The Saints:  Intercession & Veneration
What Saith the Scriptures?

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I.   Mary and the dead saints are equal to us in his eyes. God has no "favorites" in his kingdom.
             Matthew 3:9 (Luke 3:8); 11:11; Luke 8:19-21; 11:27, 28; 17:9, 10; 20:21;
             John 13:14; 15:16; Acts 10:25, 26; Romans 2:11; 3:27, 28; 4:2-6; 11:32;
             Ephesians 2:8, 9; Revelation 19:10; 22:8, 9

II.   In scripture, the title "saints" (literally, holy ones), refers to all who believe in Jesus.
             Acts 9:32; Romans 1:7; 1 Corinthians 1:2; Ephesians 1:1, 15;
             2 Corinthians 1;1; Philippians 1;1, etc.; See also Psalms 29:5

III.   Dead saints and angels were first venerated or exalted in prayer in AD 375.

        A.  Peter and John, after healing a lame man, rejected the attention
              and rebuked "all the people (who) ran together unto them ... greatly
              wondering." Peter got up and sais, "Ye men of Israel, why marvel
              ye at this? or why look ye so earnestly on us, as though by our own
              power or holiness we had made this man to walk? He drected them to Jesus.
                     Acts 3:11, 12

         B.  Again, when Cornelius bowed before him as if in worship, Peter rebuked
              the man and sais, "Stand up; I myself also am a man."
                     Acts 10:25, 26

         C.  The very men who performed these miracles recognized their own
               humanity (that is why God could use them supernaturally; they were
               humble and would give God the glory)--yet the very things they taught
               against, such as human idolatry, are done against them in their absence.
                       Acts 14:11, 14, 15  "And when the people saw what Paul had done,
                       they lifted up their voices, saying... The gods are come down to us
                       in the likeness of men...when the apostles, Barnabas and Paul, heard
                       of [it], they rent their clothes, and ran in among the people, crying out,
                       and saying, Sirs, why do ye these things? We also are men ... you
                       should turn from these vanities unto the living God...

        D.  The prophet Daniel was quick to emphasize that his revelations did not
              make him special above others: "But as for me, this secret is not revealed
              to me for any wisdom that I have more than any living, but for their sakes ..."

                       Daniel 2:30

        E.  When Pharaoh began to look up to Joseph, because of his understanding of
              dreams, Joseph gave God the glory for the gift. "And Joseph answered
              Pharaoh, saying, It is not in me; God shall give Pharaoh an answer of peace."

                       Genesis 41:16

        F.  "Who then is Paul, and who is Apollos, but ministers by whom ye believed,
             even as the Lord gave to every man? I have planted, Apollos watered; but
             God gave the increase. So then neither is he that planteh any thing, neither
             he that watereth; but God that giveth the increase."

                       1 Corinthians 3:5-7, 21; 4:6, 7

        G.  Even angels do not accept prayer or worship (Revelation 19:10; 22:8, 9)
              -- a practice Roman Catholicism not only approves of, but encourages.

IV.  Praying for the dead was officially approved by the Pope in AD 300, and
       prayers were offered to Mary, the dead saints, and angels in AD 600.
       Roman Catholicism officially began the canonization dead saints in AD 995,
       through Pope John XV.

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