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December 22, 2016 3:11 pm

Salvation Army Apologizes, Reviews Statement on Jews

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A Salvation Army building in Connecticut. Photo: Wiki Commons.

A Salvation Army building in Connecticut. Photo: Wiki Commons.

Approximately three days after The Algemeiner published an article highlighting a 2004 Salvation Army statement endorsing replacement theology — which states that “Israel has largely forsaken its place within the care and special purposes of God” — the Christian charity has announced that it is reviewing the text.

The organization declared that the 2004 document has been removed from its site “pending review,” and that it was never an official Salvation Army statement. That latter point, though, seems to contradict the content of the document, which was published under the heading, “Statement from Salvation Army Focus Group on Reaching Jewish the Gospel.” The first sentence read, “We, representing the Salvation Army worldwide, urge the Church in our time to reach out to Jews with the Gospel.”

The new announcement declared that, “In retrospect, it [the 2004 document] could have been read as insensitive to those of the Jewish faith.”

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The Salvation Army noted that it wants to reaffirm “the opening focus of the original document: ‘Israel was and continues to be God’s chosen people. It has always been intended by God and that Israel should enjoy a special place in the favour of God.'”

The organization has not stated when it will issue a revised statement regarding the Jewish people, but the decision to remove the text from the Internet, as reported in The Algemeiner yesterday, and subject it to review is a remarkable about-face.

The full text reads:

A statement previously posted in 2004 has been removed pending review.

This statement, titled Reaching the Jews with the Gospel, was produced by a group of Salvation Army delegates attending the 2004 Forum for World Evangelisation run by the Lausanne Movement. In retrospect it could have been read as insensitive to those of the Jewish faith. It should have been stated originally that the document produced on that occasion did not constitute an official Salvation Army Statement of Position. We apologise if this has been the perception – any disrespect or offence was unintended.

We wish to emphasise the opening focus of the original document: “Israel was and continues to be God’s chosen people.  It has always been intended by God that Israel should enjoy a special place in the favour of God.”

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  • Temitope

    First Christians were Jews. Jesus is (was) Jewish! All the
    apostles were Jewish! One-half of the Christian Bible is Jewish, while
    the other half was written almost entirely by Jews!

  • Temitope

    Actually, the first Christians were Jews. Jesus is (was) Jewish! All the apostles were Jewish! One-half of the Christian Bible is Jewish, while the other half was written almost entirely by Jews!

  • disqus_vM1Ts0vZ7C

    I liked your pointing out the fallacy of those ‘christians’ who believe they have Replaced
    the 12 Hebrew tribes of Israel.

    From Genesis to Revelation, God puts the Jew first; and the names of the 12 sons of
    Israel are written on the gates of New Jerusalem that comes down from heaven
    Rev. 21: 12

    The arrogance and high mindedness of these people is a fearful thing.

  • bb

    Oh come on, suck it up! Quit whining about every little thing. This Rabi told me she was offended by my religions method of Prayer. We pray “In Jesus Name.” This is America where we have Religious Freedom. And, Mind You, Christians, Especially Catholics, Pioneered and Tamed this Country. This allowed the vast influx of East European Jews who are Subversive. And have caused A lot of trouble here.
    Semper Fi And Good Night Chesty Puller Where Ever You Are.

  • Peter

    The problem and challenge is that once it was published it is and will be extremely hard if not impossible, to wipe it out of the mind of all those that read it and believe it!!! For every one negative it will take 10 positive to possibly reverse the damage created in the first place!!!!!

  • 101steagle

    We are the branch and they are the root.

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