The son of a Kentucky pastor who died of a snake bite has announced that he will take over the Full Gospel Tabernacle in Jesus Name church and continue to handle snakes.
Cody Coots, 21, said his father, Jamie Coots, would want him to continue serving the church.
Jamie died a few weeks ago after a venomous snake bit him and he refused treatment. His Pentecostal church believed in a Biblical passage that suggests venomous snakes will not hurt believers. Handling the poisonous snakes is illegal in most parts of the country.
"I don't know if he would come back out of his grave and slap me clean across the face," Cody said of what his father would think if he stopped handling the snakes. "That's how much he believed in it. I mean he was that strong in it. He believed in it enough he died for it, so I won't step down for anyone." ...