Letter of the month: January 2001
Reply-To: "Michael David Tripp" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
From: "Michael David Tripp" <email@example.com>
Date: Tue, 9 Jan 2001 20:38:11 -0600
I heard on the radio today that the mason's hate christians that
believe salvation can only come through Jesus Christ. Is this true?
And do the mason's have a so called hit list of relligious leaders
who oppose the mason's.
I mean no disrespect just trying to give you a chance to defend
yourself if you want to.
To: "Michael David Tripp" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: Re: question
In-Reply-To: Your message of "Tue, 09 Jan 2001 20:38:11 CST."
} I heard on the radio today that the mason's hate christians that believe
} salvation can only come through Jesus Christ. Is this true?
} And do the mason's have a so called hit list of relligious leaders who
} oppose the mason's.
} I mean no disrespect just trying to give you a chance to defend yourself
} if you want to.
dear Mr. Tripp,
That stuff you heard is nonsense!
And it was probably said by somebody who was trying to sell you
something (books? pamphlets? donations to their ministry?), right?
How could Masons hate Christians? In this country, and in most of
Europe, most Masons ARE Christians. Many Masons are reverends and
ministers of many different Christian denominations.
I'm surprised that this kind of attack can even be made anymore, that
people don't know the truth, but there are always those willing to put
their own hate and suspicion on a pedestal to be worshipped as a false
Masonry is "ecumenical," that is, it teaches respect for all
religions -- that each person must do their best to follow their own
conscience towards God. There are some people who hate this kind of
outlook, and maintain that they have the ONLY POSSIBLE TRUTH for
EVERYONE, that their way is the only way. Well they are welcome to
believe that for themselves, but then they begin using it to bear false
witness against others...
I have been a Mason for almost 18 years now, am now a "32nd degree
Mason" and have been a presiding master of two lodges am now a grand
representative to our grand lodge, and I can assure you I have never
heard of any kind of "hit list" of religious leaders. You know what
Masons do about religious leaders or other people they don't like? They
ignore them. Period. Or sometimes we write a letter like this one, to
a web-site or newspaper, giving our side of the discussion. (Not much
of a "hit list," huh?)
And besides, since we are of all different denominations and
religions, for every "leader" that I might not like, there's probably
somebody else in my lodge who does. We don't discuss religion or
politics in lodge. So who I might not personally care for -- well that
never even comes up at meetings. It's not appropriate.
You should take a look at the excellent website www.masoninfo.com
which has quite a bit of material about anti-Masons, and why they say
the things they do.
Please look around on my web-site and read whatever you like. And go
to many others. And try to meet Masons in your own town, and ask them
to look at this letter. See if they'll agree with most or all of what
I've said here. Don't take that radio guy's word for it, but don't take
my word either. Find out as much as you can, from as many different
sources as you can. I think you'll like what you find out about
Masonry. And if you do, please let others know.
Thanks for writing.
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