Scared or Sacred

As I was cleaning out a bookshelf a couple weeks ago, I came across a notebook that I have used in the past for sermon notes and random thoughts I have. At the bottom of one of the pages I read the words “I am scared!”. Upon a second glance I realized I had read it wrong and it actually said, “I am sacred!”. When I realized my error I kind of huffed to myself and thought, “Isn’t that just like satan?! I hate that guy!” I’ve continued to think about those words ever since and process how we can thwart the enemy’s plan of keeping us scared and move into the sacred way of thinking. Those words are just a flip of two letters but their meanings are endlessly opposite!

Recently, a naturist friend confided in me that she is feeling very fearful about this lifestyle. She’s recently moved into a new area and is growing with her church family, but is scared to get too close to anyone because she assumes it would be bad if they found out about naturism and her involvement. She’s been hurt before and doesn’t want that to happen again. She might not be wrong in how that would be looked upon, but right now, because of her fear, she is limiting her interaction with those in the church and somewhat with those in naturism because she is scared. I’ve done the same at times. I totally understand those feelings and I don’t fault her for them. They are very real and not necessarily unfounded. We’ve known several Christian naturists who have been shunned by their local church and lost friends they were very close to when they were found out or revealed the naturist part of their lives. It’s unfortunate that the people of God react this way when it was God who made the body. 

God did not give us a spirit of fear, but is that the same as being scared? Can we as Christians be scared and still “do it scared”? I think so. It’s easy to be scared in this life and the enemy wants to keep us there because we usually run away from whatever scares us if we can. We rarely push through to do what’s hard. That’s why the saying, “do it scared” is a thing. We can discipline ourselves to react differently though. Like soldiers, police officers and firefighters, we can train ourselves to face the fears head on! God’s word gives us this in 2 Timothy 1:6-7: This is why I remind you to fan into flames the spiritual gift God gave you when I laid my hands on you.  For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline.” 

 I don’t think it’s a sin to be scared or even have some fear. But I think it’s what we do in the times when we are fearful that matters. Do we let fear keep us from doing what the Lord has called us to? I hope not! When fear becomes the driving force behind what you do or don’t do, then you are living with a spirit of fear and that is sin. When you say, “Yes, I’m scared” but then do what the Lord has called you to no matter the consequences, then you are living in obedience and what a wonderful place to be!

Deuteronomy 28:9-10 “If you obey the commands of the Lord your God and walk in his ways, the Lord will establish you as his holy people as he swore he would do. Then all the nations of the world will see that you are a people claimed by the Lord, and they will stand in awe of you.” Those words weren’t written to us, but it doesn’t mean they aren’t for us. We know the Lord blesses those who are obedient to him. 

Does the Lord really ask people to be naturists? I wholeheartedly believe the answer is yes! When Phil told me he was a naturist, I wanted no part in it as you probably know. I was dead set that it was sin and not for me. The more I studied Scripture and listened for the Holy Spirit to guide me, the more I felt like this was something the Lord wanted for my life. That he wanted to use this as a jumping off point to show me so many more aspects of who He is and who He wants to be in my life. Am I scared sometimes of what might happen if we are ever found out? Yes, of course! I am human and fear is a human emotion. There are a couple people that we are very close to that don’t know we are naturists because not everyone needs to know. There is a difference between caution and fear. I haven’t felt the Holy Spirit nudge yet to tell those people. When I do, I will, but until then they don’t need to know. I don’t know that the calling is to make other Christian naturists as much as it is to show naturists Jesus. (Phil would disagree in the fact that he thinks everyone should be naturists.)

When we do it scared we move ourselves from a space of fear to a space of obedience and that’s what sets us apart. Sacred means set apart. Acts 20:32, “And now I entrust you to God and the message of his grace that is able to build you up and give you an inheritance with all those he has set apart for himself.” Brittanica defines sacred this way: the power, being, or realm understood by religious persons to be at the core of existence and to have a transformative effect on their lives and destinies. Um, yes please! 

Acts 26:15-18, “‘Who are you, lord?’ I asked. “And the Lord replied, ‘I am Jesus, the one you are persecuting. Now get to your feet! For I have appeared to you to appoint you as my servant and witness. Tell people that you have seen me, and tell them what I will show you in the future. And I will rescue you from both your own people and the Gentiles. Yes, I am sending you to the Gentiles to open their eyes, so they may turn from darkness to light and from the power of Satan to God. Then they will receive forgiveness for their sins and be given a place among God’s people, who are set apart by faith in me.’”

Yes and Amen! Lord, use me! I know being a Christian naturist isn’t normal. I get it! I don’t want to be normal though. The world is full of normal people. I want to be different! As my oldest son recently said, “I want to be radical because Jesus was radical!”

I am going to go so far as to say this. If Christian Naturism is on your radar, you are probably set apart for a very specific purpose to a very specific group of people. You think your local naturist club isn’t a mission field? There are many who will deny that the Lord wants to use naturism for His glory. They are wrong. The Lord can use whoever he wants to do whatever he wants. 

Maybe we don’t have to choose one or the other. Maybe we can be scared and still do the things that set us apart in obedience to the Father.

16 thoughts on “Scared or Sacred

  1. John Figleaf

    Thanks for your very motivating article Mrs. Phil.

    It brought to mind a quote I heard recently that is attributed to Pastor Chuck Smith (think Jesus Revolution).
    The quote is: “Don’t ever let what you DON’T know replace what you DO know.”
    The things about Naturism that people DON’T know are what makes them scared. What we DON’T know is often vain imaginations. But what we DO know about our naked human bodies as the Image of God, however, is what we should hold on to and walk in.
    Fear of the unknown is what often makes us scared. But we can live with a sound mind regarding Naturism if we focus on the truth instead. My favorite truth about my naked human body is Psalm 8:4-5
    4 What is man that You are mindful of him,
    And the son of man that You visit him?
    5 For You have made him a little lower than the angels,
    And You have crowned him with glory and honor.
    – Ps 8:4-5

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  2. CLS

    Thank you for this beautiful inspirational message. My naturist husband introduced me to naturism while we were dating, and also brought me back to church after a long absence from the flock. Your words echo his own. And, yes, I too have never wanted to be “normal”!

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  3. Reuben

    Yes, God told me to become a naturist. Not in so many words, but the introduction to it happened immediately after I started praying a different prayer. I’d been badly lust afflicted for 33 years, mostly self lust, I was my own porn, would have become fully ‘gay’ if I’d not had a biblical foundation in life and refused to go there because God’s word declares it an abomination to God. Fought it hard for about 29 years without results, it only got worse. And I could not for the life of me figure out what caused it to rise when I was young. And kept asking God why it happened, and had not gotten an answer.
    I know why the ‘gay’ community thinks it’s a born in thing, it sure seems that way the way it’s locked into the mind and nothing seems to break it loose. But it’s been conditioned in by overuse of clothing as children, and as such can be conditioned back out.

    So finally decided it would take a miracle to clear my mind of the evil lusts and gave up thinking I could control it and started asking God for the miracle. That’s about when I saw a mention of naked gardening day somewhere, and investigated, and then ran into a mention of “Christian naturists” That hit me with a startle. To my mind all nude was automatically lust inspiring, how in the world could anyone put being naked with being Christian, seemed like a complete oxymoron to me.

    But out of curiosity as much as anything I investigated that to find out what totally deceived persons could ever put those two things together. And started running into things like fig leaf forum and mychainsaregone website. when ends up recommending naturism as the way to practice a porn cancelling mental concept of the body. That was the shock of my life to discover that nudity was not evil, everyone I knew and trusted had just assumed that nude was forbidden in a Godly life of morality, because lust latches onto nudity and makes porn out of it, we had to stay covered.

    I decided to try it and fortunately I live where I can work naked plenty, so I started going naked on the principal of it while doing anything else and trying to ignore my nudity. and sure enough the old lust compulsion went to weakening and finally just disappeared. It finally made sense, it was overuse of clothing as a child that allowed the porn mentality to rise in my mind. My mother thought nudity was evil and so I never saw a naked person in my growing up years. And when I started to mature the lust arose and latched onto what was hidden, if the natural body is too common of a sight in life for the conscious mind to bother hardly noticing, the subconscious lust generating side of the mind is forced to ignore it also and cannot drive lust onto it.

    So now I know why sexual lust happens and how to defeat it. And I know children very much need to be allowed to run around naked plenty and adults be naked with them. Just be vary careful to block all lust components out of their life, just simply be naked and make nothing of it. Let them get acclimated to being naked and seeing naked people and thinking nothing of it. Just the background scene of common life to be seen and yet hardly noticed. Like the little boy who saw a naked woman in a convertible stand up in the car, an he says, “hey momma, that lady doesn’t have a seat belt on” like he didn’t even notice she wasn’t wearing anything.

    Indeed God’s original design in Eden was the best lifestyle for humanity for all time. We are not supposed to be wearing clothing all the time, overuse of clothing coupled with the carnal nature has been the ruin of our morality. We can’t cancel out our carnal nature, the Holy Spirit has to do that. We can do something about the clothing side of it.

    And in telling others about my experience some understand fully and accept it as true, some are doubtful and say OK maybe you need it, not everyone does. And some instantly reject and refuse to listen to reason on the topic. An I’ve lost a few friends who think I’m evil. I’d probably loose more friends if I told them. I don’t like anyone thinking I’m evil, it makes me uneasy with them. But I know that’s where the world is headed. Those who are the most righteous and most obedient to God’s law will be condemned as the most rebellious and finally mad out to be the worst criminals of all and condemned to death before the end of the world. That time is starting to get brewed up, I see things creeping that way.

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    • Trevor

      Quite the interesting story, Rueben. Amazing how powerful your mom’s belief that being naked is evil affected you. My story was the exact opposite. Having all sons, my parents seemed to think it was just easier for us to go about our days naked or nearly naked. My dad was a strong Christian, but he didn’t seem to go along with the Christian crowd. He sought God on everything and that made a huge impression on me. That’s what I see in your comment, a man seeking God and because you have found Him, His Holy presence burned up your sin and your fig-leaf clothing with it. And God sees your naked body He created and says, “It is very good.” Thank you, Rueben, for your encouraging comment.


    • Phil O.

      Indeed God’s original design in Eden was the best lifestyle for humanity for all time. We are not supposed to be wearing clothing all the time, overuse of clothing coupled with the carnal nature has been the ruin of our morality.

      Powerful words!

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  4. Trevor

    I never thought that enjoying being naked is a ‘mission.’ But it is in that God created us in His Image. Displaying how He created us must do something amongst His creation since He did create us to rule (Genesis 1:26). Being naked certainly does something astonishingly powerful in the spiritual realm, that’s for sure!

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  5. Elizabeth 🌸

    Naked in the park as I read this. Had the police called on me for the second time in a week. Last time I caved and moved on, but I was determined not to this time (totally legal in the UK, I know other places vary). Prayed about it (I knew they were coming, I heard the person ringing them), strengthened my resolve within myself that not only is this permissible, it is also actively righteous. Scared? Yes, some, but less than I used to be. Sacred? Most definitely! 😁

    The question that has been in my mind a lot as the opposition has increased lately, is, “are you going to let this stop you?” And the answer is actually, no, I’m not. It’s annoying, but I am not going to let this stop me, and then the chips will fall where they may.

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      • Elizabeth 🌸

        …eh. I have escalated it to British Naturism (the organisation), they have advised not doing it again for the time being. It’s something to keep praying about. Nothing else happened on that day.

        Thank you for asking 🙂

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  6. grovewarrior55

    Thank you for writing this, it is well written and thought provoking. One thought I had while reading was in the garden Adam responded to GOD saying he was afraid (scared) , his fear lead him further away from GOD instead of confronting his fear. Adam used his free will to choose to be ruled by his fear rather than confront it .
    Thank you

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  7. davidvogel64

    This is powerful and compelling message. The question of being called *to be* naturists is one that I have pondered for years. Called *to* naturists? Absolutely. This message provides excellent food for those important discussions.

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    • Phil O.

      I went to the OLT 5k yesterday, and it’s been forever since I’ve seen the members there, and they let me know it too. I felt like I’d let that calling down. But I really wanna pick it back up again.


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