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The Nicolaitan doctrine:

 

I Corthinians 1:29: That no flesh should glory in his presence.

 

All who are born again have answered the only supernatural call you will get from God. That is the conviction of the Spirit through the Word. There are no other extra Biblical "callings".

Revelation 2:6  But this thou hast, that thou hatest the deeds of the Nicolaitans, which I also hate.

Revelation 2:15  So hast thou also them that hold the doctrine of the Nicolaitans, which thing I hate.

 

It is the nicolaitan doctrine Paul is warning of in I Cor 1. The elevation of men among “Christians” to imaginary roles of oversight or as regional, national or worldwide "Christian leaders".

 

In the NT and after the deaths of the Apostles and their direct disciples whom they laid hands on, all that is remaining until the return of our Lord in the clouds are two offices within the local assembly: Elder (bishop) and deacon. Elder, bishop, pastor all being synonymous as one office.

 

The sinful flesh requires that others "look at me" as a leader or as better than or as smarter than or especially as more spiritual than others. This is all conveniently declared by this supernatural "calling". Hence the rebuke against self-aggrandizement by the baptizers and elevation of men by those being baptized earlier in I Corthinians 1.

I Cor 1: 25 Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men; and the weakness of God is stronger than men.

26 For ye see your calling, brethren, how that not many wise men after the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called: (He is speaking to the whole church in the passage)

27 But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty;

28 And base things of the world, and things which are despised, hath God chosen, yea, and things which are not, to bring to nought things that are:

29 That no flesh should glory in his presence. (There will no "look at me" types at the Judgment, those that thought they were...will be least)

30 But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption:

31 That, according as it is written, He that glorieth, let him glory in the Lord.

 

A careful study of the two remaining offices will reveal quite a bit that is rarely if ever spoken of by those who perpetuate nicolaitan doctrine:

 

-Apostolic succession with gifts and miraculous powers are gone. Along with any formal or informal oversight of more than one local assembly. So the practice of having big shot names throughout "Christendom" as the pope calls it, who are self appointed as your overseers and the authorities in Bible interpretation is false (nicolaitan). There are no popes, Bob Jones, John Calvins, Billy Grahams, John Rices mentioned anywhere in Scripture because their entire role in life is or was nicolaitan falsehood and counter to Scripture.

 

-Local New Testament assembly Pastor is as high an office as it gets for us and these pastors were to be under-shepherds in their own assemblies only.

 

-All false doctrine originates with the big names who have no place in Scripture. This started during our Lord's ministry and continued with the so-called "early church fathers". Soon thereafter, the Roman Government realized that they could not stop the spread of Biblical Christianity from house to house and neighborhood to neighborhood through force. So the Roman Catholic Church was invented to stop the  spread of the true Gospel and counterfeit it. The roman government created a "State" or government "church" to deceive, control and stop the spread of the real "gospel". They simply applied Biblical "terms" to pagan rituals. The protestant "reformers" supposedly came out of Rome to get back to the Bible but the love of mammon in all its forms effectively halted any spiritual progress toward the Truth of God's Word. Instead of looking to the pope for interpretation and doctrine, the reformed "churches" look to their nicolaitan "fathers" for direction, even centuries after these fathers of the reformation died. The protestant reformation did little more than to widely perpetuate the love of mammon in all its forms (reverence from men, love of the crowd, big shot titles, book deals) and desperately guarded the leaders as untouchable (touch not God's anointed-hic).

Anytime a man builds a tabernacle for all of the surrounding countryside to come to as opposed to continuing to expand the Gospel house to house, neighborhood to neighborhood, he is not building a NT church. He is merely furthering nicolaitan, man-rulership over more than God ever intended in Acts and the Epistles. Just like the Roman Catholic Church and the Protestants who claim to have broken away from them.

This unScriptural practice effectively stops the spread of the Gospel as God clearly demonstrated to us in Acts. Now, instead of hundreds of true local pastors leading their neighborhood churches in the Spirit, we have actually more denominational-ism or NICOLAITAN rulership over large areas. These false "churches" are no different to God than any of the rest of the roman-modeled apostasies out there. The conviction and growth in the Spirit is now stifled being controlled totally by one man who has elevated himself above others and as the final authority in his man-made tabernacle. These foolish men will be judged of the Lord for their love of mammon and pride of life.

 

-The prophets of old were never adjudicated by men, nor were the apostles. In the only instance of Scripture where men "called" another man in God's name, God rejected their "choice" and called His own replacement for Judas. Matthias (man's choice as a replacement apostle) was rejected by God and replaced with His true choice, Saul of Tarsus (the apostle Paul).

 

-Those directly called by God were never in error. (Good luck finding a big name who is not in error)

 

-God directly inspired His Word through these men He directly called, therefore error was impossible.

 

-Pastor/Elder: Preaches God’s complete inerrant Word without direct or further revelation from God.  No Revelation directly than interpretation is based solely on the man's walk with the Spirit, if walk is weak, so will doctrine be. They are directly linked.

 

Biblical examples of direct callings meant no errors

 

Called of men (errors are inevitable)

 

-Church offices pertain only to that local assembly and the officers were chosen out of that local assembly only.

 

-Pastors and deacons were never recruited from other places. Nor were pastors ever novices (young men) as such as seen these days fresh out of institutes of higher "religious" learning (also completely made up and without Biblical precedent - but the world loves their degrees and titles (mammon)). These titles and degrees are no where to be found in the qualifications God gave us and are a stench in God's Nose. Once again please see I Corinthians 1:

 

25 Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men; and the weakness of God is stronger than men.

26 For ye see your calling, brethren, how that not many wise men after the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called:

27 But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty;

28 And base things of the world, and things which are despised, hath God chosen, yea, and things which are not, to bring to nought things that are:

29 That no flesh should glory in his presence.

 

-Neither the office of pastor nor deacon are called directly by God. Hence the adjudication of men is required via the qualifications carefully outlined more than once in the NT. Nowhere in the NT does God say or give even one example of a New Testament pastor being directly called by God just as there is no example of a deacon being called of God. They were all volunteers with the desire, then chosen by either the evangelist who planted the local assembly or the church members according to the qualifications. 

 

-In other words, there is absolutely no difference in the identification and selection of both pastors and deacons in the NT. Neither were directly called of God.

For more on this, please see our article: Called "of God" to Pastor-think again

 

-Pastors in the NT were chosen in one of two ways but both ways required first their “desire” for the office (which logically eliminates any supernatural “calling” in itself), secondly they had to meet all qualifications currently (not life long as many led by men think). The qualifications are ALL WRITTEN IN THE PRESENT TENSE.

 

In Scripture, the church planter (Biblical evangelist) appointed an elder to pastor (if desire and qualifications matched) or the assembly chose the elder themselves from within their own ranks. And in both methods the logical conclusion was when the chosen elder no longer desired the office or no longer currently met the qualifications they were replaced by another volunteer elder in that same home or neighborhood church who currently does meet both desire and qualifications. This is the only conclusion when considering the clear fact that these people are not directly called by God in some supernatural way. It was not the Lord’s intent to make any ado about them and certainly not to perpetuate some life long title, ambition and honors bestowed when they no longer desire the office or retire. All of these later practices came out of Rome through the protestants.

 

-Although mistakenly quoted for pastors constantly, Paul's calling from God actually was a true and direct calling and he never once equated his supernatural experience with that of local elders (pastors). Men since then confuse their (usually sinful) desires to be pastors as some supernatural calling. They have no desire to be nameless, thankless, servants. OH NO sir, if they cannot be greatest among us then they would have no interest in leadership at all.

 

-So if what I say here is fully described in the New Testament as true (if honest, all will admit it is) then why follow these men? Men who had no business outside of their local assembly? Men who had no business making merchandise of God by attempting to "supplement" God's perfect, complete and inerrant Word with their commentary, always for profit. His Word that He promised His Spirit would teach us through personal, eager study and by preaching. 

 

-Even now after 4000 years, God's people will not be ruled by God, they must have human kings. This is the doctrine God hates. The interpretation of I Cor 1 is directly tied to this doctrine.

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