Snake Handling Churches

Snake Handling Churches

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yeah I said it

Richmond, KY

#1 Mar 10, 2009
I'd like to go to a snake handling service in Bell County or near. Know of any?
Scared of Snakes

Bolivar, TN

#2 Mar 10, 2009
Do you know that snake handling is only legal in the state of west virginia?

There are some churches around here that does practice this but just because you go to church and may have the holy ghost in you does not mean that will save you from a rattlesnake bite.

I cannot remember what the preachers name (in bell county) that was bitten by either a rattler or a copperhead and died so you see that shows that you might/will die, doesnt matter how you believe and all of that.

I think they do at crockett church and for some reason i want to think that is up arjay but i may be wrong.
wondering

Dyer, TN

#3 Mar 10, 2009
it was Kale Saylor
Maybe

Louisville, KY

#4 Mar 10, 2009
Jamie Coots church off parker lane use to handle snakes, not sure if they still do or not.
fact teller

Phelps, KY

#5 Mar 10, 2009
yes jamie coots church still does handle snakes. so does crockett and it is up arjay and so does jenson is close to kettle island. there is alot of churches in harlan that does it and in rosehill virginia.
Bell Co Christian Mommy

Winchester, KY

#6 Mar 11, 2009
Church has nothing to do with snakes. Snake is the symbol of the devil meaning we have power over Satan it doesnt mean we actually should pick them up. I would shoot any man down if they came near me with a snake. It is sad because most of these people are lost and dont even understand salvation. Snake handlers also make money off this and they catch and sale these snakes I have heard. Some churches are cults it is all around us.
wondering

Dyer, TN

#7 Mar 11, 2009
Bell Co Christian Mommy wrote:
Church has nothing to do with snakes. Snake is the symbol of the devil meaning we have power over Satan it doesnt mean we actually should pick them up. I would shoot any man down if they came near me with a snake. It is sad because most of these people are lost and dont even understand salvation. Snake handlers also make money off this and they catch and sale these snakes I have heard. Some churches are cults it is all around us.
You need to reread your Bible. You are talking where you have know knowledge, and that is a dangerous thing. I know quite a few of these people and they are GOOD people. Just because you don't understand there beliefs you shouldn't call them a cult. Please get informed on a subject and its issues before you comment especially if it is concerning GOD.
wondering

Dyer, TN

#8 Mar 11, 2009
Also you should change your name if you are going to "shoot" people down. Not very christian now is it. How does that look toward you being a mom. I was taught the Christian thing was to "turn the other cheek" not shoot them down.
Pink

Wilmore, KY

#9 Mar 11, 2009
I like your choice of words "wondering". They are very TRUE!!
wondering

Dyer, TN

#11 Mar 11, 2009
Pink wrote:
I like your choice of words "wondering". They are very TRUE!!
Thank you it can get very tricky when talking about churches and religion.
yeah I said it

Richmond, KY

#12 Mar 11, 2009
I'm not interested in hearing your points about religion. I didn't give myviewpoints, I just said I wanted to attend a church that handles snakes. THANK YOU to the ones that can actually read and understand the question and provide useful information.
Backslider

United States

#13 Mar 11, 2009
OK
First of all, I currently do not go to church (backslider) I was raised up in Holiness though and prayed for many years. Crockett was my home church and yes they do handle snakes. And it IS in the bible, read it ( The JKV not the NEW JKV) it's there. I don't claim to have great knowledge of the Bible and what I write r things I have been taught...it's been awhile since I've been to church so I will try to explain things the best I can!

Not just anyone can handle snakes and that's not the only thing that the holiness people do. There are gifts and signs...handling snakes & fire is a sign. The Holyghost (speaking in tongues) & prophesying are gifts. There are more signs and gifts but these are just examples.
A person does not just pick up the snake because he/she wants to, the Lord has to move on you to. You must pray, fast and desire to handle snakes. If you just went into the box and picked it up you'd get bit. I know some of you have heard of people handling snakes "On Faith", this is another way to get bit. They must wait on the Lord and when the Lord has told them to put up the snake, then you must put it back in the box(or get bit). I once heard a man testify that he was handling a snake and the Lord told him to put it up, he decided to take just one more trip around the bible stand and the copperhead he was handling got him on his hand. I have also seen a certain man handling a snake and it hang like a shoe string, limp...another man (one that offend handles on faith) came and got it, the snake instantly started to whip around wildly, he eventually gave it back to the other man and it once again went totally limp. He didn't sling it or harm it in any way, it was amazing to see. My favorite to watch is they older elder ladies. I myself have never handled a snake but always wanted to.
I suggest you go to a meeting. Now they don't handle them every time. SO if you go and don't get to see'em tak'em up then it means that the Lord didn't move on anyone to do it. And when you do get to see the Lord move on someone to handle a snake you WON'T be afraid. If its truly the Lord it will EDIFY to you. I have had many friends over the years to say its stupid and crazy BUT once they see the REAL thing they change their minds! Many of my friends(the ones I went to church with) were afraid to discuss this topic when they were in school, afraid the other's would make fun of them. I never hid it but instead tried my best to explain it. No one ever bothered me and most enjoyed hearing about it.

Also, most of what you see on TV is Faith handling. If you see someone who says they have been bit 20-30 times, commonsense tells you they ain't got what they think they got! You won't see holiness people on TV handling snakes because they do not do it for show.
Also TRUE Holiness people do not sell snakes. This is wrong! A few got busted for this last summer and Shame on them!

This is one that will go on for a while! A lot will be said but the only way to know it is "real" is to go and see for yourself!
Crockett and Jensen are snake handling churches. There are many more around. Don't confuse the Crockett bunch with Jamie Coots bunch...they believe very differently. Coots church is a "Jesus Only" church. It is kinda hard to explain but they are very different. Maybe someone else can explain it for y'all.

Before you guys judge these people you should see it for yourselves. And I would watch what you say about these people "You Reap What You Sow"!

I am not interesting in getting into any arguments whether you think Snake Handling is Right or Wrong I simply was trying to explain it a little and clear up some things.
Backslider

United States

#14 Mar 11, 2009
Oops! It the King James Version Not JKV!! Told ya it's been awhile!! LOL

I am sure there are other things I messed up on too!
impressed

AOL

#15 Mar 11, 2009
backslider... you explained it the way i believe it too!! you did a wonderful job.
Honest

United States

#16 Mar 12, 2009
Yeah there is quite a few Snake handling churches in Jenson, Kettle Island, and Stoney Fork, though listen to what Backslider is saying about the meetings and such! I myself was impressed when I was just a child growing up and learning about the Bible and Religions. Most of my Family believe in that Religion, though at that time I was doing baptist and holiness lol. I was just a kid at the time, go to a relatives house, u got to see ALOT of snake handling and I did find it so amazing to see what I had never seen b4 in my life. Other than that of being home I was sent to a baptist church. So I guess u could say I had seen alot of different ways to worship the Lord. In time, I have grown to learn more since then, I havent went to church on a regular basis in over 10yrs. that is something I want toget back into, real soon. The lord still has always been apart of my life and I feel in my Heart that I know he is My Savior, and as long as I feel ok, Then I know the Lord is fine with it too. Back to the subject of the Holiness Church..I have never in my life seen something so so spritual and breath taking..its kinda scary when I think back, of how the Lord can give u the courage to pick a snake up and not be harmed. As long as he calls up on ya, like backslider said..Well to "Yeah I Said That" I hope ur blessed with a Church soon my friend..Bless u All.

Since: Jan 09

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#17 Mar 12, 2009
Bell Co Christian Mommy wrote:
Church has nothing to do with snakes. Snake is the symbol of the devil meaning we have power over Satan it doesnt mean we actually should pick them up. I would shoot any man down if they came near me with a snake. It is sad because most of these people are lost and dont even understand salvation. Snake handlers also make money off this and they catch and sale these snakes I have heard. Some churches are cults it is all around us.
YOUR OPINION! Let them have theirs. Freedom of religion is one of the crucial reasons this country came into existence! FYI though, you're judging them and you're on here putting them down so who is really lost???

Since: Jan 09

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#18 Mar 12, 2009
Mark 16:18 (KJV) reads "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."
Research

Lexington, KY

#19 Mar 12, 2009
All of you need to do your research on the matter.
taking up serpents does NOT refer to handling. NEVER has. The ORIGINAL text was referring to a similar siutation that happened to Paul when a serpent attached itself to his hand and he did not die. Please site ONE, just one incident of someone in scripture purposely picking up a snake in the manner many churches do. Before ANYONE here can site scripture they need to discover the original texts. As far as Christians judging... we ARE to judge in matters the contradict the word. In fact we are endcouraged by the foremost author of the new testiment, Paul. However, we are NOT to sit in judgment as Christ does. I don't believe the "mommy" was doing that.

Since: Jan 09

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#20 Mar 12, 2009
Research wrote:
All of you need to do your research on the matter.
taking up serpents does NOT refer to handling. NEVER has. The ORIGINAL text was referring to a similar siutation that happened to Paul when a serpent attached itself to his hand and he did not die. Please site ONE, just one incident of someone in scripture purposely picking up a snake in the manner many churches do. Before ANYONE here can site scripture they need to discover the original texts. As far as Christians judging... we ARE to judge in matters the contradict the word. In fact we are endcouraged by the foremost author of the new testiment, Paul. However, we are NOT to sit in judgment as Christ does. I don't believe the "mommy" was doing that.
You said "I don't believe"... Again, YOUR opinion and YOUR take on YOUR beliefs. My father, a former Holiness minister and NOT a snake handler was asked once "if God told you to pick up that snake you wouldn't?" My father replied, "if he did I would, but he didn't so I ain't!" My point is there are different ways to take away what you believe the bible to mean. Some people are literalists, like the snake handlers. Shouldn't they be able to decide for themselves what "take up" means? Who are you or "mommy" to tell them different? I have a fair amount of education so I can decide for myself, without doing "research", what my bible means to me.

Mark 16:17-19 (King James Version)

17 And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues;

18 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.

19 So then after the Lord had spoken unto them, he was received up into heaven, and sat on the right hand of God.
Backslider

United States

#21 Mar 12, 2009
Dude...your comment kinda makes no sense?? The snake attached itself to his hand...that means he HANDLED IT! If it wasn't intended to be done then it wouldn't be in there!
You have to take everything that the Bible says not just pieces and try to twist it to make it work the way you want it to!
That means for "Christian Mommy" if you "shoot down" someone who came around you with a snake then you'd be breaking a commandment, don't think I need to type which one it'd be(but it involves killing).

Also people at Crockett and the other churches up Right Fork DO NOT throw snakes on people. They will not come to you and put the snake on you! So don't be afraid to go!

Christian Mom have you ever BEEN to one of these churches and actually seen it done? Or do you just judge by what you've been told and seen on TV?

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