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'Snake Salvation'

Deadly Rattler Will Rise Again

Next Saturday

2/18/2014 12:50 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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The rattler that took a deadly bite out of "Snake Salvation" pastor Jamie Coots will not be killed  ... in fact, the family will deploy the snake during next Saturday's service ... TMZ has learned.

Coots was bitten Saturday while he was preaching to his congregation and died after refusing medical help ... believing he was protected from the venom by God's power.

Jamie's son Cody tells us, the family still believes in God's protective power against snake venom -- despite his father's death -- telling us his dad felt it was much better to die from a snakebite than a stroke or car accident ... in fact, for him a snakebite was "God's way."

Cody -- who will take over as pastor -- says, "It was God saying, this is how you wanted it, and it's your time to go ... If he didn't plan [to die this way] he would have stayed alive."

As we reported ... even though using snakes during religious services is illegal in Kentucky, the police chief told us he would NOT enforce the law.

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31.

jackL    

JAMIE COOTS IS AN AMERICAN HERO! BUT NOT TO ***** AMERICA, OBVIOUSLY

246 days ago
32.

Noname    

I seen something on TV a while back about this and said to myself "someone is gonna get hurt or worse" Idiots.

246 days ago
33.

There's a problem here    

I guess PETA has nothing to say about this? How freaking selective.

246 days ago
34.

Shar    

I wondered what would happen to the snake. Should have let it go into the wild where it belongs. The snake earned it's freedom.

246 days ago
35.

Valdemar    

FIRST: condolences to the family of this man (however, I quickly retract this as I understand the son is now going to be doing the same thing. You're supposed to LEARN from life's mistakes - not REPEAT THEM). That being said: Note to parents with kids (who may be sick): Religious freedom should be able to be expressed at age EIGHTEEN, so before that age, if your child gets sick from something that is easily curable, take them to a friggin' doctor so they LIVE. I mean, after all - this is the year 2013, not 1893. SECOND: for those people who believe in praising SNAKES, which is RIDICULOUS - come and join MY family's church, where we praise and follow DRYER SHEETS. We wave them in the air and dance all around - and no one gets bitten or dies - and the AIR SMELLS REALLY REALLY GOOD during service~!

246 days ago
36.

Tony H.    

Where was God's protective power against snake venom again? Or was God off that day with his OOO disabled?

246 days ago
37.

NoBozo    

Why first cousins should never mate.

246 days ago
38.

abby    

Not only is the entire family crazy, they're stupid.

246 days ago
39.

1uniquemonique    

Crazy mofos. Must be some religiouse cult.

246 days ago
40.

XLent    

Religious people are so cray-cray.

246 days ago
41.

joesmoke    

"It was God saying, this is how you wanted it"


No,i'm pretty sure it was the venom ,pal.

246 days ago
42.

Fan    

I was just looking thru those pictures and I did not see one black member of this congregation.

245 days ago
43.

GetOverYourself    

I'm so glad they are keeping the snake alive. Every time that snake bites another in that knuckle dragging congregation, Darwin wins.

245 days ago
44.

G Browning    

If your NOT obedient to the BIBLE any you keep worshipping the antichrist, keeping Xmas, Sun New Year, Valentines, Easter, St Patrick's, Halloween and Thanksgiving INSTEAD of Gods Holy Days and other commandments GOD/Jesus is not going to protect you!

245 days ago
45.

Clytemnestra    

I'm with the police chief; he is, in his way, allowing God's will to take its course. And, coincidentally, ridding the world of one more whack job.

245 days ago
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