In the Bible, among many questions, the commonly asked question is about the doctrine or teaching of the Nicolaitans and about church government. Over the years, scholars have debated on what these mean and many church institutions have used these words to create their own doctrine over the centuries.
Have you ever wondered who the “Nicolaitans” were, mentioned in the book of Revelation? Whoever they were, Jesus loathed their doctrine and hated their deeds. Let’s delve into this subject today to see if we can ascertain the identity of this group. What was their damnable doctrine? What deeds were they committing that elicited such a strong reaction from Jesus?
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.” Jesus was proud of the church of Ephesus for their “hatred” of the deeds of the Nicolaitans, which He also “hated.” The word “hate” is a strong word, so let’s see exactly what it means. It comes from the Greek word miseo, which means to hate, to abhor, or to find utterly repulsive. It describes a person who has a deep-seated animosity, who is antagonistic to something he finds to be completely objectionable. He not only loathes that object, but rejects it entirely. This is not just a case of dislike; it is a case of actual hatred.
I will try to debunk the fallacies and present the Truth!
And in doing so I will attempt to answer these questions and more.
- What is the doctrine or teaching of the Nicolaitans that Yehoshua HaMashiach (Jesus Christ) hates?
- Did Elohim (God) create a church government or a hierarchical rule?
- How many times do we find the word “government” in the scriptures/Bible?
- What are the scriptures that churches use to promote the ideologies of a government in a church?
- What did Elohim teach about serving His people?
- What is the master plan of the father of Nicolaitans?