Generational Curses/Sin of Ancestors
Many teach that Christians are subject to choices and sins of their family members, choices they themselves never made by persons they never met. This teaching is applied when a person has a problem overcoming certain behaviors, sin and situations, or when it continues in the family line such as divorce, alcoholism, poverty, etc.
The bible does in fact teach of generational sin, or sin that is passed through the family line. However, the bible is specific on who this applies to and who it does not.
Deuteronomy 28 is used to support the idea that curses exist over believers, including generational curses. These blessings and curses were specifically for the Jewish nation, curses imposed for those who would not obey the teachings of the whole law. New Testament believers are not under the law, but under grace. It is a different dispensation and this Old Testament teaching does not apply to New Testament believers. In fact, Jesus himself became the curse for us and in our faith we are blessed of Abraham.
Galatians 3:13, 14
13Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law, having become a curse for us (for it is written, “Cursed is everyone who hangs on a tree”), 14 that the blessing of Abraham might come upon the Gentiles in Christ Jesus, that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.
With Christ, the old covenant was passed away.
11 Christ came as a High Priest of the good things to come with the greater and more perfect tabernacle not made with hands, that is, not of this creation. 12 Not with the blood of goats and calves, but with His own blood He entered the Most Holy Place once for all, having obtained eternal redemption. 13 For if the blood of bulls and goats and the ashes of a heifer, sprinkling of unclean, sanctifies for the purifying of the flesh, 14 how much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal spirit offered Himself without spot to God, cleanse your conscience from dead works to serve the living God.
Is the shed blood of Jesus not good enough to remove all sins?
Deuteronomy 5:9 you shall not bow down to them nor serve them. For I, the Lord your God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children to the third and fourth generation of those who hate Me.
Put in context, this is one of the Ten Commandments. The particular scripture refers to the idol worship of carved images; however, it has been used to prove that curses are passed through generations. But continue reading into verse 10 –
10showing mercy to thousands, to those who love Me and keep My commandments.
So, the Lord says here He will show mercy to those who love Him. Don’t believers and the repentant love Him?
Galatians 5:1 Stand fast therefore in the liberty by which Christ has made us free, and do not be entangled again with a yoke of bondage.
Galatians 5:4 You have become estranged from Christ, you who attempt to be justified by law, you have fallen from grace.
God deals with us as individuals. There is nothing in the New Testament to tell us that believers are held accountable or subject to sins of ancestors and generational curses. This includes pacts or oaths taken in secret societies and those practicing the occult. There is nothing to substantiate soul ties or that it is necessary to break them or that it is necessary to have the guidance of another person to lead someone through prayers. It is futile and unbiblical to take a person through his lifetime and that of his ancestors seeking for reasons of his suffering. We suffer because we exist in a fallen world! Christ is our hope!
2 Corinthians 5:17 If anyone be in Christ he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.
It is ridiculous to suggest in light of the true power of God that any of us are subject to the curse of a witch or better yet, “Christian” curses!
Colossians 2:10 You are complete in Him who is the head of all principality and power.
Colossians 2:15 Having disarmed principalities and powers, He made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them in it.
God knows the heart of the repentant. Some people need to come into the full knowledge of the saving grace of Jesus Christ, some need to renew their minds, others need to stop sinning or stop whining. There are valid reasons why Christians struggle – in this world we will have tribulation – by the words of Jesus. The disciples suffered tremendously and preached the gospel under horrendous conditions and considered themselves blessed.
1 Peter 4:14 If you are reproached for the name of Christ, blessed are you, for the Spirit of glory and of God rests upon you. On their part He is blasphemed, but on your part He is glorified.