posted on Apr, 24 2012 @ 09:57 AM
Up until last week I was a 32nd degree Scottish Rite (SJ) Freemason. I was entered, passed and raised several years ago and have greatly enjoyed many
aspects of the fraternity. The entire experience of having been a mason actually brought me much closer to Christ in my walk of faith. In fact, it was
many elements of lodge that made me realize my love of ritual and liturgy and led my wife and I to enter the Catholic Church after several decades of
I'm writing here today not for reasons of negativity or to cause consternation, but simply to hopefully dispel some ideas about the fraternity and
give a clearer picture of what it is and isn't. I'm exceptionally busy with clinical work currently, so I may or may not be able to answer questions
in a timely manner or at all.
Let me preface by saying that these are my reasons for leaving and absolutely do not reflect on anyone else nor on their own walk of faith or
connections to the fraternity. If you are a mason and disagree with my words here I have no problem with that, but I feel that what I'm about to
state is fundamentally, objectively true (although some will want to make this about subjective truth).
I left the fraternity for several reasons and none of which have to do with what the rampant naysayers on these boards would presuppose. There was
never any devil worship. There is no new world order plan. The videos and texts cited most often are contextually problematic or simply wrong. I left
for reasons that are far more real.
Reason 1: racism. The problem is rampant in many lodges; in some it is blatant and in others it's subtle. And being that there is no overall
governing body for all lodges nationwide the problem will likely linger for many generations to come just as it has for many generations passed. It
bothered me from the beginning and finally I could no longer personally ignore it. Certainly there are many organizations that have racist motives,
but freemasonry espouses that all men are equal while allowing lodges to remain open that spit on this very ideal. Rationalize all you want, but I
could no longer do that in good conscience.
Reason 2: relativism. My Christian faith is the most important thing of my entire existence. I believe fully and firmly in the divinity of Jesus
Christ, His death, burial, resurrection and propitiation for our sins. I realize for many this idea is ridiculous or repugnant, but I am fully
persuaded of this truth. In lodge through each degree I heard numerous references to afterlife - many times the phrase "the great celestial lodge
which we will one day join" was used. We were informed that to gain access to this "celestial lodge" we would have to live good lives, live within
the bounds of the compass-inscribed circle, let Deity shape us from rough ashlar to perfect and follow all the precepts of masonry. In fact, in my
apron presentation, scripture was quoted to the effect that one day the apron would be laid across my dead remains as God welcomed me with "well
done, thou good and faithful servant" (Matt 23:25). These points were never lost on me and from the beginning I felt God drawing my attention to
I believe God deals with us personally through our conscience. I believe His Holy Spirit directs us that way. I generally perceive it as a nagging or
"poking" thought that, over time, just won't go away. I would stand in lodge monthly and hear scriptures read and ideals promoted whereby we, as
masons were ALL going to that celestial lodge. As a Christian my belief is that only those who accept Christ and his work of grace for us are
potentially the only ones destined for an agreeable afterlife (call it "celestial lodge" or whatever you like). Who actually gets into heaven is for
God to decide, not me. I understand that fully, but in the plan He seems to have outlined for us in His word Christ is the only way. I'm not here to
debate that point with anyone. If you don't believe that I have no problem whatsoever. That's your choice. Week after week of hearing the fraternity
imply that we could somehow find God through other means than Christ felt disingenuous.
I finally decided I could no longer espouse this relativism or indifferentism that the brotherhood holds dear. I realize that very aspect is what
draws many to the fraternity, but it's what finally pushed me away. In my view, it's a dangerous ideal, if in fact, Christianity is true.
I'm happy for my time spent in the fraternity because it truly did deepen my walk with God and opened avenues of thought that I'd not considered
before. I don't rail against any of my former brothers for any aspect other than the problem of racism. If you continue in the fraternity then your
own conscience must decide whether or not you are okay with this hypocritical aspect, even if it's not present in your own lodge.
I'm sure some may comment here that I should leave the Catholic faith or Christianity in general as it, too is hypocritical. I'm sure some will cite
all sorts of reasons why the Church is bad or why I am wrong or crazy. In the end though I'm perfectly happy and confident in my choices and with my
current life. I do my best to live out the ideals that Christ gave us and when my last breath has been drawn my great hope is to enter into the rest
He's prepared for all those who call him Lord.
My best to everyone here. May God keep you all.