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Which Gospel do you embrace on Lodge night?

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The Masonic Lodge claims to be a fraternal organization and denies that Freemasonry is a religion. Yet, the Masonic Lodge teaches a plan of salvation which does not require faith in Jesus Christ. As a minister of the Gospel as well as a Master Mason, you are in a position to know that this is true on a firsthand basis. You have participated in Masonic rituals which teach salvation without Jesus and you have probably watched as others have been conducted through the rituals.

What does the ritual teach about salvation?

In the Entered Apprentice Degree, the Worshipful Master asks, "What covering has a Lodge?" The Senior Warden answers:

The canopy of heaven, where all good Masons hope at last to arrive. . .

During the Master Mason Degree, the Worshipful Master asks, "What is meant by the three steps usually delineated on the Master's Carpet?" The following answer is given by the Senior Warden:

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

When you portrayed Hiram Abiff, the Worshipful Master offered a prayer just before you (as Hiram Abiff) were "raised" from the dead. His prayer ended with these 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.

At the close of the Legend of the Third Degree. The Senior Warden said:

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, we like him, 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 page 96 of Albert Mackey’s Manual of the Lodge:

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. . . .the Master Mason represents a man saved from the grave of iniquity, and raised to the faith of salvation.

Masonry teaches 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)

The Masonic Lodge is promoting faith in another gospel which will condemn men to an eternity in hell. Others in the lodge understand what the Masonic rituals teach. Very few of them understand the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Many have swallowed the Masonic lie and believe that they can receive salvation through Masonry. They don't know Jesus Christ and see no need to become a Christian. After all, what more could Jesus offer them? They have watched you as a minister of the Gospel, sit in silent agreement while Masonic ritual, which teaches salvation without Jesus, was acted out. Any credibility you may have had as a Christian minister, "your witness", has been severely damaged - if not completely destroyed - by your silent participation. If the lodge's plan of salvation were not true, you as a Christian minister would have objected, wouldn't you? Certainly you would not have participated in it over a period of years and you wouldn't have encouraged others to participate.

In the first century Church, some thought that they could be Christians and still participate in pagan 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)

Paganism is any religion other than Christianity or Judaism. Freemasonry offers a plan of Salvation without Jesus Christ. Therefore, Masonry is a non-Christian religion. Since Masonry is also not Judaism, it is clearly paganism. Scripture is quite clear on the issue of Christian participation in paganism. A Christian simply cannot (meaning he is unable to) participate in paganism. If you are able to participate in the paganism of Freemasonry after having the issues brought to your attention, then it is obvious that you have no intention of following Christ. Your ministry is only an illusion.

It is possible that you may not have realized the full extent of how you have been denying Jesus, but you have been just the same. Jesus said:

But whosoever shall deny me before men, him will I also deny before my Father which is in heaven.

(Matthew 10:33)

Jesus is willing to forgive you. In fact, He wants to forgive you. But, His forgiveness is conditional on your repentance. You must renounce Freemasonry. Paul wrote:

Do not be yoked together with unbelievers. For what do righteousness and wickedness have in common? Or what fellowship can light have with darkness? What harmony is there between Christ and Belial ? What does a believer have in common with an unbeliever? What agreement is there between the temple of God and idols? For we are the temple of the living God. As God has said: "I will live with them and walk among them, and I will be their God, and they will be my people." "Therefore come out from them and be separate, says the Lord. Touch no unclean thing, and I will receive you." "I will be a Father to you, and you will be my sons and daughters, says the Lord Almighty." Since we have these promises, dear friends, let us purify ourselves from everything that contaminates body and spirit, perfecting holiness out of reverence for God.

(2 Cor 6:14 - 7:1)

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

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