Artist life drawing arts tutor for many years.
30 years minimalist exhibitions and one-person shows
Art pieces in most major private and New Zealand public collections.
 
TOWARD A ROBUST CHRISTIAN SEXUALITY
Is skin really evil, is flesh as on real human bodies just wicked, in-itself? Or is it the behavior and the impulse behind our actions, its spirit, that may be evil. For instance
Doctors, nurses, surgeons and anatomists, coroner, undertakers, models and life
drawing artists see nude bodies every day. Is any of this bad, evil or foully
sinful? Yet statistics show that doctors and Pastors have around the same percentage (64%), in America, who have had affairs with their clients or vulnerable parishioners; so are life drawing artists really really evil people? In some particular sense over and above others; somehow above, and ranking with, prostitutes, strippers and criminals? Yet consider the following from a biblical perspective.
 
Adam and Eve were nude. All are nude when we are born and when we die; to the gaze of others. We are nude to ourselves when bathing. Isaiah the prophet walked naked in Egypt for three whole years. Jesus was naked on the cross (only art, traditions of men and established sentiments clothe him) -for shame, as the Romans displayed all their
prisoners. He became sin for us; just as conventional doctrine teaches.
Prostitutes were in his genealogy, the Magdalene attended him, the woman caught in the act was nude; totally. Bathsheba was nude bathing on the rooftops. Yet Christ is 'the son of the David' who desired her. Rahab, the prostitute, is in Christ's genealogy. Prophets cohabited with prostitutes like Hosea was instructed by God to do with Gomer. I am a man of sinful body alongside a people who sin in body.
 
Consider closely that real prostitution is best plied nude and is legal in this country. Though much illicit 'sex' of that order is a matter of seductive clothing as of anything bodiliy 'done'.
 
Some have thought sex the original sin but scripture clearly states rebellion is. Is flesh evil, eating it, like in non-vegetarianism? Or just having skin makes us evil? That is weird, perverse and sick. Surely, 'spiritual adultery' -preaching mixed and wrong doctrine is worse; as is spiritual fornication mixing false doctrine with corruptions; and spiritual masturbation is the 'every-Sunday-sin' of preaching good news, to-those-who-have-already-heard-good-news, surely the most pointless activity on the planet, being paid a hefty hired-shepherds wages for so doing, SURELY that is far far worse than ANY of the above.
 
Albeit fornication is a fault for New Zealand (the penalty we pay is; the earth shall disgorge its inhabitants), the very price we do continuously pay here in Godzone: and has well known health risks.
 
Yet the bible relates that only to an equivalence to 'eating meat offered to idols' within the church. Hardly a major problem. The Bible doctrines are far more realistic than our attitude to flesh, sin (of others) and skin. Isn't it true that to the pure ALL things are pure. The in-house sins of the church are bestial in comparison. The salt and light is often sugary sweet and dimmest darkness. Judgment begins at the church. Make sure your doctrines are pure. Bodily purity is a false corridor, spiritual purity within is what matters; please consider Samson a fleshly suicide yet a GODLY man if ever there was one. He'll welcome us to heaven, all the blood bought sinners who love God. Many are the lawyers and so called 'good' people will be firmly rejected at that point. As always the Bible is more earthy on all these matters than conventional 'christians' know; one is almost tempted to the view that it is Christianity that is the anti-Christ, so poor a job they do in delving into the deep doctrines of the anointed one.' Condemning others for an outward fault while within are themselves presenting but half a true show. They desire, but do not, they lust but nurture it within their politics. Others must pay for their good ideas: not lifting a finger otherwise, acting like thieves. Selling doctrines to please the ear, prostituting truth itself. Seducing false belief with plausible relevance: yet marry political liars to dumbed down miracles. -Phillip O'Sullivan

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