Ancestral Sins

In breaking the hold that transgenderism or effeminacy has on you, one of the aspects of a particular kind of sin is that it has its roots in the sins of our/your forefathers. All sin has its beginnings in our forefather, Adam, who in 1 Corinthians 15, is called the first Adam. “And so it is written, “The first man Adam became a living being.” The last Adam became a life-giving spirit.” The last or second Adam is Jesus Christ. Read 1 Corinthians 15 and Romans 5 to grasp this concept.

Following the second commandment, to not make any carved image, God says, “For I, the LORD your God, am a jealous God, visiting the iniquities of the fathers upon the children to the third and fourth generations of those who hate Me, but showing mercy to thousands, to those who love Me and keep My commandments.” (See Exodus 20 and Deuteronomy 5.) “The iniquities of the fathers” is still an issue for “those who love [God] and keep [His] commandments.” Still, God is “showing mercy to thousands” including you.

In Daniel 9, Daniel, a “man greatly beloved”, prays, “O Lord, according to all Your righteousness, I pray, let Your anger and Your fury be turned away from Your city Jerusalem, Your holy mountain; because for our sins, and for the iniquities of our fathers, Jerusalem and Your people are a reproach to all those around us.” So, it is not just “our sins” that we need to confess and renounce, but “the iniquities of our fathers”.

Confession is one aspect of prayer to our God (see the page “Prayer”). Why do we have to confess more than our own sin? Why do we need to confess the sins of our forefathers, our ancestors? Well, there is a curious verse in Hebrews 7, which says, “Even Levi, who receives tithes, paid tithes through Abraham, so to speak, for he was still in the loins of his father when Melchizedek met him.” There is a sense in which we were there, in the loins of our forefathers, when they sinned. Sort of like the nestling wooden Russian dolls, Semenov Matryoshka. So we sinned with them. Romans 5 speaks further of this … that it even goes back to Adam … “Therefore, just as through one man sin entered the world, and death through sin, and thus death spread to all men, because all sinned …”

You’ll find in the Bible, we are even to confess our nation’s sins (2 Chron. 7:14).