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Then you have the so call Ex-Masons or EMFJ


The Ex-Masons for Jesus or EMFJ they believe in a conspiracy theory:


They feel Freemasons are becoming members of Christian congregations, not because they believe in Christ but in order to intentionally attack the church from within. "They work behind the scenes to subvert the Gospel, and in fact, meet in secret to teach salvation on the basis of another savior." Now This is surprising allegation rests on a peculiar interpretation of some details in Masonic rituals. 

Conspiracy theories...

The most popular method of hate propaganda is to appeal to paranoia.


Somewhere, says the propaganda, there is a group of nasty people who are secretly plotting and causing many of the problems which afflict us.  This group is hiding their sinister purposes, but we know the truth -- and in order to protect you, we will tell you, and expose them! Conspiracy theories


·         appeal to the natural paranoic tendencies which most of us have in some measure,

·         provide easy explanations for otherwise confusing problems, and

·         Provide us with a clearly identified Enemy against whom we can all unite.

 

Emperor Nero used this method against the Christians. Hitler used it against the Jews. McCarthy used it against the political left. Occultists today are using it   against the Catholic Church. Militant activists are using it against the US government. KKK using it against Blacks. And the EMFJ are using it against Freemasonry. Unfortunately, it has often proved effective.

...and how they fail

But if one examines conspiracy theories, they usually fail to provide the explanations which they pretend to give. Most importantly, they fail to provide reasonable explanation of motivation. WHY would the smeared group form their conspiracy? What can they possibly gain? Examples demonstrating that the smeared group has done any real damage and


Damage:Christian congregations are often damaged by doctrinal controversies; Masons are not attempting to make everyone a Freemason. There is even a rule in Freemasonry that they never ask or invite anyone to join; you must ask them. EMFJ talks about splits, but in truth the only church controversies with any connection to Freemasonry are those that occur when anti-masons bring forth their paranoid propaganda and demand that Freemasons either "repent" or be excluded from their congregation.

Freemasonry: Is a way back to Christ

A significant number became Freemasons before they became church members".


If a significant number of people who have joined The Acme Club later come to embrace the Gospel and join a church, I would tend to think well of The Acme Club. It obviously helps people find Christ. But EMFJ have a different interpretation.


There are cults which encourage their followers to remain in their "native" or chosen religions, e.g. some Hindu gurus like Bhagvan and Sai-Baba. They do this because they consider all religions to be equally valid ways to salvation. What EMFJ allege about Freemasonry could thus be said to be true about parts of Hinduism. I have myself met active church members who, on closer examination, have turned out to actually be Hindus. Often they do not understand the discrepancy themselves. It is the pastor's duty to confront such people with the incompatibilities and contradictions contained in such a position. For example, belief in reincarnation is not compatible with Christianity. Neither is belief in Christ as an "Avatar". When this is explained, the crypto-Hindu will usually understand, and make the necessary choice. If a pastor meets a Freemason in his congregation, and feels that there is any doubt about the Mason's faith, he should talk to him. Ask him what he believes about God, salvation and other central Christian things. It does not have to be more complicated than that.


In my experience from Scandinavian Freemasonry (which is exclusively Christian), many people who join have a very vague faith, but are inspired by Freemasonry to read the Bible, become more active in church, and deepen their faith. In British-American Freemasonry (which is not exclusively Christian but where most members are Christians), I have met many who share this experience.