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Leading a Christian out of the lodge.

Because the church has not been vigilant in sounding the alarm, Christians continue to stumble into the Masonic Lodge.  They remain members until they realize what Freemasonry teaches. If they simply listen to the words of the ritual, the Holy Spirit will witness to them.  Thousands of Christians have left the lodge to follow Jesus. If the Holy Spirit is not witnessing to them, it is because they do not have the Holy Spirit. If they remain after they realize what Freemasonry teaches, is there any reason to believe that they are genuine Christians?  What will Jesus say?

A video tape is available which explains how to lead a Christian Mason out of the lodge.  The information contained on the tape is very similar to the information on this website, but there is much more.  If you follow the procedures with our materials and if the man is truly a Christian, he will leave the lodge.  To obtain a copy of the tape, please contact us.  You might mention what fruit you see which makes you think your Mason is a genuine Christian.

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How can you effectively
witness to a Christian Mason?

Ministering to a person who has been ensnared in the occult will put you in conflict with demonic forces. Ephesians chapter 6 reminds us that we are engaged in a spiritual battle.

For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.

(Ephesians 6:12-13)

Because of our position in Jesus Christ, we are able to stand. However, in order to continue to stand when dealing with the occult, we need to put on the whole armour of God. We need to begin by praying. We should ask God for protection and help in the battle. If you have others who share your concern about Freemasonry, form a prayer group. Make certain that those in the prayer group are in agreement. The materials available on this site will help you to educate other Christians. Have confidence when you approach God asking for the repentance of someone who is ensnared in Freemasonry. James 5:16 tells us that ". . .The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much." Romans 3:22 tells us that, "This righteousness from God comes through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe." Ephesians 3:12 tells us that, "In Him and through faith in Him, we may approach God with freedom and confidence."

Understanding Masonic methods

Experience is a good teacher. As you gain experience in witnessing to Masons, you will be able to confirm what you are reading here. Masons have been trained to deal with you. You will be more effective when you know their game. They are taught to avoid conversations like the one you are going to try to have with them. Why would they want to avoid such a conversation? Some Masons believe that they must avoid conversations with non-Masons in order that the "secrets of Freemasonry" might be kept safe. The Indiana Monitor and Freemason's Guide contains a paragraph under the heading Behavior In Presence of Strangers Not Masons. It reads as follows:

You should be cautions in your Words and Carriage, that the most penetrating Stranger should not be able to discover or find out what is not proper to be intimated; and sometimes you may divert a discourse, and manage it prudently for the Honor of the Worshipful Fraternity.

(Pages 32-33, 1964 Edition)

In reality, there are no Masonic secrets. The Grand Lodges sometimes admit that fact. Consider this paragraph from the Indiana Monitor:

Masonic Secrecy includes only methods of recognition and of symbolic instruction. It does not extend to everything relating to the institution. A secret society is one whose members are not publicly known, and whose existence is concealed from the world. Masonic bodies, however, meet openly; there is no secrecy concerning membership or officers; and Masonic symbols and philosophy are discussed in thousand's of books accessible to anyone.  

(Pages 38-39, ibid.)

That paragraph is somewhat deceptive in that Lodge meetings are tyled. They do not meet openly. A man, the Tyler, is posted outside the Lodge room door to keep out "Cowans and Eavesdroppers" when ritual is being done. Notice what the Grand Lodge of Indiana has to say about the contents of Masonic books. It states that thousands of books discuss the symbols and philosophy of Freemasonry. The Grand Lodge does not take issue with the content , or accuracy, of those books when writing to Masons. However, if a Christian takes issue with the content of a Masonic book, the position toward the books will change They will no longer claim that they contain the philosophy of Freemasonry. The books will become just someone's opinion of Masonic symbolism and philosophy.

In reality there is no "danger" that a Mason will reveal Masonic secrets to you when you witness to him, because the information flow will be primarily from you to him. You will not be trying to learn the modes of recognition (handshakes, body signs and word games.) If you are able to have a conversation, you will be surprised how little the average Mason will say.

Don't let them know that you oppose Freemasonry.

Keep your intentions to witness to a Mason to yourself and your prayer group. If you don't, you may not get the opportunity to witness. Masons will not usually speak with you if they know that you hold a negative opinion about Freemasonry. The more they think you know, the less likely they are to let down their defenses and meet with you. The most common Masonic defense is silence. The most effective method is to work one-on-one with a man who has not had time to speak with other Masons about the meeting. Never agree to meet with a group of Masons without other solid Christians being present. If you attempt to witness to two or more Masons at the same time, they will stick together like a pack of wolves. In reality, that is exactly what most of them are. However, there usually is very little physical danger.

Unless you take the issue public, they usually choose silence as the method of response. If you go public, they may break the silence. It depends on how effective you are. If you are effective in shaping the opinion of other Christians, they will not remain silent.

Jesus gave instructions - how to proceed.

The instructions of Jesus are found in Matthew chapter 18. Should they be followed to deal with the issue of Freemasonry, when you believe that the Mason is a Christian? If it turns out that he only claims to be a Christian, there is no difficulty with following this procedure, because the end result is appropriate.

The instructions of Jesus

Learning from the experience of others

Experience is a good teacher. Several brief "case studies" are provided below to allow you to share the experience of others. There really is no need for you to have to make all of the mistakes which they made. These case studies will allow you to understand Masonic methods and responses. If you are called to minister to Masons, or lead the church to repentance, you will find them interesting.

The pastor takes a stand

A mature Christian attempts to lead
a Christian Mason out of the Lodge

A former occultist encounters Freemasonry in the church

You must know the facts

In order to witness to a man who is ensnared in the occult, you have to know something about the occult organization he is involved in. However, you do not have to know as much as you would think. If the Mason is a Christian, he is sealed with the Holy Spirit. If you know a few critical facts which will demonstrate to him that the teachings and practices of the organization he is involved in are grossly incompatible with Christianity, that will be sufficient. The Holy Spirit can use any Christian to provide evidence which will lead a brother to repentance. It is not up to us to cause a man to repent. However it is up to us to follow the leading of the Holy Spirit to confront the brother with the truth in a loving manner. If the man is a Christian, it doesn't take a lot to lead him out of an occult organization.

If he is not led by the Holy Spirit, it may be next to impossible to lead him out of an occult organization. If you have never been involved in the occult yourself, you probably will not be able to fully understand the spiritual bondage which results. Those who do renounce occultism are often unable to shake the effects of spiritual bondage for a period of time. Release can occur quickly, or it can take several years. Healing occurs at different rates in the physical world, it is no different in the spiritual realm.

Carefully select effective arguments

Before you approach a Mason, you must know the truth and you should know that you know it. Having solid documentation can make a substantial difference. We can help with that. We urge you not to concentrate on books such as Morals and Dogma, and other books which demonstrate a connection with Luciferianism. These books will convict Christians that Freemasonry is Satanic, but they are less useful than other items when dealing with the average Mason. If you want to use occultic Masonic books, you must be able to build a solid foundation under them in order to effectively tie them to the ruling Masonic authorities, the Grand Lodges. It can be done, however you may not have that much time when dealing with a Mason. Masons will have a tendency to look for a way of escape. Not from the occult, but from you.

What are the best arguments?

If you were going to speak with a non-Christian about Christianity, could you have a meaningful discussion without mentioning Jesus and the plan of salvation? Of course not. Christians understand the importance of the Gospel. When you are attempting to lead a Christian to repentance, it is good to make sure that you are in agreement about the fundamentals of the Gospel. Does he believe that Jesus is God? Does he believe that faith in Jesus is required for salvation. Does he understand that only those who accept Jesus will be saved? Is he able to agree that Hindus, Buddhists and all other non-Christians will not enter the kingdom of God? John 14:6, Acts 4:10-12, John 1:1-14, John 8:24 and John 8:58 are scriptures which can be used to establish these facts. Galatians 1:8-9 is a good scripture to review as well. It establishes the consequences for those who would preach a false gospel. If you can't agree on these foundational items, including the authority of the Holy Bible, you will never have a foundational basis upon which to appropriately discuss Freemasonry. If a man cannot agree with these simple foundational issues, what makes you believe that he is a Christian? Maybe he is simply a Mason.

If the Gospel is of prime importance to Christians, what better way to convince a Christian that Freemasonry is incompatible with Christianity than to document the Masonic plan of salvation and demonstrate that Freemasonry has a savior, other than Jesus? If you are able to prove those factors, it will be impossible for the man to continue as a Mason and make a credible claim that he is a Christian.

If a Mason is a Christian he has faith in Jesus and is depending on Jesus for salvation. Does that make his Masonic membership of no consequence? What about the souls of the men he has seen conducted through the ritual? How many of those men believed what they were told in the Lodge? Has he told any of them that the Lodge's plan of salvation is false? How many men have joined the Lodge because he is a member? Has he led another man into Lodge who is imitating Hiram so that he can get into the Celestial Lodge above? How can he participate in Freemasonry without destroying his witness with the other men in the Lodge?

Paul's letter to the Galatians deals with a group of men who are adding circumcision to the Gospel as a requirement for salvation. Circumcision is something which God had previously authored for the Jews. However, it was not part of the Gospel which Jesus gave to the apostles. Paul's response to those who altered the gospel in this "simple" way is found in Galatians 1:8-9. Paul said simply: "If anyone preaches a gospel other than the Gospel which we preached to you, let them be eternally condemned." In the case of Freemasonry, Masons are not adding circumcision, but rather substituting another savior. Masonic ritual directly tells Masons to imitate Hiram Abiff so that they may get into the Celestial Lodge. When the "Christian" stands before Jesus, will Jesus believe that he is a Christian who has saving faith in the TRUTH (John 14:6) if he is standing with a group which teaches salvation on the basis of another savior? We cannot be certain that ANY "Christian" mason will make it into heaven. Jesus will decide. Does the man want to stand in front of Jesus as one who has participated in the promotion of another savior and as one who will not stop supporting and defending the same?

Examples of these arguments are contained in our tracts. Read them all, and you will have a good understanding of the issues. The following three should be appropriate for any Mason. Salvation without Jesus deals with elements of ritual which every Mason has seen and heard. It is gentle. Fatherhood of God - Brotherhood of Man deals with the false Masonic concept of God. It deals directly with a foundational teaching of Freemasonry as well as the existence of the Masonic savior. An Open Letter to a Christian Mason is extremely direct and takes an strong stance. It calls into question the Mason's Christianity. This is entirely appropriate, since Masons are men who meet in secret to teach salvation on the basis of a false savior. It may be good to give the "Open Letter" tract to a man after he has had time to consider the other two. However, do give him the opportunity to hear a direct message before he stands before Jesus. Jesus will be as direct as can be. His stance on those who promote other saviors is rigid.

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