Are Masonic Books
Perhaps you have read a Masonic book which caused you to be quite concerned for a
friend or loved one who is a Mason. Everything from astrology, to Gnosticism, to hard core
Satanism is found in books which are distributed by Masonic suppliers and are found in
Masonic libraries. One thing which we have never seen in a book written by a Mason and
distributed throughout the Masonic system is a statement that Jesus Christ is the only way
to salvation. Many, many Masonic books state exactly the opposite. Some lift up the
Masonic savior, Hiram Abiff, instead. As an example, consider the words of Masonic author,
Lynn Perkins, found in The Meaning of Masonry:
"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
Perkins had this to say about Jesus:
Now, therefore, why is Jesus the Christ not mentioned in the Masonic Ritual of the
first three degrees? Those who ask this question should remember that Masonry has been,
and is now, attempting to promote the idea of a universal brotherhood, a dwelling-together
of all peoples on earth in harmony and peace. Though Avatars (divine messengers) have come
to all people at different times with the same essential message, nevertheless the
Christian Avatar is still not acceptable to some peoples.
Jesus Christ is not mentioned in the first three degrees because he is unacceptable to
Masonry. It should not surprise us that Masonry rejects Jesus; Jesus explained that there
would be those who would not acknowledge Him before men:
Whosoever therefore shall confess me before men, him will I confess also before my
Father which is in heaven. But whosoever shall deny me before men, him will I also deny
before my Father which is in heaven.
The Meaning of Masonry accurately explains the teachings of
Masonry. I will be the first to admit that Perkins is not Masonry's most popular writer.
However, his writings contain a fair representation of what is found in quite a few other
Masonic books which are also found in Masonic libraries.
If you were to discuss Perkins' book, or just about any other revealing Masonic book,
with a Mason who claims to be a Christian, he would likely deny that the book has any
significance. He would most likely claim that the book you have selected is not
authoritative and that the contents represent only the opinion of the author. There is no
doubt that the Masonic system promotes and distributes thousands of books which have an
anti-Christian theme. However, are these books authoritative? If they are not
authoritative, why does Masonry distribute them through Lodge libraries and what purpose
do they serve within Masonry?
What do the authorities of Freemasonry
say about Masonic literature?
To answer those questions, in an authoritative manner, we have to turn to the highest
authorities of Freemasonry, the Grand Lodges. There is a Grand Lodge which is the
authority within each of our 50 states and another in the District of Columbia. Most of
these state Grand Lodges publish "Monitors" which are given to each man when he
becomes a Master Mason. Since these small books are published by the authority in the
state in which they are issued, they are unquestionably authoritative works. In our
society, the written word carries more weight than the spoken word. We should give more
credence to the contents of Masonic Monitors than the denials of a particular Mason. An
individual Mason cannot speak authoritatively for Masonry because he is not the Grand
Lodge. His denials are simply his own opinion, or rather what he wants you to believe.
What do Grand Lodges say concerning the contents and purpose of Masonic books? The 1993
edition of the Indiana Monitor and Freemason's Guide has this to
"In the ceremonies of making a Mason, we do not attempt to do more than to
indicate the pathway to Masonic knowledge, to lay the foundation for the Masonic edifice.
The brother must pursue the journey or complete the structure for himself by reading and
The Grand Lodge, the authority, states clearly that they indicate the pathway to the
teachings of Masonry and those teachings are acquired and understood by reading and
reflection. Where would a Mason go to obtain books which would contain teachings about
Masonry? The Indiana Grand Lodge publishes another small book, The Master Mason,
which answers the question:
"Yet it is vitally important that the deeper meanings of this degree be understood
if one is to become a Master Mason in fact as well as in name. . . The literature of
Masonry in all its many phases is within your reach and your Worshipful Master or
Secretary can give you particulars. . . Much has been written of Freemasonry. Probably
your own Lodge possesses a library of books telling of the history of Freemasonry and
treating of its philosophy, symbolism and jurisprudence. These books are at your disposal
at all times and there are many others that you may purchase for study in your own
According to the highest Masonic authorities, Masonic books play a large part in the
Masonic education process. The denials of individuals that these books collectively speak
for Masonry are simply not true. Many Masons who offer these denials know that they are
not being truthful. There are a large number of Masonic books which are anti-Christian. If
Masonry were unbiased with regard to the claims of Jesus Christ, and if a significant
number of Masons were Christians, there would be Masonic books written by Masonic authors
which clearly state that faith in Jesus Christ is the only way to salvation. Those books,
revealing the Gospel, would be distributed throughout the Masonic system with equal
fervor. However, there aren't any, because Jesus simply is not acceptable to Masonry. It
follows that Masonry is not acceptable to Jesus Christ.
How can you obtain copies of Masonic books?
Masonic books are available to non-Masons as well as to Masons. Unless you are doing
research, you would find most of them to be of little use. If you are witnessing to a
Mason, Masonic books are often of little help. The major exception is the Masonic
"Monitor." Monitors are published by most Grand Lodges, for use in the lodges
within their jurisdiction. Monitors contain explanations of the symbols of Freemasonry and
often contain portions of the rituals with explanations of the meaning. Masons cannot
reasonably argue that a Grand Lodge does not properly understand Freemasonry.
Masonic Monitors - Distributed by Grand Lodges
The Masonic monitor distributed by the Grand Lodge of the state in which a Mason lives
is the most effective witnessing tool. If one for that particular state is not available,
a monitor from another Grand Lodge, or a collection of monitors from several other Grand
Lodges is the next best tool. By using tracts like those found in this web site, in
conjunction with a monitor, the Christian Mason will be brought to repentance. Key
elements of ritual can be documented in any Masonic monitor which will demonstrate that
Freemasonry teaches salvation on a basis other than faith in Jesus Christ. For a
Christian, that is enough. If it isn't enough, the Mason is not a Christian. It really is
that simple; Christians won't knowingly participate or support the promotion of a false
plan of salvation.
Masonic monitors go by various names and often are small enough to fit in a coat
pocket. A few titles would include: Masonic Manual (Georgia), Indiana
Monitor and Freemason's Guide, The Louisiana Monitor,
Blue Lodge Text Book (Mississippi), North Carolina
Lodge Manual, Masonic Code of Oregon and Manual of the Lodge,
Ahiman Rezon (South Carolina), and Masonic Text Book
for use in the Lodges in West Virginia. Usually they have a statement in the
front indicating that they were published or adopted by the Grand Lodge.
Masonic monitors for most states are available from this ministry. Many
Masonic Monitors are available on CDROM.
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