Marriage is the only right place for sex, says Ed Young, senior pastor of a Texas mega-church.
So he's encouraging married couples to celebrate by having sex every day for a week starting Sunday.
“I think our culture, sadly, has taken sex out of context, and we want to put it back in context,” Young said.
Society tells people to have sex promiscuously, said Young, of the nondenominational Fellowship Church in Grapevine. So the church should preach the message to enjoy sex as God intends: in a marriage between a man and a woman.
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“I think it's one of the greatest things you can do for your kids because so goes the marriage, so goes the family,” Young said.
A professional family counselor thinks Young is doing a great service by telling people what intentional efforts to increase intimacy in their marriage can bring, according to Gary Kindley, executive director of Counseling, Consulting and Inspiration Associates, a United Methodist organization in Dallas that offers counseling to clergy and laity.
“Sexuality is related to spirituality, so I think it can be spiritual growth as well, and we shouldn't be insecure about that,” Kindley said.
“I think that historically, because of some of the writings of St. Augustine, there have been taboos associated with what is really a good gift of sexuality – God's gift.”
Fellowship Church in Grapevine is a nondenominational church that Young says is loosely affiliated with the Southern Baptist Convention. The Grapevine church draws about 20,000 people each Sunday.