I dont know where you became so skeptical, apart from watching people such as Swaggert, Robinson, Falwell, and the modern counterparts swindle the masses. Yet all that you have established is that there are many conmen in Christianity.
If somebody claims that all dogs are brown, the onus is on you to present one that isn't.
... you certainly can't say Protestants also practice Mass.
Wikipedia can and does:
quote:Mass is the main eucharistic liturgical service in many forms of Western Christianity. The term Mass is commonly used in the Roman Catholic and Anglican churches, as well as in some Lutheran, Methodist, Western Rite Orthodox, and Old Catholic churches.
Other Christian denominations may employ terms such as Divine Service or worship service (and often just "service"), rather than the word Mass. link
Note that this early gathering very much was cohesive and united through belief as well as actions.
But what does it mean to believe?
But I wholeheartedly disagree with you that a bunch of secular humanists could simply feed people and give them spare change and in any way represent the early believers in a continuum.
That's an opinion not based on fact. There are societies all over the world that manage to feed their hungry as well as we do without one single, solitary "anointed Christian" - so clearly anointed Christians are not a factor.