Seven minutes after being bitten by a snake, thinking Jesus would save him from the bite, the pastor passed away.
Now, his son is suffering from a serious wound, having to undergo emergency treatment after suffering from the exact same injury his father sustained.
Cody Coots, the son of the man who passed away asked if his congregation would go with him to a mountaintop where “God would judge whether he lives or dies.”
In defiance of his wishes to be “judged by God,” instead a follower in his congregation took him to the hospital after he was bitten by a snake he was handling, to sort of test himself and his position with God.
He almost lost his life, because doctors report that the snake bite he sustained came extremely close to severing his temporal artery, and that definitely would have taken his life.
As you can see, in the middle of this sermon he allowed the snake to bite him.
Big Cody, the man who transported him to the hospital said “Most people bit in the face are dead in five, ten minutes. I mean, his own daddy got bit in the hand and within seven minutes was dead.”
In 2014 at the very same Full Gospel Tabernacle in Jesus’ Name church in Middlesboro, Kentucky, his father Jamie Coots passed away at the fairly young age of 42 after being bitten by a rattlesnake, thinking Jesus would save him.
According to Metro:
“The church is inspired by the biblical verse Mark 16:18: ‘They will pick up serpents, and if they drink any deadly poison, it will not hurt them.’
Pastor Cody can be seen with blood all over his shirt before he is rushed to hospital. He’s now started to re-evaluate his life and faith in wake of his brush with death.”
This tradition goes back so much further than you might have thought. For over a hundred years, snake-handling Christian churches have been present in the Appalachian Mountain region of the United States.
At the young age of 23, Cody became the pastor of the church after his father passed away from that snake bite. He became the fourth generation to take up that snake-handling practice.
It kind of makes this practice more respectable when you think about how much history is behind it, and if you look at the determination on the faces of these people. Call it crazy if you want, and it’s definitely unnecessarily, extremely risky, but they seem to be very content to believe what they believe.
Cody himself said:
“When the Bible says serpents, it means a poisonous snake. When the old man got bit he died within probably 10 minutes, it’s a nasty bite. Every time he’d ever got bitten, I’d never seen him drop a snake. And I’ve seen the snake hit the floor I thought, “We’ll just take him home”.
He walked back to the bathroom and the last words he did say to me was, “My face feels like it’s on fire”. I stepped out of the bathroom and then I heard a scream and when I went back there he just went limp.”
If these people respected you for however you were, would you respect them? They seem respectable enough to me, regardless of what they believe.