What exactly is Freemasonry?
Freemasonry is without doubt the largest and most powerful secret society existing throughout the world today. Whilst Freemasonry is considered by many as sinister and destructive, it still maintains a significant position of influence in certain parts of the world. Freemasonry has prided itself on its cherished secrets. It has been able to conceal its practices and teaching over the years behind a façade of respectability and propriety. Freemasons have been very intentional and diligent over the years at protecting its secrets from any exposure. This has came through institutional intimidation. Members are scared to divulge many of the secrets, teaching and practices of the Order. But, what exactly is Freemasonry? Like never before, Freemasonry, its degrees and secrets are being exposed through numerous revealing books, TV programs and internet exposures. Internally the Order is in crisis. Its membership is in free-fall. Its reputation is low.
Because of the widespread public awareness of the internal secrets of the Masonic Lodge, unprecedented numbers of disillusioned former Masons are feeling the liberty to expose the secrets that they were once bound by. This has resulted in a stark decline in numbers. Insiders are becoming increasingly disillusioned and outsiders are being scared off as they discover what these grown men do behind closed doors. The Masonic membership has become deeply concerned about its public image, as potential members are shunning the order like never before to engage in more wholesome activities.
Being uncomfortable with this bad press and internal alarming decline, the normally highly-secretive Freemasons have actively undertook a public relations offensive in order to repackage the institution to the public and make it more appealing. They hope that this will, in turn, resuscitate the fortunes of the ailing order and make it more palatable. To achieve this, the Order has been swinging its doors open to some of its more innocuous installation ceremonies and running to the media at every opportunity to highlight its different charitable acts it performs in an attempt to boost its withering image.
But this is all an outward smokescreen that conceals the real inner workings of the Order. It avoids the intimidation that controls its members, it absurd esoteric teaching it secretly promotes and the weird degrading rituals it requires its new recruits to undergo. The reality is: the more they do, the more their numbers fall. There seems little they can do to slow the widespread suspicion of the organization.
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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 also want to analyze its origins. We will expose anything within Freemasonry that we find that contradicts the Holy Scriptures.
Christians have traditionally opposed Freemasonry on several grounds. First and foremost they object to its mystical teaching and practices because of what they consider their anti-scriptural nature. Freemasonry is widely-known for adding to the sacred text, revising it and then applying it to its fictional religious heros or esoteric concepts. It is an institution that unapologetically derives it origin and inspiration from religious mysticism and pagan tradition.
Lesson after lesson and precept after precept within the Lodge are seen to contradict the teaching of the Scriptures. Elaborate rituals and esoteric ceremonies are alien to what is shown in the New Testament for Christian practice. Freemasonry regularly takes various office titles and spiritual descriptions from the Bible (Old and New Testament) that pertain exclusively to God or His servants and apply them to its members.
The example of the Church in Scripture is that of an open institution that gladly shares its teaching with the whosoever, a function that seems to run totally contrary to that of Freemasonry. The whole secrecy aspect of Freemasonry runs against that laid out by Christ for the function of the Church in this New Testament era. He instructed the Church to take the Gospel message out to the whole world. It was paganism that shrouded its procedures in secrecy.
Masonic members are fully aware that 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 religious ceremonies. Freemasonry must of necessity protect its dark degrading procedures from outside scrutiny.
We would recommend a very compelling book written by Masonic authority E. M. Storms called Should a Christian be a Mason?:
Freemasonry’s treatment of Jesus Christ
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 nullifies the teaching of the Bible and undermines the preeminent position Christ holds as man’s Saviour and Lord. This fantasy figure is continually presented as a fitting model and constant example of how Freemasons should conduct themselves.
A ceremonial new birth experience that Masons are said to undergo is said to be based on the mythical life, death and resurrection of Hiram Abiff! This whole imaginative sham makes a mockery of Christ and His impeccable life, His atoning death and victorious resurrection. 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 throughout 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.
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.
We recommend a sound compelling book written by the great revivalist Charles Finney who was a former Freemason (The Character, Claims And Practical Workings Of Freemasonry):
Blue Lodge (Craft degrees)
Red Lodge (York Rite)
The true character and ethos of Freemasonry
The decline of Freemasonry
Lodges Examined by the Bible by John R. Rice