I guess if you truly want, you could say Paul was literally calling them Saints - in black and white like you say and in the context you say.<quoted text>
There is a difference between calling someone a saint and the ones who really are saints and the saints that Paul spoke of in Eph 4:12 are really saints or christians who have faith in Christ here on earth. Paul explains equipping them for the ministry.
**Don't have to find out what church teaching is Clay. It's right there in black and white.
But I don't understand why you think this verse is including everyone on Earth who calls themselves a Christian? Especially since many of you don't share the same theology as Paul or anyone else in that time period.