Transparency! That is the word for the times. Why? Because previous politicians have hidden what was damaging and propagated what would illumine themselves. Obama, when campaigning, continued to pound on Bush for "lack of transparency", but as for himself, has been the least transparent president ever.
Water is transparent. So is most glass. Once an obstacle is placed between the viewer and the object, transparency is gone. Americans are so used to being in the dark that they actually choose darkness over enlightenment. Knowing Obama had a hidden agenda most people still went to the polls and reelected him! People actually fear truth and truth is revealed by transparency! Transparency is "to show through". Lies are concealed in opaqueness. Then why do people continue to accept a lack of transparency? They are deceived!
Jesus himself spoke of transparency! Take a look at what he said about his own ministry, or agenda, if you prefer:
John 18:20 "Jesus answered him, I spake openly to the world; I ever taught in the synagogue, and in the temple, whither the Jews always resort; and in secret have I said nothing."
We are to emulate Jesus. We are to act and behave as Jesus does. Why then, do Christians belong to secret societies? They are deceived! Many members will tell you that their organization worships God. Why then do they do it in secret? Jesus didn't minister in the dark, but in the light.
Here's Jesus himself speaking at another time:
John 8:12 "Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life."
Christianity is all about "light". Transparency allows the light to shine through. Secrecy hides darkness. What is done in secret is not of God!
Mark 4:22 "For there is nothing hid, which shall not be manifested; neither was any thing kept secret, but that it should come abroad."
Secret societies shall be revealed. What they hold in darkness from the world, will be yelled from the mountaintops. Secrecy is not the way of God!
Secret societies require an oath to get in. Many have you swear that you'll uphold other members and even kill to protect the secrets of the organization. Taking an oath for membership is ungodly:
Matthew 5:34 "But I say unto you, Swear not at all;" 37 "But let your communication be, Yea, yea; Nay, nay: for whatsoever is more than these cometh of evil."
If a Christian takes an oath that person is in disobedience to God!
How can people pledge themselves to an organization without knowing the organizations goals and tactics? "Stupidity" is walking in the dark without a light. If danger lies ahead, how would you know? We are to "test" all things. Paul tells us that:
1 Thessalonians 5:21 " Prove all things; hold fast that which is good."
How do you "prove" anything hidden in secrecy? You can't! If you follow darkness that's not only stupidity, but disobedience as well.
Gnosticsim is the fake Christianity of "secrecy". They believe in the saving grace of hidden knowledge. Only the enlightened will go to heaven. It's an oxymoron that to be "enlightened" one must walk in "darkness"! Secret societies are no more than the gnosticism of which Paul spoke often. Gnosticsim is anti-Christianity. Secret societies are un-Christian!
Should Christian brothers fraternalize with those who belong to secret societies?
2 Corinthians 6:14 "Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness?"
It's clear that Christians are not to be "yoked" with those in darkness" "what communion hath light with darkness?" We are not, as Christians, to fellowship with those who are unrighteous, members of darkness, members of secret societies. If one belongs to a secret organization they should dismiss themselves in further fellowship with those who are in secrecy and darkness.
Personally, I believe that scripture is so clear that church members should exclude themselves from secret societies. That's what I believe from scripture and those who disagree can do so. They don't have to answer to me, but someday we'll have to account for all our actions. This is just one more activity that a Christian exclude themselves from so that they'll never have to give an account. Why do Christians need secret organizations when we have one based on love, truth and light? It's called the church! That's where Christians belong!