From chapter 14—Apostles and Elders, Not Bureaucracy
Safeguards on Authority
“Genesis 1 clearly brings forth the truth that man was created to rule:
And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.
And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth. (Genesis 1:26, 28)
Modern translations use the word “rule” instead of “have dominion.” Man has an innate urge to rule. The problem is that fallen man usually does not rule in the right way. His carnal nature causes him to rule either from wrong motives or by illegitimate means, or both. The result is usually expressed in manipulation or domination. Wherever you encounter these things, you have met the devil! God never manipulates and He never dominates.”
The remainder of the chapter discusses these safeguards that appear not to be followed in many if not most of the modern American churches. Richard Duke
Rediscovering God’s Church, p. 181, Derek Prince