Snake-handling pastor dies from snake bite

A pastor who believed Christians must handle rattlesnakes as a sign of their faith has died – after suffering a rattlesnake bite at an outdoor service in Bluefield, West Virginia.

Mack Wolford, who was 44, based his belief on Mark 16:17-18, which says:
“And these signs will follow those who believe: in My name they will cast out demons; they will speak with new tongues; they will take up serpents; and if they drink anything deadly, it will by no means hurt them; they will lay their hands on the sick, and they will recover.”

Full article over at New Humanist Magazine.

Via Great Minds on God.

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3 Responses to Snake-handling pastor dies from snake bite

  1. erlendalvestad says:

    Is this the most literal proof ever of the title of your blog?

  2. Well if the man’s religion had been common sense he may have gone further. In Australia, Melbourne the snake experts do reptile shows kids parties and that sort of stuff with deadly snakes on a daily basis and without problem. As to why it’s because they use surgically devenomized ones. Now considering that you can’t tell the devenomized ones apart from the others, I don’t know why the priest didn;t do the same thing. Now if someone accused the priest of fraud or cheating, that wouldn’t be much of a problem as I sure similar frauds have been done before in the name of religion.

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