Some “Concordant” resources

I wanted to share some links to some of the resources published by various members of the body of Christ that I’ve found useful. This list isn’t exhaustive — I’m sure there are many I’ve missed or forgotten — but these are some of the links to books, YouTube channels, and websites that I’ve personally found the most helpful, and which I recommend the most highly for the best study of Scripture on the topic of the salvation of all, among other topics, from a “Concordant” perspective.

Before I do, however, I realized that new readers might not even know what I mean by that. Basically, I belong to the ecclesia (church) known as the body of Christ (which is what we call ourselves — 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 other 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 since our beliefs tend to be considered “unorthodox,” and even heretical, to most Christians). To summarize some of our core beliefs:

  1. We are biblical inerrantists, 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.

  2. 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 Christ gave Paul a new message for the nations.

  3. 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.

  4. We believe that God is working out His purpose through a series of time periods known as eons.

  5. We believe in the complete sovereignty of God, and don’t believe in human “free will.”

  6. We understand that death is non-existence, 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 trinitarian, since God can’t die).

  7. We affirm that, through the cross of Christ, God will reconcile all conscious beings who ever existed to Himself.

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, however, which you can find here.

So, without further ado, here are the links:

Websites:

YouTube channels:

Books:

  • The Problem of Evil and the Judgements of God by A.E. Knoch (free eBook [made available by the publishers themselves, so no copyright issues here]/physical book)

  • Martin Zender Goes To Hell by Martin Zender (physical book)

  • The Really Bad Thing About Free Will by Martin Zender (eBook/physical book)

  • The First Idiot In Heaven: Secrets of the Apostle Paul (And why the meek merely inherit the Earth) by Martin Zender (eBook/physical book)

  • Flawed By Design by Martin Zender (physical book)

  • Nearly everything we learned at church was wrong: What the Bible actually teaches about sex, hell, tithing, and much more by Drew Costen (my own free eBook)