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Who Are The Nicolaitans

Nicolaitans was mentioned in the Apocalypse of John to the churches of Pergamos and Ephesus of the seven churches of Asia in Revelation 2. It is a symbolic name of a ruling class over the rest of the people, developing a order of fleshly leadership. Jesus hates this. Who is described here?

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The RCC teaches that Ireaneus said that the Nicolaitans were guilty of licentiousness, but that was later disputed. In 1985 Hammurabi's library was discovered and it was found that the Nic. were actually very outspoken against licentiousness. They were into a priesthood that lorded their power over the laity.
It probably has more to do with a heirarchy and a priesthood then immorality.

Remember who would be great would be a servant.
---Andrea on 9/24/07

Nicolaitanes were heretics who maintained that christian wives should be shared, which is whoredom, and that they could also eat food which was offered to idol gods. It is thought that the Nicolaitanes originated from the deacon Nicolas found in Acts 6:5. Please Read- Revelation 2:6,14-16.
---Eloy on 9/22/07

Better than a nice try Gary, you're exactly right. Your definition of Nicolatains is right out of the dictionaries. And most church authorities fall under, and are taken in by, that definition!
---Mima on 9/21/07

Nice try Gary, but 1st Cliff has it right. The Nicolaitans were named for their leader, the heretical Bishop Nicolas who taught that you could confess Jesus as your savior but still enjoy pagan pursuits - his doctrine was the same as the OT followers of Baalam - fornication (idolatry through ritual sex) and eating pagan sacrifices. See Revelation 2:14-15, and early Church writings which detail the practices of the Nicolaitans in detail.
---lorra8574 on 9/20/07

Gary, P2, What I can see is that you have been reading naughty libellous websites spreading untruths inspired by Satan to deceive good little Christians.

The NT shows a heirarchy already in place with all the authority needed to grow - the Devil does not like that at all - he prefers chaos.
---lorra8574 on 9/20/07

That was excellent, Gary54.
---Linda on 7/17/07

#1 Nicolaitism - This doctrine is akin to Balaamism. "Nicolaitanism"? "Nico" is from the Greek "nikao" which means "to conquer, to prevail, to overcome." This is the very word that is repeatedly rendered "overcometh. It is the same word translated "prevailed" in "The Lion of the tribe of Juda, the Root of David, hath prevailed to open the book." "Laos," the other part of this word, means "people."
---Gary54 on 7/15/07

#2 Therefore, "Nicolaitanism" means "ruler, or overcomer of the people." This is where the common ecclesiastical words, "clergy" and "laity." Jesus was no clergyman. He was a servant. He did not lord it "over God's heritage". He died for the Church "that He might sanctify and cleanse it." "We be brethren," not masters and slaves. "So we, being many, are one Body in Christ, and every one members one of another" - Romans 12:5.
---Gary54 on 7/15/07

#3 Each individual saint is to be a "nico," or overcomer, not over another saint whom he pleases to call "laos," but over the world. Yes, the full overcomers also overcome this man-rule, which invites Balaam to come and preach for hire, and which, of course, ends in sacrificing to idols and committing spiritual fornication. They "are puffed up, and have not rather mourned, that he that hath done this deed might be taken away from among" them - I Cor. 5:2.
---Gary54 on 7/15/07

#4 The Spirit of Christ is not "nico-las" (laos), or overcomer of other believers, but "nico-pass," or overcomer over all things which are opposed to Christ. The pastor of such a meeting must repent of his toleration of evil doctrine. This doctrine can be found in any meeting that does not respect the Headship of Christ, that tries to have control over the congregation and become the law they must live by.
---Gary54 on 7/15/07

The Nicolaitans were a 1st century heretical group who taught immorality and idolatry.Thyatira had apparently resisted the false prophecy they preached.Rev.2.20-25.
---1st_cliff on 7/14/07

Just about any denomination today.
---Ryan_Z on 7/14/07

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