By Leon J. Hull,
Monday, June 11, 2007
It's a well established fact that the vast majority of the Christian community recognizes Freemasonry as being incompatible with the teachings of Christ and one well respected Christian Organization, the Billy Graham Evangelical Association states: "We consider Freemasonry to be a cult". The Grand Lodge of New Brunswick, on its web site, makes its own claim that, "It is non-Christian, yes..."�
In light of those claims and others, it's difficult to comprehend why the leadership in the Anglican Church in New Brunswick condones their Clergies' membership in Freemasonry. Whether the Christian majority's claim that this Institution is not compatible with Christianity is real, or one of perception as uninformed Masons will claim, the fact is that the two are and will always remain poles apart.�
So whenever a Christian Minister becomes a member of Freemasonry, he puts himself in a conflict of interest and any decisions he makes concerning Masonry will be greatly influenced by his personal involvement. This denies the faithful, who oppose Freemasonry on Christian grounds, a fair hearing when raising their concerns to the Minister. The Clergy's biased decision, can and has resulted in faithful members of the congregation, because of their Christian convictions, feeling compelled to leave his church.�
I believe that the Christian community would be far better served if their leadership would deny their Clergy membership in any controversial organization. That would remove unnecessary impediments in the Ministers ability to discharge their spiritual responsibilities to all members of the flock. A Minister's first obligation should always be to members of his church family, not to his membership in a divisive institution.
Born and grew up in NS and am married with two grown children (son & daughter) and five grandsons. Served in the RCAF (28 yrs) and Transport Canada Airports (7 yrs) as a Fire Fighter and retired out of Moncton Airport as Fire Chief. Moved to Saint John, NB with my wife in 2000 and am presently employed as Supervisor Toll Operations at the Saint John Harbour Bridge. www.saintjohnharbourbridge.com