KRM’s Masonic memberships

I have been a Freemason for over 39 years and belong to the following Masonic Degrees:

CRAFT LODGES

I am an Honorary Member of the following Lodges:

  • Saint Augustine Lodge of Contentment No 6273
  • Edward Alleyn Lodge of Industry No 186

MARK LODGES

  • Provincial Grand Lodge of Mark Master Masons  (Middx) with rank as Past Provincial Grand Junior Warden
  • Provincial Grand Lodge of Mark Master Masons (Oxon) with rank as Past Provincial Grand Senior Overseer
  • Metropolitan Lodge of Mark Master Masons No 2003

THE HOLY ROYAL ARCH 

THE CRYPTIC RITE

  • Terra Sancta Council of Royal & Select Masters No 151 where I am the Thrice Illustrious Master

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  3. Dear Keith,
    The United Grand Lodge of England claims that:

    Freemasonry is one of the world’s
    oldest and largest non-religious,
    non-political, fraternal and
    charitable organisations.
    For many, its biggest draw is the
    fact that members come from all
    walks of life and meet as equals
    whatever their race, religion or
    socio-economic position in society.
    Its values are based on integrity,
    kindness, honesty and fairness.

    However Freemasonry itself bears all of the marks and attributes of a religion to which the initiates bind themselves by secret oaths. Although Freemasonry accepts aherents from all religious backgrounds, members are not allowed to discuss any matters of their own particular faith inside the lodge. For example Jesus Christ may not be mentioned. Freemasonry has a ‘God’ often referred to as the great architect and actually named in at least one of the degree initiations. This God is neither the God of Judaism, Islam or Christianity. Freemasonry offers a moral code and a path toward immortality. As such, Freemasonry is not only a religion it is certainly anti-Christian as it offers a path to divinity which bypasses the person, work and teachings of Christ as your section ‘I am Freemason’ amply demonstrates.

    Freemasons in all honesty may no longer claim that Freemasonry is not a religion.
    A US court recently ruled “Although Freemasonry does not identify itself as a religion” the Court stated “it plainly fosters principles and practices that resemble religious exercise.” The same court declared Freemasonry as a religion.

    https://geoconger.wordpress.com/2007/10/18/us-appeal-court-declares-that-freemasonry-is-a-religion-cen-101907-p-6/

    • Freemasonry requires its members to have a belief in a Supreme Being but neither specifies the nature of that being nor religious organisations that might be classed as acceptable. Freemasonry bans the discussion of religious or political topics in the Lodge for the very sound reason that few things are more divisive and capable of acrimony than these two topics. What I have always found incredibly uplifting about Freemasonry is to sit in a Lodge room and to see an Initiate made a member and take his obligations on his choice of Holy Book, whether Bible, Talmuud, Koran or something else. In that same Lodge room there will frequently be people of every religion under the sun: Christian, Jewish, Moslem, Sikh, Buddhist and so on. You will also see Brethren of every racial origin in that room. None of their differences matter. They are united in a Brotherhood that promotes enjoyment, self-improvement and charity. We express our commitment to moral standing through enacting carefully scripted playlets that we act out with great care and dignity to symbolise our Brotherhood and our ethos. That is all there is to it.

  4. Indeed-
    ostensibly, this is how it is portrayed.

    However Freemasonry happily promotes claiming ‘not to be a religion’ for the purposes of attracting members and yet can and does claim to be a religion for the benefits of tax purposes.

    Freemasonry claims to acknowledge the one true ‘God’ as the ‘All Seeing Eye’, an attribute which demands the nature of omniscience. Furthermore, In describing the supreme being as ‘the Great Architect’ or ‘Grand Geometrician’ Freemasonry is indeed ascribing a nature to God. Freemasonic Degrees on one hand call upon the name of ‘The Most High” (yet another attribute of deity) and yet go on to claim that Freemasonry is not a religion.

    Freemasonry goes on to ask its adherents to serve him both in brotherhood and ritual and yet deny any name given to God by any other name other than that which Freemasonry allows. Here is a prayer from the Master Mason (3rd) degree as practiced in the State of Nevada.

    Most Holy and Glorious Lord God, the Great
    Architect of the Universe, the Giver of all good
    gifts and graces. Thou hast promised that where
    two or three are gathered together in Thy name,
    Thou wilt be in their midst and bless them. In Thy
    name we have assembled, and in Thy name we
    desire to proceed in all our doings.
    Grant that the sublime principles of Freemasonry
    may so subdue every discordant passion within
    us – so harmonize and enrich our hearts with Thine
    own love and goodness – that the Lodge at this
    time may humbly reflect that order and beauty
    which reign forever before Thy throne. AMEN

    And yet Freemasons deny that Freemasonry is a religion. However only one person in history has claimed that where two or three are gathered together in his name he would be there with them. That name is Jesus Christ and yet Freemasonry will not allow his name to be spoken within it’s walls.

    This surely confronts us with the great deception which lies at the heart of Freemasonry.
    Freemasonry asks men of all faiths to lay aside the tenets of their own particular faith at the doorstep of the lodge and unite under a common banner of brotherhood called ‘Freemasonry’. It takes the words of Christ and claims them for the ‘God’ of Freemasonry while denying his (Christ’s) name.

    Freemasonry is the only religion known to man which seeks to unite the Christian and Satanist alike in a common brotherhood beneath the ‘All Seeing Eye’ of a mutually accepted ‘God’. Do we wonder why Freemasons refer to Freemasonry as ‘The Craft’?

    Initiates are inducted and bound by secret solemn oath degree by degree.

    Yet in regard to oaths-
    On becoming a Freemason a Christian must by his own actions completely ignore the teaching of Christ who said “Again, you have heard that it was said to the people long ago, ‘Do not break your oath, but fulfill to the Lord the vows you have made. But I tell you, do not swear an oath at all: either by heaven, for it is God’s throne; or by the earth, for it is his footstool; or by Jerusalem, for it is the city of the Great King. And do not swear by your head, for you cannot make even one hair white or black. All you need to say is simply ‘Yes’ or ‘No’; anything beyond this comes from the evil one. Matthew 5: 34-37.

    As such Freemasonry is at least incompatible with faith in following Christ and is de-facto anti-Christ in promoting ‘another way’ and by offering an alternative ‘light’.

  5. You seem to have an obsessive interest in Freemasonry and from a strongly Christian position. I can only repeat my observation after 39 years that Freemasonry is welcoming to men of all religious backgrounds and presents a wonderful example of tolerance and true fraternity. I sense your mind is closed and I am sorry for that.

  6. Dear Keith,
    I find it a little disappointing at this stage that you have found it necessary to so quickly resort to spin.

    First of all I would please ask you not take any of my criticisms of freemasonry as a personal attacks toward yourself or any of your fellow masons in the Blue Lodges. I would definitely draw a distinction between individuals who become Freemasons and Freemasonry as an ultimate objective. So please do not take these points personally or let these discussions degenerate into matters of personality.

    I understood that subject under discussion on this page was ‘Freemasonry’ not whether or not I am an obsessive. It is your blog and Freemasonry is the topic on this page. However you say that I seem to have an obsessive interest in Freemasonry. (Actually this is not the case. I have many and varied interests). However It should not be necessary for me to draw your attention to the fact that I am not the one who has actually devoted over 39 years to Freemasonry.

    You say you sense I have a closed mind. Again- very disappointing. I have a mind open to reasonable debate and will change my mind toward the burden of evidence. I thought you would at least attempt to correct any error in the points above rather than resort to spin and ad hominem responses.

    Keith-I would wish to expect better from you.

    However you are right in that I write from a Christian perspective.

    Regards

  7. Keith,
    I have been reading one of your posts on becoming three score years and ten. I was struck by your lamenting of the changing standards and values that you have witnessed during your lifetime.
    It made me wonder whether you have heard of the difference between one-ism and two-ism?
    Here is a link. I think that you may find it of interest.

    Kind Regards

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