Pad<quoted text>The Communion of Saints is basically an ambigious term as according to the RCC the only saint is one who is canonized by the Papacy,which includes the Cardinals and dthe Pope.It would be ridiculous to spend anytime trying to convince you that many precious believers who are not Roman Catholic are indeed s a i n t s.I have met some over the years,and they will never be made a Saint by your church,by virtue of their not being Roman Catholic.
Holiness is not limited to being a priest,nun,brother and deacon.Holiness is not limited to martyrdom either although that is definitely a good reason to call those who were martyred:S A I N T S.
Non-RC Christians do not seek to have the title saint in front of their name,but would rather hear the Lord say"Enter into my abode,you faithful servant."But we know that God calls us what He will,if He chooses to call us saints than so be it. Of course the RCC and the Orthodox traditions naturally have their whole retinue of saints.Personally I cannot argue over who of them is truly a saint and whatever.BUT it is so obvious that most of them are either priests,nuns,brothers or deacons.
I have not seen in the Scriptures the RC saints canonized,nor do I see the Apostle's ever alluding to the forming of saints as your church claims it has the ability to do.It does not matter who you canonize a saint,that person will face the same judgment before the King Jesus,as we all will be judged by Him.The Great Throne Judgment is for all those who are not believers in YESHUA.
No I do not condemn them to hell,I will not begin to comment on what happens to those who do not know Him our Lord.He is full of mercy and compassion,we all agree to that,HOW Wide is His Mercy?Only God can know that and respond to the claim of the Word on His behalf.
Nevertheless,Christ did not die in Vain,and we are called to preach the gospel to a l l Nations,baptizing them in the Name of the Father,Son and Holy Spirit! The Communion of saints simply to us means,all believers in the communion of His body and blood,a spiritual body!
All of what you wrote up until your last sentence is a misunderstanding, and the old strawman fallacy.
Catholics actually begin with you last sentence, "The Communion of saints simply to us means,all believers in the communion of His body and blood,a spiritual body."
Now this is where the RCC begins, but it goes deeper. The saints are those suffering, militant, and triumphant..., even those who are yet to be born.... And because saints are united, as the Church, and Bride, they are part of a living body, though not all visible. Yet we see the visible part of the Church here and now, but are connected to those after death, and before being born....So you see, Protestants have just a very limited sense of what it is to be in communion with the saints. It is restricted, and in a sense exclusive. Roman Catholics are united even beyond the grave, and to those who will come....truly universal.
And this is why the RCC will be the Bride, it is united already.