In order to understand just how pervasive the mindset of Secret Combinations has become, it is necessary to know that ALL of us can be seduced by the Adversary into imagining we can be more powerful, more successful, more influential if we simply 'bend the rules a bit' according to the whisperings we receive from the dark side.
I'm not altogether sure why those who participate in Satanic Ritual believe Satan's power is superior to that of Christ's, but there you have it! It's been around since Cain taught it to his family and each one of us can be victim to those whisperings if we aren't vigilant.
49 For Lamech having entered into a covenant with Satan, after the manner of Cain, wherein he became Master Mahan, master of that great secret which was administered unto Cain by Satan; and Irad, the son of Enoch, having known their secret, began to reveal it unto the sons of Adam;
50 Wherefore Lamech, being angry, slew him, not like unto Cain, his brother Abel, for the sake of getting gain, but he slew him for the oath’s sake.
51 For, from the days of Cain, there was a secret combination, and their works were in the dark, and they knew every man his brother.
55 And thus the works of darkness began to prevail among all the sons of men.
56 And God cursed the earth with a sore curse, and was angry with the wicked, with all the sons of men whom he had made;
57 For they would not hearken unto his voice, nor believe on his Only Begotten Son, even him whom he declared should come in the meridian of time, who was prepared from before the foundation of the world.
Antony Sutton describes the 'workings' of the Order of Skull & Bones' graduates from Yale University:
Antony Sutton's research regarding Secret Combinations in the United States political arena is profound. He lost his career and more than likely, his life because of what he knew.
The entire Section 38 of the Doctrine & Covenants is instructive as to what we must DO in order to overcome Secret Combinations in our own Land.
Doctrine & Covenants 38
28 And again, I say unto you that the enemy in the secret chambers seeketh your lives.
29 Ye hear of wars in far countries, and you say that there will soon be great wars in far countries, but ye know not the hearts of men in your own land.
30 I tell you these things because of your prayers; wherefore, treasure up wisdom in your bosoms, lest the wickedness of men reveal these things unto you by their wickedness, in a manner which shall speak in your ears with a voice louder than that which shall shake the earth; but if ye are prepared ye shall not fear.
31 And that ye might escape the power of the enemy, and be gathered unto me a righteous people, without spot and blameless—