Generational Curses

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There is such a magnitude of confusing thought existing today in relation to generational curses that it is vitally important that we examine the subject thoroughly from a scriptural perspective. Most of this error in regard to generational curses emanates from (probably) well-intentioned, yet wrongly-taught, elements within Charismatic circles that claim to be authorities on this matter.

Through false teaching and misguided counsel they have led many liberated believers back into the land of bondage with their unscriptural instruction. False teaching in relation to generational curses is becoming a major issue among many Christians. Most of their undoubted misunderstanding flows from a basic fundamental failure to differentiate between God's dealings with the righteous and His dealings with the wicked. They seem to have no concept of what the Bible teaches about how to break generational curses over your life.

This generational curses teaching is particularly emphasised in relation to the subject of Freemasonry and other associated secret societies, especially in respect of the children, grand children, great grand children and great great grand children of Freemasons. Because of this accident of birth, they say, the individual is under a generational curse. Notwithstanding, most of the teaching is grossly unscriptural and creates much confusion and spiritual bondage to the believer that has been freed from every generational curse at the Cross. Not only do these individuals teach that a Christian is still under a curse (even after being truly saved) if their parent, grand parent or great grand parent was a Mason, but they also amazingly compel all Christians in their audience to submit themselves to these man-made unscriptural de-cursing sessions.

Whilst we fully accept that a child of God can individually bring himself under chastisement by walking in defiant disobedience and wanton sin, a liberated born again Christian walking in the Spirit is no longer under condemnation. Also, he is no longer responsible for, or subject to, the sins of his fathers or the generational consequences of his family blood-line. Every generational curse is broke at the Cross. Romans 8:1-2 says, "There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death."

In the 2nd commandment, revealed in Exodus 20:4-6, God warns man, "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: Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the LORD thy God am a jealous God, (1) visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me; and (2) showing mercy unto thousands of them that love me, and keep my commandments."

That same commandment is repeated in identical terminology in Deuteronomy 5:8-10.

God tells us in this commandment that there are only two types of people in His eyes: (1) "them that love me" and (2) "them that hate me." In fact, there has only ever been two types of people in this world. Not surprisingly, both are expressly subject to two differing types of conditions, the righteous being under blessing, the wicked being under a curse. Notwithstanding, the generational nature of the iniquity is unquestionably seen to be solely upon the wicked - them "that hate" God. Those "that love" God are His precious possession and are always seen in Scripture to be the focus of blessing and His divine "mercy."

Them that love God are therefore free from generational curses. Exodus 34:6-7 says, "And the LORD passed by before him, and proclaimed, The LORD, The LORD God, (1) merciful and gracious, longsuffering, and abundant in goodness and truth, Keeping mercy for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin, and (2) that will by no means clear the guilty; visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children, and upon the children's children, unto the third and to the fourth generation."

Here again God pours out "mercy" upon His chosen and "iniquity" upon "the guilty." Numbers14:17-18 similarly says, "And now, I beseech thee, let the power of my Lord be great, according as thou hast spoken, saying, The LORD is longsuffering, and of great mercy, forgiving iniquity and transgression, and by no means clearing the guilty, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation."

Please note again, there are only two types of people here identified. The unbeliever that is identified here as "the guilty." They reject Christ's only provision for sin and salvation and are therefore in rebellion against God. It is these alone that are said to be under a curse. The other group is the righteous whom the Lord offers "great mercy" and forgiveness to. They have been set free from their sin and bondage through the blood of Christ and are under the blessing of God.

When a man or woman therefore comes to Christ in salvation, He is instantly freed from the wrath of God and immediately reconciled to Him made subject to the grace and mercy of God. He is immediately set free from every curse and sin - individual or generational. 2 Corinthians 5:17-19 says, "Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new and all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation; to wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation."

Breaking generational curses comes alone through Christ and salvation. Breaking generational curses comes at the Cross.

The word reconciliation used here could rightly be interpreted "to make atonement." This was part of Christ's redemptive work. Reconciliation is therefore clearly a current reality for the child of God because of Calvary. Hebrews 2:17 says, "Wherefore in all things it behoved him to be made like unto his brethren, that he might be a merciful and faithful high priest in things pertaining to God, to make reconciliation for the sins of the people."

Titus 2:13-14 says, "Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ; who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works.

Being reconciled to God in salvation brought immediate freedom for the child of God from every generational curse that he inherited through his natural bloodline. Jesus clearly said, in John 8:36, "If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed."

This is how to break generational curses over your life. In short: get saved and let the blood of Jesus Christ break every bondage over you.

It doesn't remotely matter if one's father or grandfather was the top witch throughout the world, or the Grand Master of the Grand Masonic Masters, that bondage is broke in the life of the believer upon salvation. He or she is no longer under generational curses. At Calvary the guilt of our sins was transferred or imputed to Christ, our full penalty was laid upon Him. The Christian is therefore freed from all (or any) generational curses.

For sinners to be saved, a substitute was required. Christ was that perfect substitute. His sufferings satisfied the justice of God on the sinner's behalf. Isaiah 53:5-6, 8 declared, "he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed. All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us all … for the transgression of my people was he stricken."

The bible clearly teaches that the sufferings of the Lord Jesus Christ were made in the place of and on behalf of sinners. When man fell in the Garden of Eden through disobedience, the righteousness and justice of God demanded reparation. Man because of his depraved state could only atone for his own sin by suffering eternal punishment. A substitutionary atonement was therefore required to secure eternal redemption for sinners. God in His love and compassion provided a way of escape and appointed the Lord Jesus Christ to take the sinners place, laying down His life in their stead, securing their eternal redemption.

The reading continues in Isaiah 53:11-12, saying, "He shall see of the travail of his soul, and shall be satisfied: by his knowledge shall my righteous servant justify many; for he shall bear their iniquities. Therefore will I divide him a portion with the great, and he shall divide the spoil with the strong; because he hath poured out his soul unto death: and he was numbered with the transgressors; and he bare the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors."

At Calvary the guilt of our sins was transferred or imputed to Christ, our penalty was laid upon Him. 1 Peter 3:18 says, "For Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust" Calvary clearly secured a freedom for the righteous that has completely destroyed the devil's hold.

As Andrew Murray explains "Sin had brought about a change in God, not in His nature, but in His relationship towards us. He had to turn away from us in wrath. Peace has been made through the cross of Christ. By reconciliation for sin God has reconciled us, with and united us to Himself".

Hence the first and primary effect is the atonement is upon God. He is enabled to remain righteous even when pardoning the sinner "that he might be just, and the justifier of him which believeth in Jesus" (Romans 3:26). The atonement therefore satisfied the demands of a thrice Holy God.

2 Corinthians 5:21 says, "For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we may be made the righteousness of God in him."

Our sin was imputed to Him, His righteousness was imputed to us. We therefore stand boldly and solely by faith in the righteousness of Christ and His shed blood, in total and absolute spiritual liberty. We cannot in any way be liberated by our own good works or our meticulous obedience to a renunciation manual or our attendance at a supposed freedom seminar. The erroneous teaching existing today on generational curses only survives because believers don't know their Bibles. If they did, this teaching would be immediately discarded.

Christ was made a curse for us, Galatians 3:13 says, "Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hanged on a tree."

The shedding of His blood satisfied the Father and reconciled the sinner to God, securing eternal redemption (1 John 1: 7).

Many people today don't even know their father, never mind their grandfather or their great grandfather. How would such people know the sin or bondage that these relatives committed? Frankly, when a man or woman comes to Christ the generational chains are immediately broke. Most Christians I know who struggle choose to live under condemnation in the past rather than victory in the future. Notwithstanding, Galatians 4:9 says, "But now, after that ye have known God, or rather are known of God, how turn ye again to the weak and beggarly elements, whereunto ye desire again to be in bondage?"

Don't let the devil have you concentrate upon the bondage, rather, concentrate upon the victory of Calvary. Many of the people teaching this alternative teaching (from my experience) are people who are theological naïve, who know nothing of the biblical teaching on this great subject. They misapply Scripture and put men into bondage who were once set free at Calvary. They dangerously apply the curses of the wicked to the just.

Hebrews 2:14 says, "Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also himself likewise took part of the same; that through death he (Christ) might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil. And deliver them who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage."

Every curse and/or sin that was over the believer's life was powerfully broken at that place called Calvary - thus setting the captive completely free. Notwithstanding, one can't break a curse over another's life in our lineage whilst they personally desire to live under the bondage of that sin. In reality, they must personally come to the Lord Jesus Christ in true repentance. However, that rebellion no longer carries any power over the blood-bought believer's life.

Whether one had 100 witches in one's lineage and 100 Grand Masters of the Lodge back "100 generations," the blood of Jesus breaks that evil influence upon conversion. Jesus said, in Luke 4:18, applying Isaiah 61:1-3 to Himself, "The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised."

Friend, you have a choice today, either walk by faith in "the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free" or allow yourself to be "entangled again with the yoke of bondage" by some misguided teacher who is wantonly or ignorantly taking you back into the plagues of Egypt. This all after Christ has marvelously delivered you from the land of bondage. Galatians 2:4 says, "And that because of false brethren unawares brought in, who came in privacy to spy out our liberty which we have in Christ Jesus, that they might bring us into bondage."

Their 100-700 man-made verbal denunciations for the supposed breaking of generational curses only serve (in reality) to confuse the (sadly) ill-informed ignorant susceptible Christian audiences that they speak to and highlight the undoubted impotence of many of their ministries in that they are unable to release them from the bondage of Egypt as Christ did with a simple prayer or powerful command.

Colossians 1:20-22 says, "And having made peace through the blood of his cross, by him to reconcile all things unto himself; by him, I say, whether they be things in earth, or things in heaven. And you, that were sometime alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now hath he reconciled. in the body of his flesh through death, to present you holy and unblameable and unreproveable in his sight."

There is NOT one single example of Christ (who is our exalted example) performing these great protracted renouncing session or 400 point freedom seminars, no, not one. There is no record of Peter doing the same to the 3,000 sinners that were gloriously saved on the day of Pentecost. No, or he would still be there. Nowhere did Paul perform these man-made practices on others, no, only men and women instantly liberated from the bondage of sin wherever he went. That's why God's Word admonishes the child of God to "Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage" (Galatians 5:1).

Christ broke every curse at the Cross - can you accept that?

If you are a genuine Christian then you have been liberated from any generational curses through the blood of Jesus.

 

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