“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.”Snake-handling believers find joy in test of faith | The Tennessean | tennessean.com
While other churches ignore this passage or treat it metaphorically, serpent handlers follow it literally. Their intense faith demands sinless living and rewards them with spiritual ecstasy — the chance to hold life and death in their hands."
Tuesday, June 5, 2012
Snake-handling in Tennessee
The new Religious Studies specialist our department just hired is interested in studying this phenomenon. She's coming to the right state.