When a man comes to Christ, he is made a new creation. He is born-again, given a new heart–new desires to follow Christ in obedience.
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.2 Corinthians 5:17
With an Evangelical landscape that is not only open to, but rampant with freemasonry, one must ask the question: has the old passed away? The purpose of this article is not to explain why Freemasonry is incompatible with Christianity–you can read about that here. However, it is important to note that Freemasonry is not only incompatible with Christianity, but, as a pseudo-religious cult, cannot be tolerated among the ranks.
To summarize, Freemasonry claims that it is not a religion in and of itself, but it does require that its members hold to a belief in some God — any God. One can claim Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, it really doesn’t matter, so long as you profess a higher power. It is precisely this requirement that actually makes it incompatible with Christianity. This makes it a religious fellowship, and Scripture strictly forbids fellowship with unbelievers.
Do not be unequally yoked with unbelievers. For what partnership has righteousness with lawlessness? Or what fellowship has light with darkness? What accord has Christ with Belial? Or what portion does a believer share with an unbeliever? What agreement has the temple of God with idols?2 Corinthians 6:14-16
Yet, the Evangelical landscape is riddled with Freemasons — many churches, especially Southern Baptist churches, have Freemasons in prominent positions of leadership and authority — from the diaconate to the pastorate. It is blasphemous for a Christian to fellowship with other Christians in church on Sundays just to turn around and pray with other religions, take blood oaths, and partake in an overtly secret lifestyle. God commands Christians to live out their faith in the open, not hiding it away in secret societies.
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“You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.”Matthew 5:14-16
While many want to hold on this idol of Freemasonry of their past, or evan partake in a new idol after being a Christian for some time, it must be strongly condemned by the Church. Those who continue in unrepentant sin — and Freemasonry is sinful — must be excommunicated from the ranks of the Church. There is no other option, it is a biblical command to do so.
I wrote to you in my letter not to associate with sexually immoral people—not at all meaning the sexually immoral of this world, or the greedy and swindlers, or idolaters, since then you would need to go out of the world. But now I am writing to you not to associate with anyone who bears the name of brother if he is guilty of sexual immorality or greed, or is an idolater, reviler, drunkard, or swindler—not even to eat with such a one. For what have I to do with judging outsiders? Is it not those inside the church whom you are to judge? God judges]1 Corinthians 5:9-13
those outside. “Purge the evil person from among you.”