Downloadable file here: Why Freemasonary
By Ps Lucas Stoltz.
Credit to GotQuestions.Org; Compelling Truth; & Ex-Masons for Jesus.
When I first drove into Mokopane, the town I now live in and pastor a church, I noticed the Mormon Church, Jehovah Witnesses, and the Freemasons were all in the same street (I like to call the Heresy road). But I found myself in awe, as I had never truly looked into this cult. Yes, I know a lot about Mormons & JW’s – but not so much the Mason’s. So I asked, what is Freemasonry really?
Please understand this, I am not claiming that all who are involved in Freemasonry are cultists. What I am saying is, Freemasonry is at its core not a Christian organization. There are many Christians who have left Freemasonry after discovering what it is truly all about. Yet there are godly men, true believers in Christ who are Freemasons. I believe it is because they do not truly understand Freemasonry.
What is Freemasonry?
Freemasonry and other similar fraternal organizations typically present themselves as helpful organizations to local communities. Additionally, faith in God seems to be encouraged, yet when we look at things closely – membership requires acceptance of the belief in the existence of a Supreme Being. This could include the gods of Islam, Hinduism, or other religions.
This means that a person who joins or is a member of these organizations accepts a belief in God that is directly opposed to the clear teachings of the Bible (Exodus 20:3; Isaiah 43:10). Freemasonry refers to its god as the Great Architect of the Universe. In honouring this generic “Great Architect,” the person involved in Freemasonry does not worship the God of the Bible but another god.
The Needed Comparison:
The following is a comparison of what the Bible says with the “official” position of Freemasonry:
Salvation from Sin – The Bible’s View: Jesus became the sinner’s sacrifice before God when He shed His blood and died as the propitiation (payment) for the sins of all those who would ever believe (Ephesians 2:8-9, Romans 5:8, John 3:16).
Mason’s View: The very process of joining the Lodge requires Christians to ignore the exclusivity of Jesus Christ as Lord and Saviour. According to Freemasonry, a person will be saved and go to heaven as a result of his good works and personal self-improvement.
The Authority of Scripture – The Bible’s View: The supernatural and plenary inspiration of the Scriptures—that they are inerrant and that their teachings and authority are absolute, supreme, and final. The Bible is the Word of God (2 Timothy 3:16, 1 Thessalonians 2:13).
Mason’s View: The Bible is only one of several “Volume(s) of Sacred Law,” all of which are deemed to be equally important in Freemasonry. The Bible is an important book, only as far as those members who claim to be Christians are concerned, just as the Koran is important to Muslims. The Bible is not considered to be the exclusive Word of God, nor is it considered to be God’s sole revelation of himself to humankind; but only one of many religious sourcebooks.
The Doctrine of God – The Bible’s View: There is one God. The various names of God refer to the God of Israel and reveal certain attributes of God. To worship other gods or to call upon other deities is idolatry (Exodus 20:3). Paul spoke of idolatry as a wicked sin (1 Corinthians 10:14) and John said that idolaters will perish in hell (Revelation 21:8).
Mason’s View: All members must believe in a deity. Different religions (Christianity, Judaism, Islam, etc.) acknowledge the same god, only call Him different names. Freemasonry invites people of all faiths, even if they use different names for the ‘Nameless One of a hundred names,’ they are yet praying to the one so-called “God and Father of all.”
The Doctrine of Jesus and the Trinity – The Bible’s View: Jesus was God in human form (Matthew 1:18-24, John 1:1). Jesus is the second person of the trinity (Matthew 28:19, Mark 1:9-11). While on earth, He was fully human (Mark 4:38, Matthew 4:2) and fully divine (John 20:28, John 1:1-2, Acts 4:10-12). Christians should pray in Jesus’ name and proclaim Him before others, regardless of offense to non-Christians (John 14:13-14, 1 John 2:23, Acts 4:18-20).
Mason’s View: There is no exclusivity in Jesus Christ or the Triune God who is the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit; therefore there is no doctrine of the deity of Jesus Christ. It is deemed to be un-Masonic to invoke the name of Jesus when praying, or mention His name in the Lodge. Suggesting that Jesus is the only way to God contradicts the principle of tolerance. The name of Jesus has been removed from biblical verses that are used in Masonic rituals. Jesus is on the same level as other religious leaders.
Human Nature and Sin – The Bible’s View: All humans are born with a sinful nature, are totally depraved, and need a Saviour from sin (Romans 3:23, Romans 5:12, Psalm 51:5, Ephesians 2:1). The Bible denies that because of the Fall, humanity has within itself the capacity for moral perfection (1 John 1:8-10, Romans 1:18-25).
Mason’s View: Through symbols and emblems, Masons teach that man is not sinful, just “rude and imperfect by nature”. Human beings are able to improve their character and behaviour in various ways, including acts of charity, moral living, and voluntary performance of civic duty. Humanity possesses the ability of moving from imperfection toward total perfection. Moral and spiritual perfection lies within men and women.
What’s the Big Deal?
When a Christian takes the oath of Freemasonry, he is swearing to the following doctrines that God has pronounced false and sinful:
- That salvation can be gained by man’s good works.
- That Jesus is just one of many prophets.
- That they will remain silent in the Lodge and not talk of Christ.
- That they are approaching the Lodge in spiritual darkness and ignorance, when the Bible says Christians are already in the light, children of the light, and are indwelt by the Light of the World—Jesus Christ.
- By demanding that Christians take the Masonic oath, Masonry leads Christians into blasphemy and taking the name of the Lord in vain.
- Masonry teaches that it’s G.A.O.T.U. (Great Architect of the Universe), whom Masonry believes is the true God of the universe, is representative of all gods in all religions.
- Masonry makes Christians take a universalist approach in their prayers, demanding a “generic” name be used so as not to offend non-believers who are Masonic “brothers”.
- By swearing the Masonic oath and participating in the doctrines of the Lodge, Christians are spreading a false gospel to other Lodge members, who look only to Masonry’s plan of salvation to get to heaven. By their very membership of blending various religions, they have severely compromised their witnessing as Christians.
- By taking the Masonic obligation, the Christian is agreeing to allow the pollution of his mind, spirit, and body by those who serve false gods and believe false doctrines.
As you can see, Masonry denies and contradicts the clear teaching of Scripture and numerous issues. Masonry also requires people to engage in activities which the Bible condemns. As a result, a Christian should not be a member of any secret society or organization that has any connection with Freemasonry.
But there is a great hope for those who want to leave this cult! Because Jesus Christ was human, He could die; and because Jesus Christ was God, His death had an eternal and infinite value. Jesus’ death on the cross was the perfect and complete payment for our sin (1 John 2:2). He took the consequences we deserved. Jesus’ resurrection from the dead demonstrated that His death was indeed the perfectly sufficient sacrifice for sin.
“Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved” (Acts 16:31). God has already done all of the work. All you must do is receive, in faith, the salvation God offers (Ephesians 2:8-9). Fully trust in Jesus alone as the payment for your sins. Believe in Him, and you will not perish (John 3:16). God is offering you salvation as a gift. All you have to do is accept it. Jesus is the way of salvation (John 14:6).