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Salvation Army

Founded by [[William Booth]]* as the “Christian Mission” in East London in 1865, the [[Salvation Army]] first took that name in 1878. It was an essentially evangelical movement, biblically orientated, theologically conservative. Its basis of belief includes the divine inspiration of the Bible, the doctrine of the Trinity, the salvation of believers “by faith through grace,” the “immortality of the soul,” the resurrection of the body, the final judgment. The doctrinal distinctives of the Army include an Arminian emphasis on free will and a “holiness” experience which can be subsequent to conversion-this is traceable to William Booth's Methodist origins-and the nonobservance of the sacraments of baptism and the Lord's Supper.