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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)



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Ian

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…



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Dianna

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.



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    Charlie's Church of Christ

    posted September 25, 2010 at 11:06 pm


    how do they get pulled into it?



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      Dianna

      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.



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    Wes

    posted September 26, 2010 at 7:26 am


    I second this recommendation. Very good book.



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Andy

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…



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    David

    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?



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      Darcy

      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.



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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…



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@Agnosticostal

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



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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!



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    Dianna

    posted September 26, 2010 at 10:10 pm


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



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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.



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RobM

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.



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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!



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Jesse

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?



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    Olivia

    posted September 26, 2010 at 11:39 pm


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



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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.



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David

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.



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Noelle

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



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