Charismatic Leaders Demand Bible Publishers Remove Generational Curses From Scripture
There is possibly no greater offense to the majority of American Christians today than the idea that believers will by necessity suffer ridicule and oppression from the world. For many years, the Church represented the dominant culture in the West. But recently, Secular Humanism has been gaining traction, and the result is that the dominant minority culture is now making life uncomfortable for those who live for Jesus.
In light of this shift, Charisma Magazine has sponsored a nationwide petition to remove a portion of Scripture that historically points to one of the negative aspects of the Christian life. In a recent interview with Charisma, Kenneth Copeland said, “We believe that the words you speak bring life or bring death. When Paul wrote in his second letter to Timothy in chapter 2 verse 10, ‘All those who want to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted,’ he was prophesying a generational curse… a form of death, not only over Timothy, but for all Christians. We don’t receive that. It is negative. And many of us don’t like it. Jesus promised abundant life. We are people of increase. We are to declare that we are the head and not the tail. This type of language from Paul doesn’t sit well with my spirit. I… we believe it needs to be gone from the Bible. Once these curses are gone, Christians will be back on top.”
Paula White, a prominent health and wealth preacher agrees, “Paul was a negative guy. As far as we know, he never had a home during his ministry. He had an audience with world leaders, but only as a prisoner pleading his case. So his perspective was obviously a little dark, constantly writing about persecutions, shipwrecks, being attacked by people, his physical problems, etc. Bless his heart… he was a negative person. That’s not what we need as a leader in the Church. People don’t want to be a Christian if they think they will be persecuted and struggle in life. I can tell you that I didn’t build my megachurch on these ideas. And maybe that’s why Paul didn’t ever have a large church. If some people want a BIble that tells them negative stuff, that’s fine… but the rest of us should have a prosperous option. I declare that we will.”
Charisma states that the passage in 2 Timothy isn’t the only one that needs to be removed. Among the others are…
John 15:20 - If they persecuted Me, they will also persecute you.
2 Corinthians 12:10 - I take pleasure in weaknesses, insults, catastrophes, persecutions, and in pressures, because of Christ. For when I am weak, then I am strong.