CANADA: The Lodge & the Church

Can a Mason also be a Christian? To the Rev. Walter Bauer, pastor of the Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church in the Lake Erie village of Fisherville (pop. 2,200), the answer is no. Nowhere in their prayers or ritual, he told his congregation in a sermon, do Masons make mention of Jesus Christ.* Furthermore, he had come upon a passage in a Freemason lexicon that defined the Bible as a "symbol of the will of God." Pastor Bauer concluded that such teachings were unChristian. He challenged lodge members to disprove his charges.

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