W.B. Jon Patrick Sage
Freemasonry, known to nearly all the world over, is also nearly always miss-understood. Masonic bodies have been termed as secret societies, occult devil worshippers, a rich white-man’s club, non-religious heathens, and perhaps most hurtful of all- Rulers of the World. Evidentially, all of this occurs in oak paneled chambers, hidden away from the prying eyes of the rest of the population.
And so, today, I will reveal to all the truth behind the TOP THREE SECRETS of Freemasonry.
Secret #1: Masons only allow the “upper crust” of society to join, and blackball poor people and minorities.
In practice, I must admit, that this does happen from time to time. Yes, we are human, and there are some in our Fraternity who DO think that they are better than the average Joe. We do have racists, homophobes, and just plain old fashioned “assholes”. However, it must be understood that none of this is condoned by ANY official writings (I hold true to what are known as “The Landmarks”, and these state in no uncertain terms that men are men, created by the Almighty. Also evinced by at least a couple of our most important lectures, is the notion that while in Lodge assembled, and really- even when outside of Lodge- the contents of a man’s pocketbook, his religious affiliation, or the color of his skin means VERY LITTLE in comparison to what may be found in that man’s heart. We are in pursuit of Brotherly Love, including everyone the world over.
Secret #2: Masons are without, or are against Religion, and do not believe in “God”. ?
At the core of our Institution, in order that any of our practices and/or Ritual means anything, or holds any weight, there must be a professed belief in Deity by ALL new Candidates who Petition for membership. Not only are NOT against Religion(s), we encourage our Brethren to be as active as they can possibly be in the Church of their choosing! As a matter of fact, this is one of the few requirements that a man MUST possess in order to be admitted into membership within the Freemasonic Fraternity. He Simply Must Possess a Belief in a Supreme Being and he must profess that belief publicly. Indeed, we are probably the most Religious people you never knew about!
The one thing which does differentiate the Masons from most other groups who lean on Religion, is that Masons accept ALL good men, from ANY Religion and/or Church, who expressly state that they believe in and place providence in the hands of God* (God may be black, white, yellow, or purple; Muslim, Christian, Buddhist; Male, Female, or both… we don’t know and don’t claim to know- All that we DO know, is that God created human beings and the world in which we live).
Masons also regularly, during and meetings and before most meals- PRAY. Except, we don’t pray for anything– save for the possibility that things might work out for the best, for all involved. Peace and Harmony are the watchwords of a Mason and the subject of any prayer.
Secret #3: Masons do not (however regrettably) control the World, Masons aren’t the keepers of the Ark of the Covenant, and we don’t know who the Anti-Christ will be.
Even though several of the Founding Fathers of the United States were, or were associated with, Freemasons, the Organization does not control the world. We have chosen to leave the whole “controlling the world” thing to the Catholic Church (inside joke, I’ll tell you when you join), and/or to various Kings, Queens, and Emperors across the spectrum of time. In truth, none of these choices have worked out so well, and it might be better for all involved IF the Masons controlled things… but, we don’t!
Ooops! That was a big secret, not so sure I should have spilled the beans on that one!
Well, that’s about it. If any have any questions at all, or wish to find out some more pertaining to the GOOD NEWS that Masonry has to offer, come join us for supper (we eat constantly, and it’s usually pretty good… and best of all- FREE), or Petition to join a Lodge in your Area.
See you soon.