A woman, whose adopted daughter has a bi-polar disorder, was told by her daughter’s Christian teacher to investigate her daughter’s biological family. She said the girl’s bi-polar disorder might be a result of a generational curse in that family. https://rbxlibrary.my.id/
I can’t blame this teacher for thinking that bi-polar disorder could be a result of a generational curse; it’s probably what she has been taught. After all, a popular televangelist, Marilyn Hickey, considered recurring eye problems in a family as a generational curse. She wrote in her book, titled, Breaking Generational Curses, “Have you ever seen a family where every single one of them wears glasses? From the father and mother down to the littlest child, all are wearing glasses, and usually those really thick-lensed kind. Those poor people are under a curse, and they need to be set free from it!”
Like the teacher, many Christians believe in the false teaching of generational curses; being peddled from pulpits, books and magazines. There have been many books written on this topic; from the outrageous to the ridiculous, some by popular Christian writers or preachers. Just as there are many articles on the subject online.
For instance, a pastor believed (and taught) that his anger management problem was due to a generational curse. Stephen Galvano, of Rochester Christian Church Ministries (RCCM) — the pastor in question, wrote in an article, Breaking Generational Curses, “I was bound for many years, even as a Spirit-filled believer — even as a pastor. I was angry. I didn’t want to be angry. I never got up in the morning and said, ‘Today I’m going to get angry at my secretary.’ Something drove me. It was an iniquity that came from my family.”
The proponents of generational curses postulate that when multiple cases of the same problem happen in a family line, it is a generational curse. Therefore, if a family has multiple cases of diabetes, alcoholism, divorce, stroke, heart disease, accidents, fornication, adultery, physical, mental or sexual abuse, anger, depression, suicide, idolatry, witchcraft, etc., then that family is suffering from a generational curse. Some even attribute recurring, persistent sin, and even poverty to a generational curse.
Evangelist Todd Bentley, in an article with the same title as Stephen Galvano’s Breaking Generational Curses, wrote, “I have a friend that has always been plagued with poverty regardless of bettering himself in school, computer training, and hard work ethics. He has done everything within his own strength, fasting, tithing, devotion to God, faithfulness you name it. He has never prospered though he had the most giving heart of many I have met. I believe it is a curse of poverty which has been passed down and is now resisting, restricting & choking out the blessing that should be in his life.”
Notice he said, “I believe.” So, it’s a matter of his opinion or a figment of his imagination but NOT what the Bible teaches.
In an online article (there are several of them) titled Breaking Curses, an unidentified writer described generational curses as, “…judgments that are passed on to individuals because of sins perpetuated in a family in a number of generations…They bring judgment or bondage during an individual’s life, until that individual addresses the sin issues that put the curses into place.”
Also, in another similar online article titled Generational Sin and Healing, a self-described former pornography addict, who identified himself simply as Paul, wrote, “Generational sin can be a foothold for sex addiction and other forms of spiritual bondage. The Bible tells us that curses from one generation’s sin can be passed down to subsequent generations. The results of these curses may appear [in several] ways, including character flaws, illnesses, financial difficulties, addictions, sexual problems, emotional problems and demonic oppression.”
As a result of these curses, these gurus then go on to prescribe to their patrons how to break the generational curses that may be running in their families. They tell a so-called victim of a generational curse to confess all the sins of his parents and fore parents.
The writer of the article, Breaking Curses continued, “Generational curses cannot be broken at all, until all sins of all ancestors and predecessors on all sides of all of ones’ families (and that of spouses) are confessed back to the families’ origin (God will know what those sins are even though we do not), asking with repentance, for forgiveness for all of their sins and in particular, for the specific sin or sins which brought the generations curse into the family line.”
Now, you don’t even have to be a Bible scholar to know that something is wrong with this picture. How can you remember the sins of ancestors you didn’t know? It’s hard enough remembering the sins you commit daily, not to mention the sins you committed several years ago. Yet these gurus on generational curse want you to just simply confess the sins of your ancestors or make a daily positive confession, in order to break a curse. How ridiculous! I guess the question to ask should be: “how far back in the family line should one go?” I mean, where in the Bible does it tell you to make a ‘positive confession’ to break a curse or confess the sins of your ancestors?
An excerpt of Pastor Matthew Ashimolowo’s (Kingsway International Christian Center, London) Breaking the Curse Confession, reads, “I break the curse of sickness, the curse of disease, poverty and lack that dates back to four generations in my family, in the name of Jesus…Sickness is not my portion; disease is rejected in my life in the name of Jesus. Every hold of the enemy is broken.”
Okay, enough of these preachers’/writers’ opinions on generational curse! What does the Bible say about this subject?
Often times when preachers/writers preach/write on generational curses, they use such scriptures as Exodus 20:5, Numbers 14:18 and Deuteronomy 5:9-10 to justify the doctrine of generational curses:
For I, the LORD your God, am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children to the third and fourth generations of those who hate Me,but showing mercy to thousands, to those who love Me and keep My commandments. — Exodus 20:5-6 and Deuteronomy 5:9-10
The LORD is longsuffering and abundant in mercy, forgiving iniquity and transgression; but He by no means clears the guilty, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children to the third and fourth generation. — Numbers 14:18
Using just these scriptures to teach on generational curses shows how little these preachers/writers know about the Bible. They ignorantly teach what they don’t know or have full knowledge of, or they are just simply fraudulent; deliberately teaching half truth to mislead their followers, instead of the full gospel. After all, there are several verses in the Bible, even in the Old Testament, which negate the idea of generational curses.
Throughout the Bible there are several passages and examples of incidents that either address directly or indirectly this issue of generational curses to prove that there is no such thing as generational curses. For instance, addressing this issue of a son suffering the consequences of the father’s sins, God says in Ezekiel 18:1-4; 19-20 and Jeremiah 31: 29-30:
The word of the LORD came to me again, saying,”What do you mean when you use this proverb concerning the land of Israel, saying: The fathers have eaten sour grapes, and the children’s teeth are set on edge? As I live, says the Lord GOD, ‘you shall no longer use this proverb in Israel.’ Behold, all souls are Mine; the soul of the father as well as the soul of the son is Mine; the soul who sins shall die. Yet you say, ‘why should the son not bear the guilt of the father?’ Because the son has done what is lawful and right, and has kept all My statutes and observed them, he shall surely live.The soul who sins shall die. The son shall not bear the guilt of the father, nor the father bear the guilt of the son. The righteousness of the righteous shall be upon himself, and the wickedness of the wicked shall be upon himself.
God repeats the same sentiment in Jeremiah 31:29-30:
In those days they shall say no more: the fathers have eaten sour grapes, and the children’s teeth are set on edge. But every one shall die for his own iniquity; every man who eats the sour grapes, his teeth shall be set on edge.
Now, if we revisit the passages referenced so far, both for and against generational curses, you will notice that none of these passages mentions the word curse, but rather iniquity or sin. So, in the real sense of the word, the subject matter in these verses is not generational curse but ‘generational iniquity,’ if you will. Therefore, in the real sense of the word, none of the passages should be used to justify the idea of generational curses. It is presumptuous of those preachers (or writers) who use these verses to teach on generational curses; assuming that where God meant iniquity He meant curses. But nothing can be further from the truth, because the words iniquity and curse are NOT synonyms.