Hence, though rituals and rites were a part of the worship in ancient Israel, they were not necessary for salvation. In contrast, in the Catholic Church the ritual of Mass is necessary for the salvation they promise. By this contrast, we can see the varied purpose of rites and rituals and the fact that it is not necessary for a rite or ritual be specifically meant for salvation for it to be an essential part of whatsoever religion that incorporates it.
Now, what religion and all its attendant “good works” are woefully deficient in are not the supposed “love” of visiting the fatherless and widows. Rather, it is the love of God and the keeping of oneself unspotted from the world. Like the scribes and Pharisees of the time of Christ, the works that are done in religion are primarily done for the edification of self and justification before God, without any understanding that the first and foremost thing God requires of man is to believe on the Lord Jesus Christ as only Lord and Saviour.
So it is that Freemasonry deliberately chooses not to define the truth, and as will be seen, actually works to obscure the simple truth of salvation in the Lord Jesus Christ and Him alone.
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.
One of the interesting things about apologetic studies is the frequency in which I come across the attitude that declares in essence: ‘There’s got to be more than this. It cannot be this simple and this easy to find’ with