About

My life thus far has been a long, winding, and often rough journey. It is also about the God who has relentlessly pursued me by His grace and love.

While I have “known” “right-theology” for many years, my theology has been more academic than living and practical. God wants us to know Him, and to walk with Him in communion and fellowship. He wants us to have a living relationship with Him. That is what He created us for.

Adam and Eve had that kind of relationship with God in the Garden of Eden before Satan tempted them with “knowledge“. As the result of their sin, that relationship was broken, but God didn’t accept that brokenness as the “new normal“. Even as He pronounced the curse upon them, He promised a Savior who would come to tear-down that wall between God and man.

Even though our Lord Jesus Christ tore down that wall of separation between God and man, each of us who trust in Him for our salvation must still struggle to build our own practical relationship with Him. Our coming to saving faith in Jesus Christ grants us positional-holiness at that moment, but our practical-holiness is an on-going process. We will be a “work-in-progress” until we take out last breath…

I am a “work-in-progress“, but it is God who is doing the work, not me. In this blog, you will see me as I am…not a “sanitized-version“… how I would like for you to see me. With the Apostle Paul, I can say: “For the good that I would I do not: but the evil which I would not, that I do.” (Romans 17:9)

I want my theology to be living, vibrant AND life-changing. Having “good-theology” but not living it causes what I know to condemn me. It is dead… That is why I am a “naturist by biblical-conviction“, because if I do believe that I am “created in the image and likeness of God” (Genesis 1:26-27), “I am fearfully and wonderfully made” (Psalm 139:14), and that my body is the “temple of the Holy Spirit” (1 Corinthians 6:19), but I am ashamed of the body He created for me and compulsively cover it, I am telling God that I don’t believe His Word, and it doesn’t apply to me. That would be dead theology if I didn’t put it into practice.

I want that spiritual “return to Eden“, even if I can’t have a physical “return to Eden” in this life.

I invite you to join me as I chronicle this journey in my blog. Comment and ask questions if you feel led to do so. I am always open to discussion. Arguing with me or condemning me will not be allowed. God is my only judge.

8 thoughts on “About

  1. I can remember watching the Phil Donahue or Geraldo episodes on nudists when I was young and always thought that was interesting but I never tried social nudity until I became a Christian as an adult. I wouldn’t say it was a biblical conviction to be a naturist though I just didn’t see that it was wrong. As some of the prophets were naked. So for you to say that you are convicted to be a naturist would seem to say that you feel it’s not right to be clothed. I think I know what you mean though to be spiritually in Eden if not physically. So I struggle with being open about this to my brothers in Christ as not to put a stumbling block out for them or tossed out from the body. Thank you for being bold to put out this blog.

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    • I believe that being a nudist is a Biblically-valid lifestyle as long as it is practiced within the bounds of our calling as Christians. Being a nudist doesn’t give us license to chuck God’s moral and ethical standards. I have had ministry opportunities at the nudist resort where I take my mini-nakations. Those were definitely “divine-appointments”, because there were certainly time and place-specific. They wouldn’t have happened otherwise.

      How we interact with our fellow believers is something we have to work out for ourselves. I do not “advertise” that I am a nudist to my church family, and the only person who I have told that I am a nudist is our senior pastor. While it broke new ground for him, both experientially and theologically, he had no Biblical basis for condemning it. Our denomination’s creeds and doctrinal statements specifically state that the Bible is our ONLY guide for faith and practice, thus the “traditions of the elders” do not apply to anyone. I wish that I could be more open about it, but like you, I don’t want to cause unnecessary problems with my Christian brothers and sisters.

      Thank you for taking the time to stop by, read and comment on this. I really appreciate the opportunity for dialogue.

      Steve

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  2. I love what you wrote here and you have gone the road of so many of us. I truly believe that our Heavenly Father allows us to sometimes go that rough and rocky road and to follow “right-theology” in the beginning of our walk so that we can come to a point where comparison and perception reveal to us (through the guidance of the Holy Spirit) what true relationship with Him is about and our Lord’s desire to have continual communion with HIm as His children! Good stuff. I look forward to reading more!
    God bless as you continue to follow the Lord’s leading in your ministry(service) to Him and those He leads to your writings.

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