Who Are ‘The Saints’?

“To all who are in Rome, beloved of God, called saints,
grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.”
Romans 1:7

What IS a saint? The Roman Catholic Church declares that it has the power to promote a deceased person to “sainthood.” This is so typical of the enemy of the faith, throwing confusion onto something and creating a false doctrine out of it. No, a “saint” is NOT a holy person that the Catholic Church has “canonized” after death. In fact, that false teaching has led to all sorts of deception including the idea that we are to pray to “saints” in heaven, which is in direct contradiction to the Scriptures which tell us we are not to pray to ANYONE other than God. TO NO ONE, other than God. To pray to anyone other than God, including to the mother of Jesus, is idolatry.

Praying to the dead is the sin of necromancy. Prayers to “saints” thought to be in heaven is “necromancy,” which is forbidden in the Scriptures. See Deuteronomy 18:11-12

King Saul wanted to speak to someone who was dead. He visited a medium asking her to bring up the prophet Samuel. He  received terrible judgment because of it. He lost …his life, as recorded in 1 Chronicles 10:13.

It’s a particular favorite of Satan, for his deepest desire is to steer hearts away from God and insult his holiness. He doesn’t care who you pray to, as long as it’s not to God. He doesn’t care who you put your trust in, as long as it’s not in God – and he’ll do all he can to help you with that!

There is absolutely no passage in the Bible which speaks of prayer being made to a dead person. Can you imagine the apostle Paul praying to someone other than God? Can you imagine him using statues or rosaries? No of course not. You won’t find it in Scripture, friends, because it’s just not there. All glory and honor belong to God alone.

“I am the Lord, that is my name;
and my glory I will not give to another…”
Isaiah 42:8

To elevate a human being to the position of an intermediary in heaven is idolatry.

“For there is one God and ONE MEDIATOR
between God and men, the man Christ Jesus…”
1 Timothy 2:5

A saint is a person who has been born again through faith in Jesus Christ, sanctified by his blood. It has nothing to do with goodness, and certainly nothing to do with miracles. It has to do with sanctification. The lowliest believer even yet with faults, is called a saint in the Scriptures, not by his goodness or lack thereof but by being sanctified through faith in Jesus Christ. And just as you wouldn’t pray to a born-again believer, so we are not to bring prayer to ANYONE -but to God himself.

Friends, if you care to escape deception, read the Word of God daily. Ask the Spirit of God to enlighten you as you read, and he will make that Book come alive to you. In it you will discover the contradictions between religious teachings you may have grown up with, versus the truth of the Word of God. It might be a bit painful to acknowledge the truth when it contradicts popular but false doctrines. The Word of God is your only hope against deception. In God’s Word you will find all you need to know about God, about yourself, why you’re here, where you’re going, and how to get there. And in it you will discover the proper way to worship God, the way he and he alone has shown us.

“But the hour is coming, and now is,
when the true worshipers will worship the Father
for the Father is seeking such to worship him.
God is Spirit, and those who worship him
must worship in spirit and truth.”
John 4:23-24


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