Summary: What does the Bible have to say to the Christian man who would consider being involved in Masonry?
"What Does the Bible Say About Freemasonry?"
WHAT IS FREEMASONRY?
FOR EXAMPLE: ENTERED APPRENTICE RITUAL [BL]
The candidate enters, blindfolded, with a 6’ rope ["cable tow"] around his neck. He stands before the "Worshipful Master" who has the point of a sword at his bare left breast. He comes as ". . . a poor blind candidate who desires to br brought from darkness to light, and receive a part of the rights and benefits of this right worshipful lodge . . ." He declares that he is traveling on a journey, and when the "Worshipful Master" asks him, "Why do you leave the west and travel toward the east?", he responds, "In search of Light".
JUST THINK OF IT — A MAN WHO HAS BEEN BORN AGAIN, WHO HAS BEEN BOUGHT WITH THE PRECIOUS BLOOD OF CHRIST, WHO, THROUGH THE POWER OF THE NAME THAT IS ABOVE EVERY NAME, HAS COME FROM DARKNESS INTO LIGHT — GIVES WITNESS TO A ROOM FULL OF MEN THAT HE IS EVEN NOW "IN DARKNESS AND IS SEARCHING FOR THE LIGHT" — AND THAT HE BELIEVES THAT HE WILL FIND IT IN FREEMASONRY? IT IS UNBELIEVABLE — AND THIS IS WHAT HAPPENS AT HIS VERY FIRST MEETING!!!
JESUS 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)
If we claim to have fellowship with him yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not live by the truth. But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin. (1 John 1:6-7)
"There he stands without our portals, on the threshold of his new Masonic life, in darkness, helplessness and ignorance. Having been wandering amid the errors and covered over with the pollution’s of the outer and profane world, he comes inquiringly to our door, seeking the new birth, and asking a withdrawal of the veil which conceals divine truth from his uninitiated sight." [Albert G. Mackey Masonic Ritualist, p. 22-23. Also found in Ahiman Rezon - Monitor of South Carolina, 1946 - p. 61]
You have entered a new world. Symbolically and spiritually you have been reborn. This started the moment you were prepared to become a Mason... The lodge becomes a symbol of the new world to which you have been reborn... [Allen E. Roberts, The Craft and Its Symbols, p. 3, 14]
MASTER MASON RITUAL [ALSO IN THE BLUE LODGE]
Masons have invented a story maintaining that a man named Hiram Abiff was the architect of Solomon’s Temple. He was supposedly murdered by three Fellowcrafters while attempting to force him divulge the secrets of the Master Mason. Hiram Abiff supposedly was in possession of the secret password, known as the "Grand Masonic word". Because of his death, the secret password was forever lost. Much of Masonic ritual revolves around the search for this "lost word" of FMY. The legend maintains that a substitute word was supposedly given by Solomon, which is "Mah-Hah-Bone". [FMY has many "secret" and "sacred" words, handshakes, signals, etc.] The legend uses some Bible names and verses, interwoven with myth to fit the ritual. [The initiate is not told that the Hiram Abiff story is a fabrication, and many biblically illiterate men accept the legend as fact.] Every Mason has personally portrayed Hiram Abiff during this ritual to become a Master Mason. In the role of Hiram Abiff, he is unjustly murdered and buried. He is then raised from the grave, by the "Worshipful Master" of the Lodge, who uses the "Lion’ Paw" [secret grip] who represents King Solomon, and passes on the secret "Grand Masonic" word to the resurrected candidate.
1. FREEMASONRY AND GOD.
Every Mason "must declare his faith in a Supreme Being before he may be initiated. But note that he is not required to say, then or ever, what God. He may name him as he will, think of him as he pleases; make him impersonal law or personal and anthropomorphic; Freemasonry cares not . . .God, Great Architect of the Universe, Grand Artificer, Grand Master of the Grand Lodge Above, Jehovah, Allah, Buddha, Vishnu, Shiva, or Great Geometer."
"In his private devotions a man may petition God or Jehovah, Allah or Buddha, Mohammed or Jesus; he may call upon the God of Israel or the Great First Cause. In the Masonic Lodge he hears humble petition to the Great Architect of the Universe, finding his own deity under that name. A hundred paths may wind upward around a mountain; at the top they meet."
You shall have no other gods before me. (Exo 20:3)
You shall have no foreign god among you; you shall not bow down to an alien god. (Psa 81:9)