© 1991 by William Schnoebelen
Reproduced by permission
from "Masonry: Beyond The Light"
You can tell a great deal about a religion by its god, and this
is one of the central questions which must be analyzed in
comparing Free-masonry with Christianity. Does the "God" of
Free-masonry resemble the God of the Bible?
It is difficult to learn the name of the deity of Masonry, since
it is a closely guarded secret! To outsiders, the god of the
Lodge is usually referred to as "The Great Architect of the
Universe" (or T.G.A.O.T.U.). That sounds alright, if a bit
vague. This is, sadly, exactly how it is intended to sound.
The blandness of the titles of the Masonry's god diminishes
as the degrees climb. As in most secret societies, the revealed
material gets more bizarre as you get further into the club. As
an example, in the first prayer the candidate hears, deity is
addressed as "Almighty Father of the Universe." Throughout the lower
degrees, the deity is addressed either as "God" (as when the candidate swears
his oath by saying, "so
help me God...", or as T...G...A...O...T...U...
As one progresses higher into the degrees, the nature of God begins
to take on a less soothing quality. The closest description I can
think of is generic foods in the supermarket. The god of Masonry
is a "generic" god. His label is blank, so if you want to write in
Allah or Krishna or even Satan, you could do so and no Mason could
This is obviously "God-to-the-lowest-common-denominator." The Masonic
authority, Albert Mackey put it this way:
"Be assured, that God is equally present with the pious Hindu in
the temple, the
Jew in the synagogue, the Mohammedan in the mosque, and the Christian
in the church."
One could just as logically add to Mackey's thought by saying
that this "god" is equally present to the satanist in his coven
as he cuts the heart out of a child.
Lest the Mason think
that such a statement is
absurd, let us see just how discriminating the authorities
are about the nature of the god they worship. Henry W. Coil,
the most highly regarded Masonic scholar states:
The Masonic test is a Supreme Being and any qualification
added is an innovation. Monotheism has been espoused as
the sole religious dogma of Free-masonry by some authors. This
obviously violates Masonic principles, for it requires belief
in a specific kind of supreme deity.
Thus, if you tell the satanist that he cannot be a Mason because
his supreme being, the devil, isn't up to snuff, you are in
violation of "Masonic principles."
When I applied for Lodge membership, I was a witch, and attended an
I was stupid enough to think the witch god, Lucifer, was the
Supreme Being, the father of Jesus. So when two Masons came
calling to check me out as a candidate, and asked me if I believed
in God, I said yes, without hesitation, knowing that my god was Lucifer.
I was welcomed into the Lodge with open arms, and remained there
for nine years. During that time none of my "Christian brothers" ever
witnessed to me about Jesus. That would have been bad Masonic etiquette!
After a couple of years, I met two high ranking Masons who were
also worshippers of Lucifer. One was a famous ritualist in the
York Rite, and one was a Master of a Lodge.
This generic god is obviously a god with whom everyone can be
comfortable, except Bible believers! He is a god who offends no one.
However, is this broad-minded "man upstairs" the right God, the Biblical God?
The God of the Judeo-Christian heritage is not some blank slate
upon which you can trace the form of whatever idol you like. He is
very clearly described in the Bible. From Mt. Sinai, He thunders:
"I am the LORD thy God, which have brought thee out of the land of Egypt,
out of the house of bondage. Thou shalt have no other gods before me"
Later in the Ten Commandments, He warns:
"Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them (other gods), nor serve them:
for I the LORD thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the
fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them
that hate me" (Exodus 20:5).
Imagine the colorless god of the Lodge being jealous? It just
doesn't wash. The God we quoted is not pleased to be identified with
He insists throughout the Bible that He is the only true God and
He will tolerate the worship of no other deity. (Deuteronomy 6:4,
Isaiah 43:10, 44:6-8, I Timothy 2:5).