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The Higher Liberty
by Gregory HHC, d
Minister of His Holy Church
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Nicolaitan and Balaam
“But this thou hast, that thou
hatest the deeds of the Nicolaitans, which I also hate.” Rev.
What was the doctrine of the
“Nicolaitans”? Nike is the Greek word for
“conqueror”. Laos is a word for “people”.
“Which have forsaken the right
way, and are gone astray, following the way of Balaam [the son] of
Bosor, who loved the wages of unrighteousness;” 2 Peter 2:15
Balaam is from the Hebrew
word Baal, meaning “lord” or “master”
and am references the “people”. It is an
expression of rank over the people.
Nicolaitan and Baalam are two different forms of the same idea. Both include the idea of
rank, lordship, and submission to an exercising authority over the
people, which God hates.
Nicolaitans were charged with
holding the error of Balaam, casting a stumbling block before the
church of God by upholding the liberty of eating things sacrificed to
idols as well as committing fornication. What kind of fornication?
This was not sexual.
The people who were meant to be
free were snared by their own appetite for benefits at the expense of
their neighbor. The people are devoured in the civic pot filled with
their own flesh.
We cannot partake of that
cauldron unless you agree with the terms. Paul asks, “And what
agreement hath the temple of God with idols? ...” 2Co 6:16.
When people give up their right
to choose in exchange for benefits they are conquered by their
own avarice, lust, appetite and desires. God hates the deeds of the
If we are to follow Christ we
need to live by faith, not by the sword of rulers who take from
others. Those governments offer a snare, not a benefit. Those who see
it must come together to loosen it. The key to the kingdom is what
you bind on earth is bound in heaven and what you loosen on earth is
also loosened in heaven.
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