West Virginia Pentecostal Pastor ‘Mack’ Wolford boasted on Facebook this last week about a special home-coming service he was hosting over the weekend. Turns out he wasn’t so good with snake handling, but he was pretty darn prophetic.
Mark 16: 17-18 reads, "And these signs shall follow them that believe: In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues. 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."
His sister, Robin Vanover, told the Washington Post 30 minutes into the service her brother passed around a rattlesnake. “He laid it on the ground and he sat down next to the snake, and it bit him on the thigh.”
Please note that the scripture said nothing about putting down the snakes, just taking them up. Mack’s problem was that he just wasn’t taking the Bible literally enough.
Though the squirrel would like to feel sorry for this pastor, he sort of saw it coming. Seems that Mack’s dad also died of snake bite in a similar service when he was 39 years old. Now the family has two Darwin awards to its name.