An Open Letter to a Christian Mason
You claim to be a Christian
In our hearts, we want to believe you. However, you have placed a stumbling block in our path that is impossible for us to overlook. You see, while you claim to be a Christian, we know that you are a Mason and we have come to know something about Masonry.
The basics of the Gospel are well documented. Paul summed it up well in his first letter to the Corinthians:
Christians take the Gospel of Jesus very seriously because it is the only way of salvation. There simply is no one else who can pay the price for our sin. Jesus said:
Just before Jesus ascended into heaven, he gave his disciples clear instructions:
Jesus instructed us to share the Gospel with all nations. He specifically stated that we are to teach obedience to all of his commands. Christians are compelled to share the Gospel with the lost. They do so because they are under the conviction of the Holy Spirit and they care about those who do not know Jesus. A Christian would never embrace another savior and he would never participate in teaching a false gospel based on another savior.
Our research has allowed us to know that Freemasonry has a plan of salvation
In order to make certain that we properly understood Masonry, we studied Masonic Monitors published by several Grand Lodges. As you know, Grand Lodges are the highest authorities of Freemasonry. We found that Masons include members of many religions. There are Buddhist Masons, Moslem Masons, Jewish Masons and men who claim to be Christians. When we examined portions of Masonic ritual which are found in Grand Lodge monitors, we became convinced that you, as a "Christian" Mason, have embraced another savior. We know that you have participated in the teaching of a false gospel based on a false savior. On page 68 of the 1993 edition of the Indiana Monitor and Freemason's Guide, in the section on the Entered Apprentice Degree, a portion of ritual discussing the covering of a Lodge is found:
There is no doubt that Masonic ritual encourages lost men to hope that they will enter heaven. The fact that some Master Masons are Moslems and Buddhists proves that Masonry offers false hope to unsaved men.
On page 109 of the Indiana monitor and Freemason's Guide, under the heading The Three Steps, we found the following:
Again, Masonic ritual teaches that Master Masons will go to heaven by stating that they may die looking forward to a glorious immortality. In the Indiana monitor we found a portion of ritual which includes a prayer asking for salvation! It ends with these words:
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 grave. You portrayed Hiram in the ritual when you were raised to Master Mason. You, as Hiram Abiff, were killed, buried and then raised from the grave. At the conclusion of the Legend of the Third Degree, the Senior Warden offered the following conclusion to the ritual:
We found that portion of the ritual cleverly paraphrased on page 67 of the 1979 edition of the North Carolina Lodge Manual. The Lodge Manual didn't directly mention Hiram Abiff, what they printed is "Let us imitate the example of * * whom you have this evening represented. . ." We know they are referring to Hiram Abiff. However, if there were any doubt, the text on page 152 of the 1946 edition of the Kentucky Monitor settles the matter by stating, "Then let us imitate our G. M. H. A. . . ."
Who is Hiram Abiff?
Why are Masons admonished to imitate Hiram Abiff? The ritual directly states: Masons are to imitate Hiram Abiff that they may welcome death and be translated into heaven. No where in Masonic ritual is Jesus Christ even mentioned! We found out why in the 1946 edition of the Kentucky Monitor. The Kentucky Monitor reveals the identity of Hiram Abiff in a discussion of various religions:
Notice the parallel sentence structure in the last line. It clearly states that: Hiram is to Masons as Jesus is to Christians
The meaning of Masonic ritual is perfectly clear.
Can a man have two saviors?
Some of the Masonic monitors we examined encourage Masons to read Masonic books in order to gain further understanding of Masonry. The Indiana Monitor and Freemason's Guide left no doubt about the authenticity of Masonic books:
(Indiana Monitor, page 132)
The Macoy Publishing and Masonic Supply Company distributes The Meaning of Masonry, by Lynn Perkins. The book clarifies Masonic teaching concerning Hiram Abiff:
The fact that Masonry teaches redemption and salvation is documented in Mackey's  Manual of the Lodge, currently reproduced within the monitor of the Grand Lodge of South Carolina, the Ahiman Rezon. It states:
Those words, or most of them, are reproduced in the monitors of several states. The 1993 edition of the Indiana Monitor and Freemason's Guide contains most of the passage explaining the meaning of the Legend of the Third Degree on page 154. The Indiana Monitor confirms the universality of the Hiramic Legend in Masonry:
Freemasonry has a savior named Hiram Abiff. Freemasonry teaches that Master Masons have been redeemed from the death of sin and represent those raised to the faith of salvation. We know that every Masonic Lodge in the world includes the death, burial and resurrection of Hiram Abiff in their ritual. We also know that you assumed the role of Hiram Abiff when you went through the Master Mason degree. The ritual of the third degree directly states that by imitating Hiram Abiff, Master Masons may get into heaven. As a Christian, you should have "smelled a rat" when you, as Hiram Abiff, were killed, buried and raised from the grave. That ritual mocks the sacrifice of Jesus Christ. The clincher would have been when the Senior Warden told you that you could get into heaven by imitating Hiram Abiff.
Can we know what you believe?
You may think that it is impossible for us to know what you believe. To a large degree, you are correct. You may think that we cannot know that you have accepted the teachings of Freemasonry, simply because you are a member of the Lodge. What we do know is that any man who remains a Mason after being confronted with the teachings of Freemasonry has not rejected those teachings, as would a Christian. As long as you remain a Mason and continue to claim to be a Christian, we have to choose whether to believe your claims, as you participate in a pagan religion, or to believe the words of John which are found in the Holy Bible:
You have chosen to walk in darkness
You are not walking in the light. Because you are not walking in the light, you are not in fellowship with Jesus Christ. Since you are not in fellowship with Jesus, it is impossible for us to have fellowship with you. Don't ask us to believe that you can continue to be both a Christian and a Mason or that, as a Mason, you can have fellowship with Jesus. Before we could believe that, we would have to stop believing the Bible.
Scripture does not lead us to believe that you will fare well on judgement day. Participation in teaching a false gospel leads to condemnation:
God offered His Son, Jesus Christ as a sacrifice for your sins. He offered Jesus as your covering before Him. The lodge gave you a lambskin apron to wear as your covering before God. Jesus warned that there would be those who would claim to be following Him, whom he would turn away on judgement day:
We have spoken quite directly to you because we don't want you to stand before God with your lambskin apron as your covering. All of those who do not have the covering of the Blood of the Jesus, the Lamb of God, will be thrown into the lake of fire. As a Mason you are not following the teachings of Jesus, but rather are standing in agreement with a false gospel which leads men to hell.
John warned us:
Jesus still wants to forgive you
Jesus is willing to forgive you. In fact, he wants to forgive you. But, His forgiveness is dependent on your repentance. Repent before it is too late.
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