Ah, televangelists. They spread the gospel all over the earth via television. Yet, at the same time, they often give a bad name to Christianity, because of things like committing adultery or their extravagant wealth and spending. Unfortunately, and more and more it seems, these are not their only faults. Many of them also teach false doctrines which are not biblical. I could devote an entire blog to this. Yet, my purpose is not to attack other Christians. After all, we are all sinners; therefore, none of us is perfect. In addition, with any person on this earth, I could eventually find something that they believe that I disagree with. But, at the same time, I do want to warn against false doctrine. In this post, I merely want to briefly address one such widespread false doctrine which is extremely common among Christians today (at least, American Christians); and that is, the idea of 'generational curses.' The following quote sums it up nicely, I think:
"Question: "What does the Bible say about breaking generational curses?"
Answer: The Bible mentions “generational curses” in several places (Exodus 20:5; 34:7; Numbers 14:18; Deuteronomy 5:9). It sounds unfair for God to punish children for the sins of their fathers. However, this is looking at it from an earthly perspective. God knows that sin is passed down from one generation to the next. When a father has a sinful lifestyle, his children are likely to have the same sinful lifestyle as well. That is why it is not unjust for God to punish sin to the third or fourth generation – because they are committing the same sins their ancestors did. They are being punished for their own sins, not the sins of their ancestors. The Bible specifically tells us that God does not hold children accountable for the sins of their parents (Deuteronomy 24:16).
There is a trend in the church today to try and blame every sin and problem on some sort of generational curse. This is not Biblical. The cure for generational curses is salvation through Jesus Christ. When we become Christians, we are new creations (2 Corinthians 5:17). How can a child of God still be under God’s curse (Romans 8:1)? The cure, then, for a generational curse is faith in Christ and a life consecrated to Him (Romans 12:1-2)."