A few years ago, a so called Freemason told a colleague that the items listed below were all areas that “Freemasons” benefit from or need to accept if she wished to join the fraternity! If you are a regular Freemason then you already know this list to be complete and utter nonsense, but if you are not a member and are considering joining then understand that if any “Freemason” suggests that any item from this list as pertaining to Freemasonry, then you are dealing with a clandestine lodge, so back away immediately. Here is that list:
- That Freemasons gain a business advantage,
- Freemasons get away with criminal offences
- We only look after our own
- Freemasons worship the devil!
- Husband and wife are made by masonry
- Freemasons have rights to destroy other’s life because the master said so
- Whatever the master says we must obey his rules, for example, if a husband and wife is not liked by him he would divorce them
- If the master and the lodge does not like someone then that someone is automatically considered to be bad
- Whenever you are a Mason you will have high position in the government
Once again I am drawn into the world of myths and tall tales relating to Freemasonry and once again I am compelled to counter this nonsense (even though it is really difficult to understand just where this nonsense originates). This time I am shocked at the utter ludicrous beliefs that are “doing the rounds.” The first three above have been addressed many times by this writer, but I’ll briefly remind you all again (numbered to correspond with the above list):
- There are no financial or business advantages to be gained by joining our fraternity.
- Any Freemason found conspiring with others with regard to “getting away with criminal offences” would be instantly expelled from the organisation; we don’t even allow applications from those with a criminal record.
- As for looking after our own, that is true, since the time of the stonemasons guilds we will always assist any Freemason in distressed circumstances (meaning charity), as all Freemasons follow a charge, the appropriate extract having been published in a previous article, and finally, all Freemasons take an oath that binds them to obey the ordinances of the country where he/she resides and to obey the Laws of God.
- On to number 4, Freemasons worship the devil!!!! That certainly is total nonsense, as Freemasonry is not even a religion, so we, as Freemasons, do not worship, we leave that to the religious doctrine our members follow, no matter which it is. However, there is a date that Freemasons use, which is zero BCE plus 4000 years (originally believed to have been 4004 years). We call this the year of light, Anno Lucis (Latin) translation “Year of light.” I am sure that the intelligent among you can see that Lucis in NOT Lucifer. Maybe you can see how Freemason haters can twist the truth!
Number 4 is weird enough, but now we get to the really bizarre! Items 5 to 9 are apparently the actual teachings of a clandestine “lodge” of pseudo “freemasons.”
- I have heard that in some strange cults (Freemasonry is NOT a cult), the cult leader will choose a wife for a man, a husband for a woman. This would most certainly not in happen in Freemasonry, as Freemasons have no desire to interfere in personal areas of members lives. It should be noted that in regular freemasonry we have a simple hierarchy of importance. First comes the family, then work and finally Freemasonry.
- Freemasons’ only aim is to assist members in improving their lives, making members better than they were by encouraging brotherly love, relief (charity) and truth. No true Freemason would ever dream of “destroying” another’s life, we cherish all life, all diversity, all types of person, and we pride ourselves in helping others, be they Freemasons or not, with charitable giving. In fact, UGLE members are the second largest charitable giver after the National Lottery in England and Wales.
- These ideas get funnier as we address each in turn. In a Freemasons Lodge, we promote confidence and leadership, in theory the Master of a lodge reigns supreme; the highest and most honourable office a Mason can hold is that of Master of his Lodge. He will serve for one year only and his authority is as the chairman of any meeting, and he is also the “lead player” in our rituals. He will lead with the assistance of his two Wardens, each wielding that “all powerful gavel.” However, he, and his Wardens, do not lead alone, they are supported by all the Past Masters in the Lodge who will guide them through their year in office; and the Master doesn’t make the rules! These rules have been handed down since the times of the stonemasons guilds, long before the first Book of Constitutions (our book we use for rules and guidance) published in 1723. These rules apply only within the Lodge and address how meetings are to be run. In the early versions the Book of Constitutions contained the ancient principles and tenets of the craft, including the ancient charges; these charges are now incorporated within our rituals. The Master has zero authority outside the Lodge and none whatsoever in the private lives of the Lodge members. He certainly has no right whatsoever to interfere in a members private family life, marriage or divorce, etc. This is governed by the civil ordinances of the land, which every Freemason is charged and obligated to obey.
- The next, number 8, is so ridiculous it seems stupid to even discuss it. Similar to that stated above, the Master of a Freemasons Lodge has no authority to “instruct the members who to like or dislike” and, if he finds himself at variance with a member, or against whom he entertains animosity, we are advised at our initiation, that “it is better that you invite him to withdraw in order to amicably settle your differences than to disturb the peace and harmony of the Lodge.” Should such a case ever occur to a Master of the lodge then a past Master will take his place until such times as he has amicably restored his friendship. In the 33+ years I have been a regular Freemason, such an occurrence has never happened. A Freemasons Lodge promotes only peace and harmony amongst member, there is no room for hate.
- The last ludicrous statement, number 9, has been addressed many, many times. Be advised that a Freemason is most likely to be disadvantaged in politics rather than favoured, due to the many adverse rumours floating around. Being a Freemason is no guarantee of gaining a high office in politics, there is no connection between Freemasonry and politics, and politics is one of the banned subjects in a Freemason’s Lodge, as we have members of diverse political views which, as we all know, at best promote heated discussions, at worst arguments.
So, once again I find myself addressing some of the most ridiculous ideas that some believe belong to Freemasonry, none of the above could be further from the truth. Let me remind readers that there have evolved many divers ideas in Freemasonry that have veered from the ancient principles and tenets of the craft. In simplistic terms, those that follow these ancient principles and tenets of Freemasonry are deemed regular Freemasons (UGLE is one such body). Then there are those that, although do no harm, have removed one of the important principles, that being the belief in a supreme being (God) and/or have veered into expressing a politic point of view; these would be deemed as ‘irregular.’ In this divers world there is a place for such organisations, but in the opinion f the writer, not really in true ‘ancient and accepted’ Freemasonry. Then there is the third and most dangerous group that we deem as clandestine. This group has no real governing body, no principle and tenets that we Freemasons deem invaluable. Many are simply set up as a way of making money, some may sell insurance, but unfortunately some venture into criminal activities under the disguise of being Freemasons. So, beware of this third group if you genuinely want to join the fraternity of Freemasons.
These articles are written by W Bro Steve Froggatt PPJGD, current Chaplain of Neptune Lodge No 5150 EC. Steve was initiated into Freemasonry in 1986.They do not represent the view of any Grand/Provincial Grand Lodge.
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