Many critics of Freemasonry accuse it of devil worship. Remember that many religious leaders, for example Norman Vincent Peale or Billy Graham are high degree masons, so here is what the Souvereign Grand Commander had to say about Freemasonry and Religion.
Freemasonry confirms and complements religious faith and church participation. The principles of our Fraternity are based on the same moral absolutes that form the foundation of all true faith. Every Mason must believe in a Supreme Being. He must strive to live morally in accordance with the highest standards of individual character and social conduct. Consequently, every Mason abides by the “Golden Rule,” however stated, and labors in all aspects of his life to fulfill Freemasonry’s goals of charity in both senses of the word—philanthropy to those in need and loving brotherhood for all the members of humankind.
Freemasonry has always welcomed men of all faiths and religious beliefs to enter its doors. The only requirement is for good men to believe in the Supreme Architect and the immortality of the soul. This faith we take to be the outward and visible sign of an inward and spiritual grace. And it is from this internal moral foundation that Freemasonry labors to make good men better by building within each Brother of the Craft a Temple of good works and ethical achievements.
Unfortunately, our purpose as well as our very existence is questioned by the uninformed. They fail to see that Masons are invariable churchgoing men who extend the precepts of their faith beyond their sabbath to every day of their lives. They work within their churches and in their communities for the betterment of their fellowmen. Masons, in fact, go beyond narrow sectarianism and limiting dogma. They agree with the statement of the famous statesman and writer Edmund Burke: “The body of all true religion consists, to be sure, in obedience to the will of the Sovereign of the world, in a confidence in His declarations, and in imitation of His perfection.”
But what are “His declarations”? They are not, Masons believe, the passing credos of religious sects or cults. Rather, they are the inspired wisdom contained in the Bible, the Talmud, the Koran, the Bhagavad-Gita or any of the other Great Books of Faith that have been universally recognized as man’s best guides to happiness on this world and reward in the next. Freemasonry, therefore, welcomes to its ranks Christians, Jews, Muslims, Buddhists and all good men of whatever religion who truly aspire to live accordingly to the Creator’s will.
Because it is universal in scope and inclusive in membership, Masonry provides a philosophy and a Fraternity where good men can “meet on the Level and part on the Square.” It binds all men in a mystic tie of sincere brotherhood and mutual love. Faith and work, soul and body, heart and hand are united as Masons everywhere labor through Freemasonry in peace and harmony to honor the Creator and serve mankind.
Such are the objectives of Freemasonry. Obviously, they complement, not contradict, sound religious beliefs.
This pamphlet presents the ideas of several men of the Cloth as to why they are proud to be Freemasons. The articles offer convincing proof that Freemasonry is a powerful, universal force for the spiritual improvement of the individual and of society.
C. Fred Kleinknect
Sovereign Grand Commander