Did you know The Salvation Army is a church?
Have you ever attended a servce there? When and where?
I did know the Salvation Army is a church. Good to see Christians actually trying to walk the walk.
I know it sounds really dumb, but no, I never realized the Salvation Army was a church until a few years ago. Our family was all on diets, and we began giving away gently used clothing that was too big for us. Later, we kept this habit of passing on clothes or furniture or whatever we didn't need anymore. My son is very frugal, and he buys clothes there sometimes. When people clean out their homes, they find amazing stuff. He bought a dressy, cashmire coat for $7.50. I collect and use Fiestaware china, but colors get obsolete, and are worth more money. He bought me 2 lilac mugs for 50 cents each, which were worth $100.00. During that period, I had an acquaintance who was a Jehovah's Witness, and she was offended that we gave stuff to the Salvation Army! But even with such a name, I never thought it was a church until she mentioned it.
I was aware that they had religious origins in the Christian faith, but do a lot of good for people in need without trying to convert them against their will, etc.
Yes, I am aware that the Salvation Army is a church, but I don't know a great deal about them or their theology.
Allow me to elaborate; The Salvation Army is part of an evangelical movement started by a former Methodist minister named, William Booth. Tired of and lead by compassion through the Spirit, he left that particular church behind to form an all encompassing ministry/church that took in those who were frowned upon by the churches of that day.
Originally called the East London Christian Mission in the year 1865, it grew constantly in number and adopted the current name in 1878.
The first order of business in William Booth's plan was to minister to the needs of those who were less fortunate and then secondly, share with them the good news of salvation through Jesus Christ.
Regarding your friend Jean, if I may call you that, Jehovah's Witnesses do not believe in salvation through Jesus, they believe him to have only been a prophet/messenger, as does the Hebrew and Islam religions.
I've never attended one of their services, but I have passed by as one was underway. They do a great deal of Christian good and are one of the most worthy charities out there, with low overhead and one of the highest proportions of net delivery of value to the people they help. If you're looking for a way to get some aid to those who need it, it would be hard to find a better one without going out and doing it yourself.
Yes, I did know this.
During the mid-80's, ( Little Rock) I became very aquainted with the wife of one of their.......uhm, looking for the appropiate word, but " pastors"., they do implement military terms. We often traded off babysitting, and became somewhat close friends.
I did, attend several of their services, and while I do admire their generosity and community involvement, I was never able to "grasp" or "latch on" to their exact, theology.
For some unknown and unquestioned reason, when I move into a new area ( often), one of the first things I want to know, is where is the Salvation Army and how strong are they in the community? Since that time, I have not been to any of their services, still, I just want to know of their presence. Maybe, it is 'spiritual' insurance?
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