We also use third-party cookies that help us analyze and understand how you use this website. He not only loathes that object, but rejects it entirely. And he answered, Go ye. I confess that I am free from the world! They were of the world; they were of those who were born or spoke:  Latin, Greek, etc…  Paganism had its root from the pre-Abrahamic religions of Balaam; the more modern form of these pagan religions, are the activities of the Esoteric (the occult). There’s much teaching going around that is simply not “sound Biblical doctrine.” Much of the church of our day has lost its spirit of discernment. He was not afraid of taking an opposing position, evidenced by his ability to change religions twice. ‘Deeds’ are works. Each letter is viewed as a word to these individual churches, they apply as well to all the church throughout the ages, and each church is symbolic of an age in the history of the church. Nicolas’ pagan background meant that he had previously been immersed in the activities of the occult. Strong’s Hebrew and Greek Dictionary says that a ‘proselyte’, is an ‘arriver’ from a foreign country; and more specifically:  an ‘acceder’ (a convert) to Judaism. During this time those of the five-fold ministry lorded themselves over the people they were pastoring. But this thou hast, that thou hatest the deeds of the Nicolaitans, which I also hate. The name Philip means lover of horses. His ability to easily change religious “hats” implies that he was not afraid to switch direction in midstream and go a totally different direction. And their works were hateful. Because the doctrines and the works of the Nicolaitans caused spiritual injuries to Christians by placing religious and social pressures upon the Christians there – to leave Christ. Can you think of any area of your life where you have allowed yourself to be compromised by the world? The Trinitarian teaching and other false teachings slowly became introduced and attracted more people because they could keep to their old traditions and could celebrate with the other people around them. Just as the men of Israel compromised themselves with the world and false religions, now the “doctrine” of the Nicolaitans was encouraging compromise. Nicolas clothed himself in the sheep’s clothing of a proselyte. By clicking “Accept”, you consent to the use of ALL the cookies. Works are ‘actions’; and actions are ‘deeds’. The evil fruit of Nicolas’ “doctrine” encouraged worldly participation, leading people to indulge in sin and a lowered godly standard. And after converting to Judaism, did he later experience yet another conversion; that time from Judaism to Christianity. “Unto the angel of the church of Ephesus write; These things saith He that holdeth the seven stars in His right hand, who walketh in the midst of the seven golden candlesticks; I know thy works, and thy labour, and thy patience, and how thou canst not bear them which are evil: and thou hast tried them which say they are apostles, and are not, and hast found them liars: And hast borne, and hast patience, and for My name’s sake hast laboured, and hast not fainted. But ye have an unction from the Holy One, and ye know all things.”. 2 Corinthians 11:3-4 – “But I am afraid that, as the serpent deceived Eve by his craftiness, your minds will be led astray from the simplicity and purity of devotion to Christ. There were many other forms of idolatry in Ephesus, but this was the primary object of occult worship in that city. Characteristics of Effective Church Planters. The word pro means before or in front of, as with the position of a leader. Growing up in this perverted spiritual environment may have caused him to view these belief systems as not so damaging or dangerous. He had no problem intermingling these belief systems in various concoctions and saw no reason why believers couldn’t continue to fellowship with those still immersed in the black magic of the Roman empire and its countless mystery cults. for it was borrowed” (2 Kings 6:5). Therefore said he, Take it up to thee. Judaism was very different from the pagan and occult world in which he had been raised. Balance is imperative! Nicolas’ version of Christianity was an apostate church. Let’s begin in Revelation 2:6, where Jesus told the church of Ephesus, “But this thou hast [in your favor], that thou hatest the deeds of the Nicolaitans, which I also hate.”. This is the reason the name Nicolas is so vital to this discussion. For instance, we know that the chief criteria for their selection was that they were men “…of honest report, full of the Holy Spirit and wisdom…”(v. 3). Leaders are to exhort, challenge, encourage those under their care and be an example of Christ likeness (1 Corinthians 11:1). Let us go, we pray thee, unto Jordan, and take thence every man a beam, and let us make us a place there, where we may dwell. ( Log Out /  The person then makes the best decision they themselves can under the guidance of the Holy Spirit (Proverbs 3:5-6 and James 1:5-8). When it happens this way we don’t have to work at motivating them to work, give, and sacrifice. Why did Jesus say he hated them? That’s what it’s like when we’ve left our first love. The Nicolaitans disobeyed the command issued to the Gentilechurches, by the apostolic council held at Jerusalem in 49-50 AD, that they should refrain from the eating of "things sacrificed to idols" . “Neither as being lords over God’s heritage, but being examples to the flock” (1 Peter 5:3). His name is a compound of the words para and meno — the word para meaning alongside and meno meaning to remain or to abide. Have you ever wondered who the “Nicolaitans” were, mentioned in the book of Revelation? 2. Whichever theory is true, it is certain that the deeds of the Nicolaitans were an abomination to Christ. Change ), You are commenting using your Twitter account. And then, leaving Christ, they willfully commit sin. Each born-again believer is spiritually enlightened by the Holy Spirit Who guides them into all truth (1 Corinthians 2:12-14, John 16:13-14). It was very hard for believers to live separately from all the activities of paganism because paganism and its religions were the center of life in these cities. How many in the church today are doing all the right things, teaching correct doctrine, and even exposing false teachers, yet something is missing. There was a time in the twentieth century church that there was a movement called the shepherding movement. His name, Prochorus, is a compound of the Greek words pro and chorus. The sons of the prophets came to Elisha and said, “Behold now, the place where we dwell with thee is too strait (small, constrained, cramped) for us. However, Acts 6:5 makes a remark about Stephen that is unique only to him. It seems to suggest that the Nicolaitans were somehow conquering and subduing the people. They did not teach Christ there; instead, they taught the doctrine of Balaam. They thought there should be two classes of people in the church the clergy and the laity. These were real churches that existed in John’s day near the end of the first century. They went to such extremes that their people had to go to them concerning every decision they made. We must all study God’s Word for ourselves and let the Holy Spirit teach us (1 John 2:20 and 27). But opting out of some of these cookies may have an effect on your browsing experience. There’s one who has the remedy. Change ), You are commenting using your Facebook account. God’s Word promises that if I draw near to Him, He will draw near to me. Oh how we need this type of discernment in the church today. The Strong’s Hebrew and Greek Dictionary says the Nicolaitans mentioned in Revelations 2:6 are ‘Nicolaite’. It describes a person who has a deep-seated animosity, who is antagonistic to something he finds to be completely objectionable. His name means honorable or of great value. It comes from the Greek word miseo, which means to hate, to abhor, or to find utterly repulsive. This is far from the truth. Very little is known about this member of the original deaconate. The Strong’s Hebrew and Greek Dictionary says the Nicolaitans mentioned in Revelations 2:6 are ‘Nicolaite’. This was a perversion of truth. He does so applying it to where they were in their relationship with Him and their function in the world. Like Nicanor mentioned above, Timon was known to be of good report, filled with the Holy Spirit and wisdom. Once they had been chosen, they were presented by the people to the apostles, who laid hands on them, installing and officially ordaining them into the deaconate. They do so willingly. To the church of the Laodiceans Jesus gives no praise but rebuke only. This also applies to each church age. If so, has that compromise hindered the power of God from operating in your life? We’re promised the tree of life. Back then, the Greeks were known as pagans. He seduced them into unbridled, sensual living by dangling the prostitutes of Moab before the men of Israel. A study of the deeds and doctrine of the Nicolaitanes provide us instruction. This category only includes cookies that ensures basic functionalities and security features of the website. The Nicolaitans. Who were they, and what did they do? If you know someone who is on the verge of backsliding, what do you think the Lord would have you do to help bring that person back to where he or she ought to be? What would it be like if instead of having to push our people into a building program they came to us insisting on a building? The deaconate ministry was vital proving ground to prepare Stephen for the fivefold office of the evangelist. We use cookies on our website to give you the most relevant experience by remembering your preferences and repeat visits. From Early Church records, it seems apparent that this Nicolas of Antioch was so immersed in occultism, Judaism, and Christianity that he had a stomach for all of it. Their heart-felt love for Jesus was not were it once was at the beginning. However, to put it in proper balance, those called of God into the ministry were not to lord it over them. I now understand that the doctrine of the Nicolaitans is compromise with the world. Return to the cross “or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will remove thy candlestick out of his place, except thou repent.” The removal of the candlestick out of his place doesn’t mean our salvation is lost but rather our position, power, and authority where Christ is at the center is lost. I want to be holy, to live in a way that pleases You, and to experience Your power in my life. Today I am renewing my commitment to You all over again! God wants to make sure we understand the doctrine the Nicolaitans taught, so Balaam’s actions are given as an example of their doctrine and actions. The Nicolaitans deeds, were the works they did. There was a school of the prophets over which Elisha presided. So hast thou also them that hold the doctrine of the Nicolaitans, which thing I hate.”, When Balaam could not successfully cure the people of God, he used another method to destroy them. These churches were chosen as recipients of the Lord’s letters to make the letters typical of the successive stages through which the church would ultimately pass.