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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