Ignore Their Secret Savior
to Maintain Unity in the Church?
The most important symbol of Freemasonry is documented and the impact on church unity
is considered. Some in the church are Freemasons. Others in the church oppose Freemasonry.
This results in division. Who are the divisive individuals? Why? What, if anything does
Masonry teach concerning salvation? What position have Masonic Grand Lodges taken on
Jesus? Why are the opponents of Masonry so persistent? Quotes are taken from Masonic
ritual, Grand Lodge documents and Scripture.
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The Gospel is of Prime importance.
Just before Jesus ascended into heaven, he gave his disciples clear
All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make
disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of
the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I
am with you always, to the very end of the age.
One of the primary purposes of the church is to carry the Gospel of Jesus to the lost.
Paul summed up the basic facts of the Gospel:
Now, brothers, I want to remind you of the gospel I preached to you, which you received
and on which you have taken your stand. By this gospel you are saved, if you hold firmly
to the word I preached to you. Otherwise, you have believed in vain. For what I received I
passed on to you as of first importance: that Christ died for our sins according to the
Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the
(1 Corinthians 15:1-4)
Scripture stresses the importance of unity, that we might
May the God who gives endurance and encouragement give you a spirit of unity among
yourselves as you follow Christ Jesus, so that with one heart and mouth you may glorify
the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Jesus prayed that His disciples would be as one. Jesus wanted all of those who believed
in Him to be brought to complete unity to let the world know that God had sent Him. Just
before Jesus was betrayed, he prayed:
I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one: I in
them and you in me. May they be brought to complete unity to let the world know that you
sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me.
While teaching the necessity of a spirit of unity, Paul stressed the importance of
Watch your life and doctrine closely. Persevere in them, because if you do, you will
save both yourself and your hearers.
(1 Tim 4:16)
The foundational doctrines of the church include the Deity of Jesus Christ and the fact
that He is the only way to salvation. Jesus said:
I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.
In the midst of the church there are some individuals who do not follow the commands of
Jesus. Their presence within the church causes division. The Scriptures speak clearly
about the proper response to those who would cause division. Paul gave these instructions
Warn a divisive person once, and then warn him a second time. After that, have nothing
to do with him. You may be sure that such a man is warped and sinful; he is
In some denominations, a significant number of church members
Their numbers vary from congregation to congregation. Some are currently active in
Freemasonry. Others are no longer active, yet they still maintain their lodge membership.
Many Masons serve as Sunday School teachers, Elders, Deacons and even Pastor. All of the
members of churches who are Freemasons state that Masonry is compatible with Christianity.
Many claim that Masonry has made them better Christians. Masons are involved in a host of
good works which provide service to society. They feed the poor, provide medical care for
injured children and even send pastors they are trying to influence on tours of the Holy
Some within the body of Christ oppose the Masonic Lodge and believe that Masons who
will not renounce Freemasonry should be expelled from the church. Freemasonrys
opponents are unwilling to compromise.
There are many others who seem to be stressing the importance of Church unity. They
fear that if the attitudes of the opponents of Freemasonry are embraced by a significant
number, division will result. They believe that opposition to Freemasonry may destroy
unity in the church. Their worst fear is that their congregation will be involved in a
church-split over an insignificant issue.
Why are the opponents of Freemasonry insisting that there be
total separation between the Lodge and the church?
The foundation of Freemasonry is known as the Blue Lodge. It consists of three degrees:
Entered Apprentice, FellowCraft and Master Mason. After a man completes the Master
Mason degree, he is as much of a Mason as he will ever be. Each of the degrees contain
teaching which is revealed though ritual. The man being initiated into Masonry takes an
active part in the ritual. In the Master Mason degree, the new Master Mason portrays Hiram
Abiff. In that portion of the ritual known as the Legend of the Third Degree, Hiram is
unjustly killed, buried and then raised from the grave. At the close of the ritual, the
following summary of the meaning is spoken:
Then, finally my brethren, let us imitate our Grand Master, Hiram Abiff, in his
virtuous conduct, his unfeigned piety to God, and his inflexible fidelity to his trust;
that, like him, we may welcome the grim tyrant, Death, and receive him as a kind messenger
sent by our Supreme Grand Master, to translate us from this imperfect to that all-perfect,
glorious, and celestial Lodge above, where the Supreme Architect of the Universe presides.
The meaning of the ritual is clearly explained: Masons are to imitate Hiram Abiff that
they may welcome death and be translated into heaven.
Who is Hiram Abiff?
When a man is raised to Master Mason, he is given a small book called a monitor.
Monitors are produced and are distributed at the direction of the
authorities of Freemasonry, the Grand Lodges. The 13th edition of the monitor used by The
Grand Lodge of Kentucky, The Kentucky Monitor, reveals the identity of Hiram Abiff in a
discussion of various religions:
All believed in a future life, to be attained by purification and trials; in a state or
successive states of reward and punishment; and in a Mediator or Redeemer, by whom the
Evil Principle was to be overcome and the Supreme Deity reconciled to His creatures. The
belief was general that He was to be born of a virgin and suffer a painful death. The
Hindus called him Krishna; the Chinese, Kioun-tse; the Persians, Sosiosch; the Chaldeans,
Dhouvanai; the Egyptians, Horus; Plato, Love; the Scandinavians, Balder; the Christians,
Jesus; Masons, Hiram.
The meaning is perfectly clear. 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. The Meaning of Masonry, by Lynn Perkins, clarifies the teaching:
Therefore Masonry teaches that redemption and salvation are both the power and the
responsibility of the individual Mason. Saviors like Hiram Abiff can and do show the way,
but men must always follow and demonstrate, each for himself, his power to save himself,
to build his own spiritual fabric in his own time and way. Every man in essence is his own
savior and redeemer; for if he does not save himself, he will not be saved. The reader who
succeeds in getting back to the real teachings of the masters, including Jesus of
Nazareth, will find unanimity of thinking on this matter.
The fact that Masonry teaches redemption and salvation is also documented on page 96 of
Manual of the Lodge, by Albert Mackey. Mackey's book has been adopted, virtually without
alteration, as the monitor of the Grand Lodge of South Carolina. In monitor form, the book
is known as the Ahiman Rezon:
It was the single object of all the ancient rites and mysteries practiced in the very
bosom of pagan darkness. . .to teach the immortality of the Soul. This is still the great
design of the third degree of Masonry. This is the scope and aim of its ritual. The Master
Mason represents man, when youth, manhood, old age, and life itself have passed away as
fleeting shadows, yet raised from the grave of iniquity, and quickened into another and
better existence. By its legend and all its ritual, it is implied that we have been
redeemed from the death of sin and the sepulchre of pollution. . . .and the conclusion we
arrive at is, that youth, properly directed, leads us to honorable and virtuous maturity,
and that the life of man, regulated by morality, faith, and justice, will be rewarded at
its closing hour by the prospect of eternal bliss. . . The important design of the degree
is to symbolize the great doctrines of the resurrection of the body and the immortality of
the soul; and hence it has been remarked by a learned writer of our Order, that the Master
Mason represents a man saved from the grave of iniquity, and raised to the faith of
(pages 141-2, 1947 Ed. Ahiman Rezon)
Mackey's words are reproduced in the monitors of many states. The 1993 edition of the
Indiana Monitor and Freemason's Guide contains most of the passage explaining the meaning
of the Legend of the Third Degree on page 154. The Indiana Monitor confirms the
universality of the Hiramic Legend in Masonry:
The Legend of the Third Degree. This is the most important and significant of the
legendary symbols of Freemasonry. It has descended from age to age by oral tradition, and
has been preserved in every Masonic rite, practiced in any country or language, with no
The Hiramic Legend is the glory of Freemasonry. . .
Freemasonry has a savior named Hiram Abiff. Freemasonry teaches that Master Masons have
been redeemed from the death of sin and represent those raised to the faith of salvation.
Each Mason has portrayed Hiram Abiff in a ritual in which he was killed, buried and raised
from the grave. That ritual mocks the sacrifice of Jesus Christ. The ritual of the third
degree directly states that by imitating Hiram Abiff, Master Masons may get into heaven.
The situation in the church is as follows:
- Freemasons have infiltrated the church, claiming to be Christians.
- Active Masons within the church are meeting in secret to teach salvation on the basis of
another savior. Inactive Masons have portrayed Hiram Abiff in ritual, yet they defend
Masonry as being compatible with Christianity.
- The false gospel of Freemasonry will result in many souls being cast into hell.
- Unless we directly and publicly take issue with the false gospel of Masonry,
additional sons, grandsons, husbands and brothers will become ensnared.
- Masonry is using the church as a cover, just as organized crime uses legitimate
businesses. The Lodge points to Masons who are church members to support their claim that
Freemasonry is compatible with Christianity.
- By allowing Masonry to utilize a congregation as a cover, that congregation
is allowing the world to believe that there is nothing in the teachings of Freemasonry
with which they strongly disagree.
Those who oppose Freemasonry are justifiably intolerant.
They are insistent upon total separation between the church and the lodge. Many others
in the church feel that Masons are doing no harm: Masons do not promote imitation of Hiram
Abiff as a way to salvation publicly, but only in secret. Those who are against actively
opposing the false gospel of Freemasonry say that if we take a stand against Freemasonry,
few Masons will renounce and some in their families will stand with them, following
emotions rather than the Spirit of Truth. Some fear it will destroy the peace and unity of
the church and result in division.
Is division always bad?
Could division ever be Gods Will? Consider the words of Jesus:
Do you think I came to bring peace on earth? No, I tell you, but division. From now on
there will be five in one family divided against each other, three against two and two
against three. They will be divided, father against son and son against father, mother
against daughter and daughter against mother, mother-in-law against daughter-in-law and
daughter-in-law against mother-in-law.
The gospel of our Lord and Savior is divisive and the presence of Masonry within the
church has resulted in a strong difference of opinion. Some are firm in their belief that
Masons who will not renounce Freemasonry and repent should be denied membership in the
church. Others feel that we should avoid dealing with the issue in order to maintain
Some claim that it is impossible to know what a man believes. They claim that we cannot
know that a man has accepted the teachings of Freemasonry, simply because he is a member
of the Lodge. What we can know is that any man who remains a Mason after being confronted
with the teachings of Freemasonry has not rejected those teachings, as would a Christian.
Why are there different opinions?
Paul spoke to differences which existed between members of the church at Corinth:
In the first place, I hear that when you come together as a church, there are divisions
among you, and to some extent I believe it. No doubt there have to be differences among
you to show which of you have Gods approval.
(1 Corinthians 11:18-1)
A. W. Tozer, a contemporary leader said:
Division is not bad. To know what to divide - and to know what to unite - is the key.
The desirable outcome is separation of all church members from the Masonic Lodge. It is
not God's will for any to perish. Realistically, some Masons have not and will not accept
Jesus as their savior, although they may claim that they have.
The fundamental question remains:
Should we ignore their secret savior to maintain unity in Christs church?
Only those on one side of this issue have Gods approval. Your voice may be the
one which causes a Mason to repent and accept Jesus. By not taking a side in this battle,
a person is choosing to ignore the secret savior and the peril of lost souls. Can there be
unity in the church while some follow a false savior? Is peace with the world and the
appearance of unity so important that the church should tolerate another savior?
(Scripture from NIV, Masonic documentation available.)
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