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Is Freemasonry compatible with Christianity?
Thank you for asking this important question. This answer will begin by looking at the history of Freemasonry, then by considering some relevant biblical issues, and finally by sharing some spiritual advice about some conflicts between being both a Freemason and a committed Christian.
Freemasonry developed around the year 1200 when cathedral building in Europe was becoming increasingly elaborate. The original Order was religious as well as expert in masonry skills and was intended to protect the knowledge developed between skilled masons. This may be the origin of some of the 'secret signs' used by masons to recognise each other. Over several centuries, the movement became more social and educational and a vehicle for anti-dogmatic religious beliefs. For this reason, the Roman Catholic Church has generally opposed it, while the Greek and Russian Orthodox Churches still teaches that those who join the Freemasons forfeit membership of the Church altogether.
Since the nineteenth century at least, many Protestants have regarded Freemasonry as compatible with Christian faith because it requires belief in God but leaves members free to hold whatever other beliefs they choose, and focuses on a great deal of charitable work in society. However, it remains a male-only movement, something many people now consider offensively patriarchal. Furthermore, Freemasonry has a variety of levels or 'degrees' to which members may progress, each of them keeping secret their rituals. In the higher ones it is claimed that more specific religious teachings exist which are clearly contrary to the Bible. One such claim is that in one of the higher degrees, God is identified with ancient Middle Eastern religious cults by being given the name 'Jah-Bul-On'. Jah is said to be derived from the Hebrew name for God but Bul and On from Baal and Osiris. Freemasons deny this derivation, however, claiming that Bul derives from the Hebrew for husband/master, and On from the Hebrew for strength.
Turning now to a biblical consideration, fellow Christians are called to regard each other as nothing less than 'brothers and sisters' while in Freemasonry members must give first place to fellow Freemasons rather than fellow church members.
Finally, many ex-Freemasons speak of being spiritually affected by membership. First, they admit that in a local church, fellow Freemasons help each other to become influential so that they hold the real power, in spite of church rules providing other ways for leadership. This can spoil churches but it can also compromise Christian Freemasons who must offend against their consciences to choose potentially unsuitable leaders. Furthermore, Freemasonry encourages mutual support of members in business life, which can influence Christians to become materialistic in building up a business on a doubtful moral basis. Some ex-Freemasons speak also of encountering an evil atmosphere in Masonic rituals and fellowship.
in summary, we do not believe that Freemasonry is compatible with Christianity. We are called to love one another and in the same way as God does, God shows no partiality (Romans 2:11). We are called to love one another (John 13:34).
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