There are no records that could ever accurately support any church existing in Jerusalem before 71AD. In fact, based on research you could stretch that beyond 180AD where they may have been whispers of a sect called Christianity, after most of the disciples were scattered, persecuted and martyred. Before Titus and his 10th Legion under Emperor Vespasian sacked Jerusalem and Masada and destroyed Herod's Temple, there were no churches. Only 3 towers were left standing at the time along with the western wall according to historian Flavius Josephus, who is said to have witnessed the destruction event. As I've tried to explain also, that where the apostles and other disciples worshipped were not churches, they were Bayit (Bait) Av Yahweh and the temple similarly called the beit (beyit) Beit HaMikdash. One means house the other home.<quoted text>
It was the church in Jerusalem(apostolic) from 33 AD to about 135/140. It was influenced by "Paul" also. It divided after Paul's interference into two factions. The Romans pretty well finished it off. Their writings were probably burned, as were most others of the time.
"The Way" may have even been those who tried to keep the writing accurate in reality, and you know what became of them.
I agree with you about PoT some. I also think that many things attributed to him were fabrications of the "universal" church, who influenced Greek writers at the time.(conquer-restructure thought and religion)
However, I'm glad you've caught the problem which exists about Paul. After all, his writings are the most controversial and most subject to interpretations and misinterpretations. Also, because of his writings that seem to hover between and leaning towards either the defense of or against Law and Grace through faith, it has caused many spits denominationally within Christendom. If you look through the NT, you can easily see a pattern, almost like footprints of tampering and misdirections, even the influence of Greek mythology. I admire many Christians in here who seem to be good people, but unfortunately, Christianity is quite questionable to put it nicely.