Pastor Kenneth Copeland and debunked Christian historian David Barton claimed yesterday that the Book of Numbers in the Bible relieves soldiers of any guilt.
According to RightWingWatch.org, both men claimed that soldiers should not experience or Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) for anything they did during a war (video below) because of Numbers 32:20-22.
Neither Copeland or Barton mentioned that Numbers was written specifically to the Israelites centuries ago, and not to any other soldiers at anytime.
However, both men decided to apply it to U.S. soldiers today.
"Any of you suffering PTSD, you listen to me, you get rid of that right now," Pastor Copeland told veterans watching the program. "You don't take drugs to get rid of it, it doesn't take psychology. That promise right there will get rid of it."
Barton added, "Guys that have been through battle, they need to understand that soldier's promise, you come back guiltless before God... look at how many people are in Hebrews 11, our faith hall of fame, are warriors who took so many people out in battle... and God says, 'This is the faith hall of fame right here.'"
"When you do it God's way, not only are you guiltless for having done that, you're esteemed," claimed Barton.
While there is no "faith hall of fame" mentioned in Hebrews 11, there are people are cited for their faith, but not their war experience. Numerous people mentioned in Hebrews 11 never stepped foot on a battlefield.