Randburg Baptist Church Eldership statement on Freemasonry

by Gavin  

Randburg Baptist Church Eldership statement on Freemasonry

 

Following on from our 3rd quarter “Twisted Jesus” Bible Hour series, and in particular the treatment of the Freemasonry issue on Sunday 23rd September 2018, the elders were requested to provide some clarification on our standpoint by a number of people within our local church community.

 

This is the response that was drafted in late September 2018, and that was circulated to those concerned, largely via personal WhatsApp messages:

  1. This is not the first time Freemasonry has reared its head at Randburg Baptist Church, and our historical position remains unchanged – it is wrong, dangerous and an association which should be avoided by believers in Christ.
  2. We have indeed declined membership previously due to association with Freemasonry.  Joyously, we have also seen folk willingly break their association, and repent of that, and then become faithful members of the Randburg Baptist Church family.
  3. “Twisted Jesus” was designed to engage with a few errors which needed attention within the church, including Freemasonry. 
  4. "Twisted Jesus” was never designed to provide a detailed set of information on the historicity or beliefs of ANY of the errors we tackled.  We concede that much was unsaid in the module, but that fell within the brief of the series.  Our focus was to predominantly hone in on issues w.r.t. errant Christology and soteriology, because that is the first place a cult/religion/sect/philosophy will stand or fall.
  5. The elders remain steadfast in our conviction (based on reasonable research done) that the Freemason movement is fundamentally flawed on multiple issues of theology, and is antithetical to the gospel and orthodox Christianity. Not only that, Paul’s injunction in 2 Corinthians 6:14-7:1 is crystal clear – professing believers cannot and must not associate with darkness, and the imperative is clear: “Therefore go out from their midst, and be separate from them…”
  6. Notwithstanding all the “good” done by Freemasons in society, and equally notwithstanding that many are no doubt moral and ethical people, the unbiblical practices, unholy associations and false worship synonymous with Masonry have to force a conclusion that it is fundamentally anti-Christian.  We understand that many professing believers (and even clergy) form part of the movement, but how can light indeed dwell with darkness?  For how many might the devastating words of the Lord Jesus become a reality? ““Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. On that day many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many mighty works in your name?’ And then will I declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from me, you workers of lawlessness.’” (Matthew 7:21–23, ESV).  Mere profession of faith means nothing, and many so-called Christians will sadly face eternity in hell because they failed to rightfully submit to the Lordship of Christ.
  7. We have committed to carefully and prayerfully respond to the matters raised on the floor of “Twisted Jesus” in good time, and exercise due shepherding care for all the individuals affected (in various ways) by association of themselves and family members in Freemasonry.  
  8. Our commitment is first and foremost to God's glory, and to the holiness and purity of Christ's bride, the church which is called to be holy as He is holy.

                           

 

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