I know this is an old post but I thought I would share something that happened in our church months passed. A man whose family had been members of our church for years stood up and announce that he had been involved in the Masons (a high rank) and asked our church for prayers for strength because he had left them. This is the second time I believe he said that he had been involved with them. He is an older man and although I did think they were a little odd, I surely had no idea about that. It had been preached against on different occasions and yet he never let on...
Sadly, there are so many things many preachers won't preach the truth about any more because, apparently, they don't want to "offend" anybody (anybody who might affect their salary, that is). - We had one who would lambast cruelly and harshly from the pulpit mostly about "attendance to classes"(and then he seemed to carefully choose his Sundays to do even that) , but tolerated such things as his longtime Chairman of Deacons being a man who, together with his wife had four marriages between them, and was big in the Freemasons. My husband was a deacon there for three and a half years and that whole situation almost caused a divorce between us. I think that if he had been there another six months, he would have been fully indoctrinated with no hope of ever escaping.
I am glad to hearyou got out. I really do not know too much about about masons truthfully, but what I do know is there a dangerous cult. I use to go walking when we lived in the augusta area and I walked in front of a southern baptist church , well one day I glanced over and noticed a cornerstone with the mason symbol on it and dedicated to one of their leaders...I did think that was odd for a church.
That does sound odd about the cornerstone. If it was a Southern Baptist Church, I would think it more likely that a church may have bought an old Masonic meeting place that had been retired (?) and the stone was just simply there and couldn't easily be moved. . but I don't know.
Having said that, the SBC tolerance of the Mason (and other) organization memberships among its congregation seems to be more just a tacit indulgence of a vice by members who have a lot of financial clout in the church. . . that a hundred years ago would have gotten them disfellowshipped from the same denomination.
Oh, and my husband has never been in the Masons; I was talking about the Chairman of the Board of Deacons who was at the SBC where my husband served as just a deacon. Frankly, that particular church functioned in some ways like a cult; strange, indeed, for a Southern Baptist Church. (I tried to fight the Harry Potter craze there, spoke against those books in the womens' Sunday school class and got harpooned as just an ignorant know-nothing.) - I left there finally due to the constant bashing from the pulpit about not attending the preacher and his wife's pet classes they had going. My work picked up and I couldn't take out a day every week to attend her class (that was going fast the way of yoga and meditation techniques, though not called that by her). I had gotten to where I did not WANT any more of that. I went to his Sunday night classes for two and a half years, put up with his class on "Islam", then I'd had enough and finally, after weeks of tongue lashings from his pulpit, I left. My husband stayed there for eight more months. - Things got really bad; he was so overloaded with money-raising projects in order to finance their *star* singer at a local festival, and such as that - late Saturday night "fellowships" that the pastor couldn't attend because he had to "work", so my husband was assigned that job. - There were people there who took it very personally that we had left; and I didn't make him leave up there, in fact, I told him I would bow out so he could be free to devote all his time to that dynamic up there (which seemed to be headed in not too healthy a direction to me), if that was what he wanted.
Anyway, getting out of that situation was probably just about as hard as getting out of a lot of cult-like organizations. It has made me very skittish and disinclined to "join" any church or anything.
There are other secret organizations, other than the Masons, out there. The Grange is one www.saintsalive.com/freemasonry/grange.html You can check this out, if you're interested. I didn't read all of it -- I'm too tired to wade through it now, but thought some of you might like to sometime.
A man whose family had been members of our church for years stood up and announce that he had been involved in the Masons (a high rank) and asked our church for prayers for strength because he had left them.
PRAISE THE LORD!
Tammy, wife of Independent Baptist church-planting missionary Daniel, and mother of seven little missionaries: Jessica (11 yrs), Jillian (10 yrs), Joseph (8 yrs), Johanna (6 yrs), John Benjamin (4 yrs), Joel (2 yrs) and Jeannette Abigail (4 mos).
A really good book that deals with this and other agendas of the Illuminati is "Apollyon Rising: 2012 by Thomas (Tom) Horn. Excellent reading!!!! I guarantee that after you read it, you will never look at America or our founding fathers the same way again. Also, another great book by Horn and Cris Putnam is "Petrus Romanus - The Final Pope is Here". This last one is pretty deep in a few spots and some I had to just gloss over, the the information in both of these books is outstanding.
My church forbids membership in the freemasons, though I was told it was because they were a "secret society".
It is a secret society and one that's not well regarded for a variety of reasons by God-fearing disciples. So many reasons in fact they won't be gone into here. Let's just say that our focus on Christ is a better way to spend our time than dwelling on evil.