This page is a brief introduction to what “Concordant” theology is, and who we “Concordant” believers are. Basically, I belong to the ecclesia (church) known simply as the body of Christ (not to be confused with the members of the Christian religion who use the same label), although we sometimes also refer to ourselves as “Concordant” believers to differentiate ourselves from others who would also call themselves Bible believers, a nickname that modern-day, English-speaking members of the body of Christ sometimes use because we tend to prefer the Concordant Literal Version of the Bible (although we’re not CLV-Onlyists or anything; we fully recognize that there are no perfect English translations of Scripture). We’re a little different from your standard denomination within the Christian religion, however. In fact, we’re not even really a part of the Christian religion at all, because we’re actually a religionless ecclesia, and also because our beliefs tend to be considered “unorthodox,” and even heretical, to most Christians (and, as such, few of us still use that label anymore). While we don’t necessarily all agree with each other on every little detail and minutia of doctrine or theology, there are a number of points we all do agree on, and those points we all agree on make up what could be said to be our core doctrines:
- We believe in scriptural inerrancy, and we tend to interpret Scripture as literally as possible (outside of cases where it’s obviously figurative, such as the parables, of course). We’re also very Sola scriptura when it comes to Scripture, rejecting “orthodox” traditions and creeds, and believing what Scripture says instead, preferably in its original languages.
- We recognize that Paul’s Gospel is to be segregated from the Gospel to Israel as heralded by the terrestrial Jesus, and by Peter, since the glorified Christ gave Paul a new message for the nations.
- We understand that the doctrines the body of Christ is meant to follow are all contained within the 13 epistles signed by Paul. While all Scripture is true and useful for all of us, the rest of it was written primarily to Israel.
- We believe that God is working out His purpose through a series of time periods known as eons (not to be confused with dispensations, which are simply different spiritual administrations or “economies” that can apply to different groups of people, sometimes even overlapping each other in time).
- We believe in the complete sovereignty of God, and don’t believe in human “free will.”
- We understand that death is non-existence, as far as our consciousness goes, and that Jesus Christ, in fact, was actually fully dead when He died for our sins and when He was entombed, before He was roused the third day (and, as such, we are not Trinitarians or Modalists, since God can’t die).
- We affirm that, through the cross of Christ, God will save all humanity (although, while everyone will experience salvation from an absolute perspective, not everyone will experience it from a relative perspective; there are different types, or stages, of salvation, and not everybody experiences every type or stage), and will reconcile all conscious, sapient beings who ever existed and need to be reconciled to Himself.
There’s more to it than that, of course, but those are the basic core doctrines we all agree on. If you’d like to learn more, you can do so in my articles and eBook, which I link to at the top of this page, or by checking out the various other websites, books, and videos by other members of the body of Christ, which I link to on the Home page of this site.
Because there are relatively few of us, at least in most parts of the world, it’s rare that many of us get to gather together very often outside of various conferences that are held every now and then (although I’m told there are a few local ecclesias somewhere out there). We do have a subreddit for online fellowship and the sharing of online resources between English-speaking members of our ecclesia, however, and also a Discord server for chatting, both of which you can find links to on the Home page as well.