Updated: Apr 27, 2019
The term sacred cow comes from the Hindu belief system. Cows are considered a sacred animal because they were considered to be the favorite animal of one of the Hindu gods. It is also believed that cows are reincarnated family members. In India the cows are so sacred that they are not eaten, they are just walking around the streets. Meanwhile, there are people starving to death because of an ancient religious mindset that has been passed down from generation to generation.
This is idea of sacred cows is still alive and well today in Christianity. No, I am not speaking of religious food restrictions, though some have placed food restrictions on Christians, but rather these sacred cows are man-made doctrines and traditions that hold back Christians from feasting on the rich spiritual food that has been provided by the work of Jesus.
Let's start by identifying what a generational curse is. It is pretty straight forward; generational curses are curses that are passed down from generation to generation as the result of sin in your forefather's past. Today's modern teaching on generational curses leaves a person believing that every time something goes wrong it is because they are under a curse. This causes a person to perpetually feel like they have missed something and that's why nothing seems to be going right.
The truth is that you can't possibly know what-all your ancestors did in rebellion to God. Somewhere down the line a great, great, great, great grandfather could have had a sin that they were so ashamed of that they never told anyone. Chances are real good that since no one knew but them and God, then you would never find out. This would mean that you were under that curse for your entire life, as well as your family for ages to come, and are your ancestors before you because you couldn't repent of it. If you can find a verse for me that says that you are to repent of your father's sins, I would sure like to see it. I have been looking and I haven't found one yet.
The very moment we become born again those generational curses are put behind us. Galatians 3:13 says, "Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us—for it is written, “Cursed is everyone who is hanged on a tree”—" In the law we learn about the nature of generational curses, but we seem to overlook the fact that it pertains to "Those that hate me (God)." "Thou shalt not bow down thyself to 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; And shewing mercy unto thousands of them that love me, and keep my commandments." Exodus 20:5-6
Many people would try to dispute this because the mainstream church unintentionally teaches us that we are living under a curse and that is why certain things keep happening in our lives. That sentiment is not in line with the word of God. It is a religious stronghold that is exalting itself against the knowledge of God. God pointed this out to us in Ezekiel;
“Yet you say, ‘Why should not the son suffer for the iniquity of the father?’ When the son has done what is just and right, and has been careful to observe all my statutes, he shall surely live. The soul who sins shall die. The son shall not suffer for the iniquity of the father, nor the father suffer for the iniquity of the son. The righteousness of the righteous shall be upon himself, and the wickedness of the wicked shall be upon himself." -Ezekiel 18: 19-20.
Why should I, the righteousness of God (2 Cor 5:21), be living under a curse? I am, and you are, one of those thousands that loves him. You are not under a curse. When you became a christian all the promises of God in the bible became your reality. All the promises that he has made us that are in the word are always answered "Yes, and Amen!" I really love how the Message version of the bible puts it, "Whatever God has promised gets stamped with the Yes of Jesus. In him, this is what we preach and pray, the great Amen, God’s Yes and our Yes together, gloriously evident. God affirms us, making us a sure thing in Christ, putting his Yes within us. By his Spirit he has stamped us with his eternal pledge—a sure beginning of what he is destined to complete." -2 Corinthians 1:20.
But, Why then do I keep doing the things that my ancestors did? The truth of the matter is that you are not renewing your mind in Christ. You say, "Well my Dad was an alcoholic, and his dad was an alcoholic and they were both christian. How do you explain that?" Here's how, they didn't renew their minds. Instead they perpetuated the sins of their father. Rather than emulating Christ in their life, or even emulating the Father in Heaven, they emulated their earthly father. I know many people that simply won't drink because their father was an alcoholic, or some family member was an alcoholic. This is how you stop the perpetuation of this demonic stronghold of alcoholism. You must change your mind to line up with the word of God. Throughout the bible we see that it says not to get drunk. Very specifically it says in Ephesians 5:18 " Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit."
As we grow up we learn from our parents, we imitate their actions, and in such a manner we are programmed by our parents. We don't even realize that this has happened until one day you have that profound moment where you are calling to your kids, then all of the sudden you remember hearing your parents saying the same thing to you so many times. All of the sudden you hear yourself saying, "When did I become my mom," or "When did I become my dad?"
That was just an example to illustrate how easy it is to model their behavior and not realize it. This is the same thing that happens when we are allowing strongholds to remain in our lives. We are doing the same things that we were taught to do an we aren't realizing it.
Another example would be poorly stewarding your money. You see that your parents were bad with money. They spent a lot, they never saved money. These traits are passed on to you, and you are the one that can change it. I know of a family where they were raised living off of government programs. Their father worked at a place for six months, quit job after job, and smoked weed and drank regularly. Now their kids are either struggling to get by, or living just outside of the poverty level. One day I was talking to one of the sons and said, "You know if you got a job you would actually make more money and be able to enjoy life a little?" They replied by saying, "Why would I do that when I can stay home all day and I have the government paying my bills?"
The daughter of the same family has two kids and works very hard. She works all the hours she can and then some. She is in school getting a college education. She wants her kids to have a chance and therefore she has taken on an attitude of I will work hard to take care of my kids. Here's the thing. Neither of those two are Christian. They are both unsaved. The difference is one allowed the habits of the parents to direct the course of his life, while the other made a conscious decision to not be like their parents. If a non-Christian person can break a family curse without utilizing what Jesus did for us on the cross, then what is the excuse of the brethren?
For far too long we have been told that the only way out of a generational curse is to repent of all the sin on your parents family line. It makes people feel like the reason things are going wrong is because they are cursed. It causes people to stop trying to change things and it causes them to not try to make a difference in their habits and routines. After all, if it's a curse then they aren't the cause of it, right?
Here's what you do to stop the problem. Recognize that Jesus broke the power of all curses on the cross for everyone that would believe in him. The only power a curse has over you is the power you give it. As John Paul Jackson taught, "What you fear you empower." The only thing you should ever fear is God almighty.
It's time to accept responsibility for your actions. It's time to own your thoughts and take them captive. You have to renew your mind. If there is an area that you struggle in then you need to find scripture for that area and start to speak that out over your life. You need to speak only that which is in line with the word of God for your life.
If you struggle with porn, homosexuality, alcohol, finances, or any issue that you believe is the result of a generational curse then get away from that thing. Stop allowing yourself to be tempted. Remember this, your battle is not against your flesh, "For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms." -Ephesians 6:12. If our struggles are not against the flesh then it's demonic and we have to fight these demonic strongholds with weapons of the spirit. "The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ. And we will be ready to punish every act of disobedience, once your obedience is complete." 2 Corinthians 10: 4-6.
The tools for success have been presented to you. The choice to forcefully take and claim the victory of Jesus Christ in your life is in your hands. Take your life back from the hands of the enemy. Go! walk in this freedom that has been given to you. Be blessed.