Will the Salvation Army go to Heaven?

Before I became a Roman Catholic when I was younger I was a member of the Salvation Army as my mum was.

My Grandad was also a member when he died.

Can they get to Heaven?


Yes, non-Catholic Christians can most certainly be saved. From the Catechism:

Wounds to unity
817 In fact, "in this one and only Church of God from its very beginnings there arose certain rifts, which the Apostle strongly censures as damnable. But in subsequent centuries much more serious dissensions appeared and large communities became separated from full communion with the Catholic Church - for which, often enough, men of both sides were to blame."269 The ruptures that wound the unity of Christ’s Body - here we must distinguish heresy, apostasy, and schism270 - do not occur without human sin:
Where there are sins, there are also divisions, schisms, heresies, and disputes. Where there is virtue, however, there also are harmony and unity, from which arise the one heart and one soul of all believers.271
818 "However, one cannot charge with the sin of the separation those who at present are born into these communities [that resulted from such separation] and in them are brought up in the faith of Christ, and the Catholic Church accepts them with respect and affection as brothers . . . . All who have been justified by faith in Baptism are incorporated into Christ; they therefore have a right to be called Christians, and with good reason are accepted as brothers in the Lord by the children of the Catholic Church."272
819 "Furthermore, many elements of sanctification and of truth"273 are found outside the visible confines of the Catholic Church: "the written Word of God; the life of grace; faith, hope, and charity, with the other interior gifts of the Holy Spirit, as well as visible elements."274 Christ’s Spirit uses these Churches and ecclesial communities as means of salvation, whose power derives from the fullness of grace and truth that Christ has entrusted to the Catholic Church. All these blessings come from Christ and lead to him,275 and are in themselves calls to "Catholic unity."276

Will the Salvation Army go to Heaven?

If they do, they’ll find the streets are guarded by, er, never mind.

Not much to say after the Church has spoken (thanks Della). We should never loose hope in our merciful God. He desires that none be lost. This doesn’t mean that it doesn’t matter what we believe. God knows our hearts and our circumstances. And he is just and merciful.

The Salvation Army don’t have baptism though.


Still, there is the baptism of desire that may apply to those who no fault of their own simply never knew they needed to be baptized. As in all such circumstances, be it our separated brethren or non-Christians, we can only leave their destinies in God’s hands. The Church has never declared who is in hell–because we cannot know that. People have all sorts of barriers to accepting the truth. Only God can know who is culpable and who isn’t. Pray for the repose of the souls of your loved ones and be at peace.

The Sally Anne has no sacraments at all, they do not lack baptism only. I think that the Salvation Army has carried ‘sola fide’ to it’s ultimate extent. And their theology extends to “getting saved” and that seems to be it.

The reason they abolished Communion was not to tempt their members with wine. Why could they not have substituted grape juice like the other Evangelical Fundamentalists do?

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