WHAT did your forefathers do, could their sins be affecting your life today ?
When you have been praying, fasting, dwelling in the word and doing all that you know is right, but nothing is changing, then there is something blocking you !
Ask yourself : what is it in my past, in my ancestry, in my bloodline that could be causing it?
This deliverance message was preached to a multitude of approximately 2500 Christians at the Cathedral du Centenaire in Lingwala, Kinshasa during the BBI DRC Congo Mission on July 2nd – 8th 2022.
Pastor Nellie, speaking through a Lingala interpreter, said the sins of the forefathers, read, idolatry, is the common root-cause of problems Christians face that make them not live victorious lives according to Exodus 20:3-5 “You shall have no other gods before me. You shall not make yourself an idol in the form of anything in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the water below. You shall not bow down to them or worship them; for I the Lord our God am a jealous God punishing the children for the sins of the father to the third and fourth generation of those who hate me.” (NIV).
She said God punishes children for the sins of their forefathers to the third and fourth generation, and, that’s why “you must ask yourself today, what did my forefathers do before they died?”
Pastor Nellie said, for the idolatry of the forefathers, the third and fourth generation bears the brunt of punishment.
She explained that if a forefather consulted a witchdoctor, although he may have gone there alone, and secretly at that, he actually dragged along with him an entire generation – his own children, his grand-children, and his great-grand-children.
“And, one day after he has died, the children will be punished,” she said. “They will say our fathers sinned and now they are no more, but we bear the punishment,” the pastor explained.
She said most of the time what an individual is going through perhaps in terms of barrenness, poverty, sicknesses, patterns of defeat and setbacks could stem from a punishment imposed on their ancestry because of idolatrous practices.
“It is a curse following through the blood-line,” pastor Nellie said.
The pastor challenged the congregation to take a look at their families and see if there are patterns of barrenness, poverty, unemployment, sicknesses or early deaths?
“Jesus Christ came that we may have abundant lives, and that Christians should live victoriously, such that when people see our lives they want to be like us, ” she said.
Pastor Nellie said there is then a problem when the bible promises one thing and Christians’ lives are parallel and run contrary to what the word of God says. “How can we be a testimony to the people whose lives look better than our own?” she posed.
Suffer here on earth
She explained to the congregation that when God looks at us, He sees children-who-love-him, who will go to heaven, “but will suffer here on earth because we are guilty of the sins of the forefathers.”
Idolatry, the worship of other gods, is described in Deuteronomy 18: 10-13 “There shall not be found among you anyone who makes his son or daughter pass through fire or one who practices witchcraft or a soothsayer or one who interprets omens or a sorcerer or one who conjures spells or a medium or a spiritist or one who calls up the dead for all who do these things are an abomination to the Lord and because of these abominations , the Lord your God drives them out before you. You shall be blameless before the Lord your God.” (NIV).
Bearing the brunt
Pastor Nellie said people in the occult are known to sacrifice their children in their hunger for wealth and power.
“The problem we have today in Africa is that when our forefathers went to see witchdoctors we were in their loins,” she said quoting Hebrews 7:9-10 which says “Even Levi who receives tithes paid tithes through Abraham, so to speak, for he was still in the loins of his father when Melchizedek met him. ” (NKJV).
If you look at your family and begin to see curses- suicide, marriage problems, poverty, addictions, cancer and so on, it is because, the past- our forefathers served other gods, the pastor explained.
“They went to cemeteries, tied charms on their hands and waists to protect themselves, but now we are bearing the brunt of their punishment,” pastor Nellie added.
She said the invisible barrier of punishment for idolatry, and, the sins of the forefathers have held many Christians from enjoying the freedom that Christ came and died for on the cross.