I expect that, if you are Freemason reading this, your instant reaction to this title has been deep pain, even anger, at the perceived insult. Let me say, at the outset, that I have considerable understanding of your view, having been a Mason for some 17 years and fully acknowledging my own blindness, during that period, to the fact that I was unwittingly breaking the first three Commandments. As someone who was a professing Christian from the age of 16 and rededicated my life to Jesus in 1979, I am fully aware of how God-fearing men of integrity get drawn into something which seems perfectly harmless, even good and charitable, and become spiritually blinded to the truth as soon as they are initiated into the first (Entered Apprentice) degree.
Please let me pose two questions.
Have you ever bought something substantial, e.g. a house, without getting a thorough survey and first reading the contract? Indeed would you have agreed to the deal on the doorstep without first going around every room to check it out?
Would you join a political party, trade union or similar organisation without first determining what you would be signing up to?
In either case would you take the word of two people you knew slightly as being sufficient? No doubt your response to both is a resounding NO and rightly so. Yet that is precisely what you did with your spiritual life and that of your family when you agreed to join Freemasonry.
Now please cast your mind back to your initiation and let me pose 7 more questions!!
At your initiation into the first degree did you really have the information which enabled you to say Yes to the question “Are you solely influenced by a preconceived idea of the excellence of our Order”?
If a Christian, was it appropriate for you to be described as one in darkness, wishing to approach the light when Jesus Christ is the Light of the World?
Did you realise that the Supreme Being referred to was not Jehovah but any God and would variously be described in different degrees as the Great Architect of the Universe, Great Geometrician of the Universe and in higher degrees, of which you were at that time unaware, as Jahbulon, Ahura Mazda (Prince of Persia) etc.?
Did you know, before you entered the Lodge, that you would be asked to bow, wearing a blindfold at an altar, upon which would be graven images (King James Bible, Exodus 20 v 4) in the form of the square and compasses and take an oath of secrecy, the so-called voluntary obligation that you had never been shown and which would prohibit you sharing the secrets with any non-Mason, even your wife?
Did you know that the vow of secrecy would be completed with an ancient penalty which is, in effect, a spiritual curse on you and your family? Would you ever knowingly acquiesce to something potentially hurtful to your family?
Did you know that you would be asked, in ritual preparation, to remove all money, jewellery, etc, including your wedding ring if you wear one, and that this could have spiritual consequences for your material well-being and marriage relationship?
Did you know that, if you continued to further levels of Freemasonry you would ultimately take part in rituals blaspheming every major Christian doctrine, including the Lordship of Jesus as the Light of the World?
If all, or any, of the above had been explained to you would you have ever agreed to continue with initiation into Freemasonry? I suspect not!!! Let me remind you of some key aspects of your initiation and explain why I am convinced that Freemasonry is one of the most serious forms of unwitting idolatry in our community, and with major effects on individuals, families and Churches