11 February 2014

Naked and Without Excuse

White Tail Chapel; photo courtesy of YouTube.
A rather unbelievable story is traversing the Internet. It concerns White Tail Chapel, located in Ivor, Virginia. This church apparently is a rather popular gathering place, with one report stating that summer services become so crowded that they are standing room only. From the outside, this church appears quaint and inviting, but one step inside during Sunday services may find the unprepared visitor receiving an eyeful of images that he will never be able to erase from his mind.

The reason for this is that White Tail Chapel, pastored by Allen Parker, is located in a nudist resort. One can now easily imagine where this story is going. Yes, attendees of this church are encouraged to attend in the nude. The Daily Mail offers more details as to why Pastor Parker has led his church down this path:
Pastor Allen Parker . . . said he came to the decision to allow naked worship after concluding the clothing requirements of other churches were overly 'pretentious', and decided his own flock should be free to forgo such materialism if they desire.
Ah, yes, clothing. It is pretentious, is it not? Who needs it? Well, following their sin and the Fall, Adam and Eve did and, interestingly enough, it was the Lord who provided covering for them when the ones they attempted to create proved inadequate:
The LORD God made garments of skin for Adam and his wife, and clothed them. (Gen 3:21)
Surely, then, God determined that clothing was necessary once the innocence of Adam and Eve had been lost. What is beautiful about this verse, though, is its foreshadowing of the gospel and of the Redeemer, the Lord Jesus Christ.

Parker's rationale for this preposterous practice is feeble, as he says, "If God made us that way, how can that be wrong?" Well, Pastor Parker, that question is answered for you in the very first book of Scripture.

Before the Fall, Adam and Eve were innocent in their nakedness.
And the man and his wife were both naked and were not ashamed. (Gen 2:25)
Once they had sinned, however, everything changed.
Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together and made themselves loin coverings.
They heard the sound of the LORD God walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and the man and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the LORD God among the trees of the garden. 
Then the LORD God called to the man, and said to him, "Where are you?"
He said, "I heard the sound of You in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked; so I hid myself."
And He said, "Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten from the tree of which I commanded you not to eat?"
 (Gen 3:7–11)
Perhaps Pastor Parker is unaware that, after the Fall, nakedness is presented by Scripture as something sinful and shameful (a cursory glance of Leviticus 18 reveals this) except within the covenant of marriage. The Scriptures simply do not present naked men and women as something to emulate or encourage.
[Noah] drank of the wine and became drunk, and uncovered himself inside his tent. Ham, the father of Canaan, saw the nakedness of his father, and told his two brothers outside. But Shem and Japheth took a garment and laid it upon both their shoulders and walked backward and covered the nakedness of their father; and their faces were turned away, so that they did not see their father's nakedness. (Gen 9:21–23)
White Tail Chapel's pastor argues that nudity is "the great equalizer," reminding men and women that underneath their clothing, they are all the same. But if men and women truly are in Christ, then they ought to know that all are equal before the Lord (cf. Gal 3:27–29). The fact that God looks at men's hearts (1 Sam 16:7) is not an excuse to "worship" in a state of sinful undress. Rather, this reality ought to cause those who think this is a valid form of worship to truly examine their hearts to determine why it is they desire to flaunt what ought not be flaunted. The irony is that, whether naked or wearing multiple layers of clothing, "there is no creature hidden from [God's] sight, but all things are open and laid bare to the eyes of Him with whom we have to do" (Heb 4:13). This includes, then, our motives for behaving abhorrently in the name of Christian liberty.

Reports on this story note that not all parishioners attend the service fully nude—some remain fully clothed while others choose to only expose certain areas of their body. It is interesting, though, that those who are selective in their nudity do not choose to bare their arms or legs or feet, but those parts of the body that, especially in this post-Fall world, God did not design to be displayed for all men. In short, this church celebrates and encourages sin and does so in the name of Christianity. It is a blatant and unashamed display of man's depravity and one shudders to wonder how long it may be before such disgusting shenanigans are condoned even outside the boundaries of a nudist community.

Come quickly, Lord Jesus.

Further Reading
Is It Sin to Experience Same-Sex Attraction?
Beth Moore's 'Twelfth Month Redemption'
Pope Francis Does Not Know God

1 comment:

  1. So the parishioners at "White Tail" parade around "buck" naked eh? Get it? White Tail? Buck?
    Actually we shouldn't be surprised by any of it. Any lame excuse to indulge in their sin. Don't kid yourself, the "good pastor" knows exactly what he's doing. What a piece of work. What really frosts' me is the fact these antics drag our Lord's name through the mud.

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