Thursday, March 6, 2014

Fact of the Day: Serpent Faith

In some Pentecostal churches (usually rural) in the United States, many preachers and church members hold venomous snakes. The reason is that two Bible verses claim that if you have enough faith then a serpent or a scorpion cannot harm you. The minister who started it all was named George Went Hensley, and he died in 1955 from a snake-bite.

44 comments:

Margaret D said...

Oh my he couldn't have had enough faith then.

Bob Bushell said...

Poor beggar.

Dascha said...

Wow!!

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Pilar Domínguez said...

I am afraid of snakes! I can't understand why they said the bite couldn't harm you, stupid people.Kisses:)

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Sparkle said...

Nice :D

DEZMOND said...

so many lunatics around the world...

Dana said...

I think I just read about someone else who just died this same way. Sad...

Plowing Through Life (Martha) said...

I guess he didn't have enough faith!

Debra She Who Seeks said...

There is another snake-handling pastor who died recently from snake bite. He'd been on a reality series not too long ago apparently.

Pat Hatt said...

hahaha what a bunch of nut jobs

stephen Hayes said...

I'm not fond of snakes but they serve an important purpose by keeping down rat and mice populations. In Eastern cultures the snake is revered, unlike here in the States.

DeniseinVA said...

I also read the story of the preacher who recently died from such a service.

Selvaggia Capizzi said...

really???
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Maude Lynn said...

Snake handling never struck me as a particularly good idea . . .

Caro * said...

Oh, really ? Impressive !

Linda said...

I agree with Mama Zen.

Theresa Mahoney said...

My friends used to live next to a church that performed the snake rituals. They would find escaped snakes on their yard all the time. I think those people are freakin nuts!

Kay said...

Oh good grief! That's pitiful!

Imemily said...

that's sad
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bj said...

OMYGOSH...this has always seemed sooo weird to me. GOD gave us sense and these people need to use it. :)

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