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    Snake-handling preacher dies from bite after refusing anti-venom

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    Snake-handling preacher dies from bite after refusing anti-venom

    Published time: February 17, 2014 09:12
    Edited time: February 18, 2014 13:44 Get short URL

    Jamie Coots.(Screenshot from YouTube user National Geographic)



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    A Kentucky preacher and reality TV star, whose sermons involved handling of deadly snakes, has died from a snake bite. He refused medical treatment, because he relied on God’s protection to save him from the venom.
    Pastor Jamie Coots was found dead at about 10pm EST on Saturday at his house in Middlesboro, Kentucky, local police reported Sunday.
    Coots was reportedly bitten on his right hand by a rattlesnake at his church, Full Gospel Tabernacle in Jesus Name, Middlesboro Chief of Police Jeffrey Sharpe reported. Emergency workers were called, but the preacher went home before they reached the church.
    The medics went to Coots’ house and spent some 30 minutes attempting to persuade him to accept treatment. However his faith included the conviction that God would protect any true believer from snake venom, so he refused medical aid.
    "Everybody that knows Mr. Coots knows what his belief is, and he had no intention of going to the hospital," Sharpe said.
    The 42-year-old was found dead by emergency workers, who returned some 60 minutes after departure, police said.
    "I liked him a lot. I don't agree with his interpretation, but you just have to have a tremendous amount of respect for his determination to follow his beliefs. I mean that's what he believed and he would not step away from it," Sharpe said.
    The pastor's son Cody Coots said while the family is in shock, they remain strong in their faith.
    "I don't think it's dangerous. It's the word of God. We've always said it's a good way to live by and it's a good way to die by," he said.
    Jamie Coots appeared in a National Geographic television show titled ‘Snake Salvation’ about preachers, who defy the law and perform snake handling sermons. The dangerous practice, which is based on Bible passages referring to apostles’ immunity to snake bites, is illegal in most places.
    During the two decades of religious snake handling, Coots sustained nine snakebites, one of which cost him his finger.
    "We use [the snakes] in our religious ceremonies and I believe as for me, if I don't have them there to use I'm not obeying the word of God," the pastor said in an earlier 6 News interview.
    The preacher pledged that he would quit his church if he ever chose to be treated for venom.
    His devotion sometimes put Coots at odds with the law. A year ago he pleaded guilty to violating Tennessee's exotic animal regulations and surrendered his vipers as part of a plea deal.
    In 1995, a 28-year-parishioner died two days after being bitten at Coots’ church by a timber rattlesnake. An attorney wanted to prosecute him under a 1942 law forbidding the display of snakes in religious services, but the judged refused to sign the criminal complaint, saying that a trial would not stop snake handling.
    The church where Coots preached was founded around 100 years ago by his grandfather. He had been a pastor th
    how stupid you have to be to believe that's a religion going protect you from anything?
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    Nice thread title. Because everyone in America does this.

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    Sad thing is it will not deter others from that belief because I guarantee they will say such things as
    "He wasn't a true believer."
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    "This is a test of our faith."

    Watched a couple youtube vids and some news station kept saying "poisonous snakes"
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ghost View Post
    Changed thread title. Totally unnecessary flame bait.
    thanks for killing my thread



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    At first i thought the church name "Full Gospel Tabernacle in Jesus Name" was a little bit over the top but then i saw they're handling freaking rattlesnakes there.
    Kinda makes me want to go there - if only once

    Anyways nice interpretation of "gods will" buddy but maybe gods intend was to make us smart enough to develop antivenom?!
    Guess he never thought we'd be stupid enough not to use it

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    Sums it up I think, she should change the words to "preacher gets bit by a poisonous snake, and dies the next day"
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    Well he did get in with snakes

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    i know it's wrong but i couldn't help but laugh when i read this

    He refused medical treatment, because he relied on God’s protection to save him from the venom.
    Pastor Jamie Coots was found dead at about 10pm EST on Saturday at his house in Middlesboro, Kentucky, local police reported Sunday.

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    Clearly then he wasn't a true believer, or God planned for him to die. For some reason.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rapture View Post
    Clearly then he wasn't a true believer, or God planned for him to die. For some reason.

    Don't question it too much.
    i suspect he planned for him to die seems he was using snakes in a church, thats the animal that caused the $#@!storm in the beginning!

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    Quote Originally Posted by -Dj- View Post


    how stupid you have to be to believe that's a religion going protect you from anything?
    So you're calling anyone who believes their religion protects him or her stupid?

    God didn't plan for him to die and protection doesn't work that way.

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Black Wolf View Post
    So you're calling anyone who believes their religion protects him or her stupid?

    God didn't plan for him to die and protection doesn't work that way.
    Not just him.

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Black Wolf View Post
    So you're calling anyone who believes their religion protects him or her stupid?

    God didn't plan for him to die and protection doesn't work that way.
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    Quote Originally Posted by The Black Wolf View Post
    God didn't plan for him to die and protection doesn't work that way.
    God didn't plan that? are you sure? it seems like God was playing a cruel joke there.

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    Well a snake tickler he is not, more a stroke the snake and then 30 seconds later a sandwich

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    Quote Originally Posted by claud3 View Post
    Well he did get in with snakes
    You know who also was a snake? Satan in the garden of Eden. God vindicated!

    Quote Originally Posted by The Black Wolf View Post
    So you're calling anyone who believes their religion protects him or her stupid?

    God didn't plan for him to die and protection doesn't work that way.
    In a time of crisis I will be using my life skills and what video games have taught me to survive. Doing nothing but preying in my honest opinion is the same as not even trying.

    If we purposely injected every Christian with snake venom as powerful as this we'd have no Christians left.
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    You can kinda see why people are starting to look up from their books and really question life.

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    Look up rattlesnake bites (unless you're squeamish). I came up on two especially dangerous ones last year and they were the absolute worst moments of my life. Knowing in one strike you could lose an entire limb or even die. I'd never purposely put myself around those things.

    This guy is just dumb, as is the whole snake preaching thing. It's essentially putting a loaded gun to your head and trusting that God will make the gun jam.

    I've never understood those who pick and choose what things in the Bible should be followed with 100% fact, while ignoring plenty others.

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