From the Master of Kadosh (May, 2012)

posted May 23, 2015, 5:16 PM by San Jose Scottish Rite   [ updated May 23, 2015, 5:16 PM ]
Roger Bibb
SOME THOUGHTS ON THE NATURE and PURPOSES of FREEMASONRY (Albert Pike)

Brethren, 

It is very desirable that free-masons should understand what Freemasonry is. If it were everything at once that even its initiates imagine it o be,it would be difficult to conceive of anything more intrinsically incongrous. It is not a merely benevolent association, for the mutual relief and assistance, and the dispensing of small charities to the needy. It is not a society for mutual admiration, got up in order to gratify the ambition or the vanity of those who are fondof office, insignia and jewels, of the glories of resonant epithets, andthe gauds of high-sounding titles.
It is neither a religious or irreligious Order or Church, propagating any faithor unfaith whatever. Its alters are neither Hebraic, Muslim nor Christyian, but simply Masonic.
It is not the apostle of any particular form of government, not the advocateof any particular political faith. It is the Apostle, the Preacher, the Advocate of Truth alone, and not as the creed of any man, or party, or multitude of men.It will not descend from the high places on which it sits enthroned, to engage in controversies and polemics, to become to organ of a party, an agent to effect political changes, or a schoolmaster to teach rudimentary lessons or a particular class of political , governmental, or economical ideas. If wisely conceivedand carefully expressed, all these may be applications of Masonry ; but they are not Masonry itself.
Freemasonry is advancement toward the light, on all the lines of progress, moral, intellectual and spiritual.

Fraternally,
Roger Bibb   
Master of Kadosh