Is Freemasonry a Religion?

Grand Chaplain, (1983-1984)

 Published in Jesus People Newsletter, Editor Thomas Adcock, 4338 Third Avenue, Sacramento, 
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November 25, 1984

 Dear Servant of God,               

 Knowing that you desire to serve the Lord with all your heart, I share this letter with you.  Perhaps you have been struggling with the same situation.  On November 22nd, I sent the facts contained in this letter to all Masonic bodies of which I am a member.  I invite you to prayerfully read it.  It will explain why I as a Grand Chaplain of the Grand Lodge of Free and Accepted Masons of the State of New York am requesting a demit from all bodies of the Masonic fraternity.  There is much more that I could share.  I would be happy to share more if it will help you in the Lord’s service.

            Many have asked me if Freemasonry is a religion.  I have always responded “No”.  Others have told me that it is a religion.  Study has revealed the fact that learned writers in the fraternity say MASONRY IS A RELIGION.  The Lord Jesus Christ said, “In the mouth of two or three witnesses, every work is established” (Mat. 18:16).  In order to be brief, I will quote only four Masonic authorities that Masonry is a religion.

            Albert Mackey, a highly regarded Masonic authority, wrote in A Lexicon Of Freemasonry (p. 402) “The religion, then , masonry, is pure theism…”  Albert Pike, the most important of all American Masonic authorities wrote in Morals and Dogma (pp. 213-214): “Every Masonic lodge is a temple of religion, and its teachings are instructions in religion…this is true religion revealed to the ancient patriarch [sic]; which Masonry has taught for many centuries, and which it will continue to teach as long as time endures.”

            J.S.M. Ward, an important Masonic authority, wrote in Freemasonry: Its Aims and Ideals (p. 185), “I consider freemasonry is a significantly organized school of mysticism to be entitled to be called a religion,”  Ward continues on page 187, “Freemasonry…taught that each man can, by himself, work out his own conception of god and thereby achieve salvation.”  It holds that there are many paths that lead to the throne of the all-loving father which all start from a common source.  Freemasonry believes, according to Ward, “that though these paths appear to branch off in various directions, yet they all reach the same  ultimate goal, and that to some men, one path is better and to others, another.”  Frank C. Higgins, a high Mason, wrote in Ancient Free Masonry p. 10), “It is true that freemasonry is the parent of all religion.”

            These Masonic witnesses all agree that Masonry is a religion.  It is necessary now to ascertain whether Masonry is a true or false religion.  In an article entitled, “How to Recognize a False Religion,” a prominent Christian wrote:  “All false religions, however, have some things in common.  Here are three simple tests by which any religion should be judged:  first, what is its attitude toward the Bible?  In the second place, any religious teaching should be tested by this question;  What is its attitude towards Jesus Christ?  Finally, …, What is its attitude toward the blood of Jesus!”

            According to these tests, Masonry is a false religion with a satanic attitude toward the Bible, the Deity of Christ, and His shed blood.  In order to establish this charge, keep in mind the Word of Jesus who said, “In the mouth of two or three witnesses every word shall be established.”  Please consider now the testimony of Masonic authorities which reveal Masonry's satanic attitude toward the Bible, the Deity of Jesus and the vicarious atonement for the sins of mankind by the shedding of Christ's blood on the cross.

            Joseph Ford Newton, a famous Masonic authority, in “The Bible and Freemasonry” wrote “The Bible so rich in symbolism is itself a symbol…thus, by the very honor which Masonry pays the Bible, it teaches us to revere every book of faith in which men find help for today and hope for tomorrow, joining hands with the man of Islam as he takes his oath on the Koran, with the Hindu as he makes covenant with God upon the book he loves best.”

            Albert Pike, in Morals and Dogma, wrote (p. 718) “Masonry propagates no creed except its own most simple sublime one; the universal religion, taught by nature and reason.”  One who is Born-again can see from this statement that Masonry rejects the doctrine of a God-breathed, inerrant Bible.

            According to the second test, Masonry is a false religion because it totally rejects the crucial doctrine of the Deity of the Lord Jesus Christ.  J.D. Buck, M.D., another Masonic writer of importance, in his Symbolism of Mystic Masonry wrote (p. 55) “In the early Church as in the secret doctrine, there was not one Christ for the world but a potential Christ in every man.  Theologians first made a fettish [sic] of the impersonal, omnipresent divinity; and then tore the Christos from the hearts of all humanity in order to Deify Jesus; that they might have a God-Man particularly their own.”  One would have to look far and wide in the writings of heretics to find statements more blasphemous than this about the person of Jesus Christ, my Lord.

            According to the third test, Masonry is a false religion because Masonry rejects the doctrine of salvation by faith in the vicarious atonement of Christ's shed blood on the cross.  Thomas M. Steward, another Masonic author, in his book Symbolic Teachings on Masonry and Its Message, quoted favorably an apostate minister who wrote (p. 177), “Did Jesus count Himself, conceive of Himself as a proprietary [sic] sacrifice and of His work as an expiation?  The only answer possible is, clearly, He did not… He does not call Himself the world's priest, or the world's victim.”

            Salvation by Faith in the vicarious atonement are not “ignorant perversions of the original doctrines” as Masonry teaches, but they are vital ingredients of the Gospel of Christ, which is the Power of God unto Salvation to everyone who believes.  THEREFORE, Masonry fails all 3 tests.  It manifests a satanic attitude toward the Bible, the Deity and atonement of Christ.  In addition to failing these tests, there is much more proof that Masonry is a false religion.

            Henry C. Clausen, 33°, Sovereign Grand Commander of the Supreme Council 33°, in New Age, Nov., 1970, (p. 4) wrote that Masonry, “is dedicated to bringing about the Fatherhood of God, the Brotherhood of Man, and making better men in a better world.”  The doctrine of the Fatherhood of God and the Brotherhood of man is not found in the Bible.  It is a doctrine taught by apostates.  The Bible makes it crystal clear that no organization, Masonry included, can make better men.  Only God can make better men!

            The Masonic Bible teaches that “character determines destiny.”  That teaching is a false doctrine of Satan.  The Bible says, “There is none that doeth good,” and “For by Grace are you saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is a gift of God, not of works, lest any man should boast.”

            Masonry is anti-Christian in its teachings.  For example, J.M. Ward in Freemasonry—Its Aims and Ideals wrote (p. 187), “I boldly avere [sic] that freemasonry is a religion, yet it in no way conflicts with any other religion, unless that religion holds that no one outside its portals can be saved.”  Ward, in his statement, reveals the fact that Masonry has no conflict with any apostate religion on the face of the earth, but he also reveals that Masonry is in conflict with the Bible which says, “Neither is there any other name under heaven given among men whereby we must be saved.”  (Acts 4:12).  Jesus said, “No man cometh unto the father but by Me.” (Jn 14:6).  The Bible is plainly teaching that there is only one way to heaven and that is Christ.

            A prominent college president said of Masonry, “It is a luciferian religion.  We are fully aware of its diabolical origin and purpose.  I believe that any born-again Christian, when the facts from the lips of Masonic writers themselves are presented showing that Masonry is a religion and is the worship of Satan, will immediately withdraw.”  To this I must add my hearty agreement!

            God and Father of the Lord Jesus Christ, the only True and Living god, has clearly commanded Christians, “Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers, and swear not at all, and have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them.”

            Charles Finney, the famed evangelist whom God used to bring revival in America in the 1830's, in his book, Freemasonry, wrote (p. 115), “Surely, if Masons really understood what Masonry is, as it is delineated in the books, no Christian Mason would think himself to remain at liberty to remain another day a member of the fraternity.  It is as plain as possible that a man knowing what it is, and embracing it in his heart, cannot be a Christian man.  To say he can is to belie the very nature of Christianity.”

            For me, the signs of the times compared with prophetic Scripture, make it apparent that we are living in the last days.  Satan is hard at work trying to hinder believers' spiritual growth, as well as trying to keep the unsaved from entering God's Family.  Freemasonry, I have come to believe, is one of Satan's master deceptions.  Many ministers, elders, deacons and church workers belong to this cult.  Today, my membership ends!  Today, a new ministry begins.  There is a tremendous need to scrutinize the cultic nature of Freemasonry in view of the massive infiltration of its effects on the working body of the church.  It should be exposed to the True Light—Jesus Christ!

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