The article flashed on my screen only for a moment, and I couldn't get back to it. I recognised it because I stumbled across it a couple weeks ago. It's just someone who doesn't read his Bible for Spiritual Discernment, and has influence over a lot of people. I'd rather be me on judgement day, than him. Let's pray for his salvation.
It appears he only mentioned the obvious. Adam sinned and wore clothes.
What is not obvious is that clothing is a byproduct of sin....something like death being a byproduct of sin.
I don't want death either!
The first clothing for man was a dead animal, so clothing and death do have something in common. Clothing (dead skin) clung to our bodies like death clung to us until Christ forgave us of our sins and we are no longer of the first Adam, but we are of the Second Adam. Now death no longer hangs over our head or bodies...so can anyone here come to the obvious conclusion?
The life is more important than food, and the body is more important than clothes. It doesn't "endorse" public or social nudity; but, shows clearly, the body is more important than clothes that hide it.
We have given our lives to the One who became flesh, and dwelt among us, that He might redeem us and give us the opportunity to have forgiveness of sins. While He walked the earth, He had occasion to get into a boat, to cross the Sea of Galilee. He probably did this many times, but on one particular instance, a storm rose up, and the disciples feared for their lives, but Jesus was asleep. During the storm, since the waves were breaking over the boat, our Lord was most likely, thoroughly drenched. Since, in His own words, He did not have anywhere to lay His head, He probably didn't own more than one robe. I believe He removed His clothes and wrung out the water with His hands. He was nude, then, at least while He did this.
I also believe that our Lord went skinnydipping, when He had the chance. Yes, you're right; this is mere speculation. But the Bible says that The Word became flesh, and dwelt among us. That means He lived life as a regular human male.
What is important is why The Word of God became flesh. We do need to pray for our brother, at AFA, because we who name the Name of Christ are commanded to not sit in judgement of our fellow believers.
As a human male, I have the body that God deliberately intended for human males to have. When God saw all that He created (Genesis 1:31), He declared it to be "very good". When He did this, He was looking at 2 nude people. I refuse to be ashamed of something that God said was "very good".
It's my understanding that God would not command anyone to sin. Therefore, if that is true, and I believe that it is, then being naked outdoors is not a sin, since God commanded Isaiah to walk naked, and Isaiah did so, naked and barefoot, for 3 years.
In my notes, I have a scripture that says it all. It goes something like this:
He who belongs to God hears what God says. The reason you [you meaning those who have trouble with what God says] do not hear, is that you [once again, you meaning those who have trouble with what God says] do not belong to God.; John 8:47.
I can go on with 1 John 5:10:
Anyone who does not believe God has made him out to be a liar,...; see also Galatians 3:10.
For all on this forum, these are a few examples of why I am adament about Gods word. Such a simple thing, understanding that God himself, not only didn't put down nudity; but, it is evident that nudity was not just tolerated, but such a way of life that the ones' who demand that we be covered are in fact (IN my humble opinion) calling God a liar, and that those who do not hear (or understand what is written) do not belong to God! Those who deny our spiritual lifestyle have exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshipped and served created things rather than our creator.; Romans 1:24-25.
Spiritual man makes judgements about all things, but he is not subject to any man's judgement.; 1Corin 2:15. Everything that does NOT come from faith is sin.; Romans 14:23. Righteousness is through faith, check out Romans chapter 3.
Those who are justified by the law (those against simple nudity) have been ALIENATED from Christ; have fallen away from grace.; Galatians 5:4.
...Guess I've ranted enough; anyway, here's food for thought.
It is also written, "All things are lawful, but not all things are profitable"
Or another way, "What is lawful is not always expedient".
There is one thing saying that it is a sin to be nude, and another to say, "my faith is too weak at this time to accept nudity".
I would be careful to judge those who are not understanding the naturists and believing that nudity is not of the faith. What they do, they do in faith and what they don't do they don't do, in faith. So they live according to their faith, and we expect no more of it. So I wouldn't go so far as to say they are not of Christ. I know for a fact that there are things that I need to be more faithful in, but at this time of my understanding, I would not be able to comprehend the truths.
I happen to understand a lot of things, including naturism, but maybe there is something out there that I don't understand that a non-naturist does understand. So I can't judge them any more than they can me.
There are times when someone does not understand what God says, (or didn't say) and we cannot accuse them of calling God a liar. I have been in that boat and I know that if I didn't understand a truth, then I would have to ask God to forgive me of my misunderstanding and hope that He will give me true understanding.
So back to my start paragraph, if they don't understand it, then that is not of salvation value. Nudity is not that important as say, Christ on the cross, buried and arose again on the third day. That is important...nudity per se, is not.
Yes, I work hard at this naturist site, but I make sure that my salvation in Christ is secure.
We must be careful to not judge. This is an area that the enemy can sure gain a foothold, and cause deep problems, if we let him.
Let us respond to those of the American Family Assocation, for example, with the love that Jesus has for us--unconditional.