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Denominations. Salvation Army. “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, clothing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, dressing them in all things that are necessary, and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”. Denominations.

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Denominations

Denominations

Salvation Army

“Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, clothing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, dressing them in all things that are necessary, and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”


Denominations

Denominations

Salvation Army

“Go into all the world and feed every creature. He who eats and is full will be saved; but he who does not eat will be condemned.”

“and that counseling and job placement should be preached in His name to all nations, beginning at London.”


Denominations

Denominations

Salvation Army

  • The Word of God does not teach “meals for men” or “suits for souls”

    • Disciples - baptism, Mt. 28:19, 20

    • Salvation - gospel, Mk. 16:15, 16

    • Remission of sins - repentance, Lk. 24:47


Denominations

Denominations

Salvation Army

History & Organization

Doctrines & Practices


Denominations

Denominations

Salvation Army

History & Organization

  • Not established by God

    • William Booth

      • Began preaching in 1852

      • Ordained in Methodist New Connexion

      • Wife “…called a cofounder”


Denominations

Denominations

Salvation Army

History & Organization

  • Focused on lower socioeconomic class

    • Superiors disapproved – went on own

    • Told thieves, prostitutes, gamblers to go to established congregations – turned away

    • Started his own congregations (1867-1874)


Denominations

Denominations

Salvation Army

History & Organization

  • Initially known as “The Christian Mission”

    • Booth was the general superintendent

    • “Hallelujah Army” – “Salvation Army”

      • “From that point, converts became soldiers of Christ”

      • First given in 1st century, 2 Tim. 2:3

    • Now called “Salvationists”


Denominations

Denominations

Salvation Army

History & Organization

  • A worldwide organization

    • International HQ in London, England

    • USA HQ in Alexandria, VA

    • Led by a General

    • Local congregations:

      • “corps community center”


Denominations

Denominations

Salvation Army

Doctrines & Practices

  • Morally conservative

    • Against

      • Abortion

      • Divorce

      • Euthanasia

      • Gambling

      • Homosexual marriages

      • Tobacco


Denominations

Denominations

Salvation Army

Doctrines & Practices

  • Morally conservative

    • Members must abstain from alcohol

    • “those outside its ranks who choose to indulge” are not condemned

      • Why?

      • Bible, Acts 13:6-12; 24:25


Denominations

Denominations

Salvation Army

Doctrines & Practices

  • Members: sign “articles of war”

    • “the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments [are inspired], and that they only constitute the Divine rule of Christian faith and practice”

      • “Articles of war” not in Bible,

        Rom. 10:17; 1 Pt. 4:11


Denominations

Denominations

Salvation Army

Doctrines & Practices

  • Members: sign “articles of war”

    • “the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments [are inspired], and that they only constitute the Divine rule of Christian faith and practice”

      • Adding to or taking from is sinful, Deut. 4:2; Prov. 30:6; Rev. 22:18, 19


Denominations

Denominations

Salvation Army

Doctrines & Practices

  • Teaches false doctrine on sin & salvation

    • Inherited sin, Eph. 2:16

    • Justified by faith only, Jn. 12:42, 43;

    • Heb. 5:9


Denominations

Denominations

Salvation Army

Doctrines & Practices

Denies once saved always saved,

2 Pt. 2:18-22


Denominations

Denominations

Salvation Army

Doctrines & Practices

  • Neutral on capital punishment

    • “The issue of capital punishment is one about which rational and devout Christians can and do disagree. Some would argue for the clear teaching of the Old Testament, pre-dating even the giving of the Mosaic Law (Genesis 9:6), that murder requires the death penalty. Some would argue for ‘the higher law’ of the New Testament as represented by such passages as Romans 12:17-19.”


Denominations

Denominations

Salvation Army

Doctrines & Practices

  • Neutral on capital punishment

    • “The Salvation Army in the United States does not adopt an official position for or against the death penalty…”


Denominations

Denominations

Salvation Army

Doctrines & Practices

  • Neutral on capital punishment

    • Bible: No neutrality

      • Romans 12:17-19, Individual

      • If followed to logical conclusion:

        No jails

        No fines

        No law

        Chaos


Denominations

Denominations

Salvation Army

Doctrines & Practices

  • Neutral on capital punishment

    • Bible: No neutrality

      • Romans 12:17-19, Individual

      • Romans 13:1-7, government


Denominations

Denominations

Salvation Army

Doctrines & Practices

  • Unbiblical “ministries”

    • Social Services:

      • Food

      • Shelter

      • Clothing

      • Financial assistance


Denominations

Denominations

Salvation Army

Doctrines & Practices

  • Unbiblical “ministries”

    • Casework and Counseling:

      • Financial planning

      • Job placement

      • Single mother facilities

      • Health care and residential assistance

      • Counseling and advocacy

        for victims of spousal abuse


Denominations

Denominations

Salvation Army

Doctrines & Practices

  • Unbiblical “ministries”

    • Youth Services:

      • Religious and character building

      • Troop programs

      • Music classes

      • Athletics

      • Arts and crafts

      • Camping


Denominations

Denominations

Salvation Army

Doctrines & Practices

  • Unbiblical “ministries”

    • Rehabilitation Services:

      • Adult Rehabilitation Centers: alcohol


Denominations

Denominations

Salvation Army

Doctrines & Practices

  • Unbiblical “ministries”

    • Senior Centers:

      • Educational classes

      • Adult day care

      • Hot lunch programs

      • Volunteer programs for hospitals, etc.


Denominations

Denominations

Salvation Army

Doctrines & Practices

  • Unbiblical “ministries”

    • Holiday Programs:

      • Holiday meals

      • Gifts for children

      • Coats

      • Shoes


Denominations

Denominations

Salvation Army

Doctrines & Practices

  • Unbiblical “ministries” – Perversion of church

    • Spiritual organization, 1 Tim. 3:15; Lk. 17:21

    • Mission: save souls, 1 Thes. 1:7-9

    • Occasional charity for members,

    • Acts 11:27-30

    • Church charity a last resort, 1 Tim. 5:16

    • Individual charity, Gal. 6:6-10


Denominations

Denominations

Salvation Army

Doctrines & Practices

  • Cannot donate to Salvation Army, 2 Cor. 6:11-18

    • Red pails

    • Donate clothing

    • Give in donation drive


Denominations

Denominations

Salvation Army

History & Organization

Doctrines & Practices


Denominations

Denominations

Salvation Army

“Go into all the world and feed every creature. He who eats and is full will be saved; but he who does not eat will be condemned.”

“and that counseling and job placement should be preached in His name to all nations, beginning at London.”


Denominations

Denominations

Salvation Army

  • The Word of God does not teach “meals for men” or “suits for souls”

    • Disciples - baptism, Mt. 28:19, 20

    • Salvation - gospel, Mk. 16:15, 16

    • Remission of sins - repentance, Lk. 24:46