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· Did God subject New Testament believers to the generational curse in Ex. 20:1-6?
· What about the physical ‘evil bloodline’ that has to be ‘cut off?’
· Can we give the devil the ‘right’ to oppress and harm us?
· How do we deal with possible demonic attachments, which we picked up through false doctrines, etc.?
WHAT ABOUT THE ‘INHERITED SIN’ AND ‘BLOODLINE CURSES’ OF OUR FOREFATHERS?
‘Deliverance experts’ insist that, even after we were completely saved, redeemed, and blessed in Christ as His personally born again children, (Gal. 3:10-18,) who live inside His spiritual Kingdom of Light and Liberty, we all are still guilty of the atrocities of our forefathers; all their false beliefs and satanic deeds. Therefore, they say, even the true disciples of Christ must be ‘delivered’ from the ‘generational curses,’ which came upon them through the ‘bloodlines’ of their forefathers. These demons, which allegedly still live in believers through these curses, must therefore be “cast out” by special, expert ‘deliverance ministers.’
Well, let us see if, this time, they might be telling us some truth.
· It was even an Old Testament/Covenant principle before the cross and Pentecost that on a personal level, “...The son shall not bear the guilt of the father, nor the father bear the guilt of the son. The righteousness of the righteous shall be upon himself, and the wickedness of the wicked shall be upon himself,” (Ezk. 18:20; Deut. 24:16; Mt. 16:27; Rom. 2:6-9.)
· Do true believes still live under “the curse:” the cursed state/position of Old Testament Deut. 28? Jesus declared in the context of Gal. 3:10-18, where He explained that He “became a curse [for He carried the entire cursed state (Deut. 28) on the cross,] so that [every sincere believer] could [freely] inherit [the entire state/position of blessedness in Him. Similarly,] we received the [Holy] Spirit through faith [and not by keeping certain Old Testament, ceremonial laws.]” What’s more, Jesus did not “take on the sin-nature and cursedness of Satan on the cross, so that He had to suffer further in hell to atone for His own fallen state as well,” as Pentecostal Charismatic and other churches teach, (Gal. 3:14; Lu. 23:43.)
The Spirit Filled Bible 1991 footnote on 2 Cor. 5:21, “God made [the sinless Jesus] sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him,” does not mean He became [a demoniac on the cross.] It means God does not impute [charge, assign, ascribe] our cursedness to us. He imputed the [entire position of cursedness] instead to Christ, Who was sinless in every respect,” (Heb. 4:15; 1 Pt. 2:22-25; 1 Jn. 3:5.)
Gal. 3:15-18, “[Concerning our free inheritance of blessedness in Christ, even] a man’s covenant, if it is confirmed, no one [is allowed to] annul or add to it... [How much more certain and indelible is God’s New Covenant blessing in Christ?] Verse 17, [Therefore,] the [ceremonial temple-law of the Old Covenant,] which came 450 years [after God blessed Old Abraham as the spiritual father of faith and blessedness of all true believers through the ages, when He symbolically cut the blood-covenant, which prophesied Jesus’ full atonement in the place of all believers, (Gen. 15:5-10,)] cannot annul the [blood] Covenant that was confirmed [with Abraham. And so, the ceremonial temple-law could not] make the promise [of complete blessing] of no effect. (Gal. 3:17-18.) For if the inheritance is of the [Old Testament] law, it is no longer of promise; but God gave it to Abraham [and all his believing “seed,” both Hebrews and Gentiles in Christ, (Gal. 3:16,)] by promise.”
Besides the fact that blessing is a spiritual position in Christ, the curse directed at true believers that is without a cause, will merely fly overhead, because those whom Jesus have blessed cannot be cursed as long as they remain under His blood Covenant, or sincerely obedient to His True Word, (Prov. 26:2; Mt. 25:34-36.) It is a Scriptural fact that all true believers are fully blessed by Jesus Himself and can therefore never be cursed unless they sin unrepentantly, or believe and follow lies such as false doctrines, actually cursing themselves by disobeying their Blessor Jesus, (Gal. 3:10-14; Prov. 26:2.)
· A good point of reference to lead us into “all truth” concerning the blessed position of believers, is to see if believers can be cursed through their unbelieving spouses, because then, their children will also remain under a ‘generational curse,’ isn’t that so? We must consider the fact that none of us could choose the family, society, and nation we were born into.
Still, it remains a fact that, at our physical birth, although all babies and young children are completely innocent, all of us inherited, by default, the lost, cursed, sinful state or position in the kingdom of darkness, which Adam and Eve, by disobeying God, brought upon us, (Rom. 5:12.) Spiritually, a small child, before the age of accountability, belongs to Jesus and will go to heaven if death comes prematurely; (Mt. 19: 13-15.) However, physically, through the unsaved state of their parents, they live under the power or deception of the prince of darkness, (1 Cor. 15:21-22; 1 Jn. 5:19; Mt. 19:13-15; Deut. Chapter 28.)
Nevertheless, look how merciful our God really is. When a wife or husband truly accepts Jesus while the disobedient spouse refuses Him, (if the unbelieving spouse is willing to continue living with the believer and not the other way around,) they shall not divorce. Because of the believing spouses’ holy or sanctified position in the Kingdom of Christ, “the unbelieving spouse is sanctified, [made holy not saved,] by the believing spouse; otherwise their children would be unclean, but now they are holy!” (1 Cor. 7:12-16.)
While God does work in family units for the sake of born again believers, (1 Cor. 7:12-16,) it is not the so-called “salvation by birthright” that some people see in the Old Testament. Salvation under Jesus’ New Covenant is a rational, personal choice — and redemption and blessing in Christ are inseparable ‘components’ of salvation through Jesus’ full atonement in our place. For instance, the “holy” children, once they reach the age of accountability and can understand the Gospel, become responsible for their own decisions to either accept or reject Jesus. The same principle applies to the “holy” spouse of the believer, (1 Cor. 7:12-16,) who must also make a personal choice for or against Jesus. Although God as a million ways to deal with unbelieving and unrepentant souls, no one can be saved through the faith of believing disciples or anyone else, (Deut. 14:16; Jn. 3:16.)
DID GOD SUBJECT NEW TESTAMENT BELIEVERS TO THE GENERATIONAL CURSE OF EX. 20:1-6?
So, can the believing spouse and the “holy” children (1 Cor. 7:12-16) of that marriage still be under a ‘generational curse?’
Let God’s Word answer this question.
In verse one of Ex. 20:1-6, God said to the Old Israelites, “I Am the Lord your God, Who brought you out of the land of Egypt, [past tense,] and out of the house of bondage [past tense.]” The Israelites, in the desert, had no excuse to commit idolatry and witchcraft against God. They, as an allegory of New Testament believers in Christ, were completely delivered from “the [physical kingdom of darkness and the physical] house of bondage,” (1 Cor. 10:11; Rom. 15:4.) In New Covenant terms this means: At the very moment true believers personally accepted Christ, God brought them spiritually “out of the land of Egypt and the house of bondage” or actually, “out of” the kingdom of darkness, and “into” His Eternal Kingdom of complete salvation, liberty, (redemption,) and blessing! (1 Pet 2:9-10: Col. 2:13-14.)
· This is why God also forbade true believers, who are completely saved, redeemed and blessed in Christ, to continue in, or return to in the sinful ways of their forefathers. Just like the fully redeemed Hebrews in the desert, “you must [never again] have other gods before Him. You shall not make for yourself a carved image of any likeness of anything [to revere or worship as a god,] bowing down to them and serving them. This is not a prohibition on ordinary art of any kind.
Þ [For you know that He is a jealous God,] visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children to the third and fourth generations of those who hate Him [and prove their hatred by the idolatry and witchcraft they continue to commit against Him, Deut. 20:5,]
Þ but showing mercy to thousands [and during our New Covenant age, millions if not billions] of those who love Him and keep His [New Testament, Moral] commandments,” (Deut. 20:6; Jn. 13:34.)
· Note that God, in Ex. 20:6, said nothing about the descendants [or spouses] of true believers.
Þ The unbelieving but “holy” husband or wife (1 Cor. 7:12-16) who chooses to live with a saved, blessed, redeemed spouse, is still without Christ in the kingdom of darkness and in that lost, bound, cursed state — and also under the “generational curse.” So are believers who rejected Jesus and His full atonement in their place, and turned back to the political-religious “world,” or in Old Testament terms, to “Egypt, the house of bondage,” (Ex. 20:5.)
Þ Should the “holy” children of this “unequally yoked” marriage, (1 Cor. 7:12-16,) just as children of all other marriages, (once they reach an accountable age,) choose Egypt instead of Jesus, they will also live in “the house of bondage.” No one can be “saved, redeemed, or blessed” except by personal choice, (Jn. 1:12-13; 3:3-5.)
But are you, believer in Christ, still a hater of God? Or are you His blood-bought, Holy-Spirit indwelt child, to whom He showed mercy? (Ex. 20:6.) Do you still belong to the kingdom of darkness, which your ancestors continue to cling to, or were you “delivered from the power of darkness and conveyed [spiritually] into the Kingdom of Jesus, [because] in Him you [already] have redemption through His blood, the [total] forgiveness of sins?” (Col. 1:13-14.)
You decide. If you choose to reject the truth of God’s Word, you “hate” Him and will “make for yourself a carved image [of false doctrines, and religious norms and forms] to worship as a god. Then, you and your children are cursed according to Deut. 20:5. If not, you are fully blessed in Christ. If you remain faithful to Jesus’ New Testament commandments and repent from your transgressions against His Moral Law of Love, you will remain under His blessed, redeemed state or position of eternal salvation. Although this is not a license to sin, we all “sometimes sin” or miss the mark of fully remaining in the will of God. But “if we confess our sins, God is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness,” (1 Jn. 1:5-10.)
OKAY, THE ABOVE EXPLIANS THE SPIRITUAL ASPECT OF LIVING IN JESUS. WHAT ABOUT THE PHYSICAL ‘EVIL BLOODLINE,’ WHICH WE MUST ‘CUT OFF?’
There is no such thing as a ‘physical’ curse. All curses come from the spirit world and are executed by evil spirits. Curses might manifest on the physical level in illness, ‘accidents,’ etcetera, and on a mental level in disturbed beliefs, which, in turn, manifest in disturbed behavior. But there is no such thing as a “cursed physical bloodline,” although spiritual curses are transmitted through the generations of “those who hate God,” (Ex. 20:5,) not through true believers, (Ex. 20:6.) Human blood is human blood. It may carry physical diseases and physical inherited traits, even physical deformities, but definitely not, on a physical level, spiritual curses. Spirit answers to spirit; what is flesh is flesh, (1 Cor. 15:39-54.)
Þ Physically, we can never remove our ‘bloodline,’ and God certainly does not expect us to attempt any such silly thing. We can never go out of this world; the sinful ways and thoughts of the world must go out of us. If we were born Asian, African or European we will remain what we are as long as we are alive on this side of the grave. We cannot and do not become spiritual Hebrews or Messianic Jews when we accept Jesus. Hence, we do not have to call God by His ‘Hebrew’ Names, as we have all His Names in intelligible English in the New Testament, which God is utterly capable of understanding.
Þ At our personal rebirth, we immediately became spiritual children of the Highest God Himself, (Jn. 1:12-13; Gal. 4:4-7.) At that moment, we were instantly placed into the holy, spiritual body of Christ: “Members of His body, of His flesh and of His bones…” (Eph. 5:30.) Spiritually, “there is no more Jew or Gentile, [race,] slave or free, [social status,] male or female, [gender,] for you are All One In Christ,” (Gal. 3:28.) If we can, with our finite human understanding, explain this miracle Jesus did for us on Golgotha, we can say that, at our spiritual rebirth in Him, (Jn. 1:12-13; 3:3-5,) Jesus Himself “cut off the evil [spiritual] bloodline which we have inherited” when we were spiritually born into this sin-riddled world of spiritual darkness, (1 Cor. 15:22.) “He has delivered [past tense] us from the power of darkness and conveyed us into [His Spiritual] Kingdom… in Whom we have [present tense] redemption through His blood…” (Col. 1:13-14.)
Þ To become, as the holy bride, body, and temple of the Holy Spirit, “flesh of His flesh and bones of His bones,” emphasizes our completed spiritual position as holy or sanctified, fully redeemed children of God,” (Ex. 20:1-2; 1 Pet. 2:9-10.) Of course our “minds” or thoughts must still be “transformed” through personal knowledge of God’s Word to “know His perfect will,” (Rom. 12:1-2.) However, to a great degree, our “minds” [or thoughts] were already “restored” at our rebirth, like Jesus did with the madman of Gadara, (Lu. 8:26-39.) Therefore, John wrote, “I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in health, just as your soul prospers,” (3 Jn. 1:2.) Thus, 1 Pt. 1:13-23 said, “Gird up the loins of your mind, [your thoughts,] be sober… Since you have purified your souls [or minds] in obeying the truth through the Spirit in sincere love… having been [personally] born again… through the Word of God which lives and abides forever…”
Under the Moral Law, even under the Old Testament Covenant, God declared in Deut. 24:16, “Fathers shall not be put to death for their children, nor shall children be put to death for their fathers. A person shall be put to death for his own sin.” In New Testament terms this means, although all people, at physical birth, spiritually “inherit” the cursed state without Jesus, we all have the God-given ability to choose our own actions when we reach the age of accountability. When people die, although they lived their lives as cursed unbelievers, not even the children of unbelievers will have to give an account for the sins of their fathers.
Þ Still, it is always good to confess all sin to God. It is also necessary to obey God’s commandment to confess our abusive sins against those whom we have wronged, (Jam. 5:16.) Because all confession of sin requires repentance from sin to be effective, it is also good to renounce and reject all sin, and then to remove ourselves as far as possible from evil and unrepentant people that influence our lives, and their wicked ways and works, (1 Cor. 15:33.) This includes, as far as possible, to distance ourselves from the wicked works of our spouses, family, religion, church, nation, and the unbelieving world, (Mt. 10:37.)
As related in the study of masonry, someone told me about a “powerful prayer book” that someone wrote. The author supposedly leads “demon oppressed [or actually possessed] and generationally cursed Christians” to confess every ritual of masonry in detail to ‘deliver’ them and their descendants and allegedly, “the effect is immediate.” I can only say that, if it were true that we must confess the sins of our forefathers in such great detail to be redeemed, we were not brought “out of darkness into Jesus’ marvelous light” at our personal rebirth, and were not born again at all, (1 Pt. 2:9-10; Col. 13-14.)
For instance, if our grandmothers and grandfathers were prostitutes, (men committing adultery, fornication, and witchcraft are prostitutes and witches too, 1 Sam. 15:23,) we certainly do have to describe all their filthy acts with their “clients” or so-called “lovers” in detail to be ‘delivered’ from the ‘ancester curse’ of prostitution! (Our own sin against God, ourselves and other people is a different matter, Jam. 5:16-17; Mt. 5:23-24; 1 Jn. 1:8-10.)
In the contextual truth of God’s Word, such elaborate confessions were compiled by sensation seekers, (Mt. 6:5-15.) If we ourselves were male or female witches, (all those disobedient to God commit witchcraft and idolatry, 1 Sam. 15:23,) prostitutes, masons or any other kind of Satanist, and participated or shared in human and animal sacrifice, confessing such (and the many other) atrocities to God by name is necessary. However, if our ancestors committed such atrocities and we never joined them, we might fall under the spell of sensation seekers to think that God is not almighty and omniscient enough to have redeemed us in full at our personal rebirth, and does not know when we talk about what these idolaters and withes did.
· Nevertheless, because the “battle is for the mind,” (Rom. 12:1-2,) and for the purpose of decidedly distancing, by faith and confession, ourselves and our descendants from the kingdom of darkness, our once off, simple, sincere confession and renunciation of the evil beliefs and practices of our ancestors can be a good thing, (1 Pt. 1:13-19.)
· It is always good to consciously and verbally reject the evil ways of other people to live wholly in God’s Kingdom of Light and Truth. So, we may confess to God that our ancestors were masons, prostitutes, and other types of devil worshippers, who did wicked deeds and satanic rituals, and probably made promises to the devil concerning us and our children. (Let us not forget their unscriptural church and other religion such as ancestor worship, which kept them in bondage to men and false doctrine.) And yes, we can, in the Almighty Name of Jesus Christ, renounce, break and distance ourselves from it all while interceding for our descendants to be protected and/or delivered from all pagan/church and other rituals, and pacts with and promises to the devil. As God’s anointed, (1 Jn. 2:20; 27,) we may bind, reject, and forbid the return of all spirits that concerned us and everyone and everything that pertained to our lives before we were born again in Christ — and especially things we allowed into our lives after we were born again. If challenged by the lies of the evil one, (all he has to get hold of us again are lies, deception, false accusation, and temptation to sin again,) we must actively withstand his onslaughts out loud, (Mark 16:16-18,) declaring the blood of Jesus and God’s true promises in His Word over us, our descendants, and everything that relate to our lives, (Rev. 12:11.)
· Then, all we need to do, is to ask our Father in heaven to hide us, and everyone and everything else that connect to our lives, under the blood Covenant of Christ, the full control of the Spirit, and the protection of His mighty, holy angels.
Þ It is enough to dedicate ourselves, our descendants, our homes, work, lives, etcetera to God Alone; gratefully welcoming His presence, protection and blessing in our lives, and praising and worshiping Him for everything He made possible through the full atonement of Jesus, the truth of His Word, and the power of the Holy Spirit! (Heb. 12:15-16; Rom. 12:1-2.) Henceforward, we must then “occupy” our redeemed, blessed position in the Kingdom of Christ by actively seeking and doing, as far as possible, God’s will through the truth of His Word and in the leading of His Spirit.
Can we give the devil ‘Legal Ground’ or ‘the right’ to oppress and harm us? (See the Facebook Post below)
There is no doubt that we must never attempt to play hide and seek with the devil, or lend our ears to any of his deception, lies, and false church doctrines. The devil does not have any ‘legal ground’ inside any true believer, who remains at the feet of Jesus. However, he is always trying to gain ‘legal ground’ in our thoughts, decisions and lives by helping us to make, and stand by the wrong choices, (Jn. 8:44.) He knows how to shoot straight and hit the target bull’s eye; prying on that particular weakness that is unique to each of us, because he has studied humanity a very long time. He knows how to manipulate our thoughts if we lend our eyes and ears to him, and how to execute his assaults through those who can harm and even murder us spiritually, emotionally and physically. Just as importantly, the enemy does not shoot paper claps from a toy gun, but ‘flaming arrows,’ which we can only quench through our personal faith in Jesus Christ and the truth of God’s Word.
When that old snake strikes, it is always with the deadly venom of temptation, tribulation, and deception, which we can only survive in the grace of God by standing, fully clothed in the armor of God’s integrity, on Jesus the Rock, Who is the Truth of God, (Eph. 6:10-20.) The difference between venom and poison, is that we ingest poison and it is often slow working, while just one bite from a venomous snake instantly injects death into our veins. It is time the believers of Christ realize that false doctrine and religious church practices of all kinds are poison and venom, which, in relatively small doses, have the power to kill us spiritually, emotionally, and even physically, (Gal. 5:9.)
Besides all his dangerous weapons of war, Satan, who pretends to be a roaring lion, “walks about, seeking whom he may devour,” (1 Pt. 5:6-9.) Lions usually hunt in darkness. They will ambush and kill anything that does not know they are being stalked. Mostly, being opportunists, they will take those who are weak, unwary, lazy, and sleeping. That is why Peter warned, “Be sober, be vigilant; resist the devil steadfast [or constantly and strong] in the faith, knowing that the same sufferings are experienced by your [true] brotherhood [in Christ] throughout the world.”
If the devil cannot get us as the venomous snake or the roaring lion, he will play on our physical needs and of course, our wants, turning what is natural and not sinful, (such as thirst or hunger) into lust, greed, manipulation, fraud, theft, adultery, and emotional and even physical murder. Under temptation many accept his deception that God’s Power, Truth, Companionship, Redemption, Provision and Protection are not enough, and they fall prey to all kinds of get-rich-quick schemes and other kinds of evil, which are “foolish snares, whereby they pierce themselves with many sorrows,” (1 Tim. 6:3-12.)
There is only one way to avoid the devil’s snare, or to get out of his death grip of enticement and sin, and it is not by visiting ‘deliverance’ ministers of any kind. God commanded in Jam. 1:7, “Submit yourself wholly to God. [Then,] resist the devil – and he will flee from you. Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands [from all unrepentant, immoral sin,] and purify your hearts, you double-minded… Humble yourself in the sight of Lord, and He will lift you up.”
The first thing afflicted disciples of Jesus must do, is to hide themselves in prayer and in the truth of God’s Word. It is the truth of God’s Word in the teaching, leading and power of the Holy Spirit, and the truth about our situation, which set us free. We must also become doers of God’s Word, [His Moral Law,] and not remain hearers only, deceiving ourselves, (Jam. 1:22.)
If there is anything we need to make right with God and other people, we must do it right away, (Jam. 5:16.) If the problem persists, we must make use of prayer and fasting to seek God’s clear direction on the matter. Never postpone obedience to the leading of the Holy Spirit and the New Covenant commandments of His Word. We may ask a sincere believer to anoint us with oil as the symbol of the Holy Spirit, and to pray with us. “Where two or three are gathered in Jesus’ Name, there He is in the midst of them.” If we do not have anyone to pray with us, we can trust Jesus, our High Priest, to be in us and with us; interceding for us — which He always does in any case, (Rom. 8:34.)
With the anointing of oil, we should ask God to heal us spiritually, emotionally, and physically. We may boldly ask Him to close all sin-opened doors and entrances to our human spirits, souls, bodies, lives, work, relationships, etc., and to protect us under the blood Covenant of Jesus Christ and the ministry of His holy angels.
We should also keep in mind that Satan can use the hatred of people to attack us on a spiritual, emotional, and physical level. We must pray for the salvation of our enemies as Jesus commanded, and ask Him to ward off all attacks from demons and human spirits, (the spirits of people who are still alive.) God is Almighty, Omnipresent, and Omniscient; there is not a single thing He does not know. As a result, we must also ask Him to reveal to us the “great and mighty things we do not know,” and help us to deal with everything according to His Word and the leading of His Spirit, ( Jer. 33:3.)
Having done all we can Scripturally and in obedience to the Holy Spirit, we must then stand in the truth of God’s Word, clothed spiritually in His whole armor, our eyes fixed on Jesus until He answers our cries. Our Father will never “leave us nor forsake us,” as long as we remain at His feet, (Heb. 13:5.)