Freemasonry is without doubt the largest and most powerful secret society existing throughout the globe today, having millions of members worldwide. Whilst Freemasonry is considred by many as sinister and destructive, it still maintains a significant position of influence in many nations. However, like never before, Freemasonry, its degrees and secrets are being exposed in greater detail thus revealing more and more elements of its true nature, workings and its purpose for existing. This has resulted in a stark decline in numbers. Insiders are losing interest and outsiders are being scared off by the dark revelations they are discovering. The Masonic membership is becoming increasingly concerned about its external image as potential members are shunning the order in significant numbers. In response, the normally highly secretive order has of late been actively engaging in a public relations offensive in order to resuscitate the ailing order. It has been swinging its doors open to some of its more innocuous installation ceremonies and running to the media to highlight the slightest of charitable acts in order to boost its withering image.
For years Freemasonry has told us that the Lodge and its internal workings completely accord with the precepts of Christianity and the teaching of the Bible. It is the purpose of this site to examine these claims and establish the real meaning and import of the teaching and practices of Freemasonry. We will also examine its origins.
Christians oppose Freemasonry on several grounds. First and foremost they object to its mystical teaching and practices as being anti-scriptural. Freemasonry distorts the teaching of the Bible, it revises it and then misapplies it to its fictional religious heros or concepts. Lesson after lesson and precept after precept are seen to contradict the expressed teaching of the Scriptures. Elaborate rituals and esoteric ceremonies are plainly alien to God's blueprint in the Bible. Freemasonry takes various office titles and spiritual descriptions from the Bible (Old and New Testament) that pertain to God or His servants and apply them to its members.
The whole secrecy aspect of Freemasonry runs contrary to biblical Christianity. It is more akin to the occult world. The biblical faith has always been a public witness to the onlooker. It was paganism that shrouded its procedures in secrecy. Few outsiders realise Freemasonry is just a modern mutation of the ancient mysteries. The Lodge shares most of its rituals, oral tradition and symbolism with the occult world. The fact that its religious practices and teaching are strictly hidden from outside scrutiny is testimony in the eyes of most Christians to the bogus nature of its ceremonies. Freemasonry must of necessity protect its dubious dark degrading procedures.
Christians object to Freemasonry's treatment of Jesus Christ. He is reduced to a mere moral leader that is no different to the many leaders of all other religions. In stark contrast to Christianity the fictional character Hiram Abiff and his pretended life, death and resurrection is central to Freemasonry theology. Christians hold that this nulifies the teaching of the Bible and undermines the preeminent position Christ holds as man's Saviour and Lord. This fantasy figure and his mythical life is continually presented as a fitting model and an appropriate representation of the new birth experience! Instead of identifying exclusively with Christ, Hiram is pushed to the fore as a preferred prototype. Christians reject this mythical invention.
Christians object to how Freemasonry presents salvation. It is sold as a gradual process of spiritual enlightenment. It is portrayed as being attained by ascending through the Masonic degree system. According to Freemasonry salvation is found within the confines of the Lodge, not in Jesus Christ. All outside of the Lodge are considered blind and ignorant. This is taught in their degrees. Renowned Masonic writer Albert Mackey states, “The Master Mason represents a man saved from the grave of iniquity, and raised to the faith of salvation” (Manual of the Lodge). The Lodge present Hiram and his fabled death, burial and resurrection as a powerful illustration of man’s salvation. Christians hold to the biblical concept that salvation is found exclusively in Jesus Christ and His atoning on the cross. Acts 4:12 says: "Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved."
Bible believing Christians therefore reject Freemasonry as pagan, anti-Christian and spurious.
The Stucture of Freemasonry's Degrees
Freemasonry is a multi-layered esoteric organisation consisting of many varying degrees. This exists because its teaching and philosophy is revealed by a process of gradual enlightenment. The first 3 degrees are known as the Blue Degrees or the Craft Degrees. Following the 'Blue Lodge' the candidate can take one of 2 pathways: the Scottish Rite (30 degrees depending on jurisdiction) or the York Rite (number of degrees again depends on jurisdiction). Collectively these two paths are known as the higher degrees.
Freemasonry is quick to claim scriptural support for its practices and teaching, we will therefore analyse the rituals, degrees and secrets of Freemasonry in the light of Scripture and only expose what we feel contradicts or contravenes God's Word.
Blue Lodge (Craft degrees)
Red Lodge (York Rite)
The true character and ethos of Freemasonry