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Serpent Handling pastor dies following snake bite

Rattle SnakeMark Randall Wolford, a pastor at the Apostolic House of the Lord Jesus, died in Bluefield Regional Medical Center earlier this week after being bitten by a Timber Rattle Snake during a religious service last Sunday. He chose to follow in his father’s footsteps and became a Serpent Handler, even though he also died following a snake bite in 1983. This rare branch of religion is derived from Mark 16:18 in the Bible:

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.

The website for Holiness Snake Handlers notes that the practice is not to be confused with secular snake handlers, snake charmers or Hindu snake enticers. The site goes on to explain that Jesus instructed the disciples in Serpent Handling, but this has been ignored by most Christians today, because Satan is the God of this world and controls 99% of religions. True Christians should of course handle serpents and drink poison and not use reasoning as an excuse. Well isn’t that true of most religions? Too much reasoning can damage your faith. It’s better to be apathetic towards it.

One Response to Serpent Handling pastor dies following snake bite

  • ” True Christians should of course handle serpents and drink poison and not use reasoning as an excuse.”

    True Christians should occupy their position “in Christ” and in that name “handle” spiritual serpents. They know they are weak in their own “ability” but experience Him in His might every day. Snake, take that! God will deliver us to fulfill His perfect purpose for giving us breath. He will protect us if we are about His Will in our lives. BUT, If I jump in front of a bus I’ve taken control, not Him. I’m not about to touch a rattler, nor jump in front of a Greyhound. Just can’t see that honoring Him in any way. Quite the opposite. Hope this isn’t “too much reasoning.” 🙂

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