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Why Our Ministry is so Critically Important

Ignoring Biblical Truth

Many factions' within our post-modern society, including the Masonic Order, and even some religious leaders can be found supporting, religious pluralism, homosexual rights, legalized abortion, and other controversial social issues opposed by a biblical Christian worldview.

A couple of recent examples regarding homosexuality illustrate this point:

"Despite warnings of God's judgment, the Episcopal Church USA has voted to confirm the denomination's first openly homosexual bishop." (Agape-Press, August 6, 2003)

"We have all been taught that Freemasonry regards no man because of his worldly honors..., nor does Freemasonry regard men because of their race, color, religion, ethnic origins, or their sexual orientation – it is only essential that a man be good and true. To be a good Mason, it simply does not matter if a man is black or white, Hispanic or Asian, Christian, Jewish, Moslem, or Hindu, gay or straight." (Joel Springer, President, Masonic Philalethes Society, June 2002)

Unfortunately, many people in our society, who claim to be Christian, have succumbed to the unbiblical notions of our day, be it homosexuality or so many other socially contentious issues. Nowadays, many believers fail to have a Christ-centered, biblically-based understanding of the glorious gospel of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. They fail to have the type of conversion experience and ongoing personal relationship with Jesus found through daily prayer and mediation upon Scripture that keeps one from deviating off course and drifting into a non-Christian worldview that embraces false doctrine. Christians of this modern-day era fail miserably in thinking and acting biblically.

As Christians we should be grief-stricken over what we see happening in our world today. While the Order of Former Freemasons is a Christian apologetic ministry aimed specifically at Freemasonry, it is our hope and prayer that God will stimulate all Christians throughout the world and steer us back to orthodoxy and the foundational tenets of the historic Christian faith, and that we will be determined to remain strong in defending our faith wherever it is being compromised. The Body of Christ must rise to the defense of Scripture and the principles taught within it, or we will fall victim to the philosophies of contemporary culture while our society suffers the consequence of perpetual moral decay for generations to come.

Masonic Determination

While they are not yet extinct, these days Masons could be called an endangered species. At the turn of the 20th century, millions of men, possibly one out of every five adult males in the United States, belonged to one or more Masonic organizations. But as times and attitudes change, and the truth about them continues to be revealed, this invisible cult within our midst is literally dying out. "The Black Camel is advancing on us" say the Shriners, who have lost over one-third of their membership since 1980.  Freemasonry as a whole has lost nearly 60% of its membership since it peaked from 4.1 million in 1959 to 1.7 million by 2001.1  It's hard to see where they'll find young replacements for the members who are leaving either in a hearse, or in droves from their breeding ground called the Blue Lodge.

How is the Masonic Order responding to the harsh reality that their existence hangs in the balance? They are taking some very desperate measures to recruit new members, improve lodge attendance, build the interest of its current constituents, and more importantly, defend its heretical philosophy.

For example, the New Model Lodge, USA is a system of activities and practices designed to revive and renew Masonic lodges in the United States.  This system is set out to help ailing lodges repair and reverse the trends toward falling membership in Freemasonry.2  Masonic lodges are starting to conduct more community activities than ever before to appeal to prospective members. They are planning to go on television to advertise Freemasonry, through commercials, public relations events, Masonic documentaries, and public service announcements.

They are also targeting our children. More and more Masonic lodges are sponsoring youth activities to recruit teenagers into the Masonic teen organizations. The one for young men is called the DeMolay and for young women, it is known as the Rainbow Girls. By attracting them at a young age, they can begin to program their minds into Masonic thinking and more easily recruit them into the Masonic Lodge, once they become adults.

Some innovative ideas are being tried by lodges and grand lodges to increase membership. One new phenomenon is the idea of one-day initiation classes. Traditionally, it would take months of instruction and ritual memorization before someone could finally become a third degree Master Mason. However, with the increasing trends of apathy and declining membership, many lodges are conducting one-day sessions in the hopes of creating larger numbers of Masons in the shortest period of time.

"I'm dead set against it," says Stephen Dafoe, a prominent Canadian Mason and friendly O.F.F. adversary. He goes on to say, in a recent interview for Canadian East.com, "Each degree has a certain amount of memory work that the candidate has to remember. Then he has to prove that he remembers that stuff before he takes the next degree. When you slam them through all in one day I don't think that it makes long-term committed members. If they don't have the time to take the degrees in the normal fashion – one a month or one every couple of months – then they certainly won't have the time to come out and attend and support their lodge on a regular basis."

Lack of membership generally means a lack of financial resources that typically come in the form of annual dues. As a result, many lodges have had to merge or form an amalgamation of sorts in order to stay alive.

In the past, in order to become a Shriner one had to first climb the latter of degrees until one became either a Knight on the York Rite side, or a Prince (32°) on the Scottish Rite side of the Masonic structure. Today, however, because of political turmoil between Shriners and the Blue Lodge coupled with their desperate fear of survival, the Shriners have made a resolution in April of 2000 allowing men to become Shriners after only becoming third degree Master Masons. This was an important decision for the Shriners for three reasons:

  • Fewer Masons means fewer Shriners
  • Fewer Masons in the York or Scottish Rites would mean the same
  • As a result, fewer dues to the Shrine means real financial problems

But the Shriners are so desperate that they are also considering the idea of letting non-Masons join. They would be called "Civic Members" and be given certain restrictions, such as increased dues, and no voting rights. However, they will be taught about Freemasonry and encouraged to join a Blue Lodge. Based upon current trends, this will probably happen, and when it does, it is likely to drive a wedge between Masons.3

Finally, the most important reason why our ministry must prevail is the biblical mandate from God:

  • Jude 1:3-4 - "Dear friends, although I was very eager to write to you about the salvation we share, I felt I had to write and urge you to contend for the faith that was once for all entrusted to the saints.  For certain men whose condemnation was written about long ago have secretly slipped in among you. They are...men, who change the grace of our God...and deny Jesus Christ our only Sovereign Lord."
  • 1 Peter 3:15 - "But in your hearts set apart Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect."

Yet, conversely, Freemasonry has been establishing a number of Masonic Apologetics for a number of years now. Many even proclaim themselves as "Born-Again Masonic Fundamentalists." Their goal is to try to maintain the positive image Masonry has enjoyed for most of its history, but more so now due to the advent of the Internet. The World Wide Web has been an Achilles heel for Freemasonry as it has removed its mystique, unveiled its deception and exposed its biblically heretical character. As a result, there are now organizations within Freemasonry designed for no other purpose than to defend the Masonic faith.

A Masonic Declaration of War

"For as long as Freemasonry has existed, there have been those who, for one reason or another, have been opposed to the world's oldest and largest fraternal organization. For an equally long time the majority of Freemasons have been silent in responding to their critics. However, just as the printing press revolutionized the way people think, so too has the Internet revolutionized the way people think and communicate. As a result the Anti-Mason is given a new medium through which they may present arguments condemning the Masonic Fraternity. The time has come for Freemasons around the globe to respond to our critics and restore our fraternity to the favorable impression it once enjoyed in society…Make no mistake, our present situation with regard to anti-Masonic criticism is both a battle and a war in a figurative sense." This declaration was made on June 24, 2003 by M.A.S.O.N. (Masons Against Slanderous Offensive Nonsense)

We would agree with these Masons and say, it is indeed a battle, but not only in the figurative sense. We declare, by God's Word, that this is a spiritual battle; a type of warfare not fought with flesh and blood:

Ephesians 6:12 - "For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places."

We recognized that the battleground of Satan is the hearts and minds of mankind. He will do anything and use anything, including Freemasonry, to triumph over Christians and to keep non-believers from ever accepting Jesus Christ. Yet, as disciples of Jesus, we also acknowledge the weapons of our warfare; the helmet of Salvation that keeps our thoughts on Him and the breast plate of righteousness that guards our heart and emotions toward Him. We wear the belt of Truth to remind us to speak the truth in love, to walk in truth and to worship the God of the Bible in spirit and in truth (John 4:23), for it was He, Jesus Christ, who claimed to be the Truth, the Way and the Life (John 14:6). Our feet are shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace, ever ready to give a reason for the hope that is within us. Above all, we take the shield of Faith, because the just shall live by faith (Romans 1:17) in Christ alone, and without faith in Him it is impossible to please God (Hebrews 11:6). With the shield of faith, we are able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.

Therefore, if it is war they want, then to the glory of God, it is war they will get! Although we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh; for the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds. And, since the battleground is the mind, our weapons are able – by the power of the Holy Spirit – to cast down imaginations, and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, including Freemasonry, and is able to bring into captivity even every thought to the obedience of Christ (2 Corinthians 10:3-5).

Finally in closing, although Islam is the fastest growing religion in the world, even in America despite what happen on September 11th 2001, most lodges in the United States are made up of professing Christians. What this means is, while there may be an attempt to recruit Muslims into American Freemasonry in the future, you can bet their primary target today will continue to be Christians. The danger of this for the Church in America is that, the extent to which the Masonic worldview can poison the hearts and minds of the Body of Christ, will be measured in direct proportion to the success at which Freemasonry can attract, recruit and retain Christian men and women into its ranks. This is a tremendous threat to the Christian faith here in America and around the world, yet by the grace of God and our Lord Jesus Christ; we are here to prevent this from happening any more than it already has.

"The only thing necessary for the deception of Freemasonry to continue to triumph over the minds of interested Christians is for Ex-Masons for Jesus to sit back and do absolutely nothing."

1 Masonic membership statistics from the Masonic Service Association (back to article)

2 New Model Lodge, USA J. R. Martin, Houston, Texas (back to article)

3 Masonry By The Numbers, T.N. Sampson, Cornerstone Ministries, Valrico, FL (back to article)

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