Charles Buck Theological Dictionary
Or MESSALIANS, a sect which sprung up about the year 361, in the reign of the emperor Constantinus, who maintained that men have two souls, a celestial and a diabolical; and that the latter is driven out by prayer. From those words of our Lord, "Labour not for the meat that perisheth, " it is said, that they concluded they ought not to do any work to bet their bread. We may suppose, says Dr. Jortin, that this sect did not last long; that these sluggards were soon starved out of the world; or, rather, that cold and hunger sharpened their wits, and taught them to be better interpreters of Scripture.
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Buck, Charles. Entry for 'Massalians'. Charles Buck Theological Dictionary. https://www.studylight.org/dictionaries/eng/cbd/m/massalians.html. 1802.