I just released my first official EP. It’s available here:

I’ve happily invested lots of time, money, and thought into this release and all the music I’ll be releasing next year. Enjoy!

Joshua / NAA

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Often critics define “religion” (however they define it) and, more specifically, “Christianity” as “a crutch”.

I, for one, welcome the metaphor! Define religion how you must for your rhetorical point, I say. We need only remind them that when their rant is done, they should be sure to be nice boys or girls and listen in turn.

Central to Christianity is the cross of Jesus. Literally, it was arguably the most painful and humiliating method of execution ever invented by the evil minds of men. Symbolically, it is a reminder that God is in ultimate control of history. As bad and as dark as things have been (and they may get even darker and worse in the very near future), God is still managing the events of history; He’s just as much in control today as He was when His own Son hung naked and helpless on the said cross. (Should a critic demand that we explain why this or that happened, we must remind them and ourselves that our job is not to understand every how or why, but to entrust ourselves to the One Who does justly.)

The cross is a crutch indeed. It has supported and sustained men and women of all races out of the mire of misery that humanity has been entrenched in since the beginning and introduced them to a hope of a future glory while not neglecting to add to their experiences in the here-and-now. As history itself has shown, the teachings of Jesus have brought about a tremendous moral and material improvement to mankind worldwide and they continue to do so today.

So, since a crutch is the instrument used to prop up a person during the time they are unable to do it alone, it makes a fitting metaphor for Christianity. It’s that one stable, anchor to which we can cling tightly to during the difficult days of our humiliation in this present evil age. After dealing with our daily pains and trials and the deaths of those we love, we can also look at it and remind ourselves of the promises God has given all Christians of a new body and a new world where neither will be harmed by the effects of sin.

Now whenever I see the cross, I remember Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection and all that they entail for each and every genuine believer. Death doesn’t win. Evil doesn’t win. Life swallows death. Good triumphs over evil. End of story.

content © 2014 Joshua Warren

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Ministry or even just every-day interactions in our modern, hyper-sexualized society is hard enough in light of the general public’s addiction to pornography. So when I heard recently that a study revealed that half (!) of self-identified evangelical Christians admitted to viewing porn regularly (!), I was heart sick.

That is just sickening.

If you are viewing porn, rest assured that you are poisoning yourself and destroying your mind. And if you’re viewing porn and calling yourself a Christian (!), you are spiritually dead, sick in the head, and lying to yourself.

Repent at once! Get rid of the Internet or even your entire computer. Jesus told us that it sometimes takes drastic measures like these to enter life.


2014/12/13 UPDATE

Internet Porn Pandemic Threatens World and Church, Apologetics Conference Highlights

http://www.christianpost.com/news/internet-porn-pandemic-threatens-world-and-church-apologetics-conference-highlights-128199/

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Lost in the abundant arguments over the proper pronunciation of this-or-that divine Name of God or the proper appellation or designation of God is one of the central revelations of the Bible: God as Father.

The Old Testament is replete with examples of God referring to Himself as Father and to the Israel of the time as His Son / Child.

Jesus made this a living reality for us to follow. He went even further, actually calling God “Daddy”!

And that was the very thing that got Him nailed on the cross.

So, I suggest that instead of arguing over vowel pointings, we remind ourselves — daily, if necessary — that God is our Father and think hard and long about the wonderful implications of that.

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The technologically-endowed Police State that has been building up around the world over the past century should be no surprise to the conscientious, Christian observer. We are told – rather, we are forewarned:

“Remember that there will be difficult times in the last days. People will be selfish, greedy, boastful, and conceited; they will be insulting, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, and irreligious; they will be unkind, merciless, slanderers, violent, and fierce; they will hate the good; they will be treacherous, reckless, and swollen with pride; they will love pleasure rather than God; they will hold to the outward form of our religion, but reject its real power. Keep away from such people.”

(2 Timothy 3:1-5 GNB)

The degradation of the internally developed virtues such as self-control, self-sacrifice, and empathy necessitates a whole host of external laws which force people to conform to a moral compass… or suffer the consequences. (But aren’t we always told that you couldn’t “legislate morality”, right?)

The brilliant and sharp-witted G. K. Chesterton once quipped: “If men will not be governed by the Ten Commandments, they shall be governed by the ten thousand commandments.”

Indeed.

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One of the most crippling ideas to cage the human mind is the one that associates disagreement with hatred. In a similar vein, the idea that because you object to someone’s behavior that therefore you want them to be harmed or worse has entangled itself in the minds of men. Now there are laws being constructed and enforced to preempt any potential disagreements in order to prevent delicate personalities from hearing anything that might harm their fragile ears.

So, since people can wear T-shirts which slander anything sacred without fear of retribution (and I like T-shirts), I thought it only fair to return the favor. This way, if someone gets their feelings hurt, they can only blame themselves and their own literacy…

content © 2014 Joshua Warren

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All jokes aside: I cringe as I think of how the world continues to shake its collective fist in the face of God.

We may think we know better or, in the case of an adverse number of atheists et al., may even think we really are better* than God. Yet just as you can’t ignore natural laws and get away unharmed, so, too, can we not ignore the moral law within our consciences and expect to avoid the consequences.

As any student of the Bible should understand, judgment is coming to this world. It’s just a question of time. And before accusations of “fear mongering” start, let me say: Only those who do and think evil continuously and refuse to acknowledge the existence of sin need to fear.

Thank God, when we get sick and tired of ourselves and our foolish ways, we can repent. The word “repent” in the New Testament entails the idea of a change of mind, one that involves a change of mind toward God, Jesus, and fellow human beings. Anytime. Anywhere.


*Note: This, of course, is ignoring the fact that words like “better” are essentially meaningless under an atheistic/materialistic system of morality which lacks any absolute foundation apart from the mind of the individual (meaning it can’t be applied outside the body and brain that contain it).

content © 2014 Joshua Warren

Sure Signs of a Sinister Sect

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I was going to type out a long, drawn-out explanation of the experiences that inspired the cartoon, but, instead, I’ll just share this with you, dear readers.

The New Testament paints a picture of unity within the Ecclesia [Greek: ἐκκλησία] (the Christian Church with its different strengths, weaknesses, and talents working together [Ephesians 4:11]) not conformity (everyone doing all the same things in the same way). A quick glance at creation will also make it evident to the contentious observer that God enjoys variety.

In contrast, cults love conformity. The right suit and tie. The right haircut. The correct skirt. Say the right words at the right time. Don’t rock the boat. Simply put: Persistent focus on exterior appearances, formalities, and speech patterns is a sure sign of a cult. But the most obvious sign of a cult, from a Christian perspective at least, is whenever a person tries to place themselves between you, the believer, and God. Whenever I enter a place that thrives on conformity and cookie cutter-ness, I can’t stand it, especially if it’s identifying itself as a “Christian” organization.

So whether it’s Joseph Smith, Muhammad, Li Changshou, or anyone else, if you read and believe the Bible, then you should know that there’s only one Mediator between the believer and God… it’s Jesus.

Note: Any similarities between the characters in the cartoon and Mormons or Jehovah’s Witnesses are purely coincidental. Maybe.

content © 2014 Joshua Warren

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