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The Pamphlet Collection of Sir Robert Stout: Volume 5

French Jansenists

French Jansenists.

"A new monthly periodical, called 'The Watchman, chiefly devoted to the subject of prophecy, has appeared at Paris. Speaking of a society of pious women still existing there, who are followers of the Jansenista, well known to hold sentiments which approximate to evangelical Protestantism, page 33 the editor says—'But what is very remarkable in the history of this little body, consisting of about a hundred persons, is, that they have received and cherished from their ancestors an indubitable persuasion of Christ's second coming to establish his personal reign upon the earth. And so evidently do they hold this doctrine to be revealed in the Scriptures, that when they heard of the gospel being preached by a valuable and faithful Swiss minister, now in Paris, they declined to hear him preach, because they were informed he did not believe in the visible and personal reign of Christ upon the earth. The argument was that if he knew the Gospel at all he should not have been left in ignorance of that great truth so clearly revealed in it.'"—The "Investigator," vol. i. 1831, p. 114.