Many people see The Salvation Army only as red kettles at Christmastime or a place to drop off used clothing. At its heart, The Salvation Army is a church. This foundation is what motivates us to do the work that we do. We love God and serve others because of His love for all. That’s where our mission comes from – to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ, because we want others to come to know God’s love too, and to meet needs in His name without discrimination. These are our marching orders.
We believe our faith calls us to roll up our sleeves and get to work – to meet the material and emotional needs of a person before we can minister to them spiritually. That’s why our Worship and Service Centers are not only places of Sunday worship for a regular community of believers, but also places that offer social services and community programs to those in need.
We Believe… The Salvation Army Doctrines
The Salvation Army is a worldwide, Christian church. We believe:
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- Our first parents were created in a state of innocence, 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
- The Lord Jesus Christ has, by His suffering and death, made an atonement for the whole world so that whosoever believes in Him may be saved
- Repentance toward God, faith in our Lord Jesus Christ, and regeneration by the Holy Spirit are necessary to salvation
- We are justified by grace through faith in our Lord Jesus Christ and that he that believeth hath the witness in himself
- Continuance in a state of salvation depends upon continued obedient faith in Christ
- 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
- 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