So just who is it that defines who is a saint, hmmm? If you are a Catholic it is the Vatican, BUT if you are a born again believer in Jesus by faith alone…it is the Word of God! Come along and I will show you the proof.
Let’s define what the word “saint” means first. Here are some selected definitions from Wikipedia, under the heading of Protestant:
“In many Protestant churches, the word ‘saint’ is used more generally to refer to anyone who is a Christian. This is similar in usage to Paul's numerous references in the New Testament of the Bible. In this sense, anyone who is within the Body of Christ (i.e., a professing Christian) is a 'saint' because of their relationship with Christ Jesus. Because of this, many Protestants consider prayers to the saints to be idolatry or even necromancy. Within some Protestant traditions, ‘saint’ is also used to refer to any born-again Christian. Many emphasize the traditional New Testament meaning of the word, preferring to write ‘saint’ to refer to any believer, in continuity with the doctrine of the priesthood of all believers.”
That sums it up pretty darn well don’t you think, especially coming from a secular site. So, if you did not catch all that, basically it means that when you believe in and receive Jesus as your personal Saviour by faith alone and repent of your sins…you instantly become a saint and not ONLY that but a king and a priest in the kingdom of God! (Revelation 1:6 KJV)
The word “saint” appears 61 total times in the New Testament and ALWAYS refers to those who are born again believers in Jesus. Furthermore, Paul refers to believers in his time as saints and if you look at 2 Corinthians 13:13 KJV, Paul ends his letter with, “All the saints salute you.” So, the Word of God makes it quite clear that ANYONE who has believed in and received Jesus as their personal Saviour by faith becomes at that moment in time a saint!
Now, let’s look at the Catholic form of sainthood and “when” it occurs, as found from the same Wikipedia article from above, “In (Catholic) Church tradition, a person who is seen as exceptionally holy can be DECLARED A SAINT BY A FORMAL PROCESS, called canonization. Formal canonization is a LENGTHY PROCESS often taking many years, even centuries. The first step in the process is an investigation of the candidate’s life, undertaken by an expert. After this, the report on the candidate is given to the bishop of the area and more studying is done. It is then sent to the Congregation for the Causes of Saints in Rome. IF the application is approved, the person may be granted the title of ‘Venerable.’ Further investigations may lead to the candidate’s beatification and given the title of ‘Blessed.’ At a minimum, two important miracles are REQUIRED TO BE FORMALLY DECLARED A SAINT. These miracles must be posthumous. FINALLY, when all of this is done the Pope canonizes the saint.”
WOW! That is a lot of hoops to jump through just to BECOME a saint in the Catholic Church…and you have to die first no less! Now, consider this quote from the Catholic Encyclopedia (online):
“The Catholic Church canonizes or beatifies only those whose lives have been marked by the exercise of heroic virtue, and only after this has been proved by common repute for sanctity and by conclusive arguments.”
There even used to be a 5 year wait after the Catholic person’s death before the process could begin, but that was eliminated after Mother Teresa died in 1997 after a push was made to get her on the fast track to sainthood.
I don’t know about you but the Bible says I am a saint now while I am yet alive and breathe and can do the things that Jesus has set for me to do, like operate the ministry he founded in me called Christ 4 Life Ministry, to reintroduce and refocus believers as to who Jesus truly is according to the King James Bible and his true doctrine of salvation by faith in him alone. I am glad to be made clean by the shed blood of Jesus Christ, forgiven of all my sins and clothed in white raiment (clothing).
Amen, Allelujah and glory to God the Father!! No greater name than the name of Jesus Christ!
“Salute every saint in Christ Jesus. The brethren which are with me greet you.” (Philippians 4:21 KJV)