Salvation Army and Rome Together
The first ever meeting between Salvation Army leaders and a pope occurred at the Vatican in December 2014. Meeting with Pope Francis was the Salvation Army General André Cox, plus four other SA leaders. The gathering was the culmination of six years of ecumenical dialogue which was aimed at “fostering a better understanding of one another, mutual respect and regular collaboration” (“Addresses at the Vatican,” salvationarmy.org, Dec. 12, 2014). The Salvation Army website calls the pope “His Holiness” and describes the meeting in terms of warm fraternity. Cox told the pope that he considered the papal audience “a most precious privilege.” He said, “We clearly recognize your Christlikeness as you seek faithfully to be a true minister of the Gospel. ... It is my hope and prayer that we will not only walk alongside each other, edifying through that is, but will walk together as credible witnesses to the truth that Jesus is Lord.” There is no concern expressed about Rome’s false gospel and false christ and other gross heresies. How can the pope display Christlikeness when he holds to a false sacrament gospel that is under the curse of Galatians 1 and is therefore not saved? The Salvation Army was never theologically sound in some areas, and it has long capitulated to the siren call of ecumenism. In the book Holiness: The False and the True, Harry Ironside described how that Salvation Army heresy about sanctification nearly shipwrecked his Christian life, and that was in the first half of the twentieth century.
(Friday Church News Notes, February 13, 2015, www.wayoflife.org, email@example.com, 866-295-4143)
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