Denomination Differences

Quaker vs. The Salvation Army Beliefs

QuakerThe Salvation Army
a.k.a.Friend
Number of Members400,0001,800,000
How does one get saved?Varies widelySola fide: Repent of your sins and believe in Jesus Christ's death and resurrection alone to save you.
Who gets saved?No established doctrineAnyone who chooses by his own free will to believe and accept God's gift of grace will be saved.
Can one lose his salvation?Yes, a Christian can lose his salvation by apostasy.Yes, a Christian can lose his salvation by apostasy.
Who gets baptized and why?Baptism not practiced.Baptism not practiced.[1]
How should baptism be done?Baptism not practiced.Baptism not practiced.[1]
When does one receive the Holy Spirit?There is "that of God in everyone".
What is the trinity?The Trinity is God existing as one god in three equal, eternal, cosubstantial persons: God the Father, God the Son (Jesus Christ), and God the Holy Spirit.The Trinity is God existing as one god in three equal, eternal, cosubstantial persons: God the Father, God the Son (Jesus Christ), and God the Holy Spirit.[2]
What is the human nature?There is "that of God in everyone", making humans inherently good.Total depravity: Human nature is corrupt, naturally inclined to evil, and incapable of choosing God on his own.[3][4]
Are we guilty of Adam's original sin?No established doctrineNo, we are not guilty of Adam's sin, but we did inherit the consequences and a corrupt human nature from him, causing us all to sin.[4]
Are Christians required to keep the Old Testament ceremonial laws?No, the ceremonial laws of Judaism were fulfilled and done away with by Jesus.No, the ceremonial laws of Judaism were fulfilled and done away with by Jesus.
Can Christians become sinless in this earthly life?Christian perfection is possible and a major goal of Quakers.
Do the elements of communion become the body and blood of Christ?Communion not practiced.Communion not practiced.
Can one be baptized of behalf of someone who has died?No, the dead cannot be baptized.No, the dead cannot be baptized.
What happens if a saved person dies without being perfect?Perfection must take place during life, not after death.[5]Once Christians leave their sinful bodies, nothing else is needed to receive glorified, sinless bodies.[6]
Did Mary ever sin?Yes, Mary sinned like all other humans except Jesus.Yes, Mary sinned like all other humans except Jesus.
What spiritual gifts are available today?Continuationism: All spiritual gifts are still available to believers.
How many church ordinances/​sacraments are there?The church does not have any ordinances more sacred than any other practice.[7]Jesus is the only true Sacrament.[8]
To whom do Christians need to confess their sins?Confession should be made directly to God, but confession to another believer is beneficial for some sins.Confession should be made directly to God, but confession to another believer is beneficial for some sins.
How should a church be structured?Congregationalist: Every church congregation should be independent and governed by its members.Corps should be governed by an officer, appointed by and governed by higher and higher officers in the hierarchy until reaching the General of The Salvation Army.
What day of the week should Christians worship?Christians worship on Sunday.Christians worship on Sunday.
How does God's revelation come to us today?Varies widely[9]Prima scriptura: There are many sources of God's revelation, although none can contradict the Bible.
How many books are in the Bible?There are 66 canonical books of the Bible: 39 Old Testament books and 27 New Testament books.There are 66 canonical books of the Bible: 39 Old Testament books and 27 New Testament books.
Is the Bible inerrant?Varies widely[10]Yes, the Bible was written without any error.[11]
What is marriage?Varies widelyMarriage is a covenant before God between one man and one woman.
Is sex permissible outside marriage?Varies widelyNo, sex outside of marriage is not permissible.
May a Christian remarry while his former spouse is still alive?Yes, a Christian may freely remarry after divorce.
When does a fetus become human?Most believe humanity begins sometime between conception and birth.[12]Humanity begins at fertilization.[13]
Is contraception permissible?Yes, contraceptives are permissible.Yes, contraceptives are permissible as long as they work before fertilization.[13]
Are blood transfusions permissible?Yes, blood transfusions are permissible.Yes, blood transfusions are permissible.
Should Christians drink alcohol?No, alcohol should be totally avoided.[14][15]No, alcohol should be totally avoided.[16]
Should Christians fight in wars?No, Christians should never fight.[17][18]Varies widely[19]
Whom does the Holy Spirit come from?The Holy Spirit proceeds from the Father and the Son.[20]
Where does a Christian's soul go after death?No established doctrineChristians immediately go to heaven when they die.[6]