Does Freemasonry have a plan of salvation?


The meaning of the Legend of the Third Degree is explained in The Ahiman Rezon, the monitor published by the Grand Lodge of South Carolina. It states that:

It was the single object of all the ancient rites and mysteries practiced in the very bosom of pagan darkness, . . . to teach the immortality of the soul. This is still the great design of the third degree of Masonry. This is the scope and aim of its ritual. . . By its legend and all its ritual, it is implied that we have been redeemed from the death of sin. . . it has been remarked by a learned writer of our Order, that the Master Mason represents a man saved from the grave of iniquity, and raised to the faith of salvation.

It is impossible for an honest Christian to deny that anything that redeems a man from sin is a plan of salvation. Numerous portions of Masonic ritual instruct Masons how to get into heaven. The most blatant is the conclusion of the Legend of the Third Degree. The Worshipful Master closes the ritual with these words:

Then, finally my brethren, let us imitate our Grand Master, Hiram Abiff, in his virtuous conduct, his unfeigned piety to God, and his inflexible fidelity to his trust; that, like him, we may welcome the grim tyrant, Death, and receive him as a kind messenger sent by our Supreme Grand Master, to translate us from this imperfect to that all-perfect, glorious, and celestial Lodge above, where the Supreme Architect of the Universe presides.

The Kentucky Monitor removes any doubt about the meaning of Freemasonry’s symbolism. In the preface, beginning in 1946 edition and continuing through at least five editions, a discussion of various religions and their various saviors concluded that Jesus was a savior for Christians, while Hiram is a savior for Masons. 

All believed in a future life, to be attained by purification and trials; in a state or successive states of reward and punishment; and in a Mediator or Redeemer, by whom the Evil Principle was to be overcome and the Supreme Deity reconciled to His creatures. The belief was general that He was to be born of a virgin and suffer a painful death. The Hindus called him Krishna; the Chinese, Kioun-tse; the Persians, Sosiosch; the Chaldeans, Dhouvanai; the Egyptians, Horus; Plato, Love; the Scandinavians, Balder; the Christians, Jesus; Masons, Hiram.   (pages XIV-XV)

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