Can We Find The Roots of Free Masonry in the Bible?
“This is the Stone (Jesus) which was set at naught 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: 11-12
Freemasonry is a secret and fraternal organization which is believed to have evolved from the ancient guilds of the stonemasons. Membership is open to men only, requires no allegiance to a single faith or religion, although belief in a god is considered a necessity. The basic unit of Freemasonry is “the Lodge,” which exists under a charter issued by a Grand Lodge exercising administrative powers. The Lodges are linked together informally by a system of mutual recognition between Lodges that meet the Masonic requirements.
The Blue Lodge confers three degrees: Entered Apprentice, Fellow Craft and Master Mason. Additional degrees are conferred by two groups of advanced Masonry: The York Rite (which awards 12 degrees) and the Scottish Rite (which awards 29 higher degrees). The original Freemasons were required to be actual craftsman, either in stone laying or brick masonry. However, in and around the year of 1722, the Freemasons became known as the “Free and Accepted Masons” where the members were no longer required to be of the craft.
I decided to join the Masons when I was 23 years old. My father was a Freemason and it had been in my family for many generations. I petitioned the local Lodge and the first question asked on the petition was, “Do you believe in God.” Of course, being raised in a Christian home, I quickly answered “Yes” to the question and then began to feel much better about joining this highly secret organization. I was accepted into the organization right away because, upon investigating me, they found out that Freemasonry had been in my family for many generations. I was told that Freemasonry was a Christian organization; I took their word for it, as so many people do with many things in life, which can be very dangerous.
About six months after I was raised to Master Mason, which is the 3rd degree of Freemasonry, God began to deal with me and drew me back to Him. My wife and I found a Church with a Godly Pastor and I was able to get my life back in right relationship with Jesus. However, there was a feeling that God was not pleased with me being a part of this secret society. I was told not to believe what was said on the outside about Freemasonry and that the Masons would tell me what I needed to know because, after all, I was now “illuminated.” I was also led to believe that I was somewhat superior to those on the outside, not to mention the fact that I was bound by a death oath which forbade me to even look outside of the lodge.
It got to the point where I would not attend the meetings anymore because of these feelings that I had when I was at the Lodge or when I wore the Masonic ring, but yet I still continued to pay my yearly dues and stay in good standing. God was so very patient with me as I would point out to Him all of the good works that the Masons were doing and try to convince Him that it was a good solid organization.
One day, when I could not stand it any longer, I decided to take a look on the outside, which, as I stated before, I had been forbidden to do by the hierarchy of the Freemasons. As you read this article, you will discover some of the conflicting viewpoints and deep dark secrets which I found out in my years of digging and unearthing the secret society of the Freemasons.
For those of you who are Freemasons who may read this article, I desire to choose my words very carefully because I know how sensitive the issue can be because I have personally been there myself at one time. My biggest concern is for those of you who are true born-again Christians who may feel little questions come up when you are in the Lodge and when you see or hear things which just don’t feel right in your spirit.
These are feelings that only the Holy Spirit can cause you to feel; it is a spirit of discernment. I felt uneasy in my spirit when I was a Mason and attended meetings and rituals at the Lodge. Despite the fact that I was out of Church at the time, I still perceived that something was not quite right but I just could not put my finger on it. It is those of you who feel as I did back then that I especially want to reach with this article.
If you truly desire to serve the Lord and want to know the truth, then this article can help you to understand why Freemasonry is not biblical despite the fact that the organization uses some elements which can be found in the Bible, such as the names of certain individuals from the Old Testament. Jesus said in Luke 11:35, “Watch, then, that the light in you is not darkness.”
I pray that you will leave the light that was dark and come back to the One and Only True Light, which is Jesus Christ and Him crucified buried and resurrected, not some pitiful man going through a ritual mocking what Jesus did to redeem humanity and believing he is saved, born again!
IS FREE MASONRY REALLY BIBLICAL?
In this article we will be investigating where the true roots of Freemasonry originated, as well as, where the Freemasons claim that the organization actually originated. We will begin this investigation by looking at what the Bible states because the Masons claim, or a least they did back then, that some of their teachings come from the Bible with some even going as far as to claim that Jesus was a Mason. You will soon see what Jesus had to say about people who gather behind closed doors, lock themselves in and cover the windows so that no cowans or eavesdroppers can know what sordid things are going on inside. It is not difficult to see here that the Bible contradicts with many of the claims and practices of Freemasonry.
Freemasonry claims that they have “true light,” which is what the candidate is searching for when he enters into every degree. In the initiation ritual of a 3rd degree Master Mason, the candidate is asked, “…what do you most desire?” He is prompted to answer, “Further Light in Freemasonry.” In the first degree he is searching for light and then every degree thereafter there is more and then more light to grasp, or so they claim. Jesus said in John 8:12, “I am the Light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.”
If a person has already accepted Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior, meaning that he already has the “True Light” dwelling inside of him, and then joins the Freemasons, then what is he actually receiving within the confines of the Lodge? Good question! This is what is said when the candidate is ushered into the Lodge hoodwinked (blindfolded) with a cable toe (rope) around his neck. Mr.______ who has long been in darkness and now seeks to be brought to light. Now if this man is a Christian, he has just denied that he knows Jesus as the ONLY TRUE LIGHT that has ever existed in this world. This is very serious and this is what Free Masonry is about but it is really DARKNESS!!!!
This is what Jesus had to say: “No one, when he has lighted a lamp, puts it in a secret place, or under a basket, but on a lamp stand, so that they who come in may see the light (Luke 11:33).” He also stated, as previously quoted, “Watch, then, that the light in you is not darkness (Luke 11:35).” The man who holds the highest position in the lodge is referred to as “The Worshipful Master.” Jesus said in Luke 16:13, “No man can serve two masters.” And yet, the members of the lodge exalt their leader and refer to him as THE WORSHIPFUL MASTER!
The secret word of a 3rd degree Mason is to only be given on the “5 points of fellowship.” It is not to be spoken out loud, but can only be spoken in the ear at a low breath. Again, we go to the Bible in Luke 12:3, where Jesus said, “Therefore whatsoever ye have spoken in darkness shall be heard in the light; and that which ye have spoken in the ear in secret rooms shall be proclaimed upon the house tops.” In Isaiah 45: Isa 45:19 God said, I have not spoken in secret, in a dark place of the earth:…. Jesus said when He faced the high priest at His trial, St. John 18:20 I spoke openly to the world; I ever taught in the synagogue, and in the temple, whither the Jews always resort; and in secret have I said nothing.
In the rituals of the Blue Lodge and in a duly constituted Lodge, the Name of Jesus is never spoken during the rituals. The excuse given for such a rule is that because the lodge also accepts Jews and Muslims, they would not want to offend any of them by saying the name of Jesus Christ. I am not so sure that I buy that explanation! Turning again to the words of Jesus given in Luke 9:26, we read, “For whoever shall be ashamed of Me and of My Words, the Son of Man shall be ashamed of him when He shall come in His own and in His Father’s glory, and that of the holy angels.” Let us also read what the Apostle Paul said in Ephesians 5:11-13, “And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them. For it is a shame even to speak of those things which are done of them in secret. But all things that are reproved are made manifest by the light: for whatsoever doth make manifest is light.”
Many people only see the good deeds or works performed by the Masons within their communities. Do the Freemasons do good works? Sure they do. But they also love to sound the trumpets and stand in the spotlight bragging about what they have accomplished. (Matt. 6:2) What they don’t want the outside world to know about are the things which go on in the dark, behind closed doors and in the shadows. They don’t want you to know about the control in which they have in the local churches over the pastors who may also be Masons; or the control in which they have in the local, the national and in the international government. The Masons maintain control in the Fraternities and Sororities at our Colleges and Universities on down to the Boy Scouts; from the local city police force all the way up to the President of the United States. They control kings and nations along with other secret organizations just like them which will be elaborated upon later in another article.