Skip to comments.Snake-handling preacher killed by rattlesnake
Posted on 02/16/2014 3:53:48 PM PST by traumer
Jamie Coots, who starred in the 'Snake Salvation' reality TV show about Pentecostal preachers, has died after being bitten and refusing treatment
A "snake-handling preacher" who believed that he was following a Biblical command by picking up snakes has died after being bitten.
Jamie Coots, star of an American reality television show Snake Salvation, which profiled Pentecostal snake-handling pastors, died at his home in Kentucky after refusing to go to hospital.
Coots had been bitten nine times before, losing part of his finger in the process.
"It's a victory to God's people that the Lord seen fit to bring me through it," he said the day after a previous bite, in 1998.
Coots was killed by a rattlesnake, dying less than an hour after he ordered doctors away from his home. Followers of his sect frequently refuse mainstream medical care.
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I believe God gave us doctors, nurses and medicines. It is God working through these avenues that heals us.
nevertheless, it is this man’s right to practice his religion, unless it hurts others.
These snake handlers are used in college sociology classes to convince students to rethink their relationship to God.
Killed by bad hermeneutics. Full Gospel? As if there is a 1/2 Gospel.
Jackass, sorry but he’s a jackass
Look at it this way: the average IQ in the USA just went up a bit.
Hope that at least the poor snake is doing well.
One should get walking on water down before they do the snake thing.
They showed Holy Ghost People (1967) in one of my undergrad anthropology classes. The documentary was about a West Virginia church (Dolly Pond Church of God with Signs Following) which practiced snake handling.
Lots of lib responses on this thread.
It’s totally kooky, but he lived free and committed to the constitution and his beliefs. Died that way too.
Funny how the folk making Darwin comments don’t even understand what they are saying.
What a dumb ass!
God gave us a brain to have the good sense to avoid Rattlesnakes. Then he went double strong by giving the snake a tail that rattled so you could get away from it.
What more you need?
He may have been “living free” as you put it, but he was clearly tempting God.
I fear God too much to fool with snakes. Herpetology’s one thing, but I suspect this Coots fella’s gonna have some explaining to do.
Yet more evidence that we are just semi- intelligent apes.
I have all the faith in the world that a rattlesnake won’t bite me if I don’t pick it up and dance around with it.
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