Snake-Handling Preacher Gets Bitten

Look at this headline: Horror moment US pastor is bitten by a deadly snake during a service leaving him drenched in blood. It appears in the The Sun, a UK tabloid published in London, and they have a comments feature. Here are some excerpts from the story, with bold font added by us for emphasis, and occasional Curmudgeonly interjections that look [like this]:

[A] snake bit – and almost killed – a controversial American pastor who was performing a bizarre service with the reptile in Kentucky. Drenched in his own blood, Cody Coots had to be carried out of the Full Gospel Tabernacle church, one of the few in the country which still allows snake-handling. Cody’s father Jamie, 42, was killed when a rattlesnake bit him in a similar ritual back in 2014 but that does not put him off performing the same death-defying service.

Cody’s got courage! Hey — his church is in Kentucky. We wonder if he’s a regular visitor to ol’ Hambo’s creationist tourist attractions? He probably is. Anyway, the tabloid says:

After he was bitten and collapsed on the ground, Cody asked to be taken to the mountaintop where God would judge whether he should live or die. [A reasonable request.] But his friend, also named Cody, instead drove him to the hospital where a doctor said the snake came close to severing his temporal artery which would have killed him.

The tabloid has lots of pictures and videos of the thrilling events. The congregation looks like the “before” photo in a weight-loss commercial. You’ll want to click over there to get the full experience. The tabloid tells us:

His church’s unique way of proving their religious devotion is inspired by the biblical verse in Mark 16:18: “They will pick up serpents, and if they drink any deadly poison, it will not hurt them.” The death of Cody’s father thrust him into the pastor’s role at the age of just 23, making him the fourth generation to take up the snake-handling vocation.

A glorious tradition! The news continues:

In the US, the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that between 7,000 and 8,000 people are bitten by venomous snakes each year, and about five of those people die. [Only five? That’s good.] And in the past six years, there have been three recorded deaths in the US from snake bites during religious services.

Interesting statistics. There’s lots more in the news article, but we know you’re going to read it all for yourself, so we’ll quit here. All we can say in conclusion is that we wonder if ol’ Hambo has as much faith as Cody. If he does, why doesn’t he show us?

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15 responses to “Snake-Handling Preacher Gets Bitten

  1. The one category of people who truly know that God doesn’t protect people who handle snakes (and that the long ending of Mark is false) is *snake handlers*!

  2. SC:
    “Cody’s got courage! Hey — his church is in Kentucky. We wonder if he’s a regular visitor to ol’ Hambo’s creationist tourist attractions? He probably is.”

    Or maybe it’s the other way around — perhaps Hambo is a regular parishioner at the Full Gospel Tabernacle church. At any rate, a pair of poisonous rattlesnakes would be a fine addition to the Ark’s petting zoo. Not to worry — we’re sure the true believers visiting Ham’s Ark Park will be protected.

    Got a kick out of the young pastor’s name – Cody Coots. Does he sound like a snake-handling preacher in Kentucky, or what? (He has to be young if his father was just 42 in 2014.)

  3. I dedicate this song to preacher CC. It’s from an album called Darwin!, so it couldn’t be more appropriate. The title is Dance of the Great Reptiles.

  4. So he was administered anti-venom serum? Then he was no longer dependent on his god’s judgement but on man’s.

  5. God knows the future. God knows about which people would take the serum if they got bit by a snake, rather than having good enough faith.

  6. “Cody Coots had to be carried out of the Full Gospel Tabernacle church,”
    Hey! Its time to bring in a couple of dozen king cobras and put them and all the the parishioners. Cody Coots? Great name …for a snake handling fundagelical pastor in Kentucky. Ol Hambo could use this guy over in the herpetology wing of the non seaworthy cement foundation ” ark” sinking amusement park he built. Awesome article.

  7. worst typos this year.

  8. Perhaps Ken Ham could do Cody a favour, and stand-in for Him until he’s fully recovered.

  9. Cody should have stuck to talking snakes.

    In my experience: far less venomous, though one of them did bring down the ultimate Curse on the universe, so there’s that to consider, as well.

    It’s a bit of a toss-up, really, as to which is worse.

  10. The doc was concerned about damage to an artery. Is that possible from a non-venomous snake bite?

  11. Being bitten where it bled so much may have been his luck; at least the poison couldn’t get into the body this way.

  12. “Being bitten where it bled so much may have been his luck; at least the poison couldn’t get into the body this way.”

    So you’re saying it was a MIRACLE !

  13. Anyone know why the snake handlers use rattlesnakes?
    Why not copperheads, cobras, black mambas, or gaboon vipers?
    And what about the rest of the passage involving drinking poison? Seems like there should be some koolaid involved for true believing snake handlers.

  14. Drinking poison?
    Yes, there are those who drink poison, too.