Generational curses tend to be a popular topic in Pentecostal/charismatic circles. It’s the idea that, based on Mosaic law, God will curse up to the third or fourth generation of descendants of people involved in ungodly things like paganism. I just read an article at the Charisma News website by Chester and Betsy Kylstra entitled, 4 Key Roadblocks to Healing and Deliverance that points out the following as a hindrance to Christians:
1. Sins of the fathers and resulting curses (SOFCs)
This problem area is rooted in the second commandment (Ex. 20:3–6), in which the sin of idolatry results in the curse of ”visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation” (KJ21). In order to get free of this curse, God provides a pattern of confession that we can follow, first mentioned in Lev. 26:40. We confess our ancestors’ sin as well as our own sin (1 John 1:9), forgive as needed (Matt. 6:14–15), appropriate Christ’s finished work on the cross to break curses (Gal. 3:13), and recover the ”legal ground” from the enemy (Col. 2:14).
Upon examination of the scriptures, we discover this is a non-issue for Christians, especially when one looks at Galatians 3:13 which, although they list in the above paragraph, the Kylstras seem not to notice that it debunks their whole notion that Christians can be plagued by generational curses. The context of Galatians 3:13 reads as follows:
10 For as many as are of the works of the law are under the curse: for it is written, Cursed is every one that continueth not in all things which are written in the book of the law to do them.
11 But that no man is justified by the law in the sight of God, it is evident…
12 And the law is not of faith…
13 Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree:
14 That the blessing of Abraham might come on the Gentiles [pagans] through Jesus Christ; that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.
Jesus Christ, by his sacrifice, has reversed any curse that came under the law at the moment an unbeliever repents of sin and believes in Jesus. The results of that salvation are backed up by what Paul also tells us in Romans 8:1-6. Here’s an excerpt:
1 There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.
2 For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death.
3 For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh…
Having “no condemnation” and being “made free” from the law of sin and death would include any and all curses that come with that law. If a Christian is facing hindrances to their goals, it is most likely due to their own unwise choices, opposition from devilish forces, or because their goal is something that is not within God’s will for them at that moment (see Acts 16:6-7). So points 2-4 that the Kylstras make in their article seem to be valid points. But generational curses don’t apply to the blood-bought Christian.
Harry A. Gaylord