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Judson University Partners With Freemasons

Judson University Partners With Freemasons

Today was a “What Dee Heck” moment. I open up my Facebook for my daily dose of status updates, random scripture postings and funny photos and I notice a small little article on my Alma Mater’s (Judson University) page “Judson University Begins Endowed Scholarship Fund For Entrepreneurial Students”. This naturally gets my attention because one, I’m a Judson alumni and two, I’m an entrepreneur. To my shock and awe, I proceed to read about this “young internet marketing entrepreneur” who is making a $10,000 donation to Judson. No problem with that, until I read how this guy got connected with Judson in the first place…read an excerpt from the article:

Mr. Glazers became connected with Judson University in April 2011 when he attended the school’s inaugural World Leaders Forum. The event was established to help fund the new Entrepreneurship Program, and former U.S. President George W. Bush was the keynote speaker for the main event. While there, Mr. Glazers was introduced to Dr. Angelo Bravos, Judson’s Director of University Advancement. The two discovered that they both shared a passion for entrepreneurship, and they were both members of the Freemason fraternity, an organization for men joined together by philosophies of moral standards and community betterment.

http://triblocal.com/elgin/community/stories/2011/11/judson-university-begins-endowed-scholarship-fund-for-entrepreneurial-students/

I almost spit out my coffee! Am I the only one with some kind of spiritual discernment around here or is Judson just taking a “whatever works” approach to Christian education? Is there anything such as principle anymore? Freemasonry is far from a “fraternal organization for community betterment”. Anyone with even a small knowledge of the occult understands the superstition and suspicion shrouded in the Freemasons.

Before you dismiss this post as a rush to judgment, please hear me out. I love Judson, I attended from 1996-2000 and my life was changed by the commitment to Christ that most of the students and faculty displayed. I have seen Judson tip the scales of balance within the past few years with a weight that falls more on the secular institutional side. This is very unfortunate and all done under the mask of being “relevant” and some sort of “light to the world”. We know as Christians that there is a fine line between being a light to the world and being worldly. I’m reminded of this scripture in 2 Cor. 6:14-18:

“Do not be yoked together with unbelievers. For what do righteousness and wickedness have in common? Or what fellowship can light have with darkness? What harmony is there between Christ and Belial? What does a believer have in common with an unbeliever? What agreement is there between the temple of God and idols? For we are the temple of the living God. As God has said: “I will live with them and walk among them, and I will be their God, and they will be my people. Therefore come out from them and be separate, says the Lord. Touch no unclean thing, and I will receive you. I will be a Father to you, and you will be my sons and daughters, says the Lord Almighty.”

The irony of it all is that I just sent a small check to donate to Judson this week in honor of a professor of great standing, Dr. Robert Erickson. Dr. Erickson has served Judson faithfully as a Bible professor since the founding of Judson. In the future I cannot say that I support Judson whole-heartedly until I can see some difference being made to fulfill the commission of Jesus to preach the Gospel to the ends of the earth instead of a measly commission to fill the earth with a lukewarm, watered down message of compromise.

Wake up.

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    Jason G

    December 1, 2011 at 9:59 pm

    Crazy stuff and sad.

    Will A.

    December 6, 2011 at 3:24 pm

    Freemasonry is the world's oldest and largest Fraternity. And for over three hundred years, despite the good works done by its members, Freemasonry has continually suffered the slings and arrows of those who seek to use it's quiet nature against it.

    Freemasonry's singular purpose is to make good men better and its bonds of friendship, compassion and brotherly love have survived even the most divisive political, military and religious conflicts through the centuries. Freemasonry is neither a forum nor a place of worship. It is not a religion nor does it teach a religious philosophy. For nearly three hundred years it has attracted men of high moral character who support the tenets of temperance, fortitude, prudence and justice.

    So what exactly is your problem with Freemasonry. Which BTW is neither secret or occult. The superstitions and suspicions are just that superstitions. I would think a learned person would see this and if they didn't know any real facts, get them or would already know the 'facts'. Not that which is posted on conspiracy websites and Uboob videos.

    Rusty Wimberly

    December 7, 2011 at 3:45 am

    Will, thanks for posting although I wish you would be more forth coming with your identity. Your email is a little suspicious itself. One only has to do a little research to find out why Freemasory and Christianity are incompatible. This is a few nuggets I found on a website:

    By taking the Masonic oaths, the Mason is swearing to uphold Masonry and its teachings. Swearing to uphold Masonic oaths is sinful, unscriptural and should not be part of the Christian's life for the following reasons.

    They make a Christian man swear by God to doctrines which God has pronounced false and sinful. For example, Masonry teaches a universalist doctrine of "the Fatherhood of God" (John 8:42)

    The Christian man is made to swear his acceptance of the lie that salvation, the reward of Heaven, can be gained by main's good works (Ephesians 2:8-9)

    The Christian man swears to accept and promote the Masonic lie that Jesus is just one of many equally revered prohets in the world. He does this when agreeing that all religions can lead a man to God (Acts 4:12; Philippians 2:9-11; Colossians 1:16-18)

    The Christian man swears he will remain silent in the Lodge and not talk of Christ when God commands every Christian to be a witness (Matthew 28:19)

    The Christian man swears that he is approaching the Lodge while he is in spiritual ignorance and moral darkness, when the Bible says that Christians are children of light and are indwelt by the Light of the world (John 8:12; Ephesians 5:8)

    By taking the Masonic oath, the Christian is guilty of taking the name of the Lord is vain, because he has sworn unlawfully to things God has forbidden him to swear to. God says He will not leave such a person unpunished (Exodus 20:7)

    The Christian falsely swears that the God of the Bible is equally present in all religions (1 Timothy 2:5-6)

    The Christian falsely swears to the teaching that true worship can be offered in to Lodge to God without the mediatorship of Jesus (Hebrews 9:14)

    By swearing the Masonic oath, Christians are perpetuating a false gospel to other Lodge members who look only to the gospel of Masonry to get them to Heaven (Galatians 1:6-8)

    The Christian's spirit, mind and body are the temple of the Holy Spirit, "bought with a price" (1 Corinthians 6:19-20). By taking the Masonic obligations he could be agreeing to allow the polution of his mind and spirit by pagan religion or even occult practices.

    Source: John Ankerberg and John Weldon, Encyclopedia of Cults and New Religions, Harvest House Publishers, Eugene, Or. 1999, P. 255-256

    If these are in fact true facets of Freemasonry then its just the tip of the iceberg as to why its considered occultic and a threat to true Christianity. If the true purpose of Freemasonry is for the good of mankind, then why in the world would it suffer so much so called "persecution"? Not to mention the character in question in this article does not appear to be of "high moral character" according to his Facebook profile.

    Vito Glazeres

    February 20, 2012 at 12:09 am

    Rusty,

    Firstly, I forgive you for your ignorance, and thank you for the opportunity to address your concerns.

    Your facts about Freemasonry are inaccurate. After more than 4 years of being a Mason I can assure you that it has done nothing but strengthen my faith in God and it has enabled and encouraged me to become more active in serving my fellow man on a daily basis. I would be happy to disprove each of your above sources in a separate conversation.

    As for my personal life, I strongly encourage anyone reading to please visit the page referenced in this personal attack against me; by visiting http://Facebook.com/VitoGlazersCEO you will see that these accusations of decadence have been completely imagined by the author of this blog.

    I am 26 years old and did not have the opportunity to graduate college. I only wished to do God's work and give a gift to support, but instead find myself judged by another Christian. I would never tell you how to worship but I please ask that you revisit the word of God before passing judgement on another of his children who is serving the Lord with all his heart.

    You seem angry so I would like to offer my helping hand to you if you need it. Regardless of what you say about me I am happy to listen to anything you have to say and help you however I can.

    Thank you,

    Vito Glazers

      Rusty Wimberly

      February 20, 2012 at 4:34 am

      Vito, thanks for visiting my article and of course I always welcome the chance for a mature debate. However, I personally don't buy into the ol' "freemasonry is a brotherhood of well meaning individuals" story that is purported by masons. After doing research on Freemasonry, I have found that at best it's principles of inclusiveness and swearing of oaths to uphold the lodges own doctrines and rituals totally contradict anything involving true worship of God or serving our Lord Jesus Christ as found in the Bible. I am not privileged to the private information of Freemasory or higher secret information so I do not know for sure, but at worst Freemasory is a cult. If this is true, I am shocked that Judson would place such people on their staff and even more so accept financial support from people affiliated with such an organization.

      If you understand the Word of God, you would see that there are times where we must pass judgement, especially things involving leaders, false teaching and sin. We must defend the truth and the true faith, even at times when it is unpopular or could seem intolerant. If you are a beginner in masonry, I'm trust that you are sincere in your affiliation and possibly even a genuine, but ignorant, believer in Jesus Christ. I would encourage you to do your own research for the subject and search the scriptures to see if these things are compatible. I feel knowing God and having a personal relationship with Jesus Christ is of the utmost importance and to seek the truth is all we desire.

      I certainly understand this subject has been an issue of debate for the past 200 years and will not be resolved in my small, irrelevant blog article, but I thank you for visiting and sharing your perspective.

    Nick

    March 14, 2012 at 3:19 am

    I took an oath of loyalty to the Boy Scouts when I was younger, to doing my duties and preserving the law of the pack, or something like that. Does that make me an unbeliever in Christ in that I was "yoked together" with other Boy Scouts, perhaps not all of whom were Christian?

    As an aside I have worked at Judson in a staff capacity since 2007 and am also a Judson alum. There are many dedicated Christians sincerely working at Judson to advance the mission of Christianity in higher education, and knowing Dr. Bravos he is a good man and Christ-follower.

      Rusty Wimberly

      March 14, 2012 at 10:12 pm

      Nick I appreciate your comments. I'm sure most Freemasons are well meaning, yet very misguided. Just like there are many church members that still believe in reincarnation, yoga, meditation, consulting astrology and other pagan practices. I wouldn't categorize the Boy Scouts, Rotary Club or Jaycees in the same category as Freemasonry. Two completely different organizations.

    Dennis

    July 28, 2012 at 11:40 am

    So does this mean Judson University is an occult?

    Scary.

    Sorry for the ignorance.

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