Some of the worst havoc wrought to the Christian faith has been a direct result of unscriptural forms of church structure. Only a few centuries after the apostlesâ€™ death, for example, Christian churches began to assimilate both Roman and Jewish concepts of status, power, and priesthood. As a result, church government was clericalized and sacralized. Under Christâ€™s name an elaborately structured institution emerged that corrupted the simple, family structure of the apostolic churches, robbed Godsâ€™ people of their lofty position and ministry in Christ, and exchanged Christâ€™s supremacy over His people for the supremacy of the institutional church.
- Alexander Strauch, Biblical Eldership: An urgent call to restore biblical church leadership, 101