Do We Want
Their Blood on Our Hands?
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 Freemasons 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.
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
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
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.
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
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 Lords table and the table of demons. Are we
trying to arouse the Lords 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
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?
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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