In our last post, we looked at the main supporting texts for the idea of Generational Curses from category 1: texts that are argued to teach that God directly visits the iniquity of the fathers on the children. That list covered the main and most typical biblical texts used to promote the idea of Generational Curses, so that post will be the largest and most in depth of this series. Still, there are several secondary supporting texts that need to be dealt with.
Generational Curse theology is a false theology that needs to be replaced with proper biblical theology, and that doesn’t involve a single text or an unexplained list of texts.
Here’s something I taught the youth in my church recently as we were dealing with various issues related to Christianity. I hope this is helpful to folks who have struggled with this question!
Christians who appeal to the Old Testament in conversations about homosexuality are often (crudely) accused of hypocrisy because the regulations regarding sexuality are part of the Old Testament Law. The “Shellfish Objection” popularly comes up like this:
The Shellfish Objection is often articulated in a version of the following:
The Argument: Since the Bible condemns eating shellfish but Christians don’t obey the laws against eating shellfish, then they’re hypocritical when they quote other laws as binding. In other words, Christians hypocritically pick and choose which rules they follow. Continue reading
Although I’m not blogging these days, I’m still very active. I’ve recently been doing some pulpit fill at Grace Fellowship Church Chilliwack. I’ve briskly preached through 1 Thessalonians, and as I was doing my prep for 1 Thess. 4:13-18, I was working through the idea of Christ’s “coming”, and hammering through the term parousia (translated “coming” in 1 Thess. 4:15, as well as many other places) in the New Testament. For interests of time, I won’t go through all the information I found, but I also want to put some helpful information on here for anyone who is interested in working through the issue (and the people who were listening to the sermon and struggling to keep up).
When Paul mentions Christ’s parousia in 1 Thess. 4:15, it’s a term with some specific background and meaning. Examining the background and meaning is helpful in sorting out what Paul’s aiming at in 1 Thess. 4:15.
a. What is a Parousia? Continue reading
Welcome back, ye brave souls!
In the last post, I scared many people by laying out a large swath of biblical texts used to (supposedly) support the idea of generational curses. I arranged those texts in six distinct categories, with each category being texts marshaled around a specific point of generational curse theology. Today, I’m only going to deal with the texts in Category 1. Seeing that these are the most widely used texts to establish generational curse theology, I’m going to spend the most amount of time here.
This will be a bit of an undertaking, but I’m confident you can stomach it!
In the first post in this series, I gave a general overview of the idea of generational curses and took a quick look at some of the proponents of the teaching. In the second post, I gave a quick look at one specific example of the teaching and gave a large list of texts used to attempt to make a biblical case for the existence of generational curses. In this post, I’ll start what will become a multi-post response and refutation of the whole idea of generational curses.
Why do I feel like I need to make a multi-post response?
Haven’t others done that already?
Well, surprisingly few have taken the subject on with any sort of serious response.
Interestingly, the Assemblies of God actually have a shockingly good, albeit short, response to the problem of generational curses…but that only breeds some serious questions. One has to wonder why is appears that many AOG pastors don’t care much about what the AOG theologians have to say. In fact, I’d dare say that the AOG could go as far as requiring official & honest theological *fine print* disclaimers for every “revival” and people would still flock by the thousands to every new revival, outpouring, or other assorted “move of the Spirit.” Continue reading