written by: Alva J. McClain, Th.m., D.D., LL.D. Founder and First President, Grace Theological Seminary
This sermon was prepared
while Dr. Alva J. McClain was the pastor of the First Brethren Church of
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Several young men of that church were urged by
friends to enter the Masonic lodge and they came to Dr. McClain for counsel in
the matter. As the outcome of a conference with them he promised to make a fair
investigation of the organization on the basis of such Masonic literature as
might be available to the general public, and to report his findings in the
form of a sermon to the congregation. Following the delivery of the sermon to a
large audience, a number of interested friends made provision for its
publication requesting that it be printed as delivered with as little change as
possible. This will explain the conversational manner.
This booklet has had wide
circulation, having gone through six printings. In order to make the
documentation up to date, the references in the Encyclopedia of Freemasonry
were taken from the "New and Revised Edition" published by the
Masonic History company in 1929.
BMH Books sends forth this,
the seventh printing with the prayer that this important message by the late
Dr. Alva J. McClain might serve in an increasing ministry of helpfulness to
persons being confronted by Freemasonry, and as Dr. McClain himself said in an
earlier foreword, "that its ministry may be used to open the eyes of men,
that they may see and honour the Lord Jesus Christ as the 'true God, and
eternal life' (1 John 5:20)." BMH Books P.O. Box 544WinonaLakeIN 46590
FREEMASONRY and CHRISTIANITY
I have two texts: Matthew
12:30-"He that is not with me is against me"; John 12:48-"He
that rejecteth me, and receiveth not my words, hath one that judgeth him in the
Will you listen carefully
while I present three propositions?
Jesus Christ is God manifest in the flesh, and apart from Him
the true God can neither be known, worshipped, nor acknowledged.
Salvation is by faith in the atoning blood of the Lord Jesus Christ, apart from
all human works and character.
It is the supreme obligation of every saved person to obey the Lord Jesus
Christ in all things.
These three propositions
are the pillars of the Christian faith - the deity of Christ, salvation by
faith in Him, obedience to His word. Do you believe these three things? I am
going to ask every person who does to stand! [Nearly the entire congregation
stood.] Thank you! I knew you believed them, but I can preach to you better
after that testimony.
About four weeks ago I
called over the telephone one of the highest officers of the Grand Lodge, at
his office at the MasonicTemple in Philadelphia. I told him frankly that I was not
a Mason and that I desired to obtain some authentic information regarding
Freemasonry and its religious position. This officer suggested three books by
Masonic authorities. I told him one would be sufficient and asked him which
knew of these books was the best. Without hesitation he answered, "Get the
Encyclopedia of Freemasonry, by Mackey. It is, without question, our highest
and best authority. He then referred me to a man at the Masonic Library. I
called him and asked for the highest and most authentic Masonic authority.
Without a moment's hesitation he answered,"Get the Encyclopedia of
Masonry, by Mackey." I have that Encyclopedia here with me tonight. In the
main, my analysis of Freemasonry will be based on its statements and claims.
Surely no Mason can question the fairness of this method.
The author of this
encyclopedia, Albert G Mackey, is one of Masonry's most learned and famous men.
Besides being a Thirty-Second Degree Mason, he has held many high offices in
the organization. At the writing of this work he was the "Past General
Grand High Priest of the General Grand Chapter of the United States." Practically his whole life
was devoted to research work on behalf of Masonry. His industry was amazing! A
stream of books came from his pen, among which are A
Lexicon of Freemasonry, Manual of the Lodge, The Book of the Chapter, A Text Book
of Jurisprudence, Cryptic Masonry, The Symbolism of Masonry, and The Masonic
Ritualist. This encyclopedia, however, is the crowning work of his life. He was
engaged in its preparation of it for thirty years.
This encyclopedia contains
about a thousand pages, with articles on almost every conceivable subject that
is in any way related to Freemasonry. During the past four weeks I have gone
through the book carefully and have read hundreds of its articles. I am
impressed with the exhaustive manner with which the author treats the various
subjects. Certainly I am not in agreement with the doctrines of the institution
which Dr Mackey defends, but that does not keep me from admiring his able
scholarship, his painstaking research work, his sober and fair presentation of
Masonic subjects. And my admiration increases when I remember the extreme
difficulty under which Dr Mackey was compelled to prepare the encyclopedia. The
authors of other encyclopedias never faced such a difficulty. Dr Mackey was
expected to give the public the fullest possible exposition of Masonry and at
the same time reveal none of its secret work. In spite of this difficulty,
Mackey has produced a monumental work and all Masons may justly point to the
man with pride.
My explanation of Freemasonry
tonight will be absolutely from the viewpoint of a Christian. I have nothing to
say to Masons who are not Christians. If I were not a Christian, I would
undoubtedly be a Mason tonight, as I was preparing to enter when Jesus saved my
soul. I am speaking to those who own Jesus Christ as Lord and God.
I shall not assume to speak
for Freemasonry tonight - Freemasonry shall speak for itself. By its own
utterances, by its own words, freemasonry must stand justified or condemned. Matthew - "For by
thy words thou shalt be justified, and by thy words thou shalt be
Masonry Claims To Be a
This claim is made not once
in this encyclopedia but literally dozens of times in different articles. We
have not the time to hear all these references. I shall ask you to hear only
one. Under the article on "Religion," Dr Mackey discusses fully the
right of Masons to be called a "religious institution." He says that
some of the more "timid brethren" have been afraid to declare its
religious character lest the opponents of Masonry should use this fact against
the lodge. But he insists that the truth should be told. I quote from the
encyclopedia (pp 618-619):
"I contend without any
sort of hesitation, that Masonry is, in every sense of the word except one, and
that its least philosophical, an eminently religious institution - that is
indebted solely to the religious element which it contains for its continued existence,
and that without this religious element it would scarcely be worthy of
cultivation by the wise and the good. But, that I may be fully understood, it
will be well first to agree upon the true definition of religion. There is
nothing more illogical than to reason upon undefined terms."
Dr Mackey then gives in
full Webster's definition of "religion." The quotation is too length
to give in full, but Dr Mackey proves conclusively that Freemasonry meets every
requirement Webster's three primary definitions of religion, and sums up the
proof in the following words:
"Look at its ancient
landmarks, its sublime ceremonies, its profound symbols and allegories - all
inculcating religious doctrine, commanding religious observance, and teaching
religious truth, and who can deny that it is eminently a religious institution?
Masonry, then, is indeed a
religious institution; and on this ground mainly, if not alone, should the
religious Mason defend it.
This should settle for all
time the question as to whether or not Freemasonry is religious. According to
its own claims, it is proper to speak of the "religion of Masonry."
The man who contends that Freemasonry is not a "religious
institution" is childishly ignorant of the organization or else he is a
willful deceiver! Masonry is religious - it teaches religion. But this fact
alone does not necessarily condemn Freemasonry.
Now I desire to lay down a
Biblical truth - an axiom of Christianity. Here it is: There is only ONE TRUE
religion. That religion is Christianity. All other religions are false.
I need not argue that
proposition. No Christian has ever denied it. But listen to the word of the
Lord Jesus himself on that point. Jesus said, "I am the door." The door to what?The door to God; the
door to heaven; the door to eternal life. But that is not all. Listen to
this same Jesus as He continues: "All that ever came before me are thieves
and robbers." (John 10:7-8)
We are now in a position
where we can determine absolutely whether or not the religion of Freemasonry is
false or true. Here are the propositions:
There is but one true religion - Christianity
Freemasonry has a religion!
If it is Christianity, it is true!
If it is not Christianity, it is false!
The issue is perfectly
clear. The logic of these propositions cannot be evaded. We shall now go to
Masonry's highest authority and say: "You have told us that your
institution is a religious institution. We believe you, but we would ask one
more question. Is your religion Christianity or is it not Christianity?"
Freemasonry has answered this question. Mark carefully the answer on page 618
of the encyclopedia:
"THE RELIGION OF
FREEMASONRY IS NOT CHRISTIANITY!"
These are not my words!
They are the words of Masonry's own encyclopedia, prepared by one of the
greatest Masonic authors, recommended to m,e as
authentic by one of the highest officers in the Grand Lodge in Philadelphia! It declares FREEMASONRY has a
religion and that religion IS NOT CHRISTIANITY!
I have not condemned
Freemasonry. Freemasonry has condemned itself.
Let us use a little logic
here: If the religion of Freemasonry is not Christianity, then it is false! If
the religion of Freemasonry is false, then it is not of God! If the religion of
freemasonry is not of God, then it is of the evil one.
Does any man care to stand
up and say that a Christian can belong to and support an institution which
teaches a religion which is not Christianity? If so, let him face the apostle
Paul, who said: "But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other
gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you let him be
accursed." (Gal 1:8-9) The curse of God is upon every religion outside of
I might pronounce the
benediction and go home, but there is more to be said.
Masonry Rates Christianity
as a "Sectarian Religion" While Boasting of its Own
Again I quote from the
"The religion of
freemasonry is not sectarian. It admits men of every creed within its hospitable
bosom, rejecting none and approving none for his particular faith. It is not
Judaism ... it is not Christianity ..." (pp 619).
"If Masonry were
simply a Christian institution, the Jew and the Moslem, Brahman and the
Buddhist, could not conscientiously partake of its illumination; but its
universality is its boast. In its language, citizens of every nation may
converse; at its altar men of all religions may kneel; to its creed, disciples
of every faith may subscribe." (pp 439).
I came here tonight determined
to discuss the subject of Masonry deliberately and calmly, but I find it
difficult in the face of the audacious blasphemy of such statements and claims
as I have read. Can you see a Christian unmoved by such a dastardly comparison
between Masonry and Christianity? According to this noted Masonic authority,
Christianity is a sectarian religion! Christianity can be compared with
Mohammedanism, Buddhism, and Brahmanism! Masonry cannot be compared with these
religions! Christianity teaches a sectarian creed! Masonry teaches a creed of
fundamental religious truth!
Do I need to tell this
audience that all these great swelling words are a lie? If you want the truth,
just reverse all these statements! It is the religion of Masonry that is
sectarian! Christianity is the universal religion! It is the religion of
Masonry that belongs in the market place along side of Buddhism, Brahmanism,
and Mohammedanism! Christianity belongs above them all!
Oh, you Christians here
tonight, is our Christ only a sectarian Christ,
deserving only a place alongside of these false prophets? Is that blessed faith
which He came to inaugurate by His sinless life, His atoning death, His
resurrection from the dead - is this faith, after all, only a sectarian faith
like that of Mohammed and Buddha? I tell you, No! But let the Bible answer.
"I saw in the night
visions, and, behold one like the Son of man came with the clouds of heaven,
and came to the Ancient of days, and they brought him near before him. And
there was given him dominion, and glory, and a kingdom, that all people,
nations, and languages, should serve him, which shall not pass away, and his
kingdom that which shall not be destroyed." (Dan 7:13-14).
"Behold the Lamb of
God, which taketh away the sin of the world" (John ).
"And if I be lifted up
from the earth, will draw all men unto me" (John ).
"He is the
propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the
whole world" (I John 2:2).
Wherefore God hath highly
exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name; that at the name
of Jesus every knee should bow ... And that every tongue should confess that
Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father" (Phil 2:9-11).
Masonry Does Not Confess
Jesus Christ as Lord and God. Therefore, the God of Masonry is Not the True
Masonry has a god - you cant have a religion without a god. And this god has a name.
Over and over in the encyclopedia you meet with the initials
"G.A.O.T.U." This is the god of Masonry. The initials stand for the
name "Great Architect of the Universe." This is the god that Masons
worship at their altar. This is the god to whom Masonic prayers are offered.
Sometimes other names are applied to him, but according to Mackey,
"G.A.O.T.U." is the technical Masonic name for him (pp 290, 310).
Now I shall present the
Christian view of God. Every intelligent Christian is acquainted with it, but
let us refresh our minds. I shall present it in three
There is only one true God. This one true God exists in three persons - Father,
Son, and Holy Spirit. But there are not three Gods. There is only one God,
indivisible in substance and being.
This one true God became incarnate in the flesh, and is none other than Jesus
Christ. "in the beginning was the Word, and the
Word was with God,and the Word was God .... And the Word was made flesh, and
dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory of the only begotten of the
Father,) full of grace and truth" (John 1:1, 14).
"Philip saith unto
him, Lord shew us the Father, and it sufficeth us.
Jesus saith unto him, Have I been so long with you, and yet hast thou not known
me, Philip? he that hath seen me hath seen the Father
..." (John 14:8-9).
"We know that the Son
of God is come, and hath given us understanding, that we may know him that is
true, and we are in him that is true, even in his Son Jesus Christ. This is the
true God, and eternal life" (I John ).
The one true God cannot be confessed, honoured, acknowledged, worshipped,
believed on, or prayed to, apart from Jesus Christ.
"Whosoever denieth the
Son, the same hath not the Father ..." (I John ).
"That all men should
honour the Son, even as they honour the Father. He that honoureth not the Son
honoureth not the Father which hath sent him (John ).
This is the Christian
doctrine of God. Let me sum it up briefly: There is one true God. This true God
is revealed in the person of Jesus Christ. Apart from Christ there is no true
God. If a man confesses Jesus Christ, he is worshipping the true God. If he
refuses to worship Jesus Christ he is refusing to worship the true God.
Now are we ready for the
question, "Is the god of Masonry the true God, or is he a false god?"
The answer depends
absolutely upon Masonry's attitude towards Jesus Christ! If Masonry asks its
initiates to acknowledge and confess Jesus Christ as Lord and the true God,
then Masonry's god is the true God. But if Masonry does not require its members
to confess and acknowledge the true God, then the god of Masonry is not the
true God! there is no escape from one of these two
conclusions. Which conclusion is right should be apparent to the merest novice.
Masonry has thousands of
members who would never have entered it if they had to confess Jesus as Lord
and God to get in - the Jewish members for instance. But let Masonry speak for
itself (pp 619): "THERE IS NOTHING IN IT TO OFFEND A JEW!"
Do you know what this means
- "There is nothing in Masonry to offend the Jew"? Let me tell you -
Jesus Christ one day came to the Jews and said, "I and my Father are
one." The Jews promptly picked up stones to stone Him. "Jesus
answered them, Many good works have I shewed you you from my Father; for which
of these works do you stone me? The Jews answered Him saying, For a good work we stone thee not; but for blasphemy; and
because that thou, being a man, makest thyself God" (John -33).
The Jews condemned Jesus
Christ to death and delivered him to the Romans for crucifixion because He
claimed to be their own God, the mighty Jehovah! To this day the Jews regard
Christianity as a blasphemous religion because we worship and confess Jesus
Christ as Lord and God.
I tell you, if there is
nothing in Masonry to offend the Jew, then Masonry does not confess Jesus
Christ as Lord and God, nor ask its initiates to do so. And if Masonry does not
confess Jesus Christ, then Masonry does not confess the true God. And if
Masonry does not confess the true God, then Masonry confesses a false god. And,
if Masonry confesses a false god, let us be plain and call Masonry what it
really is, by its own utterances, in the light of the Bible - nothing but
paganism and idolatry!
This is the exact teaching
of the Bible. All worship and acknowledgement paid to any god apart from Jesus
Christ is idolatry. "And we know that the Son of God is come, and hath
given us an understanding, that we may know that is true, and we are in him
that is true, even in his Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God, and eternal
life. Little children, keep yourselves from idols" (I John -21). "Be not deceived; neither
fornicators, nor idolaters ... shall inherit the kingdom of God (I Cor 6:9-10).
But some may say: "It
is true that Jesus Christ is not confessed in the first three degrees, but He
is confessed as God in some of the higher degrees in Masonry."
Well, I will have to take
your word for it This Masonic encyclopedia contains articles on almost every
false god of the pagan world, but it contains not even the trace of an article
on Jesus Christ, the Son of God. This is a significant and ominous omission.
But suppose it is true that
Christ is recognized as God in some of the higher degrees, such as the Knights
Templar. What of it? Does that clear the skirts of the organization? Let me ask
you a question: Can you reach those higher degrees,
can you become a Knight Templar without passing through the first three
degrees? No, you cannot. That settles the question. Will any intelligent
Christian affirm that it is permissible to become an idolater first in order
that afterwards he may become a Christian? Will he affirm that it is right
first to bow the knee at the altar of a false god in order that afterward he
may bow the knee to the true God? Will Jesus Christ accept a confession of His
deity from the mouth of a man whose lips are defiled with the confession of a
false god? How foolish!
Suppose a Buddhist should
come to me and say: We have an organization we would like you to join. In order
to take the first three degrees, you will have to acknowledge a god, but not your Christ. Afterwards we will fix up a place in the
organization and invent some new degrees where you Christians can get together
and confess your Christ."
Suppose I start an
organization here in this church with secret work and several degrees. The
first tree degrees would eliminate the name of Jesus Christ and demand that
every candidate confess a god named "G.A.O.T.U." We would accept
Christians, Jews, Mohammedans, Buddhists. After they
had passed the first three degrees, we would say: "Now, if you Christians
want to get together and confess your Christ, go up in a room by yourselves.
You Mohammedans do the same, and so forth. But don't drag your particular views
into these three degrees."
That's what Masonry does.
What a pitiful sop to throw to our blessed Lord Jesus Christ! As a Christian, I
But all this discussion is
altogether unnecessary. The encyclopedia declares that - "The germ and
nucleus of all Freemasonry is to be found in the three primitive degrees."
And only last week a thirty
third Degree Mason, a friend of mine, said to me; "When a man has taken
the first three degrees, he is as much of a mason as he ever can be! All the
higher degrees are merely additions, superfluous."
Oh, the insult of it! To exclude
Jesus Christ from the main building of Masonry, the foundation and basis of
Masonry, and then offer Him a place in a side room along with Mohammed, Buddha,
and the rest of the "thieves and robbers." Masonry had better left
Him out altogether than to offer Him this crowning insult. Even if some of His
professed followers seem to be strangely blind, Masonry ought to have known
that Jesus Christ would accept no place at all unless it be
the place of preeminence. Colossians declares that "in all things"
Christ must have "the preeminence." Masonry refuses Him the place of preeminence, therefore Masonry is a Chrysalis institution!
Masonry even goes so far as
to mutilate the Word of God in order to exclude Jesus Christ. I have here
another work by the author of the encyclopedia. It is called "the Masonic
Ritualist." Don't get excited - it is not "The Ritual." It
doesn't contain any of the secrets. According to the author, it contains
"all that may be lawfully taught in print of the degrees." It gives
the prayers and scriptures which are to be read in the opening and closing of
the lodge. Every Scripture is emptied of Jesus Christ, but there is a
particularly glaring mutilation on page 271. I shall give the quotation exactly
as it appears in the "Ritualist" followed by the authors
"CHARGE TO BE READ AT OPENING THE LODGE:"
lay aside all malice, and guile, and hypocrisies, and envies, and all evil
speakings. If so be ye have tasted that the Lord is gracious, to whom coming as
unto a living stone, disallowed indeed of men, but chosen of God, and precious;
ye also as living stones, be ye built up a spiritual house, a holy priesthood,
to offer up sacrifices acceptable to God ... (The passages of Scripture here
selected are peculiarly appropriate to this degree. ... The passages are taken,
with slight but necessary modifications, from the second chapter of the First
Epistle of Peter ...)"
You will note that Dr
Mackey says "some slight but necessary modifications" have been made
in these Scriptures. What are these "modifications"? Let me read I
Peter 2:5 from the Bible and you will see. "Ye also, as lively stones, are
built up as a spiritual house, an holy priesthood, to
offer up, spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ"
Do you see it? The name of
Christ is struck out by the profane hand of Masonry! And mark you, this is said
to be a "slight modification"! And still further, it is said to be a
"necessary modification"! Certainly it is necessary, because Masonry
pretends to be able to approach God and offer service to Him without coming
through Jesus Christ. There are in this "Masonic Ritualist" 28
prayers, and not one of them is offered in the name of Jesus Christ!
This is the insolent answer
of Masonry to the ultimatum of Christ - "No man cometh unto the Father but
by me" John 14:6).
Now I am ready to classify
Freemasonry in the light of its own utterances and statements of the Word of
Masonry admits that it
confesses a god, but does not confess Jesus Christ. Let me read you one passage
- I John 4:3 ASV - "Every spirit that confesseth not Jesus is not of God:
whereof ye have heard that it cometh; and now it is in the world already."
These are not my words. These are the words of God. Do you dare, as a Christian,
wear the emblem of such an organization?
Before Accepting Any
Christian as a Member, Masonry Demands That He Disobey Jesus Christ.
Obedience to the Lord Jesus
Christ is the first and supreme duty of every Christian. Christ said in John
14:15, "If ye love me, keep my commandments." And I John 2:3 and 4
declares: "And hereby we do know that we know him. if
we keep his commandments. He that saith, I know him, and keepeth not his
commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him."
Now let me read you
something that was commanded by the Lord Jesus in the most solemn manner.
"Swear not at all; neither by heaven; for it is God's throne; nor by the
earth; for it is his footstool; neither by Jerusalem; for it is the city of the
great King" (Matt 5:34-35). Our Lord considered this so important that He
caused it to be written a second time in the Scripture (James ). Nothing is more
plain in the Bible. The Christian is commanded by the Lord not to swear
by any oath. The government of the United States recognizes this and makes
provisions for Christians who believe in following the precept of the Lord. No
Christian is obliged to take a civil oath. He is permitted to make a simple
Now suppose I came to the
door of Masonry and knock for admittance. Almost the first thing demanded of me
is disobedience to the Lord Jesus Christ. before I can
listen; "He that entereth not by the door .... but
climbeth up some other way [mark the words], the same is a thief and a
robber" (John 10:1, 9). Any organization which ignores the Lord Jesus
Christ as the Door of heaven, and puts up a ladder of its own, is a thief and a
robber! Christ said that!
The way of Masonry is not
the Way of the cross. It is the way of human works and human character.
Speaking of the
"working tools" of the "Entered Apprentice," Mackey says;
"The Common Gavel is an instrument made use of by the operative masons to
break off the corners of rough stones, the better to fit them for the builder's
use; but we as Free and Accepted Masons, are taught to make use of it for the
more noble and glorious purpose of divesting our hearts and consciences of all
the vices and superfluities of life; thereby fitting our minds as living stones
for that spiritual building, that 'house not made with hands' eternal in the
heavens (The Ritualist, pp 39)."
Oh, my friends,
let me tell you upon the authority of God's Word that you can never get rid of
your sins and vices with the "common gavel" of Masonry! You can never
fit yourself for "the house not made with hands, eternal in the
heavens." There is just one thing that can take away sins and make you fit
to enter the blessed house - the blood of Jesus Christ! "Unto him that
loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood
... to him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen" (Rev 1:5-6).
You say, "If Masonry
is such a terrible institution, why don't other men condemn it?" They do.
John Adams condemned it! Also John Quincy Adams, James
Madison, Millard Fillmore, Daniel Webster, Charles Summer. Of the great
evangelists, Finney condemned it. Moody condemned it. Torrey said; "I do
not believe it possible for a man to be an intelligent Christian and an
intelligent Mason at the same time." George F. Pentecost, late pastor of
the WanamakerChurch in this city, said, "I believe
that Masonry is an incalculable evil and essentially antichrist in its
principles and influences." He should have known something about it, for a
Thirty-Second Degree Mason told me last week that church had a lodge within its
Why do Christian men stay
in it? I can think of only four reasons why you find professing Christians
affiliated with the Masonic lodge:
FIRST - Some do not know
what Christianity really is. Many have the prevalent but erroneous opinion that
Christianity and religion are one and the same thing.
If an organization is religious and talks about God, they conclude it is
Christian. Such people are sincere but untaught. Because they do not know what
Christianity is, they see nothing wrong with Masonry. These deserve our
sympathy. If there is to be any blame, it belongs to the pastors who have
failed to teach the truth.
SECOND - Some do not know
what Masonry really is. It is possible that some here may scoff at the idea of
a Mason not knowing what his lodge stands for. Nevertheless, it is true that
there are thousands of Masons who are not acquainted with the religious
position of Masonry as an institution. I have met Thirty-Second Degree Masons
who frankly admitted that they had never read even one Masonic authority such
as this encyclopedia. Within the past month I have actually found Masons who
deny the existence of such works! Yet the MasonicTemple of this city has a fair sized
library of books on Masonry, many of which are accessible to the general public.
You may think that such
ignorance is impossible. Not at all! You find it in every organization. I think
I could find members of this Brethrenchurch here in this place who have never
read a book setting forth the position of the denomination and who would be
unable to state it. It is the same in every church, whether Presbyterian,
Methodist, or Baptist. If such ignorance can be found in organizations where
public instruction is given several times each week, it is not surprising to
find it in Masonry. The average Mason is like some church members. He only does
what is absolutely necessary to become a member and stops there. His knowledge
of Masonry is based upon his little experience in a local lodge, and he never
makes any effort to ascertain exactly what is the religious
position of Masonry as a great institution.
Permit me to say in all
kindness, that the gentleman who rose at the beginning of this sermon to
protest against the charge that Masonry is not Christian is an illustration of
what I am saying. He has admitted before you all, in answer to my question,
that he has never read even one Masonic authority. We have no denunciation for
such men, but in the name of Jesus Christ we beg that they will investigate the
institution to which they are giving their allegiance.
THIRD - A few professing
Christians continue their relation with Masonry in spite of the fact that they
know what Christianity is, and also what Masonry is. Such as these are without
excuse. They are living every day in deliberate disloyalty to the Lord Jesus
Christ, who died for their sins! They deserve blame - not sympathy.
FOURTH - There are some
professing Christians in Masonry who are apostate from the true faith. Some of
the preachers in Masonry belong to this classification. They have relegated
such truths as blood atonement and the deity of Christ to the place of the
nonessentials. They are virtually Unitarian in belief, and therefore it is not
surprising to find them in an institution which in its three main degrees is
Unitarianism, so much so that ex-president Taft, a prominent Unitarian, feels
at home in it. The presence of such men in Masonry is an argument against it,
not for it.
," you say, "there are good men in it. Washington was a Mason." Yes, and Washington was a slave owner as well. You are
not to follow men. If you follow men you are heading for disaster. Christ says
to the Christian, "Follow thou me."
I must close, though I have
only begun. This encyclopedia contains enough that is anti-Christian to keep me
preaching for the next ten weeks every Sunday night. I have said enough to
condemn this institution forever in the eyes of you who know Jesus Christ and
love Him. I have tried not to be unkind or harsh. I have tried to tell you the
truth. Jesus Christ is the only hope for men. My only motive tonight has been
to get you to be loyal to Him. A man may say. "It will hurt me if I leave
Masonry now!" I know it will! But oh, Christian, did your Christ fail you
at the cross because it hurt? By the blood of His cross I plead with you;
"Come out from among them, and be ye separate." Be
ye not unequally yoked together with the unbeliever; for what fellowship hath
righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion
hath light with darkness? And what concord hath Christ with Belial? or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel? And
what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? ... "
(II Cor -17).