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.(ack: abc News of may 30)
Some are born fools and some make themselves foolish. The pastor didn’t take the sign God gave his father, ‘Do not tempt God.’ Is there any reason why man should kiss a snake anymore than one bite a dog? The pastor made the news in whichever case. God helps man who trusts in him in helpless situations. But hopeless idiots must help themselves.