Where is Jesus in all of this?
"He shall honour the God of forces: a god whom his fathers knew not"... he shall speak great words against the most High, and shall wear out the saints of the most High, and think to change times and laws Dan:7:25;11:38
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Freemasonry 'carefully excludes' the Lord Jesus Christ from the Lodge and chapter, repudiates His mediatorship, and sets up for itself a a spiritual empire at the head of which it places the god of nature- and from which the only living and true God is expelled by resolution." (Edmond Ronayne, The Master's Carpet or Masonry and Baal Worship- identical)
JUST ANOTHER GREAT TEACHER
Masonry accepts the worship of many different Gods... at least it seems that way for "unenlightened" Initiates who haven't yet discovered who the true god of Masonry really is- Lucifer! "In his private devotions a Mason will pray to Jehovah, Mohammed, Allah, Jesus, or the deity of his choice."- Allen Roberts, The Craft (of Masonry) and it's Symbols: Opening the Door to Masonic Symbolism, Page 6
Just as New Agers do- Freemasonry teaches that Jesus was "Just another Great Teacher among many others, such as Buddha, Allah, Mohammed, or Socrates." Albert Pike, Morals and Dogma, Page 525. "Jesus was just a man. Here was one of the 'exemplars', one of the great men of the past, but not divine and certainly not the only means of redemption of lost mankind."-Jim Shaw, former Mason of the 33rd Degree, Past worshipful Master of the Blue Lodge, Past Master of all Scottish Rite bodies, Knight Commander of the Court of Honor, Shaw and McKenney, The Deadly Deception, Page 126, 127
The important Rose Croix Masonic ritual called "Maundy Thursday" officially states during the ceremony: "We meet this day to commemorate the death (of Jesus), not as inspired or divine, for this is not for us to decide."-Shaw and McKenney, The Deadly Deception, Page 127; Henry F. Clausen, Practice and Procedure for the Scottish Rite, Page 75-77
Albert Pike, who was supposedly a great "enlightened" Mason taught that all specific dogmas about Jesus, such as that he was God, are in error. Masons teach that it is important to: "...strip from all religions their orthodox tenets, legends, allegories and dogmas."-Albert Pike, Clausen's Commentaries on Morals and Dogma, pg. 157 That is why Albert Pike said that Jesus "was only a great teacher of morality" -but nothing more. - Albert Pike, Morals and Dogma, Page 525.
And the conclusion that J.W.Acker; a member of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod's Commission on Fraternal Organizations arrived at was this: "Masonry regards Jesus Christ as a great teacher only, not as the Son of God and Savior from sin, placing him on the same level with the heathen Greek philosopher Socrates and with the prophet Mohammed." -J.W.Acker, Strange Altars: a Scriptural Appraisal of the Lodge, pg. 6, 34-39 That is the same level that New Agers put Jesus on- that He was a good man - but so were lots of other Religious teachers, and that He was not anything other than a mere man!
FORBIDDING PRAYERS IN THE NAME OF JESUS
The Masonic "Texas Monitor", along with many others, stresses that Masonry is correct in "forbidding all sectarian discussion within its Lodge rooms." -Grand Lodge of Texas, Monitor of the Lodge, Page 89. In other words, Masonry absolutely denies the right of Christians to try to share Jesus Christ with other Masons. The Lodge prohibits all attempts at conversion. Yet it is permissible to speak of and teach others about the "God of the Masonic Lodge" which is the G.A.O.T.U. (We will discuss later what the term means)-Mackey's Revised Encyclopedia of Freemasonry, Vol. I, pg. 192
On the surface, Masonry appears to accept "all Religions", but at the same time- Jesus Christ is left out in the cold. From "The Masonic Handbook ", pg. 184, we read: "Whether you swear or take God's name in vain don't matter so much, of course the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, as you, know don't amount to anything, but Mah-hah-bone- O horror! You must never, on any account, speak that awful name aloud. That would be the most heinous crime... unmasonic- unpardonable." Quoted from The Masonic Report, McQuaig, pg 2
So, Masons claim that the name of Jesus "don't amount to much of anything"! and that it's alright to take God's name in vain- just as long as you be sure not to take their pagan God's name in vain!
The Bible is explicit in telling us to pray to God the Father in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, but Masonry forbids prayers to Jesus or God in Jesus' name, in the Lodge. "The Maryland Master Mason" magazine of March 1973 asserts the following regulation concerning prayer in the lodge: "All prayers in Mason Lodges should be directed to the one deity to whom all Masons refer as *the Great Architect of the Universe... Prayers in the Lodges should be closed with expressions such as 'in the Most Holy and precious name we pray' using no additional words which would be in conflict with the religious beliefs of those present at meetings."- Jack Harris, Freemasonry: the invisible cult in our midst, pg.112 *The Great Architect of the Universe is also known by the Masons as "The G.A.O.T.U."
This is what happens to naïve Christian who think that the Masonic Lodge accepts Christianity, and tries therefore to offer a prayer in the name of Jesus Christ: "...the Commander of the Guard called me aside and rebuked me sharply. He said, I had ended the prayer 'in Christ's holy name' for that, he said, I would be reported! I was called in to see the Secretary of the Scottish Rite about my unsatisfactory performance. He was nice about it, but told me that I was never to end a prayer 'in Jesus' name' or 'in Christ's name'. He said, 'make your prayers universal.'"-Jim Shaw and Tom McKenney, The Deadly Deception: Freemasonry Exposed by One of it's Top Leaders, pg 72
This supposed "niceness" if somebody who is ignorant offers a prayer in Jesus' name in the Lodge- could turn ugly: "...whenever a minister prays in the name of Christ in any of our assemblies, you must always hold yourself in readiness, if called upon, to cut his throat from ear to ear, pull out his tongue by the roots and bury his body at the bottom of some lake or pond."- Quoted from The Masonic Report, McQuaig, pg. 3
"Freemasonry 'carefully excludes' the Lord Jesus Christ from the Lodge and Chapter, repudiates His mediatorship, rejects His atonement, denies and disowns His gospel, frowns upon His religion and His church, ignores the Holy Spirit, and sets up for itself a spiritual empire, a religious theocracy, at the head of which it place the G.A.O.T.U. -the god of nature- and from which the only living true God is expelled by resolution." Former Mason- Edmond Ronayne, The Master's Carpet or Masonry and Baal-Worship-Identical, pg. 87
There are those who question whether it is right for Christians to belong to the Freemasons and other Secret Societies. In these Societies what are the favorite subjects of conversation? The presence of Christ is unknown to these gatherings. No reference is made to Him. His companionship is not desired. Where and when do such associations honor God? If you do not influence your companions for good, are they not influencing you for evil?
Copyright 2013, Claudia Thompson