N. Texas church hosts debate on adultery

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by By MONIKA DIAZ / WFAA-TV

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Posted on September 17, 2009 at 11:22 PM

Updated Monday, Oct 19 at 5:48 PM

ADULTERY DEBATE

Monika Diaz reports

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GRAPEVINE - Sex was the hot topic at a North Texas church Thursday night.

The talk was controversial and centered on who is having sex and with whom.

From orgasms to cheating to the institution of marriage, it was all out in the open at the Fellowship Church in Grapevine. More than 4,000 people came to hear various sides on numerous issues related to sex.

Not one empty seat was left inside the church as the controversial debate on adultery got under way. The debate consisted of a panel of guests all married with families and claiming to be happy in their unions.

For Pastor Ed Young, the man behind the seven-day sex challenge, there's only room for one in the bedroom - your spouse.

"Sex is important," he said. "It's a connectedness. It's intimacy. But, God has told us again and again it's one man, one woman in the marriage bed."

But for Noel Biderman, the founder of ashleymadison.com, opening the bedroom to other alternatives might help save some marriages. In fact, his web site's slogan is "life is short, have an affair."

"It will be great if you can get everyone to engage in seven-days of sex," Biderman said. "But, what happens on the eighth day and what if your partner isn't interested in that? I think that's the unfortunate part. Not everybody is on the same page when it comes to physical intimacy."

The face off is part of an ABC Nightline series, which takes a look at the Ten Commandments.

The discussion also included a reformed sex addict and a woman with an open marriage.

"I hope we open some minds," said Cynthia McFadden, an anchor on Nightline. "I hope that people hear from people that they may not otherwise ever have the opportunity to talk to and hear what they have to say and how they see the world."

Some of those who came to listen went home still talking about the debate. There were others who said the debate didn't change their minds. However, most said it was a healthy and interesting event.

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