Freemasonry (the Masons) is a fraternal organization that has all the makings of a pagan religion, contrary to their claims that it is not a religion. Those who do concede that it is, will claim Freemasonry is aligned with Christianity, the Bible being its basis. However, nothing could be farther from the truth.
Secrecy, mysticism and the practice of pagan rituals is the hallmark of this organization. Let's look at this group, referred to as the Masons from here on.
The intent of this author is not the judge those involved with the Masons. It is my intent to direct them to the Truth, thereby encouraging them to leave.
The oath to commit suicide
The suicide oath Masons take is as follows. "Binding myself under no less a penalty than that of having my throat cut, my tongue torn out by its roots, and buried in the rough sands of the sea at low water mark where the tide ebbs and flows twice in twenty-four hours should I ever knowingly or willingly violate this my solemn oath and obligation as an entered apprentice Mason, so help me God, and keep me steadfast in the due performance of the same."
"Binding myself under no less a penalty than that of having my left breast torn open, my heart plucked out and given as a prey to the wild beasts of the field and the fowls of the air, binding myself under no less a penalty than that of having my body severed in twain, my bowels taken from thence and burned to ashes, the ashes scattered to the four winds of heaven so that no more trace or remembrance may be had of so vile and perjured a wretch as I, should I ever knowingly or willingly violate this my solemn obligation as a Master Mason, so help me God, and keep me steadfast in the due performance of the same."
This method of suicide is promised for anyone who reveals to an outsider the secrets and mystical meanings of the lodge. This is nowhere taught, recognized or sanctioned in the Bible.
Any religions will do
Although Masons will tell you that Freemasonry is in alignment with Biblical Christianity, that is not the case at all. Albert Pike, who has been called by fellow Masons one of the most distinguished Masons the Western World has ever produced, has written one of their very important books called Morals and Dogmas. It's so important to Masons that it appears in their edition of the Bible. They have their own Bible known as the Hertel's Bible. And this is what he has written:
"Masonry reverences all the great reformers. It sees in Moses, the Lawgiver of the Jews, in Confucius and Zoraster, in Jesus of Nazareth, and in the Arabian Iconoclast, great teachers of morality, and eminent reformers, if no more, and allows every brother of the Order to assign to each such higher and even Divine Character as his Creed and Truth require. We do not undervalue the importance of any Truth. We utter no word that can be deemed irreverent by anyone of any faith. We do not tell the Moslem that it is only important for him to believe that there is but one God, and wholly unessential whether Mahomet was His prophet. We do not tell the Hebrew that the Messiah whom he expects was born in Bethlehem nearly two thousand years ago; and he is a heretic because he will not so believe. And as little do we tell the sincere Christian that Jesus of Nazareth was but a man like us, or His history but the unreal revival of an older legend. To do either is beyond our jurisdiction. Masonry, of no one age, belongs to all time; of no one religion, it finds its great truths in all. To every Mason, there is a God; One Supreme, Infinite in Goodness, Wisdom, Foresight, Justice, and Benevolence; Creator, Disposer, and Preserver of all things. How, or by what intermediates He creates and acts, and in what way He unfolds and manifests Himself, Masonry leaves to creeds and religions to inquire,"
In other words, they say Masons believe in God but you can decide who He is, what He wants, and how to reach Him. This teaching is in direct violation of the Bible. There is no other way to God but through Jesus Christ and Him alone. Scripture says, in John 14:6, 'Jesus said to him, "I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me." '
In Acts 4:12, Peter said concerning Jesus, "Nor is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved." There is no other way, contrary to what those in the lodge will tell you.
Pike goes on to say, "To achieve salvation the Mason must first attain a solid conviction founded upon reason, that he has within himself a spiritual nature, a soul that is not to die when the body is dissolved, but is to continue to exist and advance toward perfection through all the ages of eternity, and to see more and more clearly, as it draws nearer unto God, the light of the Divine Presence," .
And then Pike continues: "At the Masonic altar, the Christian, the Hebrew, the Moslem, the Brahmin, and the followers of Confucius and Zoroaster, can assemble as brethren and unite in prayer to the one God. The chaplain of the Masonic Lodge, who prays as the voice of the lodge, does not pray in the name of the Carpenter of Nazareth or the name of Jehovah or the name of Allah. He prays to the Grand Artificer or the Great Architect of the Universe. Under that title men of all faiths may find each other his own deity. Failure to mention any deity by name is not denial but merely the practice of a gracious courtesy, so that each man for whom prayer is offered can hear the name of his own deity in the all-inclusive title of Great Architect,".
In the Mason's Bible it says: "In the opening of the lodge, the Great Architect of the Universe must be worshipped." That's what they say. The Great Architect of the Universe must be worshipped. Of course, that would be whoever you bowed your knees to.
This is as far from Biblical Christianity as one can get.
Masons teach a salvation other than that of the Bible
Masons do teach a salvation. Pike, in his Morals and Dogmas says, "To achieve salvation the Mason must first attain a solid conviction founded upon reason, that he has within himself a spiritual nature, a soul that is not to die when the body is dissolved, but is to continue to exist and advance toward perfection through all the ages of eternity, and to see more and more clearly, as it draws nearer unto God, the light of the Divine Presence," One can, starting from within, work through stages, until he 'draws nearer unto God'.
This completely contradicts Scripture. Salvation is by grace, through faith. One cannot work to attain it. The Bible tells us in Ephesians 2:8, "For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God". Salvation is a gift to those who put their complete trust in Jesus Christ's finished work on the cross. One cannot earn it. Again, in Galatians 2:16, we read, "knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law but by faith in Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Christ Jesus, that we might be justified by faith in Christ and not by the works of the law; for by the works of the law no flesh shall be justified". That is very clear.
Scripture tells us there is nothing good inside of us in which for us work:
As it is written: "THERE IS NONE RIGHTEOUS, NO, NOT ONE; THERE IS NONE WHO UNDERSTANDS; THERE IS NONE WHO SEEKS AFTER GOD. THEY HAVE ALL TURNED ASIDE; THEY HAVE TOGETHER BECOME UNPROFITABLE; THERE IS NONE WHO DOES GOOD, NO, NOT ONE." (Romans 3:10-12)
"But we are all like an unclean thing, And all our righteousnesses are like filthy rags; ..." (Isaiah 64:6)
The Bible also tells us that we die once, never to return. "And as it is appointed for men to die once, but after this the judgment," (Hebrews 9:27).
When we die, we do not return, we do not get a second chance. After death, all men who do not know Jesus Christ as their personal Lord and Savior will face a judgment, referred to in the Bible as the Great White Throne Judgment.
"Then I saw a great white throne and Him who sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away. And there was found no place for them. And I saw the dead, small and great, standing before God, and books were opened. And another book was opened, which is the Book of Life. And the dead were judged according to their works, by the things which were written in the books. The sea gave up the dead who were in it, and Death and Hades delivered up the dead who were in them. And they were judged, each one according to his works. Then Death and Hades were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death. And anyone not found written in the Book of Life was cast into the lake of fire." (Revelation 20:11-15)
Masonic rites and mystic behavior
It would take reams to expose all of the rites and mystic behavior that Masons practice in the lodge. They are often referred to as 'sacred' rites. For example, the most sacred word that is given to the Master Mason is when an initiate stands at the...what they call the "five points of fellowship". He stands with the one who is initiating him into the Master's class, stands toe to toe, knee to knee, chest to chest, cheek to cheek, and mouth to ear, and has whispered into his ear, “Mah-Hah-Bone.” And that sacred word is supposed to be the name of God.
In a different order similar to the Masons, the Knights Templar, they have another word. It is the word "Jah‑Bul‑On" what they call the Divine Trinity—Jah, from Jehovah; Bul, from Baal; and On, from the name of the Egyptian sun god. This comes right out of the pagan practices that predate Egypt.
Can a Christian be a Mason?
No! We are told not be involved in the works of darkness. We are told to come out from among them and be separate. We, as believers, are told there is one God, one Lord Jesus Christ, one salvation, that being salvation by grace through faith. The Apostle Paul says regarding anyone who teaching any other salvation, let that person be accursed (damned).
What does one do who becomes a Christian and is already a Mason?
Renounce his oath in writing, and deliver it in person to the Grand Master of the Lodge in which he affiliates. Then discard all masonic material in his possession, including the ring on his finger and the masonic emblems on his vehicles.
If their wife is a member of the Eastern Star, the women's version, have her resign. If his children are members of the DeMolays, the Masonic organization for boys, or Rainbow Girls, for girls, have them resign also. Instead, channel their energies into a local Bible believing church.
END NOTE TO THE READER
Every cult in the world has three things in common:
1. They deny salvation by grace – one must work for his salvation
2. They deny the priesthood of the believer – on cannot understand the Bible, so someone else tells them what to believe. They cannot go directly to God, but must go through someone else for confirmation.
3. They deny the eternal security of the believer – They must work to keep their salvation, once they perceive they have it.
Scripture makes it very clear of the danger and severity of anyone that changes the truth regarding salvation by grace and grace only:
Galatians 1:8-9 But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed. (9) As we said before, so say I now again, If any man preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed.
However, it is our responsibility to pray for them, that they may come to the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ, and remove themselves from this cult.
Remember, a man will go to any length to keep from saying those three life changing words.... “I have sinned”.
* All Bible references are from the New King James Version (NKJV) unless otherwise noted.