Nepos An Egyptian Bishop, Raked Up The Errors Of The Millenarians, Taking The Promise Of The Apocalypse In A Literal Sense That Jesus Christ Would Reign On Earth For A Thousand Years,
The Fall of the Rebellious Angels
8. These were not the only heretics who disturbed the Church during this century. Nipos, an Egyptian bishop, about the year 284, again raked up the errors of the Millenarians, taking the promise of the Apocalypse in a literal sense, that Jesus Christ would reign on earth for the space of a thousand years, and that the saints should enjoy all manner of sensual delights. The Angelicals offered the supreme adoration which should be given to God alone, to the angels; adored them as the creators of the world, and pretended to lead angelic lives themselves. The Apostolicals said it was not lawful for any one to possess property of any sort, and that the riches of this life were an insurmountable obstacle to salvation. These heretics received no married persons into this sect (35).
(35) Nat. Alex. t. 7, c. 3, ar. 6, 9; 45, 46 ; Fleury, cit. n. 51 ; Hermant, Van Ranst, p. 47 & 64 ; Berti, t. 1, t. 1, c. 48, 51. s. 3, c. 3
Heresies of the Third Century
1. Praxeas. 2. Sabellius.
3. Paul of Samosata.
7. Novatus and Novatian.
8. Nepos The Angelicals and the Apostolicals.
THE HISTORY OF HERESIES, AND THEIR REFUTATION.ST. ALPHONSUS M. LIGUORI