Freemasonry: What Christian Churches Really Think!

Presbyterian Church of America
“No one shall be received into membership into a PCA church who is a member of a Masonic organisation. Present members of a church in the PCA who are members of a Masonic organisation will be given a period of one year to read the report of the Committee to Study Freemasonry, pray and consider their membership in the Order in light of the clear statement of incompatibility of Freemasonry with Biblical Christianity. After said year, they will be allowed to resign membership or become the subject of formal church discipline.”
(Adopted by the General Assembly of PCA, April 15-16, 1988).

Appendix R concludes with the statement: “…the desire of some Christians to be members of Freemasonry is symptomatic of a deeper problem in the church.”

Orthodox Presbyterian Church
“The committee finds that the evidence presented concerning the religion of Masonry permits but one conclusion… that Masonry is a religious institution and as such is definitely anti-Christian… membership in the Masonic fraternity is inconsistent with Christianity.”
(Official OPC publication, “Christ or the Lodge, pps. 22,23).

Christian Reformed Church of America
“The lodge member who desires to become a member of the church must be kindly but firmly shown that membership in the lodge and in the church of Jesus Christ involves a double commitment which our Lord himself does not tolerate. Those in the church who affiliate with the Lodge must be shown the error of their way, and if they refuse to repent must be placed under the censure of the Church.”
(Acts of the Synod, C.R.C.A., 1974)

Church of Scotland
“In our view total obedience to Christ precludes joining any organisation such as the Masonic movement which seems to demand a wholehearted allegiance to itself, and at the same time refuses to divulge all that is involved in that allegiance prior to joining… The initiate is required to commit himself to Masonry in a way that a Christian only should commit himself to Christ.”
(COS Panel on Doctrine, 1965)

The Free Church of Scotland
“… in the minds of the committee, according to their interpretations of the Scriptures, membership of Freemasonry… is inconsistent with a profession of the Christian faith.”

The Baptist Union of Scotland
“… The important question is not whether Freemasonry is itself a religion, but whether the undoubted religious elements in it can be accepted by a committed Christian without the danger of compromising the Christian faith. We do not find the argument convincing. The question arises, Why should a Christian for whom Jesus Christ is the fullness of God and who knows Him as Saviour and Lord wish to belong to a movement whose members when they worship together do not offer Christian worship?

…The clear conclusion we have reached from our enquiry is that there is an inherent incompatibility between Freemasonry and the Christian faith.”
(B.U.S. report 1987, endorsed by the Baptist Union of Great Britain and Ireland, and reprinted by the Baptist Union of New Zealand.)

Church of England
“There are a number of very fundamental reasons to question the compatibility of Freemasonry with Christianity.”
(High Anglican Church of England Synod, official publication “Freemasonry & Christianity: Are They Compatible?” page 40, July 1987).

Russian Orthodox Church
“The Church does not worship the god that is worshipped in Masonic temples… Masonry is a spiritual disease and is a rival of the Church as a moral guide. It declares that it is not a religion and yet claims to be religious… Since Masonry rejects the divinity of Jesus Christ and places Him on an equal level with founders of other religions, every Christian should stop and realise the implications of Masonry to his Christian faith.”
(“Masonry or Christ”, an official publication of the Russian Orthodox Church.)

Methodist Church of England
“There is a great danger that the Christian who becomes a Freemason will find himself compromising his Christian beliefs or his allegiance to Christ, perhaps without realising what he is doing.”
(M.C.E. official statement, August 1985. They went on to forbid any Masonic meetings or services in any Methodist properties.)

Lutheran Church
“Masonry is guilty of idolatry. Its worship and prayers are idol worship. The Masons may not with their hands have made an idol out of gold, silver, wood or stone, but they created one with their own mind and reason out of purely human thoughts and ideas. The latter is an idol no less than the former.”
Report of the Lutheran Church “The Northwestern Lutheran,” p. 281 31/8/1958

Roman Catholic Church
“The principles and basic rituals of Masonry embody a naturalistic religion, active participation in which is incompatible with Christian faith and practice. Those who knowingly embrace such principles are committing serious sin… In depth research on the ritual and on the Masonic mentality makes it clear that it impossible to belong to the Catholic Church and to Freemasonry at the same time.”
(National Catholic Conference of Bishops report, June 10, 1985.)

Let us run quickly through a list of Christian denominations which have recorded publicly their opposition to Freemasonry:

  • The world bodies of The Salvation Army
  • Greek Orthodox
  • Lutheran
  • Methodist
  • Presbyterian
  • Mennonite
  • Nazarene
  • Churches of Christ
  • Most Pentecostal churches
  • Brethren Assemblies
  • The Church of England
  • The Free Church of Scotland
  • British Methodists
  • The Baptist Union of Scotland, whose report has been endorsed and published by New Zealand, British and Irish Baptist Unions.

In June 1993 the Southern Baptists of America agreed that “Masonry is pagan, unscriptural and in conflict with basic Christian beliefs.” Despite this, they still compromised their report, probably for fear of loss of revenue from Masons who might resign or stop giving. Such manipulative tactics have been used quite often and only confirm that such men cannot be walking with Jesus Christ. Due to the positions of control which some Masons hold in some denominations, discussion on this vexed issue has been avoided or stifled.

Freemasons in New Zealand and elsewhere sometimes point to the Committee of the Presbyterian Church of N.Z., in whose 1987 report are the following words: “We are convinced that for these men, Freemasonry is not a religion, and its rituals do not offer a way of earning a standing with God.” That subjective opinion does not state that Christians believe that statement, but rather that Freemasons do. That isn’t evidence, any more than asking a drunk if alcohol is alright. The facts are that this Report of less than three pages (not much when they had twelve months to study the subject) proposed either making a more thorough study of Freemasonry, or; to simply accept the report and let everyone make up their own minds on the subject. It was, and remains, a whitewash.

In every case where a Christian denomination has seriously studied Freemasonry, the result has been universal condemnation of the Lodge. In spite of such overwhelming opposition from Christians, there are still some in Lodges who persist in proclaiming that Christians can still be Freemasons. Such people may deceive themselves and a few others, but the evidence says otherwise.