5 thoughts on “Two and a Half Million Reasons Why The Salvation Army Is Holding The Line On Workfare

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  2. Steve Chapman

    I went to their facebook page after reading this and wrote:

    “Matthew 12:31-32, Jesus says to the Pharisees,

    “Therefore I say to you, every sin and blasphemy will be forgiven men, but the blasphemy against the Spirit will not be forgiven men. Anyone who speaks a word against the Son of Man, it will be forgiven him; but whoever speaks against the Holy Spirit, it will not be forgiven him, either in this age or in the age to come” (NKJV, emphasis added).

    Can I ask you, in all honesty, whether you feel that you are immune from this? The Holy Spirit, that is the direct pipeline to the word of God. You are supposedly doing his work, and yet you choose, for financial reward, to take the sick and disabled, and force them into unpaid work, under the threat of losing all benefits for up to three years if they fail to comply with your demands.

    You ask today for people to read Acts 6, I would urge you to read it again and look at who was asked to ‘wait tables’ while they ‘ministered’ Did they take the blind, and the sick off the streets and force them to do it?

    You are pushing people away, you were told to be above reproach – 1 Timothy 3:2 says “So an elder must be a man whose life is above reproach. He must be faithful to his wife. He must exercise self-control, live wisely, and have a good reputation. He must enjoy having guests in his home, and he must be able to teach.”

    I would also like to point you to Proverbs 14: 31 “Whoever oppresses a poor man insults his Maker, but he who is generous to the needy honors him.”

    I realise that you are likely to just delete this post, just as those who fail to receive the word dismiss that, too. However if I can just reach one of you, if you can consider truthfully how Christ would view this policy, then you will see that you have a built an altar to Mammon

    Luke 12: 33-34 Sell your possessions, and give to the needy. Provide yourselves with moneybags that do not grow old, with a treasure in the heavens that does not fail, where no thief approaches and no moth destroys. For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.”

    They didn’t just delete my post – they banned me as well

    1. beastrabban

      Thanks for that comment, Steve. I’m really sorry to hear that the Salvation Army is using workfare labour. Traditionally, the Sally Ann has done an awful lot of good. One of the criticisms I’ve heard about it, however, is how it has been co-opted into performing what are properly state welfare services by Right-wing administrations. It looks like they’ve committed the same sin they denounced the other churches for, when they split off from the Methodists in the 19th century. They objected to them because they did not go out and bring in ‘the poor, the lame and the blind’, as St. Luke’s Gospel had it. In fact I believe General Booth really shocked respectable opinion in his church by bringing in beggars off the street into the pews. It seems that lesson has been lost.

      I wonder whether some of this is part of the increasing professionalization of charities. A friend of mine told me that there’s a very high turnover amongst some charity to workers, due to the people the charities recruit for management. These very frequently come from industry, and forget that the workers below them are volunteers. As a result, they treat them the same way they treated their former subordinates at work. As a result of this, a lot of volunteers naturally feel they’re not being appreciated, and get up and leave.

      The Salvation Army also issues targets that it wants its stores to meet. I know people working in their stores, who are proud of the work they do, but who have complained about the demands placed on them by the central management.

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