What is So Bad About Being a Mason?
By Ed Decker
Masonry... and the lodges associated with it are only 'bad' if viewed from the orthodox Christian position. For pagans, the lodges are 'ok'. From the simplest perspective, most of the lodges and all the men's lodges require the swearing of oaths that involve death or disfigurement or both if the member breaks his or her oath. These are called blood oaths and as such, are prohibited by Christ.
The Masonic oaths are taken on the Holy Bible, which the Masons are told is only one of the "three great lights of Masonry." Yet that very Bible contains the commands of God that should stop any Christian Mason in his tracks and drive him to his knees in repentance. Jesus has commanded us to "Swear not at all; neither by heaven; for it is God's throne: nor by the earth; for it is his footstool: neither by Jerusalem, for it is the city of the great King. Neither shalt thou swear by thy head, because thou canst not make one hair white or black. But let your communication be, Yea, yea; Nay, nay: for whatsoever is more than these cometh of evil." (Matt.5: 34-37) KJV
James 5:12 says almost the same thing, except that he says that if you swear such oaths you will "fall under condemnation." Both the Lord Himself and James say that Christians must not swear oaths! They come from evil and bring condemnation. If you say you trust the Bible and still do those things, you have to be a blind fool or a liar. Sorry if that offends you, but what would you call it? You have done that which offends the Lord.
Yet, the central feature of the Masonic initiation as an Entered Apprentice is a solemn and binding oath taken on the Bible in the name of God, involving serious blood penalties.
Masonic leaders might say that we have to swear oaths in court, or when we join the military or some such thing. This is not true! No Christian is required to take an oath in court, and most Christians who know their Bibles well, will refuse the oath on the grounds that Jesus forbade them to do such things and then will simply affirm that they will tell the truth without an oath. Any court in the land will accept that. It is freedom of religion!
Do you know what the Ten Commandments are? Of course you do. Did you know that the Masonic obligations break TWO of those commandments at least? The Lord God commands that we shall not kill (Exodus 20:13). Yet in their oaths, Masons swear that they would have their tongues torn out and cut from ear to ear if they ever revealed the secrets of just the 1st degree.
That is murder for them and suicide for the oath taker—both of which are breaking the 6th commandment. PLUS, they are asking God in heaven to come down and witness a solemn oath where they are consenting to break one of His commandments. If that isn't taking the name of the Lord in vain, what is the meaning of the word!? (Ex: 20:7)
How is Jesus glorified by this gruesome nonsense? Where is the gentle Savior in the concept of having one's tongue ripped out by its roots? The Second degree involves a solemn oath to have "your breast torn open and your heart plucked out..." third degree: to have "your body severed in two and your bowels taken thence..." and seventh degree: to have your "skull smote off and ...brains exposed to the meridian sun..."
Masons talk about friendship, morality and brotherly love and then swear that sort of grisly oath! Where is Christ in that? Masonic leaders will say that these oaths are only "symbolic" and that no one really takes them seriously. Actually, that is not true. As recently as the mid-'80s, a man in London was murdered according to Masonic ritual for betraying the Craft. However, even if the oaths were 'just fun and games', then they are calling down the Almighty God of the universe to witness an oath which they don't take seriously and which Jesus forbade them to take! This is foolishness! It invites demonic habitation and must be repented of by every Mason who claims to be a true Christian!