9-7-2016 Saints Serving The Poor

There was no Roman Catholic Church in existence when Paul wrote: “To all who are in Rome, beloved of God, called to be saints” (Romans 1:7 NKJV). They were “distributing to the needs of the saints” (Romans 12:13 NKJV).  Paul was “going to Jerusalem to minister to the saints. For it pleased those from Macedonia and Achaia to make a certain contribution for the poor among the saints who are in Jerusalem” (Romans 15:25-26 NKJV).  There is more than just serving the poor, however, for “though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, but have not love, it profits me nothing” (1 Corinthians 13:3 NKJV).   Serving without love “profits nothing.”  Corinthians “hearing, believed, and were baptized” (Acts 18:8 NKJV) and were “sanctified in Christ Jesus” (1 Corinthians 1:2 NKJV).

This is Johnny Polk, with “Words of Wisdom” brought to you by the Oneida church of Christ.

#love, #poor, #roman-catholic-church, #saints

9-5/6-2016 Gospel Saints

The Apostle Paul wrote: “To the church of God which is at Corinth, to those who are sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be saints, with all who in every place call on the name of Jesus Christ our Lord, both theirs and ours” (1 Corinthians 1:2 NKJV).  There were “saints” in the church of God in Corinth.  Paul had “testified to the Jews that Jesus is the Christ,” “And many of the Corinthians, hearing, believed, and were baptized” (Acts 18:5,8 NKJV).  “Saint” is short for “sanctified,” or set aside for spiritual purpose.  A “saint” calls on the name of Jesus Christ our Lord.”  When Saul of Tarsus was told to “Arise and be baptized, and wash away your sins, calling on the name of the Lord” (Acts 22:16 NKJV), “he arose and was baptized” (Acts 9:18 NKJV).  There were “saints” before any Roman Catholic Church.             

This is Johnny Polk, with “Words of Wisdom” brought to you by the Oneida church of Christ.

#roman-catholic-church, #saints

Not a sinner

The world, in biblical terms, is humanity against God. The word sinner in the NT is the individual against God. So Christians may commit sin, Gal 6.1; Jas 3.2; 1 Jn 2.1, but are not sinners, in this sense. The NT does not call the saints of God sinners, for they have stopped practicing sin.

Let us be careful that we do not, by the use of such statements as, “We’re all sinners,” justify the practice of sin and adjust ourselves to a tepid faith that accepts the lack of holiness among us, without which no one will see the Lord, Hb 12.14.

#saints, #sin, #sinner

WHO ARE SAINTS?

With its widespread influence through its practices, teachings, and traditions, Roman Catholicism has tainted the original idea of the word “saint” in the minds of many to the extent that very few in the world would ever think of calling what the Bible describes as a Christian a “saint.”

Notice the following concerning the process by which one may become a “saint” in the Catholic Church. “Canonization is an act or definitive sentence by which the Pope decrees that a servant of God, member of the Catholic Church and already declared blessed, be inscribed in the book of saints and be venerated in the universal Church with the cult given to all saints.” (New Catholic Encyclopedia, Vol. 3, Pg. 55). In other words, a person could read and study his Bible, obey the gospel through faith, repentance, confession and baptism, and thus be saved from past sins (Mark 16:15,16; Acts 2:38; Romans 10:10), do all he could to please God, die a faithful Christian and go to heaven eternally, but never be recognized as a “saint” because the Pope did not declare it and he never belonged to the Catholic Church. Continue reading

#catholic-doctrine, #denominational-errors, #roman-catholic-church, #saints, #sanctification

Reclaim Biblical Words

The word most often used of God’s people between Acts and Revelation is saints. Yet, we have allowed the world to redefine Biblical words so that we do not use saints and holy anymore.  We must reclaim them! I begin a series of articles today called, Life in a Sanctified Kingdom (1).

#holiness, #saints, #sanctification