Boyfriend in Mason's

by Kaitlyn

Hi, my boyfriend of a year is a mason. Should I be worried? Is it a cult? I am a strong believer and worshipper of Jesus Christ. I believe Jesus is my Lord and Savior. I'm worried that my boyfriend is changing everything about his religion to be in the Mason's. I basically want to know, is this a satanic cult. Because secret organizations are not of God.

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Feb 07, 2016
Not to worry
by: Thane

Hi and thank you for your questions.

First, are we a cult? Consider the following:

Real cults frequently make leaving difficult if not impossible. In Masonry, all you have to do is write a note. No ostracism, no penalties, still friends.

Real cults actively try to get people to join. We don't.

Real cults sometimes often limit choices in terms of friendships, medical care, diet and education, some to the extreme of controlling marriage. We do not.

Real cults often isolate their members, even from family. We certainly do not.

Cults demand regular and frequent attendance. We encourage Masons to show up, but there are no penalties for not being there.

Cults demand conformity. Masonry insists on moral behaviour, but encourages diverse thoughts, opinions, dress and activities.

Cults usually require uncritical belief of all they say. Please feel free to check out anything I'm saying here.

Real cults usually have one supreme leader. Freemasonry does not; there are well over 100 grand lodges, each completely independent of the rest.

Real cults have appointed leaders and give little-to-no say to members. Masonry elects its leaders on a regular basis by secret ballot. All members can debate policy and so forth.

Freemasons keep their wages, salaries and inheritences. Cults frequently demand it all. We don't even tithe.

Cults generally offer sacraments, tell members how to achieve salvation (in return for obedience, of course), have designated holy books, preach theology, hold to a specific deity. Freemasonry does not do any of those things.

Freemasons can join other clubs or groups, cult members frequently cannot.

The financial books of a lodge or grand lodge are open for audit and regular inspection by members. In cults, money comes in and vanishes. Cult leaders frequently live lavish lifestyles, paid for by the members. Masonic leaders live on their own income.

We consider charity a duty and raise millions of dollars each day for the benefit of the public. In cults, charity - if it exists - is often limited to within the cult.

So you tell me - are we a cult?

Freemasonry is not - not - a religion. Yes, prayers are said, but prayers are often said at meetings of city councils, PTAs and so forth. Our prayers are nondenominational as we feel that we have no business coming between a man and the Almighty. How a man worships is between created and Creator.

We do not admit atheists. We do admit men who believe in a divine Being. Beyond that, we do not inquire the details of a man's faith any more than Rotary or Toastmasters do. We expect each member to worship the Creator in the way he was taught before he joins us. There is no attempt to try to convert anyone to a different faith. Indeed, discussion of politics or religion is strictly forbidden in lodge.

Freemasonry is best described as a beautiful system of morality, veiled in allegory and illistrated by symbols. For instance, we use the tools of medieval stonemasons as teaching aids. Our famous symbol has a square to remind us that we should behave squarely - fairly - to other people. As compasses are used to deliniate distances, we use the compasses remind us to keep our behaviour within those limits set by God. Virtually everything a Mason sees in his lodge is designed to remind him of the moral lessons he is taught.

We have in truth very few secrets and none whatever concerning Satanism. Such claims are pure myth, brought about by ignorance, fear or a desire to cheat the gullible of their money.

Last point, miss. We teach that a Mason's first duty is to the Almighty. His second duty is to his nation, his family and his friends. Freemasonry comes last and should never be allowed to interfere with more important obligations.

I consider myself a devout Christian and would not hesitate to leave Masonry if I perceived a conflict. In close to 40 years however, I have never seen one. Indeed, I think that my time in Masonry has made my faith in Christ firmer and more secure.

Please feel free to ank any other questions you may have. That you care for your young man is obvious - and commendable. He's a lucky fellow.

God bless.

Feb 08, 2016
boyfriend mason
by: Fred

Thane has touched very well on most points, and I can add very little, except to say, being a mason puts a man in very good company. Among our ranks have been 14 US Presidents, statesmen, businesmen, actors, painters, sculptors. George Washington, Benjamin Franklin, to name 2. We pride ourselves on the quality of our membership, it's about quality, not quantity.

All masonic lodges are open to the public, during certain times of the year, and families and friends are encouraged to come to many masonic events.

In short, it's a fraternity, and nothing more.

Feb 08, 2016
Good point
by: Lant

Fred has raised a good point, but rather than take our word for it, here's a challenge for you, Kaitlyn.

Do some research for yourself on notable men who have been Freemaons. Actors, athletes, authors, comedians, doctors, explorers, inventors, kings and presidents, philanthropists, philosophers, scientists, soldiers - discover for yourself.

Now put together a list of men who were noted opponents of Freemasonry. It will be a short list, but check it out for yourself.

Now compare your two lists. Try to think of reasons why the one list is so long and the other so short. At the same time, compare the sorts of people on your two lists. Do you note any patterns? Make your own decision.

Good luck.

Sep 23, 2017
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