Snake-Handling Preacher Killed by Bite
While, I’m not one to make fun of anyone’s spiritual beliefs, I must say that this news is quite ironic. Pastor Jamie Coots, who appeared in the National Geographic show Snake Salvation died over the weekend after being bitten by a venomous snake.
While snake-handling congregations are said to have been in existence for centuries, they are still extremely rare, and their practices are definitely very uncommon. Some snake handlers say they’ve been bitten (sometimes numerous times) and that they don’t believe it is necessary to seek medical attention after being bitten. They say that if God wants them to survive the poison, they’ll survive; but if it’s their time to die, they’re going to die, regardless of medical intervention.
Pastor Coots is said to have been bitten at least eight times before. How many times does one have to be warned before he realizes he either doesn’t have the faith required to perform such a dangerous act OR perhaps he shouldn’t be messing with snakes to begin with? What happened to obeying the laws of the land? Isn’t that a basic principle of Christianity?