What are the benefits of being a Freemason?
Today’s post is for those who have yet to join Freemasonry and are wondering what the benefits of becoming a member are.
If you are thinking of joining this Craft (a Craft that has had Kings & Presidents within its ranks) and you’re wondering what you will get out of your membership, then this is for you.
I’ve compiled a small list to detail just some of the benefits of being a Freemason. This will hopefully help you see what you’re getting yourself into and what to expect.
I also included a shortlist of what people think the benefits are but as you’ll soon find out; things may be different from what you’ve heard/read in the past.
Right below you’ll also find a link to another helpful guide that will show you how to become a member, but first, let’s see what the benefits are…
With Freemasonry, You Get A Second Family
When you join Freemasonry, you now have a network of ~6 million brothers worldwide (estimates vary but it is in the millions).
You’re lucky to have about a dozen of those meet in the Lodge you’ll be initiated in and they will treat you as a Brother from the first day you join.
The respect I receive from my brothers blows me away every time it is needed.
Your Brothers Can Be Found All Around The World
Those 6 million brothers are spread into (nearly) EVERY country on this face of this planet.
Anywhere you go in the world (apart from these countries where Freemasonry is officially banned); you can rest assured that you have a Brother somewhere close-by.
You can visit any Lodge in the world and attend Lodge meetings with your brothers.
It’s really amazing to travel to lodges worldwide and witness how they work the Craft and their degrees. I’ve had the pleasure of visiting a Lodge in Scotland recently and I was blown away).
It may be slightly different from what you’re used to, but the love and respect will always be there.
Be Part of Something Bigger Than You
Freemasonry has been around for hundreds (some say thousands) of years.
When you get initiated you’ll be part of this “legacy” that has a very, very long history.
You’ll be part of a fraternity that has had Kings & Presidents in its ranks and you should treat it accordingly.
Freemasonry Is Equal To All
One of the most amazing things is that in every lodge; every brother is equal.
There is no special treatment just because of your social status. In the lodge, all brethren are treated equally.
Personally, I know millionaires that do the “not-so-glamorous” work in the lodge and they do it proudly knowing that they are serving a Fraternity that is way bigger (and richer) than them.
It’s just amazing to see men from all over the world, of different races and religions all getting along keeping the centuries-old Masonic traditions alive.
Masonry Takes Good Men & Makes Them Better
Freemasonry takes good men and makes them better.
That is one of the main principles you’ll learn about when you become a Freemason.
You’ll learn how to better treat your fellow man and how to go about life being fair and square with the world.
Sure you can be a better person without Freemasonry, but being a Freemason is one way to do it!
The Charity Work
Once you’re part of a Lodge, you would have your annual fees to pay.
Most of these fees are used to cover the expenses of the lodge and to be spent on Charity.
Freemasons donate millions to building children’s hospitals, help underprivileged communities, disaster reliefs, etc and much much more.
What People Think The Benefits Are Of Being A Freemason
There’s a lot of bad information out there regarding the benefits and perks you get as a Freemason so let’s just address these myths:
You make money from Masonry:
False! As I just said: Freemasonry costs money to join and you will not “be paid” to be a Freemason.
You’ll get rich:
False! You can’t get rich off Freemasonry. See our post “Can Freemasonry Make You Rich” for a more detailed explanation.
You make connections to further your business:
TRUE! But this can be done within any social group and community.
You’ll be part of a secret Kaball that runs the world and have regular meetings with the Illuminati:
Totally absurd – you can see a list of Masonic myths & conspiracy theories busted with the truth here.
What Does A Freemason Do?
Now that you have learned the benefits of being a Freemason and what you’ll be able to take out of it, let’s talk about what is required of you to be a member.
There will be many things for you to do, and they will all be explained to you before your initiation so you know exactly what is expected off you, but do not worry; it mostly involves being a man with a strong moral compass.
Of course, I can’t reveal too much information here, but trust me; Freemasonry is worth the journey.
How To Become A Freemason
If you are interested in joining Freemasonry, you can see two great guides we have on our website:
The points listed above have been what I think are some of the major benefits of Freemasonry.
I am a relatively new Mason (5 years in now) and I am sure that throughout the years ahead I’m going to find out much more.
If you’re a Freemason already and feel I missed out on an important benefit, please do let us know in the comments below.
We’d love to hear some feedback from Masons across the world on what exactly is the point of Freemasonry and why they have become Masons themselves.
Thank you for reading, I hope you enjoyed your time here!
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