I Want to be Like You Dad
For years now, the church has been sidetracked with this idea of “Generational Curses.” We’ve watched throngs of Christians swarm to the altars attempting to stop the evil consequences that their forefather’s decisions made upon their lives. And… for many years as a pastor, I taught about Generational Curses — and had seemingly great results. So let’s make it clear that we mean no personal disrespect to those sincere people who teach this “ministry”. It’s just that now… we know a better way (Acts 18:26).
Let’s briefly review the teaching of Generational Curses — it generally goes something like this: “the sins of the fathers pass to the third and fourth generation” (Ex. 34:6-7, Deut. 5:9, Dan. 9:8).
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I Want To Be Like You Dad teaches how Christians can inherit the attributes or consequences for the sins that their predecessors committed generations ago. Sometimes (they say), after the 3rd and 4th generation – the CURSE would be broken… but that part doesn’t seem to happen very much anymore.
Anyway, these GENERATIONAL CURSES are said to come from many places, such as follows:
1 SINS OF ANCESTORS – Supposedly, ancient ancestral CURSES pass down through families. Apparently, Satan has the “legal right” to assault our body or finances because of our forefather’s mistakes. They claim these “curses” are why many Christians get sick and die.
2 WITCHCRAFT/OCCULT CURSES – Sadly, many believe that the words of “witches” have the power to disrupt our lives and affect our surroundings.
3 CURSES from SPOKEN WORDS – These can be curses spoken by others or by yourself.
4 CURSES FROM UNGODLY OATHS AND DEDICATIONS/UNGODLY BELIEFS – These “destructive” oaths and dedications could have been made before your birth.
5 PERSONAL SINS – Your personal perverse sin caused by forefathers same sin.
6 CURSES PASSED BY IMPROPER TIES (YOKES) – Another BIG teaching concerns “sin in the camp”. That’s about being YOKED to someone… and inheriting their problems. Somehow you become a “LEGAL target” of all those wretched spirits and “soul ties” that come down their bloodline… to you and your children!!!
As far as I can tell, according to this teaching, most Christians are cursed! Apparently, those “legal rights” of the devil cause most of our attacks. And deliverance from these CURSES occurs only when those “legal rights are broken” through effective “prophetic insight”, anointed ministry, and prayer. Even though we have not committed any wrong-doing, they say that we can only negate CURSES by public confession and renouncement (speaking utterances) TO THE DEVIL – such as:
“Devil, I cancel all demonic influence that have been passed on to me from my ancestors. … I renounce all satanic assignments directed toward my family, and me. And I cancel every curse that you or your demon workers have put on me. … I reject all other possibilities whereby you may claim ownership of me”.
Now, these “prayers” to Satan are intended to be said by Christians who already have been “delivered from the power of darkness and translated into the kingdom of God’s dear Son.” But, that’s not all – be very careful – don’t get too confident, because another curse may be lurking just around the next corner!
Well, some of you already have the answer – before we even get there!! The pagans attempted to pacify capricious “gods” who poured out havoc on humankind for no good reason. For centuries, superstitious people conjured up religious formulas and chanted specific incantations believing that their “magical” words or a particular sacrifice would appease the “unpredictable gods” and forestall misfortune.
THE TRUTH — WE ARE BLESSED, NOT CURSED:
In the midst of this superstition, the Lord said to Abraham: “And I will make you a great nation, and I will BLESS you… And in you ALL THE FAMILIES of the earth shall be BLESSED” (Genesis 12:2,3). Here we see BLESSING as God’s sovereign choice toward ALL believers that desired relationship.
Scriptures say that those who put their hope and trust in God are BLESSED (Jeremiah 17:5). Conversely, those who put their trust in man are CURSED (Jeremiah 17:7). IF we believe, then we are blessed. Do you see? Our battle isn’t with the devil… our command is to love God and follow God with all our heart, soul, and might… we are ALREADY BLESSED; regardless of our circumstances. God’s not partial. He BLESSES those who believe upon Jesus – (the One who became a CURSE for us) – and we become the beneficiary (heir) of Abraham’s blessings (Galatians 3:13,14).
“…Come, you who are BLESSED … inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world’…” (Matthew 25:34,41). That’s our charge… to obtain our blessed inheritance.
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In this way desiring to declare more fully to the heirs of promise the immutability of His counsel, God interposed by an oath, so that by two immutable things, in which it was impossible for God to lie, we might have a strong consolation, who have fled for refuge to lay hold upon the hope set before us, which hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and steadfast, and which enters into that within the veil, where the Forerunner has entered for us, even Jesus, having become a high priest forever after the order of Melchizedek. (Heb 6:17-20)