HIERARCHY IN THEIR CHURCH. Rev. 2:6 The Nicolaitans were a heretical sect of people in this congregation. The word means, "Niko” to conquer and “Laos” the people. It means simply this: The Nicolaitan=s philosophy was that there was a difference between the "laity" who were the people in the pew, and the clergy who were the church’s religious leaders.
It was an attempt to reestablish of Old Testament priesthood in the churches which led to a group of leaders which were above the common people. This hateful practice eventually led to the establishment of popes and prophets ruling in a hierarchal church governments over the local congregation. It is the idea that spiritual leadership can only come from an elite or special class of upper class officers in the church. They purport that only through these special persons does God speak to and give the authority to control and dictate to the congregation. Only this elite little group has access to God and the people must come through them to reach the Lord. The Nicolaitans thus sought to control access to God. Historically the congregation at Ephesus did not purge itself of this unbiblical idea. Today it is still around in various forms in such apostate churches as the Roman Catholic and in Protestant denominations. It is also prevalent in the Christian cults.
Every member of the body of Christ is a minister responsible to his Savior for his own spiritual relationship to Christ. No one can intercede between a believer and His Lord. Every Christian is a believer-priest and needs no one to intercede on his behalf save Christ Himself. (See Hebrews 10:19-22) The institution of the local church was given by the Lord to edify, build up believers in the word of God, and to evangelize the world. Each congregation is responsible to follow the Bible, God's word which alone is ". . . given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness. That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works" (2 Tim. 3:16-17).
Christ says he hated their deeds. If Christ said he hated the deeds of these people who sought to enslave the congregation and rule over them, how can any denomination, church or believer condone being ruled by a hierarchy of men?