Thursday, November 20, 2014

What Does it Take to Become a Saint?

The following is how one becomes a saint according to the "Church" (Catholic Church)  

This is an excerpt from http://www.catholic.org/saints/faq.php.

"How does the Church choose saints?

Canonization, the process the Church uses to name a saint, has only been used since the tenth century. For hundreds of years, starting with the first martyrs of the early Church, saints were chosen by public acclaim. Though this was a more democratic way to recognize saints, some saints' stories were distorted by legend and some never existed. Gradually, the bishops and finally the Vatican took over authority for approving saints.
In 1983, Pope John Paul II made sweeping changes in the canonization procedure. The process begins after the death of a Catholic whom people regard as holy. Often, the process starts many years after death in order give perspective on the candidate. The local bishop investigates the candidate's life and writings for heroic virtue (or martyrdom) and orthodoxy of doctrine. Then a panel of theologians at the Vatican evaluates the candidate. After approval by the panel and cardinals of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints, the pope proclaims the candidate "venerable."
The next step, beatification, requires evidence of one miracle (except in the case of martyrs). Since miracles are considered proof that the person is in heaven and can intercede for us, the miracle must take place after the candidate's death and as a result of a specific petition to the candidate. When the pope proclaims the candidate beatified or "blessed," the person can be venerated by a particular region or group of people with whom the person holds special importance.
Only after one more miracle will the pope canonize the saint (this includes martyrs as well). The title of saint tells us that the person lived a holy life, is in heaven, and is to be honored by the universal Church. Canonization does not "make" a person a saint; it recognizes what God has already done.
Though canonization is infallible and irrevocable, it takes a long time and a lot of effort. So while every person who is canonized is a saint, not every holy person has been canonized. You have probably known many "saints" in your life, and you are called by God to be one yourself."
We find out that this is a false teaching propagated by the Catholic Church.  

Here is what the Bible says it takes to become a saint.

1 Corinthians 1:2

Unto the church of God which is at Corinth, to them that are sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be saints, with all that in every place call upon the name of Jesus Christ our Lord, both theirs and ours:

How does God call people today?

God calls people today by the gospel.


1 Corinthians Chapter 15:1-4

Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have
received, and wherein ye stand;  By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached
unto you, unless ye have believed in vain.  For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also
received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried,
and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:

Once you have trusted in that gospel, you become a saint of the Most High God.  There are no need
of confirmed miracles, no evidence of clean living, or anything else.  This is a spiritual transaction
that takes place.  The Spirit of God is there and that is all of the evidence God needs.  When He
looks at you now, all He sees is you have been placed into Christ.  That is what it takes to be saint.

Grace and Peace,
Greg Resor
Complete in Him