The apostate branch of Christianity, the Catholic Church came into a form and an institution around the time of Constantine. Some would argue that the Catholic Church has always been instituted since right after the Ascension. It is true, an apostate Christianity was propagated almost immediately after the time of the Ascension. In the book of I John, John is teaching against the gnostic heresy’s that had already infiltrated the church. Once the Catholic Church came to power the clergy system came into play immediately. The clergy & laity doctrine is older than the Gospels. It is simply the doctrine or belief that one class of people, a higher class, shall rule over the lower class of people. This demonic teaching was taught by Greek philosophers, whose philosophy has shaped even the present culture we live in today. Socrates taught that the only people capable of ruling or leading were philosophers. This was hypocritical of him however because many times he was asked to become a politician and he would decline. This same demonic heresy was responsible for the holocaust. The Nazi’s believed in the Aryan Race teaching. The belief that there was a superior race and class of people who should rise up and dominate the half breeds and sub-humans(The Jews). Jesus confronted this doctrine post Ascension in the book of Revelation’s seven letters to the seven churches, when he talked about the doctrine of the Nicolaitans.
The root of the word Nicolaitans comes from Greek:
nikao, to conquer or overcome, and
laos, which means common people and which the word laity comes from.
So the two words together Nicolaitans means to conquer over or rule over the common people. Jesus hated this doctrine….
‘Yet this you do have, that you hate the deeds of the Nicolaitans, which I also hate.
….and he rebuked those who held to the false teaching and told them they should repent:
15’So you also have some who in the same way hold the teaching of the Nicolaitans.
16’Therefore repent; or else I am coming to you quickly, and I will make war against them with the sword of My mouth.
So someone please tell me why did this get lost in the reformation!!! We need a new reformation, better yet we need a REVOLUTION!!! We have cloned the Catholic religious system, yet we call ourselves protestants the only difference is that the Catholics have their one pope and we have many popes. We have men who sit up in the pulpit, with their high and lofty titles and positions, trying to take the place of Jesus by becoming a mediator between God and the people.