The Bible and Freemasonry
By Brother Mike
Freemasonry is one of the more deceptive cults in the world today. It accepts every religion as valid, and believes it worships the one and only God that is common to all religions. This God they call "The Great Architect of the Universe." They do not believe that this God is the God declared in the Bible, and so they deny both that God is a trinity, and that Jesus Christ is God. This alone makes it clear that Freemasonry is not Christian; nor can it even be compatible with true Christianity. Nevertheless, Freemasonry actually believes it is compatible with Christianity and even all other religions whether it is Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, Judaism, or whatever other religion it might be. In fact, it esteems itself as being the essence of all true religions. According to Freemasonry, there are many ways to the one and only God, and every true religion, though on a somewhat different path, all lead to the same salvation and God. Therefore, every religion alike is granted fellowship in their lodge. It is this non-exclusiveness and complete openness to other faiths which has lured so many unsuspecting people into the cult of the Freemasons.
The Bible is NOT their foundation
True Christianity is thoroughly based upon the Holy Scriptures of both the Old and New Testaments. Freemasonry, on the other hand, does not claim the Bible to be its foundation, but the Bible is only regarded as a symbol of the will of God and is on the same level as the scriptures of other religions (Encyclopedia of Freemasonry, p. 104). As is stated in Freemasonry and the Ancient Gods,
"Light is the key which opens the door to our mysteries, and it is the same Light which 'shines in every letter of the Koran,' and is the Light of Mithra, who is the light of Ahura-Mazda. It is the same Light from which Moses shaded his eyes when it appeared to him in the bush, and the sign of a R(oyal) A(rch) is still made by an Arunta native of Australia when he returns from the final degree through which he passes in the mysterious ceremonies peculiar to that primitive people. It is that Light of which it is written in our Scriptures that 'the Light shineth in the Darkness and the Darkness comprehended it not' " (p. 61, 62).
Chase's Digest of Masonic Law comes right out and states, "Blue Lodge Masonry has nothing whatever to do with the Bible; if it did, it would not be Masonry, it would be something else" (p. 207). So it is clear the Freemasonry is incompatible with the Bible. And, since it is so incompatible, so must it also be incompatible with true biblical Christianity. We read in Revelation 22,
For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book:
19 And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book.
Because Freemasonry is not based upon the Bible alone, it must be considered to have either added to the Bible, or taken away from the Bible, which means it is under the judgment of God. Although the Masons may quote certain scriptures from the Bible, they pick and choose only those scriptures that can be used to support their proposed universal religion. For instance, scriptures which mention Jesus Christ as deity are never used, and it is not permitted to say any prayer in the name of Jesus. As is written in Mystic Masonry, "It is far more important that men should strive to become Christs than that they should believe that Jesus was Christ" (Mystic Masonry, by J.D. Buck, p. 62).
Salvation in Freemasonry is by Works
The Freemasonry way of salvation is by works and character. We are told by J. S. M. Ward, "has taught that each man can, by himself, work out his own conception of God and thereby achieve salvation" (Freemasonry: Its Aims and Ideals, p. 187). And in his book, What Masonry Means, which is warmly recommended in an introduction by J. F. Newton, William F. Hammond says: "Masonry's conception of immortality is something for which man must qualify while still in the flesh. Through the fellowship of a moral discipline Masons are taught to qualify for the fellowship of eternal life" (p. 171).
In opposition to the Freemason's teaching on salvation by works, the Bible teaches that salvation is a gift, and it does not depend upon works at all. God says in Ephesians 2,
For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:
It is also stated in Titus 3,
5 Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost;
Notice also that these verses speak of people already being saved in this life: " For by grace are ye saved" and " according to his mercy he saved us." Clearly, although many teach that you cannot know whether you are saved in this life, the Bible teaches the complete opposite: you can know that you are saved in this life because you actually can become saved in this life. This assurance of salvation is also stated most plainly in a verse like 1John 5,
13 These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God.
But even though salvation is entirely a gift of God and does not depend upon doing works at all, this does not mean that one who is saved does no works. On the contrary, if one is really saved, that person will do works as a result of salvation, but not in order to gain salvation. This is why it is stated in James 2,
26 For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also .
In other words, although works cannot save anyone, they will be seen working through everyone who has been saved (that is, given the gift of faith). Works do not bring about salvation in any way, but they are the result of salvation. This means that if one claims to be saved, but does not obey the teachings of Holy Scripture, such a one is a liar and the truth is not in him (1John 2:4). Can such a disobedient faith save anyone? Of course not! If it were true saving faith, or salvation, there would also be good works that go along with it.
Salvation may best be viewed as a complete package of faith which results in works of obedience to the Word of God. To be saved means that one has been completely gifted with faith and the ability and motivation for certain works to be done or worked out in this life which were specifically prepared for that person to do from before the foundations of the world. As we read in Ephesians 2,
10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus [saved] unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.
What we see, then, is that God saves people for the purpose of doing good works. They are not saved by doing good works, but they do good works because they were already saved or "created in Christ Jesus." This doesn't mean that everyone who does good works is saved, but it does mean that everyone who is saved will do the good works of which they were ordained to do by God in obedience to the Word of God.
All People through All Religions can Worship God
Freemasons teach that all people through all religions whether Islam, Judaism, Buddhism, Hinduism, or whatever can worship the one and same God who the Masons call "The Great Architect of the Universe." But the Bible teaches that the one and only true God can be worshipped through Jesus Christ only.
Joh 14:6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.
1Ti 2:5 For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus;
Who is a liar but he that denieth that Jesus is the Christ? He is antichrist, that denieth the Father and the Son.
23 Whosoever denieth the Son, the same hath not the Father: (but) he that acknowledgeth the Son hath the Father also.
Ac 4:12 Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.
The Deity of Jesus Christ
Freemasonry rejects the unique Godhood of Jesus Christ. They are not even permitted to say any prayer in the name of Jesus because that would infer that Jesus is God and that He has the authority and power to answer prayers. Furthermore, if Jesus were God, then the God of all other religions would be false, especially since many other religions outright deny the deity of Jesus Christ. It is important in Freemasonry to maintain a generic God who, according to them, is the same God of all true religions; He is that "Great Architect of the Universe," and He cannot fit the mold of any one religion, but He is that light which pervades all true religion.
In opposition to Freemasonry, the Bible teaches that Jesus Christ is the one and only God; therefore, the Gods of all other religions are false; they are nothing but idols. Here are some Bible verses which clearly teach that Jesus is God:
Isa 7:14 Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son [Jesus] , and shall call his name Immanuel [God with us] .
Isa 9:6 For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given [Jesus] : and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.
Heb 1:8 But unto the Son he saith, Thy throne, O God, is forever and ever: a sceptre of righteousness is the sceptre of thy kingdom.
Joh 1:1,14 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God . . . And the Word was made flesh [Jesus] , and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.
Joh 8:58 Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Before Abraham was, I am.
Joh 10:30 I and my Father are one.
Joh 14:9 Jesus saith unto him, Have I been so long time with you, and yet hast thou not known me, Philip? he that hath seen me hath seen the Father; and how sayest thou then, Shew us the Father?
Joh 20:26-28 And after eight days again his disciples were within, and Thomas with them: then came Jesus, the doors being shut, and stood in the midst, and said, Peace be unto you. Then saith he to Thomas, Reach hither thy finger, and behold my hands; and reach hither thy hand, and thrust it into my side: and be not faithless, but believing. And Thomas answered and said unto him, My Lord and my God.
Col 1:16, 2: 9 For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him . . . For in him dwelleth all the fullness of the Godhead bodily.
Tit 2:13 Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ;
Re 1:8 I [Jesus] am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty.
Because the Masons reject the deity of Jesus Christ, they must also reject the doctrine of the Trinity, which teaches that Jesus is one of the persons of the one and only triune God. The doctrine of the Trinity teaches that there is only one true God, but that this one God is manifest in three distinct persons, namely the Father, the Son (Jesus), and the Holy Spirit. The Father is God; Jesus is God; and the Holy Spirit is God, but this does not mean there are three Gods, but that each distinct person is the same God. This is a mystery, but the Bible most certainly teaches it (see
The Doctrine of the Trinity
Secret & Bloody Oaths
One progresses through Freemasonry in degrees. One begins as an apprentice Mason, and then can move up to as far as a 33rd degree Mason. During the journey, Masons are required to take oaths of which if broken the Mason agrees to be killed in the most heinous ways. For instance, in the entered apprentice degree, the following must be agreed to in the ceremony:
. . . To all of which I do solemnly and sincerely promise and swear, without any hesitation, mental reservation, or secret evasion of mind in me whatsoever; binding myself under no less a penalty than that of having my throat cut across, my tongue torn out, and with my body buried in the sands of the sea at low-water mark, where the tide ebbs and flows twice in twenty-four hours, should I ever knowingly or willfully violate this, my solemn Obligation of an Entered Apprentice. So help me God and make me steadfast to keep and perform the same.
There are other similar type oaths with the progression through the various degrees of Freemasonry, which reveals the heathen-like nature of the religion. As another example, consider what is called the "knights Templar" Degree:
I do solemnly swear, in the presence of Almighty God, that I will revenge the assassination of our worthy Master, Hiram Abiff, not only on the murderers, but also on all who may betray the secrets of this degree; and furthermore, that I will keep and protect this Order with all my might, and the brethren, in general, with all my power, and furthermore, that I will obey the decrees of the Grand Council of Princes of Jerusalem; and, if I violate my obligation, I consent to be struck with the dreadful poniard of vengeance, now presented to me, and to have my head cut off, and stuck on the highest pole, or pinnacle, in the eastern part of the world, as a monument of my villainy! Amen! Amen! Amen! Amen!
Such bloody oaths are not only heathen, but they run against the clear teachings of the Bible. The Bible is against taking oaths as stated in Matthew 5 and James 5:
But I say unto you, Swear
not at all; neither by heaven; for it is God�s throne:
35 Nor by the earth; for it is his footstool: neither by Jerusalem; for it is the city of the great King.
36 Neither shalt thou swear by thy head, because thou canst not make one hair white or black.
37 But let your communication be, Yea, yea; Nay, nay: for whatsoever is more than these cometh of evil.
12 But above all things, my brethren, swear [take oaths] not, neither by heaven, neither by the earth, neither by any other oath: but let your yea be yea; and your nay, nay; lest ye fall into condemnation.
Bonds of Secrecy
Freemasons are bound to the utmost secrecy in their oaths. Only the privileged few are permitted to the supposed valuable truths. But such secrecy runs contrary to the biblical teaching as is hinted at in the following scriptures:
Mt. 10:26-27 - Fear them not therefore: for there is nothing covered, that shall not be revealed; and hid, that shall not be known. What I tell you in darkness, that speak ye in light: and what ye hear in the ear, that preach ye upon the housetops.
John 18:20 - Jesus answered him, I spake openly to the world; I ever taught in the synagogue, and in the temple, whither the Jews always resort; and in secret have I said nothing.
Acts 26:26 - For the king knoweth of these things, before whom also I speak freely: for I am persuaded that none of these things are hidden from him; for this thing was not done in a corner.
Open Fellowship with all True Religions
Freemasonry welcomes people of all true religions as long as they don't attempt to proselytize their specific creed in the lodge. After all, according to Freemasonry, behind the religious garb, all true religions worship the same God who Freemasonry calls "The Great Architect of the Universe." Indeed, Freemasonry believes itself to manifest that light which pervades all true religion.
On the other hand, the Bible rejects the fellowship of all religions together. As it is written in 2Corinthians 6,
Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers
[those who do not hold to the faith of Jesus Christ as circumscribed by the Bible alone]
: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness?
15 And what concord hath Christ with Belial? or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel?
16 And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people.
17 Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you,
18 And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty.
Witnessing of Jesus Christ is NOT allowed
Masonry does not want Christians to witness about Jesus Christ either in the lodge or to lodge members. In fact, the name of Jesus in prayer is not even permitted to be spoken in the lodge. But all this runs against the biblical command for Christians to bring the gospel to every creature as seen in Mark 16,
15 And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.
And, again, the same gospel commission is stated in Matthew 28,
Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:
20 Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.
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