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Roman Catholicism : On Saints
Acts 9:32, “As Peter traveled about the country, he went to visit the saints in Lydda” (also see Acts 9:13, 26:10).
Romans 8:26-27, “And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints in accordance with God’s will” (also see Romans 1:7, 15: 25-26, 31, 16:2, 15).
1st Corinthians 16:15, “You know that the household of Stephanas were the first converts in Achaia, and they have devoted themselves to the service of the saints” (also see 1st Corinthians 6:1-2, 14:33).
2nd Corinthians 1:1, “To the church of God in Corinth, together with all the saints throughout Achaia” (also see 2nd Corinthians 8:4, 9:1, 13:13).
Ephesians 1:1, “To the saints in Ephesus, the faithful in Christ Jesus” (also see Ephesians 1:15, 18, 3:18, 6:18).
Philippians 1:1, “To all the saints in Christ Jesus at Philippi, together with the overseers and deacons” (also see Philippians 4:21-22).
Colossians 1:4, “we have heard of your faith in Christ Jesus and of the love you have for all the saints” (also see Colossians 1:12, 26).
1st Timothy 5:9-10, “No widow may be put on the list of widows unless she…is well known for her good deeds, such as bringing up children, showing hospitality, washing the feet of the saints, helping those in trouble and devoting herself to all kinds of good deeds.”
Philemon 5, 7, “Your love has given me great joy and encouragement, because you, brother, have refreshed the hearts of the saints.”
Jude 3, “contend for the faith that was once for all entrusted to the saints.”
Revelation 5:8, “Each one had a harp and they were holding golden bowls full of incense, which are the prayers of the saints.”
Also see Revelation 8:3-4, 11:18, 13:7, 10, 14:12, 16:6, 17:6, 18:20, 24, 19:8.
It is very plain to see that the Bible refers to believers in general as “saints.” Or else we would be force to conclude that there were very many saints in Lydda, Achaia, Ephesus, Philippi, etc. We know that the Bible does not say “saints” in referring only to select holy individuals and who lived exemplary lives because it is clear that there was a lot of disagreement, struggles and divisions with these saints in the early churches in these cities.
Therefore we can see that saints are not just super believers, not just one or two people every few decades who set a holy example, not people whose lives must be scrutinized and approved by the hierarchy of a church organization and certainly not people who become omnipresent when they die as to hear the prayers that are offered to them the world over.
One should wonder why even within Romanism we do not have Saint Abraham, the father of all Jews and Christians. Or Saint Moses, the very man who received the law. Or Saint Daniel who was told exactly when the Messiah Jesus would come. Or Saint Isaiah, who prophesied the virgin birth. Etc., etc., etc.
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