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A US megachurch pastor is to ‘baptise’ a copy of the book Fifty Shades of Grey in response to the expected success of the film starring Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan.

Based on the book by EL James, the film features scenes of sexual violence.

 Fellowship Church pastor Ed Young, who has just released a book entitled ‘Fifty Shades of They’ about healthy relationships, will ‘baptise’ copies of the book this weekend.

He said: “There is a cultural epidemic out there that is wrapped up in complete fantasy. The book Fifty Shades of Grey is a perverted attempt to trap readers and leads them to a misunderstanding of what intimacy and connection are all about. It is a pathetic distortion of a more powerful reality about relationships.God is not anti-sex, and he isn’t grey when it comes to relationships. I want to wake people up to the reality that God’s purpose and plan for their lives is so much greater.”

Ed Young is the senior pastor of Fellowship Church, one of North America’s most attended churches over the past decade. In addition, he is also the New York Times best-selling author of Sexperiment and has written 14 other books. Ed is known for his bold approach to leadership, unmatched creativity, and ability to make complex truths simple to understand.Young said: “By baptising the fantasy of that book and raising to life the reality of God’s plan, I want to show people that it comes down to one thing – fantasy vs. reality!”

His new book Fifty Shades of They gives you fifty simple, yet profound insights that will help any relationship thrive, from friendships to business partnerships to marriages. Based on biblical standards and the teaching of Ed Young, this book is written for anyone who is looking to give new life to their relationships.

The book and the film have provoked other reactions from the Christian community. Two authors, Dannah Gresh and Juli Slattery, are offering to trade copies of James’ book for one of their own, ‘Pulling Back the Shades: Erotica, Intimacy, and the Longings of a Woman’s Heart.’ Slattery told Salon.com that while they are not calling for a boycott of the film they would not recommend that anyone went to see it. “We are more concerned that women are asking themselves questions about intimacy, sexuality and seeking an authentic relationship with God,” she said.

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