The Salvation Army, an international movement, is an evangelical part of the universal Christian Church. Its message is based on the Bible. Its ministry is motivated by the love of God. Its mission is to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ and to meet human needs in His name without discrimination.
The second statement of faith is this:
“We believe that there is only one God, who is infinitely perfect, the Creator, Preserver, and Governor of all things, and who is the only proper object of religious worship.”
Following a clear statement about the value of the Scriptures, we turn to an equally clear statement about God. There are not many gods, only one.
He is the creator. Everything that has been made and will be made is made by Him. We see trees in the forrest and metallic elements in the soil. He sees a piano. We see a sunny day. He sees food growing to feed the inhabitants of the planet, moisture from the earth lifting to the sky, and a cycle of life that is nourished by the day, night, and seasons of the earth. We see a baby born. He sees the impact of love through a lifetime that is transformative and invigorating. He is the creator.
He is the preserver. How is it that all this and the universe holds together? God is in control, keeping things in order for our use and delight. How is it we don’t fall off a spinning planet? God is the preserver.
God is the governor. He not only creates and preserves, but He also rules over it all. Creation continues to listen to Him and we are the beneficiaries of it all. Why is it that mammoth animals do not rule the earth? He is the governor.
He alone is worthy of our worship. Everything else we know is created. God is not. He is the King of Kings and Lord of Lords. We worship Him.
Deuteronomy 4:39 New International Version
“Acknowledge and take to heart this day that the Lord is God in heaven above and on the earth below. There is no other.”