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Sunday, December 11, 2011

The Freemason Controversy: Discerning the Differences between the Masonic Lodge and Christianity - Michael A. Petillo

Chapter 1: Is Freemason Revelation Authentic?

Chapter 2: Is the God of Freemasonry Biblical?

Chapter 3: Is the Jesus of the Craft Biblical?

Chapter 4: Is the Holy Spirit of Freemasonry Biblical?

Chapter 5: Is Man Basically Good?

Chapter 6: Is Salvation Obtained by Good Works?

Chapter 7: Who Will Dwell With God in Eternity?

Introduction

These chapters are presentations of God’s divine truth for a Freemason who wants to understand the essential difference between Freemasonry and biblical Christianity. Many people are caught up with Freemasonry. Some may believe it is true, and submit to its religiousness. They may submit to it because it is a system of moral teachings with religious implications. They may also be attracted to it because it has social benefits. It is also true that Freemasons lack knowledge about what Freemasonry actually teaches. My passion is to present a loving and compassionate presentation of the gospel of Christ to Freemasons. This book is designed for Freemasons who claim to be Christians. There are other issues related to Freemasonry that have not been covered in this book. It covers the major areas of Christian doctrine.

I’m not ashamed to own my Lord, or to defend his cause, maintain the honor of his Word, the glory of his cross. Jesus, my God! I know his name, his name is all my trust; nor will he put my soul to shame, nor let my hope be lost. Firm as his throne his promise stands, and he can well secure what I’ve committed to his hands till the decisive hour. Then will he own my worthless name before his Father’s face, and in the new Jerusalem appoint my soul a place. [1]

These days it seems that some people who claim to be Christian are caught up in Freemasonry. This book exposes the sins of Freemasonry regarding matters of doctrine. Only a person willing to recognize their sin, by God’s grace, will be transformed. If there was only one Christian person in Freemasonry, this book would still be meant for you. If someone does not believe in the essentials of biblical Christianity, and considers themselves a Christian, it is still good for you to read this book to gain an understanding of what true Christianity teaches. Perhaps God will work in your heart about the Christian faith. If someone believes Freemasonry, and claims to be a Christian, this book is meant for you. If you are a Reformed Christian, and you desire to hear a presentation of divine truth in refutation of falsehood, this presentation of God’s Word is also for you.
The question is: what do Christians believe? Some people think Christians can believe whatever they want. What does a Christian believe? The statement of faith of what Christians believe is set forth in the Westminster Confession of Faith (WCF) or the London Baptist Confession of Faith of 1689 (LCF). This author is a Reformed Baptist, and gladly submits to the LCF. Christians believe the Apostles, Nicene, and Athanasian Creed. We firmly believe in the Chalcedon Definition. These summaries of the Christian faith show the essentials of Christianity. If someone denies the essentials of the Christian faith, he or she can no longer be called a true Christian. Are not these essentials of the Christian faith? Doesn’t each religion have their own affirmations and denials about what constitutes their kind of faith? If someone denies the affirmations, and affirms the denials; do we not have a different religion altogether? H.L. Haywood of The Great Teachings of Masonry said, “Freemasonry is a religious mysticism.” [2]
We shall see that the denial of the Bible as the sole infallible source of special revelation; the God of the Bible as one true God; the deity and personality of the Holy Spirit; the radical corruption of mankind; justification by faith alone and God’s true Christian people will dwell with God’s holy angels in the adoration of the Blessed Trinity forevermore. These are fundamental truths of the Christian faith. Someone cannot be a Christian and deny them. We see that Roman Catholicism and Arminianism deny the radical corruption of man. It is a non-Christian interpretation of divine Scripture to attribute any goodness to mankind. It is an interpretation based purely on tradition.
What is the basis for religious belief? Is the basis for religious belief an infallible Church, or a Masonic lodge? Is “the human light…but [a] imperfect reflection of a ray of the Infinite and Divine?” [3] Or are the Christian Scriptures the sole infallible source for religious faith and morals? The alleged basis for Freemasonry is ancient teachings of God. “Masonry…is their spiritual descendant, and renders much the same ministry to our age which the mysteries rendered to the olden world…This at least is true: the Greater Ancient Mysteries were prophetic of Masonry.” [4]
The understanding of what Freemasons believe is used from H. Wayne House author of Charts of Cults, Sects & Religious Movements (Michigan: Zondervan Publishing House, 2000), pp. 139-147. The book is designed to lovely target Masons who claim to be Christian to the true Christian faith. It is a fundamental falsehood that a Christian can be a Mason, or a Mason a Christian. This author is not saying that Masonry does not allow Christians in their lodges. What this author is saying is it is a falsehood to even suggest that a Christian can be a Mason. That is, it is inconsistent. The teachings of biblical Christianity and Masonry fundamentally oppose each other. It is the hope of this author that you will read and understand and believe God’s divine Reformed truth. It is the hope and prayer of this author that people will be convicted of their sin and turn from their sin: “…Repent, and believe in the gospel” (Mark 1:15 NKJV). Hear the voice from heaven in Scripture, “Come out of her, my people, lest you share in her sins, and lest you receive of her plagues. For her sins have reached to heaven, and God has remembered her iniquities” (Revelation 18:4-5 NKJV).


Can a Christian be a Mason? No! We are told not be involved in the works of darkness. We are told to come out from among them and be separate. We, as believers, are told there is one God, one Lord Jesus Christ, one salvation, that being salvation by grace through faith. The Apostle Paul says regarding anyone who teaching any other salvation, let that person be accursed (damned).
Jerry L. Orr

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