I can't believe this (but I do, I just find this incredible), their stated mission is: "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." So, the good stuff comes after the "advancement of the Christian religion" -- makes me wonder about their priorities and how they get off calling themselves a charity.
I'm certainly not donating to them anymore.
I'm not sure where you grabbed this mission statement from, but on their US website the mission statement is:
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.
Now, if you ask me, those last two words, without discrimination
, means that if they are turning people away, then they are blatantly going against their own mission statement, regardless of religious affiliation. If they do want to discriminate against some groups, then they need to reword their mission statement.
In addition - they should also reword their position statement on homosexuality.
The Salvation Army holds a positive view of human sexuality. Where a man and a woman love each other, sexual intimacy is understood as a gift of God to be enjoyed within the context of heterosexual marriage. However, in the Christian view, sexual intimacy is not essential to a healthy, full, and rich life. Apart from marriage, the scriptural standard is celibacy.
Sexual attraction to the same sex is a matter of profound complexity. Whatever the causes may be, attempts to deny its reality or to marginalize those of a same-sex orientation have not been helpful. The Salvation Army does not consider same-sex orientation blameworthy in itself. Homosexual conduct, like heterosexual conduct, requires individual responsibility and must be guided by the light of scriptural teaching.
Scripture forbids sexual intimacy between members of the same sex. The Salvation Army believes, therefore, that Christians whose sexual orientation is primarily or exclusively same-sex are called upon to embrace celibacy as a way of life. There is no scriptural support for same-sex unions as equal to, or as an alternative to, heterosexual marriage.
Likewise, there is no scriptural support for demeaning or mistreating anyone for reason of his or her sexual orientation. The Salvation Army opposes any such abuse.
In keeping with these convictions, the services of The Salvation Army are available to all who qualify, without regard to sexual orientation. The fellowship of Salvation Army worship is open to all sincere seekers of faith in Christ, and membership in The Salvation Army church body is open to all who confess Christ as Savior and who accept and abide by The Salvation Army's doctrine and discipline.
Scriptures: Genesis 2:23-24; Leviticus 18:22; Mark 2:16-17; Romans 1:26-27; Romans 5:8; I Corinthians 6:9-11; I Corinthians 13; Galatians 6:1-2; I Thessalonians 4:1-8; I Thessalonians 5:14-15; I Timothy 1:15-16; Jude 7
By stating that they are accepting of homosexuals, then in reality refusing them service, they are going against their own doctrines. Now, I'm sure that if they were to actually accept a homosexual person into their organization then the person must agree to become celibate; however, their statements say nothing in regard to helping those who are homosexual only if they can prove they are celibate. They are going against their own tenets, and that in itself is wrong.
In the US, the SA is a church for several reasons. 1. Because it is, after all, a church. 2. Churches, unlike non-religious non-profits, are not required to disclose their financial information publicly. 3. Churches, unlike non-religious non-profits, are not required to have a board of directors that has no affiliation with the organization. Therefore, the people who makes the decisions about what is best for the SA are high-ranking people who are paid by the SA and that is their job. In a non-secular non-profit, this is not the case so that the decisions of the board are not influenced by their own best interests.