Search Related Sites

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Should we venerate "saints" as intercessors with God, perhaps using images of them as aids in our worship?

Notice what Peter's response was to a certain situation in the account of Acts 10:25, 26, JB:

"As Peter reached the house Cornelius went out to meet him, knelt at his feet and prostrated himself. But Peter helped him up. `Stand up,' he said `I am only a man after all!'"

Since Peter did not approve of such adoration when he was personally present, he certainly would also not encourage us to kneel before an image of him. (See also Revelation 19:10.)

Jesus clearly states in John 14:6, 14 that our approach to the Father can be only through him and that our requests are to be made in Jesus' name:

"Jesus said: `I am the Way, the Truth and the Life. No one can come to the Father except through me. If you ask for anything in my name, I will do it.'" (JB)

1 Tim. 2:5: "For there is one God, and one mediator also between God and men, the man Christ Jesus." (NASB)

Martin Luther wrote concerning the reverence of Roman Catholic Saints:

"The pity is that we are so blind that we do not leave the devil alone to play his tricks in his own way; rather, we support him and multiply them. I wish people would leave the saints in peace, and not mislead humble folk. What spirit was it that gave the pope authority to canonize saints? Who tells him whether they are holy or not? .... God is just in judging us with His wrath and in allowing the devil to lead us hither and thither, to institute pilgrimages, ... to set about canonizing saints and other foolish things." - p. 458, Martin Luther, Selections From His Writings, Dr. John Dillenberger, Anchor Books, Doubleday Company, Inc., 1961.

For more, see:
How Should We Pray to God? (WBTS article)
Some may say that "saints" act merely as intercessors with God. (John 14:6, 13) Jesus thus ruled out the idea that anyone called a saint could serve in ...

Should Idols / Icons be used in worship?

Should Idols / Icons be used in worship? (WBTS article)

Search For Bible Truths - ARCHIVE 

Scriptures Index

Search For Bible Truths - Search Guide