Free Republic
Browse · Search
General/Chat
Topics · Post Article

Skip to comments.

Serpent-handling pastor dies hours after he's bitten by a RATTLESNAKE..
UK Daily Mail ^ | May 30, 2012 | Thomas Durante

Posted on 05/30/2012 10:45:10 AM PDT by C19fan

A Pentecostal reverend known for preaching with the help of a rattlesnake coiled around his arm lost his life when one of the creatures suddenly bit him. Mack Randall Wolford, pastor at the Full Gospel Apostolic House of the Lord Jesus in Matoaka, West Virginia, died hours after receiving the deadly bite on Sunday - the day after his 44th birthday. Wolford’s father, who was also a serpent-handling pastor, died in the same way nearly 30 years ago.

(Excerpt) Read more at dailymail.co.uk ...


TOPICS: Religion
KEYWORDS: dumbass; snakes
Navigation: use the links below to view more comments.
first 1-5051-98 next last
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.

Mark 16:18 KJV

They had Gospel recently at church and I was thinking about those snake handlers in Appalachia.

1 posted on 05/30/2012 10:45:19 AM PDT by C19fan
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | View Replies]

To: C19fan
I'd bet dollars to doughnut holes that The Wild and Wonderful Whites belong to that church.
2 posted on 05/30/2012 10:47:46 AM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum (Government is the religion of the sociopath.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: C19fan

Definite Darwin Award candidate!


3 posted on 05/30/2012 10:48:50 AM PDT by golf lover (going)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: C19fan
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.

Sloppy translation by an overworked medieval monk?

Regards,

4 posted on 05/30/2012 10:49:52 AM PDT by alexander_busek (Extraordinary claims require extraordinarily good evidence.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: C19fan

Perhaps the third generation should find a less lethal way to demonstrate their faith.


5 posted on 05/30/2012 10:50:44 AM PDT by txrefugee
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: alexander_busek

Actually it is the King James version so no monks involved, hee hee.


6 posted on 05/30/2012 10:51:53 AM PDT by C19fan
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 4 | View Replies]

To: C19fan

“Wolford had been bitten three times before, but never sought medical attention, saying that a bite was a test of his faith.”

He failed the test.


7 posted on 05/30/2012 10:52:29 AM PDT by Uncle Slayton
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: C19fan

Deuteronomy 6:16 ...


8 posted on 05/30/2012 10:53:19 AM PDT by ArrogantBustard (Western Civilization is Aborting, Buggering, and Contracepting itself out of existence.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

He's not dead. He's resting.

9 posted on 05/30/2012 10:55:46 AM PDT by evets (beer)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: C19fan

As I read this story, my thought where going something like, “Please don’t let it be West Virginia...Please Don’t let it be West Virginia...Please don’t let...Ahh Damn!”


10 posted on 05/30/2012 10:55:51 AM PDT by apillar
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: C19fan

Poisonous snakes have been perfecting their venom for over 100 million years. Do not fool with them. Even if you receive anti-venom in time, severe damage to the tissue around bite will occur.

Rattlers are not hard to avoid...they rattle!
Cobra’s will stand up a foot high to warn up with expanded neck line.
Coral snakes can be confused with the non-poisonous breed. If yellow meets the red, it is poisonous snake. Just like the yellow traffic light is warning red is next.


11 posted on 05/30/2012 10:56:22 AM PDT by entropy12 (Hate is the most insidious emotion, it will rot your gut more than anything else.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Uncle Slayton

He chose unwisely.


12 posted on 05/30/2012 10:56:22 AM PDT by mgstarr ("Some of us drink because we're not poets." Arthur (1981))
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 7 | View Replies]

To: C19fan

He was definitely not a phony, that is for sure. He could have easily been handling defanged snakes and nobody would have known. Apprently he didn’t even have any anti venom near by.....I guess that would have shown lack of faith.


13 posted on 05/30/2012 10:57:12 AM PDT by HerrBlucher
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: C19fan
They had Gospel recently at church

What does that mean?

14 posted on 05/30/2012 10:57:29 AM PDT by ArrogantBustard (Western Civilization is Aborting, Buggering, and Contracepting itself out of existence.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: C19fan

You shall not put the Lord your God to the test.


15 posted on 05/30/2012 11:00:36 AM PDT by DarthVader (Politicians govern out of self interest, Statesmen govern for a Vision greater than themselves)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: alexander_busek
More likely the late Pastor's understanding of Mark 16:18 was formed without the help of first understanding Matthew 5:7.
16 posted on 05/30/2012 11:01:40 AM PDT by Mr. Lucky
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 4 | View Replies]

To: C19fan

I’ve got faith that God won’t let the snake bite me if I don’t pick it up.

So far he hasn’t let me down.


17 posted on 05/30/2012 11:04:12 AM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: C19fan

I firmly believe that sometime thousands of years ago, some scribe left out the most important verse of the Bible: ‘...verly I say unto you, DON’T BE STUPID.’


18 posted on 05/30/2012 11:05:15 AM PDT by mnehring
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 6 | View Replies]

To: golf lover

Must have been a democrat.


19 posted on 05/30/2012 11:05:37 AM PDT by liberalh8ter (If Barack has a memory like a steel trap, why can't he remember what the Constitution says?)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 3 | View Replies]

To: entropy12
Rattlers are not hard to avoid...they rattle!

Not entirely true, unfortunately. We live in rattlesnake country, and wifey asks why I always walk around like a hunchback - it's the "Eyes down" thing goin' on.

20 posted on 05/30/2012 11:08:33 AM PDT by ErnBatavia (A conservative, a liberal and a moderate walked into a bar; barkeep said "Hi Mitt")
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 11 | View Replies]

To: mnehring

Substitute “foolish” for “stupid” and there is a whole lot written about it.


21 posted on 05/30/2012 11:09:56 AM PDT by 21twelve
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 18 | View Replies]

To: C19fan

Live by the snake, die by the snake. RIP.


22 posted on 05/30/2012 11:10:10 AM PDT by MaxMax
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: C19fan

A few pointers about handling rattlesnakes.

1) Milk the snake first. Snakes can build up a lot of venom in their venom sacs, but once they have been milked it takes a while for them to work up another dose. Full venom sacs will about knock anyone for a loop.

2) On about an equal part with the venom is that snake bites are prone to gangrene. This is why there is a medical device that looks like a thick pencil lead, whose tip has a scraper. It digs down through each bite hole and tears it up inside so you get fresh blood to wash out the bacteria.

3) Luck is involved. If the snake hits meat there is less danger than if it hits a capillary. It also matters if the capillary is arterial or venous.

4) A snake bite can, in some people, also cause a severe allergic reaction, which is just icing on the cake. Such reactions to bee stings are so common and so deadly that bees kill far more people every year than rattlesnakes.


23 posted on 05/30/2012 11:13:52 AM PDT by yefragetuwrabrumuy
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: apillar

“As I read this story, my thought where going something like, “Please don’t let it be West Virginia...Please Don’t let it be West Virginia...Please don’t let...Ahh Damn!”

Could have easily been eastern KY. Supposed to be illegal here, but they still do it. Their prerogative in my opinion.


24 posted on 05/30/2012 11:15:18 AM PDT by WKUHilltopper (And yet...we continue to tolerate this crap...)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 10 | View Replies]

To: apillar

Apillar - sorry. TN was let off the hook this time.


25 posted on 05/30/2012 11:16:04 AM PDT by Brent in TN
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 10 | View Replies]

To: ErnBatavia
Not entirely true, unfortunately. We live in rattlesnake country, and wifey asks why I always walk around like a hunchback - it's the "Eyes down" thing goin' on.

I live in north Florida and I've lived on my property for 25 years and never saw one till last year. I shot three last summer. The first one was over six feet, dogs found it. Fortunately, I was able to call them off immediately when I saw them circling and heard it it start to rattle. Saw the next one the very next day, about ten feet from where I killed the first one. Figured it was a mating pair. Then a week later, one of my dogs found a small two footer, grabbed it, and got bit on the lip.

I hope I don't see anymore for 25 more years. I never got the urge to pick any of them up and talk to God.
26 posted on 05/30/2012 11:19:13 AM PDT by ZX12R (FUBO GTFO 2012 !)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 20 | View Replies]

To: C19fan

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YIMigVo1pyA

Amateur. Meanwhile, this guy cleans the cobra pit in India for 25 cents a day.


27 posted on 05/30/2012 11:19:53 AM PDT by Snickering Hound
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: mgstarr

28 posted on 05/30/2012 11:23:10 AM PDT by Carpe Cerevisi
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 12 | View Replies]

To: golf lover

What a dipshit these fools can be.


29 posted on 05/30/2012 11:29:19 AM PDT by Buckeye Battle Cry (Not Romney - Not ever!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 3 | View Replies]

To: C19fan; tx_eggman

Genesis 3:

14 And the LORD God said unto the serpent, Because thou hast done this, thou art cursed above all cattle, and above every beast of the field; upon thy belly shalt thou go, and dust shalt thou eat all the days of thy life:

15 And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.

.. you knew he was a snake when you picked him up!


30 posted on 05/30/2012 11:29:53 AM PDT by SpinnerWebb (In 2012 you will awaken from your HOPEnosis and have no recollection of this... "Constitution")
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: DarthVader

That’s what I was thinking.


31 posted on 05/30/2012 11:31:27 AM PDT by esquirette ("Our hearts are restless until they find rest in Thee." ~ Augustine)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 15 | View Replies]

To: C19fan

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5KXp5_2Xfrg


32 posted on 05/30/2012 11:37:51 AM PDT by varmintman
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Mr. Lucky

Mat 4:7?


33 posted on 05/30/2012 11:39:14 AM PDT by the_daug
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 16 | View Replies]

To: Mr. Lucky
The difference of course being John 11:11
34 posted on 05/30/2012 11:39:31 AM PDT by Hegewisch Dupa
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 16 | View Replies]

To: C19fan

Dumbass. That is a big snake and while only 5-8 people die a year from snake bites it’s a really good idea to avail yourself of the gifts God gave us, like the medical profession, to get it checked out and if necessary receive anti-venom.

Darwin Award winner.


35 posted on 05/30/2012 11:39:32 AM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously, you won't live athrough it anyway)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: C19fan

Moron!


36 posted on 05/30/2012 11:44:42 AM PDT by albionin (A gawn fit's eye gettin.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: cripplecreek

I agree with your theology. Sounds like Godly wisdom to me.


37 posted on 05/30/2012 11:44:59 AM PDT by TXLady
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 17 | View Replies]

To: ZX12R
Then a week later, one of my dogs found a small two footer, grabbed it, and got bit on the lip.

Yikes! Is he OK?

38 posted on 05/30/2012 11:46:57 AM PDT by Ken H (Austerity is the irresistible force. Entitlements are the immovable object.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 26 | View Replies]

To: C19fan

Prove he wasn’t an Apostle.


39 posted on 05/30/2012 11:48:25 AM PDT by fortheDeclaration (Pr 14:34 Righteousness exalteth a nation:but sin is a reproach to any people)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: ZX12R

St. Augustine several years ago.

40 posted on 05/30/2012 11:49:19 AM PDT by BerryDingle (I know how to deal with communists, I still wear their scars on my back from Hollywood-Ronald Reagan)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 26 | View Replies]

To: C19fan

Actually this quote is more appropos...

Matthe 4:7

Jesus said unto him, It is written again, Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God.

Snake Handling and other acts to “prove” God are the behaviors of fools and the ignorant. Tempt God to protect you, by willfully doing dangerous things to prove your faith in him, is idiotic and blasphemous.


41 posted on 05/30/2012 11:49:39 AM PDT by HamiltonJay
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: All

correction-that should have read ‘proof’, not ‘prove’.


42 posted on 05/30/2012 11:49:47 AM PDT by fortheDeclaration (Pr 14:34 Righteousness exalteth a nation:but sin is a reproach to any people)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 39 | View Replies]

To: Uncle Slayton

“Jesus said unto him, It is written again, Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God”

Tempting God to protect you, as proof of your faith is not only idiotic, its Blasphemous and directly ignorant of the word of God.


43 posted on 05/30/2012 11:51:15 AM PDT by HamiltonJay
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 7 | View Replies]

To: entropy12
"If yellow meets the red, it is poisonous snake."

The mnemonic device used down here in coral snake country is:

"Red next to black is a friend of Jack. Red next to yellow can kill a fellow."


44 posted on 05/30/2012 11:52:51 AM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 11 | View Replies]

To: Vendome
Son 3 got bit by a mtn rattler when he was 14 (he's 21 now) 3 days in Vanderbilt Children's Hosp and 16 vials of anti venin. I didn't know this until yesterday (and thanks to an article here) but there's a difference between poisonous and venomous.

Both venomous and poisonous animals produce a toxin that is injurious or even lethal to another organism. The real difference between the two terms involves how that toxin is delivered.

Venomous organisms deliver or inject venom into other organisms, using a specialized apparatus of some kind (usually fangs or a stinger). The venom is produced in a gland attached to this apparatus. Venomous insects occur in three groups: the true bugs (order Hemiptera), the butterflies and moths (order Lepidoptera), and the ants, bees, and wasps (order Hymenoptera). Spiders, centipedes, and scorpions may also be venomous. Venomous arthropods may inject their venom into prey to immobilize it, or use it defensively against potential predators - like people!

Poisonous organisms, on the other hand, do not deliver their toxins directly. The entire body, or large parts of it, may contain the poisonous substance. These organisms may be harmful when eaten or touched. Poisonous insects include members of quite a few groups: butterflies and moths (order Lepidoptera), true bugs (order Hemiptera), beetles (order Coleoptera), and grasshoppers (order Orthoptera), and possibly others. The defensive chemicals produced by these poisonous insects may cause vomiting or blistering, or have cardiac impacts on predators that try to eat or handle them.
45 posted on 05/30/2012 11:56:34 AM PDT by Shimmer1 (Think. It isn't illegal yet.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 35 | View Replies]

To: Ken H
Yikes! Is he OK?

Yes, he's fine. Took him to the vet immediately, only to find out that most vets don't even keep snake bite venom. I was told that it doesn't really help dogs much anyway. He was damn miserable that night though, his face was very swollen and hurting. He moaned quite a bit. I stayed up with him all night to make sure his throat didn't swell shut. The vet told me that was really the only thing to worry about. The very next night, you couldn't even tell he was bit. It was amazing how quickly all the symptoms disappeared.
46 posted on 05/30/2012 11:57:10 AM PDT by ZX12R (FUBO GTFO 2012 !)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 38 | View Replies]

To: C19fan

Snake :1
Idiot :0


47 posted on 05/30/2012 11:59:04 AM PDT by Psycho_Bunny (Burning the Quran is a waste of perfectly good fire.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: BerryDingle
St. Augustine several years ago.

Jesus! (no pun intended) I never want to see one that big in the wild.
48 posted on 05/30/2012 11:59:40 AM PDT by ZX12R (FUBO GTFO 2012 !)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 40 | View Replies]

To: C19fan

The only good snake is one dipped in cornmeal and fried.


49 posted on 05/30/2012 12:11:46 PM PDT by bgill
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: C19fan

Stupid is as stupid does.............


50 posted on 05/30/2012 12:14:06 PM PDT by doorgunner69
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]


Navigation: use the links below to view more comments.
first 1-5051-98 next last

Disclaimer: Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and do not necessarily represent the opinion of Free Republic or its management. All materials posted herein are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works.

Free Republic
Browse · Search
General/Chat
Topics · Post Article

FreeRepublic, LLC, PO BOX 9771, FRESNO, CA 93794
FreeRepublic.com is powered by software copyright 2000-2008 John Robinson