We hear much today about generational curses. Some scrupulous and some well-meaning ministers are telling believers they are the victims of curses being passed down to them due to the sins of their ancestors. And in order to ever experience freedom from the curse, they need to receive special prayers of “deliverance,” often requiring repentance for the sins of their fathers, renunciation, fasting, binding and casting out of demons. But is this biblical and is this necessary for the believer?
In John 9, Jesus ministered to a man who had been blind from birth and his disciples brought up the subject of generational curses.
“As He passed by, He saw a man blind from birth. And His disciples asked Him, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he would be born blind?” (John 9:1-2).
The disciples believed the man was possibly suffering for the sins of his parents due to a generational curse. But Jesus rejected the notion altogether and gave a completely different reason for the man’s blindness.
“Jesus answered, ‘It was neither that this man sinned, nor his parents; but it was so that the works of God might be displayed in him.’” (John 9:1-3 NASB)
When given the opportunity to talk about generational curses, Jesus did not. Why? I suspect it was because either He did not believe in them at all, or He did not believe in the same way the disciples did at that time and many do today.
The truth is God is not pronouncing curses upon families that are passed down from one generation to the next as punishment for sin. And if, in fact, there is such a thing as a “generational curse” being passed down from one generation to the next, then it is the curse of Adam, which is passed down to every member of the Adam race. That curse, produced by Adam’s sin, is called spiritual death–being separated from God and existing without God’s life inside. Spiritual death, and all its negative consequences, is the source of all forms of defeat in those whose origins are in Adam.
Thankfully, Jesus came to bring the Adam race to an end and to begin a new race of people. To Nicodemus, a member of the Adam race, He said, “You must be born again.” To the Corinthians, Paul wrote, “If any man is in Christ, he is a new creation. Old things are passed away. Behold, all things have become new.” (2 Cor. 5:17).
The believer, therefore, is no longer “in Adam.” He is now “in Christ.” His “deliverance” from the “generational curse” received from Adam is accomplished already. It took place when Jesus died and rose again for him. So, the believer in Christ can now give “thanks to the Father who has qualified us to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in the light. He has delivered us from the power of darkness and conveyed us into the kingdom of the Son of His love.” (Colossians 1:12-13 NKJV)
“Delivered from the power of darkness” and qualified “to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints?” What is this? Nothing less than a generational blessing! Just like the curse upon Adam flowed unto all those born to Adam, so the blessing upon Jesus flows to all of us born to Jesus. The curse in Adam has been replaced with the blessing in Jesus.
Child of God, stop believing you are cursed. The day of your salvation was the day of your deliverance. The only deliverance you may still need is from the blindness and unbelief that prevents you from resting in the sufficiency of Jesus and His finished work. Ask God to help you see all you have in Christ. And instead of believing that a generational curse is operating against your progress, start claiming and enjoying the “generational blessing” that flows to you from Jesus. Amen.
This is deep and full of insight! Many of us Christians really need to ponder on this over and over again. Ignorance is really not a good thing.
Daddy Bishop, I just love the way to ditch out the Word such that even the new born babies in Christ can fully grasp it.
I’m so grateful to God for this enlightenment! My life can never be the same again.
I choose to be enjoying my ‘ Generational Blessings ‘ GLORY!!
Yes sir, the issue is how to make this go viral. We can’t keep low on this! The wrong stuff spreads because the good is stagnant. Bless you sir!
O my God, how are wish the whole world will have the opportunity to hear this or will listen to the voice of His servant. We are preaching curses than blessings. Oh, another sneaky strategy of Satan to rob Christians of the abundant blessings of God. Help Lord, help Lord!
You would not believe that the teachings of “generational curse” come from the pulpit, itself. Salvation is being made so contentious that it seems that the believer has to earn his salvation – from his own sins and/or from those of his forefathers.
This is a message for pastors to check the scriptures; otherwise, they will continue to push unnecessary burdens on well-meaning people.
Hmm!! This is really inspirational Bishop, regenerational curse cancelled, Something for which people buy oil and sow seed to be erased?
Thank be to God who had cancelled all curses upon my life and had planted me in the generational blessings in Christ.
Great food for the soul. Not only the strength of evidence is beyond reproach, the power of its logic is laid bare. Quite true at some point I have heard of generational curses and frequently I thought if something did not go the way I had wanted it was attributable to the sins of my parents either by commission or omission. This piece is like a veil lifted off the eyes of all. To still believe in generational curse is to believe Christ’s death and resurrection is meaningless. Thank you Bishop and let those who have ears hear.
From 2 Cor. 5:19, God is not counting any sin against anyone right now:
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. (2 Corinthians 5:19)
There is no sin standing in the way of any sinner and God. The question, as you well pointed out, is “in Adam, or in Christ”
Thank you for this article.
This is an eye opener. Most Christians nowadays are more guilt_oriented,curse_oriented and than faith in Jesus Christ’s finished and accomplished work on the cross. We need such messages to help us overcome spiritual ignorance and blindness.