Now I want to discuss something that might be a stretch to some people, but there are many Bible examples of it, so hear me out before you tune me out. This is praying, or speaking a curse over something, which I don’t think is always witchcraft. We are going to look at the power of curses, how to curse, and what the Bible says about curses.
This is the third article in a series on ‘The National Day of Prayer’ that just occurred on May 3. It’s an article that addresses prayer for our nation, and prayers for leaders. Now we are looking at using curses in certain types of political, immoral, and ungodly situations.
Cursing Something vs. Cursing Someone
Although there are Old Testament Bible examples of cursing people (a few of which I will cite), we are admonished in the New Testament gospel not to curse people, but rather to bless them. Jesus says we are even to bless our enemies who oppose us and persecute us. We are told to love others, do good to others, and not to curse them.
So, in no way, in a New Testament gospel sense, do I advocate cursing a person.
But does this mean that are all curses are witchcraft? Should we just disregard using a curse in our prayers? Personally, I don’t think so. You will have to make your own decision.
Old Testament Examples of Curses
First, God himself cursed the earth after the fall of man. In Genesis 9, Noah cursed Canaan. Later in Genesis 27, Isaac cursed everyone who would curse Esau. We see people being cursed for various things in various parts of the Old Testament, especially in Deuteronomy 27-28. In II Kings 2:23-25, we see Elisha curse some young boys who mocked him as God’s prophet, and bears attacked them.
We see many curses in Psalms, even if the word ‘curse’ is not used. And note that much of this is even directed toward people, which Jesus says not to do in the New Testament. To wit:
“Lord, fight against them who oppose what is right… Let them be confounded and put to shame… let destruction come upon their plans… divide their thoughts and split their tongues… let them see they are going to hell for their wickedness… don’t slay them, Lord, but bring them down… consume them in your anger… let what they say be reduced to the noise of a barking dog… let their table (what they are doing) become a snare before them, let it be a trap to them… let their eyes be darkened… pour out your indignation on them. Let their houses become desolate, and let alienation fill them… do unto them as you have done unto others who oppose you… let their nobility appear as insane.
“Don’t allow the wicked to triumph, but instead judge them… you know their thoughts, O Lord, make their thoughts be vain, and cause them to be a pit for them… bring them down by their own iniquity, and let them be cut down by their own wickedness… let their prosperity be cut off… let them be forgotten even by their friends… let them be covered with their own confusion… let burning coals fall upon them and let them be cast into a fire… let them not be established in anything they do… let evil haunt them and let them be overthrown.”
You can find these statements in Psalms 35, 55, 59, 69, 79, 83, 94, 109 and 140. In adapting just a couple of them, I made them less forceful than they are in scripture.
Is Any Curse Appropriate?
In being trained to pray for healing, I’ve had many suggest that we curse a cancer, sickness or disease in a person’s body. I personally don’t see anything scripturally wrong with cursing abortion, or anything else that is totally ungodly. Perhaps special legislation should be cursed that elevates or favors the rich, or some other select, special interest group.
Most Christians would agree that laws that are aimed against the church, and freedom of religion should be cursed. Many laws like this even go against our Constitution and Bill of Rights on which this country was established. Shouldn’t these be cursed?
Again, I don’t advocate cursing a person, even if they are wrong by all ethical, moral and spiritual standards. But I’m not sure this applies to cursing certain situations that are ethically, morally, and spiritually wrong. In praying, I sometimes use a curse against things that are evil and
I believe we must be cautious in this area, and even pray to God about it. But I personally do not believe in totally ruling out using curses in certain situations.
Are Curses and Curse Spells Popular?
The subject of curses is prominent among people. But this alone does not make it right. The more popular something is, especially in the church, the more cautious I am of believing and embracing it. I actually believe there is danger in embracing popular spiritual notions, because most of them are derived by the wisdom of man, not the wisdom of God.
But looking at curses, curse spells and witchcraft, these are very popular subjects. Do you know that well over 10 million people a month search for these type terms on the internet? So this is an area of popular interest.
What is the Bottom Line to This?
Again, I would always suggest that this subject be approached with wisdom, caution and prayer, but I don’t think it should necessarily be totally ignored. There is enough biblical principle involved here not to totally ignore it. I personally don’t have a problem with cursing things that are evil, ungodly, or satanic. Again, notice I said things, not people.
Is there power in curses? We see there is in the Bible. We also see there is from scientific, psychological sources too. I would never attempt to counsel anyone on this subject personally. My purpose here is just to present the issue. You must seek your own heart.
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