Originally posted by network dude
reply to post by DeadRising
please don't be afraid to ask anything. And you don't need money to be a mason. If you did, I couldn't be one.
You do need money to be a mason. Because all masons do is charity work. So, you either have to give your own money away, or figure out how to give
other people's money away.
If there are lodges that will accept you when you are poor, then they must find some other money for you to give away. That means you'll have to
learn how to collect money from other people who have, in order to give that money away to others who need. So, you become a "money broker", of a
sorts. Or, if you prefer, a "Charity Broker". Because, logically, if you're not giving your own money away, you have to find "Charitable People"
who will first give you their money, which you can then distribute to your charitable causes.
Simple logic, will tell you that you cannot be a mason, doing the primary masonic work, of charity, without having something to give away, or at least
the ability to entice others to give away their hard earned cash.
But, note, that giving away other people's money is not real charity. The other people contributing their money are being Charitable, but your role
is then relegated to "go between", "bookeeper", etc..and that's not real masonic work. Keeping books brings no merit to the soul.
At the end of the day, to be a true and good mason, you've got to work hard, earn lots of cash, then you can give away that which you have earned
Don't let anyone tell you different.
Masons don't do anything else but Charity.
Therefore you have to be rich.
Any person claiming to be a mason, and poor, is not really doing masonic work, and must be doing some thing else, other than masonry.