Revelation | Pergamum and the Nicolaitans
The Nicolaitans and Church at Pergamum were one of the Seven Churches of Revelation that Jesus addresses. Jesus commends the church of Pergamum for not denying His name and for keeping the faith. However, He also reproves them by saying, “But I have a few things against you, because you have there those who hold the doctrine of Balaam, who taught Balak to put a stumbling block before the children of Israel, to eat things sacrificed to idols, and to commit sexual immorality. Thus you also have those who hold the doctrine of the Nicolaitans, which thing I hate.” Revelation 2:14-15.
On this episode we discuss the doctrine of the Nicolaitans and reveal why God had a particular hatred for it. We take you on a journey into the Greek to discover what the name “Nicolaitans” even means. According to the Greek it means “above the laity”, which described a type of clergy class that had begun to develop among the people. The Nicolaitans were probably a sect that branched off of Nicolas and his first century gnosticism. However, history also shows us that a spiritual hierarchy began to develop among the churches and one that was not ordained by God.
This podcast is more than just pointing out 2000 year old sins. It really tries to show us just where our modern churches fit into these descriptions. How have we become like the Nicolaitans and where in our faith have we desired to be exalted among the brethren? Have we gathered together as brothers and sisters under Christ or is there another order that we are hoping to establish?