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Our Faith

Doctrines

The teachings of The Salvation Army are solidly ground in Scripture and follow closely the orthodox beliefs of the major Protestant Churches.

The Army's eleven Articles of Faith have, since 1878, been the basis of the Army's witness to the Christian gospel. They stress the importance of recognising our need of God, acknowledging our sinfulness, the life changing consequences of entering into a relationship with Jesus Christ, as well as the importance of maintaining our faith on a daily basis.

With a solid Scriptural base, they emphasise that our faith is indeed a belief in God that has been acted upon in a personal way.

How to become a Christian

Christianity can seem so complicated, yet the basic message is simple.

  • We've all made mistakes!

The fact is, everybody gets things wrong and sins. We can't pretend otherwise,we might as well admit it.
All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. Romans 3:23 (NIV)

  • Our actions have consequences

When we sin and do nothing about it,we cannot claim the blessings God wants to give us.
In fact, if we do nothing, there is an eternal price to pay.
For the wages of sin is death,but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 6:23 (NIV)

  • God really loves you

The Easter story is all about Jesus giving up his life to take the punishment for the wrong in our lives.

Jesus died for you ... and he thinks you're worth it!
But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Romans 5:8 (NIV)

  • Time for action

It's not enough to just believe Jesus died so you can be forgiven of your sins. You need to do something about it!

God wants to forgive you of the wrong in your life and accept you as part of his family. He wants you to make him the Lord of your life, or simply put ... the Supreme Commander of your life.
The Bible summarises this important step like this:
If you declare with your mouth,"Jesus is Lord", and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved. Romans 10:9,10 (NIV)

The bottom line is this ...
Faith = Belief + Action

Our prayer is that you will not only believe, but that you will act on that belief. If you need further guidance, we encourage you to contact your local Salvation Army Church.

The Role of Women

When the Salvos were born in the 1860's, it was unusual for women to speak in public.

Mrs Booth, the wife of the founder of The Salvation Army, decided during one of her husband's many services that she would like to have a word. That night she preached, and she continued to do so whenever she had the chance.

From that time, The Salvation Army have adopted a firm stance on the role of women, which can be briefly summarised as follows:

  • Women have the right to an equal share with men in the work of proclaiming the gospel of salvation.
  • A woman may hold any position of authority or power in the Army.
  • A woman is not to be left back from any position of power or influence merely on account of her gender.
  • Women must be treated as equal with men in all intellectual and social relationships in life.