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“You shall not bow down to them or serve them; for I the Lord your God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children to the third and fourth generation of those who hate me, but showing steadfast love to thousands of those who love me and keep my commandments..”

—Deuteronomy 5:9-10


A lot of people have a hard time accepting the idea of generational curses. And yet, no one can deny that we are all under a curse due to the original sin of Adam and Eve. We inherited our sin nature due to their original sin. No one is born perfect; everyone is born with a sinful nature (a nature that is bent, twisted, and prone to sin). We all get to choose whether to receive salvation from God, and sanctification from that sin. We can then begin to overcome that sin by the power of the Holy Spirit. 

Many people who oppose the idea of generational curses will quote Ezekiel 18:20, which says, "The child will not share the guilt of the parent, nor will the parent share the guilt of the child. The righteousness of the righteous will be credited to them, and the wickedness of the wicked will be charged against them." It is true that we are not guilty for the sins of our ancestors. We are only guilty for our own sins. But we do often inherit the consequences of their sins. For example, if your father squanders the family's money and goes bankrupt, you may grow up in poverty. You are not guilty for his sin, but you are suffering under the consequences. You may also inherit a propensity to repeat the same mistakes.

Scientifically speaking, it is proven that we can inherit the propensity toward certain behaviors through our genes. On top of this, there are often familial demons that are assigned to your family line. They continue to operate until someone takes authority to remove them. 

People will say, "All curses were canceled at the cross." But if that's true, everyone should be instantly healed the moment they receive Christ. Yet we know that in order to receive physical healing, we have to activate our faith and use our authority to appropriate the healing that Jesus paid for on the cross. It's the same with curses. At the cross, provision was made for all curses to be canceled. We have to use our authority to appropriate what Jesus paid for. 

No matter how much people will try to argue against the idea of generational curses, anyone who's done deliverance knows that some people have demons that came in directly through the sins of their ancestors. Confessing those sins, and taking authority over the demon that came to enforce the curse, will bring deliverance. 

Why would God "visit the iniquity of the fathers" to the third and fourth generations? In modern America, we tend to have a very individualist view of things. But the Bible depicts a reality in which we are all connected to each other as families, tribes, peoples, and nations. The Bible frequently depicts individuals who repented on behalf of an entire nation, city, or community. 


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