Most people consider the Masons to be upright, generous, and honorable citizens. I’m pretty sure most of them are. The Masons do a lot for their communities. The Shriners (at least a 34 degree Mason) are known for their work for burn victims. It is fairly difficult to become a Mason. You must be recommended for membership by a member. It must be stated that many professing Christians are also Masons. This group seems to have been accepted by most Christian denominations and church groups. It stands to reason that, with the number of Masons who have joined local churches, their influence in undeniable.

We must first ask what the Masons teach and stand for concerning the Lord Jesus Christ. As part of their membership requirements, it is stated that a Mason “must believe in the existence of a Supreme Being.” This statement is far too vague for a believer to be comfortable with. A ‘Supreme Being’ could be any so-called god that is recognized by the various religions around the world. In the Masonic Temple meetings, God is referred to as the “Great Architect Of the Universe (GAOTU).” It is true that the Lord designed and created all things. Colossians 1:16 says, “For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him.” Again, the ambiguity in addressing God by as the Great Architect, allows each member to decide who this “Great Architect” is to them. The GAOTU is a god that Mason Hindus, Mason Buddhists, and Mason Moslems apparently have no problem at all in praying to. It is impossible that they are all praying to the same god.

The Masons are shrouded in secrecy, so it is difficult to know much about them. Thankfully, there are a number of ex-Masons that are more than willing to share knowledge about this group. We do know there are many oaths that the members are required to swear to, with terrible consequences to those who do not keep their oaths. The Word of God prohibits us from swearing oaths. Matthew 5:33-37 says, “Again, ye have heard that it hath been said by them of old time, Thou shalt not forswear thyself, but shalt perform unto the Lord thine oaths: But I say unto you, SWEAR NOT AT ALL; neither by heaven; for it is God’s throne: Nor by the earth; for it is his footstool: neither by Jerusalem; for it is the city of the great King. Neither shalt thou swear by thy head, because thou canst not make one hair white or black. But let your communication be, Yea, yea; Nay, nay: for whatsoever is more than these cometh of evil.”

There are so many more things that could be said about the Masons as a ‘religious’ group, but I will only make one more point. Realizing that this group is composed of all kinds of people with all kinds of religions, it would be proper to consider the words of 2 Corinthians 6:14-18, “BE YE NOT UNEQUALLY YOKED TOGETHER WITH UNBELIEVERS: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness? And what concord hath Christ with Belial? or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel? And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you, And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty.” The Lord does not want us to commit ourselves or join any group where we become partners with those who are not saved.

Considering what has been written, I encourage you, as a believer on the Lord Jesus Christ, to ask yourself: Is this group something that my Heavenly Father would want me to be a part of? By joining the Masons, will I be honoring Him? Am I associating myself with people of false religions by being a part of this group? (266.8)