Many pastors and preachers see nothing wrong with the fact that today’s church doesn’t believe exactly the same thing as the primitive Christian church believed and taught. They place no small amount of weight upon what succeeding generations of theologians believed and taught.
After all, those were learned men, and the primitive Christians were, well, primitive. They were fishermen, tax collectors, tent makers. What did they know about theology?
The problem is, these fishermen, tax collectors, and tent makers are the people who have told us what Jesus taught them. A really interesting case in point is what the first Christians believed and taught about death and the afterlife.