In 160 C.E. the Bishop of Melito of Sardis went to Judea to find the legendary Christian Church. What he found was that there was NO DECENDANTS of any of the aledged apostles. (Ludemann,G 1995, 31). He found a small group of Gnostics who called themselves Ebonites (poor men). They had their own sacred texts;
Gospel of the Ebonites,
Gospel of the Twelve Apostles,
These texts varied significantly from the New Testament of today. Irenaeus leaves no doubt that Ebonites were Gnostics (Ludemann 247, note 111). Epiphanius stated the Ebonites were vegitarians, a fact that is universally accepted as being Gnostic.
When the infamous church propagandist Eusebius addressed this fact he stated that everyone in the Judean church had become heretics.
Irenaeus. - also referred to as Saint Irenaeus, was Bishop of Lugdunum in Gaul, then a part of the Roman Empire. He was an early Church Father and apologist, and his writings were formative in the early development of Christian theology.
Eusebius of Caesarea. - also known as Eusebius Pamphili, was a Roman historian, exegete, and Christian polemicist of Greek descent. He became the bishop of Caesarea Maritima about 314.
The evidence is that the first century church had always been made up exclusively of different sects of Gnostics. These Gnostics went by a different "New Testament" than the current Catholic decreed version.