Q&A: Generational Curse

Generational Curse

Question

What is a generational curse? What causes it? How do I pray against it? Is alcholism one of these? Also divorce? If I were to marry a person that has a generational curse, do I become a part of it also?

Answer

In the Bible, blessings and curses are the respective results of obedience and disobedience to God's covenant. Those who obeyed the covenant were blessed, those who disobeyed were cursed (e.g. Lev. 26). Because God's covenant recognized strong solidarity within the covenant people and within families, those who violated the covenant risked bringing a curse not only upon themselves, but also upon their families and even upon the entire covenant people (e.g. Josh. 7; 2 Sam. 12). In these cases, however, the curse was not that the people would continue in some sin (such as divorce or drunkenness) without hope of salvation or repentance, but rather that God would punish them for the sins they had already committed and were continuing to commit. Just as God does not tempt anyone to sin (Jam. 1:13), he does not force anyone to sin.

Believers, however, are union with Christ, and thus share his status as perfect covenant keeper (Gal. 3:25-4:7). Because of this, no believer may ever fall under a covenant curse of any type, generational or otherwise. This does not mean that believers may not undergo discipline from God, or that this discipline may not outwardly resemble a curse. Nevertheless, God's discipline is always motivated by love (Heb. 12), and is not a curse.

This does not mean that we won't be affected by the consequences of the sins of our family members. When a divorce occurs, the children suffer. When a family member is an alcoholic, everyone is hurt. But these sins do not plague the children or other family members so as to bring God's disfavor, punishment or discipline upon them for the sins of someone else. As Deuteronomy 24:16 states, God's rule is that children aren't punished for the sins of the parents, and parents aren't punished for the sins of their children.


Answer by Ra McLaughlin

Ra McLaughlin is Vice President of Finance and Administration at Third Millennium Ministries.