“…A Mason is also obliged to observe the moral law, as a true Noachida (Sons of Noah: the first name for Free Masons); and if he rightly understands the Royal Art, he cannot tread in the irreligious paths of the unhappy Libertine, the deist, nor the stupid Atheist; nor in any case, act against the inward light of his own conscience. He will likewise shun the gross errors of Bigotry and Superstition; making a due use of his own reason according to that liberty wherewith a Mason is made free."
“The Author [Reverend Miller speaking of himself] has said, that the ‘principles of Masonry so far as they go, coincide with the Christian religion.’ He would here explain himself. Masonry, as such, and according to its original plan, appears to be founded on natural religion. Hence the institution is found among all nations, who believe in one God, and the accountableness of man to him, as a moral Agent, and an immortal being. But none need to be informed that all the genuine principles of natural religion, are adopted in the Christian system, and are inculcated throughout every page of the sacred volume. – But farther, it is to be remembered that this discourse [Miller’s sermon] was addressed to Christian Masons, or in other words, to Masons professing a belief in Christianity. It was addressed to a fraternity, who introduce the sacred scriptures into all their lodges; who frequently inculcate even the peculiar doctrines contained therein; and who profess, as a society, to make revelation their constant guide.”
"Looking far beyond the little distinctions of sect or party (by which too many seek to know, and be known by, each other) we should labor to imitate the great Creature, in regarding those of every Nation Religion, and tongue, who “fear Him, and work righteousness.
Such conduct becomes those who profess to believe that when our Master Christ shall come again to reward his faithful workmen and servants; he will not ask whether we were of Luther or of Calvin? Where we prayed to him in white, black, or grey, in purple, or in rags, in fine linen, or in sackcloth; in a woolen frock, or peradventure in a Leather – Apron? Whatever is considered as most convenient, most in character most for edification, and infringes least on Spiritual Liberty, will be admitted as good in this case.
But although we may believe that none of these things will be asked in that great day; let us remember that it will be assuredly asked – were we of CHRIST JESUS? “Did we pray to him with the Spirit and with understanding?” Had we the true Marks of his Gospel in our lives? Were we “meek and lowly of heart?” did we nail our rebellious affections to his Cross, and strive to subdue our spirits to the Rule of his Spirit? But above all, it will be asked us – Were we clothed with the Wedding-garment of love? Did we recognize our HEAVENLY MASTER in the Sufferings of those whom he died to save? Did we, for his sake, open our souls wide, to the cries of HIS DISTRESSED POOR? “When they were hungry, did we give them meat? When thirsty, did we give them drink? When strangers, did we take them in? When naked, did we clothe them? When sick, did we visit them? When in prison, did we come unto them,” with Comfort and Relief?
“Washington became familiar with the externals of Masonry as a boy, and in 1752, when he reached the age of twenty, he was inducted as an Entered Apprentice Mason in the Fredericksburg Lodge. Thereafter, Masonry plays an important, if discreet part in his life, as it did among many of the Founding Fathers. Indeed, it is true to say that Masonry was one of the intellectual building blocks of the Revolution. Washington allowed lodges to flourish in several of his war camps. It was a link with advanced thinking in France: when Lafayette visited him in 1784, he gave him a Masonic apron of white satin, which the marquise had embroidered. Washington swore the oath of office as president on the Masonic Bible and when he laid the cornerstone of the capitol in 1793 he invoked the lodges of Maryland and Virginia. Indeed at his funeral all six pallbearers were Masons and the service followed the Masonic rite.”
“I have heard much of the nefarious, and dangerous plan, and doctrines of the Illuminati, but never saw the Book until you were pleased to send it to me. The same causes which have prevented my acknowledging the receipt of your letter have prevented my reading the Book, hitherto; namely the multiplicity of matters which pressed upon me before, and the debilitated state in which I was left after, a severe fever had been removed. And which allows me to add little more now, than thanks for your kind wishes and favorable sentiments, except to correct an error you have run into, of my Presiding over the English lodges in this Country. The fact is, I preside over none, nor have I been in one more than once or twice, within the last thirty years. I believe notwithstanding, that none of the Lodges in this Country are contaminated with the principles ascribed to the Society of Illuminati.”
“In the meantime, the Masonic societies, which had been originally instituted for convivial and friendly purposes only were…made the professed scenes of debate concerning religion, morality, and government…The secrecy, solemnity, mysticism, and correspondence of Masonry were in this new order preserved and enhanced; while the ardor of innovation, the impatience of civil and moral restraints, and the aims against government, morals, and religion were elevated, expanded and rendered more systematical, malignant, and daring.”
“…the Master of the Masonic Order in Baltimore…was ‘determined….to unbosom [his] heart.’ This man urged Thomson to become a Mason to help him bring the order (which had “deviated from the truth”) back to the “first principles” of Christianity. “I am in, you are out,” wrote the Masonic Master. “Will you – can you – deem yourself called upon to lend your aid to do much good?” Thomson stayed out.”