My Soldiers Covenant

HAVING accepted Jesus Christ as my Saviour and Lord, and desiring to fulfil my membership of His Church on earth as a soldier of The Salvation Army, I now by God’s grace enter into a sacred covenant.

I believe and will live by the truths of the word of God expressed in The Salvation Army’s eleven articles of faith:

We believe that the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments were given by inspiration of God: and that they only constitute the Divine rule of Christian faith and practice.

We believe that there is only one God, who is infinitely perfect, the Creator. Preserver, and Governor of all things, and who is the only proper object of religious worship.

We believe that there are three persons in the Godhead—the Father, the Son and the Holy Ghost—undivided in essence and coequal in power and glory.

We believe that in the person of Jesus Christ the Divine and human natures are united, so that He is truly and properly God and truly and properly man.

We believe that our first parents were created in a state of innocency. but by their disobedience they lost their purity and happiness; and that in consequence of their fall all men have become sinners, totally depraved. and as such are justly exposed to the wrath of God.

We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ has, by His suffering and death, made an atonement for the whole world so that whosoever will may be saved. We believe that repentance towards God, faith in our Lord Jesus Christ and regeneration by the Holy Spirit are necessary to salvation.

We believe that we are justified by grace, through faith in our Lord Jesus Christ; and that he that believeth hath the witness in himself.

We believe that continuance in a state of salvation depends upon continued obedient faith in Christ. We believe that it is the privilege of all believers 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.

We believe in the immortality of the soul; in the resurrection of the body; in the general judgment at the end of the world; in the eternal happiness of the righteous; and in the endless punishment of the wicked.

THEREFORE

I will be responsive to the Holy Spirit’s work and obedient to His leading in my life, growing in grace through worship, prayer, service and the reading of the Bible.

I will make the values of the Kingdom of God and not the values of the world the standard for my life.

I will uphold Christian integrity in every area of my life, allowing nothing in thought. word or deed that is unworthy, unclean, untrue, profane, dishonest or immoral.

I will maintain Christian ideals in all my relationships with others: my family and neighbours, my colleagues and fellow Salvationists, those to whom and for whom I am responsible, and the wider community.

I will uphold the sanctity of marriage and of family life.

I will be a faithful steward of my time and gifts, my money and possessions, my body, my mind and my spirit, knowing that I am accountable to God.

I will abstain from alcoholic drink. tobacco, the non-medical use of addictive drugs. gambling, pornography, the occult, and all else that could enslave the body or spirit.

I will be faithful to the purposes for which God raised up The Salvation Army, sharing the good news of Jesus Christ, endeavouring to win others to Him, and in His name caring for the needy and the disadvantaged.

I will be actively involved, as I am able, in the life, work, worship and witness of the corps, giving as large a proportion of my income as possible to support its ministries and the worldwide work of the Army.

I will be true to the principles and practices of The Salvation Army, loyal to its leaders, and I will show the spirit of Salvationism whether in times of popularity or persecution.

I now call upon all present to witness that I enter into this covenant and sign these articles of war of my own free will, convinced that the love of Christ, who died and now lives to save me, requires from me this devotion of my life to His service for the salvation of the whole world; and therefore do here declare my full determination, by God’s help, to be a true soldier of The Salvation Army.

_____________________________________
I affirm again my commitment to my soldiers covenant. I’m a soldier first, an officer second.

in Jesus, under the flag, by his grace

Andrew

My four things

No-one tagged me, but I thought I’d offer anyway :o)

Four jobs I’ve had:
1. Care Assistant/Home Carer
2. Sales Assistant at a Christian bookshop
3. General Salvation Army Dogsbody in various forms (Admin asst, Divisional Fundraiser)
4. Glorified Salvation Army Dogsbody (Corps Officer)

Four movies I can watch over & over:
1. The Quiet Man (John Wayne)
2. Keeping the Faith
3. Patch Adams
4. Braveheart

Four places I’ve lived:
1. Dreghorn, Irvine
2. Renfrew
3. Dennistoun, Glasgow
4. London

Four TV shows I love:
1. Way of the Master
2. Ally McBeal
3. Last of the Summer Wine
4. Friends

Four places I’ve vacationed:
1. Moscow, Russia
2. Bucharest, Romania
3. Loch Lomond
4. St Ives

Four of my favourite dishes:
1. Steak (medium)
2. Spag Bol
3. Chicken Korma
4. Chocolate Bread and Butter Pudding

Four sites I visit daily:
1. Army Barmy
2. Urban Army
3. Chris’ Blog
4. Yahoo Chat to convert some sinners in my spare time

Four places I’d rather be right now:
1. Loch Lomond (in Scotland)
2. Ayrshire, Scotland (anywhere will do)
3. Scotland (anywhere will do)
4. UK (Scotland will do)

Pill Corps Pics Blog

I’ve started a suplementary blog over at pillpics.blogslot.com to give you a visual idea of some of the things we are going in Pill. A lot of the stuff up there at the moment are highlights of the last year or so but as soon as all that is up, there will be plenty of new exploits to report.

We begin our corps review on Sunday and we want to really mobilise our corps for mission. These are exciting days…we’ve soaked the ground and all our ministries in prayer…now see seek God’s hand of guidance for the future.

yours
Andrew

God Bless the New Territorial Commander


Colonel John Matear has been appointed as TC of the UK Territory as of the 2nd April with the rank of Commissioner. I think the Colonel is married, I’m not sure. He us currently the Territorial Commander in the Carribean (tough life, huh?).

Anyway…he is Scottish and we all know that Scotsmen make good officers ;o)

Booth on Salvation

“We believe in Salvation! We believe in the old-fashioned salvation. We have not developed and improved into Universalism, Unitarianism, or Nothingarianism, or any other form of infidelity, and we don’t expect to. Ours is just the same salvation taught in the Bible, proclaimed by Prophets and Apostles, preached by Luther and Wesley, and Whitfield, sealed by the blood of martyrs – the very same salvation which was purchased by the sufferings and agony and blood of the Son of God.

We believe the world needs it, and this and this alone will set it right. We want no other nostrum – nothing new. We are on the track of the old apostles. You don’t need to mix up any other ingredients with the heavenly remedy. Wound and kill with the old sword, and pour in the old balsam, and you will see the old result – Salvation. The world needs it. The worst man that ever walked will go to heaven if he obtain it, and the best man that ever lived will go to hell if he misses it. Oh, publish it abroad!

There is a hell. A hell as dark and terrible as is the description given of it by the lips of Jesus Christ, the truthful. And into that hell men are departing hour by hour. While we write men are going away into everlasting punishment. While we eat and drink, and sleep and work, and rest, men are going where the worm dieth not, and where the fire is not quenched. Can anything be done? Can they be stopped? Can drunkards, harlots, thieves, the outcasts of the Church and of society, be saved? In theory many will answer, “Yes;” but in experience they confess they have no knowledge of such things.

Look again, perhaps the more appalling aspect of mankind is its bondage. How devils and devilish habits rule it, and oh, with what an iron yoke. Ask the drunkards, blasphemers, gamblers, thieves, harlots, money getters, pleasure seekers. Ask them one and all. Ask the question, “Can the power of these habits be broken? Can these fiends be expelled? Can those do good who have been accustomed all their lives to do evil?” Speak up! Press your question – “Can these poor captives be delivered? Saved from sinning, saved into holy living, and triumphant dying? Can they be saved now?” The desponding answer will be “Impossible!” Ask multitudes of professing Christians, and they will fear it is impossible. Ask the Salvationist, and the answer will be, from both theory and experience, that the vilest and worst can be saved to the uttermost, for all things are possible to him that believeth.

What is the use of a doctor who cannot cure, a life-boat that cannot rescue, and overseer who cannot relieve? And what would be the value of a Saviour who was not good and gracious, and strong enough to save the vilest and worst, and to save them as far as they need? But our Redeemer is mighty to save. Hold the standard high. Let us tell the world of the “blood and fire.” “

—————————
Hallelujah! Preach it brother!

Andrew

Religious Hatred Bill Victory!!

You may remember me writing some time ago about the Religious Hatred Bill. Here is a report on the victory from ‘Christian Concern for Our Nation’:

What can we say but PRAISE GOD!! It was by his glory and grace that our months of prayer and petition were answered! Last night the government’s version of the Racial and Religious Hatred Bill was defeated, despite the government’s majority of 67MPs and the immense pressure exerted by the government to get people to vote for the Bill. It is only the second time in 9 years that Labour have lost a vote in the Commons. It was a vote which even the opposition MPs said could not be won. It is a vote which Christians knew, faithfully trusting in God’s sovereignty, could always be won.

It was last night at 7:45pm that the House of Commons voted against the government’s version of the Racial and Religious Hatred Bill. There were two votes held: in the first vote, the question was whether the RACIAL hatred laws would be changed, and the government was defeated by 10 votes. On the issue of the RELIGIOUS hatred laws, the government was defeated BY JUST ONE VOTE. Tony Blair voted in the first vote, but left before the second vote. That means it was the failure of the Prime Minister to vote which in human terms meant victory for those opposing the government’s Religious Hatred Bill.

The BBC news website described it as a ‘surprise defeat’, the London Metro and The Daily Mail described it as a ‘Shock defeat’, and in the Guardian, Labour minister Mr. Hain ‘admitted the government had been taken by surprise by the defeat.’

The upshot of the vote was that the Religious Hatred Bill was passed, but it was the House of Lords’ version of the Bill, not the Government’s version, that will become law. The Lords’ version was a dramatic improvement in the protection of the uninhibited freedom for Christians to preach the Gospel.

The Bill which will now become law will only allow someone to be prosecuted if:

1) the accused used threatening words or behaviour;

2) he intended to stir up religious hatred; and

3) the words or behaviour cannot be classed as an expression of criticism or dislike, or a discussion of, particular religions or the beliefs or practices of those religions.

It is now hard to envisage a case where a Christian, preaching from the word of God in good faith and from good motives, would fall foul of this legislation.

As you will know, from the very start of this campaign, we have opposed the idea of the Religious Hatred Bill in any form. However, it is our view as lawyers, that the Bill that has been passed has so many safeguards and protections built in, that it will represent almost no threat to Christians preaching the word of God. We would still prefer that the law was removed from the statute books, but the victory last night in the Commons was real, and allays almost all the fears which we have talked about over the past months.

God Bless the new Cheif of the Staff


General-elect Commissioner Shaw Clifton has chosen Commissioner Robin Dunster as Cheif of the Staff. Commissioner Israel and Eva Gaither will return to the USA as National Commanders of the 4 American Territories.

Commissioner Dunster is currently Territorial Commander of The Philippines Territory. The commissioner is a gifted and widely experienced internationalist who, previous to her present service in The Philippines has served in her home territory of Australia Eastern, in Zimbabwe and in Congo (Kinshasa), where she was the Territorial Commander. Commissioner Dunster was the Vice-President of the 2006 High Council and will be the first woman officer to hold the appointment of Chief of the Staff.