In one aspect Montanism is the central reaction of the primitive Christian enthusiasm against the forces which were transforming its character.
Montanism sought to form a new Christian commonwealth which, separated from the Jerusalem from above, and its establishment in the spot which by the direction of the Spirit had been chosen in Phrygia.
Montanism also brought these apocalyptic expectations into discredit in orthodox ecclesiastical circles.
This conflict, moreover, brought Ultra montanism the enormous advantage that, even after the abolition of the May Laws, it had still left to it a well-disciplined press, an admirable organization, and a network of interests and interested parties; and all these combined to make the Centrum the strongest and the most influential political party in Germany for the remainder of the 19th century.
Being unable to reconcile incompatibles, he broke with the church and became the most powerful representative of Montanism in the West.