"For eight years I was a Freemason,
initiated, passed, and raised, if you know the jargon. It simply
means I was in the Blue Lodge, and I became in due course a Master
Mason. I was introduced into Freemasonry by two members of a
church vestry of which I was also a member. I liked and respected
both men - they were friends, and I had no reason to doubt their
honesty. They would say, in accord with Freemasonry teachings,
that I was not invited to join, but rather that I expressed an
interest. That is one of the things which is part of Freemasonry
folklore; that no one is invited to join, that a candidate expresses
an interest and it is that interest that is subsequently taken
up. So two respected friends said this was something I should
look at, I expressed an interest and some two years later I was
initiated into a lodge.
However, nine years ago I decided to resign from my lodge.
Then I removed all lodge-related clothing and books from my home,
and finally I renounced entirely all connections with Freemasonry
and sought the LORD's forgiveness. Why did I choose to do that?
Well, let me start with some of the good things, the attractive
things about Freemasonry, and perhaps you will come on a journey
with me as I work through the list to some of the things I am
uncomfortable with about Freemasonry.
Freemasons are known for, but generally don't seek publicity
for, good works. For example, the building of homes for the elderly,
and support for widows and children. Many Freemasons give a great
deal of time and considerable sums of money to that sort of thing.
Lodge ritual promotes high standards of moral conduct, for example,
honesty, uprightness, support for widows and children. They acknowledge
a supreme being, any supreme being. For the Christian or Jew
it is Yahweh, but for Moslems it is Allah, for others, their
It is quite spurious to hold that all are the same, the one
true God. Neither the Christian nor the Jew may have any God
other than the Lord God the creator. That is the first commandment,
and to the Christian, God has uniquely revealed Himself in Jesus
Christ. To acknowledge any other god is not only to reject the
First Commandment, but also to deny Christ. Christ said, "If
you deny me I also shall deny you before My Father in heaven."
So I believe that Freemasons, on this alone, are in grave spiritual
danger. Perhaps one could express it more strongly than this.
Next, Paul instructed Christians not to be yoked together
with unbelievers. In my view candidates undertaking the first
three degrees of Freemasonry yoke themselves with members of
other lodges who may openly acknowledge supreme beings other
than God. Much lodge ritual calls on Freemasons to do good works,
so that they may ascend to heaven. In contrast Christ said that
no man comes to the Father except through Him. He is the way.
Paul makes clear that we cannot justify ourselves through good
works. Only our faith in Christ is cause for hope, that we will
share eternal life with Him. To argue otherwise is again to deny
Continuing on with falsehood, Freemasonry claims that lodge
ritual is largely a series of plays that teach morality. Well,
certainly they are fiction. The plays, however, present as fact
what is fiction, so they may be plays but they have the presentation
of being truth. But in the course of this, Bible stories are
mistold and Biblical characters are given roles that they don't
ever have in the Bible. There is no biblical support for it.
Now, I think Freemasons might argue that this is but a means,
albeit an amoral or immoral means, to an end. But I view it as
an insidious form of lie. It is falsehood with a religious gloss,
and for traditional Anglicans the gloss is also enhanced by a
wording which is a counterfeit of 1662 Prayer Book language.
So it has this religiosity about it which appeals to people who
know that tradition, which affects for example, many Presbyterians
Now Freemasons learn their lodge ritual by heart. "By
heart" is a significant phrase. By repeated listening to
the ritual and reciting it, members become skilful at presenting
it from memory. And this aggravates the danger. Much of what
you learn you internalise. But it is not truth, it is falsehood.
It is certainly not God's truth. Can I ask you, who wants us
to be skilful in presenting falsehood? This same sort of rote
learning and reiteration are used by evil regimes seeking to
perpetuate themselves. So we put the same mechanism and manipulation
Lodge ritual is agreed among Freemasons to be secret. The
fact is, of course, that the ritual is largely available through
books in most public libraries. However, as you proceed from
one degree to another there are always new "secrets"
to be learned, and most of us only get into the Blue Lodge and
don't see beyond that. However, the problem is that the meaning
of this ritual is obscure and questionable. In my judgement,
there is sufficient evidence of hidden evil in the lodge ritual
to repel any Christian.
It came to a point where I could no longer accept this accumulation
of evil. It stood against everything I believed about the Lord
and everything I had come to understand about the way He works.
So I got out. It took me a long time before I got rid of my lodge
regalia and books. I put them out in the garage, and then finally
I had them burnt by a friend. It was reported to us by this friend,
a priest, that when he had burnt it, there was nothing left.
The metal buckles, the hinges, there was nothing - it had gone
completely. That day my wife and I found a new freedom, and I
rejoice for it."
testimonies were both delivered in public meetings. Minor grammatical
and other editing has been necessary to convert what they said
to writing. The spirit of their messages remains unchanged.)