Engaging Freemasonry

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Recently, I had the opportunity to minister to an elderly man who had been in Freemasonry for about half of his adult life. He was a 32nd degree Mason and was still looking for the answer that Freemasonry promised him. He had yet to find it.

When I dealt with him, I found him to be very intelligent, inquisitive and driven to learn. In fact, of all the traits he possessed, the love of learning was to me the most outstanding. I began to minister to him because his oldest daughter was gravely concerned for his destiny when he passed away. She saw no evidence that he had ever come to understand the Gospel, or that he knew the Lord Jesus Christ personally. I agreed to do a study with him, even though I really did not know what Freemasonry taught, or what it’s goals are. It proved to be interesting.

Out of that ministry to Sidney Max Beasley, Mr. Beasley ultimately ended up rejecting Freemasonry and the Freemason funeral rites. Now, the work is not mine as the LORD used a number of individuals over the years to minister to Mr. Beasley. However, apparently what Mr. Beasley lacked was the understanding of the fact that the truth is exclusive (meaning it necessarily excludes all things that are not true) and that two significant things are declared concerning the Lord Jesus Christ. The first thing Jesus declares about Himself, and the second was revealed by the Holy Ghost to the apostle Paul, for the benefit of us all:

Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. (John 14:6)

For I would that ye knew what great conflict I have for you, and for them at Laodicea, and for as many as have not seen my face in the flesh; That their hearts might be comforted, being knit together in love, and unto all riches of the full assurance of understanding, to the acknowledgement of the mystery of God, and of the Father, and of Christ; In whom are hid all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge. (Colossians 2:1-3)

It is a fact that in Jesus Christ and in Him alone resides the truth, and that it is a single truth that has many facets. Moreover, there is no other truth, and that all other claims to the truth are false, no matter how “true” they may appear to be. As a part of this, is a fact that all, not some or most, but all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge are hid in the Lord Jesus Christ. If he is the truth, then it does necessarily follow that he is all the truth, and that all knowledge, all wisdom and all understanding are hid in Him.

Hence, there is no other place to look for answers — no matter what the question.

Now the revelation of this to Mr. Beasley followed on the heels of being shown that Freemasonry cannot possibly know the truth as they steadfastly refuse to say which religion or denomination is right, or even the most correct. How can it be that all religions that confess “God” are accepted equally and are equally valid when there is such variance in what they teach, even to the point of being diametrically opposed? Moreover, Freemasonry claims that they will make a better man out of anyone who joins the fraternity and follows the dogma, rituals and rites. However, that raised another question:

How can an earthly organization of any sort make a better person out of someone if that organization refuses to accurately identify the truth, and instead opts to present a mishmash of religious teachings from different religions that don’t even agree in their basic tenets?

Added to that is yet another question:

How can anyone improve upon what the LORD God does when he changes a person at salvation, and then continues to work in their life to conform them to the image of the Lord Jesus Christ? Can you really claim to outdo the LORD God and His ability to change a person’s life and morals, especially since the LORD God made man in the image of Himself and knows more about how we tick than anyone else?

Mr. Beasley had no answers to the above questions. I was not surprised. Moreover, my lack of surprise was confirmed after he passed away and I purchased virtually his entire library of Masonic books. The reason he had no answers is due to the fact that Freemasonry cannot answer those questions, and it cannot answer the basic question the LORD God would ask of anyone who is not born-again in Christ Jesus:

How, and in what way, are you as righteous as the LORD God?

With that question left hanging (and I am going to let it hang), let us then proceed to examine what Freemasons state about Freemasonry, its teachings and purpose. After all, there is no more valid testimony as to what a person or organization believes than their own words properly and rightfully cited in context. This I will ever endeavor to accomplish in every article addressing any topic, not just Freemasonry.

To be continued . . .

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7 Responses to “Engaging Freemasonry”

  • Paul says:

    The examination of Freemasonry will be in-depth. However, I will not get into the secret rites and rituals they perform as they are really extraneous to the core of Freemasonry’s teaching. They themselves admit that the rites and rituals are designed as teaching and reinforcement tools. Thus, it is not the rite or ritual I care about, but the teaching that underlies it.

    I will examine the different aspects of Masonic morals and dogma and what they seek to achieve. I think it will be apparent from everything that will be presented, that Freemasonry not only misses the point of Scripture, it is also utterly empty and devoid of real meaning as well.

    It is interesting that you were “pursued” to join the Masons as that is supposed to be strictly forbidden in their doctrine. One of Freemasonry’s claims to high moral ground is that men come to it seeking to better themselves. Of course, one of the better ways to deal with being urged to join is to engage the individual and ask them what Freemasonry has done for them, and then ask them the above questions. I’ll hazard they cannot answer them.

    When I initially met with Mr. Beasley, I did not immediately begin to put forth the gospel to him. I knew that he had heard the gospel many times. What I was interested in, was where he was coming from and what he valued in Freemasonry. He very kindly told me what Freemasonry seeks to accomplish in the individual. Those answers led directly to the questions related in the post. It was then a matter of showing him how Masonic teaching and ritual missed the boat entirely.

  • Bro. Davis,
    My children have a piano teacher that goes to an extremely liberal church. He purchased some old books from an estate sale auction. He found an old masonry book. He has read it and says that masonry is very evil and wicked! This is from a man that goes to a church that openly allows wickedness in its members (good piano teacher, bad church, they pay him to play). He made mention of it on an auction place without revealing who he was and he was scared at the response and is still scared of someone finding out he has this book that reveals so much
    (including human sacrifice!). Obviously the previous owner was a high in the masonic circles. I have not seen the book, but might have him photo copy segments of it for me.

  • Paul says:

    Bro. Williams,

    “He found an old masonry book. He has read it and says that masonry is very evil and wicked! This is from a man that goes to a church that openly allows wickedness in its members (good piano teacher, bad church, they pay him to play). He made mention of it on an auction place without revealing who he was and he was scared at the response and is still scared of someone finding out he has this book that reveals so much (including human sacrifice!).”

    A couple of thoughts.

    First, the Scripture is express about two things:

    The fear of man bringeth a snare: but whoso putteth his trust in the LORD shall be safe. (Proverbs 29:25)

    and:

    Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded. (James 4:7-8)

    We know that all the Devil can do to the born again child of God is oppress, he cannot possess the soul of one born again in Christ. Moreover, as the passage in James tells us, if we resist the Devil and draw close to God, the Devil will flee. Now, that is not to say that we can freely look upon evil and not be affected. Rather we are instructed to be simple concerning evil, which is one of the reasons why I am not really interested in Masonic rituals. If the book causes this gentleman that much problem he needs to get rid of it — preferably by destroying it. The larger issue for the gentleman is this:

    He is frightened by the evil contained in this book, but is not frightened and bothered by the evil in the liberal church he plays piano for? Which then is the more dangerous for him? I would say that it is being in the liberal church in any capacity as he is not guarding against the wickedness of their teaching. He is however, fully guarding against the wickedness of Freemasonry. The sad part is that Freemasonry is no more wicked than the liberal church this man serves. Both will keep one on the road to hell.

    As I stated in my earlier reply, I am not interested in the rites and rituals as they only illustrate the teaching, and the teaching is the core of Freemasonry. Only a few of the books I have describe any rituals at all, and then only the major rituals. In perusing the books thus far I have only encountered one strange ritual which referenced putting the initiate in a coffin to signify being dead (briefly put). I am somewhat interested in why Freemasonry feels that kind of thing is necessary.

    There are some posts to come that will address the issues mentioned above.

  • aaron says:

    An interesting and fantastical post. Freemasonry makes no claim that it will teach you anything or that it has the answers to any questions. Anything you learn you will find within yourself. You will find no answers in the books because the answers are between you and your God. If you are going to attempt to be objective (which you are clearly not) you should cease the made up stories.

    A person gets out of Masonry what they put into it. If you have no faith or are racked by doubt about your place in this universe you have no plave in Masonry. You need to reconcile your views on God and this life before joining Masonry.

    A 32 degree Scottish Rite Mason, York Rite Mason, Blue Lodge Mason.

  • Paul says:

    Aaron,

    Mr. Beasley was a 32nd Degree, York Rite, Scottish Rite, Blue Lodge, OES Worthy Patron. Is that enough? I think all his certificates are still around (If his daughter hasn’t burned them yet.) I don’t think he was Past Grand Master because I didn’t ask. I didn’t ask as I didn’t care. The issue was the man’s soul.

    Now, for all that do not understand the usage of the word “Engaging” as it is used in the title, the following is given as a very brief explanation.

    “Engaging” in the sense that it is used in the titles of all posts relating to any religion or organization that is not expressly Biblical and specifically following the Lord Jesus Christ as only Lord and Saviour, is this:

    Engage, (3) To encounter; to begin to fight; to enter into conflict; [Webster’s Unabridged Dictionary]

    Hence the term is used in a strictly military sense.

    As for Freemasonry not “promising” anything and one “getting out of it what one puts into it,” that is true of any endeavor, not just Freemasonry. Thus, that agrument is simply a “straw man.”

    As for me being “not objective,” that depends very much on how you define “objective” doesn’t it? I think the future posts on Freemasonry with direct quotes from 33 Degree Masons will indeed prove what I say.

  • aaron says:

    I highly doubt that they will prove anything. But you are free to expend energy that could be useful tilting at whatever windmills you will. Far be it from me to attack your rather angry belief.

    Whatever you need to believe to get you through this life is fine with me. I am just a man and not given to be your judge. That is up to your God.

    So Mote It Be.

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    1. chris horton Says:

      Thanks for what I hope is an in depth look at Freemasonry.

      My Grandfather was a 32nd degree. He passed away when I was in High School. He was,I think,a great person.He was a Commander in the Pacific Campaign on what used to be called a Transport Carrier.(Small Aircraft Carrier.)

      My Father-in-Law is still alive,and also a 32nd Degree. I was pursued as a young man,and as recently as 4-5 years ago to “join” the Freemasons.

      I can say now,with Christ as my Savior,that it was he who filled me with doubt,and ultimately to reject Freemasonry.

      My curiosity as an adult now wonders if my Grandfather made it to Heaven. He was very involved in his Church and community up until his death. My Father-in-Law was as well.

      I don’t know how to broach the subject with him about his Salvation as a Freemason.He seems to cherish his gold/diamond studded Freemason ring,and has voiced disapointment that he cannot “pass it on.” Such materialistic possesions mean nothing to me.

      Any thoughts,Bro.Paul?

      Bro. Chris

    2. Paul Says:

      The examination of Freemasonry will be in-depth. However, I will not get into the secret rites and rituals they perform as they are really extraneous to the core of Freemasonry’s teaching. They themselves admit that the rites and rituals are designed as teaching and reinforcement tools. Thus, it is not the rite or ritual I care about, but the teaching that underlies it.

      I will examine the different aspects of Masonic morals and dogma and what they seek to achieve. I think it will be apparent from everything that will be presented, that Freemasonry not only misses the point of Scripture, it is also utterly empty and devoid of real meaning as well.

      It is interesting that you were “pursued” to join the Masons as that is supposed to be strictly forbidden in their doctrine. One of Freemasonry’s claims to high moral ground is that men come to it seeking to better themselves. Of course, one of the better ways to deal with being urged to join is to engage the individual and ask them what Freemasonry has done for them, and then ask them the above questions. I’ll hazard they cannot answer them.

      When I initially met with Mr. Beasley, I did not immediately begin to put forth the gospel to him. I knew that he had heard the gospel many times. What I was interested in, was where he was coming from and what he valued in Freemasonry. He very kindly told me what Freemasonry seeks to accomplish in the individual. Those answers led directly to the questions related in the post. It was then a matter of showing him how Masonic teaching and ritual missed the boat entirely.

    3. Pastor Vince Williams Says:

      Bro. Davis,
      My children have a piano teacher that goes to an extremely liberal church. He purchased some old books from an estate sale auction. He found an old masonry book. He has read it and says that masonry is very evil and wicked! This is from a man that goes to a church that openly allows wickedness in its members (good piano teacher, bad church, they pay him to play). He made mention of it on an auction place without revealing who he was and he was scared at the response and is still scared of someone finding out he has this book that reveals so much
      (including human sacrifice!). Obviously the previous owner was a high in the masonic circles. I have not seen the book, but might have him photo copy segments of it for me.

    4. Paul Says:

      Bro. Williams,

      “He found an old masonry book. He has read it and says that masonry is very evil and wicked! This is from a man that goes to a church that openly allows wickedness in its members (good piano teacher, bad church, they pay him to play). He made mention of it on an auction place without revealing who he was and he was scared at the response and is still scared of someone finding out he has this book that reveals so much (including human sacrifice!).”

      A couple of thoughts.

      First, the Scripture is express about two things:

      The fear of man bringeth a snare: but whoso putteth his trust in the LORD shall be safe. (Proverbs 29:25)

      and:

      Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded. (James 4:7-8)

      We know that all the Devil can do to the born again child of God is oppress, he cannot possess the soul of one born again in Christ. Moreover, as the passage in James tells us, if we resist the Devil and draw close to God, the Devil will flee. Now, that is not to say that we can freely look upon evil and not be affected. Rather we are instructed to be simple concerning evil, which is one of the reasons why I am not really interested in Masonic rituals. If the book causes this gentleman that much problem he needs to get rid of it — preferably by destroying it. The larger issue for the gentleman is this:

      He is frightened by the evil contained in this book, but is not frightened and bothered by the evil in the liberal church he plays piano for? Which then is the more dangerous for him? I would say that it is being in the liberal church in any capacity as he is not guarding against the wickedness of their teaching. He is however, fully guarding against the wickedness of Freemasonry. The sad part is that Freemasonry is no more wicked than the liberal church this man serves. Both will keep one on the road to hell.

      As I stated in my earlier reply, I am not interested in the rites and rituals as they only illustrate the teaching, and the teaching is the core of Freemasonry. Only a few of the books I have describe any rituals at all, and then only the major rituals. In perusing the books thus far I have only encountered one strange ritual which referenced putting the initiate in a coffin to signify being dead (briefly put). I am somewhat interested in why Freemasonry feels that kind of thing is necessary.

      There are some posts to come that will address the issues mentioned above.

    5. aaron Says:

      An interesting and fantastical post. Freemasonry makes no claim that it will teach you anything or that it has the answers to any questions. Anything you learn you will find within yourself. You will find no answers in the books because the answers are between you and your God. If you are going to attempt to be objective (which you are clearly not) you should cease the made up stories.

      A person gets out of Masonry what they put into it. If you have no faith or are racked by doubt about your place in this universe you have no plave in Masonry. You need to reconcile your views on God and this life before joining Masonry.

      A 32 degree Scottish Rite Mason, York Rite Mason, Blue Lodge Mason.

    6. Paul Says:

      Aaron,

      Mr. Beasley was a 32nd Degree, York Rite, Scottish Rite, Blue Lodge, OES Worthy Patron. Is that enough? I think all his certificates are still around (If his daughter hasn’t burned them yet.) I don’t think he was Past Grand Master because I didn’t ask. I didn’t ask as I didn’t care. The issue was the man’s soul.

      Now, for all that do not understand the usage of the word “Engaging” as it is used in the title, the following is given as a very brief explanation.

      “Engaging” in the sense that it is used in the titles of all posts relating to any religion or organization that is not expressly Biblical and specifically following the Lord Jesus Christ as only Lord and Saviour, is this:

      Engage, (3) To encounter; to begin to fight; to enter into conflict; [Webster’s Unabridged Dictionary]

      Hence the term is used in a strictly military sense.

      As for Freemasonry not “promising” anything and one “getting out of it what one puts into it,” that is true of any endeavor, not just Freemasonry. Thus, that agrument is simply a “straw man.”

      As for me being “not objective,” that depends very much on how you define “objective” doesn’t it? I think the future posts on Freemasonry with direct quotes from 33 Degree Masons will indeed prove what I say.

    7. aaron Says:

      I highly doubt that they will prove anything. But you are free to expend energy that could be useful tilting at whatever windmills you will. Far be it from me to attack your rather angry belief.

      Whatever you need to believe to get you through this life is fine with me. I am just a man and not given to be your judge. That is up to your God.

      So Mote It Be.

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