I had recently read in a thread were their is some christian masons on this site. This has lead me to start a thread on this subject concerning Christian masons. befor I go any further I want to say that I mean in know way to belittle you as a person but I will not agree with masons doctrin or swearing to such an Oath I will use verses from the KJV BIBLE to show you what Jesus said concerning Oaths and swearing.Again my intent is not to belittle you as a person. I believe that their is good people that are masons / Christians.
I have 3 books that I will use at this time.
1. Blue Lodge And Chapter Masonry . ( This is the book that they use, I'm not suppose to have it
) For the non masons that may be reading this it shows all of their hand shakes with pics, shows their initiation progress and the layout of their meetings! It also shows the Oath that every new mason swears in to.
2. Lodges Examined by the BIBLE. Author Dr.John R. Rice
3. The book that is above all KJV HOLY BIBLE. (The written WORD of GOD)
Text is taken from 1st book mentioned above. pg 69 handbook of free masonry! Title Rite of secrecy.*
This is the Entered Apprentice Obligation "I, James Hunt most solemnly and sincenerly promise and swear, that I will always hail, ever conceal and never reveal any of the secret arts, parts or points of the hidden mysteries of Ancient Freemasonry, wich have been heretofore,may at this time,or shall at any future period,be communicated to me as such, to any person or persons whomsoever, except it be to a true and lawful brother of this degree,or within a regularly constituted (Lodge of Masons ), and neither unto him nor them, until by strict trial,due examination,or legal information,I shall have found him or them as lawfully entitled to the same as I am myself.
'I furthermore promise and swear that I will not write,print,stamp,stain,cut,carve,mark nor engrave them , norcause the same to be done upon any immovable , capable of receiving the least impression of a word, syllable , letter or character, whereby the same may become legible or intelligible to any person under the canopy of heaven.
READ THIS PART CAREFULLY "All this I most solenly and sincerely promise and swear , with a firm and steadfast resolution, to keep and perform the same without any equivocation, mental reservation or secret evasion of mind whatever, binding myself under a no less penalty than that of having my THROAT CUT ACROSS, MY TONGUE TORN OUT BY IT'S ROOTS AND BURIED IN THE ROUGH SANDS OF THE SEA AT LOW WATER MARK, WHERE THE TIDE EBBS AND FLOWS TWICE IN TWENTY FOUR HOURS, SHOULD I EVER KNOWINGLY VIOLATE THIS MY SOLEMN OBLIGATION OF AN ENTERED APPRENTICE MASON. SO HELP ME GOD, AND KEEP ME STEADFAST IN THE DUE PERFORMANCE OF THE SAME."
Does this sound like something a christian should committ to? Does it sound Holy?
This text is from the second book mentioned above. Dr. John R. Rice
pg 10 III CONCERNING THE OATHS OF THE LODGES:
1. mathew 5:12:
"But I say unto you, 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 though 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."
Swear not at all," Christian, Jesus said. No Lodge member in the world has kept this command.
"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;least ye fall into condemnation."
notice the command "Swear not" is above all things!
Scripture used is KJV
Being a Worshipful Master, Brother Senior Deacon, Royal Arch Mason will never get you into heaven nor will it be right in the sight of God the scripture I posted is clear about that.
Pg. 54,53 of the blue lodge and chapter masonry....
I don't see how anyone would go through with this.
The secretary says to the candidate "Are you willing to submit to these rules? he is then told that he will be divested of his clothes. The junior Deacon then proceeds, with assistance of the Stewards, to prepare the candidate for initiation, which is done in the following manner: He is divested of his coat, vest, pants, boots, stockings, (DRAWERS,) neck tie, collar,-in fact everything except his shirt. He is then handed a pair of DRAWERS (always furnished by the Lodge), which he putts on.All the studs, sleeve-buttons, etc., are taken off his shirt, and any iron buttons in his inside shirt, are cut out. Everything of a metallic kind is taken away;the left leg of the drawers is rolled above the knee, so as to make the left foot, leg and knee bare; A slipper is put on his right foot, with the heel slipshod, a hood-wink is fastened over his eyes, a blue rope , called a cable-tow is put once around his neck, and he is then duly and truly prepared to be made a Mason. This is just the start of it all.
Thanks for reading