I am still stunned over the fact how many Freemasons are in several Landmarkist Missionary Baptist Churches. Many minsters actually are Freemasons. I originally come out of a landmarkist church and I've struggled with this doctrine where you had to be baptized by some who was baptized by someone who was baptized by John the Baptist. These churches got so proud and conceited. When you go to a church that is not of their kind, then you don't "attend" or "join", no, you "take up with". My real question deals with the many parallels that I observe between occult Freemasonry and Landmarkist Baptists. So I would like to know from you, dear readers, if you know as a fact that there is a connection between Landmarkism (Baptist Briders) and Freemasonry. Landmarkists are often more fascinated with John the Baptist than with Jesus. So are the Masons. They have admiration for John, but reject the deity of Christ. Landmarkist Baptists talk about the local body of a duly constituted church. Masons practice their craft within the body of a duly constituted lodge. What in the world means "duly constituted"??? Landmakists view The Baptist Church as an organization. Not an organism like the invisible body of Christ. The Masons likewise are an organization. Landmarkists see baptism as an initiation ritual into the local chuch. I've heard it preached like that. Masons believe in all kinds of initiation rituals for each degree. Landmarkists often talk about the lineage of their churches and how they trace themselves back to John the Baptist. Masons want to have lineage back to the Knights Templar or even further back to the times of the ancient mysteries. When it comes to salvation Landmarkists often spend more time preaching about their altar in church and how the sinner has to "make an altar in his heart to pray through", but they spend very little time about the sacrfice upon the altar of Calvary. Sometimes their wooden altar in church is compared to the OT altars upon which blood sacrifices were made. Strange! Just believing on Jesus Christ is too easy and landmarkists condemn that as "easy believism". Well, go on and argue with the Bible! Acts 16:31. Masons are similar. Their craft is full of ritualistic works. Simple faith is not for them. Some Landmarkists want to draw all kinds of parallels between the church and Solomon's Temple. After all, to them the way of salvation has been the same from Genesis to Revelation. What a surprise that Masons also have a fascination for Solomon's Temple. I don't know why! But have the Landmarkists borrowed from Masonry. Has the Masonic affiliation of many a Baptist preacher influenced their understanding of the church and Bible doctrine? I wonder sometimes if some of the big expounders of landmarkism were Masons, such as J.R. Graves or J.M. Pendleton. Does anyone know if they were Masons? Why in the world does a Landmarkist Baptist church today exclude members for believing dispensational, premillennial theology, but is fine with members who practive occult Masonry or participate in occult Halloween practicees? Why? Aren't they straining a gnat and swallowing an elephant. I have witnessed "old-fashioned Christian handshakes" and I almost got my fingers cut from all the men's Masonic rings and look at all these Masonic belts, lapel pins, etc. That gets scary! Or a lady that has gone to church all her life in a landmarkist Baptist church, and she's not sure if she's saved, hasn't joined the church, but has been a part of the Order of the Eastern Star. I wonder if this occult Masonic women's group made her swear and oath to where her primary allegiance had to be toward the lodge. There is something that holds this lady from selling out to Jesus Christ. I now belong to a church that doesn't accept Masons as members. Your allegiane has to be toward Jesus Christ and not some undefined "Supreme Being". I don't want your Supreme Being unless it is Jesus Christ, the head of the Church! AAAAMMMMMMMMMEEEEEEEEEEEEEENNNNNNNN!