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is freemasonry compatible with Christianity?

Side notes

All Bible references are from the English Standard Version unless otherwise noted.

[a] Pike, Albert
Morals and Dogma of the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite of Freemasonry, Supreme Council of the Thirty-Third Degree, Charleston, 1950, page 213

[1] Matthew 12:22-37
Then a demon-oppressed man who was blind and mute was brought to him, and he healed him, so that the man spoke and saw. And all the people were amazed, and said, “Can this be the Son of David?” But when the Pharisees heard it, they said, “It is only by Beelzebul, the prince of demons, that this man casts out demons.”

Knowing their thoughts, he said to them, “Every kingdom divided against itself is laid waste, and no city or house divided against itself will stand. And if Satan casts out Satan, he is divided against himself. How then will his kingdom stand? And if I cast out demons by Beelzebul, by whom do your sons cast them out? Therefore they will be your judges. But if it is by the Spirit of God that I cast out demons, then the kingdom of God has come upon you. Or how can someone enter a strong man's house and plunder his goods, unless he first binds the strong man? Then indeed he may plunder his house.

Whoever is not with me is against me, and whoever does not gather with me scatters. Therefore I tell you, every sin and blasphemy will be forgiven people, but the blasphemy against the Spirit will not be forgiven. And whoever speaks a word against the Son of Man will be forgiven, but whoever speaks against the Holy Spirit will not be forgiven, either in this age or in the age to come.

“Either make the tree good and its fruit good, or make the tree bad and its fruit bad, for the tree is known by its fruit. You brood of vipers! How can you speak good, when you are evil? For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks. The good person out of his good treasure brings forth good, and the evil person out of his evil treasure brings forth evil. I tell you, on the day of judgment people will give account for every careless word they speak, for by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned.”

[b] Mackey, Albert
Mackey's Revised Encyclopedia of Freemasonry, Macoy Publishing, Richmond, VA., 1966, page 618

[2] Romans 3:30
..there is only one God..

[3] Acts 4:11-12
This Jesus is the stone that was rejected by you, the builders, which has become the cornerstone. And there is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.”

[4] Matthew 12:30
“Whoever is not with me is against me, and whoever does not gather with me scatters.”

[5] Matthew 12:36-37
I tell you, on the day of judgment people will give account for every careless word they speak, for by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned.”

[6] Matthew 5:33-37
“Again you have heard that it was said to those of old, ‘You shall not swear falsely, but shall perform to the Lord what you have sworn.’ But I say to you, Do not take an oath at all, either by heaven, for it is the throne of God, or by the earth, for it is his footstool, or by Jerusalem, for it is the city of the great King. And do not take an oath by your head, for you cannot make one hair white or black. Let what you say be simply ‘Yes’ or ‘No’; anything more than this comes from evil.”

[7] James 5:12
But above all, my brothers, do not swear, either by heaven or by earth or by any other oath, but let your “yes” be yes and your “no” be no, so that you may not fall under condemnation.

[8] Ephesians 5:23
For the husband is the head of the wife even as Christ is the head of the church, his body, and is himself its Savior.

[9] 1 Peter 3:7
Likewise, husbands, live with your wives in an understanding way, showing honor to the woman as the weaker vessel, since they are heirs with you of the grace of life, so that your prayers may not be hindered.

[10] Exodus 20:1-6
And God spoke all these words, saying, “I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery. “You shall have no other gods before me.  “You shall not make for yourself a carved image, or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth. You shall not bow down to them or serve them, for I the Lord your God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children to the third and the fourth generation of those who hate me, but showing steadfast love to thousands of those who love me and keep my commandments.

Freemasonry is proving to be a most controversial subject amongst Christians nowadays. Many Christians belong to a Freemasonry Lodge, and they claim that Freemasonry is harmless and can be attended without any detrimental effect upon their personal Christian lives.

Such claims need careful examination.

The first question needing answer, as we consider any such examination, is this:


What is Freemasonry?

Albert Pike, once ‘Sovereign Grand Commander of the Supreme Council of Grand Sovereign Inspectors General of the Thirty-Third Degree’ (Freemasonry has many opportunities for ‘promotion’, called ‘degrees’.) makes a most interesting statement in one of his books. He writes,

‘Every Masonic Lodge is a temple of religion and its teachings are instructions in religion.’[a]

By it’s own documentation, therefore, Freemasonry is declared a religion, (although some still try to deny this). As a religion, it has to own a deity of some sort. The Collins English dictionary defines religion as, ‘belief in a superhuman power or powers to be worshipped.’

The Bible teaches that there are only two spiritual kingdoms operating over planet earth – the Kingdom of God and the kingdom of Satan. The Kingdom of God has God as its master, the kingdom of Satan has Satan as its master. The two kingdoms are absolutely opposed in every way to each other. Matthew 12:22-37[1]

The second question needing answer then, is this:


To which spiritual kingdom does Freemasonry belong?

Albert Mackey, once a thirty third degree Freemason, writes this in one of his books,

‘The religion of Freemasonry is not Christianity’.[b]

Freemasonry refuses to acknowledge Jesus Christ as the only true Saviour and Lord. Christianity refuses to acknowledge any Saviour and Lord except Jesus. Romans 3:30[2], Acts 4:11-12[3]

By a simple process of elimination, we are therefore compelled to arrive at one answer. The religion of Freemasonry must operate under Satan. Because the religion of Freemasonry is incompatible with Christianity it, by default, has to operate under the kingdom of Satan. There is no other choice. Matthew 12:30[4]

Moreover, initiates beginning the journey into Freemasonry, face a ritual that is almost identical in content to the initiation oaths required for entry into the religion of Satanism. Freemasonry has though been much more successful in clothing itself with respectability and acceptability than witchcraft has. Because of this, it has in fact become a most dangerous deception.

But, you may say, I am only in this organisation for the friendship and fun. Listen, please listen. In all matters pertaining to human law, ignorance of law is not accepted as a defence. We are held accountable whether or not we have learnt every legal requirement. Spiritual laws are just the same. Even ignorant or flippant participation in the things of Satan will one day be called to account by God. Matthew 12:36-37[5]

Quite apart from the fact that Freemasonry is a religion, but is not the religion of Christianity, at least four more principles of Scripture are also violated by those who practice Freemasonry.


Principle 1 – Oath taking

Freemasons are not passive in the lodges to which they belong. Adherents actively and progressively continue through rituals within which they swear oaths and bind themselves to horrible punishments should they break those oaths. Scripture however, forbids the taking of oaths at all. Matthew 5:33-37[6], James 5:12[7]


Principle 2 – Serving two masters

The Bible teaches that we have to serve one master or the other, but we cannot serve both. A very clear principle of Scripture is given in Matthew 6:24NIV: ‘No one can serve two masters.’ Any man trying to run in both camps will fail. He can true to one, or the other, but not both.


Principle 3 – Responsibility

The Bible teaches that the husband is the head of his household, and his wife and children are under his spiritual covering. Ephesians 5:23[8], 1 Peter 3:7[9]

Every member of Freemasonry who is therefore married, automatically places his wife and any children he may have under the covering of Satan. Remember that ignorance does not make for excuse. Laws, physical, legal or spiritual, operate and have effect whether or not we agree with them or even know about them.


Principle 4 -Consequences

The Bible teaches that the sins of fathers can be visited down as far as four generations of offspring. Exodus 20:1-6[10]

So those involved in Freemasonry not only bring their own wives and children under the cruel hands of the devil, but commit generations as yet unborn to the sadistic bondage of demonic interference. Be reminded yet again that ignorance does not make for excuse. It is a frightening thought to understand that our actions can and do affect maybe dozens of descendants for the next hundred or more years.

And finally, the extensive experience of counsellors ministering in these areas has shown that bondages from past generational involvement in Freemasonry can and do have spiritual, mental and physical effects on even innocent descendants, sometimes even to the devastation of premature death.

This paper seeks to accurately represent the teachings of Holy Scriptures. You are free to copy or alter all or any part of this paper PROVIDED that the Holy Scriptures are not misrepresented as a result.