What We Can Learn About the Christian Faith/Life From Football
You can’t play the game (be a Christian) unless you are selected by a team.
- The church, as God’s team, holds the franchise keys. Unless the team picks you, you are at best a fan, or a delusional freak. (Mt 16:18-19; 1 Pet 3:21; Col 2:11-14)
- Anyone who attempts to get on the field, who is not on the team, is thrown out as an imposter. (1 Jo 2:19)
- The team (church) has designated coaches (pastors) and players (members) in positions. They must all do their job to be successful. (Eph 4:8-15)
- You should be fired up, and extremely thankful, if God has called you to be a member of the “Super Bowl” worthy team of Denver Reformed Church!
You play to win or your time on the team, and playing the game, will be short lived.
- The game is your life. (Phi 1:21; Rom 11:36; 2 Ti 2:1-2; Deu 4:29)
- You train your body for the game. (1 Co 9:23-27; 1 Ti 4:7-8)
- You play all four quarters. (2 Tim 4:7-8; Mt 10:22)
- You learn the playbook and strive to be perfect in your execution. (2 Ti 2:15; Phi 3:12-15)
- You listen to the coaches. (Heb 13:17; 2 Ti 1:13)
- You are committed to the team. (Acts 2:42)
It’s a game of precision, inches, agony, aptitude and end zones. (1 Pe 5:9; 1 Ti 4:16; Mt 25; Luk 13:22; 2 Co 10; Col 3:1-2; Phi 3:8-13)
Providing For The Poor
Providing For The Poor
1. God commands that the covenant community provide for the basic needs of those who are poor among us (Deu 15:4, 11; Act 4:34; Pro 14:21, 31, 19:17, 28:8; Psa 37:26, 112:5).
2. God has established a third of the tithe tax and gleanings (from surplus) as the primary means and only mandatory requirements placed upon God’s people in fulfilling their obligation to care for the poor (Lev 27:30-34 w/ Num 18:24 w/Deu 14:28-29; Lev 19:9-10, 23:22; Deu 24:19-22; Ruth 2:1-7 = Notice the sq ft reserved for gleanings as well as who can participate is left to the sole discretion of each individual – see Mat 20:15; e.g. church pantry where people contribute free meat, clothing, and personal hygiene or cleaning supplies). As such:
2.1. Any other burden (including the manipulative forms of coercion often employed in churches today) placed upon the people of God as necessary to the care of the poor is theft (e.g. “the question is not how much does God require, but how much am I willing to keep for myself? ”; Exo 20:15 w/ Pro 6:30-31)
2.2. God protects the rights of private property (i.e. our possessions minus tithe and gleanings; Mat 20:15; Act 5:4)
2.3. Our P434 budget for monetary support of the poor cannot exceed 33% of the total tithe (Deu 14:28-29)
2.4. The poor (like all God’s people) must pay the tithe tax as necessary to their membership in God’s provisional insurance plan (Gen 28:20-22).
3. The purpose of caring for the poor is not the removal of their poverty but the deficit they experience in relation to basic needs (Deu 15:11). As such:
3.1. The bible condemns socialism [private property is not protected; personal wealth building is discouraged; wealth equality for the masses] and promotes capitalism [private property is protected; personal wealth building is encouraged as long as it is wise and godly; wealth is distributed based on voluntary agreement in a free, competitive market] (Exo 20:17; Mat 20:15; Ecc 5:10, 7:12, 10:19; Pro 24:3-4; Pro 23:4 w/1Ti 6:9-10, 17-19)
3.2. God has not determined that all His people should live at the same economic level or with the same temporal blessings (e.g. Pro 22:2; Ecc 5:19).
4. The poor are those who cannot provide for basic needs (1Ti 6:8 = Literally, nourishment and covering; staple foods, simple, sufficient clothing and shelter) yet:
4.1. Are working as many jobs or hours as physically possible without discretion as to the type of work or detriment to other God-given obligations (Ecc 11:1-6; 2Th 3:6-12)
4.2. Are attempting to improve their income level through the pursuit or possession of skilled labor in a respectable field or industry (1Th 4:11-12; Pro 22:29)
4.3. Have exhausted the value of all available, non-essential personal assets or services through their sale/liquidation, cancellation or use as collateral (e.g. investments, real estate, savings accounts, retirement accounts, automobiles, recreational vehicles, stereos, televisions, other entertainment systems, jewelry, collector memorabilia, stamps or coins, livestock, etc; Lev 25:25; Exo 22:26; Deu 24:10-13)
4.4. Have exhausted other possible options of non-interest bearing support and are still in need (e.g. support from other family members working – 1Ti 5:1-16)
4.5. Are obedient to God’s command to spend responsibly (Phi 4:10-13 w/Lev 27:30-33 w/1Ti 6:8 = Tithe, then basic needs, then everything else).
“Biblical charity…never subsidizes irresponsibility” – David Chilton (Productive Christians In An Age Of Guilt Manipulators)
5. Those who are not working as required by God must demonstrate repentance (Mat 3:8-10; Act 26:20) and commit to such actions before support is considered (2Th 3:10 w/13-15; Isa 26:9-10)
6. Those who are not spending as required by God must demonstrate repentance (Mat 3:8-10; Act 26:20) and commit to such actions before support is considered (Gen 28:20-22) = Since tithing is the equivalent of paying into God’s insurance plan, when individuals default on their tithe, there is equally a lapse in their policy which can forfeit God’s provision. A covenant member shall be considered in default if:
6.1. A period of two months has passed since they tithed while employed
6.2. All prior tithe debt and penalties are not resolved by the end of each year.
7. Unless otherwise explicitly stated, all monies provided to the poor in the covenant community shall be considered loans:
7.1. With a repayment schedule of no longer than 6 years according to what they can afford (Deu 15:7-11)
7.2. Which bear no interest as long as the recipients remain in good standing with the covenant community for 6 years after receiving the loan (Exo 22:25; Lev 25:36-37; Deu 15:7-11 w/23:19-20)
8. Those covenant members who lose their good standing with the covenant community either through excommunication or apostasy, before the 6 years after receiving a loan, shall be responsible for paying:
8.1. The entire balance of their loan still outstanding plus interest (30% on the remaining portion) (Deu 23:20)
8.2. All attorney costs necessary to enforce the terms of the loan should litigation be necessary.
9. Unless otherwise explicitly stated, all loans will require a signed promissory note agreeing to the stated terms of this document.
Why You Want the Church to Possess Authority
Why You Want The Church To Possess Authority
Many people today balk at the thought of the church possessing any spiritual authority. This is particularly true among Evangelicals. A church that possesses any level of spiritual authority is, in their minds a dangerous idea. This historically though, was not always true. As a matter of fact, it once was just the opposite. Until the 16th century, the dangerous idea was not spiritual authority in the hands of the church, but rather the individual. Martin Luther, however, changed all of that with his teaching on the “priesthood of all believers” (1516). As a result, people for the first time began to view each individual person, not the church, as the ones possessing spiritual authority – especially in relation to interpreting the Bible. The anarchy which ensued however, caused Luther to rethink his position.
“The outbreak of the Peasants’ War in 1525 brought home to Luther that this new approach was dangerous and ultimately uncontrollable. If every individual was able to interpret the Bible as he pleased, the outcome could only be anarchy and radical religious individualism. Too late, Luther tried to rein in the movement by emphasizing the importance of authorized religious leaders, such as himself, and institutions in the interpretation of the Bible. But who, his critics asked, had ‘authorized’ these so-called institutions? Was not the essence of Luther’s new dangerous idea that there was no such centralized authority? That all Christians had the right to interpret their Bibles as they saw fit? In the end, not even the personal authority of Luther could redirect this religious revolution.” – Alister McGrath (Christianity’s Dangerous Idea, p3-4)
What then is the answer? Who possesses spiritual authority on earth? Is it the individual, or the church? The biblical answer is clear: it is the church (Mat 16:18-19). But not just any church, it is only those churches genuinely under the Lordship of Jesus Christ. To be more specific, those He would identify and claim to be His churches (i.e. Christ’s churches) because of their submission to His criteria for a church as found in places like (Act 11:19-26; Act 2:41-42, 20:7; Mat 18:15-17, 26:26-28, 28:18-20; 1Co 5:1-6:8, 11:2, 17-34; and the principle instruction found in the pastoral epistles: 1 and 2 Timothy, Titus).
However, enlightenment to this truth (the church does possess spiritual authority), will not likely be enough to comfort those who have become comfortable with an emasculated church. It may also require an approach based on its reasonableness (Phi 4:1).
In this respect then, the following represents why the church possessing such spiritual authority is more than just what the bible teaches, it is also reasonable – considering the unreasonable consequences of that not being the case. In other words, every Christian should want the church to possess spiritual authority since if that is not true then:
We would have no protection against Satanic/demonic possession (Mat 16:18-19).
We would fail to receive Christ’s resurrection power in our lives (Eph 1:16-23).
We would have no ability to establish sound doctrine nor determine what is the sound gospel (1Ti 3:15; Gal 2:1-2).
We would find it impossible to secure (or enforce) justice among God’s people (Mat 18:15-20).
We would end up with a Christianity that cannot offer any true hope of salvation (Joh 20:21-23).
We would become yet another in the multitude of Evangelical (flake – fake?) Christians completely inconsistent and out of touch with the rest of church history.
 By spiritual authority it is meant the power or right to judge and enforce all matters related to Christ’s sacred kingdom on earth including its Scriptures, doctrine, polity, liturgy, people, and practice, as well as the realities of forgiveness, salvation, excommunication and apostasy. Since Christ’s Kingship/Lordship is comprehensive in relation to His people, and because every aspect of our person has spiritual purpose, such authority will affect even things considered more preferential by most today (e.g. 1Co 11:1-16).
 The criteria/instruction/tradition found in these references can be summarized as follows: 1) at least ten baptized/righteous/justified people (Gen 18:32), 2) at least one qualified and ordained elder, 3) a commitment to: sound teaching of the Scriptures (i.e. sound doctrine), making/baptizing disciples, faithful obedience to all of God’s Laws, the weekly observance of Lord’s Table, corporate prayer, providing for all the needs of the congregation, raising up additional elders, jurisprudence and discipline. This majority – if not all, of this list was viewed by the Reformers as the distinguishing marks of true/legitimate churches. As such, any so-called institutions failing in one of these areas was not recognized and considered false (e.g. see Calvin’s Institutes of the Christian Religion, book four).
Love, Lust and the Lord
The importance of understanding these three words (love, lust and the Lord) and their relationship to each other, cannot be overstated. Such understanding is the basis for assessing and addressing the human condition (i.e. why we do what we do; what we should do).
Love is a decision/choice whereas lust is a feeling:
1.1. Love (def) = a choice/decision to devote oneself to something (or someone) for it (or their) good (forgiveness and justice are therefore forms of love. Love understood this way is how we make sense of passages like Mat 5:44).
1.2. Lust (def) = a strong feeling of desire (good or bad) for something (or someone) (evpiqumi,a; Mar 4:19; Luk 22:15; Phi 1:23; 1Th 2:17; e.g. sexual activity, sexual attraction, to possess a particular vehicle/house/toy, to eat a delicious piece of food, to be entertained, to experience pleasure or a sense of happiness/healthiness. euphoria, to explore and discover, to learn, to sleep, to play. Temptation is a form of lust. It is strong desire for what God has forbidden/prohibited at the present time; Jam 1:14)
Love cannot exist w/o action whereas lust requires no such action (i.e. you are not required to act upon it).
(Joh 14:15; 1Jo 3:17-18)
Love is one of the primary attributes of God given to humans as His image-bearers. It is therefore inevitable: we will love someone/something.
Proof (as it re: to primary attribute of God given to humanity) = (1Jo 4:8; Gen 2:23-25 = Adam’s response to the creation of Eve and the sacred vow est’d by God. Both are expressions of love: devotion to the other for their good. See also Eph 5:28 which echoes the same sentiment. This btw is where arranged marriages or those based on lust -i.e. American marriages, become the same: love or commitment is now the basis of the union. IOW: lust or lack thereof should no longer be a deciding factor.)
Love is the most dominant force in the universe.
Proof = The primary cause for every creature and event is God’s love for His people (Rom 8:28; Eph 1:3-4).
Before the fall of humanity into sin, lust was never incongruent with love. This is no longer true. Lust is can now be separate from love. As a result:
5.1. The Lord cannot be known by lust, only love (Jer 29:13) = knowing the Lord req’s commitment (“seeking Him w/all of our heart”). IOW: it req’s we love Him. If we attempt to know/have a re: w/God simply based on when we desire/feel like it, we will fail since our desires/feelings can be /are fickle (i.e. inconsistent w/commitment or love).
5.2. The Lord is now in competition w/our lusts (Which/Who will we follow, be committed to, love? 1Pe 2:11).
5.3. The entirety of humanity can be divided into two camps: Those who loved (i.e. decided to be committed/devoted to) the Lord [AND] Those who loved (i.e. decided to be committed/devoted to) their lust (Gal 5:16, 24; Eph 2:1-3; 1Pe 4:1-3; 2Pe 2:10, 18-20).
The most important question before every person is, “Who/what did you choose to love (the Lord or lust)?” since the answer will determine:
6.1. Who/what you worship/are loyal to/serve as God/god (True God or false god?; We worship/serve/loyal to what we love – Rom 1:18-24).
6.2. Your identity (Holy, hedonist, or humanist? Identity = the imitation of value/worth. We are all drawn to imitate/associate w/ what we believe is valuable/worthy; holy = the Lord is the greatest worth/value – “holy over happy” – Mat 13:44-46; hedonist and humanist = my lusts – i.e. desires/me as a human being, is the greatest value/worth – “happy over holy” – Rom 1:25).
6.3. The control you possess over your own life (Are you self-controlled or out-of-control? Free vs. slave? Only those who love the Lord will live self-controlled lives and possess the freedom it affords. Slavery is by definition, a state of no control. In Scripture the person who does not love the Lord, but rather is driven by their lusts, is never considered self-controlled nor free. They are instead its antithesis – out of control. A slave to their desires; 1Th 4:3-8; Act 24:24-25; Joh 8:34; 2Pe 2:19; Psa 119:96, 18:19).
6.4. Your priorities (What do you deem necessary? Luk 9:57-62).
6.5. What you invest yourself in (Where do you spend your time, money, talent, brain cells? Mat 6:19-21).
6.6. Your susceptibility to drinking from the toilet (Are you smart or stupid -i.e. a “thinking-challenged” person? – Isa 3:8-12; Jer 2:13, 4:22; Eph 4:17-19; Col 2:6-8; 2Co 11:20; Mat 13:18-19 w/Luk 8:11-12, 15 – Notice, the reason for the word of God being rec’d or snatched by the devil is the condition of the person’s heart. Where the heart is bad/evil – i.e. given to loving their lusts (for authority/power) rather than God, there wba in inability to understand/trust God’s Word. The result is manipulation, abuse and oppression; e.g. Feminism/Feminists = women/men who -b/c of their rebellion against all authority – most esp. preferential authority, hate what the Bible says about men in re: to women (1Ti 2:12-15; Eph 5:22-24; 1Pe 3:1; 1Co 11:7-9), believe that to be important, they need to be men – i.e. do the things men do (“women can do everything a man can do”). Such stupid thinking -i.e. drinking from the toilet, makes them both victim and perpetrator of their own manipulation, abuse and oppression! They are despising the beauty and glory God has given to the woman and her exclusive/important roles. They forget (also) that even God is preferential in His authority – Who chose our gender and design/looks? Was it not based on God’s preference?).
6.7. What you do in tough times, temptation or trials (Do you persevere in faithfulness or flake/freak out? Mat 13:20-21).
6.8. What/who influences you the most (Is it truth or being tickled? 2Ti 4:1-4 – “passions” = lusts).
6.9. Your perspective on God’s law (Love it or hate it? Those who love the Lord also love His law and the justice it establishes. They also hate evil – Psa 97:10, 119:47-48, 97, 113, 127-128, 159, 163, 167; Amo 5:15; 1Jo 5:3. W/those serving their lusts it is just the opposite – they despise God’s law/authority; their law is their desires! Jud 1:4, 16; 2Pe 2:1-2, 9-12,18).
6.10. Where you spend eternity (Will it be Heaven or Hell? Only those who love the Lord go to heaven; Eph 6:24; 1Jo 4:17-18).
You cannot love God and your lust.
(1Jo 2:15-17 = you cannot love/be loyal to God and your lusts – whose source is the world and its goods; also Mat 6:24)
You are not loving the Lord if you are (knowingly) practicing any form of sin or avoiding justice for your sin.
(Mar 8:34-35; Luk 19:8-10)
Both loving the Lord and loving your lust will produce forms of abundant life. Loving the Lord (however) is the only one which will not end in regret.
(Mar 8:36-37; 2Co 7:9-10)
Denver Reformed Church (as long as Scott Jarrett is her pastor) WILL BE a church who loves the Lord!
Joshua 24:14-15 14 “Now therefore fear the LORD and serve him in sincerity and in faithfulness. Put away the gods that your fathers served beyond the River and in Egypt, and serve the LORD. 15 And if it is evil in your eyes to serve the LORD, choose this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your fathers served in the region beyond the River, or the gods of the Amorites in whose land you dwell. But as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.”
Hands Off! (Bli Yadayim!)
“The need for a Biblical treatment of lust and masturbation is necessary. Satan has conveniently disguised this “awful” topic as something that ought not to be mentioned, and never to be preached. The church’s response to this is a deafening silence.” – C. Matthew McMahon (Lust, Purity and the Christian Man)
The Bible teaches that all sexual activity is the gift of God given: to those existing in a biblically-defined marriage only, to be enjoyed with each other only. Therefore, all sexual activity that is not exclusive to one’s spouse, is either immoral or adulterous (Heb 13:4). This includes then, masturbation which is not in relation to one’s spouse (i.e. immoral masturbation or “IM”).
1. Historical views of masturbation (in general) within Judaism and the Church
2. The Bible’s explicit teaching on the subject of (IM) (Mat 5:27-32)
Biblical Sexual Ethics
The Bible teaches us that God has reserved all forms of sexual activity as His gift to those who join to one another in marriage covenant relationship. As such, any sexual act performed before marriage is considered sexual immorality, is strictly prohibited and serious sin. Additionally, all extra-marital sexual activity that is physical, constitutes a capital crime.
“Scripture necessitates reserving any and all sexual activity for the marriage relationship. Or to state again, the New Testament conveys – both theologically and exegetically – that all premarital relationships are to be completely non-sexual… Our problem is not that we have failed to recognize the New Testament’s prohibition against premarital sexual activity; rather we have failed to fully reckon with the reality that there is more to sexual activity than intercourse. Oral sex, fondling, and mutual masturbation, for example, are all sexual activities. It is inconceivable that the New Testament’s ethic – insofar as it is an extension of the Torah – intends to leave room for such activities outside of marriage. Once we embrace the biblical ideal that sexual activity must be reserved for the marriage relationship, the question, ‘How far is too far?’ – a perennially vexing question for singles – is easily answered. If an activity is sexual, it is to be reserved for the marriage relationship.” – Gerald Hiestand (“Biblical-Theological Approach To Premarital Sexual Ethics: Or, What Would Paul Say About Making Out,” Bulletin of Ecclesiastical Theology)
“Sex outside of marriage is never moral. This includes all forms of intimate sexual stimulation that stir up sexual passion between unmarried partners.” – The Colorado Statement On Biblical Sexual Morality
 The designation, physical is necessary to distinguish such activity from that which is only mental or “in the heart” (Mat 5:27). Like murder, sexual crimes which are capital in nature relate only to those that involve physical activity.
God’s Self Disclosure in Special Revelation
God’s Self Disclosure in Special Revelation or “Correcting the figments of a moronic imagination”
- Reasons it is necessary for us to educate people about God as He reveals Himself (through His special revelation – i.e. the Scriptures):
1.1. It is how we prove to people that we are not their enemy but a true friend (Pro 27:6 w/Gal 4:16)
1.2. It is how we save them from going to Hell (Rom 10:14-15 w/Joh 17:3; Jam 5:19 w/Rev 21:8)
1.3. Our behavior is always indicative and the result of our view of God (IOW: theology is why people do what they do – 1Co 15:34).
1.4. Moral depravity has made us morons as it relates to possessing a right view of God simply from general revelation (Eph 4:17-19; Rom 1:18-22).
1.5. Most people (including those who claim to be Christians) have no idea what the Bible/Scriptures reveal about God (and therefore possess as “God” an idol – a figment of their moronic imagination – Amo 8:11; Tit 1:16).
- What God reveals about Himself (in His special revelation -i.e. the Scriptures):
2.1. He alone is God and the only One Who can save you.
(Deu 4:33-35, 39; Isa 45:5-6, 21-22, 46:9; Act 4:12; Psa 10:3-4; 14:1)
2.2. He owns you and the rest of the universe He created and therefore does with it (or demands from it) whatever He likes.
(Gen 1:1, 14:19; Exo 9:29; Deu 10:14; Psa 50:11-12; Isa 29:16, 45:7; Rom 9:21)
2.3. He does not need you nor care what you think nor change His mind (or ways).
(Psa 2:1-4; Isa 40:13-18; Dan 4:34-35; Rom 11:34//Num 23:19; Mal 3:6; Heb 13:8)
2.4. He will only accept, care for, save (etc.) those who turn from (i.e. repent of) their rebellion, sins, attempts to be God and fully submit to Him as their absolute Master in faithful obedience to everything He says (in His Word/Bible) for the rest of their lives. In other words, His love is conditional.
(Exo 19:5; Deu 28:1-2, 30:9-19; Eze 18:20-32; Mat 5:17-20 w/7:21-27; Luk 6:46, 13:3-5; Mar 1:14-15; Act 3:19, 26:20; Rom 2:6-11; Heb 5:9, 10:26-27; 1Jo 2:1-6)
2.5. He hates, is against, is the wrathful enemy of, and will send to eternal Hell every single person who does not turn from (i.e. repent of) their rebellion, sins, attempts to be God and fully submit to Him as their absolute Master in faithful obedience to everything He says (in His Word/Bible) for the rest of their lives. In other words, His mercy/grace is conditional.
(2Ki 22:13; Psa 2:5-12; 5:5; 7:11-13, 21:8-13, 50:16-22; Nah 1:2-3; Joh 3:36; Rom 1:18; Col 3:5-6; 2Th 1:5-10; Rev 21:8)
Based on what we hear coming out of popular Christianity (or many claiming to be Christian) today, who are they worshiping/serving/believing in/trusting? Is it God (as He discloses Himself in His Word), or a figment of their moronic imagination?
 1) All love has conditions; 2) Who or what determines the condition(s) of our love also reveals who or what controls us; 3) The other person, the one we are extending “unconditional love” to, is the actually the one determining the conditions of our love; 4) Unconditional love therefore just means it is that person, the one we are extending “unconditional love” to, who controls us. That is the person we truly serve as “God”; 5) Unconditional love is synonymous with worship. To say that we love someone unconditionally is therefore the same as saying we worship them; 6) The only one worthy of such love and worship is God. He is the only one who should control us. He is the only one who should determine the conditions of my love. This then, in turn, also defines our love for others.
 Jam 2:13 says that “mercy triumphs over judgment”. This however hardly supports mercy as a form of trump card to God’s wrath/judgment. Rather, James is referring to the benevolence the Law of God requires that we show in relation to our poor brother/sisters (see 2:1-4). As such, his point is this: what keeps us under God’s mercy (and out of the way of His wrath/judgment) , is by obeying His Law – including the laws of covenantal mercy.
Homosexuality & Transgenderism
National support for the homosexual (e.g. same-sex marriage) and transgender (e.g. Bruce/Caitlin Jenner) agendas in America (esp. the public schools) has once again placed the Christian Church into a defensive and discipleship position. This is most especially true since many claiming to be Christian are attempting to defend such practice as acceptable (in certain forms) before God.