Wednesday, March 30, 2011

5 Iranian Christians to Face Trial for Blasphemy


By Christian Today 

Five Christians charged with blasphemy are to stand trial in a lower court in Iran. They were first arrested in June last year on charges of apostasy, holding political meetings, and committing blasphemy and crimes against the Islamic Order.Pastor Behrouz Sadegh-Khandjani, Mehdi Furutan, Mohammad Beliad, Parviz Khalaj and Nazly Beliad are due to appear before the court in two weeks, according to Christian Solidarity Worldwide.
The Revolutionary Court in Shiraz found the five men guilty of crimes against the Islamic Order and sentenced them to one year’s imprisonment.
They served eight months of their sentence before being released in February on bail.
Their lawyer has appealed the one-year prison sentence and a decision is pending. It had been presumed that the other charges against the men had been dropped but a source close to them confirmed that they are to stand trial for blasphemy.
CSW’s national director, Stuart Windsor, said he was “dismayed” by the charges levelled against the group.
“The international community must press Iran not only to rescind the unjust punishments to which these Christians have already been subjected, but also acquit them at the upcoming trial,” he said.
CSW said the situation for Christians in Iran was worsening, with churches finding it difficult to hold meetings and many considering leaving the country.
Amid the crackdown on Christians, the UN human rights council voted on Thursday to appoint a Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Iran.
The council noted "the lack of cooperation on the part of the Islamic Republic of Iran" over ongoing and recurring 
human rights violations as well as an increase in executions this year.
Meanwhile, U.K.-based human rights group CSW is also drawing attention to Yousef Nadarkhani, the leader of a church network in Rasht, who was arrested in 2009 after he objected to the practice of forcing Christian school students – including his own children – to read the Quran. He argued that the Iranian constitution gives parents the right to raise children in their own faith.
He was sentenced to death for apostasy. As there are no articles in the Iranian legal code criminalizing apostasy, the judge based his ruling on texts by Iranian religious scholars.
The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom has urged the Obama administration to demand that Iran release the Christian pastor.
USCIRF Chair Leonard Leo said Nadarkhani's case was "evidence that there is no transparency or justice in Iran’s so-called legal system for religious minorities."
Nadarkhani remains in prison and his fate is uncertain as he awaits the outcome of an appeal filed at the Supreme Court last December. A hearing is due to take place in the next two months.
Windsor of CSW called on Iran to guarantee religious freedom for all its citizens.
“We are concerned that the judgement handed down in Pastor Nadarkhani’s case did not follow due procedure under Iranian law," he said. “As a signatory to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, Iran has an obligation to uphold international standards of religious freedom for all its citizens, to follow due process and refrain from arbitrary judicial rulings based on open-ended legislation.”
The covenant was adopted by the United Nations General Assembly in December 1966. The provisions include the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion.
Christians are recognized as a "protected" religious minority in Iran but the government severely restricts freedom of religion as the fourth article of the constitution states that all laws and regulations must be based on Islamic criteria. According to U.N. figures, out of the 67 million people living in the country, only 300,000 are Christian.

Friday, March 25, 2011

End times?



There is so much going on in the world at the moment, it's almost like the world is ready to end and many people are actually worried it almost is!

In the gospel of Mark, Jesus tells us;

".. you will hear of wars and threats of wars, but don't panic. Yes, these things must take place, but the end won't follow immediately. Nation will go to war against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be earthquakes in many parts of the world, as well as famines. But this is only the first of the birth pains, with more to come."

Yes, as many are currently saying, the signs are pointing to it being the end, but as Jesus said, it's only the start and I believe it has been starting for a long time.

We have hope in Jesus, He has given us eternal life which takes away any fear of the end in my heart.

No one knows the date or time the world will end, not even Jesus, so when people tell you the world will end in 2012 or any other time, I wonder how they know, unless they are God.

Find hope in Jesus as I have, I can sleep well knowing that I'm saved here and now thanks to the sacrifice Jesus gave for me. Whether the world ends tonight or in 1,000 years, I'm going to Heaven where there is no fear or pain.

This is only the start, if it truly is the birth pains of 'the end'. Live life everyday like it's your last. Choose to love and live a good life. Life's too short to live in fear or to leave anything till tomorrow (unless you're trying to balance the budget..)

Spread the news of God's love rather than spreading fear of 'end times'.

Be blessed, and live under the wing of God's salvation through the Blood of Jesus!

MISSION LATVIA

Monday, March 21, 2011

Adventists grow as other churches decline


Rest on the Sabbath. Heed Old Testament dietary codes. And be ready for Jesus to return at any moment.



If these practices sound quaint or antiquated, think again. They're hallmarks of the Seventh-day Adventist Church, the fastest-growing Christian denomination in North America.


Newly released data show Seventh-day Adventism growing by 2.5 percent in North America, a rapid clip for this part of the world, where Southern Baptists and mainline denominations, as well as other church groups are declining. Adventists are even growing 75 percent faster than Mormons (1.4 percent), who prioritize numeric growth.


For observers outside the Seventh-day Adventist Church, the growth rate in North America is perplexing.


"You've got a denomination that is basically going back to basics ... saying, `What did God mean by all these rules and regulations and how can we fit in to be what God wants us to be?'," said Daniel Shaw, an expert on Christian missionary outreach at Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, Calif. "That's just totally contrary to anything that's happening in American culture. So I'm saying, `Whoa! That's very interesting.' And I can't answer it."


Seventh-day Adventists are asking a different question: Why isn't the church growing much faster on these shores, which is home to just 1.1 million of the world's 16 million Adventists? Despite its North American roots, the church is growing more than twice as fast overseas.


"We don't feel that we're growing very much, and that is a source of concern, especially for North America," said Ron Clouzet, director of the North American Division Evangelism Institute at Andrews University in Berrien Springs, Mich. Hispanic Adventists are "the one group that is growing very well," he added. "If we didn't have that group, we would look even more dismal."


With Saturday worship services and vegetarian lifestyles, Seventh-day Adventism owns a distinctive niche outside the Christian mainstream. But being different is turning out to be more of an asset than a liability.


Since the mid-19th century when the movement sprang up in New Hampshire, Seventh-day Adventism has had an urgent mission to bring the gospel -- with a distinctive emphasis on Christ's imminent second coming -- to the ends of the earth. Adventists find the essence of their mission in Revelation 14:12, where the end of the age "calls for patient endurance on the part of the people of God who keep his commands and remain faithful to Jesus."


The church's traditional, global focus is now bearing fruit in new ways. Newly arrived immigrants in the United States often come from parts of Latin America or Africa where Seventh-day Adventism has long-established churches, schools and hospitals.


Those who migrate from Brazil to Massachusetts, or from Mexico to Texas, are apt to find familiarity in a local Adventist church led by a pastor who knows their culture and speaks their native language, said Edwin Hernandez, a research fellow at the Center for the Study of Latino Religion at the University of Notre Dame.


Immigrants aren't the only ones embracing Seventh-day Adventism. Many in the general public have noticed Adventists tend to be superstars of good health and longevity; research shows they tend to live 10 years longer than the average American. With strong track records for success in health and education, Adventists find they get a hearing among skeptics who share those priorities.


Publicized research on Adventists' health "has helped bring some objective evaluation of Adventism... particularly all up and down the West Coast," said G. Alexander Bryant, executive secretary for the denomination's North American division. "So we talk to people about our lifestyle."


Some newcomers to Adventism also appreciate the church's clarity about what's expected of Christ's followers. Diana Syth of Kent, Wash. attended many types of Protestant churches for years. But she said she "never got the information I needed to know about what it meant to be a Christian" until she and her husband learned of Seventh-day Adventism from a sibling six years ago.


"My (adult) son has seen a change in us," Syth said. "He sees a new calmness in us. There's hope where there wasn't hope before."


Adventists are also reaping the rewards of their extra efforts in evangelism. Responding to a national initiative, more than 80 percent of the 6,000 Adventist churches in North America staged weeks-long outreach events in hotels and other settings in 2009.


Bryant said in an ordinary year, one-third to one-half of Adventist congregations put on such events, and North American church growth rates would hover around 1.7 percent -- still high enough to top the rates of other large denominations in North America.


Creativity seems to be paying dividends, too. The church has seen some of its strongest gains come in non-religious regions such as the Pacific Northwest. In Washington, for instance, the denomination has established "Christian cafes," where people can relax and ask questions without feeling the pressures of church.


"You're not necessarily inviting them to church," Bryant said. "You're just sitting around, talking with people, building relationships -- and slowly talking to them about Christ."





Mar 16, 2011 by G. Jeffrey MacDonald






(RNS) 

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Is the Seventh-day Adventist Church a Cult? 


Adventists grow as other churches decline

(RNS) Rest on the Sabbath. Heed Old Testament dietary codes. And be ready for Jesus to return at any moment. 

If these practices sound quaint or antiquated, think again. They're hallmarks of the Seventh-day Adventist Church, the fastest-growing Christian denomination in North America. 


A dear friend, former salvationist and daughter of highly respected, loved SA officers in the UKT is an active member of the SDA Church and shared the above headline on her FB page. Concurrently the Senior News Editor of the SDA journal shared the same news on his FB page. He is also a SDA convert but was during my tenure as the CO in Manhattan the corps' acting CSM, He's married to a lovely lady who was the assistant CO in the same corps.


Several in our fellowship suggested we feature the The Christian Century article. The article will be posted in its entirety in a few days, But first an introduction to this increasingly popular faith. Your comments are invited...



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Definition of a religious cult and fulfilled by Ellen G. White and the SDA Church.
1.     A leader or group of leaders, prophet, prophetess, that claims to speak for God.
Fulfillment: Ellen G. White, the Seventh-day Adventist’s prophetess makes the following claims:
·      EGW claims to replace Jesus Christ and is now  speaking for God.  This in itself shows that Adventism is a cult when comparing it with Hebrews 1:1-2.
·      EGW: "In ancient times God spoke to men by the mouth of prophets and apostles. In these days He speaks to them by the testimonies of His Spirit. There was never a time when God instructed His people more earnestly than He instructs them now concerning His will and the course that He would have them pursue."-- Testimonies, vol. 5, p. 661.
·      Bible: Heb 1:1 - 2 (NIV) 1In the past God spoke to our forefathers through the prophets at many times and in various ways,  2 but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed heir of all things, and through whom he made the universe. 
·      The term "the testimonies of His Spirit", by Ellen G. White is referring to her own prophetic ministry as recorded in her books and letters, and is understood as such by the SDA denomination.
·      God never told his church that Jesus would be replaced by Charles Taze Russell, Mary Baker Eddy, Joseph Smith or Ellen Gould White or any other prophet or prophetess. 
·      EGW claims that God is  instructing "his people more earnestly" now than did the prophets,  apostles and even Jesus Christ through her testimonies.
·      In EGW's mind "his people" are the SDA sabbath keeping people that believe that she has the "spirit of prophecy".
·      EGW: "In these letters which I write, in the testimonies I bear, I am presenting to you that which the Lord has presented to me. I do not write one article in the paper expressing merely my own ideas. They are what God has opened before me in vision--the precious rays of light shining from the throne." --Testimonies 5 p. 67.

Do you believe that it is Jesus speaking to his church (SDA denomination) or do you accept the heresy of EGW and her testimonies?

What they write and teach their followers, contradicts Bible.
Fulfillment: Read, "Ellen G. White Contradicts the Bible Over 50 time" EGW holds strict authority over its members in respect to, finances, wills, diet, dress, amusement, associations, etc. as taught in her books such as Testimonies to the Church. 
Many members taking issue with the authority of the leader are excom-municated, (disfellowshipped), shunned, or not allowed to hold office in the church, etc.
Fulfillment: EGW: "When the judgment of the General Conference, which is the highest authority that God has on earth, is exercised private independence and private judgment MUST NOT be maintained, but must be surrendered." Testimonies 3 p. 492.
Look at the SDA pastors that were fired for not believing in some of Ellen G. White’s teachings. Also members who have been put out of office and dis-fellowshipped for not accepting Ellen G. White as a prophet or her teachings.
Cult  leaders teach infallibility in their teachings or the writings of their cult leader, in this case Ellen G. White.
Fulfillment: "It is from the standpoint of the light that has come through the Spirit of Prophecy (Mrs. White’s writings) that the question will be considered, believing as we do that the Spirit of Prophecy is the only infallible interpreter of Bible principles, since it is the Christ, through this agency, giving real meaning of his own words." G.A. Irwin, General Conference President, from the tract The Mark of the Beast, p. 1.

On February 7, 1887, the General Conference passed the following resolution -- "That we re-affirm our binding confidence in the Testimonies of Sister White to the Church, as the teaching of the Spirit of God." SDA Year Book for 1914, p. 253
"Our position on the Testimonies is like the key-stone to the arch. Take that out and there is no logical stopping-place till all the special truths of the Message are gone...Nothing is surer than this, that the Message and visions (of Mrs. White) belong together, and stand or fall together." Review and Herald Supplement, August 14, 1883.

Cult members believes that they are superior to others because of their unique teachings as they have knowledge of God’s will that other Christians do not have.  Because of the false teachings of their prophet or leaders, they consider themselves especially chosen by God, and look at themselves as the "Remnant Church," or "The True Church".

Fulfilled: Ellen G. White and the Seventh-day Adventist Church view themselves as "the Remnant Church" alone especially called by God in 1844, over all other churches, which they called Babylon. The Adventist still considers themselves the Remnant Church. Read, "Seventh-day Adventist Believe 27," Chapter 12, The Remnant and Its Mission, p.153.

Adventist leaders and their members use the writings of Ellen G. White to interpret the Scriptures. EGW's writings are the final arbitrator of doctrines. The Adventist’s claim to hold the Bible above all teachings, but in fact they interpret the Bible by the writings of Ellen G. White. This is demonstrated in their Sabbath school Quarterlies, sermons, and articles in their church paper, "Adventist Review." Her counsel is to be followed as Scripture.

They publish their own Bible and insert their own doctrines in the text. The SDA Church publishes The Clear Word Bible. It is a cultic Bible that does not separate the Bible text from the author’s personal commentary, opinions, which slants the text to agree with the writings of Ellen G. White and whatever else to make the text say what he wants it to say. This corrupt piece of work, makes the Word of God unclear to the reader.

Adventist scholar Dr. Sakae Kubo say’s, "I am concerned about how our membership regard and use Blanco’s Clear Word. Behind my remarks is a history of Bibles of this sort that have a terrible bias. The Jehovah’s Witnesses’ New World Translation is an obvious example—the divinity of Christ is removed and His createdness is brought out along with other tendential characteristics. The very obvious and serious danger is that our own people will be confused as to what the Bible really says. Interpretation has been so mixed in with the text that our people will think that the interpretation is part of the Word of God." Adventist Review, April 1995, p.15.

Christians need to be alert as to what is being taught as truth and refuse to accept Biblical Contradictions especially if a church has a prophet. People find comfort and security in belonging to religious cults, as it agrees with their beliefs that they were brain-washed into believing as truth.

Robert K. Sanders

Wednesday, March 16, 2011






'Left Behind' author sees Bible all over disaster

LaHaye caught in tsunami watch in Hawaii while preparing for prophecy conference


© 2011 WorldNetDaily



Tim LaHaye
WASHINGTON Tim LaHaye, the best-selling author of the "Left Behind"seriesof Bible prophecy novels, was one of many visiting the island of Maui who had to be evacuated to upper floors of the Marriott Hotel today.

He said being caught in the crossfire of the fourth largest earthquake in modern history helped prepare him for two prophecy conferences he was scheduled to address in Hawaii.

"The Bible tells us in Matthew 24 that one of the signs of the last days – one of the birth pangs to occur – is an increase inearthquakeactivity and intensity," LaHaye told WND. "We're seeing that happen here. It's not just earthquakes, but hurricanes and all kinds of natural disasters."

Indeed, in Matthew 24:4-14, Jesus tells His disciples in response to questions about His second coming and the end of the age: "And Jesus answered and said unto them, Take heed that no man deceive you. "For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many.

"And ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet.

"For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places.
"All these are the beginning of sorrows.

"Then shall they deliver you up to be afflicted, and shall kill you: and ye shall be hated of all nations for my name's sake.

"And then shall many be offended, and shall betray one another, and shall hate one another.
"And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many.
"And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold.
"But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.
"And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come."

LaHaye, an evangelical pastor, has written more than 60 non-fiction books on a wide range of subjects such as family life, temperaments, sexual adjustment, Bible prophecy, the will of God, Jesus Christ, and secular humanism with over 14 million in print, some of which have been translated into as many as 32 foreign languages.

The books of his "Left Behind" fictionseries, co-authored with Jerry B. Jenkins, have broken all publishing records with a total of 80 million in print. Based on the Bible, the apocalyptic thrillers follow the lives of those left behind after the sudden disappearance of millions of believers.

LaHaye told WND he and his wife, Beverly, who was traveling with him, were feeling safe now that the tsunami threat in Hawaii had subsided.

Read more:'Left Behind' author sees Bible all over disaster

Monday, March 14, 2011

WE'VE GOT IT WRONG SINCS WE BEGAN... PART 2


Some Doctrinal Errors

  1. Hereditary Total Depravity — The Salvation Army teaches that in consequence of our first parents’ sin, we are born sinners, totally depraved, having inherited a disposition to self-pleasing (Handbook,pp. 85 — 86).

    The Bible teaches the opposite. Sin is not inherited (Ezek. 18:20), and “little ones” know neither good nor evil (Dt. 1:39). God is the Father of our spirits (Heb. 12:9), hence, when they come from Him (Ecc. 12:7), they are as pure as the Source. Man begins to practice evil in his youth (Gen. 8:21). Jesus had a human mother. Was He half depraved?
  2. Direct Operation of the Holy Spirit — The Salvation Army actually denies the biblical affirmation that the gospel is the power of God to save (Rom. 1:16). This organization teaches that man has neither the will nor the power to be saved. Although he may have heard “the gospel message many times, by this inner illuminating (of the Holy Spirit) he now knows it to be true, and true for him personally” (Handbook, pp. 89, 133; yet cf. Rev. 22:17; Eph. 1:13).
  3. Denial of the Necessity of Baptism — The Salvation Army administers no baptism. They assert that it is not necessary “in order to receive salvation.” They reason that there are climates and circumstances which would make immersion impractical, so only repentance and faith are required (Handbook, pp. 185-186).

    But Christ commands, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature. He that believes and is baptized shall be saved” (Mark 16:15-16). Peter also connects baptism with repentance in Acts 2:38. Clearly, “circumstances” do not negate divinely commanded requirements involving salvation!
  4. The Lord’s Supper Excluded — The Salvation Army makes no provision for the celebration of the Lord’s Supper. Jesus plainly said of the memorial supper, “This do in remembrance of me” (1 Cor. 11:24). The Salvation Army excludes it so that they might testify to themselves and others “against the danger of trusting to any external rite as though it has a virtue in itself” (Handbook, p. 188). Such is the “testimony” of arrogance and unbelief.
  5. Instrumental Music in Worship — The use of instrumental music in Christian worship is not authorized by the Scriptures. It is an addition to the specific command to sing (Eph. 5:19). It is well known that it was a human introduction in about the seventh century A.D. But “music plays an important part in Salvation Army religious work …. It is symbolic of the cheerful quality of Salvation Army religion” (What Is the Salvation Army?, p. 25). This is a further indication of the Salvation Army’s disregard of divine truth.
  6. Women Preachers Accepted — Catherine Booth (the founder’s wife) was a woman preacher who addressed great audiences. She wrote a vigorous defense of the “female ministry.” The Bible teaches that women may not function in a teaching, authority role over men (1 Tim. 2:12ff). The role of a public teacher over man is not the place of woman.
  7. Unscriptural Financing — The work of the New Testament church was supported by free-will contributions of its members (Acts 11:29; 1 Cor. 16:2). The Salvation Army is involved in various money-raising enterprises and must “look to the public for some of the financial support” (What Is the Salvation Army?, p. 26).
Surely no Christian would support the propagation of such misguided teaching. There is more to being right with God that benevolent works.

Recent Developments

A couple of years back, the Salvation Army caved in to societal pressures when its “Western Corporation” decided to extend benefits to “Domestic Partners.” Translated, that means the Army decided it would accommodate the homosexual community and those who were living together in intimacy without the marriage arrangement.
The city of San Francisco had offered a 3.5 million dollar contract to various groups to provide drug treatment, meals, shelter, etc. to the homeless (who have denigrated the “city by the bay” in a perfectly horrible fashion). But there is a San Francisco ordinance that requires that organizations doing business with the city must not exclude health-care benefits from homosexuals or non-married partners in live-in arrangements. For a while the Army resisted; eventually, though, by its own admission, the organization yielded to the money enticement.
Many mainline denominations have followed the same trail of shame over the past several years. Truly, modern “Christendom” has done as profane Esau once did — they have bargained away their souls for a “mess of meat.”
“They that are minded to be rich fall into a temptation and a snare and many foolish and hurtful lusts, such as drown men in destruction and perdition. For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil: which some reaching after have been led astray from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows” (1 Tim. 6:9-10).

About the Author


Wayne Jackson has written for and edited the Christian Courier since its inception in 1965. He has also written several books on a variety of biblical topics including The Bible and ScienceCreation, Evolution, and the Age of the EarthThe Bible on Trial, and a number of commentaries. He lives in Stockton, California with his dear wife and life-long partner, B

Saturday, March 12, 2011

WE'VE GOT IT WRONG SINCS WE BEGAN... PART 1


Street corner bands, trucks collecting repairable items, red kettles, ringing bells at Christmas time, and soup lines are well-known marks of the internationally publicized Salvation Army. This is an organization that is hailed as a paragon of virtue by most religious people.
The Salvation Army is widely acclaimed for its charitable trust. It operates hostels for homeless men and women, employment bureaus, general hospitals, dispensaries and clinics, leprosaria, homes for unwed mothers, children’s homes, boarding schools, and hotels. It publishes periodicals in many languages and serves meals to the hungry. Many would conclude, therefore, that such an institution is worthy of the highest praise. And we would be unfair if we failed to point out that there is much to admire in the humane disposition that characterizes those of the Salvation Army.
However, it is a fact that is undeniable to any informed student of the New Testament that the Salvation Army is a human organization unauthorized by the Bible. Many of its doctrines are totally contradictory to New Testament teaching, and therefore cannot be ignored. The welfare of eternal souls is at stake.

The Origin of the Salvation Army

The founder of the Salvation Army was William Booth. Booth was born in Nottingham, England, in 1829. As a young man he joined the Methodist Church and shortly thereafter, about 1844, he allegedly had some sort of “conversion experience” which led to his becoming a revivalist preacher a couple of years later. In 1862, he left the Methodists to “evangelize” among the poor. Booth started the East London Christian Mission in 1865; the name was changed to “The Salvation Army” in 1878.
According to its charter issued in New York State in 1899, the Salvation Army is an organization “designed to operate as a religious and charitable corporation” whose paramount purpose “is to lead men and women into a proper relationship with God”(What Is the Salvation Army?, pp.8-9).

The Organization of the Salvation Army

The organizational structure of the Salvation Army bears not the slightest resemblance to that of the church revealed in the New Testament. Rather, it is more akin to the hierarchical system of Roman Catholicism. The international headquarters is in London and is under the authority of the international “General.” The General operates through a “Chief of Staff” into various overseas departments where limited administrative decisions are made.
“In the United States, the Army is divided into four Territories, with headquarters in New York, Chicago, Atlanta and San Francisco. Each has its own commander with rank of Commissioner or Lieutenant-Commissioner. There is also a National Commander with headquarters in New York. . .” (What is the Salvation Army?, p. 10).

The Doctrine of the Salvation Army

The official creed book of the Salvation Army is The Salvation Army Handbook of Doctrine, published by the International Headquarters in London. The “General Order” which prefaces the book states:
“This volume contains an exposition of the principle Doctrines of the Salvation Army as set forth in its Deed Poll of 1878.”
“These Doctrines are to be taught in connection with all Salvation Army Officer’s training operations, both preparatory and institutional. It is required of officers of all ranks that their teaching, in public and private, shall conform to these eleven Articles of Faith.”
Their claim that the Scriptures constitute the only “divine rule of Christian faith and practice” is therefore, misleading (Article 1). The doctrines and practice of the Salvation Army give evidence that they do not have a correct view of the authority of the Scriptures, which leads one to ask this question: What is the virtue in filling a man’s belly with bread and beans, if, at the same time, you are poisoning his soul with false doctrine? The good deeds of the Salvation Army are not to the glory of God, for Jehovah is to be glorified through the church for which Christ died (Eph. 3:21). Indeed, their publicized charitable works only compound their potential for doing eternal harm to innocent souls.


About the Author



Wayne Jackson has written for and edited the Christian Courier since its inception in 1965. He has also written several books on a variety of biblical topics including The Bible and ScienceCreation, Evolution, and the Age of the EarthThe Bible on Trial, and a number of commentaries. He lives in Stockton, California with his dear wife and life-long partner, B