The Shriners (Five)

It is written:

“Whoever transgresses and does not abide in the doctrine of Christ does not have God. He who abides in the doctrine of Christ has both the Father and the Son. 10  If anyone comes to you and does not bring this doctrine, do not receive him into your house nor greet him; 11  for he who greets him shares in his evil deeds.” (2 John 9-11)

Many in our religious world teach the spirit of ecumenicism, which advocates that all religions and religious traditions are valid. This is clearly in contradiction to the teaching of the Word of God (cf. Deuteronomy 18:9-11; Galatians 1:6-9; 2 Corinthians 11:13-15; 1 Timothy 4:1-5; etc.).

According to The Mystic Shrine Initiation Manual:

“Our mission is to succor the distressed, relieve the oppressed, protect the innocent and punish the guilty, equalize station, ESTABLISH HARMONY IN ALL CREEDS, crush fanaticism and intolerance and perpetuate the welfare of mankind.” (Emphasis added, M.T.)

Sadly, those within the Masonic Lodge are taught (and teach) that all gods, creeds, and religious teachings are equal. For example:

“The true Mason is not creed-bound. He realizes with the divine illumination of his lodge that as a Mason his religion must be universal: Christ, Buddha, or Mohammed, the name means little, for he recognizes only the light and not the bearer. He worships at every shrine, bows before every altar, whether in temple, mosque or cathedral, realizing with his truer understanding the oneness of all spiritual truth. (Manly P. Hall, The Lost Keys Of Freemasonry, p. 65-also note that Hall was a 33rd degree Mason).

“For Masonry knows, what so many forget, that religions are many, but Religion is one-perhaps we may say one thing, but that one thing includes everything-the life of God in the soul of man, and the duty and hope of man which proceed from His essential character. Therefore, it invites to its altar men of all faiths, knowing that, if they use different names for “the Nameless One of a hundred names,” they are yet praying to the one God and Father of all; knowing, also, that while they read different volumes, they are in fact reading the same vast Book of the Faith of Man as revealed in the struggle and sorrow of the race in its quest of God.” (Masonic Bible, pages 5-6).

“You have learned that Freemasonry calls God “The Great Architect of the Universe.” This is the Freemason’s special name for God, because He is universal. He belongs to all men regardless of their religious persuasion. All wise men acknowledge His authority. In His private devotions a Mason will pray to Jehovah, Mohammed, Allah, Jesus, or the Deity of his choice. In a Masonic lodge, however, the Mason will find the name of his Deity within the Great Architect of the Universe. (Allen E. Roberts, The Craft And Its Symbols: Opening the Door to Masonic Symbolism, 6).

“There never was a false god, nor was there ever really a false religion, unless you call a child a false man. (Max Muller, as quoted in Louisiana Masonic Monitor).

Masonry, around whose altars the Christian, the Hebrew, the Moslem, the Brahmin, the followers of Confucius and Zoroaster, can assemble as brethren and unite in prayer to the one God who is above ALL the Baalim, must needs leave it to each of its initiates to look for the foundation of his faith and hope to the written scriptures of his own religion. (Pike, Morals And Dogma, 226).

This attitude, of course, extends to the Masonic teaching regarding the Bible (and other religious documents which claim to be Divine in origin).

“The Bible is used among Freemasons as a symbol of the will of God, however it may be expressed. Therefore, whatever to any people express that will may be used as a substitute for the Bible in a Masonic Lodge. Thus, in a Lodge consisting entirely of Jews, the Old Testament alone may be placed upon the altar, and Turkish Freemasons may use the Koran. Whether it be the Gospel to the Christian, the Pentateuch to the Israelite, the Koran to the Mussulman, or the Vedas to the Brahman, it everywhere Masonically conveys the same idea-that of the symbolism of the Divine will revealed to man.” (Albert Mackey, Encyclopedia Of Freemasonry, 133).

If you are a Christian, how can you support the teaching of the Lodge regarding God and the Bible?

To my friends in the Lodge: I encourage you to turn away from this institution and make a full commitment to Christ and His kingdom.

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