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Generational curses: are children punished for their parents’ sins?

Generational curses: are children punished for the sins of their parents?

If you’ve been in the church for any length of time, you’ve probably heard generational curses discussed. There are two conflicting opinions:

  • God punishes children for the sins of their parents.
  • God doesn’t punish children for the sins of their parents.

Why the confusion regarding generational curses?

Watch the short video of Katie and I discussing the answer and/or read the transcript below…

Verses seem to support and argue against generational curses…

Exodus 20:5, 34:7, Numbers 14:18, and Deuteronomy 5:9 indicate God punishes children for the sins of their parents:

You shall not bow down to [idols] nor serve them. For I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children to the third and fourth generations of those who hate Me.

Other such as Deuteronomy 24:16 and Ezekiel 18:2-4, 20 indicate God doesn’t punish children for the sins of their parents:

Ezekiel 18:2-4, 20 The LORD says, “What do you mean by this proverb, ‘The fathers have eaten sour grapes, and the children’s teeth are set on edge’? This proverb shall no more be used. Behold, the soul who sins shall die…The son shall not suffer for the iniquity of the father…the wickedness of the wicked shall be upon himself.

The people said they were punished (their teeth were bad: “set on edge”), because of their parents’ sins (the “sour grapes” they ate). God said, “Don’t say this anymore. You’ll be punished for your own sins!”

So which is it? Continue reading Generational curses: are children punished for their parents’ sins?

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Are all sins the same?

You’ve probably heard, “All sins are the same!”

While people might mean well when they make this statement, the problem is it’s not true. While sins are the same in some ways, they’re radically different in other ways. This means…they aren’t the same!

How are sins different?

First, there are three different kinds of sin:

  1. We received a passed-on depravity from Adam, which we commonly call our “sin nature.” This is an inherited sin.Are all sins the same?
  2. There’s also “imputed sin.” Even though men were sinners because of their sin natures, before the Mosaic Law was given, sin wasn’t imputed: Romans 5:13 For until the law sin was in the world, but sin is not imputed when there is no law. After the Law was given, sins committed in violation of the Law are accounted.
  3. The most common type of sin is personal sin. This is the sin committed every day by every human being as a result of our sin natures.

Second, there are differences between the various sins committed:

Continue reading Are all sins the same?