What is the Curse?

And unto Adam he said, Because thou hast hearkened unto the voice of thy wife, and hast eaten of the tree, of which I commanded thee, saying, Thou shalt not eat of it: cursed is the ground for thy sake; in sorrow shalt thou eat of it all the days of thy life; Genesis 3:17

The curse entered the world because of the rebellion that Adam and Eve initiated against the life process that Jehovah-God had established in Eden.

Although in the text of Genesis 3:17 it appears as a divine action, that is, God cursing the earth, the curse is actually the consequence of the agitation in Creation caused by the rupture of divine instruction.

Adam and Eve’s opposition to continuing the instruction that God had established as the order of life caused the earth not to be able to properly execute the power of the Word, And God saw everything that he had made, and, behold, it was very good, a word with which Creation had been certified as the place of well-being for man.

The curse is enhanced by the spoken word, and is presented as a formulation of evil, which stops the original working process of Creation.

In the words of the apostle Paul, the curse is a condition of subjection to vanity,

For the creature was made subject to vanity, not willingly, but by reason of him who hath subjected the same in hope, Romans 8:20

The curse is a state of physical and spiritual degradation into which a person or region enters, by virtue of the declaration of curse that has fallen upon it. The curse upsets the welfare of man.

The curse is based on the power of the word, as James himself confirms,

And the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity: so is the tongue among our members, that it defileth the whole body, and setteth on fire the course of nature; and it is set on fire of hell. James 3:6

The curse is also acquired by participating in the same conditions that led a person or region to be under a curse.

If there come any unto you, and bring not this doctrine, receive him not into your house, neither bid him God speed: 11For he that biddeth him God speed is partaker of his evil deeds. 2nd. John 1:10, 11

The words used in the Bible to define the curse are two, the first, אֲרוּרָה (arurah), whose root, ארר (arar), means the action of cursing, is the term that appears in Genesis 3:17.

In this context the meaning is, the earth becomes cursed because of the executions of those who inhabit it; the curse you sowed on the land you inhabit will be returned to you in everything you develop in it.

The second word, קְלָלָה (kelalah), refers to the text of the curse itself. This is the term that appears in the texts of Deuteronomy to refer to the curse that will fall upon those who do not follow the commandments of the Lord.

The curse never comes without a real cause to allow it. This principle is highlighted in the story of Balaam being hired by Balaach to curse Israel:

How shall I curse, whom God hath not cursed? or how shall I defy, whom the LORD hath not defied? Numbers 23:8

The best explanation of this principle is found in The Book of Proverbs,

As the bird by wandering, as the swallow by flying, so the curse causeless shall not come. Proverbs 26:2

In the text of the description of Balaam’s participation it is emphasized that the curse comes from idolatry and pagan practices,

Surely there is no enchantment against Jacob, neither is there any divination against Israel: according to this time it shall be said of Jacob and of Israel, What hath God wrought! Numbers 23:23

In short, although the curse has access to man and can disrupt his well-being wherever he lives, the curse is subject to and conditioned by the actions of the recipient.

My father peradventure will feel me, and I shall seem to him as a deceiver; and I shall bring a curse upon me, and not a blessing. Genesis 27:12

It is not only people who can receive a curse; villages can also receive a curse and are thus constituted as cursed cities and regions.

Villages, cities, regions are considered as an extension of the life of their inhabitants. The actions of the inhabitants enable the regions to be exposed to a curse.

The following examples clearly show this. The first case is the case of Cain around the city he built on his generation,

And now art thou cursed from the earth, which hath opened her mouth to receive thy brother’s blood from thy hand; 12When thou tillest the ground, it shall not henceforth yield unto thee her strength; a fugitive and a vagabond shalt thou be in the earth.  13And Cain said unto the LORD, My punishment is greater than I can bear. 14Behold, thou hast driven me out this day from the face of the earth; and from thy face shall I be hid; and I shall be a fugitive and a vagabond in the earth; and it shall come to pass, that everyone that findeth me shall slay me. 15And the LORD said unto him, Therefore whosoever slayeth Cain, vengeance shall be taken on him sevenfold. And the LORD set a mark upon Cain, lest any finding him should kill him. Genesis 4:11-15

It can be observed that both the region of Nod, and the city of Henoch that Cain founded, were constituted in an area under curse, in which violence predominated.

The curse established by Cain created a propitious environment for its inhabitants to forge accursed personalities, as in the case of Lamech, Cain’s fifth direct line descendant.

And Lamech said unto his wives, Adah and Zillah, Hear my voice; ye wives of Lamech, hearken unto my speech: for I have slain a man to my wounding, and a young man to my hurt. 24If Cain shall be avenged sevenfold, truly Lamech seventy and sevenfold. Genesis 4:23,24

The curse generates styles and behaviors of social life that are cursed styles, which cause generations born in these styles to turn away from God. We see in Lamech an increase in evil and violence, more than Cain showed to his brother, because Lamech manifests an intentional behavior. Sexual rituals are built upon this lifestyle, closely linked to idolatrous activity and religious forms.

The case of the curse of the region of Canaan is another example. The curse entered the area because of Cam, the son of Noah, who became the initiator of the Camitic race,

And he said, Cursed be Canaan; a servant of servants shall he be unto his brethren. Genesis 9:25

In the case of the city of Jericho, the curse entered because of the idolatry and apostasy that was developed there. It was Joshua who brought a curse to prevent its reconstruction.

And Joshua adjured them at that time, saying, Cursed be the man before the LORD, that riseth up and buildeth this city Jericho: he shall lay the foundation thereof in his firstborn, and in his youngest son shall he set up the gates of it. Joshua 6:26

All these examples illustrate how towns, cities and regions are exposed to the curse because of their founders or inhabitants.

The weight of curse on a region is maintained even when the precursors and/or founders of them have disappeared. The revocation of the curse on a region cannot be removed by a declaration contrary to the established curse, it is necessary to act according to the protocol of liberation that God has established.



All biblical quotations are taken from the King James Version.


Pastor Pedro Montoya

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Twitter: @pastormontoya



You shall know the Truth …

And ye shall know the Truth, and the Truth shall make you free. John 8:32

Truth is the foundation of life in Christ. The unique Truth, of course, the Truth established by the presence in the flesh of Jesus the Son of the Highest God, by whom we know and go to the Father, who is the only mediator between God and men, and by whom we also have entrance by Grace into the eternal abodes.

Truth is, therefore, the most attacked point of the doctrine of Christ. We can recognize it in all the pages of the Bible, from the story of the serpent that intervenes with Eve, in chapter three of the book of Genesis, through the many examples of the times that the people of Israel raised altars to foreign gods, to interventions in the New Testament as those of Pilate who questioned, –What is Truth?, or the apostle Paul who reproaches the believers of Galatians who so soon have accepted another gospel.[1]

Truth is the foundation of Eternal Life; the lives of many people, even entire nations, depend on its establishment. Not knowing how to establish it properly exposes its inhabitants to a condemnation of perdition and evil.

Then said Jesus again unto them, I go my way, and ye shall seek me, and shall die in your sins: whither I go, ye cannot come.  …   24 I said therefore unto you, that ye shall die in your sins: for if ye believe not that I am he, ye shall die in your sins. John 8:21-24

Truth is not a religious message, nor does it consist in the content and quantity of what is preached; the only thing that the prophet Jonah proclaimed was: –In forty days from now Nineveh will be destroyed, and the whole city repented; likewise, John the Baptist, the only thing he proclaimed –Prepare the way of the Lord, Make his paths straight, and many came to him to be baptized confessing their sins.

Truth does not consist of knowledge. Truth is not a cumulus of knowledge, it does not depend on how much we know, even how much of the Bible we know.  We can only know one point of the Scriptures, if we live by that one point of the Scriptures, that one point becomes Truth and by it others are affected, some for life, and others for condemnation.

Therefore if the uncircumcision keeps the righteousness of the law, shall not his uncircumcision be counted for circumcision? 27And shall not uncircumcision which is by nature, if it fulfil the law, judge thee, who by the letter and circumcision dost transgress the law? Romans 2:26-27

Truth does not appeal to reason, or to reasoning, or to logic. It is not a theological or philosophical truth; it does not resort to them to take refuge in its establishment. Many people with God’s legitimate ministry are lost from their faith precisely because they came to them and believed they needed them to be effective.

Run ye to and fro through the streets of Jerusalem, and see now, and know, and seek in the broad places thereof, if ye can find a man, if there be any that executeth judgment, that seeketh the Truth; and I will pardon it. Jeremiah 5.1

The things that God demands of us are subject to the laws of the Spirit, not to the laws of logic; it cannot and should not be explained by human reasoning.

For Christ sent me not to baptize, but to preach the gospel: not with wisdom of words, lest the cross of Christ should be made of none effect. 18For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God. 1st. Corinthians 1:17-18

The Truth of God is revelation by the Holy Spirit to accept all things of God, to love what God loves, and to repudiate what God repudiates.

And the voice spake unto him again the second time, What God hath cleansed, that call not thou common. Acts 10:15

Truth is established in integrity by faith, as it is written by the prophets, that the righteousness of the Kingdom is revealed from faith to faith.

For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith. Romans 1:17

The Truth of God is established to cast down every argument that has been raised against the knowledge from on High, to establish the Glory of the Almighty over the arrogance of man.

But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty; 1st. Corinthians 1:27

Truth does not need a lot of words to be established; in fact, Truth does not lie in words. The apostle Paul writes to the Corinthian believers and reminds them that when he came with them, he never used human eloquence to lead them to Christ.

And I, brethren, when I came to you, came not with excellency of speech or of wisdom, declaring unto you the testimony of God. 1st. Corinthians 2:1

This principle leads us to understand the spiritual foundation of the establishment of God’s Kingdom on earth.

Truth is not established only through the active proclamation of the Gospel. It is the means to which we are all accustomed, but not necessarily that required by God Himself; we do not preach to establish Truth, we preach because we have Truth to establish it; Truth is established by obedience to the living Word, that is, the Word not accommodated by the laws of hermeneutic interpretation.

Truth is established by the decision to do and fulfill what God demands, as taught by Jesus from the beginning of His ministry, that he who hears the Word, and does it, is the wise man who builds his house on the rock.

Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock: Matthew 7:24

This same message was established in all the communities of faith in the different regions where the Gospel message reached. The apostle James testifies to this in his epistle when he writes,

But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and continueth therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed. James 1:25

Philip was not a well-known preacher among the multitudes, but by his preaching before one single man the Truth of God was established among the Ethiopians;[2] likewise, Stephen, chosen to serve among the widows, before he was elected to serve at tables was not a known public figure, yet none of the scholars of the Libertines, and Cyrenians, and Alexandrians, and those of Cilicia, and Asia, could resist the wisdom and the spirit by which he spoke.[3]

The obedience of at least one who lives the Word is more than enough; the Truth of this one is established in the place and becomes the Truth of the inhabitants of the area.

Submission to the Word and the willingness to fulfill it without the intention of accommodating it to personal convenience is what makes it possible for personal Truth to be established as the Truth of many.

Therefore, the only possibility of salvation for a family, for a house, for a region, is through the uprising of one who can set the Truth as a resource of personal life. So strong is this mystery.

And I sought for a man among them, that should make up the hedge, and stand in the gap before me for the land, that I should not destroy it: but I found none. Ezekiel 22:30

The Truth of one becomes the possibility of Truth for the many. This is the revelation of the Kingdom of God.

And not only so, but we also joy in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom we have now received the atonement. Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned: Romans 5:11-12

This principle is evident in the story that the writer of Matthew presents regarding the location of Jesus in Capernaum, the writer says that the arrival of Jesus to the place meant that light clarified them,[4] and not because it was only Jesus, is the principle of the Kingdom of heaven to establish the Truth of God in the regions, the presence of a bearer of Truth establishes the possibility of Truth for the inhabitants of the place.

This message is found in all the accounts of apostolic activity in the New Testament, although in many cases, misinterpreted by those who have not fully seen the Gospel Truth.

And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house. Acts 16:31

This principle of the establishment of Truth is described in the Bible itself in terms of the operation of divine righteousness. Observe it in the words that the apostle James presents:

For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all. 11For he that said, Do not commit adultery, said also, Do not kill. Now if thou commit no adultery, yet if thou kill, thou art become a transgressor of the law. James 2:10-11

If offending at one point of the Law makes us transgressors of ALL the Law, the proposal opens the possibility that the principle applies in the reverse direction: observing and establishing the Truth of one point makes us doers of ALL the Law.

This is what Jesus meant when he pointed out that the Law consisted of taking care of only two points, loving God above all things, and loving your neighbor as yourself. Observing and establishing the Truth of one point makes us doers of ALL the Law.

On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets. Matthew 22:40

If we are able to establish the Truth from a single point of Scripture, that Truth not only justifies us, as is well established by the Holy Spirit,

Seeing it is one God, which shall justify the circumcision by faith, and uncircumcision through faith. 31Do we then make void the law through faith? God forbid: yea, we establish the law. Romans 3:30-31

But to him that worketh not, but believeth on him that justifieth the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness. Romans 4:5

But it also opens the possibility for others to embrace that same Truth.

Therefore it is of faith, that it might be by grace; to the end the promise might be sure to all the seed; not to that only which is of the law, but to that also which is of the faith of Abraham; who is the father of us all, Romans 4:16

It is a principle of the Kingdom of faith and through it we have the key to open the way for others to enter the Kingdom.

We all know the principle of operation: What is certain for one man is certain for all men, so if a single man is able to establish a personal, biblical, spiritual Truth, such Truth is the precedent of action for all men to opt for it. In the same way, what is certain for a woman is certain for all women. The biblical Truth that a woman is able to establish for herself opens the gap for that Truth to become the biblical Truth of all women.

A clear example of this can be found in Esther’s story, in the book with the same name,

For this deed of the queen shall come abroad unto all women, so that they shall despise their husbands in their eyes, when it shall be reported, The king Ahasuerus commanded Vashti the queen to be brought in before him, but she came not.   …   20And when the king’s decree which he shall make shall be published throughout all his empire, (for it is great,) all the wives shall give to their husbands honour, both to great and small. Esther 1:17-20

Let no one be surprised, then, when we establish as a possibility of salvation for the many, even for an entire nation, that the Truth which a man establishes for himself as his standard of daily life may be established as the Truth of the whole region. The Holy Spirit will lead others to the knowledge of that Truth, for already the opening was given by one’s life.

So, there are places on earth where the Truth of the Gospel is not necessarily established by words, but by deeds, by the deeds of men and women willing to act according to the Word of Truth.

We are not talking about “testifying” of the faith, as in modern years the churches have handled the subject of evangelization, it is not a matter of “testifying”, but to submit to the Word, to live it according to the established demand; in this process of subjection to the Word comes to light the Truth of the Gospel, which is as we already know, what frees people from the government of evil in which they were born.

The example is clear in the case of Abraham when he recently arrived in Canaan; he recognizes that in that land there is no fear of God,[5] however, in the same account, years later, the same people that Abraham found in the land of Canaan recognizes that Abraham is prince of God.[6]

Another example is found in the case of the apostle Peter when he walked through the streets of Jerusalem, the sick were healed only with his shadow touching them.[7] It is exactly what happens with a man and a woman of Truth, as they pass the Truth they bear is established as the Truth of the place, and the Holy Spirit will make shadow of revelation for Life on their dwellers.

In meekness instructing those that oppose themselves; if God peradventure will give them repentance to the acknowledging of the Truth; 26And that they may recover themselves out of the snare of the devil, who are taken captive by him at his will. 2nd. Timothy 2:25-16

We are before the greatest teaching of Jesus. It is not only a question of repeating that the Truth is Christ, and that by “accepting Him” we have fulfilled everything. It is about understanding that the call of the Father is “to do” according to the revelation that He gives us, is the teaching that the evangelist Matthew discovers us when he presents the question, who is the Son of man?[8]

From that teaching we learned that it is upon the Truth that Jesus is Lord and Christ that the church of the Lord is built.[9]

Thus, the life in Christ is to live from Truth to Truth, that by the Truth may be established the Kingdom of God on earth, but above all, that Truth make us free, and make free our regions.


All biblical quotations are taken from the King James Version.


Pastor Pedro Montoya

Twitter: @pastormontoya


[1] Galatians 1:6

[2] Acts 8:27

[3] Ditto 6:8-10

[4] Matthew 4:16

[5] Genesis 20:11

[6] Ditto 23:6

[7] Acts 5:15

[8] Matthew 16:13

[9] Ditto 16:18