Snake bit: Figuring out (the hard way) which Bible texts apply specifically to you – and which do not.


Jamie Coots, one of the stars of National Geographic‘s reality show Snake Salvation, died Saturday of a venomous snake bite. According to reports he refused medical attention after being bitten in his Full Gospel Tabernacle in Jesus Name in Middlesboro, Kentucky and died shortly thereafter in his home. 


At length he (Jesus) appeared to the eleven as they were at table: and he upbraided them with their incredulity and hardness of heart, because they did not believe them who had seen him after he was risen again.

And he said to them: Go ye into the whole world and preach the gospel to every creature. He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved: but he that believeth not shall he condemned.

And these signs shall follow them that believe: In my name they shall cast out devils. They shall speak with new tongues. They shall take up serpents: and if they shall drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them. They shall lay their hand upon the sick: and they shall recover.

And the Lord Jesus, after he had spoken to them, was taken up into heaven and sitteth on the right hand of God. But they going forth preached every where: the Lord working withal, and confirming the word with signs that followed. (Mark 16:14-20)


And when Paul had gathered together a bundle of sticks and had laid them on the fire, a viper, coming out of the heat, fastened on his hand. And when the barbarians saw the beast hanging on his hand, they said one to another: Undoubtedly this man is a murderer, who, though he hath escaped the sea, yet vengeance doth not suffer him to live.

And he indeed, shaking off the beast into the fire, suffered no harm. But they supposed that he would begin to swell up and that he would suddenly fall down and die. But expecting long and seeing that there came no harm to him, changing their minds, they said that he was a god. (Acts 28:2-6)


But he, (Jesus) considering their guile, said to them: Why do you tempt me? (Luke 20:23)


  1. As a native of Kentucky, I just can’t let this pass without comment.

    Let’s see…Oh, yeah: today’s Gospel (citing it again for comment). There was something in there about calling someone a fool.

    There’s also an old saying about the Lord cutting slack to fools and drunkards. Therefore, foolish Jamie, I pray for your salvation.

  2. The first one was a spirtual directive about when you go about the world that rejected Jesus (Luke 22:36). Even if they feed you poisonous scripture it will not hurt a man founded in the word of God.

    Paul was one of God’s elected, God told him to do something and had plans for him. The snake throw into the fire was an analogy and nothing was going to stop God’s plan for Paul preaching the word.

    Paul did not go out and jump into a pit of vipers, to tempt God, no more then Jesus jumped off the building when Satan -tried- to tempt him about the law of physics, when twisting scripture.

    • Your first two paragraphs seem to either deny or soft pedal the precise, literal sense of scripture. Jesus spoke about divine, apostolic protection from venomous snakes. Saint Paul, encountering one, proved immune to its deadly venom. That sounds like a direct, literal fulfilment to me!

      Thanks for commenting.


  3. He Tempted the Devil, believing, he had : the Love and Power, of Christ and a Sound Mind! The latter was going to be his PERIL!

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