1/31/2014 2:57:49 PM
More Catholics Up for Sainthood
Pope Francis approved the “heroic virtue” of eight dead Servants of God this week, which now allows for their public veneration. The title “Servants of God,” is the first stage in the sainthood process. The Pope gave his consent for them to now be reverenced.
Once again we see the unbiblical nature of the Roman Catholic religion. God is the one who appoints his saints as He raises them from spiritual death to life in Christ. Everyone who is born of the Spirit of God becomes a saint and their sainthood is not based on anything they do but on everything Christ has done for them. This is why many of the epistles are written to the "saints" at various churches. Paul wrote: "To all those in Rome who are loved by God and called to be saints" (Rom. 1:7). He said he was going to Jerusalem to bring aid to the saints (Rom. 15:25). To the church of Ephesus he said you are "saints and members of the household of God" (Eph. 2:19).
Furthermore saints are not to be venerated or worshipped. When Cornelius met Saint Peter he fell down at his feet and worshiped him. But Peter lifted him up, saying, “Stand up; I too am a man” (Acts 10:25-26). To God alone be all worship, praise, honor and glory! Perhaps if this pope studied the Bible he would realize he has no right to name saints. Nor does he have any right to steal the titles given to God alone: Holy Father, Head of the Church and Vicar of Christ.