Letters to the EditorNov. 4, 1998
The Masonic Lodge and associated organizations truthfully are anti-Christian.
Yes a Mason must believe in God, or rather 'The Great Architect of the Universe,' but that Supreme Being can anyone they choose him to be. Manly P. Hall, a 33-degree Masonic writer, says, 'The true Mason is not creed-bound. He realizes with divine illumination of his lodge that as a Mason, his religion must be universal: Christ, Buddha or Mohammed, the name means little.'
If the name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ means so little, why does Acts 4:12 say about Him that 'neither is there salvation in any other for there is none other name under heaven given among men whereby we must be saved.'
In John 14:6, Jesus said, 'I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father but by me,' and Exodus 20:3 reads, 'Thou shalt have no other Gods before me.'
The Bible, supposedly the 'Christian Mason's' authority, teaches that there is only one true living God, and Jesus, His son, is the only means of salvation and relationship with God, so how can Hall, a high-ranking Mason, teach that Buddha, Christ and Mohammed are essentially the same? Jesus said otherwise.
Also, Albert Pike, a Masonic authority, wrote that 'Lucifer is God,' and that the 'true and pure philosophical religion is the belief in Lucifer,...the God of Light and God of Good.'
John 8:11 says, 'Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying I am the light of the world.' Obviously Pike and Jesus have a disagreement. The Bible says that satan came only to 'steal, kill and destroy.' But who is the 'Christian Mason' obligated to believe and support according to the several oaths he's made during those secret rituals?
Master Masons have to solemnly vow to 'acknowledge and obey all due signs and summons sent...from a Master Mason's Lodge or given...by a brother of that Degree.'
So, according to this oath, a 'Christian' Mason is sworn to accept and acknowledge Pike's rendition of the truth rather than the Bible. What Master is the Mason really serving? Is he pledged to Jesus or a lodge? Addressing the nominal 'Christian' York Rite, this organization teaches salvation through works, which is also Anti-Biblical since it is through faith by grace that we are saved, and not through works, lest any man should boast (Eph 2:8-10).
Sadly, thousands of men are too busy memorizing Masonic oaths and performing costly rituals to crack open a Bible and read it to see what they're getting into. If anyone has any questions or comments regarding my sources, please feel free to e-mail me. Thank you and the truth shall make you free.
Health Science/Pre-Physical Therapy '00
I would be remiss if I did not respond to and correct a false statement in Wendy Worsham's letter to the editor titled 'Death of Shepard on the hands of everyone.' In her opening paragraph she states that Christ says 'nothing' about homosexuality being a sin. She is incorrect. Upon searching my Bible's concordance, I found several verses pertaining to homosexuality.
1 Corinthians 6:9 lists homosexuals as part of the wicked who will not inherit the earth, and 1 Timothy 1 discusses them as part of the 'ungodly and sinful' for whom the law was made. Please do not misunderstand me--we are all sinners, whether we tell a white lie or commit murder.
Despite this fact, God still loves us and desires for us to repent and come to know Him. I agree with Wendy in the sense that God in no way condones humans taking judgment into their own hands. In Matthew, Jesus tells us not to judge others, lest we be judged. But let us not be ignorant in thinking that the Bible says nothing about homosexuality, because while we should hate the sin and love the sinner, we should not fool ourselves into thinking that sin is not sin.
I agree with two-thirds of the letter written by Ran Nelson on Friday.
While I agree that Democrats do not want to preserve the freedoms he mentioned, and that libertarians do want to preserve freedom, I disagree with his claim that conservatives want to preserve freedom.
Conservative Republicans are trying to destroy freedom of religion by keeping illegal or attempting to make illegal actions which are considered wrong by the Bible but which do not serve to protect life or property.
Where are these conservatives who defend liberty when it comes to the issue of being free to be homosexual? They either speak against it or remain silent.
If these conservatives truly cherished freedom of religion, they would not attempt to legislate from the Bible, but would legislate only from the constitution.
The party that truly represents liberty is the libertarian party. I urge everyone who is interested in maintaining their freedom to vote libertarian in the next election.
Biology/ Pre-med '99
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