Criticizing the teachings of popular author Neil Anderson might seem a risky task. After all, his books are advertised in Charisma and The Marketplace (formerly The Bookstore Journal) and endorsed by the likes of Bill Bright, Chuck Swindoll, Kay Arthur and Trinity Broadcasting Network favorite, Jack Hayford. His teachings focus on liberation from bondage—bondage from sin and the power of the devil, subjects any Christian ought to be familiar with. But a closer look reveals teachings that have far more in common with extremist Charismatic movements than with the Bible.

The bondage that Anderson promises deliverance from is not simply from the power of sin but from demonssome of them originating with long-dead ancestors—who indwell believers. Anderson says 85 percent of all Christians are struggling with various levels and depths of this demonic bondage.1  article by  G. Richard Fisher

Anderson would have us pray the following prayer:

“I cancel out all demonic working that may have been passed on to me from my ancestors. ... I renounce all satanic assignments that are directed toward me and my ministry, and I cancel every curse that Satan and his workers have put on me. ... I reject all other blood sacrifices whereby Satan may claim ownership of me.”2

These prayers are not intended to be said by someone seeking salvation, but by Christians who already have been “delivered from the power of darkness and translated into the kingdom of God’s dear Son.”3

Bible Talk Topic Questions:

Why should a Christian have to pray the way Neil Anderson suggests? 

Colossians 1:13 For he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves,

Can a Christian be owned by the devil? Is it valid for Christians to pray this way? Do you think we have to worry about a generation curse that comes from our ancestors?

Galatians 3: 13 Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us, for it is written: “Cursed is everyone who is hung on a tree.”

2 Corinthians 5: 17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!

2 Corinthians 6: 20 you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your body.

2 Corinthians 3: 16 Don’t you know that you yourselves are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit lives in you?

There are no generation curses; however there can be consequences to what people do:

Exodus 20:5 You shall not bow down to them or worship them; for I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God, punishing the children for the sin of the fathers to the third and fourth generation of those who hate me,

Example: Exodus 20:5 some use this verse with a  false view of generational curse, but what God is saying is that He is going to visit each and every generation to see if the children are going to repeat the sins of the parents. It’s not some kind of generational curse that flows down the bloodline. But if the children repeat the sins of the parents they will be punished in accordance to what they do. There are no generational curses, tithing curses, etc. Notice what Roman 8:1 tells us:

Romans 8:1 Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus,

Ezekiel speaks against generational curses:

Ezekiel 18: 1 The word of the Lord came to me:  2 “What do you people mean by quoting this proverb about the land of Israel: “‘The fathers eat sour grapes, and the children’s teeth are set on edge’?  3 “As surely as I live, declares the Sovereign Lord, you will no longer quote this proverb in Israel. 4 For every living soul belongs to me, the father as well as the son—both alike belong to me. The soul who sins is the one who will die.

Ezekiel 18: 20 The soul who sins is the one who will die. The son will not share the guilt of the father, nor will the father share the guilt of the son. The righteousness of the righteous man will be credited to him, and the wickedness of the wicked will be charged against him.

The Assemblies of God denomination issued a 15-page position booklet refuting the idea that Christians can have indwelling demons. It concludes that such teaching is unbiblical and erodes the biblical concept of salvation and peace.4

The Christian Research Institute has issued a position paper warning the Christian public about Anderson’s teachings. It states:

“While Anderson promotes ‘freedom in Christ’ vociferously, his emphasis on the occult from which we are to become free is more noticeable, and is described in more vivid terms in the material he presents in seminars and publications than our freedom. His seven steps to freedom, the core of most of his materials, includes a lengthy recitation of renunciation/announcement statements that focus on blood oaths, marriage to Satan, generational curses, and so on. Nowhere in Scripture do we find a precedent for such a focus.”5



1.       Neil T. Anderson, The Bondage Breaker. Eugene, Ore.: Harvest House Publishers, 1990, pg. 107.
2. Ibid., pg. 207.
3. Ibid.

4. “Can Born Again Believers Be Demon Possessed?”, Springfield, Mo.: Gospel Publishing House, 1972.
5. “Dr. Neil T. Anderson—Freedom In Christ Ministries,” Christian Research Institute International, Statement No. DA-080, pg. 1.
6. See further, The Quarterly Journal, July-September 1996, “Mark Bubeck And Spiritual Warfare—The Cloning Of JessiePenn-Lewis.” See also other PFO reports on Rebecca Brown and deliverance issues.