So, I’ve been thinking a lot lately about this topic. The musing has come about because of conversations about marriage, family, and sex around SEBC. To the shock and horror of many sisters in Christ involved in the conversations, men are completely happy naked. Women cannot fathom this but it is true…men are happiest without clothes on. There’s something very Edenic about it…something New Heavens and New Earth about it…something holy…something pure. Below is the biblical case for being naked. Indulge this blog until the end. I’m being totally serious.
- Clothes resulted from the Fall. Eve ate from the forbidden tree in Eden and, as a result, developed self-awareness to the point that modesty formed (Gen. 3:21). Adam was prone to the same conclusion upon his consumption of the fruit, and as such the need for clothing in society was born. So…Having to wear clothes is a result of the Fall. Christ came to redeem us from the Fall. Therefore, we do not have to wear clothes anymore because of what Christ did on the cross. If you disagree, you’re disagreeing with God’s purpose in Christ on the cross. Do you want that on your conscience?
- In John 3, Jesus talked to a Pharisee about the Gospel. Jesus told Nicodemus that “you must be born again to enter into the kingdom of Heaven (John. 3:3).” This is proof that Christ is ok with people not wearing clothes today. Think about it…you were naked when you born (physical birth). You have to be “naked” before God to be spiritually reborn. The metaphor Christ utilizes breaks down if we’re not naked after regeneration.
- Jesus was likely naked when he was on the cross. We are to be like him. We have a cross to bear (Luke 9:23). If it is ok for Jesus to be naked, it is ok for us to be naked.
- When the Rapture happens, we will all be naked (1 Thess. 4:13-18). So, if you don’t want to be left behind, you might want to jump on the clothesless bandwagon. Imagine yourself being left behind as others are flying to heaven because you have to stop and take time to declothe yourself.
- After God took many things away from Job via Satan, Job said “Naked I came from my mother’s womb, and naked I will depart. The LORD gave and the LORD has taken away; may the name of the LORD be praised. (Job 1:21)” So let’s follow Job’s statement…He comes into this world naked and he will leave naked. It seems logical to think that Job would be naked in the in-between time. Why would he not?
- God says multiple times that he is going to strip his people naked (Hos. 2:3; Isa. 57:8). God is going to strip his people of their clothes. This cannot be wrong if God is doing it, right? Now, some people may see hints of negativity and judgment within these passages. I don’t. Neither should you.
- In Genesis 39:12, when Joseph is unsuccessfully seduced by the Kings wife the Bible says, “She caught him by his cloak and said, “Come to bed with me!” But he left his cloak in her hand and ran out of the house.” It appears Joseph had to run out of the house naked, as his cloak was in her hand. Jospeh did not sin because he ran out naked. He was actually avoiding sin by running out naked! This seems to happen often in Scripture. Remember in Gethsemane when Jesus was arrested? “A young man, wearing nothing but a linen garment, was following Jesus. When they seized him, he fled naked, leaving his garment behind. (Mark 14:51-52).” Again, we find another holy person in the Bible running away naked. It’s ok to be naked.
- David, the greatest king of Israel (except King Jesus), danced naked before the Lord (2 Sam. 6). If David can do it, so can you!
- Jesus taught a lot about money (Luke 6:20; 14:33; 18:25; 12:15). Randy Alcorn has suggested that 15% of Christ’s teaching is concerned with money. What better way to save money than to not buy clothes to wear? When Christ says to “sell your possessions and give to the needy” (Luke 12:33), he implies you should sell all your clothes and be naked. Its in the Bible…end of story.
- Jesus says, “And if someone wants to sue you and take your tunic, let him have your cloak as well.” Again, be butt naked for the sake of the gospel.
- Isa. 20:2-4…God told Isaiah to preach nakedly. If it is good for the goose, it is good for the gander. The goose in this idiom is Isaiah and the gander is the church today. Don’t challenge my interpretation. This is just what I personally believe.
- All our righteousness is but filthy rags before the Lord (Isa. 64:6). But, because of the cross, we are clothed in the righteousness of Christ (1 Cor. 1:30;2 Cor. 5:2; Phil. 3:9). If we are clothed with Christ’s righteousness, we do not have to wear physical clothes.
- The early church baptized people naked sometimes. It isn’t wrong if the early church did it (In at least some churches…the candidate was baptized naked, the children first, then the men, and finally the women. No one was to take into the water anything except his body [Latourette KS. A History of Christianity, Volume 1: to A.D. 1500. HarperCollins, San Francisco, 1975, p. 194]).
- If everyone was naked, this would solve the problem of rampant sexual misconduct within our own culture. If we were all naked, we would not have any desire for explicit sexual media. Haven’t you ever seen those documentaries on TLC, the history channel, and the discovery channel? The people in them are practically butt-naked and no one has a problem with it.
- Also, many of the people you’re trying to minister to overseas with the gospel are naked (again…history channel…TLC…Discovery). For the sake of missions and the missio dei, drop trousers and preach the gospel.
- Remember being a child and the feeling of being butt naked running through the front yard? There was something holy about that. It just felt right. Let’s go back to that…let’s go back to freedom and throw off the tyranny of clothes once and for all!
- Song of Solomon…enough said!
- Jesus came to bring freedom. “So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed. (John 8:36). What’s more freeing than complete nakedness? Absolutely nothing.
- I’m sure we will be naked in heaven. Why wait? Let’s make heaven now.
Ok. If you’ve read this blog to the end, you might be thinking “Austin has lost his mind.” There is meaning behind this blog. I neither endorse nor believe in this (shocker?). I find two kind of disobedient people these days abusing Scripture. Those who completely disregard Scripture because various reasons and those who utilize Scripture to say things it never intended to say. The truth is, you can make Scripture say what you want it to say. You can twist the meaning of the biblical authors and wrangle the word of God into supporting a sinful cause or belief system. John Piper said “There is a hermeneutic that leads to adultery. Loose and sloppy handling of Scripture will lead to loose and sloppy living.” I recently read a post on facebook about how it’s wrong for African Americans to be friends with Caucasian Americans because the Bible commands us to stay with our own kind. The author of that post had
biblical passages to support their idea. However, I doubt the Biblical authors would support their idea. Christ himself would not. It’s not uncommon for people to use Scripture in this fashion. I think this may even apply to certain theological systems out there. They use Scripture…just not well. It is dreadfully important that we interpret Scripture correctly, that we do not twist it’s meaning. James 3:1 says “Not many of you should become teachers, my fellow believers, because you know that we who teach will be judged more strictly.” I plea with the reader to interpret and utilize Scripture in a godly and reverent manner. Who would have thought that a post about the value of being naked would lead to a plea for hermeneutic honesty and holiness?
P.S. Arguments I have made will appear soon in Four Views of Biblical Nakedness. Contributers will by Joel Osteen, N.T. Wright, John Piper, and myself. Expect an ETS panel about this next year.