Catholic Saints

The word “saints” is synonymous with “believers.” Paul’s letters were addressed to the saints of various churches.

• Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, To the saints who are at Ephesus … (Ephesians 1:1 NASB)

• Paul and Timothy, bond-servants of Christ Jesus, To all the saints in Christ Jesus who are in Philippi … (Philippians 1:1 NASB)

• Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, and Timothy our brother, To the church of God which is at Corinth with all the saints … (2 Corinthians 1:1 NASB)

Praying to saints is a form of communication with the dead. Even with the very best of intentions, it is a seance to conjure the dead. In the Old Testament, King Saul of Israel greatly offended God by attempting to communicate with Samuel, who had died. The story is at 1 Samuel 28:7-11.

Catholic tradition gives saints positions that belong to God alone. For example, prominent Catholic leaders have advocated that Mary be named co-redeemer, a position co-equal with Christ.

Tradition also awards Mary a status that God has resoundingly rejected—there is no Queen of Heaven. Do you not see what they are doing in the towns of Judah and in the streets of Jerusalem? The children gather wood, the fathers light the fire, and the women knead the dough and make cakes of bread for the Queen of Heaven. They pour out drink offerings to other gods to provoke me to anger. (Jeremiah 7:17-18)

Pope Pius XII proclaimed the Dogma of the Assumption. He stated that “at the end of her earthly course, Mary was assumed into heavenly glory, body and soul” In other words, it is Catholic doctrine that Mary never died.

Only Jesus can speak to God (the Father) on your behalf: For there is one God and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus. (1 Timothy 2:5)

It is sin to give anyone honor that belongs to God alone. Legitimate tradition does not contradict scripture.

Tradition: Mary never died, but was lifted into Heaven, then crowned “Queen of Heaven.”

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The Blood Covenant

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