To name a few conflicts with the Christian faith:
1. Placing your hand on the bible for rituals and using the bible in situations that have no relevance to God or His Word. Jesus said to take no oath and let your yes be yes and no be no. He also said render to Caesar what is his, and to God what is his.
2. Adjusting the rituals (which are already very non-Christian) to suit the needs of Zetas of other beliefs and sexual orientations. As stated in number 1, the Bible becomes a talisman and a ritualistic symbol (blasphemy) because people who don’t even believe in God’s Word are basically being told we can change our beliefs to accommodate them. This is the very heart of the Anti-Christ – Universal Unitarianism. Jesus did not come to accommodate, He stated that He came to divide with His truth that will not share the platform with sexual immorality or other religions. There are many homosexuals in BGLO’s, a Lesbian Chaplain in Dallas. And before I left they were entertaining allowing transvestite “women”, because these organizations are non-profit they cannot so easily discriminate by saying you have to be a natural born woman. While many of the same attend churches – God has specifically given His final answer on ministering to the error of such in love with rebuke and exhortation, not with accommodation.
3. While most organizations claim to be “Christian based” in depth study of the founding and national initiatives reveal the opposite. Zeta, for example has ties to the Nation of Islam, Masonry, and Eastern Star – none of which are of God. Masonry being the foundation for many GLO’s believe as long as you believe in a God it does not matter which one. Zeta and Sigma being the first Sorority and Fraternity constitutionally bound are tied to the other organizations through A. Langston Taylor – the founder of Sigma and a co-founder of Zeta along with the Five Pearls. Taylor is from my hometown of Memphis, TN where both Zeta and Sigma are very strong in Membership and National Leadership. A. Langston reportedly went on to join the Nation of Islam. Notice the Million Man March which was heavily supported jointly by Sigma and The Nation. The following quote is posted on many Phi Beta Sigma Chapter websites. “Lastly, many fraternities may have supported the Million Man March in Washington, DC, on October 15, 1995, but only Phi Beta Sigma can lay claim to not only supporting the Million Man March, but being the ONLY Historical African American Greek-letter organization to sponsor it.” Also look up Benjamin Chavis, a former minister who is now straddling the fence of Christianity and Nation of Islam and has changed his last name to Muhammad. He is a “notable” Sigma. I am not slamming the Million Man March, I’m just pointing out the corelations.
4. As far as the symbols of the Dove and the light, again tied to Islam and Masonry – they trod dangerously on the blasphemous. Zeta and Sigma claim to be “the light”. It might appear to be harmless, but God will not compete with such foolishness. Also when a member dies, they are initiated in the Omega chapter with an elaborate burial ritual performed at the deceased funeral. A ritual that God convicted me not to be a part of. Even in death are opportunities to be a Christian witness to surviving family and friends, and trust me the deceased’s GLO is the most irrelevant issue at the time. I have attended services where caskets were decked out with blue and white Paraphernalia and it made me sick to my stomach.
5. The Zeta Sorority song states:
With Fervent hearts we pray for you Zeta each day. You’ve always stood for the right rather than for the might. We will love you ever and forsake you never. When Zeta calls we’ll answer one and all. Zeta Phi Beta we love you so. Your very name sets our hearts aglow. You’re brave and you will see that Zeta Phi Beta means victory.
Now tell me can you willingly ascribe to Unitarianism that states that any God and any belief is acceptable? Can you support abortion, sexual immorality, gender changing, blasphemy? I’m not saying you should hate people, but you should love God’s truth so much that you hate sin and not so easily align with things that would be a hindrance to your soul.
Quoted from same ex-Zeta on May 19, 2005:
Respond to “Zeta 4 Life”
“Number one I would like to say to Kim’s sister that is horrible and those ladies who happened to be members of Zeta are no longer members.”
Every hazing incident does not result in members being suspended or even handled appropriately. You are responding to a former Zeta who is coming up on her 14th year anniversary. I was a Basileus, a local zeta of the Year, A Regional Zeta of the Year, a NP-HC local officer, A 2nd Vice Regional NP-HC Director, a Greek Female of the year on several occasions, and a founder of two chapters. My ZETA resume is about 3 pages long. My point being is that I was not the “oh I had a horrible time in Zeta and now I am just a reject” like you guys try to portray Minister Hatchett. I had a wonderful experience in Zeta. I was a Zeta of Zetas. I shook hands and went on trips with FAMOUS Zetas. All this to say one day I woke up and realized that, only what you do for Christ will last.
“Number 1 – in an interest meeting it is part of the process to let all know that we do not tolerate hazing of any sorts. They were wrong for not letting you know.”
Sister, we both know this is a joke. The increased pledging and hazing incidents, and fraternity related deaths tell the whole story. So, let’s be real.
“2. Omega Chapter- Sorry denounced Zeta but we have an active Omega Chapter and it is not where you go when you die. Thats a straight lie. Winston Salem State is Home to our Omega Chapter. Since you still have the ritual book read it again!!!!”
No ma’am, I have facilitated Zeta funerals and been a part of Sigma funerals. You know what I am talking about, so let’s not get wrapped around the axle on a technicality.
“3. The Sorority song- We’ll answer one and all- Yeah it means we will help each other out. Too many times people read too much into what is not there. As far as our shield goes you don’t seem to know to much about the dove- it doesn’t mean we think we are the light. If you are a Zeta then you really know thats a lie.”
I was pledged by a ninety something year old woman. I loved Zeta and it’s history more than the best of them. I was considered a “deeper history” Soror. I still love my former Sorors and have contact with them on a regular basis. Those who don’t understand my (in my opinion, God’s) position, still respect my decision, and I have led many of my former X-Rays, Archonettes, Archonians, Kittens, or whatever you want to call them to come out of this bondage. I know all about the dove, but what you fail to realize is that things are DEEPER than they appear to be.
“Also when we speak of Beloved of God- Belonging to God yes thats what it means. In any of your so-called Churches when people die you all say of they going to be with God- same concept.”
Jesus said that he came to divide. Either you accept Christ and His tenets or you don’t. He also addresses working with unbelievers, of which He has a purpose. But He discusses COVENANT all through the WORD. I pray that God will open your heart to understand what a willing covenant bond is.
“Also we do not change our rituals to make sure Lesbians feel welcome- it is all the same- WOMEN!!!!!!!”
I performed rituals all over the country. I have sat on regional and national platforms where Sorors heatedly debated these issues. Tell me, what is your involvement with Zeta?
“I have been a Zeta for 14 years and never have I been asked to worship any idol or the devil for that fact. “
I have never been asked to worship the devil either, but that doesn’t
mean the enemy’s was not playing his hand.
I love you with the Love of the Lord and I have not spoken in haughtiness or pride. But when people come with the typical, “you don’t know whatcha talking about” stuff, I have to make a very strong point that I absolutely DO. But God should be the final authority. What does He think of the Greek system according to the Word. This is not some far fetched antic. Take anything and shine the Lord’s light on it and tell what you get. If you seek the Lord, His truth will not be held back. If your motive is in any way not pure, your pride’s eyes will prevail.
2 Timothy 4:3 – For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears;
Quoted from same ex-Zeta on May 23, 2005:
Tiara you are very knowledgeable, and knowledge is power. Before I left Zeta, I sat on a panel as a regional NP-HC officer where we discussed AKA and DST possibly (maybe they had already, I can’t exactly remember) losing their insurance. I think all of the
fraternities were at extreme risk.
Another thought, I know so many Greeks who are involved with their org who absolutely WILL NOT allow their children to join any org. I also recall when there were discussions amongst executive boards to stop all undergraduate intake because of hazing.
I have seen it all, from the humiliating mind games, to a Sigma in Texas shooting and killing his cousin who was also a Sigma. Omegas and Kappas in several states engaging in sexual misconduct WITH their pledges. AKA forcing pledges to eat kitty litter from each other’s private parts. I witnessed AKA’s being hauled off to jail before I pledged Zeta for hazing. I sat in as a observant undergrad as a Sigma National President met with my city’s grad chapters and hashed it out about the pledge process. In his defense, he stood his ground and said that no form of hazing, mental or physical should be permitted. But there were many GRADUATE members who argued with him a lot like we do on this website in favor of pledging.
I know former greeks of all organizations who were the cream of the crop. We did AWESOME things in the name of our organizations. We supported our orgs and NP-HC. We were trained to serve the community and support one another no matter what org we were in. We boycotted our white campuses and brought everyone from Angela Davis, Arrested Development, Bill Cosby, Maya Angelou, Blair Underwood – All kinds of folks to the campus. IT WAS DOWN RIGHT NOSTALGIC, BUT WHO CARES! Many of us woke up at some point, and when we reconnected found that we had all come to the same conclusion – our talents used for any other but the glory of GOD was vanity. Stop playing the reject card. Stop trying to rationalize that someone has to be mentally challenged to make an informed decision to denounce their org and sell out for Christ. It’s not such a big leap.
PART 3: More On Her Story and Admonition To the Christians
“For the entire thread, which is a response to a young lady’s decision not to pledge Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, and to read the comments and response from the young lady and Minister Hatchet, please copy and paste the following: http://pub6.bravenet.com/forum/460887521/show/112200 ”
Aug 7th, 2003 – 3:42 PM Re: Sorority questions
I’ve posted this on the Juanita Bynum site, and felt led to post it yet again — for it is applicable in the young ladies questions about GLO’s.
I was a Zeta for 9 years, and in March 2001 God took the scales from my eyes. I was visiting my hometown and had brought all of my paraphernalia to wear for when I hooked up with my Sorors. It was a personal experience from God that led me to not only throw away all the Zeta stuff I had packed on my trip, but thousands of dollars of stuff when I got home. I threw away the Official Pin, every award (And I had several), plaque, trophy, or certificate, absolutely anything that I had received in the name of Zeta. And I haven’t looked back. I help start other chapters; I was even a Vice-Regional Director for NPHC. And I had held every office in Zeta from local Basileus (President), to several regional committee positions. I was Zeta of the Year, Greek Woman of the Year twice, Regional Distinguished Member of the year, and the list goes on. And I joined Zeta for all the right reasons. I really had a heart for serving the community.
A relationship with God calls us to allow Him to take away anything that is a stumbling block. The word Pornography derived from the Latin word “Pornia” which means to lust with the eye. That’s where sin starts, thus God telling us to bring our thoughts into submission. The sad thing about GLO’s is that they are literally cesspools for breaking every commandment in the good book. We live in a fallen world, so of course human demise is attributed to sin that come through many venues. But it begins with setting our eyes on getting attention, to want to be a part of something, to want to be in a sisterhood/brotherhood, to make a college connection, to serve the community, all of which, in themselves are not necessarily bad. BUT, how does the enemy operate? He moves in on your weakness. Serving in the name of a GLO, slowly turns into neglecting bible study and not making it to church (In all thy getting, get thee understanding!), becoming self-absorbed (men shall be lovers of themselves!), pride, (pride goeth before a fall!) the going to parties where you are “backing that thing up”(do I really need to quote a scripture for that one?), alcohol addiction, sexual immorality, rape, (flee sexual immorality and sinful lusts!), taking oaths in the name of Service and Sisterhood with your hand on a bible (Take no oath, let your yes be yes and your no be no…) And by the way do you think that God, who from His own mouth proclaims to be a jealous God would have us do community service, practice love toward brethren, etc in any name but HIS (I am the way the truth and the life, no man cometh to the father but by ME!).
And don’t be fooled, the ungodly lifestyle gets worse in these Alumni chapters. There, have I witnessed some of the worst of the alcoholism, abuse, sexual immorality, profanities, high divorce rates, etc., when the business meetings are over there are not many Christian Alumni examples to look to. (Older women/men should teach the young!).
Elihu speaks in the book of Job saying:
12 Behold, in this thou art not just: I will answer thee, that God is greater than man. 13 Why dost thou strive against him? for he giveth not account of any of his matters. 14 For God speaketh once, yea twice, yet man perceiveth it not. 15 In a dream, in a vision of the night, when deep sleep falleth upon men, in slumberings upon the bed; 16 Then he openeth the ears of men, and sealeth their instruction, 17 That he may withdraw man from his purpose, and hide pride from man. 18 He keepeth back his soul from the pit, and his life from perishing by the sword. 23 If there be a messenger with him, an interpreter, one among a thousand, to shew unto man his uprightness: 24 Then he is gracious unto him, and saith, Deliver him from going down to the pit: I have found a ransom. Job 33:12-24
If we really understood why the Greek culture was such an abomination to the Lord during biblical times, we wouldn’t even want to take up the letters to our chests. The Greek system of idol worship, mythology, philosophy, orgies, homosexuality. My friends Satan takes the obvious and makes us think it’s good, just so he can go and accuse us to the Father, and what fools he has made of us. We are still being lured like Eve in the garden, and it’s easier for the enemy than we would like to think. Satan has one trick and one only to get us to find good in evil. We have to die daily to flesh, and submit ourselves to God’s Will in our lives. He will exalt us in due season if we yield ourselves to Him. He is speaking to us always, but we have to be willing to seek the still small voice that guides our every step, not just in the matter of GLO’s, but also in regard to our lives.