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My name is Basie Martins. I trust that you are all well and I want to thank you again for listening to this series. For you who do not know, this series is about spiritual warfare. In the previous session, we discussed how and why people are being deceived daily and why they believe the doctrines of devils. I think all Christians have been deceived in this manner at least once or twice at some time in their lives. None of us is immune to deceit. It probably happened with almost all of us. That is a fact and I am not just making this statement lightly. We also discussed why the doctrine of generational curses is false. We discussed how God got involved in the debate that occurred in the days of Ezekiel about this subject.
We discussed the Scriptures and the statements that God made directly in this regard to debunking the false beliefs about this doctrine.
In today’s discussion, we will be looking at the Scriptures that were taken out of context through the years as an attempt to prove or to support the doctrine of generational curses.
Here are some of these Scriptures that were taken out of context:
7 Thou shalt have none other gods before me.
8 Thou shalt not make thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the waters beneath the earth:
9 Thou shalt not bow down thyself unto them, nor serve them: for I the LORD thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me,
10 And showing mercy unto thousands of them that love me and keep my commandments.
Now this portion of Scripture has nothing to do with the church and nothing to do with believers. It has nothing to do with Christians. It has nothing to do with Christians. It has everything to do with the Jews and it has everything to do with people that HATE God. Verse 10 can be related to us though because we are people who LOVE God. It is however quite interesting to note that verse 10 says the same thing as Galatians 3:20. It also says that we are blessed and not cursed. This was God’s way of telling Israel, whom He is about to make a covenant with, how He feels about heathen nations who hate Him and people in the nation of Israel who hate him. This portion of Scripture does NOT support generational curses in a Christians life because it was at that time only applicable to heathen nations and people who HATED God. This Scripture is taken out of context because people who use this Scripture to apply it in the lives of Christians ignore all other Scriptures in the rest of the Bible which clearly changed this Scripture. Firstly God promised in the days of Jeremiah that this law will be repealed. Secondly, God confirmed that this law was repealed already in the days of Ezekiel.
Just as people cannot refer to the Old Testament Scripture about a “tooth for a tooth” as being the will of God, so they cannot refer to this Scripture as the will of God or still valid. This law was repealed by God just as Jesus repealed the law about “a tooth for a tooth”. Jesus said we must forgive and not retaliate. God also declared that Jesus Christ became a curse for us so that we cannot be cursed. To be cursed means to be punished for sins. God gave the nation of Israel a choice. Life or death, the blessing or the curse. The blessing meant prosperity and the curse meant punishment for sins. However, Jesus became a curse so that we can inherit the blessings of Abraham.
So this is a double redemption. God repealed the original law for everybody but He also made Christ Jesus a curse so that even on judgment day we cannot be punished, but that is not all, He made sure that we are forever living and walking blamelessly in the sight of the Lord, from the moment we accept Jesus Christ as our savior.
Another Scripture that was taken out of context:
Our fathers have sinned, and are not; and we have borne their iniquities.
So this Scripture appears to suggest that we pay for the sins of our fathers. However, there are two problems with such an assumption: Firstly this book was written before the law of generational curses was repealed. Secondly, this Scripture has nothing to do with generational curses. It has everything to do with the bad actions and bad decisions of the nation of Israel. Just as we today as an “Afrikaner” nation have to carry the results or burdens of “apartheid” because of the decisions our nation’s forefathers made. “Apartheid” was a sin. The Israelites had to carry the burdens of the mistakes and sins of their forefathers. Many nations all across the world were burdened and are still burdened because of the sins of their forefathers. Germany and Japan are classic examples of this. Adolf Hitler and the German nation, as well as the Japanese nation, committed serious atrocities during world war two. Both these nations were severely punished for this in terms of war-penalties and discrimination through the years. The culprits were long dead while their descendants were still paying for their iniquities.
This is what this Scripture in Lamentations is all about. It has nothing to do with visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation. It has nothing to do with family or generational curses. It has everything to do with nations and the wrong decisions, which can also be called the sins of nations and the wrong paths that nations decided to embark upon.
Let me explain this through an illustration: A young farmer struggles to make ends meet on his farm. He started with a lot of problems and challenges when he inherited the farm when his father died a few months ago. His father left him with a lot of depts that need to be paid off. It is going to take him years to deal with this alone. On top of that, his father was very reckless and undisciplined when it comes to farming. He often left the tractors and farm equipment just there on the maize fields where it was taking a hammering from the elements. He rarely serviced the tractors and equipment and he took a lot of shortcuts in this regard. Nothing was properly maintained because his father was addicted to gambling which swallowed up most of the money that was supposed to be used to maintain the farming business. So this young man was struggling because of the sins of his father. It has nothing to do with generational curses though. God is not punishing this young man for the sins of the father. This man is struggling because of the bad decisions and bad actions of his father.
Nehemiah 1:1-6 is another Scripture that is very similar to the Scripture that we just dealt with. It says the following:
1The words of Nehemiah the son of Hachaliah. And it came to pass in the month Chisleu, in the twentieth year, as I was in Shushan the palace,
2That Hanani, one of my brethren, came, he and certain men of Judah; and I asked them concerning the Jews that had escaped, which were left of the captivity, and concerning Jerusalem.
3 And they said unto me, The remnant that are left of the captivity there in the province are in great affliction and reproach: the wall of Jerusalem also is broken down, and the gates thereof are burned with fire.
4And it came to pass, when I heard these words, that I sat down and wept,and mourned certain days,and fasted, and prayedbefore the God of heaven,
5And said, I beseech thee, O LORD God of heaven, the great and terrible God, that keepeth covenant and mercy for them that love him and observe his commandments:
6Let thine ear now be attentive, and thine eyes open, that thou mayest hear the prayer of thy servant, which I pray before thee now, day and night, for the children of Israel thy servants, and confess the sins of the children of Israel, which we have sinned against thee: both I and my father’s house have sinned.
Again this portion of Scripture is all about the nation of Israel. Nehemiah fasted and prayed for the nation of Israel that was taken into captivity. He mourned over the walls of Jerusalem that were broken and the gates that were burnt. Firstly, this Scripture was also a part of the history of Israel before the law of generational curses was repealed. Secondly, this Scripture has nothing to do with generational curses. It is also about the nation of Israel. Nehemiah mentioned that he and His father’s house also sinned against God. So what he is saying is that he and his wife and his sons and his nephews and his nieces and uncles and grandchildren all sinned against God. He said I and my whole family, which is part of the nation of Israel have all sinned against God. So he is not innocent. He pays for his own sins in this regard although the law of generational curses was still valid at that time. It was not repealed yet. He is however not referring to his ancestors or fathers in this regard. So this is not about family or bloodline curses but all about the judgment of God that came upon the nation of Israel.
So there we have it, generational curses was a reality. That is true but this law was repealed by God. He explicitly confirmed that it was repealed and not valid anymore. He explicitly declared that He keeps every person accountable for his or her own sin. It was never applicable to Christians because Jesus Christ became a curse for us so that we can only inherit the blessings of Abraham. So Israel suffered under this law but they were rescued from the consequences of this law when God repealed this law. However, gentile Christians were never under this law because it was repealed long before Christianity. Although the law of generational curses or bloodline curses was repealed, the Israelites were still suffering under the curse of the law for their own sins. They sinned under the law and therefore the curse of the law was still upon them. When Christ came he took the curse of the law away for good. The first Christian, Mary Magdalene, the moment she accepted Jesus Christ, was redeemed from the curse of the law that instant. Unbelievers in the Jewish nation are however still suffering under this law. They live under the law by choice. They rejected Jesus Christ and they chose the law so they are still under the law and the curse of the law.
I used generational curses as an example to show you how people are being deceived. Although Scripture is clear on the truth people are being conned into believing a lot of things that are not Biblical. This is also true for the false variation of spiritual warfare. It is true for the false doctrines about the end times. It is true for a whole lot of false doctrines in the body of Christ today.
The problem is, people do not know the Scriptures. Hosea 4:6: My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge… We believe all sorts of statements and doctrines because we do not know the word of God.
I sincerely hope that you are satisfied with the results of your “Deception test” that we took in the previous session. My earnest hope is that people would not ignore this truth about God’s word. It is a very important key that will prevent people from being deceived. It will set people free. The moment that people realize that God’s word is written according to this principle they have a very good chance to be set free and not to be deceived again.
I want to repeat this principle once again: “All statements in the Scriptures are simply the truth exactly as it is written”. When the Bible says God heals then He heals. Period. Is there a scripture that says that God does not heal anymore? No. Then He still heals. Period. Are there a lot of statements with all sorts of reasons why He does not heal anymore. Yes but if it is not in the Bible. It is statements made by men and because of that, it is not the truth. Period.
The false doctrine called spiritual warfare came into existence exactly as I mentioned above. In fact, the false doctrine of generational curses gave birth to the false doctrine of spiritual warfare. It was almost an automatic result of the doctrine of the generational curse. It started with the breaking of curses. You will be amazed at how many statements, sayings, and war-cries, people who believe in these doctrines make and use daily that cannot be found in the Bible. Yet they believe these statements and these doctrines as if it is in the Bible.
Paul used the term “spiritual warfare” as a metaphor but unfortunately, people took it literally. Paul did bring the facts about this subject into perspective in other portions of his letters but people missed that. Take note that spiritual warfare is a reality but the principles of spiritual warfare are based on the “metaphor” of physical warfare. It basically means that we are involved in a struggle against evil.
We do not physically kill each other. Satan and evil do not have to be defeated. Evil was already defeated by Christ Jesus on the cross two thousand years ago. So it is not a matter of beating or defeating the enemy. It is a struggle of faith. Evil forces lie to people and they deceive people. So this is what the struggle is all about for them. For us, it is a matter of staying faithful to Christ by not getting involved in sin and not believing the lies of the enemy. It is all about words and the battle takes place between our ears where our thoughts are. It is a matter of replacing toxic words for the word of God.
I sincerely hope that this discussion thoroughly introduced you to that all-important key that will protect you from being deceived in the future.
I started this series with the deception test, and then I moved over to the deception regarding the doctrine of generational curses. As I said, I did this on purpose because these two factors are usually the basis on which the false variation of spiritual warfare is built. As soon as people realize that they have been deceived in this regard, they stand a better chance of being delivered from the bondage that these false doctrines cause in their lives. False doctrines always cause bondage. That is the purpose of false doctrines. The doctrines of devils cannot exist in a person’s life without causing damage and bondage and hurt or spiritual deterioration.
This series is not about generational curses but spiritual warfare. Apart from the false basis that Christians are building their doctrines, we also need to know how the devil and the demons oppress Christians and other people. How does the devil oppress Christians?
When Jesus Christ still walked this earth this very thing kept Him quite busy. He went through Judea and healed the sick right through His earthly ministry. He delivered people who were oppressed by satan. Yes, I admit that those people were not Christians; they were Jews. But yet, even after the redemption work of Christ on the cross, this is still a problem for most Christians today. In the Bible we see that people were oppressed by satan daily although we clearly see that Christ did redeem us from that oppression:
Luke 4:18 (NKJV)
The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me, Because He has anointed Me To preach the gospel to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, To proclaim liberty to the captives And recovery of sight to the blind, To set at liberty those who areoppressed;
Matthew 4:24 (ESV)
So his fame spread throughout all Syria, and they brought him all the sick, those afflicted with various diseases and pains, those oppressedby demons, epileptics, and paralytics, and he healed them.
Now how does the devil go about oppressing people even after Christ paid the price for them and after He delivered them from sin and diseases? No, the devil does not have the power to go out and oppress people all over the world by inflicting them with all sorts of diseases. It does appear that way but it is just not the truth. He, however, does oppress people and this is why I am writing this post today. Christians need to know how he does that to understand how to resist being oppressed by him.
Hell, diseases and the punishment of God
To understand spiritual warfare, generational curses and the punishment of God, we need to understand the following:God created hell to punish satan, demons and unrighteous people if they die without Christ. Those who reject Christ cannot escape hell.
God created sickness and diseases to punish people who sin. We, however, know that God the Father does not punish anyone anymore because of the redemption work of Christ. This includes the saved and the unsaved. Even the unsaved live in a time of grace. Anyone who dies without Jesus Christ, however, brings the curse of the law upon himself the moment he dies without Christ. At that moment he descends into hell where he must now carry his own punishment. Because he rejected the blood of Christ God the Father now punishes him for that. The point I want to make here, however, is that God the father created sickness just as He created hell. Both came into existence because of a decision made by the Father. Both belong to Him.
Only a God can punish. Only a ruler of a kingdom can make laws and force his subjects to live according to those laws. For such a ruler to make laws, to enforce those laws and to punish his subjects if they do not conform to those laws, he needs to be a lawful ruler. His ruler-ship needs to be legitimate. These are some of the reasons why satan cannot punish people. He is not a lawful ruler or a God who can make laws, who can enforce laws and who can punish people who do not conform to those laws. Satan cannot throw you in hell and he cannot put sicknesses and diseases upon you even if he wanted to. Firstly he is not God the Father and secondly, a child of God has been delivered from the curse which is the judgment of God on the disobedient.
Right through the Bible, it is clearly stated that God punishes people with sickness. He also throws people in hell and He uses His angels to throw those people in hell. Does that make Him a bad God? Does that make Him an unjust God? No, that makes Him a fair God. This world is filled with bad, unholy people who murder and oppress women, children, and good people! God always protects the weak. These people need to be punished. They need to pay for their atrocities! That is only fair and that must be done! God cannot allow people to do what they want and just get away with it! All righteous people do understand this principle of the kingdom of God. The thing is that the grace of God runs out on people and that is when the curse hits them. A few statements that I make in this session may appear contradictory but you will grasp it at the end of this session or sometime during the series.
There are different groups of people on this earth and God treats them differently. For instance, does God punish people? Yes, in some cases He does and in some cases, He does not. Are people still under the law or the curse? Some are, the Jews, some not, the Christians, some not, the gentiles, but God will regard them to be under the law because there own conscious witnessed unto them that what they were doing was wrong and they will eventually be regarded to be under the law because their conscience became a law in their hearts. It convicted them of sin and so they will be judged and the curse will hit them when they die without Christ. So yes, God punishes some people and some not.
Don’t you believe that this wonderful and loving God of us can carry out such violent and harsh acts? This does not make Him cruel you know. It makes Him just. Read the Scriptures below and see how God used to punish people and how He did it:
6 That they may know from the rising of the sun, and from the west, that there is none beside me. I am the LORD, and there is none else.
7I form the light, and create darkness: I make peace, and create evil: I the LORD do all these things
The evil that God refers to in verse 7 is the “punishment” of God. That includes hell and it includes diseases, famine and all sorts of other ways of punishment to bring people to justice. Just read the following Scriptures as proof for this statement:
21The LORD shall makethe pestilence cleave unto thee, until he have consumed thee from off the land, whither thou goest to possess it.
22The LORD shall smite theewith a consumption, and with a fever, and with an inflammation, and with an extreme burning, and with the sword, and with blasting, and with mildew; and they shall pursue thee until thou perish.
23And thy heaven that is over thy head shall be brass, and the earth that is under thee shall be iron.
24The LORD shall makethe rain of thy land powder and dust: from heaven shall it come down upon thee, until thou be destroyed.
25The LORD shall cause theeto be smitten before thine enemies: thou shalt go out one way against them, and flee seven ways before them: and shalt be removed into all the kingdoms of the earth.
These verses are just a few among a lot of Scripture saying the same thing. It was a warning from God to Israel. He warned them but they did not listen. God then kept His word and HE brought all the evil described in this Scripture over the nation of Israel. He did not use the devil to do it for Him. No, He did it Himself. He is God and He does this when necessary.
God uses angels to throw the devil, demons and even people in hell. Do you know what type of torment and afflictions people will have to go through in hell? God is certainly capable of punishing people and He uses the good guys to punish the bad guys. When a man committed a crime the police arrest him and they, along with prison wardens, throw him in jail. It is the good guys who are enforcing the law. It is the good guys who bring people to justice. The government does not utilize criminals to bring other people to justice. God does not use satan to punish people.
God even punished His own Son in our place there on the cross. He did not call satan to come and punish Jesus. No, He did it Himself. It is recorded in Isaiah 53:
4 Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken,smitten of God, and afflicted.
6All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us all.
10 Yet it pleased the LORD to bruise him; he hathput him to grief: when thou shalt make his soul an offering for sin, he shall see his seed, he shall prolong his days, and the pleasure of the LORD shall prosper in his hand.
Now we know that God punished Jesus so that we may walk free. For this reason, God does NOT punish anymore. He punished Jesus Christ for the sins of all men, there is no more punishment except for those who die without Jesus Christ. The day a person dies without Jesus Christ, on that day God’s grace runs out on that person. Isaiah clearly predicted that there will be a period of grace in the dispensation of the Messiah:
There shall be no more thence an infant of days, nor an old man that hath not filled his days: for the child shall die an hundred years old; but the sinner being an hundred years old shall be accursed.
Please take note that the curse of the law is nothing else than punishment. When someone, according to Deuteronomy 27:11-26, declared a curse onto someone it meant that the law was broken and that the person who trespassed the law must now be punished. In the dispensation of Christ that usually does not happen because all sins have been paid for by Christ when he took all punishment on Him. A person has to die without Christ before the curse can come over Him. The curse kicks into action when a person dies if he rejected the blood of Christ. Such a person must then pay for his own sins. This is a clear indication that God does not punish people any more. But when He does, He does it with his angels. He does not use demons to punish people. So how can people believe the lie that the devil makes them sick? No, nobody confiscated or hijacked hell or God’s methods of punishment or God’s legal right to punish from Him. The devil cannot throw you in hell and he cannot put diseases upon you. He is not God!
What caused the confusion in terms of punishment and diseases?
It is clear from certain Scriptures in the Bible and from personal testimonies that there definitely is a connection between diseases and Satanic oppression. Jesus referred to sick people as being oppressed by satan. One testimony that I heard was in the life of Kenneth Hagin. He testified that he once prayed for a lady with lung cancer for four evenings in a row. She just did not get healed in the healing services. The next evening, the fifth service that he held, she was in the healing-line again and Kenneth decided to pray for her again. The moment he started praying for her he suddenly saw in the spirit realm. He could see a small demon hanging onto this lady’s lungs. Kenneth immediately knew that the cancer was caused by this little demon. He immediately cast it out and the lady was immediately and miraculously healed.
Now Scriptures referring to sick people being oppressed by satan and testimonies like the one above may bring us under the impression that satan can go around to randomly inflict people with diseases. This is however not true. Satan hasn’t got that power. If he had he would have gone rampant on all mankind. He hates us so much that he would have killed us like flies.
Exactly how does the devil oppress Christians?
To answer this question we need to make it clear why people and even why Christians still get sick today. There are two very important reasons for this. Firstly sickness is a natural and direct result of sin. That means any person using drugs, smoking or getting involved in any sin will eventually bring diseases into their bodies directly because of that particular sin. Smoking can cause lung cancer and drugs can also cause many diseases. Even spiritual sins like unforgiveness can cause sicknesses like cancer. It is not God the Father punishing people. It is people naturally causes sicknesses to germinate and to grow inside their bodies because of sin. So, in this case, it is not from God or satan. People cause it to themselves.
Secondly, Christians get sick because of unbelief. They just do not believe that God can protect them against danger, sicknesses and any other acts and occurrences that can and may cause injury or damage to their bodies. Because of unbelief, many Christians are exposed to this kind of thing. This is where Satanic oppression gets to such people. Sin and unbelief open doors to Satanic oppression.
Satan’s primary goal is to get Christians involved in sin. His secondary objective is to cause people to doubt God’s word of protection. This is how Satanic oppression starts.
Every sickness and every disease starts at the “border posts” of the kingdom of God. It starts at the “border posts” of your circumstances. It starts at the “border posts” of your life which is your own little kingdom that God wants you to have dominion over. Let me explain:
Jesus Christ conquered the devil on the cross. As a sinless human being, He paid the price on the cross for the redemption of our souls. With this victory, Jesus took the reign of the earth back from satan. He disarmed him and He gave us dominion over our own personal circumstances, the earth and over satan and his demons. We read about this in the book of Colossians:
And having spoiled principalities and powers, he made a shew of them openly, triumphing over them in it.
Jesus won the battle for us. He openly triumphed over satan and He disarmed him. The devil really has no power over us. He is a defeated foe. For this reason, we are not involved in a war with him. The instruction from God is to submit ourselves to God and to resist the devil. Resisting is a somewhat passive resistance like manning a border post. The sole purpose of a border post is to keep illegal people out. Yes, God did equip us with strong and potent armor to protect ourselves. We need to be ready for evil forces by clothing ourselves with the full armor of God.
Although we are not involved in warfare we do need to protect our borders and we do need to be strong and ready like an army. Like any nation, we deploy our soldiers on our border posts, ready and clothed in full armor.
At this border post, our enemy arrives with lies and deception. He does not arrive at the border post with firearms, canons or bazookas. He is not even clothed in spiritual warfare armor because the Lord Jesus Christ completely disarmed him on that wonderful day. He, however, does have a very strong weapon! His tongue! He uses his tongue to deceive and to entice us into all sorts of sin and temptations. At the border post, he seeks only one thing and that is to enter. He wants an open door. He wants a place in our lives. To achieve this he starts to negotiate with us. He starts to reason with us. He tries all his dirty little tricks to persuade us to open the gate for him. He even tries to creep past us without us noticing. He entices us to open the door for him by allowing sin in our lives. He attempts to get us so far as to confess negative things over our lives. He lies and he deceives hoping that we will fall for those lies. Exactly what he did with Eve. And again, Adam and Eve were not involved in spiritual warfare with satan. Even today the devil uses the same tactics as he did with Adam and Eve. He questions the word and the promises of God to make us doubt in God. There at the border post is where it all starts.
As a result, we sometimes start harboring ungodly and toxic thoughts. The more we give in to his lies, temptations, and deceptions, the more we act and the more we say what he wants us to do and wants us to say.
This leads to sin and sin brings death. We start smoking and drinking. We start despising other people and we start to be unforgiving towards other people. Sin is the cause of sickness. Smoking causes all sorts of lung diseases. Hate and bitterness (unforgiveness) cause cancer and other diseases. This is how we open the door for the devil. This is how satan slowly but surely starts oppressing a child of God. We allow him to influence us and that causes us to become sick. We sometimes allow demons to cause affliction in our bodies by permitting them to do so. We give in to his ways, his will, and the pressure that he puts on us. He cannot make you sick. It is us getting involved in sin and all sorts of ungodly practices, disobedience, and fear. The devil does not oppress innocent Christians by putting all kinds of disease onto them. We reap what we sow. If you sow sin you will reap diseases. It comes naturally because of that. The devil can do absolutely nothing to an innocent Christian. It is the “not so innocent Christian” who picks up problems.
People, we can never blame God because He does not tempt us and He does not punish us. We can never blame the devil because he just hasn’t got any power over us. We can only blame ourselves because we got involved in bad thinking and sin because of the lies, temptations, and deception that we listened to and adhered to. We accepted the lies of the enemy there at the border post and we allowed him to enter into our lives. We are absolutely NEVER a victim of circumstances outside our control. That is a lie from hell! We are always to blame for anything and everything that goes wrong in our lives. God gave us Divine protection, Divine healing, Divine provision, and Divine maintenance. If we serve God the way we should we are always completely protected. Can you remember the impenetrable hedge that God put around Job? The devil just could not get to Job in any way as much as he wanted to.
The problem is that we are not obedient to God and His word. We do not believe his word and we do not make his word part of our lives. We do not meditate on His Word so that the Holy Spirit can use the word to build up our most holy faith. Stop blaming the devil and stop blaming God. Accept your responsibility to reign as a king in the kingdom of God and over your personal circumstances according to His will and His word. Do not give the devil any place in your life and do not open any door for him. Submit yourself to God, resist the devil and he will flee from you. If you do this, he cannot do anything to you at all.
What a wonderful truth this is? We can always be victorious in all circumstances in life. Praise God for the work he has done! With His blood he saved us! With His power He raised us! Praise God for the work He has done!
This is all for today. In the next session, we will proceed with the aspects that we touched on in this session. We will slowly but surely determine how God and the word of God function in our lives in this regard.
Thanks for listening. See you next time.