'Sexperiment': Texas pastor beds down with wife atop church
"We're bringing the bed back in church," the Rev. Ed Young said.
"For far too long, the church has been silent," added Lisa Young, his wife.
Ed Young told Houston's KHOU that he decided to camp out with his wife of 29 years on the roof of their Fellowship Church in Grapevine, Texas, to send a message about faith and marriage.
The message: “Bring God back into the bed,” by having sex with your spouse for seven days straight.
The couple expound upon this point in their new book,"Sexperiment: 7 Days to Lasting Intimacy With Your Spouse."
They cited John Lennon and Yoko Ono's famous bed-ins for peace as their inspiration.
"We're trying not to go for the same hair styles and facial hair," Lisa Young said.
At one point, the couple's four children joined them in bed. Lisa Young asked her teenage daughter what it was like to have her parents write a book about sex.
"It's pretty cool actually," she said. "It's reassuring to know y'all are doing OK, that your marriage is kind of a model."
She urged fellow teens to "save yourselves" for marriage.
Once the kids left, things got a little chilly.
"We have an electric blanket -- it's getting cooler; the wind's picked up," Lisa Young said as she sat next to her husband in bed, tucked under a comforter, both wearing coats and sunglasses ("looking Hollywood," as she put it). In the background, cars zoomed down nearby highways.
"It's like an Arctic zone," Ed Young said.
Several guests chatted with the couple via Skype.
"It is obvious Lisa is doing all the work of the bed-in," joked Steven Furtick, of Charlotte, N.C. "I might make an analogy... "
They all laughed.
Furtick, a young father of three married for almost a decade, quoted Proverbs 29:13, "Where there is no vision, people cast off restraint."
"Usually we approach sexuality from a restrictive standpoint," he said, as the Youngs nodded in agreement. "You can put on all the rules and scare people with tactics, but if there's no vision, no preferable future they're driving towards, the restraint will be cast off. You guys have a vision."
The Youngs agreed.
Judah Smith, a Seattle pastor, also Skyped with the couple. He and his wife said they plan to hold their own "Sexperiment."
"If anybody should have the best sex, it should be the people who worship the one who created it," Smith said.
Critics have called Young's approach extreme, saying he is too focused on sex. Young told KHOU “it’s not a gimmick,” but necessary for pastors to discuss sexuality.
-- Molly Hennessy-Fiske
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