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This WV preacher was killed by a rattlesnake he was handling.
A "serpent-handling" West Virginia pastor died after his rattlesnake bit him during a church ritual, just as the man had apparently watched a snake kill his father years before.
Pentecostal pastor Mark Wolford, 44, hosted an outdoor service at the Panther Wildlife Management Area in West Virginia Sunday, which he touted on his Facebook page prior to the event.
"I am looking for a great time this Sunday," Wolford wrote May 22, according to the Washington Post. "It is going to be a homecoming like the old days. Good 'ole raised in the holler or mountain ridge running, Holy Ghost-filled speaking-in-tongues sign believers."
Robin Vanover, Wolford's sister, told the Washington Post that 30 minutes into the outdoor service, Wolford passed around a poisonous timber rattlesnake, which eventually bit him.
"He laid it on the ground," Vanover said in the interview, "and he sat down next to the snake, and it bit him on the thigh."
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Live by the swo...err...play with the sword, die by the sword?
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The serpent as a ritualistic creature dates back to earlied MAN on planet Earth. So really the fact that the practice continues today is not all that surprising.
But, non poisonious snakes are serpents also and it would probably make more sense to just use one of those.
In this case I'll just say. Sometimes you get the elevator and sometimes you just get the shaft.
Sometimes you get the bear....and sometimes the bear gets you.
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Myself f I was going to indulge in that practice I would at least Milk the snake before the show so in case I got bitten there would be little to no venom......no one would know the difference....
This is what they base the belief upon :
And much to my dislike (West Virginia guy)And these signs shall follow them that believe: In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues. They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover. (Mark 16:17-18)
The practice is legal in the state of West Virginia.
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"and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them;"
I don't think I'd be too very anxious to test that one out either. The Reverend Jim Jones and his special Kool-Aid comes to mind.
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Having been bitten by a copperhead I know for a fact that a poisonous snakebite is VERY painful but not always fatal provided medical help is sought.Reminds me of a Jerry Clower routine.
Jerry and Marcel go to a revival meeting.
As the meeting really gets going the preacher dumps a basket of snakes on the floor and grabs one up.
Seeing this Jerry looks around then asks Marcel if he saw a back door.
After Marcel says he did not see a door Jerry asks him “Recon where they want one”.
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Anyone who "plays" with snakes is going to get bit sooner or later. You pays your money and you takes your chances.
Many years ago my wife's grandfather, a crusty old fellow who worked his farm with a pair of 45 revolvers on his hip and the wisdom of the ages, was having an argument with my wife's mother, whom I describe as a nut who used the Bible to backup her nuttiness. Seems as though MIL was arguing that she could stand on the railroad tracks in front of an approaching train and her faith in the Lord would save her. Grandfather Fred said "The Good Lord gave you enough good sense to get your a$$ off the tracks, if you don't use that sense then it may be time for a meeting".
Trains, snakes, whatever - don't do stupid things.
Lord I wish I could have gotten to know that man better.
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