What Freemasonry is not?
Freemasonry is not a religion nor a substitute for religion. The teachings of Freemasonry transcend all denominational divisions. In human conduct it is complementary to religion, but we forbid religious topics to be discussed in any Lodge. Freemasonry is not a charitable institution. One of the fundamental principles of Freemasonry is the practise of relief, and a Freemason will minister to the widows and fatherless in their challenges, but these, and other similar modes of conduct, must proceed from that “purity of life and conduct” which is one of the great objectives of all Masonic teachings. Freemasonry is not connected with a political creed. A Freemason’s political views are his own, and a Lodge may well have members belonging to many different political parties. For that reason, we permit no discussion of political matters in a Lodge. A Brother may not seek to persuade or influence his Brethren in Lodge to adopt this or that view in matters of governments … be it local, national or international.
Freemasonry is not for everyone. While Freemasonry is not an elitist organization, it is a very select organization. The primary requirement is moral character; one whose reputation in the community is exemplary. But there are other requirements which the petitioner must have, such as:
- He must be a believer in God, the Supreme Being.
- He must be a loyal citizen, willing to discharge his duties to God, to his neighbour and to yourself himself.
- He must be at least twenty-one years of age (unless his father is or was a Freemason then the age of admission may be reduced, at the discretion of the Lodge, to eighteen).
- He must be in such financial circumstances that he can maintain himself as a member of his Lodge, meeting the monetary obligations involved in being a member, without detriment to his family or himself.
- He must come at his own free will and accord, with an unwavering commitment to becoming a Freemason.
- He must be recommended by 2 Freemasons who are prepared to vouch for his character.
What does Freemasonry expect of you?
The privileges of Freemasonry are no greater than the responsibilities of its members. A Freemason’s obligations will not conflict with those of modern society. Freemasonry reiterates, reinforces and re-emphasizes the importance of a Freemason living by the highest standards of morality within society.
The calling of a Freemason includes loyalty to one’s country and its laws. Patriotism is regarded as a duty and Freemasons are told that they must not countenance disloyalty or rebellion. Freemasonry recognizes that all men, whether or not Masons, are Brothers by birth, endowed with the same nature, and sharing the same hopes.
Freemasonry champions the cause of the widow, the fatherless, the weak and the distressed. These time-honored virtues, cherished by our forefathers, are observed amongst Masons where humility, patience, charity and gentleness are the hallmarks of purity and integrity of character.