MEET THE PASTOR WHO HOLDS RATTLE SNAKE BY FAITH: GETS KILLED WHEN BITTEN

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at 07:07 AM, 31/05/2012 (6 years ago)
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A "serpent-handling" West Virginia pastor died after his rattlesnake bit him during a church ritual, just as the man had apparently watched a snake kill his father years before.

Pentecostal pastor Mark Wolford, 44, hosted an outdoor service at the Panther Wildlife Management Area in West Virginia Sunday, which he touted on his Facebook page prior to the event.

"I am looking for a great time this Sunday," Wolford wrote May 22, according to the Washington Post. "It is going to be a homecoming like the old days. Good 'ole raised in the holler or mountain ridge running, Holy Ghost-filled speaking-in-tongues sign believers."




Robin Vanover, Wolford's sister, told the Washington Post that 30 minutes into the outdoor service, Wolford passed around a poisonous timber rattlesnake, which eventually bit him.
"He laid it on the ground," Vanover said in the interview, "and he sat down next to the snake, and it bit him on the thigh."
Vanover said Wolford was then transported to a family member's home in Bluefield about 80 milesJim Shires, owner of the Cravens-Shires Funeral Home in Bluefield, told ABC News that Wolford died Monday. Wolford's church, the Apostolic House of the Lord Jesus in Matoaka, will host a viewing Friday and a funeral service Saturday morning. Wolford will be buried at the Hicks Family Plot in Phelps, Ky.
Officials at the Panther Wildlife Management Area had been unaware of Sunday's event until they were notified by callers after the service.


"We did not know that this event was happening, and if we had known about it or if we had been asked for permission, permission would not have been granted," Hoy Murphy, public information officer for the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources, told ABC News.

Hoy said West Virginia state park rules prohibit animals other than dogs and cats on the property.
While snake-handling is legal in West Virginia, other Appalachian states, including Kentucky and Tennessee, have banned the practice in public spaces.


Snake-handlers point to scripture as evidence that God calls them to engage in such a practice toshow their faith in him. Mark 16: 17-18 reads, "And these signs shall follow them that believe: In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues. They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover."
Wolford told the Washington Post magazine in 2011 that he is carrying on the tradition of his ancestors by engaging in snake handling.



"Anybody can do it that believes it," Wolford said. "Jesus said, 'These signs shall follow them which believe.' This is a sign to show people that God has the power."


Wolford said watched his own father die at the age of 39 after a rattlesnake bit him during a similar service."He lived 101/2 hours," Wolford told the Washington Post Magazine. "When he got bit, he said he wanted to die in the church. Three hours after he was bitten, his kidneys shut down. After a while, your heart stops. I hated to see him go, but he died for what he believed in.


"I know it's real; it is the power of God," Wolford told the Washington Post Magazine last year. "If I didn't do it, if I'd never gotten back involved, it'd be the same as denying the power and saying it was not real."


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kebella at 07:38 AM, 31/05/2012 (6 years ago)
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ok

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ajanni at 07:54 AM, 31/05/2012 (6 years ago)
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i  c
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steveoneal at 08:21 AM, 31/05/2012 (6 years ago)
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THATS HOW DEM GO DEY DECIEVE THEMSELVES WITH THE FAITH KIND OF THING;;; SHEY GOD WEY GIVE RATTLESNAKE HIN POISON NO SABI WETIN HIN DEY DO;; WELL REST IN PEACE OOO
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Solidstonez at 08:23 AM, 31/05/2012 (6 years ago)
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Why putting God to test when you don't have the faith

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exever100 at 08:26 AM, 31/05/2012 (6 years ago)
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yeye pastors....na dem sabi
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franel at 08:28 AM, 31/05/2012 (6 years ago)
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Well they professes to be the Aposles of God.

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evzai00 at 08:41 AM, 31/05/2012 (6 years ago)
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Mark 16:17-18
And these signs will accompany those who believe: In my name they will drive out demons; they will speak in new tongues; they will pick up snakes with their hands; and when they drink deadly poison, it will not hurt them at all; they will place their hands on sick people, and they will get well.

No single Christian can dare try it.. life time challenge to 2.3 Billion Christian!!!
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Solidstonez at 08:42 AM, 31/05/2012 (6 years ago)
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hmmmmmmmm

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Cinnicc at 08:45 AM, 31/05/2012 (6 years ago)
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Madness of d highest order.
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eddybabs at 08:49 AM, 31/05/2012 (6 years ago)
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 Sad
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omoiya1 at 09:00 AM, 31/05/2012 (6 years ago)
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Mugu.
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franel at 09:03 AM, 31/05/2012 (6 years ago)
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Quote from: evzai00 on 08:41 AM, 31/05/2012
Mark 16:17-18
And these signs will accompany those who believe: In my name they will drive out demons; they will speak in new tongues; they will pick up snakes with their hands; and when they drink deadly poison, it will not hurt them at all; they will place their hands on sick people, and they will get well.

No single Christian can dare try it.. life time challenge to 2.3 Billion Christian!!!

That passage is referring exclusively to the 12Apostles

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Bettygirls at 09:05 AM, 31/05/2012 (6 years ago)
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God works in so many mysterious ways, and he has a reason for everything he does
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zeigbo at 09:05 AM, 31/05/2012 (6 years ago)
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Sori

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Bettygirls at 09:06 AM, 31/05/2012 (6 years ago)
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may the Lord be praised
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moralemike07 at 09:17 AM, 31/05/2012 (6 years ago)
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No comment.
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Bettygirls at 09:18 AM, 31/05/2012 (6 years ago)
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 Cry Cry
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GallantNwa at 09:30 AM, 31/05/2012 (6 years ago)
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ok, i see
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ajanni at 09:34 AM, 31/05/2012 (6 years ago)
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