FREEMASONRY VS ORTHODOXY
Jesus Christ came into the world to save the race of man, and to enlighten the entire human race, for mankind was imprisoned and in the captivity of darkness, this darkness was ruled over by the prince of darkness, the Devil. His moral darkness leads to every evil, idolatry, murder, dishonesty, wars, robbery, fornication and human sacrifices. However, as the darkness of night is overcome by the rising of the sun, so Jesus, the moral Sun, arose upon the world in order to do battle with the perpetrator of all evil, the prince of this moral darkness which enveloped mankind. This would be a life and death struggle, leading to the establishment of Christ’ Kingdom on earth through His Church, which would draw people into His heavenly Kingdom.
The cost of this battle cannot be calculated, for Christ our God, knew that He came into the world to do good to man, healing deaf and mute, giving sight to the blind, cleansing lepers, casting out demons, raising paralytics, and raising the dead. His battle plan was to submit to every evil inflicted on Him, to suffer any torment, to voluntarily die, and permanently seal His victory by His third day Resurrection. He clearly demonstrated His divinity, but allowed the Devil’s minions to arrest Him as a common criminal, to adorn Him in a purple robe of mockery, to smite Him, scourge Him, spit on
Him, and crown Him with thorns. They decided that He, the Lifegiver was unworthy of life, and they crucified Him, mocking and deriding Him, until He died on the Cross. They did not know that His death being voluntary, would be the decisive victory, for being innocent He did not deserve death. By His death, He won the battle which He came into the world to engage in. Christ is victorious for being put to death in the flesh unjustly. He overthrew the dominion of the Devil, and received from the Father, all authority and power in heaven and on earth.
Christ formed a brotherhood of men, under the Father in heaven, and this began with His twelve disciples, who had abandoned sin and evil works, and became holy as Christ is holy.
However, Freemasonry is a mixture of social club and religion, being a secret organization, members worship the same God – the great architect of the universe GATU. They consider any religion to be acceptable, and compete with Christ for the souls of men, leading them not to heaven, but to destruction. They honor a god who is not the Holy Trinity, nor do they honor Jesus Christ as God but only as a man.
Freemasonry made itself a brotherhood of men, under the Great Architect, and contains members from every form of Christianity and from religions outside of Christianity. Masons recognize each other as brothers, regardless of beliefs or morality. They believe that all religions contain different views on what is true. Therefore, an Orthodox Christian cannot be faithful to Orthodoxy and Freemasonry. Christ says: “No man can have two masters.”
The Orthodox Faith has not changed since the time of Christ and the Apostles. Christ is the Son of God and the Son of the Virgin, perfect God and perfect man. He is the Truth who came down from heaven. He is the Resurrection and the Life of all mankind. Orthodox Christians cannot share their faith with Christ and Freemasonry.
Christ came down from heaven and formed a brotherhood of all mankind under the Fatherhood of God. Christ did everything in the open and hid nothing. Freemasonry does many things in secret and threatens its members with fearful oaths, if they reveal these secrets. Christ clearly says: “I am the Light of the world; whoever follows me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life. Freemasonry believes that it is the light of the world and that all non-masons walk in darkness. Initiates must declare that they are in darkness in order to get the light of Freemasonry.
Freemasonry does not claim that it came down from heaven, and it certainly does not, for it is in direction opposition to the doctrine and teaching of Jesus Christ. What can be more of a contradiction of Christ, than an Orthodox Christian who is initiated into Freemasonry, and submits to this in his initiation: “In the first degree, each candidate is instructed, ‘You have been in darkness, and now seek to be brought to light.’” Freemasonry is of this world and cannot offer any future hope, except separation from the true God and the true Faith.
Jesus Christ is the only Light of the world, the only Savior of mankind, who remains true even if only a few accept Him and the majority rejects Him. In fact, this is what Jesus predicted in this prophecy: “Enter at the narrow gate, for wide is the gate, and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and many are they which go there, because restricted is the gate and narrow is the way, which leads to life, and few are they which find it” (Mat. 7:13-14).
We Orthodox Christians who worship the true God, glorify our Savior saying: “Glory to you who has shown us the light . . . And after Holy Communion, we sing: we have seen the true light; we have received the heavenly Spirit; we have found the true faith; worshiping the undivided Trinity who has saved us.”
Concerning our Faith in Christ, St. Paul says: “For there is one God and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus who gave himself as a ransom for all men” (Tim. 2:5).
Freemasonry has the right under law to exist, and increase its membership, however, Orthodox Christians, in belonging to the Freemasons violate their faith in Christ, our sacred Creed, and the Church, so if any of them wish salvation and eternal life, they must first abandon Freemasonry, and its false claim to be a brighter light than Christ who alone is the Light of the world!
Not only Freemasonry, but similar brotherhoods fall under the same condemnation. It would be prudent to find out what you join and how it affects your relationship with the true God, Father Son and Holy Spirit.