Cody Coots was bitten at Full Gospel Tabernacle in Jesus Name in Middlesboro, Kentucky, one of Americas only remaining snake-handling churches. The church is inspired by the biblical verse Mark 16:18: ‘They will pick up serpents, and if they drink any deadly poison, it will not hurt them.’
He asked his congregation to take him to the mountaintop where God would judge whether he lives or dies.
However, a follower takes him to hospital instead. Doctors told him the timber rattlesnake came close to severing the temporal artery, which would almost certainly kill him.
Cody Coots has been bitten at least five other times by cottonmouth snakes.
Around 14 people regularly worship each Sunday. Those who feel moved by the Holy Spirit are invited to handle fire, drink poisons, or hold up the snakes.
Cody’s father Jamie Coots was bitten by a rattlesnake and killed in 2014. He dies from bite after refusing anti-venom.
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