We conclude with our first question—why social holiness? The initial answer to that question is that we are faithful and obedient in fulfilling the commands of our Lord. But how did social holiness work itself out institutionally?
William Booth had undertaken immense responsibilities with the development of the Darkest England scheme, and as the General of a growing Army he would have to maintain a delicate balance of all ministries of the Army. His love for the Army and commitment to its cause became the dominant force in his life. But what of social holiness, especially in this second sense? Did he intend it to become the engaging force of the Army, depending on so much labor and so much money? What is the most theologically effective way to reach out to the neighbor, and might not the care of the body take precedence over the care of the soul? Booth was clear that we do no service to people if we do not see them holistically—as whole persons whose spiritual as well as physical nurturing was the work of his beloved Army.