when a tear is not a tear

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when a tear is not a tear

Ezekiel 8:14-15 (JDV)

Ezekiel 8:14 Then he brought me to the entrance of the north gate of Yahveh’s house, and I noticed women sitting there crying over Tammuz.
Ezekiel 8:15 And he said to me, “Do you see this, son of Adam? You will see even more repulsive acts than these.”

when a tear is not a tear

Why would weeping by these women be seen as a repulsive act? They were mourning the change of the seasons — the death of Adonis. It was nature worship to the extreme. It would be followed by equally passionate wild living and sexual promiscuity as these same women would celebrate the rebirth of Adonis. It was all an act — a pagan ritual designed to get the gods to increase fertility, and to disguise sexual immorality by giving it a religious mask.

A tear is not a tear when it is aimed at getting people to reject God and his standard of truth and morality. When the world comes to us with tears in their eyes — claiming that we are being unfair to homosexuals and those who practice abortion — those tears are not tears. They are sermons. They are sermons preached against God and against his word. They are repulsive acts.

LORD, give us wisdom to realize when a tear is not a tear.

About Jefferson Vann

Jefferson Vann is pastor of Piney Grove Advent Christian Church in Delco, North Carolina. You can contact him at marmsky@gmail.com -- !
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