I have a friend who's attending a split off of the church I attend. Unfortunately he's become really close with the pastor of said church... who used to be the pastor of the whole church, but who decided he wouldn't be willing to abide by his contract and stay within the church constution. So basically he resigned but the next sunday he and the head pastor who had also resigned were leading a "bible study" with several of the church's members. The worst part is that several of this church's members are claiming that what they've done is completely allowed by scripture. So I've shown him the verses that show that Christ and Paul taught on keeping the unity of the local church, but he refuses to listen. I wouldn't have so much of a problem with my friend going if I didn't know that the members of this other church are continually gossiping about our church, and the pastor knows about it but doesn't do anything. Infact one of the wives of an elder there told one of our members "the reason your church has so much cancer is because there's so many sinners". That and the pastors are both incredibly legalistic. Oh and our church later found out after the split (because we were silly enough to not research the head pastor before he came) that the pastor had acctually split another church in the same way before. So there's evidence that it was a planned split, and I get the impression from talking to some people from that church that they were trying to get "the real Christians". So yeah... if anyone has any advice that I could use to show my friend how utterly... uhhh... that he's wrong... that'd be great cause it sucks.