Do you know the secret handshake?

Whenever a group of people operate in secret there’s bound to be suspicions raised. Just because they choose not to reveal everything about the way they operate doesn’t necessarily mean that what they’re doing is wrong but it does open them up to anyone who wants to make claims, true or false, about what they’re doing behind closed doors.

That seems to have been the case with Freemasons over the years. Some incredible claims have been made about them with some even claiming that they indulge in Satan worship.

So what do Freemasons believe? Where did it all begin? Should we embrace Freemasonry or are there legitimate warnings we should heed?

My regular Wednesday morning guest on 98.5 Sonshine FM is Ross Clifford who is the Principal of Morling College in New South Wales and current President of the Baptist Union of Australia. Each week we chat about a range of issues relating to spirituality and belief.

Today Ross explored Freemasonry with all its symbolism, secret initiations and handshakes, its various levels and its belief in a supreme being.

What conclusions did Ross draw? Click here to listen to our discussion then feel free to have your say in the comments section of this post.

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Rodney Olsen

Rodney is a husband, father, cyclist, blogger and podcaster from Perth Western Australia.

He previously worked in radio for about 25 years but these days he spends his time at Compassion Australia, working towards releasing children from poverty in Jesus' name.

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  • Why does being the member the same club mean that you treat a stranger with any more regard than any other person you’ve met for the first time?
    Whenever I recognise the Masonic Hand Jive being carried out on the back of my knuckles I feel a little uneasy.

  • I have always been curious about the Freemasons but have never taken the time to research them at all. I will listen to the cast when I get home from work. Thanks!

  • My first experience with freemasonry was when my grandfather was given a masonic funeral. I was young when he died and I didn’t give freemasonry much thought for several years. A couple of years ago, I became a sheriff’s deputy. I was surprised at the number of fellow law enforcement officers that were masons, as advertised by their signet rings. What really surprised me was the customized uniform patches that a few officers had framed on the walls in their offices. These patches were identical to the regular uniform agency patches, except the state seal was replaced with the masonic compass and square. I was intrigued. I inquired about freemasonry of a fellow officer and he provided me with a copy of “The Freemasons” by Jasper Ridley. It’s a long book about the history of the Freemasons. Very interesting. When I finished it and returned it to him, it was with the understanding that he would present me for membership if I wanted. That was over a year ago. I still haven’t made a decision about what I think about freemasonry. Or…I guess you could say I have since I have opted not to pursue it any further as I’ve been hesitant about the theological implications of some of the underlying philosophies and symbolism.

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