Oh dear. A new program titled “Snake Salvation” about Christians who worship using venomous snakes, is coming this September to your cable network.
Here is the program description from the National Geographic:
“Jamie Coots and Andrew Hamblin struggle to keep an over-100-year-old tradition alive: the practice of handling deadly snakes in church. Jamie and Andrew believe in a Bible passage that suggests a poisonous snakebite will not harm them as long as they are anointed by God’s power. If they don’t practice the ritual of snake handling, they believe they are destined for hell. Hunting the surrounding mountains for deadly serpents and maintaining their church’s snake collection is a way of life for both men. The pastors must frequently battle the law, a disapproving society, and even at times their own families to keep their way of life alive.”
Snake handlers in some sects of Christianity often quote the King James Version of Mark 16:17-18, which they believe contains a command from Jesus that His followers “shall take up serpents” without fear of harm.
Actually pastor’s in this bizarre movement have died from handling poisonous snakes. Read more here.
- Snake-Handling Christians to Star in ‘Snake Salvation’ Reality Show (christianpost.com)
- Snake-handling pastor gets bitten by snake, dies (theblaze.com)
- Snake-Handling Pastor Dies After Fatal Bite (theblaze.com)
- Serpent-handling pastors to star in reality show (usatoday.com)