The Hebrew Christians were told, “for you had compassion on me in my chains, and joyfully accepted the plundering of your goods, knowing that you have a better and an enduring possession for yourselves in Heaven.Therefore do not cast away your confidence, which has great reward. For you have need of endurance, so that after you have done the will of God, you may receive the promise:” (Hebrews 10:34-36).
Although we may not experience the same exact set of circumstances as our Hebrew brothers and sisters did, we still need to be reminded of the difference in the material rewards of earth and the Heavenly reward that God has in store for His people. There may be times when we experience things that cause us to question Christianity and our faith in “the faith” (Galatians 2:16; Jude vs.3) and our lives feel one big car wreck. (more…)
Can a person do enough good deeds to be considered a saint? Can a person be a saint but still sin? Can a person be considered a Christian but not be considered a saint? Should saints be prayed to? Who decides whether or not a person should be called a saint? Is the only saint you can think of a player for the New Orleans football team? Do you know the answer to these questions? Within this relatively short article it is my aim to answer the above questions clearly and scripturally…except for maybe that New Orleans one.
Can a person do enough good deeds to be considered a saint? No. A person does not earn the title of saint like they earn a merit badge. A person can no more earn his or her “sainthood” than he or she earns their salvation. Saints make good deeds a part of life; good deeds in life, in and of themselves, do not make saints and that includes “working miracles” (Romans 12:13; 16:1,2; Hebrews 6:9,10).
Can a person be a saint and still sin? Yes. Being a saint does not mean being perfect! Saints are not perfect people – saints are people being perfected through the work of God (2 Corinthians 7:1; Philippians 3:8-17). Was Peter, Paul, Barnabas, Silas or any of the other apostles perfect? Who (biblically speaking) would dare not to call them a saint? (Ephesians 3:7,8) Saints are not sinners, but saints are not sinless through their own actions (1 John 3).
Can a person be considered a Christian but not be considered a saint? (more…)