(Copyright ©OneTruthOneLaw.com 2020)
According to some politicians and activists, the
present generation should be paying reparation
to certain ethnic groups based on actions that
were taken against these same groups by a
generation that lived many decades or centuries
Reparation: payment for harm, loss, or damage
that has been caused to a person or an
organization, or the fact of making such a
payment (Cambridge Dictionary).
However, according to the word of Almighty God,
descendants of those who commit a crime are
not responsible in any manner for the conduct of
their predecessors, including capital offense
The fathers shall not be put to death for their
children, nor shall the children be put to
death for their fathers; a person shall be
put to death for his own sin (Dt. 24:16; NKJV
used throughout unless otherwise noted;
In an expanded discourse on this same subject,
Ezekiel was inspired to say the following
regarding a child whose father was a robber
and/or a murderer:
If, however, he (the robber/murderer) begets
a son who sees all the sins which his father has
done, and considers but does not do likewise;
15Who has not eaten at the (pagan) mountain
shrines, nor lifted his eyes to the idols of the
house of Israel, nor defiled his neighbor’s wife;
16Has not oppressed anyone, nor withheld a
pledge, nor robbed by violence, but has given
his bread to the hungry and covered the naked
17Who has withdrawn his hand
from (oppressing) the poor and not received
usury or increase (Lev. 25:35-38; Ps. 15:5),
but has executed My judgments and walked in
My statutes – he shall not die for the
iniquity of his father; he shall surely live!
18As for his father, because he cruelly
oppressed, robbed his brother by violence, and
did what is not good among his people, behold
he shall die for his iniquity (Eze. 18:14-18; Ed.
notes in parentheses; emphasis added).
Therefore, anyone guilty of a crime will pay the
penalty and not someone else at a future date,
or time. However, many in this present
generation have either forgotten, don’t care
about, or have rejected, God’s law regarding
reparation. Therefore, instead of respecting what
God has said on this subject, these proponents
of reparation are claiming that tax payers, who
had nothing to do with the wrongs of previous
generations, should be penalized for something
they had nothing to do with. In essence, they are
saying something very similar to the following
Yet you say, ‘Why should the son not
bear the guilt of the father?” (Eze. 18:19a;
To this, God responds as follows:
Because the son has done what is lawful and
right, and has kept all My statutes and done
them, he shall surely live.
20The soul (living
being) who sins shall die. The son shall not
bear the guilt of the father, nor the father
bear the guilt of the son. The righteousness of
the righteous shall be upon himself, and the
wickedness of the wicked shall be upon himself
(Eze. 18:19b-20; Ed. note in parenthesis;
Page 2 of 5
This does not mean that the wrongs of our
forefathers have no effect upon future
generations. In many cases there are
consequences for sinful behavior, and these can
have a negative impact on others for generations
You shall not make for yourself any carved
image, or any likeness of anything that is in
heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath,
or that is in the waters under the earth;
shall not bow down to them nor serve
(worship) them. For I, the Lord your God, am
a jealous God, visiting (punishing) the
iniquity of the fathers on the children to
the third and fourth generation of those
who hate Me (Ex. 20:4-5; Ed. notes in
parentheses; emphasis added).
One example of this would be a man who abuses
his wife, which is against God’s law, and then his
children follow that same example and abuse
their spouses. This behavior can continue for
many generations of those who hate God, and
express this hatred by breaking His law
In the case of hatred toward certain ethnic
groups, this behavior can also be learned from
one’s parent, or parents. Sadly, this attitude can
continue for generations, and the following
adage needs to be considered in situations like
this, “You are ‘who you are’ because of your
parents, and it’s your fault if you stay that
In other words, at some point, negative family
characteristics have to be changed by someone
who is willing to stand up, recognize they are
wrong, and then take constructive steps to
change course. This includes teaching children of
the next generation the same value system that
Abraham taught his children and grandchildren.
For I (God) have known him (Abraham), in
order that he may command his children and
his household after him, that they keep the
way of the Lord, to do righteousness and
justice, that the Lord may bring to Abraham
what He has spoken to him (Gen. 18:19; Dt.
4:9-10; 6:5-9; 11:18-22; Ed. notes in
parentheses; emphasis added).
And you, fathers, do not provoke your children
to wrath, but bring them up in the training
and admonition of the Lord (Eph. 6:4;
And that from childhood you (Timothy)
have known the Holy Scriptures, which
are able to make you wise for salvation
through faith which is in Christ Jesus (2Tim.
3:15; Ed. note in parenthesis; emphasis
After the Second World War, God’s values were
gradually eroded in the Western world. Part of
this included a casual attitude toward extra
marital relationships, followed by an increase in
the divorce rate. These changes in society
contributed to a form of “violence against
children” because the traditional family unit
began to break apart. Sadly today, single parent
households are commonplace, and this
contributes to many societal problems that were
not seen in previous generations. To prevent the
breakdown of the family unit, Almighty God
created specific laws to protect and preserve it.
Therefore, it is not a coincidence that Jesus
Christ reaffirmed his Father’s law regarding
divorce, and immediately after that he blessed
some little children (Mk. 10:1-16).
“Generational poverty” can also be “learned
behavior” which causes harm to both physical
Page 3 of 5
and mental health. In other words children,
whose parents live off government assistance,
follow the same example rather than developing
a skill that can improve their standard of living
when they grow older. Again, it requires
someone to call it out, say “enough is enough”,
and then take the steps necessary to change
For even when we were with you, we
commanded you this: If anyone will not
work, neither shall he eat.
11 For we hear
that there are some who walk among you in a
disorderly manner, not working at all, but
are busybodies (2Thes. 3:10-11; emphasis
Slothfulness casts one into a deep sleep, and
an idle person will suffer hunger (Prov.
19:15; emphasis added).
Going back to the main subject of reparation, this
generation needs to stop distracting from its own
sins and problems by shifting blame to the
shortcomings and sins of previous generations.
Almighty God sees no difference between one
generation and another in this matter.
For all have sinned and fall short of the glory
of God (Rom. 3:23).
Who can say, “I have made my heart clean (i.e.
by my own efforts/actions), I am pure from
my sin (Prov. 20:9; Ed. note in parenthesis).
Upon closer analysis of the motives behind the
reparation movement, many are attempting to
justify their own shortcomings and sins by
portraying previous generations as being much
worse, but this is completely untrue as confirmed
by Jesus Christ, and is a form of selfrighteousness.
Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites!
Because you build the tombs of the prophets
and adorn the monuments of the righteous,
30 and say, ‘If we had lived in the days of
our fathers, we would not have been
partakers with them in the blood of the
31Therefore you are witnesses
against yourselves that you are sons of those
who murdered the prophets (Mt. 23:29-31).
Also he (Christ) spoke this parable to some
who trusted in themselves that they were
righteous, and despised others:
went up to the temple to pray, one a Pharisee
and the other a tax collector.
stood and prayed thus with himself, ‘God, I
thank You that I am not like other men –
extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even
as this tax collector.
I fast twice a week; I
give tithes of all that I possess.’
13And the tax
collector, standing afar off, would not so much
as raise his eyes to heaven, but beat his breast,
saying, ‘God be merciful to me a sinner!’
you, this man went down to his house justified
rather than the other; for everyone who exalts
himself will be abased, and he who humbles
himself will be exalted” (Lk. 18:9-14; Ed. note
in parenthesis; emphasis added).
In Matthew 23:31, Christ was making the
connection that the current generation is no
different than previous generations that
murdered God’s prophets. Next, Christ detailed
what the current generation would do after his
death and resurrection.
Therefore, indeed, I send you prophets, wise
men, and scribes: some of them you will kill
and crucify, and some of them you will scourge
in your synagogues and persecute from city to
that on you may come all the righteous
blood shed on the earth, from the blood of
righteous Abel to the blood of Zechariah, son
of Berechiah, whom you murdered between
the temple and the altar (Mt. 23:34-35).
Page 4 of 5
What’s needed today is good leadership to
ensure that the problems of the past do not
return, or continue. At the very least, we need
good “role models” including, but not limited to,
parents, leaders in society, and teachers who
influence the next generation. Today, we can see
the results of a lack of good leadership in all of
the aforementioned areas. Central to our current
problems is the marginalization of God’s word,
including His law and commandments. Therefore,
it is just a matter of time before society breaks
down, and completely fails. This is the message
that Jesus Christ gave when he compared
building a foundation on rock as opposed to sand.
Therefore whoever hears these sayings
of mine, and does them, I will liken him
to a wise man who built his house on
25 and the rain descended, the
floods came, and the winds blew and beat
on that house; and it did not fall, for it was
founded on the rock.
26Now everyone who
hears these sayings of mine, and does not
do them, will be like a foolish man who built
his house on sand:
27 and the rain descended,
the floods came, and the winds blew and
beat on that house; and it fell. And great was
its fall (Mt. 7:24-27; cf. Mt. 4:4).
Therefore having respect, and a proper fear of
Almighty God and His word, is essential for any
society to prosper and survive. If this is taught
from childhood, respect toward other authorities
will come more easily. This is the starting point
for peace and harmony, which is becoming
increasingly rare today.
The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom;
a good understanding have all those who
do His commandments… (Ps. 111:10a; cf.
Jas. 1:22; emphasis added).
The fear of the Lord is the beginning of
knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and
instruction (Prov. 1:7; cf. 1:8-19; 9:10-12;
Unfortunately, our youth are unduly affected by
the antinomian values espoused by many in
authority, including those in teaching positions.
These intellectuals “look down their nose” at the
thought of a “higher authority”, in a realm that
cannot be seen, that is much wiser than they are.
For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven
against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of
men, who suppress the truth in
19because what may be
known of God is manifest in them, for God has
shown it to them.
20 For since the creation of
the world His invisible attributes are
clearly seen, being understood by the
things that are made, even His eternal
power and Godhead (divine nature), so that
they are without excuse,
they knew God, they did not glorify Him as
God (no respect for His wisdom, power, and
authority), nor were they thankful, but
became futile in their thoughts, and their
foolish hearts were darkened.
be wise, they became fools (Rom. 1:18-22;
Ed. note in parenthesis; emphasis added).
Not only are so many “authorities” dismissive of
God and His laws, they have tainted the minds of
those under their influence and some of the
consequences are summarized as follows:
For this reason God gave them up to vile
passions. For even their women exchanged the
natural use (Gr. chresis; sexual act) for what
is against nature.
27 Likewise also the men,
leaving the natural use of the woman, burned
in their lust for one another, men with men
committing what is shameful, and receiving in
themselves the penalty of their error which is
due (Lev. 18:22; 20:13). 28And even as they
did not like to retain God in their
knowledge, God gave them over to a
Page 5 of 5
debased mind, to do those things which are
29being filled with unrighteousness,
sexual immorality, wickedness, covetousness,
maliciousness; full of envy, murder, strife,
deceit, evil-mindedness; they are whisperers,
30backbiters, haters of God, violent, proud,
boasters, inventors of evil things,
disobedient to parents,
understanding, untrustworthy, unloving,
32who, knowing the righteous
judgment of God, that those who practice such
things are worthy of death, not only do the
same but also approve of those who practice
them (Rom. 1:26-31; Ed. note in parenthesis;
Those who push the agenda for reparation are
going against God’s law because they are
rejecting what He commanded on this subject.
This lawless trend will continue, on many fronts,
until one day there is a universal rejection of
God’s law and commandments. When this comes
to fruition, Jesus Christ will return to rule this
planet before we destroy ourselves. He described
lawlessness as one of the main indicators
associated with his return.
And because lawlessness will abound,
the love of many will grow cold (Mt. 24:12;
And unless those days were shortened,
no flesh would be saved; but for the elect’s
sake those days will be shortened (Mt. 24:22;
Following the return of Jesus Christ, all nations
will be re-educated and the foundation of their
education will center on learning God’s law and
commandments, including the truth about
“The son shall not bear the guilt of the
father” (Eze. 18:20; Isa. 2:2-2-4; 30:20-21).
To protect the integrity of this document and prevent alteration
and misapplication of its contents in whole or in part, this
document is protected under copyright law.
Copyright: This document may be freely copied and distributed
provided it is copied without alteration, addition, deletion, or
charges, and includes the name of the publisher and this
copyright. Quotations may be taken from this document
provided the name of the publisher is cited.
All Rights Reserved
(Copyright ©OneTruthOneLaw.com 2020)