Here’s a post about the truth why Christians should never pray to saints. The truth may shock you. Read on to find out the truth!
Every year, on November 1, a Christian festival is held in honor of all the saints who have lived and died. The All Saints’ Day confirms the belief that we should pray to saints to make our prayers more effective. However, does the Bible really support this idea? Does God give His stamp of approval for people to pray to saints? Does it really matter whether we pray to the saints or not?
The answer is not plainly taught in big churches today. In fact, most people are blinded to this truth. The majority of Christians in the world follow traditions of men rather than the commandment of God. It is time for you to know the shocking truth about praying to saints!
Why do people pray to saints?
I found an article explaining why Catholics pray to saints. They claim that our relationship with fellow Christians does not stop at death. When a Christian dies, his soul goes to heaven and has already been perfected. Since they are closest to heaven and they constantly pray to God, then it follows that they can be asked to pray for the living.
Priests, Catholics, and adherents to this belief system argue that they don’t pray to saints, but rather pray with the saints. They claim that they don’t worship saints but rather ask them to pray for them.
History of praying to the saints
It is worth noting that praying to the saints is rooted on praying for the dead. Most pagan religions believe that when a person dies, the living should pray for his/her departed soul. During the syncretism of paganism and Christianity many centuries ago, this doctrine insidiously crept in the church.
Since pagans were already praying to their deities and it was hard to turn them to true worship, the adulterous church willingly compromised their beliefs to accommodate new converts. Pagans can still pray to dead people and their gods and goddesses but with a Christianized version. For example, instead of praying to the pagan mother goddess, the false church directed that they should pray to Mary, the mother of Jesus/Yeshua instead. They still pray to their gods and goddesses, but with a different name.
As we can see, praying to the saints is no new teaching. Its concept has long existed before the Christian era. And now, it is time to know what the Bible really teaches about praying to the saints.
The astounding truth revealed!
Here’s the number 1 reason that we should stop praying to saints: they are already DEAD!
Dead people can’t pray to God anymore. They don’t even have any knowledge of the affairs of men. The Bible tells us:
“For the living know that they will die;
BUT THE DEAD KNOW NOTHING,
And they have no more reward,
For the memory of them is forgotten” (Ecclesiastes 9:5).
Even King David, one of the most prominent saints, has not ascended into heaven. Don’t you believe that? Read Acts 2:29, 34:
“Men and brethren, let me speak freely to you of the patriarch David, that he is both DEAD AND BURIED, and his tomb is with us to this day… For David did not ascend into the heavens…”
If that’s unbelievable, wait until you read what Yeshua Christ has to say. He plainly and clearly stated:
“If I have told you earthly things and you do not believe, how will you believe if I tell you heavenly things? NO ONE HAS ASCENDED TO HEAVEN but He who came down from heaven, that is, the Son of Man who is in heaven” (John 3:12-13).
Part of the confusion why people believe that righteous people go to heaven is they assume that there is an immortal soul. However, this is also one BIG satanic deception. Nowhere in the Bible can you find the term “immortal soul.” From Genesis to Revelation, you won’t find a single passage supporting this claim.
The Bible tells us that God alone has immortality (I Timothy 6:16). The Bible even repeatedly states that the soul that sin shall die (Ezekiel 18:4, 13, 20).
Will you still pray to saints?
Yeshua, our Messiah, commands us that when we pray, we must pray to “our Father in heaven” (Matthew 6:9). Paul even wants us to lift our “prayers TO God” (Romans 15:30). Christians can directly come before God’s throne of grace (Hebrews 4:6), and Christ is the one who will intercede for us (Hebrews 7:25). With these passages, it is clear that we don’t need any dead saint to make an intercessory prayer for us!
When people pray to saints, they kneel before their pictures and statues and give an offering to the point that they worship the saint more than God. In our country, the Philippines, we have MORE festivals dedicated to saints than the festivals we have dedicated for God or Christ!
Can you believe that? And people still like to think that they don’t worship dead saints but only pray with them?! Let us stop fooling ourselves and OPEN OUR EYES to the plain truth that God is not pleased with this type of worship! God would so far call it an abomination and idolatry (Deuteronomy 12:29-31)!
Praying to saints is a VAIN religious practice. It is time to stop praying to dead people and let us start directing our prayers to God in the name of His Son, Yeshua Christ. OUR FOCUS OF WORSHIP AND PRAYER SHOULD CENTER TO GOD and not to any dead saint. It is time for us to stop following human tradition. It is time for us to stop praying to saints!