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Title: What do freemasons believe?
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Published: Jan 15, 2018
Author: https://www.gotquestions.org/free-masonr
Post Date: 2018-01-15 17:18:49 by no gnu taxes
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Salvation from Sin:

The Bible’s View: Jesus became the sinner’s sacrifice before God when He shed His blood and died as the propitiation (payment) for the sins of all those who would ever believe (Ephesians 2:8-9, Romans 5:8, John 3:16).

Mason’s View: The very process of joining the Lodge requires Christians to ignore the exclusivity of Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. According to Freemasonry, a person will be saved and go to heaven as a result of his good works and personal self-improvement.

The View of the Bible:

The Bible’s View: The supernatural and plenary inspiration of the Scriptures—that they are inerrant and that their teachings and authority are absolute, supreme, and final. The Bible is the Word of God (2 Timothy 3:16, 1 Thessalonians 2:13).

Mason’s View: The Bible is only one of several “Volume(s) of Sacred Law,” all of which are deemed to be equally important in Freemasonry. The Bible is an important book, only as far as those members who claim to be Christians are concerned, just as the Koran is important to Muslims. The Bible is not considered to be the exclusive Word of God, nor is it considered to be God’s sole revelation of himself to humankind; but only one of many religious sourcebooks. It is a good guide for morality. The Bible is used primarily as a symbol of God’s will, which can also be captured in other sacred texts, like the Koran or Rig Vedas.

The Doctrine of God:

The Bible’s View: There is one God. The various names of God refer to the God of Israel and reveal certain attributes of God. To worship other gods or to call upon other deities is idolatry (Exodus 20:3). Paul spoke of idolatry as a heinous sin (1 Corinthians 10:14) and John said that idolaters will perish in hell (Revelation 21:8).

Mason’s View: All members must believe in a deity. Different religions (Christianity, Judaism, Islam, etc.) acknowledge the same God, only call Him different names. Freemasonry invites people of all faiths, even if they use different names for the ‘Nameless One of a hundred names,’ they are yet praying to the one God and Father of all.

The Doctrine of Jesus and the Trinity:

The Bible’s View: Jesus was God in human form (Matthew 1:18-24, John 1:1). Jesus is the second person of the trinity (Matthew 28:19, Mark 1:9-11). While on earth, He was fully human (Mark 4:38, Matthew 4:2) and fully divine (John 20:28, John 1:1-2, Acts 4:10-12). Christians should pray in Jesus’ name and proclaim Him before others, regardless of offense to non-Christians (John 14:13-14, 1 John 2:23, Acts 4:18-20).

Mason’s View: There is no exclusivity in Jesus Christ or the Triune God who is the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit; therefore there is no doctrine of the deity of Jesus Christ. It is deemed to be un-Masonic to invoke the name of Jesus when praying, or mention His name in the Lodge. Suggesting that Jesus is the only way to God contradicts the principle of tolerance. The name of Jesus has been omitted from biblical verses that are used in Masonic rituals. Jesus is on the same level as other religious leaders.

Human Nature and Sin:

The Bible’s View: All humans are born with a sinful nature, are totally depraved, and need a Savior from sin (Romans 3:23, Romans 5:12, Psalm 51:5, Ephesians 2:1). The Bible denies that because of the Fall, humanity has within itself the capacity for moral perfection (1 John 1:8-10, Romans 1:18-25).

Mason’s View: Through symbols and emblems, Masons teach that man is not sinful, just “rude and imperfect by nature”. Human beings are able to improve their character and behavior in various ways, including acts of charity, moral living, and voluntary performance of civic duty. Humanity possesses the ability of moving from imperfection toward total perfection. Moral and spiritual perfection lies within men and women.

When a Christian takes the oath of Freemasonry, he is swearing to the following doctrines that God has pronounced false and sinful:

1. That salvation can be gained by man’s good works. 2. That Jesus is just one of many equally revered prophets. 3. That they will remain silent in the Lodge and not talk of Christ. 4. That they are approaching the Lodge in spiritual darkness and ignorance, when the Bible says Christians are already in the light, children of the light, and are indwelt by the Light of the World—Jesus Christ. 5. By demanding that Christians take the Masonic oath, Masonry leads Christians into blasphemy and taking the name of the Lord in vain. 6. Masonry teaches that its G.A.O.T.U. [Great Architect of the Universe], whom Masonry believes is the true God of the universe, is representative of all gods in all religions. 7. Masonry makes Christians take a universalist approach in their prayers, demanding a “generic” name be used so as not to offend non-believers who are Masonic “brothers”. 8. By swearing the Masonic oath and participating in the doctrines of the Lodge, Christians are perpetuating a false gospel to other Lodge members, who look only to Masonry’s plan of salvation to get to heaven. By their very membership in such a syncretistic type organization, they have severely compromised their witnessing as Christians. 9. By taking the Masonic obligation, the Christian is agreeing to allow the pollution of his mind, spirit, and body by those who serve false gods and believe false doctrines.

As you can see, Masonry denies and contradicts the clear teaching of Scripture and numerous issues. Masonry also requires people to engage in activities which the Bible condemns. As a result, a Christian should not be a member of any secret society or organization that has any connection with Freemasonry.

Again, for more information, we strongly recommend Ex-Masons for Jesus.

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#1. To: no gnu taxes (#0)

I read Morals and Dogma at a fairly young age. I don't recall some of the assertions made here. I think some of them are attempts to to write a hit peace. I am not a Mason. I am not interested in becoming one. Having said that, I find much, but not all, of the described philosophical positions described here as masonic to be quite reasonable.

rlk  posted on  2018-01-15   19:10:47 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  

#2. To: no gnu taxes (#0)

I think the Masonic (and non-Masonic fraternal) organizations are shrinking at a vastly greater rate even than Christianity is.

Masonry is dying out. Just like the Elks/Lions/Eagles/etc. fraternal organizations.

Masons in 1924 had 3 million. From about 1955-1965, they had grown to 4 million. Now they have just a little over a million and the vast majority of those are very old guys. I expect their numbers to be cut in half when the Korean War vets pass on.

Masonic Membership Statistics 2015-2016

Tooconservative  posted on  2018-01-15   19:30:39 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  

#3. To: no gnu taxes (#0)

Masonry is a deceipt of Satan, it places man before God saying they will not use the name of Jesus lest any man be offended, they will burn in hell unless they repent

paraclete  posted on  2018-01-15   19:32:59 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  

#4. To: no gnu taxes (#0)

What do freemasons believe?

Measure twice, cut once? That's what I believe.

Hank Rearden  posted on  2018-01-15   19:33:47 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  

#5. To: Hank Rearden (#4)

Then you follow masonry

paraclete  posted on  2018-01-15   19:34:49 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  

#6. To: Tooconservative (#2) (Edited)

Masonry is dying out. Just like the Elks/Lions/Eagles/etc. fraternal organizations.

Everything is dying out except membership in political activism and TV watching.

rlk  posted on  2018-01-15   19:39:17 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  

#7. To: rlk (#6)

Everything is dying out except membership in political activism and TV watching smartphones.

The computer revolution is already over and the smartphone revolution is well underway.

Tooconservative  posted on  2018-01-16   6:17:19 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  

#8. To: Tooconservative (#2)

I live in a rather small town (about 10,000 people). Yet there are 3 Masonic lodge buildings here. I have never seen the doors open or one person trying to enter. Yet the grounds and the buildings are kept immaculate. I have to wonder if there is some secret underground entrance.

no gnu taxes  posted on  2018-01-16   11:30:36 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  

#9. To: Tooconservative (#7)

That's funny I read somewhere smart phones were obsolete.

A K A Stone  posted on  2018-01-16   11:32:31 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  

#10. To: no gnu taxes (#8)

I live in a rather small town (about 10,000 people). Yet there are 3 Masonic lodge buildings here. I have never seen the doors open or one person trying to enter. Yet the grounds and the buildings are kept immaculate. I have to wonder if there is some secret underground entrance.

I originally came from a city of 50,000 people that had a huge masonic temple. It was used to present Vaudeville acts, small symphony orchestras, and other cultural events. Piles of people came in through open doors.

rlk  posted on  2018-01-16   14:42:31 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  

#11. To: no gnu taxes (#0)

What do freemasons believe?

Why do you care?

Honest question, why do you give a shit? How does this affect you?

"we are tartets from evil doers!!!" [ and ] U looked up birfer on the dcitionary. It isn't a movie.

"Listen piece of shit. Call me anti American again and your're banned. I don't like you." - aka stoned -

Jameson  posted on  2018-01-16   17:52:24 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  

#12. To: no gnu taxes (#0) (Edited)

This thread/post is one of the most ridiculous posts I have seen yet on LF. In case you don't know it, our great nation, the greatest on Earth, was founded by Masons. That is, George Washington and all but one of our founding fathers were Masons. And what they (and also myself) believe is plainly stated on our dollar bill. That is, our Christianity-based democracy (and the others we have spawned) is/are the new world order that is prophesied to rule the Earth for a thousand years (and beginning any day now).

And what you say about works is utterly ridiculous. The Bible very plainly says that in the final judgment (after the Earth is destroyed by fire), all the dead are resurrected and judged according to their works. (See Revelation 20:11-14). Those not found in the Book of Life (probably a Church baptismal record of some sort) are automatically thrown back into the fire (the still-burning Earth). Then other books are opened and the baptized Christians are then judged by the works found in those books (that they have accomplished after their baptism/ conversion). Then the Christians who are found to be worthy get to go and live on a new earth without any sea (very likely Mars). The other Christians (in name only but without good works) are thrown into fire with the unbelievers.

Barry Midyet

interpreter  posted on  2018-01-16   22:24:18 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  

#13. To: interpreter (#12)

I think you missed the point. Nobody is saying works don't matter. What is being said is that works alone won't save you.

no gnu taxes  posted on  2018-01-17   7:44:10 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  

#14. To: no gnu taxes (#13)

I think you missed the point. Nobody is saying works don't matter. What is being said is that works alone won't save you.

OK, I can understand and agree with that sentiment/theology. But there are an awful lot of Christians (millions and millions) who say that grace alone will save you. For example, most (if not all) Southern Baptists say "Once saved, always saved." That is complete 100% bull crap because it is not in the Bible anywhere. By our fruits we (all true Christians) will be known (and judged by in the final judgment). Besides the requirement to be baptized first, there are no other "if, ands, or buts" involved. To make it into heaven we must perform good works. Just having some water poured on us isn't going to do it.

That's pretty much what the Masons are saying (or at least the Masons in George Washington's day I should add --I suspect that you may have a valid point if you are talking about the Masons of today, but I dont know what they teach and cannot comment on that aspect). But the Masons who founded our great nation and put their teachings on our dollar bill understood fully what the Bible (and especially the Revelation) teaches, and lived by it the best they could, and also fulfilled it's prophecies to the fullest extinct possible in their day. We (the US) are the first of the 24 Christian democracies to be created (and now in NATO) that are to soon rule all the Earth for Jesus for a thousand years as prophesied (and foreseen in 1776 by the Masons which is pretty remarkable). That is the same historicist view (of the Revelation) that I hold and have been espousing for many many years. And before Schoffield and his ilk came along, almost all Christians held the historicist view from the Pilgrims on the Mayflower to the Masons.

Despite the fact that the historicist view has been proven over and over again to be the correct interpretation, there are still millions of futurists despite the fact that, over the last 150 years since Scoffield, the futurists have made millions of predictions that have NOT even once come true (as far as I know). I will put my predictions (and the Masons) up against any futurist you care to name. Just because the futurists happen to be in the majority at the present moment does NOT mean that they are right and we (me and the Masons of 1776) are wrong.

Barry Midyet

interpreter  posted on  2018-01-17   20:53:09 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  

#15. To: interpreter (#14)

Since I've never been allowed inside a Mason lodge, It's hard for to say what actually goes on there.

no gnu taxes  posted on  2018-01-17   22:07:23 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  

#16. To: interpreter (#14)

For example, most (if not all) Southern Baptists say "Once saved, always saved."

Boy does that take me back to my youngin days listening to the Baptists and the Church of Christ members arguing with each other.

no gnu taxes  posted on  2018-01-17   22:11:24 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  

#17. To: no gnu taxes (#15)

Since I've never been allowed inside a Mason lodge, It's hard for to say what actually goes on there.

Neither have I ever been inside a Masonic Lodge.

But it is actually very easy to know what they believe. All you have to do is look at a dollar bill which was designed by George Washington and the other Masons who founded our great nation, and wrote the constitution, etcetera. To say they are not right is to say our nation is not right, and borders on treason in my opinion.

Barry Midyet

interpreter  posted on  2018-01-19   13:39:35 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  

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