logo The Paraclete Forum Archive

Cursing evil


Across from our church some folks have put in a game room with slots, 
etc., which we feel is probably illegal, but the law is doing nothing 
about it. One of our members (a teacher in one of our Bible studies) has 
said we should curse the place in the name of Jesus Christ and  most of 
the congregation joined her as she led in a prayer to curse the place. 
We don't feel right cursing either the place or the people. What does 
the Bible say about this? We have prayed about this and for the people 
there and their souls.
Thank you for your help.

first response

The scriptures are clear on this point:

"But I say to you who hear, 'Love your enemies, do good to those who 
hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who abuse you." 
And the rest of that passage teaches forcefully that the Jesus way is 
the exact antithesis of cursing.  You will see it clearly by reading 
Luke 6:27-36.

Add to that Romans 12:14: "Bless those who persecute you; bless and 
do not curse them."  Read the entire relevant passage, verses 14-21.

And then the consummate expression of "turning the other cheek": 
"Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for 
us--for it is written, 'Cursed is everyone who is hanged on a tree'".

You are right on track praying for the offending people and their souls.

Grace to you,

second response

It seems to me that if the activity is truly illegal (make sure it
really is) and the authorities are just winking at it then individuals
should go as citizens (not as "representatives of the church") and
confront the authorities on why nothing is being done about it.