A friend and I are currently doing some online research. We both believe Masonry is wrong. But I have decided to start by looking at their point of view, rather than looking at the antis (which I will eventually do).
So I went to their national website to see what they have to say. And not going by what any anti-Masons say, I have to say that I do not believe Christians should be involved.
The reason why is that according to the Masons, it is nothing more than a Fraternity. A brotherhood, if you will. But this brotherhood, is inclusive as to who can join and who can't. They defend the Wiccans on their own website.
They say that they are no favor of religions. Which being politically correct, that sounds fine.
However, I do not believe that it is right for a Christian to join and make brothers in a in a group when you know that right next to you is a Wiccan, and on the other side of you is a Muslim.
Yes, I believe you can be friends with a
Wiccan or a Muslim. But to join and become brothers to one... I think that's where the "Be ye not unequally yolked" verse comes in. It is my understanding that even when saying prayers all must be inclusive. In other words saying a prayer in Jesus' name may offend the Muslim sitting next to you.
Now this is where the religion part comes in. A Christian must say a prayer, but not use Christ's name so not to offend other religions. In other words, the Christian is praying to a universal god, one that is worshipped by all religions.
That's not my God. The Muslims, the Wiccans, the Satanists, they do not worship the same God I do. Just based on that bit of information, I would have to say that yes, Freemasonry is a religion.