Summary: Due to misinterpretations of God’s Word people have developed the concept of Generational Curses in order to try to blame God for their wrong doing. This lesson explains how Generational curses are not Biblical at all.

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“Generational Curses”


Elder Melvin L. Maughmer, Jr.

One of the most misinterpreted scriptures of the Bible has caused much confusion for many years. It has been the catalyst for many false teachings that are taught in some churches today. It has caused people that are filled with the precious gift of the Holy Ghost, redeemed by the blood of the lamb that are able to cast out demons, heal the sick, and preach this glorious gospel to become superstitious. There are now even preachers who have developed what is nothing short of ritualistic incantations as a method of dealing with what amounts to nothing more than a misinterpretation of the Word of God.

This scripture or the phrasing of the scripture that has been misinterpreted is found several times in the Bible and it’s the phraseology that is misunderstood. We will look at this scripture and the phraseology of it. That scripture is none other than Exodus 34:6-7 “And the Lord passed by before him, and proclaimed, The Lord, The Lord God, merciful and gracious, longsuffering, and abundant in goodness and truth, keeping mercy for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin, and that will by no means clear the guilty; visiting the iniquity of the father upon the children, and upon the children’s children, unto the third and fourth generation.” Similar scriptures are Exodus 20:5, Numbers14:18, Deuteronomy 5:9.

Many people will take this scripture and try to base that there are such things as generational curses. I will say yes there are; however, they are not the curses of bad luck or a hex placed upon a family they are the results of the iniquity of each individual and due to this iniquity the curse of disobedience is upon them. Through the Word of God in this lesson I will show you what is meant when I say a generational curse, the difference between a hex and curse, and the most important differences of all what the Word of God was truly saying when it says “the iniquity and transgression and sin”, never once does the Bible say place a curse or hex is placed upon someone.

The meaning of the word Curse.

The word curse opens a cornucopia of different meanings to different people. To most people the word curse refers to some form of vulgarity that back in the day would cause one to have their mouth washed out with soap. To some the word curse refers to the things they see in the movies or read in some fairytale book, like snow white, how the witch put a curse of snow white and cause her to fall into a deep sleep. Then there are those that feel unless they wear a necklace of garlic, carry a crucifix, and pack a gun with a silver bullet in it that they are likely to be bombarded by demons that are lurking around every corner just waiting to curse them. Then there are those that say oh that was then, but in this day and time we don’t have to even worry about that, we are not in the dark ages anymore.

The word curse according to the dictionary has a few definitions:

1. A prayer or invocation for harm to come to someone.

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