While cruising through the headlines at the End Times Tavern, I came across this gem: “At Ivor Church Clothing is Optional.”
The last time I read something like that I was studying the Fourth Crusade.
This church exists in a nudist colony in Virgina and is known as the only nudist church in the state. I’ve personally never understood nudist colonies, but I’ve had friends who thought it would be marvelous to wander around unrestricted by clothes. I made sure to inform these people that their time had not yet come. But I digress.
According to the pastor:
“Some of the biggest moments in Jesus’ life he was naked,” Pastor Allen Parker said. “When he 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?”
Pastor Allen says the congregation is a family-oriented one and is very involved in helping others.
“On second thought, don’t pass the offering plate – just hold on to it.” (This is a picture from the Whitetail Nudist Colony’s website; I probably shouldn’t have included it. On the other hand, it’s funny to think about teenagers searching for images from nudist colonies and finding this. Ha ha ha, kids, take that!)
Despite the oddness of the nudist colony, this place seems legit. No, I’m not going there, but American nudist colonies are known for being respectable places. I can’t think of anything wrong with people being naked just for the heck of it in a good environment. (Like it matters, I bet you’re still trying to adjust the page so that you don’t have to look at that picture; I know I am.)
There’s a video at the link – but I was afraid to watch it.
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