Is John Paul II a saint?

“But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed. As we said before, so say I now again, if any man preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed.” (Galatians 1:8-9)

On the occasion of the beatification of the Pope John Paul II, as I was watching with a Roman Catholic friend the TV programs describing his great deeds and “miracles”, my friend was upset when I said that great deeds and miracles and signs do not prove that a person is a saint (cf. Matthew 7:21-23). I explained to him that the deceased Roman Catholic Pope never preached the true Gospel. He said: “But you take the Gospel very literally; that’s wrong.” I answered: “What you just said proves my point… the man lived all that time as a Pope and died, and Roman Catholics like you (a practicing Roman Catholic) still do not know that the Gospel is not a book… the Gospel is the Good News of Salvation…”

As the Apostle Paul preached the true Gospel of Grace (cf. Acts 20:24), i.e. of justification by faith and not by works, people reacted in the following way to that doctrine: “What then? should we sin because we are not under law but under grace?” (Romans 6:15) Those who preach the same true Gospel as Paul’s will face the same reaction from people who do not understand the Gospel of Grace and who refuse God’s Righteousness and want to affirm their own righteousness and goodness. They refuse to receive the Gospel of God’s Righteousness revealed “from faith to faith” (Romans 1:17) which declares that “if it is by grace, it is no longer on the basis of works, otherwise grace is no longer grace.” (Romans 11:6) John Paul II preached the “gospel” of salvation by faith and works (in agreement with Trent), so no one would react to that doctrine in the way people reacted to Paul’s true Gospel. Those who refuse the Gospel of Grace have no problem receiving the “gospel” of works. After all, all religions on this earth preach that “gospel” of works which is in reality bad news and not good news (“Gospel” means Good News…) So people are ready to call humans who do good works and great things as “saints”, “holy men”, and even “angels”, even if those “saints” preach a false gospel and not the true Gospel of Grace… But Paul says by the Spirit that they are accursed, not beatified, nor holy, nor saints, nor blessed… accursed… “But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed. As we said before, so say I now again, if any man preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed.” (Galatians 1:8-9) Paul would even call himself accursed if he preached another gospel… The point is: even if a very “good” man, a Saint, oh even an Apostle of Christ or an angel, comes to you and does many good things to the point that he amazes you, but he doesn’t preach the true Gospel of Grace, then he is accursed, although the whole world may call him a Saint… People usually would try to look tolerant and loving, so they tell us: “Forget about doctrine! What need to preach the true Gospel! The essential is to do good to people and to love them! And that’s what John Paul II did in a great way!” The Apostle Paul answered them that even if it is a man who does good things to the point of being an angel from Heaven, and yet he doesn’t preach the true Gospel, then he is accursed by God… For Paul, right doctrine was very essential. Indeed, that was also very essential for Jesus and for all men of God. If your doctrine is wrong, then your whole practice will be wrong, because your practice is built on what you believe.

Some works may look “good” to you, but if they are not done on the basis of the true Gospel and in the righteousness which comes from God and not from man, then they are bad in the sight of God, as they don’t glorify Him and they come from people who are accursed in His sight. A Muslim and a Buddhist and even an atheist may do good deeds! How are those good deeds good when they do not glorify God? How are they good when they are done by sinful people who are not justified before God and on whom the wrath of God abides (cf. John 3:36)?… Only works springing from lives justified by faith in Christ alone will glorify God, as it is only by faith that we can establish the Law (cf. Romans 3:31). Those who want to please God by trying to keep the works of the Law (like keeping the Ten Commandments) will only dishonor God more and more, as the Law is holy and spiritual while they are fleshly, sold into bondage to sin (cf. Romans 7:14). The Law can only reveal their sinfulness (cf. Romans 7:7), and sin which is in their flesh takes opportunity through the commandment (for example of not to covet) and produces in them coveting of every kind, thus multiplying sin in them! (cf. Romans 7:8) That’s why even their good deeds dishonor God, as they spring from that sinful nature. Thus all what they do practically nullifies the Law and does not establish it, although their purpose was to establish the Law. They do the same mistake that the Jews did: “For they, being ignorant of God’s righteousness, and seeking to establish their own [righteousness], have not submitted to the righteousness of God.” (Romans 10:3) So as they do not submit to the Righteousness of God, then they are still in the flesh, in their sins, “and they that are in flesh cannot please God” (Romans 8:8), “Because the mind of the flesh is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God; for neither indeed can it be” (Romans 8:7). So the practical result is that, wanting to submit to the Law of God, they practically do not obey God’s Law, thus they practice lawlessness… This is what the Lord Jesus said about false Christians who claim to be saints: “Many shall say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied through thy name, and through thy name cast out demons, and through thy name done many works of power? and then will I avow unto them, I never knew you. Depart from me, workers of lawlessness.” (Matthew 7:22-23) Although these people did many good deeds (they even cast out demons, liberating people from their problems — what would be more loving than this?!), and yet the Lord said they are workers of lawlessness, because, as we have seen above, those who are not justified by faith alone will only dishonor God and will not be able to establish the Law; they will practically nullify the Law by their works instead of establishing it. The Lord warned: “But beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but within are ravening wolves. By their fruits ye shall know them. Do [men] gather a bunch of grapes from thorns, or from thistles figs?” (Matthew 7:15-16) I don’t know from where people got the idea that the fruits of all false prophets or false teachers will be bad works… Don’t they read what the Lord said? He said they will come to us in sheep’s clothing! They will look like Saints! They will look good! They will do good deeds and they will even do great signs as we have seen above! You will look to them and remember what they did, and you will say: “Could anyone who’s not a saint do this?!” (The same question my Roman Catholic friend asked me about John Paul II…); “look at his face, how holy he looks, how he is a simple old man, how the calm smile is on his face…” Yes, but Buddha also could do that… But what Buddha did not do was to preach the true Gospel of Grace and not of works. Note that Jesus said that such people come in sheep’s clothes, but inside they are ravening wolves. What’s this inside other than the true motivation or nature from which their good works spring? As their good works do not spring from the Gospel of Grace (as they refused it), so they are from inside just ravening wolves, accursed teachers who lead people to perdition with their false doctrines; their false gospel is thorn not grape… They practice lawlessness and they lead people to practice lawlessness. From their fruits you will know them. Only the true Gospel of Grace will give the fruit of obedience to God’s Law, while a false gospel will only lead people to disobey God’s Law. The Law says we should not worship creatures as gods, while these false teachers worship creatures, building their doctrine on a human false philosophy that nullifies God’s Law which clearly says that we should not worship other gods or make an idol of any creature and worship it (cf. Exodus 20:3-6), and thus they encourage their followers to walk in the same disobedience to God’s Law… The Law of God says that “without blood-shedding there is no remission” (Hebrews 9:22), and the true Gospel is “that Christ died for our sins, according to the scriptures; and that he was buried; and that he was raised the third day, according to the scriptures” (1 Corinthians 15:3-4), while these false teachers may kiss the Qur’an that says that Jesus was NOT crucified and that there is no need for the blood-shedding for remission!… Such false teachers, building again on their false assumptions and philosophies, may tell you that people may reach Heaven with their good deeds without believing in Christ, although the Lord Jesus said that He is the ONLY way to God (cf. John 14:6), and although the Apostle Peter clearly said there is no other name under heaven than the Name of Jesus by which we can be saved (cf. Acts 4:12). This false doctrine is practically expressed by them when they call religious leaders from all religions of the world for a World Day of Prayer for Peace, although God clearly says: “Jehovah is far from the wicked; but he heareth the prayer of the righteous.” (Proverbs 15:29) How can those religious leaders be righteous without faith in Christ?… These deceivers want to look tolerant and good by inviting all those religious leaders (they want to look as sheep), but the very thing by which they seek to look good is what reveals that they are from inside ravening wolves (they have a false doctrine or a false gospel that kills people). How will God hear the prayer of those religious leaders when they do not have or seek the Righteousness of Christ by faith in Him?! Is this not an indirect teaching that justification or righteousness is possible without faith in Christ, although God clearly says that that’s impossible?… Jesus clearly said that prayer should be done in His Name (cf. John 14:13-14); how will those religious leaders, who do not believe in His Name, pray for Peace in His Name?… Besides this, which peace is that which they are seeking? Do those who do not know Christ seek the Peace of Christ which is not like the false peace of the world (cf. John 14:27)? Did Jesus come for world peace at the expense of the truth (cf. Matthew 10:34-40)? And these false teachers say “Totus tuus” (“Totally yours”) to a creature, instead of saying it to the Lord Jesus Christ who alone deserves our total consecration as He alone is Lord; and their followers follow them in the same disobedience. THIS is what Jesus meant by “their fruits”! When you deny the true Gospel of justification by Grace alone through faith alone in Christ alone, then you may go to all extremes of lawlessness thinking that you are doing God’s Will, just as the Pharisees thought they were doing God’s Will when they persecuted Jesus…

And such wolves in sheep’s clothing are called “Saints” by humans and by those who follow the same wrong gospel which they preached… But the essential is not what men call us… The essential is what God calls us. Those who preach a false gospel are called “accursed” by Him, and the Lord will say that He never knew them…

You ask me if the Pope John Paul II is a saint? Well, by his fruits you will know him…

Grace be with you!
Disciple of Jesus Christ


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2 Responses to Is John Paul II a saint?

  1. Mary T says:

    Grace and peace be unto you from our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ the Righteous.

    This beatification of a man really mortifies me. And I saw some pictures of how they were digging up his grave, how they took some of his blood and put it in a silver container, and a priest or some other alleged minister was kissing this container. Now, just looking at this is so much idolatry and necromania that I was very troubled. But moreso, there are people who justify that behavior and think this is holiness.

    The thing is – no man nor woman can declare ANYONE into heaven! No matter what ceremonies they do. When someone who has died is declared a saint based on good works, that is the first mistake. I don’t see the thief on the cross as being beatified! But Jesus said “Today you will be with me in Paradise.”

    There were thousands of people lining up to see this event, it would have been wonderful to see them line up for Jesus and salvation of their souls instead!

    The only appropriate place to call someone a saint is this – those that are alive serving the living Jesus Christ, as Paul addressed his letters to the saints at a particular location, but even then, it is to be thought of in humbleness and not to be puffed up about it.

  2. Salpy says:

    Glory to God.
    An awaited teaching, an answer to all who may have questions, a reply to all comments…
    Thank you brother.

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