Since Freemasonry is a Christless religious institution, it is not at all surprising to note that Freemasonry is also an inculcator of works' righteousness—that it teaches that man is justified before God by his own paltry deeds. Freemasonry is, therefore, directly opposed to Christianity, for the Christian Church—the Holy Catholic and Apostolic church of Jesus Christ—teaches that man is justified only by God's merciful grace through faith in the work done for all time and eternity by Our Lord Jesus Christ on the Cross of Calvary—by His holy and precious Body and Blood which were given and shed for our transgressions. That Freemasonry inculcates works' righteousness is clearly evident from the quotations appearing here below: Worshipful Master: "'Why were you presented with a lambskin apron, which is the true badge of a Mason?'
Senior Deacon: "'Because the lamb has in all ages been deemed an emblem of innocence; he, therefore, who wears the lambskin as a badge of Masonry is thereby continually reminded of that purity of life and conduct which is essentially necessary to his gaining admission into the celestial lodge above where the Supreme Architect of the Universe presides.'"3
"Most Glorious God! author of all good, and giver of all mercy! pour down thy blessings upon us, and strengthen our solemn engagements with the ties of sincere affection! May the present instance of mortality remind us of our approaching
1H.T.W.S.S.T.K.S. [Codebook of the York Rite Chapter] (New York: Allen Publishing Co., 1949), pp. 154-7,155.
3King Solomon & His Followers (New York: Allen Publishing Co., 1953), p. 45.
fate, and draw our attention toward thee, the only refuge in time of need! that when the awful moment shall arrive, that we are about to quit this transitory scene, the enlivening prospect of thy mercy may dispel the gloom of death; and after our departure hence in peace and in thy favor, we may be received into thine everlasting kingdom, to enjoy, in union with the souls of our departed friends, the just reward of a pious and virtuous life. So mote it be."1
" For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God: not of works, lest any man should boast."2
"For God so loved the world, that He gave His only-begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him, should not perish, but have Everlasting Life."3
That Freemasonry is the personification of idolatry in its most flagrant form is clearly evidenced by the fact that it openly rejects the One True Triune God— Father, Son and Holy Ghost—by not confessing the True Deity of Our Lord Jesus Christ—the Son of God and Saviour of the world. Since the god of Freemasonry, commonly termed the Great (or Grand) Architect of the Universe by the Freemason, is not the One True Triune God, who is he?
The answer to this question may be found in the "Historical Lecture" of the (Holy) Royal Arch (7th) Degree of the York Rite of Freemasonry, where the candidate is instructed in the meaning of the esoteric symbol shown here below:
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