Blindfolded, a man knocked on the door of a Masonic Lodge for he heard about their secrets and was eager to join.
“Who’s there?” inquired a voice from within.
“I, Mr. Jones, am in darkness and seeking light.”
He was ushered into the ceremony that included blood oaths. He agreed to have his throat cut from ear to ear and his tongue pulled out or be tied at water’s edge at low tide if he revealed secrets. He was fit to be tied. Part of the ritual was to pierce his naked left breast with a sharp instrument to draw blood. Perhaps this is a reminder they would actually cut his throat if he did not conceal secrets.
Lucifer is the light bearer in Freemasonry. “Satan is transformed into an angel of light” (2 Cor. 11:14). “If the light in you is darkness, how great is that darkness” (Matt. 6:23). Three main things separate Freemasonry from Christianity:
FIRST: Some Christians, even pastors, in ignorance enter this cult. How can one who knows Jesus, the Light of the world, say he is in darkness? What light shines brighter than Jesus? We need no new light for Jesus is the true light (John 1:7-9). If light is new it is not true; if it is true it is not new. Masonic light is like carrying a candle in the blazing sun.
SECOND: Masons must swear an oath to “conceal and not reveal” what goes on behind closed doors. They live in fear of having their tongues pulled out or cremated and their ashes scattered to the four winds in accord with the Hiram Abiff legend. Note, it is based on legend, unverifiable stories, not the Bible. There is no murder or secrecy in Christianity for all is proclaimed from housetops. Their moral relativism and homicide shows they have dogma without morals or at best situation ethics.
Imagine a master Mason claiming to know of the Great Architect of the universe, the celestial lodge above, eternal life and not telling anyone because of a death threat! Jesus did not swear to secrecy but said, “In my Father’s house are many mansions and swear no oaths” (John 14:2; Matthew 5:33-37). Joseph Smith, Mormon founder and Mason, made secret Masonic handshakes and blood oaths part of Mormon temple rites. They do apprentice and patriarchal grips but have not gripped the nail scarred hands of Jesus. Run, don’t walk to the nearest exit.
“Do you believe in Jesus?” I asked a man working in his garden in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
Pointing to his ring he said, “I am a 32nd degree Mason.”
He was high in the lodge but very low spiritually. It was time to test him to see if he knew the way of salvation.
I asked, “Why did Christ die at Calvary?”
“He died for his principles,” replied the Mason with 32 degrees but not the B.A. degree in Christianity meaning Born Again, born from above (John 3:1-16).
I replied: “Christ died for our sins not for his principles.”
“I can’t buy that!” he said, striking weeds with his hoe.
“You are right,” replied Christian. “You can’t buy it for it is free. Jesus paid the price in full at Calvary.” They trust in rituals and good works such as building hospitals. Salvation is not of works but of Christ. We are not saved by good works but for good works (Eph. 2:8-10). “Dead works” are done by people that are physically alive but spiritually dead (Heb. 9:14; 1 Tim. 5:6).
THIRD: Any God will do. In Canadian lodges they have a Bible with square and compass on top. In a Muslim country they have their holy book, the Koran, with square and compass. In a Hindu lodge they have the Vedas. Syncretistic Masonry, like Hinduism, accepts all other religions but Christianity rejects all.
A Mason flipping hamburgers in his camper on his way to Alaska, said, “You can believe in any higher power you choose.” Jesus is the only higher power for he has “all power in heaven and earth” (Matthew 28:18). How much power is ALL power? The Masonic god is Jehovah, Baal and Osiris with the secret name, Jahbulon. Osiris is the Egyptian god of the dead and living and Baal is the fertility god in the 17th degree of Scottish rite. After initiation, candidates are given the sacred name, Abaddon, the king of demons and workers from hell (Rev. 9:11).
MASONRY IS A RELIGION:
They say, “Masonry is not a religion” but it has all the characteristics of a church: The letter “G” refers to god and geometry. They have prayers to god, temples, meetings, funerals and 33 degrees of ritual. They believe in resurrection and eternal life represented by evergreen in the Celestial Lodge above, heaven. They have the Bible or any so-called holy book and some higher power. The atheist, Buddha, who said there is no God, is just as acceptable as Jesus. The Masonic Bible speaks of many altars and many gods. They believe esoteric truths lie beneath their symbols.
A lambskin represents purity of character but the blood of the lamb, Jesus, is missing. Jesus is the only Worshipful Master (Matt. 23:10). Masonic working tools polish man’s exterior and top up his ego tank but salvation is an inside job, a change of granite hearts. Repent and believe in Christ, the only master builder and Saviour from sin that can convert you into a perfect ashlar.
Forsake the Eastern Star and come to the Son, the true light. You have nothing to lose but darkness, fear and chains. Through Christ, DeMolay and Job’s Daughters can become children of God. At the last judgment, Masons will say, “We have done many wonderful works.” Jesus will answer, “Depart from me; I never knew you” (Matt. 7:15-23). We commend them for building hospitals but atheistic Communists do the same. Salvation from sin not good works will take them to the celestial lodge above. We are saved for good works not by good works.
Adam and Eve sinned in Eden then covered themselves with fig leaves as they hid from God. Fig leaves are symbolic of human effort to cover sin but Jesus cursed the fig tree. People in the Old Testament offered animal sacrifices that pointed forward to the cross for salvation and we look back to it for forgiveness.
Solomon, a patron saint of Freemasonry, built an altar to the pagan god, Molech (1 Kings 11:1-8). People sacrificed children to this fire god. Have you sacrificed yours to pagan gods of Freemasonry? Pray: God be merciful to me a sinner. I renounce the demonic society and accept only Jesus as Saviour, Amen.
In Hot Springs, Arkansas, home town of President, Bill Clinton, a street is named after Albert Pike, writer of the Masonic book, Morals and Dogma. There is no objective standard of truth in Freemasonry. My view might be opposite to yours yet both are equally valid. They borrowed heavily from the Rosicrucian Order which blends all religions and philosophies into itself. It is a totally esoteric philosophy of moral relativity since each reads a different meaning into its morals and dogma and all are considered right. Secrets in Masonry are mystical mind games played by fertile imaginations. Can you make sense out of this nonsense?
A member of the Rosicrucian Order said, “I have reached the 9th temple level and have light within so no man can teach me.” Imagine the parade of nonsense when a Mason from Egypt who believes the Koran comes to a Buddhist Lodge. He says: “We believe in one god, Allah. God cannot have a son. Judas was crucified in the place of Christ.”
“There is no god in our religion,” says the Buddhist.”
In Masonry, both have told the truth. However, both have lost their compass. The Bible is not one book but 66 with one theme, salvation through the blood of the lamb. Slaves in Egypt were set free by the blood of the Passover lamb on door posts (Exodus 12). Masons and all other slaves of sin can find freedom by the blood of our Passover lamb, Jesus (1 Cor. 5:7).
A rough ashlar in Masonry is a rough stone recently hewn from a quarry. A perfect ashlar is a polished stone from the hands of a master mason. People are considered rough until they are polished by Masonic ritual. This is an outside job but salvation is an inside job, a change of granite hearts by Jesus through salvation. The heart of the world’s problems is the human heart. Masonry teaches salvation by merit but in Christianity it is an unearned gift. We don’t get what we deserve because of the mercy of God. Christianity takes a lot of heart work and hand work.
Now is the day of salvation. One man decided to wait and ask Jesus to forgive his sins at his eleventh hour but he died at ten thirty. Jesus is The Way not one of many equally good ways. A person does not clean himself outside the shower or wait until he is well before seeing a doctor. Come just as your are sin and all and Jesus will receive you. The death rate now is one per person so today is the day of salvation. Pray: Jesus, I am a rough sinner in thought, word and deed. Forgive me as I receive you as my Saviour and forsake all fables and false gods. In Jesus’ name, Amen
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