The Masonic Lodge claims 6 000 0000 people worldwide. In the ranks you'll find a few of the finest males in American history. Males like Henry Ford, General Douglas MacArthur, George Washington and 12 other U.S. presidents. You'll also find doctors, lawyers, idol judges and, regrettably, many Christian believers.
I've a lot of respect for Freemasons as people. A lot of my uncles have been in the Lodge. As I respect these males, I hold their lodge as a whole abhorrence. It's an insidious evil for this replicates the sin of Absalom as he "stole the hearts from the males of Israel" (2 Samuel 15:6). Masonry will steal the center of the Christian. The Masonic temple may be the temple of Baal, and also at its altar naive males solemnly vow their lives to some questionnable god.
When we can establish that Masonry is really a religion, then surely any honest Christian would feel compelled to abandon the Lodge. God's prophet of old requested, "Can two walk together, except they be agreed?" (Amos 3:3). Can a guy worship the God of Masonry and also the God from the Bible simultaneously? In Matthew 12:30 Jesus stated, "He who isn't beside me is against Me, and that he who not gather beside me scatters abroad."
Is Masonry A Faith?
The response to this is dependent upon that you request. The Grand Lodge of Indiana puts out a little tract entitled Freemasonry, A Life-style. This tract, provided to outsiders, states, "Though religious in character, Masonry isn't a religion, nor an alternative to one." This is good, except the storyline changes following a guy has turned into a Mason. For instance, the Indiana Monitor states, "Freemasonry is really a charitable, benevolent, educational, and spiritual society." The Kentucky Monitor goes even more if this states, "...as Masons we're trained that no guy should ever enter upon any great or important undertaking without first invoking the blessing of Deity. It is because Masonry is really a religious institution..." Albert Pike (a 33rd Degree Mason), probably the most celebrated Masonic students, claims that "every Masonic Lodge is really a temple of faith and it is teachings are instruction in religion." (Morals and Dogma, p. 213). This book was released underneath the auspices from the Supreme Council from the Thirty-Third Amount of the Scottish Rite.
However , the Lodge lies to candidates before their initiation. "Masonry, like several the Religions, all of the Mysteries, Hereticism and Alchemy, covers its secrets all except the Adepts and Sages, or even the Elect, and uses false explanations and misinterpretations of their symbols to mislead individuals who deserve simply to be fooled to hide the reality, so it calls Light, from their store, and also to draw them from this ... So Masonry jealously covers its secrets, and deliberately leads conceited interpreters away." (Morals and Dogma, p. 105). Are you able to make a sane guy joining any business if he understood they would "deliberately" mislead him?
Another Masonic scholar, Albert Mackey (a 33rd Degree Mason), claims the only real need to defend Masonry is due to its religious element. "I contend, with no kind of hesitation, that Masonry is, in each and every feeling of the term, except one, which its least philosophical, an eminently religious institution that it's with debt exclusively towards the religious element so it consists of because of its origin as well as for its ongoing existence, that without it religious element it might scarcely be worth cultivation through the smart and good." (Encyclopedia of Freemasonry, p. 727).
The Belief and Order Committee from the Methodist chapel has released a study advocating males to not join the Masonic Lodge as it is a "competitor of Christianity." The report also states, "There's an excellent danger the Christian who turns into a Freemason will discover themself compromising his Christian values or his allegiance to Christ, possibly without recognizing what he's doing." (Evansville Courier, June 13, 1985). When the Methodist chapel can appreciate this, why can't a number of my brethren? Pay attention to Paul by 50 percent Corinthians 6:14, "Don't let yourself be unequally yoked along with unbelievers, For which fellowship has righteousness with lawlessness? And just what breaking of the bread has light with darkness?"