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Aims and relations

 

AIMS AND RELATIONSHIPS OF THE CRAFT

 

As accepted by National Grand Lodge of Greece on September 26, 1987

In August 1938, the Grand Lodges of England, Ireland, and Scotland each agreed upon and issued a statement identical in terms except that the name of the issuing Grand Lodge appeared throughout. This statement is accepted by the National Grand Lodge of Greece and subsequently issued:  

 

  • From time to time the National Grand Lodge of Greece has deemed it desirable to set forth in precise form the aims of Freemasonry as consistently practiced under its Jurisdiction since it came into being as an organized body in 1986, and also to define the principles governing its relations with those other Grand Lodges with which it is in fraternal accord.
  • In view of representations, which have been received, and of statements issued which have distorted or obscured the true objects of Freemasonry, it is once again considered necessary to emphasize certain fundamental principles of the Order.
  • The first condition of admission into, and membership of, the Order is a belief in the Supreme Being. This is essential and admits of no compromise.
  •  The Bible, referred to by Freemasons as the Volume of the Sacred Law, is always open in the Lodges. Every Candidate is required to take his Obligation on that book or on the Volume, which is held by his particular creed to impart sanctity to an oath or promise taken upon it.  
  • Everyone who enters Freemasonry is, at the outset, strictly forbidden to countenance any act which may have a tendency to subvert the peace and good order of society; he must pay due obedience to the law of any state in which he resides or which may afford him protection, and he must never be remiss in the allegiance due to the Sovereign of his native land.  
  • While the National Grand Lodge of Greece thus inculcates in each of its members the duties of loyalty and citizenship, it reserves to the individual the right to hold his own opinion with regards to public affairs. But neither in any Lodge, nor at any time in his capacity as a Freemason, is he permitted to discuss or to advance his views on theological or political questions.  
  • The National Lodge of Greece has always consistently refused to express any opinion on questions of foreign or domestic state policy either at home or abroad, and it will not allow its name to be associated with any action, however humanitarian it may appear to be, which infringes its unalterable policy of standing aloof from every question affecting the relations between one government and another, or between political parties, or questions as to rival theories of government.  
  • The National Grand Lodge of Greece is aware that there do exist Bodies, styling themselves Freemasons, which do not adhere to these principles, and while that attitude exists the National Grand Lodge refuses absolutely to have any relations with such Bodies, or to regard them as Freemasons.  
  • The National Grand Lodge of Greece is a Sovereign and independent Body practicing Freemasonry only within the three Degrees and only within the limits defined in its Constitution as “pure Ancient Masonry”. It does not recognize or admit the existence of any superior Masonic authority however styled.  
  • The National Grand Lodge of Greece has refused, and will continue to refuse, to participate in Conferences with so-called International Associations claiming to represent Freemasonry, which admit to membership Bodies failing to confirm strictly to the principles upon which the National Grand Lodge of Greece is founded. The National Grand Lodge does not admit any such claim, nor can its views be represented by any such Association.  
  • There is not secret with regard to any of the basic principles of Freemasonry, some of which have been stated above. The National Grand Lodge will always consider the recognition of those Grand Lodges, which profess and practice, and can show that they have consistently professed and practiced, those established and unaltered principles, but in no circumstances will it enter into disc7ussion with a view to any new or varied interpretation of them. They must be accepted and practiced wholeheartedly and in their entirety by those who desire to be recognized as Freemasons by the National Grand Lodge of Greece.    
  • The National Grand Lodge of Greece stands by this declaration and believe that if Freemasonry once deviated from its course by expressing an opinion on political or theological questions, it would be called upon not only publicly to approve or denounce any movement which might arise in the future, but would sow the seeds of discord among its own members.
  • The National Grand Lodges of Greece is convinced that it is only by this rigid adherence to this policy that Freemasonry has survived the constantly changing doctrines of the outside world, and are compelled to place on record their complete disapproval of any action which may tend to permit the slightest departure from the basic principles of Freemasonry. It is strongly of opinion that if any Grand Lodge does so, it cannot maintain a claim to be following the Ancient Landmarks of the Order, and must ultimately face disintegration.

 



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