An Historical Perspective Of Freemasonry
Glendon W. Cantrell, Sr.
Lets take a look at a brief history of Freemasonry.
Albert G. Mackey says, Freemasonry has no way of reaching any
of the esoteric (intended for or understood by only a particular
group1) teachings of the Order except through the medium
of a legend or a symbol.2
A legend differs from a historical story that is handed
down in that it has no documentary evidence to prove its
authenticity. The symbol is an expression of an idea that has been
derived from comparing or contrasting some object with a moral
conception or attitude.3 These are the two methods of
instruction in Freemasonry but there is really no vast difference
between the two methods. Both the legend and the symbol relate to
dogmas of a deep religious character for the Mason. Both of them
convey moral sentiments in the same peculiar method, and both of
them are designed by this method to illustrate the philosophy of
Speculative Masonry.4 This has all been said because the
origin and history of Freemasonry is founded on both legend and
Mackey says the legendary aspects of the origin of
Masonry as a craft goes back to the days when our prehistoric
ancestors learned to pile stone upon stone and sealing them into a
sheltering wall with mud.5 But, just because someone
long ago practiced the art of brick laying does not mean they were
Freemasons. There are many who practice the craft of masonry today
who have no dealings whatsoever with Freemasonry. But, it is true,
Freemasonry has its roots in the craft of masonry. All present
Lodges and Grand Lodges of the World historically go back to
England, Ireland and Scotland. The accounts of the beginning of the
Fraternity in those countries in the early history of Freemasonry
were organizations of craftsmen who erected the stone cathedrals,
abbeys and castles of old England and Scotland.
According to their legends during those early beginnings,
the Masonic Institution was divided into two divisions. Those among
the Jewish descendants of the patriarchs were called, for
distinction purposes, Noachites. They were descendants of Noah and
so called because they had, supposedly, not abandoned the teachings
of their great ancestor. Freemasonry practiced among the pagan
nations was called Spurious. The two were supposedly united during
the reign of king Solomon and the Tyrians under Hiram, King of
Tyre, and Hiram Abif.
Mackey says no one knows when and where our modern
institution of Freemasonry had its beginning. The actual history of
Freemasonry in its present form, it is claimed, goes back to the
year 1599 A.D. according to the date of the oldest lodge records in
Scotland. However, the dates of the most ancient lodge records in
England only go back to 1700 A.D. However, Mackey goes on to say
that there are certain legends, authenticated by ancient
manuscripts, known as the Old Charges, which prove that Freemasonry
existed in Scotland and England as far back as 1388.6
Modern Freemasonry is generally considered to have begun
in 1717 when four Lodges in London united to form what was
afterward called the Grand Lodge of England. In 1751, the Masons in
London, who were mostly Irish, rebelled against the original Grand
lodge and set up one of their own. Their reason for this claim was
that the older body had departed from the ancient landmarks. After
separating, they called themselves Ancients claiming they
held to the original principles, and termed the members of the
original Grand Lodge Moderns. Later on the Ancients were
sometimes called Atholl Masons because the Duke of Atholl was Grand
Master for a long period of time.7
The history of Freemasonry in America goes back to the
original colonies. Both the Atholl Grand Lodge and the Grand Lodge
of England chartered Lodges in the Colonies. The first lodge to
meet in America met at the Tun Tavern in Philadelphia. The first
Lodge to receive a charter of constitution from Great Britain was
originally called the First Lodge (now St. Johns Lodge). It
was formed in Boston, Massachusetts in 1733 by Henry Price under
the authority of the Grand Lodge of London. At the outbreak of the
Revolution, there were seven provincial grand masters in the
colonies and approximately 100 lodges. St. Andrews Lodge in Boston
was the most noted because of its colorful composition and
patriotic activity.8 Today about half of the Grand
Jurisdictions in the United States style themselves A. F. and A. M.
(Ancient Free and Accepted Masons) because they were formed from
Lodges chartered by the Moderns.
Freemasonry has been resisted throughout the world. This
persecution reached its culmination in several European countries
during the third and forth decades of the 20th century. Italy,
Spain, and Portugal were greatly involved in the persecution at
that time. The persecution goes even further back by almost two
centuries with the papal edict of 1738. In 1923, the Fascist Grand
Council of Francisco Franco expelled all Freemasons from its
membership. This was followed by violence throughout Italy until
1926 when the state appropriated the building of the Grand Orient
of Italy, and all the Masonic Lodges were dissolved. In 1928 The
Grand Orient of Spain was closed and a large number of Freemasons
were imprisoned and some even executed for no other reason other
than they were Freemasons. When Franco arrived at Madrid, the Grand
Orient went into exile in Mexico. In 1929 a special tribunal
suppressed Freemasonry and mere membership was declared a crime.
Other nations such as Hungary and Germany also persecuted
Many of our early leaders in America were members of a
lodge for political reasons. This is one reason why many business
and professional people today find it expedient to be Masons.
Today, Freemasonry has a free hand in America because of the very
nature of this great nation. However, there are many who do not
believe in Freemasonry. Many are willing to stand-up and expose
it for what it is, a false religion leading people away from God
and our Lord Jesus Christ.
Freemasonry claims to be a religious institution and one
that all men can unite in and have hope of eternal life in heaven.
If that be the case, it should be able to stand up to the test of
comparison with what the Bible says regarding the church, the
Lords acceptable institution of salvation. The institution
through which Jesus Christ our Lord saves is His church (Eph. 5:22-
27). He promised to save His church. He did not promise to save any
other religious institution. He has not promised to save
1) Christ is the founder of the church/kingdom of the New
Testament (Matt. 16:13-19). No one knows who founded Freemasonry.
2) Christ, the founder of the church, was born in
Bethlehem Ephratah in the days of the Roman Caesars (Micah 5:2;
Daniel 2:44; Luke 2:1-14). Where was the founder of Freemasonry
3) The word of the Lord would go forth from Zion or
Jerusalem (Isa. 2:3; Mark 9:1; Acts 1:4-8) not from Scotland,
Ireland or England.
4) The Lords house, the church (I Tim. 3:15), is
exalted above every other religious institution that men might
design (Isa. 2:2). There is no other institution on earth wherein
men may find eternal life than in Jesus Christ and His church. It
doesnt matter whether it is Jewish, Islamic,
Denominationalism, Hindu or Freemason.
Freemasonry, as practiced by its members today as a
fraternal order, is never mentioned in the Bible. None of the
rituals, symbols, legends or practices they accept are mentioned in
the Old Testament or the New Testament.
1 The American Heritage Dictionary, 2nd Ed., Houghton Mifflin
Company, Boston, Mass., p.465
2 Mackey, Albert G., Symbolism of Freemasonry, The Charles T.
Powner Co., P.O. Box 796, Chicago, IL, preface p.3
3 Ibid., pp.3,5.
4 Ibid, p.5
5 Mackey, Albert G., Jurisprudence Of Freemasonry, forward,
6 Ibid, pp.13-17.
7 Mackey, Albert G., Jurisprudence Of Freemasonry, Charles T.
Powner Co., 7056-58 W. Higgins Chicago, IL 60656
8 Encyclopedia Americana, Vol. 18, 387.
9 Ibid., pp. 386-387.
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Answering Questions On Salvation #1
Over seven months ago, we received a letter from Darrell
Clark informing us of how wrong we are on salvation and water
baptism. He thought perhaps to put us in a dilemma that he
supposed we could not answer. Well, we did answer and took
considerable time in doing so. But as of this issue, we have never
heard a word back from him.
It should be of benefit to Bible students everywhere to
study these things and be able to give an answer (I Peter 3:15). We
want to let him state his case on what he believes about salvation
and then answer him according to the Holy Scriptures.
His letter will be printed in italics and our answer will
Your church teaches that water baptism is needed for
salvation. I understand the Bible to teach faith alone in
Christ results in salvation. Enclosed is a good explanation of
this subject from the Bible.
ANSWER: Thank you for your letter. We are most happy to
study the Scriptures with you. Please consider this answer to your
You address me dear pastor. I am not
a pastor. I am a preacher of the Gospel. The church where I work
has four pastors. They are shepherds, overseers, bishops, elders.
They watch over the flock. Passages to read and study in regards to
pastors are: I Tim. 3:1-7; Titus 1:5-12; Heb. 13:17; I Thess. 5:17.
You say your church teaches. Pardon
me, but I dont have a church. Its not mine. The church of
Christ belongs to the Lord. He died for it and purchased it with
his blood (Acts 20:28). Also, the church (the Lords
church) does not teach anything. No one has voted on certain
doctrines or beliefs. There is no high council that determines what
the church believes and teaches. To be accurate, to speak where the
Bible speaks (I Peter 4:11), we ought to say the Bible
teaches. The Bible is Gods road map to heaven. It was
given by inspiration (II Tim. 3:16-17). The Bible, not the church,
will be used to judge all men at the last great day (John 12:48).
Our answers to your inquiry therefore comes from the Bible, not the
Where does the Bible teach this? You supply a long
list of Scriptures, but none of them support your doctrine. None of
them teach faith only or faith alone. On the
contrary, every single one of them refute it. What the Bible
teaches is consistent. It does not contradict itself. It does not
teach one thing in one passage and something contradictory in
another passage. Proper Bible study means we understand more
difficult passages in light of those passages that are easier to
understand. There are many clear, plain and easy to understand
verses. James 2:24 is one of the easy ones. Heaven says,
ye see then how that by works a man is justified, and NOT BY
FAITH ONLY. Whatever the Bible teaches about salvation,
this makes it clear that it is NOT BY FAITH ONLY. But, you say it
is by faith only. Any right thinking person will choose the Bible
I understand the Bible to teach faith alone in Christ
results in salvation. The Bible teaches throughout
the New Testament that FAITH and FAITH ALONE is necessary for
Please take the time to read and study these things. You
have requested that we respond to your inquiry, so please take the
time to consider this reply.
1. The Bible teaches that to be saved a person must
BELIEVE ON THE LORD JESUS CHRIST. In Acts 16:30 the
Philippian jailer asked Paul and Silas this crucial question:
What must I do to be saved? What answer did these men
give to this needy jailer? Did they say, Believe on the
Lord Jesus Christ and be baptized and thou shalt be saved?
If baptism is necessary for salvation, then why is nothing said
about baptism in Acts 16:31? Its true that this man was
baptized (verse 33), and yet this does not change the fact that
Acts 16:31 says, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and thou
shalt be saved. If water baptism was a condition of
salvation, then this would have been the perfect place for Paul
to have said so.
Paul did say water baptism is coupled with faith as is
evidenced in verses 32-33, just as Jesus put faith and baptism
together in Mark 16:16. Though the word baptism is not
specifically mentioned in verses 32 and 33, it is implied. Why else
was the jailor baptized the same hour of the night? How
did he find out about baptism? Paul and Silas taught him about
baptism when they spake unto him the word of the Lord
(v.32). Why not wait until daylight? Why not wait until more could
hear and want to be baptized? Obedience to the Gospel was urgent
and delay was not an option. In all the conversion accounts in the
New Testament, you will never find a single person that ate a bite,
drank a drop or slept a wink until they were baptized. Wonder why?
Denominational churches today wait days, weeks and sometimes even
months before they baptize.
While the jailor kept these prisoners, he heard them
singing. He did not hear them cursing and swearing and plotting to
escape. There was something different about these men. He saw their
manner was different than other prisoners. They had a spirit unlike
what he had seen before. He wanted to know more. He wanted to
experience whatever it was they had. He wanted to be saved. They
told him that if he believed in Jesus the Christ, he could be saved
too. When he heard these words, he didnt know who Jesus Christ
was. Do you mean to tell me that a total stranger that has
absolutely no knowledge of Jesus can be saved simply by believing
on his name? You say yes, James says no (James 2:24,26)
Who was Jesus? What did he teach? What did he require of
men? He needed to know these things. That very night he was told
the story of Jesus. When he learned that Jesus required faith
(Mark 16:16), repentance (Luke 13:3,5),
confession of Christ (Matt. 10:32-33) and water baptism
to be saved (Mark 16:16; Acts 2:38), he did not fuss and argue
that repentance, confession and baptism had nothing to do with
salvation. He gladly submitted to being baptized that very night
and as a result, his sins were washed away (Acts 16:32-33; cf. Acts
Nothing is said in this verse about the jailor
believing, repenting or confessing, but we know he did because he
was baptized. Water baptism is useless without an active faith, one
that includes believing, repenting and confessing. This is what
Jesus told his apostles to preach to the whole world. Mark 16:16,
He that BELIEVETH and is BAPTIZED shall be saved; but he
that believeth not shall be damned.
Ive read and read and read, and still
havent found where Paul told the jailor that by belief
only or faith alone he would be saved. Since God did
not put it in the Bible, then that means man did.
Mr. Clark, you list 41 passages in an effort to
defend YOUR doctrine of faith alone and to refute the
BIBLE doctrine of water baptism. You give no explanation of these
verses, you just list the reference. We will take each one and
examine it as we rightly divide the word.
John 1:12-13, But as many as received
him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, [even] to
them that believe on his name: Which were born, not of blood, nor
of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.
This verse says that believing on Jesus name is
essential to becoming a son of God. Nothing is said here
that by faith only or faith alone (plus
nothing, minus nothing) that one becomes a son of God. As a matter
of fact, the verse says that those who believe on his
name have the power (authority, right) TO BECOME the sons of
God. They are not sons by believing only; but by believing on
Jesus, they can BECOME sons of God -- future tense.
John 3:15, That whosoever believeth in him
should not perish, but have eternal life.
It doesnt say SHALL not. It says SHOULD not.
There is no reason that anyone SHOULD perish who believes. If they
truly believe, they will do (obey) what the Lord says. Luke 6:46,
And why call ye me, Lord, Lord, and do not the things which I
say? Matthew 7:21, Not every one that saith unto me,
Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that
doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. Faith in Jesus
is essential, but nothing is said about faith alone in
this passage. It is said in the passage above (John 1:12), that
those who believe have the right TO BECOME children of God. They
are not children of God yet, but by believing, they have the right
TO BECOME children of God. Believing only does not make
them children of God. Believing and obeying makes one a child of
John 3:16, For God so loved the world, that
he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him
should not perish, but have everlasting life.
See the reply in verse 15 above. The word
faith or belief is a figure of speech called a
synecdoche -- the substitution of a part which stands for
a whole. That is, the word faith includes all
that is required in becoming a Christian and then continuing
faithful as a Christian. This includes repentance (Luke 13:3),
confession of Jesus as the son of God (Matt. 10:32-33), water
baptism (Acts 2:38; Mark 16:16) and living faithful unto the Lord
(Matt. 24:13). Theres an eternity of difference between one
who believes in Jesus but never acts upon that belief (thats
a dead faith, faith only or faith alone) and
one who believes in Jesus and does what the Lord says (thats
an active, living faith). This is salvation by faith. Jesus saves
those who obey him (Heb. 5:9). He does not save those who do not
obey him (Matt. 7:21-23).
Jesus said one must be born again to enter
heaven (John 3:3-5). Faith only stops a person short of
the new birth. One is not born again by faith
only. Faith alone is dead from beginning to end
(James 2:14-26). Faith in Jesus is essential, but nothing is said
in John 3:16 about faith alone.
John 3:18, He that believeth on him is not
condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because
he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of
See the reply above. Faith in Jesus is essential to
salvation, but nothing is said in this verse about faith
alone. Where do you read that in the verse?
Those who have a faith that saves are those who obey
what Jesus says (Matt. 7:21). Those who do not have a faith that
saves (such as faith only or faith alone) are those who do not do
what Jesus says (Luke 6:46). To be a friend of Jesus, one must do
what he says (John 15:14; 14:15).
John 3:36, He that believeth on the Son hath
everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see
life; but the wrath of God abideth on him.
See the reply above. Faith in Jesus is essential to salvation,
but nothing is said in this verse about faith alone.
Where do you read that in the verse?
John 5:24, Verily, verily, I say unto you,
He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath
everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is
passed from death unto life.
See the reply above. But furthermore, this verse
includes hearing the word and connects it to everlasting
life. If hearing is necessary, then faith alone is made
void. If youre going to accept hearing (which this verse
includes), then you have hearing AND believing.
That is two different things, not one. Hearing is not believing and
believing is not hearing. Alone or only
excludes anything else. Faith alone will not allow
hearing, otherwise, it would not be faith alone.
Its an abomination to Gods word to add to
it or take from it. When you add the words alone or
only, youre adding to the word. Faith in Jesus is
essential to salvation, but nothing is said in John 5:24 about
faith alone. Its not in the verse.
We will continue examining Mr. Clarks questions on
salvation next month.
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Do Not Apologize For Gods Word
Some verses or passages of Gods word evoke strong emotions.
This is especially true among non-Christians. Upon hearing a verse
that condemns his conduct or beliefs, one might become upset.
Sometimes a Christian who is present may feel uncomfortable with
the situation and try to soothe the persons feelings. The
member of the church wants the lost soul to be saved and this is
certainly commendable. He reasons that the non-Christian needs to
hear more of the Gospel or he will continue to be lost. This is
true, but it must be done in the right way or good intentions will
actually be counter productive.
While it is reasonable to try to calm a person down,
it must not be done by compromising the truth. A Christian needs to
be very careful lest he starts apologizing for Gods word.
Jesus taught His disciples, Whosoever therefore shall be
ashamed of me and of my words in this adulterous and sinful
generation; of him also shall the Son of man be ashamed, when he
cometh in the glory of his Father with the holy angels
(Mark 8:38). Paul said, For I am not ashamed of the
gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to
every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the
Greek (Rom. 1:16).
If a non-Christian is offended by some passage of
scripture, the Christian sins by indicating Gods word does not
mean what it plainly says. Being overly sensitive to a persons
feelings and telling him a watered down version of the Gospel
brings condemnation to the teacher and, generally speaking, to the
hearer as well. Galatians 1:6-9 is a serious warning about the
dangers of tampering with the truth. The Gospel must be proclaimed
in the right spirit, but the hearer is responsible for his reaction
Some people, when initially confronted with Gods
message, become upset and do not obey. Later, though, they do. One
such person was Naaman. The prophet Elisha told this leper,
Go and wash in Jordan seven times, and thy flesh shall come
again to thee, and thou shalt be clean (II Kings 5:10).
Notice his reaction to this simple command: But Naaman
was wroth, and went away, and said, Behold, I thought, He will
surely come out to me, and stand, and call on the name of the LORD
his God, and strike his hand over the place, and recover the leper.
Are not Abana and Pharpar, rivers of Damascus, better than all the
waters of Israel? may I not wash in them, and be clean? So he
turned and went away in a rage (II Kings 5:11-12).
Fortunately for Naaman his servants said,
...My father, if the prophet had bid thee do some great thing,
wouldest thou not have done it? how much rather then, when he saith
to thee, Wash, and be clean (II Kings 5:13)? After
hearing this, Naaman washed as he had been told and was cleansed of
his leprosy. Naamans initial rejection of Gods word may
seem strange to us. However, there are many people today who
likewise reject the similar command to be baptized to have their
sins washed away (Acts 22:16). Elisha did not change the word of
the Lord and neither should we. Consider what would have happened
to Naaman if Elisha had altered the instructions and told him he
could wait and wash in the Abanah or Pharpar River. Naaman would
have remained a leper. In the same way, if a person tells a lost
soul he does not have to be baptized, he will still be in his sins.
The truth remains the truth regardless of mans reaction to it.
For man to receive Gods blessing, he must submit his will to
the will of God and obey His commands.
There are examples of people who quickly embraced the
Gospel when they first heard it. The jailor at Philippi is a good
example. He was baptized the same night in which he heard about
Jesus Christ (Acts 16:33). When Peter preached on the day of
Pentecost, about 3,000 were baptized that very day (Acts 2:41).
Of course, there are also some who adamantly refuse
the truth. The Sadducees were definitely of this sort. They became
furious over the preaching of the resurrection (Acts 5:33). Today,
this attitude seems rather odd to Americans. What could possibly be
so upsetting about the hope of eternal life? The Sadducees affirmed
there was no resurrection (Luke 20:27; Acts 23:6-8). When
confronted by the truth they had to choose whether to believe it or
fight against it. They did not choose wisely.
If a lost persons heart is right, he may reject
the truth at first, but after a while, obey. Another person with a
good heart may receive the truth with great joy and quickly become
saved. However, if a persons heart is hardened, he may never
obey. Obedience may take some drastic life-changing event to get
him to the point of listening to Gods word. Sometimes, the
death of a loved one or reflections on ones own mortality can
get a stubborn sinner to reconsider the Gospel.
Do not apologize for God. He wants His word
proclaimed boldly with love for the lost (Acts 14:3; 19:8; Eph.
6:19,20). Lost souls will not realize their condition until they
hear the truth of Gods word. Trying to apologize for the
Scriptures can keep souls lost and endangers the Christians
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The Ten Commandments
Marvin L. Weir
Most religious groups today believe and teach that the Ten
Commandments are now binding. They do not see the inconsistency in
accepting part of the Old Law of Moses while rejecting the
remainder of the Law. In fact, most people accept only
nine of the ten commandments. Commandment number four,
Remember the sabbath day to keep it holy
(Exodus 20:8), is declared to be a part of the old Law given only
to the Israelites -- and rightly so! If the fourth commandment of
the Decalogue is not binding on Christians, then neither are
any of the remaining nine commandments. It also needs to be
understood that there is much more contained in the Law of
Moses than just the ten commandments.
Sadly, many members of the Lords church believe
that parts of the Law of Moses are needed in order to
worship God acceptably today. Such simply is not true! None of the
old Law needs to be (or should be) grafted on to the Law of Christ.
The apostle Paul was speaking to New Testament Christians when he
said, Christ is become of no effect unto you, whosoever
of you are justified by the law; ye are fallen from grace
(Gal. 5:4). To attempt to be saved by any part of
the old Law is in vain -- it will not work.
There are several reasons why the ten commandments
(or any other part of the Law of Moses) are not needed in order for
one to obey God today.
First, the Old Law was given only to Moses and
the Israelites. The Old Testament clearly states,
The LORD made not this covenant with our fathers, but
with us, even us, who are all of us here alive this day
(Deut. 5:3). The Sabbath, a part of the old law, was a sign for the
benefit of the children of Israel.
The Bible says, Speak thou also unto the
children of Israel, saying, Verily my sabbaths ye shall keep: for
it is a sign between me and you throughout your generations; that
ye may know that I am the LORD that doth sanctify you. ... It is a
sign between me and the children of Israel for ever: for in six
days the LORD made heaven and earth, and on the seventh day he
rested, and was refreshed (Exodus 31:13,17).
Second, the Old Law of Moses was taken out of the
way and replaced by the new covenant. The writer of Hebrews
declares that Christ is the mediator of a new
covenant (Heb. 9:15). It was impossible that
the blood of bulls and goats should take away sins (Heb.
10:4), so He taketh away the first, that he may establish
the second (Heb. 10:9). The blood of bulls and goats
could not remit sin and so it is said, if that first
covenant had been faultless, then would no place have been sought
for a second (Heb. 8:7).
Speaking of the old law, Paul says of Christs
death on the cross: Blotting out the handwriting of
ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took
it out of the way, nailing it to his cross (Col. 2:14;
cf. Eph. 2:14-16).
Third, the New Testament (covenant) is
all-sufficient in providing for man that which is needed to worship
and serve God acceptably today. The new covenant is a
better covenant (Heb. 8:6) and not lacking in
anything needed for mans spiritual benefit. Peter affirms the
all-sufficiency of the new covenant in saying that God
hath granted unto us all things that pertain unto life and
godliness... (II Peter 1:3; cf. II Tim. 3:16-17).
There are godly principles, however, that are eternal
in nature. For instance, God will always love good and hate evil.
Certain things will always be an abomination to Jehovah (Prov.
6:16-19). It is because of this fact that the New Testament binds
the moral principles contained in nine of the ten commandments.
These principles are:
First, Jesus declared in His early ministry
that people are obligated to worship the Lord thy God,
and him only shalt thou serve (Matt. 4:10).
Second, Peter and the apostles
answered and said, We must obey God rather than men
Third, James admonished, But above
all things, my brethren, swear not, neither by heaven, neither by
the earth, neither by any other oath: but let your yea be yea; and
your nay, nay; lest ye fall into condemnation (James
Fourth, there is no command or
example in the New Testament of Christians worshipping on the
Sabbath Day. John does, however, mention the Lords Day (Rev.
1:10), and early Christians gave on the first day of the
week (I Cor. 16:2) as well as partook of the Lords
Supper (Acts 20:7).
Fifth, children are still to obey and honor
their parents (Eph. 6:1-2).
Sixth, murder is prohibited under the law of
Christ (Rom. 13:9).
Seventh, the writer of Hebrews writes,
Marriage is honourable in all, and the bed undefiled: but
whoremongers and adulterers God will judge (Heb. 13:4).
Eighth, stealing is forbidden under the new
covenant as it was under the old covenant (Rom. 13:9; Eph. 4:28).
Ninth, bearing false witness or lying one
against another is still a sin (Col. 3:9).
Tenth, covetousness is still condemned by
God (Eph. 5:3).
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What Difference Does It Make Anyhow?
Roderick L. Ross
That was the question I was asked when I resigned my
position with a newspaper five years ago when they took the
position of advocating same-sex marriage.
What difference does it make if the government
recognizes same-sex marriage? What difference does it make if
legitimacy is granted to same-sex relationships? Does it change the
fact that they occur? Does it in any way affect heterosexual
marriage? Does it really change society? Is it really anything to
get upset about?
In view of the Californias court decision to
allow, no to demand same-sex marriage, these questions have arisen
To understand my position, there are certain
fundamentals that must be understood.
Man is made in the image and likeness of God (Gen.
1:26-27). As such, man has the divine spark of life within him that
we normally refer to as a soul. This makes man different from the
creatures of the field. It gives him a greater responsibility. His
conduct is not to be the instinctive reaction to fulfill the lust
as does an animal. His conduct is based upon the revelation of God,
upon goodness, upon rightness, upon morality. Man, alone in all of
creation, has the ability to act contrary to the lusts which the
flesh demands. Man, alone, has the ability to do what is right
regardless of what lust may dictate. The revelation of right
conduct and belief is to be found in the Holy Bible alone (John
12:44-50). It is the only communication of the true and living God
to mankind. There are consequences, both here upon the earth (many
times) and always in eternity for the actions which man takes,
unless they have been removed by the blood of our Lord and Savior
Jesus Christ (Heb. chapters 7-10).
However, man also has the ability to give in to the
lusts of the flesh, to decline into the levels of an animal, to
deny the divine spark that is within him. He has the ability to act
as a mere animal. The rejection of creation and the divine spark
within man, the rejection of the divine origin of the revelation of
God to man in the Bible, the rejection of the authority of the
Scriptures in guiding the actions of man, and the rejection of any
consequences of those actions, are all within the ability of man to
believe. They are all inherent within the acceptance of same-sex
Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is
a reproach unto any people (Prov. 14:34).
It is true that there are many sins committed by many
people. And, in the end, sin is sin is sin (James 2:8-13). Yet,
there seems to be a progression to what acts are committed. From
the first chapter of Romans, the end is God giving men up to commit
same sex relations. It is rock bottom. It is denying a basic tenet
of nature -- the sex drive which provides for procreation. Whatever
can be said about same-sex relations, they cannot provide for
offspring -- the very purpose of the sexual act. To legitimize
same-sex relations by granting them the status of marriage, is to
denigrate and pervert the basic, fundamental unit of society.
The family unit, marriage, is the basis for
civilization. Civilization is the relationship of man to man. It is
how we treat each other and how we interact with one another. The
basics of which are learned in the family unit. It is the breakdown
of the family, with divorce and illegitimate birth and failure to
know and meet parental responsibilities, that has contributed to
the unrest, crime and moral degeneration of our times. The
acceptance of same-sex relations and promoting them to the status
of marriage is the end step to the destruction of society and
Drugs, divorce, drunkenness, theft, murder, lying,
cheating, stealing, etc. all weaken the fabric of society, but
same-sex marriage changes the fabric itself, unraveling it.
Therefore, what difference does it make anyhow? I
firmly, wholeheartedly believe that it makes the difference in the
survival of the society which we have called western civilization,
a society loosely based upon the morals and fibers of Christianity.
I believe it makes the difference between the approval of the God
of heaven, or the object of His wrath. I believe that it is a very
important step in determining what we are as a nation, and as a
I realize that because of the inroads of Rationalism
into the religious life of America, and Humanism into the education
of America, that there are many people who do not share my concerns
about homosexuality and same-sex marriage. They do not share my
concerns about the revelation of Gods will in the Holy Bible.
Many do not share my faith in Jesus Christ, nor my belief in the
God of the Bible. However, that does not change my position, nor
alter my faith. Neither does it change the truth of what I say, nor
my conviction to continue to preach it.
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