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Articles of War

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Articles of War

This table provides a side-by-side comparison of the text of three different versions of The Salvations Army's "Articles of War" document, signed by people who wish to become members of the church.

     Note                1952                  1966                2015
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               This is the text as I
               copied it from my
               mother's signed and                          The current text as
               framed document from     I copied this text  available as
               1952. It may have been   from my own         [SOLDIER'S COVENANT]
Source         in use in this form ever document that I     at The Salvation
               since the 1880s; it      signed in December  Army International
               appears to have been     1966.               Headquarters
               quoted in Thomas H.                          website.
               Huxley's "[Legal

Title Articles of War Articles of War SOLDIER'S COVENANT
(Promises made when Signed by all becoming a soldier Signed by all Salvation Salvation Army in The Salvation Explanation Army Soldiers Soldiers Army. Formerly called 'Articles of War'.)
Having received with all my heart Having received with all the Salvation my heart the salvation offered to me by offered to me by the the tender mercy of tender mercy of Jehovah, God, I do here and HAVING accepted I do here and now now acknowledge God Jesus Christ as my publicly acknowledge God the Father to be my Saviour and Lord, the Father to be my King; God the Son, and desiring to king, God the Son, Jesus Jesus Christ our fulfil my Christ our Lord, to be Lord, to be my membership of His Motivation my Saviour, God the Holy Saviour; and God Church on earth as Spirit to be my Guide, the Holy Spirit to a soldier of The Comforter, and Strength; be my Guide, Salvation Army, I and I will, by His help, Comforter and now by God's grace love, serve, worship and Strength; and I enter into a sacred obey this glorious God will, by His help, covenant. through time and through love, serve, eternity. worship, and obey this glorious God through time and through eternity.
Believing solemnly that Believing that The The Salvation Army has Salvation Army has been raised up by God, been raised up by and is sustained and God, and is I believe and will directed by Him, I do sustained and live by the truths here declare my full directed by Him, I of the word of God Affirmation of determination, by God's do here declare expressed in The the Army's help, to be a true that I am Salvation Army's doctrine Soldier of The Army till thoroughly eleven articles of I die. convinced of the faith: 05 truth of the Army's I am thoroughly teaching, that is convinced of the truth to say: of The Army's teaching. E L E V E N A R T I C L E S O F F A I T H
I believe that the Scriptures were given by I believe that the We believe that the inspiration of God, and Scriptures of the Scriptures of the that they teach that not Old and New Old and New only does continuance in Testaments were Testaments were the favor of God depend given by given by Scriptures upon continued faith in, inspiration of God inspiration of God: inspired and obedience to Christ, and that they only and that they only but that it is possible constitute the constitute the for those who have been divine rule of Divine rule of truly converted to fall Christian faith and Christian faith and away and be eternally practice. practice. lost.
I believe that We believe that there is only one there is only one God, who is God, who is infinitely perfect, infinitely perfect, the Creator, the Creator. One God Preserver and Preserver, and Governor of all Governor of all things and who is things, and who is the only proper the only proper object of religious object of religious worship. worship.
I believe that We believe that there are three there are three persons in the persons in the Godhead, the Godhead--the Father, the Son, Father, the Son and The Trinity and the Holy Ghost, the Holy undivided in Ghost--undivided in essence and essence and coequal co-equal in power in power and glory. and glory.
I believe that in We believe that in the person of Jesus the person of Jesus Christ the divine Christ the Divine and human natures and human natures Nature of are united, so that are united, so that Christ He is truly and He is truly and properly God and properly God and truly and properly truly and properly man. man.
I believe that our We believe that our first parents were first parents were created in a state created in a state of innocency but by of innocency. but their disobedience by their they lost their disobedience they purity and lost their purity happiness and that and happiness; and Original sin in consequence of that in consequence their fall all men of their fall all have become men have become sinners, totally sinners, totally depraved, and as depraved. and as such are justly such are justly exposed to the exposed to the wrath of God. wrath of God.
I believe that the We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ Lord Jesus Christ has by His has, by His suffering and death suffering and Atonement made an atonement death, made an for the whole world atonement for the so that whosoever whole world so that will may be saved. whosoever will may be saved.
I believe that I believe that We believe that repentance towards God, repentance toward repentance towards faith in our Lord Jesus God, faith in our God, faith in our Essentials of Christ, and conversion Lord Jesus Christ Lord Jesus Christ salvation by the Holy Spirit are and regeneration by and regeneration by necessary to Salvation, the Holy Spirit are the Holy Spirit are and that all men may be necessary to necessary to saved. Salvation. salvation.
I believe that we are I believe that we We believe that we saved by grace, through are justified by are justified by faith in our Lord Jesus grace through faith grace, through Means of Christ, and he that in our Lord Jesus faith in our Lord salvation believeth hath the Christ and that he Jesus Christ; and witness of it in that believeth hath that he that himself. I have got it. the witness in believeth hath the Thank God! himself. witness in himself.
I believe that We believe that continuance in a continuance in a Possible to [see paragraph 1952-08, state of Salvation state of salvation fall away above] depends upon depends upon continued obedient continued obedient faith in Christ. faith in Christ.
I believe that it is the privilege of all God's people 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." That is to say, I believe that after conversion there remain in the heart of I believe that it the believer, is the privilege of We believe that it inclinations to evil, or all believers to be is the privilege of roots of bitterness, "wholly sanctified" all believers to be which, unless and that their wholly sanctified, overpowered by Divine "whole spirit and and that their Complete grace, produce actual soul and body" may whole spirit and salvation sin; but these evil "be preserved soul and body may tendencies can be blameless unto the be preserved entirely taken away by coming of our Lord blameless unto the the Spirit of God, and Jesus Christ" (I coming of our Lord the whole heart thus Thessalonians Jesus Christ. cleansed from anything 5:23). contrary to the will of God, or entirely sanctified, will then produce the fruit of the Spirit only. And I believe that persons thus entirely sanctified may, by the power of God, be kept unblameable and unrepovable before Him.
I believe in the We believe in the I believe in the immortality of the immortality of the immortality of the soul soul, in the soul; in the in the resurrection of resurrection of the resurrection of the the body; in the general body, in the body; in the judgement at the end of general judgment at general judgment at The afterlife the world; in the the end of the the end of the eternal happiness of the world, in the world; in the righteous; and in the eternal happiness eternal happiness everlasting punishment of the righteous of the righteous; of the wicked. and in the endless and in the endless punishment of the punishment of the wicked. wicked.
I will be responsive to the Holy Spirit's work and obedient to His Growth through leading in my life, obedience growing in grace through worship, prayer, service and the reading of the Bible.
Therefore, I do here and now, and Therefore, I do here and forever, renounce now, and forever, the world with all renounce the world with its sinful all its sinful pleasures, pleasures, companionships, I will make the companionships, treasures, and values of the treasures, and objects, objects, and Kingdom of God and Leave the and declare my full declare my full not the values of world, serve determination boldly to determination the world the God show myself a Soldier of boldly to show standard for my Jesus Christ in all myself a soldier of life. places and companies, no Jesus Christ in all matter what I may have places and to suffer, do, or lose, companies, no by so doing. matter what I may have to suffer, do or lose by so doing.
I do here and now I do here and now declare that I will declare that I will abstain from the use of abstain from the I will uphold all low or profane use of all low or Christian integrity language; from the profane language in every area of my taking of the name of and from all life, allowing God in vain; and from impurity, including nothing in thought. Personal all impurity, or from unclean word or deed that purity taking part in any conversation, the is unworthy, unclean conversation, or reading of any unclean, untrue, the reading of any obscene book or profane, dishonest obscene book or paper at paper at any time, or immoral. any time, in any in any company, or company, or in any in any place. place.
I do here and now I do here declare declare that I will not that I will not allow myself in any allow myself in any I will maintain falsehood, deceit, deceit or Christian ideals in misrepresentation, or dishonesty; nor all my dishonesty; neither will will I practice any relationships with I practice any fraudulent conduct others: my family fraudulent conduct in my in my business, my and neighbours, my Maintain business, my home, nor home or in any colleagues and personal in any other other relation in fellow integrity relationship in which I which I may stand Salvationists, may stand to my fellow to my fellow men; those to whom and men; but will deal but that I will for whom I am truthfully, fairly, deal truthfully, responsible, and honorably, and kindly honorably and the wider with all those who may kindly with all community. employ me, or whom I those who employ me myself may employ. or whom I may myself employ.
I will uphold the Marriage sanctity of sacred marriage and of family life.
I will be a faithful steward of my time and gifts, my money and Personal possessions, my responsibility body, my mind and my spirit, knowing that I am accountable to God.
I do here and now I do here and now I will abstain from declare that I will declare that I will alcoholic drink. abstain from the use of abstain from the tobacco, the all intoxicating use of all non-medical use of liquors, and from the intoxicating addictive drugs. No alcohol, habitual use of opium, liquor, and from gambling, drugs, or laudanum, morphia, and the use of all pornography, the tobacco all other baneful drugs, baneful drugs, occult, and all except when in illness except when such else that could such drugs will be drugs shall be enslave the body or ordered for me by the ordered for me by a spirit. doctor. doctor.
I do here declare that I will never I do here and now treat any woman, declare that I will child or other never treat any woman, person, whose life, I will be faithful child, or other person, comfort or to the purposes for whose life, comfort, or happiness may be which God raised up happiness may be placed placed within my The Salvation Army, within my power, in an power, in an sharing the good oppressive, cruel or oppressive, cruel news of Jesus Duty to others cowardly manner, but or cowardly manner; Christ, that I will protect such but that I will endeavouring to win from evil and danger so protect such from others to Him, and far as I can, and evil and danger so in His name caring promote to the utmost of far as I can, and for the needy and my ability, their promote, to the the disadvantaged. present welfare and utmost of my eternal Salvation. ability, their present welfare and eternal Salvation.
I do here declare that I will spend I do here and now all the time, declare that I will strength, money and spend all the time, influence I can in strength, money, and supporting and influence I can in carrying on the I will be actively supporting and carrying Salvation war, and involved, as I am on this War, and that I that I will able, in the life, will endeavor to lead my endeavor to lead my work, worship and Earnest family, friends, family, friends, witness of the support of neighbors, and all neighbors and all corps, giving as Army's others whom I can others whom I can large a proportion purposes influence, to do the influence to do the of my income as same, believing that the same, believing possible to support sure and only way to that the sure and its ministries and remedy all the the evils only way to remedy the worldwide work in the world is by all the evils in of the Army. bringing men to submit the world is by themselves to the bringing men to Government of the Lord submit themselves Jesus Christ. to the government of the Lord Jesus Christ.
I do here declare that I will always I do here and now obey the lawful declare that I will orders of my always obey the lawful officers, and that orders of my Officers, I will carry out to and that I will carry the utmost of my I will be true to out to the utmost of my power all the the principles and power all the Orders and orders and practices of The Regulations of The Army; regulations of the Salvation Army, and further that I will Army; and, further, loyal to its Follow the be an example of that I will be an leaders, and I will Army's plan faithfulness to its example of show the spirit of principles, advance to faithfulness to its Salvationism the utmost of my ability principles, advance whether in times of its operations, and to the utmost of my popularity or never allow, where I can ability its persecution. prevent it, any injury operations, and to its interests, or never allow, where hindrance to its I can prevent it, success. any injury to its interest, or hindrance to its success.
And I do here and I now call upon all now call upon all present to witness present to witness that I enter into that I have entered this covenant and And I do here and now into this sign these articles call upon all present to undertaking and of war of my own witness that I enter sign these Articles free will, into this undertaking, of War of my own convinced that the and sign these Articles free will, feeling love of Christ, who of War of my own free that the love of died and now lives will, feeling that the Christ, who died to to save me, Solemn love of Christ, who died save me, requires requires from me commitment to save me, requires from me this this devotion of my from me this devotion of devotion of my life life to His service my life to His Service to His service for for the salvation for the Salvation of the the Salvation of of the whole world; whole world, and the whole world, and therefore do therefore wish now to be and therefore do here declare my enrolled as a Soldier of here declare my full determination, The Salvation Army. full determination, by God's help, to by God's help, to be a true soldier be a true soldier of The Salvation of The Salvation Army. Army till I die.

Some of the paragraphs of the 1966, and especially the 1952 version, are presented out of sequence. The entire text of each document is included here but their order matches that of the 2015 version to allow easy comparisons of the comparable clauses.

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