January 13th, 2012
03:29 PM ET
By Lindy Royce-Bartlett, CNN
(CNN) – A pastor encouraging his congregation to have sex? It may sound unlikely, but it’s what one prominent Texas pastor is doing this weekend, with a 24 hour rooftop “bed-in” with his wife.
To encourage members of his congregation and others to take part in what he calls a “sexperiment,” Dallas pastor Ed Young and his wife Lisa began staging a "bed-in" on Friday morning, laying in a bed on the roof of their Texas church for 24 hours.
They say they want to illustrate that sex begins in heaven.
“It’s time to put the bed back in church and God back in the bed because God is the one that thought sex up," says Ed Young, senior pastor of Fellowship Church.
While in bed, the Youngs plan to have bedside interviews via skype with various pastors and friends to "discuss tantalizing truths about sex as God intended," according to their website.
"God said that we are to make love within the beauty and the covenant of marriage," says the pastor.
In a new book titled “Sexperiment: 7 Days to Lasting Intimacy with Your Spouse,” the Youngs encourage readers to have sex with their spouse every day for a week. By doing this, the authors believe married couples will gain a greater sense of purpose for their lives together, and gain a deeper understanding of God's plan for their marriage, among other things.
The Youngs say the church has been silent about the issue of sex for too long and that they believe the issue should not be so taboo. God is "the author and creator of sex," Lisa Young says. "Why would we not - in the context of church - speak about something that he was not bashful about?"
The pastor believes that sex is the "superglue" in a Christian marriage.
"When you have the freedom and the joy and a mutually satisfying sexual relationship - when you see it from God's perspective - I think the lights come on and you discover your destiny as husband and wife," he says.
No curtains will be needed for this weekend’s bed-in.” The Youngs say it’s just to "make a statement."
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