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Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Prayers To Saints

Bible Questions Answered:
“Why do some pray to dead saints?...”
Audrey/ Houston, Texas U.S.A.

Bible Answer:
Bible Texts:

Prayer to deceased saints, is not a Biblical idea, neither is it endorsed by The Word, in any way shape or form. Praying to saints was highly condemned during the time of the Reformation (1500's).

Our blessed Savior, our example, never under any circumstances prayed to any departed saint!

The ritual, held by Catholicism and some Eastern Orthodox Churches, praying to saints, was a human invention, never called for or advocated by The Word Of God.

Jesus Our Example...

John 13:15 KJV
For I have given you an example, that ye should do as I have done to you.

Matthew 6:5-8 KJV
5 And when thou prayest, thou shalt not be as the hypocrites are: for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and in the corners of the streets, that they may be seen of men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward.
6 But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door,
pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly.
7 But when ye pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen do: for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking.
8 Be not ye therefore like unto them: for your Father knoweth what things ye have need of, before ye ask Him.
9 After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.

Luke 11:2 KJV
And He (Jesus) said unto them, When ye pray, say, Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done, as in heaven, so in earth.

Our Mediator In Heaven:

I Timothy 2:5 KJV
For there is one God, and one Mediator* between God and men, The Man Christ Jesus;

*Mediator-Greek: Mesites (Mes-ee-tace): Go-between, a reconciler, intercessor.

Matthew 17:1-6 KJV (Transfiguration)
1 And after six days Jesus taketh Peter, James, and John his brother, and bringeth them up into an high mountain apart,
2 And was transfigured before them: and His face did shine as the sun, and His raiment was white as the Light.
3 And, behold, there appeared unto them Moses and Elias talking with Him. (God sent them, Jesus did “not,” call for them!)
4 Then answered Peter, and said unto Jesus, Lord, it is good for us to be here: if thou wilt, let us make here three tabernacles; one for thee, and one for Moses, and one for Elias.

(Oh the fallacy of sinful human, fleshly reasoning! Absolutely No Attention Is To Be Paid To Anyone Else But Jesus!)

5 While he yet spake, behold, a bright cloud overshadowed them: and behold A Voice out of the cloud, which said, This is My Beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased; Hear Ye Him.
6 And when the disciples heard it, they fell on their face, and were sore afraid.

John 18:3-6 KJV
3 Judas then, having received a band of men and officers from the chief priests and Pharisees, cometh thither with lanterns and torches and weapons.
4 Jesus therefore, knowing all things that should come upon Him, went forth, and said unto them, Whom seek ye?
5 They answered Him, Jesus of Nazareth. Jesus saith unto them, I am He. And Judas also, which betrayed him, stood with them.
6 As soon then as He had said unto them, I am He, they went backward, and fell to the ground.

Divine Jealousy:

Isaiah 42:8 KJV
I am the Lord: that is My name: and My glory* will I not give to another, neither My praise to graven images.

*Kabowd (Kabod (Kaw-bode): Splendor, glory, honor. (Redeemer-ship/ Mediator-ship, Lord-ship.)

Psalm 73:25 KJV
Whom have I in heaven but thee?..." (Answer: No one, but The Lord!)

Exodus 20:3-6 KJV
3 Thou shalt have no other gods before Me.
4 Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth.
5 Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I The Lord thy God am a Jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate Me;
6 And shewing mercy unto thousands of them that love Me, and keep My commandments.

Exodus 34:14 KJV
For thou shalt worship no other god: for The Lord, whose name is Jealous, is a Jealous God:

Deuteronomy 4:24 KJV
For The Lord thy God is a Consuming Fire, even a Jealous God.

Deuteronomy 29:20 KJV
The Lord will not spare him, but then the anger of The Lord and His Jealousy shall smoke against that man, and all the curses that are written in this book shall lie upon him, and The Lord shall blot out his name from under heaven.

Joshua 24:19 KJV
And Joshua said unto the people, Ye cannot serve The Lord: for He is an Holy God; He is a Jealous God; He will not forgive your transgressions nor your sins.

I Kings 14:22 KJV
And Judah did evil in the sight of The Lord, and they provoked Him to Jealousy with their sins which they had committed, above all that their fathers had done.

I Corinthians 10:22 KJV
Do we provoke The Lord to Jealousy? are we stronger than He?

Christ Jesus Our Heavenly Mediator:

Hebrews 8:6 NLT
But now Jesus, our High Priest, has been given a ministry that is far superior to the old priesthood, for He is The One Who Mediates for us a far better covenant with God, based on better promises.

Hebrews 9:15,24 NLT
15 That is why He (Jesus Christ) is The One Who Mediates A New Covenant Between God And People, so that all who are called can receive the eternal inheritance God has promised them. For Christ died to set them free from the penalty of the sins they had committed under that first covenant.
24 For Christ did not enter into a holy place made with human hands, which was only a copy of the true one in heaven. He entered into heaven itself to appear now before God on our behalf.

Hebrews 12:24 NLT
You have come to Jesus, The One Who Mediates The New Covenant Between God And People, and to the sprinkled Blood, which speaks of forgiveness instead of crying out for vengeance like the blood of Abel.

I John 2:1 KJV
My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an Advocate* with The Father, Jesus Christ The Righteous: (Notice, John does not say a host of saints!)

*Advocate-Greek: Parakletos (Par-ak-lay-tos): An intercessor, consoler: advocate, comforter.

Isaiah 59:1 KJV
Behold, The Lord's hand is not shortened, that it cannot save; neither His ear heavy, that it cannot hear:

John 14:13,14 KJV
13 And whatsoever ye shall ask in My name, that will I do, that The Father may be glorified in The Son.
14 If ye shall ask any thing in My name, I will do it.