Jesus Needs New PR

Jesus Needs New PR

A Church’s Snake Handling Disclaimer!

This is amazing. Faith at its finest…

I hate snakes. I hate snakes. I hate snakes….

Found at Unreasonable Faith (via MSNBC)

Comments read comments(33)
post a comment

posted September 25, 2010 at 9:29 pm

Nah, I don’t believe it. It’s surly some sort of folk legend or practical joke?

In fact I might make that sign and hang it in the church tomorrow…

report abuse


posted September 25, 2010 at 9:30 pm

Have you ever read “Salvation on Sand Mountain”? It’s a brilliant sort-of memoir about snake-handling – a lot of insight into the issue and how people get pulled into it. The man went as basically an outside journalist trying to figure out some roots of his family, and got sucked into the practice. It’s pretty interesting.

report abuse

    Charlie's Church of Christ

    posted September 25, 2010 at 11:06 pm

    how do they get pulled into it?

    report abuse


      posted September 26, 2010 at 4:59 am

      I forget exactly, but the author – Dennis Covington – attends the church for a period of about a year to a year and a half. I’m pretty sure it’s just being around it for so long that moved him to try it.

      And it’s very interesting that (spoiler) what eventually causes him to leave the church is not the snake-handling issue. That he’s pretty fine with after awhile. Rather, it’s a much deeper dispute over the role of women in the church. It’s definitely a great read – I had to read it for a Religion and Lit course about the problem of evil.

      report abuse


    posted September 26, 2010 at 7:26 am

    I second this recommendation. Very good book.

    report abuse


posted September 25, 2010 at 9:38 pm

Nope, not a joke…that really happens…It’s so ridiculous that some churches take such an obscure passage (that is most likely not actually a part of Mark’s original Gospel…) and turn it into standard worship practice. Just because the bible says disciples could handle snakes and not be bitten doesn’t mean we should just go find a rattler to test our faith…that’s just plain stupid…

report abuse


    posted September 27, 2010 at 7:36 am

    Didn’t Paul pick up a poisonous snake in Acts 28:3-5 that did not kill him?

    report abuse


      posted September 28, 2010 at 2:25 pm

      No, the snake jumped out of a bundle of wood and bit him and he shook it off. Definitely not the same thing.

      report abuse

Jonathan Pearson

posted September 25, 2010 at 9:58 pm

Wow. I don’t want to believe it, but I know it’s probably true…

report abuse

Pingback: Tweets that mention A Church’s Snake Handling Disclaimer! | Jesus Needs New PR --


posted September 25, 2010 at 11:01 pm

*shudder* although the sign appears faux, i could totally see this being a very real sign in a very real church. However, a more common version might be: “The bishop is not responsible if the bishop bribes you into ‘handling’ his ‘serpent.'” #EddieLong

report abuse

Josh Williams

posted September 26, 2010 at 5:05 am

Is that Chett Hunter? He died of a heart attack! Those snakes DO have magical powers!

report abuse


    posted September 26, 2010 at 10:10 pm

    Thank you. This pretty much made my day. I love and miss Boy Meets World.

    report abuse

taylor mc

posted September 26, 2010 at 6:46 am

I hate snakes, also. What really irks me is when someone asks “what kind of snake is/was it?” I usually respond with “ALIVE!”. As far as I’m concerned, there are only two types.

report abuse


posted September 26, 2010 at 2:31 pm

I’ve always found the snake handlers just strange, but had always been under the impression they used anti venom for anyone that did get bit. Is that not the case for all? Even more irritating that they would do that insanity if they really do it at significant risk.

report abuse

Acidris Blog

posted September 26, 2010 at 3:05 pm

Pick me , Pick me….can i pick a snake and wrap it round my neck? And give one to my wife and 2 year old toddler. This is pure art dealer evangelism-baiting you with the prowess and alure of a commodity and switching later to a vile form of religion thats worse than legalism and rank occultism. no wonder they need a new PR!

report abuse


posted September 26, 2010 at 3:23 pm

How is paste involved in the snake-handling? And how does one get to be the paster?

report abuse


    posted September 26, 2010 at 11:39 pm

    Thank you Jesse….I was hoping I wasn’t the only one who noticed that.

    report abuse

David Knapp

posted September 27, 2010 at 3:59 am

If I get bit by the snake or drink the poison please call an ambulance and then pray for me.

This is why I don’t like Mark 16:18.

report abuse


posted September 27, 2010 at 7:40 am

I am glad to see that the serpent’s bite is possessive – now that’s real faith on the snake’s part.

report abuse


posted September 27, 2010 at 9:46 am

The poor grammar, spelling, and little circles for the dots above the eyes say this sign is for real.

I hate snakes too

report abuse


    posted September 27, 2010 at 9:50 am

    Sorry, meant i

    report abuse


posted December 23, 2011 at 8:52 am

главное что бесплатно

report abuse


posted March 25, 2012 at 4:06 am


report abuse


posted March 28, 2012 at 7:18 am

Я впечатлен! Реально информативный сайт , просто хотел покомментить и поддержать качество работы.

report abuse


posted January 6, 2013 at 7:00 am

Каждому Доброе утро! Пассивный доход в сети Интернете,Автоматизация процессов продажи рекламных мест,Заработок без сайта.

report abuse


posted March 25, 2013 at 10:37 am


posted November 6, 2013 at 10:25 am


posted December 9, 2013 at 2:33 pm


posted December 22, 2013 at 2:42 am

online trading reviews

posted March 28, 2014 at 1:16 am

Most investors want forward to the coming year with
great anticipation there’s good reason to. Financial Simulators Some samples of financial market simulators are Investopedia.
One in the most unsecret secrets in the financial world may be
the use of High Frequency Trading (HFT) algorithms that process huge amounts of transactions per
second, and since 2008, make approximately nearly 75% coming from all market and
stock investing.

report abuse


posted December 24, 2014 at 3:56 pm

Серьги “Tribales” из новой коллекции
“Mise en Dior”

report abuse


posted March 1, 2015 at 2:08 am
Zapravka cartridjei v Astane

report abuse

Post a Comment

By submitting these comments, I agree to the terms of service, rules of conduct and privacy policy (the "agreements"). I understand and agree that any content I post is licensed to and may be used by in accordance with the agreements.

Previous Posts

Cristiano Ronaldo pronto para rejeitar oferta do PSG; City tenta contratação de lateral brasileiro
Ronaldo pode rejeitar oferta do PSG para retornar a Premier LeagueA especulação em torno da saída de Cristiano Ronaldo do Real Madrid no final da temporada continua a ganhar força apesar da garantia dada pelo presidente Florentino Pérez, ...

posted 8:27:00am Nov. 29, 2015 | read full post »

Hummels quer deixar o Borussia; e Juve mira contratação de Isco
Hummels na mira de Manchester e Liverpool O jornal alemão "Bild" adianta que o zagueiro Mats Hummels não pretende renovar o seu contrato com o Borussia Dortmund e que irá pedir para ser venido no final da temporada.Segundo a imprensa ...

posted 12:24:00pm Nov. 26, 2015 | read full post »

Arsenal quer reforçar ataque, e meio-campo argentino pensa em deixar o PSG
Arsenal pensa novamente em Icardi Segundo o jornal inglês 'The Independent', o Arsenal estão se alinhando para apresentar uma proposta em janeiro para o atacante da Inter de Milão, Mauro Icardi .O jogador de 22 anos de idade teve umas ...

posted 8:32:00pm Nov. 24, 2015 | read full post »

Van Gaal confirma interesse em Ronaldo
O técnico do Manchester United, Louis van Gaal, deu uma indicação mais clara sobre o interesse do clube inglês em trazer Cristiano Ronaldo de volta a Premier League na próxima temporada.Ronaldo deixou o clube para o Real Madrid em 2009, por ...

posted 1:13:00pm Nov. 22, 2015 | read full post »

Chelsea mira mais dois nomes
José Mourinho quer contratar Wesley Sneijder do Galatasaray durante a janela de transferência do mês de janeiro, segundo relata o jornal turco "Fanatik".O treinador português quer reforçar o meio-campo do Chelsea numa tentativa de dar a ...

posted 6:56:00pm Nov. 18, 2015 | read full post »


Report as Inappropriate

You are reporting this content because it violates the Terms of Service.

All reported content is logged for investigation.