This historic organization seems to have a good reputation.
But there are things that are deceptive about it and we just want everyone to know the FACTS.Religion or not? Masonry poses as a benevolent (do-good) organization that is not a religion. But if that is not the case, why do they require that the members believe in SOME sort of "god"? What one believes about god IS the heart of religion. To dictate belief (if it is not a religion) sounds like unnecessary discrimination. They do not want athiests in their membership. Why not? Masons talk much about the "Grand Architect of the Universe". They also speak of doing good in order to enter the "Celestial Lodge Above." These are religious tenets! Anyone who is a Mason needs to understand this: It IS in fact a religion. But is it a TRUE or FALSE religion?
Authority known or not? About 44% of leaders of lodges recommend one authority, an author named Coil, and 36% recommend a man named Newton, and other authors that explain Masonry were listed as "authorities" as well. Masonic ideas have just seemingly evolved, with no final authority to guide their formation. They seek light, but from where?
Unity of ideas or not? . Coil states "We see scarcely any two of our ablest Masonic scholars agreeing on the nature of God." Other issues divide them too, small and great, and there is absolutely NO unity among the world's masons!
ANY God OK or not? While the general name (Grand Architect of the Universe) will allow people of many faiths to unite superficially, when one gets into the higher levels of Masonry, we find that the name of God which has been hidden, is revealed, at least in the York Rite....the name is Jahbulon, which is a combining of three names (says Coil*). Jah = Jehovah, Bel = Baal (false god in the Bible) and On = an Egyptian god. This is confusion, and to a Christian, blasphemy. Masons may worship ANY God, which suggests that all gods are the Grand Architect. It is ridiculous confusion!!
Works for heaven or not? No Christian should be a Mason because Masonry denies the Bible teachings that we have a sin problem and are separated from God, that we must come to Christ and believe to be saved from sin, and that there is a hell to avoid. Instead it just says to be good to enter heaven, and, in fact, believes that ALL will go to heaven because God is the Father of all of us, and He will accept us all. This is a denial of the following teachings of the Bible (John 1:12 and John 14:6)
"But as many as received Him, to them gave he the power to become the sons of God,
even to them that believe on His name."
Jesus said "I am the way, the truth and the life; no man cometh unto the father,
but by me." "As many as receved Him, to them gave He the power to become
the sons of God, even to them that believe on His name."
Ecumenical or not? Followers of Christ have found that prayer to Jesus Christ or speaking of Jesus Christ is not welcome in Masonic locations, presumably because Jesus has said He is the ONLY way.
Divine or Demonic? The story gets worse. Albert Pike, a well known and revered Mason, stated that the source of light that Masons seek through Masonry is actually LUCIFER! (Satan) This is only learned at the highest levels of initiation.
Albert Pike published a book called Morals and Dogma of the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite of Freemasonry in 1871.
In this shocking book, Albert Pike reveals who the "god" of Freemasonry really is:
"That which we must say to the crowd is - we worship a God, but it is the God that one adores without superstition.
To you, Sovereign Grand Inspectors General (of the 33rd degree), we say this, that you may repeat
it to the brethren of the 32nd , 31st and 30th degrees - The Masonic Religion should be,
by all of us initiates of the high degrees, maintained in the purity of the Luciferian doctrine."
Lucifer is also called the Lightbearer on page 321.
**Coil's Masonic Encyclopedia says this: Jah, Bel and On appear in (Masonry) on the supposition that Jah was the Syrian came of God, Bel (Baal, the Chaldean, and ON, the Egyptian. Another beloved figure for Masons is Baphomet, a half man, with a goat's head, having both male and female parts. He is also called the goat of Mendes, and he is associated with Lucifer as well!
While not every lodge can be painted as outwardly evil, I say no Christian should be involved in such an obviously anti-salvation, anti-true-God group. Whatever energies and time and resources we have should go to churches or Christian ministries instead.