FREEMASONRY: The Craft
For centuries, millions of men of every race, color, creed, and political persuasion throughout the world have found in the Symbolic Lodges of Freemasonry the light to guide their search for answers to eternal questions: What is the meaning of life? The nature of God and man?
Freemasonry is a system of morality, veiled in allegory, and illustrated by symbols. Not a religion but religious in character. It is a philosophy of ethical conduct which imparts moral and social virtues and fosters brotherly love. its tenets have endured since man turned the first pages of civilization. They embody the understanding by which man can transcend ordinary experience and build “a house not made with hands” in harmony with the Great Architect of the Universe.
Yet freemasonry can never conflict with a man’s relationship to God or fellow man. Sectarian religious or partisan political discussion in a lodge is strictly prohibited. Every Mason stands equal among his brothers, regardless of walk of life, and none is turned away for financial need.
The purpose of the Ancient Craft of Freemasonry is to unfold a message where “truth abides in fullness,” invoking greater understanding of the inward life and spirit of fellowship in which every Mason can also lead a better outward life.
Among millions of Masons, not one was lawfully invited to apply for membership. Our code of conduct specifically prevents it. Thus, no faithful Mason can invite you. Any Mason can obtain a “Petition for the Degrees” of Masonry for you, but you must ask for it – and for good reason.
You must first ask yourself if you’re suitably prepared to enter the “gentle craft of masonry”… to become a brother in the world’s most exclusive fraternal order. Few men are intellectually or spititually prepared to understand or appreciate even the more apparent meanings of Masonry.
Do you reflect on the nature of man’s existence and your obligations to God, your family, and yourself? If such ethical and moral questions hold little or no interest for you, then you will gain little benefit from the teachings of the Craft. But if you seek a more meaningful quality of life- and the spirit of charity and good fellowship which flow from it- then Freemasonry has much to offer to you.
We want you to know what we believe, how we act, and what we do… and, then, should you become a Mason, to be proud to be our brother and to participate in our work. Only those who desire membership because of their favorable impression of us should seek a petition. That’s why you must “Ask Yourself.”
- Freemasonry is a voluntary association of men
- Freemasonry is a system of moral conduct
- Freemasonry is a way of life
- Freemasonry is a fraternal organization
- Freemasonry teaches monotheism
- Freemasonry is religious in its character
- Freemasonry teaches the Golden Rule
- Freemasonry seeks to make good men better
- Freemasonry teaches morality through symbolism
- Freemasonry uses Ritual and Ceremonies to instruct its members
- Freemasonry is based on a firm belief in the Fatherhood of God, the Brotherhood of Man, and the immorality of the Soul
- The tenets of Freemasonry are ethical principles such as are acceptable to all good men
- Freemasonry teaches tolerance towards the beliefs of others and charity towards all mankind
- Freemasonry proudly proclaims that it consists of men bound together by Brotherly Love and Affection
- Freemasonry is universally acceptable throughout the world
- Freemasonry is not an insurance or beneficial-type society
- Freemasonry is not a religion nor a creed
- Freemasonry is not an organization for profit
- Freemasonry dictates to no man as to his beliefs, either religious or secular
- Freemasonry seeks no advantages for its members through business or politics
- Freemasonry is not a forum for discussion on partisan affairs
- Freemasonry does not conceal its existence
Freemasonry teaches Love and Kindness in the home, Honesty and Fairness in business or occupation. Courtesy in social contacts, Help for the weak and unfortunate, Resistance to wickedness, Trust and Confidence in good men, Forgiveness towards the penitent, Love towards one another, and, above all Reverence for the Supreme Being.
If you or someone you know is interested in becoming a Mason all you have to do is ask. We are more than happy to speak with you regarding our fraternity and to explain how you can become a Freemason. If you are interesting in being contacted regarding joining our fraternity please send us an email with your name and contact information and one of our brothers will contact you.