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I am pretty sure Tertullian acted upon the same passion.
The issue centered upon "who's in charge of this thing", "how do we maintain the branding?"
And "How do we keep quality control?"
The irony is that in his attempt to guide the organization, he comes into direct conflict with Origen and essentially sews the seeds that divides the church between Rome and the East. And the Gnostics? They continued their practices by going into hiding much like the first Christians did. Their ideas did not change, for, a man convinced against his will is of the same opinion still.
Their stance, as stated by another mystic medeival female Christian, (Theresa of Avilla) would be "Oh Lord, protect me from your followers".
History will repeat itself, I am pretty sure.