Church Now Encouraging Nudity … Says ‘Jesus Was Crucified Naked’

Church Now Encouraging Nudity … Says ‘Jesus Was Crucified Naked’
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AFRICANGLOBE – A church in the American state of Virginia has taken the bizarre decision to allow its congregation to attend services in the nude.

Pastor Allen Parker, the leader of White Tail Chapel in the town of Southampton, said he came to the decision to allow naked worship after concluding his flock should be free to forgo materialism and the ‘pretence’ of clothing if they desire.

The idea is that nudity is ‘the great equaliser’, reminding all those gathered in the church that they are simple human beings beneath their clothing

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.

He believes he is in good company too, claiming many of the most important moments in the Bible happened while the protagonists were nude, including Jesus’ crucifixion and resurrection.

Mr Parker said: ‘When he (Jesus) was born he was naked, when he was crucified he was naked and when he arose he left his clothes in the tomb and he was naked.’

‘If God made us that way, how can that be wrong?’ he added.

Mr Parker is believed to have drawn at least some of his opinions on nudity from the book of Genesis, in which Adam and Eve were originally described as ‘both naked, the man and his wife, and were not ashamed’.

It was only after sinfully eating forbidden fruit from the Tree of Knowledge that Adam and Even are said to have seen their nudity as shameful, at which point they sowed fig leaves into loincloths.

Although the church allows worshippers to attend services fully naked, many have decided they would rather continue to attend fully clothed, particularly when in mid-winter, while others opt to just reveal some parts.

The idea is that nudity is ‘the great equaliser’, reminding all those gathered in the church that they are simple human beings and that, beneath any personal wealth or glamorous outward appearance, they are all more of less the same beneath the clothing.

‘There’s not a feeling that you have to be better than one another, physically. We’re humans, we have scars, we have what we have. It’s learning to love and accept that,’ Mr Parker says.

The pastor leads the church by example, standing in his pulpit without a scrap of clothing as he reads stories from the Bible to the faithful gathered in his small rural church.

The White Tail Chapel even hosts naked weddings in which all members of both families are encouraged to shed their clothing before the couple take their vows.

One couple to opt for the nude service were Robert and Katie Church, with Mr Church saying attendees were far more interested in ‘hearing the word of God and speaking the word of God’ than analysing the naked bodies on display.

Mrs Church wasn’t a nudist before the couple met, but says she has since come to love the experience of going to church in the nude and now considers her fellow worshippers ‘family’.

 

By: John Hall