Are You Shocked?

By Don Willis

The Montgomery County, Texas local newspapers revealed in early November that over 500 acres of land in the western section of this county and Grimes County had been purchased and would be set aside for a Nudist Colony. This shame goes against the conviction of all God-fearing people. Lack of morality is a curse to any generation.

Adam and Eve were the world’s first nudists. The Garden of Eden was a wonderful surrounding of all things moral and upright . . . until sin entered the world. Through temptation, the devil encouraged Eve to sin. Adam participated, and God was displeased. “Unto Adam also and to his wife did the Lord God make coats of skins, and clothed them” (Gen. 3:21).

With the rise of idolatry, sin began to remove the clothing of women. Idol temples were served with a priestess of fornication. During the Roman era, public baths were used, and sin became rampart. This contributed to the fall of the Roman empire. In parts of the world even today, public toilets are bisexual. This does not conform to our morals, and we detest such.

Yes, we are shocked to see a public nudist colony so near to our homes. France may have its nudist beaches, and even some nudism might be found by the uncivilized in America; but not near my home!

However, I challenge any of you to go near the public beaches in America today or even to the local swimming pool in your neighborhood. You see, slowly our children have been accepting nudism, and many parents said nothing about it.

A little history: My father’s philosophy toward swimming was that his children ought not to get into the water until they learned how to swim. Occasionally, we boys would slip off to the creek, and swim in our cut-off overalls. The public swimming pool was beginning to become popular then, and one-piece swimming suits were the fashion. Then some brave soul cut the middle out, and along came two-piece swim suits. The brazen would begin to roll down the top of their swim suit, and bingo: the bikini. I recall the shorts and halter craze. Some females would roll their shorts up (after they left home). But the accepted swimming attire, and even the public attire of many, is quite bizarre in contrast to that of a few years ago.

The bikini is accepted by the public as normal attire in public. Even today, the string has been accepted. Just a few years ago, the G-strap (or string) was worn at the burlesque or brothel, but everyone knew this belonged to the immoral individual. Now, some public areas boast of their topless entertainments. Now, are we still shocked?

The apostle Paul commanded, “In like manner also, that women adorn themselves in modest apparel, with shamefacedness and sobriety” (1 Tim. 2:9). Women are to wear modest clothing. This is clothing that indicates the relation of the heart. Clothing should manifest that one is a child of God. Shamefacedness was once defined to me as the “ability to blush.” “In like manner also” connects with verse 8 where Paul told men to “pray everywhere, lifting up holy hands, without wrath and doubting.” Morality is enforced upon all of God’s people, men or women. There is no God-approved double standard Parents: Our children may not know any better, but we do. Parents have the charge to bring those children up in the chastening and admonition of the Lord (Eph. 6:4). Women, reach over and feel to determine that the man has warm skin and feel to see if there is a pulse. If any sign of life appears, beach apparel will affect them in an ungodly sort of way . . . and you know that. Parents desire that their children be accepted and therefore lose that godly reason that will limit improper activity.

I am responsible for the instruction of my children, and for their outward activity while they live at my house, and receive my support. Stand up for that which is right, and cannot be wrong.

Guardian of Truth XXXII: 3, pp. 65, 87
February 4, 1988