In this church, worshipers grab rattlesnakes, drink poison — sometimes fatally — to prove their faith

In this church, worshipers grab rattlesnakes, drink poison — sometimes fatally — to prove their faith
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[Ed. – There’s devotion, and then there’s devotion.]

As the deadly strychnine, which can cause muscle spasms, convulsions and asphyxiation, begins to take hold, Pastor Chris Wolford has to sit down on the altar, struggling to breathe and sweating profusely.

Chris had mixed a white powder with water to make a clear liquid in the glass jar, before drinking from the supposed “poison”.

But just minutes later the preacher is up on his feet dancing and praising God while swinging the – eerily motionless but still alive – snake through the air.

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Shockingly Pastor Chris Wolford was just 11 when he watched his dad haemorrhage to death from a snake bite during a service.

His brother also died from the same dangerous practices – but he refuses to lose faith in God and the “Signs” religion.

The faith is practised in the Appalachian mountains of Kentucky, Virginia and West Virginia and is based on a literal interpretation of a passage in the bible Mark 16:18 which says: “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.”

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