Biblical or Anti-Biblical?
The Masonic Lodge has always claimed its degrees and practices accord perfectly with Scripture, however, when examined in the light of God’s Word there seems to be much conflict and many extra-biblical additions and traditions. The rituals that are performed behind closed doors, the teaching that is relayed and the tiles assumed by Masonic members are often alien to the biblical text. The question is: Is it right to add onto the Bible? It it right for an organisation to invent its own religious rites and rituals? Which teaching is preeminent – Scripture or Masonic teaching?
The Bible is very clear on this issue.
Isaiah 8:20 says: “To the law and to the testimony: if they speak not according to this word, it is because there is no light in them.”
Galatians 1:9 states, “If any man preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed.”
Romans 3:4 puts it well, “let God be true, but every man a liar.”
Christians believe the Bible to be God’s infallible, fully inspired Word of Truth. They look upon the Scriptures alone as the unadulterated source of their argument. They look upon this precious Book, as the final authority on all matters of faith and conduct. As Jesus said, “Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.” (Matthew 4:4)
The professing Christian must therefore test every religious structure by the revealed truth of God’s Word. The Bible commands the Christian to “Prove all things; hold fast that which is good. Abstain from all appearance of evil” (1Thessalonians 5:21-22).
Christians take the Word of God as their guide in this endeavour, believing it to be the inerrant, infallible, fully inspired Word of Truth. Evangelical author Vance Havner put it well, “The Word of God is either absolute or obsolete.”
Paul the Apostle aptly asked in Romans 4:3, “what saith the scriptures?” These words of the apostle embody the core principle for testing the spiritual credentials of any religious institution, movement or denomination. It is the litmus test for analysing any religious teaching or practice.
So having established the foundation of the Christian’s argument, we should endeavour to look at the purpose, the precepts and the practices of Freemasonry in the light of Holy Writ.
God commands in His Word, “What thing soever I command you, observe to do it: thou shalt not add thereto, nor diminish from it” (Deuteronomy 12:32). No rite or practice other than that which is expressly commanded in Scripture, should be found among God’s people.
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