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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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46.

Demetrius     

My heart goes out to Mr Coots, but this is clearly a case of poor Scriptural understanding. God didn't allow the snake to bite him, but God does give the snake its natural defenses and instinctual behavior. The snake felt threaten and feared for its safety and as a result the snake clearly did what was instilled in it to do.

226 days ago
47.

Jacqui    

'tards.

226 days ago
48.

StPeteRickster    

Am a solid believer in the Freedom of People to Worship as they see best, but one can certainly see how some of these folks are deemed 'mentally unstable' based on 'practices of faith' like this.

As always, it isn't them that I feel angry about, is the people who are STUPID enough to follow this nonsense.

This 'preacher' and all his flock are just nuts and they give REAL people of Faith a bad reputation.

Pound for pound, the Appalachians crank out as many crazy folks as any other nutfarm in the world.

226 days ago
49.

IronMaiden    

The problem is the cops don't enforce the law in KY, more than once these so called churches have been caught with illegal exotic snakes on the premises. They go beyond possessing rattlers or copperheads, they also like to have rhino vipers and cobras which are a danger to the public at large. KY has a problem with the illegal exotic market and the police not acting does not help. Clearly it will take one of these snakes escaping and entering a public location during warm weather and someone's kid getting bit.

225 days ago
50.

MrSpeed    

I grew up in that very area of Kentucky and I can promise you, 98% of everyone that still lives there think these people are completely off their rockers. They're not far from Westboro when it comes to those that take them seriously.

224 days ago
51.

franklyspeaking    

Fox News needs all their viewership HE CAYNT!

223 days ago
52.

GlitterMonkey83    

"believing he was protected from the venom by God's power." I really don't have any words for that because it's so stupid. I mean seriously wow just wow.

222 days ago
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