They're there at every major storefront. Every time you run into the grocery store to buy a box of crackers. The Salvation Army!
So is the Salvation Army a cult? I gues it depends on how you define cult. A lot of people claim so
Wikipedia article here
"The Salvation Army's stated objectives are:
The advancement of the Christian religion as promulgated in the religious doctrines—which are professed, believed and taught by the Army and, pursuant there to, the advancement of education, the relief of poverty, and other charitable objects beneficial to society or the community of mankind as a whole"
The oldest official emblem of The Salvation Army is the crest.
In 1878 the rename of the Christian Mission into the name The Salvation Army happened. Soon afterwards, Captain W.H. Ebdon suggested a crest and in 1879 it was to be found on the letterhead of the Salvation Army Headquarters. The captain's suggested design was changed only slightly and a crown was added.
The meaning of the crest:
The cross: The cross of the Lord Jesus Christ
The "S": Salvation from sin through Jesus
The ray on the outside of the circle: The Fire of the Holy Spirit
The dots: The Truth of the Gospel
The swords: The Salvation War*
"Blood and Fire": The Blood which was shed by Jesus for our sins and the Fire of the Holy Spirit
In case you're interested, the Salvation Army has long been regarded as antigay. Americablog (admittedly biased and a bit old) here
I'm curious if other A|N members know more about the Salvation Army than I do. I don't want to spread any false accusations, but I also don't want people to mindlessly, and wellmeaningly drop money into the Salvation Army pot without knowing what they are doing.
Do you have a secular charity to give to in these terrible economic times?