Uh, the Cathers did. The Menonites do. The Armenian church does as well as the ancient Christian church in India. Claiming descent from an apostle is a common element in the older model Christian churches. The newer models dispense with finding it a necessity ~ particularly those who claim the special guidance of the Holy Spirit.
It is not mere descent that is being lauded, but the lineage in union with the teaching. Despite being a Bishop and successor of one of the Apostles, no one would claim that Arius and his followers were a legitimate branch of Christianity because there teachings diverged from what had been believed since the beginning.
posted on 05/03/2008 11:55:42 AM PDT
("Other than that, Mrs. Lincoln, how was the play?")
Most likely, but the very next generation after Thomas arrived in India was definitely into the "reincarnation" thing.
We can only imagine how other apostles' messages were slightly modified.
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