“And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them.” Ephesians 5:11, KJV
This is a Christian Worldview blog. Thus, political posts upon it are rare given that ours is a heavenly kingdom. However, a political blog of local interest to my home county in Georgia is today necessitated. On July 26th, a runoff election will be held between Brandon Bryson and Bobby Wilson for the office Magistrate Judge in Bartow County. In investigated the background of the two candidates, it has come to my attention candidate Wilson is a Mason. His campaign website reports:
Wilson was raised as a Master Mason in 1980 in Emerson Masonic Lodge #738 and served as Master of the lodge in 1995. He is also a 32nd degree Master Mason. Bobby also served as Past Worthy Patron of Emerson Chapter #538 Order of the Eastern Star
Wilson’s website also reports that he is “the head usher of Morning View Baptist Church is Acworth, Georgia” From a Christian worldview standpoint, this is a serious problem for Morning View Baptist Church and Christian values voters of Bartow County. Freemasonry stands opposed to a Christian worldview.
The Watchman Fellowship is “an independent Christian research and apologetics ministry focusing on new religious movements, cults, the occult and the New Age.” It publishes a profile notebook which includes 4-page briefings of these occultic religious movements; this profile notebook includes a briefing on Freemasonry written by biblical scholar Ron Rhodes. In this briefing, the secretive occultic aspects of Freemasonry are exposed. According to Rhodes’ briefing on Freemasonry,
“God condemns all forms of occultism (Ex. 22:18; Lev. 19:26,31; 20:27; Deut. 18:9-12; 1 Sam. 28:3). Many aspects of Freemasonry are thus off-limits to the Christian.”
The Watchman Fellowship is not an obscure fly-by-night organization but rather a nationally respected evangelical Christian ministry. Its Profile Notebook is required reading for the Cult Theology course at the New Orleans (Southern) Baptist Theological Seminary. Association with Freemasonry, with its secretive ceremonies, occultic elements, “many paths to God philosophy”, downplay of the divinity of Jesus Christ, and assertion that the true name of God is “Jabulon” is not appropriate for any Christian, especially not one serving in an official capacity at a local church. Christianity is an inclusive, open-to-the-light-of-day, and biblical religion dedicated to the clear proclamation that Jesus Christ is Lord, God incarnate. Bobby Wilson is not novice Mason. Given that he has been a “Master Mason” for nearly four decades, he is arguably not ignorant of many of the occultic rites of Freemasonary.
One of the major initiatives of the Bartow Baptist Association and other local Christian organizations has been Pray Bartow. Many residents of Bartow County have surely seen the praybartow.com signs prominently displayed in yards across the community. If Bartow County’s Christian citizens are truly committed to and serious about calling upon God to move in their community, should they elect a professed Freemason, who proudly advertises his masonic lodge affiliation on his campaign website along with this association with Christ’s church (Morning View Baptist)?
Spiritual darkness does not exist only outside the walls of the church building. There is no shortage, in Bartow County and beyond, of Freemasons on deacon committees, in the pews, or even in the pulpit! If Christians truly want unity among God’s people, then unbilbical, secretive, and occult practices need to be repented of and put out of our churches. Nominal Christianity should not be looked upon favorably, especially during the election cycle.
That a local church has produced a free mason as a candidate for local office should be unacceptable in the eyes of Christians. Vote wisely Bartow County. Are you truly serious about honoring God in all you do? Politics aside, I encourage all Bartow County Christians, especially pastors, to exercise church discipline upon the Freemasons in the midst of their local bodies. Christians should bravely stand for God and oppose all spiritual darkness. The masonic associations in our midst, as Christians, are bigger than politics because God’s church transcends worldy affairs. Act like it does. Don’t stand for masonic affiliations in the body of Christ.
After initially publishing this blog, I found this video from Christian apologist John Ankerberg and have posted it here for reference:
Disclosures and Information
- The Magistrate court hears civil claims up to $15,000, landlord/tenant issues (evictions), preliminary criminal hearings, sets criminal bonds, issues arrest warrants and search warrants and hears county ordinance violations.
- In the first election for Magistrate Judge, I voted for Brandon Bryson. I have served with him on the Homeowner’s Association Board of my neighborhood. Brandon did not ask me to write this blog and did not know of it’s publication beforehand.
- At the time of this article was first published, I had not contacted Bobby Wilson or his church about his masonic affiliation. I later spoke with the pastor of Morning View Baptist Church, who expressed no problems with the activities of masons.
- I dated Bobby Wilson’s niece for a few months when I was 18. I’ve met him but don’t remember much about him. I was not a nice guy to the Wilson family when I dated one of their own and was totally in the wrong before God and them for that.
- Brandon Bryson has served on the Board of Directors of the Church at Liberty Square. I offer no commentary on or endorsement of the spiritually or theological soundness of that church body other than to say that I have visited it once for a Sunday service and was made uncomfortable by the speaking in tongues and the slaying of young women”in the Spirit” by the pastor.
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