Testimony of Ken C. Quoting: Anonymous Coward 259821
DeMolay, Freemasonry and OES -or- Jesus Christ
I started each of the three degrees of Masonry with my eyes blindfolded. I discovered some time later that I had been spiritually blindfolded as well.
Like many others, I had grown up in a “Masonic” family, where I was led to believe Masonry was compatible with Christianity. My maternal Grandfather was an immigrant from Germany. He was accepted into the Lodge, and in time, was Worshipful Master of his lodge. My dad joined the lodge and was always active in the Craft. My Grandmother and Mother were both active in the “Star”. Both, in time, were Worthy Matrons. My dad was soon a Worthy Patron in the Star chapter. He later went through the chairs to become the Worshipful Master of his blue lodge.
Our social life revolved around the Masonic Hall and the many events. We even moved to be closer to the lodge – though farther from our church which we attended regularly. We considered ourselves to be Christians.
Soon, I was in a chapter of the Order of DeMolay. “Our” lodge then sponsored a new DeMolay chapter and in no time I found myself installed as the Master Counselor.
Following time in college and a stint in the Army, I was back home and now ready to start my Masonic involvement to the level of a Master Mason. Yes, I was even initiated into the Order of Eastern Star, and was approached to start my climb as the Associate Patron. I declined.
After a few years of dating, I found myself with a wife. A year later, we had a child. Now I was responsible for my own family and the need to take the lead of my own family life. Although my parents had touted the Lodge and the Star as “all from the Bible”, my own studies of God’s written word didn’t reveal it that way. Rather, I saw some ritual and lodge symbolism that had ties to Osiris and the Mystery Religions that were not “only Christian” based. This is not what my parents had led me to believe. I then read in my ‘Grandfather’s New Age Scottish Rite’ magazine, a question concerning whether a person had to be a believing Christian to be accepted into the Lodge. The answer was very revealing to me. Obviously, I was not listening closely during my journey to become a Master Mason.
The responsibility of a Christian father to lead his family to grow in the faith, requires him to measure his own belief according to Scripture. Now, away from the lodge culture, I could see lodge ritual and teachings as being very strange when contrasted and compared to a real study of the Bible.
Thinking back to some of the lectures, several things bothered me: In the discourses, ritual teachings and lectures, we never heard that sin is the problem in our lives that requires repentance and the payment for sins by a sinless Savior. Yet, Paul discloses that the true gospel of our salvation in 1 Corinthians 15:1-4, where the death, burial and the resurrection of Jesus is described and defines the real basis of Christianity. I soon found that most Masons that I spoke with had little understanding of Scripture, and no real answers. In 2 John 9, we read, ”Whosoever transgresseth, and abideth not in the doctrine of Christ, hath not God. He that abideth in the doctrine of Christ, he hath both the Father and the Son.”
During the initiation lectures, I remember being told that the things we were taught in the lectures were things we think we understand, but we would learn the real truths later in further degrees. We were told we were being deceived. That should have tipped us all off immediately, but it didn’t.
As a young unmarried Master Mason, I remember an oath was required that I would not have “illicit carnal intercourse” with a Master Masons’ wife, widow, mother, sister, or daughter. Were all others not related to those in our Masonic fraternity “fair game”, in the eyes of the brotherhood? This is real Masonic morality, but not the same standard I found in Holy Scripture!
Every prayer offered in lodge, and even in open funeral services, is closed with the invocation, “So Mote It Be.”. I had never heard any such thing when prayers were offered in any other organization or setting. With the advantage now of Internet searches, it is easy to learn that beyond Masonic references, one can find the phrase in common usage in witchcraft and other similar secret bodies.
Scriptures were “quoted” in some of the Masonic lectures. If the name Jesus Christ was contained within the scripture, His name was usually omitted in the Masonic quotation. When Jesus was mentioned in the lectures, he was never lifted up, but considered, co-equal with Hiram Abiff or non-Christian gods such as Vishnu, Buddha, Confucius, Allah, etc. It now seemed blasphemous to say that Jesus could be included in the Masonic Great Architect of the Universe (GAOTU). You can't be a Christian and believe that Jesus is just one of many "gods." A Christian cannot accept Masonry’s concept of God embodied as the GAOTU.
Requiring that a candidate for Masonry believe in the existence of “A Supreme Being,” is merely causing him to bind his Masonic vows in the name of whatever god he may hold himself accountable to. Freemasonry has no problem with those who have faith in the gods of witchcraft, Satanism, Mormonism, etc.
I have observed Masons who declare themselves “Christians” that may be attending church regularly, but I have found that Masonry is truly a millstone that hinders growth in the Christian faith. I cannot recall knowing a Mason who had grown in his Christian faith as a result of his study of Freemasonry and its teachings.
I have observed one characteristic concerning Masons – Pride! In Proverbs 16:5, 16, 19, we find, “Every one that is proud in heart is an abomination to the Lord. . . Pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall. . . Better it is to be of an humble spirit with the lowly, than to divide the spoil with the proud.”
A new Mason has to acknowledge before entering the lodge room – that he is “in darkness” and is seeking true light in Masonry. A Christian is taught in the Light of the Scriptures and is not in darkness. In 2 Corinthians 6:14, we are told, “Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers, for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? And what communion hath light with darkness?” Jesus taught nothing in secret, but was always open and forthright in his teachings.
How long will it take Masons to understand that even the configuration of the lodge room and its “furniture” is arranged according to pagan worship of the sun and other occultic practices?
In the Apron Lecture, Masons are promised entrance to the Celestial Lodge above when appearing with their spotless lambskin aprons before God at the “Great White Throne Judgment”. But Revelation 20:6 says, “Blessed and Holy is he that hath part in the first resurrection: (a believer who trusted in Christ Jesus) on such the second death hath no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with him a thousand years.” In verse 12, we find, “…and the dead (an unbeliever who rejected salvation) were judged of those things which were written in the book, according to their works” at the Great White Throne Judgment.
In John 5:25-29, Jesus tells us, “Verily, verily, I say unto you, the hour is coming, and now is when the dead shall hear the voice of the Son of God, and they that hear shall live. For as the Father hath life in Himself, so hath He given to the Son to have life in Himself; and hath given Him authority to execute judgment, also, because He is the Son of Man. Marvel not at this; for the hour is coming, in which all that are in the graves shall hear His voice. And shall come forth: they that have done good, unto the resurrection of life, and they that have done evil, unto the resurrection of damnation.”
Masons looking forward to standing before God at the Great White Throne Judgment have rejected God’s provision for salvation through faith in Jesus Christ and must accept the judgment of the damned. Don’t expect God to be impressed by your apron at that Judgment. It is better to study God’s Word for Truth – you will not find it is the “circumambulations” of Masonic teachings.
The Scriptures tell us in 1 Timothy 2:5,6 “For there is one God and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus; who gave himself a ransom for all….” There is NO salvation through Masonry’s GAOTU!
Freemasonry is NOT compatible with Christianity. Therefore, “come out from among them.” Joy and freedom from bondage is found in leaving Freemasonry and trusting in Jesus for salvation. Find the proper way to sever your ties to Freemasonry. Ex-Masons for Jesus can help you. God will forgive your excursion into the fruitless valleys of Masonic wanderings if you repent and leave the lodge. With a new life in the Body of Christ, you will be free of the stains of those who search for meaning in all the wrong places.
If my earnest testimony has not yet convinced you to forsake Freemasonry, consider yourself standing naked and alone before God at the Great White Throne Judgment, wearing only you Lambskin Apron, and perhaps a red fez. Do you really believe that will impress the Divine Judge and Creator of our universe?
Being of Scottish ancestry, I have, however, found one very good use for what was formerly my lambskin apron. It serves me well as a chamois in washing and drying my cars. They are left “spotless”.
You claim to have been in Freemasonry, but the things you say ridicule the very essence of Morality.
In ANY Society....a man's word is his BOND.
Failure to keep your word to any Fraternity or vow/promise/etc to ANYONE on this Earth, stamps you as "person" not to be trusted".....EVER.
Anything you now say, wherever, can be "interpreted as a lie, as you are UNTRUSTWORTHY in any Society.
You have NO morals.
Can you get any lower.
Pagans are not to be condemned either, as it's ONLY a Religion that does that.......and they are accepted in MANY communities. They were around long before Christianity and it was they, who labelled them ...UNCHRISTIAN..!
What other denominations label them as such.?
You do need to look at life with TWO eyes.