Can a Christian be a Freemason?

November 2, 2012

by G. Patrick Battell, July 2005

This is one of those frequently asked questions that regularly gets an airing either on Christian radio or in church circles.

Another question asked, is Freemasonry Christian?

So I must answer an emphatic NO to both questions, but also try to perhaps qualify why the Born Again Christian can never seek membership to be a Mason or any other secret society. Or even wish to do so.

Regrettably, however was the fact that former Archbishop of Canterbury, Geoffrey Fisher was indeed a practicing mason all his life.

The Church of England has long had the problem of how to deal with Freemasons in their broad church. Rowan Williams, whose father was in the Craft, used to block the promotion of practicing Masonic bishops, before he was promoted to Canterbury.

In Martin Short’s book, ‘Inside the Brotherhood’ he shares the following account of one Anglican Primate who wasn’t happy to learn of a Masonic burial in an Anglican Church:

“……I found that the words ‘Jesus Christ’ were omitted from the prayers and the word ‘Architect’ substituted. Worse still, the cross was to be removed from the altar…. I thought that in this case it would be better for the service to take place in a Masonic temple….this line I took stirred up a hornets’ nest. I was warned that I had offended important benefactors and that the diocese would suffer financially. It might have done so” (pgs. 76, 77.)

“Secret societies must be either Christian, non-christian, or anti-Christian”, wrote George L. Hunt in his book ‘Secret Societies’. Although this statement was written over a hundred years ago it’s meaning is just as relevant today, if not more so!

In recent years the Masons have tried hard to reinvent their battered and tarnished image, by allowing members of the press and public to come and visit their Lodges, during out of hours. One recent Masonic newsletter that was sent to me, had the following quote, about the need for more “good news” stories, from the local press: “…Now that we are achieving good coverage in the local press we are looking to other means of spreading the good news about Freemasonry.” This same publication boasted of the numerous good works that they do in their areas, with the sum raised by them, for the years 2004/2005 being 200,037. It would appear that they are trusting in their own righteousness, not Jesus’ to receive Eternal Life (Rom. 10:1-4.)

At this stage I must lay my cards on the table and state categorically that to my knowledge there have never been practicing Freemasons in my family. How could there be? As a fourth or fifth generation Roman Catholic, had not the church forbidden membership to freemasonry? And by no less than nine papal bulls issued by fuming Pope’s! All this was to change covertly after Vatican II, when I suspect the ecumenical plot allowed masons to join the fold. If you’re still not sure of the Roman Catholic view, just check the 1994 Catechism; you will find no mention of freemasonry and why a Catholic cannot seek membership. Today I don’t think they – the hierarchy – could care less what you wish to do with your spare time. Accept possibly promote the Social Gospel!

So can a Christian be a Freemason? The first question is why would he want to (yes, I know some lodges allow women): “The Order of the Eastern Star can and does include both men and women.” But they remain very much male driven.Incidentally the knights of DeMolay are a related organization that a young Bill Clinton was attracted to join when he was 15 years old. According to ‘Freemasonry today’, young Bill enlisted in DeMolay at Hot springs in Arkansas in 1961. He later stated: “I enjoyed learning all parts of the ritual. I grew up in a family with no money and no political influence. I had a lot of breaks; a lot of people helped me. DeMolay I think helps that”. He would later become a Rhodes scholar: Cecil Rhodes was himself a highly respected millionaire Freemason. Also according to Dr Peter S. Ruckman, President Clinton became somewhere in his political career a born again Christian, so make of that what you will!

George L. Hunt states that: “Secretism is not only non-Christian, but that it is anti-Christian.” Heavy stuff you may say, but are they religious these Masons?

They most certainly are! Just listen to what Albert Pike, Grand Commander and Sovereign Pontiff (recognise that word?) of Universal Masonry) has to say: “Every Masonic lodge is a temple of religion.”

Or as Dr Albert Mackey a highly respected mason wrote in his book ‘The encyclopaedia of Freemasonry’: “Masonry is an eminently religious institution. The truth is masonry is undoubtedly a religious institution.”

Or as Sir John Cockburn, past deputy grand master of South Australia said:

“Masonry, is a form of worship in which all religions can unite”. (And boy, aren’t they just promoting that today?)

Incidentally according to the author Jim Shaw, himself a previous 33rd degree Mason who was saved from the darkness of masonry and brought into the light of Jesus Christ, he writes:

“Masonry, contrary to popular belief, is NOT based upon the Bible. Masonry is actually based on the Kabala (Cabala), a medieval book of magic and mysticism.”

This dangerous statement is also reinforced by no less that Albert Pike. He said: “Masonry is a search after light. That search leads us directly back, as you see, to the Kabala.” (Check out James’ article on this website about the Kabbalah.)

Now one thing this website is clear about and that is: you must get out of religion! Have nothing to do with it. It cannot save you! No two ways about it! I mean would you wish to be mixed up with these people? Remember – masonry excludes the name of Christ from prayer. The precious name of Jesus is excluded from every passage of Scripture that is read in the lodge:

For example, this verse is how is should read, but Masons omit the following words:

“Now we command you, brethren, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye withdraw yourselves from every brother that walketh disorderly, and not after the tradition which he received of us” (2 Thess. 3:6.)

The same is used to mangle 2 Thess. 3:11, 12:

“For we hear that there are some which walk among you disorderly, working not at all, but are busybodies. Now them that are such we command and exhort by our Lord Jesus Christ, that with quietness they work, and eat their own bread.”

This is not genuine Christian behaviour, neither should it ever be accepted as such.

“When Masonry mutilates the Holy Scripture by deliberately omitting the name of the Messiah it is no longer the God-breathed, inspired word of God. It is religion without Jesus Christ as Saviour and Redeemer.”

This statement by the late Jim McCormick himself an astute observer and writer of numerous articles on Freemasonry over the years is confirmed by Albert Pike in his lexicon of freemasonry He writes: “A Christian Mason is not permitted to introduce his own peculiar opinions with regard to Christ’s mediatorial office into the lodge.”

“It is interesting that in ‘The Builder’, a well known Masonic book, there is no entry in the index for: ‘Jesus’ or ‘Christ.’

In ‘Coils Masonic Encyclopaedia’ no such entry is listed either. Neither does ‘Holman’s Masonic edition of the Holy Bible’ include an entry of either ‘Jesus’ or ‘Christ’. So I have to ask: does this not show the scornful attitude of any Lodge toward Christianity? All prayers in the lodge it seems are Christ-less prayers. How sad.

So where does that leave the Christian as regards worship in the lodge? Assuming he has got this far!

Well he can use the volume of Sacred Law (VSL), the Koran, Vedas, the book of Mormon, or gita. He can choose Mohammed, Zoroaster or the angelus for inspiration, if he so wishes. He can worship in any lodge behind closed doors in Trafalgar sq, off Broadway or near the neverland ranch (if he should wish to.)

Yet did not Jesus proclaim: “I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me” (John 14: 6). So what is going on here, I have to ask. And don’t be taken in by the all ‘seeing eye’ familiar in the lodge and on the back of a dollar bill. It is not the eye of God as masons claim but rather:

“The all seeing eye (that) was the symbol of deity in the ancient mysteries of Egypt.”

Secretism, it seems, announces another route, another door independent of the Lord Jesus Christ. This I will not accept! Christ is not on the level with Mohammed or Buddha or Confucius, Sitting Bull or Pope Benedict XVI.

Freemasonry also states that: “If you deserve and purchase your path to heaven you are being saved by your own works, not God’s works.” This is from the Freemasons pocket companion. The true Christian knows that good works can never save you. Only the precious blood of Jesus Christ can achieve this. Nothing else. And if it did, what was the point of the Crucifixion?

“He that is of God heareth God’s words” (John 8:47.)

So why are young men attracted into becoming Freemasons?

In the Masonic Catechism the novice is asked:

“Why did you become a Freemason?”

“To obtain a knowledge of the secrets and mysteries preserved amongst the brethren.”

In the commercial sector it can offer promotion and in bringing in new business to the firm if a man is approached to join the lodge. This is very much a sweetener as well as the colourful regalia. And don’t all men love a uniform and the whiff of secret societies? (For the purpose of this article I have excluded the Illumminati, the Trilateral group, the Bilderberg group and other assorted anti-Christian institutions.) It should also be remembered that: “Many ministers, elders, deacons, trustees and Sunday school teachers”, have all requested a place in the Lodge. And shame on them!

Remember: Masonic rites are idolatry. This is clearly witnessed in the initiation oaths especially in the first 3 degrees. Even God is re named the great Architect of the Universe! Masons will not find him in the Grand lodge in the sky! Rather they will meet the one true God at the Great White Throne (Rev. 20:11.)

The apostle Paul was correct when he warned those seeking the truth not to yoke with those who practice such acts. Did Jesus not warn: “Swear not at all” (Matt. 5:34.)

In the 19th degree of the 33 degrees of Freemasonry, the candidate is marked with balm with the words said over him:

“Thou art a priest forever, after the order of Melchizedek.”

We must see this as blasphemy and unacceptable.

Incidentally in the same degree (19th) the candidate is presented with a sash embroidered with the 12 signs of the zodiac. The Bible clearly forbids this divination (Deuteronomy 18:10). Again the Christian should and must reject such a practice if it is offered to him.

And what about secret hand grips? And mumbled Oaths muttered in the dark (please read what the Apostle James says in his Epistle 5:12 about this matter). The apprentice is warned that his throat will be cut, his tongue and heart will be torn out and his discarded body will be marked and disembowelled, if any lodge secrets are revealed to non-masons, or I suppose his family!

So why would any sane person in his right mind want to go along with this malarkey? One more thing a Christian should look out for are: Masonic rings cuff links and tie clips as well as fleece lined aprons and silk festooned ties, crystal glass or pewter decanters.

My final advice to any Christian who has joined freemasonry is to get out of it: burn the regalia – don’t wait. And if you’ve got kids or grandchildren they’ll love to assist you in stoking that fire in the garden. Perhaps your wife will also be very glad of your decision!

Remember what the Apostle Paul wrote in 2 Cor. 6:17: “Come ye out from among them”, he later qualifies this in Ephesians 5:11:

“Have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness but rather reprove them. For it is a shame even to speak of those things which are done of them in secret.”

So what more encouragement do you need?

YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED!

G. Patrick Battell, July 2005

Get out while you can Brethren,

Love and God Bless,

A.

Christians beware of Freemasonry

November 1, 2012

Is Freemasonry a Religion?

October 24, 2012

That is a question that is often asked about Freemasonry.

While some argue vehemently for or against this notion, I have often expressed my view on this question in this blog, that it  really doesn’t matter, since the result is the same;  if Freemasonry is unacceptable to God then a Christian should not be involved with it, whether it is deemed to be a religion or not. Simply arguing, (even arguing successfully) that Freemasonry is not a religion does not disaffirm or rebut all the problems a genuine Christian should have with it.

While this question may be brushed aside as irrelevant by many, it has utmost relevance to a person that is a Freemason and simultaneously claims to be Christian.

Most Masons, of course, passionately argue that Freemasonry is not a religion.

In this discussion I am taking the other viewpoint; what if Freemasonry really is a Religion? How does that affect the brother who claims to be a Christian?

To answer that question, let us first consider the question; what is a Religion?

Defining Religion is admittedly not an easy thing to do since it may mean so many different things to many different people, yet there is a traditional or conservative approach to the question that may bring us close to the core of the issue of defining what Religion really is.

Then, having defined Religion, we can compare it to Freemasonry and look for similarities.

One way of looking at defining religion that must be agreed upon by any reasonable person is that religion involves a deity or Supreme being mostly thought of as God or a god or gods and more so, it involves the relationship to, if not necessarily with, a deity or Supreme being, such as God or a god or gods, with humans.

An indispensable element in this relationship is an agreed upon set of values and beliefs involving codes of conduct and aims and objectives. It also addresses the metaphysical or spiritual end goal of being and the path to its realization (a plan of Salvation).

Another indispensable element would be “faith” in an unseen benevolent benefactor expressed in acts of worship like for example prayer and communal behaviour like collective song and ritual executed in an organized and planned manner involving regular gatherings at places of meeting organized and controlled by some form of clergy.

One could go on and on but I am certain that what I have described here is what most people would recognize as the basic components of a religion.

Now let us compare Freemasonry to the above and see what we get.

It is immediately evident that the first criteria is met in that Freemasonry indeed subscribe to a Supreme Being that it call the “Great Architect of the Universe.” Masonic ritual and other text books undeniably describe the masonic values, morals and rules of conduct in minute detail including its aims and objectives for this life and the life hereafter.

It describes in its ritual undeniably the masonic plan of salvation in that “the Lambskin (the masonic apron) is therefore to remind you (the mason) of that purity of life and rectitude of conduct which is so essentially necessary to your gaining admission to that Celestial Lodge above, where the Supreme Architect of the Universe presides.”

This is an expression of faith in the unseen Masonic god, the “Great Architect of the Universe” that is worshipped in Lodge (that is called a Temple) by prayer and song during regular gatherings run by the clergy, the Master and his deacons and officers.

If just by scratching the surface such startling resemblances to Religion can be established, how foolhardy does one have to be in order to persist in the argument that Freemasonry is not a religion when all the evidence so patently point to the obvious conclusion that it is?

No amount of denial can alter the facts that proof the obvious.

So where does this leave the Mason that claims to be a Christian? It leaves him in deep, deep water indeed. Let us examine Scripture in order to get all this in perspective.

We learn very clearly in Scripture that Jesus is the Way the Truth and the Light, and that nobody comes to the Father except through Him (John 14:6). Freemasonry flatly denies this in teaching that admittance to heaven can be gained by good works, making no mention of Jesus whatsoever!

This is in direct transgression to what Jesus teaches us in His Word.

9  Whoever transgresses and does not abide in the doctrine of Christ does not have God. He who abides in the doctrine of Christ has both the Father and the Son.   10  If anyone comes to you and does not bring this doctrine, do not receive him into your house nor greet him;   11  for he who greets him shares in his evil deeds. (2 John 1:9-11)

Beware lest anyone cheat you through philosophy and empty deceit, according to the tradition of men, according to the basic principles of the world, and not according to Christ. (Col 2:8  )

Freemasonry is a philosophy according to the tradition of man and since it is empty of Christ it is according to the principles of the world and not according to Christ!

For this reason Christians should avoid any involvement in or with Freemasonry since doing so involves the serious transgression of denying the doctrine of Christ and as we saw above, whosoever transgress thus does not abide in the doctrine of Christ and does not have God!

If you are a Mason and claim to be a Christian, please open your eyes and come out of there before it is too late! I know what I am talking about. I was a mason for 15 years before the Lord Jesus saved me.

May the Lord bless you with discernment, wisdom and courage to do the right thing, come out, come clean!

Blessings,

A.

AN OPEN LETTER TO FREEMASONS

July 14, 2012

This is an open letter to all Freemasons that call themselves Christians and who see no problem or contradicting proof in Scripture that indicate an incongruity with “being a Christian” and simultaneously, being a Freemason.

To these Brethren I wish to pose this question;

Consider this.

Masonry proudly call their place of gathering a Temple. Now, to the serious Christian, this should already be the cause of a few warning lights to start flickering in his mind.

It is taught in Masonry that the Lodge is an accurate representation of the ground floor of King Solomon’s Temple. Throughout the first three degrees in Masonry, the initiate is “illuminated” with various sorts of esoteric wisdom that can be garnered from studying various facets and aspects of this Temple.

Now, let us consider carefully the Temple that is described in Masonic ritual and then compare it to the Temple of King Solomon as depicted in the Bible and you will be astounded at what we discover!

The Masonic “Temple” has its entrance in the west (on the western side) facing west. There are two pillars at the entrance, on the western side of the Lodge. One enters the Lodge in the West, where one of the Wardens is stationed. The master of the Lodge resides in the East (on the opposite side or on the east side). So, the master is, when seated in his chair in the east, facing west (in the westerly direction) all the time he is seated at his station. Thus far any Mason will be nodding in agreement, as this is indeed the true layout of a Masonic Lodge.

Now let us have a close look at King Solomon’s Temple, the one Masons teach in their ritual is accurately represented by the Masonic one. The floor plan of the Temple was identical in orientation to that of the tabernacle, the mobile version of the Temple in the days of Moses. It is clear from Scripture that the door of the Temple is on the east side thereof, facing east. One enters the Temple in the east and the Holy of Holies was situated in the opposite side, on the western side! This is directly the opposite of the Masonic Temple!

Ezekiel 8:16 is one example of Scriptural proof that makes a very clear reference to this orientation – the door of the Lord’s Temple facing eastward!

Have you noticed the major difference between the Masonic Temple and that of King Solomon? They are 180 degrees opposite to one another in orientation! King Solomon’s Temple faces EAST – the Masonic Temple faces WEST. That is a very big and profound difference!

So how can this be and why is it so?

Why does Masonry teach that their temple accurately represents King Solomon’s when it is actually 180 degrees the opposite?

If such rich symbolic meaning is garnered from the Temple, why have it facing the wrong direction?

Could it be that Freemasonry is in actual fact 180 degrees opposite to what it claims to be?

I leave you to ponder that anomaly and challenge any Mason to venture an explanation for this..

Blessings,

A.

In reply to PEACH

June 14, 2012

Hallo Peach and to all of you following this debate.

Thank you for your long and thought provoking comment. You seem like a decent, upright and intelligent gentleman and I honor you for that. I will therefor do my best to reply to ALL your answers.

Peach wrote in his comment  to the post “A Matter of Viewpoint” below, the following;

“I find it interesting that you did not really answer the question of the poster.”

Correct me if I’m wrong, but I take it the question in view is the one posed by  “stlmetrojobs”  in his comment

The question was: “…Back to the issue of the military. Our military is 100% volunteer,: “if I signed up and served my tour of duty and discovered that other people pray to other gods or that we are in an unjust war and I reenlist is that looked down upon by God?”

So following that logic are not every enlisted man and woman in this country who has served their full term and reenlisted in violation of Gods wishes?

If this is indeed the question in view, it is put in two parts.

To do justice to this question(s) is not very easy because of the way it is structured. It presupposes a hypothetical instance of an individual that “signed up and served a tour of duty” (presumably in the military) and then he discovers that other people (presumably some of his colleague co-soldiers) pray to other gods, alternatively (I reckon for the sake of his argument) he discovers that the war his country is fighting, in which military he is enlisted, is an unjust war.

Already there is a problem here since he mentions two alternatives in the argument, and they do not seem mutual in the context of the issue under discussion.

Then he mentions that this hypothetical individual “reenlist”. This implies that the individual had, upon discovering “either” of the alternatives mentioned, resigned as a result thereof.

The question is then, and I interpret, “Would God disapprove (look down upon) this individual’s reenlisting into that organization (the military), knowing of either or both these alternate discoveries mentioned above.

And here is the problem; in context the two alternatives are not mutual or interchangeable! They both require a separate answer.

Lets take the second alternative first. If such a hypothetical soldier reenlist into the military to fight an “unjust” war and he is aware of the fact that is it an unjust war and he has the option not to reenlist (i.e. he is not forced by law to enlist or reenlist), then in my view it would be the wrong thing to do. I think God would disapprove.

As for the first alternative mentioned, I do NOT think that God would disapprove. I do not think that it is wrong in God’s eyes if we happen to find ourselves in a situation where others are praying to other gods. How can it be helped? How can that individual be blamed for any wrong doing?

In this instance I presume the military organization in view is that of the US. The US government, though founded by God fearing individuals and steeped in godly principles have over time, regrettably,  moved away from them, as you well know. The US government has become completely secular and although it allows its citizens freedom of religion, it does not endorse any. In the light of this I am convinced (as is indeed mentioned in Scripture) that our Lord will judge the governments of this world for their actions when He returns. He will not judge us individually because of what our governments did. We will be judged on what we did as individuals.

You rightly mentioned elsewhere that our Lord Jesus Christ will judge us on what is in our hearts. And in that sense remember that we are COMMANDED to love the Lord with ALL our minds, and strength and ALL our HEART. This love is a matter of choice and personal commitment. It requires complete surrender.

The second part of his question was;

“….So following that logic are not every enlisted man and woman in this country who has served their full term and reenlisted in violation of Gods wishes?”

The mention of the word “logic” here brings a smile to my face. But in all dearness and fairness to our friend I will answer with a straight face; of course not Dummy! :)

“He wasn’t asking you for an answer as to what goes on in a Masonic lodge and how he should react. He asked you how he should or you would react when the things you are claiming to be at odds with Christianity in a Masonic lodge are done in the rest of the secular world.”

I trust you find answer sufficient just above and below.

I’ll ask again and please answer the questions directly and plainly this time. How should we react when a prayer is said in a secular environment and we don’t know the religious persuasion or beliefs of those around us? For example at a sporting event? 60 thousand people at a football game asked to have a moment of silence or to pray for one reason or another are bound to have some Hindu’s or Jew’s or Muslims that don’t accept Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. Is the NFL or NCAA at odds with Christianity?

Okay, let me see if I understand your question. You are, once again hypothetically, in a big crowd at a sport stadium, say at a football game. Some circumstance leads to the crowd being requested to observe a moment of silence OR (once again that unfortunate use of an alternative) to pray for some reason or other. Members of all faiths are present in the crowd, many of whom have not accepted Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. Are the governing sports bodies at odds with Christianity?

No on both counts.

It would have been wrong if for instance the reason for the moment of silence was in remembrance of say a deceased  sports hero that happened to be Muslim and the head of the NFL entreated the whole crowd to pray to Allah. For a Christian THAT would be intolerable.

If for instance a Christian would have taken the podium and led the crowd in Christian prayer, as a Christian, that would have been no problem for me. Yet I know that all the persons of other faiths would have been offended. But we know that we serve the TRUE GOD and though they would have been offended, our hearts should go out to them, since they are unsaved and in jeopardy of eternal damnation.

But there you were, in the crowd and during the moment of silence every member of the crowd prayed, some to YHWH some to Jesus some to Allah. For me as a Christian, there is no problem. I can not help it that those others have chosen to pray to other gods. I will pray for them and witness to them the best I can. I also do not think that God would condone me for being there.

Now the situation of being in a crowd of people wherein there happen to be unbelievers differs greatly from the one of being a sworn-in member of an organization that does NOT put God of the Bible FOREMOST.

If one had for instance to lay down an oath of allegiance and obedience (as in Masonry) to the governing body of the NFL before entrance into their sport stadia is allowed and before the start of every game a communal prayer to a universal deity is made, I would be hard pressed to become a sporting fan. This however, is not the case.

When I played high school football here in Texas we would have a prayer after the game led by our coach. I know for a fact that some of they players who prayed were not praying to Jesus but were praying to the god of the Jews or even Muslims. Does that mean Texas high school football is from the devil?

No.

I am old enough to remember when prayer was allowed in public schools. Before lunch each day we kids all bowed our heads and recited “God is great, God is good, let us thank him for our food.”. Not everyone who was in my class saying that prayer with me was Christian. Some were Jewish, some Muslim, some were even Budhist. By your argument The State of Texas and the Texas Public School system was at odds with Christianity and we should all denounce our citizenship.

No, for the same reasons I mentioned above.

 

I am to assume because you failed to answer the posters question to you that you are in favor of taking prayer out of school.

No, most definitely not. I think that was the saddest day in US history when that happened.

Otherwise these poor kids would fall into the trap of sin by saying group prayers with children who may differ with them religiously. Is that your position?

I believe saying a group prayer to Jesus is pleasing to the Lord and saying a group prayer to any other god or “universal” deity is detestable to Him.

Is it also your position that anyone who uses US currency or coinage that says “In God We Trust” is in a state of sin and in need of salvation because our money doesn’t specify that the “God” on our money is Jesus Christ?

No.

I’m assuming that you think one nation under God should be stricken from the pledge of allegiance for the same reasons?

No.

If you do not believe these things then please answer the questions.

I have tried my best.

Our country is founded on a principle of religious freedom and toleration. Our government uses God in our money, our national monuments, our pledges.

Freedom is one thing, tolerance is another. Your constitution calls for “freedom” of religion and expression. The word tolerant or tolerance is not used once!

Go check it out.  http://constitutionus.com/

You are right, your government uses God in your money, “In God we Trust”. But for how long? I hear there are moves afoot to remove that from your currency.

Our government says prayers to a deity not identified as Jesus Christ because by law we are a country open to men of all faiths and creeds.

Your government, though founded by godly and God fearing men upon godly principles have over time become completely secular and do not subscribe to any religion, though it is forced, in terms of your constitution, to honor your right of freedom of religion.

God also gives us that freedom. He wants us to come to Him freely by our own volition.

Our government has rituals in our military and in our courts of law as well as oaths oftentimes invoking the name of God though not specific as to which God. Is it your assertion then that the great many men and women who have given up their lives in defense of this country did so in vain because they gave it up for a country of godless lies? Is this your assertion?

Unfortunately I have no knowledge or information about the “rituals” you mention, so I can not comment on those. I have great respect for the men who gave their lives in defense of your country and do not think they died in vain. A country is a sovereign entity and the governments thereof will be accountable to God one day. We as citizens are compelled by law as well as by Scripture to be obedient to our rulers. If they, our rulers err in God’s sight, it will be reckoned from them.

I believe whether you realize it or not this IS your assertion.

You are mistaken in that belief.

I believe you would do better work for Christ by witnessing the good news of our Lord to non-believers rather than telling lies and misrepresenting Freemasonry.

I do indeed do lots of work in witnessing to others as well as other forms of evangelism. My work on this blog is just a small part of it.

I made many friends in Masonry, many of them are still my friends.

I do not do this blog to condemn or to judge others.

I do it out of love for my fellow brethren whom I sincerely believe to be misled into a notion that they are doing good, yet are unwittingly fallen into the clutches of darkness. They do not see this and will not accept it because I believe they are blinded spiritually to the truth of this matter. I believe that this blindness is imparted to them when they accept the blindfold in their First Degree initiation.

Jesus said in John 14:6 that He is the Truth the Way and the Life. Freemasonry tries to make you believe IT is the way.

Jesus said in John 8:12 that He is the Light of the world. Freemasonry claims IT is the light (by implication, the Light of the world)

Who do you believe?

Jesus said in Luke 16 we can not follow two masters. If we want to follow him we must follow him exclusively with everything we have, fully commited.

No servant can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon. (Luke 16:13)

May our Lord Bless you with His love and Grace,

Anothermouse.

A Matter of Viewpoint

May 12, 2012

There are many reasons why a Christian can not be a Freemason.

One of the most profound and most unambiguous  reasons is the following;

[ The fact that ] Freemasonry acknowledges all religions of the world as  equal and give equal credence to each of them. One can be a Jew, a Muslim, a Hindu or a Christian and all are equally welcome in Lodge. Freemasonry regards no religion as being superior to any other and leaves it to the individual member to decide for himself which religion to follow.

Furthermore, in order to maintain this “tolerance” Freemasonry forbids discussions on religion inside Lodge, so “as not to offend” those brethren of the other religions.

This is in direct opposition to what the Bible teaches, as I will show shortly.

Freemasonry prides itself in the fact that it strives toward the ideal of “brotherly love” and one of the ways in which it aims to achieve it is by is this “tolerance” toward other religions. At first glance it appears to be most laudable of them to do so, especially when we recall the untold grief and misery that religious intolerance has indeed caused in the past and is still causing.

So if it seems to be such a good thing how can anyone gainsay it?

I received the following comment recently from a reader stating;

Your argument falls apart because my sitting next to someone who is praying to a different god doesn’t mean that I acknowledge his god or place his god on the same Level as my God. What should I do in a crowd when a moment of silence is called for? Should I kill anyone who isn’t a Christian? Should I leave? Should I make a scene? What would you recommend?Our argument isn’t that we do so much for charity, our argument is that we are not a religion! We are a fraternity. I’m sorry, but you folks are just plain clueless!

My reply to him is the following;

Hallo again and thank you for your comment.

You say my argument falls apart because, “my sitting next to someone who is praying to a different god doesn’t mean that I acknowledge his god or place his god on the same level as my God.”

Well, I must respectfully and wholeheartedly disagree with you on that point and I will do my best to explain why.

You see, we have to carefully consider from which viewpoint it is we are looking from when we say such a thing as you have said, because it depends entirely on who’s point of view we are looking at when we make such a statement.

On the surface it does seem very laudable for masons to be so tolerant of other people’s religions especially if we recall that throughout history differences in religion has caused untold grief and suffering and continues to do so today.

Yet if we search a bit deeper into the matter and apply a godly perspective to this issue i.e. if we consider how God would look at it, it becomes clear that there is a real problem.

Why? Because God sees the matter differently.

But how is it possible for us mere mortals to know what God thinks on a matter? It is real easy to get that answer because God is very clear on this issue in His Word, the Bible.

If one happens to care what God thinks about a matter, one would take care to search the matter out;  if on the other hand one is not really interested or concerned about what God thinks about a matter, the matter will not be researched from God’s perspective and things will stay as they are.

I do however think that you are indeed interested in what God might think about the issue because you have read this blog and have bothered to comment on it.

So what does God think about the issue?

In His Word God makes it abundantly clear that he is the only God and besides Him there are no other gods. (Isaiah 45:5, 46:9) (John 14:6) (Acts 4:12) He also makes it very clear that He is deeply outraged if we (any one of us) call upon another god or gods.

We are commanded to have nothing to do with those who confess otherwise and to depart from them (Ephesians 5:11-12) (2 Cor. 6:14)

Can there be any question then about how God sees the issue? I really do not think so. If you are honest and if you care about what God thinks about this matter you have no option but to agree.

So, if you are sitting in Lodge next to say a Hindu brother mason in Lodge during a prayer to the GAOTU, in a lodge that has relegated your God to the same level as his and all other false gods, what are you actually saying. Recall that when you were initiated into Freemasonry you agreed to accept and abide by all its rules, regulations and precepts as binding on yourself, meaning that you accept and are in full agreement. And you did that by an OATH! So what you are indeed actually saying indirectly, is that you approve of all this, by the mere fact of your presence! Just think about this carefully and honestly for a minute.

Furthermore, we should be witnessing to those other brothers of ours who have not met the Lord yet; how can we sit still and say nothing, knowing full well the terrible eternal consequences that our silence might contribute to the lot of our brethren. And that (witnessing to our brethren about Jesus) is expressly forbidden in Lodge, because they say it would cause unnecessary conflict and it may offend some.

“What should I do … Should I leave?… What would you recommend?” you said.

So what can I recommend you to do?

Firstly, that you draw near to the Lord in prayer and ask him to reveal the truth to you. He promises never to turn away anybody that calls on Him.

He said he is the way the truth and the life (John 14:6). He also gave us the assurance that God’s word, is the truth. (John 17:17)

He also  promises in His word that whoever needs wisdom simply has to ask it from Him and He will provide it. (James 1:5) (Luke 21:15)

One requires wisdom to see the answer here, real wisdom from God.

Earthly wisdom can make something seem good and harmless but that is dangerous because we learn in the Bible that God thinks nothing of the wisdom of the world. In fact, he holds it in derision. ( 1 Cor. 1:19)

The wisdom of this world is foolishness with God (1 Cor. 3:19)

Remember also that wisdom begins with the fear of the Lord (Proverbs 9:10)

What does that mean? Simply that Godly wisdom begins by acknowledging the One from whom everything comes and in whose Mercy, Grace, Love and Judgment we stand.

With all the above in view is it really important whether one views Freemasonry as a religion or not? I do not think so. To argue that Freemasonry is not a religion does not negate the facts or the issue in view.

Secondly, I pray the Lord will grant you the wisdom to apprehend the truth and the strength and courage to do what you should do, and that is to get out of there.

Thirdly, it is my prayer that the Lord will bless you will all spiritual blessings and that He will guard you and keep you.

Blessings,

A.

Col. 2:4  And this I say, lest any man should beguile you with enticing words.

The god of Freemasonry is not the True God!

February 21, 2012

Masonry Does Not Confess Jesus Christ as Lord and God. Therefore, the God of Masonry is Not the True God.

Masonry has a god – you cant have a religion without a god. And this god has a name. Over and over in the encyclopedia you meet with the initials “G.A.O.T.U.” This is the god of Masonry. The initials stand for the name “Great Architect of the Universe.” This is the god that Masons worship at their altar. This is the god to whom Masonic prayers are offered. Sometimes other names are applied to him, but according to Mackey, “G.A.O.T.U.” is the technical Masonic name for him (pp 290, 310).

Now I shall present the Christian view of God. Every intelligent Christian is acquainted with it, but let us refresh our minds. I shall present it in three statements:

(1) There is only one true God. This one true God exists in three persons – Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. But there are not three Gods. There is only one God, indivisible in substance and being.

(2) This one true God became incarnate in the flesh, and is none other than Jesus Christ. “in the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God,and the Word was God …. And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth” (John 1:1, 14).

“Philip saith unto him, Lord shew us the Father, and it sufficeth us. Jesus saith unto him, Have I been so long with you, and yet hast thou not known me, Philip? he that hath seen me hath seen the Father …” (John 14:8-9).

“We know that the Son of God is come, and hath given us understanding, that we may know him that is true, and we are in him that is true, even in his Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God, and eternal life” (I John 5:20).

(3) The one true God cannot be confessed, honoured, acknowledged, worshipped, believed on, or prayed to, apart from Jesus Christ.

“Whosoever denieth the Son, the same hath not the Father …” (I John 2:23).

“That all men should honour the Son, even as they honour the Father. He that honoureth not the Son honoureth not the Father which hath sent him (John 5:23).

This is the Christian doctrine of God. Let me sum it up briefly: There is one true God. This true God is revealed in the person of Jesus Christ. Apart from Christ there is no true God. If a man confesses Jesus Christ, he is worshipping the true God. If he refuses to worship Jesus Christ he is refusing to worship the true God.

Now are we ready for the question, “Is the god of Masonry the true God, or is he a false god?”

The answer depends absolutely upon Masonry’s attitude towards Jesus Christ! If Masonry asks its initiates to acknowledge and confess Jesus Christ as Lord and the true God, then Masonry’s god is the true God. But if Masonry does not require its members to confess and acknowledge the true God, then the god of Masonry is not the true God! there is no escape from one of these two conclusions. Which conclusion is right should be apparent to the merest novice.

Masonry has thousands of members who would never have entered it if they had to confess Jesus as Lord and God to get in – the Jewish members for instance. But let Masonry speak for itself (pp 619): “THERE IS NOTHING IN IT TO OFFEND A JEW!”

Do you know what this means – “There is nothing in Masonry to offend the Jew”? Let me tell you – Jesus Christ one day came to the Jews and said, “I and my Father are one.” The Jews promptly picked up stones to stone Him. “Jesus answered them, Many good works have I shewed you you from my Father; for which of these works do you stone me? The Jews answered Him saying, For a good work we stone thee not; but for blasphemy; and because that thou, being a man, makest thyself God” (John 10:30-33).

The Jews condemned Jesus Christ to death and delivered him to the Romans for crucifixion because He claimed to be their own God, the mighty Jehovah! To this day the Jews regard Christianity as a blasphemous religion because we worship and confess Jesus Christ as Lord and God.

I tell you, if there is nothing in Masonry to offend the Jew, then Masonry does not confess Jesus Christ as Lord and God, nor ask its initiates to do so. And if Masonry does not confess Jesus Christ, then Masonry does not confess the true God. And if Masonry does not confess the true God, then Masonry confesses a false god. And, if Masonry confesses a false god, let us be plain and call Masonry what it really is, by its own utterances, in the light of the Bible – nothing but paganism and idolatry!

This is the exact teaching of the Bible. All worship and acknowledgement paid to any god apart from Jesus Christ is idolatry. “And we know that the Son of God is come, and hath given us an understanding, that we may know that is true, and we are in him that is true, even in his Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God, and eternal life. Little children, keep yourselves from idols” (I John 5:20-21). “Be not deceived; neither fornicators, nor idolaters … shall inherit the kingdom of God (I Cor 6:9-10).

But some may say: “It is true that Jesus Christ is not confessed in the first three degrees, but He is confessed as God in some of the higher degrees in Masonry.”

Well, I will have to take your word for it This Masonic encyclopedia contains articles on almost every false god of the pagan world, but it contains not even the trace of an article on Jesus Christ, the Son of God. This is a significant and ominous omission.

But suppose it is true that Christ is recognized as God in some of the higher degrees, such as the Knights Templar. What of it? Does that clear the skirts of the organization? Let me ask you a question: Can you reach those higher degrees, can you become a Knight Templar without passing through the first three degrees? No, you cannot. That settles the question. Will any intelligent Christian affirm that it is permissible to become an idolater first in order that afterwards he may become a Christian? Will he affirm that it is right first to bow the knee at the altar of a false god in order that afterward he may bow the knee to the true God? Will Jesus Christ accept a confession of His deity from the mouth of a man whose lips are defiled with the confession of a false god? How foolish!

Suppose a Buddhist should come to me and say: We have an organization we would like you to join. In order to take the first three degrees, you will have to acknowledge a god, but not your Christ. Afterwards we will fix up a place in the organization and invent some new degrees where you Christians can get together and confess your Christ.”

Suppose I start an organization here in this church with secret work and several degrees. The first tree degrees would eliminate the name of Jesus Christ and demand that every candidate confess a god named “G.A.O.T.U.” We would accept Christians, Jews, Mohammedans, Buddhists. After they had passed the first three degrees, we would say: “Now, if you Christians want to get together and confess your Christ, go up in a room by yourselves. You Mohammedans do the same, and so forth. But don’t drag your particular views into these three degrees.”

That’s what Masonry does. What a pitiful sop to throw to our blessed Lord Jesus Christ! As a Christian, I spurn it.

But all this discussion is altogether unnecessary. The encyclopedia declares that – “The germ and nucleus of all Freemasonry is to be found in the three primitive degrees.” (pp 753).

And only last week a thirty third Degree Mason, a friend of mine, said to me; “When a man has taken the first three degrees, he is as much of a mason as he ever can be! All the higher degrees are merely additions, superfluous.”

Oh, the insult of it! To exclude Jesus Christ from the main building of Masonry, the foundation and basis of Masonry, and then offer Him a place in a side room along with Mohammed, Buddha, and the rest of the “thieves and robbers.” Masonry had better left Him out altogether than to offer Him this crowning insult. Even if some of His professed followers seem to be strangely blind, Masonry ought to have known that Jesus Christ would accept no place at all unless it be the place of preeminence. Colossians 1:18 declares that “in all things” Christ must have “the preeminence.” Masonry refuses Him the place of preeminence, therefore Masonry is a Chrysalis institution!

Masonry even goes so far as to mutilate the Word of God in order to exclude Jesus Christ. I have here another work by the author of the encyclopedia. It is called “the Masonic Ritualist.” Don’t get excited – it is not “The Ritual.” It doesn’t contain any of the secrets. According to the author, it contains “all that may be lawfully taught in print of the degrees.” It gives the prayers and scriptures which are to be read in the opening and closing of the lodge. Every Scripture is emptied of Jesus Christ, but there is a particularly glaring mutilation on page 271. I shall give the quotation exactly as it appears in the “Ritualist” followed by the authors explanatory note;

“CHARGE TO BE READ AT OPENING THE LODGE:”

“Wherefore, brethren, lay aside all malice, and guile, and hypocrisies, and envies, and all evil speakings. If so be ye have tasted that the Lord is gracious, to whom coming as unto a living stone, disallowed indeed of men, but chosen of God, and precious; ye also as living stones, be ye built up a spiritual house, a holy priesthood, to offer up sacrifices acceptable to God … (The passages of Scripture here selected are peculiarly appropriate to this degree. … The passages are taken, with slight but necessary modifications, from the second chapter of the First Epistle of Peter …)”

You will note that Dr Mackey says “some slight but necessary modifications” have been made in these Scriptures. What are these “modifications”? Let me read I Peter 2:5 from the Bible and you will see. “Ye also, as lively stones, are built up as a spiritual house, an holy priesthood, to offer up, spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ”

Do you see it? The name of Christ is struck out by the profane hand of Masonry! And mark you, this is said to be a “slight modification”! And still further, it is said to be a “necessary modification”! Certainly it is necessary, because Masonry pretends to be able to approach God and offer service to Him without coming through Jesus Christ. There are in this “Masonic Ritualist” 28 prayers, and not one of them is offered in the name of Jesus Christ!

This is the insolent answer of Masonry to the ultimatum of Christ – “No man cometh unto the Father but by me” John 14:6).

Now I am ready to classify Freemasonry in the light of its own utterances and statements of the Word of God.

Masonry admits that it confesses a god, but does not confess Jesus Christ. Let me read you one passage – I John 4:3 ASV – “Every spirit that confesseth not Jesus is not of God: whereof ye have heard that it cometh; and now it is in the world already.” These are not my words. These are the words of God. Do you dare, as a Christian, wear the emblem of such an organization?

Before Accepting Any Christian as a Member, Masonry Demands That He Disobey Jesus Christ.

Obedience to the Lord Jesus Christ is the first and supreme duty of every Christian. Christ said in John 14:15, “If ye love me, keep my commandments.” And I John 2:3 and 4 declares: “And hereby we do know that we know him. if we keep his commandments. He that saith, I know him, and keepeth not his commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him.”

Now let me read you something that was commanded by the Lord Jesus in the most solemn manner. “Swear not at all; neither by heaven; for it is God’s throne; nor by the earth; for it is his footstool; neither by Jerusalem; for it is the city of the great King” (Matt 5:34-35). Our Lord considered this so important that He caused it to be written a second time in the Scripture (James 5:12). Nothing is more plain in the Bible. The Christian is commanded by the Lord not to swear by any oath. The government of the United States recognizes this and makes provisions for Christians who believe in following the precept of the Lord. No Christian is obliged to take a civil oath. He is permitted to make a simple affirmation.

Now suppose I came to the door of Masonry and knock for admittance. Almost the first thing demanded of me is disobedience to the Lord Jesus Christ. before I can listen; “He that entereth not by the door …. but climbeth up some other way [mark the words], the same is a thief and a robber” (John 10:1, 9). Any organization which ignores the Lord Jesus Christ as the Door of heaven, and puts up a ladder of its own, is a thief and a robber! Christ said that!

The way of Masonry is not the Way of the cross. It is the way of human works and human character.

Speaking of the “working tools” of the “Entered Apprentice,” Mackey says; “The Common Gavel is an instrument made use of by the operative masons to break off the corners of rough stones, the better to fit them for the builder’s use; but we as Free and Accepted Masons, are taught to make use of it for the more noble and glorious purpose of divesting our hearts and consciences of all the vices and superfluities of life; thereby fitting our minds as living stones for that spiritual building, that ‘house not made with hands’ eternal in the heavens (The Ritualist, pp 39).”

Oh, my friends, let me tell you upon the authority of God’s Word that you can never get rid of your sins and vices with the “common gavel” of Masonry! You can never fit yourself for “the house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens.” There is just one thing that can take away sins and make you fit to enter the blessed house – the blood of Jesus Christ! “Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood … to him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen” (Rev 1:5-6).

You say, “If Masonry is such a terrible institution, why don’t other men condemn it?” They do. John Adams condemned it! Also John Quincy Adams, James Madison, Millard Fillmore, Daniel Webster, Charles Summer. Of the great evangelists, Finney condemned it. Moody condemned it. Torrey said; “I do not believe it possible for a man to be an intelligent Christian and an intelligent Mason at the same time.” George F. Pentecost, late pastor of the Wanamaker Church in this city, said, “I believe that Masonry is an incalculable evil and essentially antichrist in its principles and influences.” He should have known something about it, for a Thirty-Second Degree Mason told me last week that church had a lodge within its own membership.

Why do Christian men stay in it? I can think of only four reasons why you find professing Christians affiliated with the Masonic lodge:

FIRST – Some do not know what Christianity really is. Many have the prevalent but erroneous opinion that Christianity and religion are one and the same thing. If an organization is religious and talks about God, they conclude it is Christian. Such people are sincere but untaught. Because they do not know what Christianity is, they see nothing wrong with Masonry. These deserve our sympathy. If there is to be any blame, it belongs to the pastors who have failed to teach the truth.

SECOND – Some do not know what Masonry really is. It is possible that some here may scoff at the idea of a Mason not knowing what his lodge stands for. Nevertheless, it is true that there are thousands of Masons who are not acquainted with the religious position of Masonry as an institution. I have met Thirty-Second Degree Masons who frankly admitted that they had never read even one Masonic authority such as this encyclopedia. Within the past month I have actually found Masons who deny the existence of such works! Yet the Masonic Temple of this city has a fair sized library of books on Masonry, many of which are accessible to the general public.

You may think that such ignorance is impossible. Not at all! You find it in every organization. I think I could find members of this Brethren church here in this place who have never read a book setting forth the position of the denomination and who would be unable to state it. It is the same in every church, whether Presbyterian, Methodist, or Baptist. If such ignorance can be found in organizations where public instruction is given several times each week, it is not surprising to find it in Masonry. The average Mason is like some church members. He only does what is absolutely necessary to become a member and stops there. His knowledge of Masonry is based upon his little experience in a local lodge, and he never makes any effort to ascertain exactly what is the religious position of Masonry as a great institution.

Permit me to say in all kindness, that the gentleman who rose at the beginning of this sermon to protest against the charge that Masonry is not Christian is an illustration of what I am saying. He has admitted before you all, in answer to my question, that he has never read even one Masonic authority. We have no denunciation for such men, but in the name of Jesus Christ we beg that they will investigate the institution to which they are giving their allegiance.

THIRD – A few professing Christians continue their relation with Masonry in spite of the fact that they know what Christianity is, and also what Masonry is. Such as these are without excuse. They are living every day in deliberate disloyalty to the Lord Jesus Christ, who died for their sins! They deserve blame – not sympathy.

FOURTH – There are some professing Christians in Masonry who are apostate from the true faith. Some of the preachers in Masonry belong to this classification. They have relegated such truths as blood atonement and the deity of Christ to the place of the nonessentials. They are virtually Unitarian in belief, and therefore it is not surprising to find them in an institution which in its three main degrees is Unitarianism, so much so that ex-president Taft, a prominent Unitarian, feels at home in it. The presence of such men in Masonry is an argument against it, not for it.

“But ,” you say, “there are good men in it. Washington was a Mason.” Yes, and Washington was a slave owner as well. You are not to follow men. If you follow men you are heading for disaster. Christ says to the Christian, “Follow thou me.”

I must close, though I have only begun. This encyclopedia contains enough that is anti-Christian to keep me preaching for the next ten weeks every Sunday night. I have said enough to condemn this institution forever in the eyes of you who know Jesus Christ and love Him. I have tried not to be unkind or harsh. I have tried to tell you the truth. Jesus Christ is the only hope for men. My only motive tonight has been to get you to be loyal to Him. A man may say. “It will hurt me if I leave Masonry now!” I know it will! But oh, Christian, did your Christ fail you at the cross because it hurt? By the blood of His cross I plead with you; “Come out from among them, and be ye separate.” Be ye not unequally yoked together with the unbeliever; for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness? And what concord hath Christ with Belial? or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel? And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? … ” (II Cor 6:14-17).

THE END

written by:
Alva J. McClain, Th.m., D.D., LL.D.
Founder and First President,
Grace Theological Seminary

Freemasonry – Is it truly free?

January 14, 2012

I’ve asked myself this a number of times over the 25 years I have been studying the so-called “secret societies”.

Unfortunately I’ve had to conclude that the answer is, No !

In fact, the word itself is an oxymoron. By far the majority of practicing Masons, when asked the question; “Is Freemasonry a Christian organization?”, would answer, “Yes”, (except in the case of obvious non-Christian, or other religion affiliation). This answer proves to be false when the doctrine of Freemasonry is compared with Christian doctrine! This is indeed a sad but very real truth that can easily be verified by even the most superficial study of Scripture in this regard.

I have even had the answer from certain overly proud members; “Well, true Freemasonry embraces all religions.”

Now this statement turns out to be true, when compared to Masonic doctrine, as is clearly postulated by the likes of pioneering Masons, such as Albert Pike and Albert Mackey, both very distinguished Freemasons and both  having published works of enduring significance on the subject of Freemasonry. Pike wrote his famous “Morals and Dogma” and Mackey is the author of that very well known three-volume, “Encyclopedia of Freemasonry.”

So, it proves to be indeed true that Freemasonry “embraces”  all religions. What does that mean? It simply means that Freemasonry acknowledges ALL religions, accepts all of them as equal and holds none of them as the Supreme or True Religion! This is in direct violation of what God teaches us through His Word, the Holy Bible. In it He clearly states that He is the only God and there is none other. (Ex 20:3   34:14   Deut. 4:35 , 39     Dan 3:29   1Ki 8:60   Is 45:5, 6, 14, 18, 21, 22      Is 46:9   Is 47:8, 10     Joel 2:27)

Now, since Freemasonry is in DIRECT opposition to what God expresses in His Word, how on earth  can Freemasonry be seen to be a “Christian Organization?” It is just too preposterous for words!

Both Pike and Mackey were 33 degree Freemasons. It has been intimated to me by masons, that the number 33 was especially chosen as part of an elaborate mockery of our Lord Jesus, as it refers to His age when He suffered on the Cross. (Revelations of what is portrayed in the 33 degree ritual, confirm this!)

Consider also the so-called “Christian degree” in Lodge, the 18th degree, also known as the “Rose Croix” (Rosy Cross). In truth, this pertains to Anti-Christ! 18 is made up of thee sixes, 666, the number of the Anti-Christ! (See Revelation 13:18).

By now, the reader should be getting some idea of just how much actual bondage is involved in operative Masonry. Freemasonry may be many things but it certainly is not free!

A further hint of this bondage can be gained from considering the circumstance that accompanies the 3rd degree initiate. He is obliged to sign a very cleverly worded certificate in full, alongside the date of his 3rd degree initiation, and this date is under the Latin worded half of his certificate.  At least up until a few years ago, the date would have read, eg. September 14th 5966 AL ( The AL initials, put in the place of AD, Anno Domini or “year of our Lord” ) and meaning Anno Lucis or “Year of light” in other words, pertaining to Genesis 1 when the light came some 6000 years prior.

What the new Master Mason is not told, and let’s face it, how many men, even well educated, understand and can read Latin? For light in Latin is “Lux” and Lucifer, is “Lucis!” Therefore the newly initiated and totally deceived Mason, has signed his full name alongside that of Lucifer!  (See Isaiah Ch.14:12 ( King James Bibles only ). NB, “Lucifer” means “ light bearer “. Diabolically clever stuff, and straight from the pit!

Please pray with us for the many thousands of good men that have been caught into bondage by this diabolic trap of the enemy, attempting to separate them from our Lord and Saviour, and advise those friends family and loved ones you know to be Masons to come out of “Her.”

Tony Roberts.

Can a Christian be a Freemason?

November 18, 2011

by G. Patrick Battell, July 2005

This is one of those frequently asked questions that regularly gets an airing either on Christian radio or in church circles.

Another question asked, is Freemasonry Christian?

So I must answer an emphatic NO to both questions, but also try to perhaps qualify why the Born Again Christian can never seek membership to be a Mason or any other secret society. Or even wish to do so.

Regrettably, however was the fact that former Archbishop of Canterbury, Geoffrey Fisher was indeed a practising mason all his life.

The Church of England has long had the problem of how to deal with Freemasons in their broad church. Rowan Williams, whose father was in the Craft, used to block the promotion of practising Masonic bishops, before he was promoted to Canterbury.

In Martin Short’s book, ‘Inside the Brotherhood’ he shares the following account of one Anglican Primate who wasn’t happy to learn of a Masonic burial in an Anglican Church:

“……I found that the words ‘Jesus Christ’ were omitted from the prayers and the word ‘Architect’ substituted. Worse still, the cross was to be removed from the altar…. I thought that in this case it would be better for the service to take place in a Masonic temple….this line I took stirred up a hornets’ nest. I was warned that I had offended important benefactors and that the diocese would suffer financially. It might have done so” (pgs. 76, 77.)

“Secret societies must be either Christian, non-christian, or anti-Christian”, wrote George L. Hunt in his book ‘Secret Societies’. Although this statement was written over a hundred years ago it’s meaning is just as relevant today, if not more so!

(In recent years the Masons have tried hard to reinvent their battered and tarnished image, by allowing members of the press and public to come and visit their Lodges, during out of hours. One recent Masonic newsletter that was sent to me, had the following quote, about the need for more “good news” stories, from the local press: “…Now that we are achieving good coverage in the local press we are looking to other means of spreading the good news about Freemasonry.” This same publication boasted of the numerous good works that they do in their areas, with the sum raised by them, for the years 2004/2005 being 200,037. It would appear that they are trusting in their own righteousness, not Jesus’ to receive Eternal Life (Rom. 10:1-4.)

At this stage I must lay my cards on the table and state categorically that to my knowledge there have never been practising freemasons in my family. How could there be? As a fourth or fifth generation Roman Catholic, had not the church forbidden membership to freemasonry? And by no less than nine papal bulls issued by fuming Pope’s! All this was to change covertly after Vatican II, when I suspect the ecumenical plot allowed masons to join the fold. If you’re still not sure of the Roman Catholic view, just check the 1994 Catechism; you will find no mention of freemasonry and why a Catholic cannot seek membership. Today I don’t think they – the hierarchy – could care less what you wish to do with your spare time. Accept possibly promote the Social Gospel!

So can a Christian be a freemason? The first question is why would he want to (yes, I know some lodges allow women): “The Order of the Eastern Star can and does include both men and women.” But they remain very much male driven. Incidentally the knights of DeMolay are a related organization that a young Bill Clinton was attracted to join when he was 15 years old. According to ‘Freemasonry today’, young Bill enlisted in DeMolay at Hot springs in Arkansas in 1961. He later stated: “I enjoyed learning all parts of the ritual. I grew up in a family with no money and no political influence. I had a lot of breaks; a lot of people helped me. DeMolay I think helps that”. He would later become a Rhodes scholar: Cecil Rhodes was himself a highly respected millionaire freemason. Also according to Dr Peter S. Ruckman, President Clinton became somewhere in his political career a born again Christian, so make of that what you will!

George L. Hunt states that: “Secretism is not only non-Christian, but that it is anti-Christian.” Heavy stuff you may say, but are they religious these Masons?

They most certainly are! Just listen to what Albert Pike, Grand Commander and Sovereign Pontiff (recognise that word?) of Universal Masonry) has to say: “Every Masonic lodge is a temple of religion.”

Or as Dr Albert Mackey a highly respected mason wrote in his book ‘The encyclopaedia of Freemasonry’: “Masonry is an eminently religious institution. The truth is masonry is undoubtedly a religious institution.”

Or as Sir John Cockburn, past deputy grand master of South Australia said:

“Masonry, is a form of worship in which all religions can unite”. (And boy, aren’t they just promoting that today?)

Incidentally according to the author Jim Shaw, himself a previous 33rd degree Mason who was saved from the darkness of masonry and brought into the light of Jesus Christ, he writes:

“Masonry, contrary to popular belief, is NOT based upon the Bible. Masonry is actually based on the Kabala (Cabala), a medieval book of magic and mysticism.”

This dangerous statement is also reinforced by no less that Albert Pike. He said: “Masonry is a search after light. That search leads us directly back, as you see, to the Kabala.” (Check out James’ article on this website about the Kabbalah.)

Now one thing this website is clear about and that is: you must get out of religion! Have nothing to do with it. It cannot save you! No two ways about it! I mean would you wish to be mixed up with these people? Remember – masonry excludes the name of Christ from prayer. The precious name of Jesus is excluded from every passage of Scripture that is read in the lodge:

For example, this verse is how is should read, but Masons omit the following words:

“Now we command you, brethren, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye withdraw yourselves from every brother that walketh disorderly, and not after the tradition which he received of us” (2 Thess. 3:6.)

The same is used to mangle 2 Thess. 3:11, 12:

“For we hear that there are some which walk among you disorderly, working not at all, but are busybodies. Now them that are such we command and exhort by our Lord Jesus Christ, that with quietness they work, and eat their own bread.”

This is not genuine Christian behaviour, neither should it ever be accepted as such.

“When Masonry mutilates the Holy Scripture by deliberately omitting the name of the Messiah it is no longer the God-breathed, inspired word of God. It is religion without Jesus Christ as Saviour and Redeemer.”

This statement by the late Jim McCormick himself an astute observer and writer of numerous articles on Freemasonry over the years is confirmed by Albert Pike in his lexicon of freemasonry He writes: “A Christian Mason is not permitted to introduce his own peculiar opinions with regard to Christ’s mediatorial office into the lodge.”

“It is interesting that in ‘The Builder’, a well known Masonic book, there is no entry in the index for: ‘Jesus’ or ‘Christ.’

In ‘Coils Masonic Encyclopaedia’ no such entry is listed either. Neither does ‘Holman’s Masonic edition of the Holy Bible’ include an entry of either ‘Jesus’ or ‘Christ’. So I have to ask: does this not show the scornful attitude of any Lodge toward Christianity? All prayers in the lodge it seems are Christ-less prayers. How sad.

So where does that leave the Christian as regards worship in the lodge? Assuming he has got this far!

Well he can use the volume of Sacred Law (VSL), the Koran, Vedas, the book of Mormon, or gita. He can choose Mohammed, Zoroaster or the angelus for inspiration, if he so wishes. He can worship in any lodge behind closed doors in Trafalgar sq, off Broadway or near the neverland ranch (if he should wish to.)

Yet did not Jesus proclaim: “I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me” (John 14: 6). So what is going on here, I have to ask. And don’t be taken in by the all ‘seeing eye’ familiar in the lodge and on the back of a dollar bill. It is not the eye of God as masons claim but rather:

“The all seeing eye (that) was the symbol of deity in the ancient mysteries of Egypt.”

Secretism, it seems, announces another route, another door independent of the Lord Jesus Christ. This I will not accept! Christ is not on the level with Mohammed or Buddha or Confucius, Sitting Bull or Pope Benedict XVI.

Freemasonry also states that: “If you deserve and purchase your path to heaven you are being saved by your own works, not God’s works.” This is from the Freemasons pocket companion. The true Christian knows that good works can never save you. Only the precious blood of Jesus Christ can achieve this. Nothing else. And if it did, what was the point of the Crucifixion?

“He that is of God heareth God’s words” (John 8:47.)

So why are young men attracted into becoming Freemasons?

In the Masonic Catechism the novice is asked:

“Why did you become a Freemason?”

“To obtain a knowledge of the secrets and mysteries preserved amongst the brethren.”

In the commercial sector it can offer promotion and in bringing in new business to the firm if a man is approached to join the lodge. This is very much a sweetener as well as the colourful regalia. And don’t all men love a uniform and the whiff of secret societies? (For the purpose of this article I have excluded the Illumminati, the Trilateral group, the Bilderberg group and other assorted anti-Christian institutions.) It should also be remembered that: “Many ministers, elders, deacons, trustees and Sunday school teachers”, have all requested a place in the Lodge. And shame on them!

Remember: Masonic rites are idolatry. This is clearly witnessed in the initiation oaths especially in the first 3 degrees. Even God is re named the great Architect of the Universe! Masons will not find him in the Grand lodge in the sky! Rather they will meet the one true God at the Great White Throne (Rev. 20:11.)

The apostle Paul was correct when he warned those seeking the truth not to yoke with those who practise such acts. Did Jesus not warn: “Swear not at all” (Matt. 5:34.)

In the 19th degree of the 33 degrees of Freemasonry, the candidate is marked with balm with the words said over him:

“Thou art a priest forever, after the order of Melchizedek.”

We must see this as blasphemy and unacceptable.

Incidentally in the same degree (19th) the candidate is presented with a sash embroidered with the 12 signs of the zodiac. The Bible clearly forbids this divination (Deuteronomy 18:10). Again the Christian should and must reject such a practise if it is offered to him.

And what about secret hand grips? And mumbled Oaths muttered in the dark (please read what the Apostle James says in his Epistle 5:12 about this matter). The apprentice is warned that his throat will be cut, his tongue and heart will be torn out and his discarded body will be marked and disembowelled, if any lodge secrets are revealed to non-masons, or I suppose his family!

So why would any sane person in his right mind want to go along with this malarkey? One more thing a Christian should look out for are: Masonic rings cuff links and tie clips as well as fleece lined aprons and silk festooned ties, crystal glass or pewter decanters.

My final advice to any Christian who has joined freemasonry is to get out of it: burn the regalia – don’t wait. And if you’ve got kids or grandchildren they’ll love to assist you in stoking that fire in the garden. Perhaps your wife will also be very glad of your decision!

Remember what the Apostle Paul wrote in 2 Cor. 6:17: “Come ye out from among them”, he later qualifies this in Ephesians 5:11:

“Have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness but rather reprove them. For it is a shame even to speak of those things which are done of them in secret.”

So what more encouragement do you need?

 

YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED!

 

G. Patrick Battell, July 2005

IN REPLY TO LJ

April 20, 2011

LJ wrote;

my grandfather is a 3rd dagree freemason.

he is also a christian that has went to church every sunday his whole life.

i got interested in the masons a few months ago and started reading about it.

i will read his handbook soon. and also talk to my uncle about this christianity vs. freemasons since my grandfather has got him to want to become a mason.

i myself have only recently began devoting myself to christiany.

although my beliefs are that you do not have to go to church to be a christian and go to heaven (your thought on this will be appreciated to) and am going to be baptised soon.

im just wondering how i could approach the subject with my grandfather.

he is a stubborn old man and i just want him to listen and think about the subject and not ignore what i have to say.

thanks,
LJ

Hallo LJ

Thank you for your comment and apologies for the late reply.  My heart really goes out to you.  If you read the articles on this blog of mine you will learn that I was a Mason myself for many years – then one day (almost exactly three years ago) I got saved. Literally overnight, my whole life changed.

For my whole life right up unto that moment I had reckoned myself to be Christian but it was only after I invited Jesus into my heart and surrendered my life to Him, that the true meaning of being a Christian became clear to me.

I became a fervent student of the Word and it soon became apparent to me that Freemasonry is completely irreconcilable with being a true born-again Christian. I resigned immediately and started this blog in an effort to warn others.

I know that there are many masons that count themselves as Christians as well, yet fail to see what I see – I have been one myself.  Regarding your grandfather that is a mason, your first recourse is to pray for him and to ask our heavenly Father to soften his heart and to open his eyes and mind to His truth.  Remember, nothing is impossible for the Lord – someone prayed for me and the Lord answered that prayer.

Regarding your other question, I have the following advise.  When I first came to the Lord I was overwhelmed with two desires; to study the Word and to have fellowship with other Christians.  Finding and joining a good Bible-believing Church is a very good idea! Pray and fast over it and let the Spirit lead you in this, it is important!

I pray your baptism was as special an event for you as mine was for me,

May the Lord Bless you and keep you,

A.


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