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What Does the Masonic Lodge Teach Its Members About Jesus?

By: Dr. John Weldon
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“Holiness to the Lord.” –Motto on the official seal of the Grand Lodge of New York

Masonry claims that it does not offend a Christian’s belief about Jesus Christ. For example: “We do not say to Christians that Christ was a mere man, whose life’s story is only a revival of similar older [pagan] stories. To do any of these things would be irreverent. We utter no such words.”[1] But Masonry does teach that Jesus Christ was merely a man. Concerning the denial of Christ’s deity we may note the observations of Masonic leader Jim Shaw. Shaw was a 33rd degree Mason, a Past Worshipful Master of the Blue Lodge, Past Master of all Scottish Rite bodies, and a Knight Commander of the Court of Honor. He acknowledges that official Masonic doctrine maintains that, “Jesus was just a man. He was one of the “exemplars,” one of the great men of the past, but not divine and certainly not the only means of redemption of lost mankind.”[2]

The Masonic Maundy Thursday Ritual of the chapter of Rose Croix states officially, “We meet this day to commemorate the death [of Jesus], not as inspired or divine, for this is not for us to decide.”[3] One Mason told us, “Jesus and Krishna are the same!”[4]

In his spiritual darkness or ignorance, the Christian Mason may choose to believe that Jesus was God and Savior of the world, but this is not Masonic truth. Those who consider themselves enlightened Masons hope that their unenlightened Christian brethren will realize that all specific dogmas about Christ are in error. As Clausen emphasizes, Masons hope to “strip from all religions their orthodox tenets, legends, allegories and dogmas.”[5] This is why the Masonic scholar Albert Pike asserts that Jesus was “a great teacher of morality”—but no more.[6]

So Masonry teaches that Jesus was only a man. Why does Masonry say that, and thereby offend the beliefs of Christians? It does this because it does not wish to offend the religious sensibilities of non-Christian Masons, those members of other faiths who deny that Jesus is the only Incarnation of God and Savior of the world. The unique nature and mission of Christ is denied by Hindus, Buddhists, Muslims and Jews. In order to not offend these people, Masonry offends Christians.

Masonry excludes all particular biblical teachings about Christ, such as His Incarnation, redemptive mission, death and resurrection. In fact, there is no biblical truth about Jesus Christ affirmed anywhere in Masonry. Mason Edmond Ronayne confesses:

Freemasonry “carefully excludes” the Lord Jesus Christ from the Lodge and chapter, repudiates his mediatorship, rejects his atonement, denies and disowns his gospel, frowns upon his religion and his church, ignores the Holy Spirit, and sets up for itself a spiritual empire, a religious theocracy, at the head of which it places the G.A.O.T.U.—the god of nature—and from which the one only living and true God is expelled by resolution….[7]

Although there are many possible beliefs that Masons hold about Jesus, one of the more prevalent beliefs can be traced to Masonry’s ties to the ancient mystery religions. Many Masons believe that the biblical teaching of Christ as God and Savior is merely a corruption of “similar,” more “pure” stories in some of the earlier pagan religions.[8] These Masons teach that the New Testament is a corrupted version of such stories and that Christianity as normally interpreted by the Church is false. In fact, many of these Masons are offended that Christianity teaches that only Jesus is God. They prefer a more mystical Christ, a Christ who recognizes that all men are divine.[9] For example, Dr. R. Swineburne Clymer, M.D., recognized as a high Mason, teaches in The Mysticism of Masonry (1900, p. 47):

In deifying Jesus, the whole humanity is bereft of Christos as an eternal potency within every human soul, a latent (embryonic) Christ in every man. In thus deifying one man, they have orphaned the whole of humanity [of its divinity].[10]

But none of the Masonic teachings about Christ agree with what Jesus taught about Himself and with what the Church has maintained for 2,000 years. If Masonry does not even respect the teachings of Jesus, how can it claim to be a tolerant religion?

NOTES

  1. Henry Clausen, Clausen’s Commentaries on Morals and Dogma (The Supreme Council, 33rd Degree, Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite of Freemasonry, Southern Jurisdiction of the USA, 1976), p. 159.
  2. Jim Shaw and Tom McKenney, The Deadly Deception: Freemasonry Exposed by One of Its Top Leaders (Lafayette, LA: Huntington House, 1988), pp. 126-127.
  3. Ibid., p. 127, cf. Henry C. Clausen, Practice and Procedure for the Scottish Rite (Washington, DC: The Supreme Council, 33rd Degree, Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite of Freemasonry Mother Jurisdiction of the World, 1981), pp. 75-77.
  4. Cf., The Kentucky Monitor, 1946, p. xv.
  5. Clausen, Clausen’s Commentaries on Morals and Dogma, p. 157.
  6. Albert Pike, Morals and Dogma of the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite of Freemasonry (Charleston, SC: The Supreme Council of the 33rd Degree for the Southern Jurisdiction of the United States, 1906), p. 525.
  7. Edmond Ronayne, The Master’s Carpet; Or Masonry and Baal-Worship—Identical (np., nd. Distributed by Mission­ary Service and Supply, Rt. 2, Columbiana, OH 44408), p. 87.
  8. Shaw and McKenney, The Deadly Deception, p. 127; Pike, Morals and Dogma (1906); Jack Harris, Freemasonry: The Invisible Cult in Our Midst (Chattanooga, TN: Global, 1983), pp. 102-103. For a refutation, see our Ready with an Answer [Harvest House, 1997].
  9. Cf., Corinne Heline, Mystic Masonry and the Bible (La Canada, CA: New Age Press, 1975), pp. 19, 22, 47, 90-91.
  10. Harris, Freemasonry, p. 102.

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Dr. John Weldon

Dr. John Weldon

Dr. John Weldon (born February 6, 1948) went to be with the Lord on August 30, 2014 following a long-time battle with cancer. John served for more than 20 years as a researcher for The John Ankerberg Show. During his tenure, he authored or coauthored more than 100 books, including the best-selling Facts On Series of books that has sold more than 2.5 million copies in 16 languages. His final book, published in July 2014 with Harvest House Publishers (coauthored with John Ankerberg), is especially fitting. How to Know You’re Going to Heaven offers a biblical and personal look at the way God has provided salvation through Jesus Christ (Acts 4:12) and the confidence the believer can have of eternity with Him in heaven (1 John 5:13). John’s life and work have touched countless others seeking to grow spiritually and better understand the Bible. His friends describe him as genuine, humble, and passionate to share the hope of eternal life with everyone he met. His work will continue through his many books, his online writings at The John Ankerberg Show website (JAshow.org), as well as through the many people John has personally influenced through his ministry.
Dr. John Weldon

Dr. John Weldon

Dr. John Weldon (born February 6, 1948) went to be with the Lord on August 30, 2014 following a long-time battle with cancer. John served for more than 20 years as a researcher for The John Ankerberg Show. During his tenure, he authored or coauthored more than 100 books, including the best-selling Facts On Series of books that has sold more than 2.5 million copies in 16 languages. His final book, published in July 2014 with Harvest House Publishers (coauthored with John Ankerberg), is especially fitting. How to Know You’re Going to Heaven offers a biblical and personal look at the way God has provided salvation through Jesus Christ (Acts 4:12) and the confidence the believer can have of eternity with Him in heaven (1 John 5:13). John’s life and work have touched countless others seeking to grow spiritually and better understand the Bible. His friends describe him as genuine, humble, and passionate to share the hope of eternal life with everyone he met. His work will continue through his many books, his online writings at The John Ankerberg Show website (JAshow.org), as well as through the many people John has personally influenced through his ministry.

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Duck
Duck

Here is the light found in Freemasonry!!!
— 2 Corinthians 11:14-15 , “And no wonder, for even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light. So it is no surprise if his servants, also, disguise themselves as servants of righteousness. Their end will correspond to their deeds.”

ALEX
ALEX

I’m a Christian who hired a Mason to do a job for me. I paid him $2000. He defrauded me with his bad workmanship and then changed address and telephone number.
I know where his lodge is. Can I report his actions to his lodge, and if so, will they do anything?

gloria c bult

They say Jesus was not God, but a “Great teacher of morality”…if Jesus was not God then he was a huge liar, how is that morality?

James
James

Never existed letter j came into alphabet 1600s you can’t even translate the name Jesus into the Hebrew there was no letter j in Hebrew

Duck
Duck

James must be a well trained Mason, trying to rationalize and spin Freemasonry’s heresy concerning Jesus but he is a failure and will stand before Christ in judgment.
It is obvious to the most casual observer that Freemasonry is referring to Christ Jesus, even if there was no “J” and they called Him “Yahshua”. It is Christ the Lamb of God whom the Freemasons are denying.

Duck
Duck

James, God’s Word says…
2 Peter 2:1, “But false prophets also arose among the people, just as there will also be false teachers among you, who will secretly introduce destructive heresies, even denying the Master who bought them, bringing swift destruction upon themselves.”

David Graham
David Graham
Since there are TWO Scottish Rite bodies in the U.S. how could Jim Shaw be a past master of ALL Scottish Rite? In the York Rite top degrees you must be a baptized, professing Christian, which seems a odd requirement if Masonry taught Jesus was just a man. There is no “official” masonic position on any Deity, you are free to worship the God of your own choosing. There is no one thought of nearly anything in masonry, including the symbols. We do not have a “theology” of masonry or an orthodoxy. You are free to ponder and interpret the… Read more »
Wade

I am a mason and would like to know,Do masons believe in the Bible,because I do and it says the only way to the farther is by Jesus Christ,I would like to know the Brotherhoods opinion,

Duck
Duck

If Hinduism or Islam were paths to meet the one true God then why would God send His Son to die such an awful and needless death? This idea is an affront to the crucifixion of Jesus Christ!

Duck
Duck
Here is a quote from the introduction pages of the Masonic Bible given to third-degree graduates. “For Masonry knows, what so many (religions) forget, that religions are many, but Religion is ONE…Thus by the very honor which Masonry pays to the Bible, it teaches us to revere every book of faith in which men find help for today and hope for the morrow, joining hands with the man of Islam as he takes oath on the Koran, and with the Hindu as he makes covenant with God upon the book that he loves best… Therefore, it (Masonry) invites to its… Read more »
Summer
Summer

Interesting that free Mason’s spout religious foundation but reflect the exact opposite. All men are God and religion is obviously the perverse obligation to control uneducated people! Regardless of Mason beliefs, can you really condemn people who forgive and show sanctuary to any poor soul in need? I believe in science and the Lord, should there be such a huge and dramatic separation of the two? And why would the Mason’s hold their meetings under such deception and levels of lies if they believed something pure?

Tabol Parker
Freemasonry, whew! Ok…everyone has their take on it, so here’s mine. I agree it being more akin to a fraternity, a bunch of MEN getting together for whatever hocus pocus, BUT they DO deny Jesus: Mason Edmond Ronayne confesses: “Freemasonry “carefully excludes” the Lord Jesus Christ from the Lodge and chapter, repudiates his mediatorship, rejects his atonement, denies and disowns his gospel, frowns upon his religion and his church, ignores the Holy Spirit, and sets up for itself a spiritual empire, a religious theocracy, at the head of which it places the G.A.O.T.U.—the god of nature—and from which the one… Read more »
Norm Hutton
Norm Hutton

Freemasonry is not a religion. It is a fraternal organization. Religion and politics arenot subjects for discussion in a a Freemasons Lodge..

Jim Ziegler
Jim Ziegler

I strongly agree

Jerome Johnson
It is true that as a Masonic Lodge we have member of various faiths and belief we do not try to put one faith before the other we only require that a man believe in a supreme being. We try to get our brothers to cling to their own faith and be good men and brothers being better for not criticising those who believe differently. We do not say that Jesus Christ was just a man but it states on our work that IF Jesus were but just a man giving our brothers of other faith to know that we… Read more »
Dr. Kenneth Tennant
Dr. Kenneth Tennant

You Tube: Iowa Corrupt Judges Courts Police. Are these Masonic ?

Steve hornback
Steve hornback

I am not a supporter of masonry, yet you have missed the point. There are many paths to freedom and to believe that you have the one and only path is ludicrous. I understand that the world has enstilled this in you, but you must respect the beliefs of others or you are doing yourself a disservice.

James
James

Christians only accept their religion as correct and others as wrong. You go to hell if you don’t believe what they tell you. So based on what you just said, Christianity is wrong too.

Jesus O. Beristain

” If Masonry does not even respect the teachings of Jesus, how can it claim to be a tolerant religion?”

Freemasonry is not a religion. It is a fraternity.

Ann Trent
Ann Trent

So many churches preach religion instead of Jesus who loves you. He wants a personal relationship with you. The Holy Bible is the inspired word of God. Jesus is part of the trinity. The only way to heaven and the 1 true God. He loves you so much He sent His son to die for us so we can spend eternity in heaven. Jesus is the only one to rise from the dead.

A high ranking Mason
A high ranking Mason

I lost about 20 IQ points just reading this ignorant drivel

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James
James

JESUitS come on wakeup man spelled out clear for you

Ashley Challis
Ashley Challis

Hi there, The challenge I have with the church is it takes the Bible out of context especially Ephesians 2:8 and John 3:16.
Ephesians was an Epistle or letter to people who obeyed Acts 2:38 and that’s what St Paul delivers in Acts 19:2.
John 3:16 is of no benefit without John 3:5.
I noticed only emotional happening in my church and other nearby churches but no spiritual happenings.
At the age of 21 I joined the Craft and I have aquired 18 degrees and haven’t looked back.
Challisashley@yahoo.com

Tabol Parker
I’m sorry…lost here… The ‘Craft’? 18 Degrees? As for the Freemasonry…I agree it being more akin to a fraternity, BUT they do deny Jesus: Mason Edmond Ronayne confesses: “Freemasonry “carefully excludes” the Lord Jesus Christ from the Lodge and chapter, repudiates his mediatorship, rejects his atonement, denies and disowns his gospel, frowns upon his religion and his church, ignores the Holy Spirit, and sets up for itself a spiritual empire, a religious theocracy, at the head of which it places the G.A.O.T.U.—the god of nature—and from which the one only living and true God is expelled by resolution….[7]” The Bible… Read more »
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[…] Jesuits, all worship as their god, in contrast relegating Jesus to “inferior god,” “just another man” status. As we explore Freemasonry and its worship of Lucifer, it’s important to distinguish […]

James
James

JESUitS! Wakeup

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James
James

JESUitS wakeup!

Wayne Hilborn
Wayne Hilborn
I teach Hermetic Magik and am an author of many books on hermeticism. I learned magik from My Mason grandparents. I can say without a doubt that Religious Tolerance is not something I would ever accept as I view all Christians as evil.. They just have no clue that they are evil. A stupid Christian will happily worry about their loved ones not knowing that their worry is a very powerful type of prayer. Christianity is bad for belief because it is very fake and even evil as they allow their people to manifest worries. If-if-if conscious creation is true… Read more »
JSL
JSL

Have you heard of the Law of One material? It sheds light on Jesus being a man (a wanderer).
The Law of One material is vast and enlightens on many topics of which your post makes reference.
http://www.lawofone.info/results.php?c=people&su=jesus

Erick
Erick
Your entire premise is incorrect: worry/concern/anxiety/etc. is something Christians are taught NOT to do. Instead, the Bible says to place worry upon God. Matthew 6:25 New International Version (NIV) – Do Not Worry 25 “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? Psalms 55:22 “Cast your cares on the LORD and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous fall.” 1 Peter 5:6-8 explicitly says: “Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s… Read more »
Simon John Wright
Simon John Wright

Jesus is GOD and I am a Mason who walked with Him. All of the above is from some false commentator concerning Jesus who has little or no knowledge of Him. I have been with Jesus and walked with him in the Garden of Eden. The above author has not had any experience in being with the Creator of the Universe and I feel I should make a note here to correct my brother’s error. Perhaps if he believed in the Creator he might find some way towards Him who All things were created.

Wayne Hilborn
Wayne Hilborn

Simon John Wright. That would make you a Christian which has nothing to do with masonry. Sorry… Just make sure you are in the right religion… I am a Mason who hates Jesus. I think all Christians are evil. Because they are.

just some guy
just some guy

If you hate people because of their religion, you are a Mason in name only and an embarrassment to the fraternity.

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rash way
rash way

you perish because you lack wisdom…..May GOD who sent his son Jesus save you from urself. AMEN……you hate Jesus but he loves you.

James
James

Lie his son Israel Exodus 4:22-23/Hosea 11:1

Gordon McGinn
Gordon McGinn

Do you as a Mason state it empirical that all Masons should hate Christ Jesus?

Bev
Bev

HoW can you hate Jesus if your fraternity is based on the Golden Rule which is to love all other men as you would have them love you? You are therefor displaying the true nature of evil which is hatred.

James
James

Jesus iis lucifer

James
James
Jesus is Lucifer (bright and morning star) revelation 22:16/isaiah 14:12-15 hebrews strong concordnence Lucifer 1966 Jesus is the (star of the east)Baphomet (eastern Star)puts up same hand signals as Jesus in conclusion Isaiah 46:5-7 warning of idol jesus /phillipians 2:5-6/phillipians 9:10/validating Isaiah 46:5-7/Isaiah 42:8/ thessolonians 2:3-6 Jesus the son of perdition/ idolatry idol worship Isaiah 44:9-13/ no savior on right hand side of GOD Isaiah 43:3/43:10-12/54:5/83:18/45:21/33:22/44:6-8/45:1-8/45:15-18/46:9-10/47:4/48:17/60:16/1kings 8:60/Jeremiah 9:6/Psalms 83:18/Nehemiah 9:6/Hosea 13:4/1samnuels 2:2/2 samnuels 7:22/joel 2:27/deut 4:35/4:39-41/6:14/13:6-18/83:10/45:7/32:39/created heaven and Earth alone Isaiah 44:24/NO Trinity duet 6:4/numbers 23:19/Psalms 146:3 future prophesies Hosea 3:4-5/Amos 9:11/Jeremiah 30:7-10/ezekiel 34:22-24/ezekiel 37:21-28/Daniel 12:1-3/Jeremiah 31:31-34 new covenant hasn’t… Read more »
Remona
Remona

Amen

Gordon McGinn
Gordon McGinn

How exactly, have you walked with Jesus, the only begotten Son of God in the garden of Eden?

James
James

Only begotten read what David said Psalms 2:7/2 esdras 6:56-58 wakeup man come out those lies

James
James

Pure folly and complete lie Psalms 2:7 David begotten / Exodus 4:22-23/Hosea 11:1/ 2edras 6:58 isreal begotten son

James
James

Lies Numbers 23:19/Psalms 146:3

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