Who were the Nicolaitans?


But you have this in your favor: You hate the practices of the Nicolaitans, which I also hate. Revelation 2:6
            Scholars aren’t sure but believe it was a sect that followed a man named Nichols.  Either they embraced Gnosticism (mysterious, mystical, secretive teachings) or idol-worship and sexual practices.   There was an obscure man named Nichols from Antioch who served Christ (Acts 6:5).  Maybe he lost his way and started his own denomination.
            Either way, he was bad and God hated his practices.