by Dr. MaryAnn Diorio, Your Virtual Life Coach

Guard your heart above all else,
for it determines the course of your life.” ~ Proverbs 4: 23

PLEASE NOTE: There has been some misunderstanding regarding my position on curses. I wish to make clear that when one comes to Christ, one is set free from every curse. Galatians 3: 13 tells us that Jesus became a curse so that we would be free from the curse. When we are born again, we receive a new spirit. But our soul (mind, will, and emotions) and our body are not yet saved. Our soul and our body must be sanctified (made holy) as the come into alignment with our spirit. The Bible refers to this transformation process in Romans 12: 1-1. When a person is troubled in his soul by the effects of sin, this condition can be healed by obedience to God’s Word and through prayer and ministry.  

Bastard!  Despite the way the word is sadly and indiscriminately used today to demean a person, the word “bastard” in its original definition denotes a person who has been conceived out of wedlock. 

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more commonly used word in our day is illegitimate. An illegitimate child is a child whose parents conceived him outside of marriage. Even if the parents married before the child was born, the child is still illegitimate according to the Word of God.

Contrary to popular belief, to conceive a child out of wedlock and then to marry before or after the birth of the child does not spiritually “legitimize” the child nor protect him from the bastard curse. The reason is that a child conceived out of wedlock is the fruit of the parents’ fornication or adultery at the time of conception. And, according to Scripture, when a child is conceived through fornication or adultery, that child is under the bastard curse. 

The bastard curse also applies to cases of rape and incest. A child born as a result of rape or incest is also considered illegitimate. In short, according to God’s Word any child conceived outside of the confines of the marriage covenant is a bastard.

So, what exactly is the bastard curse and what are its effects?

The bastard curse is the curse that comes upon both the man and the woman who engaged in premarital or extramarital sex (fornication or adultery) and conceived a child out of wedlock, and also upon the child they conceived. Moreover, according to Scripture, the bastard curse lasts for ten generations unless one is delivered from it by the power and blood of Christ.

Also, if a woman aborts a child conceived out of wedlock, the abortion does not set the parents or the aborted child free from the bastard curse. Of course, the child is no longer alive, but the parents of the child are still under the bastard curse and can pass it on to future children, including those conceived in marriage. Even if the parents have repented of the sin of abortion, they must still repent of allowing the bastard curse into their lives through fornication or adultery and remove the curse from themselves. 

It greatly behooves us, therefore, to understand this curse, its effects on our lives, and how to break its power over our lives.

In calculating the ten generations of the curse, the parents of the illegitimate child are considered the first generation of the curse. The illegitimate child is considered the second generation of the curse. And so on down the line until the tenth generation is reached.

Two passages in Scripture deal with the bastard curse: Deuteronomy 23: 2 and Hebrews 12: 6. 

Deuteronomy 23: 2 – “A bastard shall not enter into the congregation of the Lord; even to his tenth generation shall he not enter into the congregation of the Lord. An Ammonite or Moabite shall not enter into the congregation of the LORD; even to their tenth generation shall they not enter into the congregation of the LORD….”

Hebrews 12: 6: – “For the Lord disciplines those he loves, and he punishes each one he accepts as his child.”

In the first passage from Deuteronomy, God decrees that the bastard shall not enter into the congregation of the Lord for ten generations. He includes as bastards the Ammonites and the Moabites. You may recall that these two nations resulted from the incestuous relationships of Lot’s daughters with their father (Genesis 19: 30-38).

In the second passage from Hebrews, the Lord makes clear that He disciplines only those whom He accepts as His legitimate children. Bastards who have not been delivered from the bastard curse are not accepted as legitimate children of God.

The bastard curse causes many spiritual, emotional, and psychological issues. Chief among them are the following:

–Abandonment Issues
–Feelings of not fitting in
–Difficulty establishing and maintaining intimate relationships

The bastard curse keeps people from fellowship with God and with other people. Satan continually tempts people to fall prey to this curse so that it will continue from generation to generation. 

In addition to Lot’s daughters who gave birth to the Ammonites and Moabites via their incestuous relationship with their father, there are other instances of the bastard curse in the Bible. Here are three more of them:

–Hagar’s conception of Ishmael by Abraham (Genesis 16: 11-12). The descendants of Ishmael are still under the bastard curse. 

–Tamar’s conception of Pharaz and Zarah by her father-in-law Judah (Genesis 38: 1-30). 

–Bathsheba’s conception of Solomon by David. 

“A bastard shall not enter into the congregation of the Lord; even to his tenth generation
shall he not enter into the congregation of the Lord.” – Deuteronomy 23: 2

The bastard curse is a powerful curse in that it causes corruption that lasts for generations. This curse is a key means by which Satan has tried to corrupt bloodlines. He particularly attempted to use the bastard curse to corrupt the bloodline from which Christ would be born. But Satan’s plan never transpired because he did not know that Jesus would descend only from the woman’s seed and not from a human father’s seed. 

I would venture to say that few, if any, of us have escaped the bastard curse. If one considers the history of the world, it is easy to see that marauding nations engaged in the rape of countless women, and those rapes resulted in the conception of many bastard children. In addition, as long as people have been on earth, many have committed fornication and adultery resulting in conception.

Years ago, while discussing my family history with my father, I learned that my great-grandfather was quite likely conceived as a result of the rape of my great-great-grandmother by either a ruthless landowner or by a priest.  Such situations, unfortunately, were commonplace in the Sicilian culture of the time, due to the feudal-type society where landowners and others of the ruling class exploited the peasants.

My heroine in my novel, The Madonna of Pisano, the first book in my trilogy titled The Italian Chronicles, is based on my great-great-grandmother’s life. Holy Spirit showed me that she was an innocent victim and that He wanted me to exonerate her good name in my story. While the story is fictional, the seed idea for it came from my great-great-grandmother’s experience.

Since I am the fifth generation from my great-great-grandmother and the man who violated her, I have had to break the bastard curse over my own life so that it would not be passed on and continue in the lives of my descendants.

If you know that the bastard curse is on your life–either because of your own sin or the sin of your ancestors–pray this prayer of deliverance with me now:

Father God, I come to You in the mighty and matchless Name of Jesus. I repent of any and all sinful behavior in my own life and/or in the lives of my ancestors for the past ten generations that opened the door to the bastard curse in my life and in the lives of my descendants. In the Name of Jesus, I place those sins under the Blood of Christ shed at Calvary. I ask, Father, that You would forgive and cleanse me and my lineage of this destructive curse. I thank You, Father, that I can now come freely into the congregation of the Lord and have close fellowship with You and with my brothers and sisters in Christ. I thank You, Father, that You now consider me Your legitimate child worthy of your discipline. I ask, Father, that You would help me to overcome the negative habits that may have embedded themselves in my soul as a result of living under this horrific curse. I thank You and praise You in the Name of Jesus for delivering me and my descendants of the bastard curse. I thank You, Holy Spirit, for filling my life with the blessings of Your fellowship and the fellowship of the saints. Amen.

If you prayed this prayer, please let me know. You will experience a dramatic change in your life as the bastard curse is removed from your life and from the lives of your descendants.

Also, if you’d like to read my historical novel inspired by my great-great-grandmother’s life, please check out The Madonna of Pisano  available in both print and ebook formats. 

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