But this thou hast, that thou hatest the deeds of the Nicolaitans, which I also hate. Rev.2:6
So have you also them that hold the doctrine of the Nicolaitans, which thing I hate. Rev.2:15
If Church leaders harshly admonish you in a joking tone, “Submit!” (to THEM, to false teachings, to pagan idolatry practices) they are really not joking, they mean it. Watch out for the Nicolaitans.
The Nicolaitans were not “followers of a man named Nicholas who taught some (nonspecific gnostic) heresy.” Our Lord Jesus hated the deeds and teachings of the Nicolaitans because of the resulting abuse and oppression foisted upon His sheep. What is Nicolaitanism and who are the real Nicolaitans? Nike: the goddess of Victory (their victory over you!) Laos: laity, devotees, followers (of them). Nicholas: Conqueror of the people. Authoritarian Church government: Clergy-laity distinction, CLERGY PREEMINENT over the laity, ecclesiastical hierarchy, Church Leaders venerated above others, control and power seeking, control the people, control the “Church service”, promote false teachings & pagan rituals, enforce submission to them, controlling, suppressing, forcing surrender & subjection to them, oppressive, subduing & defeating the people, lording it over the people, top down, autocratic, rule with force, rulers over the people, quick to kick you out if you don’t submit to their power over you.