To understand this subject we have to look at the man who made it popular.  His name is Derek Prince.  British born but like so many he found wealth and fame in America.  He is probably best known for what was to become popularly know as the Shepherding Movement.

SHEPHERDING MOVEMENT:

As Derek and Lydia travelled in ministry in the United States, they became acquainted with many of the other travelling teachers who were responding to the new hunger for understanding of the Bible. In Florida in 1969, DEREK PRINCE, BOB MUMFORD, CHARLES SIMPSON AND DON BASHAM met together to pray about a serious situation in the leadership of a conference where they were speakers. Derek says, “When we stood up from prayer we all realised that God had joined us together in a special way for a special purpose. Subsequently, we made a commitment to cover one another with prayer, to submit our personal lives to one another’s scrutiny and to confer together before making any major personal decisions. The four teachers, later joined by Ern Baxter, became the leaders of the discipleship movement, centred primarily in the United States. The teaching magazine New Wine published their articles and reached many Christians throughout the world

 These men also become known as the Lauderdale Five.  However it did not take long before this shepherding movement went seriously astray as abuses surfaced.  While Derek washed his hands and walked, away little was done to restore or even to rebuild a proper perspective.  The damage was done and like Pontus Pilate he washed his hands and left countless hundreds whose lives were emotionally and spiritually damaged to fend for themselves.

Derek Prince has devoted every gift God has given him to the clear, practical exposition of the Bible. These are some of the biblical truths he has recovered for this generation:

  • Release from curses
  • The place of Israel in God’s plan 
  • Deliverance from demons 
  • The power of proclamation

It is my statement that Derek instead of being an influence for good was severally influenced by heretical teachers.  He then presented these heresies as rediscovered “biblical “truths.   It cannot be understated just how much damaged this one man has done to the Body of Christ.  Long after Kenneth Hagin and the Word Of Faith teachings were exposed, Princes teachings have continued to be embraced by many.

The most damaging heresy was his book “CURSES AND BLESSING”.

He had a earlier book called “Does Your Tongue Need Healing

Those who gave an opinion on this book had this to say.  It will show just how close Prince’s teaching was to Kenneth Hagin Heretical teachings

Blessing and curses are in the mouth of the tongue. Be careful what you say to others and what you speak against yourself. For it could end in a self-fulfilled prophecy, which is all good when what you are speaking is positive…however there are two sides to each coin.

This teaching makes man responsible through his confession for his own salvation.  It appeals to the ego because we become what we want to be.  God becomes the slave to our tongue.  Confess sickness and the power of the tongue will produce it in your life.  Confess health wealth and prosperity and the tongue will produce that as well.  The fact is was nothing more than superstitious nonsense.  Where scriptures were taken out of context, daisy chained together and made to say something which was never intimated. The belief is that what we confessed we will possessed, sadly there is numerous gravestones out there of people who tried to confess their healings and died.  They trusted in themselves or in this case their tongues and their positive confessions and suffered the consequences.

Jer 17: 5Thus saith the LORD; Cursed [be] the man that trusteth in man, and maketh flesh his arm, and whose heart departeth from the LORD.”

Those who place their trust in their confession are placing their faith in the arm of the flesh.

Allot of what was contained in the book CURSES AND BLESSINGS incorporated Hagins ideas on confessing. In fact he blamed an incident concerning his wife’s legs on an idle confession his wife made when she was a teen.  Apparently she did not like the way her legs were. Years later she developed problems in her legs.  Otherwise her negative confession became a curse.  As we have seen we are not to trust the arm of the flesh.  Sadly Prince incorporated this junk into his book.

Derek Prince also incorporated the idea that curses can be carried on through several generations.  Otherwise if your great great grandfather was for example a freemason then the curse would be carried on through those generations.  Now the subtle part is that most of this teaching is predominantly aimed at Christians.  So as a Christian if you have any health problems it would be seen that this curse has been handed down to you.  Since Derek Princes death there has been countless new books published by others based on his teachings. Normally deliverance from this curse would require someone trained in deliverance ministry to discern and break this curse.

Now there are some major problems with this teaching. If that curse can still exists in a Christians life after they are saved, then what can a deliverance minister possible do to remove a curse which even the death of Jesus could not remove?  Plus how can a Christian be blessed in heavenly places and still be cursed by God at the same time. If cursed and God holds something against the believer how can he possibly be encouraged to draw near to the throne of God

If there is this need for someone trained to come alongside a person to break the curse.  This is nothing more than making a man the matrix between God and man.  Thus Jesus is replaced exactly in the same way as the Roman Catholics do at the mass.  Suddenly a man and not Jesus is able to break what Jesus could not.  Suddenly we have an extra biblical priest who can make peace between God and man.

Eze 18:2 What mean ye, that ye use this proverb concerning the land of Israel, saying, The fathers have eaten sour grapes, and the children’s teeth are set on edge?

There are even advocates of this generational teachings that have tried to use this verse as part of their teachings; however this chapter actually disproves their teachings.

Eze 18:19-20 Yet say ye, Why? doth not the son bear the iniquity of the father? When the son hath done that which is lawful and right, [and] hath kept all my statutes, and hath done them, he shall surely live. The soul that sinneth, it shall die. The SON SHALL NOT BEAR THE INIQUITY OF THE FATHER, NEITHER SHALL THE FATHER BEAR THE INIQUITY OF THE SON: the righteousness of the righteous shall be upon him, and the wickedness of the wicked shall be upon him.

Lets just repeat this part of the verse “The SON SHALL NOT BEAR THE INIQUITY OF THE FATHER, NEITHER SHALL THE FATHER BEAR THE INIQUITY OF THE SON”.  How clear can you get itThis means the generational curse is debunked.

We all bare the curse of Adams fall and we all have a sin nature and we have all fallen short of Gods righteousness.  Now the only way to make peace with God was through the death of Jesus Christ.  NO other way is permissible.  Now you would have thought that Derek Prince would have known this.   

THE DEBT WE DON’T OWE

The most recent damage that Derek Prince legacy has left the church is the Zionist movement.  The thought behind this is that the church has a debt which we need to pay back to the Jewish people.

Derek Princes although now dead, his teachings are carried on by others.  This is what they have to say from their web site partly quoting Derek Prince:

We owe the Jewish people an enormous debt. Without them, the church would have no patriarchs, no prophets, no apostles, no Bible and no Saviour. My most precious possession in life is my Bible, and I owe it to the Jewish people.

Through his booklet, Our Debt to Israel, and his spoken messages, Derek Prince has awakened Christians throughout the world to their responsibility to Israel and the Jewish people. His book, The Last Word on the Middle East, examines in detail prophecies currently being fulfilled and expounds Gods plan for the Middle East as the age draws to its close.

This has led in turn to the quirky idea that unless we bless Israel we are under some CURSE. Again we are led back to this generational curse philosophy.  Whereby we have added works to our faith.  Otherwise we must give something back to Israel like finance or support or God will look down in anger at the Believer.  This would again raise the spectre that Christ’s death was not sufficient. That somehow God’s anger is not totally satisfied and we have to go out and work in order to win his blessing. This is actually humanistic thinking. Nowhere does it say we owe Jews anything.  In fact there is only one person we owe a debt to and that is Jesus.  We don’t owe the messenger anything but we owe the one who sent the message.  Also present day Israel is not the Israel of the Bible. Present day Israel is a secular atheist nation with a strict section or Orthodox Judaism whose opinion of Jesus is obnoxious.  The legacy which Derek Prince has left the church is to elevate Jews onto a pedestal and many have come to bow down and worship at there alters. It should be emphasised that we should care, love and pray for the Jewish people.  But the debt has been paid.  Now where in the Bible does it teach the God will bless the ungodly?  If God will not bless the ungodly why would he expect us to? 

Gen 12:3   And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed.

This is the verse they always hang onto, and yet if you read it correctly the blessing was only given to one man Abraham.  It was never a blessing which was carried onto to all his descendents.

When is our salvation depended on blessing those who reject Christ.  Now we are told :

Mat 5:44 But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;

But the blessing of God is not depended on blessing any minority ethnic group.

Derek Prince legacy

Now I can’t say if Prince was saved or not but his legacy still lives with us today in some form or another.  While the shepherding movement has suffered tremendous setbacks because of the abuse, its grandchild has to be the apostolic movement.  Who are trying to tie the church under so called apostles and prophets  or NAR New Apostolic Reformation which is headed by Peter Wagner’s.  Kenneth Hagin has since died but Hagins teachings continue through those who were his immediate disciples.  So too is Prince teaching on Curses and Blessings is still very much alive.  So is his concept that demons can possess the believer even if it is just in his flesh.  Today deliverance ministries have grown substantially.   NAR has become a rallying cry for every false teacher who wants the title of apostle or prophet.  Now I appreciate that many of these ideas existed well before Derek Prince, but without Derek I suspect there would be a few less heretical ideas floating around today.

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Comments
  1. Eric Irozuru says:

    I was agreeing with you in most part until you said that the blessings of Abraham was to him alone and was never carried unto all his descendants. I am sure you have read Galatians 3:13-14. I wonder how you interpret that in the light of your comments about Abraham’s blessings not being passed down. Otherwise, good article, although I disagree again with you about Hagin’s teachings. I am yet to read or hear a teacher without what I call error of interpretation rather than heresy. That is why we are encouraged in the Bible to be like the Berean brethren, they listened and went away to search the Scriptures to affirm or reject what they have heard. And so should any believer. Believers should not be lazy and accept everything they hear from the pulpits or read in books no matter how respected that speaker or writer appears to be.

  2. Nicholas Nganga says:

    Please pray to our heavenly Father that i will experience His blessings and a transformation for the better in my spiritual,physical,financial,social and ministry life.

    God bless you!

    Nicholas Nganga
    P.O Box 3305
    Nakuru
    Kenya
    Email: edsupintl@yahoo.com

  3. Tracy Myers says:

    In the old testimate we see that the curses of the fathers are handed down to the second and third generation I believe. But when Jesus came in on the seen and his sacrifice on the cross did away with all curses. The bible says that we are redeemed from the curse of the law. The Bible says that he became a curse so we would not be a curse. I remember as a child I was abused and these tendences to be a abuser was there. I am no longer a drug attic because of the cross, I am no longer a alcoholic because of the cross, I am no longer addicted to ponography because of the cross. These may be some of your problems too but let me tell you that Jesus will finish his good work in you like he did me. Dont give up but accept that your deliverance has already been accoomplish 2000 yrs. ago on a lonely hill callled galgotha, by a carpeter who was the son of god, that defeated the enemy, and arose from the dead and the bible says we are seated with him in heavenly places . Praise God!

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