The National Geographic Channel is going to premiere a new reality TV series in September called "Snake Salvation," which will star Christians who use venomous snakes in their worship services.
Snake Salvation will feature Pastors Andrew Hamblin of the Tabernacle Church of God in LaFollette, Tennessee and Jamie Coots of the Full Gospel Tabernacle in Jesus Name church of Middlesboro, Kentucky.
Coots appeared in a 2012 special on the National Geographic Channel (video below).
According to the NationalGeographic.com:
Jamie Coots and Andrew Hamblin struggle to keep an over-100-year-old tradition alive: the practice of handling deadly snakes in church. Jamie and Andrew believe in a Bible passage that suggests a poisonous snakebite will not harm them as long as they are anointed by God's power. If they don't practice the ritual of snake handling, they believe they are destined for hell. Hunting the surrounding mountains for deadly serpents and maintaining their church's snake collection is a way of life for both men. The pastors must frequently battle the law, a disapproving society, and even at times their own families to keep their way of life alive.
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Pastor Coots stated in a press release: "My job as pastor is to kindly keep myself and my flock in line, and to do what we feel is right according to the word of God. To me it's as much a commandment from God when He said 'they shall take up serpents,' as it was when he said 'thou shall not commit adultery.'"
However, there is no verse in the Bible commanding pastors to keep their flock in line with snakes.