Today the local church is suffering greatly under the watch of preachers who have little regard for those who enter the fellowship of the church. Some preachers are guilty of trying to build a church, so they invite anyone and everyone to become a member of the church body. Other preachers are not trying to build a church, but they are guilty of the same thing when people seek membership within the local church. In both cases the preacher never asks for the people to give a testimony in order to validate their relationship with Christ. This often leads to churches that are full of unconverted church members.
Many churches today have no qualifications for membership and they are willing to accept anyone who walks down the aisle and shakes the preacher’s hand. Is this the biblical model? Doesn’t this harm the view of church membership and cause problems within the body (2 Corinthians 6:14-18)?
Recently I have been teaching a series on cults on Wednesday evenings. The series goes through major cults in our day and exposes their heretical teachings. I am currently studying “Freemasonry”. I was amazed and surprised as I learned what these people believe. Not only was I amazed due to the teachings of Freemasonry, but I was also amazed of the percentages of Masons within the local church. Many Masons have their “G” symbol on their license plate while others wear it on a ring. The Masons pride themselves on secrecy and they operate under specific vows to never break their secrecy and oaths. I am planning to teach on Freemasonry during the final week of our cult series. My goal is to expose the teachings and ideology of the Masons.
Many mainline denominations have severed ties with Freemasonry. These groups include the Roman Catholic Church, the Methodist Church of England, the Wesleyan Methodist Church, the Russian Orthodox Church, the Synod Anglican Church of England, the Assemblies of God, the Church of Nazarene, the Orthodox Presbyterian Church, the Reformed Presbyterian Church, the Christian Reformed Church in America, the Evangelical Mennonite Church, the Church of Scotland, the Free Church of Scotland, General Association of Regular Baptist Churches, Grace Brethren, Independent Fundamentalist Churches of America, the Evangelical Lutheran Synod, the Baptist Union of Scotland, the Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod, the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod, and the Presbyterian Church in America.
In 1992, a man by the name of James Holly requested that the Southern Baptist Convention conduct an investigation on Freemasonry. The SBC agreed and came to the conclusion that the teachings of Freemasonry were somewhat incompatible with Christianity, but the subject was open to each individual’s conscience.Should the SBC sever all ties with Freemasonry? Should pastors lead their individual churches to adopt policies that prohibit Masons from joining the local church? What advantages would this have within the church? Would it purify the local assembly? Would it open the eyes of church members to the dangerous doctrines of Freemasonry?
Pastor Josh Buice
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Resources on Freemasonry:
1. “The Masonic Lodge – What You Need To Know – Quick Reference Guide” by: Ed Decker
2. “Fast Facts On The Masonic Lodge” by: John Ankerberg & John Weldon
3. “Should A Christian Be A Mason” by: E.M. Storms
4. http://www.biblebb.com/files/J94-52-1.HTM by: Eddy D. Field II and Eddy D. Field III
5. “The Deadly Deception: Freemasonry Exposed by One of Its Top Leaders” by: Jim Shaw & Tom McKenney
6. “One Nation Under Gods” by: Richard Abanes.
7. “Closer Look. Freemasonry” – NAMB article.
8. Comparison Chart – NAMB chart.
9. “Encyclopedia of Cults and New Religions” by: John Ankerberg and John Weldon
10. “THE MASONIC LODGE AND THE CHRISTIAN CONSCIENCE” by: John Weldon