The Ancient Charge from the Records of Lodges of FreeMasons had stated their precepts emphatically, “A Mason is obliged by his Tenure, to obey the moral Law; and if he rightly understands the Art, he will never be a stupid Atheist nor an irreligious Libertine.”
Now the question we must all ask ourselves? Are we and or the Bros we know stupid Atheist or an irreligious Libertine? I think the true answers will shock you once you honestly analyze this question.
In this era of Modernity where the ethos of the Traditional Libertarian is being taken to the extreme Leftist Fringe by “some of those Liberals” who lack a sense of knowledge, history, reason, morals, religion, and God, it is important that Freemasons today are reminded of the history of the very Craft which they belong. For example, not many Freemasons or people for that matter today understand what an Atheistic Fool is or what the original meaning and ancient history of Liberty, Liberal, and Libertine.
As part of my ongoing work to accurately document this history down to our current era of irreligious atheism, I often come across research in order to archive and also honor the very Masonic Traditions that have helped build the world you see around you and even that Ancient Apron you don. What I have found is that it is always best to go back in history to discover what the original, traditional, and true precepts of Freemasonry were about and in doing so, you will find that some ignorant Masons have deviated from this ethos and have corrupted the Craft for selfish gain and or from pure ignorance.
Masonic historian and 33rd Degree Freemason, Albert Mckay had written that a stupid Atheist is, “the fool who has said in his heart there is no God,” while an “irreligious libertine” designated “the man who, with a degree, less of unbelief, denies the distinctive doctrines of revealed religion.” McKay says that this meaning of the expression connects itself with the succeeding paragraph of the Charge:
“In the present usage of language it signifies a profligate and licentious person, but originally it meant a freethinker or Deist. Derived from the Latin “libertinus,” a man that was once a bondsman but who has been made free, it was metaphorically used to designate one who had been released, or who had released himself from the bonds of religious belief and become in matters of faith a doubter or denier.
Hence “a stupid Atheist” denoted, to use the language of the Psalmist, “the fool who has said in his heart there is no God,” while an “irreligious libertine” designated the man who, with a degree less of unbelief denies the distinctive doctrines of revealed religion. And this meaning of the expression connects itself very appropriately with the succeeding paragraph of the Charge.”
McKay continues, “But though in ancient times, Masons were charged in every country to be of the religion of that country or nation, whatever it was, yet it is now thought more expedient only to oblige them to that religion in which all men agree, leaving their particular opinions to themselves.”
“The expression “irreligious libertine,” alluding, as it does, to a scoffer at religious truths, is eminently suggestive of the religious character of our Institution, which, founded as it is on the great doctrines of religion, cannot be properly appreciated by anyone who doubts or denies their truth,” he concluded.
To find its original meaning we can look to the Scripture where the Pharisees say: “With the dead is liberty (from the Psalms), when one is dead he is freed from precepts.”
What does it mean in Layman terms that a “person is considered dead” if he has been “freed from precepts.”
The meaning of precept is “a general rule intended to regulate behavior or thought” and every Freemasnoic and religious institution has specific rules (Dogmas) their members must follow to keep order, consistency, and uphold the very Traditional values underlying the same said Fraternity. The success of this Ancient system is the very God-given precepts that have been at the core of Freemasonry since its inception and have been preserved by Traditional Masons of every era.
If I were to categorize the two different types of Freemasons today, I would say that the vast majority of current initiates are who we can call a “stupid Atheist or an irreligious Libertine ie: a vile Liberal.”
As it has been wisely stated long ago;
“The vile person shall be no more called liberal, nor the churl said to be bountiful,” and the modern version of this Scriptual passage is: “The mind of the rash will know and understand, and the stammering tongue will speak clearly and fluently. No longer will a fool be called noble, nor a scoundrel said to be important. For a fool speaks foolishness; his mind plots iniquity. He practices ungodliness and speaks falsely about the LORD; he leaves the hungry empty and deprives the thirsty of drink.” (Isaiah 32:5)
With that said, I have found that there are many active Masons today who are committing acts of vileness by deviating from these Ancient Traditions because they are not active in their own Great Work by acquiring the appropriate knowledge of Masonic philosophies, history, religion, and The Grand Architect of the Universe. They seem to ignorantly think that going to some meetings, completing a few degrees, and donning the Apron and Sash for a Facebook or selfies photo-op makes them de-facto Freemasons when this is simply not the case.
Let me prophetically add for my true fellow Brothers around the world that we appear to be entering a world where the wheat is being separated from the chaff by default of behavior according to the spirit running their central nervous systems. I’m not sorry to break it to some of you Selfie Masons of Modernity who often get initiated to be cool and or do not practice what they learn during their initiations.
What this type of behavior makes you is a Speculative Freemason ie: a Fake Freemason who is what could be called by Real Masons a “Defacto Stupid Atheistic irreligious Libertine.”
Did you know that our Brethren to the North ie: Russian Freemasons do not allow ignorant and irreligious libertines to join their order?
In fact, they let all potential candidates know that if you are a stupid and selfish person who is ignorant of the facts I speak of, you simply cannot and will not be admitted into their Lodge. You may also find it interesting like I did that having such a filter on ignorant and Godless prospects like the Russian Masons severely limits the number of people who will apply for membership which creates a much smaller body of who I would call “operative Freemasons” in the modern sense and weeds out the “speculative irreligious libertine Atheists” like an efficient weed eater just by telling the Truth. Imagine that?
For example, we get the word Liberal from an old Roman God names Liber.
MacKay had said; “Libertas. Latin. Liberty. A significant word in the Red Cross degree. It refers to the “liberty of passage” gained by the returning Jews over their opponents at the river Euphrates, as described in the Scottish Rite degree of Knight of the East, where the old French rituals have “liberte du passer.”
In the minds of Ancient Operative Masons, Traditional Freemasonry was no different but Modern Freemasonry operates on a Speculative nature meaning when one “speculates” which means that these Masons often “form a theory or conjecture about a subject without firm evidence” and “invest their time in only the Masonic ventures in the hope of selfish gain.”
A stupid atheistic irreligious masonic libertine imposter and a liar who deceives himself and his own kin for temporary material wealth and societal status.
1. Mackey’s Encyclopedia of Freemasonry