Practical Theology Discussions: Freemasonry in Christianity — Is there room on the pew?

Practical Theology Discussions: Freemasonry in Christianity — Is there room on the pew?
A 2nd response to pastor Josh Buice of Van Buren Baptist Chirch, who is an evangelical passionate preacher. You can read his arguement against Freemasonry at the link above.

My 2nd response:
How does this square with proselytizing to non Christians? 2 Corinthians 6:14: Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness?
15: And what concord hath Christ with Belial? or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel?

I think in taking a position to “not-associate” with non-Christians, you close the door any any peace or progression as a human race. As for Acts 12, I don’t see the connection? An angel of God killing Herod?

Looking at 2 Timothy:16: All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness. I agree with this, but argue that the WORD has been given through human agents corruptible by sin. From the original word, to now, how can you say that it is irrefutable besides “faith alone”?

Quoting john 1:1:1: In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. True, but delivered though human agents. Remember this is the same church that let you buy salvation, so how can you say their custody of the word was infallible?

To answer your earlier question to me, I am a higher degree Freemason, and have witnessed the upper “more advance” degrees. One thing you should know is that there is no degree higher than the 3rd, and everything after that is simply “more education”. In participating these higher degrees, there has been no disrespectful practice towards God, Jesus, or Christianity. An irony here is the VOLUME of western/Christian education in it. But again, you would use the words of others to damn it and not investigate it yourself.

Quoting you: “When you are made to have TOLERANCE toward false religions, false gods, and other cults – it brings dishonor to the true and living God.” How do you live in a country with many faiths? Is it your goal and purpose to change all of those faiths to the SBC’s? So then, using your quote, would you say that you are intolerant then? Would you protest a synagogue moving in next door to your church?

In the end, intolerance leads to hate, violence and murder, so I ask you which is a better path? Do not let yourself be blinded by your faith, and look deeper to what it is you believe in relationship to the world around you. Freemasonry, in many ways, offers that perspective, that there are other things out there, that they are not evil, and that they believe in a God too, just not YOUR God.

Blinding your eyes to other peoples or calling them wrong will only lead to disaster and is irresponsible as a leader.

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~ by Greg on January 27, 2006.

One Response to “Practical Theology Discussions: Freemasonry in Christianity — Is there room on the pew?”

  1. Great post, Bro. Greg. Pastor Josh seems to be a little bit, uh, strident in his beliefs. Seems to want to exclude everyone who doesn’t think exactly like he does. I’ve looked around his site a bit — he’s as down on divorced people, for example, as he is on Freemasons.

    An interesting side note: I found a website of devout Christians who claim that anyone who attends or has attended any Southern Baptist Convention seminary – including and ESPECIALLY the one Pastor Josh attennds in Kentucky — is guilty of the sin of “psycho-heresy”! They use 1 Corinthians 2:5, which says to not rely on “man’s wisdom,” to justify their abhorrance of anything related to psychology, including Christian counseling.

    The point is not whether I agree or disagree, but rather, that even among fundamentalist Christians, there is no agreement on right or wrong — as I wrote at Burning Taper, “one man’s heresy is another man’s truth.”

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