Inasmuch as I’m a ‘layman’ (that is, a member of the ‘laity’, a term comprising half of the word “Nicolaitane”, which is found in Revelation chapter 2, verses 6 and 15, and of which Jesus says, “I hate it”),
And inasmuch as “Nicao” or “Nikos” means conqueror of, or victorious over the people…and ‘laos’ means the common people, we have therefore Nicolaitanes being those who have conquered the common people.
And so, in order to throw the whole abominable shebang into the face of God, the catholics gave us the ‘clergy/laity’ system (and which the illegitimate children of the catholic church, the denominations, adopted most happily), whereby there are those especially called of God, and employed by God and paid by God, and who are ‘over the common people’ who are taxed by God to pay the victors over the common people, are known as the ‘clergy, while…the common people, the unworthy saints (or disciples as you will) are then called the “Laity” taken directly from “Laos”. Giving to us the horrid blessing of the ‘clergy/laity’ system of today.
All we need do now, is to identify just one example of a ‘singular’ pastor (clergy as it were), as opposed to a plurality of eldership (among a priesthood consisting of all believers) such as we see in the New Testament, and all will be well with Nicolaitanism as the way it must be done today.
Oh wait, but there is indeed one example of such.
And isn’t it interesting that he makes his appearance in the very latter part of the first century, when the Word began to be vilified and altered by commentators? We find this fellow, this “pastors’ saint”, this outstanding Christian in 3 John, where of him it is said,
“I wrote unto the church: but Diotrephes, who loveth to have the preeminence among them, receiveth us not. Wherefore, if I come, I will remember his deeds which he doeth, prating against us with malicious words: and not content therewith, neither doth he himself receive the brethren, and forbiddeth them that would, and casteth them out of the church. Beloved, follow not that which is evil, but that which is good. He that doeth good is of God: but he that doeth evil hath not seen God.” 3 John 9-11. Obviously, Diotrephes was an outstanding member of the clergy, an exemplary pastor, hence his beatification herein.
I shall humbly wear hereafter the name of ‘layman’…and by your leave, will be pleased to call you “Diotrephesians”, meaning those who represent Nicolaitanism at its very best.
After all, Jesus is with you there“…And he said unto them, Ye are they which justify yourselves before men; but God knoweth your hearts: for that which is highly esteemed among men is abomination in the sight of God.” Luke 16:15.
So in parting, I spent some time today writing a poem. I dedicate it to Netchaplain and this thread with respect and admiration…and all the while wishing that I myself might know the things of God so well.
So then, with your kind permission, I give you…
“The Anti-Commentators’ Creed”
“I’d so much rather heed the incorruptible Word of God,
Than to foolishly stumble into hallowed ground,
Over which others in error have trod.
For salvation isn’t what is written
In the church membership scrolls…
But is that which is written in our hearts,
Hearts which only we can totally control.
For if we cannot be lost, once saved from hell,
Why not then do away with ourselves,
So we can miss the pain of the evil world
we know so evilly well?
Remember Lot’s wife, do not draw back unto perdition,
For the dog is returned to his vomit, and the sow to her wallow.
And yet the smart among us say, “It’s an untenable position”
A position some of us simply will not be found to swallow.
Fall off the wagon, fall from grace,
It’s okay so long as our minds are fine,
And God’s doesn’t decide to turn us over to face,
The dead curse of a reprobate mind.
Drunks, sinners and lately lost,
Never knowing the final tally, the utmost cost,
Of having known God, but in sin tossed from His hand,
So that even they can happily ever after, live in God’s promised land.”
On this one, I’ll desist, for in not knowing commentators, but knowing God’s Word alone, I’m not qualified, and will have to bid you good evening.