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"Just Another Expression of Christianity"?
Saints and Images
Edited and expanded extracts from the book
by Dusty Peterson & Elizabeth McDonald,
Alpha - the Unofficial Guide: World, (2003), Part Two, Chapter 6
Roman Catholicism: Index of Articles
While Mary receives special 'veneration', Roman Catholicism also encourages the revering of other historical 'saints' and the observance of 'Saints days'. But when Scripture refers to 'saints' it means every one of the Lord's true followers, not just a few deceased ones:
The epistles are addressed to living saints:
Although we should emulate the faithful men and women of God from past centuries, Rome's reverence goes well beyond that - into idolatry. Many of Rome's saints can be traced back to pagan heroes and heathen 'gods' and have simply been adopted by Rome in a 'Christian' guise. Although this may have been done to draw pagans into the Roman Catholic Church, it now means that believers are honouring idols. (And, of course, men should be drawn into the Church not by its similarity to the world but by its dissimilarity. Scripture commands us to "Be not conformed to this world" (Romans 12:2), and far from encouraging us to bring pagan things into the Church, and the Lord blesses those who purge all such things out:
Charles Chiniquy, a Catholic priest for many years, reveals the practices of that vast institution in his famous book Fifty Years in the Church of Rome. He had this to say of Rome's saints and the images that have been made of them:
Though Rome works hard to downplay the nature of her practices regarding statues of Mary and other departed 'saints', Scripture is very clear:
 Charles Chiniquy, Fifty Years in the Church of Rome, (Protestant Truth Society, undated edn.), pp48-49, non-bold emphases in original.