A Virginia-based church, White Tail Chapel, has caused a stir.
The church got everyone’s attention when it introduced a kind of worship where the members have to praise God naked. Although the rule was not made compulsory for the members of the church a year ago when the idea was introduced, on Sunday, August 2nd, 2015, the head pastor announced to his congregants that nudity is now mandatory in the church.
Daily Mail reports that the church, which is located in Ivor in the southern state of Virginia, has since then asked members and worshippers alike to leave behind their material concerns including clothing anytime they come to worship. The church now describes itself as a family nudist community where visitors can enjoy all manner of activities, including spiritual worship in a completely natural (nude) way.
In justifying the church’s ridiculous way of worship, Pastor Allen Parker said that many of Jesus’ most important moments happened while he was naked. Recently, the church even conducted a marriage in the nude with couple Katie and Robert.
Pastor Parker said: “When 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? I consider this a gift and a privilege God has given me as our members are caring, understanding and they’re community and family oriented. We have one of the most involved chapels anyplace around. I’ll put our church up against others around.”
Robert Church also justified getting married nude, saying that White Tail Chapel lacks the pretense sometimes found at other places of worship. He added that nudity is a great equalizer as it becomes impossible to judge someone based on their expensive or shabby clothes if they are not wearing any.