There are groups of Baptists who believe that their doctrine & distinctives can be traced directly back to the time of Christ through a succession of churches. If you believe this, how would the revelation that certain groups of baptist prerunners held beliefs that many modern baptists would call false doctrine in the least & heretical in the worst? The Paulicians believed in a "holy, universal, and apostolic church", that Christ was not God but the Son of God, and that water baptism was an integral part of salvation. They held that received authority, the high-priesthood, became the way the truth and the life, and was filled with the Godhead at His water baptism. The Donatists believed in an uncorrupted and true Catholic church. This belief was an aggravation to the Catholics which they strongly apposed. If pastors actually studied the original writings, I wonder how many would change their teachings on baptist history to conform to the historical truth, and how many would ignore the truth & continue to teach revisionist history to their congregations? What are your thoughts?