The god of Freemasonry is not the True God!

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;


“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).


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


One Response to “The god of Freemasonry is not the True God!”

  1. Deon Says:

    If I see the way Christians live with sin and in sin and love it.
    I don’t want to be a part of it!
    That is way I left the church in 2006.
    But still hold the title as a marriage officer.
    All Christians do not believe in seen the son going over the head of the next person.
    They are always thinking whom can they cheat and do in.
    As all masons will see how to help even if (you) are not a mason.
    Freemasons give millions of Pounds, Dollars, and Rand’s to charity each and every year and they don’t ask for it back or tell you to join the freemasons.
    Church will go out and recruit members so they can fill the bank account and remember don’t give to charity!!
    And you’ s Christians call yourselves Good people think twice.
    As the corporate heads of the church human race, his seed became corrupt.
    That is born of flesh is a profit so Jesus was a profit. That is of spirit is God so freemasons believe in God. From ex Reverend Deon Du Plessis and that is way I am a happy man. I Joined Freemasonry in 2009

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