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Who were the Nicolaitans?

There is a new graphic novel of the Book of Revelation @ http://www.amazon.com/Book-Revelation-every-publishing-incorporate/dp/0310421403/ref. I used the “Click here to look inside” feature and was puzzled by this:

So I googled, “Who were the Nicolaitans?” and found an interesting article, which I’ve drawn from below.

There are only two passages in the Bible that mentions a sect called the Nicolaitans:

But you have this in your favour: You hate the practices of the Nicolaitans, which I also hate. — Revelation 2:5-7

Likewise, you also have those who hold to the teaching of the Nicolaitans. — Revelation 2:14-16

Multiple sources dating back to around the time of the early Church tell us the Nicolaitans were a Gnostic sect, founded by an apostate Church deacon named Nicholas. The early Church historian Eusebius tells us this sect was short-lived. It is likely they held various doctrines about ‘secret knowledge’ being necessary for salvation, as was common among Gnostic sects, but most of the references are about their sexual practices.

  • Irenaeus wrote that ‘they lead lives of unrestrained indulgence.’
  • Venerable St. Bede wrote that Nicolas allowed other men to marry his wife.
  • Thomas Aquinas wrote that Nicholas supported either polygamy or group marriage.

That certainly explains the graphic!




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The Trinity

Above all guard for me this great deposit of faith for which I live and fight, which I want to take with me as a companion, and which makes me bear all evils and despise all pleasures:

I mean the profession of faith in the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit.

I entrust it to you today. By it I am soon going to plunge you into water and raise you up from it. I give it to you as the companion and patron of your whole life.

I give you but one divinity and power, existing one in three, and containing the three in a distinct way. Divinity without disparity of substance or nature, without superior degree that raises up or inferior degree that casts down… the infinite co-naturality of three infinites.

Each person considered in himself is entirely God… the three considered together… I have not even begun to think of unity when the Trinity bathes me in its splendor.

I have not even begun to think of the Trinity when unity grasps me.

~St. Gregory of Nazianzus (325-389) – A Doctor of the Church whose theological work continues to influence modern theologians.


Catholic Catechism, paragraph 256

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