(USA Today) Pastor Mack Wolford, the son of a snake-handling pastor who died from a rattler bite, lived by faith and died on Sunday, like his father before him, from a serpent bite.
Julia Duin has the riveting story of belief in miracles that defies mere rational understanding. Wolford, 44, "a flamboyant Pentecostal pastor from West Virginia," refused treatment for snake bites and, like his father before him, died within hours of a Sunday afternoon service in an isolated park.
Duin, who had profiled Woford for the Washington Post Magazine last year, writes:
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Mack Wolford was known all over Appalachia as a daring man of conviction. He believed that the Bible mandates that Christians handle serpents to test their faith in God -- and that, if they are bitten, they trust in God alone to heal them.