What is Free Masonry?

There are a lot of Masons who attend Christian churches of every denomination. Masons number around six million worldwide, with nearly two million in the United States.  What is Free Masonry, where did it come from, and is it religious in nature, or just another fraternity of people who gather to do good works in their communities?

We know that those involved in Freemasonry  believe different things about their organization.
 GotQuestions.org supplies these answers:


Question: “What is Free Masonry and what do Free Masons believe?”

Answer: Freemasonry, Eastern Star, and other similar “secret” organizations appear to be harmless fellowship gatherings. Many of them appear to promote belief in God. However, upon closer examination, we find that the only belief requirement is not that one must believe in the True and Living God, but rather, that one must believe in the existence of a “Supreme Being”, which includes the “gods” of Islam, Hinduism, or any other world religion. The unbiblical and anti-Christian beliefs and practices of this organization are partially hidden beneath an outward appearance of a supposed compatibility with the Christian faith. The following is a comparison of what the Bible says with the “official” position of Freemasonry:

Salvation from Sin:

The Bible’s View: Jesus became the sinner’s sacrifice before God when He shed His blood and died as the propitiation (payment) for the sins of all those who would ever believe (Ephesians 2:8-9, Romans 5:8, John 3:16).

Mason’s View: The very process of joining the Lodge requires Christians to ignore the exclusivity of Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. According to Freemasonry, a person will be saved and go to heaven as a result of his good works and personal self-improvement.

The View of the Bible:

The Bible’s View: The supernatural and plenary inspiration of the Scriptures—that they are inerrant and that their teachings and authority are absolute, supreme, and final. The Bible is the Word of God (2 Timothy 3:16, 1 Thessalonians 2:13).

Mason’s View: The Bible is only one of several “Volume(s) of Sacred Law,” all of which are deemed to be equally important in Freemasonry. The Bible is an important book, only as far as those members who claim to be Christians are concerned, just as the Koran is important to Muslims. The Bible is not considered to be the exclusive Word of God, nor is it considered to be God’s sole revelation of himself to humankind; but only one of many religious sourcebooks. It is a good guide for morality. The Bible is used primarily as a symbol of God’s will, which can also be captured in other sacred texts, like the Koran or Rig Vedas.

The Doctrine of God:

Screen shot 2013-04-25 at 7.38.09 AMThe Bible’s View: There is one God. The various names of God refer to the God of Israel and reveal certain attributes of God. To worship other gods or to call upon other deities is idolatry (Exodus 20:3). Paul spoke of idolatry as a heinous sin (1 Corinthians 10:14) and John said that idolaters will perish in hell (Revelation 21:8).

Mason’s View: All members must believe in a deity. Different religions (Christianity, Judaism, Islam, etc.) acknowledge the same God, only call Him different names. Freemasonry invites people of all faiths, even if they use different names for the ‘Nameless One of a hundred names,’ they are yet praying to the one God and Father of all.

The Doctrine of Jesus and the Trinity:

The Bible’s View: Jesus was God in human form (Matthew 1:18-24, John 1:1). Jesus is the second person of the trinity (Matthew 28:19, Mark 1:9-11). While on earth, He was fully human (Mark 4:38, Matthew 4:2) and fully divine (John 20:28, John 1:1-2, Acts 4:10-12). Christians should pray in Jesus’ name and proclaim Him before others, regardless of offense to non-Christians (John 14:13-14, 1 John 2:23, Acts 4:18-20).

Mason’s View: There is no exclusivity in Jesus Christ or the Triune God who is the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit; therefore there is no doctrine of the deity of Jesus Christ. It is deemed to be un-Masonic to invoke the name of Jesus when praying, or mention His name in the Lodge. Suggesting that Jesus is the only way to God contradicts the principle of tolerance. The name of Jesus has been omitted from biblical verses that are used in Masonic rituals. Jesus is on the same level as other religious leaders.

Human Nature and Sin:

The Bible’s View: All humans are born with a sinful nature, are totally depraved, and need a Savior from sin (Romans 3:23, Romans 5:12, Psalm 51:5, Ephesians 2:1). The Bible denies that because of the Fall, humanity has within itself the capacity for moral perfection (1 John 1:8-10, Romans 1:18-25).

Mason’s View: Through symbols and emblems, Masons teach that man is not sinful, just “rude and imperfect by nature”. Human beings are able to improve their character and behavior in various ways, including acts of charity, moral living, and voluntary performance of civic duty. Humanity possesses the ability of moving from imperfection toward total perfection. Moral and spiritual perfection lies within men and women.

When a Christian takes the oath of Freemasonry, he is swearing to the following doctrines that God has pronounced false and sinful:

1. That salvation can be gained by man’s good works.
2. That Jesus is just one of many equally revered prophets.
3. That they will remain silent in the Lodge and not talk of Christ.
4. That they are approaching the Lodge in spiritual darkness and ignorance, when the Bible says Christians are already in the light, children of the light, and are indwelt by the Light of the World—Jesus Christ.
5. By demanding that Christians take the Masonic oath, Masonry leads Christians into blasphemy and taking the name of the Lord in vain.
6. Masonry teaches that its G.A.O.T.U. [Great Architect of the Universe], whom Masonry believes is the true God of the universe, is representative of all gods in all religions.
7. Masonry makes Christians take a universalist approach in their prayers, demanding a “generic” name be used so as not to offend non-believers who are Masonic “brothers”.
8. By swearing the Masonic oath and participating in the doctrines of the Lodge, Christians are perpetuating a false gospel to other Lodge members, who look only to Masonry’s plan of salvation to get to heaven. By their very membership in such a syncretistic type organization, they have severely compromised their witnessing as Christians.
9. By taking the Masonic obligation, the Christian is agreeing to allow the pollution of his mind, spirit, and body by those who serve false gods and believe false doctrines.

As you can see, Masonry denies and contradicts the clear teaching of Scripture and numerous issues. Masonry also requires people to engage in activities which the Bible condemns. As a result, a Christian should not be a member of any secret society or organization that has any connection with Freemasonry.

Again, for more information, we strongly recommend Ex-Masons for Jesus.

Is Masonry a Religion?

Masonry is not a religion. But because it is open to all men who believe in a Supreme Being, it is one of the few platforms where men of all faiths — Christians (including Catholics), Jews, Muslims, and men of every other faith, can come together. Religion, though, is not discussed at Masonic meetings. Although Lodges open and close with a prayer and Masonry teaches morality, it is not a church or a religion. Masonry does not have a theology or a dogma, it does not offer sacraments, and it does not offer the promise of salvation.

What are the requirements to become a Mason?

Although exact membership requirements may vary slightly from country to country and state to state, generally anyone meeting the following primary requirements may petition a Lodge for membership:

  1. You are an adult male (usually 18-21, based on the individual jurisdiction) of good character and recommended by a Mason.
  2. You believe in a Supreme Being — no atheist can become a Mason — but we are not concerned with theological distinctions or your particular religious beliefs.
  3. You are interested in becoming a Mason because you hold a favorable opinion of our institution; and, your decision to apply is based on your own “free will and accord.” No one will compel you to join.


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21 Responses to What is Free Masonry?

  1. flint walker says:

    You've left out some factual truths that must be made know! Why ? What about the Shriners and Scottish rite and luciferian brotherhood ??? The higher ranks of free masonry ! Tell everyone who they're worshipping as the architect of the universe !


  2. Bezukhov says:

    If you like the Constitution…

    Thank a Freemason!


    • Duane Washum says:

      Only 1/3 of the men who signed the Constitutions were Masons, which means 2/3 of them were not Masons.

      I do not thank Freemasonry for this country; I thank patriots for this country.

      As to those Masons who signed the Constitution, I would be curious to know how many of them actually knew that Freemasonry is a false religion with a false god and a false works-based plan of salvation.


      • Phil Melanson says:

        Duane, I'm curious to know how you know so much false information about freemasonry? As one of the few things correctly pointed out in this article, freemasonry is NOT a religion, it has no god of its own, and it doses NOT preach any form of salvation — that is up to the individual member, just as it is in a great many organizations. The freedom to pursue ones own religious beliefs, yet still acknowledging the importance of God, is shared by both the masonic fraternity and the United States of America. That is what those founders knew.


      • duane washum says:

        The "false information:", as you call it, is what I have learned from being a former Mason(served as Worshipful Master of Vegas Lodge No. 32, Las Vegas, Nevada in 1983), and from researching Grand Lodge documents such as rituasl, monitors, officer's manuals, mentor's manuals, and other Grand Lodge publications.

        I will be more than happy to go through it here, one item at a time, space permitting, beginning with its false plan of salvation, wherein it teaches the newly initiated Entered Apprentice this his own ". . .purity of life and recitude of conduct is what is essentially necessary for your gaining admission to that Celestial Lodge above. . . . ."(Nevada ritual, p. 43) That is salvation by works, which rejects the exclusivity of Jesus Chrst as Lord and Savior.


    • Michelle says:

      The Freemason were an organization similar to the Boy Scouts, for adults. They weren't infiltrated until the 18th Century, which is why there were plently of good men, that had absolutely no association with the Freemasons, especially in the America's.

      After the 17th century everything changed. George Washington was aware of illuminati, and there was even a political party that was anti Masonic party in America. The anti masonic party was essentially assasinated out of existence. The fact that our American history text books is devoid of these facts is a testament to how powerful they are.


  3. Duane Washum says:

    According to one of Freemasonry's own sources, only 1/3 of the men who signed the Constitution were Masons. One fact you are forgetting is that ALL of them were Americans and Patriots, so I wouldn't be so quick as to claim we wouldn't have a Constitution, or a nation for that matter, were it not for Freemasonry. FYI, 47 of the 56 men who signed the Declaration of Independence were not Masons.


    • Sue cloud says:

      I agree with you 100%, the free masons are a religion, and a cult! I have a uncle in the masons, that says that they arn't a false religion, but he is high enought in the freemasonry to know the truth. Once you get a certain level, they tell you who you are dealing with! And that is satan! I have read a book whom the author was a freemasonry, he exposes them all! Even the oath that they take, they are sworn to secrecy.


      • Phil Melanson says:

        Sue, why do you disbelieve your uncle and trust someone you do not know (and who tells you he has violated that oath he took not to reveal any secrets)? The sad truth is that these men who claim to be Christians and former "high ranking" masons have been shown to be, frankly, lairs. There masonic credentials do not support their claims, and they way behave does not support their claim to do all this for Christ. They are self-serving and build their "ministry" on what they know to be lies. The idea that the "upper levels" of freemasonry know they really worship satan comes from a self admitted fraud called Leo Taxil who attributed made up a quote he attributed to the deceased Albert Pike, and falsely claimed that Pike was the leader of "worldwide" freemasonry. These old lies have traveled far but they are still lies. Christians need to cling to truth and not be deceased by those who would divide us. But too many will believe what they want to believe and not seek the truth.

        Talk to your uncle, and see what he REALLY believes, has been taught, and does in his masonic lodge. And, look into the masonic Knights Templar, who are a body of professing Christian masons.


      • cwise says:

        You mentioned a quote attributed to the deceased Albert Pike and not to be deceased by those who would divide us. I believe you meant it to say deceived… both Albert and yourself.


      • duane washum says:


        Obviously, your trust is in God and in who he leads you to. Praise the Lord!


  4. Phil Melanson says:

    Apparently the administrator doesn't like the truth when it contradicts his opinions and so he simply deletes comments that don't support his view.. Obviously this web site is misnamed. As a believer, I won't read another word of the misinformation posted here, and I will warn others of its false teachings as well.


    • standupwi says:

      Phil, I haven't seen any of your comments come through.
      All comments are held in moderation just because of the huge amount of spam and other goofy things. Why don't you repost what you wrote and I will look for it.
      – A


    • Julie says:

      Name one false teaching.


      • Duane Washum says:

        Freemasonry teaches that one's own purity is what is essentially necessary for salvation. Untrue, since none of us is pure. But mainly untrue because we are saved by grace, through faith in Jesus Christ.


    • duane washum says:

      Phil. The truth is that Freemasonry is a false religion, with a false god, a false plan of salvation, and a baptism which is borrowed from and modeled after the regeneration ceremonies of the Ancient Mystery Religions.

      The administration here understands that, so have no fears about where these people stand when it comes to the truth, but I'm sure they thank you for you concern.


    • duane washum says:

      Phil, I have never known the administrator of this site to be fearful of the truth. To the contrary, the truth is what they strive to bring to the table, one truth being that Freemasonry is incompatible with the Christian faith.


  5. Manny P. says:

    This is one of the few sites online that actually stand up for truth. Anyone that comes here will get the truth, wether they like it or not.


  6. michelle says:

    My comment was deleted while posting you may have a glitch.


  7. Joshuascamp says:

    I understand that over half the Southern Baptist Convention is Freemason


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