Believe and Trust Universal Truth...of your own free will and accord...
Can you remember where you were first prepared; in your heart, was there an answer you confidently whispered to yourself; Whom did we profess to put our trust? Was it with our God, the Son of Man, the Saviour of the World, our Creator whom we believe and trust? With our trust being well founded by the brothers; we chose to advance with this solemn and sincere occasion, with the door opened unto us and all who came before guiding us towards our journey, what next?
Understanding the universal truth of the world, as such, we should be, continually fresh with newness of life, vitality, and vigor and a sincere willingness to share the journey on the level with the youngest and oldest brother who may have no pleasure any more. A topic that permeates a discussion could be what could we discover together participating in the labors; a better, wiser, and consequently happier journey through life? Speculative reasons with solemn and sincere obligations, affirmation to God? We heard truth, then what truth? An unshakable truth I presume?
From whence came you? Do you remember, the Holy Saints John in Jerusalem, you know, two patron saints of universal unshakable truth, Saint John the Baptist and Saint John the Evangelist, that’s whence we came, and this meaning or TRUTH is a foundational quality? Have we as Christians developed precious jewels bestowed to us, an “instructive tongue,” “an attentive ear”, and a “faithful breast where the secrets, including the beauties, strengths, and wisdoms of Christianity, are safely lodged once understood,” which few are chosen. What have we come to do as the faithful within the body? To subdue our passions, and improve ones self in the beauties of holiness; have we understood what has been presented here?
Then you are a Christian Mason I presume; we were many so taken among the brothers and fellows and some welcomed the opportunity and trust of those friends. Those friends whom afterward on the traveled steps together, we found and learned; were more than friends, we were a sacred band of brothers, in whom no contention should ever exist. Of all the dispositions and habits which lead to individual prosperity these being faith, hope, and charity are indispensable supports. In vain would that Christian or Mason claim the tribute of biblical faith and truth, who would labor to hinder these great pillars of human happiness, these firmest steps, or degrees of the duties of men and Masons? The young Christian and Mason, equally with the reverent, ought to respect and be known to cherish them.
Let this simply be asked of the brothers: Where is the, security for property, for reputation, for life, if the sense of reverence and faithful obligation towards God desert the oaths which project a most elementary instrument towards the investigation for truth in the chambers of wisdom and justice? Let us with caution indulge the hypothesis that morality can be maintained without a strong reliance through faith; within the pure principled teachings of Christ found in our scriptures, a universal, unshakable truth for all who asked, seek, and knock regardless of past religious experience or nature. Whatever may be conceded to the influence of refined education on minds of a peculiar structure; reason, rational understanding, and historical experience both forbid us to expect that individual understanding to a national moral code can prevail in exclusion of pure biblical principle, thus allowing missed apprehension of the real nature of the biblical faith.
One cannot rest secure in unbelieving speculation, nor have fair ground of satisfaction in his own mind, without manifest danger of a most fatal error, until they have impartially weighed all the reasons that may be urged on behalf of revealed truth. Without this careful and candid examination, all gratuitous assumptions, fanciful speculations, and all hypothetical reasoning’s, or analogical inferences, that seem to culminate against the truth of biblical faith, may be totally erroneous; and though they may tend to excite a transient doubt, they cannot justify a settled unbelief. Being exclusively regarded, or being united to a misapprehension of the real nature of a Christian faith, the understanding may embrace them as convincing but such conviction is neither rational nor consistent, it is only a misapplication of the name of freethinking
For, as biblical faith and truth appeals to reason and submits its credentials; as it courts and commands the most trying scrutiny, that scrutiny the speculative is bound upon his own principles, to engage forth. If he be fearless of wavering in his unbelief, he will not shrink from the inquiry; or, if truth be his object, he will not resist the only means of its attainment that he may either disprove what he could only doubt of before, or yield to the conviction of positive evidence and undoubted truth.
With this being pleasing, to have every doubt removed of an unshakable truth through positive proof of pure faith, to feel that conviction of its certainty, which infidelity can never impart to votaries, and also to receive that assurance of the faith, which is as superior in hope when it communicates as in the certainty on which it rests, to the cheerless and disquieting doubts of the mind. Instead of being mere prejudice of education, which may be easily shaken, trust of faith, thus founded on reason, becomes fixed as immovable furniture within a lodge; and all the scoffing of the scorner, and speculations of the unknowing person, lie as lightly on the mind, or pass as imperceptibly over it, and make as little impression there, as the spray upon a rock.
Ample means for the confirmation of the rule and guide of our faith are within reach. Newton, Bacon, and Locke, whose names stand pre-eminent in human science, to which they opened a path not penetrated before, found unshakable proof sufficient for the complete satisfaction of their minds through a well found reason. No better precepts, no stronger motives, than the good news contains, have ever been inculcated. No system of biblical beauty, strength, and wisdom has ever existed in the world at all to be compared to it; and none can be conceived more completely adapted to the necessities and nature of man who are endowed with the faculty of reason and with capacities of worship, honor, and religion.
The biblical miracles were of such a nature as excluded the idea of artifice or delusion;—they were wrought openly in the presence of multitudes; they testified the benevolence of a Savior, as well as the power of the Son of God. The Disciples could not be deceived respecting them; for they were themselves endowed with the gift, devoting their lives to the propagation of the good news, in opposition to every earthly human interest, and amidst continual sufferings by those who thought they controlled and had a grasp of unshakable truth, that has been presented forthwith to us by, the Supreme Architect of the Universe, our Creator, our Father in Heaven who gave his only begotten Son for us, his creation.
What we would honor brothers; our brotherhood, and religion deserve a candid examination, and together demand nothing more. The fulfillment of prophecy forms reputable evidence of biblical faith. Are the prophecies false, or are they true? Is their fallacy exposed, or truth ratified by these events? And whether these prophesy thus proved, to be the delusions of impostors or the dictates of inspiration? To the solution of these questions a patient and impartial inquiry alone is requisite; reason alone is appealed to, and no other faith is here necessary but that which arises as the natural and spontaneous fruit of rational and reason; a deep heartfelt conviction. A system of faith, widely different from those teachings that have or then existed, has emanated from the land of Judea, and is being communicated and spread over a spiritually starving listening world.
Within our United States of America, we are reminded to support and defend the morals and virtues which our flag, a symbol of civil and religious liberty, in our place of honor; has become universal throughout the world, which the biblical principles we as a nation have presented to our republic and the perceptive world at large. This understanding may embrace us in unity as a nation as convincing, although no subject could be of greater importance, either to the speculative or to the faithful, than an investigation towards the evidence of non-denominational faith found within our Great Light laid open upon the alter. The former, if the mind be not fettered by the strongest prejudice, and if he be actuated, in the least of sense, by a spirit of free and fair inquiry, cannot disavow his obligation to examine its claim to a divine origin.
George Washington; a Mason; whose guidance; for America; whose pure biblical principles, guided by unshakable truth safely lodged in the faithful breast, his heart touched by the divine providence of our Creator, the Supreme Architect of the Universe, for the betterment of the brethren, his fellow countrymen, ladies, and children including future generations of Americans, had this to proclaim in prayer for all generations:
Almighty God, We make our earnest prayer that Thou wilt keep the United States in Thy Holy protection; and Thou wilt incline the hearts of the Citizens to cultivate a spirit of subordination and obedience to Government; and entertain a brotherly affection and love for one another and for their fellow Citizens of the United States at large, and particularly for their brethren who have served in the Field. And finally that Thou wilt most graciously be pleased to dispose us all to do justice, to love mercy, and to demean ourselves with that Charity, humility, and pacific temper of mind which were the Characteristics of the Divine Author of our blessed Religion, and without a humble imitation of whose example in these things we can never hope to be a happy nation. Grant our supplication, we beseech Thee, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. --Worshipful Brother George Washington
Our brother named Washington; he trusted divine intervention and sought guidance and blessing for the spiritual foundation of our nation, seeking that which is just, in the eyes of our Creator, the Son of Man, the Supreme Architect. His prayer for America says a lot to his moral and spiritual character and what is important as a man and Mason for the betterment of a nation founded on unshakable truth. Let us promote our foundation and travels through antiquity being men and Masons within the sacred brotherhood for betterment towards all mankind who would freely listen of their own free will and accord; remembering to continually challenge ourselves to discover and keep steadfast presenting unshakable truth together to those who ask, seek, and knock of their own free will and acord...