To be a SAINT
The Catholic Church goes through a rigorous examination of those who have died that have made an impact in their life here on earth to decide if they are a candidate for sainthood. It can take many years to decide whether or not they can be made into a saint. they examine what kind of good deeds or miracles did they do?
What makes someone a saint? The Bible is very clear on this issue.When someone believes and follows God they are considered a Saint.
The word Saint in the O.T Hebrew-chaciyd- faithful, kind, godly, holy one, saint, pious.
Ps. 16:3 "As for the saints who are on the
earth, "They are the excellent ones, in whom is all my delight."
Deut. 33:2 "And he said: "The LORD came from Sinai, and dawned on them from Seir; he shone forth from Mount Paran, and He came with ten thousands of saints; from His right hand came a fiery law for them." The whole assembly of Israel was called saints or holy ones.
SAINTS. Positionally, every New Testament believer; experientially, a person eminent for piety and virtue: a consecrated person. Applied to the pious Israelites Ps. 16:3, 34:9, Heb. qadosh, elsewhere "godly ones," "holy ones." Also applied to members of the Body of Christ. All the saved of the NT era are saints (hagioi) by virtue of their position "in Christ" (1 Cor. 1:2; cf. Rom. 6:3-4; 8:1; Eph. 1:3; etc.). The NT refutes the idea of a special class of "saints." Although it is true that in experience some believers are more "holy" than others, yet in their position before God all believers are "sanctified," i.e., saints by virtue of what they are "in Christ." The Christian's perfect position Rom. 6:1-10 ( New Unger's Bible Dictionary)
We all ahve the same standing before a holy God sinners saved by grace
made into saints.
We find the word saint used for those who died as beleivers. Matt. 27:52
"and the graves were opened; and many bodies of the saints who had fallen asleep were
Rom 1:7 "To all who are in Rome, beloved of God, called to be saints: Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ."
Saints are on earth first before they are in heaven.no one had to judge whether they were worthuy of being called a saint by the amount of miracles and good works they did. The Bible calls those who are saved by Christ's death, SAINTS.
If your not a SAINT when your alive, then your certainly AIN'T when your dead.
So it is clear from the Bible from which the term saint was first given
that they are very much alive. They do not need the approval of a Church to canonize them,
when they already have the approval from God. If a Church wants to honor a someone for the
work and influence they did on earth that's fine. But the catholic church can't make them a saint,
that is something only God can do. It takes salvation to be a saint.