9 I wrote unto the ecclesia: but Diotrephes, who loveth to have the preeminence among them, receiveth us not.

Brother Thomas answered his critics who accused him of wanting to be the head of a sect:

"As to desiring to be the head of a religious party in this country, I scorn the position as unworthy a Christian man. When I reflect upon who have been the heads of the religious parties in the world, I feel that I should be degraded were I to be added to their coterie. A man can attain to no higher honour in this state, than to that of being an heir of God and a joint heir with Christ of the promise made to Abraham. The head of a sect! Contemptible! I leave such vanities to those whose empty heads are best pleased therewith; they have no charms for me."

Life and Works of Dr Thomas.