What is Freemasonry?
Freemasonry is the oldest fraternity in the world. Its members have included Kings, Presidents, Prime Ministers, Statesmen, Generals, Admirals, Supreme Court Chief Justices, corporate CEOs, opera stars, movie stars, ministers, plumbers, electricians and all other noble professions, and probably your next door neighbor. Click here for a list of famous Freemasons compiled by the Grand Lodge of British Columbia. Or click here for a list of 10,000 Freemasons compiled by the Missouri Lodge of Research.
Is Freemasonry a religion?
No. Freemasonry does not profess to be a religion. It offers no road to salvation. In fact, the discussion of religion is prohibited in open lodge. Freemasonry does not evangelize for one religion over another. The only thing required of a prospective Mason is the belief in the one true God, however you may define it. Masons are bound to respect each others view of God and religion and believe it is up to the individual Mason to determine their relationship with God, heaven, etc. As a Mason, you must allow other people the freedom of their religion and beliefs just as you demand your freedom to believe as you do. Masons do however believe that the Holy Bible contains important lessons in living a moral and just life, so a prospective Mason should not be offended by references to the Holy Scripture.
A couple of additional points, Masons believe prayer is important, so a prospective Mason should have some understanding and reverence for the offering of prayers to God. We also believe in the immortality of the soul and resurrection of the body.
When I search the Internet, I get all sorts of Anti-Masonic articles. Is any of this stuff true?
In a word, it is all "hogwash". We don't have enough space here to dispel and repudiate all of the libelous and slanderous misinformation on the Internet about Freemasonry. A great website that has been around for many years that addresses all of this misinformation can be found at MasonicInfo.com. Finally, if you believe that Masonry contains some type of magical or mystical power that will protect you from evil forces and make you part of some group of rich and powerful people, you are chasing an illusion. That is not what Masonry is about. Additionally, we have no interest in a One World Order or any of the other conspiracy theories which abound on the internet about Freemasonry. You will be sadly disappointed if that is your goal, and we would urge you to find another organization to fulfill your mistaken belief.
When did Freemasonry start?
Stone masons have been around for thousands of years and were called Operative Masons. Our organization is based on ancient guilds or unions which taught the art of stone masonry to men. Modern masons are called Speculative Masons, as we do not work with actual stone to build. Speculative Masons use the symbolism of the building of a building with stones to represent our lives. It is generally agreed that modern speculative masonry originated in England in the early 1700's. If you would like to read more on Freemasonry, we encourage you to go the the Oklahoma Grand Lodge website for a list of reading materials.
Is there any reason I should NOT be a mason?
Is Freemasonry in decline?
Depends on the definition of decline. After World War II, there was a significant increase in men joining the fraternity. The men of the Greatest Generation that spurred a rapid growth in the Freemasonry are now passing on the that Grand Lodge above, thus it appears our numbers are decreasing. And there are some lodges, especially in small towns that are having difficulty, but mainly due to the fact that small towns across America are shrinking. But smaller numbers does not mean we are less relevant.
In our Lodge, we are finding a renewed interest in the Fraternity. Some believe it is due to the impersonal nature of our current society, through the use of the Internet for communication, that men are seeking a personal connection with other men in a Fraternal environment, and to make deep friendships that are just not possible in a virtual world.
Do I have to believe in God to be a Mason?
Yes. No atheist can be a Mason.
Questions to ask yourself about becoming a Mason:
If you answered yes to these questions, you should consider becoming a Mason.
So you may be asking "How do I become a Mason?" The answer.... ASK ONE. Masons are all around you.
If you do not know a Mason, we encourage you to visit a local Masonic Lodge, like Broken Arrow Lodge #243 at 117 W. Commercial in Broken Arrow, OK 74012. There you will find men who will be glad to answer your questions about Freemasonry and tell you what you need to know. However, there are several basic requirements that you will need to meet before asking to join:
Please also be aware your background will be thoroughly investigated through public means and including calls to family and friends.
If you meet these qualification, and you wish to explore becoming a Mason, you should come by the Lodge any Tuesday night and/or contact us at 918.251.9282. There is also a contact form available on the "Contact Us" page of this website.
Please note the website mentioned, askafreemason.org, is no long a valid website.