lodge, and necessarily have some effect on the members:

“That this surrender of free will to Masonic authority is absolute, (within the scope of the landmarks of the order), and perpetual, may be inferred from an examination of the emblem (the Shoe or Sandal) which is used to enforce this lesson of resignation." –Morris–Dictionary of Freemasonry.

“Disobedience is so subversive of the ground work of Masonry, in which obedience is so strongly inculcated, that the Mason who disobeys subjects himself to severe penalties." –Ibid.

“A Grand Lodge is invested with power and authority over all the craft within its jurisdiction. It is the Supreme Court of Appeals in all Masonic cases, and to its decrees unlimited obedience must be paid by every lodge and every Mason situated within its control. The government of Grand Lodges is, therefore, completely despotic. While a Grand Lodge exists, its edicts must be respected and obeyed without examination by its subordinated lodges." –Mackey –Lexicon of Freemasonry, page 183.

“For ourselves, we deny as Masons that any civil government on earth has the right to divide or curtail Masonic jurisdiction when once established. It can only be done by competent Masonic authority and in accordance with Masonic usage." –Grand Lodge Report.

“A ‘due summons’ from the lodge or Grand Lodge is obligatory upon him, and should he refuse obedience he will be disgracefully expelled from the society with public marks of ignominy that can never be erased." –Morris – Dictionary of Freemasonry, page 29.

“Disobedience and want of respect to Masonic superiors is an offense for which the transgressor subjects himself to punishment." –Mackey – Masonic Jurisprudence, page 511.

“Hence we find that the Master’s authority in the lodge is as despotic as the sun in the firmament which was placed there by the Creator, never to deviate from its accustomed course, till the declaration is promulgated that time shall be no more." – Oliver –Signs and Symbols of Freemasonry, page 142.

“Treason and rebellion also, because they are altogether political offences, cannot be inquired into by a lodge; and although a Mason may be convicted of either of these acts in the courts of his country, he cannot be masonically punished; and notwithstanding his treason or rebellion his relation to the lodge, to use the language of the old charges, remains indefeasible." –Mackey –Masonic Jurisprudence, page 510.

“There is no duty more forcibly enjoined in Masonry than that of warning a brother of danger impending to his person or interests. To neglect this is a positive violation of obligation, and destroys any person’s claim to be entitled a Mason." –Morris –Dictionary of Freemasonry, page 325.

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