What are the Freemasons (also called Masons) all about? On the surface, the goals of the fraternal organization sound good. They are a benevolent group, well known for their good works. Their Facebook page states, “For hundreds of years Freemasons have sought to help good men become better.” They embrace virtues like forgiveness, love, sympathy, friendship, happiness, faith, and hope.
Sounds wonderful, but tread carefully. There is a lot more to learn.
The Masons have been around a long time. The formal organization began in England in 1717. According to Wikipedia, several million members participate in this highly structured and secretive organization.
Are the Freemasons a Christian organization? Absolutely not. Are there Christian members of the Masons? No doubt. However, many Christian members . . . learning what the Masons really believe . . . have dropped out. Some even formed a group called Ex-Masons for Jesus.
Anyone seeking to please God through faith in Jesus Christ and at the same time please Masonic leadership would have an impossible task. Masonic teachings are incompatible with the Bible. Following is a brief description of some of the differences. Much of this information is gleaned from Got Questions and 4Truth.net
Do Masons believe in god? Absolutely. In fact, belief in a supreme being is a membership requirement. But here is the problem. They refer to their god as the “Great Architect of the Universe.” They believe in a supreme being—but accept the supreme being of all religions—Hindus, Muslims, Buddhists, and more.
The members are told it does not matter what supreme being they choose. The website of Massachusetts Freemasons lists this as one of the requirements for joining the organization: “You believe in a Supreme Being—no atheist or agnostic can become a Mason—but we are not concerned with theological distinctions or your particular religious beliefs.”1
But not all religions are the same. And the gods worshipped by these other religions are not the same as the one true God. The Bible teaches there is only one God—and we should serve only Him. The God of Abraham. The God who sent His son, Jesus, to die for the sins of the world. We are to worship none other.
“You must not have any other god but me.” (Exodus 20:3)
“I am the Lord; there is no other God.” (Isaiah 45:5)
“Many of the recommended readings for advance degrees contain pagan and occultic teachings. Several of these Masonic writers deny the uniqueness of Jesus Christ.”2
The Bible clearly teaches that Jesus Christ is the only way to forgiveness and a relationship with God. God has declared the payment for our sins can come only through Christ. Jesus Christ is God and He is the only Person who has ever lived a sinless life. He is the only Person qualified to take our sins on Himself on our behalf.
“And anyone who believes in God’s Son has eternal life. Anyone who doesn’t obey the Son will never experience eternal life but remains under God’s angry judgment.” (John 3:36)
God our Savior . . . wants everyone to be saved and to understand the truth. For there is only one God and one Mediator who can reconcile God and humanity—the man
Christ Jesus. He gave his life to purchase freedom for everyone. (1 Timothy 2:3–6)
Freemasonry tries to encompass all religions by inviting prospective members to believe in a Supreme Being.
“The very process of joining the Lodge requires Christians to ignore the exclusivity of Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. According to Freemasonry, a person will be saved and go to heaven as a result of his good works and personal self-improvement.” 3
“Masonry teaches that Jesus is not unique. Jesus is a savior for Christians and Krishna is a savior for Hindus, while Hiram Abiff is a savior for Masons.” 4
Conversely, the Bible teaches that we have all sinned and the penalty for sin is death. But God sent His only son, Jesus Christ, who is perfect, to die on the cross to pay that penalty for our sins. Faith in Him is the only way to forgiveness and eternal life.
But God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners. And since we have been made right in God’s sight by the blood of Christ, he will certainly save us from God’s condemnation. For since our friendship with God was restored by the death of his Son while we were still his enemies, we will certainly be saved through the life of his Son. So now we can rejoice in our wonderful new relationship with God because our Lord Jesus Christ has made us friends of God. (Romans 5:8–11)
God has declared there is no forgiveness of sin apart from the blood sacrifice of the cross. No one can come to God except through Jesus Christ. All the good deeds in the world cannot lead to being accepted by God. All of us (no matter how much good we have done) fall short of God’s perfection and are disqualified from God’s acceptance.
As the Scriptures say,
“No one is righteous—not even one. (Romans 3:10)
Christ came to take away our imperfections through His perfect payment for our sins. He died to set us free from the penalty of death. We can receive this forgiveness and acceptance from God only as a gift. We cannot earn God’s favor—we can only receive it by faith in Christ. Just believing in a Supreme Being will not remove the transgressions that separate us from God. We must place our faith in Jesus Christ. We can receive God’s mercy only as a gift, not as a religious achievement.
God saved you by his grace when you believed. And you can’t take credit for this; it is a gift from God. Salvation is not a reward for the good things we have done, so none of us can boast about it. (Ephesians 2:8–9)
How amazing it is that God would grant us eternal life not because of what we have done but rather through faith in what Christ has done.
“For God loved the world so much that he gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life.” (John 3:16)
Want to learn more? We urge you to take a few minutes to watch this informative video.
A Comparison Chart—Freemasonry and Christianity
The Secret Teachings of the Masonic Lodge by John Ankerberg and John Weldon