Ungodly pride and ambition are at the bottom of this unwillingness to respect those above us. The celebrated Dr. Samuel Johnson says: "Your levelers wish to level down as far as themselves; but they can not bear leveling up to themselves, They would all have some people under them; why not, then, have some people above them?" Love of having the pre-eminence makes sad havoc with personal piety and with the prosperity of the church. Such people are ready to reject their preachers. Diotrephes would not receive even the Apostle John, the beloved disciple.
Roberts, B.T. Pungent Truths (Kindle Locations 1429-1437). Unknown. Kindle Edition.