At times it may sound as if I am anti-pastor. This is not so. We love the pastors whom God has graciously put in our lives. The truth is aimed at the harlot system and her institutions,
and NOT at any individual that is trapped by the error of the Nicolaitanes.
- "But this you have, that you hate the deeds of the Nicolaitanes".
VERY few Christians "hate" this, and if one cannot recognize the Nicolaitane error then one cannot "hate it" (i.e., despise it).
- Secondly, we do not "hate" them who are snared by and labor in the Nicolaitane error themselves. Jesus said to love those with whom we disagree as well as our friends, and this we seek to do.
6 But this you have, that you hate the deeds of the Nicolaitanes, which I also hate;
15 So you also them that hold the doctrine of the Nicolaitanes, which I hate.
16 Repent; or else I will come to you quickly, and will fight against them (the Nicolaitanes) with the sword of my mouth. (you cannot repent of this unless you know what it is and why Jesus hates it)
what God detests is simply the most common form of church government found in almost every church and denomination.
Hence, "nike-laity", i.e. "Nico-laitane" error.
Why does Jesus "HATE" their deeds and doctrines?
It results in the people following their "leadership", rather than Jesus Christ and down the "broad way" we all went. And worse yet, it leads to outright abuse, extortion, and people building the their own kingdoms rather than Gods kingdom. So many are deceived by the system they serve and think they are doing a work for God but in truth it is for the benefit of themselves.
These are the products of "the deeds of the Nicolaitanes.
How many TITLED pastors are mentioned in your local phone book?
15: So hast thou also some that hold the teaching of the Nicolaitans in like manner.
16: Repent therefore; or else I come to thee quickly, and I will make war against them with the sword of my mouth.
17: He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith to the churches. To him that overcometh, to him will I give of the hidden manna, and I will give him a white stone, and upon the stone a new name written, which no one knoweth but he that receiveth it.
-as lording: defined: "to lord against, that is, control, subjugate: - exercise dominion over (lordship), be lord over, overcome."
The ministry is NOT given to become the head of every man and woman.
Read the gospels and book of Acts, that is where you find what we are to become in Christ.
6. If "pastors" means governments, then why is there not even one passage where the apostles established the form of church headship that we all are familiar with?
T'was never meant to be and there is not one positive New Testament example of that.