Kenneth Copeland Issues Statement at Fort Jackson
Following some activist complaints about their Prayer Breakfast tomorrow, Fort Jackson released a statement from televangelist Kenneth Copeland regarding his position on PTSD. The statement says, in essence, that Copeland does not categorically deny the utility of doctors and medicine, which may be helpful to Christians whose “faith is not yet fully developed.” Importantly, he described his position as one based on his faith, with application to those who share his faith. In another manner of speaking, his PTSD comments are directed only toward those who share his faith.
A local paper sought comment from Michael “Mikey” Weinstein:
Mikey Weinstein…said that Fort Jackson officials issuing the statement in Copeland’s name was “shamefully shilling for him as though they are his press agents.”
Weinstein really should have coordinated with his public relations folks, as he missed out on the opportunity to address the actual statement. After all, he’s the one loudly demanding Copeland be disinvited over issues of PTSD. Here Copeland addresses that very issue — and Weinstein gets quoted throwing a temper tantrum over the mechanism rather than the content, making Weinstein look like little more than an insolent malcontent. Weinstein has generally been pretty media savvy, but he fumbled this one worse than Mark Sanchez 2012.
As before, this says nothing about the “value” of Copeland’s theology. He and the US troops at Fort Jackson have the freedom to have and exercise their faiths — even if people disagree with that faith, and even if Mikey Weinstein would rather prevent them from doing so.
Given this “positive” development for Copeland on the day prior to the event, it seems as though Mikey Weinstein will lose this one.
Mikey’s pockets must be light, time to shear the sheep.
Copeland’s full statement follows:
“We believe that PTSD is an all too common result of the tragic and horrific events witnessed by our military in combat that cause feelings of hopelessness and despair. Many of those suffering from PTSD receive psychological and psychiatric help for it every day.
From our perspective, a Christian should ask the Lord what steps of recovery should be taken to receive natural help for the disorder. Many Christian organizations exist to give Bible-based help to those that suffer from PTSD.
Our first priority as Christians should always be to find scriptures that offer hope for healing and deliverance from the maladies that we are confronted with. Prayer, application of God’s Word, and ministry from professionals will bring the lasting help that those suffering need.
“Brother Copeland would be the first to tell you the doctor is your best friend if you are sick and your healing has not yet fully shown up. It takes time for your faith to develop. For that reason, it is perfectly all right to pursue medical attention as well. In fact, to refuse to consult a doctor or perhaps stop taking medication (prescription or over-the-counter) before faith is fully developed for healing is potentially dangerous. That would be considered ‘presumptuous’ faith.
“God is not competing with doctors or medicine. Like any loving father, He will use any avenue available that you allow Him to work through to help you get well. Getting you well is His desire. Any good doctor will tell you he does not do the healing. He only assists your body to work the way it was created and designed to function by God.
Let me be very clear, Brother Copeland is certainly not against doctors or medicine, and we thank God for the gifts and abilities He has placed in the medical profession.”
Also at the Post and Courier.