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'Snake Salvation' Star

Dies From Holy Snakebite

2/16/2014 12:48 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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0216-pastor-coots-01The pastor on Nat. Geo's "Snake Salvation" died Saturday night ... after one of the snakes to which he prays bit him.

Pentecostal pastor Jamie Coots suffered the fatal attack while preaching to his Kentucky congregation.

Emergency units raced to the church ... but the reality star had already left and gone home.

The show's website explains the Pastor and his followers believe the Bible says a poisonous snakebite will not harm them as long as they are anointed by God’s power.

EMTs went to Coots' home but he sent them away ... refusing care ... an hour later he was dead.

It's unclear if they were filming during the sermon.

A rep for the show says the "Snake Salvation" finished filming last year ... and they never intended to film a second season.

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136.

OK    

That's what happens when you mess around with poisonous snakes.

219 days ago
137.

Wellington     

You would think having his finger rot and fall off from being bitten before was enough warning.

219 days ago
138.

sh    

Dude had a death wish.

219 days ago
139.

Mark Dreher    

The bible does not say "to pick up snakes".
That is a gross misinterpretation.

It says, "if you run into a snake, he is probably not going to kill you".

He will kill the other guy, not you.
It does not say to push the matter.

And you are specifically told "not to test God".
Does it not say that?

219 days ago
140.

reggie2900    

You pray with snakes you get bit.

219 days ago
141.

The world is disgusting    

These people are sick in the head. All these religious freaks need to be put on one island together and let them deal with each-other.

219 days ago
142.

Jay    

Why are religious people so stupid?

219 days ago
143.

Pillsbury Pancakes    

Proof all Pentecostals are charlatans. Proof all Christians are charlatans. Proof all religions are jokes!

219 days ago
144.

NeaJ    

What an idiot. I understand believing in God's power but God did give (some of) us common sense. If you get bitten by a poisonous snake, you get yo ass to the hospital!!

219 days ago
145.

Rachael    

BA HA HA HA.... who could've seen THAT coming? So I suppose if surviving the snake bite proved that God is all powerful, then dieing by the snake bite proves it's all BS?

219 days ago
146.

BB not bb    

I wonder what the snakes are thinking. Maybe the y got tired of the terrible singing and got even. I don't know what these people are worshiping. There is kundalini New Age spirit in the churches , especially these pentecostal churches full of supernatural signs. Kundalini is a snake god of India. Thai is probably what is filing these people up, not God.

God is supposed to make you sober and wise and foolish and silly dancing around with vipers.

219 days ago
147.

Bubbaboy14    

"They shall take up serpants"... too bad he took that literally! I think "serpants" come in other forms... like hunger, murder etc...Look at the good he could have done if he focused on something that would actallu make a difference! Hope he's at peace...

219 days ago
148.

amy26    

What a complete idiot.

219 days ago
149.

SANDIB    

these type people are just ignorant

219 days ago
150.

lucinda4233    

kk, either do the research and get it right or hire me to do it. They don't "pray to the snakes." they go by Mark 16:18, and believe picking the snakes up is a show of faith, that they won't harm them. To each his own.

219 days ago
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