In February of 2014, Pastor Jamie Coots of the snake-handling “Full Gospel Tabernacle in Jesus Name” church in Middlesboro, Kentucky (and one of the stars of the show “Snake Salvation“) died from a snakebite. It’s possible he was merely injured from the snakebite and what tipped him over the edge was a million people saying “I told you so.”
And now it’s happened again with another Kentucky-based snake-handling church-goer:
A man died after being bitten by a snake he had been handling during a church service in Bell County on Sunday.
John David Brock, 60, of Stoney Fork, was bitten on the left arm while handling the snake at Mossy Simpson Pentecostal Church in Jenson, according to the state police.
Brock refused medical treatment and went to his brother’s home, where he died.
It reminds me of that old joke about the man who, in a flood, refuses to get onto a raft and a motorboat and a helicopter because he believes God will save him. After he drowns, he asks God why He didn’t save him. God tells the man that He sent a raft and a motorboat and a helicopter, so what more did he want?
If all the Christians who died from snakebites in the past weren’t a sign, and the medical personnel who God supposedly equipped with the abilities to extend life were ignored, what other signs did Brock want?
No word yet on how the snake is holding up.
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