POPES, YOU AND ME :Who decides sainthood, the Bible or the Catholic Church?
Does God have different levels of saints, one for popes, another for the New Testament followers of Christ, and still another for all committed followers of Jesus Christ? I thought His Word says He is no respecter of persons. (Acts 10:34). Seems to me a saint is a saint. Look at what the apostle Paul said.
“To all those in Rome who are loved by God and called to be saints: Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ”. Romans 1:7-8
“To the church of God that is in Corinth, to those sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be saints together with all those who in every place call upon the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, both their Lord and ours”: 1Cor 1:2
“Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, To the saints who are in Ephesus, and are faithful in Christ Jesus”: Eph 1:1.
“Paul and Timothy, servants of Christ Jesus, To all the saints in Christ Jesus who are at Philippi, with the overseers and deacons:” Phil 1:1
“To the saints and faithful brothers in Christ at Colossae: Grace to you and peace from God our Father.” Col 1:2
The Answer: The Bible affirms that all who are committed to following the Lord Jesus are saints because they are trusting Him alone for live and eternity.