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  • www (dot) biblebelievers (dot) com (slash) jmelton (slash) heresies (dot) html

    Written by Pastor James L. Melton. It is the usual collection of tripe, but since antimasons keep repeating the same falsehoods over and over and over and over again as if they were all new and not the repeatedly and conclusively disproven false witness, here we go again.

    Also known as "The Masons" or "The Lodge," Freemasonry has been around for many centuries. Masons claim that their organization finds its roots with the builders of King Solomon's temple, but others trace its origin in the Ancient Pagan Mysteries. According to Pike's Morals and Dogma, Buddha was a Mason some one thousand years before Christ. The first Grand Lodge was founded in London in 1717.
    Ah, more of the mythical old stuff about Freemasonry that quotes Albert Pike and Morals and Dogma as its only source. While carefully ignoring the preface to Morals and Dogma as all antimasons who claim to be Christian do, since it honestly destroys using Pike's work as a source.

    Masons claim that their "fraternity" is not a religion, but over and over again we find religious elements in their practices. They have temples, alters, Bibles, prayer, lamb skins, and one must believe in a Supreme Being before joining. In Grolier's Encyclopedia, a Masonic member states: "If a person lives what the lodge teaches he won't have any trouble getting into Heaven." (Grolier, Vol. 5, "Freemasonry," pg. 68) Another Masonic writer, Albert Pike (who was also an occultist), writes: "Every Masonic Lodge is a Temple of Religion; and its teachings are instruction in religion." (Morals and Dogma, pg. 213) On page 68 of the Minnesota Proceedings, 1895, we read these interesting words: "He who approaches our alter in good faith and by the light which we bring him receives our teachings into a heart already prepared and lives a life in conformity with the principles which he here imbues, has come into an invaluable possession and need have no fear when the word shall come calling him into the hereafter but that he will be received as a living stone fit for a temple not made with hands." (See I Peter 2:4-8)
    More 19th Century sources and, unless this is a unicorn among antimasons (even those who don't claim to be Christian), it is misquoted. Also, the points above apply about using Pike. As usual, Freemasonry has no plan of salvation, no clergy, no theology, no sacraments or anything other than certain philosophical beliefs. The "religion" of Freemasonry remains nothing more than that of natural revelation that can be accessed by anyone without any religions' holy writings. Using this definition makes a Christian, Jew, Muslim, Mormon, Buddhist, Hindu and many others all part of the SAME religion. So, this Mr. Melton just claimed, by using this standard to "define" what is a "religion" just made them all the same. Sorry, this Christian will call that a false teaching.

    Regardless of their claims, the Masons are clearly embedded in a mystical religious system of salvation through works. Any god will do in this religion, because the Lodge teaches that it isn't God who saves one's soul anyhow: it's their good works. In fact, in nations where Christianity isn't embraced, Masonic alters display the appropriate "Book of the Law" instead of the Bible. Freemasonry is definitely a religion, and a very BAD one at that.
    LOL, yep, just ignore all of the CHRISTIAN theologians, pastors, preachers and teachers who were members in good standing of Freemasonry and testified (in a manner that fits the Biblical model) that Freemasonry is not a religion and has no plan of salvation. I've already shown how most of these claimed "religious" practices require twisting the writings of many Masons from their clear interpretations or require falsely elevating the status of some Masonic writings to that of the Bible...which they most definitely aren't.

    The entry level in Masonry is The Blue Lodge, which consists of three degrees: Entered Apprentice, Fellow Craft, and Master Mason. One may stop at the level of Master Mason, or he can choose to enter either the Scottish Rite or the York Rite. The Scottish Rite advances by numerical degrees, the highest being the 33rd honorary degree. The York Rite advances by Chapter, Council, and Commandery degrees, with the highest level being The Order of the Knights Templar Commandery.
    The highest degree is that of Master Mason. The appendant bodies are voluntary and subject to the rules of the Grand Lodge in whatever Grand Jurisdiction they are in. If the Grand Master of Grand Lodge X decides tomorrow that all appendant bodies with their "higher degrees" should be shut down, then they all have to close their doors according to Masonic rules. Oh, and just to set Mr. Melton correct, a Mason does not have to choose between the Scottish or York Rites, a Mason can do both.

    The Masons speak much about approaching "the light," yet their whole organization is shrouded in secretive practices and blood curdling oaths which should deter any true Christian. In clear violation of the words of the Lord Jesus Christ (Mat. 5:33-37), as well as James 5:12, an Entered Apprentice Mason SWEARS BY GOD to: "...always hail, ever conceal, and never reveal, any of the arts, parts, or points of the hidden mysteries of Ancient Free masonry...binding myself under no less penalty than that of having my throat cut across, my tongue torn out by its roots, and my body buried in the rough sands of the sea..." Thank God this is an entry level oath, for it has no doubt turned away many God-fearing Christian men!
    Intellectual light, not religious light. Remember, philosophical, not theological. The entire "blood curdling oath" thing falls flat as it is an entirely modern invention. In fact, during the time period that can be historically proven to be when Freemasonry was forming, the penalties are judicial style punishments and not the worst handed down on criminals. Well, I'll let that last claim go, because there isn't a single antimason who claims to be Christian that can support that claim when they make it.

    The deep secrets of Masonry are just as unscriptural. It is falsehood and wickedness that dwell in dark secret corners . Truth is worthy of propagation (Mat. 28:18-19). Jesus Himself said, "...I spake openly to the world; I ever taught in the synagogue, and in the temple, whither the Jews always resort; and in secret have I said nothing."
    So, no privacy at all? I'm sure Mr. Melton broadcasts all the sins of those who require his counsel as a pastor to the entire world, right? Oh, wait, it may be that private information should remain private.

    As far as any "secrets" Freemasonry has, and Christian who studies the Bible in the way God has told us to will find all of the "secrets" that Freemasonry teaches in there.

    In the initiation of an Entered Apprentice, the "Worshipful Master" (Mat. 23:10) asks: "In your present condition, what do you most desire?" The candidate responds: "Light." The "Master" later informs the candidate that he is "yet in darkness." Then for the Second Degree (Fellow Craft) the candidate is required to ask for "more light." According to God's word, Jesus Christ is the LIGHT (John 1:9; 8:12) and God's word is LIGHT (Psa. 119:105, 130). If you are saved, then it is an outright BLASPHEMY for you to agree that you are "yet in darkness." Please note: "This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all. If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth: But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin." So all Masons have DENIED Jesus Christ and have asked for another light being offered to them through Masonry. "And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light." (II Cor. 11:14) Having denied Christ, the TRUE LIGHT, the Mason can now advance upwards on the Masonic ladder where he will encounter ANOTHER "light" in some of the most ungodly practices and worship rituals known to man. Meanwhile, lower level Masons are kept in darkness, thinking they are only taking part in a good cause for their fellow man. (Before you send me your letters of protest, please read the Masonic literature recommended in the back of this booklet.)The Lodge is no place for Christians. One Masonic publication in my file is titled "Is Masonry Worthwhile?" No, it's an enemy of Christianity, a tool of Satan, and a gross waste of valuable time.
    Nope, intellectual light is what is revealed. Therefore the only thing "BLAPHEMY" related is the false claim by Mr. Felton. "Lying for Jesus" is not supported anywhere in the Bible. I'm a Christian and Freemason and nothing in Masonry has demanded that I deny Christ. The only time being wasted is having to deal with the false and heretical teachings of antimasons who claim to be Christians.
    An open mind is a good thing.
    Ensure that you don't open your mind so far that your brain falls out.


    • To whom coming, as unto a living stone, disallowed indeed of men, but chosen of God, and precious, Ye also, as lively stones, are built up a spiritual house, an holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ. Wherefore also it is contained in the scripture, Behold, I lay in Sion a chief corner stone, elect, precious: and he that believeth on him shall not be confounded. Unto you therefore which believe he is precious: but unto them which be disobedient, the stone which the builders disallowed, the same is made the head of the corner, And a stone of stumbling, and a rock of offence, even to them which stumble at the word, being disobedient: whereunto also they were appointed.
      (1 Peter 2:4-8)

      Wherefore? Because they sought it not by faith, but as it were by the works of the law. For they stumbled at that stumblingstone; As it is written, Behold, I lay in Sion a stumblingstone and rock of offence: and whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed.
      (Romans 9:32-33)

      The truth is offensive to those who do not believe, they must cover it up.
      So, perhaps one should ask what is it that must be hidden?
      Was it a Biblical reason for hiding it?
      Why does the attempt to cover up point to relying on the law and not faith in Christ?

      And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them. For it is a shame even to speak of those things which are done of them in secret.
      (Ephesians 5:11-12)

      Fear them not therefore: for there is nothing covered, that shall not be revealed; and hid, that shall not be known. What I tell you in darkness, that speak ye in light: and what ye hear in the ear, that preach ye upon the housetops.
      (Matthew 10:26-27)

      And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved.
      (John 3:19-20)

      If one is worried about who to trust, who has character?

      Then that one should see who speaks openly and honestly without fear of what another says in falseness, then compare that to who fears another's words and must conspire to hide them away by any means possible.

      The one who speaks openly has the confidence of speaking the truth and does not fear the false witness of those who speak against that one.

      The one who must constantly hide away the words of another knows their words are false and fears for their worldly reputation that puffs them up.
      An open mind is a good thing.
      Ensure that you don't open your mind so far that your brain falls out.


      • Originally posted by john t View Post

        Your rant and what I made red indicate that you have animis towards anyone who disagree with you, and expecially those who use the Bible to base their agreements

        You seem to hate all Christians, excepting perhaps those who are like you, lodge members
        You seem to have a likeing of profanity by your own words
        You hurl insults and mock Christians in the name of supporting your religion, Freemasonry

        So tell us why we should not, based upon your own words, request to the administrators that you become a member of the secular forums?
        No, what you wrote in red and your history means you don't follow at least the first three of the axioms in your sig and might be guilty of the fourth by teaching absurdities.

        I consider the majority of antimasons who claim to be Christian to fit into one of three groups, some of which are not followers of the Christ described in the Bible. The first group may be ignorant and trust some man who told them falsehoods about Freemasonry, this represents the best because they are merely mistaken and unaware of the heresy at the core of the teachings of "Christian" antimasonry. The second group are those who rely on very limited Biblical knowledge to base their claims against Freemasonry on and/or a reliance on hoax or fraudulent "Masonic" sources. This group can be either mistaken or actively heretical. The third group are those who actively rely on twisting Scripture, using personal (mis)interpretations of the Bible (which the Bible condemns) and fake sources to make up a mythical cult of Freemasonry to suit their agenda. None of these are hate, that would seem to be an indication of the state of mind of the accuser.

        Your opinion. An admittedly new one, but only you have shared it.

        Yes, the truth hurts, but the Truth will set you free if you only follow Him and the teachings He gave us in Scripture. According to Scripture. See John 8:31-32 and elsewhere. Those that do not follow Him and His teachings are not of Him according to Scripture. Therefore, how can I be mocking and insulting those that are His if they are not following His teachings? Freemasonry teaches philosophy, not religion. It has no creed, no plan of salvation, no clergy, no sacraments, no holy writings. It is not a religion. I am a follower of Christ and try to guide all my steps by His teachings from the Bible. He will judge my success or failure when I meet Him face to face. Not those who twist Scripture and bear false witness for their own little glory here on earth.

        Actually, the fact that your threat doesn't match your claims (and I could report it) makes my case for me. So, now I will see if honesty and truth will prevail or if deceit without explanation will happen again.
        An open mind is a good thing.
        Ensure that you don't open your mind so far that your brain falls out.