A Brief Study and Critique of Freemasonry

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This inquiry into the Masonic Lodge originated as a suggestion from a member in response to a question I posed to my congregation soliciting input and ideas for such studies. After hearing the suggestion of Freemasonry I was intrigued myself and decided that I would pursue it and present my findings. The reasons for my interest are several:

  1. This fraternal society is widespread with a chapter and/or lodge in nations all around the world, every state in the U.S.A. and, indeed, it seems in every small town throughout the country.
  2. Because it is a secret society characterized by secret passwords, handshakes, rituals, et cetera, there is inherently a bit of curiosity regarding what itís all about, the goals of the members, and what, if any, purpose the society serves.
  3. Finally, it has been obvious that some Masons are also members (even leaders and pastors) of Christian churches and see no inconsistency. People outside the society have been critical of this and say belonging to both the Lodge and a church is contradictory. Which is correct?

Hopefully, we will be able to examine all these areas and get a clear picture of the influence of the society, whatís going on in the Lodges and, most importantly, what should be the appropriate position of a Christian regarding Freemasonry. My chief sources for this study include:

  • Masonic Rites and Wrongs (P & R Publishing, 1995) by Steven Tsoukalas
  • Freemasonry -- The Invisible Cult (Whittaker House, 1983) by Jack Harris
  • Cult Watch (Harvest House, 1991) by John Ankerberg and John Weldon
along with various articles to be referenced as used, plus the personal notes of an acquaintance who was personally involved in the Lodge.

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