Quoting Quiverfull: The Bible Helps PTSD?

Quoting Quiverfull: The Bible Helps PTSD? November 16, 2013

by Kenneth Copeland and David Barton on the Believers Voice of Victory television show (clip of show at link)  – Veterans should not suffer from PTSD

On Veteran’s Day, the two decided that they would “help” with the problem of PTSD on the Believer’s Voice of Victory program. How? By citing the Bible, of course. Because every American in the military is an evangelical Christian — or should be, they think — so this passage from Numbers, Chapter 32 should erase the problem altogether:

20 And Moses said unto them, If ye will do this thing, if ye will go armed before the Lord to war,
21 And will go all of you armed over Jordan before the Lord, until he hath driven out his enemies from before him,
22 And the land be subdued before the Lord: then afterward ye shall return, and be guiltless before the Lord, and before Israel; and this land shall be your possession before the Lord.

Just get rid of it — simple, right?

The portion Copeland and Barton zeroed in on is “be guiltless before the Lord,” completely glossing over the fact that this was context-specific to the Hebrews of ancient Israel. Extrapolating rather poorly, they conclude that this passage ought to preclude any soldier suffering from PTSD. Copeland had this to say to any veteran unlucky enough to be watching this drivel:

You listen to me,” Copeland said, addressing the camera, “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.”

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QUOTING QUIVERFULL is a regular feature of NLQ – we present the actual words of noted Quiverfull leaders and ask our readers: What do you think? Agree? Disagree? This is the place to state your opinion. Please, let’s keep it respectful – but at the same time, we encourage readers to examine the ideas of Quiverfull honestly and thoughtfully.

NLQ Recommended Reading …

Breaking Their Will: Shedding Light on Religious Child Maltreatment‘ by Janet Heimlich

Quivering Daughters‘ by Hillary McFarland

Quiverfull: Inside the Christian Patriarchy Movement‘ by Kathryn Joyce

 

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