Who Was Patrick? March 16, 2019


People around the world celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with little thought of the man for which the day is named. In fact, much of what is associated with Patrick is based on falsehoods…

Patrick was not Irish – he was Scottish. He was not a canonized “Saint” of the church, but he was a believer in the Lord Jesus Christ. His mission was not to rid Ireland of snakes, but rather to preach the gospel of Christ. And the thing he would want you to remember has nothing to do with the color green; he would want you to know that Jesus Christ can change your life.

The first time Patrick was in Ireland was as a teenager. Living as a slave he came to the end of himself and entered into a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. As a forty year old man he returned to Ireland with the goal of turning the people to Christianity. God used that one man to make a difference in an entire nation.

Patrick was never officially recognized as a “Saint” of the church, but he is, like every believer, called a saint because of his standing in Jesus Christ. If you want to celebrate his life then do what he did – tell someone else about Jesus Christ. That is something we can do every day.

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  1. Ted Clower on March 16, 2019 at 9:45 PM


    • Scott Pauley on March 19, 2019 at 8:25 PM

      Thanks for reading my ramblings! Hope you are doing well.

    • Christopher P Crowe on March 18, 2021 at 7:20 AM

      Yes! Amen brother Pauley. I want to tell someone about Jesus every day. May it be the growing desire of believers today. Thank you.

      • scottpauley on March 20, 2021 at 12:22 PM


  2. Tony Smith on March 17, 2019 at 4:37 AM

    What an incredible story that I am sharing it with a lot of food,my self, and others may find it inspirational.

    • Scott Pauley on March 19, 2019 at 8:25 PM

      Thanks for passing it along!

    • Happy Godwin on March 17, 2021 at 11:45 AM

      I have never heard that before, thank you bro for sharing.

      • scottpauley on March 20, 2021 at 12:23 PM

        Thanks for taking time to read the article.

  3. Kathy Duncan on March 17, 2019 at 8:51 AM

    Wow…had no idea…felt it not good to celebrate because of all the things surrounding the holiday. .but now can where the green with pride and tell the truth…

    • Scott Pauley on March 19, 2019 at 8:26 PM

      A great opportunity to witness for sure!

  4. Alicia on March 17, 2019 at 7:49 PM

    Never heard that before.

    • Scott Pauley on March 19, 2019 at 8:26 PM

      Good to hear from you! Hope you are well.

  5. Paul on March 27, 2022 at 9:23 AM

    I remember hearing this for the first time as a boy watching Truths That Transform with D. James Kennedy.

    While preaching a few years ago I mentioned that Pastor John Wimbish of Calvary Baptist Church (NYC) preached a message in the 1950’s stating Saint Patrick was a Baptist. One of my church members took real issue with what I said, and while I was preaching they searched the internet and found that catholic.org said Patrick was a Catholic. I asked them to look up what Catholic.org said about Peter and Paul. 🙂

    Thanks for sharing this!

    • scottpauley on March 31, 2022 at 5:56 PM

      That’s a funny story! Thanks for reading.

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