Please note - by this article, we are not claiming that all who are involved in Freemasonry are cultists, or that all Freemasons believe all the items mentioned below. What we are saying is this - Freemasonry at its core is not a Christian organization. There are many Christians who have left Freemasonry after discovering what it is truly all about. Please visit Ex-Masons for Jesus for more information. There are also good and godly men, true believers in Christ who are Freemasons.
It is our contention that this is because they do not truly understand Freemasonry. Each person should pray for wisdom and discernment from the Lord as to whether to be involved with Freemasonry. This article was reviewed and approved for accuracy by a former Worshipful Master of a Blue Lodge.
Many of them appear to promote belief in God. The unbiblical and anti-Christian beliefs and practices of this organization are partially hidden beneath an outward appearance of a supposed compatibility with the Christian faith.
What are the views on Freemasons in relation to. Does it effect their partners and in what way? I researched but all I can find out is its majorly a fraternity and I've seen too many movies If anyone has answers I'd really appreicate it.
Okay, here's the deal. Freemasonry is more about social morality, sexuality revolves more around religious morality. For example opinions on premarital relationships or divorce largely are influenced and dictated by the religious beliefs of the individual, Masonry is not a religion, nor does it or should it change an individual's religious beliefs so Masonry really has no opinion on them one way or the other.
Extramarital relations however are viewed differently, Masonry takes a dim view on them because 1, a person engaging in one breaks a promise made to God, society, and his partner, and 2 he more than likely is causing pain and damage to another person his partner by doing so.
Two things no Mason should ever do is break a solemn promise, oath, or vow, or to cause any injury or damage to another through his actions. Masonry is a men's organization, but it holds a great deal of respect for women and families. A Mason should rightly attempt to find balance in his life between his various responsibilities and obligations A big part of what is impressed upon a Mason upon his first becoming a member is that he should never focus so much on one that he neglects another.
Being a Mason really should have no tangible effect on a marriage. Meetings and activities are usually once or twice a month, and most activities not meetings welcome spouses and family as well. By and large the increased social network actually provides more opportunities for couples and families to spend quality time together.
In the U. Elsewhere in the world and in the U. It is true Masons support each other, but it is a fallacy that Masons are obligated to cover or protect each other from the consequences of any wrong doing, in fact that is prohibited.
That is what Masonry should be, and what it really is the vast majority of time. There are instances where individual Masons, or even groups of Masons have failed to actually act like and BE Masons, but the instances have been rare.
If becoming a Mason is something your guy is interested in, then believe it or not your opinion matters too. A good Lodge will want, even demand, that a spouse be supportive of her husband becoming a Mason. A great Lodge will encourage a prospective Mason to check out other Lodges as well- Each Lodge has a unique personality, and some Lodges will be a better fit to satisfy personal and family obligations than others.
I m sorry, but the first answer is bull-spit! There is a Freemason convention going on. I have seen better behaved frat boys!!! They are partying all night next to the rooms of paying customers without any concern for anyone else! One was seen running up and down the hall quacking like a duck. Another shouted "take off your bra! Then, to top it off, as I passed by a couple of these upstanding fine gentlemen I heard "The trouble is, you can t have a one-on-one conversation with a woman.
It s never one-on-one. It s one-on-a half, or three quarters if she s educated! Didn t think men could get much more disgusting than that!
Clearly I was wrong! A Freemason is required to obey the Moral and Legal laws, and to follow the dictates of his Religion and of the country in which he resides.
A Freemason is required to be faithful to his wife and family and is punishable if he fails to do so. Getting drunk is so frowned upon that the Junior Warden of the Lodge is personally responsible to make certain that does not happen. I repeat, family and job come before the Fraternity.This week, I wanted to discuss something that both comes up fairly often on this blog, and is relevant in my own life right now: Masonry, marriage, and divorce.
Unfortunately, neither of these websites are affiliated with regular masculine Masonry, and so everything on them must be taken with a grain of salt. Many of the questions couples have about the topic are scattered across the internet, I would like to bring them all together.
Who is a Masonic wife? Although the world has changed since then, Masonry has not always changed with it. For instance, unless you are legally married, a woman who has no other Masonic relationships cannot join the Order of the Eastern Star. However, I do not feel that this is truly the case. A Masonic wife is simply the wife of a Mason.
Being married to a Mason does not obligate her to anything, Lodge dinners, appendant bodies, in fact, she may not even like the fact that he is a Mason more on that later. This can be his wife, his girlfriend, his mom, grandmother, neighbor, etc. Being married to a Master Mason grants you the ability to join any of the Masonic bodies that allow women: Order of the Eastern Star, Daughters of the Nile, Order of the Amaranth, and more.
Usually this is the only requirement for the groups that allow women. For example, your husband does not need to be a Shiner in order for you to join Daughters of the Nile, although you may get more out of it. You can learn more about these organizations here. We live in a moderately sized Midwestern city, and there is a Masonic function going on almost every night of the week.
There also many travel opportunities, especially within the Shrine. I know that our potentate is organizing an Alaskan cruise this year, and the Grand Master is hosting a Florida getaway.
One of my favorite parts of my SO being a Mason, is that I have an excuse to get all dressed up and mingle, fairly often. If you and your Mason plan on being fairly active socially, I would recommend investing in some nice dress clothes.
One or two suits and a tux should be just fine for him. I know we ladies do not get off that easily; but, if you enjoy shopping, think of it as a bonus. If you enjoy being social and meeting new people.
Masonic functions are perfect for just that. I will be the first to admit, it is not all sunshine and rainbows all the time. T is Master of his Lodge this year, and this is added stress for both of us, making sure there is a candidate, food, organizing meetings, it can be a lot of work.
In addition to this, sometimes the jealousy monster rears its ugly head. If you choose to get involved with Masonry, you may have to limit yourself and your Mason how involved you really are. Remember when I said there are activities every night?
As a Masonic wife you need to be able to say no, even if that game feed put on by the Dave Crockett Club does sound super awesome. You may have seen pictures of a Masonic wedding floating around on the internet. Actually, you can find the entire ritual here. While it is a very interesting read, this wedding if I recall correctly was preformed in Puerto Rico. From what I have found, no other couple have been married in this fashion. One question that many Masons ask is if there is such thing as a Masonic wedding ring.
You may, however, use any Masonic ring that you hold the degree for as a wedding ring. This practice is not common, and is really not recommended. The reasoning is that if you were to become divorced, you may still associate Masonry with those feelings toward your ex, which may lead you to be less active or leave the craft.Inside the Masonic Lodge
This is all based in fantasy of course, and have no relation to actual Freemasonry. And probably your goats.However, there is another topic here, that is not even mentioned, sex. What does sex have to do with Freemasonry? More than you might think. Sex itself is really only mentioned once, during the obligation itself. The Demolay obligation includes that the candidate will respect womanhood, and a promise to not defame the character of any woman. Not exactly what is included in the Master Mason degree, but the general idea is the same.
Something that has come up in the last few years is whether or not the obligation should be changed, to include those in same sex relationships. Many people feel that this should be changed to include husband, son, father, and brother, while others feel that it is implied. If it is to be changed, as we know with Masonry, it will not be any time soon, especially not if you live in Georgia. Yes, you read that right. If you are a gay or bisexual man, who lives in Georgia, you cannot become a Mason.
The Grand Master barred any gay man from joining Freemasonry last year. Good luck with that Georgia. This is kind of a tricky subject, and from what I can tell, is mostly decided on a case by case basis. This can be both a burden and a boon. My point is, it can be fun sometimes, but can get old very, very fast. I will be coming back to this topic when I discuss Masonry and Feminism later this year. I just want to go on record, that this is absolutely, one-hundred-and-ten-percent, not Masonic ritual.
It is absolutely not real. The basic idea, is that after a man becomes a Master Mason, his wife must undergo a ritual, turning herself completely over to him, becoming completely submissive. Again, seriously, this is not a real thing, a quick search will show you that it falls apart pretty quickly.
Hope to see some of you there! Get it girl! You will need to find a Lodge in your area. I ask because I have heard of this from a Mason in my district and I thought he was joking as I had never heard of it before. When I googled it I havent found anything at all about it or even close. I know I have been warned so dont worry about that but I would like to find out what I can about it could you share with me where you found out about this red star stuff.
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What about those of us who like to spice it up a bit? Share this: Twitter Facebook. Like this: Like Loading Leave a Reply Cancel reply Enter your comment hereFreemasonry or Masonry consists of fraternal organisations that trace their origins to the local fraternities of stonemasons that from the end of the fourteenth century regulated the qualifications of stonemasons and their interaction with authorities and clients. Freemasonry has been subject to numerous conspiracy theories throughout the years.
The basic, local organisational unit of Freemasonry is the Lodge. These private Lodges are usually supervised at the regional level usually coterminous with either a state, province, or national border by a Grand Lodge or Grand Orient.
There is no international, worldwide Grand Lodge that supervises all of Freemasonry; each Grand Lodge is independent, and they do not necessarily recognise each other as being legitimate. The degrees of Freemasonry retain the three grades of medieval craft guildsthose of ApprenticeJourneyman or fellow now called Fellowcraftand Master Mason. The candidate of these three degrees is progressively taught the meanings of the symbols of Freemasonry, and entrusted with grips, signs and words to signify to other members that he has been so initiated.
The degrees are part allegorical morality play and part lecture. Three degrees are offered by Craft or Blue Lodge Freemasonry, and members of any of these degrees are known as Freemasons or Masons. There are additional degrees, which vary with locality and jurisdiction, and are usually administered by their own bodies separate from those who administer the Craft degrees.
The Masonic lodge is the basic organisational unit of Freemasonry. In addition to business, the meeting may perform a ceremony to confer a Masonic degree  or receive a lecture, which is usually on some aspect of Masonic history or ritual.
The bulk of Masonic ritual consists of degree ceremonies. Candidates for Freemasonry are progressively initiated into Freemasonry, first in the degree of Entered Apprentice.
Some time later, in a separate ceremony, they will be passed to the degree of Fellowcraft, and finally they will be raised to the degree of Master Mason. In all of these ceremonies, the candidate is first obligated, then entrusted with passwords, signs and grips secret handshakes peculiar to his new rank.
Most Lodges have some sort of social calendar, allowing Masons and their partners to meet in a less ritualised environment. This occurs at both Lodge and Grand Lodge level. Masonic charities contribute to many fields, such as education or disaster relief. These private local Lodges form the backbone of Freemasonry, and a Freemason will necessarily have been initiated into one of these.
There also exist specialist Lodges where Masons meet to celebrate events, such as sport or Masonic research. The rank of Master Mason also entitles a Freemason to explore Masonry further through other degrees, administered separately from the Craft, or "Blue Lodge" degrees described here, but having a similar format to their meetings.
There is very little consistency in Freemasonry. Because each Masonic jurisdiction is independent, each sets its own procedures. The wording of the ritual, the number of officers present, the layout of the meeting room, etc. The officers of the Lodge are elected or appointed annually. Every Masonic Lodge has a Master, two Wardens, a secretary and a treasurer. There is also a Tyleror outer guard, who is always present outside the door of a working Lodge, to secure its privacy.
Other offices vary between jurisdictions. Each Masonic Lodge exists and operates according to a set of ancient principles known as the Landmarks of Freemasonry. These principles have thus far eluded any universally accepted definition. Candidates for Freemasonry will have met most active members of the Lodge they are joining before they are initiated.Same-sex marriage presents some difficulties within the lodge.
Difficulties that, as an organization, we will need to face if we hope to remain relevant. My obligation, for example, gave certain protections to the wife of a brother. Does that same protection extend to a husband? In spirit, of course it does, but not in letter, and unfortunately we all know brothers who subscribe more to the letter of the law than the spirit. Another possible concern of disharmony comes from two men who are married sitting in lodge together. No matter how great the marriage is, there will always be the occasional fight, which could bleed over into lodge if they both attend the same one.
An even bigger concern, which every Grand Lodge is struggling to figure out, is how do you deal with trans-gender people. If you were born a man, but had a sex change, are you still able to be a Mason? Conversely, if you were born a woman, but are now a man, do you qualify to become a Mason? These aren't issues that should stop the craft from accepting and loving brothers, regardless of their orientation, however they are issues that we will have to face and solve at some point.
Until very recently, most Grand Lodges have taken the stance of putting their fingers in their ears, closing their eyes, and pretending this doesn't exist.
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We have the opportunity to be proactive in our acceptance, but only if we have the bravery to face these issues head on, and set the example the rest of the world should follow. Thank you brothers for this excellent article; there is much food for thought here, and we need to come together as a society of friends and brothers to tackle equal rights. I've also discussed this very topic with my Coach years ago. It only makes sense that if a person presents himself as a man, appears as a man, acts as a man, has a man's name, has a good reputation, a belief in a supreme being, the immoral soul and meets all the other qualifications of becoming a Freemason, that they be allowed to petition a Lodge.
We don't, after all, do a genital check on our candidates. On the other hand, we are a Fraternity. Thusly, if a Brother transitions to Female, then that Brother is no longer a Brother since he is now presenting as a female.
I've also found that those who are Male to Female TG have no interest in joining a Fraternity since they identify as Female and know Masonry to be exclusively a Male organization. Eastern Star, however Hi Bro. William, Thanks for the comments! My personal view is that if a person is seen as legally male by the state, he should be viewed as a candidate for malecraft Masonry.
But Grand Lodges are still struggling with racism and homosexuality--most of them aren't nearly ready to tackle the issue of gender fluidity and transexual behavior. That said, there's always co-masonry! Brothers Jason and Jon - Excellent and timely article on an issue that is often taboo, homosexuality and Masonry.
It is not just societal norms that indicate exclusion, based on sexual preference, from Freemasonry is wrong, it is also wrong from an equal rights point of view, as you indicate. If we are to meet on the level, we must evolve our views to rid ourselves of societal prejudices from the past.Doneraile Court, Co Cork, Elizabeth St Leger was reading one evening when she happened to eavesdrop on a masonic rite next door.
Some loose bricks had been removed from the wall as building work was being conducted, so the ceremonial sound carried through and drew St Leger to observe.
When the interloper was discovered, she was initiated immediately into the lodge whose activities she had witnessed in order to protect their secrets. This made St Leger the first recorded female freemason in an organisation dominated, like most, by the history and influence of men. Freemasonry comes wrapped in a quilt of symbolism, icons and rituals. Behind the popular images of strange ceremonies and imposing buildings, the masons describe themselves as not so much secret as private.
Women were often relegated to fundraising and organising charity events. There is, however, one order of freemasons whose ethos is equality and the inclusion of both sexes. We do not treat women on the fringes. We do not insult them by asking them to do the catering, or washing-up, or sell raffle tickets. We afford them equal status. Roberts says the traditional male focus changed in France inwhen a woman was initiated.
This prompted the formation of a mixed order there in Annie Besanta theosophist and champion of equal rights, was initiated in She brought Le Droit Humain to Britain. It is now in 60 countries.
Why would women join such a secretive, male-dominated organisation? The idea is to work for the benefit of the human race and make the world a better place for everybody. Goncalves says freemasonry has taught her self-discipline. And this is not true for Le Droit Humain. It is also a great path for men, because they prefer mixed lodges too. Times have changed. Artist who lived in Italy was renowned for her enigmatic yet playful sculptures.