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Wednesday, 14 January 2015

Who were the Nicolaitans?, and what are their Doctrine and Deeds ?

In the first address, to the Ephesians, the Lord says, "But this thou hast, that thou hatest the deeds of the Nicolaitanes, which I also hate" [2:6]. Here it is more than the "deeds" of the Nicolaitanes. There are now not merely "deeds," but "doctrine."
And the Church, instead of repudiating it, was holding with it.
In the Ephesian days, they hated the deeds of the Nicolaitanes; but in Pergamos, they "had," and did not reprobate, those who held the doctrine.
"But I have a few things against thee, because thou hast there them that hold the doctrine of Balaam, who taught Balac to cast a stumbling block before the children of Israel, to eat things sacrificed unto idols, and to commit fornication. Revelation [2:14,15]
They, like the Gnostics and other false teachers, abused the doctrine of grace and tried to introduce licentiousness in its place [2 Peter 2:15, 19; Jude 1:4]. 
Jesus commends the church of Ephesus for hating the deeds of the Nicolaitans 
[Revelation 2:6].

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