Saturday, September 26, 2020
Monday, September 21, 2020
The normally reclusive Gary Ablett, retired champion Australian rules football star, posted a video outlining his views on the Coronavirus, calling it a conspiracy. The video itself runs for 25 minutes. He blames the pandemic on the Illuminati and the Freemasons. I find these theories interesting at an academic level, but let me make this clear; I am not a conspiracist.
On the other hand, none of the Christian commentary I have seen in response to this video, such as from a well known Pentecostal pastor, has mentioned Freemasonry. Take the Masonic lodge out of Ablett's conspiracy scenario, and from a Christian point of view, it is still a problematic organisation.
Initiates are required to take oaths and invoke curses upon themselves if they break these obligations. Having read the text of these oaths, which I do not want to quote from here, it is clear that they are highly occultic. It goes without saying that Christians need to stay well away from this stuff (Deuteronomy 18:9-12, Acts 19:18, 1 Corinthians 6:9-10, Galatians 5:20, Revelation 21:8).
Another objection is that it requires Christians to worship the God of the Bible as The Great Architect. They do not worship the one true God. This is idolatry, which the Bible consistently condemns, warning both the ancient Israelites and the early Christians against it (Genesis 35:2, Deuteronomy 10:20, 13:4, Joshua 24:14, Judges 2:13, 10:6, 1 Samuel 7:3, Matthew 4:10, Luke 4:8, 1 Corinthians 10:14, Galatians 5:20, Colossians 3:5, 1 Peter 4:30). These warnings are just as applicable today.
Lastly, as the authors of a report into Freemasonry prepared by the Presbyterian Church of Victoria, Australia, Masonic teachings on salvation are at odds with those of Christianity. In Christianity, it is unequivocal that peace with God can only be found through faith in Christ (Acts 4:12), and through the experience of the regenerating power of the Holy Spirit. Masonic literature asserts that:
"by our own actions we can be pure in God’s sight and ascend to heaven. By acting in accordance in the laws of the Divine creator, Masons believe that we can gain entrance at death into the Grand Lodge above “where the Great Architect lives and reigns forever.”
In other words, the Freemason can earn their salvation by living a righteous life as defined by Masonic teachings.
Even if Freemasonry is not involved in any global conspiracies, its requiring members to take oaths, promoting idolatrous worship of a false god, and a works based system of salvation that excludes or marginalises Jesus Christ places it in direct conflict with Christianity.
Wednesday, September 16, 2020
Monday, September 14, 2020
Sunday, September 13, 2020
This is what justice looks like in Iran these days, where innocent people such as the wrestler Navid Afkari are found guilty of murder, and executed by the state.