Christian Sinners and Canonized Saints



IFE: Mummy, am I a saint?

MUMMY: Good morning Ife

IFE: Oh. Forgive me mum. Good morning ma

MUMMY: Good morning Ife. I trust you slept well.

IFE: Yes I did mum. And you?

MUMMY: I did too dear. Thank God. So what’s with the question first thing in the morning?

IFE: Mum, I asked if I was a saint.

MUMMY: It depends….

IFE: It depends? Depends on what?

MUMMY: It depends on whether or not you’re born again. But before…..

IFE: If I’m born again?

MUMMY: Yes dear, but before we go into that, what do you think it means for someone to be called a saint?

IFE: Hmm. A saint is someone who is holy. That is, someone who is godly. Someone who is…urhmm….holy. Yes someone who is holy and godly and righteous is a saint. That’s what I think.

MUMMY: You’re right about that. A saint simply means someone who is holy and the word holy means ‘to be separated unto God’ or ‘to be dedicated to God’.


MUMMY: O.K. So according to the Bible, everyone who is born again, that is all Christians, have been set apart to God/dedicated to Him through their faith in Jesus’ finished work on the cross….

IFE: So, every Christian is a saint? Just like that?

MUMMY: {laughs} Yes Ife. Just like that. Every Christian is a saint. 1 Corinthians 1:30 tells us “God has united us with Christ Jesus” and that “Christ made us right with God; he made us pure and holy, and he freed us from sin“. Just like that.

IFE: Ohh mum. But I thought….my classmates said I was wrong when I told them every Christian was a saint. They said that everyone, whether born again or not is a sinner and that only those dead people who have been ‘cano……something, are saints

MUMMY: Canonized?

IFE: Yes mum. That’s the word, Canonized. My classmates said only those dead people who are canonized by the Roman catholic church are saints.

MUMMY: Well dear, your classmates are wrong. The Bible teaches that everyone who’s born again is no longer a sinner but a saint. A sinner is anyone who is in bondage to sin and the whole of Romans chapter 6 for instance, tells us that all Christians have died to sin and have been set free from the bondage of sin.

IFE: Hmmnn…. I see. Just like you said in 1 Corinthians 1:30, Jesus set us free from sin, so if we’ve already been set free from sin it means we’re no longer in bondage. So that means we’re no longer sinners.

MUMMY: Exactly.  Theres no such thing as a ‘Christian sinner’.Every Christian has been set free from sin and is now a saint. Romans 5:8 “God demonstrates his love towards us, in that while we were sinners, Christ died for us. The word is ‘were‘ Ife, ‘were‘ . We ‘were‘ sinners, but by our faith in Jesus’ death and resurrection, God now sees us as holy as Jesus is.

IFE: (with a puzzled look on his face) But mum?

MUMMY: Yes dear.

IFE:. Even though we are born again, we Christians still sin, right? Doesn’t our sin make us sinners once again?

MUMMY: No. I don’t think so. Let’s see. Please bring me my tablet, let’s do a little internet search.

Ife gets her- her tablet. Mummy does a few searches…

MUMMY: Aha! Here we go….. This Bible study teaching on 1 John3:9 says that although a Christian might sin, he/she isn’t a sinner because he/she wouldn’t continue in their sin like a sinner who is a slave to sin would do. It’s more like when a Christian stumbles, and is convicted of it in their heart, a true child of God repents but a sinner doesn’t even think he/she sinned and just continues with life as normal.

IFE: Mummy, mummy. You’re a pastor. (laughing)

MUMMY: No be only… . I just do my best to know what my Bible says. That way I won’t easily be confused by what others think or say. You should do the same dear

IFE: Yes mum. You’re right. I’ll try to read my Bible more often.

MUMMY: You will. Sure you will love. And you’re always welcome to ask me questions.

IFE: Definitely mum. In fact I’m f going to ask my principal to hire you as a CRS teacher in our school.

MUMMY: (laughs) your principal can’t pay me……..

IFE: Then I’ll pay you from my lunch money…(smiling)


P.S…And just in case you’re still wondering what the relationship is between ‘Christian sinners’ and ‘Canonized saints’…..the answer is, both term are unscriptural. C’est finir 😉


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