Ed Young, Jr. Affirms New USA Today Study, Says Great Sex Leads to Great Marriages

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According to a new study, strong sexual intimacy is alive and well in marriages across the country, and Pastor Ed Young says that’s a good sign for the state of our lasting relationships.

One of the most common cultural stereotypes about marriage is that, after a couple says their vows, their sex life begins to dwindle. While countless sitcoms and movies poke fun at the alleged absence of great sex within a marriage, recent research suggests that the opposite may be true. According to a new USA Today survey, 75% of married women, ages 18-49, say that a good sex life with their husband is “very or extremely important.” Meanwhile, 16% say that good sex is at the very least “somewhat important.” This study underscores the message of Sexperiment, a new book by Pastor Ed Young, Jr., which claims that a healthy sex life is the key to a healthy marriage.

Like the majority of the wives polled in the USA Today survey, Ed Young, Jr. believes that sex is vital—to an extent. “Many would argue, and rightly so, that there is a lot more to marriage than just sex,” the pastor notes. But he adds that there are “also a lot of benefits” to a healthy sex life, and encourages married couples to make regular and passionate intimacy a top priority.

In fact, Ed Young uses evidence such as that provided by the USA Today study, as well as his own biblical insight and pastoral experience, to form the basis of a challenge, issued to all readers of his book. In Sexperiment, Ed Young calls upon Christian married couples to try having sex daily for the span of a week. The book also encourages couples to talk about their experience and ultimately to evaluate its positive effects on the marriage.

According to Ed Young, the benefits of a healthy marital sex life are numerous, and include stronger standards of purity, more open communication, and “a deeper understanding of God’s plan for [the] marriage.”

Ed Young, Jr.’s teachings find confirmation in the USA Today report, which claims that while married sex is perceived as less glamorous than premarital or extramarital sex, its role is actually of vital importance. USA Today notes that regular and passionate intimacy creates a strong “emotional connection” that is ultimately necessary for sustaining marital happiness. The study’s conclusion is that spouses can improve their married relationship by making the sexual experience “more inviting,” something that echoes much of what Ed Young teaches in Sexperiment.


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


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