did the MTM Conferences get started?
The first Ministry to Masons Conference was held in Washington D.C. in 1990.
The purpose of that first conference is best explained in the letter written
by a former Mason. Charlie Wiley wrote the letter and sent it to several ministries,
including Ed Decker of Saint's Alive in Jesus, Mick Oxley of In His Grip Ministries,
Harmon Taylor of HRT Ministries, Jim Shaw, now deceased and John Ankerberg of The John
Ankerberg Show. The first conference was a direct response to Charlie's
In December of 1989, Charlie wrote:
I write this letter to each of you as a challenge and a proposal for
your consideration. Until this year, my affiliation of sixteen years with Masonry had
never been questioned by Christians. I had never been challenged as to how as a Christian,
I could be a Mason too. Well, Praise the Lord, someone did challenge me and the Holy
Spirit would not let me have peace until I came out of darkness.
Now, what if no one had witnessed to me? And why hadn't I ever heard
about this before? I went to church and was around Godly men, but nothing was ever said
about Masonry. Why?
This brings me to ask, in love, and out of concern- what is the extent or
effectiveness of your ministries? I do know from my limited experience and witness that to
the majority, the exposure of Masonry was as new to them as it was to me. Also, I have
found that your ministries are not commonly known and information is not readily available
without a purposeful search. We need to find answers to these questions. I am aware you
have limited man-power and resources with which to get the word out, so this brings me to
the challenge/proposal I have for you.
I would like to propose that you open up your ministries and solicit individuals who feel
a calling to stand up for Jesus and speak out on the darkness of Masonry. I am sure you
all have a mailing list and testimonies from men who have come out of Masonry, possibly
prompted by your literature. Why not start with these men? We need men in every community
witnessing for Jesus Christ about the darkness of Masonry and backed by your ministries.
The support I'm referring to is literature, the how to's, preparation, legal, etc.,
provided to those individuals who volunteer and feel this is their calling. Make no
mistake, this is not a solicitation and I do not advocate you supporting these volunteers;
I'm sure you do well to keep yourselves going, but I feel with the Lord's help and
direction, together you can expand ministry.
I would like to propose that you come together for a joint meeting/planning session. Have
you all ever gotten your heads together? As I see it, you are working towards the same
goal at different levels and by different means; you are all doing your own thing. You
share literature, why not start sharing ideas and plans on how we can get this message out
In proposing this, I would like to be your first volunteer for my area. I have found in my
church, and in others, a total lack of understanding about Masonry. Through their
education I have experienced both the positive and negative. I have been ridiculed because
of my stand and am a non-person to some. I have received a hateful call at my home and am
sure each of you has experienced the same. It is scary but I know the truth, who I stand
for and what comes first in my life--Jesus Christ. So, I know to some limited extent what
I am getting into. Won't you pray on this and let's see what God has in His plans for us?
To you who have responded personally during my earlier inquires for information, I thank
you and I am honored that you took the time; it meant a lot to me. The Lord puts together
people who work for Him. Will you prayerfully consider my challenge/proposal? As the Lord
calls each of us home what or who will be left to carry on this special message until His
final return? Will it die with us? Who are we preparing to carry on?
Praise be to God, for without Him we are nothing.
Yours in Christ,
Charles W. Wiley
Charlie Wiley was led out of the Lodge by a lady in Arizona who talked to him about the
similarities between Freemasonry and Mormonism. We don't know where the lady who
ministered to Charlie got the information she had. It must have come from one of the
hand-full of ministries who were exposing Mormonism and/or Masonry in the eighties. It is
possible that she didn't realize that she had a personal ministry in this area. We don't
know if God will use her again in this fashion or not. What we do know is that others like
her have learned about Freemasonry at the Ministry to Masons Conferences, which are a
secondary effect of her witness to Charlie.
Many of the men who repent and leave the lodge are very thankful that we do what we do.
Others who choose not to repent, do not appreciate our efforts. In time, a few of them
will also repent, partially due to seeds which were planted in an encounter with a
These conferences are doing exactly what the Charlie Wiley's of this world think that we
should be doing. They are a cooperative effort of a number of ministries who share
materials and resources so that the greatest number of men will be led to renounce the
Lodge and accept Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior.
You may write to Charlie Wiley in care of Ephesians 5:11, Inc., Box 291, Fishers,
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