Traditionally, The Salvation Army has been a born again evangelical denomination, preaching the pure Truth – the gospel of salvation through Jesus Christ. But in recent years more and more Salvation Army Corps have been joining the apostate ranks of Spiritual Formation, the Emergent Church, and occult contemplative spirituality.
Lighthouse Trails put out an excellent expose of The Salvation Army. I am copying and pasting the entire article below; click here for the original article.
[The proper name for the denomination is The Salvation Army. I have corrected this throughout the article.]
Salvation Army Joins the Contemplative/Emerging Ranks
[The] Salvation Army is now offering a full line of Spiritual Formation. Books “relevant to Spiritual Formation” include Celebration of Discipline by Richard Foster, The Barbarian Way by Erwin McManus, Spiritual Classics and Devotional Classics by Richard Foster and Divine Conspiracy by Dallas Willard. Also being offered is a men’s retreat called Wild at Heart:
“[The Wild at Heart retreat is a four-day quest into the recovery of your masculine soul as outlined in John [Eldredge’s] book, Wild at Heart.] Through teaching sessions, films, guided periods of reflection and journaling, and question and answer, we have designed something far more than a retreat—it’s an expedition of the heart. You will never be the same.”
If men attend this retreat, it is true, they will never be the same. The Wild at Heart retreat (held at a Young Life campus) is put on by Ransomed Heart Ministries (John Eldredge). On the Ransomed website, under [Recommended Reading], recommended books include titles by contemplatives Anne Lamott, Henri Nouwen, Dallas Willard and other contemplatives. [The] Salvation Army is also advertising the Women of Faith conference, which includes contemplative speakers Max Lucado and Sheila Walsch. But if the Wild at Heart retreat and the Women of Faith conference don’t provide enough contemplative/Emerging, [The] Salvation Army is also advertising a Renovare conference with Richard Foster (took place in July). And almost last but not least, [The] Salvation Army is pointing people to the Intervarsity conference called Urbana, which includes Rick Warren as one of the speakers. Intervarsity publishes many books on contemplative spirituality and promotes the emerging church in various avenues. Finally, [The] Salvation Army is advertising The Origins Experience. Speakers at this “experience” include Erwin McManus and his brother Alex. It appears it is a new season for [The] Salvation Army. The questions must be asked, is the gospel not sufficient enough for this ministry that has been around for a very long time, and have they too joined the ranks of Christian leaders and organizations that somewhere along the line began walking the fence and finally fell off on the side of the world, an emerging world … one filled with mysticism, delusion and the occult? It looks as though the Salvation Army is now marching to the beat of a different drummer.
Another point – I always thought the Officers’ Training Schools for the Salvation Army Corps officers were “on the up and up”, teaching biblically sound doctrine. But with all the Spiritual Formation and Emerging teachings in The Salvation Army, I would guess that the Officers’ Training Schools are now teaching this garbage. I hope to do some research on these schools.
Update – I have located some Internet links describing the use of the New Age-ish prayer labyrinth by various Salvation Army Corps.
1) Salvation Army Central Territory prayer labyrinth instructions
2) Description of prayer labyrinth at Ashland, OH Salvation Army’s communitycenter
3) Prayer labyrinth at The Salvation Army at Wath-upon-Dearne, in Great Britain
I will list more articles about Salvation Army prayer labyrinths, as I locate them.
The Lighthouse Trails website provides a number of additional articles regarding The Salvation Army. I plan to sift through these (there is some repetition of search results):