Freemasonry — Masonic Doctrine vs. Christian Doctrine

What is a Mason? What do they do? These are just a couple of questions you may ask. Most people know them to be a fraternal order of men that is usually involved in good civic activities, such as the Shriner’s collecting money for the children’s hospital. However, very little is known to the non-Mason, about what the Masons believe or what they do behind closed doors. Most Masons have never read some of the sources cited in the following. All of these Masonic sourcebooks are in the libraries of most local Lodges and the libraries of the Grand Lodges of the states. Let me further state that there are a lot of well meaning men and Christian men who are members of the Masonic lodges in small town America, and many never advance beyond the Blue Degrees. Remaining at this level, they are kept in the dark about a lot of what goes on as one obtains “more light,” as they call it. If much of what is about to be disclosed, was known to a lot of these men and Christian men, they would not be a part of such an organization.

I urge those that really want to know the truth to check out these materials cited below, also before going any further, ask God to confirm in your own heart the truth as you read it.

Jesus Christ

“In his private petitions a man may petition God or Jehovah, Allah or Buddha, Mohammed or Jesus; he may call upon the God of Israel or the First Great Cause. In the Masonic Lodge he hears petition to the Great Architect of the Universe, finding his own deity under that name. A hundred paths may wind upward around a mountain; at the top they meet.” (Carl H. Claudy, “Introduction to Freemasonry.” p. 38)

Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the Life: no man cometh to the Father, but by me. (John 14:6) Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name {but Jesus} under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved. (Acts 4:12)


” . . . Since every man’s conception of God must be proportioned to his mental cultivation, and intellectual powers, and moral excellence. God is, as man conceives Him, the reflected image of man himself. (Albert Pike, “Morals and Dogma,” 14th Degree, p. 234) “The only personal God Freemasonry accepts is humanity in toto…Humanity therefore is the only personal God that there is.” (J.D. Buck, “Mystic Masonry,” p. 216) “The Absolute is Reason. Reason IS, by means of itself. It IS because IT IS…If God IS, HE IS by Reason.” (Albert Pike, “Morals and Dogma,” 28th Degree. p. 737)

In the Beginning God created the heaven and the earth. (Gen. 1:1) For there are three that bear record in Heaven, the Father, the Word {Jesus}, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one. (I Jn. 5:7) God said undo Moses, I AM THAT I AM . . . (Exodus 3:14)

The Holy Bible
“. . . the literal meaning (of the Bible) is for the vulgar only.” (Albert Pike, “Digest of Morals and Dogma,” p. 166) “Masonry makes no profession of Christianity…but looks forward to the time when the labor of our ancient brethren shall be symbolized by the erection of a spiritual temple . . . in which there shall be but one alter and one worship; one common altar of Masonry on which the Veda, Shastra, Sade, Zend-Avesta, Koran and Holy Bible shall lie…and at whose shrine the Hindoo, the Persian, the Assyrian, the Chaldean, the Egyptian, the Chinese, the Mohammedan, the Jew and the Christian may kneel . . .” (“The Kentucky Monitor.” Fellowcraft Degree, p. 95) The removal of the name of Jesus and references to Him in Bible verses used in the ritual are “slight but necessary modifications.” (Albert Mackey, “Masonic Ritualist.” p. 272)

The Words of the Lord are pure words, as silver tried in a furnace of earth, purified seven times. (Psalm 12:6) All Scripture is given by inspiration of God . . . (II Timothy 3:16) . . . if they speak not according to this Word, it is because there is no light in them. (Isaiah 8:20)


“These three degrees (1st, 2nd, 3rd) thus form a perfect an harmonious whole, nor can it be conceived that anything can be suggested more, which the soul of man requires.” (Daniel Sickles, “Ahimon Rezon or Freemason’s Guide.” p. 196) “If we with suitable true devotion maintain our Masonic profession, our faith will become a beam of light an bring us to those blessed mansions where we shall be eternally happy with God, the Great Architect of the Universe.” (Daniel Sickles, “Ahimon Rezon or Freemason’s Guide.” p. 79) “. . . salvation by faith and the vicarious atonement were not taught as now interpreted, by Jesus, nor are these doctrines taught in the esoteric scriptures. They are later and ignorant perversions of the original doctrines.” (J.D. Buck, “Mystic Masonry.” p. 57)

As it is written. There is none righteous no not one: (Rom. 3:10) For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God. (Romans 3:23) For He hath made Him {Jesus} to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in Him. (II Corinthians 5:21) For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast. (Ephesians 2:8-9)


“The conviction of all men that God is good led to a belief in a devil…” (Albert Pike, “Morals and Dogma.” 19th Degree, p. 324) ” . . . there is no rebellious demon of Evil, or Principle of Darkness coexistent and in eternal controversy with God, or the Principle of Light…” (Albert Pike, “Morals and Dogma,” 32nd Degree, p.859)

Ye are of your father, the devil . . . he is a liar, and the father of it. (John 8:44) Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. (James 4:7) Put on the whole armor of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. (Ephesians 6:11-12) . . . your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour. (I Peter 5:8)


The Mason Doctrine teaches that it right to lie, if necessary to protect the secrets of the Lodge, or to protect brother Masons by concealing his wrongdoing. It can even be right to deliberately deceive sincere Masons seeking to learn the lessons and secrets of Masonry.

“The Blue Degrees are but the portico (porch) of the Temple. Part of the symbols are displayed there to the initiate, but he is intentionally misled by false interpretations. It is not intended that he shall understand them; but it is intended that he shall imagine that he understands them . . . their true ecplication (explanation / understanding) is reserved for the Adepts, the Princes of Masonry.” (Albert Pike, “Morals and Dogma,” 30th Degree, p. 189) “You must conceal all crimes of your brother Masons . . . and should you be summoned as a witness against a brother Mason be always sure to shield him . . . It may be perjury to do this, it is true, but you’re keeping your obligations.” (Ronayne, “Handbook of Masonry.” p. 183) “Furthermore do I promise and swear that a Master Mason’s secrets, given to me in charge as such, and I knowing them to be such, shall remain as secure and inviolable in my breast as in his own, when communicated to me, murder and treason excepted; and they left to my own election.” (Master Mason’s / 3rd Degree Oath of Obligation)

Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbor. (Ex. 20:16) Ye shall not steal, neither deal falsely, neither lie one to another. (Leviticus 19:11) . . . lie not to one another. (Colossians 3:9) . . . all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone; which is the second death. (Revelation 21:8)

Secrecy and Blood Oaths

Secrecy is indispensable in a Mason of whatever degree.” (Albert Pike, “Morals and Dogma,” 4th Degree, p. 109) I . . . do hereon most solemnly and sincerely promise and swear that I will always hail, ever conceal and never reveal any of the arts, parts or points of the secret arts any mysteries of ancient Freemasonry which I have received, am about to receive, or may hereafter be instructed in . . . ” (Oath of Obligation, Entered Apprentice/1st Degree, and include in all subsequent degrees, always on penalty of mayhem and violent death) “. . . binding myself under no less a penalty that that of having my body severed in twain, my bowels taken out and burned to ashes, the ashes scattered to the four winds of heaven . . .” (from the Oath of Obligation, Master Mason/Third Degree) “. . . In willful violation whereof may I incur the fearful penalty of having my eyeballs pierced to the center with a three-edged blade, my feet flayed and I be forced to walk the hot sands upon sterile shores of the Red Sea until the flaming Sun shall strike me with a livid plague, and may Allah, the god of Arab, Moslem and Mohammedan, the god of our fathers, support me to the entire fulfillment of the same.” (from the Oath of Obligation, Ancient Arabic Order of Nobles of the Mystic Shrine [“Shriners”])

I {Jesus} spake openly to the world; I ever taught in the synagogue, and in the temple . . . and in secret have I said nothing. (John 18:20) Provide things honest in the sight of all men. (Romans 12:17) Thou shalt not kill (murder). (Exodus 20:13) But above all things, my brethren, swear not, neither by heaven, neither by the earth, neither by any other oath: but let your yea be yea; and your nay, nay; lest ye fall into condemnation. (James 5:12)

Seek the Truth through the Word of God!

“. . . ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” (John 8:32)

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3 thoughts on “Freemasonry — Masonic Doctrine vs. Christian Doctrine”

    1. As you point out, a mere assertion that something is the truth does not make it the truth. The way we discern truth is to test it. And we test truth claims by looking at the evidence for and against such claims. I maintain that a truth claim that cannot be tested should not be trusted. It may or may not be true, but I am not ready to trust it unless I can test it. Scripture tells us to test all things and hold fast to what is good (1 Thessalonians 5:21). Jeremiah gives us a good illustration of this in practice. In Jeremiah 32:6-7, the word of the LORD came to Jeremiah and said that Jeremiah’s cousin was coming to ask Jeremiah to buy a field. In Jeremiah 32;7, the cousin came and Jeremiah states: “Then I knew that this was the word of the LORD.” I think sometimes we are much to quick to believe things that we have not tested.

      We can test truth claims many ways. We can look to the character of the person making the claim to see if the person is known for truthfulness. We can look to see if other things the person has said have been truthful, or has the person said things that were not true. We can look at other evidence. Are there witnesses? Jesus appeals to other witnesses to establish His truthfulness (John 5:31-47). False cults arise because one person alleges he or she received some private revelation, there is no way to test it and no credible witnesses, but we are told simply to believe.

      When we come to Scripture, there are many witnesses to its truthfulness. There is the evidence of fulfilled prophecy. There is the evidence of over 37 different authors over 1500 years all testifying to the same truth. There are the miracles they record demonstrating that God was at work. There is the preservation of the Jewish people as a people through 2000 years of dispersion. There is the correspondence of Scriptural claims to the condition of mankind. There is the continuing testimony of many people (see the testimonies on this site) as to the reality of the God of the Bible. There is the historical life of Christ and the subsequent transformation of some timid fishermen and the subsequent transformation of the world through the Word they proclaimed. By weighing the evidence for truth, we can become confident of the truth claims of Scripture.

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