The ‘thou shalt not judge’ statement has become the mantra of tolerance infiltrating the Body of Messiah leaving it injured by sinful lifestyles and no justice for removing the blight of sin. While no one knows the motive of the heart, we are called to be fruit inspectors. We are to look at the person’s fruit and decide if the tree is good or bad (Matthew 12:33).
To the credit of the Ephesian community of believers, they hate the Nicolaitans. In Greek, nico means ‘conquer,’ and laitan refers to ‘lay people’; Nicolaitan means ‘conquer the lay people.’ This implies there is a hierarchy in Ephesus –– those who rule and those who submit. Yeshua hates this hierarchy because he is to be the only Shepherd over his sheep, King over his Kingdom, High Priest over his Priesthood, and Bridegroom for his Bride.