Recently there was a lot of publicity about the declaration by Pope Francis that over 800 people were now recognized by the Roman Catholic church as saints. This declaration is yet another example of how far removed the Roman Catholic church is from Biblical Christianity. The Bible makes it clear that all Christians are saints from the day they are redeemed. Almost every reference to saints in the New Testament is to the Christians who are alive at that time. Here are just a few examples:
saints at Jerusalem (Acts 9:13).
To all those in Rome who are loved by God and called to be saints (Romans 1:7).
To the church of God that is in Corinth, to those sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be saints (1 Corinthians 1:2).
As in all the churches of the saints (1 Corinthians 14:33).
To the saints who are in Ephesus, and are faithful in Christ Jesus (Ephesians 1:1)
As a Christian, I am a saint (holy) because I have the holy righteousness of Jesus Christ. The Roman Catholic church has perverted the idea of saints. In Jude 1:3, the term saints is again used to describe the living Christians:
Beloved, although I was very eager to write to you about our common salvation, I found it necessary to write appealing to you to contend for the faith that was once for all delivered to the saints (Jude 1:3).
This verse also points to the falsehood of the Roman Catholic church. Not only have they perverted the meaning of the term saints, but they do not teach that the faith was delivered “once for all.” They have been adding and changing the beliefs for thousands of years by going beyond the Scriptures.
So, I hope you are a saint today, saved by faith alone in the the blood of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And, if you are a saint, you should be in God’s house worshiping and studying with other saints this weekend.