I have been a Mason for about 5 years now. The wife and I are looking into joining a new church. Apparently they have an issue with members of a "Social Secret Society" being on their church board. Now, I don't want o be on the church board, but I asked the Pastor in a meeting that My wife and I had yesterday about me being a Mason and his tone changed and made a comment that due to the oath that I took, (and he quoted the penalty of the first degree) that there might be a problem. I tried to explain that the penalty is of ancient origin and symbolic only, and he said that he has some sort of book that he wants me to look at(that he could not find at the time) that might give me an idea of the problems with Freemasonty and religion. So, this has been bothering me, I think I need to be very confident of my responces annd I cannot be too defensive either. Has anyone had issues like this and how do you odeal with them? I kind of regret even telling them that I am a Mason, but I don't want to lie to a the church. Thanks Wanna kill these ads? We can help!