Generational Curse Misconception:
Generational curse misconception has been a serious trend in the church. And much fuss has been generated from it. Many seminars, workshops, conferences and crusades have been organized based on the theme Generational Curse. Also many books and movies have been written and recorded based on this unwarranted misconception called generational curse. This misconceived theory is a tentative and unreliable innuendo that is established from a misunderstood verse of the bible.
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The theory infers that whatever sin a father has committed against God, the punishment will trickle down to his fourth generation. The implication is that God visits the iniquities of the fathers to their fourth generation. So whatever a father has committed his generations unborn down the line till the fourth generation will reap its consequence. So God wouldn’t forgive the sin of the father even if the children didn’t commit the same sin. This is what is called generational curse.
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And because of this many crusades have been organized in order to deal with this fallacious menace among Christians. Generational curse has taken center stage in many conferences and Christians gatherings. Many Christians are ‘suffering’ today because of what their fathers did.
The Source Of Generational Curse:
The notorious quotation or verse used in backing up this claim is the quotation below:
“Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the LORD thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me;”
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However, for us to interpret this verse above correctly is better for us to backpedal to verse 3-4. And it says below:
“Thou shalt have no other gods before me. Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth”
The quotations above are describing a situation to the people of Israel. And in it they are told not to have and make for themselves other gods. This infers that they should not be Idol Worshippers. And we know Idol worshippers are not God worshippers. Therefore, the visitation in verse 5 is for Idol worshippers not people who worship God. It is for those who left God to worship other gods. This is a message proclaimed by Moses to the Children of Israel in order to deter them from worshipping other gods. It is from this message generational curse doctrine is established.
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Comparing Scripture With Scripture:
Nevertheless, the authenticity of this message should be verified by another scripture in order to confirm it. This is very important for us because it will either make us to accept its content or discard it. Now, interestingly, this message was said about God and not that God said it. That it was said by Moses doesn’t mean that God said it. And it doesn’t mean that the statement is correct and in line with the dictums of God. The fact is that God never made that statement and that is the reason he asked this question below:
“The word of the LORD came unto me again, saying, What mean ye, that ye use this proverb concerning the land of Israel, saying, The fathers have eaten sour grapes, and the children’s teeth are set on edge?”
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In the verses above, God is correcting the notion that the sins of the fathers will affect the life of their children. God is disassociating Himself from generational curse and issuing an order for this barbaric practice to stop in Israel. God is saying the doctrine of generational curse is not of Him and should be discontinued. Therefore, God came in to put things in proper perspective and by making the statement below:
“As I live, saith the Lord GOD, ye shall not have occasion any more to use this proverb in Israel. 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.”
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The Proper Interpretation Of The Scripture:
The verse above is safe explanatory in nature. In it, God is saying, every soul belongs to Him. And whoever that sin will die because of his sins and not the other way round. So the father dies for his own sin and the son dies for his own sin. No one should inherit the sins of another. Interestingly, this condemnation from God is in the old order.
And yet Christians who are products of the new order are ‘suffering’ because of this myth called generational curse. One has to understand that a Christian is not a product of any Idol. And a Christian is a not a product of the Law of Moses but a product of the resurrection of Christ.
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Again the location of a Christian is not in his physical family but a Christian has been born in Christ. Therefore, in reality, a Christian does not belong to his earthly father but to Christ. The question therefore, is this “Is Christ Cursed?” And if the answer is no, it implies that a Christian is not cursed.
A Christian is born into the family of God by the word of God. And the nature of the word of God is not cursed nature. Let’s see what the nature is like in the verses below:
“Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers; But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot”
1 Peter 1:18-19
“Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever.”
1 Peter 1:23
“Of his own will begat he us with the word of truth, that we should be a kind of firstfruits of his creatures.”
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The above verses describe the nature and value of a Christian in Christ. There is nothing whatsoever that suggests that a Christian in Christ is cursed. Therefore, the doctrine of generational curse is a sham that should be discarded.
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