Outside of the biblical figures that Roman Catholicism has named saints, such as "Saint" Paul, Catholic "saints" given that honor were not saints by the biblical definition of a saint whatsoever. There may be a few people who were more humble and "nice" people such as the Catholic "saint" Maxmilian Kolbe who gave up his life at a concentration camp, but this does not change the facts about the depths of deception of the Catholic religion.
Deu 33:3 Yea, he loved the people; all his saints [are] in thy hand: and they sat down at thy feet; [every one] shall receive of thy words.
Real Christians aren't fame seekers that kneel on TV before the halls of power, that means most of the best Christians in this world, died unknown and without endless books written about them, they aren't having political rallies and kissing the boots of world leaders. Instead they are hated by the world and persecuted as warned by Jesus Christ. Their crowns and rewards will be in heaven.
The evidence is out there, that many of Rome's saints were led by false spirits. Real Christian saints didn't spend hours bilocating--really the Catholic word for astral travel, levitating or bleeding from holes in their hands. [many know that Jesus had to be crucified with nails through the wrists to hold the body weight to the cross]
Many of the teachings and writings of so called Catholics saints are out and out antichrist. One of Rome's doctors of the church": St. Catherine of Siena had this to say:
"Even if the Pope were Satan incarnate, we ought not to raise up our heads against him, but calmly lie down to rest on his bosom. He who rebels against our Father is condemned to death, for that which we do to him we do to Christ: we honor Christ if we honor the Pope; we dishonor Christ if we dishonor the Pope. I know very well that many defend themselves by boasting: "They are so corrupt, and work all manner of evil!" But God has commanded that, even if the priests, the pastors, and Christ-on-earth were incarnate devils, we be obedient and subject to them, not for their sakes, but for the sake of God, and out of obedience to Him."
St. Catherine of Siena, SCS, p. 201-202, p. 222
How much better to lead people to embrace the antichrist and wickedness then a message of blind obedience to evil like that? This too is totally contrary to the warnings of Jesus Christ about wolves in sheep's clothing and testing the fruits.
Some Catholic so called "saints" show massive demonic involvement, for some, this can be following deceiving visions such as when a false spirit pretending to be "Mary" or other biblical figures shows up to following what in the New Age would basically be the same as "spirit guides" or "demons". Padre Pio who was made a saint by Pope John Paul II in 2002, showed frightening evidence of demonic consortion. This included incidents spoken of where he was literally beaten by "spirits". Of course he is not the only Catholic saint speaking of physical manifestations of evil spirits in their lives. The fact seems then they were inviting the spirits in. How could that be? Well back to Padre Pio, think of all those warnings in the Bible about worship of "angels" or calling on "familiar spirits". [Lev 19:31]
Padre Pio instructed the unbiblical worship of "angels":
Col 2:18 Let no man beguile you of your reward in a voluntary humility and worshipping of angels, intruding into those things which he hath not seen, vainly puffed up by his fleshly mind,
Padre Pio instructed:
"Invoke frequently this (your) Guardian Angel, this benefactor angel. Repeat often the beautiful prayer: "Angel of God, my Guardian dear, to whom the heavenly Father's bounty entrusts me here; enlighten me, guard me, guide me now and forever." How great, my dear Raffaelina, will be the consolation, when, at the hour of death, your soul will see this angel, who is
so good, who has accompanied you throughout your life, who was so ample in his maternal care![...snipped due to length...] My God, how many times did I respond to the ample, more than maternal care of this good angel without any sign of respect, affection or acknowledgment! It is this thought that presently rather fills me with confusion: alas -- hear this and be horrified -- such is my blindness that I feel no remorse at this. And what is worse still, I treat this dear little
angel, I do not say as a friend, but as a member of my family. And to tell the truth, this dear angel is not the least offended at being treated like this by
me. How precious he is, how good!"
(Padre Pio da Pietrelcina.
EPISTOLARIO, II: Corrispondenza con la Nobildonnna Raffaelina Cerase 1914-1915,Lett. 64, p. 403f. National Centre for Padre Pio. Rd. 1, Box 134 Barto, PA
Read the whole quote here;
That is disturbing. Well prayers to so called guardian angels is not unheard of in Catholic circles. Adding to Padre Pio's circumstances, other monks, used to be afraid of rooming near or with him because he talked to so many spirits all night long. Then he like so many popular saints from earlier centuries as well, got stigmata. Ask yourself what is holy or good about Stigmata? This is when people start bleeding uncontrollably from the middle of their hands or feet and is more a breach against Hebrews 6:6, and blasphemy against Jesus then anything good and wholesome. I believe it is demonically inspired as well if not out right charlantry in some cases.
There are many saints who showed stigmata who had false visions and levitated, St. Francis of Assisi, St Teresa of Lisiuex was among them as well as many others. In fact in the case of St. Teresa and some of the female saints, things get even stranger as they seek after "mortification's": [suffering for suffering's sake believing it makes them more holy]. Having read Story of a Soul, the book by St Teresa, she speaks of allowing flies to remain on her on purpose. Like Hindu ascetics who hang out on the nail bed and grow their fingernails to two feet long, many Catholic saints starve themselves, sleep on the floor on purpose, go without shoes, sit on pillars, and damage their bodies, believing it earns them a way into heaven. Sadly, here too people instead of turning to Jesus Christ and trusting in Him and His goodness, proudly focus on "suffering" [needless suffering in this case] their way into heaven. One of the worse quotes out there, is Josemarie Escirva's explanation in his book "The Way" [page 208] "Blessed be pain. Loved be pain. Sanctified be pain. . . Glorified be pain!."
Other Catholic saints, who may not had gotten into the outwardly demonic, self destructive or mystical, taught and promoted evil things. St. Thomas Aquinas [remember I mentioned him in the article about ecumenical Calvary Chapel preachers] is one of those. One thing Ive noticed about Catholic "saints" is they are always preaching the opposite of what God's Word says, but why wouldn't this be true due to their membership in the harlot?
St. Thomas Aquinas who I showed is popular among some evangelical "theologians" who call themselves "Thomists" taught this:
Every part is directed to the whole, as imperfect to perfect, wherefore every part exists naturally for the sake of the whole. For this reason we see that if the health of the whole human body demands the excision of a member, because it became putrid or infectious to the other members, it would be both praiseworthy and healthful to have it cut away. Now every individual person is related to the entire society as a part to the whole. Therefore if a man be dangerous and infectious to the community, on account of some sin, it is praiseworthy and healthful that he be killed in order to safeguard the common good, since "a little leaven corrupteth the whole lump (1 Cor. 5
(Summa Theologiae, II, II, q. 64, art. 2).
This is totally against the teachings of Jesus!. Here the apostles want to call down fire to destroy some folks who reject the gospel, and here is Jesus's response...
How sadder yet that some evangelicals see these men as philosophers and examples to follow and we now have pastors pointing to these Catholics saints! I will never forget the day, I heard St. Francis of Assisi, who may as well be named the precursor to some of today's modern nature worshipping New Agers and other stigmatist, being praised during a Calvary Chapel sermon.
Luk 9:54 And when his disciples James and John saw [this], they said, Lord, wilt thou that we command fire to come down from heaven, and consume them, even as Elias did?
Luk 9:55 But he turned, and rebuked them, and said, Ye know not what manner of spirit ye are of.
I can go through many more examples, they are out there. What is sad is via the Emergent movement that the honor of Catholics saints and their practices such as Lectio Divina [more on that later, are being moved into evangelical churches]. There are many out there, who are selling Catholic saints to evangelicals and Protestants as examples to follow. Here is one book as an example: "The Lure of Saints" whose author states "The Lure of Saints seeks to reintroduce Protestants to the fullness of the spirituality of the saints..."
One thing as one examines the pantheon of Catholic saints who really are updated Roman house "gods", most were celebrities of their time, Mother Teresa is one of the most modern examples. Another factor is some made a lot of money for the Vatican, Escriva is said to have been made a saint, a mere 17 years after his death, for the purported buckets of money, Opus Dei which he was the leader of gave to the Vatican.. Even one news article asked of Mother Teresa, Where are Her Millions? [given to the Vatican?] Further realizing many Catholics saints, are Vatican leaders, powerful and/or wealthy founders of monasteries, orders and convents is of interest. Even if living under the oath of poverty, many even within life aquired incredible fame. The Catholic definition of saint is wrong as well being their special class of elites above everyone else, trying to turn God into a respecter of persons. The Bible defines a saint as every truly born again believer who is under the blood of Jesus Christ.
Rom 15:25 But now I go unto Jerusalem to minister unto the saints.
The RCC elevates it's glorified high status people supposedly to heaven, while preaching a false gospel,that makes the goal post for the average person seem insurmountable. The true gospel which puts Jesus Christ and His perfection in the center is pushed aside and hidden for the super duper uber-religious humans who supposely got into heaven all on their own merits and suffering.
Ever notice the majority of the saints named by the Catholic church always had some fame towards the end or some church work/visions/happenings they were known for? Even to be made a saint, the Catholic church must see some "miracle" on earth.
Most true Christian saints are unrecognized by this world. They died unknown, unloved and unrecognized by the world except by God. If you want to read about true Christian saints, read Foxe's Book of Martyrs or read about Christian persecution going on now in the world. Jesus Himself warned that the world would hate those who are truly His. The only actual saints Rome has on it's ledgers are Biblical figures.