The Facts on The Masonic Lodge (Harvest House, 1989), p. 16
Does the Masonic Lodge have its own distinct doctrinal statement like a church does?
Another reason Masons give for claiming Freemasonry is not a religion is because “we have no confession of faith in a doctrinal statement such as a church does.” But is this true?
How can any Mason honestly say he has no confession of faith when he must believe in the teachings of the Landmarks concerning the universal Fatherhood of God and brotherhood of man, when he must believe in immortality of the soul, when he must believe in a Supreme Being, and when he must believe that as a good Mason he will reside in the “Celestial Lodge Above’” for all eternity?
Not only do Masons have a confession of faith in their own doctrinal beliefs, but their Masonic beliefs are distinctive. It can be seen that Masonry teaches specific religious doctrines which are not accepted by many other religions. This means Masonry’s claim of not having distinctive religious doctrines is false.
This can easily be seen from Masonry’s religious teaching concerning the immortality of the soul. Just ask yourself, “Do all religions believe in the doctrine of the immortality of the soul like Masons do?” The answer is “No.” Seventh-Day Adventists, Jehovah’s Witnesses, Armstrongites, and Buddhists, to name just a few, do not believe in the immortality of the soul as Masons do.