As part of a promotion for their new book out Tuesday, Sexperiment: 7 Days to Lasting Intimacy with Your Spouse, Ed and Lisa Young, founders of the Texas-based, 20,000 member-strong Fellowship Church, will be spending twenty-four hours in bed on the church roof to encourage married couples to have a healthy sex life.
The book's gimmick, encouraging married couples to get it on for seven straight days, was first introduced by Pastor Young to his congregation in 2008, promising long-lasting, "amazing results." The publicity stunt will kick off at 6 a.m. on Friday, during which the Youngs will do live, in-person interviews, as well as on Skype. The event will also be streamed live on his website. Young, who has been "happily married" for almost thirty years, said:
"Tragically, culture has kicked the bed out of church and God out of the bed. It's time to bring God back in the bed and put the bed back in the church. That's what this bed-in is all about."
Young, the son of a preacher man, whose new book is being endorsed by other Christian leaders, also said:
"God thought up sex. It was his idea. And it's not just about procreation; it's about recreation and enjoyment. The bed-in is about empowering couples to experience the relationship and recreation that God has for them every day of their lives!"
Sadly, though, Young (who created a stir last February by driving a Ferrari onto the Fellowship Church stage and saying, "God gave me a Ferrari because I am a Ferrari. You're a Ferrari too. God has given you a Ferrari") takes the stance that only heterosexual marriage is legitimate, which he describes as "the only relationship on planet Earth that's analogous to God's relationship to his people. He previously wrote in 2007 that "to allow gay marriage means to redefine marriage as it has been in the social structure of humankind since the very creation of man and woman."