Do Children "Pay" For Their Parents' Sin?
|Written by Patrick Morley|
|Sunday, December 04 2005 19:00|
Are you paying for your father’s sins? Will your children have to pay for your sins?
The 2nd of the 10 Commandments says,
Because of this verse, I have spent many years wondering, “Am I being punished for the sins of my grandfathers and great grandfathers?”
I also have spent a lot of time wondering, “Will my children and their children suffer for my sins?”
Perhaps you, too, have puzzled over these issues. Here’s what the Bible has to say about the subject.
First, children do suffer for their parent’s sins (notice the nuanced wording of the New International Version compared to the New Living Translation)...
All you have to do to verify this is watch an episode of Dr. Phil. Dysfunctional, sinful (sometimes evil) fathers and mothers do leave emotional scars that can hamstring a child for life.
Second, children, however, do not pay for their parent’s sins...
What does this mean to a leader trying to disciple men?
Bottom line: Yes, as children we do suffer for our parents’ sins, but we are not responsible for their sins. We don’t “pay” for the sins of our parents. We each stand alone before God. We each need a Redeemer and Savior of our own.
Your brother in the battle,