A Letter of Resignation To Leave Freemasonry
To the Master, Officers, and Members
It is with regret that I submit my resignation from your Lodge, and from all Masonic bodies. I have taken this step in spite of the fact that I value very much the friendships and associations I have developed within Masonry over the years. However, One whom I love more than all of you has said, “He that loveth father or mother more than me is not worthy of me: and he that loveth son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me” (Matthew 10:37).
Those who call themselves Christians and believe in the name of Jesus are called to that kind of radical discipleship. If I am to be true to my Lord, Who loved me and gave Himself for me, then I must keep His commandments. If I am called to love Him more than my own family, how much more am I called to love him more than friends and fraternal brothers?
Unfortunately, in spite of the fraternal love I bear you all, I find that in following Jesus Christ, I must sever my ties with all forms of the Masonic fraternity. This is no reflection upon you, or upon the many good things that Masonry does. It is simply the fact that Masonry does not honor Jesus Christ as the Almighty God who came in the flesh to save us from our sins.
Our Lord said that, “He that is not with me is against me; and he that gathereth not with me scattereth abroad” Matthew 12:30).
Masonry refuses to confess Jesus before men, and Jesus has warned that, “Whosoever therefore shall confess me before men, him will I confess also before my Father which is in heaven. Buy whosoever shall deny me before men, him will I also deny before my Father which is in heaven” (Matthew 10:32-33).
Anything which presents itself as a moral or religious institution and yet does not confess Christ as God is denying Jesus! I’m deeply sorry, brothers, but I cannot be a part of such a thing.
Masonry establishes itself as a complement to one’s church, which sounds fine. Masonry has prayers, rituals and solemn ceremonies in which the authority of the Bible is invoked. The Lodge is not secular, but religious. But in my study of the Bible, it seems clear that Masonry asks us, as Masons, to do things contrary to Biblical teachings.
For example, Jesus commands us to teach all nations” (Matthew 28:19-20) and to Preach the gospel to everyone (Mark 16:15), yet Masonic etiquette forbids me as a Christian from sharing my Savior with my non-Christian Lodge brothers. I must stand by politely and watch them go to hell, “for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved” (Acts 4:12). Who am I to obey, my Lord or my Lodge?
The very Bible which sits on the altar commands these things. It is one -of the “three great lights” of Masonry, and yet you ignore its teachings for the sake of harmony!
Jesus also commands us not to swear oaths (Matthew 5:34-37) and His sovereign command is echoed by James (5:12). Yet the taking of solemn oaths is at the very heart of Masonic degree work. My brothers, these things ought not to be! Finally, the apostle Paul commands that believers in Jesus Christ be “…not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness?” (II Corinthians 6:14).
I take my Masonic obligations very seriously, and for that very reason, I realize the cable-tow was a powerful yoke which bound me to many Masons who do not worship the true God or His Son Jesus, however sincere they may be in their devotions. I must take the commands of my God more seriously. To remain in Masonry is to compromise my fellowship with Jesus Who died for me.
I realize that whatever benefits Masonry has, they cannot possibly be compared with the joys of full friendship with the Almighty Lord of the Universe Who died that I might live, and Who loves all Masons, as I do, even though they allow Him no place in their ceremonies.
You, my brothers, must decide for yourselves what you will do with the god of Masonry, but “as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.” Joshua 24:15)
Thus, I respectfully serve notice of my total and final demiture from the Masonic Lodge and all of its orders and degrees.
God bless you as you seek His will in this important matter.
In Christian love,