Saints

March 4, 2010 at 8:02 1 comment

I like watching the EWTN (Eternal Word Television Network)  the Catholic Station tonight the host a middle-aged priest was interviewing two other priests who wrote Saints for Dummies. You know those canary yellow books that talk about difficult stuff in easier language. I was raised as a Roman Catholic and from time to time I like watching the Catholics preach and talk.

Protestants consider scripture to the Bible alone.  “The scriptures to Roman Catholics is: Welcome to ScriptureCatholic.com, one of the most comprehensive Catholic apologetics websites on the internet.  ScriptureCatholic.com provides over 2,000 Scripture citations from the Old and New Testament that explain and defend the teachings of the Catholic Church. This site also provides hundreds of excerpts from the writings of the early Church Fathers (1st through 8th centuries). These writings explain the Fathers’ interpretation of Scripture and demonstrate that the early Church was unequivocally Catholic. Through the study of Scripture and the Church Fathers, we see that, not only is the Catholic faith biblical, Catholicism is Bible Christianity par excellence.”

So the Roman Catholics add to scripture the words and thoughts of sinful men and it isn’t Catholicism is not Bible Christianity par excellence but a sinful knowledge by the Church Fathers and the history of the Roman Catholicism.  Protestants hold to Scripture alone, Christ alone, Grace alone, Faith alone.  But I digress.

My topic is about saints.  In the Bible uses the word saint 44 times in the N. T. and it refers to regular believers in Christ every time. Look them up: Acts 9:13, 32, 26:10.   Romans 1:7, 8:27, 15:25-26, 16:2,15.  1 Corinthians 6:1-2, 14:33, 16:15.  2 Corinthians 1:1, 8:4, 9:1, 13:13.  Ephesians 1:1,15, 3:18, 6:18.  Philippians 1:1,4:21-22.  Colossians  1:4, 12, 26.  I Timothy 5:10.  Philemon 1:5, 7.  Jude 1:3.  Revelation 5:8, 8:3, 5, 11:18, 13:7, 10, 14:12, 16:6, 17:6, 18:20, 24, 19:8.  Let me quote the last verse: “Fine linen, bright and clean, was given her to wear.”  (Fine linen stands for righteous deeds of the saints.) When we first believe God justifies us, adopts us into His family, and sanctification begins which takes a life time.  After walking with God for many years you begin exhibit the fruits of the Spirit: But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness,  and self control.   Against such things there is no law. These are the virtues God will change you to become.  That is why Jesus is telling John that the fine white linen represents the righteous deeds of the saints.  Christ made us as righteous has he is on the cross and then begins to make us actually righteous through His work of sanctification. God does this for every believer.  Protestants call this the priestshood of all believers.  Christ is our high priest and we are priests for each other.  This why the Saints of the Roman Catholic Church are no more special than you are.  We are all sinners save by grace.
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  • 1. Dick Fisher  |  March 6, 2010 at 8:02

    Thanks for expounding on saints from a biblical perspective. All Christians are saints because they are set apart for holiness by God and are righteous in Christ; our righteousness is unearned and unmerited by us. Christians are saints even though they do not always act saintly.

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