Aims and relations of the Craft in British Columbia|
At the Grand Lodge communication held at Vernon in 1992 the following
statement concerning the aims and relations of the Craft in British
Columbia was adopted:
From time to time the Grand Lodge of British Columbia has deemed it
desirable to set forth in precise form the Aims of Freemasonry as
consistently practised under its jurisdiction since it came into being as
an organized body in 1871, and also to define the principles governing its
relations with those other Grand Lodges with which it is in fraternal
In view of representations which have been received, and of statements
recently 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
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 province in which he resides or which may afford him protection, and he
must never be remiss in allegiance due to the Sovereign of his native land.
While British Columbia Freemasonry 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 regard 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
The Grand Lodge 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 Grand Lodge is aware that there do exist bodies, styling
themselves as Freemasons, which do not adhere to these principles, and
while that attitude exists the Grand Lodge of British Columbia refuses
absolutely to have any relations with such bodies, or to regard them as
The Grand Lodge of British Columbia is a Sovereign and Independent
body practising Freemasonry only within the three degrees and only within
the limits defined in its constitution as "pure Antient Masonry". It does
not recognize or admit the existence of any superior Masonic authority,
The Grand Lodge of British Columbia will refuse to participate in
conferences with so-called International Associations claiming to represent
Freemasonry, which admit to membership bodies failing to conform strictly
to the principles upon which the Grand Lodge of British Columbia is
founded, nor can its views be represented by any such Association.
There is no secret with regard to any of the basic principles of
Freemasonry, some of which have been stated above. The Grand Lodge of
British Columbia will always consider the recognition of these Grand Lodges
which profess and practise, and can show that they have consistently
professed and practised, those established and unaltered principals, but in
no circumstances will it enter into discussion with a view to any new or
varied interpretation of them. They must be accepted and practised
wholeheartedly and in their entirety by those who desire to be recognized
as Freemasons by the Grand Lodge of British Columbia.
The Grand Lodge of British Columbia, like the Grand Lodges of England,
Ireland and Scotland, is convinced that by a rigid adherence to these Aims
and Relationships that Freemasonry has survived the constantly changing
doctrines of the outside world, and is further compelled to place on record
its complete disapproval of any action which may tend to permit the
slightest departure from the basic principles of Freemasonry. It is
strongly of the opinion that if any Grand Lodge does so it cannot maintain
a claim to be following the Ancient Landmarks of the Order.