Generational Curses

I heard a preacher on TV say that we need to pray against  Generational Curses.  Is it possible that I have a Generational Curse on my life?

I have heard a lot of emphasis on this subject, and the answer I have found in Scripture is, “Yes and no.”

Numbers 27:3, Deuteronomy 24:16, 2 Kings 14:6, and 2 Chronicles 25:4 all make it clear that no one bears the guilt for someone else’s sin.  Then in John 9 Jesus was asked, “Who did sin, this man, or his parents, that he was born blind?”  Jesus replied, “Neither hath this man sinned, nor his parents: but that the works of God should be made manifest in him.”

The idea behind generational curses is that one is somehow judged for the sins of his/her ancestors.  That is not the same as consequences.

For example, Great-grandpappy was an abusive alcoholic.  He abused Grandpappy as a child, who moreover grew up in poverty because his dad wasted his money, and did not know how to share affection because he was starved for it.  Grandpappy likewise raised a dysfunctional family, and might have become an alcoholic and an abuser like his dad.  Ditto for Pappy, and then finally the same for his son, down to the present generation.  Those are consequences, having to do with lifestyle and learned behaviors.

The idea behind generational curses, on the other hand, is that someone today is somehow spiritually responsible and “cursed” for his ancestor’s sin.  I find that idea unsupportable in Scripture.

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