Is MacArthur a Freemason?
MacArthur (of Grace Community Church) makes a lot of his claims that he is so Biblical in his teaching, with Unleashing God’s Truth, One Verse at a Time heading each of his online documents. He does teach but one verse at a time, as a result notably ignoring many contextual truths in his efforts to teach false doctrines, thus denying his claim to be teaching God’s truth! It would be a vast improvement on the accuracy of his teachings if he were to teach using the consistency of many verses at the same time. It can be truly said that just about anything can be taught using one verse at a time, while genuine Scriptural doctrine is best taught using all relevant verses at a time! But so many people believe MacArthur because he sounds so genuine in his claims to be so Biblical. It’s a pity they don’t check out his teachings first.
Of course, a lot of people have read this document, and not one yet has attempted to demonstrate that MacArthur is not a freemason; obviously no-one is willing to deny such an accusation! Or else they’d tell me otherwise, wouldn’t they? Silence is always taken as an inability to defend. Does such silence mean that MacArthur serves the same god as freemasonry? Please feel free to comment on the Contact page. Comments and replies are recorded on the Comments page.
So many of those gullible people (who consider MacArthur to be incapable of ever making a doctrinal mistake) just accept what he says as gospel truth. When he states that the Granville Sharp rule (of Greek) demonstrates that God’s foreknowledge is predetermined by God (Acts 2:23), people then quote it as absolute truth, disregarding the fact that MacArthur has misused this rule either deliberately or through sheer incompetence. (See MacArthur is Wrong). Or his misuse of the rules of Hebrew parallelism in a vain attempt to demonstrate that “many” cannot mean the same as “many” if the word is used twice in the same verse (Romans 5:15) and that “all” cannot mean the same as “all” if the word is used twice in the same verse (Romans 5:18). (See MacArthur is Wrong – Again!)
Some people have stated that MacArthur is opposed to Freemasonry, so I searched to see what he said about them – see the following from True Worship Pt 3.
Now, that (Masonry) is a religion. Anything that says it’s a divinely appointed institution, designed to draw men nearer to God, to give them a clear conception of their proper relationship to God, to men and the ultimate destiny of their human soul, that’s a religion. Masonry is a religion even though they don’t want to admit it. ……..
…… Well, I think you understand, that’s enough, frankly, to sicken anyone because that’s (i.e. Masonry) a Satanic false religion. It is unacceptable. And there are myriads of such unacceptable kinds of worship. And destiny is determined by that. You may think you’re worshipping God, but you’re not.
So it does appear as if MacArthur has correctly understood that freemasonry is a satanic false religion, one that seeks to serve its master, satan. Freemasonry is indeed satanism, witchcraft, false worship of the worst kind. You would also expect that if MacArthur personally knew of any freemasons, he would openly condemn their false religion of worshipping satan. So, let’s see what our research reveals!
MacArthur wrote in A Father’s Legacy in 2005:
My Dad, Dr. John “Jack” MacArthur, was born March 30, 1914, in Calgary, Alberta, to Harry and Olivia Fullerton MacArthur. His mother’s father was a Presbyterian minister on Prince Edward Island, and his father, who dedicated his life to Christ as an adult, served as a pastor and an example for his young son. …….
My grandfather took over the church’s pastorate in 1943 as Dad moved to Fountain Avenue Baptist Church in Hollywood, California. At Fountain Avenue, Dad helped establish the Holly wood Christian group, an outreach to people in the film and television industries. He counted Roy Rogers and Dale Evans, who came to Christ under his preaching, as close personal friends.
In “A Father’s Legacy”, MacArthur makes two interesting statements. One is that his father’s maternal grandfather (Thomas Fullerton) and therefore MacArthur’s great grandfather, was a Presbyterian minister on Prince Edward Island.
MacArthur also praises the spiritual harvest that has resulted from that ministry of his great grandfather Thomas Fullerton:
The good news is, when the soil is prepared by God, there’s going to be an explosion of spiritual fruit and the harvest will go on and on and on and on and on and on. A nice young man in our church was recently in Prince Edward Island and I had said in the church service that my great grandfather was a pastor of St. James Kirk Presbyterian Kirk in Prince Edward Island back in the 1800’s. So when he was up there, he started digging around and found all kinds of things about my great grandfather. Thomas Fullerton was his name and he was pastor there at the main church in Charletown(?) (Charlottetown) for about twenty-eight years. He was a chaplain in the Canadian Military and he went to the Bower(?) (Boer) War in South Africa and fought and did ministry among the troops. And you look back and that and you say, “Okay, there’s a…his father was also a pastor who had been in Scotland and then gone to Australia and come there and at some point the Lord plowed the heart of that family and it just kept going and it just kept going and it kept going and it came down through my…from my great-grandfather to my grandmother, his daughter, and then through her to my father and then through me and this is the explosion and we’re all in this process somewhere.
Up until now it looks like MacArthur (according to his statements) belongs to a great evangelistic family with a spiritual harvest that we might tend to assume was somewhat akin to a vibrant Christian missionary ministry. It says of Thomas Fullerton’s father (MacArthur’s great great grandfather) in “A Father’s Legacy” that he dedicated his life to Christ as an adult, serving as a pastor and an example for his young son (who would have been MacArthur’s great grandfather, Thomas Fullerton). (Or it says of MacArthur’s father’s father that he was an example for his young son – the statement doesn’t make it clear here.) And, upon hearing all this, we might well think that MacArthur’s ancestry was really full-on with Christian teaching and preaching the gospel of Christ. It does show just how misled we can get when we are only given one side of the story, for some very important facts have been completely left out!
Now the truth: MacArthur’s great grandfather, Rev Thomas Fullerton, was a high-ranking freemason, attaining the 32nd degree (the highest level a freemason can reach in the Scottish Rite, with the 33rd degree often given as well but only by invitation). He was Grand Chaplain, 1907-10; Senior Grand Deacon, 1911; Deputy Grand Master, 1912 and Grand Master, 1913, plus he is designated PGM – Provincial Grand Master. The following is from the Prince Edward Island (PEI) freemasonry lodge website.
Most Worshipful Brother
Thomas Fraser Fullerton, PGM
Grand Lodge of Prince Edward Island, A.F. & A.M.;
Grand Master 1913 – 1914
Thomas Fraser Fullerton was born at Glasgow, Scotland, on March 28th, 1861.
He received his early education at a Public School, matriculating into Glasgow University from which he graduated as Prizeman.
Having fitted himself for a life of theological work he came to America in 1889, and after a short Pastorate in St. John, N. B., he accepted a call to St. James Presbyterian Church, (Kirk) in Charlottetown, P. E. I. This charge he still holds, and has held continually for twenty-one years, with the exception of one year while in active service as Chaplain with the Royal Canadian Regiment in the South African War in 1900.
He received the Degree of Doctor of Divinity from the Presbyterian College at Halifax, N. S. in 1913.
In Masonry he received his first light as an Entered Apprentice in St. Johns Lodge, No. 1, Charlottetown, on March 15th, 1901, as a Fellow Craft, April 16th, and as Master Mason, May 14th, of the same year. He presided as Worshipful Master of St. Johns Lodge in 1911. In the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite he received the degrees of the Lodge of Perfection and Rose Croix Chapter in 1903, and the intermediate degrees to 32degree in Charlottetown Consistory in 1911.
In the Grand Lodge he was Grand Chaplain, 1907-10; Senior Grand Deacon, 1911; Deputy Grand Master, 1912 and Grand Master, 1913.
From the Proceedings of the 38th Annual Communication of the Most Worshipful Grand Lodge of Prince Edward Island A.F. & A. M. (1913).
It is likely that Thomas Fullerton’s father was also a high-ranking freemason who may have held the position of Grand Secretary of the Provincial Grand Orange Lodge for the Province under the jurisdiction of the Grand Lodge of British America.
Note also that MacArthur’s middle name is Fullerton, as was his father’s middle name, his grandmother’s maiden name (Olivia Fullerton MacArthur), and the surname of his great grandfather and great great grandfather. Many would see this as evidence of a satanic bloodline where a certain name of significance is carried from one generation to the next as evidence of their heritage.
Note also that one of the lodges associated with Prince Edward Island Grand Lodge, Alexandra Lodge No. 5, states that Worshipful Brother D Fullerton gave an address on October 3rd, 1991. The Fullerton bloodline apparently still lives on!
Alexandra Lodge No. 5
The lighted case for the Trowel was constructed and presented by W.Bro. Byron Hutchison. Bro. Yeo’s Past Master’s Jewel is also in the case. A Memorial Tablet on the East Wall of the Lodge Room was unveiled by R.W.Bro. George Wakeford PDGM during Grand Lodge Visitation on June 27, 1928. Bro. Yeo’s portrait was unveiled in the Lodge Room on October 3, 1991. An Address for the occasion was presented by W.Bro. D. Fullerton. An earlier portrait had been presented in 1874.
So what spiritual harvest can you expect of a high-ranking freemason such as Thomas Fullerton? Certainly not a Christian one, that’s for sure. Apparently the spiritual harvest that MacArthur boasts of having come down to him through the generations clearly is not Christian. MacArthur has stated that freemasonry is a satanic false religion. Therefore his great grandfather Thomas Fullerton served a satanic false religion, according to MacArthur’s teachings. You cannot serve both God and satan; therefore Thomas Fullerton did not serve the one true God of the Bible. So why doesn’t MacArthur mention anywhere that his great grandfather (from whom he claims that great spiritual harvest came) was a freemason, a servant of a satanic false religion? If MacArthur is truly opposed to freemasonry, then we would expect him to denounce those in his family who were freemasons, not praise their spiritual harvest!
But what about that mention of Roy Rogers in “A Father’s Legacy”? “He counted Roy Rogers and Dale Evans, who came to Christ under his preaching, as close personal friends.”
Roy Rogers was a close personal friend of MacArthur’s father, and the current MacArthur would have seen them often while he was growing up. He appears to praise Roy Rogers and Dale Evans in “A Father’s Legacy”; he certainly doesn’t denounce them. And yet, Roy Rogers (real name Leonard Franklin Slye) was a 33rd degree freemason; this fact is chiselled into his gravestone. He is said to have been led to Christ by John “Jack” MacArthur (John MacArthur’s father) in 1948, attained the 32nd degree in the Scottish Rite of freemasonry in 1950, and then accepted an invitation to the 33rd degree in 1979. Roy Rogers clearly did not renounce his satanic false worship when he became a “Christian”; instead he climbed even further up the satanic freemasonry ladder after he became a “Christian”!
So why hasn’t the current MacArthur denounced Roy Rogers for his satanic false religion? In “A Father’s Legacy” he apparently considered Roy Rogers as a Christian and a close personal friend of his father’s. Why doesn’t MacArthur mention or even hint at the dark nature of Roy Rogers’ satanic false worship? A genuine Christian who knows the Bible well would certainly denounce freemasonry as a satanic false religion, and MacArthur does appear to do just that. Then why does he not denounce it in his family and family friends, and even praises the spiritual harvest of his freemason ancestors.
To denounce freemasonry from the pulpit while also refusing to acknowledge its significant presence in his family and acquaintances draws a serious charge of double standards, and strongly suggests that MacArthur, while trying to be seen as opposing such satanic false worship, is actually a secret worshipper of the same god that his ancestors and family friends worshipped: satan. Is MacArthur, in fact, a secret or closet worshipper of satan? At least his ancestor Thomas Fullerton was open about his ties with the false religion of freemasonry.
See The False Calvinist Gospel for further evidence of the satanic false worship inherent in the calvinist gospel. Calvinists claim that calvinism is the gospel, yet never preach it to anyone until after they have already been initiated into the rites of calvinism. Why do they claim that they are most Biblical, yet not openly advertise the reality of their doctrines to non-calvinists? See The Oxymorons of Calvinist Doctrine.