What do Free Masons believe? What is Freemasonry?
Freemasonry, Eastern Star, and other similar fraternal organizations typically present themselves as helpful organizations to local communities. Further, faith in God seems to be encouraged. However, a closer investigation reveals that membership requires acceptance of the belief in the existence of a Supreme Being that includes the gods of Islam, Hinduism, or other religions. As such, a person who joins or is a member of these organizations accepts a belief in God that is directly opposed to the clear teachings of the Bible (Exodus 20:3; Isaiah 43:10). Freemasonry refers to its god as the Great Architect of the Universe. In honoring this generic "Great Architect," the person involved in Freemasonry does not worship the God of the Bible but another god.
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Other areas of the Masonic Lodge tradition also stand in contrast with Christian teachings. For example:
Salvation: The Bible is clear that salvation is a free gift of faith received by grace through faith, apart from works (Ephesians 2:8-9; John 3:16). Mason's teach that a person can go to heaven as the result of a person's good works. Of course, to encourage allegiance to any god other than the God of the Bible also reflects a belief that salvation can be found outside of Jesus. Yet Jesus claims to be the way, the truth, and the life (John 14:6) and that there is no other name under heaven by which people must be saved (Acts 4:12).
The Bible: The books of the Bible are considered the inspired revelation of God to humans (2 Timothy 3:16-17). Jesus Himself referred to the existing Scriptures of His time as from God (Matthew 5:17-18). Mason teachings, in contrast, consider the Bible one of many sacred books (called Volumes of Sacred Law) that hold equal importance.
God: The Bible presents God the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit as one God in three Persons. Besides Him there is no other god (Isaiah 43:10). In contrast, the Mason view of God is a god who is a general being inclusive of all deities. Called the "Nameless one of a hundred names," this view of God represents a multi-god worldview incompatible with biblical Christianity. Further, in Masonic teachings Jesus is only one of many spiritual leaders rather than the only Son of God (John 3:16) and God in human form (John 1:14).
Masonic teachings deny and contradict the clear teachings of Scripture on numerous essential teachings. Masons also require people to engage in activities that the Bible condemns. As a result, a Christian who desires to live by the teachings of the Bible should not be a member of any society or organization connected with Freemasonry.
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