When we begin to understand the mystery of the Sacrament of Marriage and how it is a reflection of the marriage of Christ and the Church (Ephesians 5: 21-33), we can then begin to understand why contraception is intrinsically evil. In order to be in tune with God and His holy will, a married man and a married woman must have a profound, intimate and personal relationship with God. This relationship is fostered and deepened through a daily and well-disciplined life of prayer. Christian marriage is a call to learn the way of love; a vocation to follow Jesus Christ.
Mainline protestant churches – those apart from their evangelical counterparts, have liberalized their standards and have since lost members. Episcopalian, Presbyterian, Methodist and Lutherans have provided provisions for the blessing of same-sex unions and ordination of transgender people and have seen a downturn in attendance. Rt. Rev. Mark Joseph Lawrence, the Episcopal bishop of South Carolina fears that his church will soon be adrift with the adoption of secular values.