[quote=Maccabees]There are no heretical sects from that period that continue today like most existing sects they are protestant in nature or offshoots like Mormons or Jehovah’s Witnesses
THe Berean’s today usually belong to the Berean Fundamental Church its basically a fundametlaist protestant sect.
My handbook of denominations says this: "In the mid 1930’s, Dr. Ivan E. Olsen became the first pastor of an independant church, the Berean Fundamental Church in North Platte, Nebraska. Following, the biblical principles of evangelism found in Acts 1:8, Olsen assisted in planting 16 churches in surrounding communities.
This is hardly early christianity here.
The Bereans were from a Judean town of Berea!
What follows is not overly relevant to our inquiry here, aside from the fact that an uproar ensues, and Paul and Silas are forced out of town, leading them to Berea. In contrast with the jealous Jews who had stirred up trouble, Luke tells us that those in Berea were more “noble-minded.” Rather than stirring up trouble, they eagerly listened to the message of Paul and Silas. At this point, however, we need to look closely at the text. The term “noble minded” is euvgene,steroi, which is the adjectival comparative form. Luke is making a contrast between the attitude of the Thessalonians and that of the Bereans. As F.F. Bruce points out in his commentary on Acts, the term originally referred to nobility, but eventually came to mean “open minded.” How did they show their open-mindedness? They did so by eagerly receiving the message of the Apostles, daily examining the Scriptures to see if what they were receiving was in accordance with God’s truth. The Greek text indicates that these were not two different activities: the receiving of the message and the searching of the Scriptures on a daily basis are one action in Luke’s description. The “daily examining the Scriptures” is a description of the means by which the Bereans received the word of the Apostles. A.T. Robertson points out that the term “searching” as in “searching the Scriptures” (avnakri,nontej) means "to sift up and down, make careful and exact research as in legal precesses as in Ac 4:9; 12:19, etc.).aomin.org/This%20Bereans%20passage.html