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Can a Mason Obey the Great Commission?
Like the fellow in Schnoebelen’s illustration, many see no contradiction between Masonry and being a Christian. Two factors figure into this: ignorance of Masonry’s paganism and not discerning the Great Commission. Schnoebelen goes into great detail how the symbols and rituals are of Luciferian origin. Any Mason or Masonic candidate does not have to look far to see that Masonry’s god is not the God of the Bible.
Secondly, anyone serious about the Great Commission would feel very uncomfortable (convicted) if he became involved in Masonry. Masonry welcomes both saved and lost into one “brotherhood.”Any “brotherhood” that is not “brothers in Christ” will dampen a soul winner’s attitude toward the lost sinner. When the Lodge becomes a Christian’s primary circle of friends, obedience to the Great Commission effectively ceases.
Churches whose ministries are struggling for lack of interest by its men, should take a lesson from Masonry’s appeal to men. God has placed a masculine dynamic in the spirit of the man that longs for the opportunity to be part of a team that is challenged to accomplish a goal. If the church does not provide an outlet for that dynamic, its men will find it outside in sports, Masonry, or bury themselves in their career or business.
The biblical outlet for that dynamic is the Great Commission, winning souls and then discipling (mentoring) the converts. The church must first make sure the men understand the gospel —their salvation in Christ and what it means to be a godly man. Then teach the men how to explain the gospel until they have confidence to give any unbeliever the “reason for the hope” that they have in Christ. (See 1 Peter 3:15.)
If the church will provide for the outlet of this masculine dynamic, men will not be tempted by worldly uses for it. They will see right through the temptations of Masonry, the shallowness of sports, the futility of chasing riches in business or career. They will shoulder their responsibility for winning the lost, nurturing the young in Christ, and guarding the purity of the fellowship.
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