Some of the best and brightest among us are numbered with those societies; and it is on this account that we make these remarks. We desire to see these noble men expending their time, talents and strength for higher and nobler objects than any that can be attained by the weak and glittering follies of odd-fellowship and freemasonry.
Remember it was the Pharisees with whom Jesus argued the most. They too belonged to an organization that was a major proponent of good deeds in their day. However one of their tenets also allowed for the breaking of the fifth Commandment (Matthew 15:6). This was the sort of discrepancy that insulted Jesus enough to consider the good deeds of their organization worthless and to pronounce the Pharisees as “hypocrites” and “sons of hell”. And yet the good deeds of the Pharisees put most of us (including most Masons) to shame.