Originally posted by The Axeman
Masonry is not a religion; one adheres to whatever faith one adhered to before one became a Mason. Pretty simple.
1. The Opinion of Freemasonry's Authorities
Freemasonry is a religion. While those who want to be active in both Freemasonry and the Church may argue otherwise, the fact that Freemasonry is a
religion is asserted by Freemasonry's own and most widely accepted authorities:
Albert Mackey, Encyclopedia of Freemasonry
"The religion of Freemasonry
is not sectarian. It admits men of every creed within its hospitable bosom, rejecting none and approving none for
his peculiar faith. It is not Judaism, though there is nothing in it to offend the Jew; it is not Christianity
, but there is nothing in it
repugnant to the faith of a Christian. Its religion is that general one of nature and primitive revelation handed down to us from some ancient and
patriarchial priesthood--in which all men may agree and in which no men can differ." (Page 641)
Henry Wilson Coil, Masonic Encyclopedia
"Freemasonry has a religious service
to commit the body of a deceased brother to the dust whence it came and to speed the liberated spirit
back to the great Source of Light. Many Freemasons make this flight with no other guarantee of a safe landing than their belief in the religion of
Albert Pike, Morals and Dogma
"It [Masonry] reverences all the great reformers. It sees Moses, Confucius, Zoroaster, Jesus of Nazareth
, ... Great Teachers of Morality, and
Eminent Reformers, if no more: and allows every brother of the Order to assign to each such higher and even Divine Character as his Creed and Truth
require." (Page 525).
"Masonry, around whose altars
the Christian, the Hebrew, the Moslem, the Brahman, the followers of Confucius and Zoroaster, can
and unite in prayer
to the one God who is above all the Baalim, must needs leave it to each of its initiates
to look for the foundation of his faith and hope to the written scriptures of his own religion." (Page 226)
The above statements from authorities accepted and approved by Freemasonry clearly document that Freemasonry is a religion and is considered as such
by knowledgeable Masons.
When Masons assemble together, they meet in a "temple" to offer "prayers" to the "Great Architect of the Universe"; and "kneel" at the
"sacred altar" to engage in their "sacred vows". On the "sacred altar" is a "Volume of Sacred Law" which can be a Bible, a Koran or any other
holy book. What more could be required before an assembly could accurately be referred to as a religion?
I suggest you read POINT 2 and especially POINT 3:
3. Evidence From Rituals
The rituals of Freemasonry, when examined in the light of God's Word, confirm that Freemasonry is a religion, and also that it is a false "works
system" of religion. Portions of the Masonic rituals will be discussed below to document this fact!"