Ancestral curse can be defined as an evil or misfortune that follows a particular person as a result of being born into a family lineage; inherited family problems. A curse that follows a person as a result of the mistake of his forefathers: like Adamic curse (Genesis 3:17), Ahab curse (1 kings 21:21-26), etc. Many church people have disturbed themselves so much and caused many Pastors, Prophets and Church Leaders to eat fat from this menace. Different booklet for Personal Deliverance Prayers written by the likes of Pastor Olukoya of Mountain of Fire Ministries (MFM); Evangelist Paul G. O. Moses and many other authors contains prayers against lineage curses, premature deaths in the family, divorces, poverty, accidents, frequent breakdown of marriages, abnormal behavior, etc. It is said that at present, several churches include “deliverance” program in their activities “since failure to do so amounts to losing members to churches that include such activities”.
The belief that people’s misfortunes are due to curses they inherited from their forefathers is fast gaining popularity among a growing number of churches in Africa and other parts of the world. Consequently, millions of professed Christians are flocking to pastors for deliverance from perceived “ancestral curses”. Since Christians are to be guided by the words of God in the Holy Bible and not by the precepts of men, we must seek the guidance of the Scriptures in order to be on safe grounds on all issues of doctrine. This belief in ancestral curses has become quite widespread. It would be recalled that due to their belief in ancestral curses, five youths from Malawi, in early September this year , threw themselves into a fire after saying their night prayers. It was a bizarre case of mass suicide. Their father told a local newspaper that when he noticed his children’s strange behaviours recently, he complained to local authorities that the children had established a strange church in his house and that they commenced their prayers around 10.00 p.m. each day. He had tried stopping them without success. On that fateful night, the youths, in the course of praying, made fire with some household items which they had soaked in petrol. At a stage they took off their clothes and jumped into the fire holding copies of the Bible. Three of them died on the spot but two were rescued and taken to a local hospital.
The young men were said to have acted on the advice of a local pastor who told them that their parents were responsible for their joblessness and their not ,getting married. He advised them to burn the items in their home because that was where the parents hid their magic. The village head, blamed the churches, whom he said were misleading the people for this horrible incident. He promised to summon the religious leaders in the area so that they could explain “what type of worshipping this is.”
Another text some cite to support the doctrine of ancestral curses is the belief among the Jews of old that “The fathers have eaten sour grapes, and the children’s teeth are set on edge?” (Ezekiel 18:2) In other words, they believed that the sins of their fathers were visited upon the children, independent of the moral conduct of the latter. It is important to note that God rebuked the Jews for such belief as He does not deal with men in that way. Hence in verses 3 and 4 God stated: “As I live, saith the Lord GOD, ye shall not have occasion any more to use this proverb in Israel. Behold, all souls are mine; as the soul of the father, so also the soul of the son is mine: the soul that sinneth, it shall die.” (See also verse 20)
The British Empire was built at the back of conquest and colonization. The British ancestors went on a killing and conquering rampage all across the world and millions were starved and killed in India, millions more were murdered across various African nations. Yet they flourish today, and having a better living. No Ancestral curse or sin of the forefathers is holding them down. Why?
USA 🇺🇸 was built on the extermination (Native Americans) of one race And enslavement of another (African Americans). Their ancestors committed unimaginable atrocities and crimes against humanity. But today they’re regarded as the greatest nation on earth, they have a reasonable living. There’s no Ancestral curse or sin of the forefathers holding them down.
Australia 🇦🇺, committed the worst world un-talked about genocide. The aboriginal Australians have been technically wiped out. The Tasmanian Australian literally are extinct, all orchestrate by present day Australian ancestors. Yet they are living good, better quality of life. No Ancestral curse, no sin of the forefathers causing them poverty and misfortune.
Germany 🇩🇪, committed the forgotten horrific genocide in Namibia 🇳🇦. Same Germany caused the WW1 that claimed lives of millions, same Germany caused the WW2 that claimed
millions of lives, including the 6million Jews and those killed in gas chambers. Today Germany is the European and world economic giant. Better living all round for her citizens. No Ancestral curse, no sin of the forefathers hindering their growth and development.
Belgium, never forget that king Leopold II Of Belgium killed 15million Congolese and amputated thousands of innocent children for not picking enough cotton. Belgium is flourishing, developed and reasonably comfortable for her people. No Ancestral curse, no sin of the forefathers causing misfortune, hindering progress and growth.
But back home in Africa , televangelist, pastors and fraudsters called men of god are busy extorting unsuspecting individuals and families their little hard earned money to liberate them from Ancestral curse and sin of the forefathers, which is apparently the cause of their misfortunes, breakdown in marriage and business. The deaths and road accidents are all linked to the Ancestral curse and even the father’s names you bear.
Ancestors you don’t even have any prove of what they did or didn’t do. But they are your problem? But why is the same curse not holding your counterparts from across the Atlantic, whom their own ancestors have documented atrocities?
I’m sure if these five countries, UK, USA, Australia, Germany & Belgium were to bring ships and planes to Africa right now to start shipping and flying people to their countries for slave trade, millions will fight to be the first to enter.
Some will even come with their own chains, because they don’t want to be told, you can’t be enslaved because there’s no more chains. Many of your pastors and Ancestral curse preachers will be the first to jump in. To be enslaved in countries their ancestors committed some of the worst and horrific world recorded evils.
There’s nothing like Ancestral curse or sin holding or stopping your family progress or community growth or our National development. Our choices, decisions, what we’ve done or haven’t done in various aspects of our lives are our problem. The ineptitude of our leadership class running our governments are the curses preventing our growth and development not the so called Ancestral curse.
This is reality, take responsibility for yourself, and start demanding for accountability and responsibility from your government. Be financially wise by saving for the raining day, don’t eat your tomorrow today. Be wise, take right decision, Go for the gold, do not wait. Stop being busy on the rocky horse, go for the stallion. Stop wishing to go to school, go and get the form and fill the application. Stop wishing to get married, be entangled and knot it as you present all your goals, plans and desire before the Lord Proverbs 3:5-6.
Rom 8:1 says “There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.” The effect of ancestral curses in a Christian’s life is as a result of ignorance of who we are. Hos 4:6 “my people are destroyed from lack of knowledge. “Because you have rejected knowledge, I also reject you as my priests; because you have ignored the law of your God, I also will ignore your children.”
Colossians 1:13-14 explained how and when our deliverance occurred. What Jesus Christ accomplished on the Cross was Total. Let me give this analogy: In crude oil, there are many by-products after processing. Out of Crude oil comes: Liquefied fuel – includes gasoline, kerosene, diesel, motor oil; Lubricants – machineries; Paraffin Wax – Cosmetics ; Petroleum Coke – Industries; Asphalt – Building road and bridges; Petrol Chemicals; Sulfur – fungicides; Propane- cooking.
So also, in Christ’ death, our Salvation, deliverance, blessings, provisions, protection are all guaranteed and completed. Colossians 2:10 says, “And ye are complete in Him, Who is the head of all principality and power.”
John 8:36 came directly from the Master Himself, He said, “If the Son therefore shall make you free (you are not free half-way), ye shall be free indeed.”
If you could believe in what your family did wrong, why can you believe in what Jesus Christ did Right?
Philippians 2:9-11 says “Therefore God also has highly exalted Him and given Him the name which is above every name that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth, and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God, the Father.
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