The Facts on The Masonic Lodge (Harvest House, 1989), pp. 16-17
Can any Mason honestly claim that the Lodge has no theology of its own?
Another reason Masons give for believing Freemasonry is not a religion is their claim that Freemasonry has no theology. But is this true? A definition of theology (“theos”=God +”legien”=to speak) is “to speak of God.” Masonry speaks of God, demands belief in God, instructs each candidate how to worship God, informs each candidate that the true name of God has been lost, and then in a later degree reveals that lost name.
For example, Masonry clearly teaches theology during the Royal Arch degree (York Rite), when it tells each candidate that the lost name for God will now be revealed to them. The name that is given is Jahbulon. This is a composite term joining Jehovah with two pagan gods—the evil Canaanite deity Baal (Jeremiah 19:5; Judges 3:7; 10:6), and the Egyptian god Osiris.* This equating of God with false gods is something the God of the Bible strictly forbids. “You shall have no other gods before me….You shall not worship them or serve them; for I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God…” (Exodus 20:3, 5). “You shall not learn to imitate the detestable things of those nations” (Deuteronomy 18:9); “Who among the gods is like you, O Lord? Who is like you—majestic in holiness, awesome in glory, working wonders?” (Exodus 15:11)
*For complete documentation, please see The Facts on the Masonic Lodge.