Ethics: the Deacons are Freemasons!

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What would you do Wednesday!

Freemasonry is not as active as it was in the past. It was already on the decline when I left the lodge 13 years ago. Although I imagine the Shriners, of whom all are Masons, are still pretty active.

Freemasonry was once a concern in Southern Baptist life. In fact, the North American Mission Board’s apologetics website has a few resources on Freemasonry under “New Religions and Cults.”1

A 1993 Southern Baptist study on Freemasonry concluded with a list of items showing where Freemasonry and Christianity were not compatible. However, the report also acknowledged:

That many oustanding Christians and Southern Baptists now are, and in the past have been Masons, including such notable past Southern Baptist leaders as B.H. Carroll, George W. Truett, L.R. Scarborough, W.T. Connor, Louie D. Newton, and J.B. Lawrence.2

What if you discovered that the deacons in your church were Freemasons?

Imagine that you have been attending a local church for a year. In the last few months you began to know a few of the deacons a little better. During that time you also began noticing that most of the deacons wore similar lapel pins.

Finally, you get a chance to privately ask one of the deacons about the pins. This deacon is glad you asked. He explains that they are Freemasonry pins and that all of the deacons are Masons. He was hoping that you would ask since Masons are forbidden from actively recruiting.

“Freemasons have always been part of this church,” the deacon explains. “Years ago we dedicated the Family Life Center in the name of our lodge,” he says as he walks you around to the dedicated stone that is etched with date, church name and Masonic symbols. The deacon encouragingly asks if you have anymore questions about Masonry?

What would you do?

  • Ask more about Freemasonry including how to join.
  • Ask about how Freemasonry lines up with Christianity.
  • Say thanks, but no thanks.
  • Talk with the pastor about this issue.
  • Smash the Masonic stone and tell the deacon to repent.
  • Or…

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1 Larry February 1, 2012 at 2:36 pm

Yikes, if ALL of the deacons are Freemasons a talk with the pastor would probably prove futile. I may ask him to talk about how Freemasonry lines up with Christianity but I’d also realize leaving that particular church may be a necessity. Freemasonry is Gnosticism and not compatible with Christianity.

2 Mark February 1, 2012 at 3:42 pm

Larry, yeah it would give me concern if all of them were Freemasons. I actually found a cornerstone given by the Freemasons with their symbols and lodge name etched in it at a church I attended years ago.

3 Peter L February 1, 2012 at 9:31 pm

Since I am well aware of what Freemasonry is, having a father-in-law who was one, I would pray about warning the deacon(s) about what they are really into. I would also go to the pastor and mention my concerns about certain members without naming them. I would have something ready to give him to read. There is a lot of literature out there, so it should not be a problem getting the right piece for the situation.

4 Mark February 1, 2012 at 9:47 pm

Peter L, I used to be a Freemason also. What’s so odd about those who profess to be Christians and the oaths, etc. of Freemasonry is how easy it seems to be to see they are incompatible.

5 Bryan February 2, 2012 at 12:58 am

This is a timely article. I just found out a member of our Study group is a Freemason. Several had just watched the video by Dr. Ron Carlson about Freemasonry and the individual in our group was offended by this.

He insists that he is not from Scottish or York Rite but Swedish Rite in the Icelandic Order of Freemasonry and says they are different, that one must be a Christian to be a member. Yet they still have oaths they take and still very secretive of what happens within their organization.

I have been trying to do some research on Swedish Rite Freemasonry but information is limited on this Rite.

Needless to say, this has caused a chasim in the group, yet I do not believe any “Rite” of freemasonry has a palce within the true body of Christ.

6 Mark February 2, 2012 at 8:37 am

Bryan,

I am not familiar with the Swedish rite of Freemasonry. However, their Grand Lodge webpage does mention that they are Christian. Just because a prerequisite is that one be a Christian to join does not mean that the organization’s teachings line up with Christianity.

It looks as if they still have the same three basic Masonic degrees. My guess is that these degrees contain the same blood oaths and also have a mock resurrection for the third degree. Anyone interested in reading about the degrees, their oaths and rituals may want to pick up a copy of Duncan’s Ritual of Freemasonry.

7 Thom Cole February 3, 2012 at 9:09 am

I went to a men’s fellowship breakfast about 25 years ago and sat beside two deacons who both had the Freemasonry pins on their lapels. I had just gone through a study of the beliefs of the Freemasons so I knew that their views were not Christian. After the breakfast I went to the pastor and asked if he knew anything about the Freemasons and their beliefs. When he said he did know that they were a cult, I then informed him that at least two of his deacons had Masonry lapel pins and that they were obviously members of the Masonic Lodge. The Pastor had the courage to call a church meeting, explain what was going on and ask that the deacons step down.

8 Mark February 3, 2012 at 9:35 am

Thom,

Great story. I am glad the pastor took appropriate action. Years ago there was a pastor who knew that there were many Freemasons in the deacon body. He agreed that their organizations was not biblical, but never said anything.

9 Michael Buratovich February 3, 2012 at 1:52 pm

I would pick “Ask about how Freemasonry lines up with Christianity.” I do not understand Freemasonry very well. If Freemasonry is incompatible with Christianity, then I will need to know more about it and measure it against Scripture. If it is incompatible with Christianity, it is imperative that I represent the beliefs of Freemasonry accurately. I would also remind the deacon that the founders of the church being Freemasons is neither here nor there. People, even godly ones, are depraved human beings who do immoral things and believe wrong things and that especially includes me. The issue is whether or not Freemasonry is compatible with Biblical Christianity and not whether people formerly associated with the church adhered to Freemasonry.

10 Peter L February 3, 2012 at 9:45 pm

Michael- A couple of things: Freemasons take oaths that are not compatible with Christianity (I forget what they are, but they involve violent actions); Freemasons are required to believe in a “supreme being”. It doesn’t have to be the God of the Bible, but whatever the local deity is. And the list goes on.

11 Mark February 3, 2012 at 10:48 pm

Michael,

I’ve been meaning to do a post addressing Freemasonry, but have not gotten around to it. I will just provide one example of incompatibility by using one of the blood oaths. The following is the oath one takes while being raised to the Master Mason degree of which I would be guilty.

All this I most solemnly, sincerely promise and swear, with a firm and steady resolution to perform the same, without any hesitation, mental reservation, or secret evasion of mind what-ever, binding myself, under no less penalty than that of having my body severed in two, my bowels taken from thence and burned to ashes, the ashes scattered before the four winds of heaven, that no more remembrance might be had of so vile and wicked a wretch as I would be, should I ever, knowingly, violate this my Master Mason’s obligation. So help me God, and keep me steadfast in the due performance of the same.

Source: Duncan’s Masonic Ritual and Monitor

12 Michael Buratovich February 4, 2012 at 12:04 pm

Yuk!!! That’s gross. So much for your yes being yes and your no being no.

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