This isn’t meant to be a treatise on generational curses, but I felt it was worth addressing since so much is being taught for or against curses that many in the Body of Christ are considering them.
Curses are a toughie for many Christians to get hold of, especially for those who have led a blessed but not trouble free life. They can’t understand how a repentant brother or sister continues to experience calamities, plagues or sicknesses that seem intractable, no matter how righteous their walk. There are several assumptions made: 1) they have bad luck or just make bad choices; 2) they are not knowledgeable enough of the Bible; 3) they go to the wrong church! Although all these could be true (there is no such thing as luck, bad or good), sometimes the difficulties are a result of curses that have not been dealt with.
Generally, the error many make is assuming all was taken care when they accepted Jesus as Savior and Lord. Yes, sins are washed away, and we are given a new life, etc., but surely no one in his or her right mind continues to think they are without sin on a daily basis (1 John 2:1). Every Christian must be sanctified, and that is a process of inner and consequently, outer change, as the Holy Spirit identifies and empowers us to do so. All Jesus has done for us must be appropriated by faith in His blood, and that includes ridding ourselves of curses that keep hanging onto us.
Curses are still in effect and are not removed without appropriating the Blood of Jesus as a legal “agent.” Hence, unbelievers may remain under curses all their lives, as do Christians, who never appropriate Christ’s atoning work against such things. Generally, if you want something from the Lord Jesus, you must ask Him (John 14:14; 1 John 5:14) and/or exercise your authority as a believer!
Blessings and curses are passed from one generation to the next, and these are disproportionate — we don’t necessarily deserve either; they are what they are. This explains WHY some Christians seem highly blessed, while others may struggle against the above-mentioned circumstances. We can look at a struggling brother or sister differently because of this and at least offer a solution to their ongoing dilemma. Sometimes to tell someone to “just keep praying and trying harder” isn’t helpful. God has better solutions.
Consider on the other hand, an evil person can still receive blessings because of his or her family line. This sheds some light on why on this earth a “bad” or ungodly person may receive more of his share of blessings than a believer (see the Psalmist’s disgust about this situation (Psa. 73), but also his understanding after he received revelation of “their end”). This isn’t to disparage hard work, increasing education, etc., but it does give us another insight into the dilemma.
It’s also important to remember that one can be blessed and cursed at the same time. As Arthur Burk explains, It’s like driving your car with one foot on the brake and the other on the gas pedal. You’re making progress, although you’re being slowed by the fact that your foot is on the brake! The largest package of demonic curses comes through Freemasonry because of the horrendous oaths taken and worship of foreign deities alongside Jehovah. Celtic curses along with Indian ones are also significant in bringing curses into family lines. Although I can’t vouch personally for this website, it does contain a good bit about deliverance from masonic curses.
Remember, one of the keys to getting your arms around this is to understand the word “iniquity.” The reference to sins in the often quoted “sins of the fathers” in Exodus 20:5 is the word “iniquities,” which is what is affects the generational stream, not every sin that someone committed before us. You can drive yourself up a wall trying to determine every sin that someone in your generational line committed! Iniquity essentially means “to warp.”
So, when someone perverts or warps the truth of the Word of God, as in teaching that abortion or homosexuality is permissible, according to the Bible, it is indeed filed under iniquity. I have great sympathy for people who are caught up in or committed either of these, but the truth is the Bible condemns both, and curses may indeed follow behind these, as it would any sexual iniquity. For example, unless Christ’s blood is appropriated, the sin of illegitimacy is extended to 10 generations (Deut. 23:2). Remember, the child’s not illegitimate, the parents were!
The sweet thing is Jesus our High Priest has paid it all. Forgiveness through His blood is extended throughout the generational span, and it can be appropriated by every believer in Him! You don’t need a PhD in this to gain your friend or loved one’s freedom from someone else’s iniquity! Knowledge is indeed power. What we don’t know CAN certainly hurt us.
International Standard Bible Encyclopedia
in-ik’-wi-ti (`awon; anomia): In the Old Testament of the 11 words translated “iniquity,” by far the most common and important is `awon (about 215 times). Etymologically, it is customary to explain it as meaning literally “crookedness,” “perverseness,” i.e. evil regarded as that which is not straight or upright, moral distortion (from `iwwah, “to bend,” “make crooked,” “pervert”). Driver, however (following Lagarde), maintains that two roots, distinct in Arabic, have been confused in Hebrew, one equals “to bend,” “pervert” (as above), and the other equals “to err,” “go astray”; that `awon is derived from the latter, and consequently expresses the idea of error, deviation from the right path, rather than that of perversion (Driver, Notes on Sam, 135 note) Whichever etymology is adopted, in actual usage it has three meanings which almost imperceptibly pass into each other.