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Old 24th May 2008, 04:19 AM
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What is the general Eastern Orthodox Christian teaching concerning Freemasonry?

Are Eastern Orthodox Christian clergy and laity allowed to become Masons?

Here is a similar thread I posted in Christian Philosophy and Ethics...

Can a Christian be a Freemason???



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Old 24th May 2008, 04:32 AM
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It's clearly a religion on its own although it's trying to deny being so. As such, it can't be reconciled with Christianity.

No.

Note, before somebody jumps on me & says such and such Orthodox Christian priest bishop whatever is (usually was, after death, so we can't ask ) a freemason: I'm sure there are baptised Orthodox Christians who join freemasonry, just as I'm sure there are baptised Orthodox Christians who are thieves adulterers etc. That doesn't make freemasonry OK (nor adultery nor theft for that matter).
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Yup, what he said.

It is viewed as totally not compatible with Orthodoxy at best, a satan-worshipping cult to conspiracy theories about the Antichrist at worst.
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Old 24th May 2008, 09:33 AM
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Originally Posted by Vasileios View Post
Yup, what he said.

It is viewed as totally not compatible with Orthodoxy at best, a satan-worshipping cult to conspiracy theories about the Antichrist at worst.
Well said, and I raise my hand to second that!!!
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Well said, and I raise my hand to second that!!!
I third it.
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Originally Posted by Vasileios View Post
It is viewed as totally not compatible with Orthodoxy at best, a satan-worshipping cult to conspiracy theories about the Antichrist at worst.
I don't really know very much about it. I would rather find out for myself from the source than rely on the broken telephone game that passes as the spreading of knowledge today. Is there Masonic text that indicates they worship Satan or the anti-Christ? Are their practices or actions illegal or unethical?

I would be interested to know what my priest thinks about it though.
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Originally Posted by Blue Olive View Post
I would be interested to know what my priest thinks about it though.
Very good idea! Then he might inform you a bit more about the Synagogue of Satan.

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I was wondering that same thing? I've heard (although I don't know personally) that a few generations ago a lot of recent immigrants including Orthodox ones joined to help them establish businesses. I have been to a history museum sponsored by them and everything I learned there made be agree with you guys- it's a religion not a "club" but Kolya, do you really think they are that powerful?? They seems like a bunch of old men with dwindling influence on anything...
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Originally Posted by Blue Olive View Post
I don't really know very much about it. I would rather find out for myself from the source than rely on the broken telephone game that passes as the spreading of knowledge today. Is there Masonic text that indicates they worship Satan or the anti-Christ? Are their practices or actions illegal or unethical?

I would be interested to know what my priest thinks about it though.
There are masonic texts that indicate freemasons worship something called "the great architect of the universe". Christian don't worship that. Christians worship the Holy Trinity.

But sure, talk to your priest. Way to go.
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Freemasonery is incompatible with Orthodoxy. They have no belief in the Trinity, but a belief in a generic God ,which is the same for every culture including polytheistic cultures such as hinduism.

They also believe that there symbol of freemasonry, a white leather apron called 'The Lambskin', is the greatest badge of a freemason superior to every other order confered upon man.

In fact the creed of the freemason upon reception of this apron is this:

"The Lambskin or white leather apron is an emblem of innocence, and the badge of a mason, more ancient than the golden fleece or the Roman eagle, more honorable than the star or the garter, or any other order that can be confered, at this, or any future period, whether by king, prince or potentate , or any person, except he be a Mason. And which i trust, you will wear with equal pleasure to youself and honor the fraternity."

The above declaration has been incorporated into the freemason funeral for those of Orthodox adherence (i have seen the text). Only that the rest of the declaration after the phrase "more honorable than the star or the garter", has been cleverly shortened and re-worded as to not raise suspicions.

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