Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Snake Handling Christian Bitten By Rattler, Refuses Treatment, Promptly Dies

A 60-year-old member of a Pentecostal snake-handling church was bitten on Sunday during a service. He refused medical treatment and soon died as a result of the venomous bite.
John David Brock was bitten while handling a rattlesnake during services at the Mossy Simpson Pentecostal Church in Jenson, Kentucky. Four hours later, at his brothers’s house, he passed away, which is often the result when you are bitten by a dangerous snake and rely on faith to heal you.
County Coroner Jay Steele said that Brock’s death is being investigated, and that the deceased also had other health issues which may have complicated his body’s reaction to the bite.
According to his family, Mr. Brock  worked as a miner for 36 years and was an adherent to the Holiness faith. Some Holiness congregations handle snakes as part of their worship, and they do so by quoting  a passage from the  Bible’s Book of Mark.
Mark 16:18 states:
“(Believers) 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.”
Holiness followers believe that God will stop the snakes from biting them, and if they do bite, then God will save them from the poisonous effects of the venom. Apparently no one bothered to tell Mr. Brock that medical science beats a Bible verse any day of the week when it comes to highly venomous snakes.
Technically, snake handling is against the law in Kentcuky, but legal officials tend to look the other way for those who are dumb enough and wish to dance with serpents or sing directly into their hissing faces.
An estimated 300 churches in the U.S. practice snake-handling as a rite of worship.
I consider myself to be a Christian. I have been a member of the Methodist church my entire life. But as gospel singer turned comedian Wendy Bagwell  responded when someone asked him if he would ever handle snakes if the Lord commanded him to:
“I suppose I would, but He ain’t told me to, and I ain’t gonna.”
Can I get an Amen?

Image Via Mandarahus


  1. Guess he wasn't a believer after all. I don't know whether to feel pity for his ignorance or laugh at his stupidity.

  2. Christians who depend on faith instead of science that is proven deserve what happens to them. I guess he now knows there is NO life after death, and he is back where he was before his birth.

    1. Urm...he's dead, by definition, he knows nothing

    2. Athiests/Agnostics who put their faith in science, will get what they deserve...hell. Christians, even stupid ones, who put their faith in Christ, will get what they don't deserve...heaven.

    3. Your religion [any] is a fraud, your book is nonsense, your god is imaginary and your threats of hell are empty considering the evidence for any of this is non-existent.
      You are living a life of make-believe which has absolutely no bearing on those of us who choose to live in reality.

    4. As a Christian I am living a life where I try to treat everyone, even my enemies, with kindness and respect. Whether God exists as I envision him/her, or whether any of what is described in the book actually happened is immaterial to the reality that my life and the lives of those around me is better because I read the book and applied the teachings given in it by Christ. The teachings work and the world is better for it.

  3. The ironic thing is that those bible verses were not even part of the original scripture. The last several pages, including the nonsense about snakes and poison, were added by unknown Christians at least 100 years after the Book of Mark was written. In any case, these fools are putting themselves in danger simply because of their delusional fantasies about literature. Weird thing to do!

  4. God was distracted with prayers at football games. Ooops.

  5. The picture shown is from a Wednesday, May 30, 2012 article about a West Virginia man dying from a snakebite. The victim (idiot) pictured is Mack Wolford, not the man mentioned in the op. This "blog" therefore, is suspect. http://usnews.nbcnews.com/.../11956841-snake-handling...

  6. Dang I guess he didn't get enough likes on Facebook fast enough?

  7. Eeyup, God is not real. Sad story to enjoy reading ��

  8. God helps those that help themselves .... should have been treated. It's a dumb practice. It's like tempting the devil to prove God is real. Thou shall not tempt the Lord thy God.

  9. The body has no life, therefore, in this case the venom is still giving life after death. In clical studies a snake can slither.

  10. The scripture does not say these signs shall follow "all" that believe.
    The "they" that was referenced in verse 18 may be the same "they" that is referenced in verse 20. The apostles.
    Mark 16:20 And they went forth, and preached everywhere, the Lord working with them, and confirming the word with signs following. Amen.
    The reason for these "signs" was to confirm the word being preached by the apostles.
    Jesus also used signs/miracles to authenticate the authority of his preaching.

  11. Guess God was too busy getting a Rusty Trombone

  12. I love it when a plan comes together! Haw!