Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Should A Christian Be A Mason?

Dr. David R. ReaganPDFBy Dr. David R. Reagan

In the mid-1980's I was holding a meeting at a large church in Lexington, Kentucky, when I received a phone call at my motel from one of the church members. The caller identified himself as one of our radio listeners. He said he had heard a broadcast of mine about Masonry, and he wanted to talk with me about it. He asked if he could come to my room for a visit, and I agreed.

When he arrived, he shared with me an incident that had happened at his church. One of the assistant pastors had been teaching a course on the cults. One Sunday morning as he concluded his lesson, he announced, "Next week we will conclude our study of the cults by taking a look at the Masons."

My visitor said he was dumbfounded by this announcement. "I immediately protested," he said. "I told him I was a Mason, and I did not consider the organization to be cultic in nature."

"Well," the teacher responded, "I really don't know that much about it. I'm just presenting the material in my teacher's manual."

After discussing the matter back and forth for a few minutes, the teacher made an offer: "I'll tell you what," he said, "next week I'll present my material and then I will give you half the class time to present your rebuttal."

My visitor said he accepted the offer and went to work immediately studying Masonry.

I asked what he meant by "studying Masonry."

He replied that although he had been a Mason many years, he knew almost nothing about the fundamental beliefs of the organization.

When I asked how that could be, he explained that he had simply bought each of his Masonic degrees without doing any study.

"What happened next?" I asked.

He said he started his research by reading the Kentucky Masonic handbook. "When I got to page 95, I put the book down, repented before God for ever becoming a Mason, took a hammer and beat my Masonic ring to a pulp, and then sent a letter of resignation to my lodge."

"Wow!" I replied. "What in the world was on page 95?"

At that point, he handed me the handbook and told me I could keep it. I immediately turned to page 95 and found the following paragraph:1

"Masonry makes no profession of Christianity... but looks forward to the time when the labor of our ancient brethren shall be symbolized by the erection of a spiritual temple... in which there shall be but one altar and one worship; one common altar of Masonry on which the Veda [Hinduism], Shastras [Buddhism], Sade [Astrology], Zend-Avesta [Zoroastrianism], Koran [Islam], and Holy Bible shall lie untouched by sacrilegious hands, and at whose shrine the Hindoo (sic), the Persian, the Assyrian, the Chaldean, the Egyptian, the Chinese, the Mohammedan, the Jew, and the Christian may kneel and with one united voice celebrate the praises of the Supreme Architect of the Universe."

Notice how this paragraph equates the Bible with the pagan scriptures and then asserts it is possible to obtain salvation through any religion. In short, this paragraph refutes the Gospel which maintains that "there is salvation in no other name under heaven except the name of Jesus" (Acts 4:12).

How could any Christian give his allegiance to an organization whose beliefs make a mockery of the Gospel? And yet, thousands of professing Christians, even many pastors and elders, have done so by becoming Masons.


Notes

1) Henry Pirtle, Kentucky Monitor (Louisville, KY: The Standard Printing Co., 1921), page 95.

11 comments:

G.M. said...

I've never read a Masonic handbook, but when I've visited Masonic websites, they don't mention the sort of one-religion situation as described on page 95 of the Kentucky Masonic handbook. I would guess that most Masons aren't aware of this tenet. My husband's great-uncle (and/or grandfather) was a Mason. I can't imagine he stood for equating the Bible with the religious writings of other religions. I myself was interested in the women's Free Mason clubs--Masons are male-only---and the only tenet I was aware of was that you couldn't be an atheist to join. You had to believe in a Creator/Deity. Masons seem to do so many charitable things, it seemed like a nice club to support.

davidsoncounty said...

I hope that you will expound on this subject, I felt like you were going to say more and then the article stopped. I would be interested in knowing more of this subject and the cults.

All4JHWH said...

2 Timothy 3
1 But realize this, that in the last days difficult times will come.
2 For men will be -
5 holding to a form of (Q)godliness, although they have denied its power; Avoid such men as these.

I have studied Masonry extensively and would encourage everyone to do so. I beleive that many people of this generation have been and will be deceived into beleiving that we must all 'co-exist' and practice 'tolerence' (as the bumper stickers' state) however, this is a doctrine of demons and we should have nothing to do with any organization that accepts all faiths as equal. They have a FORM of godliness but deny the power of Christ himself. Oprah is another example of one of those who beleives in the unitarian/universalist ideas. Christ is the ONLY way to the God of salvation and if an organization does not stand for this than I would not stand with them (or anywhere close to them when God rains down his wrath).

My Dad (who has been the most Godly example I could hope for as an earthly father)was an deacon in his church (in Kentucky BTW) and was teaching a series on the cults and wrapped up the series with a look at Masonry. It caused a huge stir amoung the elders and deacons becasue one of them was a Mason and stood up to defend Masonry. The other elders and decons (although they agreed with my dad) would not stand up to to defend Christ against Masonry. Nor would they say a word to rebuke this man in his agressive rant. My dad is a very soft-hearted, God-fearing, humble man but his heart was broken by the fact that his church board would accept these beleifs amoung their elders. After much prayer and pleading with the elders to defend the faith, and their refusal to do so, my parents left the church.

It is one of my greatest fears that we as Christians are being lead like naive little lambs to the slaughter because we are accepting every wind of doctrine that sounds good or makes us feel good. So called 'evangelical' churches need to stop trying to combine worldy ideas with Godliness or else, when the rapture occurs, no one in the church buildings on Sunday will be any the wiser. Only those who hold tightly to the truth and nothing else will be taken.

I would also recomend studies on 'the Emergent Church'.

Charlotte Mathis said...

I just finished reading "En Route to Global Occupation" by Gary Kah. I found it very enlightening to what is happening in today's world. Freemasonry has had far reaching world wide influence politically even in the middle east. It would be my guess that the reference to "the Supreme Architect of the Universe" is Lucifer and ultimately the Antichrist.

Vic said...

Yeah, I read something that was saying something like 40% of Southern? Baptists or Pastors are Masons.

Masonry is evil.

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Vic said...

I should of put the word: Craziness, after the Baptist Paragraph.

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Maranatha :)

Vic :)

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hartdawg said...

is it true that Goerge Washington, Bush sr. and a ton of american presidents were masons?

son of thunder said...

Masonry is so ingrained in our society, we don't even notice it when we look at it. Look at a dollar bill and the pyramid on the back. See the eye? That is the eye of Lucifer, according to Paul McGuire.

Masonry is extremely Luciferian: Lucifer (the angel of light) being the "good guy" and Adonai (the LORD) being the "bad guy".

My uncle is an extremely high-ranking Mason in Indiana, and I explained to my parents why this is wrong (as my dad used to be a Mason) and how it is steeped in Satanic teachings.

But, my question is: didn't the Masons merge with the Illuminati sometime in the 19th century, thereby changing the original tenets od Masonry? I thought I had heard this somewhere and just need some clarification.

Armageddon Thru To You said...

An elderly woman had just returned to her home from an evening of religious service when she was startled by an intruder. As she caught the man in the act of robbing her home of its valuables, she yelled,

'Stop....Acts 2:38!' (turn from your sin).

The burglar stopped dead in his tracks. The woman calmly called the police and explained what she had done. As the officer cuffed the man to take him in, he asked the burglar...

'Why did you just stand there? All she did was yell a scripture to you.'

'Scripture?, replied the burglar.' She said she had an AXE and two 38's!'.

Dennis said...

When I was a very new Christian I was at a Christian Bookstore looking for books on Masonry as my father-in-law was a 32 degree. He wanted my son in Demolay. A very large man saw what I was looking at and asked if I was a Mason. (no). He told me he had been chosen to go to the 33rd degree when it was finally revealed that the Mason god was actually Lucifer. He told me that he was a Christian and knew he had to make a choice. So he repented. The amazing thing is that the cult could keep that secret until the 33rd degree. Below that they hide it very well. By wife's dad never left the lodge. He read all the materials we gave him but said that he had never seen that in the lodge. As a former Baptist I was ashamed when the SBC studied Masonry and didn't have the integrity to call them what they are. A Cult, false religion and parasites within the so called Church.

son of thunder said...

Dr. Reagan, the answer is "NO!!!!"