James M. Knaggs
James M. Knaggs is a territorial commander of the Western territory for the Salvation Army. (Salvation Army)

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Charisma News obtained a leaked memo from James M. Knaggs, a territorial commander of the Western territory for the Salvation Army—one of the top leaders of the entire organization globally—which demonstrated the nonprofit’s commitment to offer services to anyone regardless of race, sexual orientation or anything else.

Could pastors—and believers more broadly—learn something from Knaggs’ memo? Read it for yourself and sound off in the comment box below the story.


Dear Loved Ones:

Today I write to encourage you to continue the good work of showing Christian love to everyone who comes to us with need, as described in our international mission statement.

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.

This statement comes to us directly from the passage in Scriptures where Jesus was asked, “Which is the most important of all the commandments?”  And Jesus answered, ‘…Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul…with all your mind and with all your strength…Love your neighbor as yourself.’  There is no commandment more important than these.”  Mark 12:28-31

Without a doubt, there have been times when—as individuals—we may have missed the mark and neglected to show Christ's love to all.  Though people of sincere faith may disagree on how they believe God calls us to respond in every situation, we certainly agree that Christ's love is for everybody.

Thankfully, our ministry to people in spiritual and physical need will give us plenty of future opportunities to offer love and care without reservation.

If you have recommendations or ideas about how we can better demonstrate our commitment to caring for all in need through our programs and services, please let me know.

We pray for you and your ministry and for the work God calls The Salvation Army to do.

Thank you and God bless you.


James M. Knaggs, Commissioner


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