Freemasons Believe Masonry is a “Way of life” Claim to be the custodians of Truth Claim Masonry is the original, immutable religion planted in the heart of humanity Reject Christian doctrines and creeds Believe Jesus is just a man Believe that man can become like God Are monotheistic but anti-Trinitarian Do not worship Jesus Call one another brother Greet each other with a secret handshake Respect their leader as the Worshipful Master, the source of light, of knowledge and instruction. Believe the first duty of the Mason is to obey the mandate of the Master Mason Believe the Master Mason is a god in the making Believe the Masonic priesthood takes upon itself the Holy Priesthood of Jesus Christ Believe the Bible is incomprehensible to Christians Use the Bible allegorically and symbolically Believe the Bible was written only to recall Hebrew traditions and symbols Are idolatrous and unbiblical in their view of God;Believe Lucifer is God and Adonai is Satan Use mystical occult foundation for their beliefs Believe that Masonic oaths are above civil law Admit new members by invitation only Desire honor and higher spiritual status over other members Do not allow outsiders into their private meetings Are a secret society, keeping membership, rituals, origin, mystical beliefs and purposes hidden from outsiders and newcomers Intentionally hide their “Truth” by using words to confuse those considered “unworthy” Twist scripture for their own purpose Don’t consider the Blood of Jesus sufficient to cleanse sin Hide their illegal activities Believe Master Masons should not hesitate to spill their blood for the good of Masonry Practice a fraternal supper of bread and wine with occultic meaning Do not believe in the doctrine of original sin Believe in salvation by personal merit, not by faith alone Are more interested in an outward show of social manners, and community service than in repentance of sin Praise men instead of God Workers Believe their Way is the “Way of Life” Claim to be the only source of Truth Claim their Way is the original faith planted in the heart of humanity from the foundation of the earth Reject Christian doctrines and creeds Believe Jesus is just a man who came to be the example of how to die to self Believe that man must die to self like Jesus in order to receive the Christ spirit Are monotheistic but anti-Trinitarian Do not worship Jesus Call Jesus their Elder Brother Each meeting ends with formal handshake Respect the Headworkers as the source of light, knowledge and instruction Believe members’ first loyalty and duty is to obey and submit to the workers Believe the headworkers are like Christ Believe the workers take upon themselves the priesthood of Christ to finish His work Believe the Bible is incomprehensible to anyone but themselves Use the Bible allegorically and symbolically, (“spiritually”) rather than literally Believe the Old Testament was written for the Hebrews and is outdated tradition, has no life Are idolatrous and unbiblical in their view of God Celebrate Halloween but refuse to celebrate Christmas or Easter View their fellowship above God’s Law and civil law. Don’t report their income to the civil government or even to one another Admit new members by invitation only. Refuse baptism to members who don’t conform to the unwritten rules. Those who openly disagree with the Head Workers will be put out of the fellowship. Workers and members aspire higher spiritual status over one another Do not welcome the general public to fellowship meetings and Bible studies Intentionally hide their “Truth” by using different definitions of “faith,” “grace,” “sin,” “gospel,” “the Spirit” to confuse outsiders, members and anyone considered unworthy. Secretive with membership information, worker whereabouts and workers meetings Twist scripture in order to disobey it and supersede scripture with their hidden meanings, own traditions and hierarchy Do not consider the Blood of Jesus sufficient to cleanse sin Hide their sexual deviancies, pedophilia, abortions, sexual immorality, perversions, lying, extortion, drunkenness, occultism, gambling, theft, covetousness, etc. Eddie Cooney said he would not hesitate to spill his blood for his followers and that if he was killed that it would do more good for them than anything he could do Don’t warn against witchcraft, cults, occultic activities, mediums, tea leaf reading, horoscopes, Hinduism, New Age beliefs. Yet, they will warn against all Christian contacts, books, information and fellowship Reject fellowship with Christians, calling them “enemies and of the Devil” Members do not identify themselves as Christian; instead they are “professing” Do not honor or identify with the Cross of Christ, saying the Cross was a murder weapon Carefully monitor all new members via their testimonies and appearance Believe that the sacrifice made by the workers is co-equal to Christ’s sacrifice in saving people Historically and occasionally use Masonic buildings for gospel and special meetings Do not teach the doctrine of original sin Believe their methodology and ministers are necessary for salvation Focus on outward appearances, rather than inward character and salvation; Believe community service, Biblical education, evangelism, worship and charitable activities are unnecessary Praise men instead of God. What Do William Irvine, Joseph Smith and Charles Taze Russell Have in Common? Freemasonry! They declared that Christianity was hatched in hell, corrupt, apostate, the doctrine of Satan. They said that Christians were going to hell. They said Christ’s work on the Cross was not enough, that men must become like Christ. They said that Jesus was the example of how to become God rather than be the sacrifice for men’s sin. They claimed that they alone were the true mouthpiece of God. They said that they were restoring God’s One True Church. William Irvine was a Freemason for 50 years. While considering himself to be the only one in the world who could interpret scripture, he founded a belief system that more closely resembles Freemasonry than it does Christianity. His followers believe themselves to be the only ones who understand and obey scriptures. Take a look at the similarities of the Church Without a Name and Freemasonry.
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