We are a salvation people. This is our specialty—getting saved and keeping saved, and then getting somebody else saved, and then getting saved ourselves more and more, until full salvation on earth makes the heaven within, which is finally perfected by the full salvation without, on the other side of the river.
We believe in salvation! We believe in old-fashioned salvation. Ours is the same salvation taught in the Bible, proclaimed by prophets and apostles, preached by Luther, Wesley and Whitfield, sealed by the blood of martyrs—the very same salvation which was purchased by the sufferings and agony and blood of the Son of God.
We believe the world needs it, that this and this alone will set it right. We want no other nostrum, nothing new. We are on the track of the old apostles’ salvation. The worst man that ever walked will go to heaven if he obtains it, and the best man that ever lived will go to hell if he misses it.
There is a hell. A hell as dark and terrible as is the description given of it by the lips of Jesus Christ, the truthful. And into that hell men are departing hour by hour.
Perhaps the most appalling aspect of this hell is its bondage. How devils and devilish habits rule it, and with what an iron yoke. Can these captives be delivered? Saved from sinning, saved into holy living and triumphal dying?
Ask the Salvationist and the answer will be, from both theory and experience, that the vilest and worst can be saved to the uttermost, for all things are possible to him who believes. Our redeemer is mighty to save.
We have salvation. We need it and we have it. There are think-so Christians, and there are hope-so Christians, and there are know-so Christians. Thank God we belong to the know-so people. We know we are saved. We know in whom we have believed, and the Spirit answers to our faith, and testifies in our hearts that we are the children of God.
Our work is salvation. Soul-saving is our avocation, the great purpose and business of our lives.
What is the business of your life? Not merely to save your soul and make yourself ready for paradise. Rescue the perishing. They are all around you. You are to be a copy of Jesus Christ. So consecrate every awakened power to the great end of saving others.
“How shall we escape if we ignore such a great salvation?” (Hebrews 2:3).
William Booth, Salvation Soldiery