What Does the Masonic Lodge Teach Its Members About Jesus?

“Holiness to the Lord.” –Motto on the official seal of the Grand Lodge of New York

Masonry claims that it does not offend a Christian’s belief about Jesus Christ. For example: “We do not say to Christians that Christ was a mere man, whose life’s story is only a revival of similar older [pagan] stories. To do any of these things would be irreverent. We utter no such words.”[1] But Masonry does teach that Jesus Christ was merely a man. Concerning the denial of Christ’s deity we may note the observations of Masonic leader Jim Shaw. Shaw was a 33rd degree Mason, a Past Worshipful Master of the Blue Lodge, Past Master of all Scottish Rite bodies, and a Knight Commander of the Court of Honor. He acknowledges that official Masonic doctrine maintains that, “Jesus was just a man. He was one of the “exemplars,” one of the great men of the past, but not divine and certainly not the only means of redemption of lost mankind.”[2]

The Masonic Maundy Thursday Ritual of the chapter of Rose Croix states officially, “We meet this day to commemorate the death [of Jesus], not as inspired or divine, for this is not for us to decide.”[3] One Mason told us, “Jesus and Krishna are the same!”[4]

In his spiritual darkness or ignorance, the Christian Mason may choose to believe that Jesus was God and Savior of the world, but this is not Masonic truth. Those who consider themselves enlightened Masons hope that their unenlightened Christian brethren will realize that all specific dogmas about Christ are in error. As Clausen emphasizes, Masons hope to “strip from all religions their orthodox tenets, legends, allegories and dogmas.”[5] This is why the Masonic scholar Albert Pike asserts that Jesus was “a great teacher of morality”—but no more.[6]

So Masonry teaches that Jesus was only a man. Why does Masonry say that, and thereby offend the beliefs of Christians? It does this because it does not wish to offend the religious sensibilities of non-Christian Masons, those members of other faiths who deny that Jesus is the only Incarnation of God and Savior of the world. The unique nature and mission of Christ is denied by Hindus, Buddhists, Muslims and Jews. In order to not offend these people, Masonry offends Christians.

Masonry excludes all particular biblical teachings about Christ, such as His Incarnation, redemptive mission, death and resurrection. In fact, there is no biblical truth about Jesus Christ affirmed anywhere in Masonry. Mason Edmond Ronayne confesses:

Freemasonry “carefully excludes” the Lord Jesus Christ from the Lodge and chapter, repudiates his mediatorship, rejects his atonement, denies and disowns his gospel, frowns upon his religion and his church, ignores the Holy Spirit, and sets up for itself a spiritual empire, a religious theocracy, at the head of which it places the G.A.O.T.U.—the god of nature—and from which the one only living and true God is expelled by resolution….[7]

Although there are many possible beliefs that Masons hold about Jesus, one of the more prevalent beliefs can be traced to Masonry’s ties to the ancient mystery religions. Many Masons believe that the biblical teaching of Christ as God and Savior is merely a corruption of “similar,” more “pure” stories in some of the earlier pagan religions.[8] These Masons teach that the New Testament is a corrupted version of such stories and that Christianity as normally interpreted by the Church is false. In fact, many of these Masons are offended that Christianity teaches that only Jesus is God. They prefer a more mystical Christ, a Christ who recognizes that all men are divine.[9] For example, Dr. R. Swineburne Clymer, M.D., recognized as a high Mason, teaches in The Mysticism of Masonry (1900, p. 47):

In deifying Jesus, the whole humanity is bereft of Christos as an eternal potency within every human soul, a latent (embryonic) Christ in every man. In thus deifying one man, they have orphaned the whole of humanity [of its divinity].[10]

But none of the Masonic teachings about Christ agree with what Jesus taught about Himself and with what the Church has maintained for 2,000 years. If Masonry does not even respect the teachings of Jesus, how can it claim to be a tolerant religion?

NOTES

  1. Henry Clausen, Clausen’s Commentaries on Morals and Dogma (The Supreme Council, 33rd Degree, Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite of Freemasonry, Southern Jurisdiction of the USA, 1976), p. 159.
  2. Jim Shaw and Tom McKenney, The Deadly Deception: Freemasonry Exposed by One of Its Top Leaders (Lafayette, LA: Huntington House, 1988), pp. 126-127.
  3. Ibid., p. 127, cf. Henry C. Clausen, Practice and Procedure for the Scottish Rite (Washington, DC: The Supreme Council, 33rd Degree, Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite of Freemasonry Mother Jurisdiction of the World, 1981), pp. 75-77.
  4. Cf., The Kentucky Monitor, 1946, p. xv.
  5. Clausen, Clausen’s Commentaries on Morals and Dogma, p. 157.
  6. Albert Pike, Morals and Dogma of the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite of Freemasonry (Charleston, SC: The Supreme Council of the 33rd Degree for the Southern Jurisdiction of the United States, 1906), p. 525.
  7. Edmond Ronayne, The Master’s Carpet; Or Masonry and Baal-Worship—Identical (np., nd. Distributed by Mission­ary Service and Supply, Rt. 2, Columbiana, OH 44408), p. 87.
  8. Shaw and McKenney, The Deadly Deception, p. 127; Pike, Morals and Dogma (1906); Jack Harris, Freemasonry: The Invisible Cult in Our Midst (Chattanooga, TN: Global, 1983), pp. 102-103. For a refutation, see our Ready with an Answer [Harvest House, 1997].
  9. Cf., Corinne Heline, Mystic Masonry and the Bible (La Canada, CA: New Age Press, 1975), pp. 19, 22, 47, 90-91.
  10. Harris, Freemasonry, p. 102.

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34 Comments

  1. Simon John Wright on March 30, 2017 at 1:32 pm

    Jesus is GOD and I am a Mason who walked with Him. All of the above is from some false commentator concerning Jesus who has little or no knowledge of Him. I have been with Jesus and walked with him in the Garden of Eden. The above author has not had any experience in being with the Creator of the Universe and I feel I should make a note here to correct my brother’s error. Perhaps if he believed in the Creator he might find some way towards Him who All things were created.

    • Wayne Hilborn on April 17, 2017 at 11:39 pm

      Simon John Wright. That would make you a Christian which has nothing to do with masonry. Sorry… Just make sure you are in the right religion… I am a Mason who hates Jesus. I think all Christians are evil. Because they are.

      • just some guy on April 24, 2017 at 9:39 pm

        If you hate people because of their religion, you are a Mason in name only and an embarrassment to the fraternity.

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      • rash way on May 26, 2017 at 9:13 am

        you perish because you lack wisdom…..May GOD who sent his son Jesus save you from urself. AMEN……you hate Jesus but he loves you.

      • Gordon McGinn on October 29, 2017 at 4:14 pm

        Do you as a Mason state it empirical that all Masons should hate Christ Jesus?

      • Bev on February 21, 2018 at 3:03 am

        HoW can you hate Jesus if your fraternity is based on the Golden Rule which is to love all other men as you would have them love you? You are therefor displaying the true nature of evil which is hatred.

    • Remona on July 20, 2017 at 12:24 pm

      Amen

    • Gordon McGinn on October 29, 2017 at 4:10 pm

      How exactly, have you walked with Jesus, the only begotten Son of God in the garden of Eden?

  2. Wayne Hilborn on April 17, 2017 at 11:37 pm

    I teach Hermetic Magik and am an author of many books on hermeticism. I learned magik from My Mason grandparents. I can say without a doubt that Religious Tolerance is not something I would ever accept as I view all Christians as evil.. They just have no clue that they are evil.

    A stupid Christian will happily worry about their loved ones not knowing that their worry is a very powerful type of prayer.

    Christianity is bad for belief because it is very fake and even evil as they allow their people to manifest worries. If-if-if conscious creation is true then there can be no greater evil then the largest religion that does not teach this. A loving Christian mother can kill her own daughter simply by WORRYING (worry is a powerful type of prayer). The daughter may now be subject to attacks, rape, or even a murder to satisfy the mothers worry… There are other ways Christians constantly kill each other, but worry is the most prevalent.. Their entire religion is worry based… worrying about floods, pillars of salt, and hell…. Even worry of death can lower your vibration when you need it the most and bind you to this lower plane. If you want proof of god… Then you can find proof simply by following this meme… The Hermetic,Hindu, and Buddhist were right… this is merely a common dream we all share.

    Feel free to delete to protect your Christian audience from the truth… Christianity is dying fast and I can assure you many in your own congregation practice meditation, Yoga, tai chi, or other truer spiritual pursuits than Evil Christians are aware of..

    HERE IS PROOF THAT YOU ARE GOD (we all are collectively)…
    Simply walk outside and pick two clouds… now make one vanish with your mind. It is VERY EASY AND PROVES a) that the cloud was essentially imaginary (a common dream like Hindu and Buddhist have said for 9000+ years) and b) it proves that YOUR IMAGINATION AFFECTED OUR GROUP IMAGINATION…

    You pick two clouds so when it works you can look at the remaining cloud and know it was your mind and not the wind that did it..

    THAT IS AN AUTHENTIC MIRACLE! How many authentic miracles (we call it magik) does Christianity teach? IMPORTANT: For reasons not disclosed in a tiny comment… you must always cloudbust completely alone without telling anyone or filming… It has to do with time altering and expectations from others influencing our results… A skeptic imagination is powerful in prayer also… thinking the cloud will remain.

    Jesus lived over 80% of his life in a country that taught hermeticism (according to the New Testament… and you would be surprised how many Christians cannot even name the country Jesus spent over 80% of his life… Can you name the country? Hint… It was Hermetic.. as in Thoth schools existed according to PLATO, Aristotle, Pythagoras, etc.

    Jesus was trying to teach reincarnation and it got turned into being dunked in a rusty old bathtub for ten shekels to be “born again”… as if a bathtub can make a person die and be reincarnated. Jesus was simply foolish enough to try to teach magik to Naive Jewish Farmers and Romans who have less clue than the Christians of today.

    This comment taught you real magik and I assure you there is far deeper magik once you pass beyond novice states.

    I mean This is what I teach… sound

    familiar…

    a) Ask and you shall receive.
    b) The meek shall inherit the earth.
    c) Man is created in gods image (we are all creators)(Catholics/Christians think this means God
    is a man). – This is a fundamental Catholic mistake.
    d) Knock and it shall be opened up to you.
    e) Reap what you sow.
    f) If you had faith as small as a mustard seed, you could say to this mountain to move from here to there and it would move.
    g) Go thy way; and as thou hast believed, so be it done unto thee.
    h) Take heed what ye hear: with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you: and unto you that hear shall more be given: for he that hath, to him shall be given: and he that hath not, from him shall
    be taken even that which he hath) Be not afraid, only believe. Fear not: believe only, and she shall be made whole. According to your
    faith be it unto you.
    j) All these evil things come from within.
    k) Believe, all things are possible to him that believeth.

    This sounds like they are Hermetic Buddhist lessons… Not Christian. The stuff Jesus is attributed as saying sounds very Buddhist/Hindu.

    The people of Jerusalem and Rome were just not able to comprehend that being born again meant you needed to die and really be born again… They didnt have internet.

    If-if-if-if-if conscious creation is true like Oprah Winfrey keeps telling us (lesser law of attraction is new found Christian magik apparently) then there can be no greater evil in the world than the largest religion that does not teach that “WORRY IS THE ROOT OF ALL EVIL”..

    Worry is a powerful prayer… The problem with condoning Christianity is that you hurt your Karma forever simply by endorsing such evil.

    Fear of hell, fear of pillars of salt, fear of floods as your god is very revengeful, and seeks to drown every baby, kitten, and puppy on the planet for his calculated revenge.

    Why does god need to be white? Or male? Or human? Those are all Catholic cock ups, but they did formulate the bible 20 full genarations after the death of Jesus…. so what did they really know?

    Yes. Christians are akin to little animals that stab and murder their loved ones constantly with a condition known as “WORRY”!

    Stupid Christians.. Masonry knows that Jesus must be evil fro the reasons I have just stated. We have faked religious tolerance to avoid being hung… or burnt… But I’ll be happy the day they start hangig Christian grandmothers who worry about their families. Those grandmothers are psychically attacking their own grandchildren every time they worry about their baby dads driving ability…

    I am sorry you devoted your lives to the wrong religion.

    I was once a Christian Minister also (still am technically)… then I learned better.

    Wayne Hilborn (author of “The Savvy sorcerer”, etc)

    Namaste (Namaste means: “I bow to the divine [GOD] within you.” – as these awakened religions are much closer to the truth. Hermeticism, Hinduism, then Buddhism… in that order.

    Christianity is just something your mommies taught you and you never could get it to work right..

    oddly however; if you believe that Jesus will make your cloud vanish for you… then the cloudbusting could be done with expectant (better word than faith) prayer… instead of magik (self expectation)… as the EXPECTATION the cloud will vanish is what makes it do so… as with all prayer… so I can understand some Christians believing due to miraculous prayer… but you are as much a god as Jesus will ever be. NOW!

    • JSL on August 17, 2017 at 8:38 am

      Have you heard of the Law of One material? It sheds light on Jesus being a man (a wanderer).
      The Law of One material is vast and enlightens on many topics of which your post makes reference.
      http://www.lawofone.info/results.php?c=people&su=jesus

    • Erick on November 10, 2017 at 3:08 am

      Your entire premise is incorrect: worry/concern/anxiety/etc. is something Christians are taught NOT to do. Instead, the Bible says to place worry upon God.

      Matthew 6:25 New International Version (NIV) – Do Not Worry
      25 “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes?

      Psalms 55:22
      “Cast your cares on the LORD and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous fall.”

      1 Peter 5:6-8 explicitly says:
      “Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time. Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you. Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.”

      Another issue: Clouds disappear without anyone imagining/wishing them to vanish. It’s not mystifying or magic; it’s natural forces, namely wind. It’s not your brain, your magic, or whatever you think. Can you do this with 2 rocks in front of you? How about cars? No, you can’t…..unless you’re standing in a hurricane or tornado where natural forces (i.e. wind) blow them out of your view. But again, that’s not you, it’s natural forces.

      I’m sorry but I couldn’t trudge through the rest of your post….the cloud thing was just too ridiculous for me.

      If you really want to know what Christians believe, I’d suggest read the actual Bible and not rely on the Hollywood make-believe garbage found in movies, TV, and even the media – 90% of it is garbage and cannot even be found in Scripture – it’s pure fantasy just like believing someone’s mind can cause a cloud to disappear.

      Good luck.

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  5. Ashley Challis on July 14, 2017 at 3:45 am

    Hi there, The challenge I have with the church is it takes the Bible out of context especially Ephesians 2:8 and John 3:16.
    Ephesians was an Epistle or letter to people who obeyed Acts 2:38 and that’s what St Paul delivers in Acts 19:2.
    John 3:16 is of no benefit without John 3:5.
    I noticed only emotional happening in my church and other nearby churches but no spiritual happenings.
    At the age of 21 I joined the Craft and I have aquired 18 degrees and haven’t looked back.
    Challisashley@yahoo.com

    • Tabol Parker on January 12, 2018 at 11:29 am

      I’m sorry…lost here…
      The ‘Craft’? 18 Degrees?

      As for the Freemasonry…I agree it being more akin to a fraternity, BUT they do deny Jesus:

      Mason Edmond Ronayne confesses:
      “Freemasonry “carefully excludes” the Lord Jesus Christ from the Lodge and chapter, repudiates his mediatorship, rejects his atonement, denies and disowns his gospel, frowns upon his religion and his church, ignores the Holy Spirit, and sets up for itself a spiritual empire, a religious theocracy, at the head of which it places the G.A.O.T.U.—the god of nature—and from which the one only living and true God is expelled by resolution….[7]”

      The Bible clearly states in Matthew 10:33, “But whoever denies Me before men, I will also deny him before My Father who is in heaven.” And in
      Mark 8:38 reads, “For whoever is ashamed of Me and My words in this adulterous and sinful generation, the Son of Man will also be ashamed of him when He comes in the glory of His Father with the holy angels.”

      Being ‘neutral’ or not believing as to not offend any ‘faith or religion’ is as 2 Timothy 2:12 makes it clear, “If we endure, we will also reign with Him; If we deny Him, He also will deny us;”

      There’s no sitting idly by, denying He who gave His life for our sins…that we be saved by Grace and NOT by works.

    • Evelyn MaryChaisson on March 17, 2018 at 2:24 pm

      Why did you not put just as much effort in your beliefs and search out the truth asking the HOLY Spirit who is our teacher to help you rather look at what man was doing. You have to work out your own salvation with fear and trembling not what another person is or not doing according to the word of God.,

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  7. A high ranking Mason on September 27, 2017 at 11:52 pm

    I lost about 20 IQ points just reading this ignorant drivel

  8. Ann Trent on October 26, 2017 at 3:49 am

    So many churches preach religion instead of Jesus who loves you. He wants a personal relationship with you. The Holy Bible is the inspired word of God. Jesus is part of the trinity. The only way to heaven and the 1 true God. He loves you so much He sent His son to die for us so we can spend eternity in heaven. Jesus is the only one to rise from the dead.

  9. Jesus O. Beristain on October 28, 2017 at 4:20 pm

    ” If Masonry does not even respect the teachings of Jesus, how can it claim to be a tolerant religion?”

    Freemasonry is not a religion. It is a fraternity.

  10. Steve hornback on November 8, 2017 at 12:08 pm

    I am not a supporter of masonry, yet you have missed the point. There are many paths to freedom and to believe that you have the one and only path is ludicrous. I understand that the world has enstilled this in you, but you must respect the beliefs of others or you are doing yourself a disservice.

    • James on January 7, 2018 at 6:57 am

      Christians only accept their religion as correct and others as wrong. You go to hell if you don’t believe what they tell you. So based on what you just said, Christianity is wrong too.

      • Shawn Hansen on April 8, 2018 at 4:07 am

        Well if you’re of man maybe hell is just another earth and the end times are actually a supernova that reincarnation exists if you fail to proove righteous in God you continue limbo maybe we get multiple trys at it the Bible doesn’t specify after death literally when it comes to hell it’s more less symbolic I believe in Jesus and that he did what he did in the kjv I also believe science is man taking credit for everything God has made but without it there wouldn’t be a God and vs because scientists get more money each year than any other organization all together and can NOT prove that GOD doesn’t exist and if they can’t prove it one way or the other then it’s still a possibility! Therefore the smartest men and women can’t prove Jesus didn’t do what he did and that God didn’t create everything so it’s still relevant because the big bang theory was debunked in 2017 what over 40% of scientists based everything they did off of and now they have to start from scratch yet they haven’t proved the Bible wrong and Mason’s created all other religions to deter Christian’s and the faithless to to throw them off Ballance creating war amongst Nations and radicalism and will be genocide to all who don’t follow and leading to a 1 world government that will all be burnt to a crisp when that sun blows up and engulfs even the richest man in the deepest bunker not even Trump wcan hide from it and it’s sooner than later trust me.

    • Evelyn MaryChaisson on March 17, 2018 at 2:18 pm

      If you believe the bible to be the inspired word of God, then you must or should believe when Jesus said I am The Truth , The WAY , The Life. He that has the son of God has life eternal.

  11. Dr. Kenneth Tennant on December 16, 2017 at 4:57 am

    You Tube: Iowa Corrupt Judges Courts Police. Are these Masonic ?

  12. Jerome Johnson on December 24, 2017 at 6:44 pm

    It is true that as a Masonic Lodge we have member of various faiths and belief we do not try to put one faith before the other we only require that a man believe in a supreme being. We try to get our brothers to cling to their own faith and be good men and brothers being better for not criticising those who believe differently. We do not say that Jesus Christ was just a man but it states on our work that IF Jesus were but just a man giving our brothers of other faith to know that we do not try to put one faith above the other. I have been a Mason for 37 years and my belief in Jesus as the Son of God and my Saviour has only been strengthened

  13. Norm Hutton on December 31, 2017 at 12:19 am

    Freemasonry is not a religion. It is a fraternal organization. Religion and politics arenot subjects for discussion in a a Freemasons Lodge..

  14. Tabol Parker on January 12, 2018 at 11:33 am

    Freemasonry, whew! Ok…everyone has their take on it, so here’s mine.

    I agree it being more akin to a fraternity, a bunch of MEN getting together for whatever hocus pocus, BUT they DO deny Jesus:

    Mason Edmond Ronayne confesses:
    “Freemasonry “carefully excludes” the Lord Jesus Christ from the Lodge and chapter, repudiates his mediatorship, rejects his atonement, denies and disowns his gospel, frowns upon his religion and his church, ignores the Holy Spirit, and sets up for itself a spiritual empire, a religious theocracy, at the head of which it places the G.A.O.T.U.—the god of nature—and from which the one only living and true God is expelled by resolution….[7]”

    The Bible clearly states in Matthew 10:33, “But whoever denies Me before men, I will also deny him before My Father who is in heaven.” And in
    Mark 8:38 reads, “For whoever is ashamed of Me and My words in this adulterous and sinful generation, the Son of Man will also be ashamed of him when He comes in the glory of His Father with the holy angels.”

    Being ‘neutral’ or not believing as to not offend any ‘faith or religion’ is as 2 Timothy 2:12 makes it clear, “If we endure, we will also reign with Him; If we deny Him, He also will deny us;”

    There’s no sitting idly by, denying He who gave His life for our sins…that we be saved by Grace and NOT by works.

  15. Summer on January 24, 2018 at 12:17 am

    Interesting that free Mason’s spout religious foundation but reflect the exact opposite. All men are God and religion is obviously the perverse obligation to control uneducated people! Regardless of Mason beliefs, can you really condemn people who forgive and show sanctuary to any poor soul in need? I believe in science and the Lord, should there be such a huge and dramatic separation of the two? And why would the Mason’s hold their meetings under such deception and levels of lies if they believed something pure?

  16. Wade on February 17, 2018 at 1:34 pm

    I am a mason and would like to know,Do masons believe in the Bible,because I do and it says the only way to the farther is by Jesus Christ,I would like to know the Brotherhoods opinion,

  17. David Graham on February 19, 2018 at 8:21 am

    Since there are TWO Scottish Rite bodies in the U.S. how could Jim Shaw be a past master of ALL Scottish Rite? In the York Rite top degrees you must be a baptized, professing Christian, which seems a odd requirement if Masonry taught Jesus was just a man. There is no “official” masonic position on any Deity, you are free to worship the God of your own choosing. There is no one thought of nearly anything in masonry, including the symbols. We do not have a “theology” of masonry or an orthodoxy. You are free to ponder and interpret the teaching and symbols on your own. Then as a Mason, free to communicate your opinions to whomever, however as long as it doesn’t include the secrets of our organization. Those secrets in most jurisdictions, see we don’t even agree on what we hold secret, primarily our modes of recognition. So it appears Jim Shaw is not being truthful, in my Bible it is liar’s who will inherit hell, not Masons.

    • herman spence on December 11, 2018 at 8:42 am

      In his spiritual darkness or ignorance, the Christian Mason may choose to believe that Jesus was God and Savior of the world, but this is not Masonic truth. Those who consider themselves enlightened Masons hope that their unenlightened Christian brethren will realize that all specific dogmas about Christ are in error. As Clausen emphasizes, Masons hope to “strip from all religions their orthodox tenets, legends, allegories and dogmas.”[5] This is why the Masonic scholar Albert Pike asserts that Jesus was “a great teacher of morality”—but no more.[6]

  18. gloria c bult on February 19, 2018 at 5:14 pm

    They say Jesus was not God, but a “Great teacher of morality”…if Jesus was not God then he was a huge liar, how is that morality?

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