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

Practical Theology Discussions: Freemasonry in Christianity — Is there room on the pew?
And so goes the lastest exchange with Pastor Buice.

My response to his latest tirade against Freemasons.

Pastor Josh, From the Widow’s Son site you proposed the question “Can you disprove the Holy Bible? I am waiting…….” No, but it cannot be proven either. The questions is do you accept it as a literal translation or as allegorical? the “eye-witness” accounts you claim are not eye witness reports, as we know them to be today. They are written testimony, in some cases many years old, coming from someone who knew someone. Far from trustworthy

Pastor Josh, there is no doubt that you have deep faith, and put the Bible before all else. But what may be right for you and your faith may not be right for someone else. Freemasonry offers no threat to you or your congregation yet you rail against it as if it were Satan manifest in your pulpit.

Freemasonry is “a system of morality, comprised of allegory and symbol”. Symbol, not literal. Hiram Abif did not resurrect, he is not a “stand-in” for Christ. If some people believe that, then perhaps they are simple minded. But Freemasonry stands as a unit to facilitate communication with other people, not shut them out. Taking a stance of isolationism and intolerance towards any group only fosters hate.

If your message is of hate and disunity, then it is coming through loud and clear. One point to consider is that not every Christian may see God like you do. They may not pray like you, they may not speak in tongues like you do. But to call them wrong and propose banning them from your congregation is intolerant and hateful. Is that the message Jesus wants you to go out? Is that a Christian ethos? Would the early church of shunned the Roman soldier who was a Dionysian, but curious of the word of Jesus? Probably not because there would of been no humanly compiled bible to tell them what to do.

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~ by Greg on February 1, 2006.

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