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The Salvation Army - a small explanation of its history and its creed/beliefs.

How did the Salvation Army begin.

To many of you, The Salvation Army may be a new (and possibly 'strange') organisation.

You may have seen them parading around the streets in various corners of the world with flags and trumpets, singing about 'the Blood of the Lamb'. They may even have woken you up early one Sunday morning by a Group of Salvationists singing 'Amazing Grace' at the end of your street. If this is the case, then you may have wondered to yourself from time to time, What actually is the Salvation Army ?

Hopefully, the small explanation below will help to explain.

General William BoothIn 1865 William Booth, a former Methodist minister recognised the need for a practical Christian ministry in the East End of London. His compelling message won converts who were to become his first members in the newly established East London Christian Mission.

By 1878, the Mission had grown considerably and expanded outside of London. William Booth its General Secretary had become its General and the change of name to the Salvation Army had occurred. In subsequent years the uniform came into use, as did flags, brass bands and the practice of marching the streets.

By 1912, the year in which William Booth died, the Salvation Army had developed its work in 54 countries and had established itself as both an evangelistic force to be reckoned with, as well as becoming a major Social Service provider to the poor and needy.

Over the past eighty years the Salvation Army has continued with these twin themes of Evangelism and Social care, and prides itself in always seeking to have a message that is contemporary and relevant for mankind's needs.

A more in-depth explanation can be obtained at The Salvation Army Heritage Centre.

The Salvation Army in The UK & Overseas.

- Homes - Hostels - Emergency Services - Soup Runs - Charity Shops - Clothing Clothes -

Many people have fond memories of the Salvation Army for its services to the military, its work with the homeless and its ready response to major emergencies such as the Moorgate train crash, the Lockerbie explosion and the Zeebrugge disaster. These are but a part of the many expressions of service that the Salvation Army undertakes. Now operating in well over 100 countries throughout the world, some other expressions of service are:-

  • Aid Care Support.
  • Alcohol / Drug Addiction Centres.
  • Children's Homes.
  • Colleges.
  • Counselling Services.
  • Day Centres for Elderly.
  • Day Nurseries & Crèches.
  • Family Tracing Depts.
  • Harbour Light Centres for Alcoholics.
  • Homes for the Elderly.
  • Hospitals & Clinics.
  • Hostels for Men & Women.
  • Leprosy Centres.
  • Maternity Homes.
  • Night Patrols.
  • Occupational Centres.
  • Prison Visitation.
  • Sheltered Housing.
  • Teacher Training.
  • Training Workshops & Farms.
  • plus many, many more!!!.

"Where there is a need, there is the Salvation Army" certainly still holds true.

Today's Salvation Army in Summary.

  • It is an International religious and social welfare movement and is a branch of the mainstream Christian Church. It is active in over 100 countries.
  • The Army's motivation is the love of God and a practical caring concern for people in need, regardless of race, colour, creed, sex or age. It believes that human need of all kind is best met by Christian caring.
  • The Army's mission is to share the good news of Jesus Christ. Believing that it is through spiritual growth that we can gain the quality of life for which God made us. Alongside the other Christian Churches in the locality, we are here to serve your spiritual growth.

The Army's creed/beliefs are as follows:-

  1. We believe that the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments were given by inspiration of God, and that they only constitute the Divine rule of Christian faith and practice.
  2. We believe that there is only one God, who is infinitely perfect, the Creator, Preserver, and Governor of all things, and who is the only proper object of religious worship.
  3. We believe that there are three persons in the Godhead-the Father, the Son and the Holy Ghost, undivided in essence and co-equal in power and glory.
  4. We believe that in the person of Jesus Christ the Divine and human natures are united, so that He is truly and properly God and truly and properly man.
  5. We believe that our first parents were created in a state of innocency, but by their disobedience they lost their purity and happiness, and that in consequence of their fall all men have become sinners, totally depraved, and as such are justly exposed to the wrath of God.
  6. We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ has by His suffering and death made an atonement for the whole world so that whosoever will may be saved.
  7. We believe that repentance towards God, faith in our Lord Jesus Christ, and regeneration by the Holy Spirit, are necessary to salvation.
  8. We believe that we are justified by grace through faith in our Lord Jesus Christ and that he that believeth hath the witness in himself.
  9. We believe that continuance in a state of salvation depends upon continued obedient faith in Christ.
  10. We believe that it is the privilege of all believers to be wholly sanctified, and that their whole spirit and soul and body may be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.
  11. We believe in the immortality of the soul; in the resurrection of the body; in the general judgment at the end of the world; in the eternal happiness of the righteous; and in the endless punishment of the wicked.

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