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Thursday, July 12, 2012

The Nicolaitane Error Jesus "Hates"



In this post on the Nicolaitane error, we will recap the scriptural profile of what the New Testament ministry model and government looks like.


Revelation 2: (To the church at Ephesus)
6 But this you have, that you hate the deeds of the Nicolaitanes, which I also hate;
15 So you have also them that hold the doctrine of the Nicolaitanes, which thing I hate.
16 Repent; or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will fight against them (the Nicolaitanes) with the sword of my mouth.

What God detests is just the most common form of church government found in almost every church and denomination. It results in the people following their "leadership", rather than Jesus Christ and down the "broad way" we all went.
This is  "The error of the Nicolaitanes".
Here is the truth:

"Nicolaitane" is from two Greek words "Nike" and "Laos"
The Greek word "nike" means "to conquer"…to dominate, overcome, manipulate.
It means the exercise of carnal hierarchial control, like the world.
It results in ruling by subjugation, dominion, and force or by position and title.
The word "laos" means "the people", that is, the laity.


Thus we have by definition the deeds and teaching of those who conquer, dominate, manipulate, and "lead" the laity, or the people. What makes it difficult to identify the Nicolaitanes is that the labels changed.

Why does Jesus "HATE" their deeds and doctrines?


Simply put, it puts men in the place of God, whether they be called the church board, elder, pastor, priest, or some other ecclesiastical title. And it virtually guarantees the majority of God's people never mature into faith as Christians and become the kind of believers Jesus said of His followers in Mark 16:16-20.

It fosters “respect of persons”, i.e. it breeds distinctions of division and position in the eyes of people resulting in favoritism and political maneuvering for favor and priviledges within the body of Christ. –in direct opposition to what Jesus taught His apostles.  

Denominational, factious, competitive Christianity has given the church a hierarchial, professionalized, titled, system of church government which is foreign to scripture.
There is no senior pastor, pope, cardinal, bishop, priest, monsignor, or denominational structure in scripture. There is no scripture giving any pastor-priest solo authority, headship, or rule over God's people. There are no bishops overseeing pastors, arch-bishops, boards, or General Superintendents.

There are no formal titles or labels attached to any New Testament disciples including the obvious ones like the apostles.
There are no church boards, assistant pastors, co-pastors, associate pastors, or senior officials. There are no presidents, superintendents, youth pastors; there are no capitalized apostles, prophets, bishops, pastors, deacons, or elders. 


The word "pastor" is used only once in the New Testament and not even one Titled pastor, “Senior Pastor”, “Youth Pastor”, Reverend, or Bishop is named or titled!

 How many TITLED pastors are mentioned in your local phone book?


In Revelation 2, this is one of the admonitions for the people of God who have eyes and ears to overcome:

How do you "overcome" the Nicolaitanes?

In the great majority of instances it means walking out the "church" doors, going home, and asking God Himself to take their error and deeds out of your hearts. And it means NOT going to find another group that calls itself a church yet has the same error.

God is so serious about this, He may have THEM kick YOU out!

If this speaks to you, then read Ezekiel 34, and continue to Jeremiah 23. 

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