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(nihc oh lay' ituhnss) Heretical group in the early church who taught immorality and idolatry. They are condemned in Revelation 2:6 ,Revelation 2:6,2:15 for their practices in Ephesus and Pergamon. Thyatira apparently had resisted the false prophecy they preached ( Revelation 2:20-25 ). The Nicolaitans have been linked to the type of heresy taught by Balaam (Numbers 25:1-2 ; 2 Peter 2:15 ), especially the pagan feasts and orgies that they apparently propagated in the first-century church.

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These dictionary topics are from the Holman Bible Dictionary, published by Broadman & Holman, 1991. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Broadman & Holman.

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Butler, Trent C. Editor. Entry for 'Nicolaitans'. Holman Bible Dictionary. 1991.

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