Orginally published on Tuesday, February 19, 2008 at 8:12 AM
by Todd Rhoades
A pastor has a new challenge for his parishioners. It involves sex - a subject that may be taboo in many congregations. The Relevant Church in Tampa's Ybor City has issued a 30-day sex challenge. "It's going to be tempting and awkward at the same time for sure," said parishioner Brent Cayson. Single men and women can't have sex for 30 days, and married couples are urged to have it every day. "If you look at studies, studies say in 30 days you can develop a habit," said Pastor Paul Wirth. It definitely caught wives in the church by surprise. "Our married people are far more fearful than our single people," said Wirth.
“Sex is about more than intercourse and that’s what we’re trying to tell people,” said church member Jarret Haas.
Wirth has found biblical references that he says suggest Jesus disapproved of pre-marital sex and promoted sex in marriage. So, he believes people connect to God through life-long commitment.
That’s why he tells his single followers to abstain, and his married followers to indulge.
Wirth is a former Baptist. He founded his non-denominational ministry three years ago. And he markets his church by tackling unusual or controversial topics.
FOR DISCUSSION: What do you think? Good idea?
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