The Denver House of Prayer is committed to Jesus Christ and His kingdom. To this end, we believe in the verbal and plenary inspiration of the Holy Scriptures (2 Timothy 3:16, 17). The Bible is God’s infallible Word, the believer’s guide, and the final authority for both faith and conduct (2 Timothy 3:16, 17). We believe the top priority of Christians is to “make it our aim to be well pleasing to God” (2 Corinthians 5:9). Every facet of our lives, and the lives of our team, must come under divine authority as we relate everything to this priority, maintaining it without interruption. We recognize that in order to maximize our Christian witness, our private lives must be consistent with our public testimonies. Hence, our primary goal must be to please God and be acceptable to Him.
With both this understanding of Holy Scripture and this top priority firmly settled in our hearts, we affirm the following biblical values that characterize our lifestyle as a people:
Since it is our aim “to please God” in everything we do, we will strive to study the Bible and keep our minds pure and positive, avoiding all evils in our modern society designed to weaken or destroy our spirituality (Philippians 4:7, 8). This includes a sensitivity to judge carefully the television, movie, music, computer, and Internet industries. Because our Lord taught that immorality is first a condition of the heart, we affirm that profane and pornographic materials will have no place in our lives.
We commit ourselves to maintaining a disciplined lifestyle with regard to our bodies. Since our bodies are the temples of the Holy Spirit and instruments of righteousness, we must keep our bodies pure and consecrated for the Master’s use, that we might please Him (1 Corinthians 6:19; Romans 6:13; 12:1, 2; 2 Corinthians 7:1).We reject the loose moral values of our culture and encourage our young people as well as our adults to choose clothing that will honor their bodies as temples of the Holy Spirit.
We expect our members to abstain from the use and promotion of tobacco, alcoholic beverages, and any illegal addictive drugs, as well as addictive legal drugs, over-the counter or prescribed, except under the supervision of a physician (2 Corinthians 7:1). We affirm every person’s right to life and maintain a strong position against abortion and euthanasia, both of which undermine the biblical sanctity of life. We oppose human cloning. We recognize the destructive and dehumanizing effects of pornography on society and oppose both its production and distribution. We also maintain a strong biblical position against premarital, extramarital, and deviant sex, including homosexual and lesbian relationships, and all forms of child molestation and/or exploitation. Yet we rejoice that people bound by these sins can find hope and deliverance in the gospel. (Matthew 5:27-30; 1 Thessalonians 4:3; 1 Corinthians 6:9).
Our “aim to please God” in our whole life will cause us to exhibit the “mind of Christ” in all our attitudes (1 Corinthians 2:12-14). Brotherly love, as taught and exemplified by Christ, is to be our example. Members are to be compassionate and charitable toward their fellowman. The greed and selfishness that motivate much of our modern culture is contrary to our Christian faith and testimony. We recognize racism as sinful and seek to treat all people with dignity and respect, demonstrating Christian love to one another. Hatred, prejudice, and hostility are inconsistent with our goal – “to please God” (Philippians 2:5-11).
Our speech reveals much about us (Matthew 12:34-37, Ephesians 4:29). The Christian should be known by his wholesome conversation. Our members are to refrain from speaking anything that is unclean, profane, vulgar, untrue, unkind, or unprofitable. To please God we must make sure our communication affirms rather than hinders our testimony (Romans 12:1, 2).
The believer’s commitment to pleasing God stands above his commitment to any political party, economic structure, or social institution. All commitments are governed by the highest commitment – “to please God.” All members are to be honest and ethical in all their relationships (Romans 12:17).
We expect our members not to hold active membership in, or fellowship with, organizations with objectives and activities not in harmony with Scripture, or which require oath-bound allegiance that infringes on a member’s total allegiance to God (2 Corinthians 6:14-18; Ephesians 5:11). No goal shall divert us even to the slightest degree from the central goal of being “approved unto God” (2 Timothy 2:15). Jesus said, “and in secret have I said nothing” and we are greatly opposed to secret societies of any type or nature.
The family is the basic unit of society. The divine origin of the family makes it of vital concern to the church and to society. Our commitment to a biblical lifestyle profoundly impacts the family. We recognize the sanctity of marriage between one man and one woman and to the biblical pattern of relationships in the home. While the husband is recognized as the head of the home, he is also commanded to love and cherish his wife as his own body. Wives are to respect and honor their husbands (Ephesians 5:22-28).
Parents are to teach and correct their children, but at the same time refrain from provoking them to anger and resentment (Ephesians 6:1-4). Further, they are to refrain from all forms of child abuse. Children are to respect and obey their parents. However, this admonition must not be used to manipulate a child into an abusive relationship. Christian families should worship and pray together, play together, and work together. The relationships in the Christian family should reflect the healing Christ brings to all human relationships and should, therefore, never lead to or involve domestic violence.
Our commitment to Jesus Christ includes stewardship. According to the Bible, everything belongs to God
(Psalm 24:1). We are stewards of His resources and conscious of Him in the management of that trust. Our stewardship of possessions begins with the tithe (Malachi 3:8-10). All our members are privileged and responsible to return a tenth of all their income to the Lord. This tithe is to be paid into the “storehouse.” This storehouse is the treasury of the local church to which the member belongs. In addition to the tithe, all members are blessed to give offerings out of the ninety percent of God’s wealth He allows them to use (1 Corinthians 16:2). Stewardship also involves the protection of our reputation.
Therefore, we are to be honest in all matters, avoiding unethical personal or business practices of any kind, including gambling. Stewardship also includes our time, talent, and spiritual gifts, as well as our money (Ephesians5:16; Romans 12:3-8; Matthew 25:14-30; Luke 19:11-27). This understanding of stewardship should be taken into account when drafting wills and bequeathing estates.
Loyalty to Christ and His church is basic to the success of Denver House of Prayer. The faithful participation of every member, both lay and clergy in the various ministries of the church is necessary if the Denver House of Prayer is to fulfill its mission/vision. Loyalty involves commitment to all the ministries of the church. Since leaders should be role models, all those in leadership in the local church must be regular attendees. This is vital at local church (Hebrews 10:25).
Loyalty involves affirmation. The morale of the church requires the positive affirmation of leaders and ministries. While negative criticism tears the church apart (Galatians 5:12-26), positive affirmation builds it up (Ephesians 4:16). We oppose the increasing commercialization and secularization of Sunday. Loyalty involves financial support. Faithfulness in tithes and offerings is essential to the prosperity of God’s people (Malachi 3:8-12). This applies to local church members and all other individuals and entities of the church. To hold any official position in the church or to serve as a delegate to it, a member is impressed to follow the biblical principle of tithing.