Reviewed by: Douglas Downs
Can a Bible-believing Christian be a Freemason?
As an official Freemason Web site in Canada explains: “…to the Bible literalist, who believes all other faiths are false, the answer is most clearly No, the true Christian cannot be a Freemason.”
|Featuring:||Nicolas Cage (Ben Gates), Diane Kruger (Abigail Chase), Justin Bartha (Riley Poole), Sean Bean (Ian Howe), Jon Voight (Patrick Gates), Christopher Plummer , Harvey Keitel, See all »|
|Producer:||Walt Disney Pictures, Jerry Bruckheimer Films, See all »|
Here’s what the distributor says about their film: “All his life, Benjamin Franklin Gates (Nicolas Cage) has been searching for a treasure no one believed existed: amassed through the ages, moved across continents, to become the greatest treasure the world has ever known. Hidden by our Founding Fathers, they left clues to the Treasure’s location right before our eyes… from our nation’s birthplace, to the nation’s capitol, to clues buried within the symbols on the dollar bill. In a race against time, Gates must elude the FBI, stay one step ahead of his ruthless adversary (Sean Bean), decipher the remaining clues and unlock the 2000 year-old mystery behind our greatest national treasure.”
There is NO doubt that “National Treasure” is a fun, clean action adventure for the entire family. It is a wonderful offering for those that enjoy high wire suspense with an Indiana Jones type flavor.
“National Treasure” is a great historical trip. Benjamin Franklin Gates (Nicolas Cage) takes us on a journey through several historical monuments. It is a whirlwind tour of Boston, Washington, D.C. and, of course, Philadelphia. Our journey begins in an attic above a Washington, D.C. residence. The year is 1974, and Ben’s grandfather Jonathan Adams Gates (Christopher Plummer) catches Ben reading a book about a family legend. Our sage begins to pass on the story of the Freemasons and their tireless pursuit to preserve historical treasures. The treasure is well hidden, and to find it you must solve some very difficult clues.
Ben’s father (John Voit) warns Ben that pursuit of the treasure is a waste of life. The story cuts to 30 years later, and the next important clue is found encased in a 200-year-old ship that frozen in the Antarctic. Ben’s partners soon turn the tables and steal the next clue. Mr. Gates and his whimsical friend Riley Poole (Justin Bartha) are now in a race to examine the Declaration of the Independence.
Director, Jon Turteltaub (“Cool Runnings,” “While You Were Sleeping”) handles this thrill-a-minute plot with tremendous ease. Our duo would not be complete without a female who is caught in the middle. Abigail Chase (Diane Kruger) is the director of the National Archives. Her character is drawn in when the Declaration is stolen. There are wonderful chases and the good guys always seem to be one step ahead of the bad guys. The cliffhanger suspense is similar to the classic Republic chapter serials.
There are some exchanges of gunfire, but the villains usually leave our heroes to live through a perilous circumstance. Yes, as you can imagine, this movie is VERY well acted. The plot is predictable, but VERY enjoyable. There is almost NO language and absolutely NO sex.
There is a fly in the cinematic plot ointment. I know there are some that feel they can watch a Harry Potter adventure and dismiss the strong occult overtones. This is after all the “Buffy” generation. You still cannot ignore well-crafted agendas. I know that John Travolta tried to pay tribute to Scientology, when he made the movie “Battlefield Earth.” “National Treasure” provides a strong platform of acceptance for the organization known as the Freemasons.
The Freemasons is a secret, anti-Christian group with roots that go deep into the occult. Many Masonic oaths are alliances to pagan gods. The organization is a form of morality and ethical standards veiled in secrecy. It is difficult to argue with a group that promotes unselfishness, tolerance, brotherly love and other acceptable virtues. This group has various level or degrees of advancement. It is all an attempt to promote an unholy trinity that is built upon the so called lost name of God.
The “Royal Arch” degree calls God as JAH-BUL-ON, or J.B.O. J- (Jehovah) Hebrew, B-(Baal) Babylonian and O-(Osiris) Egyptian. My grandfather was a Mason. I read lots of material trying to understand his position. I’m a minister/Christian counselor and have been recruited by the Masonic organization. First, Jesus NEVER did anything in secret. Second, the scripture declares, “what fellowship can righteousness have with unrighteousness? Can light have anything to do with darkness?” (II Cor. 6:14) The Freemasons work to elevate all beliefs that point to a supreme being. I do recommend the book, Should a Christian be a Mason? by E.M. Storms (written by a high ranking former Freemason and reviewed by a minister that was also a high ranking Mason.).
I took my 13-year-old son to see the film. He has no interest in the Freemasons as a result of viewing this together. I have raised both of my sons with strong doses of discernment. My primary objection is the glorification of the Freemasons. You now have been informed and can make your own choice.
Violence: Mild / Profanity: Minor / Sex/Nudity: None
I mentioned the Freemason element of the film because I have a responsibility to our Christian readers to point out any theme that some may find objectionable. It is true that the Freemasons have done many admirable things. My grandfather was a Mason, and I know of their charitable work and humanitarian efforts. However, generosity is not the measurement to prove salvation or a right relationship with God. Jesus openly declared that “He was the way, the truth and the life.” I Corinthians 13 declares that if I give everything to the poor and have not “Agape” Love (that comes from a right relationship with God) then “I am nothing.” Paul also called our “righteousness as filthy rags.” The most important thing is that we have been redeemed and follow Christ. There is NO redemptive value in works.
My use of the prefix anti (above) is in the Greek/Biblical use of the word. The prefix anti in our language has come to mean simply against. The prefix anti, like anti-Christ, refers to a counterfeit Christ. The word Christian does presuppose the acceptance of Christ as the sole Savior and remedy for sin. Anti-Christian would be the acceptance of other religious belief systems. The scripture clearly presents one solution for sin and that their will be many other counterfeit choices. It is not called the “narrow” way by Jesus for nothing. “Narrow” does not mean narrow-minded, but the simple most direct path to redemption and a relationship with God.
If you are a Freemason, I apologize if I offended you. However, I am not alone in my opposition of the Freemasons. There are various Christian denominations and organizations that are opposed to members belonging to the Freemasons (and organizations like it).
for HIS glory,
Douglas Downs, Movie Reviewer
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