Snake-handling is a fringe tradition found in backwoods churches in America, and according to The Tennessean, it’s re-gaining popularity among a younger generation, who see it as a way to test and prove their faith in God.
Needless to say, people die, like Reverend Mack Wolford of Bluefield, West Virginia, who was bitten by a rattlesnake he was handling in church.
These Christians think that last part of Mark’s Gospel about taking up snakes is prescriptive, rather than descriptive. They’re trying to show their faith, but they misunderstand what faith is all about.
An ocean away, Christians are driven from their homes and churches by radical Islamists. But many return to church, refuse to convert to Islam, and some pay for it with their lives. This is faith of a different kind. The right kind.
Come to BreakPoint.org for today’s Two-Minute Warning about Faith. It’s the first theological virtue that Timothy George and I discuss in our ongoing series. I’m John Stonestreet.