Thursday, May 31, 2012

West Virginia "Snake Handler" Pentecostal Pastor Dead of Rattle Snake Bite in Test of Faith Ritual! (Photos)

Pastor Mark Wolford

West Virginia May 27, 2012: 

ABC News reports that Pentecostal  Pastor Mark Wolford, 44, is dead after being bitten by a rattle snake during an outdoor worship service in the Panther Wildlife Management area in West Virginia.

Mark Wolford (undated Photo)
Pastor Wolford was "snake handling" in 'an act of (proving his) faith'  ritual before a congregation of "believers" when the mishap occurred which was witnessed by about 30 people including family members and children.

The snake, described as a  yellow Timberland 'Rattler' with lethal capabilities, bit Wolford on the upper thigh, after which Wolford was taken to a friends home and later to a hospital where he died in the early morning hours on May 28, 2012. It is also reported that Wolford owned this particular snake for a number of years.

Timberland Rattlesnake
Wolford was Pastor of The Apostolic House of the Lord Jesus in Matoaka. 

As an irony, Wolford's sister who was present when Wolford was bitten reported that their father had died some years earlier at age 38 when he too was bitten by a rattle snake in a similar "test of faith" ritual and died.     

Pastor Mark Wolford-undated photo
(New Testament Bible scripture Mark 16: 17-18 is cited as authority for this 'snake-handling' Pentecostal ritual. Accordingly, West Virginia's State Government has used this "authority" to legalize snake handling in that State.)


1 comment:

  1. Surely the priest could have avoided snakes altogeather or perhaps done a few snake handler courses so he knew what to do after the bite.