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Vows and Curses


In the Bible, vows were solemn promises to God, either positive or negative. Under the Mosaic law, the vows and promises of dependents such as children, unmarried daughters and wives were void, except when ratified by the express of tacit consent of the father or husband. This afforded protection to them against rash vows. The whole matter is explored in Numbers 30. Other Scriptures dealing with vows include: Ecclesiastes 5:4-6; Numbers 30:2; Deuteronomy 23:21, 22.

Broken vows can be a source of real trouble. That is why Jonah repented and renewed his vows in the belly of the fish, saying, “I will say my vows.” If a vow is discovered to be contrary to Scripture and dishonoring to God, it should be formally renounced and forgiveness sought for making it (I John 1:9). A vow that is expressly evil or is for an evil purpose should never be made nor kept. To keep such a vow, for the sake of consistency, is to compound one evil by another (Matthew 5:33-37).

A curse has been defined as: Uttering a wish of evil against one; to imprecate evil; to call for mischief or injury to fall upon; to execrate, to bring evil upon or to; to blast, vex, harass or torment with great calamities. Such curses represent individuals working in concert with a specific form of evil spirit activity. We have dealt with cases where Satanic covens of witches and warlocks, or even a person merely dabbling with witchcraft and sorcery, cast spells, potions, enchantments and curses on a person (Psalm 109:15-18).

We have found that even the wrong kinds of “prayer” and laying on of hands, or “prayers” at a distance, have resulted in hurtful and dismaying results with the effects of a curse. It is not even necessary for the person on the receiving end of this to know what is happening. Demons will come and go into activity in susceptible persons in answer to this type of “praying.”

For example: Curses came on a man and woman through a couple who were casting witchcraft curses in a Full Gospel church! The pair who were “praying” for the sick had no idea what evil they were wreaking on those who came to them for help. The man had received his witchcraft (unconsciously to him) by studying extensively in the writings of Edgar Cayce and other occult writers. He had in turn transmitted this power to his wife. He taught Sunday school class which the demons referred to as “the Marketplace,” explaining the “Dark Sayings” were given out there in the guise of Bible teaching.

The woman supposed that she had a gift of divine healing and laid hands on those seeking prayer. This instead bestowed curses on them and they became worse, not better. Many evil spirits were thus transferred to open and unsuspecting persons receiving “ministry” at the hands of these two dupes. Were they sincere? Yes, they were, but deluded and deceived! Included in the great number of evil spirits which had to be cast from the people we dealt with were: Terminal Illnesses, controlled Cancer, Muscular Dystrophy, Leukemia, Tuberculosis, and several varieties of heart disease. This underlines how vital it is for the gift of discerning of spirits to operate, in order to separate the operation of occult spirits from the genuine healings by the Lord. Use Galatians 3:13 and Colossians 2:14 to break curses.

WW_Bklt2The following is an excerpt from “Battling Witchcraft and the Occult, Booklet #2″ by Pastor Win Worley. Copyright © 1983 by Win Worley, Revised © 1991. All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic or mechanical, including storage and retrieval system, without securing permission in writing from the publisher, WRW Publications, PO BOX 9309, Highland, IN 46322.

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