The snake salvation church will have its pastor’s son carry on the dangerous practice. This is so despite his father Jamie Coots’ death from snakebite.
The Bible has a couple of phrases in it which condone snake handling for the pious. While they may not be meant to be taken literally, there are as many interpretations as there are people on earth. Some of the fundamentalist factions continue to take the verses literally.
In fact, he even went so far as to say that his father would return from the dead and slap him on the face if he decided to forgo his duty. There were no two ways about it.
It was Jamie Coots’ last wish that the life-threatening practice be continued after his demise. So many snake salvation church members and especially his obedient son Cody Coots have decided to take the tradition forward. It seems where faith is concerned reason holds no sway.
Other faith-based practices that Jamie Coots partook in included speaking in tongues. He preached with the fire of passion and conviction in his speech. Jamie will be dearly missed. His son too says that if he is bitten by a snake he will refuse medical help and wait for whatever God holds in store for him.
The practice of snake handling goes back for more than a century. It is practiced by a minority yet those who do so are not easily convinced to give up the dangerous act. Faith is a very strong thing.
There have been churches that have taken a different attitude to the snake handling passage in the Bible but then logic plays very little part in matters of the heart. Heartfelt emotions are swayed with the greatest difficulty and people take their religion very seriously.