VIDEO: Televangelist says soldiers with PTSD should be ‘guiltless’ because they’re ‘esteemed by God’

Appearing on a Veteran’s Day broadcast of the Believer’s Voice of Victory program, Kenneth Copeland and David Barton quoted the Book of Numbers to reassure soldiers that there’s no need to suffer from PTSD — because they are “esteemed and venerated by God.”

Reading from Numbers 32, Copeland said that soldiers who fight in war “shall return guiltless before the Lord” because they are doing the work of God.

“You listen to me,” Copeland said. “You get rid of that right now. You don’t take drugs to get rid of [PTSD]. It doesn’t take psychology — that promise right there will get rid of it.”

Barton agreed, saying that “members of the faith hall of fame [in the Bible] were warriors who took so many people out in battle,” proving that “when you do it in God’s way, not only are you guiltless for having done that, you are esteemed.”


H/t Right Wing Watch



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    November 13, 2013 at 11:22 pm

    Having suffered through (and still sometimes) PTSD from the Bush I gulf war, being an atheist (recovering catholic) and someone who has worked with other vets from the more recent conflicts I cannot hold my anger in check with this asshole. People coming back do not need to be “excused” they need help from people who are compassionate, understanding, having been there helps so that they can talk about what happened and deal with the why behind it. I don’t recommend drugs unless a doctor is involved and if these kids don’t get help they see no other avenues in so many cases and they pick up a gun. This kind of talk is nothing but ignorance, narcissism and greed.

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    November 14, 2013 at 12:01 am

    Only people who’ve never seen combat can make such statements.

    That’s a slap in the face to every combat veteran of ANY faith (or no faith)

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    December 3, 2013 at 4:08 am

    I would view it as not something negative but as a means of relief. They are letting the men and women who have served know they have a means of being helped other than drugs that leave negative side effects. These men are only stating what they have personally experienced as a means to help them an so many others, the power of God’s Word and believing it, rather than all the negative things people say, doctors say, you must have from experiences like war.

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