Reality Bites Pentecostal Snake Handler

Apparently, a better name for reality TV series Snake Salvation would have been When Faith Meets Reality (You Will Hear a Loud Smack). Pentecostal preacher and host Jamie Coots of Tennessee, believed that poisonous snakes could not harm him because he was anointed by God. The Bible, he believed, said so (Mark 15:16-17). I speak of Coots in the past tense, because he died Saturday night after being bitten by one of his poisonous snakes. He continued to believe this even after losing half a finger and witnessing, if you’ll pardon the expression in this context, the death of others who shared his beliefs. read more