"What can there be in common between the vile multitude and sublime wisdom? The truth must be kept secret, and the masses need a teaching proportioned to their imperfect reason." Morals and Dogma P 103.Clearly, within the tenets of Freemasonry, there is a mandate to deceive the masses. Even fellow Masons are deceived.
"Masonry, like all the Religions, all the Mysteries, Hermeticism and Alchemy, conceals its secrets from all except the Adepts and Sages, or the Elect, and uses false explanations and misinterpretations of its symbols to mislead those who deserve only to be misled". Morals. P 104Pike goes on to describe this deliberate deception as God's plan.
"So God Himself incapacitates many men, by color-blindness, to distinguish colors, and leads the masses away from the highest Truth, giving them the power to attain only so much of it as it is profitable to them to know" Morals. P 105Note the difference from scripture which describes what happens to those who reject the truth. 2Thess 2 10-11 They receive judgement who delight in lies, not those who seek the truth.
The dichotomy is plain to see. The Lodge looks to all the world, like a bunch of old guys who like dressing up and performing daft rituals. That may be so but do not underestimate the influence through history of this clandestine organisation. Even today, the Brotherhood is well represented within the legal profession.
Whenever you hear of the noble causes espoused by your neigbourhood lodge, remember that the code of secrecy adhered to by its members may be less to do with honour but more a case of knowing too much. Think Saville.