When discussing theology, I've come to realize that not only is personal study of doctrine a necessary component to faith, but it is something that shouldn't be kept to oneself. I want to share my journey, both past and ongoing, into the realm of theology. Through this, I hope that you will gain insight into the Christian faith as a whole. Before reading anything else, I suggest you read the introduction and definitions (found in the pages tabs above) so you may better understand where I am coming from in everything I write. Because many of my posts are on heresies, there is also a page above with a family tree of heresies and links to all the posts I have so far on the topic.

22 April, 2013

Heresy of the Week: Montanism

This week's heresy shows that holy rollers aren't a recent phenomenon...
Montanism (also known as Cataphrygianism and Phrygianism) was a 2nd century heresy that ultimately was the precursor of the Charismatic and Pentecostal movements. Montanism survived in limited pockets until the 8th century. It was a prophetic movement that relied on the spontaneity of the Holy Ghost and a more conservative personal moral. They called themselves “spiritales” (meaning “spiritual people”), while their opponents called them “psychici” (meaning “carnal, natural people”). They believed that they received modern prophesies through ecstatic, frenzied behavior and speaking in tongues. Often their “prophesies” contradicted the Bible and orthodox Christian doctrine. They believed many of their prophesies cleared up “ambiguities” in Scripture and believed their new prophesies superseded Scripture. Montanists believed that if a believer “fell from grace”, they were permanently lost and could not ever be brought to repentance. Some Montanists were Quartodecimanism believers. They recognized female bishops and ministers. They were strict followers of Asceticism.

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