The heresy of Montanus, who began preaching in Phrygia (q.v.) around 172, along with two women, Prisca and Maximilla, whose utterances were considered divine prophecies of the Holy Spirit, and, thus, more authoritative than any bishop (q.v.) of the church. Montanists had an immediate expectation of Judgment Day and practiced an asceticism (q.v.) that excluded marriage. They said that a Christian who sinned after baptism must be rejected by the church. They were persecuted for their beliefs, and, despite Leo III's (q.v.) attempt to forcibly baptize them, they survived into the ninth century.

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