Snake handling songs

Snake handling songs Snake handling communities are independent offshoots of the Pentecostal Holiness churches in parts of the USA. They are non-denominational, holding that denominations are corrupt. During worship services the participants handle snakes or drink poison, sometimes with fatal consequences. They justify the practice with reference to Mark 16: 17-18: ‘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.’ Following this text, snake handling is seen as evidence of...

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