- Anabaptist Ambrosians
The name Ambrosians is given to a
16th century Anabaptistsect, as also to various Catholicreligious orders.
This sect laid claim to immediate communication with
Godthrough the Holy Spirit. Basing their theologyupon the words of the Gospel of John1: 9 -- "There was the true light which lighteth every man, coming into the world" -- they denied the necessity of any priests or ministers to interpret the Bible. Their leader Ambrose went so far as to hold further that the revelation which was vouchsafed to him was a higher authority than the Scriptures. The doctrine of the Ambrosians, who belonged probably to that section of the Anabaptists known as Pneumatici, may be compared with the " Inner light" doctrine of the Quakers.
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