A Catholic friend told me that this is the difference between Catholics and Born again Christians.
John 6:1 - 71
RVC - 1 Después de esto, Jesús se dirigió al otro lado del lago de Galilea, el lago de Tiberias. 2 Y una gran multitud lo seguía, porque veía las señales que hacía en los enfermos.
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Unfortunately the call of preachers every-where is, “Rush all your prayer requests to us immediately and we will pray for you!” People who are desperately seeking for some help would not try to find out whether this practice is Biblical or not. Keep your hearts open to see what the Bible says on this important issue. There were two groups of people in the Old Testament, the priests and the ordinary people. This has had a paradigm shift in the New Testament. Now we don’t have two tiers; we don’t have two classes of citizens in the Church of Jesus Christ. According to the New Testament, there are no two groups of people in the Church called clergy and laity. No! This applies to any Church and any denomination. All the children of God are clergy! It cannot be proved otherwise from the New Testament. This new order began on the Day of Pentecost. People were filled with the Holy Spirit, and began to speak in tongues praising God. The onlookers, unable to understand what was happening, asked the Apostles, “What is this?” Immediately Peter answered with a prophetic revelation made by Prophet Joel: “In the last days I will pour out My Spirit upon all flesh” (Acts 2:17). That word “all” means, every child of God, which was not so in the Old Testament times. Only the officers or leaders like Prophets, Priests and Kings had been anointed with oil. They were a special category. But now it is on “all flesh!” No sex distinction: “sons and daughters.” No age distinction: “Young men and old men.” No class distinction: “men servants and women servants” (vv 17,18). “Whoever” calls on the Name of the Lord will be saved and anointed! (v21). This understanding of the “priesthood of all believers” is basic to Christian life and ministry. This truth must be restored to the rank and file of our Churches. This is the Reformation truth that Martin Luther in the 16th Century stood for. If you are a Protestant, then you should protest anything that goes against the Bible. You protest anything that is unbiblical. What is prayer? It is the children of God asking God their Father. That’s what Jesus taught: “Ask and you shall receive, seek and you shall find, knock and the door shall be opened unto you” (Mt 7:7). He did not stop there. He went one step further, and said, “Because, everyone who asks receives” (v8). The emphasis is on “everyone.” “Everyone” who asks receives. And after that Jesus said, “If you then being evil, know, how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask Him?” (v 11). If you are a child of God, God is your Father and you can directly and freely ask Him. Jesus, before His ascension, told the disciples, “It is to your advantage that I go away... I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Comforter” (Jn 16:7; 14:16). Which means, “I am the First Comforter. I am the First Helper. I will send you another Comforter. The Holy Spirit is the Second Comforter. The Holy Spirit is the Second Helper.” Where are these two Comforters? Where are these two Helpers? The First Comforter is seated in Heaven for us (Rom 8:34). And the Second Comforter is resident in our hearts for us (Rom 8:26,27). Ask yourselves, “Do I need a third Comforter? Do I need a third Helper?” The Roman Catholics worship Mary who brought forth Jesus into the world. And Protestants hero- worship preachers who bring them to Jesus. Both these groups need to repent. The Roman Catholics as well as the Protestants must come back to the Bible. I want to serve a warning: “If God does not listen to your prayer, nobody can recommend your case before Him!”
1 Timothy 2:5 clearly states that Jesus Christ is the only mediator between us and God the Father. We are to come to Christ with our prayers, confessions, and more. Jesus Christ died so we can have a direct and intimate relationship with Him. As far as communion everyday... that should be guided by the Spirit as to how often to take part in communion. The Lord is far more concerned with obedience than repetitive religious activity.
As a Catholic, I can say your friend is being pious. Well, a bit too much. As per current discipline of the Church, Catholics are required to go for confession twice a year (in Advent and in Lent) and receive the Eucharist every Sunday. And by "required", I mean pastoral recommendation, not a matter of theological imposition. If a Catholic want to do this more than the "required", it is fine. It is welcomed. It is accomodated. There is mass celebrated twice every day and priest can listen to confession anytime.
Jesus (Luke 22) and Paul (1 Cor 11) only speak of "when you come together to eat and drink". There are no instructions as to how often this should be, only "Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching." Heb 10:25
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