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American Tract Society Bible Dictionary
A holy person, a friend of God, either on earth or in heaven, Deuteronomy 33:2 . It is sometimes used of the pious Israelites, as Psalm 16:3 34:9 . Nothing is more frequent in Paul than the name of saints given to all Christians, Romans 1:7 8:27 12:13 15:25,31 16:2 . In this acceptation it continued during the early ages of Christianity; nor was it applied to individuals declared to be saints by any other act of the church than admission to its membership, till various corruptions had depraved the primitive principles. The church of Rome assumes the power of making saints; that is, of announcing certain departed spirits as objects of worship, from whom the faithful may solicit favors-a notion worthy of the dark ages in which it originated.
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Rand, W. W. Entry for 'Saint'. American Tract Society Bible Dictionary. https://www.studylight.org/dictionaries/eng/ats/s/saint.html. 1859.