ENTER THE NICOLAITANS (general)
THE FALSE TEACHING OF DELEGATED AUTHORITY
The doctrine of the Nicolaitans was that of a religious hierarchy of delegated authority who claimed to be over those who merely sat in the pew. The term, "Nicolaitans," comes from the Greek, #3528, nikao-nik-ah'-o: to subdue, conquer, overcome, prevail, get the victory and #2992, laos-lah-os': a people.
The term, "Nicolaitans," literally means, "to conquer the people." This should speak volumes to some.
Apparently there were some professing Christians in Ephesus and Pergamos who did not obey Jesus' teaching and example, but instead, created a hierarchal, ruling class of "Nicolaitans" who set themselves above the people in the assemblies. But Jesus directly rebuked them saying, He "hates" (Revelation 2:6) the sin of the Nicolaitans and anyone who holds to that doctrine and/or practices that doctrine should "Repent therefore or else I am coming to you quickly and will fight against them with the sword of My mouth." Revelation 2:15-16
Can anything be more frightening than those words? And yet.....AND YET, do churches today even care? The very idea of a “church” actually voting on, and then actually electing, and then actually installing a man into an office and position in which he has supposedly now been delegated authority to rule over the people is completely incompatible with the words and example of Jesus and the resulting sins are well-documented:
usurping a believer’s responsibility to be a priest (1Peter 2:5,9, Revelation 1:6, 5:10, 20:6)
exercising authority over other believers (Matthew 20:25-28, Mark 10:42-44, Luke 22:24-27)
acting as intermediaries for God (Hebrews 8:11, 1John. 2:27)
self-absorbed instead of building up others (Ephesians 4:12-13)
making decisions on their own initiative (1Thessalonians 2:13, 2 Peter 1:20-21)
taking places of honor (Luke 20:46-47, 14:7-11, Matthew 23:5-7, James 2:1-4)
passing judgment on others (Romans 14:4,13)
wearing and loving religious titles (Matthew 23:8-10)
perversion (Titus 3:11), etc., etc., etc.
This does not mean that there isn't any type of leadership in the Lord’s assembly. God has elders (literally “older men”) as well as others, to guide and to be an example to their fellow believers. (See, "The Eldership Cookbook")
But those in the church who have fabricated these hierarchal systems of delegated authority to rule, control, and exercise dominion as ecclesiastical high priests are sinning in direct violation of Jesus Christ's commands and example! (Matthew 20:25-28, Matthew 23:11-12, Mark 9:35, Mark 10:42-44, Luke 9:48, Luke 14:4, Luke 22:24-27, John 13:4-10, John 13:14-15, etc., etc., etc., etc.)
Also, these unbiblical man-made hierarchal inventions are causing yet another problem: the sin of division, a division that creates barriers and separations between fellow believers on the basis of their perceived power and authority. It is Satan, along with his ministers of righteousness (2 Corinthians 11:15) who are roaming around, seeking to thwart God's purpose. They work overtime to influence strife and division among the saints.
This divisive, evil spirit was already working again, even back in apostolic times.
Finnish reading here http://www.wickedshepherds.com/DelegatedAuthority.html
by Ken Cascio.
As you scour this site, hopefully, there will be some of you who will gain a little knowledge and understanding as to how wicked shepherds have corrupted, contaminated, and disfigured the church; turning it into an enslaving institutional system, which was not founded by Jesus Christ, but by men who love to feed upon and control other human beings.