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Do We Want Their Blood on Our Hands?
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The Primary Purpose of Freemasonry

The Grand Lodge of Free and Accepted Masons of the State of Indiana publishes a small book entitled Indiana Monitor and Freemason’s Guide. The monitor is given to every man who is raised to Master Mason in Indiana. On page 35 of the monitor, the Declaration of Principles is found. They state of the Lodge:

It is a social organization only so far as it furnishes additional inducement that men may foregather in numbers, thereby providing more material for its primary work of education, of worship, and of charity. A primary work of the Lodge is education.

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What does Masonry teach about salvation?

On page 63 of the monitor, in the section on the Entered Apprentice Degree, they discuss The Covering of A Lodge:

The covering of a Lodge is a clouded canopy, or star-decked heaven, where all good Masons hope at last to arrive. . .

That text represents the answer to a question asked in the third section of the Entered Apprentice Degree ritual. On page 101, under the heading The Three Steps, is found the following:

. . .as Fellow Crafts, we should apply our knowledge to the discharge of our respective duties, to God, our neighbors and ourselves, so that in age, as Master Masons, we may enjoy the happy reflections consequent on a well-spent life, and die in the hope of a glorious immortality.

Those words are spoken in the ritual of the Master Mason Degree.

On pages 98-99 of the monitor a prayer is found. It ends with the words:

Yet, O Lord! have compassion on the children of Thy creation, administer them comfort in time of trouble, and save them with an everlasting salvation. Amen.

The prayer is offered by the Worshipful Master during the ritual of the Master Mason Degree in that portion known as the Legend of the Third Degree. The prayer occurs just before Hiram Abiff is raised from the dead.

At the close of the Legend of the Third Degree, the Senior Warden speaks these words:

Then, finally my brethren, let us imitate our Grand Master, Hiram Abiff, in his virtuous conduct, his unfeigned piety to God, and his inflexible fidelity to his trust; that, like him, we may welcome the grim tyrant, Death, and receive him as a kind messenger sent by our Supreme Grand Master to translate us from this imperfect to that all-perfect, glorious and celestial Lodge above, where the Supreme Architect of the Universe presides.

The following explanation of the meaning of the Legend of the Third Degree is found on pages 144-145 of the Indiana monitor:

It was the single object of all the ancient rites and mysteries practiced in the very bosom of pagan darkness. . .to teach the immortality of the Soul. This is still the great design of the third degree of Masonry. This is the scope and aim of its ritual. The Master Mason represents man, when youth, manhood, old age, and life itself have passed away as fleeting shadows, yet raised from the grave of iniquity, and quickened into another and better existence. By its legend and all its ritual, it is implied that we have been redeemed from the death of sin and the sepulchre of pollution. . . .and the conclusion we arrive at is that youth, properly directed, leads us to the honorable and virtuous maturity, and that the life of man, regulated by morality, faith, and justice, will be rewarded at its closing hour by the prospect of eternal bliss.

Masonry is teaching that Master Masons, as a group, may die in the hope of a glorious immortality, that they represent those raised from the grave of iniquity and that they have been redeemed from the death of sin. Masonry is teaching that Master Masons have salvation! However, the Holy Bible is quite clear: Jesus Christ is the only way to salvation. Peter said:

Be it known unto you all, and to all the people of Israel, that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom ye crucified, whom God raised from the dead, even by him doth this man stand here before you whole. This is the stone which was set at nought of you builders, which is become the head of the corner. Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.

Acts (4:10-12)

John reported the words of Jesus:

Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. (John 14:6)

The group of men known as Master Masons includes Hindus, Moslems, Buddhists, men who profess to be Christians and men who have no religion other than Masonry. Hindus, Moslems, and Buddhists all reject the unique Deity of Jesus Christ and reject him as the Savior and Redeemer for all mankind. Since Masonry is teaching that Master Masons, as a group, may die in the hope of a glorious immortality, represent those raised from the grave of iniquity and that they have been redeemed from the death of sin, Masonry is teaching a gospel of salvation which does not require faith in Jesus Christ. Paul, an Apostle of Jesus Christ said:

But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach a gospel other than the one we preached to you, let him be eternally condemned! As we have already said, so now I say again: If anybody is preaching to you a gospel other than what you accepted, let him be eternally condemned!

(Gal 1:8-9)

In the first century Church, some thought that they could be Christians and still participate in pagan (non-Christian) religions. Paul spoke clearly to the issue in his letter to the Corinthians:

. . .the sacrifices of pagans are offered to demons, not to God, and I do not want you to be participants with demons. You cannot drink the cup of the Lord and the cup of demons too; you cannot have a part in both the Lord’s table and the table of demons. Are we trying to arouse the Lord’s jealousy? Are we stronger than he?

(1 Cor 10:20-22)

Paul encouraged the spiritual leaders at Ephesus to be on guard, to keep watch over the flock and to continue to proclaim the whole will of God.

Therefore, I declare to you today that I am innocent of the blood of all men. For I have not hesitated to proclaim to you the whole will of God. Keep watch over yourselves and all the flock of which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers. Be shepherds of the church of God, which he bought with his own blood. I know that after I leave, savage wolves will come in among you and will not spare the flock. Even from your own number men will arise and distort the truth in order to draw away disciples after them. So be on your guard!

(Acts 20:26-31)

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Will evangelism serve any purpose if we alter the Gospel to accommodate those who want to continue to embrace paganism?

Buddhism, Hinduism, Islam and Freemasonry all teach salvation without Jesus Christ. Buddhism, Hinduism and Islam admit to being religions, while many Masons deny that Freemasonry is a religion.

Buddhism, Hinduism and Freemasonry all allow their followers to embrace Christianity, while Islam does not. Practicing Buddhists, Hindus and Moslems are usually excluded from membership in Churches. However, Masons have infiltrated the Church and have taken many captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on the basic principles of the world rather than on Christ. Some are even so bold as to wear the title of Elder, Deacon or Pastor.

If we, as Christians, accept Masons as our brothers in Christ without requiring that they renounce the religion of Freemasonry, how can we expect our missionaries to require Buddhists and Hindus who have "accepted Christ" to renounce their former religions? What will we say to the man who wants us to accept him as a Christian while he continues to practice Mormonism?

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Can a man be a Christian and at the same time stand with another group which offers salvation without Jesus?

Why are we hesitating to proclaim the whole will of God?

Do we want to stand before God
with their blood on our hands?

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