Thursday, April 29, 2004

A response- long post beware

Recently some SA officers have found this blog. That is exciting and their input is always welcomed. So far three officers who I have never met have come and cared enough to leave some comments.
Thank You

On my last post a retired SA officer commented:
Dear Captain Bill!

I know your blog is interesting to many people and that you are writing in diary form your feelings and opinions. That is your prerogative to do so. However, since you mention you are affiliated with The Salvation Army should a disclaimer be added to indicate that your views are not necessarily the views of The Salvation Army? Someone looking in on your blog site may get the impression that all officers believe as you do and that is not entirely true.

And, do you think the language you use is not characteristic of soldiers and officers?

One would hope that being a Salvation Army officer, you would maintain the teachings of Salvation Army doctrine as we all our entrusted to do.

I say this to you as a Christian brother. God bless you!

Major L. Michael Fletcher (R)

Thank you very much for you insight. I would hope that anyone who reads this understands that what is said here is only thoughts. Take them for what their worth. These thoughts are simply that, thoughts, works in progress, if any thought was complete maybe I would try to write a book. They are the thoughts of a dreamer. A postmodern Salvationist dreamer.

Theologically: I affirm all 11 doctrines of the Army. Many people disagree however within the confines of our 11 doctrines. Some see a sovereign God (ie God knows or directs the future) others like myself see an open God (the future is not set, God allows people to make their own choices and live the consequences of those actions.) The 11 doctrines of the SA are:

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 co-equal 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.

In the middle Major Fletcher makes a comment about my language. Many officers have questioned my language at times. Many have not. Profanity is a sin. I define profanity as: judgmentalism, racism, damning a person to hell, unjust accusations, and insults which are meant. Profanity in my view is not using words that are bleeped out on the radio. Those words may be inappropriate at times however at times does not mean all the time. I view language as I attempt to use language that will not offend who I am speaking with. Thus if you offended at my language at times I am sorry. However, being that I created this as a safe place for myself then be advised that I will use words on occasion that would be bleeped on radio.

If you disagree with my thought please let me know.


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