Masonic light that's the best you can come up with.
Ronald Reagan has often been referred to as a Freemason. President Reagan is not a
Freemason although he is an honorary member of the Imperial Council of the Shrine. President Reagan has on numerous occasions been involved in Shrine
and Masonic functions throughout his career."
Yeah nice try with that one Light
If Johnson would have continued he would have been a mason. He went to one meeting. He proably thought twice. Being pulled around by another man,
blind folded, half naked, and being part of a all male club made him think otherwise.
As for Rose. He's a brother none the less. As is Ford how has had his fair share of fun at the Bo Ho club.
IS MASONRY A RELIGION?
(Essay excerpts; source noted below.)
The major issue in determining whether Masonry is a religion is to look at its demands on the candidate. Masonry requires the candidate to believe in
God, obey Him, worship Him, seek His guidance, and so forth, which qualifies it as a religion. And, as I have already documented, Masonry claims its
members will earn admittance to heaven based on personal character and good works. This also classifies the Lodge as a religion. In fact, any standard
dictionary or encyclopedia definition of religion proves beyond doubt that Masonry is a religion. Dr. Shildes Johnson is only one of many scholars of
comparative religion who have concluded: "A comparison of the moral, allegorical, and symbolic teachings of Freemasonry with these definitions of a
religion reveals that the lodge is a theistic, non-Christian, man-centered, and universal religion."
All this is why numerous leading Masonic authorities have publicly confessed that Masonry is, in fact, a religion. For example:
Albert G. Mackey: "The religion of Masonry is cosmopolitan, universal...."
Henry Wilson Coil: "Religion is espoused by the Masonic Ritual and required of the candidate"; and, "Freemasonry is undoubtedly religion"; and,
"Many Freemasons make this flight [to heaven] with no other guarantee of a safe landing than their belief in the religion of Freemasonry."
Albert Pike: "Masonry...is the universal, eternal, immutable religion...."
Joseph Fort Newton: "Everything in Masonry has reference to God, implies God, speaks of God, points and leads to God. Not a degree, not a symbol, not
an obligation, not a lecture, not a charge but finds its meaning and derives its beauty from God the Great Architect, in whose temple all Masons are
Excerpts, "THE MASONIC LODGE AND THE CHRISTIAN CONSCIENCE," John Weldon, Christian Research Institute
So Masonic Light, So you are saying you know more about why Masonry should not consider itself a religion than Albert Mackey, Joseph Fort Newton,
Albert Pike, and Henry Wilson Coil, right? They all KNEW what it was - a religion. But you say you know more than they, right?
You say you are a Mason in your local lodge, yet you know most assuredly that the institution is not a religion -- despite the evidence that these
four Masonic authors wrote extensively about, and devoted their lives to, delineating the various religious aspects.
Are you sure you want to insist that you know more about the innate nature of the institution than these four and others? I like many others here are
merely showing the layers of deceit and subterfuge that Masonry builds around all its members. You yourself refuse to accept logical arguments and
choose to "think for yourself," as you say.
But by refusing to accept logic, who is proving himself closed-minded in this discussion? Who refuses to consider the overwhelming evidence - that
Freemasonry is indeed a religion -- without any support of his position rejecting same?
The four gentlemen I quoted are sine qua non four of the top ten or so of the most famous Freemason authorities of all time, yet you dismiss them out
of hand because you are set in your beliefs. These four - Pike, Mackey, Coil, and Fort Newton - are REVERED in the Scottish and York Rites especially
because of their "mastery" of the true secrets of the craft. You can find plenty of information about any one of them on the Internet. I would be
happy to give you several website references so you could judge for yourself, but somehow you leave the impression, like so many other closed-minded
Masons, that you are oblivious to written proof by these famous Masons and others --admitting and even boasting that it is a religious institution.
Your local lodge library should have copies of each of their important contributions to Freemasonry. If not, your lodge librarian is being delinquent
in his duties to have such basic materials for all Masons in your lodge.
Pike and Mackey in particular vested their entire adult lives in writing hopefully persuasive books touting Freemasonry as the religion above all
other sectarian religions.
In an earlier post, I recommended not only the essay, The Masonic Lodge and the Christian Conscience, but also the sermon, Freemasonry and
Christianity, by the late Alva McClain. McClain uses Mackey's definitive work on Freemasonry to prove the point we have all been making with you.
Just read the sermon, that's all.
And we could have a discussion then where you could argue any point therein; yet I reserve the same opportunity to rebut and support my position as
best I choose.
But you seem far too closed-minded and seem to dismiss what we are helping you to see: the validity and overwhelming support for our thesis that
Masonry is indeed a religion based on another god separate from the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, and father of our Lord Jesus Christ. How many
Protestant denominations, and the Roman Catholic Church and Orthodox Christianity in all branches, have stated formal positions and written long
explanations of why Masonry is a religious institution that is paganistic and is devoted to serving false gods? You tell me.
If you decide that Masonry is a better religion for you than Christianity, that is fine. If men so choose, that is fine. The Bible says you will be
asked for an account of why you rejected Jesus. Make your case before God as you are elevated to what your institution calls, "the celestial lodge
above." Me, I shudder at having to tell God I did not believe in Jesus but chose instead to believe in the teachings of Masonry and the supremacy of
something called Jahbulon.