A nudist camp will be opening soon in Florida. In and of itself, that statement isn’t all that surprising, as I understand there are many such camps, particularly in warmer climates like Florida.
But wait! There’s more!
This one is different. Or at least it claims to be. This one is a Christian nudist camp.
No, I’m not kidding. Somebody named Bill Martin is close to opening a camp north of Tampa, Florida, named Natura. This newspaper article gives the details.
â€œAs evidenced by Adam and Eve, we believe that when Godâ€™s children are in the right relationship to Him, they will be naked and unashamed,ï¿½? explains one of Naturaâ€™s brochures.
And therein lies the beginning of the doctrinal problems with this camp. Adam and Eve had a perfect relationship with God – but only before the fall when they sinned and were cast out of the Garden of Eden. After that, man was born with a sinful nature that we do not fully shed until we are with Christ in Heaven.
Romans 3:23 – KJV: For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;
None of us can be in a “right relationship” with God while here on Earth. Our sinful nature won’t allow it. Even if a person is saved by believing in Jesus Christ, they don’t shed their sinful nature.
â€œWe are going after a totally different group, a group that doesnâ€™t want a sexual atmosphere,ï¿½? he said. â€œThere is absolutely no relationship between nudity and sex.ï¿½?
There is another issue – and it is related to our sinful nature as well. I believe that you can’t help but have a sexual atmosphere where nudity is involved. And nudity leads to lust, which is sin.
Matthew 5:28 – KJV: But I say unto you, That whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart.
The Natura Fellowship, as they call themselves, has a web site (albeit one on which all content was removed for some reason), two Yahoo Groups here and here, and a self-published book, Nakedness and the Bible by Paul Bowman.
I’ve not read the book and they’ve removed just about all content from their web site, so I can’t speak to the Scripture they use to defend their position. But it seems to me that there are some very fundamental truths they have to ignore to hold to that position.
The newspaper article quotes unamed fundamentalists who describe plans for the nudist camp as â€œgraphic evidence of Americaâ€™s moral collapseï¿½?. I have to agree with them.
[October 16, 2008 Update: I’m closing this post to further comments.Â I think enough has been learned about the site and what has happened to it since.Â Thanks to everyone who took time to comment.Â Gary P.]