Yet this you do have, that you hate the deeds of the Nicolaitans, which I also hate. Rev2:6
“The Reformation never pulled down the Nicolaitans, those control freaks who turn relationship into religion…. I can’t fathom how generations of theologians have never seen these things. If they know doctrine so well, where does all this hierarchy and lifelessness come from? They have had their moments– gusts of conviction, showing a spine now and then– but for the most part, it’s the status quo– with an emphasis on status.” ~Paula Fether
The Reformation was not a clean break! Sure they changed some doctrines, but the Reformers made sure to keep “the System”: the Hierarchy, the Religion, the status, rank, power, abuse of authority and control. This “controlled system” neatly and conveniently eliminates the need for the work of the Holy Spirit. Clergy status is protected, laity status is maintained; the people are controlled. Jesus upset the status quo! Then after He went back to heaven, the Nicolaitans reorganized and set it up again. But the Reformers of the 1500s made sure not to upset this status quo.