(Jeff Maples – Reformation Charlotte) Freemasonry is rampant in the Church, both in the Evangelical Church as well as other denominations. Freemasonry is a brotherhood — a secret society — of men who, as they claim, come together to work for the common good of humanity. In fact, Freemasons actually do a lot of charitable work and there has been a lot of humanitarian good that has come from this group, such as hospitals.
But is Freemasonry a religion, and is it compatible with Christianity? The short answer is no. The long answer is no, absolutely not. And here are five reasons why.
1.) Freemasons swear secret oaths. Most Christians do not understand the practices and rituals of the Masonic Lodge. Before a candidate can become a Freemason, one must swear an oath upon initiation declaring that he is,
binding myself under no less penalty than to have my throat cut across, my tongue torn out by the roots, and my body buried in the rough sands of the sea at low water-mark, where the tide ebbs and flows twice in twenty-four hours; so help me God, and keep me steadfast in the due performance of the same.
The Scriptures strictly forbid this kind of oath-taking.
But I say to you, Do not take an oath at all, either by heaven, for it is the throne of God, or by the earth, for it is his footstool, or by Jerusalem, for it is the city of the great King. And do not take an oath by your head, for you cannot make one hair white or black. Let what you say be simply ‘Yes’ or ‘No’; anything more than this comes from evil. Matthew 5:34-37