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Can we pronouce curses?

Submitted: 9/1/2013
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Question: Praise Jesus. Do saints have the right to curse people who practice wickedness. The story about Paul in the Bible, who cursed the soothsayer for wanting to sell the power of the Holy Ghost. I believe Paul cursed him with blindess after he witnessed God's power, he wanted to make a profit for himself. Paul told him he was a worker of iniquity, and said blindness be upon you for a seson. Didn't the soothsayer come to the Lord after his punishment? God speed.

Answer: You have your stories mixed up. It was Peter who said, 'Your money perish with you, because you thought that the gift of God could be purchased with money! You have neither part nor portion in this matter, for your heart is not right in the sight of God. Repent therefore of this your wickedness, and pray God if perhaps the thought of your heart may be forgiven you. For I see that you are poisoned by bitterness and bound by iniquity' (Acts 8:20-23). This was not the pronouncing of a curse, it was a declaration of truth. Paul was confronted by a man named Elymas who tried to prevent him from preaching the gospel. He declared, 'O full of all deceit and all fraud, you son of the devil, you enemy of all righteousness, will you not cease perverting the straight ways of the Lord? And now, indeed, the hand of the Lord is upon you, and you shall be blind, not seeing the sun for a time' (Acts 13:10-11). This was a temporary measure which effectively opened the door for Paul to preach. There is no indication that either of these men ever came to God. So to answer your question, no, we are not to be going around placing curses on people. We are to set people free through the gospel of Jesus Christ.