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Should Your Pastor Be A Member Of The Freemasons?
Washington Bureau 12/21/2010
On a recent episode of Church Folk Revolution Radio the topic of “Should your Pastor Join the Freemasons” cause a very heated exchange between the host and a member of the masons. Several issues and concerns were raised about the conflict of spiritual interest that arises when a Pastor is also a member of the Freemasons.
The Freemasons are now back in the spotlight of discussions and debates not for something that they have done or said, but for what they are not willing to say.
What’s The Big Secret?
Why is it that masons are never willing to give a direct answer whenever they’re pressed about their need for secrecy? And why is it that within certain lodges the members are not allowed to discuss their allegiance to Jesus Christ?
Throughout the history of the United States 16 of the 44 U.S. Presidents were Freemasons. Even within the African American community many very influential figures like Booker T. Washington, Jesse Jackson, Thurgood Marshall, Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Al Sharpton, and Congressman Charles Rangel are all included on the rosters of varies degrees of Freemasons.
Within the current Church, very wealthy and powerful Pastors are now being linked to the Freemasons. Kenneth Copeland, T.D Jakes, Bishop Eddie Long, Pat Robertson, Robert Schuller 33rd degree, Oral Roberts, Louis Farrakhan, and Billy Graham all have been linked to the secret society known as the Freemasons or Illuminati.
Much of the criticism of the Freemason is a direct result of what appears to many observers to be a sub-religion or cult. Symbols, litanies, oaths, and apparel have contributed to what many critics would call an organization that is rooted in paganism or occult traditions. The Freemasons have defended their rituals and use of symbols as nothing more than universal archetypes that predate Jesus Christ, but does that justify their recruitment of Pastors?
While Freemasonry is based in secrecy and symbolism, the Gospel of Jesus Christ represents transparency in worship, and the complete inclusion in the faith. Where as the Christian faith requires that a believer openly confess that Jesus is Lord, the Freemason avoids openly professing Christ as Lord while referring to the head of the lodge as “Master.”
Freemasonry is not a Christian organization, nor is it an organization primarily composed of Christians. There are Hindus, Buddhists, Moslems, and even Agnostics who are Masons.
Freemasons opt to refer to God as Great Architect of the Universe, (GAOTU). In titling God as GAOTU it allows others who don’t believe in the God of the Bible to join together in a universal prayer. This is the equivalent of a believer in Hindu and a follower of Islam trying to pray together without offending the person that their joined with in prayer.
The Preacher Bureau pressed a high ranking Mason (who asked to remain anonymous) about the issue of Christian Pastors praying to GAOTU, listed below was his reply.
“ The GAOTU is an embodiment of whoever an individual mason's God is. For me, the GAOTU is God, for a Muslim, it would be Allah. The purpose of the GAOTU is so that no mason's individual God is left out of the lodge.”
To be connected to anything that demotes the majesty of God and extracts the Lord out of the 66 Books of the Bible is not an organization fitting for a Pastor of a Christian Church. Here’s why:
A quote from a legion of Ex Masons now back in discipleship with our Lord Jesus Christ states:
"A question for the Christian Mason to ponder is this: What is happening when they engage in corporate Masonic prayer as one person offers a prayer to the GAOTU for all in lodge? Is Freemasonry tricking pagans into worshiping the God of the Bible, or are Christians being tricked into worshiping a demon? A question you might ask the Master is the following: "Is the god of Buddhists the God of the Bible?" If he says yes, you will know that he does not know the God of the Bible and the teachings of scripture. If he says no, then you will know that he does not believe that all Masons worship one God, simply using a variety of different names. Either way, the foundational teaching of Freemasonry, that Masons all worship the God of the Bible, is seen to be false.
Since Freemasonry has a plan of salvation it is absurd to deny that Freemasonry is a religion. Many Masons deny that Freemasonry is a religion because if they were to admit it, they would not be accepted as Christians and church members. Other Masons are so blinded by Satan that they cannot see the truth.
The meaning of the Legend of the Third Degree is explained in The Ahiman Rezon, the monitor published by the Grand Lodge of South Carolina. It states that:
It was the single object of all the ancient rites and mysteries practiced in the very bosom of pagan darkness, . . . to teach the immortality of the soul. This is still the great design of the third degree of Masonry. This is the scope and aim of its ritual. . . By its legend and all its ritual, it is implied that we have been redeemed from the death of sin. . . it has been remarked by a learned writer of our Order, that the Master Mason represents a man saved from the grave of iniquity, and raised to the faith of salvation.
It is impossible for an honest Christian to deny that anything that redeems a man from sin is a plan of salvation. Numerous portions of Masonic ritual instruct Masons how to get into heaven. The most blatant is the conclusion of the Legend of the Third Degree. The Worshipful Master closes the ritual with these words:
Then, finally my brethren, let us imitate our Grand Master, Hiram Abiff, in his virtuous conduct, his unfeigned piety to God, and his inflexible fidelity to his trust; that, like him, we may welcome the grim tyrant, Death, and receive him as a kind messenger sent by our Supreme Grand Master, to translate us from this imperfect to that all-perfect, glorious, and celestial Lodge above, where the Supreme Architect of the Universe presides."
Prince Hall (Left) is single handedly responsible for the introduction of Freemasonry within the African American Church. Prior to the American Revolutionary War, Prince Hall and fourteen other free black men petitioned for the admittance to the white Boston St. John’s Lodge. They were turned away. Some whites were irate of the audacity for blacks applying to be Masons. Due to the resistance of colonial Masonries, Hall looked elsewhere and on March 6, 1775, Hall and fifteen other free blacks were initiated into the Masonry by members of the Irish Military Lodge No. 441.
Thus, although exceptions did exist, Masonic Lodges and Grand Lodges in the United States generally excluded African Americans. And since the vote is conducted anonymously, this created a second problem: since no one knew who had voted against the applicant, it was impossible to identify a member as pursuing a policy of racism.
Entrance Into The African American Church
Freemasonry teaches men to imitate Hiram Abiff, so that they may get into heaven. The Gospel of Jesus Christ requires faith in the person and claims of Jesus Christ as the means of being redeemed from the death of sin and getting into heaven.
The Christian Mason is faced with a real dilemma. Can a man have two saviors? Can he have a vital faith in Jesus Christ, as he imitates Hiram Abiff? Can he avoid being found guilty of taking part in the promotion of a false plan of salvation?
To any Christian Pastor who has taken the Freemasons Oath please consider: 2 Corinthians 6:14-18
"Do not be unequally yoked with unbelievers. For what partnership has righteousness with lawlessness? Or what fellowship has light with darkness? What accord has Christ with Belial? Or what portion does a believer share with an unbeliever?
What agreement has the temple of God with idols? For we are the temple of the living God; as God said, “I will make my dwelling among them and walk among them, and I will be their God, and they shall be my people.
Therefore go out from their midst, and be separate from them, says the Lord, and touch no unclean thing; then I will welcome you, and I will be a father to you, and you shall be sons and daughters to me, says the Lord Almighty.”
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