Nicolaitans

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.

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5 thoughts on “Nicolaitans

  1. Their deeds are the way they (“clergy”) treat the people (“laity”) lording it over them.

    Their doctrine is the teaching that the “clergy” is PREEMINENT OVER the “laity” and that by divine directive or divine right, the lowly people must be subordinate to the preeminent clergy in an ecclesiastical hierarchy.

  2. “Nicolaitanism is really clerisy – the subjugation of those who were contemptuously styled ‘the laity’ by a heirarchical order who lorded it over them as their own possessions, forgetting that it is written, ‘One is your Master, even Christ, and all ye are brethren.’ In the letter to Ephesus the Lord commended them for hating the deeds of the Nicolaitanes, those who, like Diotrephes, loved to have the preeminence among them. But, in the Pergamos letter, we have Nicolaitanism designated as a distinct system of teaching. It was then that clerisy was accepted as of divine origin, and therefore something that must be bowed to.”~ H.A. Ironside

  3. Sounds like a TWO level system to me Loretta.

    Revelation 22:8 And I John saw these things, and heard them. And when I had heard and seen, I fell down to worship before the feet of the angel which shewed me these things.
    9 Then saith he unto me, See thou do it not: for I am thy fellowservant, and of thy brethren the prophets, and of them which keep the sayings of this book: worship God.

    Agape
    Bill

  4. “In him was life, and the life was the light of men”…The Life is in Him and that Life is the only Light that men can accurately see by! Out of Life comes light. He has been made unto us wisdom. True wisdom and knowledge flows, moment by moment, from divine life. There is no other source for it. All so-called “wisdom” that does not proceed from the Father of light is not light but as James 3 says, “is artificial, earthly, sensual and ultimately, devilish.”
    Source determines everything. If the source is the souls of men the best you can have is a poor counterfeit of the Real. According to Jesus, everyone who is born of the Spirit is like the wind, not subject to systematic control, but into the flow of the Spirit. In countless verbal and practical ways, religion daily declares Christ’s teaching here to be false, instead teaching that adherence to rigid denominational teaching and church-attendance is the only safe way to avoid deception.
    Order is no indicator of truth. In fact, deception is more structured than truth. Russia under Stalin and Germany under Hitler had rigid order and systematic teaching under the systems of Communism and Nazism. Both claimed to exist for the good of the collective masses. Error always organizes and the greater the deception the more systematized it becomes. It is no wonder that as we near the end of all things, a global government is emerging that by all appearances will make Hitler and Stalin look tame.
    Carnal men take the dynamics of the Spirit and make a static, systematic organization out of it. What starts out as a dynamic “wind & life” becomes a hollow form of godliness. This sham displaces the power of God to bring about a true inward change in the individual, the only starting place. You cannot force men to make moral decisions by writ of law. It is in our Adamic nature to systematize legal structures so that we can cast off the restraint of the Spirit of God!

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