I have often addressed the
confusing and controversial subject of Freemasonry. My 2003 DVD
"Freemasonry vs. Christianity: The Bible, The Lodge, and You" is one of
the longest videos we have ever produced at nearly two hours in length. In
particular, my concern has been the spiritual implications of mixing
Christianity and the Lodge. Recently, I received an email
from someone asking for help concerning this issue.
If we are willing to follow the Scriptures in our decision-making then just the three short points I will share below should be sufficient to make the case. However, when Christian leaders endorse the notion that Lodge or Eastern Star members may jointly hold membership in a local church body as well they are in disagreement with Scripture. By doing so they are allowing the Enemy ample room to operate on many fronts.
Reason #1 - The Swearing of Secret Oaths
The fact is that most Christians do not
understand and are ignorant about the workings of the Lodge but the very
fact that one must swear an oath of secrecy and even pronouncing a
death curse on one’s own self in each of the first three degrees
(Blue Lodge) should be a strong statement to biblical Christians that
something is askew. Here’s part of the first and third degree oaths from the
Masonic Blue Lodge ceremony taken directly out of the Lodge handbook.
In Matthew 5:34-37 Jesus said, "But I say unto you, 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. Neither shalt thou swear by thy head, because thou canst not make one hair white or black. But let your communication be, Yea, yea; Nay, nay: for whatsoever is more than these cometh of evil."
Reason #2 - Masonry is NOT Christian in Creed or in its "god"
If Jesus admonition against swearing oaths weren't enough, masonry’s own most noted writers denote it as a
religion and one, Albert Mackey, makes certain to proclaim that that
religion is NOT Christianity.
"God is equally present with the pious Hindu in the temple, the Jew in the synagogue, the Mohammedan in the mosque, and the Christian in the church." Albert Mackey, Mackey's Revised Encyclopedia of Freemasonry, Richmond: Macoy Publishing, 1966, 1:409-410.
At the Shrine level (32nd and 33rd degree Masons), the initiate swears a binding oath in the name of "Allah, the God of our Fathers." This might clear up for some why the motif of the Shriners is Islamic (including the crescent moon, star, and sword: the three primary symbols of Islam) and why so many Shrine centers around the world have Arabic names. (click)
The deity spoken of again and again in Masonic writings is JoBulOn (also JoaBulOn), which is a composite god representing Jehovah, Baal, and Osiris. Whenever the Mason pronounces that name in the Masonic prayer of worship, they probably have no idea that in doing so they have defiled the Holy name of God.
Reason #3 - Masonry Espouses Universalism
Here is a quote from the introduction pages of the Masonic Bible.
“For Masonry knows, what so many (religions) forget, that religions are many,
but Religion is ONE…Thus by the very honor which Masonry pays to the
Bible, it teaches us to revere every book of faith in which men find help
for today and hope for the morrow, joining hands with the man of Islam as he
takes oath on the Koran, and with the Hindu as he makes covenant with God
upon the book that he loves best... Therefore, it (Masonry) invites to its
altar men of all faiths, knowing that, if they use different names for
'the Nameless One of a hundred names,' they are yet praying to the
one God and Father of all; knowing, also, that while they read different
volumes, they are in fact reading the same vast Book of the Faith of Man." (emphasis
Here are more statements from Masonic writers that affirm
the heresy of
The Bible isn't just one of the paths to God.
It isn't just a place to find truth. It represents the
only truth revealed from God and contains the only
place to find the only path to God. Jesus Christ is the
one savior and the one way. Believing He is but one of
many ways stands in direct contradiction to the Bible.
Instead of a Church going out of its way to change their constitution and accept people attached to Masonry into its midst as members perhaps it would be good to alert the Masons as to exactly what Masonry is and the spiritual darkness that it represents? Nice people are involved in Masonry but the demonic nature of Masonry is to be exposed and not excused. If we allow those in our midst to remain comfortably involved in an organization with so many demonic roots do we not sin against them, ourselves, God's Word, and God Himself? As uncomfortable and confrontational as it may sound, we do Masons no service by giving them a pass on the nature, history and beliefs of Freemasonry. The Christian should consider the results of our often timid silence. Would we rather see Masons eternally perish in the false religious veneer offered by the Lodge? Will the quest to gain their human favor or being too intimidated to ruffle feathers stand up as excuses before God someday?
If we are to uphold the teachings of the Bible, the very identity of God, and the utmost importance and exclusivity of Jesus Christ as the only way (John 14:6, etc.), Masonry must be seen for what it is, an enemy of the Cross. This is indeed the case no matter how nice, or important, or sincere any man or woman may be who wants to claim for themselves both the Lodge and the Church, for these institutions are forever mutually exclusive according to Scripture and even Masonic authorities themselves.
A Final warning to Church Leaders
Scripture is clear concerning the
mixing or fellowship of light with darkness (II Cor. 6:14-18, Eph. 5:10-11).
Allowing one who willfully or ignorantly swears allegiance to a false god to
participate in membership or leadership in a church body not only short
circuits God's protection and blessing but will sooner or later result in
God's judgment. Perhaps just as troubling is that Masonry replicates through
its members. Left unchecked, in time this leaven will spread in your midst
(Gal. 5:9) resulting in new converts to Masonry and improved working
conditions for Satan.
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