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What Is The Doctrine Of The Nicolaitanes?
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This concept is totally foreign to the church of Jesus Christ in the New Testament of the Bible. Yes, in the church God has ordained apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors, and teachers; but nowhere in the New Testament has it been ordained of God that these men (yes, they are men, and not women) should wear costumes, or be called by flattering titles, or exercise control over the church.       The Bible tells the saints of God (Christians) to be subject to those who are in authority (1 Thessalonians 5:12,13, Hebrews 13:17); but also maintains with clarity that those who are overseers must be accountable to those over whom they are placed,

 
"...neither as being lords over God's heritage, but being ensamples to the flock." (1 Peter 5:3).

 
     Likewise when Peter the apostle of Christ said, "Ye younger, submit yourselves unto the elder.",      ...he also finished by saying,

"Yea, all of you be subject one to another, and be clothed with humility (not with red and purple robes of pride and self exaltation!): for God resisteth the proud, and giveth grace to the humble. (1 Peter 5:5).    

 Brethren, when you walk into one of the many man made organizations called "churches" today, and you see men wearing costumes, or allowing themselves to be called "reverend"...    

 ("Reverend" is from the Latin word "august", which the Roman Caesars called themselves. Caesar Augustus means "the King is god". Later on, this pagan tradition was instituted in the Roman church by the pagan priests [who are priests of nothing], who decided that the people should call them "reverend", which means, "to be worshiped as God".)

      ...or to be called, "pastor so and so", or "apostle so and so", or "elder so and so", or when you see these ungodly men sitting in "special" seats in the front of the church-
(they love the chief seats in the synagogues, and to be called of men, Rabbi, Rabbi--Matthew 23:6,7)


  ...you can know of a truth that these men are the Nicolaitanes, and that God hates what they are doing! They honour each other and pat each other on the back as if they were holy men of God, but they are hypocrites and liars, and usurpers of authority. Come away from them! They know not the honour that cometh from God, nor do they care for it. They desire the honour and reverence of men, and that is their reward. The blackness of darkness forever is reserved for them, and soon the empire that they have built for themselves, which they have blasphemously called by Jesus' name, will fall like a bowing and a tottering wall, and sudden destruction shall come upon them, and there shall be no escape. They are vipers, children of hell; and those whom they beget in their hypocrisy (the converts they make and teach) are literally twofold more the children of hell than they are. A corrupt tree cannot bring forth good fruit. It is just not possible. Corruption only begets corruption. Wherefore come out from among them, and be separate, and touch not the unclean thing, and I will receive you, saith the LORD...      

The meeting of the church is for the saints to gather together and worship God, enjoy his fellowship in the praises of his people, and experience his power and gifts in the form of teaching, prophecy, tongues and interpretation, healing, etc..., and although there may be those who are called and equipped to teach, the Bible says that, 

"ye may all prophesy one by one, that all may learn, and all may be comforted."



     But in the churches today, the "elders" have the whole show worked out and timed just so, that there is no place for a word from the Lord if any man or woman had one. Plus that they are so protective of their self made empires that they are afraid to let anyone speak in the church who has not been given permission by the pastor, because that person might speak a word from the Lord Jesus Christ that will wake up the people and tear down the false authority they have established by their "clergy and laity" system of the Nicolaitanes...      

Where in the Bible does anyone declare that a saint of God needs permission from the pastor before he speaks a word in the church? That is ridiculous! The Bible says, let the word come forth, and then let the others judge (by the scripture, whether the word is from Jesus or not--1 Corinthians 14:29-31)!      

Anyone who forbids you to speak in the church without knowing what you are going to say is a Nicolaitane, and he is afraid that you are going to topple his established control over the people with the truth! Period! There is no other reason for that kind of unscriptural dominance. I personally have been physically removed from a denominational church for trying to speak a word from the Lord without the pastor's prior approval and permission. What a shame it is when the Lord sends his word to a church to help them learn and be saved, and they throw him out so they can keep their religion as they have established it.

 
    

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