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Snake-handling church member refuses treatment for rattlesnake bite (You know how this ends)

While taking part in an age-old religious tradition, a 60-year-old Kentucky church member died after refusing treatment for a rattlesnake bite he received while handling the creature.

While taking part in an age-old religious tradition, a 60-year-old Kentucky church member died after refusing treatment for a rattlesnake bite he received while handling the creature.

A church member says John David Brock refused medical treatment and went to his brother’s house where he died about four hours later. The Bell County Coroner was called to the residence and pronounced Brock dead.

From WKYT:

Stoney Fork is a small community in Bell County where people say faith is very important and for some that means handling snakes during a church service.

“Certainly people take it literally … the verse where it says people take up deadly serpents or poisons,” Jack Green of Stoney Fork said.

Green says he doesn’t believe in handling snakes but stopped short of criticizing those who do.

“It is people doing what they believe. It isn’t anything to sneer at,” he said.

News reports say that Brock is the second person to die from a snake bite during a Bell County church service in a little over a year.

Watch WKYT’s report on the story in the video below:

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  1. foxfroggy

    August 20, 2015 at 8:29 pm

    And why does “faith” exclude God healing through the agency of paramedics and physicians?

    An old joke is a decent parable.

    There was a devastating flood and a man was trapped in his home by rising waters. A man in a canoe paddled to his door but the man said that he was religious and that God would save him. Soon the water was entering his house and a rowboat came to rescue the man.

    “No! I’m a religious man and my God will surely save me.” Before long, the water reached his second story and a power boat came to his upstairs window offering to take him to safety, and again he refused saying he would put his faith in God to help him.

    At last the water reached his roof where he clung to his chimney. A rescue helicopter dropped a basket to take him away from certain death but once agai he cried “God will save me!” Soon, the water pulled him off and he drowned in short order.

    Reaching the Pearly Gates, the livid demanded an audience with God immediately. God welcomed him to paradise but the religious man exploded, ” I put all of my faith into you saving me but I died anyway! Why did you fail me?”

    But God said, “I sent you three boats and a helicopter, what else was I supposed to do?”

    Even God cannot save someone utterly unable to recognize help.

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