Snake-handling pastor dies after fatal snake bite

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SNAKE-HANDLING PASTOR DIES AFTER FATAL BITE

Posted on May 30, 2012 at 4:40pm
by Billy Hallowell



Snake-handling pastors aren’t common, but they’re still out there, actively engaging fatal serpents. Today, news spread that Pastor Mack Wolford died on Sunday after suffering a fatal bite from a snake he had owned and handled for years. The 44-year-old Pentecostal pastor, who was based in West Virginia, was well-known in the faith sphere.

What started out as a pre-planned outdoor service on Sunday afternoon at Panther Wildlife Management Area in Bluefield, West Virginia, quickly turned into something more sinister. About 30 minutes into the event, his sister claims that Wolford passed a yellow timber rattlesnake to a church member and his mother. When he laid it on the ground, it bit his thigh.

The service came to a halt not long after and Wolford was taken to a relative’s home to recover. This apparently wasn’t his first snake bite, so his family expected him to simply recover as he has on other occasions. But this time the situation was very different and he passed away later on that evening.

The Washington Post has more about Wolford and the reasons why he has continued the dangerous practice of snake-handling:

Mark Randall “Mack” Wolford was known all over Appalachia as a daring man of conviction. He believed that the Bible mandates that Christians handle serpents to test their faith in God — and that, if they are bitten, they trust in God alone to heal them.

He and other adherents cited Mark 16:17-18 as the reason for their practice: “And these signs will follow those who believe: in My name they will cast out demons; they will speak with new tongues; they will take up serpents; and if they drink anything deadly, it will by no means hurt them; they will lay their hands on the sick, and they will recover.”

Prior to the event, the Post claims that Wolford has posted numerous messages in support of the even, praising his snake-handling practices. On May 22, he wrote, “I am looking for a great time this Sunday. 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.”

He followed this message up with other comments the following day, writing, “Praise the Lord and pass the rattlesnakes, brother.”

Here’s the ironic part: Wolford’s father died in 1983 from the very same thing. Following his tragic death, his son decided to continue participating in the process. Below, see him describe snake handling:

The Post continues:

“I am looking for a great time this Sunday,” he wrote May 22. “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.”

“Praise the Lord and pass the rattlesnakes, brother” he wrote on May 23. He also invited his extended family, who had largely given up the practice of serpent handling, to come to the park.

http://www.theblaze.com/stories/snake-handling-pastor-dies-after-fatal-bite/
 

ShooterMcGavin

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He believed that the Bible mandates that Christians handle serpents to test their faith in God — and that, if they are bitten, they trust in God alone to heal them.
Classic.
 

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Well in God's defense, it sounds like he had healed this moron on multiple other occasions... I think God just go sick of helping this snake-handling idiot out.

By the way, if you absolutely have to handle snakes... maybe believe that God provided us with anti-venom, and go to a fucking hospital.
 
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You never test God.

I don't know how people got so fucking stupid
 

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i guess he was an unworthy sinner
 

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you know nothing about me


and I like that!
We know this about you...

Blurp wants it to be the good old days... when he was the lovable town drunk wearing the "Mustache Rides 5 cents" T-shirt and crackin' everybody up... when he was Glenn Dandy's little boozy, racist sidekick... when he was everybody's buddy... when he and Angelfuck were having a hootenanny in their 'We're drunken pals!' thread.

Sorry, Blurp... the glory days are gone... all of your partners in drunken blabbering have all wandered off and left you for dead.

You're just the sorry ass annoying friendless drunk at the bar who has long past worn out his welcome.

It's over, Blurpie.
 
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We know this about you...

Blurp wants it to be the good old days... when he was the lovable town drunk wearing the "Mustache Rides 5 cents" T-shirt and crackin' everybody up... when he was Glenn Dandy's little boozy, racist sidekick... when he was everybody's buddy... when he and Angelfuck were having a hootenanny in their 'We're drunken pals!' thread.

Sorry, Blurp... the glory days are gone... all of your partners in drunken blabbering have all wandered off and left you for dead.

You're just the sorry ass annoying friendless drunk at the bar who has long past worn out his welcome.

It's over, Blurpie.
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you used mustache rides on somebody else I read in another thread

fucking be original
 

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you used mustache rides on somebody else I read in another thread

fucking be original
Yeah... that was original... and that somebody else was you...

Blurp wants it to be the good old days... when he was the lovable town drunk wearing the "Mustache Rides 5 cents" T-shirt and crackin' everybody up... when he was Glenn Dandy's little boozy, racist sidekick... when he was everybody's buddy... when he and Angelfuck were having a hootenanny in their 'We're drunken pals!' thread.

Sorry, Blurp... the glory days are gone... all of your partners in drunken blabbering have all wandered off and left you for dead.

You're just the sorry ass annoying friendless drunk at the bar who has long past worn out his welcome.

It's over, Blurpie.
 
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admit it

you're an unoriginal bastard!
 

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Well in God's defense, it sounds like he had healed this moron on multiple other occasions... I think God just go sick of helping this snake-handling idiot out.

By the way, if you absolutely have to handle snakes... maybe believe that God provided us with anti-venom, and go to a fucking hospital.
That's a great point. If you keep bothering him, eventually God's gonna let it go straight to voicemail.

On the other hand stupid games=stupid prizes.
 

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Now if all his inbred followers would die we'd be getting somewhere.