Compatibility of Freemasonry and Christianity continued:
Last week I showed (from Wilmshurst) that the 1st Degree actually represents repentance and baptism. The initiate becomes the "Cornerstone". However, Biblically speaking, Christ is the only Cornerstone of the Spiritual life!
Waite believes that in the 1st Degree the candidate has "been born anew."
The 2nd Degree (Fellow-Craft) shown to the Mason that he is actually a part of God, and that God is not separate from him. Again, Wilmshurst says, "Happy than is the Mason who has...found God present no outside but WITHIN HIMSELF." This degree "is equivalent to the rite of Confirmation in the Christian Churches."
"Astrology, which is one of the liberal arts and sciences recommended to the study of every Mason and the pursuit of which belongs in particular to the Fellow-Craft state."
Hutchinson writes: "Astrology was received as one of the arts which MERITED their patronage."
The Christian should realize the Bible (God) warns against astrology (Deut. 18:10-12; II Kings 17:17). Masonry encourages it and Waite adds:
:...it is found...that there is astrology in modern Masonry. For example: (1) The ancient world recognized seven planets, and there are seven officers of the Lodge...it should be added that the thesis comes from an OCCULT source...:
Master Mason is the name of the 3rd Degree. In this degree there is a dramatic presentation where the candidate enacts a death and resurrection ceremony. When the Master Mason is raised from the "dead" he "is no longer an ordinary man, but a DIVINIZED man." says Wilmshurst and he also says, "He is now lord of himself; the true Master-Mason...."
Anderson declares: "These Master Masons are known at different times by various names. They can be referred to as Christ and his Church..." THAT, MY FRIENDS, IS BLASPHEMY! Waite goes on to say: "The Temple of Masonry is henceforth the House of Christ..."
Foster Bailey asks:
"May it not be true, as has been said, that if all religions and all Scriptures were blotted out and only Masonry were left in the world we could still recover the great plan of salvation? Most earnestly should all true Masons consider this point..."
Obviously then, Masonry presents a false plan of salvation without THE LORD JESUS CHRIST OF THE BIBLE BECAUSE CHRIST JESUS IS NOT PRESENTED AS THE WAY TO HEAVEN IN MASONRY!
If Jesus (the only true way to heaven) can be found in Masonry, why aren't those other Religions offended? The truth is, Jesus and the "great plan of salvation" is not to be found in Masonry!