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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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Sorry for my extended absence. I spent a couple of months recovering from the couple of months I spent preparing for my gallery exhibit. There were also remodeling and other situations at home.

If you’ve stuck with me this far, I can only sincerely thank you. If a publisher is ever willing to publish the NAA anthology, you’ll definitely get a thank-you in print. Looking forward to inaugurating the next phase of NAA Christian Apologetics Cartoons next week.

With a handshake,

Joshua / NAA

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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

“Of all evil suggestions, the most terrible is the prompting to follow your own heart.”

- often attributed to Isidore of Pelusium

3 Common Routs to Self-Deception

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Pop culture is full of misdirection. Whether as seen in the lyrics of a song or the plot of a movie, the world’s assessment of the state of the human heart is that it is good and trustworthy in every decision. In contrast, my years of intimate, personal experience with the human heart prove to me that scriptural truth that it is evil.

The world, including each of us, needs a heart transplant. And God still does them. (Don’t worry. It’s not a painless procedure, but it is a bloodless one.)

content © 2014 Joshua Warren

Children's Books of the Future?

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It seems to me that Christians should abandon the slippery slope argument as it relates to marriage. Yes. I’ve finally seen the light. That slow, gradual descent into sexual confusion turned out to be a bad analogy. It turns out we were wrong. Instead, I think we should use a more appropriate phrase. I recommend that we now use “sheer cliff”. It’s a much more appropriate analogy to describe the pace of the descent of marriage and acceptable sexual behavior in today’s society.

Joshua
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PS – The above is satire, mostly.

PSS – These don’t have to be the books of the future. We can still take charge and start the change by doing what the enemies of marriage and acceptable sexual behavior have been trying to do: teach our children what marriage and acceptable sexual behavior are (and why any alternatives are unnatural and unhealthy). You can help!

content © 2014 Joshua Warren

The brilliant song that inspired this week’s cartoon!

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