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11 A similar example of compromise of relevance to our own day is found in Christians who continue to participate in Masonic orders. (Revelation 2:13,14) This was bad enough, but there was a yet worse evil. those who in the New Dispensation repeated the sin of Balaam in the Old, and sought to overcome or destroy the people of God by the same temptations whereby Balaam had sought to overcome them before.7, Therefore I judge that we should not trouble those from among the Gentiles who are turning to God, but that we write to them to abstain from things polluted by idols, from sexual immorality, from things strangled, and from blood. . Copyright © 2020, Bible Study Tools. In a time of persecution, when the eating or not eating of things sacrificed to idols was more than ever a crucial test of faithfulness, they persuaded men more than ever that was a thing indifferent.
2:17. . are the Balaamites . Today, we see the epitome of this woeful evil within the religious prisonhouse of Catholicism. Irenaeus (Haer. . 8 The doctrine relevant to the downfall resulting from Balaams counsel advocates that the people of God commit sexual immorality or intermarry with the heathen and compromise in the matter of idolatrous worship.Walvoord, The Revelation of Jesus Christ, 68. Christ implies that all three are the same basic heresy under different guises. 7 Richard Chenevix Trench, Commentary on the Epistles to the Seven Churches in Asia (Eugene, OR: Wipf and Stock Publishers, 1861), 82-83. If the meaning of these two words is combined, Nicolaitan means “to conquer or prevail over the people.” Unfortunately the early church succumbed to the doctrine of the Nicolaitans, instituting a papal hierarchy of priests and clergy that lorded over the flock, instead of shepherding and serving them. “Nicolaitans means a system run by evangelists, elders, bishops, popes, rabbis, priests and modern day prophets that have forced its people (members) to submit to their dominion (rulership)”. it may be observed that his name [Balaam], according to the best etymology, signifies Destroyer of the people ( . . . Rev.
4 The explanation that takes the Nicolaitans to be composed of followers of Nicolaus of Antioch has strong support in the early church.
© 2020 Christianity.com. The word “conquer” means to use force and control over someone. Added to Irenaeus are the testimonies of Tertullian, Hippolytus, Dorotheus of Tyre, Jerome, Augustine, Eusebius and others.
The early churches were deceived by such teachings and turned away from the eating of the Lord and the feasting with the Lord. 5 We conclude that Nicolaitanism was an antinomian movement whose antecedents can be traced in the misrepresentation of Pauline liberty, and whose incidence may be connected with the special pressures of emperor worship and pagan society.Colin J. Hemer, The Letters to the Seven Churches of Asia in Their Local Setting (Grand Rapids, MI: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 1989), 94. . from בֶלַע [ḇelaʿ] and עָם [ʿām] ; and Νικόλαος [Nikolaos] (νικα῀ν τὸν λαόν [nikan ton laon] ) is no more than a Grecizing of this name . “Nicolaitans ” means followers of Nicolas, Nicolaitans : a sect mentioned in (Revelation 2:6,15) whose deeds were strongly condemned. . When the Church was still confined to Jerusalem, he was chosen by the whole multitude of the disciples to be one of the first seven deacons, and he was ordained by the apostles, c. AD 33.
. . 1 In church history there is no record or mention of this group, so clues as to its identity need to be sought elsewhere.Arnold G. Fruchtenbaum, The Footsteps of Messiah, rev ed.
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Doctrine and Practices of Nicolaitans .
3 Duane F. Watson, Nicolaitans, in David Noel Freeman, ed., The Anchor Bible Dictionary (New York, NY: Doubleday, 1996, c1992), 4:1106. … 6:20, to which Irenaeus here appears to refer.Hemer, The Letters to the Seven Churches of Asia in Their Local Setting, s.v. (Tustin, CA: Ariel Ministries, 2003), 51. The primary passage (adv. Who were the Nicolaitans in the historical context? . Rev. The doctrine of the Nicolaitans, mentioned twice in John’s discourse to the seven churches in Revelation, is as prevalent in our churches today as it was then. The men who did and taught such things were followers of Balaam. It’s not that I’m horny all the time.
)( . we are here set upon the right track. 2 Some have interpreted their name as meaning conquering the people from nikaō, meaning to conquer and laos, meaning the people. This view considers the Nicolaitans as the forerunners of the clerical hierarchy superimposed upon the laity and robbing them of spiritual freedom.John F. Walvoord, The Revelation of Jesus Christ (Chicago, IL: Moody Press, 1966), 58.
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