Is it wrong to be a Mason?
In our view, yes. Paul, under Divine direction, wrote:
"But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto youthan that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed" (Galatians 1:8).
Masons, when elevated to the Master Mason level, undergo intensive study anddiscussion of religion and the salvation of man. As part of thatinculcation, a character named Hiram Abiff is portrayed as a Christ-likefigure who is at the center of the Mason's view of the salvation process.Hiram Abiff, in the portrayal, exhibits many of the characteristics andactions of Jesus in the Bible accounts.
Hiram Abiff, for example, is virgin born, and dies and is resurrected toredeem Masonic adherents who accept the salvation premise depicted.Therefore, Masonry teaches that Jesus is not unique. Jesus is a savior forChristians and Krishna is a savior for Hindus, while HiramAbiff is a savior for Masons. The Meaning of Masonry, by Lynn Perkins,clarifies the teaching:
"Therefore Masonry teaches that redemption and salvation are both the powerand the responsibility of the individual Mason. Saviors like Hiram Abiff canand do show the way, but men must always follow and demonstrate, each forhimself, his power to save himself, to build his own spiritual fabric in hisown time and way. Every man in essence is his own savior and redeemer; forif he does not save himself, he will not be saved. The reader who succeedsin getting back to the real teachings of the masters, including Jesus ofNazareth, will find unanimity of thinking on this matter" (page 95).
The fact that Masonry teaches its own version of redemption and salvation isalso documented on page 96 of Manual of the Lodge, by Albert Mackey.About the Blessed name of Jesus Christ, God's Word says:
"Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name underheaven given among men, whereby we must be saved" (Acts 4:12).