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Originally posted by network dude
Not sure how widespread this is, but my lodge is shared with the OES as is most lodges in the area. We work closely with them and they cook dinner for us sometimes. (They make good food too)
any Muslim who joins a Masonic group knowing the true nature of Freemasonry and its secrets, and carries out its rituals and is keen to do so, is a kaafir who should be asked to repent. If he repents, all well and good, otherwise he is to be put to death and if he dies in that state then his recompense will be that of the kaafirs. Whoever joins the Freemasons but does not know what they really are, or know about their plots against Islam and the Muslims, and their spreading evil and the evil that they are planning against everyone who tries to bring people together and reform nations, and he joins them in their general activities and talk that does not apparently contradict Islam, is not a kaafir, rather he is excused in general because of their concealing their true nature from him, and because he does not share their basic beliefs or aims. The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “Acts are but by intentions, and each man will have but that which he intended.”
Funny story on that one: The Southern Baptist Convention had one of their members write up an evaluation on Masonry. He did due diligence and gave Masonry a thorough examination and found no signifiant conflict with the southern baptist teachings, and his paper reflected those findings. So the board fired him, published his paper with about 16 pages cut from it, and he left the church and became a Mason himself.
Originally posted by ProfEmeritus
It is so predictable that these perennial threads about Catholicism and Masonry never mention all of the other religions that forbid or at least strongly discourage membership in the Masons. They include:
North American Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Convention
Originally posted by Masonic Light
Originally posted by ForkandSpoon
Most American lodges would be quite lost without the help and support of their OES members, who are often the heart of many of the best charity fundraisers.
I disagree. Most American Lodges do not sponsor Eastern Star Chapters, and therefore have no connection with them, for fundraisers or otherwise.