And for the second time no I wouldn't want everyone beating their brains out. Would the Holy Spirit really lead a Christian to join the Masonic
Lodge? Would the Spirit lead a Pastor to join an organization which teaches that it has divine truths that are revealed only after he receives a new
birth within Freemasonry?
The Grand Lodge of South Carolina says the following about the person who is about to become an Entered Apprentice:
There he stands without our portals, on the threshold of this new Masonic life, in darkness, helplessness, and ignorance. Having been wandering amid
the errors and covered over with the pollutions of the outer and profane world, he comes inquiringly to our doors, seeking the new birth, and asking a
withdrawal of the veil which conceals divine truth from his uninitiated sight. South Carolina Book of Constitutions, 1947, p. 61, Grand Lodge of South
The Scriptures speak about darkness and the position which a Christian holds:
When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light
of life.” John 8:12
It seems that when they view a Christian as one who is in darkness and ignorance, they are either denying that he is in Christ, or that Jesus is the
light of the world. In the EA degree, you will be presented as one from the world of darkness seeking to be brought to light. Given that you are well
aware of John 8:12, can you allow them to present you in lodge in that manner without taking part in a denial of Jesus Christ yourself?
Denying Jesus is a serious matter:
“Whoever acknowledges me before men, I will also acknowledge him before my Father in heaven. 33But whoever disowns me before men, I will disown him
before my Father in heaven. Matthew 10:32
Would the Holy Spirit lead ANY Christian to knowingly take part in a ritual in which Jesus Christ is being denied for him? Can he avoid guilt if he
allows himself to be presented to the lodge in this way? Freemasonry defines the GAOTU to include Vishnu, Krishna, Allah, Ahura Mazda, Buddha, Baal
and any other name which men worship.
The Grand Lodge of Indiana has admitted that the GAOTU they worship is really not God, at all, but simply a symbol.
"Freemasonry is non-sectarian. Before its altar Christian, Jew, Mohammedan, Buddhist, Gentile, Confucian, may kneel together. Indiana Mentor's
Manual p. 17
One fundamental of Freemasonry is its non-sectarian character. Any man may offer his devotions to the Deity he reveres, under the Masonic title, no
matter what name he may use in his religious worship. . . Thus, Great Architect of the Universe (or any of its variations) is a symbol of Deity as
named and worshiped in all religions. Indiana Mentor’s Manual, p. 49
The Grand Lodge of Indiana is not alone. The Grand Lodge of California holds the same position:
Great Architect or Great Artificer of the Universe.
Under these titles, Freemasonry refers to Deity. A fundamental of Freemasonry is its nonsectarian character; any man of any religion may offer his
devotions to the Deity he reveres, no matter what name he may use in his mind, under the Masonic title. Great Architect of the Universe (or any of its
variations) is a symbol of Deity as named and worshiped in all religions. Handbook for Candidates Coaches, Grand Lodge of California, p. 22
The official position is that in Lodge, Masons worship a symbol known as the Great Architect of the Universe. Worship of a symbol is idolatry. Pastors
who condone this within their flock should read Ezekiel 33. If the watchman holds his tongue, the sword will still kill, but the watchman will have
blood on his hands. Don't be the kind of pastor who lets the Masons in his congregation go to hell without hearing a word of warning from your
pulpit. Consider the following teachings of the Grand Lodges.
339. MASONRY AND RELIGION
Masonry has no religious dogma other than that it requires a belief in Deity. Any man, good and true, whether he be Christian, Jew, Mohammedan,
Parsee, Buddhist, Brahman or Deist may be admitted to Masonry because all these religions require a belief in Deity. Masonic Code of Alabama, p.
Masons believe that there is one God and that people employ many different ways to seek and to express what they know of God. Masons primarily uses
(sic) the appellation, "Grand Architect of the Universe," and other non-sectarian titles, to address Deity. In this way, persons of different faiths
may join together in prayer, concentrating on God rather than on differences among themselves. Masonry believes in religious freedom and that the
relationship between the individual and God is personal, private and sacred. Masonic Manual of Minnesota, p16, 1998
As Masons we have one faith, one hope, one charity. We believe in, and depend upon the same God, have the same hope of eternal life, and that same
charity which is of an enduring and uniting nature, which will enable all the good and true to keep the unity of the spirit in the bond of peace and
in righteousness of life. Kentucky Monitor, p. 169
Freemasonry teaches that Christians, Jews, Mohammedans, Parsees, Buddhists, Hindus and Deists all worship the one true and living God and have the
same hope of eternal life. It defines God to include the gods of all pagan religions its members embrace, and the God of the Christian. As Masons,
they stand united in this religious belief. It is heresy.
The Kentucky Monitor is the official publication of the Grand Lodge of Kentucky, given to men who are raised to Master Masons in Kentucky Lodges. The
Grand Lodge is the central authority in its jurisdiction. The Kentucky Monitor is authoritative for Kentucky Masons. It is not something from the
fringe, but rather something from the central authority. That publication stands in the same position that any other Grand Lodge monitor would stand
in within its jurisdiction.
The issue is not the words used, but rather the teaching the words convey. If you believe that those words do not convey the correct understanding of
the Masonic position, possibly you haven't carefully considered the foundational teachings of Freemasonry and its requirements for membership. One of
the universally accepted Landmarks of Freemasonry states the following:
MONOTHEISM is the sole dogma of Freemasonry. Belief in one God is required of every initiate, but hs conception of the Supreme Being is left to his
own interpretation. Indiana Monitor and Freemason's Guide, p. 41, 1993
Monotheism is the doctrine or belief that there is only one God. My dictionary defines Supreme Being as God. Substituting God for Supreme being in the
landmark position above, we have:
Belief in ONE GOD is required of every initiate, but his conception of THE GOD is left to his own interpretation.
Notice that the landmark position is not that his conception of his own God is left to his own interpretation. It states that his conception of THE
GOD is left to his own interpretation. Freemasonry holds that there is only one God, but that its members may have different interpretations
concerning this one God.
As a requirement of membership, Freemasonry requires belief in the existence of A Supreme Being. The Masonic position is there is only one Supreme
Being. If a member believes in a Supreme Being, from the Masonic position, he must believe in The Supreme Being, because there is no other.
Given these Masonic positions and the fact that that Christians, Jews, Mohammedans, Parsees, Buddhists, Hindus and Deists are accepted into
Freemasonry as satisfying the belief requirement, the conclusion that Freemasonry teaches that the God of Christians, as well as the gods of the
Mohammedans, Parsees, Buddhists, Hindus and any other pagan Mason are in fact the ONE GOD, is unavoidable.
But, lets take it from your perspective (as I understand it) and see how much support we can get from the Masonic brethren. I believe that you are
taking the position that the Hindu Mason, the Buddhist Mason, the Zoroastrian (Parsee) Mason and the Mohammedan Mason all worship a different god or
gods which are not the God of the Christian Mason. Personally, that is the position that I take. Let's see how many Masons we can get to agree with
Masons, how many of you believe that the Hindu Mason, the Buddhist Mason, the Zoroastrian Mason and the Christian Mason worship different Gods?
Wayne, I believe that we will find that Masons take the position that all Masons worship the same God. It is given that these different Masons invoke
different names when they worship. Obviously, Calvin would not have taken the position that the god of the Hindu, the Buddhist, the Zoroastrian and
the God of the Christian are all included in his conception The Great Architect of the Universe. However, Freemasonry does.
As far as the Kentucky Monitor being widely accepted, it is accepted as an authoritative work published by one of the legitimate authorities of
Freemasonry. All of the US Grand Lodges recogniFrom the official website of U.G.L.E.(Grand Lodge of England), we find this about the essential
qualifications for becoming a Mason:
"The essential qualification for admission into and continuing membership is a belief in a Supreme Being. Membership is open to men of any race or
religion who can fulfil this essential qualification and who are of good repute."
In another section of the official site, it is stated:
"The essential qualifications for admission is that you have a belief in a Supreme Being."
Here, as with Grand Lodges on this side of the pond, the belief requirement is that each member is required to have some sort of a belief in something
he regards to be a Supreme Being.
In a Q&A section of the site, we find this:
"Q. Why do you call God the Great Architect?
A. Freemasonry embraces all men who believe in God. Its membership includes Christians, Jews, Hindus, Sikhs, Muslims, Parsees and others. The use of
descriptions such as the Great Architect prevents disharmony. The Great Architect is not a specific Masonic god or an attempt to combine all gods into
one. Thus, men of differing religions pray together without offense being given to any of them."
You will notice, by the answer given, U.G.L.E. is saying that all gods believed in by all men of all religions, is, Masonically, "God". It is
Masonry's GAOTU that Masonry refers to when it says God, no matter which Grand Lodge we are talking about, including U.G.L.E. Pitifully, U.G.L.E.
then tries to skate out from under Masonry's concept of GAOTU saying it is no attempt to combine all gods into one. Yet, logic demands that when
engaged in corporate prayer in the lodge room, "Christians, Jews, Hindus, Sikhs, Muslims, Parsees and others" are said to be praying to the Gods of
their own faiths/religions.
This is very much in accord with the Grand Lodges of the United States, and all Grand Lodges that are recognized by one another, which includes
U.G.L.E.. This is in accord with the "common bond" among all Grand Lodges, that being their commonality of tenets, teachings, etc.: "Every Grand
Lodge is independent and owes allegiance to no higher authority. Each Grand Lodge adopts its own laws, ritual, and standards and governs all Symbolic
Lodges and Freemasons within its jurisdiction. Nevertheless, ancient Masonic usages, customs and principles bind the Grand Lodges together. There are
but slight differences in ritual and regulations and none whatever in basic Masonic precepts." ('Freemasonry - A Way Of Life' - Nevada, pg. 7)
ze the Kentucky Grand Lodge, as does the Grand Lodge of England.the U.G.L.E. views the GAOTU of Freemasonry the same way all the other Grand Lodges
view it - a polytheistic montage that is required to be whatever any of its members want it to be.
The fact that the lodge would go to such trouble to create a generic god is evidence that it is, indeed, engaging in syncretism at best or polytheism
at worst, neither of which are acceptable to God. God deplored such blendings when the children of Israel were making their way through the
wilderness, He deplored it when they entered the Promised Land, and as far as I have been able to tell, He deplores it today. I realize that you want
to make the lodge room the exception, but I'm not sure God will agree with your request for a zone variance.
Too many "ifs". Freemasonry has already told us its GAOTU is whatever anybody wants it to be. Further, all except the Christians, in such
circumstances, reject the True and Living God because they reject Jesus Christ as being a part of that Triune Godhead who is the Father, Son, and Holy
Perhaps four statements can summarize and clarify this study.
1. God is One. The God of the Old Testament is the same God of the New Testament. His offer of salvation in the Old Testament receives a fuller
revelation in the New Testament in a way that is not different, but more complete. The doctrine of the Trinity does not abandon the monotheistic faith
2. God has three distinct ways of being in the redemptive event, yet He remains an undivided unity. That God the Father imparts Himself to mankind
through Son and Spirit without ceasing to be Himself is at the very heart of the Christian faith. A compromise in either the absolute sameness of the
Godhead or the true diversity reduces the reality of salvation.
3. The primary way of grasping the concept of the Trinity is through the threefold participation in salvation. The approach of the New Testament is
not to discuss the essence of the Godhead, but the particular aspects of the revelatory event that includes the definitive presence of the Father in
the person of Jesus Christ through the Holy Spirit.
4. The doctrine of the Trinity is an absolute mystery. It is primarily known, not through speculation, but through experiencing the act of grace
through personal faith. See God; Jesus Christ; Holy Spirit.
[edit on 31-3-2007 by Andy Warhol]