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).

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.)

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!

More Than a Piece of Jewelry

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There are few fashion statements as atrocious as seeing someone treat the cross as merely an accessory with no more thought than a cheap gold chain. Some such people think of a cross necklace like some magic amulet that somehow diffuses all the evil they do while they have it on. (Some even use it to attract the attention of women.)

So the first thing I always ask someone I see wearing a cross (should the opportunity to chit chat present itself) is: “Does that mean anything to you?”

The worst answer they can give me is, “It’s just a piece of jewelry.”

No, sir / ma’am! It represents the most brutal and humiliating form of capital punishment ever conceived by man. And the King of the Universe, Jesus, thought enough of each of us to submit himself to it in order to prove the existence of God and His love for His Creation to save you from sin and death, both spiritual and physical.

NOTE: Steve Martin is not a Christian. Neither is he an atheist. As far as I can tell from his only extended commentary on the question of the existence of God from an article reproduced by PBS, he’s not sure. But he does recognize in the introduction to this song that religion has inspired great art. (More specifically, I would argue that the resurrection of Jesus has been the inspiration behind the greatest works of art, whether oil paint, sculpture, or music.)

Regardless of his true stance, the song is clever!

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