Why Christians and Freemasonry Don’t Mix

Masonic Altar

Masonic Altar

I was talking to a friend the other day who is a Freemason. He was joking about the meetings that are full of old men who do nothing but sit around and play cards. I asked him why then he was a Mason, he said “networking.”

I told him my church didn’t allow members to be Freemasons and he said he had never heard of that. I thought this was pretty much standard but the more I dug around, the more I found that many churches don’t have an opinion on the subject.

If your church as a live-and-let-be attitude toward secret organizations, you should urge them to take another look.

Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod View of Freemasons

“Pastors and laypeople must avoid membership or participation in any organization that in its objectives, ceremonies, or practices is inimical to the Gospel of Jesus Christ or the faith and life of the Christian church.” It is because tenets and practices of Freemasonry conflict with the biblical Gospel of Jesus Christ that our church from its very beginning has held that membership in this organization conflicts with a faithful confession of this Gospel (1).

Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Church and Freemasons

We contend that Masonic beliefs do interfere with a Christian’s beliefs. For example, when the Lambskin (or White Leather Apron) is presented to a candidate, he is told, “You were presented with the Lambskin… because the lamb has in all ages been deemed an emblem of innocence. He therefore who wears the Lambskin … as a badge of a Mason, is thereby continually reminded of that purity of conduct and life which is so essentially necessary to his gaining admission into the celestial lodge where the supreme Architect of the universe presides.”

That is the heart of the Masonic blasphemy. That is a denial of Christ’s gospel. It makes the sacrifice of the Lamb of God unnecessary to take away the sin of the world (3).

Roman Catholic View of Freemasons

The <New Catholic Encyclopedia> states, “Freemasonry displays all the elements of religion, and as such it becomes a rival to the religion of the Gospel. It includes temples and altars, prayers, a moral code, worship, vestments, feast days, the promise of reward and punishment in the afterlife, a hierarchy, and initiative and burial rites” (2).

Other churches such as the Anglican/Episcopal, Baptist, Presbyterian and Methodist churches have also addressed the issue but sometimes in un-united and/or unconvincing ways, leaving it to their members to make the conscious choice.

The Freemasons are a closed society that isn’t forthright with their beliefs or traditions. If you’re confronted with an invitation to join, I think it best to err on the side of caution. I think the Roman Catholic Church said it best: “Those interested in joining a men’s club should consider the Knights of Columbus instead.”

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8 Responses to Why Christians and Freemasonry Don’t Mix

  1. I have a document from the library of congress,(I don’t think it’s a forgery) where George Washington in a letter to G.W. Synder make a reference to the activity of the Illuminati in the U.S.A. The problem is, it was written over 14 years after they allegedly broke up.

    Everyone, Christian or not, needs to stay far away from the freemasons.

  2. robstroud says:

    I worked with a man in California who joined the Lodge solely because of his interest in gnostic illumination. He was very disappointed that the vast majority of members had little interest in esoteric religion, which is of course a fundamental component of the organization’s official belief and ritual.

  3. Not only are the Masons dangerous for these reasons, but at various times they have been openly opposed and adversarial to the Catholic Church.

    • Outlaw Monk says:

      The Catholic Church seems to have the most hard-line stance against the Masons, maybe that’s part of the reason.

      • That’s definitely true (see the document from Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger as Prefect of the Congretation for the Doctrine of the Faith). The bigger question is, who started it? I heard recently that Roman Masons used to fire a cannon at the Vatican every day from the nearby Janiculum Hill! Many Catholics I’ve read state that the Freemasons are fundamentally anti-Catholic if not anti-Christian. If you believe the Traditionalist conspiracy theorists, Masonic spies were behind Vatican II and the plot to sabotage the true Church!

      • Ack, that wasn’t the document; that was the conspiracy theorist. Here is the document.

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