The churches in Derek’s area have recently been suffering inner turmoil. Some among the leaders have risen up and called Derek and those who agree with him “cultists” because they are trying to apply Scripture to how they govern the church. Derek says that these opponents are motivated by self-interest. They have been trying more subtle means for some time to draw the people away to follow just them, but recently they have become more brazen. Derek has been pleading with them about the error of their ways, but they have not been willing to listen. He asks for prayer as this is threatening to split the church.
*Name wrongly put as Doug, changed to Derek