Ancient Sex God Worshiped in Churches Today?

posted by Dr. Jael Ever @ 7:00 AM
August 27, 2016

Book-of-Ezekiel    Reading through the Book of Ezekiel in preparation for our new on-line Bible School, I was struck by verses in Chapter 8 about the ancient sex-idol god Tammuz.  Images of this filthy god placed at the door of Israel’s temple provoked Almighty God to extreme anger, and brought unending judgment upon the people of Israel:

“And he put forth the form of an hand, and took me by a lock of mine head; and the spirit lifted me up between the earth and the heaven, and brought me in the visions of God to Jerusalem, to the door of the inner gate that looketh toward the north; where was the seat of the image of jealousy, which provoketh to jealousy. And, behold, the glory of the God of Israel was there, according to the vision that I saw in the plain.

“Then said he unto me, Son of man, lift up thine eyes now the way toward the north. So I lifted up mine eyes the way toward the north, and behold northward at the gate of the altar this image of jealousy in the entry.
He said furthermore unto me, Son of man, seest thou what they do? even the great abominations that the house of Israel committeth here, that I should go far off from my sanctuary? but turn thee yet again, and thou shalt see greater abominations. . . . Then he brought me to the door of the gate of the LORD’S house which was toward the north; and, behold, there sat women weeping for Tammuz. Then said he unto me, Hast thou seen this, O son of man? turn thee yet again, and thou shalt see greater abominations than these. (8: 3–6, 14-15).”

According to Wikipedia, Tammuz was the Babylon god akin to the Greek god Adonis.  And Babylon (or today’s Iraq) was where most of Judah (what remained of Israel) had been carried into slavery, including the prophet who was taken there when in his late teens. Tammuz was the Hollywood-style sex symbol in his day.  “Beginning with the summer solstice [i.e. worship of seasonal changes) came a time of mourning in the Ancient Near East, as in the Aegean: the Babylonians marked the decline in daylight hours and the onset of killing summer heat and drought with a six-day “funeral” for the god. . . These mourning ceremonies were observed at the door of the Temple in Jerusalem in a vision the Israelite prophet Ezekiel was given, which serves as a Biblical prophecy which expresses the Lord’s message at His people’s apostate worship of idols:”

Further in the chapter, after God showed priest and other church officers worshiping animals and other aspects of nature, He led the prophet to this scene: “And He brought me into the inner court of The LORD’S house, and,behold, at the door of the temple of The LORD, between the porch and the altar, were about five and twenty men, with their backs toward the temple of the LORD, and their faces toward the east; and they worshiped the sun toward the east. “Then He said unto me, Hast thou seen this, O son of man? Is it a light thing to the house of Judah that they commit the abominations which they commit here? for they have filled the land with violence, and have returned to provoke Me to anger: and, lo, they put the branch to their nose (8: 16 – 17).”

This sun worship was again, people going to God’s temple, not for spiritual nourishment through His Holy Spirit, but for feeding the natural man, or at least praying for that natural man’s continuous sustenance through things of nature.  Sadly, in too many churches in America today, the situation is still akin to “feeding” the natural man.

Consider unsaved men who openly confess that they only attend church so that they can meet and date “clean” women. These men say they have not confessed Christ as their Savior, nor do they intend to. Or further take a closer look at some women in pews handing seductive notes to male ushers asking if the men would be interested in a sexual relationship—and that often for money.  And what about unmarried pastors who are known to “date” several different women in the congregation??

Years ago, at a large crusade led by a famous American television evangelist, several officials claimed it was well known that prostitutes attended these campaigns in hopes of seducing male (and female) attendees to hotels for sexual romps.  Surely, the presence of God’s Holy Spirit should have been so strong as to cleanse out such foolishness.  The same can be said of these mammoth church services in the U.S. today.

Moreover, today “Hollywood Christians” and decadent fashion designers—through television, the internet and personal appearances—influence Christian women to dress for Sexual Effects, not for Christian modesty.  Thus, so much in the U.S. Christian world today posits to feed the ‘natural’ man and woman rather than their spiritual “born again” persons.

As it says in wholesale Christian Bibles – In Romans, chapter 7, Apostle Paul writes about the struggle that Christians have in fighting against roman-chapter-7the “natural” man.  He makes clear here that the natural man can only lead to death.  At the end, he cries out: “O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death? I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord. So then with the mind I myself serve the law of God; but with the flesh the law of sin (7: 24 – 25).”

God’s fury over the sexual deviousness of Tammuz and sun worship—i.e. worship in and of the natural man—could only be assuaged by judgment.  In Ezekiel, chapter 9, following the revelations about Tammuz and sun worship, Our Holy God commanded: “He cried also in mine ears with a loud voice, saying, Cause them that have charge over the city to draw near, even every man with his destroying weapon in his hand. And, behold, six men came from the way of the higher gate, which lieth toward the north, and every man a slaughter weapon in his hand; and one man among them was clothed with linen, with a writer’s inkhorn by his side: and they went in, and stood beside the brasen altar. And the glory of the God of Israel was gone up from the cherub, whereupon he was, to the threshold of the house. And he called to the man clothed with linen, which had the writer’s inkhorn by his side;

“And the LORD said unto him, Go through the midst of the city, through the midst of Jerusalem, and set a mark upon the foreheads of the men that sigh and that cry for all the abominations that be done in the midst thereof.

“And to the others he said in mine hearing, Go ye after him through the city, and smite: let not your eye spare, neither have ye pity: “Slay utterly old and young, both maids, and little children, and women: but come not near any man upon whom is the mark; and begin at My sanctuary.” Then they began at the ancient men which were before the house.

“And he said unto them, Defile the house, and fill the courts with the slain: go ye forth. And they went forth, and slew in the city. And it came to pass, while they were slaying them, and I was left, that I fell upon my face, and cried, and said, Ah Lord GOD! wilt thou destroy all the residue of Israel in thy pouring out of thy fury upon Jerusalem? (9: 1 – 8)”

So true believers must decide today whether to be natural men to be slain in God’s soon and pending judgment, or intercessors who will now cry out for God to save our churches and our nation!

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