The believers in Pegamos were in a tough place. ‘You live in Satan’s seat,’ Jesus said, ‘and I know all about your works and how you hold fast to My name and how you have not denied the faith even when Antipas was martyred for his faith.’
But on the other hand they had some serious problems. There were some in the church who held on the doctrine of the Nicolaitans. These folks were antinomian in their beliefs. Basically they believed that because of our liberty in Christ they could do whatever they wanted. Since our salvation is secure they believed they could just do whatever they wanted. That included an connection with idolatry and open fornication. It was all okay because believers had liberty to do what they wanted.
Hopefully none of us live with a Nicolaitan spirit. Or at least we don’t think we do, but there are times when we do choose to take an attitude that we would rather do what we want than what God wants. We know it is not going to send us to hell so we give in to our whims and just do it anyway.
Sin is nothing to be trifled with. If we are dabbling with a spirit that says it is acceptable to carry on in sin and at the same time claim to be faithful to Christ we need to examine our hearts and our spirit, but most of all it is time to repent.