Salvation Army soldiers commit themselves to abstaining from the use of alcoholic drink or of drugs except when medically prescribed.
Alcohol and other addictive drugs can be harmful to individuals, families and society. Salvationists (*) are mindful that, while certain lifestyle choices may be legally and socially acceptable, some choices may be neither helpful to the person concerned, nor to those likely to be influenced by their actions (1 Corinthians 8:9, NIV).
The Salvation Army, as a Christian Church and social welfare agency, believes that human beings are created in the image of God and that therefore the body should be treated with respect (1 Corinthians 3:16, NIV). Accordingly, The Salvation Army promotes the welfare of the body, as well as the mind and spirit.
The possible negative effects of the use of alcohol and other harmful substances include the following:
The Salvation Army does not condemn or discriminate against people who use alcohol or other addictive substances, but it believes that abstinence allows its members to have an effective ministry among those for whom drugs and alcohol are a problem.
The Salvation Army’s requirement of abstinence on the part of its members should not deter other people from feeling welcome in its places of worship, or at any public or private function organised by The Salvation Army.
(*) In this instance, 'Salvationists' refers to Salvation Army soldiers, who commit themselves to a lifestyle without the use of addictive substances.
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