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    Why I watched a snake-handling pastor die for his faith

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      A "serpent-handling" West Virginia pastor died after his rattlesnake bit him during a church ritual, just as the man had apparently watched a snake kill his father years before.

    • kateawake

      Serpent-handling pastor dies from rattlesnake bite. I guess he didn't have enough faith. Also - the congregation posted pleas for prayers on Facebook BEFORE calling an ambulance.

    • Peg Price

      Snake Handling Pentecostal Preacher, Mack Wolford, dies from the bite of a yellow timber rattlesnake .

    • Barbara Barnard

      A "serpent-handling" West Virginia pastor died after his rattlesnake bit him during a church ritual, just as the man had apparently watched a snake kill his father years before. Pentecostal pastor Mark Wolford, 44, hosted an outdoor service at the Panther Wildlife Management Area in West Virginia Sunday, which he touted on his Facebook page prior to the event.

    • Elizabeth Holmes

      'Serpent-Handling' West Virginia Pastor Dies From Snake Bite (ABC News) Oddly enough, or not, his dad dies the same way.

    • Terry Conner

      'Serpent-Handling' West Virginia Pastor Dies From Snake Bite (ABC News) Note from EvangelistT..Don't Tempt GOD!

    • Larry Short

      Oh ye of little faith: Serpent-handling pastor dies from rattlesnake bite (just as his father did).

    • Jessica Constantine

      Serpent-handling pastor profiled earlier in Washington Post dies from rattlesnake bite

    • Lisa Rattlinggourd

      Pastor Mack Wolford Dies Of Snake Bite

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