Moses may have passed the Ten Commandments on to the Israelites, but a preacher has added a new one. Thou must have sex every day for a week. And guess what? Couples say it is helping their marriage.
As The New York Times reported, on November 16, Rev. Ed Young, a TV host and pastor of the evangelical Fellowship Church in Texas, told his parishioners to have a week of "congregational copulation." He did so while preaching in front of a large bed and reading from the Bible.
In encouraging people to have more sex, he noted that it would turn people from "whining about the economy to whoopee."
And having more whoopee certainly has helped improve people's moods and mindsets.
Lisa Young, the pastor's wife, who gamely dressed in knee-high black boots and jeans, noted that a week of sex may even help people forgive infidelities, addiction to pornography and bitter hurts, although, she said, in addition, “there’s been some pain.”
As we've reported, infidelity is hard to forgive; maybe sex can be as helpful as therapy, which many can't afford right now. It's hard to have sex with someone you feel betrayed by, but maybe the lack of sex was a cause of problems too.
After all, in the early stages of courting before marriage, most couples are having a lot of sex. That eventually tapers off with the strain of kids, jobs and mortgages. The Youngs, parents of four children, have been married for 26 years and can relate to these real-life problems. As Rev. Young jokes, kids stand for "keeping intimacy at a distance successfully."
If you make the time to have sex, it will bring you closer to your spouse and to God, he said. You will perform better at work, leave a loving legacy for your children to follow, and may even prevent an extramarital affair.
The sermon was so successful that now Rev. Young is advising couples to "keep on doing what you've been doing this week.”
“We should try to double up the amount of intimacy we have in a marriage. And when I say intimacy, I don't mean holding hands in the park or a back rub."
His advice is rubbing people the right way.
Rev. Young adds that this is not a gimmick or a publicity stunt since the Bible gives couples permission to enjoy sex. As he points out, there's the sensuousness of the Song of Solomon, or the verse in Genesis that says: “two shall become one flesh,” or the one in Corinthians: “Do not deprive each other of sexual relations.”
“For some reason the church has not talked about it, but we need to,” he said.
There is no shame in marital sex, he added, “God thought it up, it was his idea.”