Snake Handling Pastor Dies from Snake Bite


I am honestly not surprised that this happened, but it is sad that there was a loss of life. It seems that Mark Wolford, went to the Lord in the same manner as his father, died from a snake bite that he was handling during a Pentecostal service.

I am not going to blame Pentecostals for this tragedy, as not all of them follow the practice of handling snakes. It is true that most Pentecostal believers look for an outward manifestation of the Gifts of the Holy Spirit, but I think most know that you do not want to pick up and demonstrate your God given power over the “serpent”.

These signs will accompany those who believe: In my name they will drive out demons; they will speak in new languages; they will pick up snakes with their hands, and whatever poison they drink will not harm them; they will place their hands on the sick and they will be well.”
(Mar 16:17-18)

I could say something about believers need to pick and choose which verses they need to take literally, but then that argument is used against any practice that someone either wants to prohibit or enable.

I could say that there is evidence and thought that the last 12 verses of Mark were added at a later date and could very well not be the words of Jesus, but then if the entire Bible is the inspired Word of God, does it matter? If it matters, does one begin discounting a part of or even the entire Bible?

I could say that common sense should tell people that you do not tempt God and should only be handling snakes when needed to and not as a demonstration of power to others.

Regardless of how someone takes it, this was a tragedy but hopefully the events that transpired did not change someone’s view as to if God was real or not.

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2 responses to “Snake Handling Pastor Dies from Snake Bite

  1. I agree this is a tragedy, but as you’ve insinuated, regardless of one’s take on these verses from Mark, these snake-handlers (as labeled) do not incorporate anything similar to the only example we have in Scripture of support of Jesus’ claim. Paul wasn’t dancing around the fire with snake in arms trying to impress his captors and others. His being bitten was out of his control… and God made true on His promise. I am positive events like this take place every day. I recently read of a good friend’s son who should have lost all of his toes. A very heavy piece of something fell and landed on his feet. It was assumed that he had lost half of his foot. But when all was said and done, he had all his toes still intact. His exact words were, “Mom, there’s no way my toes could have been forced back that far into my shoes.” I pray that as believers in Jesus Christ we will spend our time lifting His Name… He’ll take care of the rest. By the way… I’ll not be intentionally getting near even a grass snake! 🙂 Thanks for sharing friend and God bless.

  2. The priest lacked common sense and not faith. There is a company in Australia that does what the priest does. It’s called Melbourne reptile shows and parties and they cheat somewhat by using surgically devenomized snakes so that when the reptile bites, nothing happens. I posted the link here so that you can view the front page and see the images of kids holding the world’s deadliest snakes in the shopping malls image to get an idea of what I mean. They’ve done over 10,000 trouble free shows, with a few bites thrown in, but due to the snakes lacking venom, no incidents as such.

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