Deciding on walking with Jesus or being a Freemason would be like deciding if you want to stand in the middle of the highway while an 18 wheeler is headed straight at you. Should you move or not? Dub? The Freemason would stand there like an idiot.
Well God, it appears that nobody, other than You, knows when the Freemasons first began, I’m going to go with Nimrod and the Tower of Babel (Gen 11) because it was all about a one world order and that’s what the Masons and the devil wants.
I’ve read about these two Masons that are trying to find out when it began and they think it started in ancient Egypt then to the Hebrew Kings and then to the Knights Templar. And it is believed that the origin can be traced back to a murder in ancient Thebes.
So first I would like to check out…
The New Temple Arrangements
1 In the five and twentieth year of our captivity, in the beginning of the year, in the tenth day of the month, in the fourteenth year after that the city was smitten, in the selfsame day the hand of the LORD was upon me, and brought me thither.
“Five and twentieth year…beginning…tenth” – April 28, 573 B.C.
“Of our captivity” – all the dates in the book of Ezekiel are reckoned from the 597 exile, but only here and in 33:21 is the exile specifically mentioned.
“The beginning of the year” – Hebrew Rosh Hashanah, the well-known Jewish New Year festival. It has long occurred in the fall (in either September of October), but since throughout the book of Ezekiel uses a different and older religious calendar, the spring date as given above is correct.
2 In the visions of God brought he me into the land of Israel, and set me upon a very high mountain, by which was as the frame of a city on the south.
3 And he brought me thither, and, behold, there was a man, whose appearance was like the appearance of brass, with a line of flax in his hand, and a measuring reed; and he stood in the gate.
“Appearance of brass” – indicates the man was other than human.
“Line of flax” – used for longer measurements such as those in 47:3.
“Measuring reed” – used for shorter measurements – about 10 feet and 4 inches long.
4 And the man said unto me, Son of man, behold with thine eyes, and hear with thine ears, and set thine heart upon all that I shall shew thee; for to the intent that I might shew them unto thee art thou brought hither: declare all that thou seest to the house of Israel.
5 And behold a wall on the outside of the house round about, and in the man’s hand a measuring reed of six cubits long by the cubit and an hand breadth: so he measured the breadth of the building, one reed; and the height, one reed.
“Wall on the outside of the house round about” – separating the sacred from the secular.
“Six cubits” – in using the long cubit (seven handbreadth or about 21 inches), which was older than the shorter cubit (six handbreadth or about 18 inches), Ezekiel was returning to more ancient standards for the new community.
6 Then came he unto the gate which looketh toward the east, and went up the stairs thereof, and measured the threshold of the gate, which was one reed broad; and the other threshold of the gate, which was one reed broad.
“Gate which looketh toward the east” – the gate of the outer court. The three gates (east, north, south) of the outer court were similar to the three in the inner court, having sex alcoves for the guards (three on each side) and a portico.
Comparable gate plans have been discovered at Megido, Geser and Hazor, all dating from the time of Solomon. The guards kept out anyone who might profane the temple area.
7 And every little chamber was one reed long, and one reed broad; and between the little chambers were five cubits; and the threshold of the gate by the porch of the gate within was one reed.
8 He measured also the porch of the gate within, one reed.
9 Then measured he the porch of the gate, eight cubits; and the posts thereof, two cubits; and the porch of the gate was inward.
10 And the little chambers of the gate eastward were three on this side, and three on that side; they three were of one measure: and the posts had one measure on this side and on that side.
11 And he measured the breadth of the entry of the gate, ten cubits; and the length of the gate, thirteen cubits.
12 The space also before the little chambers was one cubit on this side, and the space was one cubit on that side: and the little chambers were six cubits on this side, and six cubits on that side.
13 He measured then the gate from the roof of one little chamber to the roof of another: the breadth was five and twenty cubits, door against door.
14 He made also posts of threescore cubits, even unto the post of the court round about the gate.
15 And from the face of the gate of the entrance unto the face of the porch of the inner gate were fifty cubits.
16 And there were narrow windows to the little chambers, and to their posts within the gate round about, and likewise to the arches: and windows were round about inward: and upon each post were palm trees.
17 Then brought he me into the outward court, and, lo, there were chambers, and a pavement made for the court round about: thirty chambers were upon the pavement.
“Thirty chambers” – the exact location of these rooms is not given. They were probably intended for the peoples use.
18 And the pavement by the side of the gates over against the length of the gates was the lower pavement.
19 Then he measured the breadth from the forefront of the lower gate unto the forefront of the inner court without, an hundred cubits eastward and northward.
“Hundred cubits” – over 170 feet separated the outer wall from the inner wall and was the width of the outer court.
20 And the gate of the outward court that looked toward the north, he measured the length thereof, and the breadth thereof.
21 And the little chambers thereof were three on this side and three on that side; and the posts thereof and the arches thereof were after the measure of the first gate: the length thereof was fifty cubits, and the breadth five and twenty cubits.
22 And their windows, and their arches, and their palm trees, were after the measure of the gate that looketh toward the east; and they went up unto it by seven steps; and the arches thereof were before them.
23 And the gate of the inner court was over against the gate toward the north, and toward the east; and he measured from gate to gate an hundred cubits.
24 After that he brought me toward the south, and behold a gate toward the south: and he measured the posts thereof and the arches thereof according to these measures.
25 And there were windows in it and in the arches thereof round about, like those windows: the length was fifty cubits, and the breadth five and twenty cubits.
26 And there were seven steps to go up to it, and the arches thereof were before them: and it had palm trees, one on this side, and another on that side, upon the posts thereof.
27 And there was a gate in the inner court toward the south: and he measured from gate to gate toward the south an hundred cubits.
28 And he brought me to the inner court by the south gate: and he measured the south gate according to these measures;
29 And the little chambers thereof, and the posts thereof, and the arches thereof, according to these measures: and there were windows in it and in the arches thereof round about: it was fifty cubits long, and five and twenty cubits broad.
30 And the arches roundabout were five and twenty cubits long, and five cubits broad.
31 And the arches thereof were toward the utter court; and palm trees were upon the posts thereof: and the going up to it had eight steps.
32 And he brought me into the inner court toward the east: and he measured the gate according to these measures.
33 And the little chambers thereof, and the posts thereof, and the arches thereof, were according to these measures: and there were windows therein and in the arches thereof round about: it was fifty cubits long, and five and twenty cubits broad.
34 And the arches thereof were toward the outward court; and palm trees were upon the posts thereof, on this side, and on that side: and the going up to it had eight steps.
35 And he brought me to the north gate, and measured it according to these measures;
36 The little chambers thereof, the posts thereof, and the arches thereof, and the windows to it round about: the length was fifty cubits, and the breadth five and twenty cubits.
37 And the posts thereof were toward the utter court; and palm trees were upon the posts thereof, on this side, and on that side: and the going up to it had eight steps.
38 And the chambers and the entries thereof were by the posts of the gates, where they washed the burnt offering.
39 And in the porch of the gate were two tables on this side, and two tables on that side, to slay thereon the burnt offering and the sin offering and the trespass offering.
“Trespass offering” – discussed in Lev 4-7.
40 And at the side without, as one goeth up to the entry of the north gate, were two tables; and on the other side, which was at the porch of the gate, were two tables.
41 Four tables were on this side, and four tables on that side, by the side of the gate; eight tables, whereupon they slew their sacrifices.
42 And the four tables were of hewn stone for the burnt offering, of a cubit and an half long, and a cubit and an half broad, and one cubit high: whereupon also they laid the instruments wherewith they slew the burnt offering and the sacrifice.
43 And within were hooks, an hand broad, fastened round about: and upon the tables was the flesh of the offering.
44 And without the inner gate were the chambers of the singers in the inner court, which was at the side of the north gate; and their prospect was toward the south: one at the side of the east gate having the prospect toward the north.
45 And he said unto me, This chamber, whose prospect is toward the south, is for the priests, the keepers of the charge of the house.
46 And the chamber whose prospect is toward the north is for the priests, the keepers of the charge of the altar: these are the sons of Zadok among the sons of Levi, which come near to the LORD to minister unto him.
47 So he measured the court, an hundred cubits long, and an hundred cubits broad, foursquare; and the altar that was before the house.
48 And he brought me to the porch of the house, and measured each post of the porch, five cubits on this side, and five cubits on that side: and the breadth of the gate was three cubits on this side, and three cubits on that side.
49 The length of the porch was twenty cubits, and the breadth eleven cubits; and he brought me by the steps whereby they went up to it: and there were pillars by the posts, one on this side, and another on that side.
“Pillars” – called Jachin and Boaz in Solomon’s temple (see Kgs 7:21).
The Freemasons do a lot to help people, but they have an alternative motive. Not only are their actions not for the benefit for those they help, but it is not for Jesus Christ.
“Therefore when thou doest thine alms, do not sound a trumpet before thee, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may have glory of men. Verily I say unto you, they have their reward” (Matt 6:2).
I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.
“Brethren, be followers together of me, and mark them which walk so as ye have us for an ensample.
For many walk, of whom I have told you often, and now tell you even weeping, that they are the enemies of the cross of Christ:
Whose end is destruction, whose God is their belly, and whose glory is in their shame, who mind earthly things” (Phil 3:14, 17-19).
In a volume of this nature, Freemasonry presents an anomaly, therefore:
Does it qualify as a religion?
Or is it a large fraternal organization that exists for the mutual benefit of all of its members and society as a whole?
Is it as secretive as many claim?
Or is its greatest secret the fact that there really are no secrets?
If a person is a Mason, does this present a contradiction with being a Christian?
It is difficult to recount a distinctive history of Freemasonry. Some Masons believe that the origination dates back to Genesis and the time of Adam and Eve. Because Adam sewed fig leaves, these were the first aprons that would later be used in formal Masonic ceremonies.
Others date the origin of the Masonic Lodge to the time of Solomon, who employed the stone masons in the construction of the temple in Jerusalem.
A third rendition links Masons to the construction of the Tower of Babel.
Others claim that the Masons are the descendants of the Knights Templar.
The ancient mystery religions are also thought to have influenced the beginnings of the Lodge.
Credible historians trace the real beginnings of Freemasonry back to the Goose and Gridiron Tavern in London, England, in 1717. It immediately met with opposition from the Roman Catholic Church because of what was perceived to be the secretive nature of the organization.
During the formative years of the development of the Masonry, James Anderson wrote his Constitutions, which revised a 14th century stone man’s Christian guidebook entitled Gothic Constitutions.
This primary document was instrumental in shaping the infant organization. In 1717, Anderson, along with George Payne and John Theophilus Desaguliers, united their efforts to form the Grand Lodges.
Lodges started to spring up all over Europe and America. Almost from the outset attempts were made to bring all of the lodges under one Supreme Grand Lodge, but it never succeeded. Although lodges work together, each one is governed by its own constitution and by-laws.
It was in the United States that the lodges experienced their greatest success. The London lodge granted a charter to the first official lodge in America in July, 1733, in Boston. A Jew by the name of Moses Michael Hays introduced the first Scottish Rite Freemasonry into the United States in the 1760s.
The 1800s saw the establishment of several thousand lodges throughout North America. It became a powerful and significant institution in American society.
Freemasonry also met with some persecution. During the 1820sa a man by the name of William Morgan began passing out secret Masonic literature. He disappeared in 1826, fueling the fires of suspicion that the Masons were responsible for his death.
The Masons were denounced for being a malevolent society filled with secretes and rituals known only to Masons. This lent itself to vast conspiracy theories, which are held to this day.
This strong so-called anti-Masonic period lasted from 1826 to 1840. Those who seemed to be most attracted to Masonic membership and affiliation were immigrants who were largely only nominally religious, unaffiliated, or anticlerical.
Freemasonry soon spread to other parts of the Americas, including Canada and South America. Canada’s first Masonic lodge was built in Cape Breton in 1745. Brazil, Mexico, the West Indies, and numerous other countries all became homes to Freemasonry.
The Lodge has attracted people from all walks of life. Many prominent people have been Masons, such as:
Barack Obama and other U.S. presidents
Eighteen vice Presidents
Five Chief Justices of the U.S. Supreme Court
Astronauts Edwin Aldrin, Virgil Grissom, and Gordon Cooper
Actors John Wayne and Clark Gable
Comedian Red Skelton;
Composer John Philip Sousa and
General Douglas MacArthur.
Rites and Orders
Freemasonry is comprised of several orders and rites.
All Master Masons undergo initiation in the Blue Lodge. They go through the three degrees of Entered Apprentice, Fellow Craft, and Master Mason. Candidates for membership must be recommended by a present member.
Fellow members then come together at a meeting and cast votes. If the candidate is blackballed, a foul is announced and a second vote is taken. If a candidate is blackballed a second time, he is rejected. Otherwise, they begin to earn the Entered Apprentice degree.
After participating in the required rituals for the degrees, the candidate must take an oath. The words of the oath are as follows:
I promise and swear that I will not write, print, stamp, stain, hew, cut, carve, indent, paint, or engrave it [Masonic secrets] on anything movable or immovable … binding myself under no less penalty than to have my throat cut across, my tongue torn out by the roots, and my body buried in the rough sands of the sea at the lower water mark … where the tide ebbs and flows twice in twenty-four hours; so help me God, and keep me steadfast in the due performance of the same.
York and Scottish Rites
After completing the degrees in the Blue Lodge, Masons may choose to move on and earn additional degrees in one of two rites: the York and Scottish Rites.
Other Masonic Orders
There are numerous other allied orders within Freemasonry in the British tradition. These are:
Ancient Arabic Order of the Nobles of the Mystic Shrine (popularly known as Shriners).
Founded: 1872 in New York
Facts: Thirteen Masons met and discussed the idea of forming a fraternity for the purpose of socializing, apart from getting together for the normal ritual gatherings.
The Order of the Eastern Star
Facts: Membership is open to women who are related to Masons. Additional requirements include belief in a Supreme Being, being free from addiction to alcohol (sounds like AA), and upstanding moral character (that means they can’t hold a political office).
Daughters of the Eastern Star
Founded: 1925, New York
Facts: for the daughters of fathers who are Masons or mothers who are members of the Eastern Star. They must be between the ages of 14 and 20. The organization is found only in New York.
The Order of the White Shrine of Jerusalem
Founded: 1894, Chicago and headquartered in Romulus, Michigan.
Facts: Presiding officer is called the Supreme Worthy High Priestess. The Order of the Eastern Star doesn’t’ recognize the legitimacy of this organization.
Questions have arisen as to whether this oath has ever literally been carried out. Anti-Masons claim that this is precisely what happened to Captain Morgan in 1826, though there is no proof that this ever took place.
Order of DeMolay
Founded: 1919 by Mr. Frank Land and nine high school students from Kansas City, Missouri.
Facts: This order takes its name from Jacques DeMolay, 14th century leader of the Knights Templar, who was burned at the stake. It’s comprised of white males, ages 14 through 21. DeMolay is not directly affiliated with any lodge. Its stress lies in emphasizing patriotism, citizenship, good morality, cleanliness, and faith in God.
International Order of Job’s Daughters
Founded: 1920 by Ethel T. W. Mick in Omaha, Nebraska
Facts: this orders is a sister order sponsored by the Masonic Lodge and Eastern Star. Its purpose is to help girls between the ages of eleven and twenty to develop both morally and spiritually.
Rituals are based on the book of Job in the Bible. The text cited is
And in all the land were no women found so fair as the daughters of Job: and their father gave them inheritance among their brethren (Job 42:15).
Secret rituals are enacted and members swear not to divulge those secrets. Membership is limited to white females. There are exceptions to this today, but a majority of the organizations still adhere to this traditional practice. IOJD is an international order, and it operates on national, regional, and local levels.
International Order of Rainbow Girls
Founded: 1922 by Rev. Mark Sexson, chaplain of the Grand Lodge of Oklahoma.
Facts: to prepare young white girls between the ages of twelve and twenty for membership in the Eastern Star. Faith, hope, and charity (love) serve as the basic theme of the Rainbow ritual. The covenant that God made never to destroy the earth again by flood and sealed with the sign of the rainbow is the defining biblical text of the organization.
“I do set my bow in the cloud, and it shall be for a token of a covenant between me and the earth.
And it shall come to pass, when I bring a cloud over the earth, that the bow shall be seen in the cloud.
And I will remember my covenant, which is between me and you and every living creature of all flesh; and the waters shall no more become a flood to destroy all flesh (Gen 9:13-15).
The Order of Amaranth
Founded: 1873 in New York. Yet, historians trace its origins to 1653.
Facts: Christina, Queen of Sweden, desired to organize a group of 15 knights and 15 ladies. She adopted the name “amaranth” as the flower that symbolizes eternal life.
Lesser Masonically Related Orders
Other Orders include Daughters of Makonna, Daughters of the Nile, Knights of the Red Cross, Ladies Oriental Shrine of North America, National Sojourners, Order of the Builder, Social Order of the Beauceant of the World, Tall Cedars of Lebanon of the USA, and True Kindred.
Masonic College Fraternities
There are many fraternities that have no direct connection to the Masonic Lodge. These various organizations, however, have adopted the Lodge’s rituals and practices, including its mystery, secrecy, oaths of loyalty, grips, signs, traditions, emblems, badges, and the like.
There are several specifically Masonic-affiliated organizations, such as Acacia, The Square and Compass, Sigma Mu Sigma, The Order of the Golden Key, and Tan Kappa Epsilon.
Facts: This order was formed as an alternative lodge for blacks since they have traditionally been barred from membership in the organizations. In the late 1700s Prince Hall, a black man from the West Indies, migrated to America. He pastored a congregation in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
Hall became a Mason in the British Army Lodge in 1775. He petitioned for membership in the Lodge of Massachusetts but was denied because of his race. He then petitioned the Grand Lodge of England and was granted a charter in March of 1784.
Racism in Freemasonry was a peculiarly American phenomenon. The Prince Hall Lodge, along with other independent lodges, is called “clandestine,” meaning that they are not recognized as legitimate by the various white Lodges.
Some lodges have abandoned racism, but not all. It must be remembered that all lodges are independent. The actions of one do not affect the polity of the others in any way.
Beliefs and Doctrines
An important issue with respect to lodges is the question whether or not it is a religion. There are Masonic authors who claim that it is, but there are others who insist it is not. For example, one of the major authorities in Freemasonry, Albert Mackey, writes:
Freemasonry is … an eminently religious organization.
But Allan D. Large argues that the Lodge is not a religion but merely a fraternal organization.
Religion, as the term is commonly used, implies several things: a plan of salvation or path by which one reaches the afterlife; a theology which attempts to describe the nature of God; and the description of the ways or practices by which a man or a woman may seek to communicate with God.
Masonry does none of those things. We offer no plan of salvation Instead we tell him that he must find the answers to these great questions in his own faith, in his church or synagogue or other house of worship.
The classical Masonic authors generally argued that Freemasonry was and is a religion. More recent writers try to make the case that it is not.
Webster’s Third New International Dictionary says as one of the definitions given for the term religion:
“A personal awareness or conviction of the existence of a supreme being or of supernatural powers or influences controlling one’s own, humanity’s, or all nature’s destiny.”
Freemasonry in British and American lodges:
Excludes atheists from membership. This suggests a fundamentally religious predisposition in the organization.
The rituals of many of the lodges include prayers, pledges, and hymns.
The various accoutrements of religion are present, such as altars, pulpits, readings, etc. Scottish Rite Freemasonry refers to its meeting places as “temples.”
Masonry has prescribed funeral rituals. During a funeral, the assurance is given to those Masons attending that the departed has now gone to “the Supreme Lodge Above.”
Part of the ritual of becoming a Mason involves being delivered from the pollution of the profane world and receiving “new birth.”
In the words of one Masonic author:
If the Lodge is not a religion, what would it have to do, that it is not now doing, in order to be rightly defined a religion?
Masons have responded that the Boy Scouts require a belief in God and use the word “reverent” in one of their pledges, yet no one attempts to argue that they are a religion. But there is really little to compare here.
The Boy Scouts do little more than include the name “God” in their oaths and motto. They don’t have any accouterments of religion in their meetings, nor do they attempt to define sin or salvation or to prescribe funeral rituals.
Christianity and Freemasonry
The following theological issues are the reasons for the incompatibility of tradition orthodox Christian doctrine and the Freemasonry.
In American and British Freemasonry a member may not be an atheist, but at the same time, he may invoke the name of any god(s). Usually, God is invoked as “the All-Seeing Eye” or the “Great Architect.”
According to the Bible, all people are forbidden to worship any other God:
Thou shalt have no other gods before me (Ex 20:3).
True Christianity (e.g., not Catholic, Mormons, etc.) teaches that Jesus Christ along with the Father and the Holy Spirit is alone to be worshiped:
That all men should honor the Son, even as they honor the Father. He that honoreth not the Son honoreth not the Father which hat sent him.
Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life (Jn 5:23-24).
“Be it known unto you all, and to all the people of Israel, that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth…
Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved (Acts 4:10-12).
In short, Masonry has a form of deism in its conceptualization of God. For Christianity, the focus of faith and life is Jesus Christ.
When someone joins Freemasonry, he is asked to undergo an initiatory ritual that describes him as “in darkness, helpless, and ignorant.” He is said to be covered with the pollutions of a profane world.
He is to seek a “new birth” and to withdraw “the veil with conceals divine Truth their [uninitiated] sight.”
The Bible says that through faith in Christ, we have already escaped the defilements of the world:
Seeing ye have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit unto unfeigned love of the brethren, see that ye love one another with a pure heart fervently.
Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth forever ( I Pet 1:22-23).
And with that faith we go through the new birth, which is the only way to heaven:
“…Verily, verily I say unto thee, except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God” (Jn 3:3).
Freemasonry claims to uphold the “Fatherhood of God and the brotherhood of man.” For Christianity, spiritual unity and solidarity are based solely in Christ.
“Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on me throughout their word;
That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me” (Jn 17:20-21).
The specific name of Jesus Christ is omitted form prayers by Masons. But for Christians, Jesus’ name is the basis of prayer (Acts 4:10-12), and one may never deny the name of Jesus.
“Whosoever therefore shall be ashamed of me and my words in this adulterous and sinful generation; of him also shall the Son of man be ashamed, when he cometh in the glory of his Father with the holy angels” (Mk 8:38).
For Masons, the Bible is a guidebook for the promotion of good values and morals, though other sacred texts carry equal weight for those from various other religions who become Masons.
For Christianity, the Bible is the only revealed and inspired Word of God:
“All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness” (2 Tim 3:16).
Human Nature and Sin
According to Masons, human beings can improve their moral condition and behavior through acts of charity, moral living, voluntary performance of civic duties, and so on (the Catholics preach a similar lie).
The ladder is a symbol of progress … its three principal rungs representing Faith, Hope, and Charity, present us with the means of advancing from earth to heaven, from death to life – from mortality to immortality.
Christianity teaches that human nature is not heading for perfection. Human nature is sinful:
For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God (Rom 3:23).
“If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us (1 Jn 1:8)
And we are in need of salvation, then moral improvement.
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life” (Jn 3:16).
“But now the righteousness of God without the law is manifested, being witnessed by the law and the prophets;
Even the righteousness of God which is by faith of Jesus Christ unto all and upon all them that believe: for there is no difference;
For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.
Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus” (Rom 3:21-24).
Oaths and symbols are a vital part of Freemasonry and its various ceremonies and rites. They reason that because the oaths are symbolic, a Christian should be able to join and say the oaths without violating his conscience or Scripture.
For Christianity, it is not taking an oath that is offensive. Oaths are a part of life, such as when a Christian takes the oath of office or when a witness holds up his or her right hand and swears to tell the truth.
“Again, ye have heard that it hath been said by them of old time, Thou shalt not forswear thyself, but shalt perform unto the Lord thine oaths:
But I say unto you, Swear not at all; neither by heaven; for it is God’s throne:
Nor by the earth; for it is his footstool: neither by Jerusalem; for it is the city of the great King.
Neither shalt thou swear by thy head, because thou canst not make one hair white or black.
But let your communication be, yea, yea; nay, nay: for whatsoever is more than these cometh of evil” (Matt 5:33-37).
It is not the oath in itself; rather, it is the content of the oath. Christians may not make oaths that wish the harm of other people. One author writes:
The dreadful oaths of Masonry are immoral from the Christian point of view not only because of the macabre punishments invoked (“your throat cut across, your tongue tom out by the root,” etc.) in the name of God, but also because it is sinful to swear in UNCERTAIN matters.
For the oaths are required BEFORE the candidate discovers the “secrets.” … Either the oaths are taken seriously, but then they are blasphemous (cursing and swearing by God’s name). Or else they are not taken seriously, but then they are also blasphemous (literally taking the name of the Lord in vain)
This reflects the general dilemma of Freemasonry: Either the oath is taken seriously, but then it is a sin against the First Commandment (Idolatry). Or else it is not taken seriously, but then it is a sin against the Second Commandment (Blasphemy, taking the name of the Lord in vain).
One commandment specifically states that the name of God may not be misused
“Thou shalt not take the name of the LORD thy God in vain; for the LORD will not hold him guiltless that taketh his name in vain” (Ex. 20:7).
“And ye shall not swear by my name falsely, neither shalt thou profane the name of thy God: I am the LORD” (Lev 19:12).
As to cursing, the Bible states that Christians cannot and should not curse:
“Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers” (Eph 4:29).
“But now ye also put off all these; anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy communication out of your mouth (Col 3:8).
Also remember that Jesus condemned divided loyalties, you are with Him or you’re not:
“No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon” (Matt 6:24).
“Ye cannot drink the cup of the Lord and the cup of devils: ye cannot be partakers of the Lord’s table, and of the table of devils” (1 Cor10:21).
There are numerous reasons why Masonry attracts candidates for membership. It affords a sense of identity or belonging; opportunities for advancement in rank, titles, office, and achievement in general; and a chance to meet other people fraternally.
Masonry affords individuals certain advantages, such as job promotions and business interactions. Freemasonry is also well known for its promotion of and commitment to charitable causes, fascination with secret oaths.
Yet, most of all, realize that the Freemasons defy Jesus Christ.
It’s obvious that you cannot be a Christian and a Freemason. Who in their right mind would prefer to be a Freemason when everyone knows that life on earth is temporary and we get to choose the next life, it’s heaven or hell.
“Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him.
For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life [which the Freemasons promote] is not of the Father but is of the world.
And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth forever” (1 Jn 2:15-17).
…the city of Thebes. I don’t care about the murder really, I’m interested in the city itself.