Ed Young, Jr.’s Teachings Echoed in New CNN “Christian Mingle” Report

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Evangelical pastor Ed Young, Jr.’s non-traditional views on marital intimacy are lent credence by new CNN report on the phenomenon of Christian dating sites.

Using the Internet to find a spouse is hardly an uncommon practice, even in evangelical Christian circles. This fact was driven home by a recent CNN news report, considering the example of a site called Christian Mingle. The dating site, catering exclusively to believers, claims to help members locate their God-ordained “soul mate.” The CNN report quotes a Christian Mingle spokesperson who says, “God can orchestrate and use the medium of Christian Mingle to allow people to find their match for one another on the site.” CNN’s evaluation also echoes the teachings of Texas pastor Ed Young, Jr., whose latest book, Sexperiment, comments on many of the issues raised by the Christian Mingle study.

According to CNN’s report, critics of Christian Mingle and other dating sites argue that, while there is nothing necessarily wrong with believing God will provide a mate, there must also be room for personal action and responsibility. Ed Young’s Sexperiment also suggests that Christian couples are responsible for putting in the work necessary to make their marriage work. According to Ed Young, Jr., the actions needed for a healthy marriage include “understanding God’s plan” for the marriage, working to create “open communication” between spouses, and establishing “a sense of purpose” for the marriage’s future.

The CNN report includes statements from Christian Mingle representatives, saying that while they hope many Christian singles will find spouses on the site, there are also other avenues through which God ordains marriages. These statements compliment Ed Young’s own teachings, which indicate that, while marriages start in different ways, they are sustained through the same means, including communication and regular sexual intimacy.

Ed Young, Jr.’s Sexperiment is largely focused on this latter issue. In the book, he argues that regular, creative, and passionate sex is vital for creating a happy, healthy, and lasting marriage. The Texas megachurch pastor and TV host challenges Christian couples to have sex together every day for a full week and see how it affects their marriage.

CNN’s report on Christian Mingle gives credence to Ed Young’s views, particularly in its point that the Bible’s “language of sexuality” suggests that God works through the means of physical intimacy to put couples together and then keep them together.

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Ed Young, Jr. is, the head pastor of Fellowship Church in Grapevine, Texas. He has written 13 books, including his latest release, Sexperiment: 7 Days to Lasting Intimacy with Your Spouse. The book, written with his wife, Lisa, has garnered a great deal of attention for its unconventional look at the role of sex within a marriage. While some religious leaders avoid the topic, Ed Young has preached the importance of intimacy within a marriage for years.

For more information about Ed Young and Sexperiment, visit http://www.thesexperiment.com.

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