We Read in Acts chapter 6, of the appointment of seven Deacons for the early Church. "wherefore, brethern, look ye out among you seven men of honest report, full of the Holy Spirit, and wisdom...and they chose Stephen, a man full of faith and of the Holy Spirit, and Philip, and Nicanor, and Timon, and Parmenas, and Nicolas a proselyte from Antioch" (verses 3,5) In the Book of Revelation, Jesus says: "But this thou hast, that thou hatest the deeds of the Nicolatians, which I also hate" (2:6, also verse 15) Now, the Bishop of Lyons, Irenaeus (A.D.130-200), wrote extensively against the heresies and heretics of his day. And this is what he had to say of the Nicolatians: "The Nicolaitanes are the followers of that Nicolas who was one of the seven first ordained to the diaconate by the apostles .They lead lives of unrestrained indulgence. The character of these men is very plainly pointed out in the Apocalypse of John, [when they are represented] as teaching that it is a matter of indifference to practise adultery, and to eat things sacrificed to idols. Wherefore the Word has also spoken of them thus: “But this thou hast, that thou hatest the deeds of the Nicolaitanes, which I also hate.” (Against Heresies, Book I, chapter 26, 3) The Book of Revelation was written towards the close of the first century, probably 90 A.D, so the time Irenaeus wrote, was not that much later.The Church fathers, Hippolytus (170-236), and Epiphanius (315-403), also mention that this sect mentioned in Revelation was that of the Deacon, Nicolas. Here we have a person who was truly born again, as being rejected by the Lord Jesus Christ, since he fell away from the faith.