Posted by: AJ the Irish Lass | June 18, 2007

Are Generational Curses Biblical? How Do We Break Those?

Are Generational Curses Biblical? How Do We Break Those?

“Are generational curses Biblical”?

No, I do not believe so. Here a couple of passages often cited to support this doctrine:

Deuteronomy 28:16 “Cursed shalt thou be in the city, and cursed shalt thou be in the field. 17 Cursed shall be thy basket and thy store. 18 Cursed shall be the fruit of thy body, and the fruit of thy land, the increase of thy kine, and the flocks of thy sheep. 19 Cursed shalt thou be when thou comest in, and cursed shalt thou be when thou goest out. 20 The LORD shall send upon thee cursing, vexation, and rebuke, in all that thou settest thine hand unto for to do, until thou be destroyed, and until thou perish quickly; because of the wickedness of thy doings, whereby thou hast forsaken me.” (KJV)

Deuteronomy 30:19 “I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live:” (KJV)

Here, God is telling the Israelites to keep the commandments He has given to them. If they don’t keep His commandments, their actions will have consequences. Of course, these consequences could affect future generations. I don’t believe that this is in any way a threat of a generational curse.

Here is what I think is one of Scripture’s strongest cases against generational curses:

Ezekiel 18:3 “As I live, saith the Lord GOD, ye shall not have occasion any more to use this proverb in Israel. 4 Behold, all souls are mine; as the soul of the father, so also the soul of the son is mine: the soul that sinneth, it shall die.” (KJV)

Scripture is very clear that only the person who sins will be disciplined. While a person’s sins may have consequences that affect their parents or children, this should not be seen as a curse. To believe in a generational curse, IMO, is to believe in punishing people for the sins of their ancestors, who is a contradiction of Scripture and against the mercy of God.

“How can we break those?”

The only “curse” that needs to be feared is spending eternity apart from God:

Romans 6:23 “For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” (KJV)

What must a person do to “get right with God”? Romans 10:9″…if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.
10 For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.” (KJV)

If you’re not living a life that is pleasing to God, and need prayers or guidance, please feel free to visit The Savior’s Call: God Bless.

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