Feb 13, 2004

Pray, one for another
What if I were to refuse the prayers of, say, every Christian who lived in Texas? Or of all female members of the body of Christ?

I’m a little suspicious that not praying to the saints is, likewise, either outrageous or heresy. It falls, I suspect without wanting to say it, under schismaticism, wrongly dividing the church and wrongfully separating oneself from a portion of the church.

The recourse against the prayers of the saints is, of course, the claim that they're dead and thus separated from God, though this runs the problems of 1) claiming that one can, in certain situations, be separated from Christ and his body and 2) claiming the promise of eternal life is limited.