Mark 16: 17-18 says , “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.”
Pastor Mack Wolford of Apostolic House of the Lord Jesus in Matoaka in West Virginia believed and practiced this biblical faith.He handled snakes ,he believed that even if the snake bit him,God would heal him.On Saturday the flamboyant pastor turned 44 years and on Sunday he organised an outdoor service where he planed a great manifestation of Gods power in various ways like speaking in tongues, handling snakes and much more.
Worfold’s sister Robin Vanover narrated that just 30 minutes into the service, Wolford passed around a poisonous timber snake, and it bit him.He laid the snake on the ground and sat down next to it ,it bit him on the thigh.
Pastor Wolford was taken home in Bluefield. The situation worse , he was taken to a hospital where he later died.
So the snake Handling Pastor Mack Wolford died of the snake bite on Monday. Wolford’s church, the Apostolic House of the Lord Jesus in Matoaka, will host a viewing Friday and a funeral service Saturday morning. Wolford will be buried at the Hicks Family Plot in Phelps, Ky.
While snake-handling is legal in West Virginia, other Appalachian states, including Kentucky and Tennessee, have banned the practice in public spaces.
Snake-handlers point to scripture as evidence that God calls them to engage in such a practice to show their faith in him.