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