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    Denomination & Faith Movement Discussions - Thread: Snake Handling Churches

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      Snake Handling Churches

      Snake- Handling is a phenomenon that gained currency in parts of Appalachia, particularly as an expression of Christian devotion. This link will speak of the faith movement that has spawned today's churches that still use poisonous snakes in their services.

      https://news.nationalgeographic.com/...ehandlers.html

      http://www.georgiaencyclopedia.org/a...snake-handlers

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      Quote Originally Posted by Confessional Lutheran View Post
      Snake- Handling is a phenomenon that gained currency in parts of Appalachia, particularly as an expression of Christian devotion. This link will speak of the faith movement that has spawned today's churches that still use poisonous snakes in their services.

      https://news.nationalgeographic.com/...ehandlers.html

      http://www.georgiaencyclopedia.org/a...snake-handlers
      Isn't it amazing what a contested verse in The Gospel according to Saint Mark can yield in terms of practises and beliefs?
      Pope Gregory I was well known for his alms to the poor, and he gave quite generously of the riches donated to the Church by the wealthy people of Rome. Everything from money to land was given to the poor in some fashion. He made clear to his subordinates that their duty was to relieve the distress faced by the poor.

      He ordered his clergy to go out into the streets to find and care for the poor in person.

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      Quote Originally Posted by MoreCoffee View Post
      Isn't it amazing what a contested verse in The Gospel according to Saint Mark can yield in terms of practises and beliefs?
      It really is. I mean, there are other denominations out there that seem to focus on certain verses while ignoring others, but these people are calling God out on what is recorded in the Gospel of St. Mark. I mean, literally risking their lives for their expression of faith. It's amazing. I think they're putting God to the test, which we are not to do as Christians, but they're pretty set on their beliefs.

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      Quote Originally Posted by Confessional Lutheran View Post
      It really is. I mean, there are other denominations out there that seem to focus on certain verses while ignoring others, but these people are calling God out on what is recorded in the Gospel of St. Mark. I mean, literally risking their lives for their expression of faith. It's amazing. I think they're putting God to the test, which we are not to do as Christians, but they're pretty set on their beliefs.
      There is a great deal of truth to the proposition that nearly everybody is more born into their religion than conscientiously choosing it. Snake handling is generational for the most part. A kind of culture handed down in a community.
      Pope Gregory I was well known for his alms to the poor, and he gave quite generously of the riches donated to the Church by the wealthy people of Rome. Everything from money to land was given to the poor in some fashion. He made clear to his subordinates that their duty was to relieve the distress faced by the poor.

      He ordered his clergy to go out into the streets to find and care for the poor in person.

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      They'd better handle the real snake behind it.

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      I truly believe thT given the right circumstances this verse is true but I also think they forgot that thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God
      Isaiah 40:31

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      Quote Originally Posted by psalms 91 View Post
      I truly believe thT given the right circumstances this verse is true but I also think they forgot that thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God
      That's a very good point. I wonder how they reconcile their theology with that particular verse ( which crops up time and again in both Testaments).

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      Quote Originally Posted by Confessional Lutheran View Post
      That's a very good point. I wonder how they reconcile their theology with that particular verse ( which crops up time and again in both Testaments).
      Great question, and it points us to a great passage, a wonderful gem in Luke10 that shows the awesome power and divine authority of Jesus as God, and also His love and care for us, and grants us such comfort and assurance of salvation.

      Verse17~
      And the seventy returned again with joy, saying, Lord, even the devils are subject unto us through Thy name.

      {Now check out Jesus' response, which only God Himself could truthfully make, imo}
      18~ And He said unto them, I beheld Satan as lightening fall from heaven. {Wow!}

      19~ Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you. {Wow again!}

      20~ Notwithstanding in this rejoice not, that the spirits are subject unto you; but rather rejoice, because your names are written in heaven.

      {And wow and wow and Amen thank you Lord Jesus Amen!}
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      is anti-christian~

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      Moses was instrumental in the parting of the red sea and Joshua was instrumental in the drying up of the Jordan river and the collapse of the walls of Jericho but these things are not the norm for Christians nor were they for Israelites. God's special times call forth special responses and special events. Pentecost was one of God's special times and so was the spread of the gospel in the life times of the apostles that Christ chose. The things written in The Acts of the Apostles are not the norm for Christians. The day of Pentecost is not an annual occurrence with the Spirit coming like a rushing mighty wind and tongues of fire, people baptised with John's baptism are not found today, Samaritans are not the first non-Jewish converts to Christ each year, and there is no annual first gentile convert to Christ. The pivotal events recorded in The Acts of the Apostles are not repeatable and not norms for current Christian experience.
      Pope Gregory I was well known for his alms to the poor, and he gave quite generously of the riches donated to the Church by the wealthy people of Rome. Everything from money to land was given to the poor in some fashion. He made clear to his subordinates that their duty was to relieve the distress faced by the poor.

      He ordered his clergy to go out into the streets to find and care for the poor in person.

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      Quote Originally Posted by MoreCoffee View Post
      Moses was instrumental in the parting of the red sea and Joshua was instrumental in the drying up of the Jordan river and the collapse of the walls of Jericho but these things are not the norm for Christians nor were they for Israelites. God's special times call forth special responses and special events. Pentecost was one of God's special times and so was the spread of the gospel in the life times of the apostles that Christ chose. The things written in The Acts of the Apostles are not the norm for Christians. The day of Pentecost is not an annual occurrence with the Spirit coming like a rushing mighty wind and tongues of fire, people baptised with John's baptism are not found today, Samaritans are not the first non-Jewish converts to Christ each year, and there is no annual first gentile convert to Christ. The pivotal events recorded in The Acts of the Apostles are not repeatable and not norms for current Christian experience.
      That is very true. Of course, God still is with us and He shows His Providence in many ways, including the occasional miracle, but the period covered by St. Luke in the Book of Acts was a history written to record God's activities among His people during the Church's infancy. Our experience is somewhat different.

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