Televangelist Kenneth Copeland, who once claimed to cure soldiers suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) with Bible verses, is scheduled to speak at a National Prayer Breakfast event at a military base in Fort Jackson, South Carolina,on Feb. 1.
Copeland said that PTSD would go away per Numbers 32: 20-22 in the Bible, notes the Friendly Atheist:
So this is a promise — if you do this thing, if you arm yourselves before the Lord for the war … you shall return, you’re coming back, and be guiltless before the Lord and before the nation.
Any of you suffering from PTSD right now, you listen to me. You get rid of that right now. You don’t take drugs to get rid of it. It doesn’t take psychology. That promise right there will get rid of it.
Warren Throckmorton, a Grove City College psychology professor, told Religious News Service at the time:
It is obvious that they do not have knowledge of the condition. Copeland and Barton err theologically as well by taking specific Scriptures written in relationship to Israel and apply them to American armies.
The Military Religious Freedom Foundation sent a letter to Major General John P. “Pete” Johnson asking him to cancel Copeland’s appearance at the prayer breakfast.