Church of England defends cathedral services for Freemasons.


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It is reported that than ten Anglican cathedrals have hosted special services for Masonic lodges, despite church warnings that Freemasonry may be “incompatible” with Christianity.

The Church of England has reiterated “significant concerns” about Christians becoming Freemasons amid renewed controversy about the presence of the secretive organisation at the heart of the British establishment. Christopher Cocksworth, the bishop of Coventry, flagged up a 1987 report issued by the church that highlighted a “number of very fundamental reasons to question the compatibility of Freemasonry and Christianity”.

The United Grand Lodge of England (UGLE), which has more than 200,000 members, marked its 300th anniversary last year. Regional lodges held a range of celebratory events,  at least 11 Church of England cathedrals. Bishops have been asked to explain why this was allowed.

Canterbury, Winchester, Salisbury, Manchester, Truro, Wells, Lincoln, Exeter, Chester, Leicester and Peterborough cathedrals all hosted Freemasons in 2017. A number of the cathedrals requested a fee for their services or accepted donations or contributions.

It appears C0fE is uncertain about what the word of God says and justifying their actions but saying; “The Anglican synod has never come to a conclusion on the compatibility of Freemasonry and Christianity. The 1987 report raised what [it] termed ‘serious questions’ and the synod recommended that they be discussed throughout the church. As far as we are aware those discussions have never taken place.”

Lambeth Palace have confirmed that Justin Welby, the archbishop of Canterbury and head of the church, was not, nor had ever been, a Freemason. His predecessor, Rowan Williams, was an opponent of Freemasonry. Soon after his appointment, he said Christianity and Freemasonry were “incompatible” and he refused to appoint clergymen to senior posts if they were known to be members of the brotherhood. However, in 2011 he became embroiled in controversy after appointing a known senior mason as the bishop of Ebbsfleet.

Geoffrey Fisher, archbishop of Canterbury from 1945 to 1961, held the senior post of grand chaplain for UGLE.

The 1987 church report stated that it was “clear that some Christians have found the impact of Masonic rituals disturbing and a few perceive them as positively evil.” It said Christians had withdrawn from Masonic lodges “precisely because they perceive their membership of it as being in conflict with their Christian witness and belief”.

The bible says;

2 Corinthians 6:14-17 King James Version (KJV)

14 Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness?

15 And what concord hath Christ with Belial? or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel?

16 And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people.

17 Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you.

What are you thoughts about the church mixing with the masons?

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