Pastor, Why? #14: Why Not Join the Masons?

Freemasonry is known by numerous names and organizations including Masons, Shriners, Lodges, The Scottish Rite, Order of the Eastern Star, Job's Daughter's, Order of the Rainbow, and Order of DeMolay. Masons are widely recognized for their charitable works, hospitals and free medical care for children. But is Freemasonry something in which Christians ought to participate? We will let the Masons speak for themselves. All quotations below are from respected Masonic books and authors.

Freemasonry is connected with ancient paganism.

Traditions, Origin and Early History of Freemasonry by A. C. Pierson, p. 34 - “Masonic religion comes from the Orient and has reference to primitive religion, whose first occupation was the worship of the sun. Several Masonic authors claim that Masonry represents the oldest religious system in the world.”

Read 2 Corinthians 6:14-17

Freemasonry teaches that the gods of all religions are the same. Webb’s Monitor of Freemasonry by Robert Morris; p. 280 - “So broad is the religion of Masonry... that the Christian, the Jew, and the Mohammedan, in all their numberless sects, may and do harmoniously combine in its moral and intellectual work, with the Buddhist, the Parsee, the Confucian, and the worshiper of Deity under every form.”

Read Deuteronomy 6:4; Mark 12:29;

Freemasonry emphasizes the “brotherhood” of all men with God as the “father” of all. This is a false doctrine called “universalism”.

Read John 8:44

Freemasonry teaches that the God of the Bible is not necessary. Freemasonry: Its Aims and Ideals by J. Ward; p. 187 - “Freemasonry has taught that each man can, by himself work out his own conception of God and thereby achieve salvation.”

The Religion of Masonry by J. F. Newton; p. 37 - “...the Third Degree of Masonry testifies to the profoundest insight of the human soul, that God becomes man and that man may become God.”

(This is an essential teaching of Mormonism with which Freemasonry has many similarities.)

Read Romans 1:19-25

Freemasonry teaches that all sacred books have equal authority. - “The Holy Book sits on the altar in the middle of a Masonic lodge. This Holy Book does not have to be Christian, like the Bible, rather it can be any Holy Book that is important to the members of the lodge.”

Read Galatians 1:8; Revelation 22:18;

Freemasonry teaches that Jesus is not necessary. His name is conspicuously absent from Masonic rituals, prayers and writings, and is often deleted from passages when quoting from the Bible. An organization that has no room for Christ is not a place for Christ-loving Christians to find fellowship, even for noble causes.

Freemasonry teaches a different Savior.

The Kentucky Monitor, 13th edition - All [ancient religions] believed in a future life, to be attained by purification and trials; in a state or successive states of reward and punishment; and in a Mediator or Redeemer, by whom the Evil Principle was to be overcome and the Supreme Deity reconciled to His creatures. The belief was general that He was to be born of a virgin and suffer a painful death. The Hindus called him Krishna; the Chinese, Kiountse; the Persians, Sosiosch; the Chaldeans, Dhouvanai; the Egyptians, Horus; Plato, Love; the Scandinavians, Balder; the Christians, Jesus; Masons, Hiram.

Read John 8:12; 14:6; Acts 4:12;

Freemasonry teaches a different salvation.

What Masonry Means by William Hammond; p. 171 - “Masonry’s conception of immortality is something for which man must qualify while still in the flesh. Through the fellowship of a moral discipline Masons are taught to qualify for the fellowship of eternal life.”

The Great Teachings of Masonry by H. L. Haywood, pp. 30, 31 - “The whole process [of the initiation rite] is like the moral and spiritual change which comes over a man who passes through the religious experience known as ‘conversion’. Masonic initiation is intended to be quite as profound and revolutionizing an experience. As a result of it the candidate should become a new man.”

Read 2 Corinthians 5:17

Freemasonry is not compatible with Biblical Christianity.

The Relation of the Liberal Churches and the Fraternal Orders by E. A. Coil, pp. 17, 18 - “Those brought up in ‘Orthodox’ Sunday schools and churches have to unlearn, deny or ignore much that has been taught them if they become members of a lodge.”


CONCLUSION:    Many who have left freemasonry and written of their experience confess that at first they were truly unaware of its religious history or teachings. They believed it to be merely a social organization that funded good causes and stressed moral and even Biblical values. In light of the teachings of Freemasonry, the clear command to Christians in 2 Corinthians 6:14-18 gives the obedient believer no choice but to part ways with this organization and any of its branches. Believers in Christ are never to sacrifice Biblical truth for any reason, including good and noble causes or friendships.