Not News: Snake Handling Preacher Dies of Snake Bite

A Southern West Virginia snake-handling preacher who watched his father die of a snakebite as a teenager suffered the same fate over the weekend.

Mark Randall “Mack” Wolford, 44, had organized a Memorial Day gathering for followers of his faith and anyone else interested at Panther State Forest in McDowell County.

via Timber rattler bites, kills snake-handling preacher  – State News – Charleston Daily Mail – West Virginia News and Sports -.

Only in West Virginia… where it is legal…

No, it is not a surprise that a snake handler will die of a snake bite. His father died of it as a matter of fact.

By the way, Mark 16.18 is not original. If they would leave the KJV where it belongs, someone would be alive.

Joel L. Watts holds a Masters of Arts from United Theological Seminary with a focus in literary and rhetorical criticism of the New Testament. He is currently a Ph.D. student at the University of the Free State, analyzing Paul’s model of atonement in Galatians. He is the author of Mimetic Criticism of the Gospel of Mark: Introduction and Commentary (Wipf and Stock, 2013), a co-editor and contributor to From Fear to Faith: Stories of Hitting Spiritual Walls (Energion, 2013), and Praying in God's Theater, Meditations on the Book of Revelation (Wipf and Stock, 2014).

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