Skip to comments.'Serpent-Handling' West Virginia Pastor Dies From Snake Bite
Posted on 05/31/2012 6:57:49 PM PDT by Beave Meister
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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Darwin Award Alert !!!
“Jesus said unto him, It is written, Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God”. Matthew 4:7 (Luke 4:12)...
God does not reward foolishness pretending to be faith!
One hopes the unfortunate fellow’s tongue speaking had been recorded, or else another human language is lost to history, like, oh, Volapük.
The Lord works in mysterious ways.
Sad to say, but it serves him right ... hang around with progressives and they will turn and bite you in a heartbeat!
I used to be a snake handler, but she divorced me.
Snake must have been a Hatfield.
It’s so tempting to utter “It’s God’s will”...
Shorted on common sense.
I’m sure there is an ancient Chinese proverb about snake handling somewhere!
If you go into the hills enough times, you will find the tiger.
If he’d have just passed the damned thing to my Ex.
ROFL! I almost pinged you to an earlier thread about this - just because...
Then again...never mind.
You really have to wonder how he and others get away with handling poisonous snakes the hundreds of times they do. Why can they go on so long without getting bitten and dying?
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