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Do You Know This Organization?
There is an organization that does all these things: it’s called “Masonry!”
But the scripture says not to be unequally yoked with unbelievers. If a Christian takes the great commission seriously, he cannot be comfortable in an organization that forbids witnessing to unbelievers.
Satan is doing his best to bring about the one world religion that is spoken of in Revelation 17. He is using many mechanisms. The pope is claiming that Jews, Christians and Muslims all worship the same god.
Apparitions of the Virgin Mary goddess are appearing more frequently to members of all religions. She is posing as the female goddess common to all religions.
Bible versions are moving toward a text that will be acceptable by all religions. (See New Age Bible Versions by Riplinger.) Christianity Today Magazine claims that there are 3.5 million churches worldwide. But only 7 percent of them are “evangelistic.” Hopefully, these are “soul winners” whose main focus would be the great commission.
All the rest are caught up in some form of ecumenism. One recent meeting included leaders from 34 church groups in the U.S. They formed a new organization whose mission was to “strengthen our Christian witness in the world.” But the first item on their agenda was to fight poverty, not soul winning.
Soul winning is directly opposed to ecumenism. Jesus was not ecumenical. Part of the modern ecumenical teaching is that the Jews have another way to God. Jesus did not agree with that. He said that everyone had to come to the Father through Him (John 14:6). He told the Jews who rejected Him that they could not escape the “damnation of hell.” (See Matt. 23)
One United Methodist pastor/professor in California summed it up: “I…feel comfortable, that my way is the right way to God for me. When we get to the place where I can sit here with a rabbi and an imam (Muslim) and a Buddhist and all of us can start by saying ‘My way is the right way to God for me,’ my faith is stronger because of that.”
Jesus did not leave room for us to choose “the right way to God for me.” He said, “I am the way…” We either believe that and obey the great commission or descend into ecumenical mush.
Masonry is just another form of ecumenism. Each Lodge member is left to find the right way to God —for him. This cancels any opportunity for soul winning. The new tract, The Unwelcome Guest, illustrates the subtle trap of the Lodge. It requires an oath that denies Jesus. It sucks away a man’s focus on his family and church responsibilities. It opens the door to the demonic. And it closes the door to effective soul winning.
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