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Loisten were followers of Eloy (Loys) Pruystinck in Antwerp, Belgium, and elsewhere. They are mentioned in Luther's letter "An die Christen zu Antorff" (Antwerp) of 1525. Here they are said to embrace the following heresies: every man possesses the Holy Spirit; the Holy Spirit is nothing but man's own mind; hell and reprobation do not exist; the carnal body of man is damned, but every soul has everlasting life. The Loists exerted some influence on the extreme left wing of the large and complicated movement of Anabaptism in the Netherlands. David Joris, who lived in 1524 in Antwerp before he joined the Anabaptists (and also later), may have been influenced by them. Rembert calls them "Freigeister." The Loist movement was suppressed before 1545. Eloy Pruystinck himself was executed at Antwerp on 23 October 1544.


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Author(s) Nanne van der Zijpp
Date Published 1957

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van der Zijpp, Nanne. "Loisten." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. 1957. Web. 23 May 2018. http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Loisten&oldid=83326.

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van der Zijpp, Nanne. (1957). Loisten. Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 23 May 2018, from http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Loisten&oldid=83326.


Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 3, p. 387. All rights reserved.

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