Wednesday, May 30, 2012

No surprise here

Serpent-handling pastor profiled earlier in Washington Post dies from rattlesnake bite

By Julia Duin, Published: May 29

Mack Wolford, a flamboyant Pentecostal pastor from West Virginia whose serpent-handling talents were profiled last November in The Washington Post Magazine , hoped the outdoor service he had planned for Sunday at an isolated state park would be a “homecoming like the old days,” full of folks speaking in tongues, handling snakes and having a “great time.” But it was not the sort of homecoming he foresaw.

Instead, Wolford, who turned 44 the previous day, was bitten by a rattlesnake he owned for years. He died late Sunday.

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.”

The son of a serpent handler who himself died in 1983 after being bitten, Wolford was trying to keep the practice alive, both in West Virginia, where it is legal, and in neighboring states where it is not. He was the kind of man reporters love: articulate, friendly and appreciative of media attention. Many serpent-handling Pentecostals retreat from journalists, but Wolford didn’t. He’d take them on snake-hunting expeditions.
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8 comments:

JOE said...

Natural selection at work!

Stinkwilly said...

The only snake I want to see is a dead motherfucker. If he IS NOT dead he soon will be.

Craig said...

A Darwin Award Finalist.... CAN I GET AN AAAAAAMEN !!!!

markshere2 said...

Play stupid games, get stupid prizes.

hiswiserangel said...

And yet, my Pentecostal father-in-law who calls me a red-headed Jezebel everytime we meet is still alive. Where do I find these snakes?

Anonymous said...

Well,I guess by now everyone has seen "Deliverance" all joke`s aside there are still to this day ! place`s back in those mountain`s you don`t want to go unless you live there.There was an incident up there a few year`s ago , one of these preacher`s died drinking strychnine.Don`t be to hard on them though because these are the kind of people you want to have your back WTSHF . They WILL fight to the death for something they believe in.

Aaron Burr said...

See? Even God hates pretentious smarmy fucks.

Cheesy said...

Maybe they should switch to handling kittens...