Upon entry into initiation of Secret Societies, they require reciting oaths to swear in. The Bible says not to swear by anything on heaven or on earth. So are Masons violating the scriptures? Some defend that Masons are Christian. Let’s look at the Oaths and determine for yourself.
Freemason Oath. A Mason can only be initiated upon invitation by another vetted Masonic member. They must believe in a higher power, ie some Deity. And can come in upon the swearing under their God.
The subtle rituals and initiation of Freemasonry enables the initiate to not seer his conscious by offering him a fellowship with other men, while maintaining his belief in God. Religion is not considered the purpose, therefore the rituals are for uniting and fellowship rather than worship, according to leaders.
The wording is cunningly crafted as not to violate his own personal oaths, while also swearing to the Fellowship of the fraternity. In the initiation steps, the initiate makes sworn promises. This violates scripture that tells not to swear to anything by earth, and to make your yes be yes and no be no. Also if the Fellowship comprises of other faiths, then the initiate is making oaths to uneven yolk, fellowshipping light with darkness.
Here are the basis of the oaths. You can determine yourself if it is worthy of Christian acceptance.
In the first three initiate degrees (Blue Lodge), the initiate asks for Light, then for further light, then more light, and recites these as their oath:
Apprentice: “To all of which I do most solemnly and
sincerely promise and swear, without the least equivocation, mental reservation, or self evasion of mind in me whatever; binding myself under no less penalty than to have my throat cut across, my tongue torn out by the roots, and my body buried in the rough sands of the sea at low water-mark, where the tide ebbs and flows twice in twenty-hours; so help me God, and keep me steadfast in the due performance of the same.”
Fellow Craft: “To all which I do most solemnly and sincerely promise and swear without the least hesitation, mental reservation, or self evasion of mind in me whatever; binding myself under no less penalty than to have my left breast torn open and my heart and vitals taken from thence and thrown over my left shoulder and carried into the valley of Jehosaphat, there to become a prey to the wild beasts of the field, and vulture of the air, if ever I should prove willfully guilty of violating any part of this my solemn oath or obligation of a Fellow Craft Mason; so help me God, and keep me steadfast in the due performance of the same.”
Master: “Furthermore do I promise and swear that if any part of my solemn oath or obligation be omitted at this time, that I will hold myself amenable thereto whenever informed. To all which I do most sincerely promise and swear, with a fixed and steady purpose of mind in me to keep and perform the same, binding myself under no less penalty than to have my body severed in two in the midst, and divided to the north and south, my bowels burnt to ashes in the center, and the ashes scattered before the four winds of heaven, that there might not the least track or trace of remembrance remain among men. or Masons, of so vile and perjured a wretch as I should be, were I ever to prove willfully guilty of violating any part of this my solemn oath or obligation of a Master Mason. So help me God, and keep me steadfast in the duo, performance of the same.”
The Blue Lodge is the basic initiate as a full-fledged mason. yet there are ongoing degrees of advancement. It is within these degrees that one is further being revealed the secrets of the Craft and of its symbolic meaning and symbols of the Blue Lodge.
The York Rite tends to bring a more Christian tone, and some claim it is the more authentic branch. Others follow the Scottish Rite that has a deeper and darker tone. While the York Rite may not consider the writers of Freemasonry, they have been the forerunners of the Order and their writers honored in the Masonic Libraries. That of Albert Pike, Albert Mackey, and Manly P. Hall, which have been the leading contributors of the secrets of Masonry. And it is they who contend that Masonry is a religion and that every Lodge is a Temple of religion. It is also they were reveal the “LIGHT” in which the initiate seeks, while entered up the facade of his own god, will soon understand that their god is submitted to Lucifer as the Light.
Captain Morgan, “Illustrations of Freemasonry,” 1869