- Religion and Philosophy
There is an error that is within the church system that should be glaringly obvious, but no one recognizes it for what it is. It is like having an elephant in the room, but one one recognizes it’s an elephant. In fact, it is something that the God hates, but is commonly practiced and considered mandatory.
Many will not like this message as it essentially destroys the foundations that man-made religious systems are built upon.
Yet this you have: you HATE THE WORKS OF THE NICOLAITANS, which I ALSO HATE. – Revelation 2:6
So also you have some who HOLD THE TEACHING OF THE NICOLAITANS. THEREFORE REPENT. If not, I will come to you soon and war against them with the sword of my mouth. – Revelation 2:15-16
- The Deception of the Respecter of Persons within the Church System
There is deception within the institutional Church system that is accepted by everyone within her ranks giving respect to people based upon their status within their professional and social circles.
What is a Nicolaitan?
This may come as a shock to some, but the common forms of government practiced within church buildings are something God hates.
The meaning behind the term Nicolaitan exposes the error of the church system.
Nicolaitan can be divided into two Greek words:
Nike - to dominate, manipulate, intimidate and to conquer.
Laos – people, or laity.
We must ask ourselves, who are the people who put themselves in positions of power and control as lords over the people?
The answer should be obvious. They are what are know as: Pastor, Bishop, Prophet, Apostle, etc. that are special titles placed before their first names for distinction. They are guides of the people leading them in the error of having respect of persons.
You may say that these titles are Scriptural, but that is the illusion of religious deception where men have taken authority by means of their title in elevated position as lords over the people. In simpler terms this can also be defined as idolatry. These are the practices of the clergy-laity system where people follow their leadership instead of Christ. The church minions become disciples of the salaried-to-clergy conforming to religious men with rather than Christ.
And from among your own selves will arise men speaking twisted things, to DRAW AWAY THE DISCIPLES AFTER THEM. – Acts 20:30
These Nicolaitan men make disciples after themselves conforming them to their carnal image of those who part of an apostate denominational church system built upon a hierarchical structure where elevated men abuse their authority that God has NOT given.
God has already given His ekklesia warning concerning this system called 'church.' May we have eyes to see and ears to hear to avoid the trappings of harlot church system.
He who has an ear, LET HIM HEAR what the Spirit says to the ekklesias. To the one who conquers I will grant to eat of the tree of life, which is in the paradise of God.’ – Revelation 2:7
The moment you set foot within a church building you are allowing ecclesiastical men to exercise their dominion over you. Their people will surround you and subjugate you to conform to their denominational templates.
By conceding to their way, you come under their control allowing their head to exercise dominion over you.
But I want you to understand that THE HEAD OF EVERY MAN IS CHRIST – 1 Corinthians 11:3
For some reason those within the church system are simply blind to this verse and allow the ministry of self-titled officials becoming the head of every man and woman.
Are we not live and practice what Christ taught?
Living the faith is becoming a disciple of Christ, not a minion of your Senior Pastor.
Do you really believe that worshiping in a church building with their orchestrated programs and salaried officials has any resemblance to the ekklesia in the New Testament who were admonished to preach the same Gospel and practiced the same faith without Nicolaitan corruption?
Those of you may contend that that there needs to be government among the ekklesia. I can agree, but I guarantee what the church attender defines government will be Nicolaitan to the core.
Paul actually made a list of rank, but you may be surprised that government is found in rank near the bottom.
And God hath set some in the ekklesia, first apostles, secondarily prophets, thirdly teachers, after that miracles, then gifts of healings, helps, GOVERNMENTS, diversities of tongues. – 1 Corinthian 12:28
- The Antichrist Church System: The Orthodoxy of Diotrephes
The followers of Jesus Christ are considered heretics for defying the institutionalized orthodoxy of Diotrephes who is representation of the Antichrist.
Level of Importance
If the Pastor is the primary director of his church government, then according to this verse his government position ranks down at the bottom of the list in importance.
Yes, look at the list and read all the things that have precedence over governments.
What does this say about the self-promoting title called, Pastor?
They fail to understand that the greatest in the Kingdom of God will be the no-name servants who labor among the ekklesia without lording any carnal authority over others trying to make a name for themselves.
Unfortunately, the antichrist system of church has bought into Nicolaitan directive of Satan.
The preeminence of the pulpit peacocks has become an epidemic as they impose their errors on the flock.
Those within the church system do not heed the call of Christ to come out of the harlot apostate churches that are ruled by Nicolaitans. Unfortunately, this pattern of the spirit of antichrist that has been ramping up and has been playing out in greater force as the return of Christ draws closer.
The true fruit of repentance would mean walking out of the harlot church's doors and humbly asking God to take away the baggage of the many errors and deeds of partaking in spiritual Babylon. Their false doctrines have deceived many into false comforts and assurances of following a way that is not on the narrow path.
The indoctrinated are really good at making rationalizations to justify their religious practices that are clearly contrary to the principles of the Kingdom of God. These are the pompous attitudes of those who try to attain God based on their own human reasoning.
I have applied all these things to myself and Apollos for your benefit, brothers, that you may learn by us NOT TO GO BEYOND WHAT IS WRITTEN, that none of you may be puffed up in favor of one against another. – 1 Corinthians 4:6
Believing in Scripture is doing what it says, not just giving lip service to it. Blind ignorance is the way of man’s traditions.
We must read Scripture for ourselves rather than being spoon fed man-made creeds from church hirelings.
Whether we look at the Old Testament to the New Testament there is a parallel of apostasy that is happening right in front of our eyes. When the blind are leading the blind, the obvious is incomprehensible to them.
And SEVEN WOMEN shall TAKE HOLD OF ONE MAN in that day, saying, “We will EAT OUR OWN BREAD and WEAR OUR OWN CLOTHES, only let us be CALLED BY YOUR NAME; TAKE AWAY OUR REPROACH.” – Isaiah 4:1
It is no different today; the people give lip service to Christ, but follow after their own version of faith with their man-made traditions giving themselves their own names under a façade of outward righteousness. They call themselves Christians believing their sins are forgiven, but are in outright disobedience.
Just as the people of Israel did not heed the warnings of the Father through His prophets, the denial has become even greater among those who have conformed to what is called church. They refuse to change their ways wanting to continue buying into the 'one-more-offerings' that their lords require of them.
Those among the ekklesia already understand the counterfeit, but for further clarification the following text will attempt to drive home some more points to refute any eisegesis that designated church officials have cherry-picked for themselves to maintain their elevated platforms professionally living off of the Gospel.
"DO NOT BE CALLED LEADERS; for One is your Leader, that is, Christ. – Matthew 23:10
The word 'leaders' in Greek is 'kathegetes'  and can be split into two different roots:
Kata  – down from, down over and down upon
Hegetes  – to lead, go first, to lead the way and to go before
We can see right here that Christ was condemning being under the authority of any man who is in their fellowship. To deny his words means that you have left God’s Kingdom for man’s kingdom.
The church hirelings love to have their pet verses such as the following:
OBEY YOUR LEADERS AND SUBMIT TO THEM, for they are keeping watch over your souls, as those who will have to give an account. – Hebrews 13:17
The Common Clergy Pet Verse Refuted
Does the author of Hebrews contradict and overrule Christ's very own words?
The church hireling sure thinks so and will push verses like these into your face.
What I have come to learn in my reading of Scripture is that Christ's words always take precedence over a follower of Christ. What I mean is that Scripture must be reconciled through the his teaching. Secondly, the supposed contradiction of the words of any follower of Christ in Scripture must be reconciled with Christ's words, which requires deeper study. Third, it must be a given that anything that comes from the teachings of the church system will always be an attempt to corrupt true faith at the expense of Christ’s teaching as they will twist other Scripture verses to further the agenda of their religious traditions.
Fallen human authority will abuse God's word to justify their own brands of Christianity. They clearly ignore Jesus words; 'It shall not be so among you.'
Honouring men through man-made religious systems disobeys the spirit of the Lord. That is why the masses in their blindness surrender themselves to another mediators.
How many sheep have been captured, sheered, fleeced and butchered because of the twisting of Hebrews 13:17?
Let’s take a deeper look at this verse.
The word for leader in Greek is 'hegeomai,' which means to lead, go first, to go before and lead the way. The term rendered is void of meaning, 'ruling over;' therefore, it should be no surprise that the verse does not contradict Christ's own words.
Even the word, 'obey'  does not mean surrendering to someone who has more authority, but means to give the benefit of the doubt to or to be persuaded by.
Can you see that there is a huge difference and big deception if one believes that 'obey' means submission to an official authority?
This is a pandemic in the church system today.
For those among the ekklesia, Hebrews 13:17 should be understood as follows,
'Allow yourselves to be persuaded by those who go before you because they lead by example. They care about your souls and look out for your best interests as ones who will give account. May we benefit from each others joy.'
Where there is a community of believers, it is only natural that the more mature look after the immature through discretion of Christ.
This is by far much different than the man-made engineering of authoritative hierarchical structures imposed on the flock where the sheep are scattered all over the place seeking after human mediators.
Immature lambs have no idea that they are being served up as rack-of-lamb to the ravenous wolves that want to consume them.
Do not be enslaved in the religious systems of men, but be free. Don’t let religious men deceive you into dependence upon cookie-cutter religious practices that create a perpetual dependence upon salaried church officials to guide you.
Christ is our Teacher, Pastor, Overseer and Shepherd. We are all brothers and sisters in Christ who are all of equal value relating to one another on the basis of the Holy Spirit dwelling within us and the gifts the Father has given us.
Is Christ your Shepherd?
Think about it.
Many say yes, but are under an antichrist overlord that Christ despises.
If Christ is truly your Shepherd, then you will have the discernment to deny the mammon of the Nicolaitan church system.
Little children, KEEP YOURSELVES FROM IDOLS. – 1 John 5:21
Do you want to stand before the judgment of Christ because you have willfully chosen to partake of a system that is steeped in deadly deception and error?
Come out of the harlot system, repent and seek after the Good Shepherd who will guide you into His Kingdom. It is a narrow path of brokenness and repentance, but the spirit of Christ will give you the strength to endure and persevere to become an overcomer.
Are you a part of the the Nicolaitan system?
- The Hierarchical Structure within the Corrupt Modern Church System
Many falsely assume that the government of God's people is to be run by the hierarchical structure of the priesthood class even though Jesus Christ eliminated it.
- Corrupt Church Government
Submitting to God requires discernment and understanding. It is not about conforming to a religious institutionalized system of the modern “church” where you become a slave to the traditions of man.
- Men with Titles in False Churches
The modern “church” is full of men with titles, but these professional titles that are pinned upon these men do not come from God, but men themselves.
- Those Who Submit to the Corrupt Church System
Church members are solely dependent upon their ordained ministers to hear from God for them. They sit, listen and nod their heads being spoon fed doctrine that fits to their denominational mould.
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