The Freemasons, the venerable â€śsecret societyâ€ť featured in blockbuster films â€śThe Da Vinci Codeâ€ť and â€śNational Treasure,â€ť is back in the limelight â€” by choice this time â€” with a new attitude and a new marketing campaign to attract a new generation of members.
The group, one of the worldâ€™s oldest and largest secular fraternities, has been making an effort in recent years to â€śenergize Masonryâ€ť and revitalize an aging membership using 21st-century media techniques â€” new concepts for the nearly 700-year-old group.
Maryland's Grand Lodge this year debuted a radio spot encouraging men â€śready to put your mark on this worldâ€ť to visit the new groupâ€™s website, Askafreemason.org. Maryland Masons said the marketing push followed a similar membership drive in Massachusetts, which included television ads featuring an actor playing famous Mason Benjamin Franklin....
I Can Tell From The Get-Go That Jordan E. Otero, The Author Of This Washington Times Article "MASONS MAKE NO SECRET OF A DESIRE FOR NEW MEMBERS", Is OBVIOUSLY Ignorant Of The Freemasons & Masons:
When He Calls The Freemasons/Masons "one of the world's oldest and largest secular fraternities"; Which Is A LIE OF THE DEVIL: As The Freemasons/Masons ARE TRUELY ONE OF THE WORLD'S OLDEST AND LARGEST RELIGIOUS & SATANIC FRATERNITIES:
LIKE THE SATANIC+VATICAN "JESUITS" !
In His Tract "WHY I LEFT FREEMASONRY", CHARLES G. FINNEY, D.D. Writes:
"When I was converted to Christ I had belonged to the Masonic Lodge in Adams, New York, about four years. During the struggle of conviction of sin through which I passed, I do not recollect that the question of Freemasonry ever occurred to my mind.
NEW VIEWS OF LODGISM
But soon after my conversion, the evening came for attendance upon the Lodge, and I went. They, of course, were aware that I had become a Christian and the Master called upon me to open the Lodge with prayer. I did so, and poured out my heart to the Lord for blessings upon the Lodge. I observed that it created considerable excitement. The evening passed away, and at the close of the Lodge I was asked to pray again. I did so, and retired much depressed in spirit..." !
Seems like a no-brainer in the â€śunequally yokedâ€ť dept. It is troubling that Masonry thrived even during the Protestant heyday of Scotland. It seems that public men just had to join something besides a church, whether the Masons or those woody London gentlemen's clubs parodied by P.G. Wodehouse.
Anyone who conducts their corporate worship/rites in aggressive secrecy deserves the suspicion they arouse. "The wicked flees when no one pursueth."
Boring trivia: American Lutherans established an Aid Assocation about a century ago in order to provide an alternative to the life insurance available to Masons, which evidently tempted many church members to join up. Thrivent Financial is a descendant of this (but they are too polite now to mention Masonry).
The above article wrote: .... In the 19th degree of Scottish Rite Freemasonry, the initiate is told that attachment to Masonry's "statutes and rules of the order" will make him "deserving of entering the celestial Jerusalem [heaven]." In the 28th degree, he is told that "the true Mason [is one] who raises himself by degrees till he reaches heaven" and that one of his duties is "To divest [him]self of original sin ..." Masons clearly teach a salvation by works, or character development, not a salvation by faith in Christ alone. Even in the 32nd Degree, a Mason never can nor will find the "light" he is looking for.
If you have ever been to a Masonic funeral, you would know that they believe in a "works" salvation.